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FEBRUARY 13, 2020 • Volume 2 • No. 30


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Watervliet voters approve bond School officials will use $9.99 million to make district improvements ByLINE: KENNETH C. CROWE II

WATERVLIET - Voters approved a $9.99 million bond issue Tuesday that school officials will use to make improvements to the Watervliet City School District’s schools. The bond act was approved by a vote of 138 to 60, the school district reported. “I thank the voters who came out to support our schools, students, teachers and staff,” said Superintendent Lori Caplan. The district’s architects will prepare plans for the health, safety and infrastructure improvements at the Watervliet Junior-Senior High School and at Watervliet Elementary School. The completed plans will be submitted to the State Education Department for approval and work is expected begin in the fall of 2021.

The district estimates that 95 percent of the $9.99 million will be covered by state aid. The remaining 5 percent will result in a 1.06 percent increase in the district tax levy. That would translate to an annual increase of $16.67 per $100,000 of assessed property value in Watervliet and $24.79 per $100,000 in the district’s Mannsville section. The project will be split into three sections, with $8,538,938 for health and safety improvements, $1,442,508 for building infrastructure and $15,378 for site infrastructure. The health and safety money would see $4,439,593 spent at the elementary school and $4,099,345 at the junior-senior high school. The building infrastructure would have $445,083 spent at the elementary school and $997,425 at the junior-senior high. The $15,378 in site spending would be at both schools.


Exterior of Watervliet Junior-Senior High School on Monday. The school district OK’d a $9.9 million bond to make repairs at two schools.

Some of the work includes replacing school roofs, rebuilding the elevator at the high school, replacing the elementary school elevator and replacing boilers at the elementary school. Please see BOND 8

Water supply battle brews in Bethlehem Town files lawsuit to secure wells through use of eminent domain ByLINE: LARRY RULISON

The town of Bethlehem has moved forward with its plans to seize a 7.6-acre parcel of land along the Hudson River from a Selkirk landowner by eminent domain. The parcel, a landlocked piece of land known as Poplar Island, is part of a 160-acre farm owned by

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AROUND YOUR COMMUNITY Beatles Concert Cabaret, Burnt Hills Oratorio Society CAPITAL DISTRICT - Treat yourself to a great all-in-one experience as the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society Chorus entertains you with the iconic songs of the Beatles. Set in the elegant Vista Ballroom at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park, 924 Main Street, Clifton Park, this grand affair begins with a delectable Chef’s Buffet and cash bar, followed by a choral cabaret featuring solo voices from the BHOS family. Tickets sold only in advance. Due to popular demand, BHOS is now offering three performances, Fri. Feb. 28, 2020 and Sat. Feb. 29, 2020 at 5:00pm, and Sun. March 1, 2020 at 1:00pm. This event has never failed to sell out, so buy your tickets early. Seating is limited

and the last day to purchase tickets is Monday Feb. 24. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Society’s website at www.BHOS.us or call 518-416-4060.

Albany-Tula Alliance seeks entries for Annual Essay Contest CAPITAL DISTRICT The Albany-Tula Alliance is seeking Capital Region students from high school to first-year college to research and write an essay expanding on what young adults, specifically in Russia and the U.S., are doing to help mitigate climate change. Essays must contain at least 1500 words and include a bibliography. The deadline for registration and essay submission is March 1, 2020. The writer of the winning essay will

win $1,000; second prize is $500, and third prize is $250. For the past quarter-century, the Albany-Tula Alliance has been a cooperative sister city initiative between New York’s Capital Region and the Tula Region in Russia. Through the years there have been many cultural, educational, scientific and business exchanges between the two. Even though government relations remain strained the friends of the Alliance continue to work together as citizen diplomats. For complete rules and detailed information on the Albany-Tula Alliance Essay Contest visit www. albanytula.org/essay.

Saratoga Automobile Museum NYIAS Bus Trip CAPITAL DISTRICT - Please join us Monday,

April 13 or Saturday, April 18 for our annual pilgrimage to the New York International Auto Show held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Trip includes: round trip motor coach transportation and admission to the New York International Auto Show. Depart Saratoga Automobile Museum promptly at 6:45 a.m. Depart New York City at 6:30 p.m. at 11th Avenue between 34th & 39th streets. There is plenty of time to explore the New York International Auto Show and enjoy some of the sights of New York City. Purchase Early Bird tickets before March 1, 2020. Member Price: $75 Non-Member: $90. After March 1: Member Price: $85 Non-Member: $100. To purchase tickets or additional information contact Megan Hennessey at 518.401.5185 or megan. hennessey@saratogaautomuseum.org

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CAPITAL DISTRICT Banquet Chair Scott Parker announced that The Century House, Latham, NY, will be the site of the Clearwater Chapter’s 48th annual Conservation Banquet on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The Trout Unlimited Conservation Banquet is open to everyone. Tickets for the Conservation Banquet are on sale now on the Clearwater Chapter’s website www.clearwatertu.org . Reservations can be made up to March 1st by contacting TU members Chris and Erika Cook, 565 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or emailing Chris at communications@clearwatertu. org Dinner, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and award rec-

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ognition are planned for the Conservation Banquet, along with a live auction, silent auction, bucket raffles, card raffles and door prizes. A Grand Prize Drawing of a 12 ft. Kevlar Hybrid Canoe by Hornbeck Boats will be drawn at the Conservation Banquet. All proceeds from this event benefit local “on the ground” conservation projects that support coldwater fisheries resources. TU is actively seeking donations of goods and services, as well as fishing gear and fly tying materials from their members and the public for their Conservation Banquet. If you are interested in donating, please contact Chair Scott Parker at 518894-4661 or sgparker149@ gmail.com

Grief Support Group ALBANY - Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss. The Grief Recovery® Method helps you grieve and complete losses that have occurred in your life and create a new level of awareness. Incomplete communications and long term benefits will be addressed to help the griever complete pain and unfinished emotions. Recovery from loss is achieved by a series of small and correct choices made by the griever. The purpose of the support group is to “help you complete your relationship to pain, isolation and loneliness caused by significant emotional loss. Grief is not limited to death and divorce but to several other events that can produce feelings of grief. The 8-week sessions will begin on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10A.M. to 12Noon or 4P.M. to 6P.M.; the sessions will conclude on Thursday, April 30, 2020 (please note: group will not meet on Thursday, April 23rd). Sessions will be held in the

Turnage room, Macedonia Baptist Church, 26 Wilson Avenue, Albany, NY 12205 (church is located in Colonie off Central Avenue.) Please note: Group size is limited. There is a nominal fee to cover costs of materials. If interested, please contact Doris Bourgeois Turner, Certified Grief Recovery® Specialist at (518) 527-2314 (mobile) or email: dorbushwsh@ gmail.com. Registration deadline: March 12, 2020.

Spring Collectibles Show COLONIE - Schultz & Dooley Chapter Spring Collectibles Show. Colonie Elks Club Lodge, 11 Elks Lane, Colonie, NY. Exit 5 off I-87(Northway) to Rt 155 to Elks Lane. Exhibitor Table Rental $10.00. Info and table reservations: Ray Stempsey 518-4361146 or pstemps1@nycap. rr.com Saturday, March 7th. 9AM-1:30PM. This show is expected to feature all kinds of collectibles including brewerianna, bottles, and who knows what else! You will have to be there to discover all the treasures available!!! Beer Items Galour. Special for this Show... General Admission is Free. This event is sponsored by the Schultz & Dooley Chapter of the BCCA/NABA, a not for profit organization. **Partial proceeds to the Humane Society.

Vendors Wanted Flea Market EAST GREENBUSH - Looking for vendors for our VFW Auxiliary Spring flea market. 100 Hays Rd East Greenbush NY. Saturday April 4 2020, 10 am to 3pm. Table rental is$ 20.Questions please contact Maureen at 518-653-3539, or email mojoty2003@yahoo.com.


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Don’t Forget To Claim Your EITC You Earned It, Now Get It! CAPITAL DISTRICT The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can be a financial boost to many hardworking taxpayers, their families, and their communities. Nationwide during 2019, 25 million eligible workers and families received about $61 billion in EITC. The average amount of the credit was about $2,504. IRS data shows that 17.6% of EITC-eligible New York households do not claim the credit. To claim the EITC if you qualify, include it in your federal income tax return. It’s refundable. This means you can benefit even if you owe no tax or don’t have to file a return. EITC depends on several factors. First, the amount you earned from working for someone or for yourself. Then, whether you are married or single, and the number of qualifying children you have, if any. Anyone with earnings of $55,952 or less should see if they qualify for EITC at www.irs.gov/eitc or visit a local VITA site (volunteer income tax assistance). If you qualify for the EITC you may also be eligible for additional tax credits such as the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) that could lead to larger refund. New York also offers a credit if a qualifying

taxpayer qualified claimed the federal EITC. The credit is equal to 30% of the taxpayer’s allowable federal EITC, reduced by the amount of any household credit. If the IRS ejects or audits your EITC claim, or you have any tax issues with the IRS, free help may be available. Contact the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) of Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York at (518) 4626765 or (800) 462-2922. This clinic does not generally provide tax return preparation services.

Bethlehem Historical Association February Lecture DELMAR - The Bethlehem Historical Association is pleased to present A Native American Site Along the Dowers Kill, a talk by Adam Luscier, on Wednesday, February 19 at 7 p.m. at the Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Avenue, Delmar. The Native American site on the Dowers Kill in the Town of Bethlehem produced thousands of the artifacts that date back to about 5,900 years ago. Adam Luscier will talk about the purpose of the site and the many artifacts that came from the excavation. He will discuss what is known about Native groups that inhabited the Hudson Valley 5000 to 6000 years ago. Coffee and conversation will follow the talk which is free and open to the pub-

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Seniors Staying Positive with Laughter Yoga! COLONIE - Laughter is the best, most positive medicine! Not only does it increase happiness, but laughter yoga may also strengthen the immune system, reduce pain, relax the body and relieve stress. Join us as Deborah Foss, Kripalu Certified Yoga Instructor and Facilitator, and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, helps you let your inner kid out to play! Deborah is a former faculty member of the Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts and will discuss the benefits of laughter for positive living. No experience with yoga or yoga mat are necessary. Friday, February 21, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. located at The Beltrone Living Center, 6 Winners Circle Albany, NY 12205. Free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested. Contact Marisa Geraghty at 518-459-2857, ext 308 or mgeraghty@ colonieseniors.org.

Hike for Hemlocks at Thacher Visitor Center VOORHEESVILLE Saturday, February 22, 10:30a.m. – 1:00p.m. New York’s eastern hemlocks provide food and shelter for wildlife, help cool streams, and provide erosion control. Sadly, our beloved hemlocks are under attack by the hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). HWA is an invasive, aphid-like insect that attacks our hemlocks and can kill trees within 4 to 10 years. We need your help tracking eastern hemlocks and HWA across NYS. Learn how to identify eastern hemlocks and how to look for signs of HWA infestation, and learn how to report HWA into iMapInvasives, NY’s

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Vaping - Public Service Announcement CAPITAL DISTRICT Vaping has become almost more common today then cigarettes. Originally marketed as being more safe than other tobacco products recent events have made it clear that this is not the full story. One study found that those who vape the equivalent to a pack of cigarettes a day had a 70% higher risk of stroke. This is only one of the health risks that can arise from vaping. For more information visit: https://www. narcononnewliferetreat. org/blog/vaping-linkedto-serious-healthproblems.html Addiction Screenings - Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1- 800431-1754.

Join Us for Our Spiritual Wellness Vendor Fair LOUDONVILLE February 22nd, 10am4pm. Free and open to the Public. Shaker Road Loudonville Fire Department Banquet Room 550 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville. This Spiritual Wellness Vendor Fair will bring a variety of local holistic practitioners and small business owners together in one room for a day of Wellness & Enlightenment! We Welcome our Community to join us and help foster an environment where we can all laugh, learn, purchase items, services, and grow together all while supporting our local small business owners!! We are excited to showcase a variety of Spiritual Wellness vendors that will be on hand for ALL your Spiritual Wellness needs. Joining us will be Reiki Practitioners, Message Therapist, Life Coaches, Holistic products, Crystals and Jewelry, Essential Oils, Angel and Astrology Readings, and much much more!! Our vendors will be donating items to be raffled off. ALL money raised through the raffle will benefit the Pride Center of the Capital Region. Please show your support for this

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American Legion, Blanchard Post 1040 Breakfast Buffet DELMAR - 16 W. Poplar Drive Delmar. Sons of the American Legion Monthly Breakfast Buffet- all you can eat** Adults $10, Children $5 (under 12). Enjoy our extensive buffet which includes omelet stations, breakfast sandwiches, eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, pancakes, waffles and more. Includes beverages (coffee, tea, juices). Proceeds used to fund our various projects and programs that directly support our Veterans. February 23, 2020 from 9 to 12 (noon). Thank you for your support to the Veterans - we look forward to seeing you!

Classic World War Soviet Film “The Cranes are Flying” ALBANY - Saturday, February 22. 2pm-4pm. Opalka Gallery. 140 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208. Admission: Free To commemorate the 75th year of the end of World War II. All films are in Russian with English Subtitles. Post-screening discussion with expert panelists and community members. Admission: Free. www.newrussiacenter.org/winter/festival-events/russian-warfilms

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COPS, COURT AND FIRE CALLS Found unconscious, Troy boy in hospital TROY -- Police and child protective services workers have opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a 6-year-old child found unconscious in a bathtub at about noon Sunday. The boy was found by his mother, police said, and taken to Albany Medical Center. Deputy Police Chief Daniel DeWolf said the child was in critical condition Monday. There are no obvious signs of foul play but DeWolf said the incident merited further investigation. The child was found at a home on Fifth Avenue in Lansingburgh. It was unclear when the child was discovered. -- Staff report

Officials: Scammers using police caller ID SARATOGA SPRINGS -- City police are asking the community to beware of scammers posing as Saratoga Springs police. Police Lt. Robert Jillson said a scammer is calling people, identifying himself as a member of the department and telling the unsuspecting person that he or she has an outstanding arrest warrant. The scammer then tells the potential victim that they can make the warrant go away if he or she sends money. Complicating matters, Jillson said, is that the scammer has rigged its caller ID to match that of the Saratoga Springs Police Department. "It's makes our job harder," Jillson said. Jillson also said he believes this is the first time a scammer has used the department's phone number. "We ask that when you


may be in doubt with a call from SSPD, just ask to call the officer back at the police station," an official warning from police states. "In cases where you receive a voicemail, the callback number for the officer should be our police department main number. If you are unsure of our number, search us on the internet and confirm our number." Jillson said scammers often threaten to turn off power or suspend social security. Scammers also look to have victims pay them in gift cards. "Gift cards are not a method used by SSPD to take bail on a warrant or pay outstanding tickets and fines," the public warning states. "But it is a common way for scammers to make you a victim." Jillson recommends that anyone who receives such a call should contact the police. The police also recommend that those searching for legitimate information on scams should look for websites that end in .org or .gov. -- Wendy Liberatore

Man admits to heroin charge A 31-year-old Amsterdam man admitted to planning to sell more than 100 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl in federal court on Monday. The U.S. Attorney's office said Edwin Rodriguez was pulled over on May 15, 2019. Court documents indicate that Rodriguez admitted to being on his way to a customer and driving with a suspended license. As Amsterdam officers arrested him, a vacuum-sealed bag of powder fell out of his pant leg, which contained the heroin. When officers searched his home later that day, they found an empty bleach bottle with a hidden compartment containing more heroin. He faces at least five years in prison and at

least four years of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for June 15, 2020. -- Steve Hughes

Police: Moreau man attacked woman QUEENSBURY -- A Saratoga County man is accused of pulling an ex-girlfriend to the floor, then choking and punching her, Warren County sheriff’s deputies said. Tanner Cormie, 34, of Moreau had gone to the John Street home on Thursday to confront the victim, engaging in an argument that escalated into a physical altercation and injuries to the woman, deputies said. Deputies, assisted by state troopers, found Cormie at his home, where he was taken into custody. Cormie was charged with first-degree burglary, assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and unlawful imprisonment.

Drug conspiracy member gets prison ALBANY -- A Hudson man was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for his involvement in a crack cocaine distribution ring that operated in Columbia County, federal authorities said. Julan Morrison, 38, admitted he was involved in the conspiracy, where members made weekly trips to New York City to buy hundreds of grams of powder cocaine, bring it to Hudson, convert it to crack cocaine, and sell it. Morrison said the organization sold at least 464 grams of crack cocaine between August and December 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney State Police, FBI and Hudson police.


This doesn’t have much to offer us gardeners This is month the season that the winter hardy members but one bright spot February has to offer holiday-wise is of the hibiscus are put on their show. Their flowers Valentine’s Day. So, how did this romantic holiday come closelyIt resemble of the tropical hibiscus that is about? turns out that that “romantic” is a very appropriate so popular in the tropics. term since Valentine’s Day appears to have originated fromThe an ancient Roman fertility rite. shrub The Roman tall (up to 10’) woody that holiday we see Lupercalia was celebrated on February 15th to honor the blooming around the area right now is althea also founders of Rome and also to purify the women of Rome. called of Sharon. It priests seems of that althea isstruck gainThis was Rose accomplished as the Lupercalia the women (gently, I hope) the skinadmire of a freshly slain Classic cut roses. ing in popularity lately.with I greatly the single goat called a “februa”. How amusing that my least favorite flowering varieties that I’m starting to see more of. month of winter is named after the skin of a dead goat…just Tropical Hibiscus. These single flowering altheas weren’tAnyway, widelyRoman availasomething else to not like about February. tradition ledIthem to believe that10 this grisly ritual ble when planted my hedge years ago or I would would assure them fertility and easy childbirth. have surely opted for one of those. Rose of Sharon is Another aspect of this Roman holiday was the pairing in and a wide colors but tend toward ofavailable young boys girlsrange for theofduration of the festivities. Later, as Rome in its decline, emperor Claudius that the the reds andwas lavenders. Theretheare even varieties Cruel banned all marriages and engagements in an attempt have a bi-colored flower and there’s a nice white that to keep his legions at full strength. An early Christian priest Goats prefer our new traditions. I’ve seen as well. The the flowers are aand bit continued smaller than named Valentine defied emperor to perform marriages in secret. Valentine was can imprisoned those of the tropical hibiscus but you see thefor rethis transgression and died (or was executed according to semblance. other accounts) on February 14th in 270 A.D. While the altheaspread, is a woody shrub, there’s Althea or Rose of Sharon. As Christianity the original pagan another fertility flavor of the day was replaced celebration of perennial romantic hardy hibiscus, the mallowwith hibiscus that is love with the(it now Saint Valentine the patron in nature dies to the groundfunctioning in winter).as Like althea saint of love. or Rose of Sharon, the mallow hibiscus is a relative Learning all this about Valentine’s Day didn’t increaseof the tropical although and the I’ve flowers are that much its appeal as farhibiscus as I’m concerned decided I Dainty but winter hardy miniature MUCH prefer our modern customs of exchanging cards and larger. The showy mallow hibiscus will grow from roses. flowers with our loved ones to celebrate our affection for theyou ground to a height 4’ to sure 6’ during each one another. As I’ve said before (and can quote me), I’mofpretty that my wifegrowing would season. Mallow hibiscus rather get flowers than a flogging with a dead animal’s skin. flowers range in color from Naturally, roses are high on thewhite list ofto preferred gifts for Valentine’s day.every Traditionally deep purple and encompass shade of these are roses that are cut, bundled together with baby’s breath (now where did THAT pink in between. As if this weren’t enough, the flowname come from?) and presented to the object of our affection. Mallow Hibiscus flowers canThese be asdays large as a dinner plate!with I know Inhuge. the past I’ve presented such ers roses. however, I’m blessed a wifeyou’ve who are is as enamoured with flower gardening as I am. So, rather giving one loveright cut seen these around townthan since theymyare intrue flower rose that can only last a week or so, I prefer to give her a gift that reflect the everlasting now. A lot of folks don’t realize that this plant is harnature of my affection; a flowering miniature rose bush! in our areaminiature and willroses easily survive over I must not be the only one who dy prefers to give bushes since theywinter are nowto widely available at garden centersreturn duringlarger Valentine’s week. What receive and showier eachmany year.who Each of theone gias a gift fail to realize is that miniature roses, as delicate as they appear, are winter hardy. ant flowers that a mallow hibiscus produces will only This means that they can be planted permanently in the garden (in a very sunny spot) and openspring. for oneI (or, day.rather, Fortunately, produce will endure our harsh winter andremain return each my wife)they has one that will be starting its fifth growing season the reasons little beauties plentythis of spring. buds soOne theofshow goes onthese for at least a couare so hardy is that they are NOT grafted roses. Grafted roses have the of one type of ple of weeks and even longer forstems a well-established rose that’s not hardy grafted to the roots of another type that is hardy. If the stems (canes) You can see the how large Hibiscus are killed over winter, the shoots clump. that emerge from below graft will Mallow not have the same Mallow Hibiscus. flowers are by using my face for comparison...this is flowers as the grafted canes. Miniature aren’t This that, even iftropics the stems arenothing killed over the largestroses flower we grafted. can grow thismeans far north...the have on winter, us! the roots will send up new growth that will produce flowers in abundance when summer If you plant either of these northern members of the hibiscus family, you’ll need rolls around. Remember that miniature roses that are sold on Valentine’s day have been to be patient in spring. Neither the woody shrub althea nor the perennial mallow grown in greenhouses to produce flowers for the holiday. You’ll need to keep them growing onhibiscus a sunny windowsill and wait it’suntil nice and warm (June) beforeway. you transplant them will show any sign until of life spring is well under I usually see no into your garden. They’ll probably lose some of their leaves after the flowers finish. Don’t sign of life from either in my yard until the lilacs are in bloom. That’s when the overreact and over water when this happens. Just keep plucking off the spent flowers first leaves on my althea and Once the mallow hibiscus is just a shoot in up and leaves andappear wait until planting time. they adjust to their newpoking sunny location your garden, they’ll flower and again come back year after year in to your remind your from the soil. They areagain amazing plantsand and easily deserve a place garden. sweetheart of just Thanks for thehow read.thoughtful and romantic you really are. Thanks for the read.


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Feathers Along the Mohawk


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DELMAR - All events are free and take place at Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. For more information, call 518-439-9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org. Friday, Feb. 14 - Sweetest Day - Hear some sweet stories and stay to decorate a sweet treat, 10 a.m. For children up to age 6 with caregiver. Friday, Feb. 14 - Isn’t It Romantic: Valentine’s Day

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Songs - Singers Eric and Linda Braun, along with Richard Nabozny, will perform romantic songs from the Great American Songbook, including some sing-alongs, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 - Dungeons and Dragons - Use your imagination and problem-solving skills. Playing materials provided, but feel free to bring your own dice or D&D 5th Edition Character Sheet, 2:30 p.m. For grades 6-12. Sunday, Feb. 16 - Sunday Cinema - Film series with

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Tuesday, Feb. 18 - Little Blue Truck: A Sensory Learning Experience Share in the adventure of Little Blue and his animal friends who work together to rescue a truck stuck in the mud. Children will have a chance to fill and dump in the sensory bin and try rugged truck painting while working as a team with their caregivers and friends, 10 a.m. Presented by Brightside Up (formerly the Capital District Child Care Council). For children up to age 6 with caregiver. Wednesday, Feb. 19 Essential Oil Accessories - Learn about the properties of a variety of essential oils and make an infused wooden bead necklace or bracelet, 2 p.m. For ages 9 and up. Sign up online or call. Thursday, Feb. 20 Build With Boxes - Stack ’em up and see how big

your box build can get. Like blocks, but bigger, 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 - Family Book Discussion: Finding Langston - Read and discuss Lesa Cline-Ransome’s story about a family’s move from Alabama to Chicago during the Great Migration, 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 - Listening Parties: Nina Simone - Listen to and discuss this singer who combined influences of jazz, folk, pop and the blues, as well as classical music into her style, 7 p.m.

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