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Essay Contest Sponsored by Capital Region Patriot Flight CAPITAL DISTRICT Capital Region high school students are eligible to enter “How Our Veterans Protect Our Constitution and Why” essay contest. The contest is sponsored by Capital Region Patriot Flight. Patriot Flight is a hub of the National Honor Flight Network that provides World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and Cold War veterans with a free one-day excursion to visit war monuments and other historic sites in Washington, D.C. Patriot Flight participants fly to and

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BALLSTON SPA - At the swearing in of Saratoga County Board of Supervisor's new chair on Thursday, the split between the small and large towns became obvious. Of the 11 standing chair committee appointments, made by new Chairman Preston Allen, none were from Ballston, Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta, Milton, Moreau or Wilton. That silences the voice of the majority of the people who live in the county, Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett said. "It appears to be purposeful," Barrett said. "It's contributing to the schism that is evident

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Brookside Museum to Re-Open in 2020 BALLSTON SPA - As a result of the positive response to the “Save Brookside Museum” campaign, the Saratoga County Historical Society/ Brookside Museum Board of Directors has announced that the museum will reopen in February 2020 after its normal January closure. With significant contributions from the Towns of Ballston and Milton, as well as support from the community, over $65,000 has been pledged to date. SCHS/ Brookside Museum is now entering the next phase of the campaign to achieve its goal of raising $100,000

by March 2020 to insure the continued operation of the museum and support of its extensive collections and educational outreach programs. To ensure the long-term viability of Brookside, a team has been formed to Re-envision the operations of the museum, seeking to expand our capacity to present local history to the community. An important aspect of this initiative is to work together with other historical organizations in Saratoga County on this shared desire to inspire a love for our past, and its importance in providing perspectives for our daily lives. SCHS/ Brookside Museum will be in the forefront of this effort during 2020 and in the years to come. To contribute to the campaign, donations may be sent to Saratoga County Historical Society, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Sap, NY 12020 or visit our web site

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Good News from Books for Troops CAPITAL DISTRICT - Books for Troops has finally reached its goal of raising $2000 to replace the money taken by fraud. We are extremely grateful to all who donated to this cause through Go Fund Me and direct mail. As such we have closed our Good Me page. It is good to know that there are SO many more “great” people out there than bad. We have returned our book collection containers to their original sites, Clifton Park Town Hall, Halfmoon Town Hall, Print Productions and our office. We are now collecting paperback books again. Please do not overload the containers. If you would like to donate your books

directly to our office, we are there are Monday and Thursdays from 1:15- 3:00. For more information or directions, please contact In articles in both Local First and the Times Union, it was reported that Ellen Keegan planned to resign as Director of Books for Troops because of health reasons. In the same article, a request for volunteers was made. Because of that request we had an outpouring of people interested. As a result, we now have 3 more volunteers and have been able to restructure our procedures more efficiently. Having worked with those new volunteers, I realized that Books for Troops now has enough willing people to compensate for my physical restrictions. With their help and the support of all my other loyal volunteers, and, of course the community-at-large, I decided that I will stay on as director as long as I can. I can’t think of a more rewarding

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COPS, COURTS AND FIRE CALLS Crash on Northway kills Cohoes man, 24 HALFMOON — A Cohoes man was killed in a car crash just after midnight Friday on the Northway, the State Police said. Troopers were called to a stretch of the highway located just south of Exit 8 in Half-moon at 12:27 a.m. for a two-car crash. When they arrived, they found one driver dead, police said. He has been identified as 24-year-old Rayquan D. Murphy. A preliminary investigation determined Murphy was driving south when he hit another car from behind, troopers said. Murphy lost control of his car and the vehicle rolled several times, coming to a stop on the western shoulder. There were no other people in his car, police said. The people in the other car were not hurt. Troopers believe speed contributed to the crash, which remains under investigation.

Rescue from overdose reported at barber shop ALBANY — A 23-yearold man who overdosed at an Albany barber shop Thursday was saved by firefighters, police say. Albany police spokesman Steve Smith said a call came in for an unconscious person at Duke’s Barber Shop on Madison Avenue at about 4:40 p.m. “From what I understand he was passed out in the chair,” he said. The fire department arrived first and its members were able to resuscitate the man using Narcan, a drug that reverses an opioid overdose. He was taken to

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Fight at nearby home prompts school lockout ALBANY — An Albany elementary school was placed on lockout for 20 minutes Friday morning as police broke up a fight at a nearby residence, officials said. Out of precaution, district officials placed the Albany School of Humanities at 108 Whitehall Road in lockout at 10:35 a.m. and lifted it at 10:55 a.m. due to nearby police activity, spokeswoman Lisa Angerame said. During a lockout, school entrances and exits are secured and no one is allowed in or out. The nearby fight did not result in any injuries or charges, Albany police spokesman Steve Smith said. He said the fight did not involve local school students, but did involve some older teenagers from outside of the area, though he couldn’t specify where. The fight may have been prompted by social media conversations, Smith said. The teenagers showed up to the residence on the 100 block of Whitehall Road as a result of those conversations, and a fight broke out outside, he said. Police requested assistance to break it up, which prompted the large police presence outside the school.

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AROUND YOUR COMMUNITY Southern Saratoga Art Society

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SARATOGA COUNTY - Artists and members of the Southern Saratoga Art Society will be exhibiting throughout the area during 2020. Please try to visit these venues and support the arts in Southern Saratoga County. For further information about SSAS visit our webite: southernsaratogaartist. com Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd., Tel.#518-383-1343, is hosting 6 artists for the month of January, 2020 in the Center Gallery. David Mayack, Mary Mochrie, Neil Sergott, Jean Skanes, Tess Stoklosa and Grace Rogan will be exhibiting in an eclectic mix of art work. Mechanicville Library, 190 N. Main Street, Tel.# 518-664-4646 will host artist, Faith Weldon, during Jan./Feb., 2020. Catskill-Hudson Bank, 2452 Route 9, Malta, is hosting artist, William Daisak, for the months of Jan./Feb., 2020 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Tel. # 518-399-8174 will host a variety of artists and members of SSAS for the months of Jan./Feb., 2020.

CAPITAL DISTRICT - The AARP TaxAide program will begin providing FREE tax preparation services for low and moderate income residents in Saratoga, Washington and Warren Counties. The TaxAide program is sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS. TaxAide preparers are trained in federal and state tax regulations and are certified by the IRS. FREE tax preparation services will be available from February 1 through April 15. To find the location nearest you, go to or call 1-888-227-7669 for assistance.

Afterschool at the Stable SARATOGA COUNTY - Openings available for AFTERSCHOOL at the STABLE an equine experiential learning program for horse loving children ages 6 to 13 yrs. weekdays Now through June at the New Forest Equestrian Centre and home of STEP. For further information and registration contact Kay at 518 366.5221 or email stepatnfec@yahoo. com.

Capital District Genealogical Society Conference CAPITAL DISTRICT - The Capital District Genealogical Society (CDGS) will hold a one-day Conference “Improving Your Skills: What Do You Need?” on May 30, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY, the Saturday after Memorial Day. Are you looking to take that first step into the genealogy world? Perhaps you are an avid genealogist who has published your own family history. Maybe you have been involved in the field for awhile and want to improve your skills. Have you received a genealogy DNA kit and want to understand what it means? Join us for an educational day of six sessions with nationally known speakers. Our Keynote is Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, JD, CG, CGL; with co-presenters Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL,

FASG, FUGA, FNG, author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation; and Meryl Schumacker, CG. Sessions include: “After The Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History through DNA,” and “Don’t Forget the Ladies: A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law” presented by Judy Russell; “The Jones Jinx: Tracing Common Surnames” and “Out-of-State Workarounds for In-State Record Shortages” presented by Thomas Jones; and “Let’s Make Trying New Things in Genealogy Less Scary” and “Strategies for Urban Research” presented by Meryl Schumacker. Your registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon breaks with refreshments. Registration closes May 20, 2020. Visit https:// for details and to register. Questions may be sent to cdgsconference@gmail. com. Early Bird rate expires on January 15, 2020.

Mental Health First Aid 101: For Older Adults and Those Dealing with Later Life Issues CAPITAL DISTRICT - Please join us on Saturday, January 11, 2020 for a FREE presentation entitled “Mental Health First Aid 101: For Older Adults and Those Dealing with Later Life Issues” from 9:00am-Noon at the Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main Ave., Albany AND will be broadcast to the following sites for live viewing: Our Lady of the Annunciation/Queensbury and St. Edward the Confessor/ Clifton Park.

This presentation by certified instructor Brian Evers will help increase the understanding of mental health issues affecting the older adult population and to equip those who minister to them with the skills to provide stronger support to individual and families To register: https:// or, (518) 641-6818. All faith traditions welcome.

Ballston Spa Elks Lodge All You Can Eat Breakfast BALLSTON SPA - January 12, 2020 8am to 11am. The buffet includes scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, sausage, home fries along with eggs and omelets to order. Adults $7, Seniors $6 and kids 10 & under $5. This is open to the public with profits going to Elks charities For more information please contact Ballston Spa Elks Lodge 518-8851149.

Local Magicians to Meet CAPITAL DISTRICT - The local group of The Society of American Magicians, Assembly #24, meets Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30 PM (on the second Tuesday of the month) at the S. W. Pitts Hose Co. of Latham, 226 Old Loudon Road, Latham, NY. We welcome all persons, age 16 and older, with any interest in the art of magic whether it be: performance, history, collecting or purely entertainment to join us for a fun evening. For more information about our organization, or for a link to a local magician, visit our web site: www.sam24.synthasite. com.

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SCHR Show and Tell Sharing Event BALLSTON SPA - The Saratoga County History Roundtable will present a Show and Tell Sharing Event on Thursday, January 16th at 7 PM at Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa. Several members will tell the story of artifacts and manuscripts from family heirlooms or other items of local historical interest. For more information on this and other upcoming 2020 SCHR programs visit or contact Jim Richmond at

French Film CAPITAL DISTRICT - “Sans Famille”-Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1pm, Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street, Troy, NY, free, presented by La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York. Young Rémi, a foundling, lives on the farm run by his impoverished foster parents. When their money runs out, unbeknown to his foster-mother, Rémi is sold by his hard-hearted foster father to an old street performer named Vitalis. Vitalis was once a famous opera singer, but became destitute after a tragic love affair. Ever since that time he has been a traveling showman, touring the country with three dogs and a monkey. Rémi is given a warm welcome by the strange troupe, and actually learns how to read and write. (Source-IMDb) For additional information, call the Troy Public Library at 518-274-7071. Follow La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York at and Facebook.

St. Luke’s Recovery Resource Center Speaker Series CAPITAL DISTRICT - Saturday, January 18, 2020. Recovery for Families. 2:30pm Narcan Training; 4pm Eucharist; 5pm Potluck; 6pm Speaker Series. Join us for this meaningful gathering for families of those struggling with addiction or in recovery. Speakers: Judy Moffitt, MC.; Theresa Knorr – FOR-NY Director of Recovery Education and Training. Rob Kent – General Council for NYS OASAS. Laurie Quinn – CARC Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and Partner. Deb Rhoades – CASAC-M Consultant and Trainer. St Luke’s on the Hill, 40 McBride Road, Mechaniville, NY 12118. 518-664-4834.

Looking for New Social Activities? BALLSTON SPA - If you’re over 55, a long-time or new resident in the area and looking to meet active seniors, check out the Ballston Area Senior Citizens (BASC). BASC sponsors many activities at the Milton Community Center located at 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa. Residents from surrounding communities are welcome to join. Programs and activities include Festive Dinners, dances with live bands, “pickin’ sessions”, bus trips, weekly luncheons, exercise classes, chorus, crafts, etc. Stop in any Thursday 11:00am and join us for lunch. Yearly membership fee is $10. Call Barb Broderson, Membership Secretary at 518-885-4229 or visit www.ballstonareaseniors. com for additional information.


AROUND YOUR COMMUNITY Ballston Spa Elks Lodge Super Bingo BALLSTON SPA Saturday January 11, 2020 at 1pm. The payout prize will be $2500 along with a $1000 coverage all. The larger the crowd the larger the prize. Doors open at 11am and tickets start selling at 12pm with games beginning at 1pm. We will have concession stand available before and during intermission. This event is open to the public and you must be 18 years or older. All proceeds go to Elks Charities.

Historical Society, a Past President and Editor of the Brunswick Historical Society; a Past Chairman and Editor of the Capital District Civil War Roundtable; a former member of the Board of Advisors at the N.Y.S. Military Heritage Museum; and a contributing author to The Encyclopedia of New York State. William K. Sanford Town Library (Colonie). 629 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville. Saturday Jan 25, 2020. 1:00 Starting with Speaker. Computer group at 2:30. Please join us! The meeting is free and open to the public.

Saratoga Christian Women’s Connection “Fun Fitness” Saratoga County Luncheon Office For The Aging SARATOGA SPRINGS Volunteers Needed Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 12:00 to 2:00. $19.00 Inclusive. Longfellow’s Restaurant, Rt 9 Saratoga Springs. Special Feature: Kathy Scherer from “Go For Fitness” will share ideas on how to stay healthy and fit in the New Year. Speaker: Mary Elsasser from Schenectady talks about “My Picture Isn’t Finished Yet”. Reservations Necessary by January 9. Call Ellie at 518-584-3779 or Anita at 518-583-4043. Menu: Lemon Chicken or Pasta Primavera.

SARATOGA COUNTY - RSVP- Retired Senior Volunteer Program, helps recruit volunteers age 55 and older for many opportunities throughout Saratoga County. We are currently looking for Transportation Drivers to take seniors to and from medical appointments. We provide the vehicle, gas, and trip details with directions. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or hearing about the MANY other volunteer opportunities that RSVP has available, please call Billie Jo @884-4110.

The Capital District Genealogical Society Little Girl Raises Big Invites You to Our Money for Capital Monthly Meeting Region Non-Profit CAPITAL DISTRICT Organization - Anti-Rent War: 1839 to 1869. If you had family in New York State in the mid 1800’s then you won’t want to miss our January presentation. Our speaker Michael P. Barrett Board is a member of the Lansingburgh

GLENVILLE - On September 19th, Lily Wedeman (9) of Glenville, NY presented donations totaling $1,000 to non-profit organization, floydwarriors. com. Inspired to raise money for floydwarriors.

com after her cousin (Tammy Ogsbury) was helped by the non-profit, Lily hosted a lemonade stand fundraiser. Word soon spread through social media and with assistance of her Mother, Mary Ann Wedeman, Lily raised much more than anyone thought possible. With the mission, “Dinner is Done, Dishes are Clean and the Kids are OK!” assists families in the Capital Region battling cancer with ‘Real Help in the Home’. Tammy was diagnosed with breast cancer and received months of treatment, during which she benefited from’s services. While had received donations in the past from pop-up fundraisers, this was surely the youngest person to step up and PayIt-Forward.

Indoor Craft & Garage Sale for 2020 SARATOGA/WILTON - On Sunday, January 26th, from 11-3 pm the popular Elks Ladies Auxiliary Indoor Craft and Garage Sale at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Club on Elks Lane. Admission is free with over 40 vendors; parking is great, bargains galore, and lunch, We offer household items, sports equipment, hand-made items, clothing, jewelry, party vendors, pet supplies, food treats, and just about anything you can imagine may be found here. New vendors are signing up every month. Snow or rain, the sales go on and it is a fun activity the entire family enjoys. Come browse, visit, eat, or just get out of the house with a friend. All proceeds go to our local charities. All markets are held the

fourth of each month: except December, May, June, July, and August. Next sale dates are February 23rd , March 22nd, , and April 26th . An 8 foot table and chairs are just $15; call Linda at (518) 289-5470 for information or to sign up for a table(s).

The Next Generation Needs You, Be a Mentor SARATOGA COUNTY - January is National Mentoring Month. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our current mentors who generously give of their time, friendship and wisdom. The Saratoga Mentoring Program has been matching caring adults with children in Saratoga County for 27 years! Mentors can make a profound difference in the life of a child. Studies show that young people with mentors have more positive outcomes in school and in the workplace. This in turn strengthens our community, our economy and our country. Mentors are screened and trained before working with a child. Mentors meet with their mentees once a week for about 2 hours. In order to develop trust and consistency, a 1 year commitment is required. For more information visit our website at www. or call 518-581-1487. Saratoga Mentoring is a program of Catholic Charities.

Volunteer for VITA SARATOGA COUNTY The Saratoga County EOC is looking for volunteers for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax help to eligible low- and moderate-income

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Indoor Flea Market Jan. 25! Shop in indoor comfort Malta Community Center for anques, art, 1 Bayberry Dr. clothing, collecbles, Malta, NY 12020 furniture, hand craed items, jewelry, tools, Vendor Space Available toys and more at the Malta Community (518) 256-4409 Center! Breakfast & Lunch available Free Admission • Hours: 9 am – 3:30 pm

More Indoor Flea Market Dates: 2/22, 3/28, & 4/25 taxpayers, including filing their taxes electronically without fees. VITA is a program of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Last year, Saratoga County EOC helped over 200 families receive nearly $400,000 in state and federal tax refunds during the last tax season. By volunteering, you’ll make a critical difference in the lives of struggling families and make a difference in the local economy. We’ll work around your schedule as well as offer a training and orientation. Are you interested in getting involved? Please email our Angelo Calbone, our community services director, at a.calbone@ or visit

Are You a Family Member in Crisis? GLENVILLE – Families Anonymous is a free support group for family and friends of a loved one who is suffering from alcohol, drugs, or other

addictive behavior. You are not alone and there is help. Meetings are every Monday at 7:15 pm at Conifer Park (not associated), 79 Glenridge Road, Glenville, off main lobby in room D110 (follow signs). Come listen to other FA members, become stronger, and learn new ways to improve the situation. For more information, call or text 518-424-0472.

Ballston Area Seniors Chorus BALLSTON SPA - We are looking for new members who enjoy singing. We are a fun group who rehearse a program which we then take out to local nursing and rehabilitation homes, who are always delighted to sing with us. We rehearse on Mondays from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the Milton Community Center. Do come and join us.




property tax n Saratoga’s Tom Wood for human resources and insurance n Stillwater’s Ed Kinowski for legislative and research In addition to the controversial appointments, the supervisors also argued and voted to change Allen’s appointments to the board of Prosperity Partnership and the Water Authority Board. The vote cut along the big town/small town lines. “Many municipalities were shut out of having any input on standing committee assignments,” Barrett said. “Expressing our collective voices as a majority on appointments that are selected by the full board of the Board of Supervisors ensures there is a semblance of representation of all municipalities regarding the full scope of county appointments.” Despite the divide, the seven larger towns still have power. Even if Saratoga Springs Supervisors, Veitch and Tara Gaston, vote with the small towns, the remaining larger towns can overrule them because they have a weighted vote based on population. Interestingly, Allen, though chair, has a vote with the least weight because his town has the lowest population of all of the municipalities in the county - 856 based on the 2010 census. Malta Supervisor Darren O’Connor acknowledged that there was disagreement on appointments on Thursday, but nothing he said that will “factionalize the good hardworking and diligent people” on the Board of Supervisors. “It wasn’t a big rift,” O’Connor said. “I don’t expect it to

be long-term.” Supervisor Jean Raymond from Edinburg, one of the small towns, said she doesn’t see the divide but believes it’s important for her colleagues to remain civil. “We can all have differences of opinion without having to slip down into animosity,” she said. “We work better when we all get along.” Barrett agrees and feels that a schism is not good for anyone. “We need to come together on important issues,” Barrett said. “If we don’t, it will negatively affect the county as a whole.” - 518-454-5445 @wendyliberatore


He also said that he promises to run a civil campaign that will not attack Walsh. “It will not be a typical campaign,” Seeman said. “I won’t go after her in any dirty way. I’m not going to call her names, ridicule or belittle her. The campaign is about going to the people, listening to the people, talking to the people. I’m open to different ideas. I’m a firm believer you can learn from your opponent.” - 518-454-5445 @wendyliberatore

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The Neil Hook Vocal Music Scholarship CAPITAL DISTRICT The Festival Celebration Choir will hold a competition for current graduating High School Seniors in the Greater Capital District. A cash prize of $700.00 and an opportunity to perform at our May concert will be awarded to the winning applicant. Applicants should be attending college in the Fall and continue their study of music, although not necessarily planning a major or career in music. The cash prize is intended to facilitate the continued study of music. All written applications must be postmarked by Monday, February 3, 2020. The auditions for finalists will be held on Sunday afternoon, March 29. Times to be designated. In the event of inclement weather, an alternate date will be provided. Location: The First Lutheran Church, 181

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BH-BL Women’s Club Meeting BURNT HILLS/ BALLSTON LAKE - The meeting of the BH-BL Women’s Club will be held Monday, January 13th, at the Burnt Hills Methodist Church at noon. The program is a pot luck luncheon and guests are always welcome.


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Glenville Senior Center Coffee and Conversation Group GLENVILLE - The Glenville Senior Center is hosting a “Coffee and Conversation” group on Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Glenville

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Low-Income Families Can Apply for Free Weatherization CAPITAL DISTRICT - Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) is accepting applications for free weatherization in both Saratoga and Schenectady counties. Low-income homeowners are eligible. Through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), EOC conducts an audit that identifies sources of heat loss and

checks the home’s energy systems to make sure they are safe and functioning properly. Based on the audit results, the crew may install insulation, replace windows and doors, tune up the heating system, weatherstrip the home and install Energy Star thermostats. The average family sees an annual savings of $283 as well as a decrease in out-of-pocket medical expenses. For more information, income guidelines and an application, visit or call 518-288-3206.

Glenville Senior Center Seeks Volunteer Drivers and Dispatchers GLENVILLE - The Glenville Senior Center seeks retirees who are willing and able to donate a small portion of their time to help other retirees with transportation needs. Drivers gain a real knowledge of Glenville and have the chance to meet fellow retirees while driving our minivan. We are in need of regular and substitute drivers. The morning


shift for drivers is from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays. The afternoon shift for drivers is from 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays. Regular volunteer drivers only need to commit to one shift or day per week and substitutes only fill in shifts as needed based on their availability. Dispatcher shifts are from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays. If you are interested, please stop by the Glenville Senior Center located at 32 Worden Road, Glenville and leave your name and phone number or call the Center at 518-374-0734.

Furniture and Home Decor Donations Needed SARATOGA COUNTY Spring Cleaning? Redecorating? Donate used furniture & home décor to Rebuilding Together Saratoga to provide home repairs for low-income veterans, seniors & disabled individuals in Saratoga County. Call The Store @ Rebuilding Together for more details! (518) 587-3315.

Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed


CAPITAL DISTRICT the Tri-State Emergency Team is recruiting volunteers to provide wildland and underwater searches within a 100 mile radius of Waterrford, NY. This includes all aspects of field and underwater search. The Tri-State Emergency Team responds when requested by NYS Forest Rangers and other police agencies throughout New York State, Western

Vermont and Massachesettes. We are looking for certified scuba divers, experienced boat handlers, and people who enjoy hiking and the outdoors in general who wish to help people in need. The team will provide training and complete support as needed. Our headquarters is located in Waterford. Applicants need not live in Waterford to volunteer. If interested, please call 518-237-6744 or visit our website at

Ballston Area Senior Citizens Weekly Activities BALLSTON SPA - 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 phone—518-885-6740. www.ballstonareaseniors. com • Mondays - 10:30 am to 11:30 Chorus; 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Stretch & fit, exercise. • Tuesdays - 9:00 am to Noon Billiards, Crafts & Woodcarving; 10:00 am to 11:00 am Quilting; 12:30 pm Wii Bowling; 1:00 pm Mahjong, Board Games & Cards; 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm OsteoBuster. • Thursdays - 9:30 am to 11:45 Craft, Cards; 9:30 am to 11:30 am Billiard; 11:45 am to 1:30 pm Lunch / bring a dish to share, meeting; 1:45 pm to 3:30 pm Bingo is open to the public. • Fridays---2:15 pm to 3:00 pm OsteoBusters; 6:30 pm Cards & Games. We also have a monthly Dance and Pickin’s Sessions. For more info Check out our web page: www.

Feathers Along the Mohawk

Clifton Park Senior Community Center CLIFTON PARK - Periodic Activities: call or go online to view our newsletter at www.cliftonpark. org *Please call to register for programs listed below. Thank you* Mondays: Tap Intermediate, Jazz Dance, Chair Yoga, Discussion Group, Clogging, Quilting, Healthy Bones for Life, Soul Line Dancing, BUNCO, Learn to Play Beginner Bridge, Basic Computer Class, Adult Coloring Tuesdays: Exercise to Tape, LCR or Dice 3000-learn to play, Pinochle, Pool/Billiards, Duplicate Bridge, Tai Chi, Scrabble, Mexican Train Wednesday: Exercise to Tape, Senior Investment Group, Social Bridge, Memories to Memoirs, Hand & Foot (cards), Crochet & Knitting, Poker, Healthy Bones for Life, Crafts, Beginner Bridge Thursdays: Exercise to Tape, Pool/Billiards, Chorus, Yoga, Watercolor & Sketch, Seton Health Seniorcize, Duplicate Bridge, Mah-Jongg, Pinochle, Bunco or Pinochle – learn to play Fridays: Orchestra on the Common, Woodcarving, Tap Advanced, Ballet, Dominoes, Center Big Band (Swing Band), Diabetes Support Group, BINGO, Lunch and a Movie, Jewelry Making, Scrabble, Healthy Bones for Life, Latin Line Dancing, Asian Mah-Jongg. 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park. 518-383-1343. by Jeff Scherer

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