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I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This monthly report is an example of my commitment to keeping residents informed of the activities of the Schodack Town Board. All meetings of the Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board can be viewed live or at a later date at schodack. During December, the Town Board adopted a resolution honoring Katherine Lubbers for her dedicated service to our community as Receiver of Taxes from 2004-2019. We wish Kathy all of the best in retirement. At the year-end December 30 meeting, the Town Board adopted the annual salary expense for employees and elected officials for calendar year 2020. This list as well as the entire adopted 2020 budget can be viewed at www.schodack. org. Schodack Town Hall recently hosted one of three Criminal Justice Reform forums that were held in Rensselaer County to address New York’s criminal justice reforms that took effect on January 1. Thank you to District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly and other county elected officials for hosting this informative event. If you wish to view the forum, it has been archived at https://townhallstreams. com/towns/schodack. There was a terrific turnout for the Castleton-on-Hudson Farmers & Artisans Market inaugural Winter Fest at the Castleton Fire Department. I enjoyed shopping the vendors, making an ornament and visiting with Santa. The event was so well attended, there will be a February Fest on Febru-

ary 7 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Castleton Fire Department -- another wonderful opportunity to enjoy our community and support our local vendors. Our community experienced significant snowfall during December. I wish to thank the entire Highway Department workforce for their excellent work in keeping our roadways clear and safe. Our Highway Department is second to none, led by Superintendent of Highways Ken Holmes. - Tracey Rex, Member of Schodack Town Board

Poestenkill Town Board Meeting Minutes Poestenkill Town Board – Meeting Minutes - Thursday, December 19, 2019 CAC Member, Jeffrey Briggs presented to the Town Board members the Poestenkill Natural Resources Inventory – 2019 and discuss the document. The CAC worked with partners which provided technical and financial assistance, including NYSDEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program, County of Rensselaer and the Rensselaer Land Trust. As part of the project the CAC created a series of 22 maps as part of the Natural Resources Inventory, which describes local natural resources in detail. This document is available to the public at the Town Library and on the Town website. Lou Anne Lundgren reported on the activities at the Library and thanked Supervisor Jacangelo for all of his cooperation and efforts in making the Library a wonderful place and looks forward to working with the Board and the new Supervisor. Approval of 2020-2021 Fire Service Agreement – motion made by Councilman Hass, seconded by Councilman Van Slyke

and passed unanimously – authorizing Supervisor Jacangelo to sign the agreement. Resolution – The Town Board voted unanimously on a resolution of grateful recognition of the services of Supervisor Dominic Jacangelo. Resolution – The Town Board voted unanimously on a resolution in accepting the 2019 Natural Resource Inventory for the Town of Poestenkill. Resolution - The Town Board voted unanimously on a resolution acknowledging the conduct and completion of an audit of the Town Court Financial Records. Supervisor Jacangelo addressed Town residence and Town Board members with a heartfelt “farewell” speech. Supervisor Jacangelo has served the Town since January 1, 2010. A full copy of Supervisor Jacangelo’s speech is on file in the Town Clerk’s office. For more information go to www.PoestenkillNY. com. Submitted by Councilman Eric Wohlleber

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Guest Speaker at Grafton Senior Center Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Rd, Grafton, will host a guest speaker from the Rensselaer County Health Department on Friday, February 17th at 11:00. This months’ topic is Healthy Homes program. The Healthy Homes Program consists of five smaller programs, including Healthy Neighborhoods, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Radon, Asthma, and Indoor Air Quality and Mold. Rich Elder will explain how this program can benefit our residents 60 and over. Plan to stay for a nutritious lunch (Pollock) and live music entertainment for a suggested cost of $3. Please call to be added to the lunch list at 518-279-3413.

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Advocates for better angels By AMY BIANCOLLI

Jiminy Cricket said it–rather, sang it –best. “Always let your conscience be your guide,” crooned the dapper Disney orthopteran, advising Pinocchio on his quest to be a real boy after the Blue Fairy intervenes. Resist temptation, he says. “Take the straight and narrow path.” Call it scruples or compunction, morals or mindfulness: the still, small voice is getting its due this January with National Conscience Month, four and a half weeks com-

memorating the much-celebrated, oft-cited, frequently ignored agent of thoughtful decision-making. The aim? “To just make people aware of the fact that they have within them a facility to do that which is to be done. For them. In that moment. It’s an idea that we seem to have given up,” says Jenness Cortez Perlmutter, who created the month with her husband, Leonard. Too often folks defer to “information and authority and just the materialistic idea of doing what I wanna do right now.”

Based in Averill Park, the Perlmutters founded the American Meditation Institute in 1996. On their mind in all the years since: “The conscience, and how it is sort of an outmoded, old-fashioned idea to discuss. But the more recent developments in the world have made us feel that this is the time to have a conscience month.” This past summer, they got to work on it — receiving the stamp of approval from Chase’s Calendar Jenness Cortez Perlmutter and Leonard Perlmutter, founders of the American of Events, which formalized the Please see ANGELS 8

East Greenbush CSD to Host 30th Annual WinterFest East Greenbush Central School District is hosting its 30th annual WinterFest on Saturday, January 18 at Howard L. Goff Middle School in East Greenbush. The family friendly event begins with a pancake breakfast from 8:00-10:30 a.m. in the Goff Middle School cafeteria. The cost is $5 per person and tickets can be purchased at the door. Throughout the day, there will be food, crafts, a used sports equipment sale, activities, bounce houses and fun for the whole family! Visit for more information.

Soldier serves to honor his late brother By TERRY BROWN

Army Spc. Nicholas Thomas and the late Francis “Frank” Thomas of Poestenkill were a Band of Brothers, of sorts. The sons of Janice and Lloyd Thomas were as close as any siblings could be as they grew up. Frank was so patriotic he often talked of enlisting in the Army after graduation from Averill Park High School, Janice said. But that dream ended when he was killed in 2007 while riding in a car as a passenger in a crash that involved a drunken driver. Frank was a 2006 graduate of Averill Park High School, where he excelled on the school’s football and wrestling varsity teams. He was also a former baseball player with the Central Little League and Independent Please see BROTHER 16


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Winter Walk at Robert Ingalls Preserve Sat, January 11, 2020 • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM A winter walk through Rensselaer Land Trust’s compact, but diverse jewel will take us along the sparking Black Brook, across a field of glacial erratics, and passing by evidence of long-gone people’s efforts to wrest a living from this rocky land. We will snowshoe or hike as conditions suggest; participants may need traction devices such as cleats/microspikes if it is icy. The walk will cover about two miles and involve up and down some steep slopes, negotiating rocky and uneven terrain, and likely some icy, wet, or muddy spots. Part of the 2020 Winter Hiking Series, jointly sponsored by Rensselaer Land Trust and Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. Learn more about the Winter Series and Register online

Brown’s Walloomsac Taproom and Brewery Tour– A Benefit Event for Rensselaer Land Trust On Saturday, January 25, come tour the beautifully renovated mill complex that houses Brown’s Brewing’s Walloomsac taproom, brewery, and canning facility in North Hoosick, NY, on the banks of the Walloomsac River. The intimate tour – conducted by brewers – will feature the energy saving practices, waste water processing, and other green innovations at the facility. The tour includes one beer, tastings, and snacks! Tickets: 1 for $65 or 2 for $120, include tour, beer tasting, and delicious, fresh food much of which is made using local ingredients and cooked on a custom wood fire grill. Limited to 20 people per tour time. Tours start at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Money from ticket sales go toward supporting Rensselaer Land Trust’s mission to protect and conserve the open spaces, fresh drinking water, and natural habitats of Rensselaer County. Snow date is February 9, 2020. Photo credit: @Fronhofer Design

Johnny Rabb and his Big Band at the Wynantskill Legion The Sons of the American Legion in Wynantskill NY invite you to shake off the winter blues with Johnny Rabb and his Big Band, featuring the Tichy Boys and Blue Hand Luke, on Saturday January 25th at the post located

at 111 Main Ave. Tickets are $15 if purchased by January 18th, and reserved seating will be available with a purchase of 8 tickets. After January 18th, tickets will be $17 while they last. Food will be available from our new kitchen menu, and a cash bar will be available. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm, so get your tickets soon before this event sells out. All proceeds benefit Sons of the Legion veterans and youth charities, so please come out and support our largest fundraiser of the year! For more information, please call Jeff at 518-376-8087.

35th Annual Winter Festival at Grafton Lakes State Park Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park will host the 35th Annual Winter Festival on Saturday, January 25, 2020. The Winter Fest will feature outdoor events along with indoor exhibits, food vendors, and family-friendly recreational activities. The event is free of charge and runs from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Adults can enjoy guided snowshoe or cross country ski outing, or borrow snowshoes for a free demo around the park. Fans of four-legged creatures will enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, a guided morning walk for dogs, as well as a demonstration by the Parks K9 Unit. For the kids, Winter Fest offers its popular snow bowling hill, snowshoe races and a snowball toss, as well as sled rides with the charming Northland Newfoundlands. Other outdoor offerings this year include free snowmobile rides, snow fort building, and an ice dive demonstration. The Polar Plunge, benefiting Our Lady of the Snow Parish’s food pantry, kicks off the main events at 10:30AM. As always, the Plunge includes a playful prize for the silliest costume offered by the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park, so start planning your January beach attire! To pre-register for the Plunge, please call Ray Dozois for more information at 518663-5648, or call the park office at 518-279-1155. Visitors who need to

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Lydia Ware • Scholar Athlete • This week’s scholar athlete is Lydia Ware. Lydia is a sprinter and captain on the Varsity Indoor Track team. During the Fall, Lydia played on the Varsity Soccer team, and she will run for the Varsity Outdoor Track team this Spring. Lydia says she began running track in eighth grade in order to stay in shape for soccer. She fell in love with the sport, and “it quickly became my priority.” Lydia’s love for track comes from the friends she has made. “Track is a unique sport in that it is competitive but very amiable. Whether you win or lose a race, it’s so easy to look past the competition and build connections with athletes from rival schools.” Running track brings challenges, specifically when an athlete looks to improve his or her times. Lydia says “it’s obvious if you’re not improving as a runner because numbers don’t lie. For me, it’s frustrating when I know I’m not getting faster, and it’s just as hard to help teammates who are unhappy.” In order to improve her times Lydia lifts weights during the offseason. Lydia’s efforts have helped her to break several school records. In her future, Lydia plans to continue running in college at the Varsity level. Lydia works hard both in her sport and in her academics. She has maintained a GPA of 99 throughout high school. Lydia has reached the top five since her freshman year, and is the senior class valedictorian. In order to balance school and her sports, Lydia says “it’s important for me to make good use of the time before practice and after school and get assignments done as soon as possible, not procrastinate.” For extracurricular activities, Lydia plays in orchestra and chamber orchestra. In addition, she is a member of science club and the student-athlete advisory committee. This Fall, Lydia’s academic achievements were recognized as she was inducted into the National Honor Society. Lydia’s friend and teammate Alana Caroll has been a role model for her throughout her time in high school. Lydia says “she is incredibly talented and intelligent, but her humility and fun personality make her truly amazing.” Lydia adds “my parents, teachers, and coaches Luskin and Gobel have all helped me to grow as an individual in their own ways.” Lydia wishes to tell younger athletes “There’s more to sports than just winning. Don’t let a bad day get you down; focus on the good moments and find your passion.” We wish Lydia the best as she concludes her senior year at Averill Park and prepares for college.

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The first of a two week winter break was a quiet one for AP sports. Both the boys and girls basketball teams competed in holiday tournaments on 12/26 and 12/27. The boys‘ tournament was held in Burnt Hills and the girls’ was hosted by Colonie. The boys took on Queensbury in the first round and came out with a 67-36 rout. Senior Matt Lettko delivered 20 points to lead AP. The Warriors then defeated Burnt Hills 46-30 in the finals. Lettko was named Tournament MVP and fellow senior Mike Re was named to the all-tournament team. The girls team decimated Catholic High 64-20 in their first round behind 18 points from Anna Jankovic, 15 from Kelsey Wood, and 14 from Amelia Wood. AP then fell in the finals to Colonie in a close 49-47 game. Kelsey Wood scored a team high 14 points and both Jankovic and Amelia Wood finished with 10. Make sure to come out and support AP’s athletes in their upcoming events. On 1/3, boys basketball will host Mohonasen at 1:30 and the Capital District Jets hockey team will take on Shen at 6:15 at the Albany County Hockey Facility. Go Warriors!

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Troy museum readies for Smithsonian collaboration Hart Cluett is fundraising to add one admission day per week during 10-month “How We Work” exhibit By KENNETH C. CROWE II

The Hart Cluett Museum is less than two months away from opening its “How We Work” collaborative exhibit with the Smithsonian Institution and anticipates reaching two-thirds of its $150,000 fundraising goal to support the project in the near future. The museum has raised about $70,000 in donations and pledges, and is working on a challenge grant that will add $30,000 more to reach $100,000, said Karin Krasevac-Lenz, executive A booklet recently donated to the Hart Cluett museum director for Hart Cluett. So in Troy, which will be in its far, the museum has raised upcoming exhibition “How We about 10 percent of the Work.” $30,000 goal.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community and museum,” Krasevac-Lenz said. The “How We Work” exhibit is a Smithsonian Institution pilot program that demonstrates how local history fits into the national story. The Hart Cluett Museum at 57 Second St. is one of 10 small museums nationwide selected to participate. Hart Cluett Museum Curator Stacy Pomeroy Draper said there is a wealth of materials in the museum’s collection that can be used in the exhibition. Draper is working with Smithsonian staff and a 20-member local advisory committee to place artifacts from Rensselaer County’s past into the story that is told in the exhibit about how Americans have worked over the past centuries. It ranges from the nation’s agricultural infancy to the modern realms of artificial intelligence. Draper said the museum’s collections and its connections with modern institutions cover this entire spectrum. The exhibit opens with a preview for museum members and donors on Feb. 27. It opens to the public on Friday, Feb. 28, during Troy Night Out and runs to Dec. 23. To put on the exhibit, the museum is expanding its hours to include being open from noon to 5 p.m. on

Wednesdays from the first week of March through the close of the show in December. The Wednesday schedule is an addition to the museum’s normal operating times of noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Krasevac-Lenz said the museum’s goal of $150,000 will help pay for the additional weekly admission day during the 10-month run of the exhibition. The museum, she said, also will use the funds raised to underwrite the full show. The $150,000 the museum requires for the exhibition is nearly four times the $40,000 it raises annually to help pay for operating expenses. Krasevac-Lenz said the museum will raise the $150,000 in addition to the annual contributions it receives. Donations have ranged from a few dollars on up. “I received a lot of small donations,” Krasevac-Lenz said. “Community support for acommunity exhibit.” Donations may be made through the museum website at or mailed to the Hart Cluett Museum, 57 Second St., Troy, NY 12180.

Killing case request denied Troy murder accomplice made bid for less sentence By KENNETH C. CROWE II

A man who admitted his role in the killing of two women and two children in Troy wanted the judge to cut the sentence he faces, but the judge Rensselaer County Judge Debra Young rejected Justin Mann’s bid to cut his expected sentence of 25 years to life in prison shortly after signing an Mann order Monday that forbids his alleged accomplice in the late 2017 slayings from contacting him. Young was blunt in her rejection: “It isn’t happening,” she said. Mann said he thought he should serve a shorter sentence, telling the judge he didn’t carry out the actual slayings. But he added, “I don’t want to make myself go to trial.” Mann, 26, is expected to be a key witness at the upcoming trial of James White, 40, who faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder, the top count he faces, in the stabbing deaths of Brandi Mells, 22; Shanta Myers, 36; and Myers’ two children, Jeremiah Myers, 11, and Shanise Myers, 5, on Dec. 21, 2017 in their Lansingburgh apartment. Last year, Mann pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder as part of a plea deal tied to his

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February 1, 2020, thru February 29, 2020, are assessed a 1% penalty. March 1, 2020, thru March 31, 2020, are assessed a 2% penalty. An additional $2.00 charge will be added to all bills not paid before March 4, 2020. Payments may be left in the secure green drop box located near the entrance of the Town Hall addressed to the Receiver of Taxes. Only when the complete bill and check are enclosed, will a stamped receipt be mailed to the taxpayer after the payment has cleared the bank. Checks should be made payable to Shawn Masters, Receiver of Taxes. 2020 Tax Bills and

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New Associate Pastor at Brunswick Church The new year brings with it a new associate pastor at Brunswick Church (PCUSA). Joining Senior Pastor Henry Kim is Pastor Kim Jackson. She was born and raised overseas as part of a foreign service family, but most recently called Washington D.C. home. She will be living in Troy as she begins this ministry. Pastor Kim brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience to this call. We invite everyone to join us in worship on Thursdays at 7 pm and Sundays at 8:30 am and 11 am as we welcome Pastor Kim Jackson in January. Brunswick Church is located at 42 White Church Lane, Troy NY 12180 (just off of Rt. 351).



month in its 2020 edition. To mark its inception, AMI is offering a free Jan. 9 screening of “Peaceful Warrior,” a 2006 adaptation of Dan Millman’s semi-autobiographical 2002 novel of spiritual consciousness; the author will be on hand for a Q&A. In addition, the institute is sponsoring a national contest (deadline for entry: Jan. 12) inviting high school students to submit a piece of creative writing, visual art, music or video inspired by a time when conscience guided – or didn’t guide – a choice. A total of $2,000 in scholarship funds will awarded to the winners. Young people, Perlmutter says, “have a unique idealism that they want to know what’s possible. They want to be part of what’s possible. They want to do something. They want to make the world remember something. And this is just giving them a little fodder to work with.” Beyond the contest and the screening, AMI is also celebrating the conscience with online materials — including a step-by-step guide on following the conscience, “the only function of mind with a panoramic view.” The first step: Harvesting info from the other three functions, all of them awfully pushy: the ego with its likes, dislikes and quest for self-preservation; the “logic-senses” and their drive “to scour the world for anything that delights or promises safety”; and the unconscious, with its “reservoir of all our habit patterns, including both those that serve us well and some that don’t.” Then, equipped with this info, you weigh the alternatives. Use your wisdom. Listen to Jiminy Cricket. “Every moment is a crossroads. . . . Because those things that can be easily recognized as turning points really are the results of many different decisions, moment to moment to moment,” Perlmutter says. “What are you gonna do?” Like Robert Frost’s “The Road Less Traveled,” life is a succession of junctures. Not just a few. Scads. Endless, she says. But recognizing them all isn’t automatic: “Contemplation builds your capacity to recognize that at any particular moment, you can imagine – right now, for instance – you’re at a crossroads. You can choose one thing or another.” This means you, gentle reader. You can stop reading this story or ditch it. You can head to the sports section or the crossword. You can renew your Times Union subscription or. . . never mind. These aren’t monumental choices with earth-shattering consequences – but every moment in our course through life offers such choices, she says, and we’re all in better shape if we approach each bend in the road with reflection. The Perlmutters’ own notion of conscience is shaped by their studies of Indian philosophy – the Vedanta school in particular – and yoga. “I’m not talking about the kind of yoga with the leotards and the studio down the block. I’m talking about the philosophy of yoga” and its emphasis on functions of the mind. Buddhi is the highest level – the wise and discerning arbiter that comprehends all. “English does not have an exact equivalent of that,” Perlmutter says, “but conscience is the closest thing. So the ego or the memory might be making suggestions, but they can’t really make decisions — it’s buddhi that makes the decisions.” Buddhi is in touch with something higher than the brain, a wisdom “within you, though it is outside of you” — a notion common across religious traditions, Christianity included. These days, high-minded reflection is hardly the norm. Especially on social media, people often act before deliberating. “It used to be understood we had within ourselves the human capacity to understand what had to be done. ... That seems to have been put aside on many, many different levels. The whole idea of honesty presupposes that you have something to be honest to. This whole idea of honor is having fidelity to that capacity within you.” Perlmutter didn’t want to make the month too political. But with so much partisanship out there and such a gulf between sides, the conscience that pesters us all just might be our common ground. “It’s everyone,” she says. “Everyone has it.” Well, almost everyone. “That’s really pretty much what distinguishes us from other animals. . . . It’s a matter of just recognizing that we are already united.” All of us walk through life the same way — considering, contemplating, moving on. The best we can do is the best we can do in the moment. We regard the circumstances. We mull all the options, understanding that we can’t foretell the future. And we heed the higher nag. “You have this ability to make the right decision for you right now,” she says. That decision “will affect other people, certainly, but being true to your own best judgment, your conscience is going to leave you (pointing) in a direction hopefully away from division and toward unity.” The ways she talks, it almost sounds like a superpower. “It is a superpower,” Perlmutter says. “It is.” CONTINUED FROM 3

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On Sunday, January 12th, 2020, Latham Colonie Council Columbiettes and Knights of Columbus will host their “All You Can Eat Breakfast”! Serving from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM Menu includes; Variety of Juices, Rolls, Sweet Breads, an Omelet Station, Pancakes, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, Corned Beef Hash, Bacon, Sausage, Cereals, Bananas and Fruit Cup. Latham Colonie Knights of Columbus is located at 328 Troy, Schenectady Road, Latham, N.Y. 12110 For information 518 783 0572 or www.lathamcolonie. com. Adults $9.00 Children 5-10 $4.00 Under 5 Free.

Hopes Kitchen Free Community Meal Hopes Kitchen Menu, Jan. 9th, free to the community. Plan to come and enjoy home made Beef Stew, Tossed Salad, Corn Bread, rolls, butter, apple pie for dessert. Dinner is served from 3:30 to 6:30. Hopes Kitchen is an ecumenical mission of the Rensselaer Presbyterian Church, and Hope Lutheran Church in North Greenbush. All meals are free. Everyone is welcome, families, singles, teens, homeless, or anyone that would enjoy a fine homemade meal served to you at your table. Pianist Chris Dunn adds a musical flavor from 4 to 5. Please mark your calendar now and plan to join us, Hopes Kitchen, 34 Broadway, Rensselaer, look for our sidewalk sign. We are not recruiting church membership, just feeding the hungry.

by calling (518) 674-3677. A spaghetti dinner will continue to be held every second Saturday of each month. All proceeds support Kiwanis projects. “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time”

Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Chicken BBQ The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club will be firing up its grills and selling its famous Chicken BBQ dinners on Sunday, January 26, 2020. This is one of our largest fundraisers and all of the money stays within our community helping to improve the lives of our community. The cost of the dinner is $10.00. Dinners can be picked up from 12:00 noon until 4:00PM at the Castleton Fire Company located on Green Ave. in Castleton. To pre-order your dinner or for more information call 518-7324228. Walk-ins are also welcome. If Chicken BBQ is not your thing, we always appreciate donations. Give us a call or stop by that day. Checks can be made payable to the Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club and mailed to PO Box 42 Castleton, NY 12033. Like Sweets? The Maple Hill High School Key Club will also be holding a bake sale on this date. Interested in joining the Kiwanis, making new friends, hearing guest speakers and making a difference in our community? Community members are always welcome

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AROUND YOUR Garden Club of East Schodack January Meeting The Garden Club of East Schodack will hold its next meeting on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 751 County Route 7, East Schodack. The Public is welcome! Brian Schell, owner of Bountiful Blooms in Castleton will present a demonstration on flower arranging. Brian is a talented floral designer who is well known for the creative expression he brings to his work and for his vibrant floral arrangements. The demonstration will provide the audience with the knowledge and confidence to try flower arranging at home. Please join us for an informative presentation with refreshments following. If you have any question, call Marilyn Michaels at 518-265-1525.

Schodack Supervisor’s Report for December 2019 In a continuing effort to keep residents informed of my activities as well as issues pertaining to the Town, I submit to them this report for December of 2019. As always, further information can be found on the Town’s website or it’s social media pages. I want to start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year and thank everyone for their support these past two years during my first term. My second term began on January 1st, 2020 and I look forward over these next two years to continuing the good work we’ve done. On December 5th,

4-H Winter Fairs Held The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County 4-H Youth Development program recently held two Winter Fairs, one at Tamarac High School, hosted by the Clover Kids & Critters 4-H Club and another at the Poestenkill Evangelical Lutheran Church, which was hosted by the Green Earthlings 4-H Club. Participants brought projects, made from natural and recycled materials to be evaluated by 4-H Teen Evaluators. Additionally, the youth also had the opportunity to create other winter themed crafts and participated in community service projects at each location. The Rensselaer County 4-H program would like to thank all of the 4-H members and volunteers who helped with the Winter Fairs. For more information about the Rensselaer County 4-H program, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Rensselaer County 4–H at 518-272-4210 or visit our website at the Town received word that the Third Appellate Division court affirmed a previous ruling in favor of the Town as it pertained to an Article 78 proceeding regarding the proposed Amazon Sales Distribution center. I’m happy that two courts have now upheld the work and authority of our Planning Board in making decisions regarding this project. I’m proud of our Planning Department, our Planning Board, and our legal counsel for the hard work and dedication they have shown throughout this process and I’m hopeful that this brings to an end the additional costs we’ve had to bear in defending ourselves in these proceedings. I regularly spend time

with Highway Superintendent Ken Holmes visiting and discussing potential areas of concern in town. Our Highway Department strives to be proactive in identifying and addressing these issues and I’m thankful for the watchful eyes of Ken and our Highway Crew. Recent trips have been to examine some sewer problems along Miller Road, and a currently private road through a development in East Schodack that isn’t being properly maintained by the developer during and after winter storms creating a hazard for residents that live on it. I’m hopeful we can reach a solution that protects taxpayers and ensures the developer fulfills their responsibilities.

And Finally, I’d like to end by thanking outgoing Receiver of Taxes Kathy Lubbers for her years of service and wish her well in her retirement. Supervisor David Harris

News from Averill Park CSD The Averill Park Key Club visited Crossgates Mall and sold Bells of Life leading up to the holiday break. The group helped raise more than $1,500, which benefits Albany Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. Way to go everyone! West Sand Lake Elementary first grade students from Mrs. Zalucky’s classroom created holiday care packages to send to troops stationed in Afghanistan, including a former Averill Park CSD graduate, Matt Schumaker, class of 2017. Six boxes were sent, which included snacks, toiletries and cards. Students learned how an act of kindness can be spread across thousands of miles. Great work! Miller Hill-Sand Lake Elementary K-Kids volunteered at a monthly Sand Lake Kiwanis Spaghetti Dinner recently. Students did everything from taking dinner orders to serving food and clearing tables. Great job everyone! As always, for the latest news from the District, please visit our website – You can also follow AP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent Mission: Meeting the needs of and creating opportunities for every student every day. #AP_EveryStudentEveryDay


COMMUNITY Amanda Thrasher - 2019 4-H Lohnes Award Recipient

Amanda Thrasher, the daughter of Randy Thrasher and Debbie Gutierrez of Brunswick received the 2019 4-H Lohnes Award. This award is presented to a senior 4-H equine member that displays outstanding sportsmanship, hard work ethic, ease in working with others and is simply a good role model. Amanda has a hearty and vast 4-H career doing a number of projects from dogs and beef cattle as examples to her focal point of horses which includes showing, educational equine teams and volunteering extensively. Amanda is currently a junior at Tech Valley High School and is very involved in school activities and her community. We thank and congratulate Amanda for her hard work and support of our 4-H Program and being an outstanding role model to her fellow 4-H Members.

Gilead’s Body & Soul Pantry New Dates for 2020 I know 2019 was confusing as far as what date we would have pantry and the dinner. As of January 2020 and through April of 2020, we will return to the old schedule of the last Thursday of each month. The hours will be the usual 3:00-6:00 pm. Last year many of you

enjoyed a delicious Chicken Parmesan and Ziti Dinner in February. You are in for a treat because last year’s guest chefs have agreed to recreate the same meal for you this January. Should there be questions about being open due to inclement weather please call 518279-3576. In case you have not visited us before, we are located in the fellowship Hall of Gilead Lutheran Church. The church is at the intersection of Routes 7 and 278 in Center Brunswick and is handicapped accessible.

Town Of Schodack Pee Wee Wrestling Program The Town of Schodack is pleased to announce the 2020 Pee Wee Wrestling Program to be held at the Maple Hill High School Multi-Use Facility (MUF). The program will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning January 22, 2020 and continuing through February 12, 2020. The cost is $25.00 per wrestler or $50.00 per family (3 or more children) and includes tee-shirt and awards. Children in kindergarten through 2nd grade will meet from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and those in 3rd through 8th grade will meet from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Registration forms will be available beginning January 2, 2020 at the Schodack Town Clerk’s Office, 265 Schuurman Rd., Castleton, NY 12033 and will be accepted through January 17, 2020. Checks should be made payable to Town of Schodack Recreation. Further questions can be directed to Recreation Director Sheila Golden at youthdirector@schodack. org.

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Sharing Nature with Children, with Lisa Hoyt Thursday, January, 9 at 7 pm. Sand Lake Town Hall—Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s Plateau People at Work Lecture Series: “Sharing Nature with Young People,” presented by Lisa Hoyt of Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. Dyken Pond provides high quality environmental education, outdoor recreation and youth development opportunities in a variety of programs. Dyken Pond is a Proud Partner in Rensselaer Youth Outdoors (RYO), bringing expanded environmental education opportunities to Rensselaer County youth and families. Lisa will talk about Dyken Pond activities and Rensselaer Youth Outdoors. She will share her love of the outdoors and her passion for connecting children and others to nature.$5 suggested donation goes directly to support conservation on the Rensselaer Plateau.

Register for Averill Park Community Education Classes Registration is open for Averill Park CSD’s Community Education classes! The Spring 2020 brochure of classes for all ages is now online on the district website (www.averillpark. under “Programs”) or pick up a copy at one of the schools or local libraries. As always, you can register (and pay!) online through Family ID, through the mail, or in person at the District Office. We often add new classes after the Advertiser insert comes out, so keep checking the website and Family ID for updates. There are classes every day of the week except Sunday from January through May! In addition to returning favorites, we also have 7 new classes and there is still no charge

for informational classes (although registration is required). Classes beginning in January are: Dexie’s Exercise, PiYo, Learn to Crochet (new class), Get Down with Jenn Brown, Dog Obedience, Anyone Can Learn to Paint, Zumba Gold, Qigong Infused Yoga, and YMCA Yoga for Families (new). Our goal is to connect people in our community. Even if you don’t live in the Averill Park school district, you are welcome to participate in or teach our Community Education classes! We look forward to expanding the scope of the program and want feedback and input from YOU! If you have an idea for a class or a one-time-only event, a talent or expertise to share, please contact us today: email or call 518-674-7191. -Nancy Bush and Julie Ernest, Co-Directors

Notice of Tax Collecting Town of Nassau Take Notice, that I Heather Werner, the undersigned Collector of Taxes of the Town of Nassau, County of Rensselaer and State of New York, have duly received the tax roll and warrant for the collection of taxes within the Town of Nassau for the year 2020, and that I will attend at 29 Church Street, in the Town of Nassau from 1/2/2020 to 1/31/2020 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 12pm to 2pm, Thursday 9am to 12pm and 6pm to 8pm, Friday 12pm to 1pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm, excepting Thursday 1/09/2020 and Saturday 1/18/2020. Take Further Notice, that taxes may be paid on or before 1/31/2019 without charge or interest. On all taxes received after such date, there shall be added interest of 1% if paid on or before 2/29/2020 and an additional 2% for each additional month or fraction thereof thereafter until such taxes are paid or until the return of unpaid taxes to the County Treasurer pursuant to law. Take Further Notice, that pursuant to the provisions of the law the tax roll of the Town of Nassau will be returned to the County Treasurer of the County of Rensselaer on the 1st day of April 2020. Dated 12/27/2020 Heather Werner

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events are free. Questions? Call 518-732-0879. Computer Basics -Learn the basics of using a computer or other device in a one-on-one session. Appointment required; call 518-732-0879. Mend-A-Bear - Make an appointment for free repair of your stuffed animal or dog toy! Call 518-369-2488 for appointment. Read to Lacey the Therapy Dog - Monday, January 13, 4:00-5:00pm - Stop in to read to Lacey or just say “hi.”

Introduction to Ancestry Library Edition - Tuesday, January 14, 10:00am -12:00pm - Discover your family history using Ancestry Library Edition! Registration required; call 518-732-0879. Pajama Storytime- Tuesday, January 14, 6:00pm Wear your pajamas or bring a stuffed animal friend! Ages birth-8. Friends of CPL Meeting - Wednesday, January 15, 7:00pm - Come get involved with the Friends of Castleton Public Library! Learn & Play Storytime – Thursday, January 16, 10:30am - Children from birth- age 5 enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and movement while building early literacy and motor skills! Early Literacy Playtime – Friday, January 17, 10:0011:00am - With age-appropriate toys and blocks provided, this playtime is designed for children ages birth- 5 to strengthen their early literacy skills while playing. Bridge Club - Friday, January 17, 10:30am - Come play bridge with us! Geared toward beginners and players who need a refresher. Kids Cook!: Yogurt Parfaits - Saturday, January 18, 2:00pm - learn to make a tasty yogurt parfait! Recommended for ages 5 and up.


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GENERAL NOTICES PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN (Never known to fail) Oh, most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine splendor of Heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God. Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh, Star of the Sea, help me and show me, herein you are my mother. Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth! I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to answer me in this necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. Oh, show me herein you are my mother. Oh, Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3x). Holy Mother, I place this cause in your hands (3x). Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands (3x). Holy Spirit, you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can attain my goal, you who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances in my life you are with me. I want in this short prayer to thank you for all things as you confirm once again that I never want to be separated from you in eternal glory. Thank you for your mercy towards me and mine. The person must say this prayer 3 consecutive days, after 3 days the request will be granted. This prayer must be published after the favor is granted. K.T. $$CA$H$$ FOR JUNK CARS $100-$1000. FREE PICKUP (518) 365-3368 $$CA$H$$ FOR TRACTORS ANY MAKE, ANY MODEL (518) 365-3368


CHEAPER THAN DUMPSTERS Old appliances and furniture REMOVED FROM YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. Small or Large jobs. CLEANOUTS. Call Bill the Junkman at (518)256-6124. Credit cards accepted. CHIMNEY CLEANING Chimney cleaning & repairs. insured, experienced. Don Bradley (518) 674-2444 CUSTOM REUPHOLSTERING Chairs, love seats, cushions. Call/text Lesley (518) 466-4773 DIVORCE MAKE DIVORCE EASY! Papers prepared $379. One signature req’d. Includes poor person app. (518) 274-0380 DUMPSTERS Lowest rates possible 6,8,10,12, 15, 20, 25, 30 yard sizes. Ed LaplacaW.S.L. Cell phone (518) 378-1080 FAST FIX HEATING and PLUMBING LLC 24 hr. service, fully ins. 26 yrs. exp. Installs/ replacements, tuneups, trouble shooting. Fixing all your heating & plumbing needs. (518) 256-1346. Firewood Free delivery. Fresh cut, semi seasoned or seasoned. Log lengths available. Boiler wood, camp fire wood, custom sizes also available. (518) 560-0482 GENERAL CONTRACTING Additions, interior remodeling, kitchens, baths, flooring, siding, carports. Free est. (518) 378-6298 HANDYMAN 30 yrs. exp. Kitchens, baths, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc. (518) 526-1604 HANDYMAN House maintenance. Int/Ext painting, led lights installed, ceiling fans, assembling furniture, roof repairs, seal coating. Over 30 yrs. exp. Roland. (518) 416-1005

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Call for Singers Capital Community Voices Inc., an SATB volunteer, non-audition choral group, is seeking singers in all voice parts for its May concert, “Note-worthy Celebrations”. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7 pm in East Greenbush beginning January 14, 2020. Call 518-370-5434 for more information.

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Re-Filed: Filed:06/11/201 Index No. 2019-263433


SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF RENSSELAER --------------------------------------------------------------------------X

Re-Filed: Filed: 06/11/2019 Index No. 2019-263433




Plaintiff designates RENSSELAER County as place of trial Venue is based upon County in which premises are being situate SUMMONS WITH NOTICE ACTION TO FORECLOSE A MORTGAGE

Defendants. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------X TO THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the Complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your Answer or, if the Complaint is not served with this Summons, to serve a Notice of Appearance upon the Plaintiff's attorney within twenty (20) days after the service of this Summons, exclusive of the date of service or within thirty (30) days after the service is complete if this Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York. If you fail to so appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED:

Elmsford, New York - Date: July 16, 2019 NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action.

YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF RUSHMORE LOAN MANAGEMENT SERVICES, LLC AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. Richard F. Komosinski Knuckles, Komosinski & Manfro, LLP - Attorneys for Plaintiff 565 Taxter Road, Suite 590, Elmsford, NY 10523 Phone: (914) 345-3020 NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS: RUSHMORE LOAN MANAGEMENT SERVICES, LLC IS FORECLOSING AGAINST THE OWNER OF THIS PREMISES. IF YOU LIVE HERE, THIS LAWSUIT MAY RESULT IN YOUR EVICTION. YOU MAY WISH TO CONTACT A LAWYER TO DISCUSS ANY RIGHTS AND POSSIBLE DEFENSES YOU MAY HAVE. NOTICE OF OBJECT OF ACTION AND RELIEF SOUGHT THE OBJECT of the above-entitled action is for the foreclosure of the following mortgage: Mortgage made by: Glenn P. Passino, Sr. (deceased) to MERS as nominee for Embrace Home Loans, Inc. for $96,350.00 and interest, dated June 2, 2014 and recorded on June 17, 2014 in Liber 7178 of Mortgages, at page 239 in the office of the Office of the Rensselaer County Clerk/City Register; and which mortgage was assigned to Rushmore Loan Management Services, LLC by assignment dated February 28, 2019 and recorded on March 4, 2019 in Instrument number 2019-547837 in the office of the Office of the Rensselaer County Clerk/City Register: regarding premises known as 21 Glen Street, Rensselaer, New York 12144 The relief sought in the within action is final judgment directing the sale of the premises described above to satisfy the debt secured by the mortgage described above. The Plaintiff makes no personal claim against any Defendants in this action. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of the Honorable Patrick J. McGrath, J.S.C. dated November 26, 2019 Help for Homeowners in Foreclosure New York State Law requires that we send you this notice about the foreclosure process. Please read it carefully. Sources of Information and Assistance The State encourages you to become informed about your options in foreclosure. In addition to seeking assistance from an attorney or legal aid office, there are government agencies and non-profit organizations that you may contact for information about possible options, including trying to work with your lender during this process. To locate an entity near you, you may call the toll-free helpline maintained by the New York State Department of Financial Services at (800) 342-3736 or visit the Department’s website at Rights and Obligations YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME AT THIS TIME. You have the right to stay in your home during the foreclosure process. You are not required to leave your home unless and until your property is sold at auction pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale. Regardless of whether you choose to remain in your home, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PROPERTY and pay property taxes in accordance with state and local law. Foreclosure Rescue Scams Be careful of people who approach you with offers to “save” your home. There are individuals who watch for notices of foreclosure actions in order to unfairly profit from a homeowner’s distress. You should be extremely careful about any such promises and any suggestions that you pay them a fee or sign over your deed. State law requires anyone offering such services for profit to enter into a contract which fully describes the services they will perform and fees they will charge, and which prohibits them from taking any money from you until they have completed all such promised services.


Applied Ion Systems LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 12/12/2019. Office: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 113 9th Street, Troy, NY 12180. Purpose: any lawful purpose BRUNSWICK NY PROPERTY RENTALS LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/21/2019. Office loc: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 530 2nd Street, Troy, NY 12180. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. MADISON AVENUE VENTURES ONE, LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 4/15/2013. Office in Rensselaer Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to 1 Madison St., Ste. 300, Troy, NY 12180. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION of Bug & Blue New York LLC. Art. of Org. filed with SSNY on 10/25/19. Office: Rensselaer County. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail copy to: 1484 Castleridge Rd., Castleton, NY 12033. Purpose: Any Lawful.

NOTICE OF FORMATION Of Elevated Memories LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/25/2019. Office location: Rensselaer County Princ. Office of LLC: 98 Partridge Lane, Stephentown, NY 12168. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, at the addr. of its Princ. office. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: Liberty Mobile Blasting, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/10/2019. Office location: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 14 Hinkle Rd., Poestenkill NY 12140. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: Legendary Lawn Care LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/01/2020. Office location: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 38 Climer Cir West Sand Lake, NY, 12196. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF Candy Ambulance LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/11/2019; Office in Rensselaer Co.; SSNY designated agent of LLC for service of process & shall mail to: Jesse Bolduc, 1213 Jacob Street, Troy, NY 12180; Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Pursuant to the Limited Liability Company Law of the State of New York, notice is hereby given that the limited liability company with the name “BLACK QUARRY REAL ESTATE, LLC” has been formed. The Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (SSSNY) on March 20, 2014. The office of the LLC is to be located in Rensselaer County, New York. The SSSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address to which the SSSNY shall mail a copy of any process served is: BLACK QUARRY REAL ESTATE, LLC, 301 W. 118th St, Apt 10D, New York, New York 10026. The nature of the business of the LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which limited liability companies may be organized under the Limited Liability Company Law. Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC) 1 )Name of the LLC is: S & S Electric of NY,LLC 2) The date of the filing of Articles of Organization with the Secretary of the State of New York(SSNY) is: 10-31-2019. 3) The Office within New York State that the LLC is located in is Rensselaer county. 4) The SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him or her is: S & S Electric of NY,LLC 8 Herman K Lane, Castleton NY 12033 5) The specific date the LLC is to dissolve is indefinite. 6) The purpose of the Limited Liability Company is to conduct any lawful activity.

January 2020 Events at the Rensselaer Senior Center Open 9am to 3pm in Rensselaer on East and Herrick streets, please call 518-463-2166 for reservations for all events.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: Asira Photography LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the SSNY on 11/18/2019. Office location: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY Shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 2859 Route 67 JOHNSONVILLE, NY 12094. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of MVP Results, LLC. Art. of Org. filed with the Sect’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 06/24/19. Office in Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, P.O. Box 1, Castleton, NY 12033. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of Pretty Patti Enterprises LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on December 17, 2019. Office location: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it maybe served. SSNY shall mail process served to: The LLC at 252 East Street Rensselaer, NY 12144. Purpose: any lawful act.

NOTICE OF FORMATION of REDBURN COMPANIES ASSETCO EQUIPMENT, LLC. Arts. of Org. were filed with the Sec’y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/18/2019. Office in Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC at 172 River St, Suite D, Troy, NY 12180. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of Samskara Healing, LLC, Articles of Org. filed with NY Secretary of State (NS) on 12/20/18, office location: Rensselaer County, SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process may be served, SSNY shall mail service of process (SOP) to Samskara Healing, LLC, 4411 NY Hwy 150, West Sand Lake, 12196. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF J. SERVIDONE ENTERPRISES, LLC On November 20, 2019, J. Servidone Enterprises, LLC (the "LLC") filed Articles of Organization with the NYS Department of State ("NYS DOS"). The principal business location of the LLC is 77 Troy Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061. NYS DOS is designated as the agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The post office address to which the NYS DOS shall mail a copy of any process of service is 77 Troy Road, East Greenbushh, NY 12061. The LLC is organized for the purpose of any and all lawful business.

On 12/4/19, Art. of Org. of Lansingburgh Realty, LLC were filed with the SSSNY. The office of the NY LLC is located in Rensselaer County. The SSSNY is designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served and the post office address within NY State to which the SSSNY shall mail a copy of any process against it served upon him or her is Lansingburgh Realty, LLC, 1676 New Scotland Rd., Slingerlands, NY 12159. The purpose of the LLC is for any lawful business purpose or purposes.

PLASTICMIND DESIGN, LLC Notice of formation of limited liablility company (LLC). Name: PLASTICMIND DESIGN, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/25/19. NY office location: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon him/her is 102 Dyer Lane, Melrose NY, 12121. Purpose/character of LLC: Any Lawful Purpose.

SOUTHERNMOST SOCKS LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/11/19. Office: Rensselaer County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Kristen Mary Roman, 1003 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: LAPE, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/ 04/19. Office location: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 1 Herbert Rd, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Purpose: For any lawful purpose

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The Elmbrook Limited Partnership. Application for Authority of this Limited Partnership (LP) were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on December 27, 2019. The LP maintains its office in Rensselaer County. SSNY is designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served to the Partnership, PO Box 53, Malden Bridge, NY 12115. Purpose: for any lawful activity for which limited partnerships may be formed under the law. TRIPC Hospitality, LLC Notice of Formation of the above Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). Articles of Organization (DOM LLC) filed with the Secretary of State of New York (“SSNY”) on March 4, 2019, Office location, County of Rensselaer. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any such process served to: Andrew Hurd, 64 Streamview Lane, Wynantskill, NY 12198. Purpose: Any lawful act. PUBLIC NOTICE EAST GREENBUSH FIRE DISTRICT #3 The monthly meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners, East Greenbush Fire District #3 shall be held on the second Monday of each month starting at 7:00pm. The location shall be East Greenbush Fire Company Headquarters located at 68 Phillips Road, Town of East Greenbush. The above shall be followed unless the Board makes prior notice of change. This is in compliance with Article 7 of the General Municipal Law relating to meetings.

TAKE NOTICE, that I Heather Werner, the undersigned Collector of Taxes of the Town of Nassau, County of Rensselaer and State of New York, have duly received the tax roll and warrant for the collection of taxes within the Town of Nassau for the year 2020, and that I will attend at 29 Church Street, in the Town of Nassau from 1/2/2020 to 1/31/2020 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 12pm to 2pm, Thursday 9am to 12pm and 6pm to 8pm, Friday 12pm to 1pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm, excepting Thursday 1/09/2020 and Saturday 1/18/2020. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that taxes may be paid on or before 1/31/2019 without charge or interest. On all taxes received after such date, there shall be added interest of 1% if paid on or before 2/29/2020 and an additional 2% for each additional month or fraction thereof thereafter until such taxes are paid or until the return of unpaid taxes to the County Treasurer pursuant to law. TAKE FURTHER NOTICE, that pursuant to the provisions of the law the tax roll of the Town of Nassau will be returned to the County Treasurer of the County of Rensselaer on the 1st day of April 2020. Dated 12/27/2020 Heather Werner Collector of Taxes of the Town of Nassau

Submitted by, Nancy J. Williams Secretary-Treasurer Board of Fire Commissioners East Greenbush Fire District #3

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Potsdam recently named 322 students who excelled academically in the Fall 2019 semester to the College’s Dean’s List. The students included: Drew Gates of Troy, NY, whose major is Theatre Justin Geary of Mechanicville, NY, whose major is Exploratory/Undeclared Conor Golden of Mechanicville, NY, whose major is Computer Science To achieve the honor of being on the Dean’s List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of between 3.25 and 3.49 in the given semester.

Margaret Hoyt Achieves Fall 2019 Dean’s List at Belmont University Nashville, TN- Margaret Hoyt from Averill Park qualified for the Fall 2019 Dean’s List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum

course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 38 percent of Belmont’s 8,481 students qualified for the Fall 2019 Dean’s List. Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, “This achievement for the fall semester indicates that these students have placed a high priority on their work at Belmont and have invested time and energy in their studies. It is our strong belief that consistent application in this manner will reap great benefits, which will equip them for a lifetime of learning and growing.”

NY Army National Guard Soldier Reenlistments Latham, NY - Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the State National Guard in recognition of their

continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard. Sergeant David Stpierre from Mechanicville, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the 1427th Transportation Company. Corporal Joseph Harrington from Hoosick Falls, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Military Intelligence Company D, 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion. Corporal Robert Rhodes from Averill Park, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the Military Intelligence Company D, 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion. Sergeant Kurt Knapp from Wynantskill, N.Y. reenlisted to continue service with the United States Army Cyber Team 173.

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1/9: Movers & Shakers (ages 1-3), 10am; Baby Meet up, 11am; Visit with Eddy Alzheimer’s Services, 2pm 1/10: Open Recreation Space, 9:30am – 2:30pm; Discovery Play (ages 1-5), 10am; Friday Mashup (grades 6-12), 3pm 1/11: Flu Shot Clinic, 10am-2pm; Preschool Fair, 11am-1pm 1/12: Greenbush Historical Society presents Winter Life in Early America*, 2:00pm 1/13: ENL: English as a New Language*, 9:30am12:30pm; Red Cross Blood Drive (appointments encouraged, walk-ins welcome), 1-6pm 1/14: Terrific Tuesdays (ages 3-5), 10am; DropIn Tuesday Tech Time, 4-6pm; Mat Yoga with Camie*, 5:30pm 1/15: ENL: English as a New Language*, 9:30am12:30pm; Movers & Shakers (ages 1-3), 10am; Fantastic 4’s & 5’s, 11am; Civil Rights Footage, 1pm; Teen Volunteer (TV) Club (grades 6-12)*, 3:15pm; Free Monthly Movie: King in the Wilderness*, 6:30pm

1/16: Movers & Shakers (ages 1-3), 10am; Baby Meet up, 11am; Cooking the Books: Introductory meeting with Cookbook Author, Janet Elsbach*, 6pm

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