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Bulletin Board QUEBEC CITY BUS TRIP • Aug 29-31, 2014 -- Sign-up date extended La Fédération Franco-Américaine du New York is organizing a bus trip to Québec City, Aug 29-31,  with an optional tour of the Ile d’Orléans to view church architecture and art work. Included in the tour package: (1) Round trip bus transportation from Walmart in Latham Farms; (2) Two nights of accommodations at the Hotel Chateau Laurier Québec (1220, Place George-V Ouest) & hotel tax; and (3) Bus tour of churches on the Ile d’Orléans. Package price PER PERSON is $379.00 Double, $329.00 Triple, $299.00 Quad, and $579.00 Single. Deposit of $50 per person is due by Monday, June 9, 2014 (new due date). Contact Lisa at Plaza Travel for the signup form and details:  (518) 785-3338,

UPCOMING BUS TRIPS THAT BENEFIT HOPE 7 COMMUNITY CENTER • Ladies’ Trip to Cape Cod: October 11th-13th. Price includes bus transportation & driver’s tip. Two overnight stays in Hyannis, Glass Museum, Art’s Dune Tour in Provincetown, lunch on Saturday & dinner on Sunday. Cost: Single - $530, Double -$360, Triple - $315, Quad - $290; $10 for Wine Tasting. Contact Vincenza Zucaro at 274-7845 or 283-7750 or • The Annual NYC Veteran’s Day Bus Trip is November 11th. Picks up at Walmart in Brunswick at 7:30AM, and Walmart in East Greenbush at 7:45AM. NYC drop off at Bryant Park. Leaves NYC at 7:30PM. Cost: $40 and a canned good. Contact Denise at 271-8983 to save a seat. • Another Great New York City Bus Trip is Sunday, December 7th. Tickets available for Motown The Musical at The Lunt-Fontanne Theater at 205 West 46th Street for the 2PM Matinee $100. Bus Price $45. Bus seats, only, may be purchased for shopping. Bus will leave at 7:30AM (location to be determined). New York City drop-off is Bryant Park. For information, contact Vincenza Zucaro  at;  274-7845 or 283-7750.

COME JOIN CIRCLE THEATRE PLAYERS AS THEY PRESENT “GREAT EXPECTATIONS” Sand Lake Center for the Arts-Circle Theatre Players presents “Great Expectations”.  This classic Dickens’ Tale is about a young man’s coming of age and how life is shaped by a series of mysterious events and people.  This fast-paced drama serves up mystery, romance, betrayal, and more.  Adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett and Directed by Deborah Dorman, it opens on May 30, and continues May 31,  June 5,  6, 7, at 8 pm; and Sunday,  June 1  and  8,  at 2:30 pm.  Tickets are $16 adults, $10 under 18.   Reservations can be made at 518-674-2007 or www.slca-ctp. org.    SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43,  Averill Park,  NY,  is fully handicapped accessible with  plenty of free parking.

RENSSELAER LAND TRUST’S UPCOMING MUSHROOM SERIES • Thursday, June 12th - Cowee Conference Room, 4th floor, Russell Sage College, Troy. Workshop Registration Fee $10 per person. Contact:  Marcy Steinberg at (518) 674-2171,  • Top  Ten Easy Non-Gilled Edible Mushrooms  6:30–7:30 p.m. - Mycologist Sue Van Hook, will teach you how to identify ten species of delicious wild fungi that commonly occur in our area.  Learn or get a refresher on chicken and hen of the woods, morels, puffballs, boletes, chanterelles, trumpets, and hedgehogs.    • Ready to Learn the Gilled Fungi?  7:45–8:45 p.m.  - For those who feel comfortable enjoying the top ten edibles, it is time to tackle the gilled fungi.   This talk will focus on learning stature types, gill attachment, stipe types and spore colors.  A copy of How to Know the Mushrooms I by David Largent is a must. Bring your copy or Sue will have copies for sale for $20.  

PICTURING NATURE: A PRACTICAL APPROACH TO NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is offering a nature photography workshop for all levels of photographers on June 14th from 10am-12pm. This class will be instructed by two well-known professional photographers; Denise Hackert-Stoner and Scott Stoner. They will cover the basic concept of nature photography including light, composition and aspects of simple editing. So bring your questions and your camera – be it cell phone, point-and-shoot or digital SLR. This program will be $10 per person or $5 per member. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at dykenpond@ or call 658-2055. A complete list of programs can also be found on our website at

LOCAL ARTIST MIKE HAYES TO DISPLAY PAINTINGS at SLCA Paintings by local artist Mike Hayes are on display at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts from May 17 - June 30. The paintings include recognizable scenes from Averill Park, West Sand Lake, Poestenkill and Brunswick. Mike grew up in Poestenkill and is a graduate of Averill Park High School (‘82). He went to the Memphis College of Art and majored in Fine Art Painting. Returning to the area after graduation, Mike was re-inspired by this area and its beauty. He is an illustrator at Overit in Albany where he works in the Motion department. On weekends- you may see him painting along the roadsides or in the fields and woods.

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Bulletin Board SAVE THE DATE! JOIN US AT SON TREASURE ISLAND VBS When: July 28 –August 1, 2014 9am-12pm Where: St. Henry’s in Averill Park At SonTreasure Island, your treasure seekers will play games in the sun, create colorful crafts, hear island music, and enjoy tropical snacks. But more importantly, they will discover the rich treasure of God’s love through the life of Jesus. We’re looking forward to sharing this exciting event with the children and parents in the community. Registration opens on April 27th and is free. You can get your forms on or after April 27th at Salem United Methodist Church, St. Henry’s Church, The Church of the Covenant, or by emailing us at If you have any questions, please call Melissa Barber at 477-5607, Marie Frost at 674-3818, or Laurie McPartlin at 674-8604

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at ST. JUDE THE APOSTLE CHURCH St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wynantskill will hold Vacation Bible School - JULY 7-11, 2014 (9:00A.M.-NOON); AGES 3-12 ($20.00 for 1 child, $10.00 for each additional child). Experiencing God’s Word - At Weird Animals Vacation Bible School, kids experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways! Each day, leaders reinforce one simple Bible truth—which makes it easy for kids to remember and  apply to real life! God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures...including you! Whenzkids feel weird, different, or even lost in a crowd—nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus. Each day, kids move through field-tested activity stations with their Zoo Crews. Every station is designed to reinforce the daily Bible point in a hands-on, interactive way that keeps everyone engaged. Kids experience the Bible in wild and wacky ways, and then they circle up with their Zoo crews for thoughtprovoking discussions. All the Crews comes together to eat snacks that connect with that day’s Bible verse. To join us for a wild adventure, please call St. Jude the Apostle Parish Office at 283-1162 for a registration form.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH of EAST POESTENKILL CELEBRATING 200th YEAR Reserve Saturday, August 2nd, for the First Baptist Church of East Poestenkill celebration service at 11:00 AM followed by a free picnic. Information about the church’s history may be found on our web site; Take our 20 question web site quiz about the church and get your name in our church quiz honor roll. Question of the week: What did each of the stained glass windows cost when they were installed in 1906?   You will find the answer on the web

site. Email your answer to the address below. If you have any memories or pictures relating to the church, please send them to 12 Legenbauer Road, Averill Park, NY 12018 or email them We are looking for anyone who has had any connection with the church. A book is being prepared about the history of the church. The church is located at 12 Legenbauer Road, just off Plank Road in East Poestenkill. For questions and directions, call Valerie or Pastor Waugh at 283-5186.

CHURCH OF THE COVENANT WELCOMES THE COMMUNITY TO WORSHIP! • Sunday, June 1st, 8:30AM - Communion and Worship; 10:30AM - Worship and Communion in the sanctuary with choir and organ - Professional child care provided. 11:30AM - Fellowship hour in the social hall. • Indoor Yard Sale in the social hall Friday, June 6th, and Saturday, June 7th, 9:00 3:00 both days. • No Sunday School classes until September. Church Office hours are 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The Church of the Covenant, United Methodist, is the round church near the blinker in Averill Park. Pastor Merry Watters. Phone 674-3664, E-mail:

ARE YOU FEELING OVERWHELMED? Come and meet the God who says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Join us at Third Presbyterian Church (115 Winter Street, Troy) and discover the God who promises us rest for our souls. Our Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30. Childcare is offered for children five and under. Come and worship with us as we celebrate the God who gave us the greatest gift of all – his son Jesus, through whom we have the assurance of God’s care and provision for us both today and forever! For more information, please call the church office at 283-2420 or visit

NEW PASTOR TO BE INSTALLED at FIRST UNITED OF TROY Rev. Gusti Linnea Newquist will be installed as pastor of First United Presbyterian Church of Troy by Albany Presbytery on Sunday, June 1, at 4 pm. A reception will follow. The public is invited. The service will include communion and music will be provided by the Chancel Choir and guest organist, Donald Ingram. The church is located at 1915 Fifth Avenue in downtown Troy between Grand and Fulton Streets. It is handicap accessible. Additional parking is located in the Gurley lot at Fulton St. and Sixth Ave. According to Pastor Gusti, she has been seeking to serve a creative, Spirit-led

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Bulletin Board congregation that shares her commitment to the lifelong Christian journey of spiritual formation and social action rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is delighted to have found “the perfect match” at First United. For more information, visit or call (518) 272-2771.

Luke 24: 44-53. Join us this week, and every week beginning at 10:00AM. Love Lutheran Church is located at Middlesex Road and Pheasant Lane in East Greenbush.  Please go to our new website –  – for more information and directions, or call 477-8685.



St. David’s Episcopal Church located at 2647 Brookview Road, celebrates the Holy Eucharist Sundays at 9:30AM. The Rector is The Rev. James Brisbin. Sunday School, for children 4-12 yrs., is held during service. Fellowship following service.

Zion’s United Church of Christ, 741 Taborton Road, Sand Lake, will be serving a Roast Turkey Supper on Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the church hall. Servings will be at 4:30, 5:30 & 6:30. Come and enjoy a “Family Style” all you care to eat turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, dressing, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, coleslaw, rolls and butter and a slice of pie for dessert. There will be a choice of lemonade, iced tea, milk or coffee for beverage. The cost is $12.00 for adults, $5.00 for children (ages 5-12) and under 5 years no charge. For reservations, we now are taking Text messages at (518) 649-5141 & internet at Tabortonturkeydinner@ with the time wanted, and your preference of who or where one would like to be seated, or call 518 6742746. If no answer, please leave your name & number on answering machine and you’ll be called back. All reservations need to be confirmed if left on answering machine.

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Event at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Carney Road, Castleton. • 1st and 3rd Wednes6:30-7:00 - Café Christo: Disciple empowergathering. Music. Discussion. Holy CommuFellowship. Casual. • Sunday worship: 9:30. The Sunday evening service has been discontinued.

WORSHIP at LIFE IN CHRIST FELLOWSHIP Life In Christ Fellowship located at the corner of 5 North Nassau Rd & Renss. Co Route 18 would like to invite you to our Sunday morning service which starts at 10:30. We encourage one and all to come enjoy God’s word! For directions, call 392-3657, 248-5204 or 766-3026.


On Sunday, June 1, Cornerstone Community Church of Lansingburgh will sponsor a Strawberry Social and Silent Cafe Theo is an informal gathering of people from all Auction from 12 until 2 PM. Lunch will be subs, chips, drink walks of life who seek an understanding about the big and strawberry dessert (including strawberry shortcake). questions in life. We engage in conversation on moral, Price for lunch and admission is $7 for adults, $6 for sephilosophical, and spiritual topics.  Some recent topics niors. Children under age 12 are free. Items available for discussed include revenge/mercy, nature of the soul, and silent auction will be numerous theme-based gift baskets symbolism.  We welcome all points of view and religious (Ex. Movie night, spa bath and more), gift cards from local perspective, and  our common ground honors freedom restaurants, Hoffman car wash tickets. Preview will be on of conscience in respectful conversation. We invite you Saturday, May 31, from 9 until 1. Bidding will start then. to join us for an evening of engaging discussion,  music, On Sunday, lunch will begin at 12 noon and bidding will and a period of reflection.  Refreshments are provided.  resume. Bidding will stop at 1:15. The church is located We meet  every 1st and 3rd Tuesday  at 6:30 p.m. at St. at 570 Third Avenue in Lansingburgh. Come enjoy the fun. Paul’s Methodist Church, 1583 Carney Road, Castleton.  DRIVE-THRU COOKOUT




“…He ascended into Heaven.”   So the whole Christian Church confesses from ancient time.  Jesus Christ returned to His home in heaven, to prepare a place for us, to sit at the right hand of God the Father.  This almost sounds like the end of the story, letting us down gently after all the excitement surrounding Christmas and Easter.   However, Christ’s bodily ascension into Heaven is vitally important in assuring us His presence in our day-to-day stresses, of His forgiveness of all our sins, and of being with Him for eternity.  Come listen as Pastor Henry tackles this subject in a sermon entitled, “And He Ascended into Heaven,” based on

There will be a Drive-Thru Cookout held at the Salem United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 31st, from 1pm till 6pm to raise funds supporting this Summer’s ecumenical Sand Lake Vacation Bible School (VBS). For the low price of $8.00, you can select a choice of 1 sausage & peppers on a roll, or 1 marinated chicken breast on a roll, or two burgers. In addition, you also get a choice of two sides from the following; baked beans, macaroni salad, potato salad, french fries, or onion rings. Additional sides are available for a minimal charge. Reservations are appreciated (but not required) by calling either 674-3106 or 477-5607. Your

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Bulletin Board support will go a long way towards supporting a free VBS, to be held at St. Henry’s from July 28th through August 1st. Please come out and support this wonderful cause.

DINE-TO-DONATE FOR ST. ANNE INSTITUTE Dine-to-Donate for St. Anne Institute on June 19th, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 10% of your order at the BOATHOUSE GRILLE (80 Shady Harbor Drive, New Baltimore) will be donated to St. Anne Institute in Albany, NY. You and your guests enjoy a meal at the BOATHOUSE GRILLE – present your group’s coupon and St. Anne Institute will receive 100% back on your order. For information and/or receive a coupon - contact the Development Office, 160 N. Main Ave., Albany, NY 12206 (phone: 518.437.6563) ( St. Anne Institute is a private, voluntary, non-sectarian, not-for-profit residential and community-based treatment center with locations in Albany, Troy, and Hudson Falls.

BRUNSWICK ELKS #2556 1st ANNUAL SUMMER SOLSTICE PARTY Brunswick Elks #2556 presents the 1st Annual Summer Solstice Party on June 21st at the Elks on Route 2, Brunswick. Get Up Jack!!! Featuring former members of “Hair of the Dog”, come watch the band, already booked widely since starting their journey earlier this year. This event will feature the band, along with an excellent Chicken BBQ. Tickets to the concert are only $10 in advance/$15 at the door. They will play from 4-7PM. Chicken BBQ tickets are $10 and WILL sell out. BBQ starts at 2 PM. Get yours reserved in advance. Also available will be summer foods, beverages, (beer/wine/soda), and family fun! Raffles, prizes, and 50/50. Something for everyone! Come help us kick off summer with an excellent band, good time, and profits which support Elks Charities! Sign up with Michele at 279-1344, option 1 or email

FATHER’S DAY SPECIAL DINNER On Friday, June 13th, The Edward C. Swartz Senior Center will have their “Father’s Day” Special Dinner. This Special Dinner, as is all of our meals at the senior center, open to all seniors. The meal is served at 12:00 noon with a menu of Baked Meatloaf W/Onion Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, California Blend Vegetables, Italian Bread, and Chocolate Ice Cream for Dessert. “Tri County Banjo Band” will provide a variety of music for your enjoyment. Refreshments will be served by senior volunteers, and a Raffle Drawing will follow the entertainment. Please join us for a great day of good food, good people and good music. For reservations, or more information, please call 477-6581.

CHICKEN BBQ SCHEDULE FOR LEGION POST 1021 Sergeant Walter A. Adams American Legion Post 1021 located in Averill Park announces their 2014 Chicken BBQ Schedule: June 21st, July 19th, August 16th, September 20th, and October 18th. Please reserve your chicken by calling the Post at 674-2309 by 1pm. Chickens will be available for pick-up from 11AM until 4:30PM.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET BREAKFAST The Grafton Volunteer Fire Department along with the Grafton Ladies Auxiliary will be serving you an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast - Saturday, May 31st, from 8am to 11am at the Grafton VFW - Fire Hall on South Road (County Route 85).  On the menu: Belgian waffles, Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs (made to order), sausage gravy & biscuits, bacon, sausage, homefries, toast, orange juice, coffee, and milk.  Cost is $9.00 per adult, kids 12 and under $4.00, kids 5 and under FREE!  We look forward to serving you!

HAM and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE SUPPER Pittstown United Methodist Church will hold a Ham and Strawberry Shortcake Supper on Saturday, June 14th, at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall, located just off Route 7 in the village of Pittstown, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Eat-in or Take-out. Menu: ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, applesauce, rolls, strawberry shortcake. Cost: adults - $10.00; children 5-12 - $5.00; children under 5 - free. For reservations, call Ruth at 518-753-4304.

CHICKEN BBQ A Chicken BBQ will be held at St. John’s & St. Joseph’s, 50 Herrick St., Rensselaer, NY 12144 on Saturday, May 31, 2014, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. (half chicken, macaroni salad, baked beans, baked potato, roll, drink and homemade dessert). Cost: $10.00 adults, $5.00 children under 10. Eat-in or Take-out. For reservations, call 465-0932. Free delivery (between 4:30PM and 5PM) to all 12144 senior housing. This is a fundraiser for the Youth Ministry program.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST at HOAGS CORNERS The Hoags Corners Fire House will host an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast at the Fire House on Sunday, June 1st, from 8AM – 11AM.  Our All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Style Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, homefries, applesauce, fruit cocktail, blueberry & regular pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, coffee, tea, milk, chocolate milk, orange juice, toast, and English muffins. Cost: Adults - $7.00; Children ages 6-12 - $4.00; Children 5 and

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Alex Bubie is raising money to build a shed for the VFW Post 7466. A Eagle Scout Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday, June 15th, from 8am - 11am at the Poestenkill VFW Post 7466. Cost is $8 for Adults, $4 for Children 5-11, and under 5 are free. Alex is on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout.

The Tech Valley High School® Operating Board has announced its meeting schedule for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.



The Valley Falls United Methodist Church is holding a takeout only Chicken Barbecue on Saturday, June 14th.  Pick-up will be at the Church, 16 State Street, Valley Falls between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12.  Call 753-6053 for reservations and information.

SALE, SNACK BAR & CHICKEN BARBECUE During the Valley Falls village-wide garage sale, the Valley Falls United Methodist Church at 16 State Street will have an indoor rummage sale and an outdoor snack bar from about 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will also be a take-out only chicken barbecue from 1 to 4 p.m. The menu includes chicken, pasta salad, baked beans, a roll, and a brownie. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. The church is handicapped accessible. Call Sharon or Bob at 753-6053 for reservations and information.


Below is a list of dates and locates for the meetings. All meetings begin at 6:15 p.m. and are open to the public. • May 29, 2014 at Capital Region BOCES; • July 24, 2014 at Questar III.

Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino has announced the 2014 schedule of the County’s Rabies Vaccination Clinics. The clinics aim to prevent human exposure to the potentially deadly disease by immunizing domestic animals and pets that could potentially carry the disease. “These vaccination clinics for your pets are an excellent step in protecting your family from exposure to this deadly disease. I encourage all pet owners to take advantage of these rabies clinics and the educational information available from our County Health Department on rabies, as well as a host of other health related issues,” said County Executive Jimino. During the upcoming clinics, Rensselaer County Department of Health staff will provide the appropriate rabies vaccination and booster shots as mandated by the New York State Department of Health to cats, ferrets and dogs. Owners are asked to present their pets’ most recent immunization certificate, and all pets must be secured either in a carrier or on a leash. The first hour of each clinic is dedicated to cats and ferrets with the second hour dedicated to dogs.

The Poestenkill Christian Church, 721 Snyder’s Corners Rd., Poestenkill, will have its monthly All-YouCan-Eat Breakfast on June 7th, from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Cost is $7.00 for adults and $3.50 for children The dates, locations, times, and contact numbers are as follows: under 10.  Menu includes eggs, sausage, bacon, 2014 RENSSELAER COUNTY toast, homefries, pancakes, french toast, beverage.   RABIES CLINICS



• 6/05/14 - Thursday - Poestenkill VFW - 5-7 pm - 25 Veterans St.- Poestenkill; • 6/07/14 - Saturday - KnickerIs your adrenalin pumping? Are you a little excited? bocker Ice Rink - 10 am - Noon - 191 103rd St and 8th The West Sand Lake Fire Department welcomes peo- Ave. - Troy; • 6/26/14 - Thursday - Grafton Firehouse ple like you. If you are 16 years or older and live with- 5-7 pm - 2385 Route 2 - Grafton; • 7/10/14 - Thursday in four miles of the West Sand Lake Fire Department, - 115th Street Firehouse - 5-7 pm - 115th St. and 5th Ave we are looking for your assistance. We need volunteers - Troy; • 9/4/14 - Thursday - Brunswick Community Cento drive our trucks, and respond to calls when our town ter - 5-7 pm - 18 Keyes Lane - Troy; • 10/04/14 - Saturneeds us. You can be a hero, you can be the difference.  day - Knickerbocker Ice Rink - 10 am - Noon - 191 103rd Not only will joining our department be a thrill- St and 8th Ave. - Troy. Residents with questions regarding and rewarding experience, but it will teach ing the rabies prevention program or other programs and confidence, responsibility, and good ethics. services offered by the Rensselaer County Department of If you would like to join, or have any questions, Health should call (518) 270-2655 or visit www.rensco. please contact: Celine Castro at (518) 892-9114. com and navigate to the Department of Public Health page.

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Bulletin Board A NEW RECYCLING OPPORTUNITY! FOR ALL THE COMMUNITY! Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton of Sand Lake has started a partnership with greenfiber in a new Community Paper Recycling Program.  A green bin is located next to our Church Hall on the western or parking lot side off Taborton Road.  Acceptable items: newspapers, phonebooks, office paper, cardboard, cereal boxes, magazines, brown paper bags, construction paper. Unacceptable items: glass, metal, plastic bottles, plastic bags, aluminum, string, Styrofoam.The greenfiber company will use the raw materials to produce natural cellulose fiber insulation, fire and sound products. The Blue Box located between the church hall and the pavilion is another year-round recycling opportunity for the community.  Items accepted in the Blue Box include clothing, belts, blankets, drapery, hats, hand bags, paired shoes, sheets, sneakers, towels and stuffed animals. These items are recycled among persons in need by American Clothing, a company based in Glen Falls, NY. All community residents are welcome to use both of these outdoor recycling containers at no cost. The containers are located on the  side of 744 Taborton Road, 3.2 miles east of  the intersection of Routes 66 and 43 at the four-way traffic lights and Cumberland Farms/Gulf. For further information, contact Pastor Bob Loesch   674-8204 or

BRUNS./BRITTONKILL CSD SEEKS CENSUS INFO. for INCOMING KINDERGARTENERS Are you the parent of a child who will be eligible to attend kindergarten at Tamarac Elementary School next year? Brunswick Central School District asks that you fill out a kindergarten census form so we can adequately plan for staffing and space consideration for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2014 can fill out the survey online at www. Click on “Register a Student” under Quick Links at the top right of the page and then click on “Kindergarten Registration Survey for 2014-2015 School Year.” Or you can request a Kindergarten Registration Survey form by calling the Registrar’s Office at 279-4600 ext. 2006. We are now accepting tuition paying, non-residents applications. If you are interested, please visit our website or call the Registrar’s Office at (518) 279-4600 ext. 2006.

RENSSELAER COUNTY TROY SENIOR CENTER WEEKLY SCHEDULE The Troy Senior Center located at 19 Third St. Troy is open Monday-Friday from 8:30-3:00. The center offers many exciting programs and classes ~ aerobics, line dancing, knitting & crocheting, craft class, billiards, bingo, cards & dice games, weight training offered by our very own per-

sonal trainer, legal assistance, and so much more. We also serve a delicious & nutritious noon time meal for a suggested contribution of $2.75. All of these wonderful programs and services are available to seniors 60 and over. Membership is FREE! Don’t miss out, stop by to sign up and take a tour of our beautiful building. Mondays: 9:15 Aerobics; 11:30-1:30 Gym- Exercise with Ellio; 12:30 Bowling (off-site) Uncle Sam Lanes; 12:45 Pinochle. Tuesdays: 9:00 Knitting and Crocheting; 11:00 Brain and Motor Skills. Wednesdays: 9:00 Swimming (off-site) Lansingburgh Boys and Girls club; 9:15 Aerobics; 10:30 Dice Games; 11:00 Brain and Motor Skills; 11:30-1:30 Gym- Exercise with Ellio; 1:00 Bingo. Thursdays: 9:00 Crafts; 10:00 Osteo Aerobics; 10:30 Card Games; 11:00 Brain and Motor Skills; 12:45 Pokeno; 1:00 Line Dancing with the Uncle Sam Sparklers. Fridays: 9:15 1:30 Gym-

Aerobics; Exercise

10:30 Bible with Ellio;

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HELP FOR TEENS WHO STUTTER IS AS CLOSE AS YOUR LIBRARY Stuttering is a frustrating and embarrassing problem for millions of people, but it can be especially tough on teenagers. Help is available at most public libraries in the form of a DVD. Some libraries have an older video format. “It’s meant to encourage teens, to tell them that there is hope out there,” said Professor Peter Ramig of the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Ramig is one of three nationally recognized experts appearing in the DVD produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation. David Wilkins, a high school student who stutters, narrates the DVD. It features students from junior high school through college talking about their experiences with stuttering and what they found to be helpful.  They talk openly about the ridicule they faced from classmates and how their stuttering affects their lives. “We really try to emphasize the embarrassment and frustration factor, and we think teens will relate to that,” adds Ramig. He appears in the DVD along with speech-language pathologists Dr. Barry Guitar of the University  of  Vermont  and Dr. Hugo Gregory of  Northwestern University. The three experts answer questions about stuttering, refute myths and misconceptions, and present examples of therapy sessions showing how stuttering can be reduced. Books and DVDs produced by the 66-year-old nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free to any public library. A library that will shelve them can contact the Foundation at 1-800-992-9392, e-mail info@stutteringhelp. org, or visit  or

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Bulletin Board SCHAGHTICOKE FAIR ANNOUNCES 2014 FAIR THEME AND DESIGN CONTEST Celebrating its 195th year, The Schaghticoke Fair is very excited to announce the 2014 fair theme as Harvest Your Dreams. The fair will be introducing Harvest Your Dreams into buildings, exhibits, fair entries, and contests during the week of the fair. Lauren Madigan, a student at Hoosic Valley High School was the winner of last year’s “Who’s Your Souper Hero?” theme design contest. The contest is open to all currently enrolled high school and college students as well as adults throughout the local area. The selected design will be used on the cover of the 2014 fair brochure, the annual fair t-shirt and for additional marketing purposes. Each student or adult that submits a design entry will receive a one day fair pass to the 2014 Schaghticoke Fair. In addition to having the winner’s work published, the winner will also receive a one day fair pass with one unlimited ride ticket, a 2014 Harvest Your Dreams t-shirt, a certificate of achievement presented during the week of the fair and will also become an honorary judge for future themed design contests. For more information on how to participate and the elements that are to be included in the design, please contact the art department at your high school or call Mary at the fair office, 753-4411, x13. All entries must be submitted by June 1st.


Classic books: Animal Farm, Bud Not Buddy, Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird Books by Specific Authors: Robert Frost, Abbi Glines, Stephen King, Molly McAdams, Walter Dean Myers, James Patterson, Sofia Paz, Danielle Steele. Picture books on a variety of topics, including: Animals, biographies, Bratz, cars, dinosaurs, dogs, Dora the Explorer, NASCAR, pop-up books, sports, Sponge Bob and superheroes. Families interested in donating books can email the Junior League of  Troy  at

STILL CONFUSED ABOUT AFFORDABLE CARE ACT? Have you heard several stories and don’t know what to believe? Worried that it will affect you or your business?    Whether you are an individual, sole proprietor or small business, Cornell Cooperative Extension can get you the answers you need to make informed decisions.     Feel free to contact us with your Affordable Care Act questions at Kirk Shoen  kjs264@cornell. edu,  Ashley Pierce   518-272-4210 or  Sandy  Buxton  518-746-2560.

BINGO FOR ANIMALS FUNDRAISER FOR “CARING ABOUT THE STRAYS” Bingo for Animals Fundrasier for “Caring About the Strays” is held Every Saturday – thru June. Bingo starts at 7:00PM and is held at Bingo Green in Troy Atrium, 49 Fourth Street, Troy (Free parking in Atrium).

Play Bingo at Bingo Green (also known as Atrium Bingo). Join other animal lovers for a fun night of bingo, and Junior League of Troy volunteers are collecting middle- help raise funds to care for unwanted, neglected, abanlevel education books grades 5-8 for the children of Van- doned, abused cats...and even some dogs too! This Binderheyden Hall and other children in Rensselaer County. go is to raise money for a Not for Profit - 501.c.3 CarThis spring, Junior League of Troy volunteers are plan- ing About the Strays (C.A.T.S). Proceeds go directly ning to donate bookcases full of books and other read- to “C.A.T.S.” to help provide for the daily care and veting material to the children staying at Vanderheyden erinary care for these most God forsaken animals. Hall in Wynantskill, NY. The project is part of the char- The Founder/President of C.A.T.S, Jane DeMartino, is well ity’s focus on improving childhood literacy in the commu- known and respected throughout the animal rescue comnity and inspiring children to develop a love of reading. munity and was the recipient of the 2007 American Red The following reading materials are needed: Audiobooks ~ Biographies (Beyonce, Justin Bieber, athletes, Martin Luther King Jr.) ~ Graphic novels/comic books (Superheros, Marvel, DC) / anime and manga ~ How-to books (ie. building, card games, cooking, arts and crafts) ~ Magazines – Oprah, Sports Illustrated, People, Car and Hunting magazines. Nonfiction books on topics like sports, dogs, horses ~ Poems ~ Realistic Fiction with African American and/or urban characters ~ Science Fiction. Popular series books: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Divergent, Harry Potter, High School Musical, Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Twilight.

Cross Hometown Heroes Award for Animal Rescue & was one of several finalists for the 2009 Capital District Jefferson Community Service Award. For any questions or info, please feel free to contact Venture Inward at 518 477-6566.

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