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we visit Florence, Monte Carlo, Valencia, Provence and other wonderful ports. Rates start at $2698 with air, cruise, pre-night arrival with hotel, transfers, taxes and specialty restaurant dining. For more info, and to register, contact Journeys By Julie LLC 518-326-2187 or journeysbyjulie@, or visit or Reservations must be in by Sept. 2.


Are you looking for a fun night out with your significant other or a night out with the girls? Please join I am I can for an evening of casino games, silent auction, entertainment, prizes, food and drink! Our event will take place on Thursday, September 26th from 6:00pm – 10:00pm at Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs. Play casino games, get your tarot cards read, and sip our signature drink, the Opportini! Our silent auction features fun and luxurious gifts from many local businesses. Proceeds will support I am I can in expanding our programs and outreach. I am I can is committed to encouraging personal growth and forming lasting, beneficial relationships with young women. Our program nurtures individual growth, critical thinking, healthy decision making, job/school readiness, positive community involvement and leadership development. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased on our website at or by contacting Stephanie Galuski at 518-6883010 ext 103. We’ll see you there!

St. Henry’s Church is sponsoring a Fall Shopping Trip and it is “open to the public”. The trip is an overnight trip to Reading, PA on Sunday, October 13th, and Monday, October 14th, to shop at the American Candle, Vanity Fair & JCP Outlets. Cost is $128 or $130. For reservation and details (bus, hotel, dinner), please contact Theresa at 674-3931.

On September 28, Forever Young Hair Designs will sponsor a Ladies’ Bus Trip to Alexandria Bay that will visit the Boldt Castle and continue to Seneca Lake for wine tasting. The cost is $400 per person, all inclusive (based on double occupancy). It includes transportation, two nights lodging, meals, boat ride, castle admission, wine tasting, taxes and gratuities. Return is on September 30. $50 deposit is required to make a reservation. For information, please contact Vincenza Zucaro, (518) 274-7845, Proceeds benefit the Food Pantry at Hope 7 Community Center.


• August 18th - Boston - $35pp • September 15th - Woodbury Commons - $25pp • October 6th - Salem, MA - $35pp • November 10th - New York City (Veteran’s Day weekend) - $35pp ALL Buses leave from the Brunswick Walmart and East Greenbush Walmart. Contact Denise at 271-8983 or for times & possible group rates on activities. ALL Proceeds go to the Hope 7 Community Center,


Troy Children’s Chorus, Rensselaer County’s premier children’s community chorus, begins its 2013–2014 season on Tuesday, September 10. All children grades 2–10 who love to sing are invited to participate in this non-sectarian chorus. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 4:00–5:45 pm, and include vocal and music reading instruction as well as a healthy snack. Music includes the best of classical, folk, world, and Broadway. The chorus sings for civic/community events including festivals, concerts, and more. Conducted by Maury A. Castro. Rehearsals held at First United Presbyterian Church (1915 Fifth Ave., downtown Troy). Semester fee: $30. Scholarships available. Call 272.2771, ext. 14 for more information, or go to


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is excited to announce summer classes available to the community that will increase participant’s kitchen skills, food safety techniques, nutrition knowledge and food preparation range. Classes will be hands on and designed for all ages. Upcoming classes are: • “Unbeatable Breakfast”, September 12th at 6 PM and • “Amazing Appetizers”, September 17th at 6 PM. All classes will be held at the CCE office of Rensselaer County located at 61 State Street. Cost varies depending on the class. A full class listing, fee schedule and class descriptions can be found at our Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County website at For more information, feel free to call CCE of Rensselaer County. Minimum pre-registration is required to hold classes, call today to register or for more information – 272-4210.


The Church of the Holy Trinity in Cohoes, NY invites you to join them on a “Mediterranean Passage”, aboard the NCL Jade, January 18-29, 2014 as



The Sand Lake Democratic Committee is holding a “Meet the Candidates Fundraiser” on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at the Lakeview Inn in Averill Park from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. The cost of a ticket is $30 per person and includes pizza, wings, beer and soda. Come and meet your local candidates; for Town Supervisor – Flora Fasoldt, Town Council Members – Chris Kronau and Russell Bennett, and Town Justices – David Fryer and Paul Toomey. Call 674-5326 for tickets.


The Hungarian Benevolent Society of Schenectady will hold an evening of enjoyable gypsy music. In the tradition of true gypsy orchestras, the world-famous Rajko musicians and dancers will make a stop in Albany on Thursday evening, September 19th, on their 2013 tour of North America. This is the essence of Roma music in Hungary or anywhere else in the world. The program includes Hungarian folk music and popular music selections loved not only by Hungarians. Also, selections from romantic and classical composers like Monti, Hubay, Dinicu Khachaturian, Suppe, Strauss and Rossini just to name a few. The German-American Club is located at 32 Cherry Street off Fuller Road in Albany. The concert will start at 7PM and tickets are $25. Coffee and dessert will be served during recess. You will be amazed at the exceptional level of skill displayed by this group of dedicated professionals! For reservations and information, call Eva at 518-283-2503. Your ticket will be at the door. Be proud of our Hungarian culture and bring your friends to this concert.


When you were standing at the altar reciting your marriage vows, did you have any idea that marriage would be so complex? It requires an investment of time, focused study and the right tools. The Art of Marriage, a 6-session marriage event, allows you to experience God’s design for marriage. You’ll graduate in a few hours better educated about your marriage, your spouse and yourself. Please join us at Emmanuel Reformed Church, 1150 Maple Hill Road in Castleton, on Friday & Saturday, September 20th & 21st. For more information, or to register,


Bulletin Board call 518-732-7766 or e-mail Register by September 1 and the cost is only $40 per couple – this includes the workbook and lunch on Saturday. After September 1, the cost is $50.


Come join us at the Church of the Covenant on September 8th at 9:15 am for RALLY DAY – the introduction to our 2013-14 Sunday School Program year. Come join us for light refreshments, crafts, and to learn more about the Sunday School program. Come see old friends and meet some new ones! Registration forms can be filled out at Rally Day, too. We are taking registrations for children interested in the Children’s Sunday School Program. The Sunday School classes will take place during the 9:15 – 10:15 am hour (September, 2013 – May, 2014). Questions? Contact Kelly Foster: 674-0213 or at Check us out on Facebook!


Hope United Methodist Church will return to its 10:30 A.M. service on Sunday, September 8, 2013. Sunday School will resume for children at the 10:30 A.M. service. Following the church service and Sunday School, there will be a hay ride and picnic at Homestead Farms in Cropseyville. All ages are invited. Hope ALIVE is at 5:30 p.m. The Hope worship center is located at the corner of Garfield Road and Route two in the Town of Brunswick (Eagle Mills). For information, contact Pastor Dave Martin at 518/279-1403 or


On Sunday, September 1, 2013, the Nassau and Stuyvesant Reformed Churches will listen to the words of Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 as the church is urged to “not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” The promise to the people of the church is that God, in Christ Jesus, will always follow through with his promises to God’s people. In the sermon, titled “Jesus, the Same Yesterday, and Today, and Forever,” the Reverend Edward L. Van Kampen will dwell on how a healthy church must change the way it spreads the news of the Gospel; although the message of the Gospel, in Jesus Christ, remains unchanged. He contends this must be done as change encompasses all other aspects of human life; and that it’s the only way to bring about positive changes in the lives of persons and communities. The Nassau Reformed Church begins worship at 11 a.m. in its chapel on the second level of its Church-School-Building, 43 Church Street, (Route 20,) in the village of Nassau. The Stuyvesant Reformed Church begins worship at 9 a.m. in its sanctuary at the intersection of Church Street and Route 9J, one half mile south of the only traffic (caution) light in the hamlet of Stuyvesant.


Rally Day is Sunday, September 8th, 9:30 -10:30 AM ~ Calling all youth and children! First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush is celebrating Rally Day which is our first day of Sunday school classes for the year. It is a time after summer to reconnect with your friends and meet new friends. Please come greet our new pastor Sundar Samuels. Gather together with other families in Fellowship Hall after class for a snack. Nursery care is available for pre-schoolers. All are welcome and we hope you can come!! Call with any questions 477-9693.


The Annual Padre Pio Celebration will be held on Sunday, September 22, at the Parish of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph in Rensselaer (opposite the Amtrak Rail Station). Eucharist begins at 11AM and concludes with the veneration of Padre Pio’s relics. A homemade Italian

buffet follows in the McManus Center. For reservations/buffet tickets, call 465-0482 x 10 by September 16th ($13/Adults; $5/Child under 10. No take-out and no tickets at the door.)


Sunday Hours at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1583 Carney Road, Castleton: 9:30 - Sunday Morning Service; 10:30 - Coffee Hour; 5:45 - Informal Dinner - optional healthy covered dish; 6:30 - Casual Evening Worship Service.


Gilead Lutheran invites you to join us in worshiping Christ each Sunday at 11AM. We are located on Brick Church Rd, (Rte 278) and Hoosick Rd (Rte 7) in Center Brunswick. Sunday School is conducted the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Our building is Handicapped Accessible by elevator. For information, call the church at 279-9270.


Hope United Methodist’s church service is at 9:30 a.m. Hope ALIVE! is at 5:30 p.m. For information about Hope UMC, contact Pastor Dave Martin at 518-279-1403 or The worship center is located at the corner of Route 2 and Garfield Road in Eagle Mills (Town of Brunswick).


You’re invited! Come and worship at the new Snyder’s Lake Community Church. Now meeting in the old chapel at Camp Scully, located at 24 Camp Scully Way in Wynantskill. Our non-denominational Christian service is held Sunday mornings at 10AM. For more info, please contact All are welcome, come grow with us!


Cafe Theo is an informal gathering of people from all walks of life who seek an understanding about the big questions in life. We engage in conversation on moral, philosophical, and spiritual topics. Some recent topics discussed include revenge/mercy, nature of the soul, and symbolism. We welcome all points of view and religious perspective, and our common ground honors freedom of conscience in respectful conversation. We invite you to join us for an evening of engaging discussion, music, and a period of reflection. Refreshments are provided. We meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 1583 Carney Road, Castleton.

CHURCH OF THE COVENANT SUMMER WORSHIP SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE: Sept. 1, 9:30 Worship and Communion at Salem United Methodist Church in West Sand Lake with Church of the Covenant friends. Mark your calendar: Sunday School starts again Sept. 8 at 9:15 a.m. with RALLY DAY at Church of the Covenant! Summer Church Office hours are 8:30 am 1:30 pm, Wednesday 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:


The North Greenbush American Legion located at 111 Main Avenue in Wynantskill will hold a Flag Disposal Ceremony and No Frills Pig Roast on September 15, 2013. The Ceremony will be from 12-1pm and the Pig


Bulletin Board Roast from 1-5pm. Lunch: hot dogs, hamburgers, macaroni salad, potato chips. Dinner: pig roast, baked beans, corn, tossed salad and macaroni salad. Draft beer and soda all day. Cost: Ages 12 & up/$15; Ages 6-11/$7; Ages 5 and under free.


Schodack Democrats will be holding their annual picnic on Saturday, September 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Schodack Town Park, Poyneer Rd. off Route 150. There will be food, music, a silent auction and fun. All Schodack town residents are invited and welcome. We also invite our fellow Democrats from other towns. The event is free, but please RSVP on our webpage so we know how many people are coming. In addition, we will be holding our Democratic Party Caucus on Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. All town residents who are registered Democrats may participate. For more information, visit our website: http://www.schodackdemocrats. com/


Sergeant Walter A. Adams American Legion Post 1021 located in Averill Park announces their 2013 Chicken BBQ Schedule: September 21st, and October 19th. 1/2 BBQ Chicken only $6. Please reserve your chicken by calling the Post at 674-2309 by 1pm. Chickens will be available for pickup from 11AM until 4:30PM.


Life In Christ Fellowship, located at 5 North Nassau Rd. (Intersection of Renss. Co Route 18 & N Nassau Rd) is having a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, August 31st. The cost is $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 6-12 & free for 5 & under. First serving will be from 4:30 to 5:30 & the second serving will be from 6:00 to 7:00. For questions, please call 257-6146 or 248-5204.


Holy Cross Armenian Apostolic Church, 255 Spring Avenue, Troy is having its Annual Picnic on Sunday, September 8, 2013, from 12 noon to 4pm. The traditional shish kebab dinner is available, including beef, chicken, and hamburger kebab, rice pilaf, salad and bread. Advanced orders are being taken for Lemajune (Armenian meat pies) at 283-3515. A delicious variety of Armenian pastries will also be sold. All are welcome.


The Grafton Volunteer Fire Department, along with the Grafton Ladies Auxiliary will be serving you an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet BreakfastSaturday, August 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!


Rensselaer County’s Troy Senior Center will be holding our annual Fall Gala Dinner Dance at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom on Wednesday, October 9, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This evening includes your dinner choice of Stuffed Chicken Breast, Stuffed Fillet of Sole, or Roast Beef. Entertainment will be provided by the Ron Cremisio and Friends Band for your listening and dancing pleasure. A big “thank you” to our sponsors, MVP Health Care and CDPHP. Tickets are on sale now at the Center. Cost is $25.00 per person. For more information, call 270-5348.


Rensselaer County’s Troy Senior Center, 19 Third Street, Troy will host Rensselaer County’s Cooperative Extension monthly “Good Food Ideas” cooking demonstration, on Friday, September 13, at 11 a.m. The topic will be “Celebrate the Harvest.” There will be free recipes and samples for everyone who attends. A lunch of Baked Chicken W/Mushroom Sauce will immediately follow for a suggested donation of $2.75. For reservations for lunch, call 270-5349.


The Epilepsy Foundation of Northeastern New York’s 5th Annual Stroll for Epilepsy will be held on Sunday, September 8th, at the Saratoga Spa State Park. Proceeds from this event will help fund the programs and services the Epilepsy Foundation provides to people affected by epilepsy, including education and first-aid training, information and referral, service coordination, advocacy and counseling services. Two Averill Park residents will be participating in the event: Fiona Carroll and Matthew Rumenapp. Fiona is 10 years old and is a “2013 Winning Kid,” chosen by the Epilepsy Foundation to represent children living with epilepsy to help raise awareness by attending special events. Fiona was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2011. Matthew, age 6, was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2009. He is currently seizure free, having success on the Ketogenic Diet. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m., Stroll starts at 11am. Register and fundraise online at For more information, call Susan Kaczynski at the Epilepsy Foundation, (518) 456-7501, or visit our website at


North Greenbush Youth Make A Difference 5k Walk/Run and Kids Run will make its first debut on 9/7/13, and we are very excited! Our community is very dedicated to its youth programs; including our summer camp program, youth center, annual Christmas Tree Lighting, and Easter Egg Hunt to name only a few. Youth Make A Difference 5K Run/Walk will raise funds to maintain and enhance these youth programs. Our dedicated race committee has been working/planning feverishly since January 2013 to ensure a successful and enjoyable race. Our sponsors have been incredibly generous and we are so grateful!! Each registrant will receive a first annual t-shirt, awesome goody bag, and great refreshments!! This is a fast flat course through the town of North Greenbush that will finish/start at NG Town Hall, where our town fair will be in full swing(literally, we have those flying swings!). Join us for rides, games, craft and food vendors and live bands throughout the day. We are just putting the finishing touches on a new family event that is not to be missed!! For more information, or to register,


Registration is now open for the 2013 Fall Ball season. This year Twin Town Little League will be offering Fall Ball for the following levels: Farm (7-8 yrs old), Minors (9/10 yrs old), Majors (11-12 yrs old) and Intermediate (12-13 yrs old). The Intermediate level will feature a pitching distance of 50 feet and base paths of 70 feet. 12 year old players may register to play Majors only or both Majors and Intermediate levels. Players that play in both will play 2 games each Saturday. The program runs for 7 weeks on Saturdays only beginning Saturday, September 7. Games will be played at the Poestenkill Complex. Registration fees are $40 for one player, $65 for two players and $85 for three or more players. 12 year olds playing both Majors and Intermediate


Bulletin Board will be $65. If you are interested in playing, please register using our on-line registration system located on the league website If you have any questions, please email or contact Tim Kelly, 674-7366.


The 5th Annual Conroy Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at the Frear Park Golf Course, Troy, NY. Four Person Scramble includes greens fees, cart, lunch, pig roast dinner, prizes, raffles, and more. For further information, contact Jim Roarke at jlroarke@nycap., 785-7555 x12; or visit the Frear Park Conservancy website: www. Proceeds to benefit Frear Park Conservancy. The Frear Park Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving Frear Park and preserving its historical integrity, to revive and maintain the parks history, beauty and recreational value.


St. Ann Maronite Church, Watervliet, NY (formerly Troy, NY) will host its 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013, at the Fairways at Halfmoon, NY. The event will consist of Contests, Door Prizes, a Silent Auction and Sports Memorabilia. The green fee includes breakfast, lunch and reception buffet, including beer, wine & soft drinks. Make new acquaintances; enjoy the friendship of family and friends, both new and old, while experiencing a wonderful day outdoors enjoying the beautiful view of the Berkshires and Green Mountains. Contact CoChairmen Albert Nahal - 518-894-6011 or Joe Jabour - 518-221-6638 for more details and registration.


Runners/walkers are invited and encouraged to participate in our 4th Annual nationally certified racing event to include a ½ mile family fun walk/run, on September 21, 2013. The 5k will start at 10 am, and the fun run at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Rensselaer Technology Park, Rt. 4, Troy. You may register online at, or WWW.GREENLEAFRACING.WEBCONNEX.COM/ARCINPARK or call Ed Martin at 279-4723. Proceeds will benefit individuals with disabilities in Rensselaer County.


The Averill Park Road Runners youth club is now taking registrations for the 2013 Cross Country season. The club is open to anyone ages 7-14 who likes to run, play games and most of all, have FUN! You do not have to be a resident of the Averill Park School District. Practices will be held Monday & Thursday evenings at the Averill Park High School. There are several meets throughout the season, which runs from Monday, September 9th, through the Junior Olympics in November. Registration is now available on our website at The registration fee is $30 plus uniform if needed. There is a $10 sibling discount. A $10.00 late fee will be added after August 30th. Membership in the United States Track and Field Association ($20) is also required to participate and provides insurance coverage. Call Renee Capuano at 732-2585 if you need help with registration or have questions about the team. We are a parent run organization and parental involvement is required. This is a great place for children to try something different, make new friends, get exercise and have fun! All abilities and skill levels are welcome. See you on the trail!!


The following is the practice schedule for Averill Park HS 2013 fall sports teams. Information is posted on the APCSD and Athletics homepages. Please contact John Bishop @ bishopj@averillpark.k12. with any questions. Modified Football – August 26th - 5:30- 7:30 at AMS; Boys’ Modified Soccer – September 3rd- 2:45-4:30- AMS Soccer Fields; Girls’ Modified Soccer – September 3rd- 2:45-4:30- AMS Soccer Fields; Mod. CrossCountry – September 3rd- 2:45-4:30 - APHS near football concession stand; Modified Volleyball – September 3rd- 2:45-4:30 - AMS Gyms. IMPORTANT: YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PHYSICAL ON FILE BEFORE THE FIRST PRACTICE.


The 2013-2014 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses and Deer Management Permits (DMPs) can now be purchased according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens. The NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. Under this initiative, New York is streamlining the purchase of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improving fishing access at various sites across the state, stocking as much as 900,000 pounds of fish, expanding fishing clinics and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions. The reduced fees become effective February 1, 2014. Licenses and permits can be purchased at one of DEC’s 1,500 license sales outlets statewide. Sporting licenses can also be ordered by telephone or by visiting the DEC website ( The 2013-2014 sporting licenses are valid beginning October 1, 2013. The new Hunting & Trapping and Freshwater Fishing regulation guides are available at all license issuing outlets as well as from the DEC website.


The Uncle Sam Golf League will host The Christopher Premo Memorial Golf Tournament at the Burden Lake Country Club in Averill Park, on Monday, September 30, 2013. Tournament format is a four person scramble, $100 per person. Registration and breakfast buffet begins at 10:00 am – Shotgun start at 11:00 am PROMPT – Barbeque buffet at 4:00 pm – Prize presentation at 5:00 pm (Prizes include Closest to Pin; Long Drive; merchandise raffle; and 50/50). Non-golfers/Dinner only $35. Registration can be made by calling the BLCC at 674-1770. Hurry – Registration limited to 144 paid players. All proceeds to benefit the Premo Family.


Who: For children (2+) willing to learn how to swim. What: The RPI Swim Team will be holding swim lessons for the FALL 2013 Where: Robison Pool located on the RPI Campus. When: Registration will be August 29th & 30th, 5:30-6:30pm @ Robison Pool. Dates of Lessons: Saturdays, September 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th & October 5th. Cost: $45 for RPI affiliates/$55 for outside community. For more information, or to receive a brochure, please contact Marissa at


Join us for Brunswick Youth Soccer Club Night at Pulmeri Sports Complex where the U12 Boys Travel Team will escort the College of Saint Rose Golden Nights Men’s Soccer team onto the pitch. The game is the season


Bulletin Board opener for St. Rose as they take on Caldwell College on Thursday, September 5th, at 7:30pm at the Pulmeri Sports Complex in Albany, NY. All players and fans are encouraged to attend and cheer on the Knights as they open their 2013 season. Brunswick travel players will be in full uniform supporting the Knights and rooting for a win in their first game. The night will start with a coaching symposium hosted by Coach Matt Jones for BSC travel coaches. The Golden Knights ( will participate in 17 regular-season contests, 13 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents, with nine dates on its home synthetic turf surface, Sullivan Field at the Plumeri Sports Complex. The Brunswick Soccer Club (www. is part of The Capital District Youth Soccer League (, which is sanctioned by the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (; a member of Region 1 of the United States Youth Soccer Association (


The Sand Lake Town Beach will remain open until Labor Day, Monday, Sept 2, 2013. Hours are 11am to 7pm. For more information, contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 518-674-2026 ext 22.


Each year, for the last 18 years, the East Greenbush Fire Company has looked forward to sponsoring our very enjoyable golf outing. This year, our 19th year will be no exception, with a great day planned. The date of the event is Sunday, September 29, 2013, at the Winding Brook Country Club for Golf with Check-in beginning at 9AM and tee off at 10AM, lunch will be served at the turn. After a great day of golf at 6PM at the East Greenbush Fie Co. Pavillion, located at 68 Phillips Rd, in East Greenbush, we will be conducting our annual steak bake for all golfers and open to guests. The cost for golf and the Bake is $95 per person, Bake only is $35 per person. We hope you can join us for a great day once again! As in the past, the event has filled FAST, and is reserved for the first 128 golfers. There is no limit for those who wish to attend the Steak Bake only. Also, anyone who would like to sponsor a hole, we still have open holes. Those who wish to attend, or have questions, should contact Tim Boel at 518-858-2332 or Mike Benson at 518-477-7496 (mbenson17@gmail. com); also you can contact us at:


The Rensselaer County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Annual Fish Stocking Program is currently taking orders for Rainbow and Brook Trout, as well as, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Fathead Minnows and Crayfish!! Call the Conservation District at (518) 271-1740 for an order form with more information on stocking. ACT NOW! Orders will be taken up to October 11th, with the distribution to be held on October 18th, 2013, at 1:00 PM. The fish will be distributed in the parking lot of our Agriculture & Life Sciences Building in Troy. A fish-stocking permit is required through NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. This permit is available free of charge and will last for five years. Fall is a great time to stock your pond! Trout do best in spring fed or deeper ponds. Bass and Catfish can tolerate a lot of conditions! With Trout you can expect to need to restock every 3 years, with Bass usually reproducing on their own! Again this year we have fish food! With fish pellets you can get a tremendous increase in growth rates! Don’t wait, call for an order blank! The Fish Stocking Order Blank is online again this year. You may download the order blank by going to the Rensselaer County Web Site,

which is, and follow the link to the “How to”….box on the left hand side of the page, scroll down to the Fish Sales link, click & print it out.


Spring Youth Baseball is happy and excited to announce Fall Baseball Registration will occur Sat., 8/31; and Sun., 9/1, at the Spring Youth Baseball Complex from 9am-Noon both days. Games will be either on a Sat. or Sun., and will run for 8 weeks (8 games total) starting the weekend of September 7th and 8th. As always, thanks for your support!


If you are interested in coaching for APYB this season, please show up on Saturday, September 7th, @ 8:15 am at the Algonquin MS library. This meeting will be for all interested coaches for 2nd - 12th grade boys and girls travel teams. The selection of coaches will be done soon after the meeting so preparations may be made for travel team tryouts that will begin on September 23rd. If you have any questions, please contact Eric McCart: 330-5488 or Rachel Bornn: 312-2325. Please monitor for updated information.


Gun Hunter Education Training scheduled at Bailey Mt. Fish & Game Club, Inc on Friday, September 13th, from 7 to 11PM; and Sunday, September 15th, from 7:30AM to 4:30PM. Hunter Education Course will be held at Bailey Mt. Fish & Game Club, 531 Snyders Lake Road in Wynantskill. Pre-registration is required! In Person! Pre-registration will be held at the Bailey Mt. Fish & Game Club every Wednesday from 7 to 8PM starting on Wednesday, August 21st, until class is full. Class size is limited and based on first-come, first-served basis. Pre-register early to be sure of a class slot. Phone 286-9620.


Bowhunter Education Training scheduled at Bailey Mt. Fish & Game Club, Inc on Sunday, September 22nd, from 7:30AM to 4:30PM. Bowhunter Education Course will be held at Bailey Mt. Fish & Game Club, 531 Snyders Lake Road in Wynantskill. Pre-registration is required! Pre-registration will be held at the Bailey Mt. Fish & Game Club every Wednesday from 7 to 8PM starting on Wednesday, August 21st, until class is full. Class size is limited and based on first-come, first-served basis. Pre-register early to be sure of a class slot. Phone 286-9620.


The Bocce court at the Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton has been completed thanks to the many volunteers, Donna Walker and the town of Grafton. If you are a senior in Rensselaer County, please feel free to come try it out. Our center is open Monday thru Friday, 9 -3. If you have any questions, or need more information, please call 279-3413.


The Golden Strikers bowling league is looking for women 55 and older who want to have fun bowling. No experience necessary. We will start on Thursday, September 5th, at 12:15 PM and bowl every Thursday at Spare Time in East Greenbush. This is a non-sanctioned league. Call Regina @ 477-7741 for more information, or stop by the bowling alley any Thursday starting September 5th.


Rensselaer Senior Center in conjunction with Spare Time Lanes in


Bulletin Board East Greenbush is forming our next season teams. We will start Tuesday, September 3, at noon and bowl every Tuesday at that time until the end of March. Snow birds and new to bowling welcome. This is a fun league for seniors at least 60 years old. Call the Center 463-2166 for more information.


Get out of the house and have some fun this fall and winter! Join the Spare Time Senior Bowlers, a non-competitive league for men and women aged 55 and older. We will resume league bowling on Wednesday, September 4, at Spare Time, 570 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush. Bowling begins at 12:30pm. New members, bowlers of all levels, and snowbirds are all welcome to join. For information, call 674-0013.


Please be advised that the Town of East Greenbush now contracts their Animal Control Holding facility agreement with Millers Animal Hospital. We would like to thank Dr. Drumm for his years of service to the people and Animals. If your dog is lost, please contact Bob Guyer {Animal Control Officer} @ 518.951.0213. If your dog is picked up for any reason, you must first contact the Town Clerk at 225 Columbia Turnpike to receive a release to pick your dog up. If you are interested in Helping the Stray Animal, please feel free to donate any blankets or dog food at Millers Animal Hospital. Millers Animal Hospital, 380 N Greenbush Rd, Troy, NY 12180. Hours of operation: Mondays 8:00am-7:00pm; Tuesdays 8:00am5:30pm; Wednesdays 8:00am-5:30pm; Thursdays 8:00am-7:00pm; Fridays 8:00am-5:00pm; Every other Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm ~ Bob Guyer, Animal Control Officer


Girl Scouts is wonderful organization in our local community! Our Girl Scout program allows the girls to figure out what pathway (ex. Individual, camp, troop, event, and series) they would like to experience girl scouts. Many girls are usually in troops in which they plan and carry out different activities. These activities can be based on badges, journeys (bigger projects), service projects (ex. Collecting items for people, making items for others), or just for fun activities. Troops usually meet once every 2 weeks. The younger troops tend to focus more on badge work, the middle school troops and high school level troops tend to focus more on travel and fun activities. Also in our community, we have a teen troop (6th – 12th grade) that is dedicated to hiking (includes primitive camping) and only does trips during the year. Girl Scouts is for all girls’ kindergarten through 12th grade. We are forming new troops now so that we will be ready by September. Our neighborhood supports girls attending Red Mill, Bell Top, Rensselaer Schools, Woodland Montessori School, Goff Middle School, and Columbia High School. Through Girl Scouts, discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. ~ Jennifer DeMarco (


The BCL evening Book Group meets the Second Tuesday of each month at 7PM in the Library at 4118 Brunswick Road (RTE. 2) across from the area girl’s baseball field. Selections for the next few months are: THE WINE OF SOLITUDE by Irene Nemirosky on Sept. 10th; THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS by Chris Bohjalian on October 8th. See the BCL or another Library to obtain the book and join us for a lively discussion. All are welcome.


The 2013 North Greenbush Town Celebration is September 6/7th. This two day family carnival event features rides, 5k Run/Walk, games, live bands, crafts, a variety of food vendors and more. Booth space is available on 9/7/13 to sell products or distribute information. A minimal rental fee applies. CONTACT: Mary at or (518) 326-0722.


• Rockin’ on the River: Wednesdays 5:00pm – 8:30pm August 28th • Chowderfest: Sunday, October 13, 10am – 3pm • Restaurant Week: September 16th – 22nd • Annual Dinner: Wednesday, December 4th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm • Troy Nights Out: Fridays, 5:00pm – 9:00pm August 30th, September 27th, October 25th, November 29th.


A fire truck zooms by, blaring its sirens, and flashing its lights. Is your adrenalin pumping? Are you a little excited? The West Sand Lake Fire Department welcomes people like you. If you are 16 years or older and live within four miles of the West Sand Lake Fire Department, we are looking for your assistance. We need volunteers to drive our trucks, and respond to calls when our town needs us. You can be a hero, you could be the difference. Not only will joining our department be a thrilling and rewarding experience, but it will teach confidence, responsibility, and good ethics. If you would like to join or have any questions, please contact: Celine Castro at (518) 892-9114.


The GE Albany Toastmasters club is now accepting new members! Visit a meeting and discover how this supportive, all-inclusive group can help you: • Become a more confident, effective speaker • Build key leadership skills like organization, time management, team building and conflict management • Network with individuals from diverse backgrounds and professions • Challenge yourself in a supportive, fun environment Drop by a meeting (with no fees or obligations) to learn more! When: First and third Wednesdays of each month from 12-1 p.m. Where: OMCE, 5 Pine West Plaza, Suite 513, Albany Membership is open to all individuals age 18 and older. Affiliation with GE not required.


The Sand Lake Business Association (SLBA) will sponsor the town’s 3rd annual town-wide garage sale. The event is set for Saturday, Sept. 14th and 15th beginning at 9 a.m (Set up at 7am for booths at School). There are 2 ways to Participate: 1. At Your Home/Business- Have your own Garage Sale (and keep the profits)- Add your location on Event Map for FREE! 2. At Sand Lake School Vendor Corral - For residents, non-residents, and vendors, spaces start at $25. Garage sale participants will have the location of their site added to an official list that will be distributed leading up to


Bulletin Board and on the day of the sale. Maps will be available online; and Members of the SLBA will be at Sand Lake School Field from 912 to provide shoppers with both the list and a map of the town. This is a great opportunity to make money for your school, organization, or your not-for-profit group. For more info: sandlakebusiness. com/garagesale.html ~ Submitted by Dee Erickson


ITEMS MUST BE AT ROADSIDE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHEDULED PICKUP. September 16th-September 20th; October 14th-October 18th (last pickup for season) LIMBS must be piled neatly, 8’ long-no larger than 6” diameter. Please no sticks, dirt or stone in bags. Biodegradable Bags need to be kept dry, bags that are wet/falling apart won’t be picked up. Residents are also encouraged to dispose of leaves and grass at our Recycling Center, the area located across from the Town garage. Please check with Recycling Department prior to drop off and deposit brush, leaves and grass in designated places ;visit our website: www., for detailed information or call 279-3461, Ext 100.


The Arts Center of the Capital Region is happy to announce grants for community-based arts projects taking place in 2014. Funding is available for both organizations and individual artists located in Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer Counties. Grants are offered in collaboration with the New York State Council on the Arts through the Decentralization Grant Program. There are three grant programs under the Decentralization Grant Program: Community Arts Grants, Arts Education Grants, and Individual Artist Commissions. Funding supports work in a variety of artistic media, including theatre, music, dance, and visual arts. Community Arts Grants are for organizations to produce high-quality arts and culture programming in the community. Arts Education Grants fund cultural organizations or teaching artists to support arts programs that integrate with non-arts curriculum in K-12 public school classrooms. Individual Artist Commissions provide funds to individual artists to create new works that engage the local community. Applicants are required to attend an informational seminar, which will be held throughout July and August. For details on the grants, including seminar dates, guidelines, and applications, visit and click on the grant tab. Applications are due on October 1st, 2013. In 2013, The Arts Center distributed over $75,000 in grants, funding 34 projects.


The Clinton Heights Annual Reunion will be held at the Melvin Roads American Legion Post, 200 Columbia Turnpike on Friday, September 6th, 2013, from 3PM to 7PM. Please come and join us if you grew up in Clinton Heights, Hampton Manor, Prospect Heights, Clinton Park or Hillview in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s or 70’s. Everyone is welcome. If you are in contact with anyone who has left the area, please give them a call also. This is an informal gathering. There is no charge, but donations to cover expenses would be appreciated. Please join us for another great afternoon. For more information, you may call Mona Orciuoli at 4659564 or Pam Sanford Dundon at 766-9289.


Cornell Cooperative Extension is providing educational assistance to farms, small businesses and individuals regarding the federal health reform law, known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). CCE is one of 34 organizations working in partnership with the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) through a one million dollar grant to help small businesses fully understand the new healthcare requirements. A class will be held on Tues., Aug. 27th, from 7 to 9 pm at Annex 2, 411 Lower Main St, Hudson Falls, NY 12839 The new federal health care law called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will soon change the way that businesses and/or employees will obtain their health insurance. Some employers will be mandated to provide health insurance for their employees. Others may want to offer insurance to assist in employee retention since there will be a tax penalty for any noninsured individuals. Often sole proprietorships look for ways to find affordable health insurance for themselves and employees. ACA offers a 3-legged approach to resolve this problem: increased protection for the insured, cost containment, and increased access to coverage and benefits through the exchange. Enrollment begins in October 2013. Additionally, there are Tax Credits which some businesses may be eligible to receive. To answer concerns regarding how the ACA will directly impact you, Cornell Cooperative Extension in partnership with Community Health Advocates is providing free information to help answer questions. Please RSVP to guarantee materials. Contact Kirk Shoen, Ashley Pierce arp253@cornell. edu, Sandy Buxton or (518) 272-4210 with any questions.


At the Foot of the Hills: The Landscapes of Arthur Gibbes Burton The Rensselaer County Historical Society (RCHS) will open a new exhibit of over 30 paintings by Impressionist artist Arthur Gibbes Burton (18831969). The exhibit runs through September 28, 2013. The landscapes, most of Vermont’s West River Valley, where Burton spent much of his adult life, are organized by season and display Burton’s bright color palette and broad brush strokes. An additional section displays nonlandscape painting, revealing Burton’s range as an artist. For details, contact RCHS at 518-272-7232 or visit

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