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Bulletin Board HIGHLIGHT ACTING TROUPE PRESENTS “THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT”

The Highlight Acting Troupe is proud to present The Christmas Ornament written by Ron LeVan and adapted by Kathryn Capalbo. The show is directed by Kathryn Capalbo with Andrew Osterhout and Steve Salhoff assisting and accompanist Marietta Mitchell.  The time is the 1990’s, the place is New York City.  Everywhere you look is the feeling of Christmas.  We bring you the story of Donald and Beverly, two bums living on the streets who decide to get married.  You will meet their fellow friends who will try to help them do just that.  Also, there is a story of an orphanage and how the director of the orphanage is trying to help each child feel that they are loved, especially their newest orphan who needs some extra special care.  All along the way the story is filled with songs.   This show is in special memory of the late Ron LeVan.  He loved creating each show, but the Christmas Shows held a special place in his heart.  Come join us at the Brunswick Grange, Rt.7 and Rt. 142 (behind Stewart’s) on Friday, Dec. 6; and Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 pm.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.  We will be collecting food for the Pittstown Food Pantry at each performance.  Anyone donating will receive a raffle ticket for a Christmas wreath.  For reservations or information, please call Tina or Kat at 272-7558.

SAND LAKE SENIORS ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

The Sand Lake Seniors greet the holiday season with their Annual Holiday Party at the Poestenkill Fire House on December 7th, 2013 from 12Noon to 4PM. Tickets: Paid members are $5 and non-members are $15. Roast Beef Dinner and Music by Brian Zapel. Door Prizes ~ Gift Exchange ($5) ~ Cash Bar. For reservations or more information, please call Ginny Lauster at 674-2170.

RENSS. LAND TRUST’S ANNUAL MEETING and the WORLD’S CLIMATE CRISIS

The public is invited to RLT’s Annual Meeting on December 7, 9 am -12 at Brown’s Revolution Hall.  A lecture on “The United States, China, and the Climate Crisis: Can They Work Together to Save Civilization?” will be presented by Professor Steven A. Leibo of The Sage Colleges and WAMC’s international affairs commentator. From Super Storm Sandy to Hurricane Haiyan in the Philippines, from massive droughts in China and America to the unprecedented melting of glaciers around the world. This man made climate change is pressing in on humanity and only a concerted effort by the US and China has a chance of staving off the worst. Leibo will explore how likely it is that Washington and Beijing can successfully cooperate in this humanity’s greatest challenge. Brown’s Brewing Co. will be catering a breakfast buffet; event fee is $15/pp. RSVP by December 4 by e-mailing Christine@renstrust.org or calling 518-659-5263. 

CIRCLE THEATRE PLAYERS PRESENT “DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER” AT SLCA

Sand Lake Center for the Arts-Circle Theatre Players presents “Don’t Dress for Dinner”. This popular production, written by Mark Camoletti, directed by Sky Vogel, takes you to the French countryside where the cast and crew will dish up a saucy, fun farce that has more twists and turns than a corkscrew. Opening night is Nov 29, with performances continuing Nov 30, Dec 5, 6, 7, at 8 pm; and Sunday, Dec 1 and 8, at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $16 adults, $10 students 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, and has plenty of free parking.

R.I.C.A. PROGRAM FOR ADULTS WISHING TO RECEIVE SACRAMENTS

Do you know an adult who whishes to receive the Sacraments of Baptism or Confirmation? They are most welcome to enter our R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. Candidates would meet with a team of parishioners regularly in order to prepare to receive the Sacraments. This is more of a journey of the heart than a classroom experience. If you are interested, please call Marion at 271-2290. This exciting program catechizes the worshipping community of St. Joseph’s Church, South Troy.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

First Baptist Church of East Poestenkill announces the start of a new Adult Sunday School series; The book of Philippians. Men’s and Women’s classes meet every Sunday at 9:45 AM. Worship service follows at 11:00.  All are welcome. The church is located at 12 Legenbauer Road, just off Plank Road in East Poestenkill. For more information or directions, call Valerie or Pastor Waugh at 283-5186, or check out our website at www.epbaptist.com

HOPE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Hope United Methodist Church has worship each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. along with Sunday School for children in pre-school through grade 5.  Hope ALIVE! is at 5:30 p.m. and celebrates the Good News through Praise Music & Worship. For information about Hope UMC, contact Pastor Dave Martin at 518-279-1403 or hopeumctroy@juno.com. The worship center is located at the corner of Route 2 and Garfield Road in Eagle Mills (Town of Brunswick).

LOVE LUTHERAN CHURCH

In just a few short weeks, Christmas will be celebrated throughout the world.  Preparations are already underway.  And so it is with the Church.  The weeks leading up to the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord are spent in careful preparation for His arrival.  This is the purpose of the season of Advent – to get ready for Jesus.  We do so by reviewing exactly who we are looking for.  Who is this Jesus? Join us this Sunday at Love Lutheran Church as Pastor Henry presents the first part of a series “Who is Jesus” in  a sermon entitled, “Jesus is Wisdom,” based on Colossians 1:24-2:3. Love Lutheran Church is located at Middlesex Road and Pheasant Lane in East Greenbush. Worship begins at 10 AM.  Please go to our NEW Web Site – www.lovelutheran.net – for more information and directions, or call 477-8685.  

CHURCH OF THE COVENANT WELCOMES THE COMMUNITY TO WORSHIP!

• Sunday, Dec. 1  - First Sunday in Advent. Communion. 8:30 am Communion and Worship; No Sunday School today; 10:30 am Worship with choir and organ. Scripture choice: Matthew 24: 36 - 44. Keep alert; watch for what God may do. Professional child care provided. 11:30 am Fellowship hour. Church Office hours are 8:30 am - 1:30 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: cocpastor@nycap.rr.com

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT AT TRINITY

The Sunday school children of Trinity Lutheran Church, West Sand Lake, will perform a Christmas pageant ‘’A Night In Bethlehem’’ at the regular worship service on Sunday, December 15th, at the 9:00 a.m. service. The children have been planning this for awhile and we hope you will come and support their effort!  Worship is at 9:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church located at the four corners of West Sand Lake and you


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Bulletin Board enter at the road sign ‘’church way’’ on RT 150. You may enter either in the back of the church where one parks or there will be a ramp at the front entrance for anyone handicapped. We also have a wheelchair available in the front hallway of the church.  Just ask an usher for assistance. Please call 6745501 if needed!

SAND LAKE BAPTIST CHURCH

Come hear the uncompromised Word of God preached by Reverend Samuel Kupeyan. We are so pleased to have a Pastor that is so devoted to God and leading his flock by example. His life is built on the foundation of the Word of God. He has a heart for sharing the Good News and he is a powerful, enthusiastic preacher. Join with us on Sundays at 11:00am to be ministered to and wish Pastor Sam Kupeyan a happy anniversary. Join us for prayer weekly at 6:30pm on Wednesdays to pray for our nation and community followed by our Bible Study at 7:00pm.

PUBLIC CHANUKAH LIGHTING AT TROY ATRIUM

On December 3rd, at 5 pm, there will be a public Chanukah lighting with the Mayor of Troy, Lou Rosamilia, in the Troy Atrium with several representatives from the Troy Jewish Community. Mitch Warren will represent the Jewish students of the RPI fraternities, Caren Irgang, president of the RPI Hillel will represent Hillel, Leible and Elisheva Morrison will represent Troy Chabad who are the sponsor of this event, Paula and Yakov Yerusalimsky will represent Troy’s Jewish Russian community, Marc Ehrlich of Temple Berith Shalom, Leslie Samiof of Beth Tephilah Synagogue, and Rabbi Kasman of Temple Beth El, will also light the 6 foot Menorah. A mini concert of Chanukah music by Yehoshua Sussman, along with free hot latkes and drinks will accompany the lighting. Chanukah candles and menorahs will also be available. For more information, please call Leible Morrison at (518) 894-3490.

WORSHIP HOURS at ST. PAUL’S UMC

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.

WORSHIP AT GILEAD LUTHERAN

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.

NEW COMMUNITY CHURCH AT SNYDER’S LAKE

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 snyderslakechurch@gmail.com. All are welcome, come grow with us!

CAFE THEO

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.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY

First Baptist Church of East Poestenkill announces an Adult Bible study featuring the basics for beginners and the particulars for the practiced. All are welcome to meet in the parsonage next to the church at 7:00PM on Tuesdays. The church is located at 12 Legenbauer Road, just off Plank Road in East Poestenkill. For more information or directions, call Valerie or Pastor Waugh at 2835186, or check out our website at www.epbaptist.com

CHRISTMAS MADRIGAL DINNER SHOW

The First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush Presents its 4th Christmas Madrigal Feast & Show. The show will run Friday, December 6th at 7PM and Saturday, December 7th at 6PM. Join us for a 5 course feast and show presented in Renaissance period costume, verse and song. There will be singing, dancing, strolling minstrels and some great surprises. Tickets are available now for $30. You can reserve your seat/ table by calling 477-9693. This is a church fundraiser. For more info., you may contact Sharon: Mesh2@aol.com.

FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER at FIRST BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH of WSL

The community is invited to join First Bible Baptist Church of West Sand Lake for a FREE Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 28th, 12PM - 2PM, in the Adrien Hall building. Maybe you don’t feel “up” for cooking. Maybe this year the rest of the family is away. Maybe you would just like to be with a group of smiling folks for the holiday. We are smiling and make great food for all our neighbors. Be a part of the celebration. Come and give thanks with us. A nice buffet of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry, variety of hot vegetables, rolls, homemade pies, coffee and soft drinks will be steaming hot and ready for all. Remember! It is free and open for all who would like to come. Bring the kids too. No reservations needed. Find us at the four corners of West Sand Lake, 4331 RT 150 South. Questions? Call Arlie Petrone at 518-286-3126.

EAST GREENBUSH POP WARNER PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!

Come out and join us on Saturday, November 30th, 8am to 10am at Applebee’s on Rt.4, Rensselaer, to enjoy some yummy pancakes, support EGPW, and tell Santa all your holiday wishes. The cost is $6 per person.  You can pre-order tickets by contacting Satci Ogren at nisoscar@ hotmail.com.  Thanks for your support! 

FAITH AND LOVE’S FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER

Free Thanksgiving dinner will be given at Faith and Love Fellowship, 85 Washington St., Rensselaer, NY 12144 on November 28th, from 2pm to 5pm. Great home-cooked food including juicy turkey, real mashed potatoes, veggies, cranberry sauce, desserts, our pastor’s mother’s famous scalloped oysters and Pastor Jimmy’s secret stuffing recipe. All this wonderful food & great fellowship is FREE; so come and join us for dinner, some laughs, and just good folks.

COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT THE PETER’S FAMILY

Community Fundraiser to Benefit the Peter’s Family will be held on


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Bulletin Board Sunday, December 8th, from 12PM to 4PM at Maple Hill Middle School, 1477 South Schodack Road, Castleton. All proceeds and donations go directly to the Peter’s. Roast Beef Dinner ~ $12 per ticket ~ Potato, Veggie, Dessert, 500 total meals, Eat-in or take-out. Peter’s Diary t-shirts will be sold at the event. Visit peterdiaryfarm.com for additional information. Raffle & Chinese Auction ~ Live Music beginning at 2PM. Peter’s Dairy Farm just celebrated 101 years in Castleton before its barns tragically burned on October 18th.

“ELVIS” BLUE CHRISTMAS CONCERT

For those of you who were/are fans of Elvis Presley, come to the Rensselaer County, Rensselaer Senior Center for our concert “Elvis” Blue Christmas featuring Donny “Elvis” Romines on Thursday, December 12, sponsored by CDPHP. This concert will follow our noon lunch (sign up required), suggested contribution of $2.75. You must have lunch with us to enjoy this show. Sign up in the office early, as this show is sure to fill up fast. Call the center at 463-2166 for more information The Center is located in the McManus Center, (Old St. John’s school building), at the corner of East and Herrick Streets in the city of Rensselaer.

CHRISTMAS USO SHOW AT RENSSELAER SENIOR CENTER

On Friday, December 6th, The Rensselaer Senior Center will be celebrating “Pearl Harbor Day” with a Christmas USO show by Gary Ferris. Lunch is at 12noon, and followed at 12:30 by Gary Ferris, with an authentic USO show from World War II. This show is sponsored by AccuCare. All Veterans, 60 years old and older are guest for lunch compliments of the Rensselaer Senior center membership. The Senior Center is located in the McManus Center (Old St. John’s school), corner of East and Herrick Streets in the city of Rensselaer.

RENSS. M/H SCHOOL CHORUS to PERFORM at RENSS. SENIOR CENTER

The Rensselaer County, Rensselaer Senior Center would like to invite you to a special event on December 17th. We will be having lunch at noon, which consists of Chicken Pattie with Fricassee Sauce, at a suggested contribution of $2.75, but no one is denied a meal. Call for lunch reservations at 463-2166. Our program will begin about 12:45, and we will enjoy the chorus for Rensselaer Middle High School. If you have not enjoyed these young people, you are in for a treat. The Center is located in the MacManus Center (old St. John’s School), across from the Amtrak station in Rensselaer.

RENSSELAER SENIOR CENTER SPECIAL “CHRISTMAS” DINNER

The Rensselaer Senior Center would like to invite you to Our Special Dinner for December, which will be held at noon on Friday, December 20th. We will be celebrating “Christmas.” Our menu for the day consists of: Sliced Fresh Ham with Gravy, applesauce, Mashed sweet potatoes, sage dressing, green beans, Italian Bread, and chocolate cottage pudding for dessert.

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 on Saturday, November 30th, 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!

FREE COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER

The Pawling Avenue United Methodist Church invites you to a Free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 28, at 2:00 p.m. Menu: roast turkey, vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, beverages and homemade pies. Served family style. EVERYONE is welcome. Please RSVP by 11/25/2013. For information and reservations, phone 273-6859 or pawlingaveumc@ gmail.com

HOLIDAY BRUNCH

The Troy Area Senior Service Center, 19 Third Street, Troy will be holding a scrumptious Holiday Brunch on Friday, December 6th. The festivities begin at 11:00 with Christmas carols followed by brunch and a special bingo with Holiday prizes. To sign up or for more information, call the Center at 270-5348.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SPAGHETTI DINNER BENEFIT

Please join us for an All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner. This is a benefit for Dominic Pasinella Jr., the Fire Chief of Melrose Volunteer Fire Department, due to his illness. The dinner will be held at the firehouse located at 784 RT 40 in Melrose on December 7th from 2PM to 7PM. Cost: Adults/$10.00; Children under 10/free. Reservations appreciated. Raffles - 50/50 - silent auction. Donations can be made to the Melrose Fire Company c/o benefit for Dominic Pasinella Jr. and mail to Melrose Fire Company - PO Box 58 Melrose, NY 12121.

VFW POST 1938 DINNERS

Come join us at the VFW Post 1938 in Valley Falls on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday for our Special Pizza, Wings, and Clam night from 4PM to 8PM. Also join us for our Friday Night Prime Rib Dinner. Call 753-7707 for further information.

“BREAKFAST WITH SANTA”

The North Greenbush Kiwanis Club will be sponsoring “Breakfast with Santa” on Sunday, December 1st, from 9AM to 12Noon at the American Legion, 111 Main Avenue in Wynantskill. Breakfast will include coffee, juice, milk, cereal, muffins, pastries, fruit and donuts. Cost is $5 for Adults and $2 for Children under 12. Ger your picture with Santa too! Proceeds to benefit needy families for the holidays.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CHILI

The Rensselaer Eagles, FOE #4446, located at 851 Broadway in Rensselaer will host an All-You-Can-Eat Chili on December 7th from 12PM to 7PM. Tickets are $10 per person, children under 10 are $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Club or at the door.

FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER

Gilead Lutheran Church in Center Brunswick is holding a FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER at 2PM ON THANKSGIVING. Dinner will consist of turkey, dressing and all the fixin’s! Please call 2799270 to RSVP, so that we know we have enough for all!

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BUFFET STYLE BREAKFAST

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast at the Hoags Corners Fire House on Sunday, December 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:


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Bulletin Board Adults - $7.00; Children ages 6-12 - $4.00; Children 5 and under – free. Eat-in or Take-out. Phone: 766-5474

HOLIDAY BRUNCH

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton will be holding a “Holiday Brunch” on Wednesday, December 11th, at 11:30AM. Brunch menu will consist of: Broccoli Quiche, Hash Browns, Corned Beef Hash, Bacon, Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Juice, Fresh Fruit, and Corn Bread. Entertainment will begin at 11:00 am and be provided by Joe C Pro-Sound. All Rensselaer County seniors welcome, reservations required 279-3485.

SPECIAL “CHRISTMAS” DINNER

On Friday, December 20th, the Nutrition Department will hold its monthly special dinner at noon at the Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton. This month’s theme will be “Christmas”. Menu will be: Sliced Fresh Ham w/Gravy, Applesauce, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sage Dressing, Green Beans, Italian Bread, and Chocolate Cottage Pudding for dessert. Entertainment will be provided at 11:00 with The Bob Treffeletti Project. Our wonderful complete lunch is available to all Rensselaer County Seniors, age 60 and older, Monday thru Friday at noon for a suggested contribution of $2.75. Stop in for a complete monthly menu and activities calendar. Please call 279-3485 to make your reservations for lunch.

STEPHENTOWN HISTORICAL SOC. POTLUCK DINNER

Holiday Potluck Dinner at the Stephentown Historical Society meeting, Monday, December 2, 6:30 p.m. at the Heritage Center, Garfield Road (County Route 26), Stephentown. Bring a dish to share; beverages and table service are provided.  After dinner, military historian Larry Arnold will give an illustrated talk, “Arnold on Arnold: The Day Benedict Arnold Saved the American Revolution.”  A monetary collection will be taken to benefit the Stephentown Food Pantry.   Free and open to the public. Handicapped accessible.  For directions, telephone (518) 733-0010.

OSTEO AEROBICS BENEFITS EVERYONE!

This weight bearing exercise will develop muscle around your joints. Exercise is crucial to quality of life and development of the muscles surrounding the joints is most important. Join Grace Bringing-Good on Thursdays at 10:30 am in the Rose Room of the Rensselaer County Troy Senior Center, 19 Third Street in Troy. You will love the special attention Grace gives to her students, but more importantly you are going to feel so much better. Classes meet weekly. Call 270-5348 for more information.

2014 YOUTH SKI CLUB

Time to sign up for the Town of Poestenkill’s Ski Club! Ski Club will be held at Jiminy Peak starting January 5th. The program is on Sunday evenings from 3:00pm to 7:30pm. Ski club is a 7 weeks long program, lessons are optional. Children and adults are welcome to join. You may sign-up by contacting Tara Houser the Youth Director at 283-5100 ex. 107 or tahouser@poestenkillny.com.

NYS YOUTH SNOWMOBILE SAFETY COURSE OFFERED IN GRAFTON

On Saturday, December 7, 2013, the Grafton Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will host a snowmobile safety course for young people ages 10 to 18. Students must be at least 10 years old on the day of the course. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate. The course will be held at the Grafton VFW/Fire Hall on South Road from 8:15am to approximately 5pm. The course will be taught by NYS certified volunteer instructor Jim

Blessing. The course will cover topics such as NYS laws and regulations, riding skills, trail emergencies, protecting the environment, maintenance and repair, trailering, etc. To register, call the Grafton Lakes State Park office at 279-1155 or e-mail Elizabeth.wagner@parks.ny.gov with the parent’s name, student’s name and age, and your phone number. Space is limited, so no walk-ins please. The course is free of charge and lunch will be provided.

RENSS. CO. RUGBY TEAMS LOOKING FOR PLAYERS

Interested in something different this spring? The Rensselaer County Rugby Teams are looking for high school age boys and girls to play this spring.  Rugby is a physically tough sport played with minimal pads (a mouth guard).  Rugby is one of the most popular sports in the world, and it is gaining exposure in the U.S. as well.  Informational meeting:  Wednesday, December 4, 6:30pm at the East Greenbush Library.  Anyone interested in more information should contact Coach Freeman: nfreeman@live.com.

HUNTING SEASON OPENS IN SARATOGA/ CAPITAL DISTRICT REGION STATE PARKS

Hunting Safety Emphasized for All Park Patrons With the opening of hunting season, the Saratoga/Capital District Region welcomes hunters back to our state parks and encourages all hunters and other park patrons to be aware of the rules and precautions in place to ensure the safe enjoyment of our parks by all. Hunting is permitted in limited areas at the following parks and sites: Cherry Plain State Park, Grafton Lakes State Park, Mine Kill State Park (bow hunting only), Moreau Lake State Park, Schodack Island State Park, J.B. Thatcher State Park, and Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site. Park maps showing defined hunting areas in these parks are available on the State Parks webpage, www.nysparks.com, or by contacting the appropriate park office. Hunting is strictly prohibited from all other state parks and state historic sites in the Saratoga/Capital District Region. Hunters should be aware that they must possess a current valid applicable DEC hunting license and obtain a New York State Parks Hunting Permit from the appropriate Park Office. They must also sign in and out of the park at the office daily when hunting within the boundaries of the park. Hunting is not permitted within 500 feet of any building, road, playground, or parking lot. All trails are considered safety zones where hunting is not allowed. Deer can only be hunted with muzzleloader, shotgun, or bow. Possession of rifles or handguns is strictly prohibited. Loaded guns should not be carried in developed areas or on trails. Hunters should only load their guns at their hunting site. Other patrons recreating at the parks should be aware that hunting is permitted in limited areas of certain parks. The rules that are in place for hunting ensure patron safety in the developed areas and on the trail systems in the parks. Trail users may wish to wear brightly colored clothing during hunting season as an added precaution. Venturing off the established trail systems is prohibited at any time of year, and is particularly unsafe during hunting season. Patrons are encouraged to contact the appropriate park office or the New York State Park Police if they observe unsafe activities or conditions in the parks. It is the goal of New York State Parks to accommodate all appropriate recreational activities in the parks while adequately ensuring public safety. Other requirements that hunters and park patrons should be aware of include: Hunters shall: 1. Comply with all applicable sections of the Environmental Conservation Law; Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation Law and their implementing regulations and shall hunt in the manner prescribed by the Department of Environmental Conservation, except as modified by the dates, times and hunting styles specified in New York State Parks hunting permits.


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Bulletin Board 2. Possess a current valid applicable DEC hunting license and a Park Hunting Permit. 3. Obtain a Hunting Permit from the Park Office. Sign in and out of the Park at the office daily when hunting within the boundaries of the Park. 4. Obtain a Park Map which indicates where hunting is permitted. Hunting permits are valid only in the areas indicated on the map. 5. Display the “tear off” section of the permit registration form on their vehicle’s dashboard to be visible to Park Police and Regional personnel. 6. Park all vehicles in designated parking areas ONLY. 7. Carry the State Parks hunting permit on their person at all times while hunting. 8. Do Not hunt at night. 9. Do Not erect permanent tree stands or blinds in or on any tree or shrub. 10. Promptly report any and all unusual incidents directly to the Park Police or Park manager. Unusual incidents include, but are not limited to, damage to park property, accidents, personal injuries, and emergencies involving medical personnel. 11. Report to Park Police or other Regional personnel any sighting of a wounded animal entering safety zones and restricted areas. These areas are posted to ensure the safety of other park patrons and regional personnel. 12. Do Not transfer hunting permits. 13. Report the game taken or wounded. 14. Load guns at your hunting site. Loaded guns should not be carried in developed areas or on trails. 15. Do Not hunt within 500 feet of any building, road, playground or parking lot. 16. Hunt deer with muzzleloader, shotgun, or bow only. Possession of rifles or handguns is strictly prohibited. 17. Do Not set traps of any kind. 18. Contact the appropriate Park office for further information and restrictions.

AP BOXING/ KICKBOXING CLUB

Averill Park Boxing/Kickboxing Club is looking for a Boxing Coach for our Youth Program. Openings in classes available - Contact Dan at 339-6999.

BUILD COMMUNICATION & LEADERSHIP SKILLS WITH TOASTMASTERS

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.

HOME PURCHASE/REPAIR FUNDING AVAIL. for RENSS. CO. RESIDENTS

Rensselaer County Housing Resources (RCHR) currently has grant funding available to assist local residents with obtaining and maintaining their homes. RCHR has been awarded grant funds under three government programs for down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers, home rehabilitation projects, and/or home modifications to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

To improve accessibility, income-eligible homeowners and renters in Rensselaer County may receive grant funding to make enhancements to their homes. Home improvements include items such as building ramps and widening doorways. Applicants who are Veterans are particularly encouraged to apply and will find that the income eligibility limits are higher for them. The Homeowner Rehabilitation Program can assist income-eligible homeowners with home repairs such as health and safety repairs, roof replacement, structural, electrical, plumbing and heating system repairs or replacements, window replacements and energy efficiency measures. Grant funds are also available to assist income-eligible first-time home buyers with funds to be used for down payment and/or closing costs at the time of purchase. Income-eligible Rensselaer County residents outside the City of Troy may apply for these grant opportunities. In addition to income-eligibility, applicants must be current on their mortgage, property taxes and homeowners insurance at the time of application in order to qualify. For more information about these grants or other homeowner programs, visit RCHR’s website at www.triponline.org/rural or call TRIP NeighborWorks® HomeOwnership Center at (518) 690-0020.

RECYCLING IN THE VILLAGE OF NASSAU

Village of Nassau residents who want to join the fight in saving the environment and save a few tax dollars at the same time, there is no better place to start than at home. That is because the amount of trash each home produces increases the Village’s Refuse tax and ends up in a landfill. Follow a few simple tips to conserve resources and save landfill space. In turn, you will be providing a healthier environment now and in the future. Recycling will also assists in maintaining our current Refuse tax. Each village resident can make a positive impact on the environment simply by recycling. Every week County Waste provides curbside recycling pick-up for the following: paper, newsprint, magazines, junk mail, phone books, box board, egg carton, cardboard, tissue rolls; plastic bottles and jugs, paper milk and juice containers; glass bottles and jars, tin, aluminum and bi-metals cans and tops and clean aluminum foil, foil trays and empty aerosol cans. Village Law allows each resident, one 64-gallon pail, per unit; which is not to overflow with trash and the cover must be completely closed. First-time violators will receive written notification about their excessive trash. Second time violators will not have their trash picked-up until they are in compliance. It will be the responsibility of the owner to dispose of the trash properly. Trash bags may be purchased for $2.00 each at the Village Hall for additional household trash, not to include any construction and demolition debris that will not fit into your regulated 64-gallon pail. The Village Hall hours are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

NASSAU RESOURCE CENTER: NEED FOR CLOTHING

The Nassau Resource Center Food Pantry and Clothing Exchange is a non-profit organization which services those families in need of assistance during times of economic stress. It is in need of clothing for girls in the age range from new born to teenage.  If you have items for girls in this age bracket, you can make a difference in their lives.   The Nassau Resource Center is located at 15 Church Street in Nassau, next to the Kid’s Place.  Clothing may be dropped off on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon and Thursday evening, 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Please call if you need assistance or have any questions, 766-9014. 

BRUNS. COMMUNITY LIBRARY EVENING BOOK GROUP

The Brunswick Community Library Evening Book Group announces


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Bulletin Board the book schedule for winter/spring. • Dec. 10, “How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents” by Julia Alverez; • Jan. 14, “The Kitchen House” by Kathleen Grissom; • Feb. 11, “A Land Beyond the River” by Jack Casey; • March 11, “The Appointment” by Herta Muller; • April 8, “Dear Life” by Alice Munro. The group meets from 7-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the library, 4118 Brunswick Road, and all are welcome.

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 can 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.

TVHS OPERATING BOARD MEETING DATES ANNOUNCED

The Tech Valley High School® Operating Board has announced its meeting schedule for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. 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. • January 30, 2014 at Capital Region BOCES; • March 27, 2014 at Questar III; • May 29, 2014 at Capital Region BOCES; • July 24, 2014 at Questar III. 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE…

Young people are the future of our communities and it is important that we, as a town, invest in them. The Town of Poestenkill is looking for residents to contribute to their community by becoming an Advisory Board Member of the Youth Program. As a board member you will help plan for various events and programs and will have the opportunity to discover new interests, meet new people, and develop new skill sets to contribute to our community. High school students welcome!! If interested in becoming a part of this fun and enriching experience, please contact Tara Houser at 283.5100 or tahouser@poestenkillny.com.

GRAFTON COMMUNITY COOP ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS

Are you interested in purchasing a wide variety of Gluten and dairyfree products, grains, coffee, tea, bulk organic nuts, baking supplies or spices? If so, you may enjoy becoming a member of our community buying club. By doing so, you support your local community, get to know your neighbors, and get great access to natural and organic products without driving all the way to Albany to shop. Our group orders on a monthly basis from United Natural Foods and Frontier National Products companies. Currently, 10 families participate and we are looking for a few more members to join our group. The monthly job is simple: roll out of bed early every 4th Saturday to meet the delivery truck at the Grafton Community Library on Rt. 2 in Grafton, help unload and divide the members products and gather up your order that you placed on-line 1 week prior. It usually takes less than an hour. Our coop also has access to personal care items, cleaning products and pet supplies. Also, we can introduce you to the local farm community. If you have family, buying in bulk is a great way to get your products economically. Members can share products that are available only in bulk through our order splitting process.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Maureen Gallagher, Coordinator Grafton Community Coop at 518-279-1498.

2014 ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS FOR SALE

Entertainment books are now available at a better bargain than ever! Grace United Methodist Church in Nassau is selling 2014 Entertainment books for only $25.  Remember they include savings not only on restaurants, but also movies, sporting events, hotels, retail stores, museums and much more. The books will be available until Dec. 10 by calling Marcia at 7664746 or 766-4407.  You can also purchase a book at Brown Integrated Chiropractic, 1542 Columbia Turnpike in Schodack. Out-of-town editions may also be ordered.

DEC ANNOUNCES DEADLINE EXT. FOR WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS

New Application Deadline is December 13. Grants Will Help Fund Projects to Improve Water Quality, Reduce Polluted Runoff and Restore Natural Habitats in NY. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced that the agency has extended the deadline to apply for $45 million in grants for Water Quality Improvement Projects (WQIPs) through December 13, 2013. The WQIP program is a competitive, reimbursement grant program for projects that improve water quality, reduce polluted runoff and restore habitat in New York’s bodies of water. Recipients can be reimbursed 75 percent to 85 percent of the project costs, depending on the type of project. Municipalities, Soil and Water Conservation Districts and not-for-profit corporations are eligible to apply for funding. Funding will be available for projects that focus on: • Municipal wastewater treatment • Polluted runoff abatement and control from non-farm sources • Aquatic habitat restoration   Application materials for Water Quality Improvement Projects are available for download on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/ pubs/4774.html. Application materials are also available by calling (518) 402-8267. All project applications must be postmarked by December 13, 2013.

MARINE CORPS LEAGUE OF TROY SEEKING NEW MEMBERS

The Marine Corps League of Troy, NY is currently looking for new members. Come join and stay in touch with fellow Marines. Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at: Military Order of Purple Hearts, 121st & 3rd Avenue, Troy, NY 12182. Check us out on the web at: mcltroy.com. “SEMPER FI”

MOMS SHARE WITH MOMS AT BRUNSWICK CHURCH

Brunswick Church is now offering moms with small children a group that can offer support and a safe place to share the joys and challenges of motherhood. The group, known as MOPS, is one of 3,900 around the U.S. and in 35 countries across the globe. The Brunswick Church group meets Wednesday nights from 6:15pm - 7:45pm at the Brunswick Church campus at 42 White Church Lane (off of Rt. 351). Childcare is available. For more information, contact Erin Hvizdak at 279-3792, ext. 18 or email erin@brunswickchurch.org. 

ELKS NATIONAL AND STATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications are now available for the Elks National Foundation and the New York State Elks Association scholarships. There are two types of Elks scholarships. The national scholarship is open to all New York State high school seniors. These seniors need not be the


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Bulletin Board child of a member of the Elks. The state scholarships are for high school seniors whose parent is a member in good standing in the Order of Elks. Forms for these scholarships may be obtained online at the Elks website (www.Elks.org/enf/scholars). The same application is used for both national and state scholarships, but the state must be submitted with an additional cover page which is available at nys.elks.org or at the student’s school guidance office. The chairman of the scholarship committee of the Rensselaer Lodge of Elks No. 2073 is Errol Fitzgerald (477-5427).

THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS BASKETS AND HOLIDAY ADOPTION

With the help of community based donations, Hope 7 provides baskets to families who would otherwise have no special meal to share with loved ones. For holiday sponsorship, families are interviewed to determine level of need and sponsors are given forms with information on the needs and wishes of the children they wish to help. It is strictly up to the sponsor to decide what is to be purchased. As a sponsor (you, your family, office, church, civic, or school group), you may request family sizes, children’s ages, or whether or not you provide food. We do all we can to make the process run smoothly for a positive, fun, and most importantly, rewarding experience for you as the sponsor and a stress-free holiday season for families who don’t have any idea how they are going to make their children’s holidays great! Contact Wendy Butsko (518) 272-8029 or wendyb.hope7@gmail.com.

BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS LOOKING FOR MENTORS

Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for mentors in Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Rensselaer Counties. We are the oldest and largest provider of one-to-one youth mentoring services in the United States. In the Capital Region, we have been matching caring adults with local children for 50 years. Our mentoring relationships are proven to be a positive influence on the life of a child. Currently, we serve over 500 children, but there are over 100 more waiting for mentors. If you want to learn more about volunteering, contact Brigette Callahan at 862-1250 x15, or by email at Brigette@bbbscr.org.

CIRCLE THEATRE PLAYERS HOLDING AUDITIONS for FIDDLER on the ROOF

Fiddler on the Roof is coming to Circle Theatre Players at Sand Lake Center for the Arts! Auditions for this universal tale will be held Dec 1st at 6:00 p.m. and Dec 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Callbacks are on Dec 9th at 7:00p.m., all at SLCA in Averill Park. Production dates are March 21- 30, 2014 and rehearsals will begin after Jan 1st. There are roles for males and females, ages 10 to 70, for descriptions of roles go to the center website (reservations@slca-ctp.org). Please come prepared to sing a song, preferably one from Fiddler. If you have questions, please contact one of the directors: Val Kavanaugh at kavanaughvsk@gmail.com, 6742426 or Sue Frost at sue3frost@gmail.com, 674-3149. Lynn Gustafson is the musical director. SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY.

MADE BY HAND INVITATIONAL 2013

The Foundry for Art Design + Culture: Cohoes NY. A one day, juried indoor designer craft market featuring some of the regions most talented artisans offering fine crafted apparel, jewelry, accessories, housewares, paper goods, and more. Perfect event for seasonal gifts! Participating artists include: The Quiet Woods, Forage Restoratives, Crowell Pottery Studio, Tiger Trap Studio, The Little Raggamuffin, Katie Nare Jewelry, Cinderloop, Ali Herrmann, Tiane Novati, Troy Cloth & Paper, Dawn Dishaw Ceramics, Petra Jancovicova, ZOO, Kids Clothing. Saturday, December 7: 11am-5pm : Food : Drink : Music : Free. The event is free, but we are asking for guests to bring one nonperishable food item to benefit Cohoes

food pantries. www.thefoundrysite.com

MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION SIGN UP for TUTOR TRAINING

Make your New Year’s resolution now, and start making a difference in the life of a learner. Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County announces the Winter 2014 Tutor Training Workshop. The sessions will be held on Saturdays starting at 9:30 a.m. on January 4th at the HVCC Viking Child Care Center, DCC Room BO5, Williams Road, Troy. This modular workshop prepares volunteers to provide free tutoring to Basic Literacy Learners and/or English Language Learners. Participants will learn how to tutor adults using an interactive and learner-centered whole language approach. During the training, tutors will be paired with students to begin providing 2 hours of one-to-one or small group instruction per week.  Please come to a one-hour volunteer opportunities information session prior to enrolling in a tutor training workshop. The next information session is on Saturday, November 23rd, at 9:30 a.m. in the HVCC Viking Child Care Center, DCC Room BO5, Williams Road, Troy. For more information and to register, call Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County at 274-8526 or see our events calendar at www.lvorc.org.  

MESSAGE FROM THE NASSAU TOWN CLERK’S OFFICE

The Nassau Town Clerk’s office would like to extend best wishes to all for a very happy and healthy Holiday Season! For all of our hunters, safety first, good luck and yes, we do sell hunting and fishing licenses at Town Hall. For all dog owners, please remember to license your dogs. Dog licensing is a New York State law and it also insures proper rabies vaccinations and the ability to get a lost dog returned to its owner is much better if they are licensed. 2014 landfill permits are now available at the Town Clerk’s office. We will also be selling landfill permits on Saturday’s at the Transfer Station in December and January between the hours of 10:00AM and 2:00PM. Please note that Town Hall will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, as well as Friday the 29th. ~ Sandra L. Rings, Nassau Town Clerk

FALL CONCERT CALENDAR FOR SAINT ROSE ENSEMBLES AND CHORALES

A full semester of concerts by the College’s many outstanding instrumental and vocal ensembles and chorales was announced by The College of Saint Rose. The fall semester performance schedule ranges from intimate recitals and small ensembles to big-band jazz, classical band and orchestral works, and lush vocals by the College’s chorales. The complete concert schedule follows. All performances by the College’s ensembles and chorales are in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany.  Admission is free. For more information about any of the concerts or the performing ensembles, visit www.strose.edu/music or contact the Saint Rose Music Department at 518-454-5178. SAINT ROSE ENSEMBLES AND CHORALES CONCERTS (Note: Schedule is subject to changes and additions. For the most up-todate listings, visit www.strose.edu/music.) DECEMBER: • Tuesday, December 3, 8 p.m. - The Saint Rose Campus Band • Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m. - String Chamber Music • Sunday, December 8, 4 p.m. - Saint Rose Masterworks Chorale and Madrigal Ensemble • Monday, December 9, 8 p.m. - Saint Rose Wind Ensemble • Tuesday, December 10, 8 p.m. - Music Industry Recording Ensemble  

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