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Bulletin Board NATIONAL PARK TRIP 2017 The Mad Hatters, a chapter of the Red Hats is arranging an 11 day trip thru the National Park. Dates are June 18 - June 29, 2017. Price includes air fare as well as 16 meals. We  will visit Sedona - Grand Canyon - Lake Powell, Utah - Bryce Canyon -Zion National Park - a tour of Salt Lake City, see the domed Tabernacle of famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Jackson Hole, Wyoming - Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, then on to Sheridan to the Buffalo Bill Center. We will travel thru the territory of the Great Sioux Nation, and see Mount Rushmore. Young and old and any in between, please join us. The price is only $4249.00 save $100.00 per person if you sign up now. For more information, call Mary at 518-733-0009 or email me at ladyhawke334@aol.com.

TRAVEL PRESENTATION Thinking about a relaxing getaway? You’re invited to a free presentation on a September tour of northern California including Yosemite National Park, Napa, Sonoma, and more. The 9-day trip is sponsored by La Fédération franco-américaine du New York. See the exciting itinerary on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 5:30 pm, at Plaza Travel, 623 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY. As a courtesy, contact Lisa Laforest at (518) 785-3338 or email lisa@plazatravel.net to reserve seats. Follow La Fédération on Facebook and the Web.

JOIN US FOR A GLOBAL WOMEN’S MOVEMENT TO “EMBRACE” YOUR BODY On Monday, January 23, at Crossgates Cine18, there will be a 1 night showing of the movie EMBRACE.  It is a documentary on body image that addresses the often negative way in which men and women view their bodies. The topic affects 91% of women!  We need to eliminate the negative chatter in our heads and remove the media images that tell us how we should look!  We must learn to love ourselves for who we are and change the way we feel about our bodies. Join us for a Global Women’s Movement to EMBRACE your body. This movie is for men, women and middle/high schoolers. Moms, attend with your daughter!  Here is a link to the trailer and info on purchasing tickets: http://gathr. us/screening/19021 Gathr - Your film. Your friends. Your theater. Here is the website for more info on the movie and movement:   www.BodyImageMovement.com Questions? Contact Ruth Getbehead  518-461-1800

RED CROSS BABYSITTING TRAINING The Red Cross Babysitting Training will be held at the Sand Lake Library on Saturday, January 21st, from 11am-4pm. Registration forms are at the Sand Lake Library and the fee

for this class is $45pp, class size is limited.

JOIN SLCA - CIRCLE THEATRE PLAYERS - “SOUTHERN COMFORTS” Join Sand Lake Center for the Arts - Circle Theatre Players as they bring to the stage “Southern Comforts”, written by Kathleen Clark, presented with permission by Samuel French, Inc., and directed by Barry Streifert.  Some people need continuous change in order to feel vital and alive. Others are terrified of unsettling the peace that they have established. Meet Amanda Cross and Gus Klingman, a taciturn Yankee widower from New Jersey and a vivacious grandmother from Tennessee find what they least expected – a second chance at love. Their funny, awkward, and enchanting romance is filled with sweet surprise and unpredictable tribulation.  Told with warmth and perceptive humor, this off-Broadway success is an affecting, late-in-life journey of compromise and rejuvenation, of personal risk and the rewards of change.  The play opens Jan 20 and continues Jan 21, 26, 27, and 28 at 8pm, and Jan 22 and 29 at 2:30pm.  Tickets are $18 adults, $10 under 18.  Prepaid reservations can be made at www.slca-ctp.org or call (518)674-2007.  SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park, NY, is fully handicapped accessible, with free parking.    

CHURCH OF THE COVENANT INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO WORSHIP! • Sunday, January 15th - 8:30 a.m. Worship and communion in the sanctuary - No Sunday School today. 10:30 a.m. Worship in the sanctuary with choir and organ. Professional child care provided. 11:30 a.m. Friendship Hour in the social hall. The Church of the Covenant, Rev. Joe Auslander. The round church near the blinker in Averill Park. Office hours: Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. The office will be closed Mon., Jan. 16.

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH TO HOLD TWO MEETINGS ON JANUARY 29th, 2017, WE WILL HAVE TWO MEETINGS (AS REQUIRED BY TRINITY’S CONSTITUTION). 1.  The first meeting will be a congregational meeting called to vote on the approval, by simple majority, of the legal document which specifies closing Trinity and consolidating with the people of Trinity to form a new congregation with a new name.  The legal document will include other, legally-required details of the proposed consolidation. 2.  The second meeting will be our annual meeting where we conduct our usual annual business, plus the second vote on the above specified legal document.  To officially close Trinity, West Sand Lake, and move forward with the proposed consolidation, a two-thirds majority is required. We need everyone, there and most of all, we need prayers


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Any questions, call 674-5501 and please leave a message!

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FIRST BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH OF WSL Please join the First Bible Baptist Church, 4331 RT 150, West Sand Lake for Worship. Our Services: Sunday School 10AM; Sunday Worship 11AM; Wednesday 7PM. Nursery for ALL Services. www.firstbiblebaptistchurchwsl.com

LIFE IN CHRIST FELLOWSHIP All our welcome to join us at Life In Christ Fellowship located at the corner of 5 N. Nassau Rd and Renss. Co. RT 18 for our 10:30AM Sunday services. Come with an expectant heart, a willingness to have fun & a seriousness to learn how awesome God really is! For directions, please call 766-3026.

HOPE UMC WORSHIP Hope United Methodist Church has worship each Sunday at 10:30 am, along with Sunday School for children in preschool through grade 5.  Hope ALIVE! is at 5:30 pm 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 (566 Brunswick Road), (Town of Brunswick).

ST. STEPHEN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH Our 11.00 a.m. Sunday worship services will resume on January 8, 2017. Special note to our members: On Sunday, January 29, 2017, we are having a Congregational meeting following the worship service.  It is important that everyone attends.  If you have questions, please call Council President, Alice Senrick at 518-852-1504. 

EPIPHANY II Fishing is and can be a time of relaxation, quietly enjoying the lake or stream, gently bobbing on the ocean’s waves. And then comes the catch – the rod bending, you struggling to bring the fighting fish into the boat. It is that spurt of excitement that makes the outing worthwhile. How much more, then, is it to be fishers of men? Join us this week as Pastor Henry explores this with a sermon based on Matthew 4:18-20, and entitled “Men Fishers.” Come be our guest this Sunday at 10:00 AM as we continue to celebrate the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and seek personal epiphanies of His love and grace for us. Love Lutheran Church is located at Middlesex Road and Pheasant Lane in East Greenbush. For more information, a summary of this Sunday’s sermon, or directions, please visit our website: www.lovelutheran.

The Bread of Life Food Pantry serves Poestenkill area individuals and families who are in need of supplemental food. We are located at 772 Route 351, Poestenkill, in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, and are open the first and third Thursdays each month, 5PM to 7PM. We are also happy to deliver items directly to you if you are unable to visit the pantry in person. Please contact (518) 283-6045 and leave a message. We are most grateful for all food and financial donations. If you’d like to make a donation to the Bread of Life Food Pantry, please send a check to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poestenkill, P.O. Box 167, Poestenkill, NY 12140. Make check payable to ELCP with Food Pantry in the memo. For more information, call (518) 283-6045.

KIWANIS “ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT” PASTA DINNER FUNDRAISER The Sand Lake Kiwanis Club wants to invite all to participate in a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, January 14th, from 4PM to 7PM at the West Sand Lake Fire House on Rt. 43. All-You-Can-Eat - $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 5 to 10 years old, kids under 5 are free. Meals will consist of spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert & beverages. Take-out meals are also available by calling (518) 674-3677. A pasta dinner will continue to be held every second Saturday of each month. All proceeds support Kiwanis projects. “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

ROAST PORK DINNER AT PAUMC The Pawling Avenue United Methodist Church will host a Roast Pork Dinner on Saturday, January 28th, from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. The menu is roast pork, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetable, applesauce, roll, dessert and beverage. The cost is $10 for adult meals, $5 for meals for children 5 to 12 years old and there is no charge for meals for children under 5 years of age. Take-outs will be available. For information and reservations, please call the church office at (518) 273-6859. Tickets will be available at the door. Pawling Avenue United Methodist Church is located at 520 Pawling Avenue, Troy. Plan now to attend on January 28th for good food and fellowship. 


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Bulletin Board POT LUCK DINNER AT ST. TIMOTHY’S WITH TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH

N.G. KIWANIS POLISH/ITALIAN DINNER

We Urge You To Come To The Pot Luck Dinner Which Will Be Held At St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church at 470 Winter Street Ext., North Greenbush, on Saturday, January 14th, at 6:00 p.m.  This will be an excellent time to meet the Pastoral Candidate and to continue meeting the people of St. Timothy’s as Trinity looks forward to joining them!!!  

The North Greenbush Kiwanis will host a Polish/Italian Dinner on Sunday, January 15th, from 4PM to 7PM. Polish dinner: kielbasa, sauerkraut, pierogi’s and golumpki’s. Italian dinner: spaghetti and meatballs. Cost is $12 for Adults and $5 for Children. Take-out or eat-in at the American Legion, Main Ave., Wynantskill. 50/50 Raffle to benefit Summer Youth Programs. Schedule a pickup today by calling 518350-4650 - leave your name, desired time, and # of dinners.

We also want to remind you that on January 15th (the next day) at 10:00 a.m....NOT 9:00 A.M., THE Pastor Candidate will lead worship at Trinity.  After the worship service, there will be a fellowship time with light snacks. At that time also, the Pastoral will join us for conversation. So mark your calendar for Sunday, Jan. 15th, service will be at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity...we are praying that you will join us in this new venture and will inspire all of us to build God’s church and enlighten us as we change as the world has changed and share our faith with each other!  You can find St. Timothy’s on Facebook or  office@sttic.org. St. Timothy’s share many pictures on Facebook, so you can see for yourself the many programs they offer and what a beautiful church it is.... So, we hope to see you on Sat., Jan 14th, for the dinner; and then for worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday at Trinity in West Sand Lake....A blessed church has a vibrant sense of faith, hope, and love and we hope to become that Church!!

PASTA STATION DINNER AT SALEM UMC The Salem United Methodist Church located at 349 Shaver Road in West Sand Lake will be holding a Pasta Station Dinner on Saturday, January 28, 2017.  The dinner runs from 5:00pm-6:30pm, and the menu includes; Choice of 3 pastas and 3 sauces and all the fixings - (Meatballs, sausage, peppers, onion, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.) Caesar salad, bread, garlic butter, beverage and dessert.  Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling the church office, 674-3106 or Diane at 813-5073.  Proceeds of this dinner benefit the Youth Unit to travel/work at Red Bird Mission.  Website; salemumcwsl.wordpress.com

CASTLETON FIRE CO. MONTHLY BREAKFAST The Castleton Fire Company located at 11 Green Avenue, Castleton is starting their Annual Breakfast on the first Sunday of each month from 8AM to 12Noon. Cost is $8 for Adults; $7 for Seniors; $5 for Children 6 yrs - 12 yrs; and under 6 is free. Mark your calendars: February 5, 2017, March 5, 2017, April 2, 2017 and the final breakfast of the season will be May 7, 2017.

The event will benefit the children of the Town of North Greenbush and specifically summer youth programs.

EVERETT WAGAR SENIOR CENTER SPECIAL DINNER On Friday, January 27th, 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 “January Thaw”, menu will be; Meatloaf w/Onion Gravy, Chef Potato, Peas & Onions, Rye Bread, and Diced Peaches for dessert served at noon. Entertainment will begin at 12:30 p.m. with Brian Zapel. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. 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 $3.00. Stop in anytime Mon. – Fri., 9:00 – 3:00 pm, for a complete monthly menu and activities calendar. Please call 279-3413 to make your reservations for lunch.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT “COOKED TO ORDER” BREAKFAST “Homemade”, “All-You-Can-Eat”, “Cooked to Order”, “Served to you at your table” Breakfast will be held on January 21st, from 8AM - 11AM, at the Eagle Mills Christian Church, 1 Maple Ave., Troy (Eagle Mills). Cost is $8/Adults and $4/Children under 10. Menu Includes: Eggs (cooked to order), Homefries, Pork Sausage, French Toast, Regular, Blueberry, and Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Toast (white, wheat, or rye), Coffee, Tea, Juice or Milk. This month’s special is: “Omelets with Toppings”.

ITALIAN SPAGHETTI DINNER Italian Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Saturday, January 28th, from 4PM - 6:30PM, at the Eagle Mills Christian Church, 1 Maple Ave., Troy (Eagle Mills). “Eat-In” or “TakeOut”. Choice of: Homemade Meatballs, or Italian Sausage. Menu includes: Pasta and Sauce, Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread, Beverages including Coffee and Tea, Cost: Adults:  $10.00; Children 12 and Under: $5.00. (518) 279-1588.


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Bulletin Board HOAGS CORNERS FIREHOUSE PIZZA/WING NIGHT

TSATSAWASSA PROTECTIVE FIRE CO. BREAKFAST

The Hoags Corners Fire Dept. will be hosting a Pizza/Wing Night on Friday, Jan. 20th, from 5PM-8PM. Our toppings include pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, peppers, onions, olives, and broccoli. Also, don’t forget your wings, we have plain, mild, BBQ and hot. Call 766-5474 to place your order, FREE delivery within the fire district. Our Pizza Night is held the 3rd Friday of every month.

The Tsatsawassa Protective Fire Company will serve their monthly breakfast on Sunday, January 15th, starting at 8AM until 11:30AM.   Breakfast consists of your choice of French toast or pancakes, as well as bacon or sausage, toast, orange juice, applesauce, beverages and eggs prepared to your specifications for a cost of $7 for adults, $4 for ages 5-12,  with children under five served free.

HCFD ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST

Support your local fire company while visiting with friends and neighbors and enjoying a hearty breakfast to start your The Hoags Corners Fire Dept will be hosting an All-Youday.   The firehouse is located behind the post office near Can-Eat Breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 5th, from 8AM – 11AM.  the intersection of Routes 20 and 66 North in the hamlet of Our All-You-Can-Eat buffet style breakfast includes: ScramBrainard.  For more information, call 518-766-3815. bled eggs, homefries, applesauce, fruit cocktail, blueberry & regular pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, coffee, ROAST BEEF DINNER tea, milk, chocolate milk, orange juice, toast, and English A Roast Beef Dinner to Benefit the Rensselaer County 4-H muffins. Cost: Adults - $8.00; Children ages 6-12 - $4.00; Teen Exchange will be held on January 21st - serving from Children 5 and under – free. Eat-in or Take out.  Phone: 4PM to 6PM - Family Style. 766-5474. The dinner will be held at the United Methodist Church of LASAGNA DINNER East Greenbush at 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush. Cost Melrose Methodist Church, 20 Church Street, Melrose, will with reservation – Over 12 yrs $13; 5 to 11 yrs $6; 4 and hold a Lasagna Dinner on Saturday, January 21, 2017, from under FREE. At the Door – Over 12 yrs $14, 5 to 11 yrs $7; 5:00 pm on; take-outs at 4:30.  Cost: Adults are $8.00, 4 and under FREE. RSVP by calling 674-1220. Children 5 and under are $4.00.  We are handicapped accessible.  For reservations, call 235-4370.

GLENDORA VEGETARIAN CLUB Letter to the Editor: Tyson Foods has invested in Beyond Meat, a company that makes plant-based meats. Another startup called Perfect Day has created cruelty-free milk by using a strain of yeast, cow DNA sequences, and a 3D printer. They are able to use plant-based fats and proteins to make casein and whey, enabling them to make milk without the use of animals. In Canada, a show called W5, the country’s most watched current affairs program, aired a special near Thanksgiving that covered the animal abuse and violence that occurs in Turkey slaughterhouses. Millions of people were made aware of the cruelty in the Turkey industry thanks to the hidden camera footage of undercover activists. With advances like these, 2017 will hopefully be a successful year for animal rights, educing suffering, and liberating animals.  The Glendora Vegetarian Club meets on January 25th at 6PM at the Schodack Diner, Routes 9 and 20. Call 518-6105810. ~ Submitted by Glendora

WSL LADIES AUX. MONTHLY BREAKFAST

Please join the WSL Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary for Breakfast on January 15, 2017, 7:30AM to 11:30AM at the West Sand Lake Firehall. Eat-In or Take-Out. Breakfast Includes: Scrambled Eggs, Cheesy Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries w/cheese, French Toast, a variety of Pancakes including Mickey Mouse, Homemade Muffins, Fruit, Toast, Bagels, Juice and Coffee. Southern Sausage Gravy & Biscuits will be served until they run out! Cost: Adults $8, Children (5-12) $5 and children under 5 are free. Call 674-3677.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST BUFFET VFW Post 7338, Hays Road, East Greenbush will host a Pancake Breakfast Buffet on Sunday, January 15th, from 9AM to 12Noon. Menu: Buttermilk Pancakes, French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausages, Homefries, Corned Beef Hash, Toast, Fruit Cocktail, or Sliced Peaches, Coffee, Tea, Water and Juice. Cost: Adults - $9.00; Children 6 to 12 - $5.00; Children under 6 - Free. The VFW is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Veterans, their Families and the community.


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Bulletin Board GRAFTON FIRE ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST The Grafton Volunteer Fire Department along with the Grafton Ladies Auxiliary will be serving you an All-You-CanEat Buffet Breakfast on Saturday, January 28th, 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, home fries, toast, orange juice, coffee, and milk. Cost is $10.00 per adult, kids 12 and under $5.00, kids 5 and under FREE! ~ We look forward to serving you!

TWIN TOWN DEVIL CATS TRAVEL BASEBALL The Devil Cats are looking for talented and committed players for the following age groups for the 2017 season: 10U (Gold) 11U (High Silver) including pitchers 12U (Gold) including pitchers 14U (Gold) Please contact Jamie Nusbaum at nusbaumj@gmail.com for additional information regarding 10U, 11U and 14U; and Eric Brown at (518) 225-2208 for additional information regarding 12U.

TAKE THE PLUNGE! REGISTRATION OPEN FOR POLAR PLUNGE AT GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK Registrations are now being accepted for participants in the Polar Plunge at Grafton Lakes State Park. The Winter Fest is in its 32nd year with events occurring all day on Saturday, January 28, 2017. The plunge happens promptly at 1:00 with check-in beginning at noon by Long Pond beach. Participants will take turns jumping into the frigid water while the New York State Police Ice Dive team provides safety. Spectators are welcome and provide a nice wind block for the event. The Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park will provide a fun prize for Silliest Costume, but come in whatever “swim attire” you like. The Plunge will once again this year raise funds for the food pantry of Our Lady of the Snow Parish. Your participation will help provide food to families in need in the New Year. This event is open to the first 50 people who pre-register. The fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt. Heated changing areas are available nearby, but bring warm clothes for before and immediately after. For more information, and an application for the Polar Plunge, contact: Maureen Cox, Our Lady of the Snow Parish: 518-281-6575

Grafton Lakes State Park and Our Lady of the Snow Parish would like to thank the New York State Police Dive Team and the Grafton Rescue Squad for their assistance in providing for the safety of participants during this event. The 32nd Annual Winter Festival will also include snowshoeing, kid contests, indoor exhibitors, guided outings and much more. Main events run from 10-4. For more information on the Winter Fest, visit: www.nysparks.com/parks and look up Grafton Lakes State Park or call the Park Office at 518-279-1155.

WILDLIFE TRACKING AND FIRE BY FRICTION Start your new year off right by learning new outdoor living skills. The Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center will offer two outdoor trainings in January. David Muska from Ondatra Adventures will be teaching a Fire by Friction class on January 14 from 1-4 pm. In this class you will learn time-tested techniques to starting fire with friction. Participants will build their own friction kits to take home. Popular each year, three wildlife tracking sessions are offered by Alcott Smith, nationally recognized tracker, naturalist and veterinarian. Options are: Saturday, January 21, from 9am-12pm and/or 1pm-4pm; and Sunday, January 22, from 9am– 4pm. Sign up for one or all three sessions. In past programs, we have followed tracks to a porcupine in its den, found kill sites and have found deer and coyote beds recently used for sleep. All programs are designed for beginners and also people wishing to build on their existing skillset. Pre-registration required and space is limited. Please register early! Register by contacting dykenpond@gmail. com or (518) 658-2055. There is a fee for each workshop. Please visit the website at: www.dykenpond.org for more information.

32ND ANNUAL ICE FISHING CONTEST AT GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK Grafton Lakes State Park will host its 32nd annual Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 5:30 AM – 3:00 PM. For the first time, the contest will be held on a separate day from Winter Fest. Join in on the fun as several hundred anglers brave the cold temperatures for their chance to make a winning catch on several of the park’s ponds. Registration begins at 5:30 AM and ends at 11:00 AM on January 21st in the park’s maintenance building, accessible via the Main Entrance. There is a $10 entrance fee required for all participants age 16 or older, with no fee for children under 16. All participants 16 and older must have a valid NYS fishing license to fish in the park at any time, including during the contest.


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Bulletin Board Big cash prizes are awarded to adults for 1st place fish in all three categories of Trout, Walleye/Chain Pickerel, and Yellow Perch. Other winning adult and youth entries will receive gift cards and other prizes. Certified bait will be available on site from Hudson River Bait in the registration area. Bait is also available from Conroy’s Bait Supply in Watervliet. Do your part to help keep the waters at Grafton Lakes healthy and productive by using certified bait. Tournament areas are located on Second Pond, Mill Pond, Dunham Reservoir, Shaver Pond, and Long Pond. Please note that due to preparations for Winter Fest, ice fishing is not permitted adjacent to the beach on Long Pond or to the rink on Mill Pond. This year’s ice fishing contest is sponsored by community businesses and the Natural Heritage Trust. Please let these businesses know you appreciate their sponsorship: Beecroft’s Shooters Supply, Brunswick BBQ and Brew, Conroy’s Bait Supply, Grimm Building Materials, Hoosick True Value, Hudson River Bait, Hudson River Tractor, Lakeview Inn, LL Bean, Main Care, Marpe’s Country Store, Mohawk Army and Navy, Poestenkill Auto Supply, Rifenburgh Construction, Seymour’s Motor Sports, Stewart’s Shops, Stone Industries, The Towne Tavern, Tremont Ace Hardware, Unifirst Uniforms, Warren Fane, Wiley Brothers, and Young’s Pharmacy. For more information about Grafton Lakes State Park events, call the park office at 518-279-1155, check out our Facebook page, or visit our website at nysparks.com.

FULL WOLF MOON TREK AT DYKEN POND CENTER Enjoy the quiet shadows under the natural light of the full wolf moon on Friday, January 13, from 6:30 -8:30pm at the Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. This free trek is open to intermediate cross country skiers or snowshoers. Trekkers must be at least 16 years old. The trek will cover about two miles. Snowshoe rentals are available for $5 with advanced notice. Please contact the Center for updated snow conditions and possible cancellations at (518) 6582055 or dykenpond@gmail.com. Dyken Pond EE Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for back-country snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ice-fishing. Visit www.dykenpond. org for directions and a complete schedule of our winter events.

HOME SCHOOL SNOWSHOE PROGRAM Home School Snowshoe Program: Jan. 18, 1-3pm: This program will provide an opportunity for youth who are home schooled to congregate in a beautiful natural setting while learning the fundamentals of snowshoeing. After a

brief introduction, we will snowshoe for about 2 hours, look for signs of animals, and play an authentic Eskimo game. Cost $5 per participant/$15 family rate (includes snowshoe rentals). Pre-registration required by contacting (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@gmail.com. Program presented by Josh Pulito. Please contact the Center for updated snow conditions and possible cancellations at (518) 658-2055 or dykenpond@gmail.com.

GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK TO HOLD 32ND ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park will host the 32nd Annual Winter Festival on Saturday, January 28, 2017. The Winter Fest will feature outdoor events along with indoor exhibits, food vendors, and family-friendly recreational activities. The event is free of charge and runs from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Adults can join in a guided snowshoe or cross country ski outing, or borrow snowshoes for a free demo around the park. For the kids, Winter Fest offers its popular snow bowling hill, snowshoe races and a snowball toss, as well as rides with the charming Northland Newfoundlands. Other outdoor offerings this year include free snowmobile rides, a skating rink on Long Pond, and an ice hockey tournament on Mill Pond and a Polar Plunge (call park for pre-registration information for these events: 518-279-1155). Visitors who need to warm up can escape the cold by stopping inside to enjoy indoor exhibits, live animal presentation and refreshments. Note that this year’s Ice Fishing contest is being held on the weekend before, Saturday, January 21st. For more information about these events, please call the park at 518-279-1155. A full schedule of events is available at (www.nysparks.com/parks) and on www.facebook.com/GraftonLakesStatePark.

BAILEY MT. FISH AND GAME CLUB 33RD ANNUAL ICE FISHING CONTEST Bailey Mt. Fish and Game Club 33rd Annual Ice Fishing contest will be held on February 4th, 2017. Fishing on 4 Rensselaer County lakes - Snyders Lake, Glass Lake, Reichards Lake, and new this year Burden lake. $10 p/p Multiple categories - Cash Prizes - Door prizes - ION Auger and more!  Register at each lake 5:30am-10am. Weigh-in at club by 3pm.  February 11th thin ice date. For more information, www.bmfgc.org  or find us on Facebook

BASKETBALL FUN NIGHT! The Town of Nassau Youth Committee will be having a “Basketball Fun Night”! Location is at the Donald P. Sutherland


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Bulletin Board School gym in village of Nassau. Two dates are set January 19, 2017 and February 9, 2017 from 6pm -7:30pm. Please email youth@townofnassau.org or call 766-9417 if you need further info. ~ Fred McCagg, Town of Nassau Youth Chairman

Join us in planning a great 2017 at Cherry Plains State Park and the Capital District Wildlife Management Area. The construction is continuing on target at the state park to be completed for the 2017 season.  We have lots of things to think about regarding outings, trails and new plans.

FALCONS BASEBALL TO HOLD 16U/18U TRY-OUTS

This year already looks like more winter fun.  Join us for support, suggestions or just want to find out what is going on at your local state park and CDWMA. Call Francille Egbert for questions and to rsvp that you are coming (518674-3214 or fran.egbert@gmail.com)

Southern Rensselaer County (Sorensco) Baseball will hold a try-out session for its 2017 Falcons senior teams (16U/18U). Players interested in a roster spot, and who will be 16 (born on/after May 1, 2000) to 18 (born on/after May 1, 1998) years old for the 2017 season will be evaluated. The 16U and 18U Falcons play in the Eastern New York Connie Mack and Mickey Mantle League, one of the most competitive travel leagues in the region. The try-out session will take place on Sunday, January 22nd, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at Canaan Field House in Canaan, NY. Interested players are asked to contact the Sorensco Falcons at Sorensco@gmail. com to ensure age and residence eligibility. Directions can be found at sorensco.siplay.com.

TWIN TOWN LITTLE LEAGUE Come join a growing and thriving little league for the 2017 Spring Baseball! Registration is now open and Twin Town Little League will be offering programs for the following levels: T-Ball: (4-5yr olds), Rookie: (5-6yr olds), Farm: (7-8yr olds), Minors (910), Majors (11-12), Intermediate (11-13), Senior (13-16). The Intermediate level will feature a pitching distance of 50 feet and base paths of 70 feet. The Senior and Big League levels offers conventional baseball played on a full size baseball field. 11 and 12 year old players may register to play Majors only or both Majors and Intermediate levels. Registration fees are $95 for T-Ball and Rookie, and $125 for Farm, Minors, Majors and Intermediate. Senior League is $145. There is a discount for families with more than one player and for Majors players that also participate in the Intermediate level. Families can register on-line by visiting our website: www. ttll.siplay.com If you have any questions, please contact: Andy Murphy (Player Agent) andymurphy541@gmail.com 585-733-3555. Or Darren Ayotte (Vice President) dayotte212@gmail.com Like us on Facebook at TwinTownLL!!!

WINTER MEETING OF FRIENDS OF CHERRY PLAIN STATE PARK Wonder what is happening at Cherry Plain State Park? Come to a meeting of Friends of Cherry Plain State Park at the Towne Tavern in Averill Park on Thursday, January 19th, at 6PM.

OWL WATCH & WINTER RAPTOR VIEWING Short-eared owls flock to Washington County Grasslands! Grab your binoculars and head out to the Washington County Grasslands with Friends of the IBA Director Laurie LaFond & Field Trip Leader Rich Speidel on Saturday, January 28th, at 2:30p.m. to look for Short-eared owls and other wintering raptors. Likely sightings include some of the 20 or more Short-eared owls wintering in the area, Rough-legged hawks, Red-tailed hawks, Northern harriers, Horned larks, Snow buntings and more! We’ll visit Friends of the IBA’s (FIBA) Alfred Z. Solomon Grassland Bird Viewing Area and the Washington County Grasslands WMA managed by NYS DEC on a combined walk and auto tour of the best winter birding “hot spots” in the area. Meeting Time: 2:30 p.m. Free to FIBA Members, $10 for non-members; fee can be applied to annual membership. Group size is limited. CALL Rich at (518) 623-2587 to register. Friends of the IBA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust working to conserve critical habitat for New York’s endangered Short-eared owls and other threatened and at-risk grassland birds. Visit www. ibafriends.org for more info.

ATTENTION BOWLERS The Troy Senior Center has a bowling league that meets every Monday at 12:30PM at the Uncle Sam Lanes, 600 Fulton Street in Troy. Bowling is an enjoyable and affordable exercise. All beginners are welcome. Don’t miss out, join today! Call the Center at 270-5348 for more information.

ATTENTION SWIMMERS! The Troy Senior Center has a swimming program that meets every Wednesday beginning at 9AM with our volunteer swimming coordinator Joyce Forner. Swimming is a great exercise with many health benefits and it’s so much fun! Join us at the Lansingburgh Boys & Girls club; it’s a great time to socialize, swim and enjoy the heated pool. Call the Center at 270-5348 for more information.


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