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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

EXTENSION HOLDS “SPRING GARDEN DAY” - MARCH 11TH Spring starts March 11 with “Spring Garden Day,” a program of gardening classes and fun for gardeners, held at Tamarac High School in Brunswick. Attendees can choose from ten classes covering landscape design tricks, creating a night garden, growing tea at home, beekeeping, organic vegetable gardening and more.  Garden designer and “Shady Lady” Amy Ziffer will give the keynote address on “Shade Revealed,” featuring highlights from her book,  The Shady Lady’s Guide To Northeast Shade Gardening.  A plant sale, garden book sale, Pick-A-Prize Auction, book signings and fabulous door prizes are other highlights.  Participants also receive a delicious homemade lunch featuring soups, Stromboli and desserts.  Program fee is $30 per person and pre-registration is required.  Pre-register early as this event always sells out.  Call Cornell Cooperative Extension at (518) 272-4210 and ask for Marcie, or visit for details.


dents are encouraged to reserve before March 17; after that, this tour will be advertised nationwide. It sold out fast last year. For details, call Lisa at Plaza Travel (518) 785-3338 or email Sponsored by, La Fédération franco-américaine du New York.

BRUNSWICK WAYS ARE TRAVELING TO NEWPORT, RI Join the Brunswick Ways as we travel with Yankee Trails to Newport, RI on June 26, 27, and 28th, 2017, where we will visit/tour the Marble House Mansion and have lunch on our own at the Buck Market and have a bit of time to shop. We will tour the famous Mansion, The Breakers at 3PM. We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express and dinner will be at the Atlantic Beach Resort with 4 choices. Breakfast is included both mornings at the hotel. On Tuesday, we ferry over to Block Island, which is 12 miles off the coast of RI. Block Island has gorgeous beaches, 50 specialty shops, and you can win in any direction to get to a beach. Hope the weather is good! We will have lunch at the National Hotel on Block Island. On Wednesday, we leave after breakfast to the Foxwood Casino and Tanger Outlets. You will receive a $15 slot play and buffet voucher. (Please note: bonus is subject to change per casino). After an afternoon of shopping, lunch and gambling, we head for home. For double twin occupancy cost is $325pp; single $419pp; triple $300pp; Quad $289pp. $10 each pp for non-members. For further 273-7906.






NYS DEFENSIVE DRIVING CLASS On Saturday, February 18th, from 9AM to 3PM there will be a New York State approved Defensive Driving Class to benefit the Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Southern Rensselaer County. Save 10% on your base auto insurance for the next three years & be eligible to receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines.

Red Cross Babysitting Training has been rescheduled. The class will be Saturday, 2/25/17, from 11am to 4pm at the Sand Lake Library. The class is for ages 10+ and $45 pp.  The class will be held at the Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Southern The registration forms will be available at the Sand Lake Rensselaer County, 544 Broadway, Rensselaer. Fee is only Library or call 518-931-4242.  Class size is limited.  $35 - bring a friend $30 each. Registration is required and EXPLORE NO. CA TREASURES & WINE can be made by calling the Club at 518-465-3403 or Raymond Frankoski at 518-286-3788. COUNTRY, FALL 2017 This 9-day tour from Sept. 24 to Oct. 2 includes San Francisco, Tuolumne & Yosemite National Park, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Santa Rosa & Sonoma, the Napa Valley Wine Train, and more. Price per person includes round-trip airfare and air taxes, hotel accommodations, airport-to-hotel transfers, motor coach, wine train, and 12 meals. Rates vary by number of people per room. Capital Region resi-

Class size is limited. Additional information is available by calling Ray Frankoski.

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Bulletin Board FIRST UMC OF EAST GREENBUSH INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO WORSHIP • 8:30 a.m. – Early worship service in our beautiful outside Chapel or indoors during inclement weather. • 9:30 a.m. – Every Sunday, Worship and Sunday School; Communion on the first Sunday each month. Join us for coffee and fellowship following each service in Fellowship Hall. For more information, please contact the Church office at 477-9693 or email us at First United Methodist Church is located at 1 Gilligan Road in East Greenbush.

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.

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 The worship center is located at the corner of Route 2 and Garfield Road in Eagle Mills (566 Brunswick Road), (Town of Brunswick).

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.

COME TO THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS GREAT SPAGHETTI DINNER Come to a great, All-You-Can-Eat, spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus at St. Henry’s Church on Old Route 66 on Saturday, February 25th. Dinner is from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. Price of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. We will be serving spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, dessert & beverages. Take-out meals are also available, just stop by no reservations necessary. Come and join us for a great time. For more information, call 674-3965.

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: March 5, 2017, April 2, 2017 and the final breakfast of the season will be May 7, 2017.

PRESIDENT’S DAY LUNCHEON Van Rensselaer Star Chapter #256, Order of the Eastern Star, is hosting a President’s Day luncheon on Monday, February 20th, from 11:30AM to 1:30PM at the East Greenbush Masonic Temple, 710 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush. The proceeds from this luncheon will benefit the 14th annual Chapter’s scholarship fund which provides an award to a graduating senior girl from Columbia High School, Maple Hill High School and Rensselaer High School. Menu includes Baked Meatloaf, Scalloped Potatoes and all the trimmings. The cost is $10 for adults. Reservations should be made by calling Emily at 438-6707 by February 17th.



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.

Rensselaer County Senior Center, 50 Herrick Street, Rensselaer will host this monthly demonstration on preparing a healthy, tasty, fun meal on Tuesday, February 21st. You will get recipes for the day’s presentation as well as other healthy choices and a taste of the meal prepared. This is a fun opportunity to try something new and easy. Join us at 11:30 and stay for lunch. Call for reservations 463-2166.

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

Lunch is served at 12 noon, Monday thru Friday. If you haven’t dined with us, you don’t know what you’re missing. Call today for a luncheon reservation 463-2166. Looking forward to seeing you.

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Bulletin Board DINNER WITH BOB MARCELLO FOR RENSS. SENIORS Rensselaer County Senior Center, 50 Herrick Street, Rensselaer, Special Dinner with Bob Marcello on Tuesday, February 28th. We will be celebrating “Pet Day” to bring importance of “World Spay Day.” Bring a picture of a loved pet and share your memories by placing it on our pet table for all to view. Bring your dancing shoes to rock with Bob Marcello. Always an enjoyable afternoon. Call for Reservations 463-2166. Lunch is served at 12 noon, Monday thru Friday. If you haven’t dined with us, you don’t know what you’re missing. Call today for a luncheon reservation 463-2166. Looking forward to seeing you.

CORNED BEEF & CABBAGE DINNER SAVE THE DATE: On Sunday, February 19th, The Sons of the American Legion will be holding their annual dinner at The Gerald O’Neil Post, 836 Broadway in Rensselaer. Dinner will be available to eat- in or take-out from 1PM - 6PM. The cost is only $11.00 each or $10.00 for seniors. (50/50 & auction too). As always, all proceeds will benefit the various programs of “The American Legion”.

CHILI CHALLENGE FUNDRAISER The Brunswick Elks will be hosting the 6th annual Brunswick Elks Chili Challenge on February 26th, 1pm-4pm! For only $8, you can taste all the different chili’s and cast a vote for your favorite flavors! Our competitions, since 2011, have included traditional chili’s, brisket chili, game chili, vegetarian chili, and other great versions! Proceeds to benefit Elks Charities. To enter your chili or for further information leave a message at 279-1344 or on our Facebook page! Public Welcome for FUN, FOOD, and RAFFLES! Cost is $8.00 for admission. Cash bar available.

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 February 18th, 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: “Belgium Waffles with Strawberries and Whipped Topping”.

CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner will be held on March 4th, from 4PM - 6:30PM, at the Eagle Mills Christian Church, 1 Maple Ave., Troy (Eagle Mills). Cost: Adults $10.00 and Children under 10 $5.00 Menu includes: Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots, Rolls, Soda Bread, Desserts, Beverages. (518) 279-1588.

BRING A NEW SENIOR MEMBER TO LUNCH MONTH Calling all members, The Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton is hosting a Bring a New Senior Member to lunch for the month of February 2017. Everyone who brings a non- member friend will receive a gift. Noon lunch is available Monday through Friday at suggested donation of $3.00. All Rensselaer County seniors welcome, reservations required 279-3413.

ANNUAL CABIN FEVER PARTY Melvin Roads American Legion 200 Columbia Tpk., East Greenbush will host their Annual Cabin Fever Party on February 18th, from 1PM to 6PM. Pajama (appropriate please) Theme Games of Chance / Chinese Auction / 50/50 / Music by Brian / Food / Soda / Draft Beer included (Cash Bar). Funds raised are going to send a veteran on a Patriot Flight! Tickets until 2/17: Members $10.00 / non-members $15.00. At the door: $15.00 / $20.00. On Sale now at the post! 462-7006;

FISH FRY DINNERS AT SO. SCHODACK VOL. FIRE CO. The South Schodack Volunteer Fire Co. will again offer Fish Fry Dinners on Friday evenings, 5:15 to 7:00 p.m., at 1563 Bame Rd., Castleton, during Lent. Dinners will begin on March 3 and end on Good Friday April 14. Hot Dogs, Chicken, and Homemade Manhattan Clam chowder will also be served. Eat in or Take out. Phone 732-2082.

SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE SUPPER The Trinity Episcopal Church Hall Lansingburgh, 585 4th Street, Troy will hold a Traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Supper on Tuesday, Feb 28th, 5PM to 7PM. Menu: Pancakes, Sausage, Applesauce, Coffee, Tea and Milk. Tickets: Adults $6; Children 5-12 $3; Under 5 Free. For reservations, call (518) 237-7831.

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Bulletin Board 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, February 25th, 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 $10.00 per adult, kids 12 and under $5.00, kids 5 and under FREE! We look forward to serving you!

PORK LOIN DINNER AT SALEM UMC The Salem United Methodist Church located at 349 Shaver Road (Off Route 150) in West Sand Lake will be hosting a Pork Loin dinner on Saturday, February 25th, from 4:30pm6:00pm for $12.00 per person. The menu includes, coleslaw, Pork Loin, gravy, Scalloped Potatoes, Sliced Apples, Vegetable of the day, Rolls, butter, Pie, Coffee, Tea and Decaf.  Reservations can be made by calling the church office at 674-3106 or Carol at 330-7609. Advanced reservations are appreciated, walk ins are based upon availability. Website:

HCFD PIZZA/WING NIGHT The Hoags Corners Fire Dept. will be hosting a Pizza/Wing Night on Friday, Feb. 17th, 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.

HCFD ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST The Hoags Corners Fire Dept will be hosting an All You Can Eat Breakfast on Sunday, Mar. 5th, from 8AM – 11AM.  Our All-You-Can-Eat buffet style breakfast includes Scrambled eggs, homefries, applesauce, fruit cocktail, blueberry & regular pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, coffee, tea, milk, chocolate milk, orange juice, toast, and English muffins. Cost: Adults - $8.00; Children ages 6-12 - $4.00; Children 5 and under – free. Eat-in or Take-out.  Phone: 766-5474.

THE GLENDORA VEGETARIAN CLUB The Physicians Committee for responsible medicine labors steadily to stop the cruelty to animals in doctor training. They distribute petitions to PHD researches to cease their agonizing, captivity and bullying of tortured animals. The Glendora Vegetarian Club has mailed them donations for years and archives a certificate of appreciation from them. Can you contribute? Join us on Wednesday, February 22nd,

at 6PM, 45A Elm Street, Nassau Village for vegan cake and ice cream as we celebrate our 5th birthday. Call Glendora at 518-610-5810.

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. If you have any questions, please contact: Andy Murphy (Player Agent) 585-733-3555. Or Darren Ayotte (Vice President) Like us on Facebook at TwinTownLL!!!

NASSAU BASEBALL ASSOCIATION Registration is now open for the 2017 season. We offer competitive, affordable, in house baseball and travel baseball for the ages of 4-12 for all children in Rensselaer and Columbia counties. Nassau Baseball also offers indoor winter workouts every other Sunday. New for 2017 we are now offering online registration; for more information, visit our website or check out our Facebook page.

LANSINGBURGH LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION Lansingburgh Little League Baseball and Softball is having registration for Boys and Girls who live within the Boundaries of the Little League. Lansingburgh School District plus, Hoosic Valley/Melrose to Congress St., Troy, North and South Lake Ave., East to Grafton and 101st Street north to Melrose. For players ages 4 to 12, born between May 1, 2004 and Aug 31, 2013. Registration will be Every Tuesday in February at Rensselaer Park School and Every Thursday in February at Turnpike School from 7-8pm. Questions, call Anthony Huff at 698-7214.

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Bulletin Board UPCOMING PROGRAMS AT GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK • Saturday, February 18th—Animal Tracking at 1pm. The winter woods may seem quiet, but there are many signs of animals right before us! Learn the tricks of tracking with this family program. Meet at the Park Office. $2/child, $5/ family. Pre-register: 279-1155 • Monday, February 20th—Great Backyard Bird Count at 10am.  We’ll be joining thousands of bird watchers of all ages across the country on this day to find out what birds are in our own backyard. Donations to Capital Audubon Society welcome. Call to pre-register and for location: 2791155 • Saturday, February 25th—Family Snowshoe at 1pm. Meet at the Park Office for a snowy adventure with your family. Kids and adults snowshoes available for rental. Beginners welcome! $3/person, $10/family of 4 or more. Pre-register: 279-1155

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) 15U (Gold) including a dedicated infielder and outfielder, and pitchers Please contact Jamie Nusbaum at for additional information regarding 10U, 11U, 14U and 15U; and Eric Brown at (518) 225-2208 for additional information regarding 12U.

CLASSIE LASSIE CYCLONE 12U TRAVEL SOFTBALL TRYOUTS Did you miss your opportunity to tryout for a 12U travel softball team?? Well now is your chance! Classie Lassie Cyclone is holding tryouts on Sundays thru 2/26/17 at Algonquin gym, 9-11am. This travel team is local travel only, playing in the Hudson Mohawk league, local tournaments and one away tournament. Please contact Chrissie Mieczkowski ( with any questions, hope to see you there!!

AP WRESTLING ASSOC. SIGN-UPS What do George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Tom Cruise, Ashton Kutcher, Garth Brooks, and Mario Lopez have in common? They were all wrestlers! If you would like to join this list of celebrities, the Averill Park Wrestling Association (APWA) will be starting their middle and high

school programs during the last week in February. The middle school division will consist of students in grades 6 & 7 and practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4:30pm at Algonquin Middle School in the cafeteria. This program begins on Tuesday, February 28th and ends on Thursday, April 13th. The high school division will consist of students in grades 8 through 12 and practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30pm at Averill Park High School in the auxiliary gym. This program begins on Tuesday, February 28th and ends on Thursday, May 11th. Registration will take place in the gym foyer of Averill Park High School on Wednesday, February 15th from 6-8pm. There will be an $80 fee payable to APWA. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Malenfant (755-0541) or Max Tempel (755-3000).

OUTDOOR FAMILY FUN OVER WINTER BREAK AT GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK Grafton Lakes State Park will be offering three winter break programs in February while the kids are off from school. The activities are sure to get the whole family outside for some winter fun. • “Animal Tracks and Traces” on Saturday, February 18th, at 1:00 PM. After an indoor introduction to tracking, participants will hit the trails on snowshoes or on foot, depending on trail conditions. The program is $2/person or $5/family and meets at the Park Office. Pre-registration is required as space is limited; please call 279-1155 to sign up. • On Monday, February 20th, learn about the basics of backyard birding in winter with the Audubon Society of the Capital Region. Children can make a simple pine cone birdfeeder to take home. Donations to the Audubon Society of the Capital Region welcome. Please pre-register by calling 279-1155. • “Family Snowshoe” event on Saturday, February 25th, at 1:00 PM. Beginners and veterans alike will strap on snowshoes for this leisurely hike. We have plenty of snowshoes available in both adult and child sizes. This program is $3/ person or $10/family. Please pre-register to reserve your size, 279-1155. Dress warmly for all programs with hat, mittens, and boots.

RENSSELAER LAND TRUST TO HOST A SNOWSHOE CLASS Want to gain confidence on your snowshoes? Learn the best techniques and see the beauty of the Kinderhook Creek Nature Preserve in winter. Class to be held on Monday, President’s Day, February 20 at 10:00am.Cost $10 per person. Participants need to bring their own snowshoes. 

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Bulletin Board Class led by Adirondack Guide Fred McCagg. Register online at or by contacting Peter Wood at 518-378-1361.

RUGBY BOYS TEAM SEEKING PLAYERS The Rensselaer Dragons Boys Rugby Team is looking for players. You must be in grades 9th thru 12th. The Dragons really could use players, so if you are interested, please contact myself Anthony Cahill at 518-573-2921 or or coach Rob Sliwinski at 518-4419937 or The Dragons home field is in Poestenkill on Rt 355 by the VFW post.

GIRLS TRAVEL SOFTBALL 16U This is a local girls 16 and under softball team looking for additional talented players. The team will be looking to play in local tournaments on various weekends from summer thru fall, as well as travel to tournaments in MA, CA and RI. If you are interested, please contact Kevin at

WINTER FUN DAY AT CHERRY PLAIN STATE PARK Lick your cabin fever this month and learn something new about your state park. Join the Friends of Cherry Plain State Park on Saturday, February 25th, 10am to 3pm for fun in the park. You can snow shoe, sled, and explore the park with a guide or enjoy the bonfire, hot chocolate, hot dogs and marshmallows. A great day for the whole family and free. • Off-Trail Adventure Hike at 11am- Explore with a guide who’s known these woods for decades, see the secret park. • Animal Tracking Outing 1:30pm- Look for the track of the elusive bobcat and moose. • Check out the waterfalls in winter! A great trail for photography. • Guided outings and snowshoes available. Cherry Plain is located 15 minutes east of Averill Park off Miller Road in Cherry Plain, NY. For more information, call Francille Egbert at 518-674-3214 or Grafton State Park at 518-279-1155.

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.

HIGHLIGHT ACTING TROUPE HOLDING AUDITIONS The Highlight Acting Troupe is holding auditions for Noises off, written by Michael Frayn.  In Noises Off, the cast of this fictional new play, Nothing On, is frantically trying to get things right. Will they be able to remember their lines with doors slamming and sardines flying?   Want to join in the fun? Come to auditions, Friday, February 17th, at 7PM; and Sunday, February 19th, at 2PM at the Center Brunswick United Methodist Church, Troy, NY 12180. For further information, contact Kathryn at (518) 961-1291 or email

FREE SCRAPBOOKING CLASS Do you have stacks of pictures that you keep meaning to put in albums? We can help you get started, just bring yourself and your pictures, we will provide the fun and all needed materials to make your pictures look fabulous (think birthday or anniversary presents). Join us at the Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton on Monday’s at 12:30 for classes, come early and enjoy lunch at noon for a suggested donation of $3.00 for seniors 60 years of age and older. All Rensselaer County seniors welcome, reservations required for lunch appreciated for scrapbooking by calling 279-3413.

FUN ON TWO WHEELS The Esquatak Historical Society will present an illustrated talk “Fun On Two Wheels: The Beginnings of the Bicycle” on Friday, February 17th. Presented by former Esquatak president and vintage bicycle collector David Chinery, he will share the story of the early days of twowheelers in the Capital District and how prior to World War One bikes were more numerous than automobiles. The discussion starts at 7PM and will take place at the Schodack Town Hall located at the corner of Routes 9 & 20 and Schuurman Road in Schodack. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND Marriage Encounter Weekend for couples who desire to put the spark and romance back into their marriage, improve their communication, revitalize their relationship and get

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Bulletin Board away for a weekend. Held at a local motel. The next weekend is March 10-12. Reservations required. www.albanyme. org Call 279-3243 for information.

TOWN OF PITTSTOWN SENIORS The Town of Pittstown Seniors, aka TOPS will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Meeting begins at noon with a covered dish lunch and the business meeting to follow. All seniors welcomed. Come enjoy our company. We have some very exciting excursions, activities and trips planned for the future with deadlines approaching quickly for some. Contact Sylvia Ward for all the exciting news 518-4783338.  Don’t wait and be too late.  To quote “Aging is mandatory. Getting old is not.”  Call Sylvia and join the fun.

AARP DEFENSIVE DRIVING CLASS FOR SENIORS Rensselaer County Senior Center, 50 Herrick Street, Rensselaer is hosting an AARP Defensive Driving Class on Tuesday, March 21st. This is a one day class; AARP paid members are $20, non-members are $25. Checks are to be made out to AARP. Lunch will be served for a suggested contribution of three dollars. Save money on your insurance and contribute to safer travel. Seats are limited, so please register early. It is our pleasure to offer you this safety program; call today for more details at 463-2166.

For reservations or info., call 279-9113.

E.G. KIWANIS COMEDY NIGHT FUNDRAISER On March 4th, the East Greenbush Kiwanis Club presents its 2017 Comedy Night at the Comfort Inn, 99 Miller Rd., Schodack. Doors open at 6:30 pm with a cash bar and munchies served. Show starts at 8:00 pm. It features 2 hilarious comedians - Dave Cooperman and Nick Marra. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door (limited seating). Buy tickets on line at - or at these locations - Good Buy Books, 330 Columbia Turnpike and Gettysburg Flag Works, 715 Columbia Turnpike. The proceeds to benefit our local children and other community causes.

SPICE UP SOMEONE’S LIFE THIS FEBRUARY! We often get donations to our food pantry of unusual vegetables and basic staples and would love to help our clients find ways to spice them up! We are looking for: Garlic, Cumin, Cinnamon, Red Pepper Flakes, Basil, Oregano, Cayenne Pepper, Onion, Paprika, Parsley and Chili Powder. Please bring your donations to Hope 7 Community Center, 596 Pawling Avenue, Troy.


St. Henry’s Church in Averill Park will be holding an Irish Night on Saturday, March 4th, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at the Poestenkill Fire House. The price of only $10 per person COLUMBIA PLAYERS PRESENT covers soda, snacks, door prizes and an evening of Irish en“SWEET CHARITY” tertainment featuring “Who’s Your Paddy”. Beer, wine and Columbia Players, the highly regarded Drama Club at Corefreshments will also be available at reasonable prices. lumbia High School in East Greenbush will present the muDue to State regulations, no outside alcoholic beverages sical Sweet Charity on March 3rd and March 4th at 7pm.   can be brought into the event. Tickets can be purchased by SWEET CHARITY is a tender, poignant and consistently calling the parish rectory at 674-3818. funny look at the adventures, or rather the misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guile- SPRING FLEA MARKET/CRAFT FAIR less lady known as Charity Hope Valentine. Save The Date: Saturday, April 8, 2017, the East Greenbush The cost is $12 for Students and Seniors and $15 for Adults.  Tickets are available at the door.

FLEA MARKET The Brunswick Grange is sponsoring a Flea Market at the Brunswick Grange Hall, Route 142 & 7, Center Brunswick, 7 Grange Road, Troy, New York 12180. A flea market including antiques, vintage, & collectable items will be held Friday, Saturday & Sunday - May 26, 27 & 28th - rain or shine from 9AM to 4PM. The sale is sponsored by the Brunswick Grange. Proceeds will benefit the Grange community activities. Vendors are wanted - $15 a space, per day.

VFW 7338 Auxiliary will hold their Spring Flea Market/Craft Fair, Raffle and Bake Sale from 10:00am - 3:00pm.  For any questions, please call Marilyn Peters-Houghtaling, Chairman at 817-8121; or for table rental information, please call Lynda Essenter at 732-2111.  

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