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Bulletin Board NATURE WRITING & ANIMAL TRACKING WORKSHOPS AT DYKEN POND CENTER

Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center is offering a variety of workshops this January. For the writer and nature-lover, join Diane Kavanaugh-Black on Sunday, January 19, for a meditative woodland walk followed by writing with intention in a cozy wood-stove-heated cabin. This program runs from 1-3pm for $15. If wildlife tracking is more your speed, join other animal enthusiasts at these wildlife workshops: Wildlife of the Rensselaer Plateau Slide Presentation, Wednesday, January 15, from 7 – 9 pm. $10. Wildlife Tracking Field Intensives with Alcott Smith on January 18 and 19, full and half day options. $15 - $30. Discounts available. Pre-registration is required for all workshops and space is limited, so register early. Please contact the Center for more information at 658-2055 or dykenpond@fairpoint.net or visit our website at www. dykenpond.org. The Dyken Pond Center is a Rensselaer County Park open daily during daylight hours for fishing. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

CHS CHAMBER SINGERS PROUDLY PRESENTS “ONCE UPON A STAGE 2014”

Columbia High School Chamber Singers proudly presents: Once Upon A Stage 2014 - Street of Dreams. The student run musical revue will be performed on January 10th and 11th at 7:00 pm in the Columbia High School Auditorium. Directed by high school seniors, Kerry Allen, Sabrina Cristo and Dan Macke. Choreographed by Tallis Warren and orchestrated by Heather Zimmermann. It will be great entertainment for all ages! Street of Dreams will feature songs from the well-known musicals Rock of Ages, Edges, Dog Fight, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Hair, Sister Act, The Last Five Years, The Lion King, Godspell, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aida, and 13. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Hope to see you there!

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.

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).

NORTH CHATHAM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH TO CELEBRATE KWANZAA

The North Chatham United Methodist Church will be holding a Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, January 11th. The festivities will kick off at 5:00 and there will be a “pot luck” dinner starting around 6:00. Kwanzaa is a celebration of African cultural heritage and was first observed in 1966. It is based on the “7 Principles” of Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith. Each of these has great meaning in our society today, and on the 11th we hope to learn more about each of them and how they

relate to our society as a whole. All are welcome to come and join us as we learn more about Kwanzaa and how we can put its principles into practice in our daily lives. The church is located at 4274 Route 203 in the hamlet of North Chatham. For more information on worship services or other church activities, please call 766-3535 or visit our website (northchathammethodistchurch.org).

BREAKFAST SERVICE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY - SAND LAKE

The annual Breakfast Service of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held Saturday, January 18, at the Church of the Covenant, Route 43, Averill Park.  The breakfast will begin at 9:00 am, sponsored by the Sand Lake Area Association of Churches. Walk-ins are welcome without reservations. The breakfast will be a buffet prepared by men of the Church of the Covenant. A voluntary donation ($10 recommended) will be received to defray the cost of breakfast and to support the ecumenical community outreach of CoNSERNS-U/Reach in Rensselaer County, a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany. This will be an ecumenical celebration of the Word of God as part of the area’s observance of the annual international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Begun in 1908, the Week of Prayer is celebrated January 18-25 each year in cities and towns across the country and around the world. The theme  for the 2014 observance is “Has Christ Been Divided?”, based on the Scripture I Corinthians 1:13.  The theme and the text for each year’s international observance are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches. The international texts are developed, adapted and published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute in Garrison, NY.  For more information, please contact Pastor Bob Loesch,  518-6748204, rkloesch@aol.com

NASSAU SYNAGOGUE & JCC ANNUAL TU B’SHVAT

The Nassau Synagogue & Jewish Community Center, located at Route 20 in Nassau, has announced that their annual Tu B’Shvat (New Year of the Trees) program will be held on Monday, January 13th, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The holiday program will feature an exciting game of art charades where the categories will be nature and the environment. A Tu B’Shvat Seder will follow which will include the sampling of the seven species from Israel and a discussion about their Biblical origin and symbolism.  Fred Rheingold, Hebrew School teacher of the synagogue, will lead the seder accompanied by the singing of Tu B’Shvat songs led by Lynn Gross.  If you are interested in attending this program, please RSVP by Friday, January 10.  You may call David Gross, Synagogue President at 732-4037, Pam Tatar, Hebrew School teacher at 674-0302 or email Nassausynagogue@gmail.com. These programs have been supported by The Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York.  

THE SIGN OF OUR BAPTISM

On Sunday, January 12, 2014, the Nassau and Stuyvesant Reformed Churches will join Christian Churches across the land in marking the Baptism of the Lord. With reference to the Gospel of Matthew 3:13-17 which tells of Jesus baptism in the Jordan, the Spirit descending upon him, and a voice declaring “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased,” the Reverend Edward L. Van Kampen will speak about baptism as a sign, not of what we do or produce or achieve, but what God does for us in Christ. Join us and come to understand more fully how God is the active agent in all our dealings with God; and that we are the passive recipients of God’s love and grace.   The Nassau Reformed Church begins worship at 11 a.m. in its chapel at


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Bulletin Board 43 Church Street (Route 20), one half mile east of the only traffic light in the village. During the segment of worship in which we “Respond to The Word of God,” Mr. Anthony Ciccarino, Empowerment Exchange, will speak briefly on the “Behavioral Health Network of Rensselaer County” as he invites everyone to a Town Hall meeting for Southeast Rensselaer County on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 10 a.m. at the Nassau Reformed Church.  This informational experience may well be something you don’t want to miss.  The Stuyvesant Reformed Church begins worship at 9 a.m. in its sanctuary, one half mile south of the only traffic (caution) light in the hamlet of Stuyvesant.  Families with young folk are invited to attend worship.  

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!

Come and join the New York Capital District Christian Women’s Club for our “Just Clowning Around” Luncheon on Wednesday, January 15th from 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. at the Guilderland Elks Lodge, 3867 Rte. 146 (Carmen Road), Guilderland, NY. Barb Field, from BJ and Company, will be telling us about her clowning and miming business. One of our favorite vocalists, Pastor Larry Johnson from Gloversville, NY will be inspiring us with his wonderful voice, and Peggy Traester from Broadalbin, NY, will be telling us her inspiring story. Come and bring a friend. They’ll be glad you did. Reservations are necessary and cancellations a must, no later than January 10th, 2014. Please call Nancy, 869-0642, or Joyce, 235-4297. The cost for the meat lasagna luncheon is $15. inclusive (cash only please). Nursery free at the restaurant, by reservation only, infant through kindergarten. Bring a bag lunch for the child.

THE LANGLEY’S DULCIMER & AUTO HARP

Join us for something new, something unique - a dulcimer and auto harp performance by The Langleys, on Friday, January 10, at Rensselaer County’s Troy Senior Center, 19 Third Street, Troy. The performance will begin at 11:00 am in the dining room. Immediately afterwards a dinner of chicken ala king, rice, broccoli and chocolate pudding will be served, for a suggested donation of $2.75 for seniors. To sign up, or for more information, call the Center at 270-5348.

ROAST BEEF DINNER TO SUPPORT RENSS. CO. 4-H TEEN EXCHANGE

The Rensselaer County 4-H Teen Exchange group will be hosting a Family Style Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday, January 18th, 4 pm – 6 pm, at the First United Methodist Church in East Greenbush, 1 Gilligan Road. Dinner includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, harvard beets, rolls, beverage and dessert.  The cost is $10/person with a reservation, $12 at the door ($6 child with reservation; $7 child at the door).  Make a reservation by calling 421-2360.

KIWANIS PASTA DINNER “ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT” FUNDRAISER

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.

The Sand Lake Kiwanis Club wants to invite all to participate in a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Saturday, January 11th, 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. Takeout meals are also available by calling (518) 674-3677. A pasta dinner will continue to be held every second Saturday in the upcoming year. The January date is scheduled for Saturday the 11th. Proceeds will aid Kiwanis supported projects. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

LOVE LUTHERAN CHURCH

ONE NIGHT WITH YOU ALL ELVIS/ALL NIGHT

Many people have a fear of water.  Doing simple chores, taking a shower, even washing their hands might take every ounce of courage they have.  Swimming in the ocean, a fast moving river or even a peaceful pool is certainly out of the question.  Imagine how the people of Israel reacted when John called them to be baptized in the Jordan for repentance of their sin.  Pastor Henry asks the question that might have been on their minds:  “Is it safe?” Join us this Sunday at Love Lutheran Church as Pastor Henry presents “Is it safe to go into the water again?” a sermon based on Mark 1: 9-11. Love Lutheran Church is located at Middlesex Road and Pheasant Lane in East Greenbush. Worship begins at 10 AM.  Please go to our NEW website: http://www.lovelutheran.net/ – for more information and directions, or call 477-8685.

JUST CLOWING AROUND LUNCHEON

On Saturday, January 25th, The Sons of The American Legion will be hosting Johnny Rabb and The Jailhouse Rockers with special guests, performing all your Elvis favorites. This is our largest fundraising event of the year, and as part of The Legion Family, our main goal is to raise funds aimed at improving the quality of life for our nation’s children. Advance tickets are available at The American Legion, 111 Main Ave., Wynantskill for $10.00 each prior to 1/11, after 1/11 $12.00. Also, limited seating is available with a reserved table of eight. Doors open at 6:30PM with music 7:30 - 11:30PM. Supporters can enjoy drink specials and are welcome to bring their own food/snacks. This event has sold out the past three years so reserve early. Please join us for a Rockin’ good time for a Rockin’ good cause. For more info, call Bill at 441-0013.  

VFW POST 1938 DINNERS


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Bulletin Board 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.

SOUPER SUPPER

The Valley Falls United Methodist Church, 16 State Street, will hold one of its Super Souper Suppers on Sunday, January 12th, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Featured will be a wide variety of soups plus bread, muffins, drinks, and dessert for only seven dollars – children under 6 free.  Tickets are available at the door.  The church is handicapped accessible.  For tickets and information, call 753-6053 or 753-6028 or check our website atwww. valleyfallsunitedmethodist.com.

SPECIAL DINNER at RENSS. SENIOR CENTER

The Rensselaer Senior Center would like to invite you to Our Special Dinner for January which will be held at noon on Tuesday, January 14th. We will be celebrating “A New Beginning.” Our menu for the day consists of: Sweet & Sour Chicken, Parslied Rice, Peas and Carrots, Rye Bread,  Grape Juice and Strawberry Pineapple cup. Following dinner, we will be entertained by Brian Zapel. Come and join us for this delicious meal and entertainment. Please call 463-2166 to make lunch reservations. Suggested contribution is $2.75, but no one will be denied a meal. The Center is located in the McManus Center, corner of East and Herrick Streets, Rensselaer. There is plenty of parking near the Center. Call the center at 463-2166 for reservations.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION LUNCHEON

The Rensselaer Senior Center (located at the corner of East and Herrick Streets, in the city of Rensselaer) will be hosting a Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Dessert Extravaganza for Seniors 60 years and older on January 28. Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon, followed by the Dessert Extravaganza. We look forward to honoring our Seniors who continue to serve their community by volunteering their services. There is plenty of free parking near the Center. If you would like to attend, please call the center at 4632166 to make your reservation.

TROY SENIOR CENTER JANUARY SPECIAL DINNER

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, Rensselaer County’s Troy Senior Center, 19 Third Street, will hold its monthly special dinner, “January Thaw.” The entrée will be Sweet & Sour Chicken Breast. Be sure to join us at 11:00 am for a good time with Tom Abbott entertaining. Our wonderful complete lunch is available to all Rensselaer County Seniors age 60 and older every weekday for a suggested contribution of $2.75. Call 2705349 to make your reservations.

SPECIAL DINNER

On Friday January 14, 2014, 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: Sweet & Sour Chicken Breast, Parslied Rice, Peas & Carrots, Rye Bread, Grape Juice and Strawberry / Pineapple Cup for dessert. Entertainment will be provided at 11:00 with D. J. Dan Schnoop. 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.

FREE DINNER

On Friday, January 10, 2014, the Pawling Avenue United Methodist Church

will host a free dinner. The menu will be a potato and ham casserole, cole slaw, roll and butter, dessert and beverage. It will be held at the church at 520 Pawling Avenue. Dinner will be served from 5PM until 6:30PM. There is no charge for this dinner. Come and enjoy good food and fellowship. Everyone is invited. For more information, call 273-6859.

PIZZA & WING NIGHT

The East Greenbush Fire Dept. Park Station, located at 68 Phillips Road in East Greenbush, will be holding Pizza & Wing Night on Saturday, January 11th, serving from 4:30 to 7:30PM. This month featuring Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Try our new hand tossed pizza and try our salad bar & mozzarella sticks too! All are welcome to eat-in or take-out. Phone orders will be accepted after 2pm; 477-6503 or 479-4168.

TSATSAWASSA PROTECTIVE FIRE CO. BREAKFAST

The Tsatsawassa Protective Fire Company will serve their monthly breakfast at the firehouse on Sunday, January 19, from 8AM until 11:30AM.   Breakfast consists of your choice of French toast or pancakes, together with bacon or sausage, toast, orange juice, beverages and eggs prepared to your order for a cost of $6 with children under 5 served free. Support your local fire company while visiting with friends and neighbors and enjoying a hearty breakfast to start your day.  The firehouse is located behind the post office near the intersection of Routes 20 and 66 North in the hamlet of Brainard and is handicapped accessible.  For more information, call 518-766-3815.

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.

BRUNSWICK SOCCER CLUB 32nd SPRING HOUSE SEASON EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

Brunswick Soccer Club is pleased to announce for its 32nd Spring House season an early bird special thru the end of January. For all those registering for Spring House in January, the House registration fee will be $75 per child ($15 off the regular price). This is a limited time offer and ends 1/31/2014, no exceptions. Brunswick Soccer Club House league serves levels U6-U16 and the season begins third week in April. Please visit www.brunswicksoccer.org to register. Save the date, 3V3Live is returning to Brunswick Soccer fields June 7 2014, this is the area’s premier 3V3 tournament. 

SPRING YOUTH BASEBALL REGISTRATION FOR 2014

Spring Youth Baseball registration for 2014 will occur on Saturday, 1/11 and Sunday, 1/12 from 9am-12noon at SYB complex, 99 Spring Ave. in Troy, NY. Divisions include Tball, Pony, Farm, Minor and Major (ages 4-12); $100 per child, $150 for second child, $25 for each additional sibling. If you turn age 4 before April 1st or age 13 after April 30th, you are eligible to play. You can also register online (springyouthbaseball.org) after Jan 1st using PayPal.

GRAFTON LAKES STATE PARK TO HOLD 29th ANNUAL WINTER FESTIVAL

Grafton Lakes State Park will host the 29th Annual Winter Festival and Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday, January 25, 2014. The Winter Fest


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Bulletin Board will feature winter exhibits, vendors, family-friendly and recreational activities. The event is free of charge and main events run from 10-4. Take a guided snowshoe hike, learn primitive fire making, or warm up with interactive exhibits inside. New outdoor events this year include a dog walk for furry friends as well as an introduction to animal tracking. A snowshoe obstacle course and snow bowling will entertain children as well. The 7th Annual Polar Plunge benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation jumps into Long Pond at 1pm. To pre-register, please call Margaret Philips for more information at 479-3739. The annual ice fishing contest will run from 5:30am-3pm on all the ponds in the park. Participants can register starting at 5:30am until 11am at the park’s pole barn, accessible via the Winter Entrance. A $10 entry fee for adults 16 and older is required to participate in the fishing tournament. Kids are free. Top fish entries will receive generous cash prizes. For more information about the Winter Festival, please call the park at 518-279-1155 or check on Facebook for details as the event approaches.

EMPIRE STATE PLAZA ICE RINK OPEN FOR 2013-14 WINTER SEASON

The Empire State Plaza will welcome back one of the Capital Region’s most beloved winter traditions with the formal opening of the ice rink. The rink will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, and skating is always free. Lockers and skate rental are now located on the Plaza level adjacent to the rink. Friday evenings will also feature family-friendly entertainment, including live music. Also, BlueShield of Northeastern New York will once again sponsor a series of Learn-to-Skate clinics throughout the season. Winter at the Plaza sponsors include I Love NY, Hannaford Supermarkets, BlueShield of Northeastern New York, SEFCU, MetLife, New York’s 529 College Savings Program, CDPHP, Garelick Farms, Dunkin’ Donuts, Times Union,  Albany.com, Metroland, 99.5 The River, PYX 106, 810 & 103-1 News Radio WGY, KISS 102-3, Oldies 98-3, and Fox Sports 980. Rink Events: •  Hannaford Supermarkets Free Skate Rental Fridays – No charge for skates from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., every Friday. • Saturday, January 25, 9 – 11a.m. — Learn-to-Skate Clinic presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. Visit ogs.ny.gov to register. • Friday, February 14, 6 – 8 p.m. — Valentine’s Day Rock and Skate. • Saturday, February 22, 9 – 11a.m. — Learn-to-Skate Clinic presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. Visit ogs.ny.gov to register. • Saturday, March 8 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hannaford Kidz Expo, on the concourse. General Rink Information Hours: Every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather dependent. Closed Christmas Day. Cost to Skate: Free Skate Rental: $3 for children under 12 and $4 for adults.  Skate rentals will be available whenever the rink is open. Free skate rentals on Fridays courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets. Amenities: Full-service snack bar open Friday nights, weekends, and school holidays; skate lounge with lockers for personal items now located at the Plaza level; and music.

BOWLING FUNDRAISER for the CROHN’S and COLITIS FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

On January 12th, 2014, I will be holding my second annual bowling fundraiser to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease years ago and know all too well how badly it can take over an individual’s life. My hope is not only to raise money towards a cure, but to make others aware of these painful diseases that roughly 1.4 million Americans are dealing with.

Event Name: Coach Becky’s Goal When: January 12th, 2014 from noon until 5PM Cost: only $10 per person gets you 2 hours of bowling and shoe rental with $3 going directly to the CCFA Where: East Greenbush Bowling; 570 Columbia Tpk, East Greenbush, NY Details: We will have music, lights, a Chinese Auction, games, door prizes, and much more! Please enjoy us for a fun time out that benefits a good cause. ~ Rebecca Hewitt

BAILEY MT. FISH & GAME CLUB 30th ANNUAL ICE FISHING CONTEST

The Bailey Mountain Fish and Game Club, 30th Annual Ice Fishing Contest and Rensselaer County Conservation Alliance Fish Survey will be held at Glass, Snyder’s and Reichard’s Lakes, on February 1st, 2014 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be limited parking at Glass Lake. No fish will be weighed in after 3 p.m. at the game club grounds. The cost is $10. per person entry free. Cash prizes will be awarded in all categories: Walleye, Trout- Glass Lake only; Crappie, Northern Pike, Pickerel and Perch. Registration at lakes begins at 5:30 a.m. at the Glass Lake Access, Sand Lake Town Beach, and North Greenbush Town Beach. All New York State Fishing Rules apply. Join us after the weigh-ins for door prizes at the club. If bad ice, the event will be held on February 8th. Call 283-2056 or 283-7309 for more details.

WINTER WOW! POLAR PLUNGERS TAKE TO GLSP

Applications are now being accepted for participants in the 7th Annual Polar Plunge in Long Pond, Grafton Lakes State Park as part of the park’s Winter Fest. The Winter Fest is in its 29th year with outdoor and indoor events occurring all day, January 25, 2014.  The plunge happens promptly at 1:00 with check-in beginning at noon at the beach. The purpose of the Plunge is to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.   Participants take turns charging into the frigid water while the New York State Police Ice Dive team and Grafton Town Ambulance provide safety.  Spectators are welcomed and provide a nice wind block for the event.  This event is open to the first 50 people who pre-register.  The fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt and hot drink.  Heated changing areas are available nearby, but bring warm clothes for before and immediately after. For more information and an application for the plunge, contact: Margaret Phillips 518-479-3739 eve, 518-577-5434 days. For more information on the Winter Fest, visit: www.nysparks.com/ parks and look up Grafton Lakes State Park For more information about Cystic Fibrosis and the Foundation, please visit: http://www.cff.org/

EAST GREENBUSH CSD ANNOUNCES 2014 “WINTERFEST”

Elected officials to join hundreds that are expected for 24th annual community event The East Greenbush CSD recently announced the 2014 “WinterFest” will be held on Saturday, January 18, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. Now in its 24th year, WinterFest is an annual event designed to bring children and adults together in an entertainment setting and as a way to encourage all students to become more civicminded and involved in community events. The event is a collaborative effort through the East Greenbush CSD Transportation Department and many community members who graciously volunteer their time. Several students also volunteer through various clubs they belong to while other students come to play games, participate in the challenges, see the shows or view demonstrations. Organizer MaryAnn Belmont acknowledges that without volunteers,


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Bulletin Board WinterFest would not be possible. She also attributes the success of the annual event to the many students who volunteer their time, something she states goes directly to the character of the student body. Belmont also states she has become more impressed each year with the number of students who want to give back to their community. This year’s events and activities include games, food, pony rides, Captain Jack’s Magic Show, face painting, crafts, jewelry, bowling, exotic animal show, bounce houses, bungee run, homemade Kettle Corn, cake walk, Tae Kwon Do demonstration, chili contest, chess exhibition, Minuteto-Win It, dance party, the infamous smoke bus. There will also be a fireworks show at dusk. For more information on the East Greenbush Central School District, please visit our website.

SCHODACK ISLAND STATE PARK ICE SKATING RINK OPEN

The ice skating rink is open free to the public to use and will continue through the winter months as weather conditions allow. The rink will be open daily from 10 am – 4 pm. Friday night skating is back until 8pm, and ice skate rentals are available on this night only, along with food and hot beverages. There are over 6 miles of groomed trails that are open for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. There is no entry fee to the park during the winter months. Please bring your own skates. Patrons use the ice rink at their own risk. Children under 16 must be supervised by a guardian. We do have snow shoe rentals. Look for us on face book under “Schodack Island.” For more information, please contact the park office at 732-0187.

UPSTATE REBELS BASEBALL TRY-OUTS

The Upstate Rebels 12U travel baseball team is looking for a few players for the 2014 Spring season. If you are looking for a travel team that will NOT interfere with your son’s Little League season or break the bank, look no further! For more information, please call Kevin Billetts at (518) 858-4695 or email mbilletts@nycap.rr.com  

CHAIR YOGA

Yoga is a stress reliever. It improves balance, flexibility and strength. When combined with light weights, where appropriate, it can be even more beneficial. It’s free, it’s fun and there is no obligation. Wear loose clothing and let’s stretch and relax! Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am at the Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, you may join at any time. It’s a mind and body rejuvenation. Yoga is something people of all ages and abilities can come together and do. If you have any questions, or would like to join us for lunch after exercise, please contact the center at 279-3413.

BRUNS. COMMUNITY LIBRARY EVENING BOOK GROUP

The Brunswick Community Library Evening Book Group announces the book schedule for winter/spring. • 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. 

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.

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 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


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Bulletin Board 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).

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR VITA and AARP TAXAIDE SITES

Interested in helping out in your community to prepare taxes free of charge? Both VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and AARP TaxAide programs are in need of volunteers in the East Greenbush, Hoosick Falls, Rensselaer, Troy, Wynantskill and all areas of the Capital Region. The VITA and AARP TaxAide sites provide free tax preparation for low to moderate income taxpayers from late January through early April. Last year, the tax prep sites in the Capital Region County prepared over 13,750 taxpayers returns with combined refunds and tax credits of over $19.8 million! There are many ways to participate in the program. In addition to volunteer tax preparers, other positions include: publicity, technology, appointment scheduler, interviewergreeter and site coordinator. You need not be associated with VITA or AARP. IRS certified training will be provided and you will be mentored by a seasoned volunteer. To learn more about volunteering for: • VITA: Contact Tom Morley, CA$H/VITA Program, United WayGCR: 518-456-2200/Ext-131 or email at: tmorley@unitedwaygcr.org. Please visit the CA$H Website at: www.cashgreatercapitalregion.org/ • AARP TaxAide: Please visit the website: www.aarp.org/taxvolunteer. You can also contact: Virginia Goggins, Rensselaer County AARP Local Coordinator; Phone #: 518-271-8157 or via email at: ginni@nycap.rr.com

2014 NORTH GREENBUSH HISTORICAL CALENDAR AVAILABLE

A toll gate in Wynantskill? This picture is on the cover of the 2014 historical calendar and is now available at the Town Clerk’s Office at 2 Douglas Street, Wynantskill, or from Town Historian Jim Greenfield 2836384. The $10 price remains the same as it has been for the last six years. Pictures include the original American Legion building, ushers from St. Jude’s in the 1950’s., Snyders Lake in the early 1900’s., a Defreestville baseball team from the 1940’s and many more. As always, I’m looking to copy old pictures for future calendars. The Town Clerk can scan them and give them right back. ~ Jim Greenfield, Town Historian

TOWN OF SAND LAKE TO CONDUCT A COMMUNITY BUSINESS SURVEY

The Town of Sand Lake’s Economic Development Committee is partnering with the business community to improve the business climate and enhance the hamlet centers of the Town. Sand Lake Supervisor Flora Fasoldt observed, “The hamlets of Sand Lake serve as the economic, cultural and civic hubs of our community and we recognize the importance of the businesses in the hamlets to the vitality of our town. We want

to encourage sustainable growth for the long term by listening to the voices of small businesses.” With the help of volunteers who serve on the Town’s Economic Development Committee, Sand Lake is conducting a survey of the local businesses to gather input on programs and infrastructure improvements that would make Sand Lake more business friendly. Businesses that operate in Town have an opportunity to take part by providing input and a vision for the hamlet centers. A short survey regarding future opportunities for business improvement and expansion programs is available on the Town’s website at www.townofsandlake.us. Business owners can also pick up a copy of the survey at the Town Clerk’s Office and Town Library. Fred Erickson, Chairman of the Town’s Planning Oversight Committee stated, “We encourage every business owner in our Town to participate and help us maximize the business potential and climate of our community.” If business owners have any questions or concerns, they can contact the Chairman Fred Erickson at 674-5143 or call Supervisor Fasoldt’s Office at 674-2026 ext. 12. It is expected that the information gathered from local business stakeholders will provide necessary tools for a business friendly environment and entrepreneurial spirit in Sand Lake.

NASSAU SUNSHINE FUND: NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

“Neighbors helping neighbors” has been the motto of the Sunshine Fund since it was established in 2009. The Sunshine Fund makes no-interest loans to people who live in Nassau who are experiencing a financial crisis. Typically, loans do not exceed $500 and are paid directly to the vendor for services rendered to the borrower. To date, we have made over $7,000 in loans. We use loan repayments and donations to make new loans. We are a tax-exempt charitable organization, so donations to the Sunshine Fund are fully tax deductible. For information about applying for a loan, or about our organization, please call (518) 256-6878. Donations can be mailed to: Nassau Sunshine Fund, P.O. Box 10, Nassau, New York 12123. The Sunshine Fund respects and maintains the confidentiality of all loan applicants and recipients.

EBOOKS FOR KIDS FROM YOUR LIBRARY ANYTIME, ANYWHERE

Parents know that reading to their children every day is important. In a busy schedule, windows of time may open unexpectedly when there are no books in sight. For parents who have their tablet or device always on them, there’s an easy solution. Troy Public Library now offers TumbleBooks, digital animated, talking picture books that help parents and kids share the joy or reading together in a format kids will love. Comprised of over 300 fiction and nonfiction E-books, the TumbleBooks collection is based on print titles but these books for beginning readers have added animation, sounds, music, and narration. Some stories also include games and activites. TumbleBooks are accessible through the library’s website at www. thetroylibrary.org, wherever there is an internet connection.

ANTIQUES APPRAISAL DAY

An Antiques Appraisal Day will be held at St. Henry’s Roman Catholic Church, 39 Old Rte 66, Averill Park, NY 12018 on Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 10 am-2pm. The event is hosted by Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques, Nancy Toomer, of House of Rose Antiques and Dennis Holzman, of Holzman Antiques. Bring your antiques or treasures to St. Henry’s Church (near Crystal Lake) and find out their value (verbal appraisal only). There will be a charge of $5 for each item or 3 for $10. All proceeds benefit St. Henry’s Church. Food will be for sale by the Knights of Columbus. For more information, directions or to reserve your spot, please call Lisa Hutchinson at 573-7098 or LisaHutchinson367@ gmail.com


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Bulletin Board BRUNSWICK COMMUNITY LIBRARY MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP

The Brunswick Community Library is thrilled to present a five session Memoir Writing Workshop, led by Susannah Risley, author and teacher of of creative non-fiction. The sessions will be held on the following five Saturdays at 1:00 pm: Jan. 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8. Please contact the library to sign up; space is limited. Our website is www.brunswicklibrary.org This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Brunswick Community Library is located at 4118 State Highway 2, Troy, NY 12180; (518) 279-4023; www.brunswicklibrary.org.

ALIVE & WELL: A DOCUMENTARY

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Capital Region/WMass/VT Affiliate Set to Bring Highly Acclaimed Documentary to Albany ALIVE & WELL is a documentary that follows seven people coming to terms with the reality of living with Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s disease (HD) is a hereditary brain disorder that affects people of all races all over the world. Far from giving us a hopeless glimpse into life with terminal illness, ALIVE & WELL reminds us all of our ability to persevere with strength, despite life’s most difficult challenges. Any individual or family living with Huntington’s disease or a neuro-degenerative brain disease will find this documentary informative and hopeful. If the medical research community can solve the riddle of Huntington’s disease, it means finding treatments and cures for many other degenerative brain diseases as well. You can view the movie trailer at: http://aliveandwellthefilm.com. When: January 13, 2014 @ 7:30 PM; Where: Spectrum Theater, Delaware Ave, Albany; Cost: $10 Please reserve your ticket today by going to this link: http://gathr.us/ screening/6514 The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is the largest 501(C) (3) non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s Disease. The Albany NY, Western Massachusetts and Southern VT Affiliate was established in April 2011. Marcella Junco is the Affiliate Leader. Her contact information is E-mail: albanyhdsa@gmail.com.

GRAFTON LIBRARY LAUNCHES ANNUAL APPEAL

The Grafton Community Library’s annual appeal is underway, with letters recently sent to Grafton property owners asking for their support of this local gem.  Use of the library has been growing steadily, with a three percent increase in library visits in 2012, totaling 7,488.  As an association library, Grafton relies on essential community support to fund the operating expenses of electricity, heating oil, telephone, DSL, public access computers, and library materials.  Donations will have an immediate impact right here in our local area.  With support from the community, the library can continue providing quality programs and improvements in library services that benefit residents of all ages. There are several ways to donate.  Stop by the library at 2455 NY Route 2 with your donation, or mail it to Grafton Community Library, PO Box H, Grafton, NY 12082.  The Grafton Community Library is also a participating agency in the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA), Capital Region Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and the United Way.  The Grafton Community Library is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.  Contributions of any amount will be gratefully accepted. Visit www.graftoncommunitylibrary.org, like us on Facebook, or call 2790580 for more news and information about the activities at the library. 

SECOND WAVE OF SNOWY OWLS MAY BE ON THE WAY

We’re experiencing what could be the largest-ever influx of Arctic Snowy Owls into the Northeast and Great Lakes states.  Kevin McGowan, a biologist at the Cornell University Lab or Ornithology, says this influx may be only the first wave.  He also explains why snowy owls are attracted to airports. McGowan says: “The sudden influx of these birds, called an ‘irruption,’ may be the first wave. More Snowy Owls are poised to head south looking for food and will be attracted to wide-open expanses, such as airports, because they resemble their native tundra. “Now that we know this is happening, airports can prepare for it by connecting with local wildlife removal experts, as the Port Authority of New York City has done. In most cases, we’ll be talking about a few birds per airport. “More than likely these Snowy Owls are moving south from the Arctic because of a shortage of their favorite food up north – lemmings – or because of a bumper crop of young. We can expect them to stick around through early spring before they head back to the Arctic. “This year’s Snowy Owl irruption is the largest we’ve seen in decades and this is an awesome opportunity for people to see these birds. A really great way to find out where they are in your area is to check out the live maps at eBird, which tracks reports of the Snowy Owls at http:// www.eBird.org. Snowy Owls are one of the most impressive animals on the planet. You don’t have to be a bird watcher to appreciate how cool they are!” ~ Submitted by Cornell University Media Relations Office

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