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The Highlight Acting Troupe will present Steel Magnolias on Friday and Saturday, October 18, 19, 25, 26, at 8 pm; and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 27, at 2 pm.  The performances will take place at the Brunswick Grange, Rt. 7 and 142 (in back of Stewart’s).  Steel Magnolias is written by Robert Harling and directed by Robin Dickinson-Sawyer with Mark Strock as Asst. Director.  Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. The action centers on Truvy’s beauty parlour and the women who regularly gather there. The story begins on the morning of Shelby’s wedding to Jackson and covers events over the next three years, including Shelby’s decision to have a child despite having Type 1 Diabetes and the complications that result from the decision. There is also a glimpse of the unlikely friendship between Clairee and Ouiser; Annelle’s transformation from a shy, anxious newcomer in town to a good-time girl and then to a revival-tent Christian; and Truvy’s relationships with the men in her family. Although the main storyline involves Shelby, her mother M’Lynn, and Shelby’s medical battles, the underlying group-friendship among all six women is prominent throughout the drama. For reservations or information, call Tina at 272-7558.  Visit our website at or email us at Hatactingtroupe@


American Red Cross Babysitting Course will be held at Algonquin Middle School Library from 9am – 3pm on Saturday, October 19th. Choose one class to attend, cost is $50pp includes certificate. Registration forms are available in the main office at Algonquin, or call Brenda at 701-4290 to register.


Capital Community Voices, a four-part (SATB) choral ensemble which presents everything from Brahms to Broadway, classical to contemporary, is accepting new members.  No auditions are required and all voices are welcome, especially tenors and basses. Rehearsals are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays during the Fall (September to December) and Spring (January to May) semesters at Columbia High School in East Greenbush.  Capital Community Voices will present two concerts in the 2013-14 season. The concerts will be held in December (“An American Christmas”) and May (“Frontier Fantasies”).  Membership dues are $25 per semester.  Please for more information.


OCT 21 - MON – 3rd Ave Ext. and all streets off it. Route 4 (Troy Rd) and all streets off it, ending at Iroquois Pl. OCT 22 - TUE - All streets on north side of 9/20 between Elliot Rd and Schodack town line. Includes Huntswood Est. OCT 23 - WED - All streets on south side of 9/20 from Schodack town line to Ridge Road. North side of 9/20 from Route 4 to Town Hall. OCT 24 - THU - 9/20 from Ridge Rd to Rensselaer city line, Prospect Hghts, Clinton Pk, Rte. 151 (Red Mill Rd) from August Gate to city line including all streets off it. OCT 25 - FRI Complete flushing Hampton Manor Water District including Lakeview Ave. Flushing will begin at 8:00 am. During flushing, water pressure will be reduced. Water may become discolored due to iron and manganese deposits in the mains. Residents to limit their use of water for cooking and laundering during flushing in their areas. East Greenbush Water Department - (518) 477-9367



Ladies Conference featuring teaching from Andrew Wommack Bible College on Oct 18th & 19th 2013, at Faith and Love Fellowship Church in Rensselaer. Friday the 18th starts at 7:00pm & Saturday the 19th, having 2 sessions starting at 10:00am with a lunch served between sessions. There will be a fee of $10 & a love offering taken for the speakers. Reservations can be made by calling Karen at 518-330-1509. Deadline for reservations is Oct 14th, so if you are looking for healing of self, finances, relationships, or any crisis, this conference is for you. 


Family fun day at the Harvest House at Hoffay Farms - Saturday, October 19, 2013, from 1-4 PM. Come out and support William Glasser and the rest of the Republican Team. Meet your Local Candidates for Sand Lake Town Board: Bill Glasser - Supervisor, Barbara Biittig - Town Clerk, Ron Campano - Councilman and Barbara Glasser - Councilwoman. Bring the whole family for fresh cider, cider donuts (made by the Harvest House) and other treats. There will be face painting and miniature golf, along with Raffles and more!!! We are “Committed to Community and Dedicated to Progress.” Please share this event with your family and friends. I look forward to seeing you and your family on Saturday, October 19th. ~ Submitted by Bill Glasser


• Saturday, October 19 • 1:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. - Join Rensselaer Land Trust for their 6th Annual Oktoberfest Benefit Event, sponsored by Brown’s Brewing Co. This year’s bands will include Flood Road, Chilly Nickels, and East Bound Jesus. Admission is $8 benefiting RLT. Beer and food sold separately. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Volunteers are needed to help the day of the event with set up, admission tables, 50/50 raffles, and clean up. A three-hour volunteer shift will allow you to attend Oktoberfest for FREE. Volunteers must be 21 or older. Contact Kristina Younger to sign up for a shift at or 518-659-5263. 


On Saturday, October 19th, from 9AM to 3PM there will be a New York State approved Defensive Driving Class to Benefit the Boy’s & Girls 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. The class will be held at the Boy’s & Girl’s Club of Southern Rensselaer County, 544 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY. Fee is only $39 - bring a friend $34 each. Registration is required and can be made by calling the Club at 465-3403 or Raymond Frankoski at 286-3788. Class size is limited. Additional information is available by calling Ray Frankoski.


Anna, played by Marion Cimini of Pittsfield, winces as Agnes, played by Suzanne Baker of Averill Park, shares her life- long secret. The two friends are celebrating Agnes’ 60th Birthday from the One Act Play “Agnes’ Birthday”written by award-winning playwright Valerie Kavanaugh. Imagine award-winning theater with award-winning playwrights and award-winning actors in Circle Theatre Players’ 2nd Original One Act Play Festival on stage at the Sand Lake Center for the Arts! Combine experienced and new playwrights and new actors who bring out the best

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Bulletin Board in each other. All this talent (7 playwrights and directors, 26 actors) hails from the Capital Region and beyond... Petersburg to Castleton, Albany, Troy and Schenectady, Pittsfield MA and west to Scotia. The seven plays chosen will be performed on October 17, 18, 19 at 8pm and October 20th at 2:30pm in the newly renovated Fuess Performing Space. The Sand Lake Center for the Arts is handicap accessible, and features expanded parking. Tickets are $16, under 18 $10 with discounts for veterans and groups of ten or more. Reservations can be made at 518-674-2007 or The SLCA is located at 2880 NY 43, Averill Park.


American Red Cross BAT program (Basic Aid Training) will be held at 2 locations this fall for grades 1-5. • Hoosic Valley Elementary School in Schaghticoke on 10/26 from 9am – 12pm • Sand Lake Library in Sand Lake on 11/2 from 12pm – 3pm.  Registration forms are at both locations. Any questions, please contact Brenda Vermilya at  


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.


Compelled Christian Church located at 761 Hoosick Road in Troy (across from Walmart) will be celebrating its 3rd Birthday (sort of). Three years ago, on a Wednesday night in late October, the former Green Hills Alliance Church held its first Wednesday Night Compelled service & small group time. Since that time, the church has reorganized and refocused into Compelled Christian Church. We are a growing, vibrant community that is knit together and defined by the love of Jesus Christ. This year, that same date falls on a Sunday and we want to celebrate and say thanks to God and all the families and students who’ve helped to get it this far. After Service on Sunday, October 20, we will have a hamburger & hot dog cookout and some time to share stories. The community is invited to come and enjoy the service and lunch afterwards. More information may be found at and on Facebook at For questions or directions, feel free to contact Pastor Andy at 279-0000. 


Join us this autumn for our packed full schedule: • Sunday morning worship service at 11AM with Junior church for children under 12yr. and nursery. • Sunday school for adults with a study in Romans; and Sunday school for all children at 10AM. • Wednesdays at 7PM - Adult Prayer and Bible Study, Teen Youth Group, and Kids’ Club. • Ladies’ Bible Study at 6:30PM on the second Thursday of each month. “The Power of The Praying Woman” by Stormie Omartian. • John Osborn Christian Country Concert on Sunday Morning Service on October 20th. • “Accounted Four” gospel singing, Wednesday at 6:30PM on October 23rd. Find us at the four corners of West Sand Lake, RT 150, South. Questions? Call Pastor George Hadden at 674-2515.


Things are changing in our world. Economies are on the brink of collapse. Mass animal die-offs are occurring regularly. Weather is becoming wild and more difficult to predict. Society is much more violent.  Severe earthquakes are happening in places that have never had an earthquake before. Scientists are even experimenting with human/animal hybrids and mixing human and plant DNA. And it’s getting worse. Everywhere you turn, people recognize that something is different. There’s a sense that something is coming, almost as though all of nature is holding its collective breath, waiting for some impending...something. What if there was ancient knowledge that could help us through these troubling events? Knowledge that foretells these very changes, and warns us that they are a foreshadow, precursors if you will, of more terrifying things to come. What if that same ancient knowledge also revealed what we need to do to navigate these frightening times? Join us as we take a look at this ancient knowledge and discover what this knowledge says, what it means, what is coming, and what YOU need to do about it. Is this the end?  Come and find out October 25-27, 2013. For more information, visit or call 518.477.6927


On Sunday, October 20, 2012, the Stuyvesant and Nassau Reformed Churches will focus on the words of Jeremiah 31:27-34 in developing a theme titled “The Law Written on Our Hearts.” It is here where through the prophet Jeremiah, God proclaims the coming day when God’s people will no longer need a list of laws to live faithfully.  They will be so consumed by a spirit of God’s law that it will be within them; it will be written on their hearts.  The message will speak to how we are being formed as Christians through a whole range of Christian disciplines and practices.  Join us and come to more fully understand how we, in our Christian growth, take on the ways of God as aspects of our character, God’s laws within us. The Stuyvesant Reformed Church begins worship at 9 a.m. in its sanctuary at the corner of Route 9J and Church Street, in the hamlet of Stuyvesant. The Nassau Reformed Church begins worship at 11 a.m. in its chapel on the second level of its Church-School-Building, 43 Church Street (Route 20) in the village of Nassau. 


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


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


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

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


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


On Thursday, October 31, 2013, 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 “Halloween”. Menu will be: Baked Meatloaf w/Gravy Mashed Potatoes, Glazed Whole Baby Carrots, Dinner Roll, Tomato Juice and Orange Sherbet for dessert. Entertainment will be provided by Joe Pro Sound. 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.


On Friday, July 12th, our beloved 15 year old grandson, Andy Cummings was critically injured in Unadilla, NY while on his last lap of practice run on his quad. Flown by Lifestar to Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, Andy was treated for a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and remained in Pediatric ICU for close to a month. Andy is now a little closer to home, working hard at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, NY. He is receiving Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy daily. Although we are heartbroken, we are optimistic that our “Andyman” will make a full recovery over time. We recognize that he has a long and difficult journey ahead of him and we know that the days won’t always be easy. On October 26th, we will host a Family Style Roast Beef Dinner at the Berlin Firehouse in Berlin, NY from 4PM to 7PM to raise money that can be applied toward the tremendous amount of medical expenses Andy’s care has necessitated. All-You-Can-Eat Roast Beef Diner with Desserts, 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auction & Clowns. Fun for the whole family! Take-out also available. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $5 for Kids under 12. All proceeds go to the Cummings Family for help with Andy’s medical expenses and ongoing recovery and therapy. RSVP: Buy Tickets: or get tickets at the door. ~ Pat, David and Davey Shuhart


The East Greenbush Fire Company will once again be holding their Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser to benefit the Barbara Lehmann Scholarship

Program given by the fire company. The event will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, beginning at 5 PM at their banquet hall on 68 Phillips Road in Rensselaer.  The “In-A-Pinch Players” will be performing: Witching You Were Dead The trick-or-treaters thought it was a great Halloween prop.  The mummy sitting on the rocking chair on the Nelson’s porch even moaned and moved ... for awhile.  Too bad nobody looked closer.  Under the mummy’s wrappings was Mr. Nelson, now the late Mr. Nelson.  Who would have wanted him dead; then again, who wouldn’t have wanted him dead?   Come out and enjoy a fun night with friends, and dress up in a costume if you wish! Tickets are $25 per person, which includes a dinner of salad, chicken parmigiana, and pasta, and dessert.  Tables of 8 can be purchased at a discount of $160 a table.  Tickets are limited, Please RSVP ASAP as we had to turn away many last year.  Contact Marc @ 229-2471 or email @  


The Rensselaer Senior Center would like to invite you to Our Special Dinner for October which be held at noon on Thursday, October 31. We will be celebrating “Halloween.” Our menu for the day consists of: Meatloaf with Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Glazed whole baby carrots, Dinner roll, tomato juice and Orange Sherbet. The day will start 11:00 with our annual Public Hearing, where we will be informed of plans for the next year by Rensselaer county officials. Following dinner, we will be entertained by Bob Trefeletti, our Halloween costume parade and contest. Come and join us for this delicious meal and entertainment. 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.


How did your pantry look near the end of September? Needed to do laundry, but no detergent? Worried about dinner? I guess you needed to come to our Body and Soul Pantry. Those who attended in September enjoyed the meal and will be back again. October 31, 2013 will be our next lunch and dinner. We know the date is Halloween, but you will not be tricked if you attend. We are working on the final arrangements for the meal and are sure you will love our treat. Our plan is to serve lunch and dinner the last Thursday of each month. At that time, should you need personal hygiene items, we will have them available for you. As time goes on, we will continue to assess our client’s needs and try to adapt to those needs. We are located in Gilead Lutheran church RT’s 7 & 278 in Center Brunswick. We are handicapped accessible. If you have questions, call Gilead at 279-9270 and leave a number where you may be reached.


Donations from Gilead Lutheran Church’s Story Dinner helped a victim with colon cancer. The evening started out with a picnic supper with food donated by committee members as well as desserts donated by attendees. Following the meal, a very dear friend of Michelle Gordon’s told those people present of Michelle’s battle with stage four colon cancer. This would normally sound very depressing, but Michelle is the type of person who could add humor to a difficult story. At the end of the evening, people generously contribute $270.00 and walked away with the feeling of sadness of a family going through so much and yet a feeling of gratitude of being able to help in some way. That evening was slightly different from others which Gilead has had. Each month of dinners brings a different story and maybe words of a

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Bulletin Board song or hymn. Each month, money is contributed to a cause. This year, four of our causes are Wounded Warriors, Damien Center, Body & Soul Pantry and ELCA Hunger Appeal. Please stop by for an evening of fun and fellowship. We gather at Gilead Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall on the third Friday of each month at 6PM. We are located at the junction of RT 7 & 278 in Center Brunswick. We are handicapped accessible. Reservations are not necessary but are appreciated. Call the church office at 279-9270 for more information.


What is the best part of your Election Day? Could it be electing who you want to represent you for the next four years? I think the best part for me is having lunch with all my friends at Gilead Lutheran Church. They have my favorite Clam Chowder and I can get a sandwich or a hot dog and dessert. I have met many people there over the years, and now I feel that many of these people I can call my friends. I have enjoyed my meal so much that I have even taken a pint of the chowder home to have later in the week. I understand this year I can pick up a pint of chowder for $4 or $7.50 for a 30 oz. jar. For those people who are unable to get to Gilead for lunch, you may call Darlene at 279-9552 and order your chowder for pick up. Lunch is served from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. You many pick-up your jars then or between 4PM and 5:30PM. Gilead is located at the junction of RT’s 7 & 278 in Center Brunswick and is handicapped accessible. See you Election Day, November 5, 2013.


The First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush Presents its 4th Christmas Madrigal Feast & Show. The show will run Friday & Saturday, December 6th & 7th. Join us for a 5 course feast and show presented in Renaissance period costume, verse and song. There will be singing, dancing, strolling minstrels and some great surprises. Tickets are available now for $30. You can reserve your seat/table by calling 4779693. This is a church fundraiser. For more info., you may contact Sharon:


The Rensselaer Catholic Youth will sponsor an Election Day Roast Beef Lunch or Dinner for $10.00. We will deliver to the following places:  Franciscan Heights, Van Rensselaer Heights, Renwyck Place and all polling places. Take-outs or Eat-ins will be available on Tuesday, November 5th, from 11:30am to 7:00pm, while supply lasts, at the St. John the Evangelist & St. Joseph’s McManus Center, 50 Herrick St. (downstairs), Rensselaer. Please call your order in by Friday, November 1st. Reservations 465-0932 ext. 17. Call in orders (Tuesday, November 5th, ONLY) 221-8969. We will deliver lunch between 12:00 - 12:30pm, and dinner 5:00 - 5:30pm All dinners include Tossed Salad, Roast Beef, Fresh Mashed Potatoes (not instant), Gravy (on the side), Fresh Carrots, Dinner Roll, Butter & Cookie.


The Castleton - Schodack Kiwanis Club will be selling chicken barbecue dinners on Sunday, October 27, to raise monies for its community service programs. The cost of the dinners is $9.00, and the dinners may be picked up from 12:00 noon to 5:00 P.M. at the Castleton Volunteer Fire Company in Castleton. For more information or to order the dinners, call 732-2225. Walk-ins are welcomed. 


The Community Congregational Church of Clinton Heights, UCC, 221 Columbia Turnpike, located next to the E. Greenbush Town Hall, will host

a Roast Beef Dinner on Election Day, November 5th. The Dinner will be served buffet style with roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, coleslaw, rolls, beverage and pie.  Cost $12/adults; $6/children (thru 12 yrs. old); 5 and under free.  Served 4PM - 6:30PM.  Take-out dinners are available with choice of apple or pumpkin pie at the door or by calling 477-4675 ahead.  We are handicap accessible in rear of church on Southern Avenue.


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County cordially invites all to join in on a fun-filled evening of horse racing on November 2, 2013. We will be conducting a ten race card with win, place, show, daily double, quinella and exacta wagering at the Boys & Girls Club, located at 544 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY. Post Time for the first race is 6:30 PM, with doors opening at 5:45 PM. Also during a break in the action, we will be viewing the live broadcast of the 2013 Breeders Cup from Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles, California. Post time for the Breeders Cup is 8:35 PM. There are many ways to participate, with advance tickets available for $20 each, or $25 each at the door. You can also become the owner of one or more of the participating thoroughbreds for a charge of $20 for each horse purchased. As the owner of a horse, you name your horse and your jockey, and they will be displayed in the official race program. If your horse wins the race, then you win $50 as the owner. For a $100 contribution, you can sponsor an entire race. You get to name the race and you also get a full page ad in the official race program. Attending with a group?, then you can purchase a VIP table for $300. You will get preferred seating for up to 10 people, and two complimentary bottles of champagne at your table. Additionally, food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the evening. All proceeds of this event will go directly to support the programs of the Boys & Girls Club. For ticket, horse or race purchase or other information, please call 465-3403.


Circles of Mercy, a sponsored Ministry of the Sisters of Mercy NE Community Presents “Irish Night” fundraiser and celebration, Featuring the Music of Frank Jaklitsch and Friends, and performances by Farrell School of Irish Dance. Also Gift Raffles Including Rail Tickets to NYC Courtesy of Amtrak, 50-50 Raffle, Door Prizes, Food and Refreshments Available. On Saturday, October 19th 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm. To be held at Bishop Maginn High School – 99 Slingerland Street, Albany Proceeds to Benefit Circles of Mercy ~ Tickets: $10 (advance) *$12 (at the door) ~ Tickets available at Circles of Mercy, 11 Washington St, Rensselaer, NY; Mercy Center, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, or at the door. Please call 518-462-0899 for information, tickets or table reservations.


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


American Legion Unit 1489 Ladies Auxiliary, Friends & Family will host a Spaghetti & Meatball Fundraiser Dinner on October 20, from 3PM to 7PM for Joy Alber. Joy is a long- time active member with an extended illness. Cost is $10.00 for Adults   and $7 for 12 & under. Silent Action, 50/50 and Door Prizes ~ Music by Jonny ”O”. The American Legion Unit 1489 is located at 111 Main Avenue in Wynantskill.

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Bulletin Board Any questions, please call Patricia McMahon at 518-596-5054.


The First United Methodist Women will sponsor a Brooks’ Bar-B-Q on Saturday, October 19th, from 4PM to 7PM at the church located at 1 Gilligan Road in East Greenbush. Treat your family to an easy, hearty meal to celebrate Fall! * 1/2 chicken with all the fixings for $10.50 ~ * BBQ Ribs with all the fixings for $12.00 ~ Eat-in or Take-Out. Tickets are available at the church office located at First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush, 477-9693.


On Thursday, October 31st, the Rensselaer County’s Troy Senior Center, 19 Third Street, Troy will hold its monthly special dinner. Baked Meatloaf will be the noon meal - be sure to make a reservation ahead of time. Then join us in our grand ballroom for a Halloween Party with entertainment by Dave and Dancin’ Dawn. Come in costume - there will be prizes for the funniest, scariest and prettiest costumes! CDPHP is sponsoring this event. Call 270-5349 to make your reservations.


The Grafton Volunteer Fire Department, along with the Grafton Ladies Auxiliary will be serving you an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Breakfast on Saturday, October 26th, from 8am to 11am at the Grafton VFW - Fire Hall on South Road (County Route 85).  On the menu: Belgian waffles, Pancakes, French Toast, Eggs (made to order), sausage gravy & biscuits, bacon, sausage, homefries, toast, orange juice, coffee, and milk.  Cost is $9.00 per adult, kids 12 and under $4.00, kids 5 and under FREE!  We look forward to serving you!


The Community Hose Ladies Auxiliary invites you to join them for their Annual Pasta Dinner to be held on October 18, from 4PM - 7PM at the Clinton Height’s Fire Department, 65 Sherwood Ave. in East Greenbush. The Dinner is All-You-Can-Eat and the cost is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for Seniors and $5.00 for kids 12 and under. Free Delivery will also be available by calling 462-2922.


The Tsatsawassa Protective Fire Company will resume serving their monthly breakfast at the firehouse on Sunday, October 20, 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 five 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 handicap accessible. For more information, call 518-766-3815.


The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding its annual Turkey Dinner on Saturday, October 26th. The church is located at the intersection of Schodack Landing Road & Muitzeskill Road in Schodack. The Turkey Dinner is served family style. Menu is turkey, mashed potatoes, squash, and dressing with home baked pie for dessert. Dinner Servings are at 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m. Take-out at 4:00 & 5:00 p.m. Adults: $12.00, children 6 - 12: $6.60, under 6 free. Reservations are required. For reservations, call 732-7345. If no answer,

leave a message and your call will be returned. For information other than reservations, call the Church Office at 732-7500.


The West Sand Lake Fire Department Ladies Aux. will hold their monthly fundraising All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast on Sunday, October 20th, from 8AM to 11:30AM. Menu: Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, French Toast, Cinnamon French Toast Sticks, Pancakes (Regular & Blueberry), Homefries, Danish, Toast, Jelly, Peanut Butter, Applesauce, Fruit Cocktail, Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa, Orange and Apple Juice. Cost: $7/Adults, $4/Children 5-12 and Under 5 are free. Eat-in or Take-out. Call the Fire Hall at 674-3677.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is happy to announce their annual silent auction fundraiser and election. Event will be held on October 30, 2013 from 6Pm - 8PM, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Hoosick Street, Troy NY. Low cost dinner reservations accepted until Wednesday, October 23, 2013. To purchase dinner tickets, or to donate, please call 518-272-4210. Rensselaer County residents that have participated in Cooperative Extension programs may pick up ballots at 61 State Street, Troy, NY. Ballots must be returned no later than October 29th at noon.


Take a break from raking those leaves and come and join the Schodack Valley Volunteer Fire Company, 1553 Schodack Valley Road in Castleton for our Pizza Night on Saturday, October 19th, at the Firehouse from 5PM to 9PM. Bring the family for Pizza, Antipasto, Wings and more. Additional seating is available. Our featured Pizza’s this month will be Chicken Parm and Buffalo Chicken. As always, you can eat-in or take-out. For take-out, call us at 477-4215.


On Saturday, October 19th, the Cornerstone Church will host a Roast Beef Dinner at the church located at 570 Third Avenue in Lansingburgh. Servings will be from 4:30 to 6 PM. Take-outs will be available. For reservations (recommended), please call 369-1865. Prices for adults is $12.00, Seniors $10.00, children under 11 $6.00. N10


Eagle Mills Christian Church, 1 Maple Ave. (Corner Maple & RT 2) in Troy will serve you at your table a “Homemade” All-You-Can-Eat “Cooked to Order” Breakfast on October 19th, from 8AM to 11AM. Cost is $7/Adults, $3/Children under 10. Menu includes: Eggs cooked to order, homefries, pork sausage, French toast, Regular and Blueberry Pancakes, Toast (white, wheat or rye), coffee, tea, juice and milk. This month’s special is: “Pumpkin Pancakes with Whipped Cream”.


The North Greenbush Kiwanis Club will be hosting a Polish or Italian Dinner on Sunday, November 10th, from 4PM to 7PM at the American Legion, 111 Main Avenue, Wynantskill. Menu: Kielbasa, Pierogi, Stuffed Cabbage and Kraut or Spaghetti with Meatballs. Cost is $10 for Adults and $5 for Children under 12. Eat-in or take-out. The North Greenbush Kiwanis club will be using the proceeds to benefit our community and our youth services.


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Enjoy a Hearty All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast of regular or blueberry pancakes, eggs (any way you want), sausage, homefries, French toast, regular toast, and coffee cooked just for you by the Northern Rensselaer County Knights of Columbus. Join us at the Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad on Route 40 in Schaghticoke on Sunday, October 27th, from 7:30AM to 11:00AM. Cost for adults is $7, children 6 to 12 is $3, and children 5 and under eat free. Proceeds will go to the Military Mom in Action. Yep, she is still sending out those packages to those in the military after all these years. Hold the date for the next breakfast on November 24th.


Please join the Union Gospel Church of East Poestenkill for another wonderful meal. They are having a Spaghetti Dinner on October 19th, from 4-7 p.m. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, dessert and a drink option of coffee, tea, soda and milk. The price is only $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for ages 5-12. Children under 5 are free. Any questions, please call Georgie at 283-4869.


The Valley Falls United Methodist Church will host a turkey and biscuit dinner on Election Day, November 5. The menu will include turkey and gravy on biscuits and mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, pickles, and assorted pies.  Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome as space allows.  There will be sittings at 5 and 6 p.m. and takeout meals available after 5:00. Tickets are $10:00 for adults, $5:00 for ages 6-10, and free for age 5 and under. The church is located at 16 State Street in Valley Falls, and is handicapped accessible.  Call 753-6053 for reservations and information.


coffee; decaffeinated coffee; powdered creamer; 1 lb bags of sugar; boxes of “Sweet and Low”/Spender etc.; large and medium sweatshirts; under wear and tee shirts (all sizes, boxers and briefs); white tube socks’ Effervescent denture cleaning tablets; toiletry items, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.  Breakfast is served 8am to 11am. Cost is $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12 years old.  Children under 6 are free. Contact parish office (518) 283-1162.

DINNER AT ST. DAVID’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH On Sunday, October 20th, between noon and 1:30pm, St. David’s Episcopal Church will be serving split pea soup, lemon chicken, biscuits carrots, cranberry sauce and cake for dessert. We also prepare for the gluten intolerant. St. David’s is located at 2647 Brookview Rd., Castleton.  The cost for the dinner is $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 10.  For reservations, please call Gail at 766-4029.   


The Annual Roast Pork dinner, sponsored by the Nassau Reformed Church will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, 2013. It’s with pride that we have been serving this dinner to Nassau and surrounding communities for over 60 years. In addition to the Roast Pork, will be mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, 2 vegetables, applesauce, rolls, beverages and homemade desserts. Tickets will be $12.00 for adults; $11.00 seniors; $6.00 for children under 10. Servings will be 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Take-outs available after 5pm. Reservations not needed, but will guarantee a dinner by calling Melissa at 766-7464 or Judi at 766-3092 by October 31st. The church is located at 43 Church Street (East on Rte. 20) in the village of Nassau, Rensselaer County.

An Annual Roast Pork Dinner will be held to benefit Transfiguration Parish (Serving the Areas of Schaghticoke & Speigletown) at our South site Parish Hall on October 18, 2013.  We will be serving a delicious dinner at a reasonable price.   We offer a salad, roast pork, potato, a vegetable, roll and butter. Cost: Adults/$11; Seniors (65+) $9/; children (5-10)/$5; and under 5 Free.  We also offer beer, wine, soda and dessert for purchase.  Tickets are on sale after the Masses. Limited tickets at the door. 

Grace United Methodist Church, Route 20, Nassau will host an Election Day Roast Beef Dinner on Tuesday, November 5th. Join us for Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy, squash casserole, coleslaw, rolls, and an assortment of homemade pies. Take-out dinners available beginning at 4:30pm. Sit-down dinner beginning at 5:00pm. Cost: Adults/$10, Children under 12/$5, and Children under 5 are free.



The Gerald O’Neil American Legion Post Sons of the Legion is holding a Roast Beef Dinner on Sunday, October 20th, featuring slow cooked top round roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, fresh dinner rolls and coffee from 1:00 to 6:00 pm at the Post at 836 Broadway, Rensselaer. The prices are $9.00 pp or $8.00 for seniors.  Eat-in or take-out.  Come early as this dinner was a sell out last year.     


Blooming Grove Reformed Church, 706 Blooming Grove Drive, Rensselaer, RT 4, behind CDTA Park & Ride Parking Lot in Defreestville will hold a Free Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, October 27th, from 1PM – 3PM.


The next St Jude’s Knights of Columbus All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast will be on October 20th, in Dammann Hall at 24 Dana Ave., Wynantskill.  All the Pancakes, Sausage, Bacon, eggs, hash browns, fruit, and bagels that you can eat!  All served with hot coffee and a smile by our Knights!  We will have a box available to collect items for local vets who get service at the Albany VA hospital.  Items that are needed for vets who are admitted as an emergency or are in need include: regular


The West Sand Lake Fire Company is hosting a Giffy’s Chicken BBQ on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 3:30 - 6pm at the West Sand Lake Fire Hall.  The 1/2 Chicken dinner is $10.00 and the 1/2 Chicken separate is $6.00.  The dinner includes 1/2 chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, roll, butter, cookie and drink.  Dinners are take-out only.  For more information, or reservations please call Kris Hogle at 479-0108 or wslfdevent@gmail. com. For reservations the day of the BBQ, please call 674-3677.


Salem United Methodist Church of West Sand Lake will be holding a Swiss Steak Dinner on Saturday, October 19th, from 4:30pm till 6:00pm, for the small price of $12 for adults, and a lower cost for children. The all-youcan-eat dinner will also include coleslaw, carrots, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and butter, coffee and tea, and a slice of one of our large selection of pies for dessert. Take-out dinners are also available. The church is located just off Shaver Road. Reservations are appreciated (walk-ins on an as available basis) by calling the church office at 6743106. We look forward to providing the community with a wonderful dinner at a fantastic price.

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• Chowderfest: Sunday, October 13, 10am – 3pm • Annual Dinner: Wednesday, December 4th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm • Troy Nights Out: Fridays, 5:00pm – 9:00pm September 27th, October 25th, November 29th.


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


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


Village of Nassau residents who want to join the fight in saving the environment and save a few tax dollars at the same time, there is no better place to start than at home. That is because the amount of trash each home produces increases the Village’s Refuse tax and ends up in a landfill. Follow a few simple tips to conserve resources and save landfill space. In turn, you will be providing a healthier environment now and in the future. Recycling will also assists in maintaining our current Refuse tax. Each village resident can make a positive impact on the environment simply by recycling. Every week County Waste provides curbside recycling pick-up for the following: paper, newsprint, magazines, junk

mail, phone books, box board, egg carton, cardboard, tissue rolls; plastic bottles and jugs, paper milk and juice containers; glass bottles and jars, tin, aluminum and bi-metals cans and tops and clean aluminum foil, foil trays and empty aerosol cans. Village Law allows each resident, one 64-gallon pail, per unit; which is not to overflow with trash and the cover must be completely closed. First-time violators will receive written notification about their excessive trash. Second time violators will not have their trash picked-up until they are in compliance. It will be the responsibility of the owner to dispose of the trash properly. Trash bags may be purchased for $2.00 each at the Village Hall for additional household trash, not to include any construction and demolition debris that will not fit into your regulated 64-gallon pail. The Village Hall hours are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Everybody Wins! Reading Mentors Needed in Local Elem. Schools

Jim Yando has been a reading mentor to a second grader at Arbor Hill Elementary as part of Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County’s EVERYBODY WINS! program for more than two years. Jim says, “I look forward to each Thursday noon and can’t wait to see the smile on my student’s face when he sees me. The students are really excited about reading and spending time during lunch with the readers.  His interest in books has definitely increased since we started reading together.  I can definitely see a difference in his reading since we started.” Jim has helped to recruit his co-workers at Aflac to participate in EVERYBODY WINS!  “I think the program is worth the time and helps provide a valuable opportunity for students that may need the extra help.  Literacy is so important to young students since it really establishes a strong foundation for learning and future success.”  The program is funded through donations from the Pitney Bowes. To learn more about Everybody Wins! and to register for a training, call Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County at (518) 274-8526 or visit www.


The Greenbush Reformed Church, located at  Hayes Rd and Columbia Turnpike in East Greenbush, will be holding their annual AUTUMN CRAFT FAIR on October 19, 2013, from 10am-3pm.  There will be over 24 talented crafters/vendors from Rensselaer, Albany, and Columbia counties that will be selling a variety of items such as jewelry, crocheted/knitted items, candles, quilts, baby items, American Doll clothes, wood items, specialty items and much more.  Visit the bake sale for delicious pies and breads;   children’s activities, raffles, 50/50; and the snack bar for some homemade soup or chili.   Please join us for a fun day.  For further information, please contact the church office at (518)477-6030, or Linda Adams at (518)479-7113 (e-mail      


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

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