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Excerpts from Letter Asking Legislature and County Executive to Address Structural Racism RENSSELAER COUNTY - We, the undersigned residents of Stephentown, New York, wish to commend the members of the Rensselaer County Legislature for the passage of Resolution No. P/35, honoring the late Congressman John Lewis and his service “by renewing Rensselaer County’s commitment to ensuring that the principles and ideals of the American promise are available to all citizens and that justice is afforded to all Americans.” (Title of Resolution P/35, page [p.] 1.) However, in light of the Legislature’s acknowledgement of both our Country’s historic racism and of the activism necessary to combat this injus-

tice – activism in which Congressman Lewis was engaged throughout his life - we are dismayed that the Legislature has failed to pass any resolution that would give substance and demonstrate commitment to its own words. In particular, although the Legislature has had at least three opportunities in the last couple of months, it refuses to acknowledge our Country’s continuing structural racism, fails to develop a plan or to otherwise take action to combat racism, and declines support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The Legislature’s failure to go beyond honoring Congressman Lewis . . . is unacceptable and entirely irreconcilable with the assertions that are the bases for the honor it extends. The members of the Legislature cannot have it both ways. They cannot . . . acknowledge historic racism and honor Lewis’ activist responses to it and

then . . . oppose resolutions that address the continued existence and destructive power of racism and the critical need for activism to combat it. The defeated resolutions set out some of the logical next steps in any serious intent to fight racism and are within the spirit of the words that the entire Legislature endorsed. Absent resolve to take the next steps in combatting racism . . . we must conclude that the Rensselaer County Legislature’s Resolution honoring Congressman . . . Lewis is tainted with cynicism and dishonesty. Sandra Nathan, John Serio, Jack Spillman, Marilyn Lenkowsky, Natalie Amiama, Robin Catalano, Catharine Hough, Shelley Geller, Jennifer Anikst, Erin Duffey, Matt Wycoff, and Pam Kueppers.








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Trunk or Treat in East Greenbush EAST GREENBUSH - Trunk Or Treat is coming!!! Be sure to bring your friends and neighbors. In fact bring the whole neighborhood!!! Hosted by Connecting Point Church, Trunk Or Treat, also known as Halloween tailgating, cleverly brings Halloween from the uncertain streets to the safety of the church parking lot, turning the backs of cars, trucks, minivans and SUV’s into the new front porch! Please see TRUNK 6

The state Department of Health says it will attempt once again to inspect the Rensselaer County-run Van Rensselaer Manor nursing home now that the facility is battling an outbreak of coronavirus. The department has been denied access to the facility for inspections twice in the past three months, with the most recent attempt coming just three days before the current outbreak began on Oct. 3. Inspectors have been denied admittance by County Executive Steve McLaughlin, who has said he will allow them in once they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Inspectors have declined to do so, but have provided documen-

and we do not take that responsibility lightly. It’s unfortunate that after our most recent attempt to visit Van Rensselaer Manor, the facility has experienced its first outbreak. As WILL WALDRON / TIMES UNION with all facilities, the Van Rensselaer Manor in North Greenbush is seen department has been in Sept. 30. Rensselaer County officials have resisted contact with the facility giving state health inspectors access to the facility. to offer epidemiologicies during the pandemic — has cal support, PPE, and insisted his refusal to allow the staffing resources. We hope the state in for inspections is rooted in county executive will stop being concern for resident safety. an obstacle to this joint state and The department’s most recent federal effort and begin to be a inspection attempt occurred Sept. partner.” 30. Three days later, an employee McLaughlin — a frequent critic at the Manor tested positive for of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the state’s nursing home poliPlease see STATE 6

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North Greenbush Report NORTH GREENBUSH - North Greenbush’s October Town Board meeting featured a presentation by the Climate Smart Committee on the Climate Smart assessment. Despite obstacles created by COVID-19, the Committee met virtually several times with a staff member from Cornell Cooperative Extension to review town documents, laws and procedures and to assess strengths and weaknesses. Highlights of the presentation include explanations of the town’s stormwater management program, an overview of electric vehicle and charging station programs and a discussion of the importance of preserving trees and wetlands to combat climate change. A representative from the RPI Tech Park discussed their initiatives such as the creation of a Monarch Butterfly Habitat Site and replacement of street and parking lighting with LED fixtures. The committee’s recommendations include updating the Comprehensive Plan to include a resiliency/sustainability component and undertake stormwater mapping. Additional funding may be pursued to continue Cornell Cooperative Extension’s assistance in certifying the town as a Climate Smart Community. At September’s planning board meeting, a resident proposed acquiring acreage currently owned by the

town behind the Pastures to construct houses for his family. In exchange, he will build a passive recreational area which would include walking trails and possibly a bocci or pickle ball court at no cost to town taxpayers. The park would be accessed via Pheasant Lane. Legal and administrative hurdles need to be cleared before such a proposal may be considered. At a time when state aid to New York towns and cities is likely to be reduced, this seems like an excellent opportunity for the town. Please reach out to me at msabo@<span class=”oe_displaynone”>null</span>northgreenbush.org with your thoughts on the addition of a new park. A public hearing on the proposed town budget (available on the town website) will be held Tuesday, November 5, 2020 at 6:55 p.m. Submitted by Councilwoman, Mary Frances Sabo

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RENSSELAER - Trick or Treat at the Library: Saturday, October 31 from 11-3. Stop by the Rensselaer Public Library to get a non-food treat and take a picture at our photo station. Maker Lab: pick up a free craft kit each Friday in October, connected to an online video and selection of books and links. Oct 23, Coding Robots, Oct 30, Slime. Ages 6-12. Masks must be worn at all times while in our library. Walk-in hours are 12-3 on Mondays, 11-3 Tuesday through Saturday. Call ahead as we might be at capacity. Curbside pickup and appointments can be set up by calling 518-462-1193. Rensselaerlibrary.org.

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Two of those patients were in the ICU. Despite slight daily changes in cases and hospitalization rates, both have been trending up in recent weeks in both Albany County and the Capital Region as a whole. As of Sunday, the five-day average of new daily cases was 19.6 in Albany County and 45 in the eight-county Capital Region — up from 13 and 31.6, respectively, on Oct. 1. Capital Region hospitals reported 49 coronavirus patients Saturday, the most recent day that such data was available. The last time hospitals reported that many patients was in early June. While a spike in cases last month was connected to off-campus student gatherings in the city of Albany, county and college officials said Monday that their most recent rapid testing operation in student neighborhoods yielded zero positive results. Albany County, working with the state Department of Health, Albany Medical Center and St. Peter’s Health Partners, conducted 218 rapid tests on University at Albany and College of Saint Rose students living in the city’s Pine Hills neighborhood over a two-day period starting Thursday. All but four came back negative. The four that did not yielded indeterminate results, County Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen said. This could mean there was a sampling error or it could mean that the student’s body had not produced enough antibodies to yield a positive result by the time they were tested, she said. Those students have been encouraged to get retested, she said.


Rensselaer County Office of the Minority - October 2020 Highlights RENSSELAER COUNTY - Health: The legislature unanimously accepted additional funding from the NYS Department of Health for the counties Immunization Action Plan. This supplemental funding is intended to expand the health department’s influenza outreach and promotion efforts. Due to COVID-19, the flu shot is more important than ever. The flu season is peaking and tends to last into spring; therefore we encourage anyone who has not received a flu shot, to do so now, there is still time.

Youth: “Coats for Kids Campaign” – The 2020 annual Golf Fundraiser at the Troy Country Club exceeded all expectations with an attendance record of approximately 125 attendees and raised $ 14,500. The legislature passed a resolution to purchase 900 coats, which will be distributed through several agencies to needy children. Broadband Access: The legislature is urging New York State and the Federal Government to address the lack of broadband access in rural eastern Rensselaer County. As COVID-19 has many students in remote learning and parents working from home situations, broadband access is more essential than ever and many households are still without internet

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AVERILL PARK - Averill Park sports continue to play in a competitive week of sports! On 10/16 the girls soccer team ended in a 0-0 tie to Columbia. The girls will face Shaker for their next game on 10/22. The boys soccer team fell to Shaker on 10/13 by a score of 5-0. The soccer team also lost 2-0 against Columbia on 10/16. The boys team will face Shenendehowa on 10/24 for their next match. The girls tennis team picked up their second win of the season on 10/12 with an 8-1 victory over Columbia. Singles winners were Sofia Stern, Sydney Ferguson, Lili Bursey, Carly Hunter, and Megan Walsh. Doubles winners were Dayna Densmore & Avery Kittlseon, Julia Gelder & Allison Lapinski, and Sarah Wallace & Lauren Paris. On 10/17, the girls team lost 9-0 to an undefeated Bethlehem team. The tennis team will travel to Colonie for their next match on 10/23. The boys golf team lost to Bethlehem on 10/12 by a score of 264-306. John Durocher led the Warriors shooting a 45. CBA defeated the golf team 133-152 on 10/15. Nate Stay led the team with a 46 in the losing effort. On 10/17, the boys team lost 131-167 against Columbia. The cross country teams lost to Columbia 20-43 on 10/15. Noah Bonesteel won the race with a time of 15:40 for the boys. Logan Barslow finished in first place with a time of 18:27 for the girls. Their next meet is on 10/24 at Colonie. On 10/16, the Troy-AP girls swim team defeated Shaker by a score of 92-78. The next meet will be on 10/22 against Guilderland. I will be back next week to report Averill Park scores. Go Warriors!

Call For Entries: Artists for Social Justice at Sand Lake Center for the Arts SAND LAKE - Sand Lake Center for the Arts is seeking submissions for its January and February 2021 gallery installation. SLCA invites artists of color to submit their works for a two-month long gallery presentation to shine light on social injustices. All visual mediums are welcome. Jpeg and pdf submissions can be sent to brian@slca-ctp.org. Please include a short bio and brief description of your work. Submission deadline: November 1st, 2020

The Book Seller is Open Saturdays TROY - The Book Seller, a project of The Friends of the Troy Public Library, is open each Saturday from 10-2 at the Lansingburgh Library, 27 114th St. In addition to “ gently used” books for all ages, there are Classical, Country and Pop CDs and Audio Books, plus a safe environment to browse.

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Colin Hansen • Scholar Athlete •

AVERILL PARK This week’s scholar athlete is Colin Hansen. Colin is a captain for the Varsity Soccer team, where he plays as a center defensive midfielder. Colin also participates in basketball and outdoor track. Colin has been playing soccer since kindergarten, and says his favorite part of the sport is playing with the same team each year. In the summer, Colin is employed at a Triathlon camp where he works hard every day, and Colin bikes when he can in preparation of his soccer season. Last year, the soccer team managed to beat Bethlehem (one of the best teams in the state) 1-0, and this year Colin hopes the team can qualify for the Suburban Council Tournament being held in place of Sectionals this year. In addition to the three sports he plays, Colin manages to excel academically. Colin has a 91 GPA while taking three Advanced Placement classes: AP English, AP Biology, and AP Government and Politics. Colin is also in the National Honor Society, participates in Averill Park’s Youth and Government, runs triathlons, and enjoys mountain biking in his little spare time. With his full schedule, Colin manages his time by working efficiently and completing as much work as he can in his breaks during school. Colin recognizes that he must be socially flexible and properly balance his time to succeed both academically and athletically. Colin’s parents have helped him every step of the way, giving him rides and helping him improve in his athletic achievements. However, Colin knows that his parents won’t be able to watch over him in college, so he tries to motivate himself. He also draws his inspiration from teammates because he knows that they all count on each other to win. Colin would advise younger athletes to “just keep working on your craft. Keep trying to work on that part of the game that you are weakest at. If you don’t have a weak part of your game you will be special.” He also says to be flexible and agree with wherever the coach thinks you will play best. Colin is not yet sure where he wants to go to college, but he is interested in engineering. He would also be interested in playing soccer for his college if he has the opportunity. We wish Colin the best as he finishes his senior year and prepares for college.

Rensselaer Plateau Alliance’s October Mindful Nature Walk POESTENKILL - Saturday, October 24, 9-11:30am, Barberville Falls Preserve. Certified Mindful Outdoor Guides Molly Freiberg and Sandy Wilson will guide our group to engage with nature in the present moment, as we experience it through all of our senses, to appreciate the complex wonders we often don’t notice when we are rushed or distracted. During this walk, we will be sauntering slowly on gently rolling forested trails. No experience is necessary -- beginners are welcome! Bring water and a snack. Masks are required when we first meet up and when we gather, but may be removed while we are walking in the forest with at least 10’ between participants. Bundle up in warm layers. We will be walking slowly, and sometimes sitting, so we will not be building much heat. Wool or outdoors synthetics will keep you warm even with perspiration. Tight shoes will make you colder, so wear roomy boots with extra socks if your feet usually get chilly. If you usually bring water, consider bringing a warm beverage to help keep you warm. Participants will be pre-paid and pre-registered, so no contact with money or sign-in sheets is necessary. Space is limited. Please register at https://www.rensselaerplateau.org/ mindful-walk. Questions or thoughts? Contact molly@ rensselaerplateau.org.

Athletic Department Seeking Nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2021 AVERILL PARK - The Averill Park Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Averill Park Athletic Booster Club, is pleased to announce that the nominating period for the Averill Park Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2021 is now open. The Hall of Fame recognizes former athletes, coaches, teams, and contributors who have made significant contributions to the Averill Park athletic program through their service, performance, dedication, commitment, and accomplishment. The Hall of Fame committee is comprised of administrators (past and present), coaches (past and present), and community members. For information regarding the committee, Hall of Fame guidelines, and nomination forms please see the Hall of Fame link on the Averill Park Athletics page at www.averillpark.k12.ny.us. Any member of the public can nominate an athlete, coach, team (not eligible until 2022), or contributor for induction assuming the criteria as outlined in the guidelines are met. Nomination forms are available by going to the Hall of Fame link on the Averill Park Athletics page at www.averillpark.k12.ny.us or by contacting the Athletic Department at (518) 674-7010. The nomination period will run through November 15th. The 2021 induction ceremony and dinner will be held on Saturday, April 17th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.

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AROUND TROY YOUR LOCAL NEWS & ADVERTISING SECTION Tampa Bay Rays have fan at RPI Field hockey coach is sister of Brandon Lowe By TIM WILKIN

The Capital Region is certainly not a hotbed for fanatics of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, but you would never know that in one residence in Troy. There were hoots and hollers, and moans and groans all last week as this one die-hard Rays fan hung on every pitch, hit, catch, win and loss as Tampa finally won the American League pennant in seven grueling games with the Houston Astros. This fan had particular interest in No. 8 for the Rays. That’s Brandon Lowe, who plays second base and some outfield. He’s also this super fan’s brother. Bre Lowe, who was named the field hockey coach at RPI in March, is in baseball mode right now. After getting emotionally spent watching the Rays blow a 3-0 lead before winning the deciding Game 7, 4-2 on Saturday in San Diego. Now, it’s on to the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That best-of-seven starts Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Bre Lowe will be hunkered down in front of her TV in Troy to watch her only sibling’s attempt to become a champion. Her parents, Tom and Caron, will also be at home, in Virginia, for the first two games relying on pictures from television. Mom and Dad are flying to Texas for Games 3 and 4 on Friday and Saturday. And, to add another slice of local to this Rays story, Caron Lowe is originally from Guilderland. The former Caron Morawski grew up on Schoolhouse Road, went to Guilderland High School, and, after meeting her future husband in college at Cortland, moved to Virginia. She is a teacher and head athletic trainer at Heritage High School in Newport News. Her husband is also a teacher and assistant baseball coach at Nansemond

River High School in nearby Suffolk. “It’s crazy just to think where the Rays are at this point,” Caron Lowe said Monday night. “And then, to think that your child is going to play in the World Series!” While Mom and Dad are heading to Texas — their teaching schedules only allow them to be at the weekend games — Bre will stay in Troy. “It’s a tricky time with all that’s going on in the world,” Bre Lowe said Monday, referring to traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s a dangerous time. I want to support him and also keep everyone safe.” During the American League Championship series, Bre Lowe had a group text going on that included her parents, boyfriend and a cousin. She’s not sure how many texts were sent. Dozens? Hundreds? Suffice it to say they were conversing through cyberspace after just about every play, especially if their favorite Ray made it. “The night they clinched, our phones were blowing up,” Caron Lowe, who says she used to be a Mets fan, said. “You always want to see your children succeed.” Brandon Lowe, at 26, is three years younger than his sister. He has struggled in the postseason after being perhaps the most important member of the Rays during the abbreviated 60-game regular season. In 52 games, he led Tampa in home runs (14) and RBI (37) and had 25 extra base hits to go along with his .269 average. It has been a tough go for him in 14 postseason games. He has one one home run, two RBIs and a .115 batting average in 52 plate appearances. Mom keeps the faith, and so does his big sister, who affectionately calls him “B.” “He is making good, hard contact,” his mother said. “He has had good swings.” “I would just tell him to keep trusting in himself,” Bre

Rooting in Troy for Brandon Lowe of the Tampa Bay Rays will be his sister, Bre Lowe, shown with their mother, Caron.

said. “He will figure it out.” It’s an athletic family. The parents have stayed with sports in their teaching careers. Bre played soccer and field hockey in high school and was a two-year starter in field hockey at Division III Christopher Newport University. She was the team MVP as a senior and then set out on a coaching career. She was hired at RPI after four years as an assistant coach at Hamilton. She has yet to coach a game at RPI because of the coronavirus pandemic, and that has given her time to be her brother’s biggest Capital Region fan. “This is something he has dreamt about since he was 5 years old,” she said. “Ever since I can remember, all he has wanted to do is play baseball. It’s just really awesome that he is living out his dream.”

Troy hospital to be razed after decades of decay City rejected developer who wanted to buy site to build apartments By MIKE GOODWIN

The derelict Leonard Hospital is being demolished — decades after it was closed and years after Troy rejected a much cheaper option to rid itself of the long-vacant building. Mayor Patrick Madden’s office said leveling of the building began on Thursday, sharing a video of heavy machinery being used to remove the facade of the structure. Last year, the city agreed to pay $1.6 million to contractors to tear down the hospital, which opened in 1972 and closed in the 1990s. The structure sat unused for years and the city passed up an opportunity to sell it to a developer for $1. In 2017, Madden’s administration proposed selling the hospital site to The Community Builders for a dollar. The developer wanted to build 120 affordable housing apartments at a cost of $20 million to $23 million. The deal fell apart when City Council approval

collapsed amid mounting pressure from residents who opposed the development. The council vote was 4-4 with 1 abstention, leaving the approval short by one vote. Last year, All Phase Services, Inc. was given a $1.34 million contract for asbestos abatement in the 140,000-square-foot building. DiTono & Sons was awarded a $245,000 contract to raze the former hospital. It was not immediately clear if the city incurred other costs for the demolition over the past year. The city assumed ownership of the 6.43-acre property at 74 New Turnpike Road in 2012 when it was taken for unpaid property taxes. The building has been a liability for the city. Last October, the city agreed to pay $1.3 million to a woman who was seriously injured after trespassing at the derelict building to watch fireworks in 2016 and then falling 20 feet off a ledge.


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AROUND YOUR News from Averill Park CSD AVERILL PARK - On December 8, members of the Averill Park CSD community will vote on a Capital Project. This week, we would like to tell you about our Building Condition Survey (BCS) and what will be repaired and enhanced should the referendum pass. Much of the project will include many things that you may not typically see, or even think about, such as roofs, boilers, electrical systems and other infrastructure items. A BCS is required by the NYS Education Department to be conducted every five years by a licensed architect. It helps identify areas of the district that need repair, upgrading or replacement. This survey stated that the District needs fire alarm replacements, LED lighting upgrades, roofing replacements, heating and ventilation system upgrades, electrical upgrades, overhead door replacement at the bus garage, masonry restoration, and more. Thank you to our local volunteer firefighters who took time to come to each of our elementary schools this month. Firefighters greeted students on their way into school as part of Fire Prevention Week! Submitted by Dr. James Franchini, Averill Park CSD Superintendent Mission: Meeting the needs of and creating opportunities for every student every day. #AP_ EveryStudentEveryDay

Food Pantry Collection Huge Success TROY - On Saturday, October 10, our community embraced the food drive

of $570! The food and cash were split equally between CoNSERNS-U (Rensselaer) and Doors of Hope (West Sand Lake). The Social Action Committee of Hope Lutheran Church, 470 Winter Street Extension, extends a BIG thank you to the community.

Soldiers of the American Revolution to be Honored in Stephentown Ceremony STEPHENTOWN - Roadside historical markers honoring Stephentown veterans of the American Revolution will be unveiled in a ceremony at the Stephentown Veterans Park on Saturday, November 7, at 1:00 p.m. The ceremony will include the Saratoga Battle Chapter Color Guard of the Sons of the American Revolution and members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, some dressed in colonial garb. It will also commemorate Veterans Day with participation by the Stephentown Veterans Group, Stephentown Historical Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and various Town and area officials. Masks and social distancing will be required. The six markers, obtained with a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, will be placed at cemeteries where sixteen veterans of the Revolution are buried. Stephentown Town Historian Patricia Flint applied for the grant which provided this addition celebrating the historical legacy of the town. Those honored are Justin Brockway and Simeon Gardner in the Brockway Cemetery on Madden Road; James Jones, Stephen Arnold, James Denison and Daniel Denison in the Denison-Jones Cemetery on East Road; Israel Platt and John Wylie in the Garfield Cemetery on Garfield Road; Hosea Moffitt, Elemander Cone and Beriah Holcomb in the Presbyterian Cemetery on Presbyterian Hill Road; William Douglas, Daniel Brown, Asa Douglas and Abel Tanner in the Stephentown Cemetery on Cemetery Hill Road; and Oliver Barrett in the Stephentown Center Baptist Cemetery on Calvin Cole Road.

at Hope Lutheran Church with open arms! The collection and bake sale ran from 10am to 2pm, and we had a steady stream of cars the whole time. Some brought food,

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Create Your Own Seasonal Home Sign at Sand Lake Center for the Arts

SAND LAKE - Join us for an afternoon craft workshop to make and take a sign for your home that you can customize throughout the year! Hosted by SLCA Board President Barbara Neu. Saturday, October 24th, from 12 to 4pm. Only $25. Reserve your spot.

Sand Lake Garden Club Presents “Putting Your Garden to Bed” SAND LAKE - The Sand Lake Garden Club will meet on Thursday, October 22 at 7pm at the Sand Lake Town Town Hall. The meeting will be socially-distanced, in person with masks required. All are welcome. “Putting Your Garden to Bed” will be presented by Pat Mulligan and Becky Raymond, garden club members and Master Gardeners. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the meeting.


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NASSAU - Attention Nassau Residents. Please mark your calendar now! BSA troop 166 of Nassau Food Drive Saturday, November 14 - BSA Troop 166 of Nassau is participating in the Scouting for Food Drive. Our goal is to collect as many items of non-perishable food as possible to help our hungry neighbors. The need is greater now than ever! Donations may be dropped off on Saturday, November 14 from 9am to 2pm at the following COVIDSAFE drive-thru drop-off location: Nassau Village Commons pavilion, John St. (next to Post Office). Volunteers will be available to remove donations from your car. Please have donations in bags or boxes in your trunk. Please help if you can! Thank you for your support!

First Baptist Church of Poestenkill Book Available for Purchase POESTENKILL - We are proud to announce that the book about the history of the First Baptist Church of Poestenkill is ready. This book, written by Gary Catlin, is a history of facts, events and photos not only of the church, but of the neighborhood and town. Gary is a well established author with several history books to his credit. This book is being sold by the church and the Poestenkill Historical Society for $32.54 plus

$4.00 for packaging and mailing. Send your order with a check (made out to Gary Catlin) to Poestenkill Historical Society, PO Box 140, Poestenkill, NY 12140. Please include your name, address, e-mail and number of copies requested. The deadline is December 1st. After that date the price will go up.

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Doors Of Hope Annual Adopt-A-Family Project WEST SAND LAKE Looking for a heart-warming Christmas project for your church, your organization or yourself? Each year Doors of Hope, our local food pantry, coordinates a project that provides Christmas gifts to needy families. Between now and December 1 you may drop in at our store (our new location in 43 Mall) and sign up to provide Christmas gifts for a family in need. D.O.H. compiles a list of family members, their ages, their wishes, and sizes. Families come in all sizes; you may choose the one that best fits you or your organization. The cut-off date to sign up is Dec.1. If you would like

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Drive-Thru Halloween Toiletry Drive DEFREESTVILLE Blooming Grove Reformed Church (Bloominggrove Drive, Defreestville, behind CDTA Park & Ride Lot is hosting a contact-free Halloween event for you and your family this year on October 30, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We will be handing out bags of candy at our festively decorated parking lot. We are also collecting toiletry items for Doors of Hope in Averill Park (body wash, shampoo, tooth brushes, tooth paste). For more information check out our page @Bloominggrove RCA.

Sand Lake Historical Society Presentation SAND LAKE - Please join the Sand Lake Historical Society on November 10 at 7 pm at Sand Lake Town Hall in the Courtroom for a presentation by double Purple Heart, Bronze and Silver Star recipient LTC (Ret) John Brownrigg titled the “Four Freedoms We Celebrate on Veterans Day”. Upon completion of his presentation, he will join fellow area veterans William Glasser, Jr., Paul Glasser, Jr., and Shari Mantini during a recollection of their most memorable military experiences. COVID 19 precautions will be followed, therefore seating is limited. Please email Jtre115@ yahoo.com or call 518 5279926 if you want to attend. The presentation will be simulcast on Spectrum Cable TV channel 1303

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of living space; three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. Highlights include the stone chimney and wood-burning fireplace; era-appropriate cabinets, a screened porch, wide plank floors and a walk-out basement. The lot is an acre and a half. Scotia-Glenville schools. Public water/private sewer. Taxes: $6,438. List price: $314,900. Contact listing agent Lizabeth Landon Cole of Properly Real Estate at 518-4280921.

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Above, the back of the house, showing the walk-out basement. At left, the living room fireplace.

Clockwise from top left: a bathroom; a bedroom, the stone chimney and the pantry. At far left is the porch.


Save the Ta Ta’s Fundraiser to Benefit To Life! EAST GREENBUSH October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While the pandemic has slowed the World and social events, it hasn’t slowed Cancer. So, the Gunner Band, based in Green Island, is hosting an outdoor BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, October 24, at 1:00 p.m. under the Rensselaer Elks Lodge Pavilion. Special thanks goes to our Event Sponsors: Primary Painting (Averill Park) and Delmar Sign Shop. We are following CDC Guidelines, and only 50 tickets will be sold in advance by calling Cheri Pierce (518) 5983067. After a brief screening at the entrance, attendees will receive Breast Cancer Awareness materials, flowers from Felthousen Florist, door prizes, and BBQ. “No-touch” food

service will also include salads served in individual containers and a sweet treat, individually packaged, from Freihofer’s. The hosts -- Gunner Band -- consists of six seasoned musicians who came together during the Pandemic to play Classic and Southern Rock. Until more live venues open, the Band is hosting a few Fundraisers to benefit non-profits. Band members have had Breast Cancer hit home -- one family member is thriving, but one Mom was taken from her family way too early since advanced technology didn’t existence years ago. The Band will perform, but dancing is prohibited; tables are scattered for social distancing, and masks are required. Funds will be raised from Raffles, 50/50, Silent & Live Auctions, and cash/ check donations for To Life! 501(c)(3); ID#141808431. They are located in Delmar and in Saratoga;


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The Election, The Supreme Court Nomination: You Have Questions, We Have Answers TROY - On Tuesday, October 27th at 6PM, Professor Robert Whitaker, will lead a discussion group at the Troy Public Library. How do presidential elections work? What is the Electoral College

and why do we have it? What does the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean for the future of the Supreme Court? How are justices appointed to the Court? Political Science Professor at Hudson Valley Community College, Robert Whitaker, will give a short presentation on presidential elections and the Electoral College, as well as Supreme Court and judicial appointments, and then allow time for questions. This program will be presented using Zoom. Joining the presentation will require the installation of the Zoom client on your computer (microphone and speakers required for audio, camera for video) or the Zoom app on your mobile device. This program is free and open to the public. For more information and to register call the library at 518-274-7071or online at www.thetroylibrary.org.

The Troy Public Library is located at 100 Second Street, Troy, NY.

North Greenbush Public Library Update NORTH GREENBUSH - It’s no trick to treat yourself and your family to a Halloween craft kit, available at the North Greenbush Public Library. For children ages four and up there is a flying bat craft, a glowing ghost craft, and a magnetic black cat kit; older children and adults can avail themselves of a Glowing Lantern craft kit for those midnight cemetery hauntings. Call the library to reserve a kit using Grab ’N’ Go. ‘The Killings at Kingfisher Hill’ by Pulitzer Prize winner Sophie Hannah will be discussed at the next meeting of our Virtual Book Club, Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 PM. Call the library to reserve a copy or online at

http://www.northgreenbushlibrary.org. New to the audiobook collection is ‘Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents’ by Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner for her book, ‘The Warmth of Other Suns.’ In ‘Caste’ Wilkerson compares America’s structural use of race to global patterns and the caste systems in India and Nazi Germany. She provides insights and illumination onto one of today’s incendiary subjects. Remember, we are now open for appointments and Grab ’N’ Go on Saturday. Our hours are Mon/Wed/ Fri/Sat 10 AM to 2 PM; Tue/Thur 3-7 PM. All patrons must wear a mask for both appointments and Grab ’N’ Go. Call the library at 518-283-0303.

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The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill Turkey Dinner SCHODACK - The Reformed Dutch Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding a TAKE-OUT ONLY version of its Annual Turkey Dinner . The dinner will be held on Saturday, October 24th, with three pick up times being offered, starting at 4 pm, 4:45pm and 5:30pm. The cost is $14 for adults and $7 for children, ages 6 - 12. The dinner will include turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, green beans, cranberry sauce, a roll and a piece of pie, for dessert. Gluten-free is available upon request. Reservations are required. Please call 518-732-7345, to reserve your dinner. If no answer, please leave a message.



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Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club Chicken BBQ CASTLETON/SCHODACK - The Castleton-Schodack Kiwanis Club will once again be firing up the grill and selling our famous Chicken BBQ dinners on Sunday, October 25. This is one of our largest fundraisers, and all of the proceeds stay right here in our community, helping to improve the lives of local children. The cost of the dinners is $10 each, and each meal includes a half-chicken, baked potato and coleslaw. Dinners can be picked up between 12:00 noon and 4:00pm at the Castleton Fire Company, located at 11 Green Ave in Castleton. To pre-order your dinner, you can call (518) 732-4228 or email us at castletonkiwanis@gmail.com. Please make note of a few changes to our BBQ that will allow us to hold this fundraiser and have it go smoothly: 1) This event will be drive-through dinner pick-up only; customers must stay in their vehicles. 2) Pre-orders and specific pick-up times are strongly encouraged. This will help us manage traffic flow and minimize the time customers spend waiting in the car line. 3) No special orders will be accepted (i.e. 2 potatoes, no coleslaw), again, to help ensure wait times don’t climb. 4) Volunteers will be helping with traffic direction and flow; please help us help you, by being aware and following their directions. We are very appreciative of our community’s patronage, and hope to see you on October 25!

Roast Beef Dinner POESTENKILL - VFW Auxiliary to Sullivan Jones Post 7466 will be hosting a Roast Beef Dinner - Curbside Pickup at 6:00 pm on October 24th, side hall entrance. Roasted beef served with mash potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, dinner roll, gravy with a piece of pie for dessert! Tickets costs if purchased before October 20th $15.00 per person after tickets will be $20.00. You can purchase tickets at the Post Canteen, 25 Veterans St, Poestenkill, NY. Canteen hours are 4 to 8, questions call 518-283-4661.

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Wreaths Across America Roast Beef Dinner WYNANTSKILL - The American Legion Post at 111 Main Ave in Wynantskill be holding our 4th annual roast beef dinner to benefit Wreaths Across America on Saturday, November 14th from 2-6pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s event will be take-out only. The dinner will include roast beef, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, and cake for $12. We will be taking pre-orders until Wednesday, November 11th. This event sells out every year, so please order well in advance as walk-in orders are not guaranteed. You may call 518-227-7438 to reserve your dinner. All proceeds will be used to purchase wreaths which will be placed on veterans’ graves at Saratoga National Cemetery on Saturday, December 19th. If you wish to make a donation to help us meet our goal of 400 wreaths this year, you may go to www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org and use our fundraising group ID # NY0160. Thank you in advance for your support!

East Schodack Fire Co. Annual Chicken and Biscuit Dinner EAST SCHODACK East Schodack Fire Co will be hosting our annual Chicken and Biscuit dinner on Election day, November 3rd. This will be a take out only dinner. Menu: Tender pulled chicken, homemade gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, buttermilk biscuit, triple chocolate brownies Adults $15 and Kids $8 Servings begin at 4:30pm. Preorders recommended at 518-479-3366 (non-preorders will be available at window on an first come basis) If not entering Fire House to vote, please pick up dinners at kitchen door.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR My town is coming together to help reduce flooding and droughts. At the North Greenbush Town Hall Meeting October 8, a presentation was made of our town’s Climate Smart Committee review of our plans for stormwater management and hazard mitigation. One of the powerpoint slides (available on the town website), showed how wetlands and trees hold back stormwater, reducing flooding, and how they hold moisture in the soil, reducing droughts. What happens upstream matters for those living downstream. We are linked as a watershed. The Committee presented a plan for action. We are coming together as a community for the common good. What a breath of fresh air! Fortunately, we have excellent resources to aid us. The Renssealer Land Trust published a Conservation Plan for Rensselaer County, with detailed maps of areas of the most crucial areas to protect and preserve. The Rensselaer Plateau Alliance advocates for the enjoyment and preservation of natural areas. Green infrastructure design, on municipal and individual landowner levels, can provide stormwater management while preserving or creating habitat for wildlife, among numerous other benefits. Development guidelines hold up the idea of new housing developments having connecting trails to adjoining natural areas. We can do smart growth, growth that knows how much is enough, not only for us, but for generations as yet unborn, the seventh generation. Sheree Cammer, Wynantskill

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Last Day At The Log Pool October 15th, 2020, The last day of trout season; A man just had to go fishing. For me, the last day Is as important as the first day... For fishing a favorite mountain stream. I arrived at the Log Pool, Downstream from the Park With weather/water conditions just right. The Log Pool was just about perfect... Water was spilling over the log, Producing a 3 foot deep pool below. Creeping close to the bottom of the pool, I threaded a white Gulp maggot on my hook And made the first cast..... WHAM !!!...A brookie struck hard ! I set the hook and soon had the trout in hand. Spectacular in Fall colors, it was Black River Gold! That’s all I needed...one fish to close out the season. I quickly got a photo of the fish... Then returned it to the pool. I headed home, satisfied with the outing. I had many 2020 fishing memories, and Six months to get ready for Opening Day 2021 Lloyd Barnhart, West Sand Lake by Jeff Scherer


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$$CA$H$$ FOR JUNK CARS $100-$1000. FREE PICKUP (518) 365-3368 CASH FOR METAL/CARS We buy farm equip., metal, cars. We have the equip. to take care of big jobs. Highest prices paid. Demolition. Towing & transport avail. (518) 339-3369 CHEAPER THAN DUMPSTERS Old appliances and furniture REMOVED FROM YOUR HOME OR BUSINESS. Small or Large jobs. CLEANOUTS. Call Bill the Junkman at (518) 256-6124. Credit cards accepted. CUSTOM STONEWORK Patios, firepits, retaining walls, new sidewalks, sidewalk repair. Any kind of masonry/concrete work. (518) 423-0946 DUMPSTERS Lowest rates possible 6, 8,10,12, 15, 20, 25, 30 yard sizes. Ed LaplacaW.S.L. Cell (518) 378-1080 FAST FIX HEATING and PLUMBING LLC 24 hr. service, fully ins. 26 yrs. exp. Installs/ replacements, tuneups, trouble shooting. Fixing all your heating & plumbing needs. (518) 256-1346 FENCE REPAIR All types of fences repaired. Free estimates. Call/Text (518) 948-2655 GLASS/SCREEN REPAIR Broken glass, torn screens repaired. Home repairs. Makes house calls. (518) 203-8595 GUTTER CLEANING $80-$120 INSURED. CALL OR TEXT. (518) 450-9357 HANDYMAN 30 yrs. exp. Kitchens, baths, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc. (518) 526-1604 HANDYMAN INT/EXT Painting, gutter cleaning, leaf guard, light carpentry, light plumbing, roof repairs, roof seal coating & driveway seal coating. Over 30 yrs. exp. Roland (518) 416-1005 HOUSECLEANING GLEAM TEAM. FULLY INS. 44 yrs. servicing local area. Res./Comm. Gifts certicates. (518) 477-9266 Excellent ref’s.

HANDYMAN Remodeling, carpentry, decks, porches, masonry, int./ext. paint, fences, doors/windows, gutters, all repairs. Free est. 518-669-0814 or 518-271-9161 HOUSE CLEANING Call today for an estimate on a one-time deep cleaning or regularly scheduled cleanings. Excellent references. Linda (518) 222-9734 HOUSE CLEANING Perfect Premises House Cleaning since 1988. Jill (518) 727-1342 LANDSCAPING Comm/Res Fall Cleanups - Curb side pile pick up. Shrub / Hedge trimming. Small tree work. Fully insured. Free estimates. Call SUPERIOR LANDSCAPING (518) 813-5787 LAWN MOWER REPAIR Prompt, guar. repairs on most brands. P/u, del. Used lawn mowers. Mike Horowitz 518-477-8378 MASONRY All phases, new & old. Brick, block, concrete, stone work. Fully ins. Shawn 518-577-0962 MASONRY & LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION All phases, retaining wall specialist. Fully ins. John (518) 269-6804 N&R TREE AND PROPERTY SERVICES Tree & stump removal. Fall cleanups. Free est’s. Fully ins. Call Ray (518) 573-1133 PAINTING INT/EXT. AA Season’s Best Painting & Contracting Svc. 20 yrs. exp. Member of BBB. Ins. & refs. Major credit cards accepted. (518) 424-0078 P.W. PAINTING All phases of painting & staining. Your int/ext painting residential specialist. Excellent workmanship. Great prices & reas. rates. Free est., fully ins., ref’s. (518) 396-0898 ROOF Free estimates, fully insured. Quality work. Call anytime. (518) 368-3716 ROOF REPAIR No job too small. Fully insured, free estimates. Holland Roofing (518) 451-9325 SEPTIC CLEANING SAND LAKE SEPTIC Tanks cleaned, repair, new installation. (518) 674-3000 SEPTIC SERVICES Pumping, repairs, installations. Sewer & drain cleanin. A.P. Septic. (518) 674-0908

SEPTIC SERVICE Tanks cleaned, group rates avail. Call a neighbor! Gene (518) 674-5223 STONE & DIRT DRIVEWAYS Repairs, excavation, ditching, drainage, stone & gravel & topsoil deliveries. Free estimates, insured. (518) 258-4092 STUMP ’N GRIND Stump grinding service, big or small, insured & backyard accessible. (518) 301-5712 TREE SERVICE Brush, tree, shrub removal & trimming. Also small building demolition. Insured and experienced. Don Bradley Jr. (518) 674-2444 TREE SERVICE C & S Tree and Property Services. Free ests. Insured. Sean Finn (518) 491-4206 TREE SERVICE Scheffler’s Tree Service. Removal, pruning, trimming. Ins. Free est. Bill (518) 479-9749 TV & STEREO REPAIR Antennas installed to get free local stations. Small appliances, vintage stereo repair. In home serv. 30 yrs. exp. (518) 272-0475 Paul VINYL SIDING, WINDOWS AND DOORS AA Season’s Best Painting & Contracting. 20 yrs. exp. Member of BBB. Ins. & refs. Major credit cards accepted. (518) 424-0078 WINDOW CLEANING Ken’s Window Cleaning. Fully insured. Comm./Res. 40-yrs. family exp. (518) 766-4975

RENSSELAER COUNTY Grafton-Home/Vaca Cottage For Sale. 3.23 Acres. $155K, 3BR, 1.5 Ba. 5mins. to Grafton Pk, 30 mins. to ski slopes. For info call Carol (518) 650-5542, Pruett Enterprises (518) 477-8339.

LAND Land wanted, cash buyer. Call Mr. Bryce (518) 928-1231, no obligation.

Cash for Your Home, no fee, fair price. Call Bryce at (518) 928-1231 I BUY HOUSES! CASH!! Any price, area or condition. FAST FAIR OFFERS! (518) 441-6376 Need homes to sell, we sold three last week, (Poestenkill, Brunswick Hills, North Lake). Call Bryce for a fair price; (518) 271-7630 Waterfront wanted. Capital district; will pay up to 1 million. Call Bryce at (518) 928-1231

UNFURNISHED APARTMENTS E. Greenbush-1BR $765 includes heat. Clean, quiet comlex. Great condition. O/S prkng, laundry. No pets. N/S. Sec. Ref’s. Lease. (518) 449-2122 Wynantskill - 2BR apt. No smoking. No pets. $845 includes heat. (518) 674-1111 For rent: 1 Bedroom, Large, apartment for rent in Brunswick, includes parking, electric and heat; no pets; $850; call Bryce at (518) 928-1231 $950 Averill Park. Quiet country 2BR, ht/hw inc. Laundry on site, small pets. Sec. dep. req. (518) 221-0770 ROUSE at Brunswick Senior Housing. Affordable and convenient country living! 55+ with some income qualifications. Beautiful 1 BR apts (starting at 815./mo) 2 BR apts available for 2 persons H/HW included! No smoking/no pets Call now- 518-283-3435

ROOMS FOR RENT Village of Nassau-Female, non smoking, no booze. Parking avail. Use of kitchen. $110/wk. (518) 931-0266

WANTED RENTALS Want to rent House up to $1650, adults. Call Bryce at (518) 928-1231 Retired woman wants town house or condo, just sold home. Call Maury at Bryce, (518) 961-0060



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emonies this year for our region. However, we have been hit hard by Covid and are struggling to keep our Post afloat. We, as well as many Posts throughout our area would like to continue our legacy of serving the community through sponsorships of girl’s and boy’s state scholarships, supporting veteran’s programs, honor flights, and generally promoting the ideals of Americanism when it seems to be under attack recently. Almost every VFW, and American Legion Post I have visited lately are in the same boat. They need their communities support now! It would be a shame to see these organizations wither and fade away from a lack of enthusiasm from their communities as well as a lack of member/volunteers from the younger veterans. Please support your local veterans organizations. Vince Lanci, East Schodack

Rensselaer Senior Center Boutique RENSSELAER - Rensselaer County Corner Boutique open by appointment. We are so Thankful for the generosity of all of the people that donated to our boutique. We have beautiful clothes (Loft, Talbots, Anne Klien, Alfani, J.Jill, Alfred Dunner, Eddie Bauer, LL Bean Etc.) designer shoes, pocketbooks, jewelry, household Items all priced to go home with you. All proceeds go to senior functions. All are welcome to come and shop. Call today for an appointment 518-463-2166 Monday through Friday 9-3pm. Rensselaer County Rensselaer Center East and Herrick Streets

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AGANS CONSTRUCTION, LLC NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LLC AGANS CONSTRUCTION, LLC Art. of Org. Filed with NYS Dept. of State 9/22/2020. Office Location: Rensselaer Co. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 107 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Any lawful purpose.

BRANCH OF GARMENT THU HUONG COMPANY LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 07/23/2020. Office loc: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Jae Yun Ko, 167 Hoosick Street Unit#2, Troy, NY 12180. Reg Agent: Jae Yun Ko, 167 Hoosick Street Unit#2, Troy, NY 12180. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

ARTIE’S HOME MAINTENANCE LLC Articles of Org. filed NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 9/23/2020. Office in Rensselaer Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to PO Box 54, East Schodack, NY 12063. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

Capital Region Drone Solutions, LLC Art. of Org. were filed with the SSNY on 9/29/2020. Off. loc.: Rensselaer Co., SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process may be served & shall mail to 16 Ponderosa Blvd, East Greenbush, NY 12061. For any lawful purpose.

Hamel Coaching and Consulting, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) on 10/14/2020. Cty: Rensselaer. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Michael Hamel, 15 Hydor Dr., Castleton, NY 12033. General Purpose Hometown Wine & Liquor, LLC, Services, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 8/7/2020. Cty: Rensselaer. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to Jason P. Hacker, 132 Abrams Rd., Berne, NY 12023. General Purpose

Rensselaer Land Trust Opens New Public Nature Preserve RENSSELAER COUNTY - On Sunday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. Rensselaer Land Trust will be holding a public grand opening of their Featherweald Nature Preserve in Cambridge, NY. Featherweald Nature Preserve is a 44-acre is a protected area owned, created, and maintained by the Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) and generous volunteers. RLT invites you to walk their two miles of woodland trails, look up to the treetops to see the great blue heron rookery, and enjoy the seasonal views along the Hoosic River. Featherweald was donated to RLT in 2018 by Ms. Lisa Lindquist, Ms. Ilse Godfrey, and Mr. Craig Johnson in memory of their parents, Kenneth and Nancy Johnson. The property was donated to RLT in order to protect biodiversity on the property and to honor Kenneth and Nancy Johnson’s long-time enjoyment of the property and commitment to sharing its wonders. Ecologically, the property is important as one of several large parcels in the area that sustain regionally-important features of high conservation value for northern Rensselaer County and southern Washington County. A total of 230 species of biota have been observed at Featherweald Preserve including 171 plants, 54 animals,

HONEY N HIVE CO LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 09/23/2020. Office loc: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Kayla Tortorelli, 52 New York Ave, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF DRAGONFLY & OWL, LLC. Filed with SSNY: 10/ 5/20. Office: Rensselaer Co. SSNY desig. as agent for process & shall mail to: Dragonfly & Owl, LLC, 1653 NY 43, Averill Park, NY 12018. Principal office: same address. Purpose: any lawful activity.

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF A LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Name: Diamond Plate Brewing, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 9/ 21/2020. Office Location: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to Diamond Plate Brewing, LLC 117 Glenmore Road, Troy, NY 12180. Purpose: For any lawful purpose.

Notice of Formation of Hierba Buena LLC Hierba Buena LLC filed Articles of Organization with the State of New York Department of State on 10/7/20. Office location: Rensselaer County. The New York Secretary of State is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served and is directed to forward service of process to 1685 Route 9 Unit B Castleton-On-Hudson, Ny 12033. Purpose: any lawful act.

Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC): JMGC LLC , Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on September 30th, 2020 . Office location Albany . SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: JMGC LLC 490 4th Street Troy NY 12180 Purpose: Any lawful acts or activities. Latest date upon which LLC is to dissolve: No specific date.

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and five fungi. The preserve offers excellent bird watching opportunities. Nineteen species have been observed on or near the property, including great blue heron, black-billed cuckoo, red-shouldered hawk, yellow-bellied sapsucker, and pileated woodpecker, among many others. Featherweald Nature Preserve is located at 187 County Route 59, Cambridge, NY 12816 (Washington County). To learn more go to www.renstrust.org.

Call For Entries: Artists for Social Justice at Sand Lake Center for the Arts SAND LAKE - Sand Lake Center for the Arts is seeking submissions for its January and February 2021 gallery installation. SLCA invites artists of color to submit their works for a two-month long gallery presentation to shine light on social injustices. All visual mediums are welcome. Jpeg and pdf submissions can be sent to brian@slca-ctp.org. Please include a short bio and brief description of your work. Submission deadline: November 1st, 2020

Science Lecture Series Webinar: The Effects of Prescribed Fire on Ticks in a Pine Barrens Landscape ALBANY - Thursday, November 19, 2020 7pm 8pm. Ticks don’t survive the flames of a prescribed fire but do the secondary effects of this restoration tool impact tick populations in other ways? Join us this evening

PET OF THE WEEK ~ Chuck CHUCK - Chuck is awesome! He wants to run and play with others. He is a sweet guy and gets along well with others.Neutered male, approximately 1.5 - 2 years old, current with vaccines, heartworm/lyme negative, microchipped, wormed, on flea/tick preventative. Approx. 70 lbs. Tall and slender. Contact Sherry to meet & possibly adopt. sherry427@verizon.net 518-393-0755

PEAK STAR LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 1 0/02/2020. Office loc: Rensselaer County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Idlewild Management LLC, PO Box 907, Cohoes, NY 12047. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose.

R Properties LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on September 23, 2020. Office in Rensselaer Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to is Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC, 43 British American Blvd., Latham, New York 12110. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

for a lecture by Dr. Michael Gallagher, Research Ecologist in the Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences Unit with the United States Forest Service Northern Research Station, to find what recent research in the New Jersey Pinelands is teaching us about ticks and prescribed fire. This is an online webinar. Make a reservation at 518-4560655 or www.AlbanyPineBush.org/events and you will be emailed a link to join the webinar on November 19th at 7pm. Suitable for adults.

Annual Fresh Florida Citrus Fundraiser CAPITAL DISTRICT - The yearly Troy Kiwanis Fresh Florida Fruit sale is on again to raise money for projects that directly assist Troy area youth. 20 lbs for only $25 - Navel Oranges, Ruby Red Grapefruit or a Mixed Case. Most area groups are charging well over $30/case. Orders must be received by Sunday, November 22nd. Call Dean @ 518-322-0826 Today!! Will arrive in Troy, by December 12th, in plenty of time for Holiday Gift Giving!! Kiwanis is Serving the Children of the World. FREE Hayrides to our REAL pick-your-own PUMPKIN PATCH on WEEKENDS


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Tess Alber’s Tavern NORTH GREENBUSH - There is a fine restaurant just outside of Wynantskill called Paolo Lombardi’s Ristorante. Old- timers will remember another great restaurant on that site called Tess Alber’s Tavern. Theresa DeMaria, always know as “Tess” was born in New York City in 1905. She and her family came to Rensselaer County by 1915 and she married John W. Alber in 1930. They bought a house on the south side of Route 150 and in 1931, which became Tess’ Tavern. The family lived upstairs in the building. Tess started with a hot dog stand but it wasn’t profitable. She then switched to what was to become her specialties: Italian foods, especially pizza. If you google “Tess Alber’s Restaurant” there is a website called “Who sells the best pizza on the planet.” There is a quote mentioning Tess and saying “I never had a pizza better anywhere or any place.” Most locals would agree. She also served veal and peppers that “would turn a vegetarian into a meat eater.” Many well known names frequented her restaurant such as Ray DuFour (former postmaster in Wynantskill), Red McLaughlin (owner of a bar on Main Avenue), and Billy Worthington (the florist). Billy Sharp and Charlie Franklin had their political gatherings at Tess’ place. At one time, Tess had a three piece band made up of local musicians: Henry Meusberger (former Highway Su-


perintendent) played the banjo, Ike Berringer the violin and Bruce Fisher played the piano. Their “gig” would last from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. some nights. People from all backgrounds frequented Tess’. Teens visited after sports games, jockeys from the Saratoga Track, local businessmen, hunters and of course politicians made their way to her place. The atmosphere must have been like the bar in Cheers “where everybody knows your name.” Even after she retired in 1987, Tess and her daughter Beverly helped Frank and Steve Giuliano run a restaurant in East Greenbush called “Tessie II” from about 1992-96. Thanks to Beverly O’Neil, her daughter Beverly and Frank Giuliano for information used in this article.

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Team “Knocking Out Alzheimer’s” Bottle Drive, The Fundraising Continues ... WYNANTSKILL/RENSSELAER - Team “Knocking out Alzheimer’s” is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association. Return your bottles and cans and help the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Through an arrangement with: Six-Center Redemption Two Locations: 461 Main Ave Wynantskill (Corner of Sharpe and Main Ave) & 550 South Street Rensselaer. No need to count the cans or bottles, no waiting or standing in lines to feed your cans or bottles into a machine. The Alzheimer’s Association will receive six cents for every container you donate to the cause. Simply drop off your containers and say: “These are for the Alzheimer’s



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