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A message from OUR TOWNE Dear Readers, Welcome to 2011! We all have high hopes that things are turning around for the better in the New Year... let’s keep a positive and optimistic attitude in everything we do! This month Our Towne has some special features - the Bridal section and Valentine’s Day section and a bit of Winter Fun. The best part is that all of this is in Rensselaer County. You can get everything you need for the Wedding and Valentine’s Day right here locally. No need to go to the large chain stores. If you are looking for things to do check out our Community Events calendar you’ll discover a lot of happenings without having to drive very far. Whether you like to visit the Library, the gym, the outdoors, shopping, concerts or festivals they’re all inside these pages. Enjoy your winter and reading Our Towne. Be sure to tell the merchants that you saw their ad in Our Towne. Remember we are also on the web at www. ourtownerensco.com to share with friends outside our mailing area.

COVER STORY The New Russia Cultural Center will celebrate the 3rd annual Russian Winter Festival beginning January 21st - February 26th with Grand Finale at Hudson Valley Community College, find more information on page 14 & 15. For more information visit newrussiacenter.org/winter_festival.htm

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WORDS TO THE WISE for JANUARY 2012! By Shanon of Seraphim’s Keep

Welcome to the New Year 2012. The month of January is about changing the way we see ourselves. About not being fixed in our views. “This is who I am and I can’t change!” That view is selfish, it limits you and by limiting yourself you limit others “experience” of you. You hold them back as much as you hold back yourself. January is about you finding the courage to change. Let your New Year’s resolution be to become more pliable. If not for yourself, do it for those around you. In the past it was thought that we need to be strong for others and strong meant inflexible: to be the rock. Well, newsflash: rocks change a little every day. They are transformed by their environment: they are shaped by what surrounds them. They were “make-up” was created in such a way as to be able to ‘shift”, and so were you. No human was born to remain frozen in time: in our thoughts, our beliefs, our physical bodies or our environment. But change takes courage. It takes faith. But in order for us to not only survive, but to truly flourish we must change: we must evolve and what better time to begin than the first month of a brand new year.

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Happy Valentines Day "Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever." -Author Unknown

Valentine's Day isn't just for lovers. Originally held to honor St. Valentine and express love to sweethearts, Feb 14th has also come to be a celebration time for families in general which includes any and everyone loved by us, parents, siblings, children, friends, relatives or dear ones. On this day people give their family members or loved ones gifts that include popular items as cards, fresh flowers, chocolates and candies. In its true sense, Valentine's Day celebrates love.

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Saturday February 26th 2011 GRAND FINALE 12pm - 6pm Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY Featuring a full day of traditional Russian food, music, costumes, exhibits, films, performances & competitions

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Winter Festival Celebrates Russia’s Dynamic Culture By Deborah Gaylord

The non-profit educational organization, the New Russia Cultural Center will celebrate the 3rd annual Russian Winter Festival with festivities throughout the month beginning on January 21st with the Russian Winter fine art exhibit at Capital Rep and culminating with the Grand Finale at Hudson Valley Community College on February 26th. The Winter Festival is from the old Russian tradition of “Maslenitsa”, a winter folk festival where people gathered outside to enjoy music, food and dance, snow ball fights and sleigh rides. The word “Maslenitsa” means pancake, and is symbolic of the return of the sun and the imminent end of winter. For 2011 organizers decided to expand understanding and appreciation of Russian folk art, traditions and culture. “We chose the theme of Russia as a multinational country to celebrate the diversity of Russian cutlure. Many of our events showcase Russia’s melting pot,” said Tatiana Lichtenwalter, Executive Director of the New Russia Cultural Center. Some highlights include Armenian music by Marlena Mosh; the Kozak Family Trio from Belarus, the Ensemble Barynya from NY City, a Tchaikovsky piano competition, as well as a Russian Film Forum and an art show by Russian artist Tatiana Rhinevault. New this year will be a Russian cake competition! Also, Olga Design studio will showcase the history of Russia’s influence on fashion with an ongoing exhibit at her store in downtown Troy. For more information visit www.newrussiacenter.org/winter_festival.htm

“Russian Winter ” Fine Art Exhibit by Tatiana Rhinevault. January 21 - February 13, 2011, Capital Repertory Theater at 111 North Pearl St. Albany, NY 12207, 11am until the start of the evening’s performance of the play "Shipwrecked”. Admission to exhibit free Exhibition of Russian Historical Posters; February 12 - 25, 2011; Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue Albany, NY ; during museum hours; Admission: free with paid museum adm-n; Opening Reception: January 29th at 11am Russian Film Forum ,February 12-13, 2011; The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Ave, Albany; Showcasing the new cinema from Russia and bringing film industry professionals to the Capital Region. The program presents a selection of Russian feature films, documentaries and animations. Public discussion involving special festival guests. Admissions: $6, $8 or $15 (3 day pass) Russian Influence on International Fashion; Ongoing January 26 through Feb 29th; Olga Design Studio – 11 2nd Street, Troy 12180 - Exhibit on the most influential Russian born designers and the influence of Russian culture on fashion trends of the past and present. Fashion artifacts and illustrations with tea tasting every Saturday. Tchaikovsky Piano Competition; February 12-13, 2011; Location: The Linda - WAMC's Performing Arts Studio at 339 Central Ave, Albany Time: 9am - 2pm. Admission: free

For more details visit www.newrussiacenter.org/winter_festival.htm

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Survey:

COUPLES RARELY TALK ABOUT LIFE INSURANCE BY: Peter J Sleasman / State Farm ® Agent

A recent State Farm survey shows many people understand the need for life insurance is important, but acknowledge the conversation with their spouse might be uncomfortable. Seventy-four percent of couples say they rarely or never discuss the topic. This is particularly true in households with one wage earner. With women increasingly filling the role of primary breadwinner, financial and emotional stressors weigh heavily on their decision to discuss life insurance at home, and research finds that among couples unlikely to discuss the topic, women are even more likely to remain silent. The state of the economy influenced the responders. The survey found that more than half of Americans are now focused solely on protecting what they have versus working to achieve their financial goals. Having the income to cover basic household needs (mortgage, rent, utilities and food) must come first. An earlier study from the research firm LIMRA found that nearly one third of U.S. households currently have no life insurance, the highest in more than 40 years. For couples who struggle with discussing finances and life insurance, here are a few suggestions: • Make A Plan. It can be empowering for couples to agree on goals and steps toward achieving a more secure future. For couples experiencing severe economic setbacks, it can be reassuring to have a strategy in place to get back on their feet financially and to prepare for the unexpected. • Start Small. Often couples may feel the gap is too great between what they have to work with financially today versus what they would like to have in the future. But starting with small steps-such as getting educated about life insurance basics – can set the stage for follow- up steps later. • Consult an Expert. Bringing in a knowledgeable outside perspective can make the process of discussing life insurance easier and less stressful. These experts have experience guiding the conversation and answering questions. This can help avoid misunderstandings and unneeded stress.

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Miss Sigmund Dear Miss Siggy, Just writing to say HI!!!!! You’re a dog, a good dog so I wanted to say hello. You have helped all of us with problems, especially me, so thank you. My dog has gone nuts, but I still love her the way I love you! See you soon. Love, A Happy Student Dear Happy Student, My favorite part of your letter was when you said that even though your dog goes nuts, you still love her exactly the way you love me. You really impressed me. It is hard to love a dog that is not acting the way you wish it were. You get double dog honors for unconditional love. I am very proud of you. Your new puppy needs some help behaving just the same. No one likes to be around a nutty dog. When your dog goes nuts be very firm and clear. Stand tall, use a strong voice, and say “No. Stop.” Then turn your back on her and ignore her for five minutes (no smiling and no laughing). When she is behaving properly tell her how good she is and pet her (you can smile and laugh).

BULLIES FROM “GIRL WORLD” – BEWARE

How do girls navigate the challenges of what Rosalind Wiseman calls “girl world”? In her fascinating book, Queen Bees and Wannabes (Crown – THE 2002), Wiseman explores the QUEEN underlying reasons why girls are BEES mean to one another, why cliques develop in middle school and high school, and how to give your daughter the tools to deal productively with these bullying situations that are an inevitable part of growing up.

Who Were You in High School?

Dogs are very good at loving everyone just the way they are but just like children they appreciate learning how to behave. You, my happy friend, can be very helpful to your dog. WOOF! You are SO cool. Love,

•The Queen Bee •The Sidekick •The Banker – Uses information as currency •The Floater •The Torn Bystander •The Pleaser •The Messenger •The Target

Miss Siggy, XXOO

Dear Miss Siggy, My friend is being mean to me. She kept touching my milk at lunch. Then when I asked her to stop, she got mad and now she ignores me. I don’t want her to be mad. What should I do? Love, I Can’t Figure It Out Dear I Can’t Figure It Out, Dogs go GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR when someone touches their food. It does not feel right to us. I can see how it upsets you. You did the right thing asking her to stop. Give your friend some time. Sometimes friends ignore us when they know they made a mistake. They feel embarrassed. Be patient. If she is still ignoring you next week ask a grown up for help, and they’ll help you work it out. Love, Miss Siggy Miss Sigmund, Canine Good Citizen and Ph.D.

When girls bully it is often subtle and occurs under the radar of adults but is no less damaging to self esteem. If you have a daughter or even if you are an adult who remembers how confusing it is to be in “girl world” this book is a must read.

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RENSSELAER CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Parents with students attending RCSD are invited to become a member of the PTSA. The cost to join is only $5. The PTA does a lot of fun events for the students all year long. Van Rensselaer Elementary School is looking for Business sponsors to be in their annual yearbook. Anyone interested can contact pbaumeister@rcsd.k12.ny.us On January 13th and 15th, ten Rensselaer High School students will be participating in Rensselaer County School Music Association’s All-County High School Chorus. Outstanding high school vocalists from all Rensselaer County schools are nominated and chosen to participate in this event. Students accepted are: Shae’ Beaudoin, Ryan Carney, Cassie Coxon, Katie D’Alessandro, Nick Downey, Tristine Ellis, Kathleen Kopaskie, Allyssa Kelly, Waeya Lin, and Shannon Sousis. The ten R.H.S. students are the largest number ever chosen to represent RCSD school at this prestigious music festival. The culminating concert will be held at Columbia High School, on Sat. Jan.15th, at 3.

Mrs. Britton-Smith’s class entered an essay contest sponsored by the Consumer Protection Board and the Times Union Classroom Enrichment Program during the Fall. Angela Nye was the Grades 9 to 12 grand prize winner. The question posed to students from throughout New York State was “What is really important to you that money can’t buy, and why?” There were nearly 100 entries from throughout the state. Angela wrote about how much her sister means to her. She will be receiving a savings bond for winning. To find out more about what’s happening at RCSD visit www.rcsd.k12.ny.us

Events at the

Rensselaer Public Library Book Discussion Group- Thursday, January 13 at 6:30 PM. The assigned book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Please call to sign up for our notification list. Friends of the Rensselaer Public Library Meeting- Monday, January 17 at 6:30 PM. The group is looking for new members to help with book sales and other projects. Kids Knitting- Saturday, January 15 at 1 PM. Get started knitting a basic project. For ages 6-16. Supplies will be provided, but a pair of knitting needles are necessary if you want to continue at home. Please call to sign up. Movie Night- Wednesday, January 19th at 6:30 PM. Watch Despicable Me (rated PG) projected on a big screen!

The library is located at 676 East Street in Rensselaer, across from the Amtrak parking lot. For more information or to sign up for a program, call 462-1193 or log on to Http://www.uhls.org/Rensselaer/blog.

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Brainteaser In which forthcoming year/ years, will New Year precede Christmas, in the same year? Answer p.29

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Please find us a “Fur-ever Home! “

Bocker the Labradoodle®

Happy 2011! I hope the new year brings good times and loads of treats to all of you. I had lots of fun over the holidays and so many photos taken with Santa... Still trying to figure out why the Santa’s all looked different? Also got to do a lot of visiting and I want to thank everyone at the Pineview Pre-School in Albany for letting me take part in some Christmas fun with the children. It was so much fun seeing eye to eye with all my little friends and getting lots of hugs and kisses. One big perk being me.

Paloma is just a doll. Sweet and affectionate, she at 3 years old has nice manners and is easy on the leash. When it comes time to play she gives it her all. Despite her size, she would love to be a lap dog and give kisses. Won’t you come and make room for Paloma?

Hello, my name is Suzy. I’m a lovely 2 year old mackerel tabby with a shiny coat and a fine long tail. My former family had a baby who developed allergies, so here I am. I love to be petted and have my tummy rubbed. I enjoy being brushed and will be happy to sit on your lap. Since I’m not wild about being picked up, let this be my idea. Although I may seem a little nervous here at the shelter, I’m a flexible and mellow girl who likes everybody. Can you bring me some toys and a furever home for the new year?

It’s been pretty cold already this winter. I love it. So lucky that I’ve got a built in furry coat to keep me warm. Lots of snow to stick my big nose in. Just have to be so careful of the chemicals that are put on the ground to melt the ice and snow. Ouch! I’m not a fan of boots or anything covering my feet, but mom always brings a wet towel with us to clean off my feet when we walk in the snow and ice. We had asked the maintenance crew where we live not to put sand/ salt on the walking path but they said it was already mixed and they had to. They suggested that I be carried across If you would like to meet Paloma, Suzy or any of our other wonderful the path. Guess they haven’t seen 80 lb. me!!! So we walk pets available for adoption, please visit the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society at 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204. If you around it on the grass to avoid hurting my feet. The short film that I co-star in with actor, Rider Strong, is being sent out to lots of film festivals and I’m busy trying to complete my book. Also getting ready for our big PreWestminster Fashion Show, February 11th at the Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC. Heard there will be lots of celebrity guests and I will be walking the runway with them. Nice to know that lots of my good friends from the Albany area are making the trip down to cheer me on and have a fun evening with partial proceeds going to Sean Casey Animal Rescue. For further information and tickets visit: http:// www.pre-westminsterfashionshow.com. So lucky to be featured in The American Dog Magazine. You can pick up a copy at Barnes and Noble or Borders. Also featured are some new friends who have some amazing stories and who also lend a helping paw in their own special way. In 2011 we’ll be launching “Bocker’s Favorite Things”... Oprah has her favorite things! But what about us dogs?? I’ll have my picks for the most stylish, spoiled, pampered pets! And Bocker is a Very wise shopper! We will be looking for unique pet products for my 2011 selections. Have something unique to offer, send it along! I’ll be visiting a number of libraries to read with the children. If you know of any special place that you would like me to visit, contact me and you just never know where Bocker will show up! Visit Bocker’s Doodleland at http://www.bocker.tv to keep up with my latest adventures and don’t forget to check out my store! You can find me on Facebook and Twitter too. If you have any questions for me or would like to contact me about booking an appearance, please e-mail me at: bocker@bocker.tv Woofs and Licks, Bocker the Labradoodle.

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WINTER PUPPIES

by Nancy Sciotti

Puppies are abundantly available year-round and the demand for puppies is equally constant. Some people do their homework before they get a puppy. They know what they want, when they want it and are fully prepared for the huge responsibility of having a puppy. Others neglect to think about the work involved, or the season. The season matters. Winter is the most difficult season to housebreak a puppy. Two and three month old puppies urinate frequently. For many, especially small breeds, being taken outdoors when it’s cold outside results in watching your tiny puppy standing still and shivering, wanting only to go back indoors. Once indoors, the puppy shakes off the cold and pees on the rug. In the winter it is not only hard on the puppy, but many people are not eager to go out every 45-60 minutes with their puppy and the reluctance to do so results in repeated house soiling and a great deal of frustration. Housebreaking is the main priority of everyone who acquires a puppy and housebreaking is a challenge in the cold winter months. Another complication is snow. Puppies become conditioned at a very young age to relieving themselves on certain surfaces. The desired surface is always grass. Most puppies born in the warmer months will have some exposure to grass and learn to relieve themselves on grass. In winter, however, there can be several months where grass is covered with snow. Many breeders keep puppies indoors learning to relieve themselves on newspapers, housebreaking pads, concrete or even old rugs. Life with your new puppy is going to be much easier if you acquire a puppy who is already accustomed to relieving him or herself on grass. From a pet store or an irresponsible breeder you’re not likely to get this at any time of year but from any conscientious breeder you should get a puppy that’s been acclimated to grass if you acquire a puppy during the spring, summer or fall. Many people claim that small breeds are difficult to housebreak. This is false. If you have a St. Bernard puppy urinating on your rugs you can’t ignore it but with a mini dachshund you can easily overlook the tiny spots. Many things are unnoticed or excused with small breeds that are intolerable with large breeds but our ability to teach and their ability to learn are the same. Any puppy or dog can be housebroken if the family is diligent in adhering to an intense supervision schedule for a few weeks. What is required is that you give the puppy or dog NO opportunity to relieve him or herself indoors unless they do it in front of you. If they have opportunities to sneak off and relieve themselves without being noticed, they learn that it’s okay to relieve themselves indoors as long as they don’t do it in front of you. This creates confusion. Therefore, it’s essential to prohibit that from happening. When you cannot supervise, the puppy must be crated or otherwise confined. But, confinement must not be excessive. Confinement might prevent mistakes, but it does not teach. Take a puppy outdoors every hour (every 1 ½ hours for an adult dog that is not housebroken). When the puppy eliminates, praise him or her. If you’re outdoors for five minutes and the puppy does not eliminate, go back indoors and crate the puppy for about 20-30 minutes, then go out again. If the puppy does eliminate outdoors, you can allow the puppy to have supervised freedom indoors. All freedom in the home must be supervised. It’s also helpful to keep a leash attached to the puppy’s collar indoors as you supervise. If the puppy makes a mistake, sharply reprimand him/her ("NO - OUTSIDE") and immediately pick up the leash and rush the pup outdoors. When you do go outdoors, do not stand in one spot. The more you move around, the more likely the puppy will be to relieve him/herself. If you’re housebreaking an adult dog, it’s best to praise AND reward the dog when he/she eliminates outdoors. If supervision is consistently provided and the puppy is taken outdoors at regular intervals, you will succeed. It’s all about feedback. If the puppy is consistently praised for eliminating outdoors and consistently scolded for eliminating indoors (meaning NO opportunity to make a mistake out of your sight) your puppy will be housebroken within a few short weeks!

Nancy Sciotti is owner/trainer of Family Dog In-Home Dog Training. Nancy offers customized training sessions for puppies and adult dogs, at your convenience, in the comfort of your own home. For information, call 326-0553.

Fiona I’m one of the “Orange Street Cats”, rescued when my owner was evicted from a condemned building. Although I belonged to a person, she had so many other pets I didn’t get much attention. When I first got to my foster home, I was a little overwhelmed and hid for a day. My foster mom kept me in one room and let in one cat at a time to visit until I got comfortable. It helped to watch other cats and have my mom hold me and talk to me. Now I love to explore the house and don’t go to “my” room unless something scares me. I really like the other cats in my foster home (especially the boys!), but I also like being with my person and will “chirp” at her or jump on the bed to get her attention. I’m a little too shy to go to a home with kids, but I’d be a perfect companion for an adult who wants a snuggle buddy and will give me time to adjust to a new home if needed. Once I’m settled in, I’ll be your best friend! Oh, and mom says to tell you she’s sorry that this is such a lousy picture. I’m a gorgeous Maine Coon mix - - just wait till you see me!! Please call Heather at 518-339-3315 or email heather@rockkrawler. com if you would like to meet me!

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A message from the Vet

Time for the resolutions.

One thing I’d like to add to everyone’s list. Simple: Resolve to listen more carefully. Usually that resolution is coupled with “and not talks so much.” Probably wise, but that will be next year’s addition. Let’s just try the first part this year. Of course, I’m mostly interested in how such a bold resolution would affect our pets. I think if we noticed our pets it would be a step in the right direction. But to actually listen to them would be grand. I can tell you what they are saying. Much of the time it’s simply “pay attention to me!” “Notice me!” “I have to pee!” When we notice our pets we validate our relationship with them. The process of noticing involves a partnership of validation. We all need it. So do our pets. That’s one reason we get so sad when we see the ASPCA commercials. The thought that an animal is being neglected horrifies us. Neglect can take many forms--the most obvious are easy to spot, clearly reprehensible, and everyone feels good about punishing the perps--the dog fighters, the torturers, the hoarders. We can rectify those situations. We can rehab those pets. We can contribute. The more insidious manner of neglect happens right before our eyes. It’s much less glamorous. It reflects all of our relationships. We are rushing with ourselves, our spouses, our children, our pets. Nice people neglect their pets. Our friends neglect their pets. We neglect our pets. Of course we provide a good, loving home. Of course we feed and attend to illness. But we don’t always notice them, much less listen to them or prioritize them. I’m missing out. It is I who benefit from playing with the kids, from reading a book, from playing with the cat. Yes, the kids, cat, and book publisher benefit, but it is my mental health that will improve and keep me rational and fun. My pets help me be the person I want to be for my spouse and children. So, I’m saying that how we treat our pets is a measure of how we treat each other and ourselves, in a very clumsy way. And that we should stop being so busy and take time to register those around us. Everyone from Gandhi to my mailman has said the very same thing. I’d just like folks to notice if their dog has not eaten in a day or two. Or that their cat is constantly begging for food but is losing weight. Or that the coughing pet is not getting better on its own. I’d like to see these problems as they arise. I’d like people to pay attention to their own mood and needs and how they impact their loved ones. An angry dad can be very erosive. A hostile mom can sink a family--I see the pet end; the overlooked problems, the “way too late to fix this one” cases. Taking a moment every day to listen to you spouse, your children, and even your dog will change your life. It all comes down to one thing--again...”PAY ATTENTION.”

Quick look at the flip side: It is possible to be too attentive and for lots of reasons. We can assign our feelings to our pets and report that our pet is feeling sad at some moment when we ourselves are sad. Usually the mind is more complex and veiled than simple transfer of feelings, but not always. I’ve examined plenty of patients that the owner said were feeling down and out of sorts--the pet sometimes is super bright, alert, playing and eating and clearly happy and healthy. During the examination the owner reveals a few very difficult things they are going through in their lives. Often if you’re lying around mopey, so is your dog. Once we determine that their pet is healthy, they usually leave feeling better themselves. Probably just from sharing. Sometimes people call our office with a veterinary concern that turns out to be a human concern. We are not in the business of social work or sociology but there is sizable spill over. The human part. And we all share the same kitchen. On a side note, if any of you are wondering, fortunately I’ve never suspected that one of my clients was hurting an animal to get personal attention. That’s the stuff of television. Hopefully. David Stone, DVM

from Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital in Rensselaer at the corner of Routes 4 & 43. For more information call Bloomingrove at 283-2700.

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Let me start by saying what an incredible Holiday Season it has been... So many reasons to celebrate...I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your continued support, your words of kindness and mostly for your friendship. Although our year did have a little rough start, we did manage to finish strong...THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart...Now with that being said right after Christmas I was able to experience one of the most amazing experiences of my life. My son graduated from the Air Force boot camp in Texas. I’d say PROUD is an understatement. He will continue his training in Texas in Security Forces. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. So now with all of our excitement of December... Lets start of our NEW YEAR with a SPECTACULAR SALE!!!! All CHRISTMAS Items are now reduced to 50% Off .... Also MANY, MANY in-store specials as well....... The next few months ahead we will be spending our time mostly indoors. Now would be a great time to give our homes a twist of something new. Stop by to get some great new decorating ideas, exciting new trends and inspirational displays. This would also be a great time to book a Jewelry Home Show. You won’t believe how much you can earn in FREE jewelry... I look forward to continuing to do my best at what I love to do. WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A YEAR FILLED WITH LOVE, HAPPINESS AND HEALTH... Looking forward to seeing you all real soon....We have many exciting things in store for 2011....and of course “it keeps getting better here every single day...” www.kraftbykim.com STORE HOURS:

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Book Review The Book Thief By Markus Zusak I have read many books about the Holocaust, but this one was different for two reasons…. it was told from the point of view of a German citizen (not a camp survivor) and death is the narrator! The Book Thief takes place in Germany before and during World War II. It is the tale of Leisel Meminger, a tomboy and a book thief. It begins as her mother is taking Leisel and her brother Werner to live with foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. During the trip, Werner dies. As they draw away from Werner’s grave, Leisel steals her first book.

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Her grief causes nightmares but her new Papa comforts her and begins nightly reading lessons. She also makes friends in the neighborhood, including Rudy Steiner, who is her best friend and the love of her life and the mayor’s wife who observed Leisel abscond a title from a Nazi book burning. Hans and Rosa take in and hide Max Vandenburg, a Jewish man whose father saved Hans’ life in World War I. While underground, Max writes two books using repainted pages from a copy of Mein Kampf showing Leisel his life through a series of sketches. The Nazi presence and the rise of WW II throws all of their lives into turmoil. When a parade of Jews is marched through town, Hans gives a piece of bread to an old man. They are both whipped and the family lives in fear of the Gestapo searching their house and discovering Max in the basement. They arrange for Max to leave and rendezvous with Hans a few days later. When Hans arrives at the meeting point he finds only a note from Max saying “You’ve done enough.” Leisel begins to write her own book, “The Book Thief”, the story of her life. When her neighborhood is bombed, she is the only survivor, having been down in the basement writing at the time. She finds the bodies of Rudy and her foster parents. Distraught, she drops the book, which Death finds and keeps. At the end of the book, Death tells us that Leisel died in Sydney, Australia. He gives her back her book and she asks if he understood it. He answers “I am haunted by humans.” This is a compelling story of tragedy, survival, the power of words and the value of literature.

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“You read to me, I’ll read to You” Story time Come to read or come to listen Ongoing RECYCLING PROGRAM: Bring your old telephone directory, newspapers or cardboard, cell phones, and greeting cards. We support St. Jude’s Ranch for children, programs to bring authors to local schools and the Kiwanis of East Greenbush.

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SETON HEALTH OFFERS FREE PROGRAM FOR PREGNANT TEENS Seton Health’s next Mommy Project program begins Monday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Conference Room B. Taught by Seton Health’s Certified Childbirth Educators, this award-winning free program helps pregnant teens prepare for parenting. The course provides education on safety issues, infant care and dealing with the stresses of being a teenaged mother. Participants also earn points that can be redeemed for bassinets, car seats, baby clothes, and safety items such as smoke detectors and outlet covers. Fathers-to-be are also welcome. This course meets once a week for six weeks. The Mommy Project is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (518) 268-5979. Seton Health is a comprehensive, notfor-profit, integrated healthcare system anchored by St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy. It provides healthcare services from more than 20 sites in Rensselaer, Saratoga and Albany counties. For more information, please visit www.setonhealth.org.

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SUPERVISOR’S REPORT I would like to begin by sending the thoughts and prayers of all our Town H all employees to the victims of the senseless violence in Arizona last weekend. It is certainly sad East Greeenbush Page that in a nation in which there are so many ways to express dissent, some come to believe that violence is their only option. Our sympathies go to the individuals and families who were irreparably harmed by the carnage. On a happier note, it is my pleasure to welcome back some familiar faces to Town Hall, Joan Malone, Joe Liccardi, Mike O’Brien, Alison Lovely and Rich Benko have contributed many years of service to East Greenbush in the past, and we are happy that they will once again be available to serve the residents of our town.

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Our Police Department’s hiring committee has done an excellent job in filling positions. which will be a great help to a department that has been stretched very thin. We welcome Jay Martyn, Chris Adams, and Nick Peter to our East Greenbush family, and congratulate Mike Condo on his promotion to Deputy Chief. All four of these candidates will be formally sworn in at the next scheduled Board Meeting. I feel I must address comments that have recently been made about County Executive Kathy Jimino. The McCabe and Jimino families are NOT related. I was privileged to work with Kathy’s brother, Jack Madden for nine years when he and I were on-air partners at radio station WGNA. I have known Kathy for several decades, I respect her many accomplishments, and am pleased to have a positive relationship with her office that continues to benefit our town. We are all looking forward to 2011. Many new and exciting challenges await, and our whole team is ready and willing to move into the second decade of the 21st century. As always, the doors of the Town Hall are open! Thank you,

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We (Michael Cristo and Ann Taylor) have created a blog devoted to YOU--East Greenbush residents! Please visit us at eastgreenbushblog.blogspot.com. Make comments; you can remain anonymous and still weigh in on the town's events and issues. It truly is the "Good, the Bad and the Ugly" of East Greenbush! Read what your neighbors are saying and learn what concerns them about East Greenbush. So pull up the East Greenbush blog and talk to us.

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WinterFest 2011 celebrates 21 years with family fun at Goff Middle School January 15 and bowling at Spare Time Lanes in East Greenbush January 16. The annual event, sponsored by the East Greenbush Central School District, East Greenbush CSD Transportation Team and local businesses and organizations, provides residents with a wide variety of indoor activities. On Saturday, January 15, residents are invited to start their day at Goff Middle School, 35 Gilligan Rd. in East Greenbush, with the seventh grade’s annual pancake breakfast from 8-11a.m.; then stay for lots of games, tons of food and various activities beginning at noon and ending at 4 p.m. Activities include a DJ, pony rides, magic show, face painting, crafts, jewelry, demonstrations (including Tae Kwon Doe, fencing, gymnastics and the infamous smoke bus), exotic animal show, indoor mini golf, a huge silent auction and much more. Residents can also test their limits in this year’s “Challenge” and participate in a nature activity organized by the Schodack Island State Park. There will also be an instrument sale sponsored by the CHS PTSO. Overflow parking is available at the ball fields on Gilligan Road and at the EGCSD bus garage on Hays Road. Shuttle buses from these locations will be provided during the day. WinterFest continues Sunday evening at Spare Time Lanes on Columbia Turnpike with Rock N’ Bowl from 8-10 p.m. and the Spare Time “Lock-in Night” from 11p.m.-7a.m. Please note there is a fee for both bowling events. For more information or to register please contact Spare Time Lanes at 477-5049.

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From the Desk of

Linda Hillman President

RENSSELAER COUNTY CHAMBER of COMMERCE

Happy New Year! For 2011, The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce remains committed to offering quality events to help professionals throughout the region maximize their business potential. Our events are designed to help you market, develop, and connect! With that in mind, I’m happy to announce two upcoming events that we’re really looking forward to. I hope you’ll join us for one or both!

You don’t need to be a member to attend our events, but Chamber membership has its benefits! To learn more about becoming a member, or about our events and activities, please contact our office at 518.274.7020 or visit us online at www.renscochamber.com.

Linda Hillman Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events Wednesday, January 12 New Member Benefit TAB Informational Session The Chamber Office 9 a.m. The Chamber is proud to announce its newest member benefit designed to help businesses grow and succeed. Members can now access the programs and services of The Alternative Board through its new chapter, TAB NY Capital. TAB is an internationally recognized firm that provides a proven path to greater business and personal success through peer advisory boards, coaching services, and technology. For more information on this informational session, contact Ryan Silva, director of business development at 518.274.7020 ext. 14.

Thursday, January 13 County Executive's Breakfast Comfort Inn & Suites, 99 Miller Road in Schodack 7:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast; 8 - 9 a.m. Program $25 Members; $40 Non-members & Walk-ins Please make your reservations early as this event sells out each year. For more event details and registration contact Kate Ollier, programs & communications manager.

Thursday, January 20 Tech Valley Global Business Network INCOTERMS - International Standards for Importing & Exporting The Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. $20 per reservation For more information or to register for this event, contact the Director of Business Development, Ryan Silva.

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Wednesday, January 26 Get Connected, Develop Leads & Build Relationships NetworkingPlus Luncheon Franklin Terrace, 126 Campbell Avenue in Troy 11:30 a.m. Registration & Lunch; 12 - 1 p.m. Program $25 Members; $40 Non-members & Walk-ins For more information or to register, contact Kate Ollier TAB Informational Session

Thursday, January 27 12 p.m. Chamber Office, 255 River Street in Troy The Chamber is proud to announce its newest member benefit designed to help businesses grow and succeed. Members can now access the programs and services of The Alternative Board through its new chapter, TAB NY Capital. TAB is an internationally recognized firm that provides a proven path to greater business and personal success through peer advisory boards, coaching services, and technology. For more information on this informational session, contact Ryan Silva, director of business development at 518.274.7020 ext. 14.

Feb 3 Membership Benefits Breakfast - log onto the chamber's website or call the chamber for details 274-7020

Business Education Series: Best Practices of Hiring & Firing

Wednesday, February 9, 2010 Hilton Garden Inn, Hoosick Street in Troy 7:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast; 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Program $25 Members; $40 Non-members & Walk-ins Employers know just how difficult it is to hire quality staff. How do you build a pool of qualified candidates? What makes an interview successful? What questions should you ask - and what questions shouldn't you ask? Join us for this program presented by Liz Taylor, vice president of human resources at GlobalSpec, Inc. Contact Kate Ollier, programs & communications manager, at 274.7474 with questions or to register today! continued on next page


Tuesday, February 10, 2011 HIPAA & HITECH The Need-to-Know Seminar for Cost-Effective Compliance - Chamber Office, 255 River Street in Troy 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. No cost to attend but RSVPs requested Whether you are looking to learn about HIPAA and HITECH for the first time or you are a veteran of the legislation, this is a must-attend seminar that provides valuable updates and insight on HIPAA and the recently passed HITECH legislation. As you may know, HITECH has produced new requirements and broadens the scope of HIPAA to include any business that handles or processes client-patient information. This seminar focuses on how to adequately comply and how to accomplish it in a cost-effective manner. You'll learn: HIPAA applies to any business that handles patient information Monetary penalties are now mandatory for any violation involving “willful neglect� Civil penalties for HIPAA violations are now funneled directly into the HHS budget Civil penalties may also be pursued by the Department of Justice and state Attorney Generals.

February 17th, 2011 7:30 AM through 9:00 AM Tech Valley Global Business Network: Rountable Discussion Global Foundries: It's Impact on You and Your Business The Century House, Route 9 in Latham 11:30 a.m. Registration & Lunch; 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Program $25 Members; $40 Non-members You've heard the news reports, but how will the coming of Global Foundries affect you and your business here in Rensselaer County? We'll discuss the answers with Global Foundries' Public Affairs and Communications Manager Travis Bullard.

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Library

East Greenbush

Calendar

Community Library

January & February Happenings at EG Library Free Adults Programs

BEAT THE WINTER DOLDRUMS Open Games Night Every Tuesday Evening Starting January 18 – 6-8 pm Come on out for some good, old-fashioned fun. Mah jong, cards games, and classic board games will be available for your enjoyment. Iaido: Japanese Art of Swordsmanship Sun, Jan 30 at 2 pm Bob Maddux will demonstrate Iaido, which is the Japanese art of drawing the sword with either a defensive block or series of cuts, defeating your imaginary opponent and then returning the blade to the scabbard. These sword-drawing techniques teach mental and physical discipline and emphasize correct form, and character development.

Mon, Feb 7 at 6:30 pm Did you know that certain foods create inflammation and pain while others can help you feel better and improve your energy levels? You can reduce your risk of disease simply by reducing silent inflammation. Join Dr. Richard Shade from East Greenbush Chiropractic to explore the world of nutrition with a focus on fish oil, nature’s miracle liquid. Hatha Yoga Tues, Feb 8 at 7 pm Mixed level Hatha yoga for everyone from beginner to advanced. The class will cover centering meditation, followed by gentle poses, focusing on full deep breaths to improve flexibility and strength. Comfortable clothing is recommended. Bring a mat, blanket, and small pillow.

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES Ballroom and Latin Dancing Thurs, Feb 3 at 7 pm Learn basic dance steps in swing, foxtrot, rumba, and waltz with Ron Tritto of Learntodance. Singles and doubles invited; from teens to grandparents. “It’s About Time” – Antique Clocks Sat, Feb 5 at 2 pm Diana Merecki and clockmaker Paul Borst, both from the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, will present a talk on the history of clock-making, from early clockmakers in the 1700s to Eli Terri, the father of clock mass production. Several examples of clocks will be on display. Adirondack Baroque Consort Sun, Feb 13 at 2 pm Over the centuries, catchy tunes and street cries have been recycled by composers in innovative ways. Come and see how this happens and experience rare music from the 13th century to modern times performed by the Adirondack Baroque Consort on instruments such as the recorder, hurdy-gurdy, crumhorn, harpsichord and other instruments of our musical past and present.

TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION - TRY SOME OF OUR WELLNESS PROGRAMS Healthy Back Workshop Mon, Jan 17 at 6:30 pm Did you know that 80% of Americans will suffer some type of back pain in their lives? Dr. Amy Burelson from East Greenbush Chiropractic will talk about the causes and treatments of back problems. Topics covered include workplace ergonomics, proper posture, exercise and stretching, nutrition, and spinal biomechanics.

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Introduction to Excel Wed, Jan 19, 6 pm - 8 pm Introduction to PowerPoint Saturday, Jan 22, 10 am - 12 noon Introduction to PCs (2-part) Tues, Feb 8, 10 am - 12 noon Thurs, Feb 10, 10 am - 12 noon Introduction to WWW (Internet) Tues, Feb 15, 10 am - 12 noon Introduction to E-mail Thurs, Feb 17, 10 am - 12 noon Introduction to Excel Sat, Feb 19, 10 am - 12 noon

10 Community Way East Greenbush, NY 12061

Family Movie Night Thurs, Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm Movie to be announced. Join us for free popcorn and a movie! Animals in Your Backyard Tues, Feb 22 @ 11 am Ages 5 and up, registration required. Meet some of the animals that call your backyard their home! Almost any acre of ground in New York is host to a wide variety of animals. Hawks, falcons, owls, turtles, and snakes are all your neighbors; see these fascinating animals up close with the Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY. World History Through Crafts with Kathy Ceceri

Thursday, Feb 24 @ 2 pm Ages 7 & up, registration required. Come make colorful Mexican yarn designs and learn about the history and stories of the Huichol Indians. Teaching Artist Kathy Ceceri is the author of activity books for kids in-cluding Around the World Crafts and World Myths & Legends.

OPEN TO ALL TEENS ENTERING GRADES 6-12 TAG (Teen Advisory Group) * NOW ON TUES @ 4 pm! * Feb 1 - Plan teen events, suggest YA materials to buy, and then eat ice cream sundaes! Teen Cafe – Fri @ 2:30 pm Jan 14, 21, Feb 4, 11, 18 Laptops, video games, and a room for Teens! Animangamania! * NOW ON TUES @ 4 pm! * Feb 15 - COSPLAY Contest and games!.

FREE WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIE: JAN 26 @ 6:30 pm – Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps FEB 16 @ 6:30 pm – Social Network

Love Stinks! Mon, Feb 14 @ 3:30 pm Join us as we write anti-love poems, craft anti-valentines, and drown our sorrows in hot chocolate.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS: Drop In Family Storytime! (all ages) Sat @ 11 am – Feb 5 Songs, stories and crafts! No registration required. Drop In Thursday Family Storytimes! Thurs @ 11:00 am – Jan 13 through Feb 17 Thurs @ 6:30 pm – Jan 13 through Feb 17 Enjoy stories, songs, and crafts for the whole family. No registration required.

Valentine Fun Sat., Feb 12 @ 10 am Ages 3 and up, registration required. Join us for Heart Bingo and a Valentine’s Day craft.

Super Smash Brothers Tournament for All Ages Feb 19 @ 1 pm Whether you’re new to the game or have been playing for years, we invite you to join us for an afternoon of fun and games! Brackets will be set up upon arrival, so there’s no need to preregister.

American Red Cross Blood Drive Mon, January 10 - 1-6 pm The library held its first blood drive in August and it was so successful, the Red Cross asked the library to hold another drive. Take approximately an hour of your day to give the gift of life. Stop by the library or call 4777476, ext 105 to make your appointment. All participating donors will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.


BrownIntegrated Chiropractic Jason Brown, DC Alison Passante, DC

Relieving your symptoms. Empowering you through active care. Helping you reach your goals. 213-0394 www.brownintegratedchiropractic.com

FREE INCOME TAX PREPARATION The AARP Taxaide Program will prepare Federal and NYS personal income tax returns for taxpayers with low to moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. The service is free and confidential and is provided by IRS certified volunteers. To make an appointment in the AARP Taxaide Program at Circles of Mercy (11 Washington Street, Rensselaer) please call 462-0899. To make an appointment at the East Greenbush Community Library (10 Community Way, East Greenbush) or the North Greenbush Town Library (141 Main Avenue, Wynantskill) you must register in person. We regret that we cannot make appointments by phone at these sites.

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Wedding Pages

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OUR TOWNE Featured Business

Joey’s ON A BREAK CAFÉ The Best Kept Secret in East Greenbush! By Deborah Gaylord

If you are looking for a local restaurant where the food is out of this world and the atmosphere is cozy and clean, look no further than ON A BREAK CAFÉ where Joey Vallejo whips up his grandmother’s sauce, along with other Italian specialiaties. Not long ago Joey Vallejo was working as a real estate executive when he decided to switch gears, take a risk and buy his own restaurant in East Greenbush. Vallejo was no stranger to the restaurant business, having been employed as everything from a prep cook at the former Casino restaurant in Albany to the maitre de at yatch clubs along Florida’s gold coast. It made sense to use all those years of experience in the hospitality industry to make On a Break Café something special. Joey says his biggest challenge is that people assume the café is only a sandwhich shop. His true love is making fine meals like Chicken Parm, Eggplant Parm, Shrimp Scampi and Chicken Alfredo, and perhaps the best garlic bread in town. He uses recipes handed down to him from his Italian grandmother. Whether for lunch or dinner, he would like patrons to truly relax in his restaurant and, as the name suggests, take “a break”. He wants it to be a place people go to linger and enjoy food and time with friends. Joey has a knack for decorating as well, and he has transformed the environment of the café with an open kitchen, warm lighting, table clothes and a fireplace. Vallejo says he loves people most of all. “I love being around people all day. I’m a people person. I could never sit in an office all day. This is perfect for me”. Give yourself a treat and escape for an afternoon or evening to Joey’s On A Break Café. Take out meals are also available. 91 Troy Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061. Call 512-3518 for reservations.

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Eat-in or Take-out Lunch 11am-3pm Dinner 4-8pm Monday - Saturday Reservation Required 637 Third Ave, Watervliet ~ 273-0142 Tuesday ~ Fridays 5am-6pm Saturday 5am-3pm Closed Sundays & Mondays

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Community Friday, January 14, 2011 (1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Health & Wellness American Legion Melvin Roads Post, 200 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer. The American Red Cross Blood Drive. To celebrate National Blood Donor Month and help increase awareness about the need for blood, Dunkin’ Donuts and the American Red Cross are teaming up for the fourth annual “Give a Pint, Get a Pound” campaign, which provides a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin Donuts Coffee. The Type O negative blood supply is currently at a critical level. call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS. Sat, Jan 15, (8 a.m. - 11a.m.) Community Events Eagle Mills Christian Church, 1 Maple Avenue (Corner Maple & Rte. 2), Troy will hold an all you can eat Breakfast. The cost is $6/ Adults, $3/Children under 10. Sat, Jan 15 (4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Community Event The Rensselaer County 4-H Teen Exchange group invites all to a family-style Roast Beef Dinner at the First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush. Adults $10 ($9 with advanced reservation), children (5-11) are $5, under 4 are free. call 423-7071. Sat, Jan 15 & 22 Feb 19 (11 a.m - N/A) Education The Troy Public Library Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street, Troy. The Troy Public Library will offer the following computer classes in the upcoming months in the Lansingburgh Branch. These programs are free and open to the public. Please make reservations. Class: Introduction to Word call 235-5310. Sat, Jan 15, 22 , 29 / Feb. 5 (1 p.m. - N/A) Community Event The Troy Public Library is offering a series of free yoga classes designed specifically for teens 12-17. The 45-minute classes will take place on January 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 2011 at the main branch, 100 Second Street, Troy. No yoga experience is necessary and there is no charge for the classes. call Carol Roberts, head of Young People’s Services at 274-7071. Sat, Jan 15 (4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.) Community Event The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Third Avenue and 111th Street will serve an all you can eat smorgasbord. The cost is $5. Sat, Jan 15, Jan. 22, Jan 29. Feb.5 , Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5 (9 a.m. - 1p.m.) Farmers Market Atrium in downtown Troy. They are a year-round market! shop with 50+ local vendors and savor the tastes, sights and sounds at our indoor market www.troymarket.org

Greenbush Garden Club Members & guests are invited to join us Tues, February 1 at 6:30pm at the East Greenbush Library for a presentation by Master Gardener & Member Carol Mastromarchi titled The Bold & The Beautiful. Carol will give us as the dirt on new & old perennial favorites. Carol is also the Perennial Expert at Becker's Farm in East Greenbush. All our meetings are open to the public and Garden Club membership information will be available. As always, light refreshments will be served.For further info. contact Bernice @ 429-9118 or email @ maxicats6@gmail.com or visit our Facebook Page for more information our upcoming events.

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Events Sat, Jan 15 (11a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) Community Event The Sgt. Walter A. Adams American Legion Post 1021 will be holding a Chicken BBQ on the third Saturday of each month. Please reserve your chicken by calling the post. Chickens will be available for pick up from 11: a.m. until 4:30 p.m. call 674-2309. Sun, Jan 16 (7:30 - 11 a.m.)1/23, 2/20, 2/27, 3/20 and 3/27 Community Event The Pleasantdale Fire Company in North Troy has started up their Sunday all you can eat Breakfast at the Fire Hall. The cost is $6/Adults, $3/Children 6-12 and Children under 6 years old are free. Mon, Jan 17 (6 p.m. - N/A) Community Event Herbert Hyde will discuss and read from his memoir “College and 8th” at the Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street, Troy. This program is free and open to the public. Please call to register. call 274-7071. Tues, Jan 18 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Community Event ILCHV Conference room 15-17 Third St Troy Troy Young MS Group- This self help group is intended for young people living with ms, offering support and connecting them with others within the community. Come join them for the Young with MS Group at the ILCHV. contact Emilie Higgins, NMSS Advocacy and Program coordinator: emilie.higgins@nmss.org (518) 464-0112. Wed, Jan 19, 2011 (7 p.m. - N/A) Community Event Seton Health’s Faith Community Nursing and the Parish Nurse Program at Sacred Heart Church is sponsoring a presentation on managing stress led by Sr. Anne Smollen, CSJ, PhD at the church, 3 Catholic Way. This event is free. call 732-2155. Wed, Jan 19 (6:30 p.m. - N/A) Health & Wellness Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street, Troy. The Troy Public Library is pleased to announce “Be Red Cross Ready” presented by the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York and sponsored by CDPHP. In an hour you will learn simple steps to keep you, your loved ones, and your pets safe during fires, floods, tornadoes, winter storms, power outages and more. call the library at 274-7071. Thurs, Jan 20 (6 p.m. - N/A) Education The Troy Public Library located at 100 Second Street, Troy will be presenting “What You Should Know About Retirement Risks” with Elise Manna of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. This program is free and open to the public. Sat, Jan 22 (10a.m. - 4 p.m.) Festival Grafton Lakes State Park and the Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park will host the 26th Annual Winter Festival and Ice Fishing Contest. The Winter Fest will feature winter exhibits, vendors, family-friendly and recreational activities. The Winter Fest is free of charge. The annual ice fishing contest draws about 200 fishermen annually and will run from 5am-3pm on all the ponds in the park. Participants can call the Park Office for information about pre-registering or register starting at 5am on January 22nd at the park’s maintenance shop. A $12 entry fee for adults 16 and


Community older is required to participate in the fishing tournament. Children may enter at no charge. The 4th Annual Polar Plunge into Long Pond will take place at 1pm, and benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Participation is limited to the first fifty registrants. call the park at 518-279-1155. A full schedule of events will be posted to Grafton Lakes’ website. www.nysparks.com/parks Sat, Jan 22(530 a.m. - N/A) Grafton Lakes State Park, 61 N Long Pond Rd Grafton, NY Winter Fest- Ice fishing tournament from 5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.-Early Bird Breakfast at Grafton’s Town Store. 10:00 a.m. - Skating - Long Pond-Demo & Free Snowshoe Rentals EMS Tent by Beach area (ends at 2:00 p.m.) 11:00 a.m. Exhibits Open at Maintenance Shop & Beach (Close at 4pm). ART IN THE PARK Exhibit and Silent Auction Open to the Public– Maintenance Shop (Winning Bids Available 3pm). 11:30 a.m. - Snowmobile Tour with the Grafton Trail Blazers - Bring your own snowmobile & meet at 341 North Long Pond Rd. All public welcome to visit clubhouse! (ends 1:00pm). 12:00 p.m. Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides— Starts from Beach Side of Parking Lot (ends 3pm) Hilltown Sled Dog Team– Sled Dog Racing Presentation and Limited # of Rides Available—North half of Beach (ends 1pm) 1:00 p.m. - Making a Snow Shelter with 4-H continues Meets outside park office (ends 3pm) Meet the Hilltown Sled Dogs— A friendly team of racing Huskies! - North half of beach (ends 2pm) Polar Plunge into Long Pond (pre-registered participants only). Spectators welcome! (ends 1:15) 1:30 p.m. Kids’ Snow Ball Throwing Contest with Prizes—Beach Area (ends 2pm) 3:00 p.m. - Snow Sculpture Judging Begins– South Lot Art in the Park Auction Winning Bids—Bay 1 3:30 p.m. - Snow Sculpture Awards with Yorkie the Bear – Beach Concession. 4:00 p.m. - Ice Fishing Contest Awards – Pole Barn. There will be many additional events happening all day long. Liz Wagner, Park Naturalist, at Grafton Lakes State Park at 518279-1155. www.nysparks.com Sun, Jan 23 (7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Enjoy an all you can eat breakfast at the Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad on Route 40 in Schaghticoke. Proceeds will go to the Military Mom in Action. Wed, Jan 26 (8 a.m. - 5) Education Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will offer the “Be Green Organic Lawn and Landscape” course. This course is for commercial landscapers interested in offering organic services under the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s new “Be Green” program. The course will be held at the Extension office in Voorheesville. contact Extension at (518) 272-4210. www.ccerensselaer.org/Horticulture-Program/ Professional-Programs.aspx Sat, Jan 29, Sat, Feb 26 (11 a.m - N/A) Education The Troy Public Library Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street, Troy. will offer the following computer classes in the upcoming months in the Lansingburgh Branch. These programs are free and open to the public. Please make reservations. Class: Introducation to the Internet call 235-5310. Sat, Jan 29 (7 p.m. - 10 p.m.) Music & Entertainment Members of the Averill Park High School Orchestra invite all to an evening of dance and music at the Averill Park High School. Tickets in advance $8.00 for Adults and $3.00 for Students and Senior Citizens. Tickets at the door will be $10.00 Adults and $5.00 for students and seniors. call Sharon Bisner at 518-542-8890.

Events Sun, Jan 30 (N/A) Community Event/Fundraiser The St. Henry’s Knights of Columbus will be holding a pancake breakfast for the benefit of Brian Glasser after all the Masses at St. Henry’s Church in the community room. Brian has Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis which is a disease that damages and blocks bile ducts inside and outside the liver. Brian is now in need of a liver transplant. The money will help with his medical and travel expenses. The cost of the Breakfast is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12 and $20 for a family. Sat, Feb 5,Feb 12 (11 a.m - N/A) Education The Troy Public Library Lansingburgh Branch is located at 27 114th Street, Troy. will offer the following computer classes in the upcoming months in the Lansingburgh Branch. These programs are free and open to the public. Please make reservations. Class-Basic Computer Class. call 235-5310. Sun, Feb 6, March 5 (8 a.m. - 12 Noon) Community Event The Castleton Fire House at 11 Green Avenue in Castleton will be hosting a once a month all you can eat breakfast. January 20, Feb 6, March 6, April 3 and May 1. (It is the first Sunday of every month.) Eat in or take out. Cost: $7/Adults, $6/Seniors, and $5/for Children ages 5-11. call 732-4342. Tues, Feb 8 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 Education CCE of Rensselaer County, 61 State Street, Troy, NY. A 30 Hour Training Course For Pesticide Applicators sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County on February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 This course is offered as part of the training requirements needed for people seeking to become certified as pesticide technicians in category 3a (turf and ornamentals) OR certified as a private applicator in category 23 (vegetable) by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). contact Marcie Vohnoutka at (518) 272-4210. To view brochure and registration form go online at www.ccerensselaer.org/ Horticulture-Program/Professional-Programs.aspx. www.ccerensselaer.org/Horticulture-Program/ProfessionalPrograms.aspx. Sat, Feb 12 (10 a.m. - 12 Noon) Rabies Clinic Mink’s Firehouse, 959 Broadway, Rensselaer. Rensselaer County Rabies Vaccination Clinic 2011- which will take place at locations throughout Rensselaer County in 2011. Each of the eleven clinics will be staffed by representatives from the County Department of Health, who will provide the appropriate rabies vaccination and booster shots to cats, dogs and ferrets, mandated under the New York State Department of Health. Pets must be secured with a leash or in a carrier, and owners must bring their pet’s most recent immunization certificate. contact the Rensselaer County Department of Health at 270-2655. Thurs, Feb 24, Fri Feb 25, Sat, Feb 26, Sun, Feb 27 (8 p.m. - N/A) Music & Entertainment Russell Sage College, Bush Memorial. “The Heiress”-$10 Adults/$8 Sage, Students & Seniors.

Olga Design Studio - Creative People Workshop: featuring knitting, crocheting and sewing with tea tasting - every friday from 5-7pm, 11 2nd Street, Troy, NY (788-7639)

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS TOWN HALL-CLERK’S OFFICE Brunswick..................................................279-3461 X103 East Greenbush ............................................... 477-7145 North Greenbush ............................................... 283-4306 Rensselaer ....................................................... 462-4266 Schodack .................................................. 477-7590 Troy ......................................................... 270-4541 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ............................... 274-7020 Gas Emergency .................................... 1-800-982-2345 FIRE EMERGENCY .....................................................911 In East Greenbush .................................... 479-1212 FIRE DEPARTMENTS-NON EMERGENCY Brunswick............................................................911 East Greenbush-main number .......................... 479-4168 DeFreestville .............................................. 286-3612 Wynantskill ............................................... 286-5506 Rensselaer .................................................. 463-2883 Schodack ................................................... 477-4215 Clinton Heights Fire Dept. ........................ 465-3990 Best Luther non-emergency ............................. 283-5641 Troy ................................................................ 270-4471 HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT Brunswick..................................................279-3461 X117 East Greenbush ..............................................477-6103 North Greenbush .............................................283-3921 Rensselaer ................................................462-5515 Schodack ..................................................766-4000 Troy ......................................................... 270-4579 LIBRARY Brunswick...................................................279-4023 East Greenbush ............................................. 477-7476 North Greenbush .......................................... 283-0303 Rensselaer ................................................. 462-1193 Schodack .................................... 766-2715 (Nassau) Troy ................................. 235-5310/274-1822/274-7071 POISON CENTER ...................................1-800-336-6997 POST OFFICES Brunswick/Cropseyville...................................279-1220 East Greenbush .............................................477-5212 Wynantskill ..............................................283-5678 Rensselaer ................................................449-5012 Schodack ..................................................732-2017 Troy .........................................................272-7300 POLICE EMERGENCY ............. 911 IN EAST GREENBUSH ...................................... 479-1212 POLICE NON-EMERGENCY NYS Troopers at Brunswick............................ 279-4426 East Greenbush ............................................ 479-2525 North Greenbush- main number .................... 283-5323 Rensselaer ................................................. 462-7451 Schodack .................................................. 477-8077 Troy ......................................................... 270-4411 SCHOOL DISTRICTS Brittonkill School District....................................279-4600 East Greenbush ............................................. 477-2755 North Greenbush ............................................ 283-6748 Rensselaer .................................................. 465-6871 Schodack .................................................. 732-2124 Troy ......................................................... 271-5200

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Sand Lake Center for the

ARTS

Theatre: Circle Theatre Players presents the classic, Inherit the Wind. Runs Jan 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 8pm and Jan. 2 & 30 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $16 , under 18 is $10. Theatre workshop on Sound, conducted by Joel Lord, TANYS Technical Adjudicator on Sat. Feb 5 from 102pm. Registration fee of $25. Joel will cover what constitutes a sound design and how to lay the groundwork for a good design. Emphasis will be placed on getting more out of the script than you expect to find there, and things to watch out for. Concert: Kevin McKrell & Brian Melick will perform on Sat. Feb. 12 at 8pm. Two of the most prominent names in regional music will perform and this combination can’t be anything short of spectacular. Tickets are $20. Gallery:Tom Chesnut’s series of “Stillness” wilderness photographs from Jan. 1 - Feb. 15. His “painterly photography” is “universal, full of peace, tranquility and relaxation” as it displays nature in pure form without human intrusion. The A free and open to the public reception will be on Sun. Jan 16 from 1-3pm. Gallery hours are Wed. & Fri. 10-12pm and by appt. Sundays at the Center: Family fun with Scott Payne as - Merdwin the Mediocre, on Sun. Feb. 6 at 1:30pm. In the persona of a slightly scatter-brained historically inaccurate medieval wizard, Merdwin’s magical presentation contains generous amounts of audience participation, verbal and visual humor and family-friendly silliness. $5 pp. Workshop on March 6 at 1:30pm with Phil Singer. Participants will use paint and color to learn about color theory in this one hour long class. Everyone will have the opportunity to create an image. Supplies are included. Workshop is limited to 15. $5 pp. Youth Group (Grades 6-12) 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Every Friday Join us every Friday at the former Sand Lake Elementary School (now East Ridge Community Church) for a time fun & games. Location: Former Sand Lake Elementary School. The Sand Lake Center for the Arts is located at 2880 NY 43, one-half mile east of the blinking light in Averill Park, NY. Call 518-674-2007 or visit www.slca-ctp.org for more information and to make reservations.


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Nacho Popcorn

Buffalo Chicken Wings

2 bags (3.5 oz each) microwave popcorn (butter or natural flavor), popped Chili powder 1/2 cup well-drained sliced ripe olives 1/4 cup well drained Old El Paso® chopped green chiles 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

12 chicken wings (about 2 pounds) 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted 1/2 cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 cup barbecue sauce 1 tablespoon red pepper sauce 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1 bottle (8 ounces) blue cheese dressing, if desired Celery, carrot and zucchini sticks

1.Remove and discard unpopped kernels from popped popcorn. Divide popcorn among four 10-inch microwavable dinner plates. Sprinkle each with desired amount of chili powder and equal amounts of olives, chilies and cheese. 2.Microwave 1 plate at a time uncovered on High about 1 minute or until cheese is melted. (If cheese melts unevenly, rotate plate 1/2 turn after 30 seconds.) Serve warm.

1.Cut each chicken wing at joints to make 3 pieces; discard tip. Cut off excess skin; discard. 2.Heat oven to 425º. Melt margarine in rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches, in oven. Mix flour, salt and pepper in large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag tightly. Shake until chicken is completely coated with flour mixture. Place in pan. 3.Bake uncovered 20 minutes; turn chicken. Mix barbecue sauce, pepper sauce, Cajun seasoning and cumin in medium bowl. Pour over chicken; toss until evenly coated with sauce. Bake uncovered 10 to 12 minutes longer or until light golden brown on outside and juice is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut. 4.Serve with dressing and celery sticks.

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Buffalo Chex® Mix

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® devil’s food cake mix Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box 1 can (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting 1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips (6 oz) 2 teaspoons shortening Betty Crocker® Decorating Decors hearts

4 cups Rice Chex® cereal 4 cups Wheat Chex® cereal 2 cups Parmesan-flavored crackers 2 cups pretzel twists 6 tablespoons butter 2 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce 1 packet ranch dressing mix 2 teaspoons celery seed

1.Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make cake batter as directed on cake mix box, using water, oil and eggs. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about 2/3 full). 2.Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center come out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. 3.Spoon frosting into decorating bag fitted with large round tip. Pipe dollop of frosting on top of each cupcake. 4.In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on High 1 minute, stirring once halfway through heating. Drizzle melted chocolate over frosted cupcakes; sprinkle with hearts.

1.In large microwavable bowl, mix cereals, crackers and pretzels; set aside. In small microwavable bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds or until melted. Stir in hot sauce and seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated. 2.Microwave uncovered on High 4 to 5 minutes, thoroughly stirring every 2 minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool. Store in airtight container.

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