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Jennifer Felts OWNER • PUBLISHER 518-380-1279 OUR TOWNE’S MISSION:

To connect local businesses and organizations to the consumers that live in their communities. We highlight what Southern Rensselaer & Northern Columbia Counties have to offer. Our Towne Magazine’s goal is “Connecting the Communtiy”




April 2014

Dear Readers, Happy Spring! Like never before, I think that we are all craving sunshine, warm temperatures and the sight of green grass. The cover photo and article spotlighting Becker’s Farm Garden Center will most certainly fuel your excitement to beautify your surroundings with delightful flowers and fresh mulch! I would bet that, even those who typically dread yard work, will embrace those outdoor chores as we breath in that mild fresh air... Ahh. I can’t wait! This issue offers all of us with children many options for Summer Camps and Activities. Pages 4-9 are filled with various camp opportunities for your kids. Seem too early to plan? Not at all! Many of theses programs have had open registration. Summer camp is that beautiful time to just be a kid! No homework, intellectual expectations and assessments. NO SCREENS! Time to branch out, make new friends, try new things and inspire creativity. Our kids need time to just be kids. Thank you for reading Our Towne. My goal is to “Connect the Community” and highlight the “small” businesses in our community that rely on you to keep going! When you visit them, don’t be afraid to tell them that you saw them in Our Towne! Happy Easter & Happy Passover. May you all gather with friends and family and celebrate this beautiful time of renewal. Jennifer Felts



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THE OUR TOWNE SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON... BECKER’S FARM GARDEN CENTER Becker’s Farm Garden Center, located in East Greenbush, is a fifth generation family owned and operated business. In 1870, Reinhardt Becker purchased his first 5 acres. Little did he know that his business venture and love for farming would continue for over 140 years! He began a small fruit and vegetable business selling his produce at the wholesale farmers in Albany, Troy and Menands. As the demand for fresh produce started to grow, Reinhardt realized he could not produce enough with the land he had, so he purchased adjoining properties in 1894. In 1931, when the founding father of Becker’s Farm passed away, his son Frank Becker continued to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. By 1963 when his son took over the farm, expanded even more. Most of all of the produce was sold locally along routes 9 & 20. By the late 1970’s, retail grocery chains were providing large amounts of lower cost produce to the consumer. Frank Jr. recognized the farm needed to change its focus; and built a small greenhouse in 1980 to grow bedding plants. With its immediate success, he quickly built two more greenhouses and began to concentrate efforts on plants. In 1989 Frank’s son, David, returned to the farm and has expanded the greenhouses and nursery. With David’s son Mark now involved, David can concentrate on production while Mark oversees Retail Sales & Management. Becker’s Farm Garden Center currently operates 11 greenhouses that total over 75,000 sq. ft. of growing area. David notes “It is an exciting time of year around the farm and we are eager to greet our loyal and new customers for our 144th year!” Becker's Farm is devoted to growing the highest quality plants and with their experience and knowledge, can direct you to the plants that suit your needs and taste! By growing their own annuals and perennials, Becker's Farm can ensure the highest quality is available for the consumer. Spring has sprung and Becker’s Farm is ready for all of your planting needs! Well known for the “largest baskets around,” they fill the greenhouses and nursery with large quantities and varieties to suite any taste. They offer plants for every part of your exterior landscape. A huge variety of robust annual flowers, herbs and vegetables are transplanted daily. By mid-April, large selections of trees and shrubs will arrive and later in April they offer a huge selection of perennials. By early May, a large assortment of Weeks and Star roses will find its way to Becker’s Farm. As a certified retailer of Proven Winner plants, they sell a series of plants that are specifically chosen to thrive in our region & climate. Varieties like Bacopa, Callibrochoa, Osteospermum, Scaveola and Supertunia are all popular favorites among beginner and master gardeners. The Supertunia is famous for its large size and low maintenance.

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To complete your landscaping needs, Becker’s also sells bulk lawn and garden products such as various colors of mulch (see HUGE Pre-Season Sale Ad on page 10), topsoil, garden compost and sand for pick up or delivery. Mulch not only improves the look of landscape, but adds length to the life of your plants. The staff at Becker's Farm prides themselves on excellent customer service and knowledge of the plants and nursery stock. Many of the associates come from gardening and horticultural backgrounds; providing customers with accurate information and insight. Bring your planters and window boxes in and they will make a custom piece for you. Ready in a few short days, the staff at Becker’s will do the physical labor and even pick plants that complement each other and your space. If you are in need of a professional to enhance or maintain your property, Mark & his staff can refer trusted local colleagues. Mark & David Becker are proud to continue the business that has sustained climate and economic changes through the years. They want to thank the Our Towne communities for their patronage and support. Becker’s provides florist quality products with excellent customer service, and reasonable prices. They invite you to join them at their annual Spring Open House on April 12th. Refreshments, Baby Chicks, Colorful and Traditional Easter Plants and Brookview Station Winery will be celebrating a new season at the Becker’s Farm. Becker’s Farm Garden Center is located directly across from Columbia Plaza in East Greenbush. They are open 7 days a week: Monday-Friday 7:00am-7:00pm, Saturday from 7:00-6:00 and Sunday from 8:00-5:00. More information can be found on their website and on Facebook. They can be reached at 477-4163. Happy spring from “Your Hometown Garden Center.”



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Town Summer Camp Registrations are now being accepted!! Applications may be downloaded from our website The Community and Recreational Services Department is wallpapering the office walls with childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artwork! Send us your pictures describing your favorite thing about East Greenbush! You can drop off at Town Hall or mail to Town of East Greenbush 225 Columbia Turnpike Rensselaer, NY 12144. Contact Jessica A. Lansing, Director of Community and Recreational Services for the Town of East Grenbush, NY or 477-4194 with questions.

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Our campers enjoy the opportunity to have fun all summer while learning cooperation skills through activities that build self-esteem and encourage independence. Campers participate in sports, arts, swimming and special events under the guidance of our caring, well-trained staff. The Y offers, archery, bouldering wall, pool,

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Camper safety always comes first. Camp staff demonstrates our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. You can depend on our staff to ensure that camp activities are well supervised and safe. First Aid equipment is on-site and staff are trained in First Aid and CPR. Our Day camp meets the highest health and safety standards of the Y and the NYS Health Department. This year you can register for camp online! Just visit today and click on the SUMMER CAMP link. Every child should experience the fun life-changing of summer camp. To help, we offer financial assistance to those who need help to afford camp. Please ask for details if you are at the Y or call us at 477-2570. See You This Summer!!

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Is the Bible the chicken or the egg?â&#x20AC;? By Greg Ballard Lead Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church Greenbush Campus

Spring is here, and winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iciness is finally giving way to warmer winds. Soon trees will be sprouting leaves and flowers will be blooming. Springtime represents hope, new life, and new beginnings. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a time of tradition and celebration. Easter brings egg hunts, family dinners, and baskets overflowing with candy. But do we truly understand the essence of this great day? Sure, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than chocolate bunnies and painted eggs. Yet when asked why we celebrate Easter, many of us would reply, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a Christian,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Catholic,â&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what my family does.â&#x20AC;? Lately, this question has given me pause because the answer canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t simply be about a label, a tradition, or even a book. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve begun to wince when I hear a sentence begin with, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bible saysâ&#x20AC;Ś,â&#x20AC;? followed by a list of prohibitions or commandments. Thinking like this obscures the true message of the Bible, and turns Christianity into a mere set of rules. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong. I love the Bible. I read it regularly because I believe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the clearest ways that we can learn about God and the world we live in. Yet if we woke up tomorrow and all the Bibles were gone, could we still have our faith? Would there still be something to believe in? Absolutely! Because the gospel is not based on the Bibleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually the other way around. On Easter, we remember Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sacrificial death on the cross and His glorious resurrection. The entire Christian faithâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the Bibleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;blossoms in all directions from this one pivotal event. The great stories of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with mankind and of who Jesus is and what he did all flow out of the gospel. I realize that it can be easy to get hung up on things in the Bible that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to make sense or align with our values. This Easter, please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let that cloud your heart and mind. The real question that begs an answer not just on Easter Sunday but every day is, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do you believe that God became man and gave His mortal life as a sacrifice for you?â&#x20AC;?

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Did You Know...? By Nicole Henderson

â&#x20AC;Śthat the latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts the rate of autism-related cases in the United States at 1 in 88 children? Even more striking is the rate for boys â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1 in 54. This developmental disorder has taken center stage lately and with good reason. It's complex, it presents differently in everyone, and it requires compassion and understanding. There is a lot that we don't understand about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but there is much that we do. April is Autism Awareness Month, so let's start there. According to the CDC, people with ASDs struggle with social interaction, communication, and/or behavior. Sometimes it's only one area; sometimes all three. The variability is what creates the "spectrum." Some have "classic" Autism also known as autism disorder. Others have Asperger's, which is marked by social interaction difficulties and unusual behaviors/interests. And a last group has pervasive developmental disorder â&#x20AC;&#x201C;not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), which is known for carrying fewer and milder symptoms than autism disorder. While scientists are not sure of the exact cause of ASDs, the CDC has cited a couple of factors that put children at higher risk of developing it. These include genetic factors, chromosomal conditions, some medications taken by the mother during pregnancy, and possibly premature birth and low birth weight. Research is currently underway to uncover more. Early diagnosis is the first step and can be done through a visit to your doctor. Know the best part? The evaluation is free, and so are the services if your child qualifies. Because while there is no magic pill that will take an ASD away, there are many therapies that are available that can lessen symptoms. Occupational therapy, behavioral therapy, speech therapy, and music therapy are just a sampling of the ways to manage an ASD. The earlier autism is identified, the better the chances of helping your child to succeed. The CDC website has a good resource that offers more information on screening and diagnosis ( So with all of these children being diagnosed, what can we do? One local organization that is pitching in to help the ASD cause is the East Greenbush Kiwanis. On Tuesday, June 10th at 6:30pm, they are hosting a kickball game and barbeque at the East Greenbush Town Park. Admission is $12 and proceeds will go to a great national organization called Autism Speaks ( Another source of support, whose home is right in Rensselaer, is a very active volunteer, not-for-profit organization called STRIDE Adaptive Sports (http:// Their mission, according to their website, is to provide more than "8,000 FREE adaptive sport and recreation lessons annually to children & individuals with special needs." This includes people with autism and any other special need. They also sponsor events like the upcoming Stride 4 STRIDE 4th Annual 5K Run/Community Walk N Roll on Saturday, June 21st at the Albany Riverfront/Corning Preserve. Visit their website for more details. Autism Awareness Month helps shine a light, a blue light, on this disorder that affects so many. April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and the day to "Light It Up Blue." Buildings and landmarks will light up in blue to show their support, and you can wear blue too.

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Closer to home, there are many local resources out there to lend support. Here are just a few: â&#x20AC;˘Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region â&#x20AC;&#x201C; http://www.albanyautism. org/ â&#x20AC;˘Parent to Parent of New York State â&#x20AC;&#x201C; capital-district/ â&#x20AC;˘Special Needs Parent Support Group (for East Greenbush School District Residents) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; For those of you who are struggling with a diagnosis in your family, you are not alone. Many families have been touched by autism. The most important thing to understand about autism is that having the disorder is not a death sentence or even tragic. Having an ASD just means you see the world and process information in a different way. The best thing we can all do is find a way to meet in the middle.


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The impact of ticks and the nasty diseases they carry cannot be overstated in our area. Tick-borne diseases are considered endemic here for both pet and human. We are pleased to be joining forces with the Lyme Action Network to present TICK TALK… Lyme Disease and Beyond, a free public round table discussion about ticks and the diseases they carry affecting both people and pets. Speakers are Holly Ahern, an associate professor of microbiology at the State University of New York Adirondack in Queensbury, Chris Fisk from the Lyme Action Network and Nassau Veterinary Clinic veterinarians Drs. Lisa Dietrich and Carolyn Sanford. The event will be held 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 99 Miller Rd. (exit 10 from I-90 east). Lyme disease in people can be devastating. According to the Empire State Lyme Disease Association, if undetected and untreated, the bacteria can spread, affecting the heart, nervous system, tendons, joints and other organs. What makes Lyme disease particularly difficult is its symptoms closely resemble other diseases, leading to misdiagnosis. Its symptoms can look like Alzheimer’s disease, menopause, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and other diseases. It’s believed that from 15 to 30 percent of people infected with Lyme may develop a chronic illness. A long list of symptoms can range from weight change, hair loss, and sore throat, to anxiety, upset stomach, pelvic pain and memory loss. Symptoms might show up quickly but they may not be seen for days, weeks or even months after infection. What can additionally compound the infection is a co- or secondary infection, such as Babesia, Bartonella, Anaplasma, Ehrilichia or other disease. Among pets, the concerns are equally disturbing. Lyme symptoms can include kidney failure, anorexia, swollen joints, lameness, or just not being him or herself. It’s likely you may never see the infected tick. You or your pet may be bitten by a tick nymph. These immature ticks are about the size of a poppy seed and are usually active in the spring and summer. Adult ticks are mostly active in cooler weather and bites are usually painless. Make plans to join us to learn more about these harmful diseases and what can be done for prevention and treatment. This important presentation is part of Nassau Veterinary Clinic’s mission to create healthier bonds between people and their pets.


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April 2014 Community Calendar APRIL 1ST

It may be cold and snow covered but vegetable gardening season is right around the corner. Start April out right by joining the Greenbush Garden Club for "Principles, Concepts and Philosophy of My Vegetable Garden" presented by Master Gardener Doug Pratt on April 1st. Doug's knowledge and experience ranges from a professional nurseryman, Landscape Superintendent of the Empire State Plaza, and wholesale greenhouse grower. Doug has incredible knowledge when it comes to the how's and why's of vegetable gardening and is willing to share it with us. Our meeting is at the East Greenbush Community Library and begins at 6:30. This program is free and open to the public.

APRIL 2ND NASA'S SEARCH FOR LIFE BEYOND EARTH FOCUS PRESENTATION AT EASTWYCK VILLAGE John W. Delano, Ph.D., professor andassociate dean at the State University of New York at Albany, will discuss NASA’s search for life beyond the earth in a presentation on Friday, April 4 at 2 p.m. at Eastwyck Village, 1720 Best Rd., North Greenbush. The session, open to the public and held in the facility’s Great Room, will touch on the discovery of more than 3,000 planets orbiting other stars, their potential for habitability and NASA’s upcoming missions. Delano, who gives dozens of presentations annually, has also authored more than 60 articles in professional scientific journals. His astrobiology research is funded byNASA and he has served on and chaired many advisory groups for this national agency. For more information and to register, please call (518) 874-1638.

APRIL 3RD RENSSELAER CITY LIBRARY 676 East St. across from Amtrak Station Parking Lot BOOK SALE Thursday April 3, 4-8pm (for vendors and advanced sales) FRIDAY April 4, 11-8 pm SATURDAY April 5, 9am-Noon, bag sale 12-3pm. Gift Basket Raffle & Membership Drive. Please join us and support the beautiful Rensselaer Public LibrarY

APRIL 5 Good Buy Books330 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer, NY 12144 will be hosting a Welcome Spring Program from 9-10am for children. Stories, craft and snack with Miss Kim. Event is free and open to children of all ages. Please call the store to register. 479-BOOK (2665).

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Country Folk Art & Craft Show at Hudson Valley Community College April 4,5th & 6th. Friday 5-9, Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 10-4. See ad on page 9 for details.


On April 12th, 2014 Dr. Starkman and his team will host their 6th annual Dentistry from the Heart event. This wonderful program provides a free day of dentistry for children. As a growing number of Americans lack dental insurance, Dr. Starkman felt this was a great way to address many health problems and give back to our community. Appointments fill up quickly, so call 518758-7179 to schedule your child’s appointment. Dr. Starkman’s office will see as many children as possible between the hours of 8-4pm. The office is located on Route 9 in Valatie just south of the Ichabod Crane Central School District.

FISH FRY DINNERS FOR LENT The South Schodack Volunteer Fire Company will again offer Fish Fry dinners on Friday evenings, 5:15 to 7:00 p.m., at 1563 Bame Rd, Castleton, during Lent. Dinners will be available Friday March 7 through April 18. Dinners will be $9.00. Hot dogs, chicken, and clam chowder will also be served. Eat in or Take out. Phone: 732-2082


Schodack Valley Fire Company Auxiliary is holding an Easter Pancake Breakfast on Sunday April 13, 2014, 8 am to 12 pm at Schodack Valley Fire house at 1553 Schodack Valley Road, Castleton. Adults $8, Children $3 (Age 3 to 10), Children 2 and under free. Serving all you can eat Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Bacon, Orange Juice, and Coffee. Meet the Easter Bunny and Children's activities.


Recall the joy…the excitement...the thrill of it all? We are continuing the tradition and expect this year’s Silent Auction event to be even bigger and better than in the past! Join us for the 13th Annual Silent Auction Gala Event to benefit The Holy Spirit School in East Greenbush. This event will be held at The Comfort Inn & Suite, East Greenbush, NY. From 6-9:30pm on April 26th. Silent auction items include professional & hobby services, gift baskets and gift certificates galore! Live auction for unique and valuable experiences like dinner parties, weekend get-a-ways and even a vacation home in Costa Rico! Come join the liveliest cocktail party in town! Entertainment, Delicious Food, Silent & Live Auction. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online via the school website or mailing payment to the school. Holy Spirit School is located at 54 Highland Drive in East Greenbush, NY 12061. Please call 477-5739 with any questions.

APRIL 25TH North Greenbush Kiwanis Club is hosting a "Bowl A Thon" on April 25th at Hi Way Recreation, 115 Main Ave., Wynantskill on Friday, April 25th at 9 pm. Registration is - $20 per person/ $100 per team which includes 2 games, shoes, and pizza. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Contact Samantha at or call (518) 376-4004 to reserve your space via paypal.

MAY 5TH Friends of Castleton Public Library(FOCPL) will be hosting a Cinco De Mayo Cocktail Reception at Scarnato's Restaurant, 133 Scott Ave. May 5, 5pm-8 pm. This event is to raise awareness of Friends of the Castleton Public Library organization. Tickets are $35 per person, $60 a couple. Buffet with desserts included, cash bar. Please rsvp by April 21 732-7647.




April 12th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Town Park 11 a.m. April 26th Let’s Go Green By Keeping It Clean: Town Park Clean Up Day 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Should Buyers Use a Real Estate Professional? by Catherine Graziano

With just the stroke of a few keys, you can find countless resources on the Internet to help you in your search for a new home. Besides property listings, you can find out about specific communities, schools and mortgage options. With this wealth of information at your disposal, do you really need a real estate professional to represent you? Absolutely. Whether this is your first home or your last, it is probably the single most important and expensive purchase you will ever make. That is why you deserve a real estate professional with the knowledge and skill to assist you in making informed decisions and to negotiate on your behalf. A sales professional can familiarize you with the processes involved in buying a home & alert you to potential risks. They will help you determine a price range that will fit your budget, explain the benefit of getting prequalified by a mortgage representative, help you comprehend the total costs involved, as well as provide tremendous moral support. It always helps to first brainstorm and prioritize a list of all the features you are looking for. Start with the basics including style of house, size, number of bathrooms and bedrooms, desired neighborhood, commutes to jobs and proximity to schools, parks and retail services. When you have found the perfect home, they can help you determine a realistic offer price based on a general market overview and recent sales of similar properties. Next is to submit a formal offer including property inspection and financing contingencies for your protection. The negotiating process requires skill, experience, and complete objectivity. For example, a Real estate professional can provide the expertise you need while sticking to the facts. When I go to the negotiating table, I go fully prepared, armed with the right information, keeping your best interests in mind. Your agent should walk you through the entire closing process, and do their best to ensure your deal closes smoothly without unnecessary costs. Something easy to overlook is our familiarity with the complexity and risks inherent in the process. When complex questions arise, a sales professional can help you quickly locate professionals whose services you may require, such as home inspectors, engineers, surveyors and lenders. As your single point of contact, your Real Professional can manage the entire transaction including coordinating inspections, keeping in touch with the other real estate professionals, managing the documentation for the loan process, monitoring deadlines associated with contingencies, providing applicable paperwork, estimating closing costs, and helping prepare for a smooth and uneventful closing. If you are beginning the process of buying or selling a home, consider involving a Real Estate professional. Call me today for exceptional personal service. If you are looking to sell your existing home, I can help with that, too.

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The Time’s They Are A Changing I’m taking a break from serious negotiations with my son, my first born, who is finagling to arrange his first “boy/ girl we’re just friends” movie outing. I can’t even utter the D word…because it isn’t a date (as I lie to myself). It was a minute ago when he’d blush at the mere mention of a girlfriend, avoided them in public and even told me that he was not interested. However, the full laundry basket, asking for a haircut appointment and face wash, even waking up on time to make sure he’s fresh & clean tells me something is up. The very first conversation we had about girls as “more than friends” was 3 years ago. He was in 5th grade, we were in the car. He asked point blank “When can I date?” I was so happy to be facing forward so he couldn’t see my look of complete horror. I asked him “Is there someone you want to date?” His answer was an emphatic “NOOOO – Oh My God Mom” so, I immediately relaxed, while my daughter (7) just rolled her eyes. As parents, we know the toughest questions come out of nowhere & I’ve always tried to be direct & honest. I took a deep breath & decided to lay down the “Rules According To Mom”. •No dating till high school, •You must introduce her to mom & dad as a girlfriend & her parents must know •You need to have a part time job to pay for pizza, movies & bowling as I’m not financing his new chickie (I didn’t say chickie just thought it) •Hardest – You must have real telephone or in-person conversations – it cannot be a text-only girlfriend. He seemed okay with the list & moved on to “What’s for dinner?” Crisis averted!

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Nathan never really asked again and I was comforted when a friend with 2 girls (who’s also a teacher in our district) told me that the current & very talked about topic is that “Nate’s mother did not let him date” So, apparently my ground rules had been working for him & were keeping the girls at some safe distance. Fast forward 3 years…my newly funny, taller, more socially comfortable teenager spends most of his non-school, non-sports time on his phone texting. I’ve checked his in-box periodically to see who he was chatting with – and a few weeks ago a singular trend began appearing – one solitary name. He asked to talk to us – to renegotiate the RULES…shorten the terms of his dating timeline and asked if he could take a girl to the 8th grade dance “just as friends” to which we reasonably agreed. We asked if there was someone special – he said he thought so. (Collective aww!) This is one of those pinnacle parenting moments– when you realize that your baby has grown up enough to connect with another in a special way. I can only hope we have been good relationship rolemodels, that he feels confident and self-assured. We can only advise him that girls are a unique creature (to say the least) and sometimes misunderstandings will occur (if he only knew the half of it). But, he’ll survive the good, the bad, the heartache & the sweetness. And hopefully, I will too. It’s agreed. I’ll drive to the movies but not go in, they will go dutch – but I’ll secretly pay for popcorn at the last minute. And even though he’s now several inches taller – he hugged me – said “Love Ya”. He looked back to me as he left the room, “You’re not going to do something to embarrass me, right?” “ Who Me?”


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SAVE THE DATE! OK5K RACE READY TO RUN SATURDAY, JUNE 7 The Kinderhook Bank OK5k Race Committee has begun preparing for this year’s road race to be held on Saturday, June 7. Now in its 16th year, what began as a modest race of 75 local runners has grown to a community showcase event supported by dozens of organizational and individual sponsors, scores of volunteers, family participants, youth races, and over 600 runners and walkers from a 50mile radius of Columbia County. As it has for the past decade, this year’s race features the 5-kilometer race at 9:00 am preceded by the Kid’s One-Mile Race at 8:15 am (ages 4-12) and a 50/100-yard Reading Ramble at 8:40 am (ages 6 and under). All races start and end in the vicinity of the Kinderhook Village Square and highlight the village’s farms and orchards, historical sites, and charming neighborhoods. All proceeds from the race go directly back to the community. Race Director, Dan Curtin, notes that since its inception in 1999, the race has donated nearly $75,000 to local non-profit and charitable organizations such as the Historical Society, Fire and Rescue Squads, Libraries, Food Pantry, and Marion Stegman Fund. To learn more, visit the race website at . If you would like to serve on the race committee to help organize this year’s event or would like to volunteer for race day duties (no running experience required), email at


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National Library Week: April 13 – 19 Lives Change @ Your Library! Become a member of the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library. The Friends will be at the library doing the week with information on how to join. Join them on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 pm for a Scrabble and Board Game Night.

Alzheimer’s Association Information Series Wednesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m. – Conversations about Dementia. This workshop will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. Presented by Bill Hinrichs.

AARP Smart Driver Course Monday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Many insurance companies give discounts to graduates of this class. Please register early as classes are limited to the Applications are also available in the library or online. first 35 adults. The cost of the class is $20.00 per person for Attend one of our many program offerings listed inside materials for AARP members. Please bring your card to the during library week! class. Non-members will be charged $25.00. Payment will be taken the day of the class by check made out to AARP. EVENTS FOR ADULTS: Please bring a bagged lunch. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 17 FOR THE APRIL 7 CLASS, AND APRIL 28 FOR All programs are free and open to the public. Due to limited THE MAY 19 CLASS. space, registration is required for all programs, concerts & movies. Call 477-7476 or visit our webpage and use our online registration. Free Musical Concert 2 Broads with Alotta Sound Heath & Wellness Programs Sunday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. Multiple Sclerosis 101 Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. “2 Broads with Alotta Sound” is a musical duo performing Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the computer-enhanced live music, Quency Rene, vocalist, and central nervous system that can cause blurred vision, loss Diane Geddes on keyboard will delight in presenting music of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, from all eras in styles ranging from jazz, blues, country, pop numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and and more. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 16. concentration, paralysis, blindness and more. If you or someone you know has been recently diagnosed with MS, you won’t want to miss this informational session by Aaron EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS Ward from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Zumba Gold Wednesday, April 9 at 3:45-4:45 p.m. Concetta Snyder from the YMCA will lead this easy-to-follow program that lets you move to the beat at your own speed. It’s an invigorating, dance-fitness class that feels fresh, and exhilarating! Zumba Gold® classes provide modified, lowimpact moves for active older adults. Please wear sneakers or athletic shoes. Class limited to 35. Please pre-register. Focusing on Breathing Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00-8:30 p.m. Suryanarayana Chennapragada will introduce you to the simple technique of “Focusing on breathing,” which may relieve insomnia, anxiety, smoking addiction, anger, hypertension, chronic pains, obesity, etc. REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 26. History Talk Greenbush Historical Society presents Lighthouses of the Hudson River Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m. David Chinery, current president of the Schodack Historical Society, will give an overview of our area’s lighthouse history. Photos and postcards of current and former lighthouses will be included. Refreshments will be served. Greenbush Garden Club presents Vegetable Gardening Tuesday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Douglas Pratt, a Master Gardener of Rensselaer County Cooperative Extension Program, will provide an advanced presentation on vegetable gardening.

Resume/Cover Letter Clinic Wednesday, April 9, 3:00-5:30 (registration begins March 17) Tuesday, April 22, 5:30-8:30 (registration begins March 31) Make a one-on-one 20-minute appointment to have your resume or cover letter reviewed by an expert. Visit or call the Reference Desk for an appointment. Only one appointment per person per session; you may attend more than one session. A draft resume or a cover letter is required.

Free Monthly Movie: Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 pm


April Happenings

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April is National Poetry Month! Entries for our 2014 Haiku Contest will be accepted through March 31st. For full contest details, check out Teen tab on our website, read the poster in the Teen Area, or ask a Youth Services librarian.

Thursdays @ 10:00 am OR 11:00 Runs: April 3 and April 10 Saturdays @ 11:00 am Runs until April 19 PAJAMA STORYTIMES Thursdays @ 6:30 pm Runs: April 3 and April 10 These all-ages programs include books, songs, rhymes, puppets, flannel stories, and a coloring sheet or simple craft.





All Break Week Programs Require Registration Starting: East Greenbush/Schodack residents begins Monday, April 7. Nonresidents begins Friday, April 11. Spring Crafts Monday, April 14 @ 2:00 pm Spring crafts with Miss Jen! For ages 4+. The Reluctant Dragon Tuesday, April 15 @ 2:00 pm The Schenectady Theater for Children presents Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon. For ages 4+. LEGO Club Wednesday, April 16 @ 2:00 pm Use the library’s huge brick collection to build. For ages 5+. Music Together (Baby – age 5) Thursday, April 17 @ 10:00 am or 11:00 am Join Matt Yaeger for a sample class of Music Together, an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program. Family Movie Night Thursday, April 17 @ 7:00 pm Enjoy popcorn and a free showing of Disney’s “Frozen”! . MORE FUN! PIGEON PARTY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2 @ 4:30 PM CELEBRATE THE NEW BOOK THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH! WE WILL STORIES BY MO WILLEMS AND MAKING PIGEON CRAFTS. FOR REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. ART CLUB (GRADES K-5) TUESDAY, APRIL 22 @ 4:30PM KIDS ARE INVITED TO EXPLORE VARIOUS ART TECHNIQUES PROJECTS. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.




TAG & Jr. Friends (Teen Advisory Group) Tuesday, April 1 @ 3:30 pm Discuss and plan teen programming, collection development, and volunteer opportunities. Teen area decorations and policies will also be discussed. Plus, you get FOOD as payment when the meeting is over. “Board” Senseless Tuesday, April 8 @ 3:30 pm Join us for an afternoon of fun with card and board games! BYOB Book Club Tuesday, April 22 @ 3:30 pm Bring Your Own Book – or at least be ready to talk about it as we discuss what we’ve been reading lately! Writing Wednesdays Wednesday, April 2 @ 3:30pm Would you like a place to share your writing? How about a little guidance to make your writing better? Creative writing goddess Katy Halpin will lead monthly meetings full of fun writing exercises... and all participants will be eligible to publish their work in our new digital zine!

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