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A message from OUR TOWNE Dear Readers - June has arrived so has summer weather. Time to get outdoors and enjoy all that Rensselaer County

has to offer! This month’s issue is loaded with fun and exciting things to do and see close to home! From the Riverfest and Rockin’ on the River to the Farmers Markets with fresh vegetables, flowers and much more. During this economy it’s nice to know we can do fun things without spending a lot of $$$. A a lot of new advertisers that have joined Our Towne – let’s show them as well as our regular advertisers how much we appreciate local businesses. Take advantage of these stores and services ...using local services helps keep dollars in our community! We are seeing new businesses opening let’s show them our support too! We want to keep them around. Publisher Ginny Siciliano 522-0575 or 439-1731 Graphic Design Dino Rigatoni Our Towne Mailing addresses Our Towne Suite #153 596 Columbia Tpke East Greenbush, NY 12061 or PO Box 356 Delmar, NY 12054

If you don’t get a copy of Our Towne in the mail you can pick one up around all the towns or log onto Enjoy all the family gatherings, celebrations, gardening and outdoor activities that June brings. Have fun in the sun and we’ll see you in July! Ginny, Linda, Dolores, Betsy & Dino

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COVER STORY Unlike the commercially established festivals you see today, the River Street festival has a grassroots arts and antiques theme. The festival is a family oriented event that also offers food and entertainment.This year the River Street Festival will be held on Sat, June 19, from 10 AM until 5 PM (or later!). Street painting is sponsored by the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

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June is going to be a frustrating month! You will need to redo things that you thought were completed. And I mean, you will put something down come back and it is gone. It is going to be a month of getting through check out at the market and have forgot the very thing you came for and the line has 20 people in it now. ( For some of us this will be nothing new, for others, welcome to my world!) This month you are also going come across people who seem to be almost a double of someone from your past and it could be either a great or not so great experience. The key will be to handle this meeting more gracefully. Take the time to say or do the thing you wish you had done the first time round with the original person. But all in all the challenge of this month will be to keep your cool in the face of frustrating circumstances. It will be a month to excercise patience and your sense of whimsy. (I would say humor but there is a chance by the end of this month, that may be all gone!) Nothing devastating is going to happen, there will just be moments when you will wish you were anywhere but where you are, shaking your fists at the sky screaming “why me, why me!” 533-9827 *paid advertising not necessarily the views of this publication

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A special congratulations to the Class of 2010 on their accomplishment!

The graduation ceremony will take place on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 7 p.m. Youth Summit was held at RCSD Many workshops were held for students from all over Rensselaer County who gather together at this summit to find ways to deter underage drinking and driving and drug abuse. They find different ways to get the message out to the community. Many local organizations, such as CEO, Board of Health, Cooperative Extension & many more were present during their lunch break to share interesting facts with students. __________________________________________

Family Storytime- Sat, June 12 at 1 PM. Stories and a craft for kids age 2-8 and their families. Daytime Movie- Fri, June 11 at 2 PM. Movie to be announced. Daytime Computer Class- Introduction to computersThurs, June 17 at 2 PM. call to sign up. Computer Class- Introduction to Word- Thursday, June 24 at 6:30 PM. Learn the basics of using Microsoft Word 2007. Call to sign up, space is limited. Take Shape For Life- Thurs, June 17 at 11:30 AM. Free weight loss seminar with Penny Robinson. Preregister call 312-1643. Summer Reading Kicks OffO Sat, June 26 from 11-2.

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to Relay for Life over $600 was raised from the school district!

Thank you so much for your support!!!Also anyone who wishes to donate or learn more about the Relay for Life can go on line at Relay for Life this year will be June 5-6 at Rensselaer High School- festivities start at 6:30pm. _____________________________________________

Craft Times will be 2 PM on Tues all summer, starting June 29th. 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://

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you’re thinking about paying for and joining a networking group, I have one little bit of advice for you: don’t. When I moved here from Philadelphia 3 or 4 years ago, I was very quickly asked to join a chapter of BNI (Business Networking International) that was meeting weekly in Troy at the time. I got a call from the chapter president who heard that I had moved to the community (she heard this from an advertising representative of a local newspaper that I had spoken to about running print ads) and I was asked to consider joining up. I was immediately suspicious and skeptical but I thought about the fact that I was brand new to the neighborhood and that I had absolutely no friends or relatives that lived in the region and I thought that something like a networking group would help me to get established. So I joined. And in some ways, my strategy worked. I did meet a few folks who I now stay in touch with and do business with. One or two I have even socialized with and they have become friends. But in my 3 years of being connected to BNI through 3 separate chapters, those people make up about 2% of the people that I encountered while I was a BNI member. I even got some referrals however they were few and far between. And the referrals you get rarely pay off, or, at least that’s the way it was in my case. The rules associated with these various BNI chapters requires every member to give referrals to their chapter-mates. A chapter can only have one member per occupation or profession (i.e. 1 banker, 1 real estate agent, etc.) which is supposed to maximize the number of referrals you receive. And there was a tremendous amount of pressure from the BNI parent company (BNI is a franchise) to bring in new members to give you more opportunities to network and get more referrals. I always assumed

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that was because they were garnering fees for each new member that joined because I never saw an increase in referrals based on an increase in chapter members. For the most part, people would bring in folks that they were already doing business with who would send them the business they were sending that way all along but no one else in the group would benefit. For example, in my last chapter, there were a couple of sales people who worked in the restaurant trade. They recruited a few new members who also worked in the restaurant trade in one way or another. They would pass referrals to each other just like they always had before joining the group. Each week the non-restaurant related chapter members watched as this group would pass referrals to each other but rarely got anything themselves. So bringing in more members helped no one. The salespeople got the business they were going to get anyway and no other chapter members expanded their ranks. The only folks that benefitted from any of this were those at BNI who collected every time someone new joined up. And since people were constantly getting disillusioned and leaving, the revolving door of membership kept those fees coming in on a regular basis. And those fees were collected by the chapters and paid to the local franchise owner who paid his part to the parent company so the guy at the top can get richer and richer. That’s a classic “pyramid” scheme. And as a simple chapter member paying all those fees, you’re at the very, very bottom.

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So, instead of making someone rich or, for that matter, richer, if you think you or your business could benefit from a bit of good old fashioned networking, then why not consider your local Chamber of Commerce? The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, located on River Street in downtown Troy, is a terrific starting point if you are interested in connecting with like-minded business people in your community. Chamber President Linda Hillman along with the Chamber’s

Director of Business Development Ryan Silva are always looking for opportunities for the Chamber’s membership to expand and grow their businesses throughout Rensselaer County. And they are, for the most part, quite successful at it. They are considered to be one of the best Chambers of it’s size in the country which makes it an incredible asset for our entire community. Their networking events are well attended, enjoyable affairs that make it easy for you to meet new people, like yourself, who are looking to connect, grow their businesses, and grow their roots in the community at large. Speakers at Chamber events are always community leaders who help you keep connected with what’s going on out there so you can adjust your business or professional plan according to the current climate as it is developing. Through my affiliation with the Chamber, I’ve secured a couple of Board positions for myself and a number of long term clients. I also feel like a true member of the community which is a big part of what I wanted to accomplish in the first place. And through my work on the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee, I get the opportunity to connect with my fellow Chamber members on a monthly basis which is certainly getting my name out there in the community. Which is also what I wanted to accomplish. Funny - the only thing BNI ever did for me was take my money.

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June 7 Canal Square Concert Series: Colonie Town Band Where: Canal Square Time: 6:30 PM June 11 Flea Market & Bake Sale Where: Cohoes Senior Center Time: 9AM – 3PM June 12 & 13 St. Michael’s Annual Parish Festival Where: St. Michael’s Parish COHOES Page Sponsor

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Troy Civil War Encampment


The 77th New York State Volunteer Infantry reenactment group will be hosting a living history Civil War encampment at the Troy Masonic Hall on Route 2 (Brunswick Road) in Troy on the 5th and 6th of June everyone is invited. There will be examples of camp life, both Union and Confederate, as well as period music, military exercises and a skirmish. Civilians in period dress will also be in attendance and there will be various educational displays on the grounds. The grounds will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM Sat and from 9 to 2 Sunday. There A schedule of events will be available each day at the site.The building on the grounds is circa 1840 and is believed to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.

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Bocker the Labradoodle® Hard to believe summer is almost here and another year of being a Tail Wagging Tutor and reading with my friends at the Elmer Avenue School has come to an end. Hope all my pals have a great summer and know I will miss them. Busy, busy doodle..that’s me. Seems like there is always somewhere to be. I am so lucky to spend so much time with so many wonderful friends. We were asked to take part in a live internet i t t and d virtual book reading event. Hosted by award winning actor and dog lover Taye Diggs, the book reading celebrated the release of the Alpo Real Dogs Eat Meat Handbook, a how-to manual designed to help dogs get back to the business of being dogs. Have to say that being a fashion model, I do hang out with a bunch of pampered pooches..usually much smaller than I am. This was a chance for me to spend with some “my size” pups. We were also on the CBS Morning Show to promote the event. Also took part in NYC’s Pet Expo and Adopt-A-Palooza at Washington Square Park in NYC, which was sponsored by The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s . Adopt-a-Palooza is a creative and fun-filled community event that features pet adoptions and also promotes the joys of sharing your life with a pet. Heard there may be an invite on a yacht too.. we’ll see! If you are lucky like me, summer may mean more car rides and trips with the family. Millions of dogs become lost each year. Tragically, few are reunited with their owners. It is important that your dog has identification at all times. Collars and tags are essential, but they can fall off or become damaged. Technology has made it possible to equip your pet with a microchip for permanent identification. A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It consists of a tiny computer chip housed in a type of glass made to be compatible with living tissue. The microchip is implanted between the dog’s shoulder blades under the skin with a needle and special syringe. The process is similar to getting a shot. Little to no pain is experienced - most dogs do not seem to even feel it being implanted. Once in place, the microchip can be detected immediately with a handheld device that uses radio waves to read the chip. This device scans the microchip, and then displays a unique alphanumeric code. Once the microchip is placed, the dog must be registered with the microchip company, usually for a one-time fee. Then, the dog can be traced back to the owner if found and reunited with his family. Visit Bocker’s Doodleland at for more information and photos on all that’s going 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:

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Cat Facts #1: A cat will almost never meow at another cat. Cats use this sound for humans. #2: Cats, unlike dogs, do not learn tricks to win your approval. Cats can be taught to perform tasks such as retrieving toys and jumping through hoops - but it may take patience and perseverance…and quite a few yummy treats for your feline. #3: A cat uses its whiskers as feelers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through. #4: A cat can be either right-pawed or left-pawed. #5: A cat can jump as much as 7 times its height. Visit-


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Why Do Fluffy and Fido Visit the Vet? VPI, a leading veterinary pet insurance company, recently released its list of the top ten reasons dog and cat owners submitted claims in 2009. With over a million claims submitted, I believe these statistics are worth paying attention to. Top conditions in dogs 1. Ear infection 2. Skin allergy 3. Skin infection, or hot spots 4. Gastritis, or vomiting 5. Enteritis, or diarrhea 6. Bladder infection 7. Arthritis 8. Soft tissue trauma 9. Noncancerous tumor 10. Eye infection

Top conditions in cats 1. Lower urinary tract disease 2. Gastritis, or vomiting 3. Chronic renal failure 4. Hyperthyroidism 5. Diabetes 6. Enteritis, or diarrhea 7. Skin allergy 8. Periodontitis, or dental disease 9. Ear infection 10. Eye infection

As I look at these lists and think of these cases I see every day at Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital, I am struck by the fact that I would have food and supplement recommendations for virtually every one of these conditions. In many cases, simply feeding a food that is appropriate for the pet’s normal biology improves skin problems, allergies, and ear infections. Often we can use fewer medications to control these problems if we get the pet on a good diet and supplement regimen Food is often the key to managing vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal problems, both in treatment and prevention. For example, for the dog has diarrhea from raiding the trash can to get the remains of last night’s chicken wing and pizza feast, a brief fast followed by bland food for a few days can resolve the problem. Finding foods for sensitive pets that cannot tolerate certain ingredients is easier than ever, as more companies formulate limited ingredient and unique protein source diets. I would suggest supplements as an aid in treatment of each of the conditions listed above. My core recommendation of a probiotic, omega 3 fatty acid, and joint support product for every pet would be helpful in improving the body’s resistance, decreasing inflammation, and maintaining the “good” bacteria in the digestive tract. These are key aspects of health and recovery from disease. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old saying goes. No where is this more true than in health care. Not only can you save yourself money by preventing disease, but more importantly, you can save your pet from pain and discomfort. And what could be more valuable than that?

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Dee is a 9 year old Am Staff that was seized from a Bronx fighting ring in 2008. She has been in foster care for a year. Dee is a complete lovebug and wants nothing more than to be with people. Dee is completely trustworthy with people and you can do anything with her. Due to Dee's background, she will need to be an only pet. However, Dee does not go looking for trouble with other dogs.

Tessa is an 8 year Rottweiler seized from a breeding ring earlier this year. Tessa was one of seven Rotties that were removed from a basement where they were chained to walls and living in deplorable conditions. Tessa was emaciated and infested with worms. She is doing great now and is ready to find her forever home. Tessa will need a quiet home with no small animals or young children.

Pet Adoption Aries is a beautiful orange female with a little white star on her chest. She is a sweet girl about 7 years old who enjoys attention. Pet her and see how she purrs. Aries’ front feet are declawed, so she must be an indoor cat. It’s hard to believe she was abandoned. She wants to be queen of the roost so would prefer a home where she can be the only cat. Come down and meet her soon because she won’t last long.

Hi, I’m Cameron. When you look up “mush” in the dictionary you should see my face. The staff at the shelter love me because I just melt into your lap to get some affection. I’m a 3 year old big, active boy but I also know how to settle and use my manners. Right now I am being treated for a respiratory infection so I can’t meet any other doggie friends. But if you don’t have a dog and think I’m the one for you please come down and visit with me! I’ll be the best friend you ever had! If you would like to meet Aries and Cameron or any of our other pets available for adoption, please visit the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204.

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Lily and Luigi.......Loving littermates who need to be placed together as they have never been apart. They are 4 years old, sweet and very smart. They never had much socialization with people but they have now and they just love everyone. They are NOT good with other dogs or cats but by themselves there are no issues. When they first came into our rescue they were like “bulls in a china shop” but have been learning things and have calmed down a lot. With a good loving home and people who will continue to work with them they will thrive and be great family dogs or companions for one person. They would need a fenced in yard you play in but would love to go for walks too ! All their vet work is done.

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Kelly Anne is a shy, but very sweet girl who was saved after her home burned down. On the street for several months before we could get close enough to rescue her, it appears she may have been abused during that time: she ducks her head when you try to pet her, as if to ask you not to hurt her. While a little slow to warm up and feel comfortable, this petite girl loves to be around you, and once she’s used to you will be a wonderful companion for an older person in a quieter home. To meet Kelly Anne please Ronnie at 225-6886

Hi my name is Georgio.. I recently lost my forever home due to foreclosure... It broke my moms heart to give me up.. I am a sweet loveable 5 year old, neutered, healthy boy .. I so love to be petted and cuddle.. come meet me and see my gorgeous blue eyes~! Please call Heather at 339-3315

DAKOTA is a 4-5 year old beagle mix who is excellent with people, adults and kids of all ages. Her current family rescues many dogs into their house and, unfortunately, right now one of their other females is picking on Dakota. She is great with male dogs, but might be a little dominant, so it would be best not to place her with another female dog. It is unknown how she is with cats. She lives with and respects an invisible fence. She is spayed, good on a leash, housebroken, and knows some commands. Dakota would make an excellent addition to almost any family. If you would like more information about Dakota, call Peppertree Rescue at 518-435-7425. Please visit our website at



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Fri, June 4 (5 p.m. - 7 p.m.) Music & Entertainment The VFW Post 1938 in Valley Falls has started their Friday night Deck Party’s. All are welcome. Hamburgers and hot dogs served. (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) Community Event/Fundraiser Location: Behind the Lansingburgh High School-320 Seventh Avenue, N.Troy. Description: 2nd Annual Nancy McHugh Scholoarship Fundraiser-This year they will be having a Giffy’s Bar-B-Q. The price is $13.00 per person. Contact: For additional information, plese contact Mary Sweeney at 233-0458 or email, Sat, June 5 (8:00 a.m. - N/A) Shopping-Description:The Grafton Community Wide Garage Sale. Maps with sale locations will be available online at www., at the Library at 2455 NY 2 and the Grafton Town Store beginning Fri, June 4th. please call 279-0580. (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Shopping - The Valley Falls Library. Description: The Valley Falls Village wide lawn and garage sale. The Treasues and Trash sale will be held on the library lawn. (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon) Community Event - Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center Description: National Trails Day: Volunteer on trail clearing. Free barbecue for all volunteers. Preregister for lunch by 6/3. call 518658-2055. (8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Flea Market The Petersburgh Methodist Church, 12 Head of Lane, will hold a flea market, bake sale and rummage sale. The kitchen will also be open. (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) Community Event Oakwood Cemetery. Please use their Oakwood Avenue Entrance on Oakwood Avenue (Rte. 40). Description: A Soldier from Every War Join noted Robert E. Mulligan, retired military curator at the NYS Museum, as he introduces visitors to a serviceman from each of our Nation’s wars. $12.00 fee. call 800-556-6273. (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Farmers Market Riverfront Park, Front Street Troy- more than 50 local farmers, specialty foods producers, bakers and artisans provide the Capital Region’s freshest local meats, eggs, fruits and vegetables, naturally raised meat and poultry, artisan


breads, cheeses, baked goods, New York State wine, handmade soaps, pottery, crafts and much more! Shopping Located Rt. 2 in Brunswick. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Brunswick Elks will be holding their Annual Flea Market and Craft Fair. This event is outdoors and the space in the pavilion is limited. call 273-1449. (4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.) Community Event Zion’s United Church of Christ, 741 Taborton Road will serve a Turkey Dinner in the church hall. Adults, $10; children 5-12, $5; children under 5,free. (12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.) Community Event/Fundraiser Description: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany. CoNSERNS-U Fundraiser- Freihofer’s Community Walk. Walking in the Freihofer 22nd Community Walk. For registration forms and pledge sheets, call CoNSERNS-U at 463-8571. (4:00 p.m. - N/A) Community Event Italian Community Center, 1450 5th Avenue, Troy. 4th Market Reunion -Come and enjoy that special time of the 50’S, 60’S and 70’S. Eat, Drink And Share The Stories of a Glorious Era That Can Never Be Forgotten. Tickets $25.00 per person and must be purchased by May 31, 2010. call 274-0508 Ext. 17. (7:00 p.m. - N/A) Community Event The Schaghticoke Fairgrounds 69 Stillwater Bridge Road Schaghticoke They are hosting their first Western Festival and Championship Rodeo presented by Painted Pony Rodeo. This event is family oriented with partial proceeds to benefit the Rensselaer County 4-H programs. call (518) 753-4411. (9:00 a.m. - N/A) Community Event Grafton Lake State Park. National Trails Day. Come out for a morning of fun cleaning up the parks trails and enjoy a complimentary barbecue and prize raffle at noon. Registration at 9am. Work from 9:3012. If you’d like to participate in the lunch, please pre-register by June 2nd by calling Liz at 279-1155. call 518-279-1155. Sun, June 6, (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon) Community Event Hoags Corners Fire Station NY Route 66. All You Can Eat Breakfast. This event repeats every month on the first Sunday. Breakfast will

Community inculde Scrambled Eggs,Home Fries,Blueberry and Plain Pancakes,FrenchToast,Applesauce, Sausage,Bacon,Coffee,Tea, Milk,OJ Adults $6 kids 6-12 $4 5 and under free. Call 766-5474. (5:30 p.m. - N/A) Community Event The Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River Street,Troy The Arts Center Benefit Gala. - The Art-ful Garden Party. call 518 273 0552 x229. (12:30 - 4:30 p.m.) Community Event Pineridge Cross County Ski Area, Inc. Capital District Chapter of NY Forest Owners Association NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center. 12:30 - 1:00 Registration, coffee and conversation 1:00 - 1:30 Rensselaer Plateau Presentation 1:30 - 4:30 Selected walks 1 pre-register at Walks are arranged by the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance. Mon, June 7 (7:30 p.m. - N/A) History -The Stephentown Historical Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Stephentown Fire Hall, Grange Hall Road. Anne Kiely will present a programon historic wedding dresses. Isabel Krebs at 733-5935 or Meredith Rhindress at 733-5675. Wed, June 9 (3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) Farmers Market -The Market will be held on Hill St. between Liberty and Washington St., right off Fourth Street, Troy. The Farmers Market is a wonderful place to get together with your neighbors as well as pick up fresh and wholesome food from local sources. Food Stamps and WIC benefits are accepted as well as Rensco senior fresh checks and similar government food vouchers. Vendors are sought for produce, prepared foods and crafts, contact (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Community Event East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, Rensselaer. Town of East Greenbush Seniors will now have a meeting place to socialize and have a couple of hours of fun. This is a brand new “happening”! Parking is a definite plus. Handicapped accessible. Thurs, June 10 (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Education - The East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, Rensselaer. Free computer classes offered over the next few

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weeks. call the library at 477-7476. (2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Farmers Market - Now is the time to stop by the farmers’ market for some delicious fresh farm produce. The Rensselaer County Farmers’ Market is pleased to announce the start of 8th season market at the Twin Town Little League Park on Williams Road in North Greenbush. Road. The market will open with delicious fresh asparagus, leaf lettuces, green house tomatoes, rhubarb, radishes, scallions and strawberries as well as a wide array of hanging baskets, bedding plants and potted plants. Fri, June 11 (5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Music & Entertainment Description: The VFW Post 1938 in Valley Falls has started their Friday night Deck Party’s. All are welcome. Hamburgers and hot dogs served. (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Community Event-Fundraiser The Stephentown Valley Rod and Gun Club on Rt. 43 in West Stephentown will be holding Fish Fry and More, call 766-5350. Sat. June 12 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Farmers Market Riverfront Park Front Street,Troy (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) Community Event Oakwood Cemetery. Please use their Oakwood Avenue Entrance on Oakwood Avenue (Rte. 40). Oakwood, North of the Lakes Historian Michael Barrett guides an exploration of a section of the cemetery not normally covered in other tours, but filled with generals, lawyers, politicians, and founding families. call 800-556-6273. (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Shopping Melville House - corner of 114th Street & First Avenue, Troy. Description: Lansingburgh Historical Society - Porch Sale - Rain or shine. Sale is to be held inside & under cover at the Melville House. (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Community Event The Grafton Historical Society Cemetery Committee annual seminar on cemetery restoration will be held. call Dorothy Sunrise at 641-9660. (11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Community Event The Arts Center of the Capital Region - 265 River Street,Troy Enrichment for More Advanced

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(7:00 - 8:30 p.m.) Community Event Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second St., Troy. Explore your world through the pages of a book! The Reading Between the Lines program offers an unusual twist on the standard book group format with focused thematic discussions led by a humanities scholar. Pre-registration required call 518.272.7232.

Thurs, June 17 (7:00 - 8:30 p.m.) Community Event Rensselaer County Historical Society, 57 Second St., Troy. The Reading Between the Lines program offers an unusual twist on the standard book group format with focused thematic discussions led by a humanities scholar. call 518.272.7232.

(4:00 - 6:30 p.m.) Community Event The Center Brunswick United Methodist Church, 990 Hoosick Street annual Swiss Steak Supper. The cost is Adults, $12; children 5-12, $5. Reservations are required. Take out available. call 279-3107. (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon) History -Gateway Tours for 2010. Troy’s Oakwood Cemetery, North of the Lakes. Returning to the calendar by popular demand, this is not your usual Oakwood tour. call 518-274-5267, or by email to info@ (4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Community Event Center Brunswick United Methodist Church, 990 Hoosick Road. Swiss Steak Supper. Ticket prices are: Adult $12.00 and Children (5-11) $5.00. Open to the public. call 2793107 by June 8 for reservations. Sun, June 13 (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Community Event rafton Lake State Park. Painting A Landscape from 1-3pm. Adult Art class offered by local artist Nancy McGrath. call 518-279-1155. (1:00 p.m. - N/A) Special/Holiday Flag Day Parade - Troy’s most enduring event, The Troy Flag Day Parade is now in its 43rd continuous year and is the largest parade in the nation in honor of the American flag. The 2010 edition of the Troy Flag Day Parade takes place this year on Sunday, June 13th. The steps off is at 1:00. It runs along 4th Street beginning in South Troy at 4th & Main Street and ending at 4th & Federal Street. visit flagdayparade.html Wed, June 16 (3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) Farmers Market - The Market will

(6:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.) Community Event The friends of Jack Dwyer Committee Ninth Annual Tribute to Jack Dwyer will be held at the American Legion on Main Street. (2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Farmers Market at the Twin Town Little League Park on Williams Road in North Greenbush.Road. Fri, June 18 (5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Music & Entertainment The VFW Post 1938 in Valley Falls Friday night Deck Party’s. All are welcome. Hamburgers and hot dogs served. (9:00 p.m.) Community Event Grafton Lake State Park. Star Watch at Grafton Lakes State Park at 9:00pm. Join with members of the Albany Area Astronomers and come explore the night sky. call 518279-1155. Sat, June 19 (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Community Event The River Street merchants formed the River Street Festival to help showcase all the great things going on in the downtown area, in particular the special places located up and down River Street. Unlike the commercially established festivals you see today, the River Street festival has a grassroots arts and antiques theme. contact Vito Ciccarelli (518) 279-7162, Jeff Pirro at (518) 279-7131. riverstreetfestival.html (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Farmers Market Riverfront Park, Front Street,Troy,

never been street painting before, it’s time to try this new kind of canvas! Transform Troy’s sidewalks into works of art. Compete for art supplies, gifts and $1000 in cash prizes, awarded by a committee of judges and by People’s Choice Awards. Prize categories include: Adult, Grades 9-12, Grades 6-8, and Grades 1-5. Registrations are now being accepted. Spaces are extremely limited and cost $15 per person. call 273-0552.

(5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) The Stephentown Valley Rod and Gun Club on Rt. 43 in West Stephentown will be holding Fish Fry and More call 766-5350. (5:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.) Community Event Downtown Troy. Troy Night Out

Mon, June 21 (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Education The East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, Rensselaer. has free computer classes call the library at 477-7476. Tues, June 22 (7:00 p.m. - N/A) Agriculture - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, 61 State Street, Troy. a session entitled “Becoming A Master Gardner,” contact the Horticulture Program at 272-4210 or email David Chinery at Wed, June 23 (5:00 p.m. N/A) Community Event Downtown Troy. At the stage north of the Green Island Bridge June 23rd-August 25-Rockin’ on the River - Every Wednesday at 5:00p.m.Unforgettable Fire, a U2 tribute band.

(6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Youth - North Greenbush Town Offices, 2 Douglas Street, Wynantskill. The North Greenbush Youth Department day camp registration will be held call 2832795.

Sat, June 26 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Farmers Market Riverfront Park, Front Street,Troy Web Site: (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) History Oakwood Cemetery The Women Left Behind Holding Down the Fort Join Rensselaer County Historian Kathy Sheehan and famed Military Historian Michael Barrett for a new Oakwood tour. call 800-556-6273. (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Community Event Grafton Lake State Park. Free Fishing Clinic from with DEC Fisheries Educators. call 518-2791155.

(3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) Farmers Market The Market will be held on Hill St. between Liberty and Washington St., right off Fourth Street, Troy.

(9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon) Youth Location: The Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River Street, Troy A Summer Camp for Kids 8-10 Years Old. Animation and Gaming Adventure. July 26 - 30 | $175 + $25 materials fee | Call 273-0552 to register

Thurs, June 24 (2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) The Rensselaer County Farmers’ Market at the Twin Town Little League Park on Williams Road in North Greenbush Fri, June 25 (5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) The VFW Post 1938 in Valley Falls Deck Party’s.

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East Greenbush - Attention Class of 1990, Columbia High School: 20 years ago this June we graduated from Columbia High. Come celebrate 20 years this summer with old friends and classmates on July 24th with a family picnic at Camp Scully in Wynantskill, followed by an evening dinner cruise on the JP Cruise Line. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


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RENSSELAER COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKET OPENS JUNE 3 The Rensselaer County Farmers’ Market opens June 3,at the Twin Town Little League Park on Williams Road in North Greenbush As in past years, the market will be open from 2:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.. each Thursday from June 3 to October 14, 2010. Returning farmers include Kristy’s Barn, Castleton; Krug’s Brookside Farm; East Schodach, Gold Krest Farms; Rensselaer; Tarbox Farms Earth’s Bounty, Troy; fresh made goat cheese and mozzarella from R&G Cheese, Cohoes; wines from Cascade Winery; stromboli and tomato pie from DeFazio’s of Troy. The market’s new vendors are Thunder Mountain Curry, PanAsian cuisine, Troy, Engelke Farm, Poestenkill and fresh chicken barbecues every week from The Eatery in Troy.


“Because of our location off Route 4 near Hudson Valley Community College, we’re the ideal stop for commuters driving home who want a take home dinner, bottle of wine as well as many farm fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables and baked goods,� says market manager Rich Belanger. The market will open with delicious fresh asparagus, leaf lettuces, green house tomatoes, rhubarb, radishes, scallions and strawberries as well as an assortment of hanging baskets, bedding and potted plants. The 2010 market sponsors are the Our Towne monthly newspaper and Discount Wine & Liquor of East Greenbush. The market will continue to accept applications from vendors throughout the season. (

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along trails in the twilight and watch the moonrise. Free- call 658-2055. (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon) Youth Dyken Pond Frogs and Salamanders- Each program will involve an activity and a craft. $3 per child or $6 per family. 518-658-2055. (8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) Community Event The Grafton Volunteer Fire Department along with the Grafton Ladies Auxiliary will hold an all you can eat breakfast at the Grafton VFW-Fire Hall on South Road (County Route 85). The cost is $8.00 per adult, kids 12 and under free. Sun, June 27 (11:00 a.m. - N/A) Community Event/Fundraiser Burden Lake County Club. 3rd annual Golf Scramble. Proceeds go to Hoags Corners Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. For the construction of a NEW SUBSTATION Register now! contact Ken Bornhorst @ 331-1294 or email

(5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) Music & Entertainment Rockin’ on the River At the stage north of the Green Island Bridge. Solid Smoke with the Mount Olive Gospel Choir. Thurs, July 1 (10 a.m. - 12:00 Noon) Youth Dyken Pond 475 Dyken Pond Road, Cropseyville Dountiful Bugs. Each program will involve an activity and a craft. Nature Nuts and Wee Wonders will run at the same time and each program runs from 10am-noon. call 518-658-2055. (2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Farmers Market he Rensselaer County Farmers’ Market at the Twin Town Little League Park on Williams Road in North Greenbush.

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President Rensselaer Chamber RENSSELAER COUNTY CHAMBER of COMMERCE of Commerce Calendar of Events Professional Training for Entrepreneurs THURS, JUNE 3 NetworkingPlus3 Breakfast NetworkingPlus Breakfast Bulmer Telecommunications Center $20 Members; $40 NonMembers & Walk-ins Networking is the number one reason why businesses join the Chamber. 7:30am Check-in; 8am-9am Program Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy WED, JUNE 9 All-Star Member Appreciation Event This free event is our way of saying “thank you” to our members! Join us at “The Joe” Pavillion area for BBQ food, networking, live entertainment and door prizes. Stay on to cheer on Chamber players as they take to the Tri-City Valley Cats’ home diamond for the Chamber’s “Baseball Challenge: Be a Valley Cat for the Day!” TUES, JUNE 15 ‘Team Building: 1 + 1 = 11’ with Dr. John J. Pelizza Through this empowering presentation, Dr. Pelizza will help participants work better in teams and improve productivity. He will share and demonstrate practical principles that influence proactive teams. 7:30am Check-in & Breakfast; 8am - 9am Program The Franklin Terrace, 126 Campbell Avenue, Troy TUES, JUNE 22 “Managing Your Career Transition” Are you changing jobs? Between jobs? Or taking some time out of the workforce? Please join Georgia Kelly and Rachel Dorr of The Clore Group at Merrill Lynch to learn about the options you have with your retirement plans and how to get ready for the “new retirement”. *CHAMBER OFFICES, 255 River Street, Troy Contact for all these events is: Kate Ollier, Programs & Communications Manager 518.274.7474


SmartUp, a Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce program designed to help small businesses start up and succeed, is accepting applications for its next class. Applications are due by Friday, August 13 for the fall session, which begins Wednesday, August 25th. A comprehensive, educational business course, SmartUp is offered to entrepreneurs in the regional business community who want to gain insight and practical instruction about starting and growing small businesses. Ten weekly seminars are led by experienced local business experts who bring a “real world” view into the classroom. Students explore topics such as Writing a Business Plan; Legal Issues; Insurance; Sales; Bank Financing & Accounting; Marketing & Public Relations; Real Estate; and Human Resources. These critical topics deliver the essential knowledge you need to know to start or grow a successful business. SmartUp is presented by the Chamber in partnership with Rensselaer County Economic Development & Planning. All-inclusive cost is $295 per person. For information and online application forms, visit www. Or contact Ryan Silva, Director of Business Development, at 274.7020, ext. 14 or SmartUp is sponsored by Capital Bank & Trust.

Chamber Trip to Ireland The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce and Meissner Cruise & Travel will host an informational session on “Explore Ireland 2010,” a nine-day trip geared to area businesses and individuals. Come to the Chamber office on Tuesday June 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and learn about this exciting travel opportunity. You’ll explore the Emerald Isle and exchange ideas with Irish business owners, traveling from October 15 to 23. See the famed cities of Dublin, Kildare, Birr, Galway, Killarney, Blarney, Cork, and Limerick. Your tour includes roundtrip airfare and 4-star accommodations, along with great highlights including a medieval castle banquet, and visits to the Guinness Brewery, Trinity College, and much more. Contact Debbie O’Donnell at 274.7020, ext. 10 or

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June 20, 1-7 PM, treat Dad to an afternoon of fun at the Schuetzenpark Biergarten at the German-American Club of Albany, 32 Cherry Street. the last outdoor Biergarten in the Capital District. Live music from the Schwarzennegger Connection. Entry is $3/adult, children under 12 are free! Tasty German and domestic food and drink available for purchase. Activities for children. In the event of rain, the event will be moved indoors to our banquet hall and bar. call 518.265.6102 or see our web site


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Grilled Spicy Chipotle Barbecue Turkey Drumsticks Apricot preserves balances the spicy taste of chipotle chile in a delicious basting sauce. Prep Time: 35 min Total Time: 35 min Makes: 2 servings

1 tablespoon finely chopped onion 2 teaspoons water 1/4 cup barbecue sauce 2 tablespoons apricot preserves 1 teaspoon chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce (from 7-oz can) 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 turkey drumsticks (8 oz each)

1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. In 1-quart saucepan, cook onion and water over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender. Stir in barbecue sauce, preserves, chile and salt. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Reserve 3 tablespoons sauce. 2. Cover and grill drumsticks over medium-low heat 25 to 30 minutes, turning frequently and brushing with sauce during last 5 minutes, until juice of turkey is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (180°F). 3. Serve drumsticks with reserved 3 tablespoons sauce.

Surprise Graduation Cupcakes Get your chocolate fix with four kinds of chocolate tucked into fun cupcakes. Prep Time: 35 min Total Time: 2 hours 5 min Makes: 24 cupcakes 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® devil's food cake mix Water, vegetable oil and eggs as called for on cake mix box 24 milk chocolate candy drops or pieces, unwrapped 3 cups powdered sugar 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened 2 oz. white baking bars, melted (from 6-oz package) 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 to 4 tablespoons milk 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, melted

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 as directed on cake mix box using water, oil, and eggs. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about 2/3 full). Press 1 milk chocolate drop or piece in center of each batter filled muffin cup. 2. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove form pans to cooling racks. Cool completely. 3. In medium bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter, melted white baking bar, and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Gradually beat in milk until smooth and creamy. Frost cupcakes; pipe year with melted dark chocolate onto each cupcake.

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The Senior Bocce games will begin on Thursday, June 3rd at 5:45 pm at Onderdonk Park in Hampton Manor and will last until Labor Day.

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Easy game to learn and lots of fun to be had by those who join. To learn more about the game, go to www.bocce.standardsassociation. org and you will be able to grasp what the game is all about. Anyone over the age of 55 will be able to join.

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My dad is getting remarried. I don’t want him to. I told him I hated the idea, and he said I would get used to it. He won’t spend as much time with me if he is married. I get so mad about it I cry. I like it when his girlfriend goes home. I want my dad to myself. From, Losing Dad at 10

Diane Laney Fitzpatrick

Dear Losing Dad, Summers come and summers go. Don’t let this one slip away without packing in as much fun as those short months allow. Here are some ways you can ensure this summer will be the best your kids ever had. 1. Celebrate the end of school. Have a big bash to celebrate the last day of school and kick off summer fun. Invite your kids’ friends, neighbors and even their teachers – they might like to kick back after a long school year. 2. Don’t let the summer slip away. Before summer vacation begins, take out a calendar and look at what you have before you. If you want to accomplish something, put it on the calendar. Remember all those times during the school year that you said, “I wish we had time to . . .” This is the time to do them. 3. Set goals and have a plan to meet them. Write down your goals for the summer and think of ways to implement them. 4. Enjoy the outdoors. Take advantage of summer weather and expose your kids to nature. with hikes, nature walks, rock collecting expeditions, bike rides, bug hunts, etc. 5. Don’t forego all academics. It’s a break from school , but decide how much math, spelling or other skills your child needs during the break, to keep his mind in shape for the next school year. Then add it to your calendar. 6. Be just a little wacky. Let your children remember their summers as a time when their parents went a little wild. ~Rent a convertible for the day, put the top down and go for a drive in the country.

I felt so sad and helpless when I read your letter. Part of me knows you are not losing your dad, but part of me knows that to you it feels like you are. That is a terrible feeling. Whimper, cry and howl when you need to! Try to remember, though, you are not losing your dad, your family is just changing, honey! It’s OK to growl and whimper. Get the feelings out! Sincerely, Miss Sigmund, CGC, TDI, Ph.D.

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Dear Miss Sigmund, My friends asked me if I wanted to smoke. I said no. I was scared! They called me a chicken. What should I do? Isn’t smoking really really bad for you? Frightened in Fifth Grade Dear Frightened, You were right to say no. You are a brave kid. Smoking makes this dog pinch her nose. It is a stinky, dirty habit that is terrible for your health. Don’t smoke!

~Wake them up in the middle of the night to watch a meteor shower, or just a beautiful clear night of star watching. Take sleeping bags outside and lie on the grass and sky-watch for an hour, or until the kids fall asleep.

My boxer-buddy Bowser used to rummage through rotten garbage. (YUK! Pee-yoo!) He asked me to join in. I barked in protest and asked him to come dig holes in my yard instead.

~Let them stay up as late as they want one night, with an all night party. Chances are they won’t last the whole night, but they’ll get that bug out of their system.

Digging holes is dirty work, too, but it’s fun and healthy!

~Have a food fight. Let them put makeup on you and each other. Jump in a lake with your clothes on. The memories these things will create are more than worth the mess and embarrassment.

Miss Sigmund, CGC, TDI, Ph.D.



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It’s My Story, Part II On Fri, June 11 at 6:30 pm, the East Greenbush Library will present a special performance by local storyteller Mary Murphy to highlight the stories created through a special project. Amazing Amanda Wed, June 2 at 6:30 pm Despite suffering from mitochondrial disease, which took her life at 16, Amanda Perrotta believed that one should be positive. A book signing and reception will follow. Zumba Tues, June 8 at 7 pm Zumba is a hip-swinging, booty-shaking fun way to get a workout that incorporates merengue, salsa, cha-cha, cumbia, calypso, and rock & roll. Spiral Ensemble Sun, June 13 at 2 pm These talented musicians perform chamber music inspired by the tango and works by Argentine and Brazilian composers. Strength Training for Older Adults Mon, June 14 at 11 am Strength training is an important component of your exercise regimen. Come and learn some foundation exercises to get you started. Hatha Yoga Sat, June 19 at 10 am Shannon Keyes from the YMCA will present this mixed level Hatha yoga class for everyone from beginner to advanced. Bring a yoga mat, blanket, and small pillow. Free Movie Night: Wed, June 9 at 6:30 pm The movie “An Education” will be shown at the library with free popcorn and a drink.

Introduction to Facebook on Thursday, June 10 from 1-3 pm Introduction to G-mail on Monday, June 21 from 1-3 pm

Children’s Programs Summer Reading Program Kick Off! Magician Jim Snack Fri, June 25 Two shows — 4 pm OR 7 pm

Teen Programs Summer Reading & VolunTeen Training Do you like to read? Or do you just want to earn prizes for doing our summer reading assignment? Either way, you’re welcome to join our Teen SRP challenge. Read at least 600 minutes this summer to earn an invite to the water balloon fight of the decade! * You must attend ONE of these training sessions to be a Summer VolunTeen. * You DO NOT need to pre-register in order to attend a training session. * THE DOORS WILL BE LOCKED AFTER 15 MINUTES — so show up ON TIME! Tues, June 15 @ 4 pm Thurs, June 17 @ 7 pm Mon, June 21 @ 4 pm Call the library to register for any of the above classes or programs.

East Greenbush Community Library / 10 Community Way East Greenbush, NY 12061 Ph. 518-477-7476

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JUNE Calendar of Events Saturday June 12 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Pick and poke along the Pike Tent Sale Huge selection of books. ************************************* Monday June 21 7:00 PM Reading and discussion group One Thousand White Women By Jim Fergus ************************************ All Programs Are FREE and open to the public

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ARTS THEATRE: Youth Theatre Players presents “William’s Window” on July 31 at 7pm and Aug 1 at 2pm. Tickets are $5 and reservations can be made ay 518-674-2007. GALLERY: On May 16 - June 30 the gallery will exhibit the paintings of Lisa Weinblatt. Her figural imagery is informed through personal experience,drawing on locations in New York City high schools. A free and open to the public artist reception will be held on Sunday, May 30 from 1 - 3pm. Regular gallery hours are Wed. and Fri. 10am - noon and Sundays from 1 - 3pm and by appointment. SUNDAYS AT THE CENTER: On June 6 at 1:30pm join the Capital Region’s favorite magician, Jim Snack, brings his talents to the SLCA. Registration is needed for this free show that is open to families. A 45 min. workshop will follow the show for $5. Registration for workshop is needed. SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS: Sign up now for summer youth workshops. July 5 -August 1. Spaces are limited - sign up now! Classes include Creative Clay, Artsmart, Creative Movement, Building Blocks of Music, Make Your Own Theatre, Hip Hop Zumba, and *New this year* Filmmaking: From Script to Screen, and Youth Theatre Players presenting William’s Window. SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, August 19 for Third Annual A Taste of Sand Lake, sample delicious fare from local restaurants and mingle with friends and support the arts! The Sand Lake Center for the Arts is located at 2880 NY 43, onehalf mile east of the blinking light in Averill Park, NY. Call 518674-2007 or visit for more information and to make reservations.

JUNE EVENTS AT GRAFTON LAKES & CHERRY PLAIN STATE PARKS 5 Sat– National Trails Day. Come out for a morning of fun cleaning up the parks trails and enjoy a complimentary barbecue and prize raffle at noon. 13 Sun– Painting A Landscape from 1-3pm. Adult Art class offered by local artist Nancy McGrath. 18 Fri- Star Watch at Grafton Lakes State Park at 9:00pm. . Call 658-9144 .

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19 Sat– Survival Skills Series begins with “A Dozen Ways to Light A Fire Without Matches.” 26 Sat– Free Fishing Clinic from 1-3pm with DEC Fisheries Educators. Call Grafton Lakes State Park for more info. (518) 279-1155


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