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OUR TOWNE Your Hometown Community Resource

Birthday Party Planning! Letter to a Graduate Road Trip Survival Tips GREENBUSH DAYS! June 9th Summer Camp & Enrichment Our Towne Rensselaer County ~ 518-641-9330 ~ debbie@ourtownerensco.com


Table of Contents Our Towne O T Rensselaer R l County C t June 2012 In Every Issue Community Calendar (20-21) Wellness (34-36) Message from the Vet (24) Your Home Guide (4-8) Book Review (23) Kids Pages May Features A Letter to Our Graduates (4) Top 5 Summer Road Trip Travel Rules (9) Birthday Party Planning Pages (26-)

EDITOR’s NOTE Dear Reader, This month’s theme is all about going for your dreams, whether its after graduation or in the middle of your life. Every June millions of American high schools graduate their seniors and send them off into the world to have the next big adventure of their life. Teacher Darren Rosenbaum’s “Letter to a Graduate” gives these young people something to think about. Daryl Bart’s “Growing Pains - Imagine That” offers similar advice for any time in life. We also celebrate Father’s Day in June, which for me is bittersweet because I loved my Dad so much and miss him more than ever at this time of year. It was always a challenge to find the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Luckily almost all of our advertisers have something for Father’s Day, whether it is a gift certificate to Evergreen to play golf, landscaping supplies, a gentleman’s massage, or a day at Oasis or Spare Time with the grandkids.

Crazy Dreamers (take 2) (17)

Shop local at Greenbush Days on June 9th – with some of the best tent sales of the year and it’s all on Columbia Turnpike so you don’t have to go far.

Growing Pains - Imagine That (17)

Also, check out our Birthday Party Planning Page & the Summer Camp & Enrichment Page to help you organize your life.

Summer Camps & Enrichment Programs (26)

As always, enjoy this issue & tell our advertisers you saw them in OUR TOWNE!! Thanks Debbie Gaylord, Publisher OUR TOWNE IS LOOKING FOR AN ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Friendly, creative, sales experience, organized, flexible hours *Must live in Southern Rensselaer County. call 641-9330 for details

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Contributors Darren Rosenbaum, Dr. David Stone, DVM, Lynn Catelotti Dr. Patrick Bergmann Dr. Joe Lapinski

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D E A R G R A D U AT E by Darren Rosenbaum

For someone who’s taught high school seniors for the last 7 years, June is by far my favorite month. Now there are cynics out there who would say it’s because teacher’s have the summer off. But that’s not the reason at all. It’s because high school graduation is a remarkably uplifting experience that opens the door to life. I didn’t always feel this way. Sure, I’m always thrilled that my students pass an important milestone but I clearly remember the struggle I had in 2006 with my first graduating class at Chatham High School. June meant that I’d forever wonder if I’d truly prepared my students for the rigors ahead, whether it was college or the working world. And how would I wrap up a year of teaching Economics and Government? Of course we’d review for the final but what about the most important thing I would say all year… My parting words on the last day of class? In the last few weeks of that school year, I decided I’d share a few things that might impact them in some small way. That realization developed into ‘Rosenbaum’s Three Laws of Life’. I typed up my message to our nation’s future, made class copies and rolled the dice. Here’s what I came up with and still use (with yearly modifications) today:

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“I had a very small part in defining who each of you has become but I feel honored to have gotten to know you, if only for a short time. I can tell you without hesitation that each of you is remarkable, not only for what you achieved academically, but for the journey you have completed over the last 12 years. For what it’s worth, I would like to offer some words of advice, a few ‘pearls of wisdom’ from someone who has seen a few things over the years..... Whoever first said ‘Life is short’ should have copyrighted the statement and collected royalties! Hardly a day goes by that millions don’t say it and it’s so true! I am now ‘44’ (adjust yearly) and so glad that I was able to see a good part of the world before reality set in. So apply for a passport and plan a trip somewhere off the beaten path… And I’m not talking about a train ride through an Americanized Europe. Do that when you’re older, grayer and have lots of cash! For now, travel on the cheap to the wilds of Africa, Asia or the Americas and see what life is like for billions around the world. As you absorb what you’ve seen and process your experiences, you’ll better understand why we Americans have ‘won the lottery of life’. See what’s out there and what the world has to offer before you get old and have regrets, which leads to my next thought...... Whoever first said ‘Youth is wasted on the young’ should have copyLIKE US on facebook DOBY’s Submarine Official FB righted and collected royalties as well, because they’d probably be richer than the person above! If I’ve learned anything in the 26 years (adjust yearly) since my high school graduation, it’s that life is an adventure and there is so much to experience it would be a pity to let any of it pass you by. So before you waste away growing your ‘Friends’ list, standing in line for the next iPhone, or sitting in front of ‘the tube’ for hours / days / weeks of re-runs or reality show FH LQ V drivel, realize that youth is fleeting and final, and no amount of money can buy G WH D U H HG 2S it back, which leads to my next and final thought..... *,)7 DPLO\2ZQ ) George Mallory, famed British high peaks climber who attempted &$5'6 to ascend Mt. Everest twice and died trying in 1924, was once asked $9$,/$%/( ‘Why did you want to climb Mt. Everest’? His often quoted answer.... ‘Because it’s there.’ That about says it all....and in only three ‘bloody good’ WEEKLY words! So, while you will certainly face difficulties in this life, challenge yourself SPECIALS! and accept any challenge the way George Mallory did, with determination and a Large menu including: Subs, Sandwiches, Burgers, Wings, smile on your face. Fried Chicken, Cheese Steaks and This year I’ve tried to instill in all my students that there is a great big messy much much more! world out there, well beyond the confines of Chatham and Columbia County. It should be explored with wonder and amazement, as well as a bit of trepidation. So, enjoy every friendship, every opportunity, and every experience to the fullest because before you know it, reality will set in, possibly disguised as an invitation to your 10 year reunion! Hours: M-W 10am-8pm; G Take care and please keep in touch along the way. Bye for now. XUFKDVH S TH-F 10am-9pm; E X 6 \ Sincerely, (YHU Sat 10am-8pm; Closed Sunday Darren Rosenbaum”

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Dear Dr. Lapinski: I’m going to college in the fall and I’ m interested in pursuing a career in the dental field – what ar e my options and what should I study? Jenn, East Greenbush Dear Jennifer: Congratulations. I knew I wanted to be a dentist, so I chose a major in Biology. A scienc e degree isn’t absolutely necessary but it really helped me prepare for the volume & content of the work in dental school and I had most of the pr e-requisites expected from a dental program. To become a Dental P rovider, there are 3 main r outes you can choose: Dental Hygienist, General Dentist, or Dental Specialist. Dental Hygienist. Our ar ea is f ortunate to have a pr ogram at HVCC. It’s very competitive and offers a full time pr ogram that usually is completed in 3 years including prerequisites. One of the best advances for Hygienists in the last f ew years is being able to get certified to administer local anesthesia & nitrous oxide, adding a layer of service to your patients. Dentist: You’ll go to school for a Bachelors Deg ree before attending 4 y ears of Dental S chool. You’ll receive a DDS or a DMD, depending on the school y ou go to but both titles ar e essentially the same. General Dentists (like me) ar e expected to do a 1-year residency after graduating in NYS – although not required in all states. I did a 2- year residency at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady before my private practice, but that is not the most common route. If you want to be a Periodontist (gums, implants), Endodontist (root canals), Prosthodontist (crowns/dentures), Pedodontist (children) or Or thodontist (braces) you’ll complete an additional 2-3 year program before starting to practice. If you want to be an Oral Surgeon (wisdom teeth, implants, trauma) – you’ll complete an additional 6-year surgical program.

by Joseph Lapinski, DDS

Whichever area you decide t o pursue – Good Luck! Do some research, or try working in an office to gain insight int o the field, if possible.

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by Daryl Bart When Debbie suggested I try writing something for Our Towne, I was instantly nervous and excited at the same time. We had only met a short time ago, but in our few brief conversations, we covered many topics about life and family, adoption and autism, about business and risks, and charity and community. It was during one of these cha ts that I said out loud tha t someday I wanted to write a book, that is, if I could ever find the time, and the topic and the confidence. It was risky to say. But it was fun testing it out on someone I didn’t know all that well. I’ve kept my secret aspiration rolling around in my brain safe from public scrutiny or comment, for a long time, and saying it, somehow made it more real. I star ted dabbling, taking notes, scribbling ideas on sticky not es and writing essays about topics that usually came t o me while driving t o work. I downloaded inspiring songs and signed up for a class . It wasn’t a novel, but my musings were well received and I was taking baby steps towards my goal. Then something extra-ordinary happened. My eyes started seeing bravery and confidence everywhere…people taking risks and chanc es, everyday in so man y ways. I wasn’t alone on the ledge. It w as astounding and inspiring … I sa w people signing up to 5K’s and half marathons, teenagers preparing planning for life aft er graduation, I saw new businesses opening and people making career changes that make a difference in the lives of neighbors, I saw little girls with stage frigh t dancing in r ecitals, and widowers downsizing their homes and joining bookclubs, One person even jumped out of an airplane to face her fears.

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S o here is an idea…. As I use this c ommunity forum to muse openly and publically as a v ery new writer, maybe you will join me , and make a promise to yourself, (and maybe outloud to a new friend) t o try something, anything that is on y our list of “things I’ll someday do”, a checkmark on y our bucket list. What will it be? What is rolling around in your head as unfinished business and ho w are you going to make a difference in your very own life? And when you hear from someone close to you, “I knew you could do it”, embrace it. Maybe that is what taking risks is all about . Finally seeing yourself in someone else’s eyes first. Debbie heard my revelation and decided to trust me more than I trusted myself. And when I read today on a friends Facebook page, this unattributed quote “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” I felt right at home.

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Community Calendar ~ June 2012 Saturday, June 02, 2012 (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) River Street between Broadway and State. Troy Flea, presented by Tight Knit, is a Brooklyn style flea market bringing 20 Vendors of vintage furniture and clothing, antiques, and handmade artisan crafters to the streets of Downtown Troy every Saturday in the summer. Saturdays in June, July, August 9am-2pm. Saturday, June 02, 2012 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Troy Masonic Hall 39 Brunswick Road, Route 2 Troy, Civil War Weekend. Daily activities include skirmishes, visits to the camps, sutlers selling period goods , and period music . See folks in period dr ess and talk to “Johnny Reb”, “Billy Yank” and Mr . Lincoln! See history come to life! Hosted by the 77th NY SVI. Doug Hull at (518)663-7647. Or the Troy Masonic Hall at (518) 2730196. Saturday, June 02, 2012 (9:00 a.m. -) Grafton Lakes Sate Park. National Trails Day at Grafton Lakes State Park. Registration and refreshments at 9am at Shaver Nature Center, 194 Shaver Pond Road. Head out onto the tr ails for cleanup and tr ail maintenance from 9:30-12pm. Then come back t o enjoy a c omplimentary barbecue and prize raffle for all of our w onderful volunteers. Please r egister for barbecue b y Wednesday, May 30th by calling 279-1155. Contact: For additional informa tion, please call Ph 279-1155.

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@ 3rd Street After the Flag Day Parade the community is invited to cool off with an ic e cream sundae, ice tea or lemonade, and some r ag time tunes in St . Paul's Friday, June 08, 2012 (7:00 p.m. - N/A) garden. After guests finish their sundaes, they are invited A trumpet concert will be performed at the First to enjoy a t our of the Tiffany decorated sanctuary. call United Presbyterian Church, 1915 Fifth Avenue. 419-304-7854 or 518-892-6767. Three of the ar ea's finest trumpeters, Peter Bellino, Eric Latini & Cathy Sheridan will be presenting a joint recital. Sunday, June 10, 2012 (9:30 a.m. - N/A) This concert is free, with donations accepted. THE RUN FOR HELP:A 5K RACE/WALK AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCEIN MEMORY OF LIZA ELLEN WARNER (MAY 17, 1975 – OCTOBER 1, 2004) All proceeds from the race will benefit Unity House Domestic Violence Program & The Animal Protective Foundation.www.Rememberingliza.org, www.unityhouseny.org Or email therunforhelp@y ahoo. com Shop Local Along Columbia Turnpike See ad for details pg 14 Thursday, June 14, 2012 (4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Troy – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County will hold its annual “Rensselaer County Saturday, June 09, 2012 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Garden Tour” on Thursday, June 14, from 4:00 to Grafton Lakes Sate Park. Cemetery Restoration Semi- 8:00 P.M. Twelve private gardens will be fea tured in nar from 9am-3pm. The class is free and a complimentary Averill Park and West Sand Lake. This year’s gardens inlunch is served. To register, please call Dorothy Surprise at clude water features, outdoor rooms, Italian gar dens, 641-9660 or email the Gr afton Historical Society at his- butterfly gardens, pergolas, vegetable beds and much toricgrafton@aol.com. please call Ph 279-1155. more. This drive-it-yourself tour will provide homeowners with dozens of inspir ational ideas. Maps will be on Saturday, June 09, 2012 (8:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.) sale for $10.00 per person and can be pur chased from A Tropical Paradise Dance will be held at the Arts 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. the day of the tour at two locations: The Center, 265 River Street. Music by the Champagne Jam. Robert C. Parker School, 4254 Route 43, North Greenbush Admission includes light refreshments and cash bar. The NY 12198 and St. Henry’s Roman Catholic Church, 39 Old Arts Center members, $12; non-members, $15. Route 66, Averill Park NY 12018. The tour will be held rain or shine. Proceeds will benefit the Rensselaer County Saturday, June 09, 2012 (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Master Gardener program. River Street between Broadway and Sta te. Troy Flea, Marcie Vohnoutka at mmp74@cornell.edu or call 518presented by Tight Knit, is a Br ooklyn style flea market 272-4210 . bringing 20 Vendors of vin tage furniture and clothing , antiques, and handmade artisan crafters to the streets of Downtown Troy every Saturday in the summer. Saturdays in June, July, August 9am-2pm.

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Sunday, June 03, 2012 (4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. HOLY SPIRIT’S GIFFY’S CHICKEN BBQ Holy Spirit School is hosting a Giffy’s Chicken Barbecue on Sunday, June 3rd, from 4PM to 6PM to raise funds for the school . The 1/2 chicken dinner is $10.00 and the 1/2 chicken separate is $7.00. The chicken dinner includes 1/2 chick en, baked potato, coleslaw, roll with butter, cookie and drink. Take out orders only, pick-up between 4PM - 6PM. SUBMIT ORDERS AND PAYMENT TO HOLY SPIRIT SCHOOL OFFICE OR EMAIL dkenneally@nycap.rr.com. reservations, please call Diane Kenneally at 286-2753 or the da y of the BBQ at 527-0483. Saturday, June 09, 2012 (11:00 s.m. - 3:00 p.m.) 146 First Street, Troy. The block party is a commuThursday, June 07, 2012 (8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.) nity event sponsored by the Agape Church. There WalkSPRING BIRD WALK at OAKWOOD- Oakwood will be different community services in attendance such Cemetery is home to over 70 species of birds including all as Wellcare, Triple AAA, a local bank , YMCA, Northeast 5 types of woodpeckers. Led by Volunteers Clint and Nao- Parent and Child Society and more. mi Anglin and Heidi Klino wski, A few loaner binoculars are available. $12.00pp Call 1-800-556-6273 to register. Sunday, June 10, 2012 (1:00 p.m. - N/A) Flag Day Parade -Participants will gather at the stagThursday, June 07, 2012 (6:00 p.m. - N/A) ing area at Main Str eet and Bur den Avenue. Flag Day Literally Speaking, An Evening with the Short Sto- Parade.266-1113. ry. Fulton Street Gallery, 408 Fulton Street, Troy The goal of Literally Speaking is to create a venue in which writers Sunday, June 10, 2012 (12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) of literary prose fiction living in and ar ound New York's Ice Cream Social Fundraiser-St. Paul's Church, State 20

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Music & EntertainALL YOU CAN EAT ment/Farmers Market BREAKFAST BUFFET The Brunswick Family SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2012 Community Center. 8:30am to 12:30pm Farmers Market-5:00 p.m. -Concert Series -6:30 Eggs, sausage, bacon, French toast, pancakes, hash browns, bagels, p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:00 p .m. Town Join us and give Dad a PXIÂżQV'DQLVKSDVWU\IUXLW of Brunswick-Summer treat on his special day! PLONDQGFRIIHH Concerts: 6/16/2012$GXOWV&KLOGUHQ&KLOGUHQDQGXQGHU)5(( The Refrigerators (Rock) 7/3/2012-Four on the The Italian Community Center ~ 1450 Fifth Avenue, Troy, NY Floor Band 7/10/2012274-0508 The All Paul Band (Classic River Street between Broadway and State. Troy Rock) 7/17/2012-Crying Flea, presented by Tight Knit, is a Brooklyn style flea Out Loud 7/24/2012-Flame the B and 7/31/2012-Back market bringing 20 Vendors of vin tage furniture and 40 Bands (Country) 8/7/2012-Cabin Fever (Bluegrass) clothing, antiques, and handmade artisan crafters to the 8/14/2012-The Tichy Boys (Roots Rock, Country & Swingstreets of Downtown Troy every Saturday in the summer. abilly) 8/21/2012-Hair of the Dog (Irish Folk/ContempoSaturdays in June, July, August 9am-2pm. rary 8/28/2012-Lustre Kings (Rockabilly)

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Saturday, June 23, 2012 (N/A) Craft Fair - The Brunswick Community Assistance Auxiliary is sponsoring a Family Fun day at the Brunswick Community Center, 18 Keyes Lane. There will be a craft show, games and fun for children and more. Vendors are being sought for craft Fair. Saturday, June 23, 2012 (12:00 - 2:00 p.m.) Grafton Lakes Sate Park. Satâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Family Fishing Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Learn How To Fish On Long Pond from 12pm-2pm. As part of F ree Fishing Weekend, the park and DECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s I Fish NY program are offering a free introduction to fishing for families. Meets along Long Pond Dam near the boa thouse. Fishing poles provided. To hear the I Fish NY talk, please show up at 12pm, and fishing will be ongoing until 2pm aft er that. 23 S atâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Family Fishing Derby from 7:30am-12pm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Benefit for the Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Natural Heritage Trust fund t o support our environmental education programming, hosted by the Friends of GLSP. Register at the Pole Barn via the Winter Entrance. Prizes and fun for the family with fishing on all the park â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ponds. 279-1155. Sunday, June 24, 2012 (11:00 a.m. - N/A) The Hoags Corners Fire Department is hosting a golf tournament at the Burden Lake Country Club. All pr oceeds will go toward the construction of the new HC VFC substation to be located on Totem Lodge Road. please call Ken Bornhorst at 331-1294.

Friday, June 29, 2012 (5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) TROY NIGHT OUT Downtown, Troy, New York. TROY NY â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Enjoy an evening of art and culture in Downtown Troy NY on the last F riday of every month, officially known as Troy Night Out. The streets are busier than usual for this event as the evening draws over 1,000 locals and visitors alike to get a true taste of the arts and take advantage of everything Troy, New York has to offer! Troy Night Out runs from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm every month on the last F riday. Between these hours, guests can enjoy over 30 art events, 15 music venues, and 20+ fine restaurants in addition to superb shopping at unique boutiques of all varieties. But the fun doesn't stop at 9:00 pm! Many downtown eateries and bars offer a place for people to gather and continue to enjoy the night. There are a variety of venues who participate in Troy Night Out each month. www.troynightout.org

Saturday, June 30, 2012 (9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Flea Market River Street between Broadway and State - Troy Flea, presented by Tight Knit, is a Brooklyn style flea market bringing 20 Vendors of vintage furniture and clothing , antiques, and handmade artisan crafters to the str eets of D owntown Troy every Saturday in the summer. Saturdays in June, July, August 9am-2pm.

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JUNE HAPPENINGS East GreenbushC GreenbushCommunity ommunity Library www.eastgreenbushlibrary.org Bicentennial Celebrations of War of 1812 1812: Uncle Sam’s First War Sunday, June 3, 2:00 p.m. It was a war in which few people died, and little or nothing changed – or did it? In this lecture, Tom Shanahan will explore events and legacies of the War of 1812, including the local impact of the Greenbush Cantonment. This Speakers in the Humanities event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Teams: 3 person minimum / 6 person maximum - Individuals will be matched at the event.

Storytelling Reception & Display Saturday June 16, 11:00 a.m. Join the Library and the Town in celebrating the Bic entennial of the War of 1812, a war in which the Greenbush area played a significant role. Come listen to local storyteller Mary Murphy tell stories about the war, enjoy some refreshments. and view a display including artifacts and a full model of the Cantonment.

Fibromyalgia - Monday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. Fibromyalgia Syndrome is among the most common causes of widespr ead body pain. If y ou have tried everything to rid yourself of unexplainable aches and nothing seems to work, you may have FMS. Dr. Amy Burelson will show natural alternative treatment that includes exercise and nutritional changes.

Friends of the East Greenbush Library Trivia Night Wednesday, June 6, 2012 Doors Open at 6:30 pm; Games start at 7:00 pm P re-registration: $5.00 per person; A t the Door: $10.00 per person All Friends of the Libr ary: $5.00 per person 22

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Free Adult Programs All programs are free and open to the public . D ue to limited space, registration is r equired for all pr ograms, c oncerts & movies. Call 477-7476 or visit our webpage and use our online registration. Flowerpot Doll Craft Tuesday, June 12, 6:00 – 8:45 p.m. Join Vicki Bucciantini to learn how to paint and assemble flowerpots to make adorable dolls (for indoor use). Wear old clothes. Garden Girl Gr eta will be featured. A sample is in the library and on our w ebsite. All Materials supplied, however bring your own glue gun ho wever bring your own if you have one. Open to all, so reserve your seats early.

Zumba Gold - Mondays: June 18 and 25 at 9:30 am Cori Rowe Delehanty from MVP Healthcare will lead this aerobic exercise set to Latin rhythms to get your heart pumping, sculpt your body, and strengthen core muscles. Zumba Gold is a fun, friendly program designed for active older adults and beginners. Please w ear sneakers.

Limit of 15. Regist er for each individual class. Free Wednesday Night Movie: JUNE 27 @ 6:30 pm – The Artist Children’s Programs: Library LEGO Club Friday, June 8 at 1:00 pm (registration begins May 29) Ages 5 and up . Calling all LEGO enthusiasts! Bring y our imagination and use the libr ary’s LEGO collection to build some cool creations. 2012 Summer Reading Club Kids of all ages ar e invited to join our Summer Reading Club . Read all summer long for the chance to win gift c ertificates, books, and more! Come into the Children’s Room beginning on Friday, June 22 t o pick up y our reading record and to get more information about all the events happening at the libr ary this summer! Dreams are Magic! Monday, June 25 @ 4:00 pm OR 7:00 pm Join magician Jim Snack for a fun-filled show packed with magic , comedy, and audience participation to start off your summer. East Greenbush/Schodack registration begins on Monday, June 18. Open registration begins Friday, June 22. Children’s Book Groups Mother/Daughter Book Group: Monday, June 4 @ 7:00 pm Girls and their mothers (or grandmas, aunts, etc.) are invited. 5th graders and up Cookies N’ Books, Tuesday, June 5 @ 4:15 pm 2nd & 3rd graders. Beginning chapter book readers are invited to enjoy book discussions and crafts.

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Open to All Teens entering Grades 2-12 Summer Reading VolunTeen Training • You must a ttend ONE of these training sessions to be a Summer VolunTeen. • You DO NOT need to pre-register in order to attend a training session. • All VolunTeens will be required to join the Teen Summer Reading Club • THE DOORS WILL BE LOCKED BEFORE WE START, so show up ON TIME! Tuesday, June 5 @ 4:00 pm Thursday, June 7 @ 7:00 pm Saturday, June 9 @ 2:00 pm Wednesday, June 13 @ 4:00 pm For more information or t o print an applica tion, click the “VolunTeen” button on h ttp:// eastgreenbushlibrary.org/teens Teen SRC Kick-Off Friday, June 29, 5:30pm9:30pm Help us kick -off the Teen SRC with a nigh t of food , fun, and rocking out with y our friends — plus Chrissie ’s “must sing” karaoke raffle! REGISTER IN ADVANCE in the Children’s Room along with y our parent/guardian beginning June 1st . Registration closes @ 9:00 pm on 6/28 (or when all spaces are filled). Red Cross Babysitting Class Tuesday, June 26; 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Earn a Red Cr oss Babysitting Certificate. $85/person fee is required at PRE-REGISTRATION. No phone or e-mail registrations accepted. Boys & girls ages 11+ welcome. Registration closes @ 9pm on Tuesday, June 19!

TAG (Teen Advisory Group)

& Jr. Friends @ 3:30 pm Wednesday, June 6: Discuss and plan t een programming, collection development, and v olunteer opportunities. What does that mean? You (teens) get to tell us wha t you would like to do a t the libr ary and which books, audiobooks, and magazines y ou want us to purchase. Teen area decorations and policies will also be discussed. Plus, you get FOOD as pa yment when the meeting is over. Teen Cafe @ 2:30 pm Fridays, June 1 Hang out, play video games , and use the lapt ops in a r oom reserved just for teens!

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Book Review by Lynn Catelotti Gifts by the Side of the Road by John Wayne “Jack” Schlatter

Gifts by the Side of the Road is a collection of 101 shor t essays and tributes to unsung her oes, recognizing and expr essing appreciation for the hidden " gifts" that life's journey brings . Excellent for use as a g raduation or Father’s Day gift or f or personal enrichment and enjo yment. John Wayne "Jack" Schlatter, author of some of the most be loved stories in the "Chicken S oup for the Soul" series, now comes forth with his own collection of inspirational writings. Sharing lessons, insights, and humor gathered over 35 years in the classroom and as a member of one of the most amazing families in America, he will t ouch your heart, tickle your funny bone, and enrich y our wisdom. Three of his st ories in particular have had a tr emendous impact on the American culture. "I Am a Teacher" is one of the most widely r ead and reprinted tributes of the last ten years. "The Simple Gesture" has been known to save lives and form new friendships and

has been r ewritten and r etold throughout the nation. " The Magic Pebbles" received a great compliment from Jack Canfield, coauthor of the "Chicken Soup" series. Asked by Modern Woodman magazine to choose the single story which meant the most to him, he named "The Magic Pebbles." Inspired by Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, whose dreams "woke him up," Mr. Schlatter has become aware of the countless gifts left by the side of the road of life. In this book he shares his discoveries.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE VET ~ Dr. David Stone, DVM

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by Dr. David Stone, DVM Today a reader suggested I write about therapy dogs…I told her it was a great idea and that I would think about it. I’m not sure what to think. Doesn’t everyone already know how great therapy dogs are? Doesn’t everyone know the healing power of a dog? And if they don’t, will reading about it compel them to retrain their dog and v olunteer all that time to help some old folks , or sick folks, or lonely folks…or kids? I guess if this ar ticle results in a single “extra” therapy dog in the world it would be a grand victory. My noble goal is very specific and attainable. One of you, gentle readers, is going to sign your dog up for a therapy certification class. You will follow-through with all of the time that training requires. You will volunteer yourself. You will pay for the classes with your money. You will acquaint yourself with the ther apy needs in our community. You will get off of your couch and take the risk to meet new people and people in need. You will be okay with helping someone who needs help. Sometimes the people who need us the most don’t live in wonderful places. They may not have an attractive problem. You have to be there with them. Glimpse their life . Smell their life. You just sit on the chair tha t is in the room that is where this person may live. You just chat while the dog does his thing. The dog needs to be here. Get selfless, suck it up and find the personal blessing. ’m quite sure that by tomorrow ONE of you will call the reception of Bloomingrove to leave a message for me that you’ve signed up. That you are ready to step up and get your awesome dog out of your backyard and into the hearts of others in need. I know who you are. I see your pet every year at least once and I can see the pride in your eyes as your dog behaves beautifully in my office—I know how much you love them and would love to share them. So--let’s get going! Wait. I’m going to need more than ONE of y ou. Unless, that is, you’re THE ONE. Let’s face it, some of you think your dog is perfect for this type of work and they just

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The HUB for Local Summer Camp & Enrichment Discovery Place Learning Center Our Summer Enrichment Program features fun, playbased learning activities centered on weekly themes. Children ages 24-months to six years of age (or those entering First Grade) are welcome to attend. Activities are designed so children of different ages can participate together but at age-appropriate learning levels. Each theme is led by a Master’s level teacher or professional. 479-1110 www.discoveryplaceny.com The Sidney Albert Albany JCC Center Camps from June 11 to August 31 offers an outdoor adventure experience during the summer. Our three summer day camps cater to children ages 3 to 15, filling e ery day with activities, friendship and fun! Our spectacular facilities include the gym, outdoor pool, fields and p vilion at the Center, as well as offsite locations at beautiful Gravel Pond in Grafton , NY ( Camp Olam ) and at Warner’s Lake in East Berne, NY (Teen Camp). Children improve their physical skills with swimming, boating, water skiing and ropes courses; they develop positive social skills and self-esteem as they select daily activities, and collaborate with other campers in individual and whole camp events. They learn about their heritage through song and dance, blessings over food and Shabbat programming. They grow and learn while forging friendships and positive attitudes that last a lifetime. We count among our camp alumni several board members, staff and other ommunity leaders, who credit Center camps with transforming their young lives, and whose children have continued the traditions as SAAJCC campers and counselors! 438-6651 www.saajcc.org YMCA of EAST GREENBUSH & TROY - This summer, thousands of kids will enjoy camp at the Capital District YMCA. We provide high-quality experiences that help your child build confiden e, gain self-esteem, and develop character. Our experienced staff demonstra e our values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. You can depend on us for safe, wellsupervised camp activities. 869-3500 www.cdymca.org

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