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A message from OUR TOWNE Dear Readers: So many fun events happening this month right here in Rensselaer county! If you love music you will find it hard to choose where to go! Enjoy food & beverages at each of these events with so many local restaurants right there to taste. Being outside is wonderful, as we have had a crazy year so far with the weather...so enjoy and don’t forget to visit our locally owned businesses while you are out there. Are you in need of services or flowers, gifts, special things? There’s a place for you right here for whatever you need just look through Our Towne’s pages. Plus - the best thing is you are shopping locally. We don’t want to see any more of our small businesses closing! Remember - when you are shopping for something special it’s always found at the small local shops. And, when you want great food, Rensselaer county is known for it - and from the local restaurants. Enjoy July & Enjoy Rensselaer county! Look for us in the mail, at your favorite shop or restaurant, online or the newest...in your email. If you would like to be added to our email list to receive Our Towne each month, please email us at info@ourtownerensco.com

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Tours of Oakwood have highlighted Emma Willard and William Frear both who are well-known â&#x20AC;&#x153;residentsâ&#x20AC;? of Millionairesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Row. There are many other distinguished people that we will stroll by, including a Congressman, a pro-abolition attorney, and a Washington Socialite, who among others counted Dolly Madison as a dear friend. Kathryn Sheehan, Rensselaer County Historian and Registrar of the Rensselaer County Historical Society, will lead the tour with stories that bring to life the famous and not so famous â&#x20AC;&#x153; residentsâ&#x20AC;? of Millionairesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Row. Call 1-800-556-6273 to register. Oakwood Cemetery in Troy is an active, working, taxexempt not-for-profit, non-sectarian cemetery located on Oakwood Avenue (Route 40) in Troy. For more summer tours see our website at www.oakwoodcemetery.org

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Here we are: July and its festivities are here. This month is about looking to what we were doing in the past that worked for us. When I do these insights I pull two cards from my deck I created, called the Words to the Wise Oracle. It’s not a tarot deck but a deck for inspiration. A gentle nudge in the right direction for our focus. The card for this month was Eastern Influence and it talks about thinking back between 3 to 5 years ( give or take ) in our lives to something we were doing at that time that helped us in someway. It normally is some kind of “habit” or almost “ceremony” you did that centered you and gave you clarity. Could have been an author you were reading consistently. Perhaps you used to make time to go for a walk every morning before going to work. Maybe you are returning to similar career or home you had then, but something that healed you or got you through then, is important to you now. Somehow, it will help you with your life today and this card encourages you to blend these two realities together and you will gain a better balance. It doesn’t mean for you to try and duplicate the past: but it does suggest there was something about that “way” that worked for you and by re-visiting it you will find a key to bringing some sense of soundness to your present situation. This rarely means returning to person or ex lover though, but would suggest more, to examine what you learnt from that situation and how you managed to come through it. Enjoy July, see you in August!

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Paul Czech, Esq. Paul Czech & Associates 518-203-1036 68 Indian Pipe Drive Wynantskill, NY 12198

www.paulczechlaw.com I had my first cochlear implant surgery yesterday. And while I was lying in the pre-op area, trying to stay as calm as possible, I found myself comparing doctors and lawyers. Both professions are responsible for fixing people and saving lives. Doctors, of course, accomplish that in a very literal way while a lawyer’s way of saving a life is a bit more subtle. However, it is life saving and fixing nevertheless. And for the first time I noticed that both doctors and lawyers work in a similar way. Maybe I should clarify this a little. I’m specifically comparing surgeons and trial attorneys here. I watched as the various surgeons came into the pre-op area and started making their way around the nurses station, picking up their charts, getting things in order and it reminded me of trial lawyers making their way around a courtroom. And, just like lawyers, doctors (at least surgeons) have to be able to step into a strange or unknown workplace and take command. Before I was put in pre-op, while I was waiting in the lobby to be admitted, I got to see one of the surgeons arrive for his day at work. He made his way through the automatic doors with two suitcases on wheels and walked over to the reception desk to be directed. It brought to mind the image of a trial attorney walking into a court house with their trial bags filled and in tow. All his or her work and preparation for the long day ahead is in those bags. And even though the doctor or the lawyer may be making their first appearance at that hospital or at that court house, once they step inside their workplace they are in command. I saw my Neurotologist briefly before they took me to the OR and it was odd to see him wearing surgical scrubs instead of a suit and tie. Of course, the scrubs are just as much a part of his professional uniform as his suits and it would be strange to see him dressed for surgery while he was simply meeting patients in his office. It must be strange in the same way for my clients who meet with me in my office and then see me representing them in the court room. I always dress casually in my office when I’m just meeting clients. I believe it makes the client feel more comfortable and if they feel more comfortable then they will open up to me about their legal issues and concerns and, perhaps, they will even let me see their more personal side which will help me to advocate for them more affectively. But in the court room, I must observe the various protocols and rules that go along with being there and dressing in a suit and tie is one of them. My clients don’t think it’s strange for me to dress differently even though it may seem odd to them at first since a serious side of my character is displayed to them in a way they did not see it before. Had my surgeon appeared before me wearing shorts and a golf shirt right before I was to go into the operating room I probably would have jumped off the gurney to make a run for the nearest exit. I was wheeled into the operating room and helped on to the table. I started to look around at the room filled with medical professionals, each one intently focused on their own specific and absolutely necessary function. And then I was waking up in the recovery area. I didn’t remember anything about the actual surgery and still don’t. I just knew that it was over and that everything was okay. I did not see my Neurotologist again after the implant was complete. He had

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no time to hand hold since he had 3 or 4 more surgeries that he was performing that day. I certainly understood. He did, however, take the time to talk to my wife. Twice. And then he phoned the next day to see how my recovery was going. He also communicated with us numerous times via email. He had done his job well and I was grateful for it. Of course, the process does not end here for me. The implant surgery is just the first step in the process to regain my hearing. Now the surgical site needs to heal for a couple of weeks before the actual hardware gets activated. That’s when I will learn just how much of my hearing will be restored. Since my hearing loss resulted from a bout of spinal meningitis, all of the hearing professionals I have been to have advised that the results of the implant surgery cannot be predicted. One told me that the most I can expect would be to recover about 40% of what I lost. I guess I’ll know for certain soon enough. My Neurotologist has a very positive attitude about it and has been optimistic about the results from the beginning. When I stress out about this and relay my concerns to him, he simply, confidently, almost arrogantly waves me off and says, “Don’t worry about it. You’re going to be fine. You’re in very good hands.” And somehow I believe he’s right. And somehow I know, no matter what, that everything will be okay. Paul Czech

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Rensselaer Public Library July Events The NY State 2011 Summer Reading Program is â&#x20AC;&#x153;One World, Many Storiesâ&#x20AC;?, and we want to invite you to the Rensselaer Public Library to join in on the fun! Children can sign up in person or online to track their reading over the summer. They receive weekly prizes and are entered into raffle drawings. Call 462-1193 or log on to Rensselaerlibrary.org for more details. Craft Time- our school-aged craft time, Tues at 2, will start Tues, June 28 through Aug 16th. Ages 6 + up. call to sign up. Preschool Story-time- Now to August 18 and will be every Thurs at 11 am. It is a drop-in program, no reg required. Younger siblings may come along, but it is designed for children ages 3 to 6, with stories and a simple craft. Fiesta!- Sat, July 9th 1:30 PM. Learn about Mexican food and culture at our party! Make a craft, have a snack and hit a piĂąata. For ages 4-14. Hawaiian Luauâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Party at the library on Wed, July 13 from 6-8. Food, games and fun. Ages 10 and up. Sign up required. Wide World of Magicâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sat, July 16 at 1:30 PM. Magician Ron Cain will amaze you with tricks from around the world. Ages 4 and up, sign up required. Parent Date Night- Fri, July 22 from 6-9 PM. Tweens and teens take over the library after hours on this special night. Wii games, food and activities. Ages 8-14. Participants must be signed up. Teen Movie Night- Watch Rango on the big screen on Wed July 27th at 6PM. Refreshments served. Celtic Bog Mummiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sat, July 30 at 1:30 PM Create a wrist brace like one that was found on a bog mummy! Ages 6 and up, sign up required. 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 www.rensselaerlibrary.org.

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Dear Miss Siggy,

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My friend wants me to bring her some gum but the teacher says we can’t have gum. When I try to tell her that we’ll get in trouble, she just gets mad at me. What should I do? Sincerely,

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Stuck in a Sticky Situation Dear Stuck in a Sticky Situation, Unfortunately, sometimes our friends will try to put us in sticky situations. You did the right thing standing your ground and reminding her you’d both get in trouble. In life, there will be plenty of times when we have to stand strong, even when our friends putting pressure on us to do something we know isn’t right. It may not be easy at the time to say “no,” they might make fun and say mean things to you, but in the long run you’ll be a much stronger person for not giving in. Tell your friend that you want to keep both of you out of trouble by not having gum. Say “Silly girl. I’m not bringing gum in. I like you too much to get you into trouble.” If your friend keeps asking, then the adults can help you! Maybe the adults can read this letter to your friend. This dog loves both of you! WOOF! Love, Miss Sigmund… a dog who chews rawhide!

Dear Miss Siggy, I want to be popular. Can you tell me how to be popular? Love, A Want To Be Dear A Want To Be,

Some Creative Ideas to Keep Kids Busy 1. Play-Doh or Clay. This is an awesome way to keep toddlers and school age children busy. You can give them an “assignment” to create something specific, give them cool tools to use, or just let their own imaginations go wild. 2. Finger Paint. This is fun…especially for younger children and elementary age kids. Be sure and put newspaper or some other alternative down to keep area they will play in clean. Get large sheets of finger paint friendly paper and let them go. This is also a great activity for outside. 3. Blow Bubbles. This is fun, indoors or out. 4. Encourage outside play as often as possible. Of course, be safe and make sure your children are supervised. Playing outside is sadly a forgotten past time for many of today’s techno driven children. 5. Music. Turn on some enjoyable music and let them dance around the house. If you have a few kids…or even two, they can play musical chairs. :) 6. Read. If they can read, give them books to read on a regular basis. If your kids are too young to read themselves, read to them…daily. 7. Write a story.

While most of us want to be popular and have a lot of friends, I think it’s more important to just be yourself. You are very likeable. Kids will see how sweet you are. That’s the GoldenDoodle way.

8. Act out the story they create in #8. After they write a story, if possible, let them put on a show for you. Make pop corn, invite the grandparents and make it an in house “Broadway” event!

Here is some doggy advice on friendship. If someone cannot play with you, just wag your tail and invite someone else to play. Smile and say hello to classmates. Walk tall and with confidence. Play silly games. Do not hog the fetch ball or Frisbee. Settle down when it is time to work. Say you are sorry when you make a mistake. Hug a friend who is sad. Laugh and sing when you are happy.

10. Make cards. This is great for holidays, get well, birthdays or just for fun. You can also have them make cards for the elderly or sick kids in the hospital and go with them to hand deliver, or, to make them for soldiers!

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11. Chores. LOL…yes, give them chores. Daily, weekly and seasonal. Chores are good for kids and help them learn to do things properly and be responsible. 12. Scrapbook a recent fun day. You can buy one of those scrapbook kits, or just pull out what you have. Get pictures developed from a recent fun time and let them create a scrapbook. You will need to help them with cutting and gluing if they are younger, but let them be creative. :)


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Welcome to the community, I’m sorry for your loss. Cost: everything.

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Cost. Vet medicine should be free. All medicine should be free...oh, wait...that system really doesn’t work. Alright, how about costs offset for the poor and steeper for the rich...that’s not very American. How about some good old fashioned insurance. Thoery is good until you extrapolate over to human medicine. Current versions have me doing best medicine, you paying the bill, then you submitting your receipt and waiting for reimbursement. When a client asks if we accept insurance I tell them everyone does. It’s not a real question because your insurance does not apply to me. It’s an agreement between you and them. I’ve never had to justify my medical decisions to an insurance company. I suspect the industry will grow and change. I suspect the growing cost of pet care will force the issue. I’m not sure we can head anything off either. By the way, I’m usually supportive of clients getting coverage because it generally means I can practice good medicine without as much concern for the college fund you’re trying to start. I’m a dad...I worry about those things for my children as well as how my recommendations affect your ability to achieve your goals. I’m really not okay with you spending your national grid money on a years worth of heart worm medicine. You get the point. Mon morning before-hour emergency--boy that cat is making a lot of noise in there....tail in the what?...the door? He’s pretty grumpy. Grumpy cat. Pain injection. The last half of the tail is nude skeleton. Angry vertebrae. Surgical amputation. Happy cat...eventually. Cost: not so much.

I’ve been thinking a lot about cost lately. The cost of doing business. I don’t mean the long hours and emotional component and financial compensation so much as just the hard costs. For instance, if you administer a vaccine to a pet there’s the vaccine cost, the syringe, the extra needle if you went through two plungers, the disposal fee, the Dr. time, the technician time to properly log the event in the chart, the room that gets re-cleaned, the reception time to check you out, the paper/ink cost of the receipt. Those are the basics...there are an almost infinite number of soft costs--the building maintenance, utilities, taxes, refrigeration, storage, inventory...the incalculable stuff on a per vaccine basis. And what about the odd-ball. The vaccine reaction that needs a recheck and maybe an anti-inflammatory. More time/syringes/disposal...wow... or someone gets bit and I lose the technician for the day, or someone slips...it just keeps going. And you can’t charge people for it--I wouldn’t be okay with that. These problems seldom occur and their cost is to be absorbed. By what, into what? And what about nail trims--why do they cost too much? Our own leveling the field move is to have everyone absorb the oddly heavy cost associated with animals that really don’t want to have their nails trimmed. Rather than classify your pets nail trim experience as easy, medium, or difficult (and charge fairly), we’ve chosen avoid interpretive battles and have everyone pay the same. Will democracy survive the occasional urine, or feces, or anal glands. The occasional biter. The stress shedding over every surface of the room, the Dr., and the technician. It remains to be seen, and yes, I know, nail trims should be free. David Stone, DVM from Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital in Rensselaer at the corner of Routes 4 & 43. For more information call Bloomingrove at 283-2700.

Tue last appt of a 12 hr day...a guy brings his dog saying she had eaten a small tube of gorilla glue--Eight days earlier. She did not eat for eight days. When she tried to eat she vomited. X-rays confirmed what we knew. The entire stomach was stretched to bursting (gorilla glue expands like crazy). When we told him what would be required he went pale... hesitated. Who can blame him--unanticipated--blindsided. Thankfully we were able to move forward and dog did great--two surgeons, tons of supportive care. Cost: nearly too much. Wed afternoon--just as afternoon appointments get going I realize my first is a continuation of a low level laser therapy protocol for epileptic seizures...a special protocol. Now I’ve worked the laser before, on pets, myself, and my family; however, this device requires programming. Dr. Coger is out and I’m the guy...she left me all the needed frequency info...I can figure this out...I’ve figured it out before...needless to say, what should have taken 8 minutes took 28. Fortunately I’m a good worker/listener and the client had stories to tell--I’m not sure she realized how slow I was. Well, I’m not completely inept and we got a pretty good treatment in despite the singed hair and retinal damage (not really). Cost: I’m still paying for it. Thurs midmorning emergency--shatter fracture left tibia-shin bonevery painful--normal dog, was alone in back yard. Now in immediate trouble. Two pain injections, fracture stabilization, and fluid support-right now--digital x-rays--email images to bone specialist--BANG--5 hours later it’s all done (now the hard work begins). Cost: a lot, but less than you might think. Fri lunch--collapsed coughing dog--6 years old. Owners moved here 2 days ago. X-rays show...well, not okay. Everyone get ready to be sad because today is going to be their 11 year old daughters worst day.

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Message from the Trainer... I recently received a phone call from a woman named “Sue”, 73 years old, living in Troy with her husband and her “All American” Pit Bull named Buddy. I immediately liked her based solely on the fact that she clarified for me that her dog was 100% American so I could in no way confuse him with the 1/2 German 1/2 American hybrids that are running around these days. He chews everything with a specific infatuation with her husbands feet she says, could I come over? Now when I hear “I am 73 and I have a 2 year old Pit Bull (American or otherwise)” I can’t help but get a stiff neck. Pit Bulls are a pretty serious dog. I do not mean serious in the sense that they “have a taste for blood” or any of the other inaccurate personality traits that the media has portrayed them as. I mean serious as in a male Pit Bull is just strong. Like old school ~ the beach is that way~ muscles strong. What would I be walking into?

Buddy a treat. When I say treat what I mean is, at some point I gave buddy a piece of sausage and after that tiny morsel of salty fat hit his tongue it was on. I was Buddy’s girl and he was going to show it to the world (or at bare minimum myself and his owners). Shortly after receiving the treat from me the begging began. To my left was a dog whose head was half of his body weight, staring at me with anticipation, with four inches of the thickest drool I have ever seen running down the side of his face. I laughed, asked for a down and a quick sit and then popped another treat in his mouth. Devoured in seconds, Buddy then began to mount me with all the style and grace that a neutered adolescent male dog mounts some one. It was done so incredibly sloppy that at first I wasn’t even sure what he was trying to accomplish. It went something like this: one paw up on my leg, two paws on my leg, paws wrapped on my leg, Buddy slips to the floor. It went on like that for a few times, paw/paw/slip to the floor. He eventually was able to work himself up to approximately two whole pelvic thrusts before he hit the floor. Each time I would unwrap him from my leg, place him in a sit and walk away from him (no treats, clearly this boy cannot handle what comes with Joni and her treat pouch!). Eventually I picked up one of the many hollow plastic toys that littered the floor and jammed some of the sausage in it. Buddy promptly left my side and spent the remainder of my visit chewing away at a Kong. Buddy had dumped me for a piece of plastic. He was just using me, our affair was over, and his attention was focused elsewhere.

What I walked into was this- A beautifully solid tan and white Pit. I mean thick and gorgeous with a head the size of a bowling ball. He did not bark as I entered nor did he jump on me. Instead I was greeted by a very enthusiastic butt wag. Buddy is the kind of dog who cannot wag his tail alone. Once his tail sets forth in motion his entire rear end transforms into an idiotic hula dance. I walked in, ignored the dog, and began taking his history (ignoring him was TOUGH! In my head all I wanted to do was get on the floor, put him in a head lock, and love all over his gigantic Buddy face). I will spare you the details of feeding/walking/socializing of the consultation. I think about Buddy and I am grateful that by All you need to know is at some point I gave chance Miss Sue stumbled upon my business card.

A BIRTHDAY POEM FROM THE DOG Author unknown You feed me when I’m hungry, You keep water in my dish, You let me sleep on anything, Or in any place I wish.

Joni trains at Shampoodle’s Doggie Day Camp in Clifton Park and also does private lessons.Feel free to email or call her for information and questions. Joni Bonilla Professional Dog Trainer Specializing in Dog Reactivityy and Shelter/Rescue Dogs www.jonisdoggietrain.com FREE training tips! om http://jonisdogblog.blogspot.com Like me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/ Jonis-Doggie-Train/122628647802892?sk=wall

More Classes & Training at Shampoodle Doggie Day Care Facility in Clifton Park Joni’s Doggie Train invites you to attend Yappy Hour! This event is BYOD (bring your own DOG!) $10 cover to include doggie contests, water agility, and Prizes! Bring your dog in their very best outfit and enter our Pooch Pageant Bring a canned dog/cat food donation and receive $2 off admission www.animalprotective.org/wishlist.html July 20th from 6:15-7:15

You sometimes let me lick your hands, Or even lick your face, Despite the fact I’ve licked myself, In every private place. :-) You taught me how to come when called, You taught me how to sit, You always let me go outside, So I can take a (.......) stroll. I’ve been with you thru oh, so much, Thru laughter & through tears, I hope you live to be a hundred .... .......(that’s 700 in doggie years ;-))

Celebrity dog trainers have made everyone so “dominance happy” lately that I completely avoid the word at all cost when talking to clients. It has become the cop out phrase for owners of ill behaved dogs. “He chews my couch because he is dominant! He bit my grandson because he is dominant!”. There are local trainers as well who I know would have alpha rolled my little bowling ball headed friend the second they were mounted just to prove to him that they were in charge. Buddy is just an idiot puppy who was way too happy about something savory in his mouth. To call him dominant puts such an unfair amount of responsibility on this goofy puppy. Granted dogs will mount each other to determine pack order, they also mount during play, I have even seen some over anxious dogs hump the air, they mount faces and stuffed animals (take that teddy bear! I have dominated you once and for all... what??)....who knows. I know one thing though, he dominated the hell out of that sausage filled Kong, ate the hell out of it!

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Bocker the Labradoodle® Got a call do film some background work with my dad on Will Smith’s movie, Men In Black3! We filmed for 13 hours one day at Battery Park in NYC. Got to see Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Will Smith made lots of people happy when he got into the middle of the crowd and greeted his adoring fans who were standing around the park watching them film. I was right next to him but had to make sure I didn’t get trampled in the rush. Definitely a different kind of a day! Now we have to wait until May 2012 when the movie comes out to see if our scene made it into the final cut. So thrilled to be guest at the 2nd Annual Wags and Whiskers Family Fun Fair Friendraiser on July 9 to benefit the Schenectady, Schoharie and Saratoga County SPCA. I will be joined by The River Crew’s Randi and Kevin and photographer Heather Madeline. I’ll be bringing along some Bocker plush toys to raffle off and to sell with partial proceeds going to the SPCA. Also will be ready to give lots of Bocker kisses...for a small donation to help the cause. It’s going to be a fun filled family day at the beautiful and historic Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction from 11am-4pm – Well manner dogs are invited, as well as well manner people, of course. For more info visit: http://countyspca.org.

After what seems like a long time planning, my book “Chasing Bocker’s Tale” is at the printer. We are hoping for a release around my birthday which is July 11. You can check out my website and my book’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/chasingbockerstale, for more information on ordering your very own limited edition, hard cover, pawtographed and numbered copy. Don’t miss out! It’s swimming time...hooray! Not all dogs love to swim. Some breeds like the water more than others, and some are better swimmers. Don’t force your dog to go in the water. That can be very dangerous. If the water is deep or you go out on a boat, put a life vest on your dog. Breeds built low and heavy, including Bulldogs and Basset Hounds, can do more sinking than swimming and need to be protected around water. If you have a pool and invite your dog in for a swim, rinse his coat thoroughly to help prevent dry skin. Never allow your dog around any pool unsupervised. Have fun...safe fun and enjoy! Visit Bocker’s Doodleland at http://www. bocker.tv to keep up with my latest adventures. You can find me on Facebook (facebook.com/ bockerfans) and Twitter too. If you have any questions for me or would like to contact me about booking an appearance, please e-mail me at: bocker@bocker.tv. I’m always ready to lend a helping paw. Woofs and Licks, Bocker the Labradoodle.

Dog Obedience Classes at Shampoodle’s Dog Training Facility in Clifton Park There are several types of classes running to meet your needs with your canine companion. Beginner obedience classes will cover the basic obedience commands (sit, down, stay, walking on a loose leash, and the recall command). Also offered are competition obedience classes from novice all the way up to utility ring work. Please check out Shampoodle’s Facebook page to view some of the dog students at Shampoodle. Beginner classes cycle every 9 weeks and last for 7 weeks. The following dates are for the start of new beginner classes: June 28th, Aug. 23rd, and Oct. 18th. Competition classes are ongoing so please contact Mary Maltbie and she can find the right competition class for you.

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Help us find our fur-ever homes...Please! Purrrfect Kitty of the Month

Holly is a short-haired brown tiger kitty, about 7 years old. She is a very out-going, interactive kitty once you get to know her. She loves to be petted and cuddled and will seek you out for affection. She loves to sit on your lap and likes to be on a perch up high to watch the household activity. She likes to play and scratch on an old cardboard box and her scratching post - especially if you treat it with a little catnip! She would be a loving companion and would appreciate her chance at a “forever home” with a good person or family. Please consider adopting Holly! As with all Purrfect Companion kitties, Lea is up-to-date on routine shots, house trained and neutered or spayed. For more information on Lea, please contact one of the following Purrfect Companions’ representatives: Jane, at 4367450 or Maryann at 331-2221 or at kitties.purrfectcompanions@yahoo.com. Purrfect Companions is a non-profit, all volunteer rescue organization. We are always looking for good volunteers to help with the kitties or assist at our adoption clinics. If you’d like to donate a little time to these worthy animals, please give us a call at 463-8709. Our adoption clinics are held 12:30-4:00 most Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, Northway Mall, Albany NY. Stop by and see some of our other kitties! We know we have one that is just “PURRFECT” for you!

Nikko Hi my name is Nikko ~ I am an 8 year old big boy who needs a new forever home! I am a Norwegian Forest cat with the most gorgeous long main and tail.. I love to snuggle and talk to my owner. I am all up to date on my shots and neutered. Please call Heather at 339-3315 if you would like to meet me!

Mikito Hi! My name is Mikito, I’m eight years young and looking for my forever home. My owner recently passed away, and I’m looking for a warm lap to cuddle up on. I’d do best in a quiet home without small children, loud noises can sometimes make me nervous! I get along with other dogs, so I’d be willing to share my bed. I’m neutered and up to date on heartworm preventative and my vaccinations. If you think you might be my forever home please email erica12284@yahoo.com.

Artemis Artemis is a sweet and happy 2 year old dog. He is fun to walk and enjoys sitting under a shade tree with his human enjoying belly and back rubs. He never tires of hearing what a good and handsome boy he is, and he will dazzle you with his pittie smile and kisses. Cashew Hi I’m Cashew! My owners brought me to the Human Society because they couldn’t take care of me anymore. I’m a sweet all white 1 year old girl with beautiful green eyes. I’m a little nervous being here, but I do very much like being pet and hope you’ll come take me home where I’ll be more comfortable. ( I really really like the new boy in the yellow cat room with me. His name is Big Mac. I’ve really come out of my shell and follow him all over. He’s my new best buddy.) If you would like to meet Artemis, Cashew or any of our other wonderful pets available for adoption, please visit the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society at 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204.

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Maura I’m two years old; a beautiful gray and white cat who is spayed, up-to-date on my shots, and tested negative for FIV and feline leukemia. I was found in a feral colony in the spring. It was obvious to my rescuers that someone dumped me in the colony: I was terrified of the other cats, since they were picking on me and wouldn’t let me eat. No one knows how long I was on the streets, but during my time there I became very afraid of other animals and probably spent most of my time hiding. I’ve been in a foster home for a couple of months and am still quite shy, but I’m very sweet, love to be petted and am learning to come out of hiding when none of the other cats are around! I would make a great companion for an older person who only wants one pet and won’t mind that it will take me some time to get used to my new home. I’m never mean or growly, I’m just bashful! If you have a quiet home with a patient person who has no other pets and will give me time to get adjusted to a new family, please call Ronnie at 225-6886 to ask about meeting me.

ABBEY & TANGO - Abbey, a 4 year old Shih tzu, came to Peppertree with her buddy Tango, an 8 year old Chihuahua. Both dogs are adorable, well behaved, loveable - and funny! They have great house manners and walk well on a leash. The pair had to be given up by their owner who has health issues and could no longer keep them; so now they are looking for a new forever home. They are very much in love so we want them to go together. Abbey has had surgery on her eye and needs drops daily which will cost about $20-25 per month. She will need a good quality food as some foods have caused allergies. All this aside, Abbey and Tango are wonderful dogs who will bring a lot of joy and love to your home. Abbey will be placed with Tango, and their adoption fee has been partially underwritten by a donor. If you would like more information about Abbey & Tango, call Peppertree Rescue at 518-4357425. Please visit our website at http://www.peppertree.org.

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Entering grades 1-6 Camp Olam is for children entering grades 1-6. Join all your friends for an action packed camp day at Ce-Da-Ca in the town of Grafton. We offer a variety of options including sports, creative arts, ropes, nature and waterfront activities. Our 150-acre site has a beautiful private lake where campers can enjoy boating, fishing and swimming.

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Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events

First Niagara; Girvin & Ferlazzo; KeyBank; Kinderhook Bank; Lavelle & Finn; Martin, Shudt, Wallace, DiLorenzo and Johnson; NAI Platform; NBT Bank; Pattison, Sampson, Ginsberg & Griffin; Rose & Kiernan; TD Bank; Times Union; and U.W. Marx, Inc. We invite you to join these local partners and invest in the EDP for the future economic success of our region. To learn more about how you can join the EDP, contact the Chamber today!

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Claudette P. Thornton, Director, Marketing & Communications Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce 255 River Street, Troy, NY 12180 The mission of the Chamber’s Economic Development Partnership 518-274-7020 ext.18 (EDP) is to develop, support, and sustain the long-term economic www.renscochamber.com • www.renscochamber-edp.com vitality of Rensselaer County, and to establish a greater awareness of the quality of life enjoyed in the region we call home. The EDP’s goal is to encourage businesses to grow and locate in Rensselaer County by providing resources, contacts, and assistance through high-impact A Collaborative Chamber Event marketing initiatives to attract regional, national, and international Learning How to Better Live, Work, and Sell in Our Cross Cultural attention. Established in 2008 as the economic development Community: 2 Programs presented by Jack Keough department of the Chamber, the EDP is successfully fulfilling its role Wednesday, July 13 in collaboration with private and government entities. Gideon Putnam Resort Living Together - Successful Strategies to Create a Welcoming Community How successful is the EDP? 7:30 - 9:30 a.m., $20 per person » Since its inception, the EDP has responded to more than 800 Selling Across Cultures inquiries from businesses in a variety of industries, representing more 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., $30 per person than 8,600 local jobs. This year, the EDP is already on track to Contact the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce to register for these provide services to more businesses than the previous two years events. Please call 518.584-3255 combined. Services provided to businesses include start-up information, funding opportunities, site location, demographics, For the events below contact Programs & Communications Manager business plan assistance, referrals to service providers, and more. This Kate Ollier at 518.274.7474 assistance results in tangible jobs, new business, and economic growth Leadership Alumni Networking Event that benefits the entire Rensselaer County community. *For Leadership Graduates Only* » In collaboration with Rensselaer County, the EDP presents SmartUp, Tues, July 12 a comprehensive entrepreneurial training program that has graduated The Century House, Route 9, Latham more than 150 individuals. Of the 19 grads from SmartUp’s 2010 4-6 p.m. class, 15 are currently operating small businesses in our communities. $10 per person Take advantage of both structured and informal networking opportunities Who has the EDP helped? with fellow Leadership alumni. EDP success stories include 1st Playable Productions, an independent game development studio with an international market that needed Celebration Cruise: 12 Chambers. 1 River. site location assistance to accommodate its quick growth. And there’s Thursday, July 14 United Group of Companies, Inc. that turned to the EDP for help Captain JP II with tenant recruitment for its Congress & Ferry Street project that Boarding time 5:30-6pm; Cruise from 6 to 8pm is bringing student housing, retail, and jobs to Troy. There’s also Next $36 per person. “A Reservation Paid is a Reservation Made.” Advance, Inc., a laboratory equipment manufacturer that needed (Reservation is not confirmed until payment is received.) commercial space and global contacts to take their business to the next Here’s a rare opportunity to connect with business professionals from level. All of these businesses have located and expanded in Rensselaer all 12 chambers in the greater Tech Valley region, making this a “mustCounty, adding to the area’s economic vitality. attend” event. The Celebration Cruise will include non-stop networking, live entertainment, valuable door prizes, hot hors d’oeuvres, drink specials, and What else does the EDP do? We assist in the success of grand openings and ribbon cuttings, offer so much more, all in a fun and relaxed setting. Boarding is from 5:30 to education and training, provide advocacy, conduct business retention 6 p.m., with the cruise following from 6 to 8 p.m.Tickets are only $36 per person. visits, produce an informative newsletter and website at www. renscochamber-edp.com, and maintain a Business Resource Center Member Benefits Breakfast that includes conference space at no charge. The EDP does all of this Wed, July 27 and much more, thanks to more than $80,000 invested annually by Park Pub Restaurant, 2701 Lavin Court in Troy our partners. Principal Partners are: Center for Economic Growth 7:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast; 8 - 9 a.m. Program (CEG); Rensselaer County; National Grid; Rifenburg Construction, No cost to attend, but RSVPs requested. Inc.; and The Troy Redevelopment Foundation. Lead Investors are: Great for new Chamber members, new employees or for those who want a BBL Construction Services; HSBC Bank; Nigro Companies; Pioneer refresher on how to make the most of their membership. Bank; SEFCU; and Tri City Rentals. Base Investors are: CAP COM Federal Credit Union; Capital Bank; Citizens Bank; Express Scripts;

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The Ride for Help & Buddy’s Barbecue

A Poker Run and Family Barbecue Against Domestic Violence and For Healthy Family Relationships All proceeds from the Ride to Benefit: Unity House and The Family and Friends of Liza Ellen Warner

Saturday, August 13, 2011 1pm Registration, 2pm ride & 4:30pm Barbecue A fun motorcycle ride through Rensselaer County Collect your poker hand at 5 stops along the route: Brunswick BBQ, Bridgeway Bar, Brunswick Harley, Cumberland Farms and Always Stylin’ Application fee: Pre-registration $25 includes barbecue (Must be received by Aug. 6th),$30 day of Barbecue only option: $40 for Family of up to 4, $20 single, $8 children 5-10, children under 5 free Barbecue prepared by Teagan’s Catering Day of ride registration: 1:00pm at EGFD Park Station Pavilion, 68 Philips Road, Rensselaer NY (from Route 4– take right at routes 9 &20 to first left onto Phillips Road) **Application for The Ride for Help on back** Lots of fun to be had for all! Join us for the barbecue, music, a dunk tank and BOUNCY BOUNCE! Join the ride or stay and have fun, no motorcycles required to participate in the day of fun! Awards will be given to the rider with the best poker hand. Plenty of parking, restrooms and refreshments For further information visit: www.unityhouseny.org, www.RememberingLiza.org (or via e-mail) TheRunForHelp@yahoo.com Family and Friends of Liza Ellen Warner Association is not affiliated in any way with Liza’s Legacy Foundation Visit us on line at www.ourtownerensco.com

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CONGRATULATIONS TO KRISTOPHER RENADETTE Chief Randy Cherubino of The Clinton Heights Fire Department (CHFD) is pleased to announce that Fire Fighter Kristopher Renadette has graduated from Union Graduate College, Schenectady, New York with a Masters Degree in the field of Science in Engineering and Management. FF Renadette, a Department of Defense civilian employee for the Army is employed as a Mechanical Engineer at Benet Laboratories, located at the Watervliet Arsenal. He joined the CHFD in April, 2010. Since then FF Renadette has excelled in firematics courses; he has successfully completed Fire Fighter I, Rescue Tech Basics, Swift Water Operations, Rope Operations, Trench Awareness, Fire Fighter Survival and Engine Company Operations. Further, while completing his graduate studies Kris successfully completed the Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course. A native of Plattsburgh, New York Kris did his undergraduate studies at Clarkson University. He is engaged to enter into marriage next summer with Magen Reyor (see photo). In light of his achievement, Chief Cherubino in his words of congratulations, stated, “Kris exemplifies the well rounded background that not only brings credit to his personal goals, but selflessly enhances the response of the Clinton Heights Fire Department. We are honored by his commitment to volunteer in our community.”

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July 2011 Happenings at EG Library Tues, July 19 at 7:pm - public hearing on the Summer Reading Program Children’s Programs: preliminary 2012 budget on library. The public is Drop-In Storytimes invited to attend. Wed, July 6 - Aug 10 There is a 5 year position available in the Sept election. East Greenbush registered voters who wish 3-5 year olds @ 10 am and 0-36 months @ 11 am to be considered as candidates for election to the *NOTICE* Unless noted otherwise, reg for all Board of Trustees, may now pick up an info packet Children’s Events open on Mon of the week prior to at the library. The deadline for returning nominating the event. All events listed below are reg only unless petitions is Aug. 9, 5pm. noted. Free Summer Concert 2011 Series Thurs, July 7 @ 7 pm Join Domino the Great for an interactive comedy and June 29 at 7 pm – 2 Broads with Alotta Sound magic show! July 6 at 7 pm – Peaceful Country Band July 13 at 7 pm – The GTO’s Books, Potatoes & Funny Faces (ages 5+) July 20 at 7 pm – Spiral Tango Fri, July 8 @ 11 am August 3 at 6:30 pm – Traditional Indian Music Author Sylvie Wickstrom will read from her books, show children how to turn potato shapes into funny Navigate the College Admissions Process Mon, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. OR Mon, Aug 1 at 6:30 p.m. faces. Reg limited to EG/Schodack residents only. Linda King from College Services of America will Watercolorful Painting with the Scotia-Glenville present the top reasons that schools want you, how to Children’s Museum (ages 7+) get in, what questions to ask on your college visit. Mon, July 11 @ 1 pm OR 2:30 pm Using kitchen objects, “seasonings,” and some Mindfulness Meditation brushwork, create art that your family will want to Tues, July 12 at 7 p.m. Alexandra Sullivan, Mind-Body Practitioner, teaches frame! Reg limited to EG/Schodack residents only. how to use mindfulness meditation to work with The Firebird by the Puppet People (ages 5+) physical pain and discomfort, emotional feelings, and Tues, July 12 @ 2 pm stress. r. Inspired by the Russian folktale The Firebird, watch as even the impossible is possible, as the mythical Be Red Cross Ready firebird comes to life and Ivan and Princess Yelena Mon, July 18 at 7 p.m. team up to break the enchantment placed over their Be Red Cross Ready teaches simple and effective kingdom. steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved in case of an emergency. Harry Potter Party (ages 5+) Meditation Thurs, July 14 @ 2 pm OR 7 pm Gear up for the final Harry Potter movie by celebrating Sat, July 23 at noon all things Harry Potter & Hogwarts! Games, crafts, & Meditation for adults from beginner to advanced. wizardry fun! The Foster Care Experience Mon, July 25 at 7 p.m. The Year of the Rat (ages 5+) To learn more about foster care and how to become Mon, July 18 @ 2 pm a foster parent, please join us for a presentation Join Green Meadow School Librarian Jill Leinung and Please call the library, stop by or use our on-line learn about the Chinese New Year Celebration and website registration for the adult classes. zodiac. Learn cool facts about rats and pet some real rats! Reg limited to EG/Schodack residents only. Bring your computer questions for one-on-one assistance. Call the circulation desk to register for your 15-minute appt. All free computer classes are limited to 12, so please pre-register for your seat. Free Wed Night Movie: JULY 27 at 6:30 pm Mao’s Last Dancer

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Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club (4+ w/adult) Wed., July 20 @ 2 pm OR 3:15 pm Jodie Fitz and the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club are stirring up some fun at the library! Make a snack and feast on your creations. Drum of the Elephant King (ages 3+) Thurs, July 21 @ 7 pm An interactive musical adventure story and teaching tale from Haiti.

CSI for Kids (ages 8+) Fri, July 22 @ 2 pm Thomas Jones will introduce kids to the fascinating world of crime scene investigation. Use real CSI equipment and supplies in hands-on-activities and demos. Messy Monday (ages 2+) Mon, July 25 @ 11 am Stampers, paints, chalk, and bubbles! Have your little ones wear old clothes for this messy craft time for toddlers and preschoolers. Tang Museum (ages 6+) Tues, July 26 @ 11 am Join the staff of the Tang Museum and construct a Story Tower—a colorful, cone-shaped 3-D collage. Reg limited to EG/Schodack residents only. Pajama Time! (all ages) Thurs, July 28 @ 7 pm Join Miss Rose for songs, stories, and crafts! No reg req. Arctic or Antarctic? (ages 5+) Fri, July 29 @ 11 am Come to the library and enjoy stories and crafts about these chilly polar lands with Miss Beth. Open to All Teens entering Grades 6-12 Creative Writing Tues, July 5 @ 7 pm Learn how to write your own ticket to adventure in this one-night writing workshop. Bollywood Night Tues, July 12 @ 7 pm Join us for Bollywood dance lessons, mendhi, and more! World Crafts Tues, July 19 @ 7 pm From multicultural crafts like Guatemalan worry dolls to “green” crafts like magazine bowls. Talent/Art Show Tues, July 26 @ 7 pm Do you have a piece of artwork you would like to display? Or would you like to show off a skill – like dance, magic, or music? (Acoustic instruments only, please.) Contact Chrissie – chrissiemorrison@gmail. com or 477-7476 ext 105 – for info about entering! Midweek Middle School Madness Wed, July 27 @ 2 pm Are you entering grade 6, 7, or 8 this fall? Come and join us for a fun craft while you get to know the Tween & Teen Librarian, Chrissie!


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Grilled Cheesy Potato Packet 4 cups frozen potatoes O’Brien with onions and peppers (from 24-oz bag) 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (3 oz

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1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. Spray 1 (18x13-inch) sheet of heavy-duty foil with cooking spray. Place potatoes on center of foil. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with seasoned salt.

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2. Bring up 2 sides of foil over potatoes so edges meet. Seal edges, making tight 1/2-inch fold; fold again, allowing space for heat circulation and expansion. Fold other sides to seal.

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3. Place packet on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 30 minutes, turning once. Carefully open packet; sprinkle cheese over potatoes. Cover loosely; let stand 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Makes 6 servings

Lime- and Chili-Rubbed Chicken Breasts 2 teaspoons chili powder 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons grated lime peel 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb) 2 teaspoons olive or canola oil

1.Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small bowl, mix chili powder, brown sugar, lime peel, salt, garlic powder and ground red pepper. Rub both sides of chicken with oil, then with spice mixture. 2. Place chicken on grill over medium heat. Cover grill; cook 10 to 15 minutes, turning once or twice, until juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (170°F). Makes 4 servings

S’more Pops 3 chocolate bars, melted 12 large marshmallows 1/4 cup crushed Golden Grahams® cereal 12 paper lollipop sticks or round wooden sticks with one pointed end 1. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate on High 1 minute, stirring twice, until chocolate can be stirred smooth. 2. Dip each marshmallow halfway into melted chocolate. Insert stick into chocolate side of marshmallow; sprinkle with crushed cereal. Place on plate; let stand at room temperature until chocolate hardens, about 1 hour.

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Once you have Cleared the Clutter, look around your home and fix the things that aren’t working properly, neglect attracts scarcity not abundance. 1. Clean Your Front Door - this is where all good energy enters your home. A clean door attracts good energy while a dirty door repels it. Hanging a wind chime by the front door calls good energy to your home. It should have a resonant, pleasing tone. 2. Wash Your Windows - Just as your eyes are the window to your soul, windows are the eyes of the home. Dirty windows cloud your vision and block your view of opportunity 3. Replace Your Light bulbs with maximum wattage full spectrum bulbs and make good use of natural sunlight. Brighten your home to the prospect of good fortune and wealth. Let light reflect the creativity within you. 4. Remove dead or dying plants from your rooms and don’t forget old, dusty, dated silk florals or dried flowers. These symbolized dead energy. Grow abundance in your life with healthy green thriving plants. Plants help us stay connected to the wonder of the world. 5. Improve Your Work Space – Sitting on a broken, wobbly desk chair represents disregard for your work. A messy desktop covered with papers and stained coffee mugs diminishes the importance of your work. Get a new chair, clear and organize your desktop and improve your career outlook!

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Community Tues, July 5, 12,19,26 (6p.m. - 8p.m.) Music & Entertainment Riverfront Park The Rensselaer Kiwanis Club and the Rensselaer Senior Center are pleased to announce 2011 Music in the Park. Free Concert July 5 - Tom Healey Band July 12 - Myers and Yonkers July 19 - Winchester and Young July 26 - Donnie Elvi Aug. 2 - True-tones Aug. 9 - Kenny Pratt Aug. 16 - Irish Tenors Aug. 12 - Courtney VanDyke Aug. 30 - Tommy Dick, All-Am. Jukebox Wed, July 6, 13,20,27 (3 p.m. - 6 p.m.) Farmers Market On Broadway between 3rd and 4th Street, Troy. Farmers Market-Join them every Wednesday, where there will be several local farmers, specialty foods producers. Many of our producers foods are certified organic, pesticide free and naturally raised. Plus, when you shop at the market your dollars contribute directly to our local economy! www.troymarket.org July 6th Hair of The Dog (Irish Favorites) July 13th Soul Session July 20th Super 400 (Troy’s own) July 27th Who’s Bad (The Nations #1 tribute to Michael Jackson) August 3rd Start Making Sense (playing the music of The Talking Heads) Thurs, July 7, 14 (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) Music & Entertainment Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, 290 Northline Drive, Melrose. Free Concerts every Thursday evening. There will be food vendors , & weekly prizes. Bring your family, friends, and lawn chairs. July 7-”Johnny Rizzo” July 14“Harmony Rocks” Thurs, July 7 (2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) Farmers Market Twin Town Little League Park, Williams Road. The Town of North Greenbush Farmers Market The market will be open Thurs through September 29. There will be cooking demos, specials, fresh produce, baked goods and more. Wed., July 6 (5p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) Music & Entertainment The concerts take place in the Green Island Bridge Parking lot, in Downtown Troy, in the Hedley Entertainment District f just North of the Green Island Bridge. Every Wednesday evening thru August 25th the Troy Downtown Collaborative and the City of Troy present Rockin’on the River! This free, outdoor concert series is in its third year and gives music fans a wonderful excuse to stay out and about on a Wednesday night! For more info go to visittroyny.com Fri, July 8 The Capital District Friday Field Group Outings for 2011 The Capital District Friday Field Group is a mix of amateur and professional naturalists.The trips are free and all are welcomed. Upcoming trips include: Bogs Along the Poestenkill in Berlin (July 8th), Rocky Summits on Turner Mountain in Stephentown (July 15th), Aquatic Plant and Animals at Dyken Pond in Grafton (July 29th), Ingalls Preserve along Black Brook in Stephentown (August 5th) call David Hunt at 518-279-4124 for meeting places and trip details. Fri, July 8, (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Health & Wellness Rensselaer County Office Building 1600 7th Avenue Troy The American Red Cross Blood Drive located in the County Health Department, 2nd Floor. call the County Executive’s Office at 270-2900. Sat, July 9, (8 a.m. - 10 a.m.) Health & Wellness At the Troy Farmer’s Market -3rd Street between Fulton & Broadway and on Broadway between 4th Street and 2nd Street, Troy. Seton Health/St. Mary’s Hospital and Samaritan Hospital Northeast Health will kick off a joint healthy heart program called “Just Walk With A Doc,” featuring one-mile walks with an area cardiologist at the Troy Farmer’s Market All events are open to the public free of charge. Walkers must sign a liability waiver prior to participating. The walks will be held rain or shine. call 470-7369.

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Events Saturday, July 09, 2011 (6 p.m.- N/A) Music & Entertainment The park’s entrance is on the corner of 110th St and Second Avenue. Presented by the City of Troy & Wellcare. Powers Park Concert Series - Four - Teachers Night Out - The Powers Park Concert Series kicks off with a return performance by local favorites, Four. Bring your own lawn chair. Cost: FREE email vito.ciccarelli@troyny.gov Sat, July 9, 16, 23, 30 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) Farmer’s Market Town of Brunswick, Town Office Road & Route 7. Every Saturday-Farmers Market-Fresh, local, delicious and affordable. Featuring special weekly events. There will be Music, Artists and Community Organizations at the Market. www.townofbrunswickfarmersmarket.blogspot.com Sat, July 9, 16, 23, 30 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Farmers Market 3rd Street between Fulton & Broadway and on Broadway between 4th Street and 2nd Street, Troy. Farmer’s Market-The lively downtown setting is complete with music, great food and activities to share with friends and family. It’s an easy way to enjoy Troy’s many shops, restaurants, historic and cultural sites! www.troymarket.org Sat, July 9 (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Community Event Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. Millionaires Row Tour- Many tours of Oakwood have highlighted Emma Willard and William Frear both who are famous “residents” of Millionaires Row. There are many other distinguished people that you will stroll by $12.00 per person. call 274-8410. Sun July 10, 2011 (2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.) The Arts of the Capital Region 265 River Street Troy SECOND SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH - Free Poetry & Prose -Open Mic - Hosted by Nancy Klepsch and Dan Wilcox, this is the Capital Region’s newest open mic venue for poetry and spoken word. Bring friends and prose for performance in the black box theater. call 273-0552. www.artscenteronline.org Mon, July 11 (N/A) Music & Entertainment Sand Lake Center for the Arts-2880 NY 43, Averill Park Summer Youth Programs are coming! Classes begin July 11 through August 7. Spaces are limited - sign up now! Classes include Creative Clay, Artsmart, Creative Movement, Building Blocks of Music, Make Your Own Theatre, Hip Hop and Zumba, Filmmaking: From Script to Screen, and *New this year* Animation: Making Art Move, and Youth Theatre Players presenting A Not So Grimm Tale. call 518-674-2007. www.slca-ctp.org Fri, July 15 (5 p.m. - 7 p.m.) Rabies Clinic 115th Street Firehouse, 115th Street and Fifth Avenue, Troy. Rensselaer County Rabies Vaccination Clinic 2011- which will take place at locations throughout Rensselaer County in 2011. Each of the eleven clinics will be staffed by representatives from the County Department of Health, who will provide the appropriate rabies vaccination and booster shots to cats, dogs and ferrets, mandated under the New York State Department of Health. Pets must be secured with a leash or in a carrier, and owners must bring their pet’s most recent immunization certificate. contact the Rensselaer County Department of Health at 270-2655.


Community Sat, July 16 (9 a.m. - 12 ) Community Event Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. Veterans from the Civil War. Walk with famed military historian, Michael Barrett and see if he can really introduce you to 9 ½ Civil War Generals ( ½...that one should be interesting!!) $12 per person. call 274-8410. Sat, July 16 (6 p.m.- N/A) Music & Entertainment The park’s entrance is on the corner of 110th St and Second Avenue, N. Troy. .Powers Park Concert Series - Four - The Powers Park concert series presents a Neil Diamond and Oldies tribute with “Al Bruno”. Showtime starts at 6pm. Bring your own lawn chair! Cost: FREE email vito.ciccarelli@troyny.gov.

Sat, July 16 (11 a.m. - 10 p.m.) Sunday, July 17, 2011 (11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) Community Event Downtown Troy. 4th Annual Pig Out-Barbeque, barbeque, and MORE barbeque is what you will find in Downtown Troy during our 4th Annual Pig Out -- and best of all, it’s a free event! There will be a People’s Choice competition on Saturday and a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition on Sunday, as well as live music and fireworks. For additional information, please call 518-727-9786. www.troypigout.com Sat, July 16 (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) Shopping A Flea market will be held at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. The flea market is to benefit church programming, local and regional feed the poor programs. Vendors wanted $15 a space. For additional information, please call 235-2432. Wednesday, July 20, 2011 (8:00 p.m. - N/A) Music & Entertainment Description: Variety Show at Spotlight Players’ Nunsense: A-Men, performed at the Columbia Performing Arts Auditorium, 962 Luther Road, East Greenbush. This delightfully funny show will feature all male actors in the nun roles that have made audiences laugh for the last 20 years. Performances of this musical comedy are 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 2:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15. Thursday, July 21, 2011 (8 p.m. - N/A) Friday, July 22, 2011 (8 p.m. - N/A) Saturday, July 23, 2011 (8 p.m. & 2 - N/A) Sunday, July 24, 2011 (2 p.m. - N/A) Music & Entertainment Variety Show at Spotlight Players’ Nunsense: A-Men, performed at the Columbia Performing Arts Auditorium, 962 Luther Road, East Greenbush. This delightfully funny show will feature all male actors in the nun roles that have made audiences laugh for the last 20 years. Performances of this musical comedy are 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 2:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15. Sat, July 23 (6 p.m.- N/A) Music & Entertainment The park’s entrance is on the corner of 110th St and Second Avenue, N. Troy. Powers Park Concert Series - Four - Killer B’s / Allman Brothers Tribute - 6pm The Powers Park concert series present a tribute to the Allman Brothers, performed by the Killer B’s. Showtime starts at 6pm. Bring your own lawn chair! Cost: FREE email vito.ciccarelli@troyny.gov.

Events Saturday July 23 4th Annual Community Garage Sale in Rensselaer Food - Clown -Balloon Animals - Live Music Sale is from 9-4 • Clown at 3 • Band from 4 on Pick up your map at Angie B’s Bean and Creamery 1204 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer Any questions! Call Angie at 283-7403. Maps of house locations will be available at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 23rd - NO SOONER. Fri, July 29 (Community Event) 6p.m. - N/A The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is offering a free, all access backstage tour of the building. The tour will be offered the last Friday of the month, to coincide with Troy Night Out. The tour will be offered on July 29, August 26 and September 30 Tours are limited to 40 people on a first served basis and will last approximately one hour. The complete tour requires the ability to walk up many sets of stairs and baby strollers are not permitted. call 273-8945. Friday, July 29, 2011 (5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Community Event Location: Downtown, Troy. Description: Troy Night Out is a monthly arts and cultural event that takes place the last Friday of EVERY month in downtown Troy from 5 - 9 PM. The event regularly draws over 1,000 people onto the streets of Troy, and attendees are able to enjoy over 30 art events, 15 music venues, and over 20 fine restaurants as well as unique boutiques of all varieties. Jump on the Troy Trolley as it makes the rounds of the city, providing free transportation to all event attendees and stopping at major event destinations. The RPI Shuttle is available for RPI students only, providing transportation between campus and Monument Square every hour (during academic year only). Free parking is available on-street and in several city garages. Web Site: www.troynightout.org Sat, July 30 (6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) Music & Entertainment The park’s entrance is on the corner of 110th St and Second Avenue, N. Troy. Powers Park Concert Series - Four - The Refrigerators - Cost: Free - Bring your own lawn chair! email vito.ciccarelli@troyny.gov. Sat, July 30 (11:30 a.m. - N/A) Community Event/Fundraiser Frear Park Golf Course, Troy. Netter’s Fund Memorial Golf Outing-Lunch @ 11:30 AM Shotgun Start @ 12:30-Pig Roast following Tournament 4 PERSON SCRAMBLE $95 Per Person Includes: Greens Fees, Cart, Beer / Soda, Picnic Lunch, Pig Roast & 50/50 Raffle $30.00 for Non-Golfers Pig Roast Only. Reservations/ Full Payment Required by July 15th contact: Mark J. Balistreri E-Mail: MarkE911@aol.com WWW.NETTERS.US Tues, Aug 2 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) Music & Entertainment Onderdonk Memorial Park, located on Hampton Avenue across from the Lake. Community & Recreation Department organizes a concert series that takes place every Tuesday night. This concert series encourages friends, families and neighbors together in celebrating the summer season by enjoying the music, the outdoors and the company. The schedule is as follows: •August 2nd-Band of Gold •August 9th-White Water •August 16th-Gelvis •August 23rd-Bow Riders •August 30th-Carmine Dio Teagans will be providing hot dogs, hamburgers & sausage and peppers for a minimal fee. For further information, please call 477-4775. Tues, Aug 2, (5 p.m. 9 p.m.) Community Event Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway. Gateway Tours-National Night Out at the Burden Museum. They will be hosting the Burden Iron Works Neighborhood Association and other neighborhood associations at their annual public safety awareness event and cookout. Free and open to the public. call 518-274-5267. www.hudsonmohawkgateway.org

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS TOWN HALL-CLERK’S OFFICE Brunswick..................................................279-3461 X103 East Greenbush ............................................... 477-7145 North Greenbush ............................................... 283-4306 Rensselaer ....................................................... 462-4266 Schodack .................................................. 477-7590 Troy ......................................................... 270-4541 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ............................... 274-7020 Gas Emergency .................................... 1-800-982-2345 FIRE EMERGENCY .....................................................911 In East Greenbush .................................... 479-1212 FIRE DEPARTMENTS-NON EMERGENCY Brunswick........................................................279-3878 East Greenbush-main number .......................... 479-4168 DeFreestville .............................................. 286-3612 Wynantskill ............................................... 286-5506 Rensselaer .................................................. 463-2883 Schodack ................................................... 477-4215 Clinton Heights Fire Dept. ........................ 465-3990 Best Luther non-emergency ............................. 283-5641 Troy ................................................................ 270-4471 HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT Brunswick..................................................279-3461 X117 East Greenbush ..............................................477-6103 North Greenbush .............................................283-3921 Rensselaer ................................................462-5515 Schodack ..................................................766-4000 Troy ......................................................... 270-4579 LIBRARY Brunswick...................................................279-4023 East Greenbush ............................................. 477-7476 North Greenbush .......................................... 283-0303 Rensselaer ................................................. 462-1193 Schodack .................................... 766-2715 (Nassau) Troy ................................. 235-5310/274-1822/274-7071 POISON CENTER ...................................1-800-336-6997 POST OFFICES Brunswick/Cropseyville...................................279-1220 East Greenbush .............................................477-5212 Wynantskill ..............................................283-5678 Rensselaer ................................................449-5012 Schodack ..................................................732-2017 Troy .........................................................272-7300 POLICE EMERGENCY ............. 911 IN EAST GREENBUSH ...................................... 479-1212 POLICE NON-EMERGENCY NYS Troopers at Brunswick............................ 279-4426 East Greenbush ............................................ 479-2525 North Greenbush- main number .................... 283-5323 Rensselaer ................................................. 462-7451 Schodack .................................................. 477-8077 Troy ......................................................... 270-4411 SCHOOL DISTRICTS Brittonkill School District....................................279-4600 East Greenbush ............................................. 477-2755 North Greenbush ............................................ 283-6748 Rensselaer .................................................. 465-6871 Schodack .................................................. 732-2124 Troy ......................................................... 271-5200

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Keep Butts Away From Where We Play! Two Capital Region communities launch tobacco-free parks policies to protect children, animals, and the environment The local launch of the Community Partnerships for a Tobacco-Free New York campaign to educate New Yorkers about the benefits of tobacco-free outdoor recreational areas. The campaign launch coincides with the implementation of tobacco-free parks policies in the Town of East Greenbush and the Town of  Bethlehem, two communities united by their commitment to prevent exposure from secondhand smoke, reduce toxic tobacco litter in parks, and send a positive message to young people that tobacco use doesn’t belong in family-friendly environments designed for active play. Tobacco litter is poisonous to children and wildlife. Discarded cigarette butts are the most common form of litter.  Studies show they are toxic, slow to decompose, and costly to remove. Cigarette butts have been found in the stomachs of birds and marine animals and can cause digestive blockages.  Children routinely pick up these toxic butts and try to place them in their mouths.   “We passed a tobacco-free parks resolution in the Town of East Greenbush and signs just went up to help ensure that this summer play season is a healthy one for our town’s children,” said Supervisor Rick McCabe. “It’s a policy that’s good for kids, good for the environment and good for the health of the entire East Greenbush community.” Nearly 83% of Capital District residents support tobaccofree playgrounds, including 3 out of every 4 current smokers. Fourteen municipalities in  Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady  counties have adopted tobacco-free parks policies.   “The U.S. Surgeon General has made clear that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Theresa Zubretsky of the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition.  “By expanding their smoke-free outdoor areas, the Town of  East  Greenbush and Town of  Bethlehem  are reducing exposure and preventing tobacco-caused disease. It’s an important part of what this education campaign is all about.” For more information, visit SmokeFreeCapital.org.


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Training - Puppy Classes - Boarding - Day Care - Grooming

Dr. David Stone

283-2700 Corner intersection of Rt. 4 & 43 Bloomingrove Rd. Exit 8 off I-90

Visit us on line at www.ourtownerensco.com

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350 2nd Avenue N. Troy 235-5552

700 Hoosick Road Brunswick 272-0144

636A New Loudon Road Route9 Latham 783-3176

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