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August is going to be a month of “tug” within ourselves between what we think we should want and what we really do want. August is going to be a month of appreciating the fundamental way things can come together in our lives. It is a month of not trying to sensationalize our lives, or be caught up in drama, but more accepting the simplicity of how things are working. In a business deal, if you have what you need, and it is coming together, this time, when you might normally push the envelope and try and get a little bit more, let it be and just move forward with what you have. In relationships, if you are okay with how things are right now, maybe you

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A message from OUR TOWNE Dear Readers - It’s hard to believe that August is here and summer will soon be over. Let’s enjoy the last of the warm summer days - get outside and go to some of Rensselaer County’s events. There certainly is a lot of them! So many fun things to do right here...whether you like to go to festivals, concerts, grab an ice cream cone or taste some of the locally grown fruits and can! This is an amazing county - so full of just about anything you would like to eat or want to do! We hope you are enjoying Our Towne that each month brings you lots of new advertisers, interesting articles, things to do and “good news”. As a locally owned publication we want to remind you to Shop Local! As you travel through Rensselaer County you will find a lot of businesses that “used to be there”. Great small businesses that just couldn’t survive in this economy. But there are new businesses popping up all over. Please Publisher help these small businesses Ginny Siciliano to stay open. Before you shop 522-0575 or 439-1731 at the big chain stores think about the little stores that really need your help to stay Graphic Design open! Dino Rigatoni Happy August - enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see Our Towne Mailing addresses you in September! Our Towne Suite #153 Ginny, Linda, Dolores, 596 Columbia Tpke Betsy, Sandy & Dino East Greenbush, NY 12061 or PO Box 356 Delmar, NY 12054

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TOWN HALL-CLERK’S OFFICE 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 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 East Greenbush ........................................477-6103 North Greenbush .....................................283-3921 Rensselaer ................................................462-5515 Schodack ..................................................766-4000 Troy ......................................................... 270-4579 LIBRARY 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 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 East Greenbush ........................................ 479-2525 North Greenbush- main number .............. 283-5323 Rensselaer ................................................. 462-7451 Schodack .................................................. 477-8077 Troy ......................................................... 270-4411 SCHOOL DISTRICTS East Greenbush ........................................ 477-2755 North Greenbush ..................................... 283-6748 Rensselaer ................................................. 465-6871 Schodack .................................................. 732-2124 Troy ......................................................... 271-5200


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Grafton State Park Events 5- Thurs, 6:30pm. Friends of Grafton Lakes State Park Summer Potluck and Meeting. Meet at Shaver Pond Nature Center, 194 Shaver Pond Rd in Grafton. 279-1155 for info. 8– Sun, 25th Annual Run for the Roses 5k benefitting Grafton Community Library. Race at 9am. Nature walk 8am. Kids 1 Mile Fun Run at 10am. Call library at 2790580 for information. (GLSP) 12– Thurs, 8:30pm. Watch a Meteor Shower at Grafton Lakes State Park. See the Perseid Meteor Shower through telescopes! Rain date is for regular Star Watch- 8/14. (GLSP) 15 Sun—Botanical Drawing with local artist Nancy McGrath. Call for a supplies list and to pre-register: 2791155. Meets at Shaver Nature Center. $12/adult. (GLSP) 21 Sat– Grazers and Browsers of North America from 1-3pm. Touch and Explore display offered above Long Pond Beach. Meet the woodchuck! (GLSP) 28 Sat– Final Edition of our Wilderness Survival Series: Lost in the Woods at 1pm. Bring your kids to this important safety training! (GLSP)

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COUNTRY TRUE VALUE SPRUCES UP SCHOOL 12- WITH 40-GALLON PAINT DONATION Troy-based school wins True Value Foundation’s ‘Painting a Brighter Future’ grant Troy, NY, 2010 – A fresh coat of paint brightens up any room, and this summer School 12 of the Enlarged City School District of Troy will receive 40 gallons of paint to refresh its learning environment. School 12 was selected as the winner of a paint grant through Country True Value’s partnership with True Value Foundation’s ‘Painting a Brighter Future’ program. A True Value Foundation paint grant helps renew an atmosphere that sets a positive tone for educators to teach and children to learn. Partnering with True Value Foundation, Country True Value/ Just Ask Rental notified neighborhood schools of the grant last fall and encouraged them to apply School 12 is using the 40 gallons of paint to give their classrooms a much-needed makeover. The more than 450 students next fall will enjoy playing and learning in the newly painted facility. “Through True Value Foundation’s Painting a Brighter Future’ program, we’re able to help School 12 and give back to the community we love to serve,” said Joe Gross, of Country True Value/ Just Ask Rental. “The donation will not only save the school money, but more importantly will create an environment that fosters learning, inspires creativity and builds community.” ‘Painting a Brighter Future’ is the signature program of the True Value Foundation, a philanthropic organization of True Value retailers nationwide. Serving as ambassadors for the foundation, True Value retailers introduced the ‘Painting a Brighter Future’ program to their towns, championing the cause of enhancing the educational environment in their respective communities. Who better than a hardware store owner to help convince local school officials on how 40 gallons of paint can enhance the learning environment for area students. Retailers identified elementary, junior high or high schools in their neighborhoods that met basic qualifications and encouraged the schools to apply for paint grants, which were awarded based on need. An extensive judging process evaluated several aspects of the school, including student population, involvement with the surrounding community and the reasoning behind the school’s request. Using this set of criteria, an advisory committee of True Value Company professionals identified the top applicants as grant winners, each of whom were notified by their local True Value hardware store. True Value Foundation was established in 2008 to unite True Value retailers in helping people in their communities build stronger lives through charitable programs. Through the foundation, America’s local hometown True Value hardware stores are encouraged to support youth programs, create solutions for community and social issues, and inspire adults to continue to learn through new experiences. By uniting retailers in this mission through local initiatives, the foundation brings positive change to more people in True Value communities.


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Powers Park Concert Series July 10 will mark the kickoff for the wildly popular, Powers Park Concert Series. Now in it’s 7th season, the concert series will feature some of the biggest names of the local music scene. The concerts offer great music, festival foods, and a big weekly, 50/50 raffle. The raffle benefits many worthwhile organizations such as, the Uncle Sam Parade, Lansingburgh Boy’s and Girls Club, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Troy WMCA.

This year’s lineup includes: Aug 07 – Four / Teachers Night Out Aug 14 – Solid Smoke / Funk n Soul Night Aug 21 – The Greyhounds / Retro Rock Night The Powers Park Concerts are presented by the City of Troy, and Wellcare. They are supported in part by Whitney Young Health, Troy UFA, Beverage Barn, Northeast Shuttle, Snowman, Lansing Laundry, Trader Ed’s, New Dawg in Town, Barrett Blacktopping, the Friends of 112th St, and media sponsors B95 and Our Towne Rensselaer County . Over the years, Powers Park has offered some of the finest entertainers in the Great Northeast. This year’ lineup promises to offer much of the same. For additional info, call Vito Ciccarelli, at 279-7162. Or just visit,

Make Reservations for 10th ANNUAL LOBSTER OR STEAK BAKE Van Rensselaer Star Chapter #256, Order of the Eastern Star, in East Greenbush is holding their 10th annual Lobster or Steak Bake on Sat, Sept 11th from 4 – 6 p.m. You may eat in or take out. The cost is $25 and reservations required. The menu includes: lobster or steak, baked potato, corn-on-the-cob, coleslaw, dessert and beverage. Reservations may be placed by calling Barbara @ 477-7127 or Nancy @ 477-7101. Deadline for reservations is September 6th. Take-out orders can be picked up at the Masonic Temple, 710 Columbia Turnpike, E.Greenbush after 4 p.m. on Sat. Sept 11th. 14

Capital Community Voices, an SATB volunteer, non-audition choral group, is seeking singers in all voice parts for its December concert, "Sleigh Bells and Noels." Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7 pm at Columbia High School, 962 Luther Road, East Greenbush, beginning September 14. Call 370-5434 for more info.

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Towne Events Aug 5 Fire Trucks & Lots of Water Cohoes Public Library 1:30 – 2:30pm

Aug 12 Disney Movie Marathon Part 2 Cohoes Public Library 10:30am & 12:30pm

Aug 5 & 6 Cohoes-Waterford Elks Annual Bazaar 45 North Mohawk Street Aug. 7 Fireworks Display

Canal Square Concert Series: Capt. Squeeze & Zyderco Mashers Canal Square 6:30 PM

Aug. 7 / 13 / 20 / 27 Cohoes Farmers’ Market Remsen Street Municipal Parking Lot 4 – 7PM

August 14 Falls View Park Fishing Derby Brookfield’s Falls View Park 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Children, ages up to and including 16 years old

Aug. 6 Canal Square Concert Series: Dr. Don Bowers Productions Canal Square 6:30 PM

August 17 Storytime & Crafts Cohoes Public Library 10 – 11:30am

Aug 10 Storytime & Crafts Cohoes Public Library 10 – 11:30am

Canal Square Concert Series: Nite Lite Canal Square 6:30 PM

August 11 Tang Museum Program Cohoes Public Library 10 – 11:30am Registration required.

August 27 Canal Square Concert Series: Rymanowski Brothers Canal Square 6:30 PM

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Italian Community Center 22nd Annual

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International Day in Troy Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010 (Look for details in the Sept issue) Little Italy Market Place, Hill St. between Washington and Liberty. Celebrate the ethnic diversity that built and sustains our neighborhoods in Troy. Food, entertainment, displays, and more. Contact: Marion Field Email:

The 5th annual Uncle Sam Jam returns to Troy's Historic Powers Park on August 28. Over the past five seasons, Uncle Sam Jam has featured a wide array of area bands, performing to the delight of the many fans from across the region attending the event. The Guitar Hero's themed show will feature performances by, the John Morse Band, Chris Busone Band, and the incredible, Killer B's, with the local six string legends, Joe Mele, Frank Daley, and 13 year old guitar sensation, Jared Alpern. The Uncle Sam Jam Guitar Hero's show is a large part of Mayor Harry J.Tutunjian's special events agenda, which over the years has brought tens of thousands of music lovers to the Collar City. Uncle Sam Jam is presented by the City of Troy & Wellcare. It is supported in part by, Snowman Ice Cream, Whitney Young Health Center, Northeast Shuttle, Trader Ed's, Beverage Barn, Barrett Blacktopping, Troy UFA, New Dawg in Town, and the Friends of 112th St. Media sponsors include, Our Towne Magazine, Troy Record, & B95.5FM. The event will run from, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Powers Park is located at 420 Second Ave, at 110th St. & Second Ave. in North Troy. Food and beverages will be available at the show. There is a 'No Dog' policy at the show. For additional information, contact Vito Ciccarelli at, 279-7162. Or visit,


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ery frequently potential clients come to me with their own unreasonable expectations. Clients always think their particular case is worth far more than it actually is. Or, they believe that they are right and everyone else is wrong regardless of how many times you point out all of the facts that support your analysis as opposed to theirs. There’s something about practicing law that makes people think that anyone can do what a lawyer does. I’ve always thought that it had something to do with the fact that a lawyer’s work is all cerebral. I think a lot and read a lot and analyze even more. It’s not as if, once I’m hired, that I can pick up a tool and set to work on a project and show my clients what I’ve accomplished for them each day. I have no freshly dug ditch to point to or a foundation to a house to look at or even a pile of boxes that I can show have been moved from one stack to the other. It simply doesn’t work that way. And because most of the work I do is in my head, most people don’t think I work at all. I certainly wish that was the case. I’ve recently taken up golf and I could certainly use some free time to get to the practice range to work on my short game. As it is, I feel like I have no free time whatsoever and, for the most part, that’s absolutely true. And since I have no discernable way of judging what I have or haven’t accomplished in the cases I’m working on, it seems as though I never stop working. Think about it – if I’m a carpenter, my work stops when I put down my hammer and saw. But for me, since I work with my mind, I can’t just turn off my brain. So when I’m out to dinner with friends, my mind drifts back to that contract that I’m negotiating at the moment. Or I’m mentally sorting through the evidence that I’m going to need for the custody trial I have coming up. I suspect that’s

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part of what is meant when folks refer to thinking like a lawyer. But I’ve been trained to think this way. The process was beaten into me while I was studying during law school and I’ve been honing these legal analytical skills as a professional practicing law since 1992. So why do clients with no particular legal background whatsoever always second guess me? Why do they think they can pull the wool over my eyes? When I first started practicing, I was assigned a case by the partner I was working for which had been around the office for quite some time and had been ignored. I was given these marching orders: settle it or get rid of it. I was the cleanup guy. It was my job to re-connect with the client and somehow dispose of the case. So I reviewed the case (a slip and fall), determined its strength (liability was questionable which would make it very difficult if not impossible for my client to succeed) and, if we did prevail, I determined the extent of the damages or how much my client could potentially receive as compensation from the lawsuit (based on the injuries and necessary medical treatment, I concluded the case, at most, was worth anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000). There had been no less than 3 prior associates who had worked on the file and each one of them had notes in the file that, for the most part, were in agreement with my analysis of the strength and value of the litigation.

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with my analysis. “The last attorney said it was the best case they’d ever seen and it was worth half a million or more in settlement value”, is what the client told me. And that is the exact point where I knew that he was lying to me. Because even as a green, novice attorney I knew that no lawyer ever turns their back on a winning case. Never. We’re all in this to make a living and I couldn’t make a living if I turned away cases that had some kind of potential dollar value regardless of how large that dollar value is. And clients always forget this: in a personal injury case, the more money I get for you, the more money I make because my fee is contingent upon the size of the settlement or verdict that I get for you. So can someone explain how it makes sense for me to undervalue your case? How do I or any other lawyer benefit from such practices? And if I over-value your case (tell you that a $1000 case has a million dollar value) that’s worse. Since I can never get you the million dollars, I’d be setting myself up for disaster. I’m the one who fails if I can’t get you the settlement that I promise which means that, in the long run, I’ll end up losing that client and any other clients they may have sent my way. Losing and isolating clients is just plain bad for business – any business. There I go thinking like a lawyer again!

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So next I had to meet with the client and that’s where things got interesting. When I explained that the case was not very strong I was instantly met with resistance. “That’s not what the other attorneys told me” is what I heard. We hashed that out for a little while and then I gave him my analysis of the value. And, of course, he disagreed

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Cat Pee = Human Rage “He’s peeing all over! -- He’s ruining my house!” I have about 20 suggestions for things you can try. Rule out physical. Evaluate psychological. Identify and correct problems when possible. Sometimes works/sometimes doesn’t. Now what do you do? He’s still peeing (those were really nice shoes, they looked good on and forever more they will reek of cat pee--you will reek of cat pee--you will be known by others as the person who smells like cat pee...throw them away). Big problem. Lots of anger...rage actually, and property damage. I read somewhere that inappropriate elimination is the number one reason for feline euthanasia. Don’t know if it’s true but the notion breaks my heart. My story: one of my cats used to pee on something in the house every 3 weeks, faithfully. This went on for 6 years as I tried and tested everything. The day I euthanized my other cat--his best friend, was the last day he peed in the house. Something about my old diabetic/asthmatic cat seemed to stimulate him to pee in the house--every 3 weeks. Nothing else has changed. He just stopped. It’s been a year. How could I figure that one out?! Odd story--Lady says “I’m here because you saved the cat of a lady I met at Walmart--and you saved mine.” An odd but friendly opening--”Really?” I said. She continues, “I was in the pet aisle and another lady was there and we got to talking and she said her cat used to pee in the house too but stopped after you suggested she try a certain type of cat litter--then I tried the litter and mine stopped too--and my previous vet told me I’d just have to learn to live with it! I spent lots of money on tests and everything and nothing worked! What a crappy vet!” She finally took a breath. I carefully explained that I got lucky. I would have wanted to run all the same tests and tried all the same meds and that there are about 20 such odd ball things to try--each of which has a 2% chance of working, and that ultimately, the majority of people will have to just learn to live with the pee. The air was sort of sucked from the room...”You mean you’re not a great vet?” “Huh? I’m pretty good--and sometimes great--but probably not always.” “That’s disappointing,” She said,”but I like your honesty and your hospital is wonderful, so I suspect you’re my new vet.” Glad I could help.

You can meet our pets available for adoption at the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204. If you have questions, please call us at 518/434-8128.

Hi! I’m Angel. Everyone here says that’s the perfect name for me since I only display angelic behavior. My assessors say that I’m a sweet and gentle shepherd mix and easy to handle. I always try to be an extra good girl. I have a loving nature which I hope will steal your heart away. I do want to be your “heart dog” and get my chance at a forever home.

Howdy, I’m big Charlie, a handsome white and black gentlecat with beautiful green eyes. My looks are very unique, just like me. My former family moved to a place that doesn’t allow pets. I’m a nice friendly fellow who likes being petted. I’ll rub and purr to show my appreciation. I would prefer not to be picked up. Also, I can’t do dogs. Please come and see how nice I am so I can find my special forever home. If you would like to meet Angel and Charlie , please visit the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society at 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204. If you have questions, please call 518/434-8128.

Bottom line: most vets will want to “do everything” to try to figure out why your cat is ruining your life with pee. Often the answer is right there--sugar or bacteria or crystals--in the urine! It has to be checked--if no help, analyze environmental stressors, culture the urine and check the blood--if no help, med trials and X-rays and ultra sound--if no help, try all the odd ball stuff--if no help, euthanize your other cat...? Just kidding. If you’ve got this problem in your home, don’t beat the cat. Call your vet. There’s a fair chance they can fix the problem. Dave Stone, DVM

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MORRIE, a beagle/rottie mix, is 9 years old. He must have been a beauty in his prime. Now older, he walks slowly and has a poor vision (severe cataracts in both eyes)- but the beauty has not left his soul! Morrie is outstandingly gentle and friendly. He walks slowly but his pace picks up after a few minutes. He tends to ignore other dogs but he is NOT good with cats and is focused on his caretaker. He loves to be petted and talked to. He is a funny-looking dog – we have deemed him a Beagle/Rottie (a Reagle?) – he has a Rottie rear end and stub tail, sort-of Rottie head-shape, with a coat that is white with large lemon spots. So think a small (52 lb), lemon yellow Rottie. Due to his age and vision impairment we would not place him in a home with young children. If you would like more information about Morrie, call Peppertree Rescue at 518-435-7425. Please visit our website at http://

Gregor is a good looking fellow! He enjoys playing, looking out the window and is fond of meal time and treats. Gregor especially loves to take a nap with and be near his people. Gregor is neutered and has all of his shots. He tested negative for feline leukemia but tested positive for FIV, which is something whomever adopts him will need to fully understand . Gregor is fine with other cats, but he favors spending time with people. When he first sees his person he wants lots of attention, then he settles down nearby – a highly companionable cat. For more information please contact Chris at 527-6712.

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Hope everyone is having a great summer. It’s been a very hot one. Yes, I’ve spent lots of time swimming and trying to keep cool…mainly lying over the a/c vent in our hallway. I have to talk about something very important and that has been in the news a lot lately. There have been too many instances of people leaving l i their th i pets t in i their th i cars in this sweltering heat. You have to understand it only takes minutes for a pet left in a car on a warm day to die of heatstroke and suffocation. On a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car can exceed 90 degrees in the shake and 160 degrees in the sun!! Rolling down a window or parking in the shade doesn’t guarantee safety either. Temperatures can still climb to dangerous levels plus you run the risk that your pet can jump out of an open window. It’s not safe to leave your pets in the car even with the a/c running. If the a/c unit shuts down, it can blow hot air into the car. Dogs and cats cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. If they have only overheated air to breath, they can suffer brain damage and die of heatstroke. To lower your pet’s temperature, give him water to drink, place a cold towel on the head, neck and chest and call your vet. All this seems like common sense but there have been too many instances where people feel they only will be a few minutes and that their pet will be ok. Please think! Team Bocker has been gaining in members and doing its share of fundraising for the 7th Annual Albany Autism Society’s Walk & 5K Run. This is a cause that is very important to me. Please support me by joining Team Bocker and walk with us on September 12 at Central Park in Schenectady. You can also donate online through my Team Bocker page (http://www.firstgiving. com/TeamBocker). Due to popular demand, my Bocker plush puppy is back in stock. Order yours today through my website ( Partial proceeds will be going to animal rescue. Visit Bocker’s Doodleland at for more information and photos on all that’s going in my busy doodle life. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter too. If you have any questions for me or would like to contact me about booking an appearance, please e-mail me at: Woofs and Licks,


To keep pets safe this summer, the ASPCA’s Animal Health Services offers the following tips. Pets dehydrate quickly, so give them plenty of water when it’s hot. Also, make sure pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot. Rodenticides (mouse and rat baits), lawn and garden insecticides and some flea and tick products can harm cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. While there are flea products that can be used safely on pets, products labeled as “dog only” containing permethrin can be deadly to cats. Be sure to read directions on these products carefully. Do not leave pets unsupervised near a pool — not all dogs swim well. Introduce pets to water gradually and make sure dogs wear flotation devices while on boats. Try not to let pets drink pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset. During warmer months, the ASPCA sees an increase in injured animals as a result of high-rise syndrome, which occurs when pets fall out of windows or doors and are seriously or fatally injured. To prevent this, pet owners should keep unscreened windows or doors closed at home and secure adjustable screens. Also, lowering the blinds to about 8 inches above the window sill will keep the room cooler and let your pet watch the world go by. Be aware of heated situations. When taking your dog outdoors or in the company of other animals, always keep an eye on those around you. With more people and their dogs enjoying the warm weather, tempers may flare over territory, so it’s important to make sure dogs are safe and secure around strangers and other animals. http://www.


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KAY DUCLOS NAMED SETON HEALTH’S 2009 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Seton Health hosted its annual Volunteer Luncheon, honoring the many volunteers who give their time and commitment to the organization. The highlight of the luncheon was the Volunteer of the Year Presentation naming Kay Duclos, a Gift Gallery Volunteer, as the 2009 recipient. Duclos, of Troy, has been a volunteer with Seton Health since 1998 and is very involved in many Auxiliary events.

BARBARA LAHEY JOINS SETON HEALTH’S CAPITAL REGION FAMILY HEALTH CARE Seton Health’s is proud to welcome new family nurse practitioner, Barbara Lahey to its staff. Lahey completed her Bachelor’s of Science and Graduate work in Nursing at Russell Sage College. Lahey holds a certificate from the ANCC Certification for Nursing Primary Care in Family Health Nursing Practice.


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Thurs, Aug 5 (2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Farmers Market - Now is the time to stop by the farmers’ market for some delicious fresh farm produce. The Rensselaer County Farmers’ Market is at the Twin Town Little League Park on Williams Road in North Greenbush. Road. (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Farmers Market Schaghticoke Town Hall, 290 Northline Drive, Melrose. Fri, Aug 6 Hoosick Falls Country Club on Richmond Ave. St. Mary’s Academy will host the 10th Annual SMA Golf Scramble. For more info contact Margaret Merwin 686-7800. . (5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) The VFW Post 1938 in Valley Falls Friday night Deck Party’s. All are welcome. Hamburgers and hot dogs served. Sat, August 7 (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) Powers Park, Corner of 110th Street and Second Avenue On the map at: 420 Second Ave, Troy NY 12182 Summer Concert-The concerts are “Free” to the public. Four School Teacher-Rock. Please bring a lawn chair. contact Vito Ciccarelli at, (518) 279-7162, or by e-mail at, (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Farmers Market Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Riverfront Park, Front Street Troy Join them every Saturday, where more than 50 local farmers, specialty foods producers, bakers and artisans provide the Capital Region’s freshest local meats, eggs, fruits and vegetables, naturally raised meat and poultry, artisan breads, cheeses, baked goods, New York State wine, handmade soaps, pottery, crafts and much more! (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon) Oakwood Cemetery. Please use their Oakwood Avenue Entrance on Oakwood Avenue (Rte. 40). Veterans from the Civil War. Walk with famed military historian, Michael Barrett, as he introduces you to some famous and notso-famous Civil War veterans. Learn of their private lives and the battles they fought. The cost is $12.00. call 800-556-6273. (10:30) Community Event - Stephentown Memorial Library, 472 Route 43. Jacqueline Rogers, author/illustrator, will discuss and sign her books. Admission is free. (10-11:30am) RCHS 57 Second Street, Troy Kids bring your favorite adult, for this kid friendly, grown-ups allowed tour of the HartCluett House, Recommended for ages 5 and up. Members $10 for kid + adult, $5 each additional person call 272-7232 Sunday, August 08 (6pm-8pm) The Gazebo behind the North Greenbush Town Hall. The North Greenbush Summer Concert series: “Flynn 529” Please bring chairs & blankets (8am-n/a) Community Event Grafton Lakes State Park The 25th Annual Run for Roses, the USA Track and Field sanctioned 5K foot race


will begin at 9am. Proceeds will benefit the Grafton Community Library and the Courtney Carelli Foundation for Literacy. There will also be a 2.5 Scenic Walk around Shaver Pond at 8 am & a one-mile Kids’ Fun Run at 10 am. Cost for these races are $10 ($15 the day of race) and $5 ($10 the day of race) respectively. Applications for these races can be obtained at the Grafton Community Library and online at For information, call the library at 279-1155. (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Music & Entertainment - Butler Park, Gettle Road, Averill Park. 2010 Sand Lake Kiwanis concerts: August 8 Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes August 15 Mixed Company August 22 The Reverberators August 29 Georgie Wonders Orchestra (12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.) Historical The 1777 Schuyler House 32nd Annual Eighteenth Century Day will be held. There will be free tours of the Schuyler House, music, punch and July puppet shows. Tues, Aug 10 (6-8:30pm) The East Greenbush Central School District’s Continuing Education program announces its August Five-Hour PreLicensing classes. Registration is necessary and must be made in advance. For info and regis, call 207-2150. (10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) Farmer’s Market Monument Square, Troy. Downtown Mid-week Farmers Market EVERY TUESDAY. (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) At the Town of East Greenbush-Onderdonk Park on Hampton Avenue – Across from Hampton Manor Lake. The East Greenbush Department for Community & Recreation Proudly Announces Music in the Park. August 10th Johnny Cassera’s Route 66 Carmela Hicks at 477-4775. (3:00 p.m. - N/A) The Stephentown Memorial Library, 472 Route 43 will hold a water color painting workshop for kids and adults, 8 and older. Registration is required. please call 733-5750. Wed, Aug 11 (5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) At the stage north of the Green Island Bridge. The 10-week summer concert series. Super 400, Troy’s hometown band that’s gone national. The concerts will be every Wednesday. Thurs, Aug 12 (2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Farmers Market - Now is the time to stop by the farmers’ market for some delicious fresh farm produce. The Rensselaer County Farmers’ Market is at the Twin Town Little League Park on Williams Road in North Greenbush. Road. (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Farmers Market - Schaghticoke Town Hall, 290 Northline Drive, Melrose. Schaghticoke Farmers Market. The Market is held every Thursday. -(11am-12pm program; 12pm-1pm lunch) Historical Society Event RCHS, 57 Second Street, Troy Get a personal guided tour of some of the smaller treasures of the RCHS collection. From earbobs to watchfobs, we’ll explore the personal adornments essential to a welldressed 19th century lady or gentlemen. Members $27/per person, not-yet members $30/per person- Includes program and lunch. call 272-7232

Community Fri, Aug 13 (5 p.m. - 7 p.m.) The VFW Post 1938 in Valley Falls Deck Party’s. All are welcome. (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) The Stephentown Valley Rod and Gun Club on Rt. 43 in West Stephentown will be holding Fish Fry and More call 766-5350. (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) Powers Park, Corner of 110th Street and Second AvenueOn the map at: 420 Second Ave, Troy NY 12182 Summer Concert-The concerts are “Free” to the public. Solid Smoke-Funk N Soul Night. Please bring a lawn chair. Vito Ciccarelli at, (518) 279-7162, or by e-mail at, (10am-11:30am) Although Albany is officially the southern terminus of the Erie Canal, the Trojan Trader carried the first freight headed west on the canal. Peruse canal-related materials from the Historical Society Collection and experience the canal’s impact on the city of Troy through a guided tour of downtown Troy. call 272-7232 (10am-2pm)-County Event Rensselaer City Police Department Clean out your medicine cabinets! Bring your medications to the site above to be disposed of free, convenient & confidential. Keep all substances in their original containers, if possible all liquid containers must be sealed in leak proof clear plastic bags. Mark out any identifying information on prescription bottles. Unidentified medications will be accepted—NO QUESTIONS ASKED Will accept prescriptions and over the counter medications including vitamins, supplements, and herbals. Also medication samples. We will not accept Needles, sharps, syringes with needles, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste as well as hydrogen peroxide. The Reformed Church of Schodack of Muitzeskill will be holding its Annual MiniMarket and Chicken Barbecue. Donations are being sought for the mini-market. call 732-7976- or 732-247l. (1:00 p.m. – N/A) The Nassau Sportsmen’s Club on Boyce Road in Nassau will hold its annual Steak Bake. The Bake will begin at 5:00 p.m. The cost is $30 per person (children 5-10-$10, and under 5 are free). Sun Aug 15 (6pm-8pm) The Gazebo behind the North Greenbush Town Hall The North Greenbush Summer concert series continues with the The Zucchini Brothers. Please bring chairs & blankets. (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Butler Park, Gettle Road, Averill Park. 2010 Sand Lake Kiwanis concerts: August 15 Mixed Company August 22 The Reverberators August 29 Georgie Wonders Orchestra Tues, Aug 17 (10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) Farmer’s Market Monument Square, Troy. Downtown Mid-week Farmers Market (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) At the Town of East Greenbush-Onderdonk Park on Hampton Avenue – Across from

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Events Summer Concert-The concerts are “Free” to the public. The Greyhounds-Retro Dance Party. Please bring a lawn chair. Vito Ciccarelli at, (518) 279-7162, or by e-mail at,

TRY A TOUR AT OAKWOOD Cemetery *Sculpture Artistry* A New Tour Sat Aug 21- 9am to 11am $12.pp Join Rensselaer County Historian Kathy Sheehan for a tour and discussion of the artists and sculptors who created these enduring monuments of stone and bronze. To register call 1-800-556-6273.

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(12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.) The Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River Street,Troy Master Class with Mark Shapiro-The Arts Center welcomes master potter Mark Shapiro in this four hour workshop where students will have an opportunity to view a demonstration and participate hands-on. . Members: $85 | Non-Members: $95 call 273-0552 x 231. (5:00 p.m. - N/A) The Tsatsawassa Protective Fire Company, Inc. will be having their 22nd Annual Pig Roast on the firehouse grounds located just off Route 66. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children 5-12. call 766-3815. (10am-2pm) Schodack Police Station Clean out your medicine cabinets! Bring your medications to the site above to be disposed of free, convenient & confidential. Keep all substances in their original containers, if

possible all liquid containers must be sealed in leak proof clear plastic bags. Mark out any identifying information on prescription bottles. Unidentified medications will be accepted—NO QUESTIONS ASKED Will accept prescriptions and over the counter medications including vitamins, supplements, and herbals. Also medication samples. We will not accept Needles, sharps, syringes with needles, thermometers, bloody or infectious waste as well as hydrogen peroxide. Sun, August 22 (6pm-8pm) Community Event The Gazebo behind the North Greenbush Town Hall The North Greenbush Summer Concert series continues with Frank Jaklitsch. Please bring chairs & blankets (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Music & Entertainment Butler Park, Gettle Road, Averill Park. 2010 Sand Lake Kiwanis concerts: August 22 The Reverberators August 29 Georgie Wonders Orchestra Burden Iron Works Museum One East Industrial Parkway Troy Gateway Tours for 2010. Civil War Days at Schuyler Flatts. Aug.21-22. The Gateway is pleased to be a cosponsor with a number of other organizations of this weekend long event. . call 518-274-5267, or by email to info@ Tues, Aug 24 (10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) Farmer’s Market Monument Square, Troy. Downtown Mid-week Farmers Market . (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Music & Entertainment At the Town of East Greenbush-Onderdonk Park on Hampton Avenue – Across from Hampton Manor Lake. The East Greenbush Department for Community & Recreation Proudly Announces Music in the Park. Relax and Enjoy the Sensational Artists! August 24th Renee Lussier & Branchwater call Carmela Hicks at 477-4775.

Wed, Aug 25 (5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.) At the stage north of the Green Island Bridge.The 10-week summer concert series. Blue Hand Luke, local legends. Thurs, Aug 26 (2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Farmers Market . The Rensselaer County Farmers’ Market at the Twin Town Little League Park on Williams Road in North Greenbush. Road. (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Farmers Market Schaghticoke Town Hall, 290 Northline Drive, Melrose. Schaghticoke Farmers Market. (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon) Dyken Pond-Environmental Education Center475 Dyken Pond Road Cropseyville Nature Hike. Each program will involve an activity and a craft. $3 per child or $6 per family. Pre-registration encouraged so we have adequate supplies, but not required. Nature Nuts and Wee Wonders will run at the same time and each program runs from 10 am—noon. call 518-658-2055. Fri, Aug 27 (5 p.m. - 7 p.m.) The VFW Post 1938 in Valley Falls Friday night Deck Party’s. All are welcome. (5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) The Stephentown Valley Rod and Gun Club on Rt. 43 in West Stephentown will be holding Fish Fry and More call 766-5350. (5:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.) Downtown Troy. 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. Free parking is available onstreet and in several city garages. Sat, Aug 28 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Farmers Market Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Riverfront Park, Front Street Troy www. Sun, Aug 29 (5:30-7:30 p.m.) Music & Entertainment Butler Park, Gettle Road, Averill Park. 2010 Sand Lake Kiwanis concert: August 29 Georgie Wonders Orchestra- Last Concert

Tues, Aug 31 (10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) Farmer’s Market Monument Square, Troy. Downtown Mid-week Farmers Market (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Music & Entertainment At the Town of East Greenbush-Onderdonk Park on Hampton Avenue – Across from Hampton Manor Lake. call Carmela Hicks at 477-4775. (6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.) Troy Boys & Girls Club, 1700 7th Avenue, Troy. Troy Restaurant Tour -Downtown Troy Dining Tour (multiple restaurants). Sample food at Troy’s finest restaurants! call (518)274-3781. Wed, Sept 1 (12 Noon-10 p.m.) through the week

Schaghticoke Fair 69 Stillwater Bridge Rd. Rtes. 67 & 40 Schaghticoke, New York The 3rd Oldest Fair in New York State their 191st YearPlease see for all events and times for each day of the fair. call 518-753-4411. Thurs, Sept 2 (2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) Farmers Market The Rensselaer County Farmers’ Market is at the Twin Town Little League Park on Williams Road in North Greenbush. Road.

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Rensselaer Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events Clubhouse Classic “Networking at the 19th Hole” Mon, August 23rd The Clubhouse at the Country Club of Troy 5:30pm Check-in 6:00pm Dinner & Networking $40 per reservation Have you been wondering about the best way to get yourself in front of 100 or more regional professional during the dog days of summer? If so, then be sure to join us for our Clubhouse Classic on August 23rd. You don’t need to be a golfer to attend - it’s open to everyone and features gourmet food stations, over 50 deluxe raffle prizes. The Country Club of Troy is located at 100 Troy Country Club Road Troy, NY 12180

Annual Golf Classic “Clubs, Carts & Connections” Mon, Aug 23 Country Club of Troy All inclusive golfer package for $195 per reservation. The day is as follows: 10:30am Check-in 11am Lunch Noon Shotgun Start 5:30pm Clubhouse Classic

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The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute Announces New Class The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce The Leadership Institute Class of 2011. This year’s dynamic and diverse group will participate in our award winning skills-based professional development program, which begins in September. The program emphasizes a “learning from leaders” approach to developing the talent of future leaders in New York’s Tech Valley. More than 125 Leadership alumni have graduated during the past five years, and are now applying their valuable skills within their professions and within their communities. Leadership participants learn skills from an impressive “faculty” of more than 100 senior level business executives who bring real-life expertise to this valuable and effective program. Welcome to the Class of 2011! The Leadership Institute is sponsored by KeyBank, with media sponsorship provided by The Business Review. Edwin Anker, CSArch Deborah Atlas, Seton Health David Bach, Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth Jerilee Beaudoin, First Niagara Bank David Brisson, M & T Bank Kenneth Dagostino, Hudson Valley Community College Daniel Didier, NetSecureIA, Inc. Michael Gates, KeyBank, NA Michael Giso, Turner Construction Company Kevin Grace, Unity House of Troy, Inc. Dawn Guerds, East Greenbush Community Library John Hetsko, HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Russell Huta, Rifenburg Construction, Inc. Georgia P. Kelly, Merrill Lynch, The Clore Group Julie Massry Knox, Tri City Rentals / Massry Realty Partners Kate Koval, CDPHP Annmarie Lanesey, Greane Tree Technology Group, LLC Heather LaVine, Tri-City ValleyCats Alexis Lorenz, MetLife Michelle Mangione Wyanski, Michelle Ships, Inc. - The UPS Store Jennifer O’Brien, 1199 SEIU Training & Employment Fund David Paterniani, Green Island Power Authority Tommy Thompson, HANYS Solutions, Inc. Tom Thornton, Smith’s Paving & Sealcoating Sheila Viera, Pioneer Bank Jill Walsh, HSBC Bank USA, NA

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Mini-Market and Chicken Barbecue Cleaning out your attic or storage unit? Had a garage sale and now have items not sold? Should have had a sale but didn't? The Reformed Church of Schodack at Muitzeskill will be holding its Annual Mini-Market and Chicken Barbecue on Sat, Aug 14. If you would like to donate items for the Mini-Market, call 732-7976 or 732-2471 to make arrangements for the drop off of items.

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THE COLLABORATIVE REVOLUTION: CHOOSING HOPE OVER FEAR FOR COUPLES AND FAMILIES IN CRISIS This Article is the first of a three-part series exploring the Collaborative Law Process as an option available to couples or parents who are involved in a separation, divorce, Family Court proceedings, interfamilial disputes, partnership termination or other family law matters, including the modification of current orders of support and custody. Collaborative Practice, including Collaborative Law and interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce, is an option that combines the advocacy of traditional legal methods with the interest-based negotiations of Mediation. It is a way to resolve disputes respectfully, without going to court, while working with trained professionals, who help you reach a separation or divorce “with dignity”, and has been called “the peaceful divorce”. Collaborative Practice involves a team approach to solving problems. The Professional Team consists of Attorneys, Mental Health Facilitators, Divorce Coaches, Child Specialists and Financial Specialists, all of whom have received collaborative training under guidelines established by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals ( These speciallytrained individuals continue with intermediate and advanced training as part of their commitment to the Collaborative Process.

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CAPITAL DISTRICT COMMUNITY GARDENS PARTNERS WITH SENIOR WHOLE HEALTH TO PROVIDE NUTRITIOUS FOOD TO RENSSELAER COUNTY'S ELDERLY POOR T Through the initiative, residents have been given "Veggie h Dollars" by SWH to purchase D produce from the CDCG's p Veggie Mobile — a converted V box truck that travels to senior b ccenters, public housing projects and other densely populated areas, giving residents an opportunity to climb aboard and pick bananas, carrots, tomatoes, and apples from shelves or refrigerators. Every Tuesday through Saturday the mobile produce market makes stops in Troy and Rensselaer For additional information about the Veggie Mobile and for a summer schedule, call (518) 274-8685 or visit

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Miss Sigmund Speaks About Divorce Dear Miss Siggy, Even though my parents are divorced, they’re always sending nasty messages to each other through me. Like my dad always tells me stuff to tell my mom that gets her really sad. Then she asks me all these questions about what he said, and I don’t always remember exactly. I feel icky about it. I want to tell them to stop giving me messages, but I’m afraid they’ll get mad at me. Sincerely, The Message Girl Dear Message Girl, I am sorry you are so stuck in the middle. It sounds like it is a mess! Children in a divorce should not have to communicate for their parents. The adults need to speak directly. I want you to tell your parents that you don’t want to deliver messages, or better yet, show them this letter. Your folks need to know that they have put you in an awkward position. I’m sure they will fix it once they understand. You need to be a kid, and they need to be the adults. Thank you for writing, Message Girl! This is a common problem, and your message will help many kids and their parents. Woof! Sincerely, Miss Siggy, CGC, TDI, Ph.D.

Miss Sigmund Speaks About Friendship Dear Miss Sigmund, All my friends say that I play too rough. I know they’re right, but I get so excited at recess that I can’t calm myself down. What should I do? Thanks, Frenzied in First Grade Dear Frenzied, Getting overexcited is certainly a problem that I’m very familiar with. The minute that I get to school in the morning I just want to jump on everybody. That’s when I have to sit down and count out 10 deep doggy breaths to help me calm down. And sometimes, when I’m really hyper, it helps to exercise with some Puppy Yoga. I find the Downward Dog stretch is especially good for working out tension. Good Luck. Sound Mind, Sound Body, Wagging Tail, Miss Sigmund, Canine Good Citizen and Ph.D.

Do It Now! Tips To Get Ready For Back-To-School By Cynthia Ewer Editor, Organized Home Get organized now for the best school year ever! Use these ideas to prepare your home and family for the busy days ahead:

Create Calendar Central Each school year floats on a sea of schedules. Functions, Lunch menus, meetings and lessons. Nothing calms school year chaos like Calendar Central: a centralized site for all family calendars and schedules. You’ll need a family event calendar to track after-school activities, school programs and volunteer work. Add specialized calendars and schedules, and you have it: a one-stop shop for family time management.

Ease the family into a school year schedule. The first day of school is no time for a drastic adjustment of household sleep schedules. Instead, ease children back into a school year routine gradually. During the last two weeks of summer, re-introduce a school year bedtime. Begin waking late sleepers earlier and earlier, closer to the hour they’ll need to rise when school begins. Don’t neglect mealtimes! Younger children, in particular, need to adapt to new meal routines before the school day demands it of them. Plan meals and snacks to accustom little ones to rituals of the school day before the school year begins.

Check before you shop August is the second-biggest sales month for clothing retailers. Back to school clothing sales begin as early as July! Prepare before you shop. Take an afternoon and assess each child’s clothing needs. Empty drawers and closets of outgrown or worn-out clothing. Develop a wardrobe needs list for each child. Check for possible hand-me-downs from older siblings as you make your list. If you discuss the needs list and the family budget with your children before you shop, you’ll avoid in-the-store tantrums. Similarly, ask the school for classroom supply lists before shopping for school supplies. Forewarned is forearmed ... and helps protect the family budget. Do shop early! With back-to-school sales beginning in mid-July, tardy shoppers have a tough time locating needed supplies among September’s Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations. For more hints how to prepare for Back to School go to

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Supervisor’s Report Town Taxes is always a controversial topic, especially during an election cycle.

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I’d like to take this opportunity to clarify the property tax breakdown for East Greenbush residents.

Based on a $200,000 home: The Town’s portion is $65 per month and if water and sewer are applied add an additional $20. The Town’s Library and Fire Districts (both of which are out of the Town Boards control) are responsible for $12 and $13 per month respectively. The County cost is $92 per month.

The E. Greenbush Dept. for Community & Recreation Proudly Announces

Music in the Park

located at Onderdonk Park on Hampton Avenue Across from Hampton Manor Lake

6 to 8 p.m. Relax and Enjoy the Sensational Artists! Feel free to bring a lawn chair! Teagan’s will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers. Soda and water will also be available, so bring your family and have dinner!

Bands include: Winchester & Young - August 10th Johnny Cassera’s Route 66 - August 17th GELVIS - August 24th Renee Lussier & Branchwater - August 31 Bow Riders (D. Bazinet) - September 7th

The largest share is the School District, which is voted on by the residents, and is $260 per month. No one likes taxes, but these are the facts. Town taxes provide many services, including police/ dispatching, town parks, youth and senior programs, snow plowing, road maintenance as well as town administration costs. All this and more is provided for $65 per month. The town does not have control over fire and library services but they are an essential part of our quality of life and the combined cost is around $25. Your County taxes are $92 a month – services? I recommend a call to your County Legislature in regards to your County tax. The $260 per month school tax is billed in September and is completely separate from the town tax bill. Taxes are an integral part of our society and this administration has, and is working hard to balance services provided with your tax dollars. You will hear a lot about the “high taxes” over the upcoming election cycle and I hope you keep this eference handy. Please call or stop in Town Hall and I will be glad to address your questions on town taxes. Rick McCabe Supervisor/Town of East Greenbush

East Greenbush Bocce!! The Senior Bocce games will be played at Onderdonk Park in Hampton Manor and will last until Labor Day.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Easy game to learn and lots of fun to be had by those who join. To learn more about the game, go to www.bocce.standardsassociation. org and you will be able to grasp what the game is all about. Anyone over the age of 55 will be able to join.

Call Carmela Hicks at 477-4775 if you are interested.



ith back to school advertisements in full swing you know it is the time of year to plan for the next heating season. Polsinello Fuels, Inc. has many Price Protection Programs available to save you money on heating oil and propane. We are currently enrolling customers in our Flex and Capped programs and many have already started saving! With oil prices climbing, now is the time to get the benefit of a good discount. When you pay up front with the Flexible Prepay plan, you can save up to $0.15 off per gallon! On the Flex Budget, not only do you receive $0.10 off every gallon, but your payments are evenly spaced out over monthly payments so you don’t have to worry about large winter bills. In addition to the Flex plans we have also released our Capped Price Protection Plans. The capped prepay and budget plans not only give you peace of mind with a ceiling rate that you will not exceed, but will allow your price to drop down with the market. Combine this with a service contract for worry free maintenance, and you get the Total Lower Cost (TLC) you deserve! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Polsinello Fuels at 465-3535 ext. 2. These Price Protection plans are only available for a limited time so call us today to find out which will best suit your needs!

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Family Get Togethers, Reunions, Graduations Let us make your hectic weekend a little easier. Your out-of-town guests can stay at an affordable rate, shower at their leisure and we’ll make them breakfast, too.

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Columbia High School 50th Reunion

CHS, Class of 1960, will be celebrating their Golden Reunion in September. On Friday, September 24th, they will be having an informal gathering at Quigleys in East Greenbush starting at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday September 25th, an all day event will take place at the Rensselaer Elks, Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush starting at noon. If you have not received your invitation or have any questions please call Lynne Butts Strevell at 477-7359.

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Karen T. Urbanski, Principal of Rensselaer Junior Senior High School, has announced the following students for the Principals’ List (89.50 and up average) and the Honor Roll (84.50 - 89.49 average) for the fourth quarter marking period.

Grade 8: Dylan Brooking, Austin Casey, Brandon Clancy, Cathrine Felt, Dakota Hempstead, Kyle Hughes, Sabrina Medina, Cheyenne Presti, Curtis Rodriguez, Dakota Rose, Autumn Shambeau, De’Jhana Verdi, Teresa Walls.

Principals’ List Grade 12: Shae’ Beaudoin, Shane Burns, Rachael Bushey, Grade 7: Daniel Albright, Kasheim Bandy, Austin Billetts, Elizabeth Brittany Hughes, Ma Nada Khaing, Kathleen Kopaskie, Marissa Brooking, Jade Cook, Shawn Coons, Quinton Foust, Janell Grady, Zachary Katras, Kevin McNally, Kyle Miano, Carlos Monell, Jr., Mendetta, Giang Nguyen, Tiffani Nye, Tiara Riebeling. Chelsey Reed, Danielle Snyder. Grade 11: Ulzii Batdorj, Kelsie Burns, ryan Carney, Suk Fahnestock, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Rebecca Gardner, Jennifer The Albany Capital District "Walk for Hope" Hayes, Alex Hilstro, Daniel Howland, Mo Win Htoo, Kathryn Infantino, Gabriella Johnson, Morning Joy, Allyssa Kelly, Waeya To Benefit Lin, Hnin Oo, Jesenia Perez, Sabrina Smith, Nicholas Whitford, The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research Jarrid Wilkinson.

Grade 10: Sarah Brady, Rebekah Bushey, Steven Camburn II, Katie D’Alessandro, Danielle Decker, Sienna Fahrenkopf, Gino Gigliotti, Thwe Thwe Hlaing, Keith Hughes, Jr., Derrick Janzen, John Kenna, Mary Kramer, Ieacha Machen, Jacob Pratt, Courtney Reed, Elora Repula, George Roberts III, Kayley Storms, Najah Vasquez, Garrett Wininger, Goh Zan, Naw Paw Law Eh Zan. Grade 9: Aye Aye Aung, Michelle Cirillo, Zachary French, Mia Gil, Rowan Goca, Steven Harwood III, Keila Judge, Emily Kopaskie, War War Kyaw, Selena Medina, Jared Radley, Kathleen Rodriguez, Patrick Snider, Ian Stewart, Vincent Storms III, Raynika Wilcox. Grade 8: Caludashia Basle, Helen Brewer, Joshua Cirillo, Eternity Coons, Gabrielle D’Alessandro, Alyssa Decker, Kurt Donner, Atoria Elem, Dominique Hall, Jonathan Hall, Emily Hemming, Pwint Hnin, Sydney Jerome, Krsna Jevons, Olivia Knapp, Emily Kretzschmar, Aliyah Linnen, Ezra Neal, Kortnee Phillips, Gabrielle Pike, Michael Sousa, Jr., Brian Sousis, Jr., Omiyea Stanford, Ciara Wade, Marcus Woods, Min Yar Zar. Grade 7: Raven Bushey, Gabrielle Corrodore, Marcella Davis, Sean Davis, Jr., Tyler Edwards, Mae Ann Fahnestock, Christopher Gil, Tyler Harwood, Marcus Lounds, Kendra McFarland, Malcomn Mohabir, Patrick Mooney, Anthony Moore, Jr., Keondre’ Nixon, Ciera Perez, Alexander Prusky, Crystal Rafferty, Jazmine Sousis, Christopher Spath, Gabriel Stephan, Kierra Wynn. Fourth Marking Period June 2010 Honor Roll Grade 12: Jason Brown, Connor Burns, Emily Dixon, Timothy Foust, Katie Johnson, Ashley LaRose, Philip Lawrence, Jr., Keith McElroy, Caelin Mooney, Olivia Repula, Ashley Silas, Ryan Spath, Beonca Willett. Grade 11: Zachary Clancy, Amanda Dominowski, Tiffany Fisher, Elijah Hummel, Jonathan Irizarry, Jennifer Karlquist, Gemma Moore, Angela Nye, Sarhara Roberts, John Schumaker III, Kristyn Smith, Hannah Spath, Famous Tillman III. Grade 10: Alyssa Bizzarro, Ryan Boettcher, Ciera Castro, Krystal DeLuke, Tristine Ellis, Michael German, Isaac Goca, Cassandra Hemming, Destiny Hempstead, Sukhjinder Kaur, Todd LaRose, Jr., Caitlyn LoPresti, William McClain, An Nguyen, Amanda Pola, Andrew T. Spath, Alesix Stammel, Tyler Stasack, Nicole Tomisman.


Grade 9: Dominic Casale, Aajahle Edmunds, Tyisha Hector, Maung Myat Soe Htut, Katiesianna Kovalsky, Taylor Mitchell, Jesse Patterson.

Sunday, September 12, 2010 Elm Avenue Town Park, Delmar, NY (Elm Ave. - just off the Delmar Bypass)

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August Events at the

Rensselaer Public Library Craft Times- Tues at 2 PM, August 3, 10 and 17. Learn a new craft each week. Kids ages 5-16. Sign up for one or all. Preschool Story-times- Wed at 11 am, August 4, 11 and 18. Drop-in story time for children ages 2-6, babies welcome. Kids’s Movie. The Little Mermaid will be shown on the big screen August 13 at 2 PM. Parents, come browse for books while the little ones watch! Worms- Aug 7 at 1 PM. The worm-woman, Carol Morley, will show live worms and talk about why they are important. Ages 4 and up. Sign-up required. Reader’s Party- your completed reading record is your ticket to this party on Wednesday, August 18 from 6-8. Pizza, prizes and more! Sign-up required. Teen Game Night- August 11 from 6-8. Ages 10 and up. Board games, card games and Wii. Food and fun! Teen Movie Night- August 4 from 6-8. Ages 10 and up. See a movie on the big screen with your friends. Tell us what you would like to see! The library is located at 676 East Street in Rensselaer, across from the Amtrak parking lot. For more information or to sign up for a program, call 462-1193 or log on to Http://

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Free Summer Concert Series at Library Please call the library at 477-7476 to register for any of the adult programs, concerts or movies. Red Haired Strangers Wed, Aug 4 at 7pm This popular local band has been together for the past 15 years, forging original music that contains hints of country and delta blues influences.

Children’s Programs Pajama Time! (all ages) Tues @ 7 pm - Aug 3rd & 10th Join Miss Rose for song stories and crafts! No registration required.

Baby Bookworms (birth—36 months) Thurs @ 10 OR 10:30 am Aug 5th & 12th Enjoy stories, songs, and nursery rhymes with Miss Molly! (Open playtime will be available in the large meeting room from 10 am to 12 pm.) No registration required.

Free Adults Programs Hatha Yoga Class Sat, August 21 - 10 am An instructor from the YMCA will present this mixed level Hatha yoga class for beginner to advanced. “Ask the Expert” Open Computer Lab Mon, Aug 9 from 6:30-8:30 pm Drop by to get some individual help with your computer questions.

Free Wed Night Movie: AUG 11 @ 6:30 pm – Valentine’s Day

4th Annual Culinary Showcase Open to All Kids & Teens entering Grades 2-12

Thurs, Aug 26 @ 6 pm Bring in your favorite/best recipe to share (appetizer, main dish, or dessert). Register and submit your recipe by 9:00pm on Monday, August 23. Sponsored by Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe.

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MiMi's Kids Club Prices ______________________ Stay & Play Families - $5 per child per hour'2nd & 4th child free Groups with Reservations (Daycares, Preschools, Mothers Groups, Field Trips) $4 per child for 1 hour $7 per child 2 hours ______________________ Drop & Shop (or workout or whatever!) Ages 3-11 only $8 per hour per child 5 hour card - $37.50 10 hour card - $70 20 hour card -$120. 2nd child in same family 1/2 price _____________________ Birthday parties Reservations Required Mon-Sat Open to public during your party $8 per child Sundays Closed $200 for 2 hours both include birthday party table, birthday kid balloon, MiMi's Kids Club hat & party photo ______________________ Hours - Mon-Fri 9:30am - 8pm Sat 9am - 10pm Sun-Parties by reservation

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THEATRE: Circle Theatre Players 30th year celebration begins in October with ‘Visitng Mr. Green’, followed in January with the classic ‘Inherit the Wind.’ In March the wonderful play, ‘Sarah, Plain and Tall opens and the season finale is an orginal musical ‘Hart’s Tavern.’ GALLERY: SLCA gallery will exhibit the unique visual world of Ellen Kostroff from July 1 - Aug. 15. Ms. Kostroff’s stunning surreal photographs, of both manipulated landscapes and manipulated object focused reality, will be on view. On Aug. 16-Sept. 30 Pat Smart will open a new exhibit featuring her beautiful batik prints. A free and open to the public artist reception will take place on Sun, Aug.22 from 1-3pm. Gallery hours are Wed. & Fri. from 10-12 and Sun from 1-3pm and by appt. SUNDAYS AT THE CENTER: Youth Theatre Players presents “William’s Window” on August 1 at 2:30pm. This play is a fun and easy introduction to Shakespeare. Starring children from 9-12 years.Tickets are $5. SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, August 19 for Third Annual A Taste of Sand Lake, sample delicious fare from local restaurants and mingle with friends and support the arts!

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