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A Message From Our Towne Publisher Ginny Siciliano 522-0575

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Dear Readers - This February we are feeling the effects on the economy. When driving through Rensselaer County we see many businesses closed and, as we talk to business owners we find there are many that are just “hanging on”. Take a step back and think about it - imagine going to your favorite restaurant, gift shop or florist or calling a service that you really need and finding they are not in business any more. It’s happening more and more with our small local businesses. Our Towne is asking our readers to please think about where they are spending their dollars and instead of the convenience chain stores, go to local businesses instead. The chain (box) stores are having problems as well as the rest of the locally owned stores but there is a big difference. The chain stores can close the ones that aren’t making a profit - the locally owned stores and services can’t close - that’s their only means to make a living! If you enjoy shopping at unique local businesses and using local services please keep doing that - they need you - especially now!! We want Rensselaer County to thrive - especially with the spectrum of unique businesses and services! On a more positive note we are seeing new businesses emerging - people starting their dreams, so let’s support them! Our Towne is here to help updating you with articles, community events and ads from local advertisers. Enjoy Rensselaer County and keep our businesses and events alive! Ginny, Linda, Julie, Sandy & Rich

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The federal government, through tax and monetary policies, is continuing to try to put more money in the hands of consumers. As a continuation of its 2008 and 2009 Stimulus legislation, Washington has enacted more income tax credits and rebates for individuals. This is in stark contrast to New York State’s recent income tax changes, which are mainly centered on increasing income tax rates and raising revenue in order to close a huge state budget deficit. Federal Tax Changes Virtually all of the federal tax changes this year are beneficial to the taxpayers. In light of the steep recession plaguing the country and the associated high unemployment, the feds have responded by making the first $2,400 of unemployment compensation tax-free for the year 2009. Amounts received over $2,400 are still taxable. With housing prices and sales still slumping, Congress has voted to extend the First-Time Homebuyer tax credit until April 30, 2010, and has raised the maximum credit to $8,000. It has also expanded this credit to include taxpayers who have previously owned a principal residence. This revised credit is expected to provide a great stimulus to the housing industry and generate plenty of tax refunds. This credit, like last year’s version, can be taken on either the 2009 or 2010 tax return, if the home is purchased in 2010.

Several other federal tax provisions this year are advantageous to the taxpayer. You may now be able to deduct sales tax paid on a new motor vehicle, whether you itemize your deductions or not. In addition, if you received a voucher or rebate under the “Cash for Clunkers” program, that amount is not taxable on your income tax return. There are also generous tax credits for any qualifying energysaving improvements to your residence. New York State Tax Changes New York State is facing record-setting budget deficits in 2010, after struggling to close a multi-billion dollar deficit in 2009. The State legislature and the governor have chosen to attack these deficits by both cutting spending and by raising taxes! Beginning in 2009, the state has established two new tax brackets. The previous maximum rate was 6.85% for individuals. Now there is a new marginal rate of 7.85% for certain upper-income taxpayers, as well as a rate of 8.97% for taxpayers with incomes in excess of $500,000.


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TOWN HALL & CLERK’S OFFICE East Greenbu ................................................. 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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Here’s What Homebuyers Are Saying About Larry Pentak... “Hello Larry, We just wanted to thank you once again for an amazing job you did with helping us move along so quickly, not to mention being up front and honest every step of the way...the whole process was so much more fun thanks to all your hard work. We plan on telling anybody who is looking for a mortgage to go straight to you.” -- James & Danielle “Mr. Pentak was able to make an otherwise sterile business transaction possible & enjoyable... work with a person who is as honorable, hardworking, caring & professional as Larry Pentak.” --Mr. R.P.”

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Updates on HR Compliance and Best Practices Join us at the Chamber for “Updates on HR Compliance & Best Practices” discuss: ~Compliance issues from 2009 ~Preview of new compliance issues of 2010 ~Best practices in hiring, managing, developing employees ~Best practices in HR processes and procedures.

Try our legendary Haddock Fish Fry & our popular Seafood Platter. We promise you will never leave hungry!

Contact: Kate Ollier, Programs & Communications Manager Phone: 518.274.7474 Email: kollier@renscochamber.com

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TUES, FEB 9 NetworkingPlus Luncheon Networking At this fast-paced luncheon, get connected, develop leads and build relationships! Located at the new Defreest Barn in Rensselaer Technology Park.

Time: 11:30am Check-in & Lunch; Noon - 1:00pm Program Contact: Kate Ollier, Programs & Communications Manager Phone: 518.274.7474 Email: kollier@renscochamber.com

TUES, FEB 23 Sometimes you just need to say, “No thanks.” That’s what we said when the Federal government offered us bailout money. Why? We didn’t need it. And, we don’t plan on changing our minds. We’ve consistently kept our customers safe, sound and secure by doing the right thing. Start banking the safe, sound, secure way. Stop by any convenient NBT Bank office today.

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‘Work, Life Balance: No Excuse!’ Luncheon **Important: This event has been changed from the previous date of Thurs. 02.04.10 to Tues. 02.23.10. Join us for the Chamber’s upcoming “Work, Life, Balance: No Excuse!” Business Luncheon featuring international, bestselling author and training expert Jay Rifenbary. Learn how to create success and balance in your professional and personal life through the “No Excuse!” philosophy of core values, including personal responsibility, integrity, purpose and balance! Time(s): 11:30am Check-in & Lunch; Noon - 1pm Program Location: The Century House , Route 9 - Latham Contact: Kate Ollier, Programs & Communications Manager Phone: 518.274.7474 Email: kollier@renscochamber.com


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From the Desk of Linda Hillman, President Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce Rensselaer Chamber Networking Series Your Best Value Networking events have become the craze, and countless invitations flooding your inbox may make it difficult for you to decide which events to attend. Keep in mind, not all networking events are a valuable use of your time and money! This is the year to pass on the routine “business card swaps” being offered, and Get Connected, Develop Leads and Build Relationships at the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce Networking Series events, where the focus is on you and your business!

Networking is the number one reason why businesses join the Rensselaer Chamber. Our enhanced networking events guarantee you and your business maximum exposure and quality contacts. Energizing breakfast and luncheon programs create an atmosphere where businesses connect and networking thrives. Our unique networking format includes:

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Energy Saving Tips From: Polsinello Fuels, Inc. With the winter season in full swing keeping your family warm during these harsh winter months is not only your concern, it’s our top priority. Here are a few helpful tips to stay warm and save you money: 1) Schedule a cleaning and tune up for your heating system- it will help it run more efficiently and safely. 2) Keep an eye on your tank gauge. You don’t want to run out of oil or propane when it’s 10 degrees outside! 3) Give yourself peace of mind and sign up to get automatic deliveries. We can tell when you’ll need your next delivery and schedule it for you- no call needed! 4) Keep your driveway, tanks and fill pipes clear of snow and ice so the delivery driver can fill your tank quickly and easily. 5) Install a programmable thermostat- it can save you up to 20% on your home heating bill! 6) Replace your old heating system. Right now, there are great incentives, rebates and tax credits available for replacing your heating system.

The next two networking events are scheduled for February and April, so contact Kate Ollier, Chamber Programs & Communications Manager at 518.274.7474 to RSVP or visit www.renscochamber.com for more information.

The Polsinello Fuels family is committed to providing quality services at competitive prices. We’ve been serving local families for over 55 years and look forward to another 55 to come. Call us today at (518) 465-3535 to experience the Total Lower Cost (TLC) benefits of Polsinello Fuels, Inc.


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Schodack Island State Park Ice Skating Area Open in February The ice skating area at Schodack Island State Park will be open for public use through the end of February as ice and weather conditions allow. The area will be open daily from 10 – 4 . In addition, Night skating dates, when skating area hours will be extended to 8 pm. The night skating dates are February 12th, and February 26th. Schodack Island State Park will also host full moon night hike on Feb . 12th 6pm at the main parking lot. Bring snowshoes & enjoy ice skating and hiking and our bonfire. There is no fee during the winter months. Please bring your own skates. Children under 16 must be supervised by a guardian. For more info park office at 732-0187. visit our Web site at www.nysparks.com.

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Happy Valentine's Day ! New decorative painting, knitting, and crocheting classes now being formed. All materials supplied. Very reasonable. Call now for dates and reservations. For the entire month of February - wear something red or buy something with red on it, and receive 20% off the price of one item. Highest priced item will receive the 20% reduction. Special offer to those of you who are supporting local business: If you've never been to Blue Fiddle Gifts (where have you been?) - we'll discount your entire purchase 10% on your first visit ever. Just say hello. (across the street from Price Chopper, next to Becker's, in the Rensselaer Appliance building)

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-and hope 2010 is prosperous and productive for all our residents. The past six weeks have been hectic and stressful for a lot of people, myself included. Transition in politics is never easy, but something that is done. I would like to make a few statements on a number of issues brought forth in different venues.

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We have had numerous audits as recently as 2008 in which we asked the State Comptroller’s Office to come in and we are in the process of having another.

Town of East Greenbush Seniors will now have a meeting place to socialize and have a couple of hours of fun. This is a brand new “happening”! The second Wednesday of each month at the East Greenbush Community Library beginning January 13th from 1 to 3. Feel free to keep a calendar with these dates for the future: February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, and Aug. 11th.

To say the lawsuit in regards to holding two positions is just a cover up to hide town budget concerns is bizarre. The lawsuit initiated by Rensselaer County Political Party took place long before the Moody Rating came out.

There is a full kitchenette as well as a comfy and large room for seniors to meet, just chat, play cards or whatever game it is that you would like to continue with or begin. Parking is a definite plus. Handicapped accessible.

I would like to say good-bye and thank you to the employees that did not survive the transition. They spent countless hours working for the residents of East Greenbush and always did a remarkable job:

To The Seniors of the Town of East Greenbush: “Lets Get Together and Socialize”

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THIS MONTH’S

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BY JANA LAIZ

WEEPING UNDER THIS SAME MOON

Weeping Under This Same Moon, by Jana Laiz is based on the true story of two teenage girls from different cultures, whose paths intertwine, dramatically altering the course of their lives. Mei is an artist whose life has been disrupted by the Vietnam War. Her anguished parents send her away on a perilous escape during the exodus of thousands of Vietnamese refugees known as “Boat People.” In Mei’s words we learn of the dangers she faces caring for her two younger siblings on a sea journey fraught with hunger, thirst and deprivation, leaving behind everything she loves, to find refuge for her family. Hannah is an angry seventeen-year-old American high school student. Friendless, neurotic, a social misfit - her passion for writing and the environment only intensify her outcast state. Through Hannah’s voice, we get inside her head, there to discover a gentle soul beneath all the anger and turmoil. When Hannah learns of the plight of the “Boat People,” she is moved to action.

A Free Woman On God’s Earth” is a juvenile biography for ages 8 and up containing over 40 illustrations. It is the story of Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman, the enslaved African woman who had the courage and conviction to speak what was in her heart, suing for her freedom in a Massachusetts court of law. In gaining her own freedom, she set the stage for the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts in 1783. An engaging history that fulfils the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for third, fourth and fifth grades in the categories of Local Biography, Local History, Revolutionary War Heroes. BY JANA LAIZ & ANN-ELIZABETH BARNES

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PIANO FOR SPECIAL KIDZ Dee Cucinotta Q. Describe your business and how you got started. A. I give piano instruction exclusively to children and adults with special needs. My students don’t need to have an IEP in order to take lessons with me. If they have difficulty learning with conventional teachers, I can help them learn to play. I started doing this because parents told me they had been searching for a music teacher who had a working knowledge of their child’s disability to teach their child to play. Q. Are you known for anything special? A. I have a degree and permanent certification in both Music and Special Education and have worked as a teacher in both fields. I not only teach students to play piano but work with parents to address student issues as they arise (behavior, anxiety, focus, etc.) that are obstacles to children’s success. We also have our annual Spring Recital for those students who wish to perform. Q. What do you like most about your business? A. When students overcome an obstacle, whether it be behavioral, emotional or musical, and it’s something we’ve worked on sometimes for months, and we finally hear their musical ability shine through, I love that. At out Spring Recital, for some families it’s the first time they’ve seen their child perform anything – the wave of emotions that encompasses us is unbelievable…and unforgettable. Q. What do you feel is your biggest challenge with your business? A. Parents are worried that I won’t accept their child as a student. So they don’t give me a full description of how their child’s disability presents. My challenge is to help parents feel comfortable enough to give me all the information I need to develop a learning program that is unique for their child. Q. What do you want the community to know about you?

Did You Know? The History of Presidents’ Day Presidents’ Day dates back to our founding father and first President, George Washington. Washington was born on Feb 22, 1732. On his birthday in 1796, when Washington was in his last full year as president, the day became the holiday known as Washington’s Birthday. However, Americans didn’t observe this holiday until 1832, 100 years after his birth. Abraham Lincoln was the next President to gain reverence similar to Washington. Born on Feb 12, 1809, Lincoln’s birthday was first celebrated in 1865, the year after he was assassinated. Although his birthday was not honored as a federal holiday like Washington’s, many states adopted it as a legal holiday. In 1968, Congress passed legislation placing any federal holiday on a Monday, including Washington’s birthday, to create a three-day weekend. In 1971, President Richard Nixon combined Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays into Presidents’ Day. It would be celebrated on the third Monday in February, regardless of which day it fell on. Presidents’ Day is now viewed as a holiday that pays tribute to both Washington and Lincoln, as well as all those who have served as president.

A. I love what I do – I feel blessed to have the experience and knowledge that I do about disabilities and be able to use that to give people with sometimes great difficulties in their daily lives the ability to play the piano – both for their own enjoyment and for their friends and families. People think that working with people with disabilities takes a lot of patience. Actually patience doesn’t really come into play. I understand what parents go through in raising a child with disabilities and I respect both the student and parent enough to always have high expectations that are also achievable. I look at the whole person including their strengths and specific needs and do my best to incorporate my knowledge and experience with those strengths to help them access their full potential. Q. Is there anything else you’d like to say? A. My goal is to give my students an activity they will enjoy for their lifetime. Most children and adults with disabilities need assistance with so many things. I try to teach my students to be as independent as possible and to enjoy playing the piano even after they have finished taking lessons.

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Community Event The Castleton Fire House, 11 Green Avenue, Castleton all you can eat breakfast Eat-in or takeout. The cost is $7/Adults, $6/ Seniors, $5/Children ages 5-11.

Community Event Display of entries/awarding of prizes to Castleton Elementary School, Maple Hill Middle School and Maple Hill High School students who participated in art contests for substance abuse prevention. Tues, Feb 9 (7 - 8:30 p.m.) Agriculture Location: the Office of CCE Rensselaer County, 61 State Street, Troy. Description:

Community Event Location: East Greenbush Community Library, 10 Community Way, Rensselaer. Description: Town of East Greenbush Seniors will now have a meeting place to socialize and have a couple of hours of fun. This is a brand new “happening”! The second Wednesday of each month at the East Greenbush Community Library Feb 10 from 1 to 3.

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Called and taught by Orly Krasner Live Music by Ron Burch, Patricia Kernan, and Paul Kirk Date: Feb 7 Time: 2 - 5 p.m. Dance 1:30 p.m. Introductory workshop Location: Channing Hall at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 405 Washington Avenue, Albany $11, $9 members, $5 students Sponsor: Capital English Country Dancers For information call: 518-4775684 Other: All are Welcome.No experience or partner necessary. Please wear flat soft-soled shoes.

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Cornell Cooperative Extension is pleased to offer new gardening classes starting in January. Pre-registration is required. The class is $6.00 per person. Class: “Uncovering Your Garden’s Subtle Side”. For additional information call 272-4210.

Location: Classes will be held at the Office of CCE Rensselaer County, 61 State Street, Troy. Description: Cornell Cooperative Extension is pleased to offer new gardening classes starting in January. Being a Gardener gives you an opportunity to constantly try new plants, planting methods, garden designs and other ideas. Pre-registration is required. The class is $6.00 per person. Contact: For additional information, please 272-4210. (8 a.m. - Noon)

Community Event Description: The Castleton Fire House, 11 Green Avenue, Castleton will host an all you can eat breakfast the first Sunday of every Month. Eat-in or take-out. The cost is $7/Adults, $6/Seniors, $5/Children ages 5-11.

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CRAFTERS NEEDED. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Brunswick Elks will be holding their Annual Spring Craft Fair on Saturday, March 6, 2010. The lodge is located on Rt. 2 in Brunswick NY. Contact Denise at 273-1449 for more details.

Education Location: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County is located at 61 State Street, Troy. Description: “Turfgrass 101”. This training is for people new to the landscape and turfgrass industry or those wanting more basic knowledge. Want to receive Our Towne Topics to be disuses include turfgrass species and varieties, online? Send us an email with Email in the subject line and we’ll email cultural practices of turfgrass, y o u t h e l i n k t o t h e soils, fertilizers and pests. The new issue every month. cost is $25 per person per day or $45 for one person for two days. Contact: call Marcie Vohnoutka 272-4210.


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ARTS Danny Goodwin/Blane de St Croix Exhibition Feb. 9 – March 13 Lecture by Blane de St Croix Thursday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium Opening Reception Thursday, Feb. 11, 4-6 p.m., Teaching Gallery, Administration Building

LECTURES The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College Thursday, Feb. 18, Noon, Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium

On The Beat Tuesday, March 2, 10 a.m., Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium A normal day in the life of a working journalist: how stories are conceived and approved, how stories are written, and how reporters work with their editors. They also will share their predictions about the decline in the newspaper industry as caused by the influences of blogging, Twitter and the Internet.

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I thought it would be best to stay away from my usual essays about nothing in particular and actually write about something related to the law. So here we go. Some months back, I wrote about a question that I received from a musician who wanted to know if it would be helpful to have a contract with a club owner every time they get booked to perform somewhere. I advised that it would likely not be advantageous since the amount of money most artists get paid for a gig (anywhere from $50 to $200) were too small to merit the expense of enforcing the contract in a court of law. In my analysis and in support of my advice, I factored in the expense of hiring an attorney to handle the case as it made its way through the local small claims court. Of course, if you can believe it, that got someone’s dander up. A reader contacted me to advise that he was concerned that my advice was self serving to me

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HAVE A BADASS DAY! “Who is St. Valentine”? Time to brush up on your Valentine’s history! Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married. With this thought in mind he outlawed marriage for young men in hopes of building a stronger military base. Supposedly, Valentine, decided this decree just wasn’t fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine’s actions he had him put to death. Another legend has it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor’s daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first ‘valentine’ himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it ‘Your Valentine’, words still used on cards today. Perhaps we’ll never know the true identity and story behind the man named St. Valentine, but this much is for sure...February has been the month to celebrate love for a long time, dating clear back to the Middle Ages. In fact, Valentines ranks second only to Christmas in number of greeting cards sent. Another valentine gentleman you may be wondering about is Cupid (Latin cupido, “desire”). In Roman mythology Cupid is the son of Venus, goddess of love. His counterpart in Greek mythology is Eros, god of love. Cupid is often said to be a mischievous boy who goes around wounding both gods and humans with his arrows, causing them to fall in love. www.allsaintsbrookline.org/.../valentine.html


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Thurs, Feb 18 1 pm “Lost in the Woods” If you like to go hiking or camping, this program will teach simple techniques on how to stay safe if you become lost. Ages 8 + Reg required. Fri, Feb 19 1 or 2:30 pm Fantastic Colored Lizards Learn all about lizards . Children will make their own colorful clay lizard. Ages 6 + . reg req

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Children’s Programs Wed, Feb 17 1 pm Magic Show All ages with Mr. Magicman Chris LaBarge! Regis req.

Sat, Feb 6 at 2 pm Lincoln And Liberty : Songs From The Time Of Honest Abe Celebrate Abraham Lincoln with this program Sun, Feb 7 at 2 pm Customs, Castes, and Costumes Iteke Prins will present a look at early Dutch culture. Tues, Feb 9 at 7 pm Elements of Design & Color in Drawing Bring a sketchbook or paper and some pencils (#2b and #4b recommended).

Teen Café (grades 6-12) Fri @ 2:30pm Feb 5, 12 & 26 Thurs, Feb 11 at 6 pm Food, fun, and fraternization . Wireless Networking at just for teens! Do homework Home or just hang out. No reg Discuss networking technology, setup, Feb 11 @ 4 pm configuration, lockdown and Anime Club security. ADULT Sun, Feb 14 at 2 pm Please call the library to preAlbany Classical String Trio register for any of these free Concert programs. Come and enjoy the music of the great composers, played Tues, Feb 2 at 6:30 pm Soil Types and Amendments on violin, viola, and cello by Susan St. Amour, Matthew The soil is full of life, and there is a universe beneath the Johnson, and Monica Wilsonsurface of our gardens which Roach of the Albany String sustains our plants. Trio.

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Wed, Feb 24 at 6 pm Women and Investing: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities this seminar is designed to help women identify their needs when planning for their financial futures.

Sat, Feb 27 at 10 am Meditation meditation from beginner to advanced Comfortable clothing is recom-mended. Bring a mat, blanket & small pillow.

Sun, Feb 28 at 2 pm Arctic Submarine Laboratory The evolution of the Arctic Submarine Laboratory from its origins in World War II through present day and some of the unique submarine operations it sponsored. FREE MOVIE NIGHT Wed, Feb 10 at 6:30 pm Barbershop (Black History Month Program)


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The Cancer Services Program of Rensselaer County is looking for a few good men If you are 50 and older, without health insurance and want to help some really nice girls reach their goals, we would like to offer you a chance to do just that. Men 50 and older: Complete and return a FREE colorectal kit by the end of November and you’ll be entered to win a one-year membership to a local hunting club. Refer two friends and increase your chances of winning.

Our Café will offer luscious desserts and beverages to round out this memorable evening. Film: Screening of the film The Singing Revolution on Sat. Feb 27 at 7pm. Created by local residents James and Maureen Tusty, the film is a documentary that tells the extraordinary story of the non-violent path Estonia took to free itself from Soviet occupation. Tickets $8, under 18-$5. Gallery: Exhibit Jan 1 – Feb. 15 showcases the watercolors of Ellen Rae Panero. The abstract paintings of Shawn Snow open on Feb. 16 – March 30. Hours are Wed. & Fri. 10-12pm and Sun from 1-3pm and by appt. Sundays at the Center: On Su . Feb. 7, Phil Singer, will lead a series of workshops titled: Learn to Draw a Caricuture. Beginning at 1:30pm Phil will offer a series of 3 back to back classes for an hour groups . Supplies will be provided. The program is free, but reservations are recommended as space may be limited.

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1. Make hot cocoa. 2. Go sledding together. 3. Make paper snowflakes. 4. Go bowling. 5. Make sun catchers. 6. Make a graph showing each day’s hi and low temperatures. 7. Make ice cream using snow. 8. Go roller skating. 9. Have a snowball fight. 10. Play your favorite board games. 11. Make a pine cone bird feeder. 12. Measure the snowfall. 13. Go ice skating together. 14. Make snow angels and watch the snow fall together. 15. Buy a kid-sized shovel and shovel the driveway or sidewalk together. 16. Visit your local library and check out books on winter themes. 17. Draw and color a mural showing a winter scene. 18. Build a snow fort together. 19. Take a knitting class at your local craft store and make hats for each other. 20. Fill a spray bottle with colored water and write in the snow. 21. Use sheets or boxes to build a fort inside your house. 22. Bundle up and take a walk during a snowstorm. 23. Make a snowman sun catcher. 24. Collect old winter coats from family members and friends. Then donate them to a local charity. 25. Use the back side of some leftover wrapping paper to draw and color life-sized pictures of one another.

MISS SIGMUND SPEAKS About Intuition

Dear Miss Siggy, Sometimes I get sad and I don‛t know why. Does this ever happen to you? Your Friend, Blue in the Green Hallway Dear Blue in the Green Hallway, Yes, sometimes even playful happy dogs like me get sad. Why, just the other day I got so upset about how much I miss my family in Jersey that I had to chase my tail. Then, after a good long howl at the moon I felt a whole lot better. That‛s what works for this dog. Wag your tail when you‛re happy, and yowl when you‛re sad, Miss Siggy, Canine Good Citizen and Ph.D.

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THE BUS STOP CLUB ROLLS INTO EAST GREENBUSH Picture this...You have a 13-year-old son with Autism. You spend a great deal of time caring for your child, and he is making progress every day. You go above and beyond to care for him. Each morning is a struggle while you get him ready for school, make his breakfast, and pack his bag. Regardless, you do everything that you can to help him to be successful because he is your son. Then, you go to work. When you return home, it will be time for dinner, homework, and getting ready for bed. Your 10-year-old daughter is a great help at home. She washes dishes, folds the laundry, and helps to prepare dinner. She is doing okay in school. However, you notice that she becomes easily frustrated at home. Lately, she has been getting upset at her brother for little things. She thinks it is her Autistic brother who gets all the attention from you. What can you do to help this child? Where can a family in this situation turn? In the East Greenbush area, we now have an answer: A support group for such siblings is starting at the East Greenbush YMCA. “The Bus Stop Club” is a FREE program for siblings (ages 7 to 15) of chronically ill, mentally disabled or physically handicapped children. It consists of monthly sessions held on the last Tuesday of every month. These sessions allow siblings to share experiences, to ask questions, and to learn about the disease process that their brother or sister is experiencing. It also includes fun activities such as swimming, basketball, arts n’ crafts, as well as group trips to area sporting and community events. The monthly

meetings take place at the East Greenbush YMCA, as well as at the YMCA in Guilderland. Meetings are staffed by volunteer Social Workers, Physicians, and other qualified staff in an effort to enable these kids to express their feelings in a casual group setting. Siblings can play games, eat pizza, and just be kids. It allows children to learn from other children. It also allows them to see that they are not alone and that other kids may be struggling the same issues and feelings. Living with a sibling with an illness is very common. In fact, there are over 25,000 chronically ill children in the Capital District alone. Siblings often feel as if they are overly responsible for helping the family or like they are missing out on many opportunities that other kids can enjoy. The YMCA environment allows them to have fun, experience new things, and build their self-esteem. The mission of the Bus Stop Club is to provide support to empower these siblings to cope with adverse life events they may face because they have a sibling with an illness or disability. Recently, the Bus Stop Club siblings and families went to a Siena Basketball game. The Bus Stop Club announced that it was awarded a $5,000 Community Impact Grant from the New York Life Insurance Company to support their mission. “We are grateful for New York Life’s investment in this program, which will have a lasting effect on the entire community,” said Dr. Brian Sheridan, President of The Bus Stop Club. “New York Life’s continued participation in our programs has benefited many people in the community as we work to accomplish our mission.” If your family is in a similar situation or if you know a family who could benefit from this program, visit www.busstopclub.com for more information. You can also email the “Bus Stop Club” at Info@busstopclub.com.

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March 24, 2010 6-8:30 PM A Taste of Troy is a School 16 PTA sponsored community event which celebrates all Troy has to offer! Take a Journey of Discovery through your own hometown; finding the hidden gems in your backyard. This event promises to be a wonderful evening filled with entertainment, music and a taste of Troy's finestfood samplings.

A Taste of Troy Annual 5th The To Be Held At The FRANKLIN TERRACE BALLROOM March24, 6-8:30PM 126 Campbell Avenue in Troy

Advance Ticket Prices: Family Pack (2 adults + 2 children b/w ages of 5-12) - $40 Adult - $15.00 Child (ages 5-12) - $8.00 For tickets contact: Amy at 518-528-5560

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Defazio's Details Wedding Planning, LLC /April Rounds Easter Bunny El Platano Restaurant Emerald Athletic Club Emma Willard Famous Lunch Flavour Cafe Flowers by Pesha/Pesha King Francesca's Franklin Terrace Ballroom Full Effect Tattooing Gennaro Valenti - Prudential Financial Hannaford Holmes & Watson, Ltd

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Grooming Dogs I n Cold Weather Colder temperatures mean dog owners should change their grooming routine during winter months. Virginia Parker Guidry Here’s some answers Is it safe to bathe my dog in winter? Yes, it’s all right to bathe your dog in the wintertime. In fact, dogs sometimes need more grooming then. Longer, fluffier coats tend to mat, and walks through mud and snow are messy. If your dog is indoors to keep warm, you may be especially eager to bathe him to keep “doggie” odor to a minimum. Should I avoid trimming my dog’s coat? While dogs need to keep warm, it’s also true most pets don’t live outdoors all the time; they’re usually snuggled up with an owner in a centrally heated house. House dogs don’t need to rely on long fur and a thick undercoat for warmth as wild animals or sled dogs do.It is all right to give your dog a haircut in winter. If you’re concerned about your dog’s being cold on outings, consider a longer trim or a doggie sweater. How often should I brush? For untrimmed dogs, an extra-thick winter coat needs regular, perhaps daily brushing. Some dogs look their best in winter because the coat is so thick and luxurious, even if it means more work for owners. A dog’s winter coat can hide trouble, such as lumps, bumps or sores, which is another good reason to keep brushing regularly. As you brush, feel and look carefully for signs of illness. Since my dog is indoors, can I skip trimming his nails? No. If your dog is indoors more frequently in the winter, the nails may need extra trimming because it’s not outside running to wear them down. If you hear that “click-click” on the bare floor, it’s time to trim. How can I protect my dog’s feet? Winter weather is tough on paws. Minimize problems such as cracked pads, irritation, infections from snow, salt, and low temperature, by wiping the feet dry after every outing. Keep a towel handy by the door, and make feet wiping routine. Watch for snow or mud balls between the pads. http://www.dogchannel.com/dog-health/dogsafety/article_371-2.aspx

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Happy 2010! I hope the new year brings lots of good times and loads of treats to all of you. Now that the holidays are over, guess we have to settle down to the realization that it’s winter. Yes we’ve dealt with it and will deal with it and look forward to spring. It is a lot of fun playing in the snow though! There has been so much talk about the flu. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), recently reported that a 13 year-old mixed breed dog in Bedford Hills, New York has been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus. It is believed to be the first reported case of a dog contracting the virus in the United States. The dog, a neutered male, was taken to an emergency vet hospital with a fever of 103.6°F, wasn’t eating, appeared lethargic and had a dry cough. The sick dog’s owner admitted that he had been ill with H1N1 influenza. Tests revealed that the dog also had H1N1 influenza and pneumonia. After two days of hospital care, the dog was released and is believed to be recovering,. Common sense would tell owners who have flu like symptoms to treat their pets as other members of the family by minimizing contact until symptoms have subsided, and practicing sanitary cough and sneeze etiquette. It is very interesting that we pets can get most things that people get and until this it was always thought that if a person has a cold or the flu, they cannot pass their cold or flu onto their dog, which in most cases is probably still true. Most contagious diseases are species-specific. This means that, for the most part, dog germs spread only among dogs, cat germs spread only among cats, and human germs spread only among humans. It is very unlikely that if your dog or cat has cold symptoms that he caught them from you.

f you have any questions for me, please e-mail me at: bocker@bocker.tv. Woofs and Licks, Bocker the Labradoodle.

That brings me back to winter. Just like it is hard to keep your car clean in the winter, it’s hard to keep us pets clean; especially my friends who are low to the ground! That means lots of trip to Shampoodle to keep me looking my best. I’m proud to say I am winner in The Dogs In Party Hats contest for the benefit of Guiding Eyes For the Blind and will have a gelato flavor named after me at the sponsoring restaurant. It will be called Bocker’s Labradoodlicious Caramel Swirl. Pretty Cool and yummy too. I’ve also been named Dogs In Party Hats Ambassador. I’ve got a few really interesting things coming up including our big PreWestminster Fashion Show in February and don’t forget to look for reruns of my Animal Planet DOGS 101 segment on Designer Dogs! Also will be glad to see my friends at the Elmer School as part of the Tail Wagging Tutors Program. Visit Bocker’s Doodleland at http://www.bocker.tv to keep up with my latest adventures and don’t forget to check out my store! You can find me on Facebook and Twitter too. If you have any questions for me, please e-mail me at: bocker@bocker.tv. Woofs and Licks, Bocker the Labradoodle.


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Our Towne | February 2010

PET ADOPTION

Hi, My name is Chase

... CHASE is a 1 1/2 year old Golden Retriever/ Shepherd mix. He is a big, smart, goofy boy who loves all people, dogs, and children. He does not realize that he is a 75 pound dog and prefers to think he is a cuddly lap dog. Chase is genuinely “golden temperament” - friendly and loving. He is housebroken, crate-trained, not destructive when left uncrated, and loves to be part of the action. He would do extremely well as a second or third dog in the home. Chase would benefit from some gentle guidance in a forever home; his foster home is working to curb his “mouthing” of hands when he gets overexcited. Due to his exuberance (he sometimes greets his foster family with “hugs” when they’ve been gone for a few hours), we would not place him with small children. If you would like more information about Chase, call Peppertree Rescue at 518-435-7425. Please visit our website at http://www.peppertree.org.

Hi! I’m Daphne I’m a little over 2 years old! With my ears alert I’ve overheard volunteers describe me as “delightful” and “such a dear” - all good things. I’m told I have a nice tempement and manners, but what people seem to like about me the most are my loving ways. I would would rather spend time having a good snuggle with lots of petting than anything else-even a treat! Having your affection is my reward. Won’t you come and give me some? If you would like to meet Sarasota or Daphne or any of our other pets available for adoption, please visit the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society at 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204. If you have questions, please call 518/434-8128.

Hi! I’m Cody A 2 year old Golden Retriever. This boy has stunning looks !! Plus he is very sweet and loving to everyone he has met - he melts your heart with those eyes !!. Initially in his short life he did not have much human companionship and was crated most of the time. He is looking for a home where he will be the only pet as he does not like many other animals. He is a very strong boy and will need his training to be continued but with love and the proper training he will be a great addition to any home. He loves to run and play outside and to go for walks. He is potty trained. Because of his strength, small children are advised against. Cody is neutered, all vaccinations are current and he has tested negative for Heartworm and Lyme Disease. If you would like a great, loving dog who just happens to be very handsome contact Keeper Rescue at KeeperRescue@gmail.com telling us a little about yourself and please include a phone number.

Howdy, I’m Sarasota the black,

My coat is shiny and dark, and my purrsonality is bright, bright, bright. I’m a female twinkling star with eyes of green. My elderly owner passed away, and that has been a sad experience for me as I’m only a bit over 5 years old . I stayed with relatives for a while, but they can’t keep pets where they live. Other cats are fine with me, but I can’t live with a dog. My affectionate nature will show immediately when I climb onto your shoulder. I just love hugs, and being brushed is wonderful, too. Then I will purr and chatter for you. I am ready to spark up your Valentine’s Day! If you would like to meet Sarasota or Daphne or any of our other pets available for adoption, please visit the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society at 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204. If you would like to meet Sarasota or Daphne or any of our other pets available for adoption, please visit the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society at 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY 12204. If you have questions, please call 518/434-8128.

Hi, My name is Rosie...

A 2-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound. Rosie is very sweet and loves everyone. She lived outside her whole life so is learning the basics such as sit and down. She is housetrained, loves to play outside, go for walks, loves you to sing to her and have you play with her long soft ears, and is learning how not to pull too much on the leash -she’s a pretty strong girl! She craves a lot of attention, but will settle down with a marrow bone and relax. She will be spayed soon, all vaccinations are current and she has tested negative for Heartworm and Lyme Disease. If you would like a loving dog who will appreciate finally having her own family, contact Keeper Rescue at KeeperRescue@ gmail.com telling us a little about yourself and please include a phone number.


www.ourtownerensco.com The third type of chew your dog should have is a real bone. These come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and even flavors. You can give them fresh, smoked, or boiled. They are one of the very few chew treats that actually can scrape tartar from teeth.

Dogs Need to Chew Over the weekend, I was visiting a friend, who happened to be caring for a coworker’s dog while she was away. The dog’s owner had sent along a cushion for her crate, her food and supplements, and a “chew treat” for her to enjoy and to clean her teeth. This owner is fairly enlightened when it comes to her dog’s care, but both my friend and I cringed when we saw the “chew treat” and read the ingredients. There are several items like this one the market today, with similar ingredients. This particular one shall remain nameless — but I’m sure you can figure it out with the help of the internet! The ingredients of the commercial chew are, in order of quantity, are rice, glycerin, wheat flour, water, brewers dried yeast, poultry by-product meal, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, sugar, corn germ meal, animal digest, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Yellow 6 and other color), wheat gluten, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, phosphoric acid, salt, sorbic acid (a preservative), gelatin, natural and artificial flavors, BHA (a preservative), BHT (a preservative), calcium carbonate, citric acid. OK, so rice doesn’t sound so bad, but some of the other ingredients are worrisome. Glycerin is a sweetener and filler. It is used in soap, laxatives, and hair care products. Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate is another sweetener, and if that doesn’t make the chew sweet enough, the manufacturer adds more sugar! Even more distressing is animal digest, which is defined as a product produced by chemically or enzymatically treated animal tissue (such as flesh, bone, organs, etc.) from slaughterhouses and other sources. BHA and BHT are used to chemically preserve fats. Much has been written about their cancer-causing potential. And how does the addition of coloring agents benefit the dog? Which of these ingredients is actually going to clean teeth? So you make ask, what should my dog chew? The answer is simple. Most dogs are satisfied with three types of chews. First, a soft rope toy. They are available in different styles, for chewing, tugging, and throwing. Second, a firm rubber toy. These are great for jaw exercise, as they only give a little to jaw pressure. They are virtually indestructible, and come in a number of shapes and sizes, including balls, rings, and kongs

Nothing satisfies a dog’s desire to chew like a bone that can be chewed, gnawed, even held with the feet so that the end can be savored. Satisfying your puppy’s instinctive desire to chew with an appropriate object like a bone helps develop good chewing habits, right from the start.

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There are couple key considerations in choosing bones. First, choose a bone big enough that your dog must gnaw on it, rather than just chewing it up. Gnawing is the action that can scrape tartar Call for details. 766-2636 from teeth. If in doubt, get a bigger bone than you think 3930 US Rte. 20, PO Box 400, Nassau, NY 12123 you will need. A larger bone 518-766-2636 • 518-766-VETS • nassauvet.com also lessens the chance that your dog can swallow a large chunk of bone, which could cause Veterinary Clinic, PLLC choking or obstruction. (Dogs should always be supervised while bone chewing.) Marrow In sharp contrast to the commercial “chew treat,” a real bones, which are long tubes, or bone ends, typically bone contains a bit of meat and perhaps some bone called knuckles, are suitable for most dogs. Bones from marrow, depending on how it is prepared. Real bones beef, buffalo, and lamb are best for chewing. Never feed also can help clean teeth naturally, unlike products steak or ham bones – they are too small and can splinter made from grains, sweeteners, fillers and chemically or get caught in the mouth. processed ingredients. When it comes to chewing,

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Second, choose how you will give the bone. Many dogs tolerate fresh bones well, while others get digestive upsets. Sensitive dogs may do better with the smoked bones available at pet stores, or with boiled bones. If you are feeding fresh bones, I recommend choosing ones that are fit for human consumption. Most meat shops or markets can provide these. Remember to handle fresh bones with the same good hygiene practices you would use on any fresh meat. Whatever type of bone you choose, the first chewing session can be a bit messy. Many people let their dogs “break in” the bone in their crates, outdoors, on the deck, or on a blanket. Smoked and boiled bones are usually well cleaned in the first chewing session, and will last some time. If you have chosen a big enough bone for your dog, it should not splinter or crack.

there is no substitute for the real thing — make no bones about it! Dr. Coger practices veterinary medicine with a natural focus at Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital in Rensselaer. For more information, please visit www. TheWholisticVet.com or call 518-283-2700.


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RENSSELAER CITY SCHOOL NEWS

DESPITE LIFE’S TRAUMAS...

Superintendent of Rensselaer City School District Plans Retirement

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn Capital Area productions will one of the first theater groups in the United States to stage the fresh off Broadway musical “13” with music and lyrics by Tony Award Winner Jason Robert Brown this February at Rensselaer High School. .

“13” will be staged at Rensselaer High School February 5th- 7th. Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are just $10 each and can be purchased by calling 788-1311 or online at www.capitalareaproductions.com.

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Rensselaer City School District November 15, 2009 For immediate release… Contact Gordon Reynolds 465-7509

CapitalArea Productions to be one of the first theater groups in the country to produce “13” the musical.

A Broadway quality production right here in our area. The cast of “13” will also be featured on the Center for Disability Services telethon on 1/31, raising funds for an excellent cause.

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The Women in Science Students at Rensselaer Middle School are experiencing what it is like to be a research scientist. Through a partnership with RPI’s Biomedical Engineering Department, Dr. Deanna Thompson and her graduate students worked with the RMS Women in Science students investigating the effect of different chemicals on cell growth. The students are looking forward to continuing the program with RPI during the second semester.

EVENTS AT THE RENSSELAER PUBLIC LIBRARY — Preschool Storytime at the Rensselaer Library is every Wed at 11 am. — Every Kitty, Every City- Wed, Feb 10 6:30 PM. Learn about what local animal advocates are doing for feral cats and cat overpopulation problems — Valentines Family Storytime - Sat, Feb 13 1 PM. — Chinese New Year drop-in craft- Tues, Feb 16 1-3 PM. — Movie Awards Night- Thurs, Feb 18 5 PM. Movie critics age 12+ are invited to select what movies they think should be award winners. — Introduction to the Internet on Thurs, Feb 25 6:30 PM Learn the basics of using the world wide web. 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://www.uhls.org/Rensselaer

A long time career will be coming to an end at the end of June 2010.Gordon Reynolds, Superintendent of RCSD will be retiring after 33 years in education. His history in education has been within all small city school districts including Hudson and Watervliet At Rensselaer since 2001, I had two main ambitions... The first was to enhance the quality of education for our children. We have made giant strides in early childhood education. We now have full day Pre-K and Kindergarten programs. The entire Pre-K to 6th grade has become an outstanding example of teachers and parents working together to fulfill the needs of our young students.” The Middle School has made strides to follow suit and our scores are rising there also. The High School has many innovative programs. You can see this in the rise of students being inducted into the Honor Society each year. We have been successful.” “My second goal was to make this one united district where information and cooperation would ebb and flow from Pre-K to grade twelve. We are well on our way to making that happen. It was beyond my furthest dreams that all this would all be happening under one roof, but it is and I thank you all for helping to make this happen. Our students go to one of the finest and best prepared schools in the Capital District thanks to you.” Gordon Reynolds feels his goals are as complete as he could nourish them and that it has been an interesting time, and now, it is time to step away and hand over the reigns of leadership to the next generation of leaders. Mr. Reynolds want everyone to know that he loved his career and the ability to work with so many dedicated educators in each district, and states “I wish you all well”. As do all the people who’s lives he has touched throughout his career.


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Our Towne | February 2010

Monthly Feature WORD TO THE WISE AforNew entertainment purposes only “For my monthly insights I draw two cards from my deck” THE WORDS TO THE WISE ORACLE.

One card, Earth, represents what the month will be about in our day to day lives, the other, Spirit, represents how we will be trying to better ourselves during that month as we make our way through our day to day lives. This reading is based on my “Twelve Months of Success Reading”. DECEPTION - EARTH PLANE Hiding who you are in order to fit in. INTERCONNECTEDNESS SPIRITUAL PLANE

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Recognizing that your struggles are also the struggles of others. February is going to be a month of needing to speak your truth in your day

to day life. With Interconnectedness in the spiritual world it means that there is “movement” within many of us to be true to ourselves and this month, as you take steps to own who you are and examine the changes you need to make to live in your truth, you will find that you are going to receive help from unexpected places. People who you thought would not accept you or support you, are going not only come forward and encourage you, they will also identify with you and be inspired by you. In February you will have the chance to make changes in your life to do things that you resonate to. This is the month to give yourself permission to say “no” to doing anything that you do not believe in or are not comfortable with. Anything that diminishes who you are as a person. This doesn’t mean you have to quit your job, or get in to a fight with your spouse, but it does mean that you need to place enough worth on your own integrity to set boundaries, if not for others, at least within yourself

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