April 29, 2011

Communities collect drugs for 'Take Back Day'

A number of communities around the region are hosting a "Drug Take Back Day" on Saturday.

Track Invitation Saturday

Maple Hill Track Invitational this Saturday  
April 30th – 19 schools are going to be participating.  Come join the excitment!  It's a great way to get out and show our support.

Schodack School Board Reveals Budget

Schodack 2011-12 School Budget Information

On Tuesday, May 17, community members can vote on the 2011-12 school budget from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

Castleton Breakfast

Castleton Fire Company All You Can Eat Breakfast is Sunday, May 1st from 8 - noon. 
Come down for some great food. Eggs cooked to order, home fries, bacon, sausage, french toast, pancakes, toast, coffee, tea and OJ!! Stop in to see some of Castleton's hotties!!! 
This is the last breakfast of the season! We'll see you in October!!

April 25, 2011

Schodack Town Board

Town Board

EG Board Meeting

EAST GREENBUSH Board Meeting Tonight

BOE Meeting April 25th- Posted April 14, 2011
There will be a Board of Education Meeting - Executive Session on Monday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Center.  

EG Buses go GREEN

“Green” School Bus Hits the Road 
The East Greenbush Central School District is proud to announce the addition of a plug in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) to our fleet of buses. The new 66-passenger bus entered service on April 15, bringing students to and from Columbia High School and Genet Elementary.

The Circus is in Town

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

Wednesday, May 4 - 7:00 pm at the

Times Union Center

51 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY, 12207
(518) 487-2000 - Venue Website

April 23, 2011

Electronic Recycling Day Success

Cars began arriving at the Taft Furniture parking lot in Colonie just after dawn with motorists hauling outdated and obsolete tvs, computers, and other appliances. Four thousand cars stopped by to unload 250 tons of electronics, enough to fill twenty tractor trailers.


Prisoner Transplant

Prisoner who raped teen may get transplant

Taxpayers would pay if Kenneth L. Pike, an inmate at Coxsackie Correctional Facility, is first inmate in New York state to get new heart.  An official for Mercy Flight Central, a nonprofit medical air services company, confirmed that they flew Pike, 55, to Strong Memorial from Albany Medical Center on Monday. 
 What do you think?  Leave a comment.

Rainy Day - put it to good use!

GeicoWelcome to the National Safety Council site for GEICO customers and prospective GEICO customers

April 22, 2011

Pepper Jack's

Expires on 10/25/2011
Limit 1 per customer, may purchase 2 additional as gifts. Entire voucher must be used in one visit. Cannot be combined with other offers. Limit 1 per table. Tax & gratuity not included. This voucher has no cash value. Valid for dine-in & delivery only.

192 North Allen Street
Albany, NY 12206
(518) 426-5505

the SCENE: Earth Day April 22, 2011

the SCENE: Earth Day April 22, 2011

April 21, 2011

Schodack Cuts Spending for Third Year in a Row

For the third year in a row, Schodack CSD has cut spending in its 2011-12 budget, a $20,125,047 budget that is $362,673 less than the current year.

State Aid Over Last Three Years 

EG Adopts a Budget

 East Greenbush Central School District 

Board of Education Adopts 2011-2012 School Budget

The East Greenbush CSD Board of Education adopted a budget for the 2011-2012 school year at its April 13th Board meeting. The budget totals $84,730,093 and represents a 0.52 percent reduction in spending from the current year’s budget. Despite school officials cutting spending, the 2011-2012 budget carries a 2.8 percent tax levy increase, due largely to a $4.7 million loss in NY State operating aid.


It's here - $4 gas...

$4 A Gallon Gas Prices: Who's To Blame?
Gasoline prices are closing in on $4 a gallon. Department of Energy data show the average price for regular gas in the U.S. is $3.84 per gallon. That's 98 cents higher than a year ago, and just an "average." In California, the average price is $4.20 per gallon.


High gasoline prices prompt Justice Department to eye energy industry

Italian style Gas Scooter 150cc     50cc Gas Moped

Earth Day April 22, 2011

Recycle old electronics at Taft Furniture Saturday, April 23

The ninth annual Electronics Recycling Day will take place 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Taft Furniture, 1960 Central Avenue.

Not much to do?

Gregory Ruth, a 53-year-old employee of OGS

Gregory Ruth, 53, an Office of General Services employee for 36 years, was suspended without pay from his $83,954-a-year job pending the outcome of the case and an internal investigation. 

In Ruth's interview, he told investigators he is often bored at work and "there's a lot of people sitting up there doing nothing."

April 19, 2011

Schodack School Budget

Board Adopts 2011-12 Budget

Spending Reduced for Third Straight Year

The Board of Education adopted the 2011-12 budget at its meeting Thursday, April 14. The $20,125,047 budget reduces spending for the third straight year.

Leave a comment about the Budget.

Annual Highway Clean-up

The Schodack Area Land Trust is having their annual highway clean-up on Saturday, April 30th.

April 16, 2011

Schodack Blotter


Like Lions at Bogie's on 4/20/11


Aprlil 20, 2011-Doors open at 6:00 P.M.-Show starts at 7:00 P.M.

Tickets: $10 Door only Sales!

Don't forget to check The F Word

Free Reusable Bag for Earth Day From Target


Schodack Valley Pizza Night Saturday, April 16

Schodack Valley Pizza Night is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

April 15, 2011

Free Museum Pass

Hancock Shaker Village Museum Pass

The library has a museum pass to the Hancock Shaker Village! It is available for checkout at the circulation desk. The pass is loaned for three days and entitles bearer to free admission for two adults and two children (13-17); children 12 and under are always free.
(This pass was purchased for the library by the Friends of the Castleton Public Library) –Thank you!

April 14, 2011

Castleton Kids 4th Annual Golf Tournament

Burden Lake Golf Course
May 14, 2011
Registration deadline MAY 6

Proceeds will benefit Castleton Kids after school and summer programs.
Castleton Kids has been serving our community for 28 years!


April 13, 2011

Schodack BOE needs Members

How to Run for the School Board

Schodack Central School District encourages community members to run for the Board of Education

Interested residents must present petitions with signatures and addresses of at least 25 qualified voters of the school district to the District Office by Monday, April 18, 2011 by 5 p.m.

Petitions can be downloaded here or you can have one mailed to you by calling the District Office at 732-2297.

April 12, 2011

Letter to Superintendent Horan



I just wanted to thank you and Sherri for the presentation this evening. (She will be missed.) The discussion did go on much longer than planned, but the opportunity to speak afforded the small group who gathered there, time to continue. It was frank and heartfelt.

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's April 12, 2011

The F Word

Don't forget that free cone day at Ben & Jerry's is Tuesday, April 12, 2011. No Ben & Jerry's free cone day
coupon is needed to get a free ice cream cone and you do not need to make reservations. 
Best yet, the freebie is for a full size cone of any flavor of your choice.

Caslteton Public Library

Castleton Public Library 

Director Amy Peker is looking for volunteers for the April Break. If you can help, please email

Budget Meeting Tonight

Tuesday April 12, 2011
Maple Hill High School Library
    6:00 – 7:30p.m. 

Community Budget Advisory Team Meeting notes from Tuesday, March 29, 2011 

April 11, 2011

Rainy Day Reserves?

District Presents Third Draft of Budget

School officials presented the third draft of the 2011-12 budget to the Board of Education on March 31, agreeing to a number of options that would cut spending by $238,437 over the 2010-11 budget. The district is considering further cuts to reduce the impact on taxpayers. The Board is scheduled to adopt a budget on Thursday, April 14.
(what do you think? leave a comment)

Points to consider:

April 9, 2011

Cabaret Saturday 2 p.m.

Albany High School's award-winning Theatre Ensemble will present four performances of the Broadway hit musical "Cabaret" April 7 to 10.
The play's backdrop is 1931 Berlin as the Nazis rise to power. Two relationships are key: one between an American writer and a British nightclub singer, the other between a German boardinghouse owner and her Jewish beau.

This weekend, Albany High School’s award-winning Theatre Ensemble will continue performances of the Broadway hit musical Cabaret.

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. 700 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY  (518) 454-3987


Sherri Fisher Leaving Schodack

Sherri Fisher Leaving Schodack After Decade as Business Official

Assistant Superintendent for Business and Support Services Sherri Fisher will be leaving Schodack CSD at the end of June after accepting a position with the South Colonie Central School District.

April 8, 2011

Bethlehem Salary Freeze

Governor Cuomo scoffed at the salaries of school administrators last week as he unveiled his budget proposal
Salary freeze in Bethlehem


What to Do

Making plans for the weekend?  Start at the SCENE. Check out the What To Do page.

April 7, 2011

East Greenbush Budget Work shop re-scheduled

The BOE budget workshop meeting, originally scheduled for April 4th, has been moved. The budget workshop will now be held Monday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goff Middle School cafeteria. 


The F Word - another Freebie

Free Fragrance from Lacoste

Get a sample of free fragrance from Lacoste when you sign up to receive emails from Lacoste.

April 6, 2011

Schodack School Budget Information

District Presents Third Draft of Budget

If community members have questions about the proposed budget, they are encouraged to attend the Community Budget Forum on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School library.
See the Power Point here

April 5, 2011

Earth Day April 22, 2011

The F Word
Frugal is not a dirty word

Free Reusable Bag for Earth Day From Target


Earth Day exclusive: On April 17, 2011, we'll be giving
away free reusable bags in stores (with purchase) to our
first one million guests. Limit one per guest. Last year,
most stores ran out within a few hours. So get yours while
supplies last.

When you use a Target reusable bag ten times, you’ll
keep 25 plastic bags out of landfills. Start saving now,
and shop our exclusive collection of reusable bags.


Woodland Hill Montessori School

Woodland Hill Montessori School nurtures a child’s love of learning and sense of social and personal responsibility using the child-centered Montessori philosophy.

Woodland Hill Montessori School, one of the oldest Montessori schools in the nation, brings the innovative philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori to New York’s Capital Region. The century-old Montessori method nurtures a child’s natural love of learning and supports each child’s journey toward independence, self-actualization, and personal excellence. 

April 3, 2011

EG Board Meetings

April 13, 2011 7:30 p.m. Bell Top Elementary School Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 7:30 p.m. Administration Center Regular Meeting
May 4, 2011 7:30 p.m. Goff Middle School Public Hearing
May 17, 2011 District Vote:  7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cheer up Charlie

Charlie Sheen Booed During Detroit Show, Audience Demands Refund 






Huffington Post    Linked on the left of the homepage

Castleton Public Library

Castleton Public Library, Board of Trustees Minutes of Annual Organizational Meeting

The Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) has announced a boycott of all future electronic content purchases from HarperCollins publishers in response to the company’s policy change in the sale of e-book titles that would require library’s to re-purchase titles after 26 patron check-outs.

  • The Friends Annual Meeting is set for Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. 
  • The Saturday, March 19 Book Sale raised more than $200.
  • One board seat, that of Carol Dratch-Kovler, is up for election in June.
  • Library Director Peker is researching a new copy machine/fax/printer to be more cost and space efficient.
  • A new library logo is underway, and three preliminary possibilities were viewed by the board. All of the design work is being done gratis by a donor.



CMOST and the College of Nancoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) 
in a celebration of Nano Days

  Sponsored by College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering

DWI Memorial

Rensselaer County D.W.I. Memorial, April, 2011 @ 10 a.m.

Goodbye To Childhood

'Stand by Me' at 25 -- The Stars' Oral History of Their Beloved Classic

'Stand by Me' was an immediate success, touching a nerve with audiences young and old. To celebrate the film's 25th anniversary, Moviefone spoke with director Rob Reiner and several of the film's stars: Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, Casey Siemaszko (the bullying Billy Tessio). They shared their memories on the once-in-a-lifetime Oregon shoot, the adventures they had off-camera and the global impact of 'Stand by Me.' 

Stand By Me (Special Edition)   The Body (Penguin Readers: Level 5 Series) 


All You Can Eat Breakfast

Castleton Fire Company All You Can Eat Breakfast Sunday, April 3, from 8 - noon (11 Green Avenue, Castleton, NY). Plenty of folks stopped in for some great food. Eggs cooked to order, home fries, pancakes, bacon, sausage, french toast, toast, coffee, tea and orange juice! 


See photos here...


April 2, 2011

Tax Relief...who knew?

Beginning April 1, 2011, we won't pay state sales tax on clothing and shoes that cost $55 or less, for the next year. No fooling!

The State of New York will once again exempt its share of sales tax (4%) on clothing and shoes. This exemption will apply to items under $55 in value until April 1, 2012, when it will apply to clothing and shoes under $110.

A majority of lawmakers lifted the clothing tax exemption last fall to help close the state's budget gap.

South Schodack Friday Fish Fry

The South Schodack Volunteer Fire Company on Bame Road in Castleton will hold Fish Fry Nights every Friday night from February 10 to March 26, 2016. Eat in or take out.

April 1, 2011

Schodack Budget Information

State Aid Cut Reduced to $761,126

The New York State budget adopted March 31 will restore $118,790 in aid for the district, resulting in a $761,126 cut in state aid for the 2011-12 school year. Over the last two years, state aid has been cut by nearly $1.9 million. District officials will present a fourth draft of the 2011-12 budget at the Board of Education meeting on April 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the High School library

 Schodack 04/01/2011

Schodack BOE needs Members

How to Run for the Board of Education

Schodack Central School District encourages community members to run for the Board of Education. Interested residents must present petitions with signatures and addresses of at least 25 qualified voters of the school district to the District Office by Monday, April 18, 2011 by 5 p.m.
Petitions can be downloaded here or you can have one mailed to you by calling the District Office at 732-2297.