September 29, 2012

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Headlines that caught my eye September 29, 2012   


During a Presidential Election Year, a Board of Elections conducts two local registration events in the Town of Schodack. Both will be in the main floor meeting room, Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Rd. If you have not yet registered to vote and would like to be eligible to do so, mark these dates.
Thursday, October 4th from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 13th from 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
You can also register to vote by mail. Applications must be postmarked not later than October 12th and received by the Board of Elections not later than October 17th in order to be eligible to vote in the General Election. Applications are available at the Town Clerk's Office or by going to Rensselaer County's web site or New York State's election site.

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September 28, 2012

Facilities Committee seeks members

District Seeks Community Members for Facilities Committee 
The district is seeking community members interested in joining a Facilities Committee to look at buildings and grounds to assess the district’s facility needs. The committee, which will also include teachers, staff, Board members and administrators, will meet three to five times starting in October. Meetings will be held in the evening and include tours of buildings and grounds. The committee will help identify the most pressing needs and recommend priorities for a report to the Board of Education. 

If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Matt LaClair at 732-2831.

 by Schodack eNews

September 27, 2012

A welcome surprise!

Father and Daughter Reunited After Tour in Afghanistan

Second grader Natalie Deso received quite a surprise when she boarded the school bus to go home on Monday.

Waiting for her in the front seat was her father, who had just come home from his second tour in Afghanistan.

The stunned 6-year-old stood in disbelief for a moment before rushing to her father as the two embraced.

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FRIENDS OF SCHODACK ISALND- On Saturday, Sept. 29th, from 9 am to 4 pm, we're going to be at Schodack Island to do some hands on conservation work and everyone is invited! (Rain Date is Sun, Sept 30th.) This work is being sponsored by a TogetherGreen Grant from Toyota and National Audubon.  We've planned the day in collaboration with Casey Holzworth, NYS Park Biologist.  

The Friends of Schodack Island and graduate students from SUNY Albany will be involved, too. Our goal is to cut all oriental bittersweet vines that are 3" and greater in diameter in a 98 acre area around the nesting and roosting sites of cerulean warblers and bald eagles.  As you probably know, bald eagles have been re-established in NYS after a lot of intensive work by DEC.  Cerulean warbler numbers have declined more than 70% since the '60s and they are a species of special concern to Audubon.We will provide lunch, snacks, drinks, and a gift for each participant.  We will also do our best to make the day as rewarding as possible.  There is poison ivy on the island, but not so much in the southern part where we'll be working.

September 24, 2012

Traffic Heads-up FYI

The state is paving Rt 20 from the 9 and 20 diner toward Nassau.

National Punctuation Day

National Punctuation Day (USA) falls on September 24 each year.

September 22, 2012

CNN and Christopher Stevens' personal journal

Cnn Libya Journal
NEW YORK- Anderson Cooper revealed Friday night that CNN had found U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens' personal journal following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed him and acknowledged the network used the journal in its reporting without previously disclosing the source. 

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September 21, 2012


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Rest assured, I am safe and sound in Schodack.  I know that many of you have received an email telling you I am in SPAIN and asking for money.

I wish I was vacationing in Spain, however, I am not!

As you may know...if you received this message, that means that my CONTACT LIST has been hijacked!

I'm sorry for any trouble, but it may not be a bad idea to update passwords...

Thank you and please keep reading the Schodack SCENE...


September 17, 2012

Debra Young County Court

Debra Young is a candidate for Rensselaer County Court Judge. An effective trial attorney, Debra has the experience to keep county court fair and efficient.

Debra stopped by the Schodack Senior Center which marked 36 years of serving the community with a dinner dance over the weekend. She is seen here with Ruth Russell, who shared stories of her long nursing career with Debra and her family.

September 16, 2012


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September 15, 2012

Food Drive Benefits the Anchor

The Schodack Democrats’ Annual Picnic was held at the Schodack Town Park off Route 150, Schodack on Saturday, Sept. 15 from noon to 5:00 p.m. 

The annual picnic is always a great time to socialize with friends and neighbors and it is a wonderful opportunity to meet the Democratic Candidates. As always, lots of food, music, a silent auction and more!  

The Schodack Democrats’ Annual Picnic is free and all are welcome. The group was also accepting donations of non-perishable food items that will be donated to The Anchor’s Food Pantry in Castleton.

Take a look at some photos of the event. Click here!

LarkFEST 2012 - September 15, 2012

ALBANY NY – The 31st Annual LarkFEST is New York’s largest one day street festival! It is one of Albany's most anticipated events with 80,000 people expected to attend this year.

September 14, 2012

PIZZA NIGHT - Saturday, September 15! Photos

Schodack Valley Pizza Night is back! Saturday, September 15 from 4-9 p.m.

Eat in or Take out (518) 477-4215. Pizza, wings with home-made wing sauce (mild, hot, BBQ and Garlic Parmesan), mozzarella sticks, fully loaded, freshly made, antipasto and side salads all available! This month pizza special is Chicken Parm!

September 13, 2012

Village-Wide Garage Sale

The Village-Wide Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, September 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. If Village Residents would like their sale placed on the map for the Village-Wide Garage Sale, print out the Garage Sale Form, and return the form to Barbara Milano at the address provided on the form.

Check out photos from last year!

September 12, 2012

EDITORIAL: In Senate race, McDonald deserves nod

EDITORIAL: In Senate race, McDonald deserves nod PDF Print E-mail
Written by PARRY TEASDALE   
Thursday, 06 September 2012 10:52
THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY for the 43rd Senate District pits incumbent Roy McDonald against Saratoga County Clerk Kathy Marchione, with the winner appearing on the November ballot against Democrat and Claverack Town Supervisor Robin Andrews.

Breaking News

US ambassador killed in consulate attack in Libya

Associated Press

September 11, 2012

9/11 Photo From the Space Station

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted:  |  Updated: 09/11/12 03:56 PM ET

Frank Culbertson On 9/11: Astronaut Remembers What He Saw From Space On September 11, 2001 (PHOTO) 

While almost every American can recall where they were and what they were doing during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, no other person shares astronaut Frank Culbertson's story.

Chicago teacher strike poses test for unions

The district proposed a 16 percent raise over four years and the two sides have essentially agreed on a longer school day. But job security and a new teacher evaluation system remained in dispute.

September 10, 2012

The man behind the laptop design

Bill Moggridge, a British designer credited with creating the very first laptop, died Saturday of cancer. He was 69

According to BBC News, Moggridge was the man behind the Grid Compass, the first computer to attach a keyboard to a folding screen. The design went on to become a standard for laptop computers.

September 6, 2012

Teens destroy historic farmhouse

4 teens arrested for setting fire to historic EG landmark

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