May 26, 2015

Pancake Breakfast and Annual Plant Swap / Sale

Please join us at the Kinderhook Reformed Church for our annual plant swap/sale on Saturday, May 30th from 8-12 noon. We are located on route 9 in the village of Kinderhook. Here is partial listing of plants: Rhubarb, Jacob’s Ladder, Rose of Sharon, spirea, Bee Balm, Pholx, Sedums, hostas, Astilbe, Tansy, lugwort, iris, lilies, houseplants, heavenly blue morning glory vines... details and directions can be found on our website

May 22, 2015

Join our Team - Help Wanted

If working indoors all summer sounds just awful, our professional team of landscapers and property managers want to meet you!
Our satisfied customers are helping our Property Management company grow and grow!

May 20, 2015

Columbia Highl 1st Place Division C National Champions

Columbia High School National Champions

LINCOLN — The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) hosted more than 5,000 students, educators and parents from all 50 states during the 31st Annual Science Olympiad National Tournament on May 15-16, 2015. A team of talented students from (Columbia High School in East Greenbush and coached by Diana Prout represented New York at the National Tournament.

May 19, 2015

May 18, 2015

Pipeline opposition meeting Tuesday

Next meeting for pipeline opposition is Tuesday May 19th 7-9 PM at the Schodack senior center just north of 9&20 intersection on rte 150.  

[We] will discuss our next plan for pipeline opposition and form committees to do so. 

Many of you have already submitted some excellent ideas so we will try to formulate a plan and prioritize our next steps.

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Presidant to ban Military-Style Equipment

"President Obama on Monday will ban the federal provision of some types of military-style equipment to local police departments and sharply restrict the availability of others, administration officials said, as he intensifies his push to ease tensions between law enforcement and minority communities in reaction to the crises in Baltimore; Ferguson, Mo.; and other cities." [NYT]
“I don’t think there’s a lot of trust,” Chuck Canterbury, the national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said in an interview.

May 17, 2015

East Greenbush Pop Warner Run into Summer 5K Fundraiser & Garage Sale

Saturday June 13th, 2015 
EGPW Romer Field (29 Englewood Ave East Greenbush, NY 12061)
$20.00 Entry Fee until June 10th
Registrations received before June 1st will be guaranteed a T-shirt!
Discounts for Teams!

HELP Wanted

Opening soon!

Can't wait to try their breakfast menu!

May 16, 2015

One note.

B.B. King saved the blues.
The Reverend Shawn Amos Writer Yahoo Music May 15, 2015

B.B. King possessed what every musician desires: a signature sound. One guitar note, one word from his mouth and you instantly knew it was B.B. King. He made his Gibson guitar sing. He made the world swing. But B.B. King matters for one reason beyond his musical prowess.

The music icon died in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. Thursday, the Associated Press reports. He was 89.

May 14, 2015

Good News for Schodack!

Schodack Town Board says "Kinder Morgan, by its subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC - no, thank you!"

2015-145) WHEREAS, Kinder Morgan, by its subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC, is proposing a large natural gas pipeline to run through southern Rensselaer County, including the Town of Schodack, referenced as the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline project; and WHEREAS, Kinder Morgan is seeking approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for federal eminent domain status, to allow the project to proceed;

and WHEREAS, the citizens of the Town of Schodack have expressed strong opposition to this project, based upon a series of concerns:

May 13, 2015

Help Wanted

Contributors welcome!

Do you have a story to share? Photos of local events? A new business in town?

Send your copy to catherine.sager@

How many people saw your ad today?
David Cassidy's drunken driving case is officially closed.

Cassidy, 65, was sentenced in town court in absentia for a 21-month-old arrest for driving while intoxicated.

Town Justice Bruce Wagner issued his 11-page ruling sentencing the former star of "The Partridge Family," who lives in Florida, to a $900 fine, suspending his driving privileges for six months and having an Ignition Interlock Device installed to prevent him from starting a car drunk. He also must do 50 hours of community service with the Children's Home Society of Florida and waive his right to appeal. Wagner's ruling allows Cassidy to avoid appearing in court.

Photo by Coleen Papas
Photo by Coleen Papas

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May 11, 2015

Community Budget Vote

Community Budget Vote – Tuesday, 5/19 from 6a  to 9p 

The community budget vote will be held Tuesday, May 19 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the High School gym. The proposed budget requires no cuts to programs or staffing. It increases the tax levy by an estimated 2.5%, which is below what New York’s Property Tax Cap allows. There are also two propositions, one to create a Capital Reserve Fund and one to purchase two school buses. The budget newsletter is available as a pdf here...

May 10, 2015

Spring Clean up days in Schodack

May 14-6 7a-3p

Town: Spring Cleanup Days

Reduced rate recycling at the Transfer Station 

Read the rules: here

Town Board Meetings

Kinder Morgan and Tennessee Gas pipeline companies propose to build a 36 inch diameter gas pipeline through Schodack. The pressure in these pipelines will be 1460 pounds per square inch, which is more than twice the volume and pressure in the existing 3 pipelines that go through our town. A large 90,000 horsepower compressor station, to push the gas along the pipeline, with three Titan 250 gas turbines is proposed on the Schodack/Nassau border (the existing Malden Bridge compressor station is a little over 10,000 HP). This is an industrial structure that emits noise and light 24/7 and off-gases periodically to regulate the pressure. The proposed pipeline would carry fracked gas from Pennsylvania through Schodack, Nassau and Stephentown and end in Dracut, Massachusetts. In September 2015 Kinder Morgan plans to file its application for approval to build this pipeline from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

This week are the town board meetings with Schodack (Thursday) and Nassau (Wednesday) where we hope both towns will pass strong resolutions opposing the pipeline. If you can, try to attend these meeting so our town officials realize how important this is to us.

Submitted by Lisa Zimmerman

Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline

Town Boards


THURSDAY May 14 2015 7pm

Regular Meeting Draft Agenda, when available
Public Hearing: 7:15 pm re Amending the Zoning Law to provide regulation of Solar Energy systems

 THURSDAY May 14, 2015 - Monthly Town Board meeting starts at 7:00PM.

Proposed Gas Pipeline Information

Expansion of the existing Tennessee Gas Pipeline is proposed in our area.  This page will be the place we try to consolidate all the information we have on the project.

May 9, 2015

May 7, 2015

Memorial Day. Castleton remembers our Veterans

The Castleton-Schodack Club will be having a pancake breakfast before the Memorial Day Parade in Castleton on Monday, May 25.  The proceeds raise monies for its community service programs.  The breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 10:00 AM at the Castleton Volunteer Ambulance building in Castleton.  

The breakfast will be free for Veterans,
$6.00 for other adults, and $4.00 for children.  For more information call 732-4228.

May 4, 2015

Cinco de Mayo!

Friends of Castleton Public Library Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser
Tuesday, May 5, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Scarnato's Restaurant, 133 Scott Avenue, Castleton, NY 12033

Cost: $35.00 per person or $60.00 per couple.

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo and learn more about the Friends of Castleton Public Library! Join us for a buffet dinner and cash bar. RSVPs recommended; emailfriendsofcastletonlibrary@yahoo.comor call 518-732-0879.

American Girl Raffle

News from
Castleton Public Library
85 South Main Street, Castleton-on-Hudson, New York 12033

Special American Girl Raffle to Benefit Castleton Public Library

Castleton-on-Hudson, NY – During the month of May, the Friends of Castleton Public Library will be holding a special American Girl raffle to benefit the library. The raffle includes retired American Girl products that can no longer be purchased from the company. Raffle tickets can be purchased at Castleton Public Library from May 1st-30th. Tickets will be sold for $2.00 each or 3 tickets for $5.00. All proceeds from the raffle will go toward the purchase of iPads for the library.

The first prize in the raffle drawing is the Kaya American Girl doll, including many of Kaya's accessories (total estimated retail value of $600.00). The second prize is clothing and accessories for the Julie American Girl doll (total estimated retail value of $100.00). The third prize in the raffle drawing is an American Girl doll nightgown with lace and ribbon trim with matching bonnet (estimated retail value $25.00). The drawing will be held on Saturday, May 30, at 4:00 p.m., following the library's American Girl Themed Tea Party. Winners need not be present to win. Details about the items for raffle can be found at or by calling the library at 518-732-0879.

May 1, 2015

It's a trap!

GPS Leads Truckers to a 'Trap' in Schodack
By Katie EastmanThursday, April 30, 2015 at 06:25 PM EDT
SCHODACK, N.Y. -- Life as a truck driver means constantly avoiding getting stuck, and you'd think modern technology would help.

"It's not the truckers fault," said Rensselaer County Legislator Alex Shannon.