September 23, 2017

Volunteer!


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September 8, 2017

For Immediate Release


2017 RENEWABLE ENERGY & SUSTAINABLE LIVING FAIR
Judith Enck will be the 2017 Renewable Energy & Sustainable Fair keynote speaker. Many other informative people will be presenting at this Fair too. The event will occur on Saturday, October 28 from 10 - 4 pm at Doane Stuart School 199 Washington Ave. Rensselaer, NY. Admission and parking are free.
Judith is a dynamic community leader who has spent her entire career working to protect public health and the environment.

September 5, 2017

September 4, 2017

August 23, 2017

FREE Tours



NYSOG Welcomes Visitors

Sitting majestically atop Albany's State Street hill, the New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880s. The building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur, built by hand of solid masonry over a period of 32 years.

All tours of the New York State Capitol are free of charge.

Security: Visitors to the Capitol are required to pass through metal detectors and have bags scanned through an x-ray machine. Personal belongings such as backpacks and large bags should be left behind. Sharp objects, such as pocket knives, nail clippers, weapons, and nuisance devices such as whistles and noise makers are not allowed into the building.
Weekday Walk-In Tours
When: Monday – Friday (no tours on holidays)
Times: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
Location: Capitol State Street Lobby Information Desk
Reservations: Not required, except for 10 or more people
Self-Guide Tours: Visitors are also welcome to take a Self-Guided Tour during normal building hours.

August 21, 2017

Cruise down to the State Park

The car show that was scheduled for Friday, August 18, has been rescheduled for next Friday, August 25. 



Be sure to join us. Dash plaques and other gifts will be given out to participants. Also, the Best of Show will not only get a trophy, but also win a $25.00 gift certificate for RockAuto.com.


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August 15, 2017

River Rest

Castleton
River Rest

As part of their Silver Award Project, Skyler Misiaszek, Olivia Neumann & Katy Hannay have designed and constructed a small public park in the Village of Castleton.

"Mayor, Robert Schmidt, liked our idea and agreed to be our advisor for the project," said Skyler Misiaszek.
Join the ribbon cutting ceremony this Thursday August 17th, 2017 at 6pm along with representatives from the Anchor, Castleton-On-Hudson Main Street Association, Village Historian, Village Planning Committee

Walk like MADD!


SPAC - 108 Avenue of the Pines
Saratoga Springs, New York
Starts 09/16/2017 @ 10:00 am
Ends 12:00 pm


Event details


Watch the video on NewsChannel 6


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August 7, 2017

For Immediate Release

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2017 RENEWABLE ENERGY & SUSTAINABLE LIVING FAIR
Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline (SNYFGP) the People of Albany United for Sustainable Energy (PAUSE/350.org) and theSierra Club Hudson-Mohawk Group are organizing the largest indoor/outdoor Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair ever held in the Capital Region. The Fair will occur on Saturday, October 28 from 10 - 4 pm at Doane Stuart School199 Washington Ave. Rensselaer, NY.

Building off its success last year, the 2017 Renewable Energy will expand to include a Bike Expo and exhibits about how we can break free from fossil fuel dependency and live sustainably. 
There will be a 2017 Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair organizational meeting on August 9 at 6:30 pm at the Citizen Action office 94 Central Avenue in Albany, NY for anyone wishing to help come up with new ideas for this year's Fair and help us organize the Fair.

SNYFGP, PAUSE and the SIERRA CLUB are seeking exhibitors and displays for residential, commercial or community solar, wind and geothermal energy, insulation and other energy efficiency products and services. Earth-friendly and sustainably sourced products and crafts are desired too, as are cycling and energy-related vendors. To register for this Fair, go to: http://stopnypipeline.org/ events/2017-renewable-energy-fair/
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”

Kurt Vonnegut

August 4, 2017

Repair Cafe!

The next Repair Cafe will be Saturday, August 12 from 10-2 at the Village Hall. Bring your beloved but broken item, and volunteers will do their best to repair it for free!
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August 2, 2017

Speed Week

State Police announce start of “Speed Week” enforcement campaign

Troop A will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The “Speed Week” campaign runs today through Tuesday, August 8.

July 26, 2017

Re-arrested Green Island sex offender active on Facebook

July 25, 2017 06:50 PM
GREEN ISLAND - Larry Cusack is the self-proclaimed mayor of Swan Street and he's still reeling after one of his newest neighbors, William Goodman, was charged with menacing a young mother during a hike on Peebles Island just more than a month after his release from prison following a 1992 rape.
New York asks pool owners to look for tree-killing beetles


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state officials are asking swimming pool owners to look for a tree-killing invasive beetle when they clean their pool filters.
The Department of Environmental Conservation is running its annual Asian long-horned beetle swimming pool survey through Aug. 30. 
This is the time of year when the insects become active outside of the trees they are infesting.

Volunteers are asked to check pool filters and skimmers and send in pictures of suspected Asian long-horned beetles.

July 12, 2017

FYI

THE EAST GREENBUSH TOWN PARK WILL BE CLOSING AT 5 PM ON MONDAY 7/17. WE ARE ORGANIC TICK SPRAYING THE PARK. ABSOLUTELY NO ENTRANCE WILL BE ALLOWED UNTIL 8 AM TUESDAY 7/18. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.

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Repair Cafe - Saturday, July 15
The Village of Castleton-on-Hudson will be hosting Repair Cafe (click to see CNN video of Repair Cafe in Pittsfield) at the Village Hall, 85 South Main Street, on Saturday, July 15, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Bring your beloved but broken item and volunteers will do their best to fix it for free.







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June 24, 2017

Schodack Island State Park


Bring the family and cruise-on-in to the car show at the Schodack Island State park. 
Entry fee is just $10 per car with proceeds to benefit Park Programs.presented by the Friend of Schodack Island State Park, Inc.


Enjoy live Entertainment during open mic night.
Bring your appetite for the Barbecue provided by the Schodack Landing Fire Department.
Check out the cars competing for awards:
*Best in Show or
*People's Choice






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June 16, 2017

Troy Police's entire drug unit placed on administrative leave

Troy's police drug unit put on administrative leave
By Kenneth C. Crowe II
Updated 10:38 pm, Thursday, June 15, 2017


The city police department's drug unit was placed on administrative leave Thursday, according to several city officials.

TROY – The city police department's drug unit was placed on administrative leave Thursday, according to several city officials.

Officers placed on administrative leave are still paid. They can only be suspended without pay following a hearing. Such a suspension would last for 30 days before they go back on the payroll.
City Councilwoman Kim Ashe-McPherson, who chairs the council's Public Safety Committee, said she learned Thursday night that the entire unit was placed on administrative leave.

Ashe-McPherson said she was given a cryptic description that the situation involved "papers," but she was unable to learn more about what that means. She said she tried to contact police Chief John Tedesco for information but was not able to reach him.

The six-member unit is commanded by a sergeant and works off-site from police headquarters. It is based at a different location in the city to protect the identities of confidential informants.

The drug unit is about five percent of the police department's authorized strength of 130 officers.

Capt. Dan DeWolf, the department spokesman, referred all inquiries about the situation to City Hall.

Detective Aaron Collington, president of the Troy Police Benevolent Associationthat represents the six officers, referred questions to Mayor Patrick Madden.

The mayor's spokesman, John Salka, said, "It's a personnel matter. The city does not comment on personnel matters."

June 10, 2017

Tuesdays at the Park

Music in the Park

Event Date:
Tuesdays - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

June 6th (rain date 6/7/17) Peacefull Country Band
June 13th (rain date 6/14/17) Winchester & Young
June 20th (rain date 6/21/17) Triskele
June 27th (rain date 6/28/17) Tri-County Banjo Band
July 11th (rain date 7/12/17) Yankee Doodle Band


June 2, 2017

SCHOOLS 5 Capital Region schools earn state distinction for high achievement, progress

REWARD SCHOOLS

Five local high schools were dubbed “Reward Schools” on Friday, a state designation reserved for the highest achieving schools in the state that also serve as a model to others on markers like progress and academic equity.

The schools — Averill Park, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Niskayuna, Maple Hill in Schodack and Clayton A Bouton in Voorheesville — may be eligible for grants under the designation. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Niskayuna received the designation last year, as well.

To earn the title, schools must rank among the top 20 percent of schools in the state for English and math performance and be among the top 10 percent of schools for gains in English and math performance.

June 1, 2017

Team Happy Feet!

Faculty/staff have organized a Dine to Donate evening on Thursday, June 1 to support Team Happy Feet in honor of Bob Horan. More info below.



https://twitter.com/SchodackCSD
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May 31, 2017

The Town Clerk's Office is accepting park reservations for the 2017 season. Keep in mind, week-ends fill up quickly, so if you are thinking about booking the park for a special event you should download the form, fill it out and submit it with your check to the Town Clerk's Office.

Take a look...Special Events During the Summer months, the Town of Schodack sponsors events such as "Music in the Park". Please check www.schodack.org/parks  for additional information, dates, and times or call 477-7590 for updates.

May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Parades

Castleton-on-Hudson/Schodack Memorial Day Parade
When: Mon, May 29, 10:00 AM
Where: Castleton-on-Hudson, NY
The annual Castleton-on-Hudson/Schodack Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 29, stepping off at 10 a.m. from Boltwood Avenue.

May 3, 2017

May 2, 2017

Here's what's new at CPL!

Starting this month, we now loan a number of specialty items:

Fishing poles
Holiday and specialty cake and cookie pans
Home energy loss detector
Metal detectors for youth and adults

Borrowing any of these items is easy -- all you need is your library card. Just stop by our front desk and we'll be happy to assist you!

We're also proud to offer a new monthly program beginning in May! Our knitting group will meet the third Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome! A complete list of our May programs can be found below. 

Speaking of what's new, did you know that there's an easy way to see what items have recently been added to our collections? Click this link to browse items that have been added to our collections in the past 30 days

http://www.castletonpubliclibrary.org/news--resources

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Search underway for driver of crashed stolen car

http://news10.com/2017/05/02/police-driver-slams-into-east-greenbush-business-after-pursuit/
EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police are looking for a driver accused of slamming into an East Greenbush business and another vehicle Tuesday morning.
The crash had schools on lockout, a helicopter searching in the air, and residents on edge. One driver, whose vehicle hit, was left stunned on the side of the road.
Leif Guldfeldt says his pickup was struck while attempting to make a left turn off of Columbia Turnpike.

April 29, 2017

Local Wounded Warrior Gives Back to Community


(West Sand Lake, NY) – After serving a total of 20 years in military service in both Marine Corps and US Army, local Wounded Warrior, SFC Don Tallman (R), decided that he would like to give back to the community by sharing his experience in service and connecting with other fellow warriors through STRIDE Adaptive Sports.

Tallman, who works at Union College Office of the Registrar, was an alumni ambassador for upstate New York Wounded Warrior Project and first heard about STRIDE when he attended an event in 2013 on Union College campus that was thought to be a part of the Wounded Warrior Project, but later found out that it was a STRIDE Wounded Warrior Program. At the event, Tallman got Mary Ellen Whitney’s, CEO and founder of STRIDE, contact information and reached out to her.

In 2008, while in Afghanistan, Tallman suffered nerve damage on the left side of his body, which made it difficult for him to engage in any physical activity without feeling intense pain. Like most, if not all warriors, Tallman went through a phase of depression and solitude where he would not leave home unless he was forced to. Once he got involved with STRIDE, Tallman was on the path to recovering himself physically, mentally, and emotionally. He tried skiing for the first time and realized that he was able to accomplish two things, 1.) spend time with his kids who both loved to ski and snowboard, and 2.) build his confidence to try to do activities without causing too much pain.

“Peer relationship with other comrades is probably the strongest rehabilitative prompt, I think…” says Don Tallman, “spending time with peers that have been through similar deployment or injury circumstances; those are probably the best. You share what you’ve been through and how you got through those things”.  Tallman has recently been appointed the position as STRIDE’s Wounded Warrior Program Liaison. He has a lot to offer and in store to share and engage with other local heroes and looks forward to continue building STRIDE’s Warrior program, in hopes to help ‘heal’ others through adaptive sport and camaraderie.

To Contact Don Tallman: dtallman@stride.org
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April 12, 2017

“Responding to Climate Change in the Hudson Valley”

On April 5, there was a spectacularly successful presentation of a clarion call entitled “Responding to Climate Change in Hudson Valley” at the First United Methodist Church in East Greenbush. The event was sponsored by Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) whose executive director, Jim Bonesteel, made the opening remarks and explained what his organization does for the Rensselaer County community.
 
Then, Mark Lowery of DEC’s Office of Climate Change nearly overwhelmed a spellbound crowd with a Power Point talk full of facts, figures, charts, and illustrations about the dangers of climate change and ways to mitigate it. 
 
There were approximately 200 people in the audience (standing room only), including nearly 30 elected and appointed officials from approximately 25 nearby villages, towns, cities, four counties, and from all political persuasions, including NYS and federal representatives.

March 28, 2017

Summer IS coming

Summer Camp

East Greenbush Summer Camp Registrations are being accepted now- call 518-477-4194 for more information.

Summer Camp is located at the EG Town Park

Camp Schodack 
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March 19, 2017

Town of Schodack

These meetings are open to the public.

Planning Board Meeting
March 20, 2017 - 7:00 pm


Town Board Meeting
March 23, 2017 - 7:00 pm

March 15, 2017

Village residents


Trash & Recycling Pick Up

This week, due to today's (3/14) storm, trash and recycling pick up in the Village of Castleton-on-Hudson will be on Thursday, March 16 instead of Wednesday, March 15.

Village of Castleton Election Day Tuesday March 21.

PIZZA NIGHT Schodack Valley

Eat in or Take out (518) 477-4215
Pizza, wings with home-made wing sauce (mild, hot, BBQ and Garlic Parmesan), mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, fully loaded, freshly made, antipasto and side salads all available!

March 9, 2017

Schodack's new Super!


The Board of Education on March 8 named Jason Chevrier the next school superintendent.

"Working so closely with Bob for 11 years, he was a friend but also an inspiration and I learned a lot from his leadership. His personality, his energy, his innovation, his passion for education, and his love for family, those are pieces of Bob that I will hold on to, to cherish, and take with me as I move forward into this role," said Mr. Chevrier.

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March 1, 2017

Major League Dreams

"Major Leagues is the end goal, that's been my dream for as long as I can remember."

When asked about his preference, Schultz answered, "Obviously the quickest way to the Major Leagues is the end goal, that's been my dream for as long as I can remember. I really don't have a preference."

Schultz allowed that he has started and relieved in college and in the professional ranks.

"I think both have their benefits and both have their ups and downs," Schultz said. "Just to be able to help out the team and get up there and show what I've got is -- regardless of what position I'm in, I would love it.

MLB.com Rays reporter Bill Chastain discusses Jaime Schultz and Ryne Stanek, two of the Rays' top prospects
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Here comes the sun

Troy working with Monolith on solar array

Monolith Solar panels expected to save city $100K on electric bill

Monolith Solar is installing solar panels on the Knickerbacker Ice Arena roof as the city aims to turn on its 2.1 megawatt citywide solar system in May.

Workers carried the roughly 4-by-6-foot panels across the roof before gingerly lowering them into the frames that will support them.

"It's great. We're getting into reduced electricity costs and reducing the carbon footprint," Mayor Patrick Madden said.
Troy represents one of the largest customers for Monolith. Its 2.1 megawatts is the largest in the 30 megawatt portfolio.
Madden climbed up on the arena's roof with Monolith's co-presidents, CEO Mark Fobare and COO Steven A. Erby, to inspect the installation.

"I see lots of glass going up," Erby said about the panels.

Monolith Solar is spending more than $4 million to install the system. The city anticipates saving $100,000 annually in electricity costs or about 40 percent of its electricity bill.
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February 4, 2017

Elvis is in the (fire)house!

On February 11, 2017 Donny Elvis will be performing at the Castleton Fire Company 11 Green Ave Castleton-on-Hudson, 12033. Doors will open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $12.50 and please RSVP by February 9, 2017 to Jo Ann Lowe at 518-732-2690. Refreshments will be included.


Donny Elvis

February 1, 2017

Examining lost history.

February 12, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Examining lost history.
Greenbush Historical Society presents... Edmonia Lewis
Lewis in her lifetime was an enigmatic, singular figure, a maker of art in pristine marble. Though highly educated, she allowed the contemporary press to portray her as a naïf savant; though black and female, she succeeded in exhibiting her sculpture alongside the upper crust on both sides of the Atlantic.

January 25, 2017

Who Can Turn the World on with a Smile?

TV Icon Mary Tyler Moore Dead At 80
"We’ll never forget the woman who “turned the world on with her smile.”
Moore, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1936 and grew up in Los Angeles, rose to international fame starring on the 1960s sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” She later starred on the beloved 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which is one of the first shows to feature a never-married, working woman as its central character. Moore played single, 30-year-old TV news producer Mary Richards.



 The real-life Mary commanded just as much respect. Her namesake show came to fruition in 1970, when she and her former husband Grant Tinker co-founded production company MTM Enterprises and successfully pitched the show to CBS. In its seven-season run, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” held the record for most Emmys won ― 29 ― until “Frasier” broke it in 2002. Huffington Post

January 16, 2017

PILGRIM PIPELINES ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Come to an organizational meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, 1 Gilligan Road, East Greenbush to learn about the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline transporting fracked oil and gas through our area.

Stephen Shafer of Citizens Against Pilgrim Pipelines (CAPP) will lead of team of knowledgeable activists in explaining the proposal and how we can organize to stop it.
The meeting is sponsored by Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline. Contact Ruth Foster, Board member of Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline, at: rmfoster@nycap.rr.com or call 518-588-0187.

Robert Connors, co-founder
Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline
https://www.stopnypipeline.org
https://www.facebook.com/stopnyfrackedgaspipeline

January 15, 2017

Schodack Chief says goodbye

Peter "piped out" after 45 years


Bernhard (Bernie) Peter led the agency for 15 years

Members from several town agencies were on hand to honor Chief Bernhard Peter with a traditional piping out ceremony Friday afternoon. Peter is retiring after 45 combined years on the force.