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Town of Rensselaerville Newsletter

November 2018

DRAFT MINUTES

THE TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE TOWN BOARD
REGULAR MEETING
OCTOBER 11, 2018
7:00 PM
 
The Regular Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville was held on the 11th day of October 2018 at 7 o’clock in the evening at the Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa, NY.  The meeting was convened by Supervisor Steven Pfleging and the roll was called with the following results:
 
            PRESENT WERE:      Attorney Thomas Fallati
                                                Supervisor Steven Pfleging
                                                Councilwoman Marion Cooke
                                                Councilman John Dolce
                                                Councilman Jason Rauf
                                                Councilwoman Margaret Sedlmeir
                                                Town Clerk Victoria H. Kraker
 
           
            Also present were Highway Superintendent Randy Bates, Recycling Coordinator Jon Whitbeck, Deputy Town Clerk Kathy Wank, Paul Kelly from the Rensselaerville Library, Albany County Legislator Chris Smith, and four interested citizens. 
 
AUDIENCE COMMENTS
 
None
 
MINUTES    
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2018 Special Meeting – Appointment of Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector/Zoning Officer; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the September 4, 2018 Special Meeting – Discussion on Upcoming Budget; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to approve the minutes of the September 11, 2018 Work Meeting; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Abstains (1) Dolce
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to approve the minutes of the September 13, 2018 Regular Meeting; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Abstains (1) Dolce
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to approve the minutes of the September 20, 2018 Special Meeting – Presentation of the Tentative Budget; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce and Rauf; Nays (0); Abstains (1) Sedlmeir
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the September 26, 2018 Public Hearing; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to approve the minutes of the September 26, 2018 Budget Workshop; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
TRANSFERS
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to approve the following Budget Modification:
From ‘Senior/Youth Bus Fund’ 8514 to ‘Senior/YouthVehicle Maintenance’ A7610E 44072 in the amount of $270.00 to cover the cost of repairs. 
The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the following Budget Modification:
From ‘Water District’ 7031 to ‘Water Budget Line’ SW8310E 44999 in the amount of $2,520.00 to cover the remainder of the contract for the Lake Myosotis Dam repairs.
The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
ABSTRACTS/VOUCHERS
 
General Fund            $  31,266.55
Highway Fund               69,134.41
Lighting District                   735.12     
Sewer Fund                        178.72
Water Fund                      2,946.47     
T&A Fund                        6,722.44
Total Abstracts          $110,983.71
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to pay all signed vouchers and bills; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
 
 
CORRESPONDENCE 
 None

REPORTS
 
SUPERVISOR
 
1. Supervisor Pfleging announced that he has spent the majority of his time working on the budget.
 
2. Councilwoman Cooke inquired about the property with the excessive number of tires on County Route 354.  Supervisor Pfleging reported that he had been playing “phone-tag” with DEC, but has not been able to connect with them thus far.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Supervisor’s report; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
ATTORNEY
 
1. Attorney Fallati reported that there is a new sexual harassment law which the Town would be required to adopt.  Attorney Fallati suggests the Board adopt a resolution that authorizes the Town Clerk to update/replace the current sexual harassment policy with the model language from the New York State Department of Labor.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to adopt the model sexual harassment policy put out by the New York State Department of Labor; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
2. Attorney Fallati will read through the proposed Firefighter’s Enhanced Cancer Disability Benefits Program.  This benefit would increase the Workers’ Compensation by a total of $7,500 and the Board would need to be absolutely certain if it is applicable for budgeting purposes.
 
3. An email has been sent to the Attorney General’s office regarding the dissolution of the Rensselaerville Volunteer Ambulance requesting the matter to be expedited.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept the Attorney’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
 
1. Superintendent Bates reported that the Highway Department has finished their CHIPs projects as well as the paving projects.
 
2. The Highway has begun digging new drainage ditches along Saybrook Valley Road.
 
3. Repairs have begun on the sidewalk in Preston Hollow.
 
4. The Highway Department has also started preparing their equipment for winter.
 
5. The results of the bid for the excavator are as follows:
Finke & Sons Equipment – Doosan - $155,448.35
Liftech/JCB - $178,238.26
A. Montano Co. Inc. – Hyundai - $159,500.00
Milton/Cat - $205,775.00
 
Superintendent Bates has made several phone calls to confirm warranty periods and other miscellaneous details and has announced that the winning bidder was Finke Equipment.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the bid from Finke Equipment for the Doosan excavator, model Dx140W-5 for $155,448.35.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Cooke.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Highway Superintendent’s report; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
TOWN CLERK
 
Town Clerk Kraker reported for the month of September as follows:
Town Clerk Department – Total Collected $5,783.60
Paid to the Supervisor - $931.41- the breakdown is as follows:
            Clerk Fees                 $217.81
            Recycling                     353.00
            Dog Licenses               122.00
            Building Permits           143.60
            Title Searches                70.00
            Zoning                            25.00
            Total                        $1,737.35
 
Fees paid to NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets for the ‘Animal Population Control Program’ aka ‘dog surcharge’: $20.00
Electronic sweep from the Town Clerk’s checking account for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Sporting licenses: $4,832.19
 
Water Rents collected for the month totaled $279.47; $0.00 in penalties
Sewer Rents collected for the month totaled $1,519.26; which includes $26.60 in penalties
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Town Clerk’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER/BUILDING INSPECTOR
 
Supervisor Pfleging stated that the report was not able to be printed and was therefore unavailable at the present time.
 
ASSESSORS
 
1. Assessor Pine explained that he has been looking at the equalization rates over the past several years and how it affects the tax cap. Rensselaerville has been behind the curve when it comes to property values, but is slowly catching up.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept the Assessor’s report; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
WATER/SEWER COMMITTEE
           
1. Town Clerk Kraker read a written report submitted by Water/Sewer Operator John Rice for the month of September as follows:
The Water Treatment plant filtered 388,700 gallons – a daily average of 12,960 gallons.
The Sewer Treatment plant processed 829,800 gallons according to pump run-time – not actual sewage pumped.
 
2. Bill Farley from Smith Controls came out on September 17th and again on October 1st to work on the panel at the sewer plant.  The panel seems to be running normally for now, but Mr. Farley will be out again soon to complete his work.
 
3. Low water pressure was reported on Methodist Hill recently.  B & G Contractors installed a new low-water switch in the booster pump which has resolved the issue.
 
4. Operator Rice has spoken to Phil Pearson regarding the installation of the hydrants.  Mr. Pearson needs a few miscellaneous parts before he can get started.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Water/Sewer Committee’s written report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
REFUSE/RECYCLING
 
Recycling Coordinator Whitbeck reported the following for the month of September as follows:
 
            Rensselaer Iron & Steel: 3.48 tons
            City of Albany Landfill: 60.99 tons
            Sierra Fibers: 4.49 tons comingled and 5.30 tons old cardboard containers 
            Oil: 37 gallons
            Tires: 13
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Recycling Coordinator’s report; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
RENSSELAERVILLE LIBRARY
 
Paul Kelly, on behalf of the Rensselaerville Library, reported the following:
 
Story-Time continues with Lefty the dog and Assemblyman Chris Tague as well.
The Halloween Party begins at the Rensselaerville Firehouse at 4:30; children’s parade begins at 5:30
The Library is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday
The Annual Greenery Sale is December 1st from 9am – 2pm
The back patio is complete.  Funds for a majority of the repairs on the patio were obtained through a grant. Mr. Kelly also wished to thank Kim Graff, Library Director, who has been instrumental in obtaining grant money for quite a few of the projects over the years.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Library report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
CURRENT EVENTS
 
There will be a piano concert at 7:30 pm on Saturday at Conkling Hall.
                      
OLD BUSINESS
 
1. Councilman Rauf reported that the Solar Energy Committee had not met since he last reported on it at the September meeting.  However, there are 3 meetings scheduled for November.
 
2. The Town has not heard anything from Weston & Sampson Engineering since their letter was submitted to the Department of Environmental Conservation.
 
3. Attorney Fallati discouraged the suggestions that were brought up at the Public Hearing on proposed Local Law No. 4 which establishes residency requirements for the Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector position noting that those suggestions create potential ambiguity and encourages potential litigation.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to continue the Public Hearing on proposed Local Law No. 4 of 2018 on October 30, 2018 at 6:30 pm and to authorize the Town Clerk to advertise the same.
The motion was seconded by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
1.  The award for the bid for the excavator has already been addressed.
 
2. Supervisor Pfleging read the Resolution for the Greenway Grant as follows:
 
Municipal Resolution
 
            WHEREAS, the Town of Rensselaerville is applying to the Hudson River Valley Greenway for a grant under the Greenway Communities Grant Program for a project entitled “Country to Capital: A Needs Assessment for Rural-Urban Linkages in Albany County” to be located in the Town of Rensselaerville;
 
            WHEREAS, the grant application requires the applicant municipality to obtain the approval/endorsement of the governing body of the municipality or municipalities in which the project will be located;
 
            WHEREAS, the project aligns with the goals of the Town of Rensselaerville’s Comprehensive Plan;
 
            NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved that the governing board of the Town of Rensselaerville hereby does approve and endorse the application for a grant under the Greenway Communities Grant Program, for a project known as “Country to Capital: A Needs Assessment for Rural-Urban Linkages in Albany County” and located within this community.
 
By motion made by Marion Cooke and seconded by Jason Rauf, the foregoing resolution was adopted by a majority of the members of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville on the 11th day of October 2018 as follows:
 
Town Board Member                                      Yes                  No       Absent/Abstain
Steven Pfleging, Supervisor                              X
Marion Cooke, Councilwoman                          X
John Dolce, Councilman                                   X                                                                  
Jason Rauf, Councilman                                   X
Margaret Sedlmeir, Councilwoman                   X                              
 
End Resolution
 
3. Attorney Fallati read the resolution for proposed Local Law No. 5 of 2018 as follows:
 
RESOLUTION OF THE
TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE
TOWN BOARD
 
            WHEREAS, Chapter 97 of the Laws of 2011 of New York State established a ‘tax cap’ that generally limits the increase in the Town’s assessment for Fiscal Year 2019; and
 
            WHEREAS, the tax cap statute permits a local government to override the limit for the upcoming fiscal year through adoption of a local law; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Board had determined that it may be necessary to adopt a budget for Fiscal Year 2019 that incorporates a tax increase in excess of the tax cap;
 
            NOW THREEFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the duly convened Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville that pursuant to the Municipal Home Rule Law and the General Municipal Law, a public hearing shall be conducted at the Town Hall on October 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm on the attached proposed Local Law, and notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be published on or before October 18, 2018 in a newspaper circulating in the Town.
 
By motion made by Marion Cooke and seconded by Margaret Sedlmeir, the foregoing resolution was adopted by a majority of the members of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville on the 11th day of October 2018 as follows:
 
Town Board Member                                      Yes                  No       Absent/Abstain
Steven Pfleging, Supervisor                            X
Marion Cooke, Councilwoman                        X
John Dolce, Councilman                                 X
Jason Rauf, Councilman                                 X
Margaret Sedlmeir, Councilwoman                 X                                
 
End Resolution
 
Proposed Local Law No. 5 of 2018
Of the Town of Rensselaerville
 
A Local Law Overriding the Real Property Tax Levy Limit for Fiscal Year 2019
 
BE IT ENACTED by the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville as follows:
 
Section 1. Legislative Authority
 
Chapter 97 of the Laws of 2011 of New York State, incorporated in § 3-c of the General Municipal Law, established a ‘tax cap’ that generally limits the amount of a municipality’s real property tax levy for the upcoming fiscal year according to a formula set out in the statute, but the statute also authorizes local governments, pursuant to General Municipal Law §3-c(5), to override the tax levy limit for the upcoming fiscal year.
 
Section 2. Override of Tax Levy Limit for Fiscal Year 2019
 
The real property tax levy limit set out in § 3-c of the General Municipal Law is overridden, pursuant to New York General Municipal Law §3-c(5), for Fiscal Year 2019 and the Town may adopt a budget for Fiscal Year 2019 that incorporates a real property tax increase in excess of the otherwise applicable tax levy limit.
 
Section 3. This Local Law shall take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.
 
4. A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to schedule a date for the Public Hearing on the Preliminary Budget for November 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm and to authorize the Town Clerk to advertise the same. The motion was seconded by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
5. A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to hire Earl David Potter as a seasonal employee from November 1, 2018 through April 15, 2019, on an as-needed basis, at the discretion of the Highway Superintendent, and to pay him $19.61/hour from 11/1/2018 through 12/31/2018 and $20.01 from 1/1/2019 through 4/15/2019.  Mr. Potter would be the last individual to be called upon. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
6. Deputy Town Clerk, Kathy Wank, presented the Board with the reasoning behind obtaining a credit card for miscellaneous purchases, maintaining that an employee should not be responsible for making purchases for the Town and then have to wait until the next Board meeting to be reimbursed. She contacted Stanley Kay, Senior Examiner for the New York State Comptroller’s Office who confirmed that many municipalities have credit card accounts and they are an asset for audit purposes.  Mr. Kay prefers this method of purchasing over petty cash or even debit cards.  Deputy Wank also contacted four neighboring Towns and learned that each of them have a municipal credit card. In all four instances, the Supervisor’s name is listed first, followed by either the Town Clerk or the Bookkeeper.  One of our neighboring Towns uses the credit card for purchases through Amazon, for example, where items can be purchased at discounted prices. The average cap is $3,000. 
 
The Board is leaning towards moving forward, but wishes to establish a written policy for its use, for example, where the physical card would be kept, who would be authorized to use it, as well as any other stipulations they feel should be considered.
 
AUDIENCE COMMENTS
 
None
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to adjourn the meeting at 8:23pm; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED;
Victoria H. Kraker
Town Clerk
 
 
 
 
Rensselaerville Library
November
 
6 – 4:30pm – StoryTime: Jan Brett’s The Mitten. Program includes stories, songs and crafts.
7 – 4 - 6pm – STEAM LAB – Students will make slime and playdough then compare and contrast how materials mix. They will discover the difference between simple compounds and combinations of materials that form a polymer.
8 – 7pm – Writing Group: Writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome.
13 – 10:30am – STEAM Art – Thanksgiving – students will create 3D paper craft centerpieces.
13 – 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
13 – 7pm – Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees – public welcome, meeting is on the lower level. Please note that this meeting is on the second Tuesday of the month not our normal third Tuesday.
14 – 4 - 6pm – STEAM Lab – Students will create candy and toothpick structures. During this program kids will discover how to build and engineer structures and determine which shapes are the strongest. Kids may also use KEVA blocks during this program. 
20 – 10:30am –StoryTime: Thanksgiving! Program includes stories, songs and crafts.
21 – 4-6pm – STEAM Lab- Students will grow a Crystal Garden. This program will introduce kids to the concept of crystals and how a variety of formations are created under different conditions
22 – 10:30amThe Library is closed for Thanksgiving.
27 – 10:30am – STEAM Art: Leaf Pictures.
27 – 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
28 – 4-6pm – STEAM Lab – Students will participate in a Dino Dig. This program will introduce kids to the process of paleontology using ID sheets. Students will also look at real fossils and use books to consult and match illustrations.
30 – 6pm – Homemade cookie donations can be dropped off at the Library.


 
              

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December 
 
1 – 9-2pm – Greenery Sale – Christmas Trees, Wreaths, Sprays for sale along Main Street. Vendors located inside the library and activities for kids.

                                              

Annual Greenery Sale

December 1, 2018

9-2pm

Vendors Wanted

Visit our web site for more information.



 
 

Middleburgh Library
 

11/2, 16 - 11:00-1:00 - Home Educators of Schoharie County - HEGS (Home Educators Group of Schoharie County) is a group of homeschooling families with a wide variety of backgrounds, approaches to education, and religious affiliations. We exist to provide secular support for homeschooling families, offer information about homeschooling, and to allow for the sharing of educational opportunities. We hope to increase public awareness, acceptance, and support of home education in Schoharie County.  Please check out our facebook page. Or contact Rebecca at veggiemamma@yahoo.com for more information.  We will meet the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 11 - 1. 

11/3 - 10:00-12:00 - Deco Patch Christmas Ornaments - Join us for a fun workshop creating beautiful holiday ornaments. Each attendee will be able to make two ornaments using paper mache' shapes and the beautifully patterned Deco Patch papers. These one of a kind creations can be wonderful additions to your tree or very special gifts.  Registration is required and space is limited.  A $5.00 material fee is payable to the instructor on the day of the program.

11/4 - 4:00 PM - Concert - Wilder Hook - Tom & Geri White -  Tom & Geri White have pulled together family and friends under the band name Wilder Hook, a historic bend in the Schoharie Creek in Middleburgh. Tom & Geri play Traditional Folk/Roots music with a focus on Appalachian Celtic and Canadian Traditions with guitar, banjo, fiddle, mountain dulcimer and more. Joining them will be their son, Carson White, Dave Paton, Tom Wetmore, and Bernie Neuman.  A $10.00 donation is suggested.  Tickets are available at the door. This event is made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program and the NYS Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Grant Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.

11/5, 12, 19, 26 - Drop-in Teen Gaming - 3:30-5:30 PM - Stop in for snacks and gaming. We'll have games like King of Toyko, Castle Panic, Sapien, Boss Monster, Forbidden Island, and Evolution. Drop in for a half hour or stay the whole time!  We will meet on Monday's from 3:30-5:30pm. This program is for kids 13 and up. Registration is suggested but not required. Call, stop in or sign up online.

11/7, 14, 21, 28 - 1;00 PM - Wednesday Matinee - Free Popcorn

​11/7 - "The 12th Man" (PG-13) -  They were 12 saboteurs. The Nazis killed 11 of them. This is the true story of ​the one who got away...

​11/14 - The Leisure Seeker ( R ) - A runaway couple go on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they ​call The Leisure Seeker.

​11/21 -  To be Announced

​11/28 -  To be Announced.

11/10 - 2:00 PM - Cooking by the Vegan Book - "Chloe Flavor"  By Chloe Coscarelli.   The Middleburgh Library presents its monthly book club, "Cooking by the Vegan Book." We pick the cookbook, you pick and make the recipe!  
How the cookbook club works; Every month, a cookbook will be selected and will be at the circulation desk, for you to look at and we will print up the recipe of your choice.
Sign up online, call or at the circulation desk, let us know what you're cooking so we don't have duplicates.
Registration is required. 

11/12 - Veterans Day - The library will be closed to observe the Holiday.

11/12 - 6:30 PM - Board of Trustees Meeting - The public is welcome.

11/13, 20, 27 - Drop-In Storytime - Get ready to move in this interactive storytime designed especially for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. We'll read books, sing songs, recite fingerplays, dance and watch a short movie based on a weekly theme. No registration required.

11/13, 20, 27 - 1:00-4:00 PM - Mahjong Mania - Every Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 a spirited group of people get together in the Community Room to play Mahjong.  Don't know how to play?  No problem!  They will teach you how.  No registration required.  

11/13, 20, 27 - 5:15 PM - Insight Meditation - What do you want most deeply?  Seeing your life calmly and clearly helps answer this.  Insight Meditation is a simple way to steady your mind, stop wandering in day-dreams, and end the suffering of troubling thoughts.  Our group is a place to sit quietly in safety, supported by others; to allow understanding and compassion to arise; to encourage loving-kindness and patience.  We welcome those with no experience to advanced mediators', teens to seniors.  give it a try.   No registration is required.  There is no fee.   All are welcome. 

11/14, 28 - 11:00 AM - Storytime with Miss Doreen -  Join Miss Doreen every other Wednesday for some fun and games.  There will be a theme every program.

​11/14 - Will I have a friend.

​11/28 - Cooking with Miss Rebecca

11/20 - 7:00 PM - Book Discussion - "One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey - Set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital, the narrative serves as a study of institutional processes and the human mind as well as a critique of behaviorism and a tribute to individualistic principles.

11/22 - Thanksgiving - The library will be closed to observe the Holiday.

11/30 - 11:00 AM - Home school Slime Lab - Come hang out with us while we make slime! Glitter slime, oobleck, glow in the dark slime and foam slime.  Registration is suggested. Stop in at the library, sign up online or call the library at 518-827-5142. 

Not all of programs have been scheduled at time of printing.   Please check our Calendar on our website at www.middleburghlibrary.info. for future programs.

 

 

 
Today is Tomorrows History”
Rensselaerville Historical Society
Keeper of the history for all 5 hamlets of the Town of Rensselaerville: Cooksburg, Medusa,
Potters Hollow, Preston Hollow and Rensselaerville

 
Something is Missing
Have you noticed those cream and green historical markers signs have been disappearing throughout the town? No, we don’t have a sign thief or teenage pranksters. Two of the Rensselaerville Historical Society Trustees have been spending their Sunday afternoons oiling and heating up rusted screws so the signs can carefully be lifted off their poles and moved to the Grist Mill in Rensselaerville. These signs have been placed in the town over the years by the Rensselaerville Historical Society at various locations with the help of the Rensselaerville Town Highways employees. Maybe you have noticed that many of these signs have become rusty and faded. Mount Pisgah, Rensselaerville Academy, Potters Hollow, Cooksburg and Preston Hollow signs are down.  Soon to be removed are the two in Medusa, town building and Peckham Hollow. There may be a few other signs still in our town that haven’t been located but by winter all should safely be under shelter. The first steps to refurbish them will be to remove the rust and prime them before the oil base paint can be applied. Many of the support brackets are cracked and a solution to repairing them needs to be found. Four Greenville Central School seniors have volunteered to undertake this project under the guidance of Tony Campo and Matt Mulholland and will earn them Community Service credit. The goal was to work on the signs during Sundays in October but the weather has not cooperated. An attempt to get as much of this project done this fall is planned and the rest will have to wait for warmer weather. Look for the signs to reappear in late spring with an easier to read colors. If any individual or group would like to tackle the New York State Historical signs, the blue and gold ones, many of them need a face lift too. Let’s make our town’s history shine for future residents.
Other news – Two new Board of Trustees members were voted in at the Historical Society’s Annual Meeting in August. The new members are Thomas Snyder of Medusa and Linda Mormile of Potters Hollow and reelected was Garrett Plate. Officers were also elected for a two-year term the new President is Matthew Mulholland, Vice President Kenneth Storms, Treasurer Leah Waldron, Secretary Joyce Chase and Membership Secretary Diana Fritz. The guest speaker at the annual meeting was Jerry Finin who shared photos and the process he went through to write the biography about Doctor Anna Ward Perkins the Hilltown Doctor that treated patients throughout our town from 1928 until the 1990’s.  Over 80 guests shared a pot luck dinner and the fascinating talk. Copies of the book A Good and Noble Thing are on sale at the Rensselaerville Library or Kuhar Family Farm Market in Rensselaerville or at RHS, P.O. Box 8, Rensselaerville, NY 12147 for $25 plus shipping $4.00. 
“Rensselaerville Historical Society Membership Form 2019
Please circle:   New, Renewal
Individual membership                 $10        Mail to: RHS Membership Sec.
Family Membership                      $15        P.O 8
Supporting Membership              $30        Rensselaerville, NY 12147
Life Membership                          $150
Gift membership                         ____            Include name, address, telephone
Special Donations                                            number and email address for
Paint the Mill Fund                   _____           memberships and gift memberships   
Historical Marker Project         _____         
Donations                                 ______
 
 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

 November - December 2018

 

by William Moore

 

November 4Family Style Turkey Dinner at Medusa Fire House has been postponed until December 2nd.

 

November 6 – Medusa Fire Company Election Day Dinner from 4:30 to 7pm in the Fire House.  Adults are $7, children 12 & under are $5.

 

November 13 – the Rensselaerville Seniors Club will have their Holiday Luncheon at Gavins  in East Durham at 12 noon.

 

November 17 – Breakfast at the Medusa Fire House from 7 to 11am. All you can eat for           Free-Will Offering.

 

      We all hope that the new kitchen in the Fire House will be completed in time.

 

December 1 – 1st Christmas Rummage Sale from 9am to 3pm. Lunch will be available.

 

December 2 – Medusa Community Tree Lighting Party at 6pm in the Church.

 

December 11 – Seniors Pizza Party at 12 noon at the Medusa Fire House.

 

December 15 – 2nd Christmas Rummage Sale from 8-12 noon.

                           Breakfast at Fire House from 7 to 11 am.

 

 

 

 


Events at Conkling Hall 
 

Enjoy Los Victones with their special guest from Nashville, R&B songwriter and recording artist Tracy Nelson. Great food from local food trucks and NYS beer and wine will be for sale.


Last year, the people of Vieques were struggling to survive the impacts of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The people of Rensselaerville and the Hilltowns stepped up to help. On November 11, 2017, over 250 Hilltowners extended their hands and hearts to support their Vieques neighbors. "Viva Vieques ", a musical celebration at Conkling Hall featuring local performers, combined with donations of food and drink from local farmers, restaurants and breweries, raised over $16,000 in emergency funds for the island.

Today, Vieques is rebuilding and looking to the future and on November 3, Vieques will extend its hand in return. Join the Vieques-Rensselaerville neighborhood for a great night of music and fun!

Admission will be free with donations encouraged. Donations will go towards construction of an emergency solar power and potable water resiliency station on Vieques, a special project of Centro Civico, Albany. Donations will also go to the Conkling Hall Music Fund in Rensselaerville.


Please join us Saturday evening, November 3, between 6:00 and 9:00 at Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd.  Rensselaerville for "Viva Vieques II".


 

Jazz Vibes in Concert

11/10/18 - 7:30PM

With special guests Larry Ham and Jeff “Siege” Siegel

Conkling Hall
Rensselaerville, NY


Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes will present a special concert on 11/10/18 at Conkling Hall in historic Rensselaerville, NY at 7:30PM. The admission price is $15 and free to children ages 12 and under. The group will consist of Michael Benedict on vibraphone with his long-time bass player Mike Lawrence. Joining them will be two special guest artists, Larry Ham on piano and Jeff “Siege” Siegel on drums.

 

 

The Preston Hollow Beautification Committee is hosting a Christmas decoration event on Saturday, December 1, 11:00 am at the Greenhouse on Route 145 in Preston Hollow.  All in the community are invited to join in celebrating the beginning of the Holiday season by decorating wreaths and swags that will be hung about the Tri-Village area.
This festive event will be an opportunity to meet and chat with people from the community and enjoy hot drinks and pastries.  We invite you to join in the festivity while at the same time contributing to the beauty of the community
New members to the Preston Hollow Beautification Committee, Inc.  are always welcomed.  Joining the group is a good way to contribute to the community while at the same time, meeting new people, making new friends and having fun.  The work is minimal.   If interested, please speak with somebody at this Christmas event or contact Cynthia Willis at 518-239-4147.  






                           
 
Rensselaerville Community Calendar

Fri Nov 2, 2018
 
6pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Sat Nov 3, 2018
 
4pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Sun Nov 4, 2018
 
10am Medusa United Church of Christ
 
11am Trinity Church Services
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville, NY
 
11:30am Turkey Dinner
Medusa Volunteer Fire Company, 28 Co Rd 351, Medusa, NY
 
Family Style Turkey Dinner:  Has been postponed until December 2nd. 
 
1pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Tue Nov 6, 2018
 
All Town Offices will be closed for Election Day. The Town Board, will however, still
hold their Work Meeting at 7:00 pm.
 
4:30pm Election Day Dinner
Medusa Volunteer Fire Company, 28 Co Rd 351, Medusa, NY
 
Election Day Dinner at the Medusa Volunteer Fire House from 4:30 pm - 7pm
Adults: $7 Children 12 & under: $5.00
 
7pm Town Board Work Meeting
 
The Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville will hold its Work Meeting
 
Wed Nov 7, 2018
 
5pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Thu Nov 8, 2018
 
6:30pm Public Hearing
Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Rd, Medusa, NY  
 
The Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville will hold a Public Hearing on the
Preliminary Budget.
 
7pm Town Board Meeting
Town of Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa, NY
 
The Town of Rensselaerville Town Board will hold their Regular monthly meeting
.
Fri Nov 9, 2018
 
6pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Sat Nov 10, 2018
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4pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Sun Nov 11, 2018
 
10am Medusa United Church of Christ Service
 
11am Trinity Church Services
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville, NY
 
1pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Mon Nov 12, 2018
 
All Town Offices, including the Justice Court, will be CLOSED in observance of
Veteran's Day.
 
Tue Nov 13, 2018
 
12pm Rensselaerville Seniors Luncheon
 
The Rensselaerville Senior's Club will have their Holiday Luncheon at Gavin's in
East Durham at 12:00 noon.
 
Wed Nov 14, 2018
 
5pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
7pm Special Meeting
Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Rd, Medusa, NY
 
The Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville will hold a Special Meeting for the
purpose of adopting the Final Budget.
 
Fri Nov 16, 2018
 
6pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
7pm Conkling Cafe' Open Mic
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville, NY
 
An open-mic event hosted by Amy Goodrich. We encourage all forms of
appropriate performance art for all ages. Mic, sound system and piano available. Donations appreciated. Coffee, tea and treats available. Performers arrive 7:00 to 7:30 with music following.
 
Sat Nov 17, 2018
 
7am Breakfast at Medusa Fire House
 
Breakfast at the Medusa Fire House - all you can eat - Free Will Offering
 
4pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Sun Nov 18, 2018
 
10am Medusa United Church of Christ Service
 
11am Trinity Church Services
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville, NY
 
1pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 C
ounty Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Mon Nov 19, 2018
 
7:30pm RHDA Monthly Meeting
Conkling Hall, Methodist Hill Road, Rensselaerville, NY
 
RHDA, the Rensselaerville Historic District Association, holds its’ monthly steering
committee meeting on the third Monday of the month. The public is welcome.
 
Wed Nov 21, 2018
 
5pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Thu Nov 22, 2018
 
All Town Offices will be CLOSED in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
Fri Nov 23, 2018
 
All Town Offices will be CLOSED in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
 
6pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Sat Nov 24, 2018
 
4pm Helderberg Brewery Open
 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Sun Nov 25, 2018
 
10am Medusa United Church of Christ Service
 
11am Trinity Church Services
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville, NY
 
1pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville
 
Wed Nov 28, 2018
 
5pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY
 
6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Fri Nov 30, 2018
 
6pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville, NY

Sat Dec 1, 2018
 
9am Annual Greenery Sale
Rensselaerville Library, 1459 Co Rd 351, Rensselaerville, NY
 
Each year the Library sponsors an Annual Greenery Sale. Wreaths, tree,sprays,
and roping are available for purchase along festive MainStreet. Meanwhile, inside the Library, local vendors can help you find the perfect gift for friends and family. The day also includes children's activities, a book sale, and a cookie sale. Vendors wanted! If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact the Library Director for more information. Space is limited.
 
Also consider being a part of our local gift certificate table. Homemade Cookie
Makers Wanted!  Are you interested in making a few cookies for our cookie sale?
Contact the Library at http://www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/greenery-sale.html
 
9am Christmas Rummage Sale
Medusa Church
 
1st Annual Christmas Rummage Sale at the Medusa Church. Lunch will be
available.

Sun Dec 2
11:30am Turkey Dinner
Medusa Volunteer Fire Company, 28 Co Rd 351, Medusa, NY
 
Family Style Turkey Dinner: Adults: $13.00 Children 12 & under: $6.00
 
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