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Town of Rensselaerville Newsletter

October 2018

DRAFT MINUTES

THE TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE TOWN BOARD
REGULAR MEETING
SEPTEMBER 13, 2018
7:00 PM
 
The Regular Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville was held on the 13th day of September 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 Jason Rauf
                                                Councilwoman Margaret Sedlmeir
                                                Town Clerk Victoria H. Kraker
 
            ABSENT WAS:          Councilman John Dolce
 
            Also present were Highway Superintendent Randy Bates, Recycling Coordinator Jon Whitbeck and nine interested citizens. 
 
AUDIENCE COMMENTS
 
1. Gerald Wood, on behalf of the former Town of Rensselaerville Ambulance, asked if the Attorney for the Town could contact the Attorney General to find out what the status is relating to the new Public Safety Building.  The former Rensselaerville Ambulance has already contacted the Attorney General, but has not received a response.
 
2. Brian Dunn, the new Superintendent of Middleburgh Central School District, came in to introduce himself to the Town Board. He provided his background and experiences and described how excited he is to be at Middleburgh School. He has set goals and will work hard to achieve those goals. He encouraged everyone to reach out to him with any questions or concerns they may have.
 
MINUTES    
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the August 7, 2018 Special Meeting; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to approve the minutes of the August 7, 2018 Work Meeting; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to approve the minutes of the August 9, 2018 Regular Meeting; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
TRANSFERS
 
A motion was made by Supervisor Pfleging to approve the following Budget Modification:
 
From ‘Water District Account’ 7031 to ‘Water Budget Line’ SW8310E 44999 in the amount of $9,600.00 for the balance of the engineering contract on the Lake Myosotis Dam project.
 
The motion was seconded by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
ABSTRACTS/VOUCHERS
 

General Fund            $  25,159.44

Highway Fund              28,009.88

Lighting District               707.41     

Sewer Fund                      605.59

Water Fund                   10,630.15     

T&A Fund                      6,882.77

Total Abstracts          $ 71,995.24


 

 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to pay all signed vouchers and bills; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
CORRESPONDENCE 
 
None
REPORTS
 
SUPERVISOR
 
1. Supervisor Pfleging announced that he had repaired the light on the flagpole and also the lights under the Veteran’s Ring of Honor.
 
2. The Town of Rensselaerville has received an energy proposal from Central Hudson to change from fluorescent to LED lighting.  It would reportedly save the Town $21,575 over the course of 5 years. However, the initial cost to the Town would be $13,250 – Central Hudson would cover the other half.
 
3. Councilwoman Cooke will be performing the payroll audit on Wednesday.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Supervisor’s report; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
ATTORNEY
 
1. Attorney Fallati reported that he had researched the Charitable Reserve Fund proposal. The Federal tax law limits that went into effect last year cap the deductions for State & Local taxes at $10,000. New York, as well as some other States, has looked into a way to capture some of the disallowed deduction by allowing local governments to set up a charitable reserve fund.  Recently, the IRS has come up with a proposed regulation that would up-end the purpose of what some states were trying to do.  Attorney Fallati has recommended reserving further action until any litigation is resolved to see if it would even be a viable option for the Town.
 
2. Attorney Fallati did not find anything that addressed the residency issue regarding the Code Enforcement/Building Inspector position when it was on a contractual/temporary basis.  However, he has drafted a Local Law that would allow the Town to opt-out of the current residency requirement.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Attorney’s report; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
 
1. Superintendent Bates reported that due to the weather, the Highway Department is about 4 weeks behind schedule.
 
2. Peckham, in conjunction with the Highway Department, has paved Camp Medusa Road. They will move on to Miller Road and Jaycox Road tomorrow. Following the paving, the Highway will put shoulders on.
 
3. Chip-sealing is next on the schedule, weather permitting.
 
4. The Highway will begin truing & leveling on Gifford Hollow Road; Kenyon Road has been repaired from the winter damage; and Dapice Lane and a portion of Travis Hill Road has been resurfaced.
 
5. Superintendent Bates estimates the Preston Hollow sidewalk project to begin early October.  KB Cooke has found a sidewalk paver for the Town to use at no charge.  A skid steer will be available from either the Town of Coeymans or Albany County Highway Department along with a mini excavator.
 
6. Superintendent Bates has put together a legal notice, specifications and bid proposal packet for the new wheeled excavator. 
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to authorize the Town Clerk to solicit for bids for the new wheeled excavator.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept the Highway Superintendent’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
TOWN CLERK
 
Town Clerk Kraker reported for the month of August as follows:
Town Clerk Department – Total Collected $3,216.40
Paid to the Supervisor - $1,737.35- the breakdown is as follows:
            Clerk Fees                 $382.45
            Recycling                    155.50
            Dog Licenses              201.00
            Building Permits          868.40
            Title Searches             105.00
            Zoning                           25.00
            Total                       $1,737.35
 
Fees paid to NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets for the ‘Animal Population Control Program’ aka ‘dog surcharge’: $36.00
Fees paid to NYS Department of Health for three marriage licenses: $90.00
Electronic sweep from the Town Clerk’s checking account for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Sporting licenses: $1,353.05
 
Water Rents collected for the month totaled $3,034.96; which includes $11.48 in penalties
Sewer Rents collected for the month totaled $541.82; which includes $0.84 in penalties
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Town Clerk’s report; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER/BUILDING INSPECTOR
 
1. Supervisor Pfleging read the written report from the Building Department as follows: 2 New Home Construction Permits; 2 Home Addition Permits; 1 Zoning Permit; and 1 Septic Repair Permit.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector/Zoning Officer’s written report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
 
 
 
ASSESSORS
 
1. Assessor Kropp reported that the Assessor’s Office is already starting to prepare for next year’s tax roll.
 
2. Assessor Kropp also reported that there has been a major change in the Enhanced STAR program.  Now, everyone will have to participate in the Income Verification Program (IVP) in which the State will be verifying applicant’s income and eligibility instead of the local assessor’s office performing those duties.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Assessor’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
WATER/SEWER COMMITTEE
           
1. Town Clerk Kraker read a written report submitted by Water/Sewer Operator John Rice for the month of August as follows:
The Water Treatment plant filtered 498,400 gallons – a daily average of 16,077 gallons.
The Sewer Treatment plant processed 712,080* gallons – a daily average of 22,970* gallons.
 
* Water/Sewer Treatment Officer Rice reported that there is a fault within the pump system and notes that these results are highly suspect.  A representative from Smith Controls will be out on Monday to inspect/service the control panel.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Water/Sewer Committee’s written report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
REFUSE/RECYCLING
 
1. Supervisor Pfleging read the following written report for the month of August as follows:
 
            E-Waste: 2.22 tons
            Rensselaer Iron & Steel:  7.49 tons
            City of Albany Landfill:  76.28 tons
            Sierra Fibers:  5.41 tons comingled and 5.21 tons old cardboard containers 
            Oil:  55 gallons
            Tires: 28
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Recycling Coordinator’s report; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
 
 
RENSSELAERVILLE LIBRARY
 
Paul Ventura, on behalf of the Rensselaerville Library, reported the following:
 
The Library’s Annual Lawn Party was a huge success
The Library Expedition Kick Off is in full swing – visit all 36 libraries in the Upper Hudson Library System.
On September 5th, Elephant & Piggy visited the Rensselaerville Library.
The Library’s Annual Meeting will be held on September 18th, followed by the Regular Meeting.
On September 22nd from 11am-4pm will be Heldercon – hosted by friends of the Berne Library.  Free admission, costume contest, vendors, scavenger hunt, food, prizes and more.
The Library continues their children’s programs and adult activities.
he Library is also participating in the Drive Around the Hilltowns event.
The STEAM Lab continues with Animation Exploration and Steam Art.
To celebrate the completion of the trellis behind the Library, a free concert is being held on Sunday on the terrace.  The terrace area can also be used for other events.
 he Library has been selected to receive resources so celebrate the Walking Dead comic book series.
The library will be decorated for Halloween.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Library report; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce


 
CURRENT EVENTS
 
Supervisor Pfleging announced that there would be no breakfast on September 15th at the Medusa Fire House, but that the first breakfast would be held on October 20th.
 
OLD BUSINESS
 
1. Councilman Rauf stated that the last two Solar Meetings had gone very well and everyone is now up to speed.  They have researched neighboring Town’s policies and feel comfortable that the subject of small-scale solar is under control. The Committee will address larger scale proposals at their next meeting.
 
2. The report from Weston & Sampson Engineering noted no movement in the wall at the Lake Myosotis dam.  Their report also noted that the depressions are most likely a result of decaying tree roots. The report suggested the best way to repair the crack in the pipe is to fix it from the inside with an environmentally/drinking-water-friendly compound. Weston & Sampson Engineering will submit their report to the Department of Environmental Conservation for their approval.
 
3. The Board has decided to extend the applications for the Code Enforcement/Building Inspector/Zoning Officer position until November 6, 2018.  Another block ad was placed in the Altamont Enterprise noting that applicants must be residents of the Town of Rensselaerville.
 
The Board feels that the following proposed local law would give the Town another tool in the toolbox in the event that a qualified candidate cannot be found within the Town.
 
Attorney Fallati read Proposed Local Law No. 4 of 2018 as follows:
 
PROPOSED LOCAL LAW No. 4 OF 2018
 
TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE, NEW YORK
 
A Local Law to establish the residency requirements for the appointed offices of Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector.
 
Be it enacted by the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville, New York, as follows:
 
            Section 1.  Title: a Local Law to establish the residency requirements for the appointed offices of Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector.
 
            Section 2.  Authority:  This Local Law is adopted pursuant to Municipal Home Rule Law, §10(1)(ii)(a)(1), which grants to local governments the authority to enact local laws regarding the qualification of local officers.  Both Public Officers Law §3 in its coverage of appointed town offices, and Town Law §23, may be superseded by local law (see N.Y. Op. Atty. Gen. (Inf.) No. 97-11).
 
            Section 3.  Supersession:  This local law shall supersede New York State Public Officers Law §3(1) and Town Law, §23(1) and their application to the offices of Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector for the Town of Rensselaerville.
 
            Section 4.  Residency requirements for the positions of the Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector for the Town of Rensselaerville: Section 96-3 of the Code of the Town of Rensselaerville is hereby amended to add the following as Section 96-3(F):  The persons holding the offices of Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector need not be residents or electors of the Town of Rensselaerville, provided, however, that such persons shall reside in the county in which the Town is situated or an adjoining county within the State of New York .
 
            Section 5.  Inconsistency:  All other local laws and ordinances of the Town of Rensselaerville that  are consistent with the provisions of this local law are hereby repealed; provided, however, that such repeal shall be in addition to such other local laws or ordinances regulating and governing the subject matter covered by this local law.
 
            Section 6.  Savings Clause:  If any clause, sentence, paragraph, word, section or part of this local law shall be adjudged by any Court of competent jurisdiction to be unconstitutional, illegal or invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation of the clause, sentence, paragraph, word, section or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.
 
            Section 7.  Effective Date: This Local Law shall take effect immediately.
 
End Local Law
 
Attorney Fallati read the Resolution as follows:
 
RESOLUTION OF THE
TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE
TOWN BOARD
 
            WHEREAS, Section 3 of the Public Officers Law of the State of New York, established qualifications for holding office, and the State Legislature has rendered Public Officers Law Section 3 a special law in its coverage of appointed town offices; and
 
            WHEREAS, Section 23(1) of the Town Law of the State of New York, established eligibility of town officers; and
 
            WHEREAS, Municipal Home Rule Law Section 10(1)(ii)(a)(1) grants local governments the authority to enact local laws regarding the qualifications of local officers; and
 
            WHEREAS, the attached proposed Local Law No. 4 of 2018 would supersede New York State Town Law §23(1) and the Public Officers Law §3(1) in its application to the offices of Code Enforcement Officer and Building Inspector for the Town of Rensselaerville and provide that such persons need not be electors of the Town of Rensselaerville and need only reside in the county in which the Town is situated or an adjoining county within the State of New York;
 
            NOW THEREFORE, 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 September 26, 2018 at 6:45 pm on the attached proposed Local Law No. 4 of 2018, and notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be published on or before September 20, 2018 in a newspaper circulating in the Town.
 
By motion made by Jason Rauf 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 13th day of September 2018 as follows:
 
Town Board Member                                      Yes                  No       Absent/Abstain
Steven Pfleging, Supervisor                              X
Marion Cooke, Councilwoman                          X
John Dolce, Councilman                                                                     Absent                        
Jason Rauf, Councilman                                  X
Margaret Sedlmeir, Councilwoman                  X                              
 
End Resolution
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to authorize the Town Clerk to advertise the Public Hearing; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
4. The Planning Board conducted interviews for a clerk and has recommended Diane De Santo be appointed. As a back-up, they have recommended Carolyn Bauer. 
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to appoint Diane De Santo as Planning Board/Zoning Board Clerk; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
1.  Attorney Fallati read the Resolution granting the Highway Superintendent the authority to participate in on-line bidding as follows:
 
RESOLUTION OF THE
TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE
TOWN BOARD
           
            WHEREAS, from time-to-time, the Highway Superintendent has requested from the Town Board approval to bid on equipment available in an on-line auction; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Board has found the auction process to be financially beneficial, allowing the Highway Superintendent to acquire useful equipment at a fraction of the cost of the acquisition of comparable new equipment; and
 
            WHEREAS, Section 142(1) of the Highway Law permits the Town Board to authorize the Highway Superintendent to purchase equipment, tools and other implements to be used for highway maintenance, construction or reconstruction, snow plows or other devices for the removal of snow from the highways from monies appropriated for that purpose without prior approval of the Town Board, and in an amount or amounts to be fixed, from time to time, by the Town Board; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town board has determined that it is in the public interest to grant the Highway Superintendent such authority;
 
            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the duly convened Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville, Albany County, New York, that (1) the Highway Superintendent is authorized to bid on, and to purchase, equipment, tools and other implements to be used for highway maintenance, construction or reconstruction, snow plows or other devices for the removal of snow from the highways from monies appropriated for that purpose without prior approval of the Town Board, through December 31, 2018, up to an amount of $10,000; (2) this resolution may be reviewed and re-approved quarterly; (3) the Highway Superintendent shall provide the Town Supervisor prompt notice of any bids and purchases made pursuant to this resolution;  and (4) nothing in this resolution is intended to limit the Town Board’s authority, by subsequent resolution, to modify or rescind this authority generally or with respect to a particular prospective purchase.
 
            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 13th day of September 2018 as follows:
 
Town Board Member                                      Yes                  No       Absent/Abstain
Steven Pfleging, Supervisor                           X
Marion Cooke, Councilwoman                       X
John Dolce, Councilman                                                                     Absent
Jason Rauf, Councilman                                X        
Margaret Sedlmeir, Councilwoman                X        
                                     
End Resolution
 
2. Scott Whitbeck has agreed to serve another term on the Board of Assessment Review.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to re-appoint Scott Whitbeck as Board of Assessment Review member – term to be October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2023.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
3. A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to schedule a Budget Workshop for September 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm immediately following the Public Hearing and to authorize the Town Clerk to advertise the workshop.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
           
AUDIENCE COMMENTS
 
Amy Kowalski from the Albany County Sheriff’s Department announced an Emergency Management Day which will be held on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Clarksville Station.
 
Also, Albany County is changing the culvert by Fred Geldner’s house – County Route 352. Thus far, no notice has been given to any of the Fire Companies, Emergency Services or the Schools.
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to adjourn the meeting at 8:15pm; 2nd by Councilwoman Cooke.
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Cooke, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Dolce
 
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED;
Victoria H. Kraker
Town Clerk
 

 
VOLUNTEER DRIVERS WANTED
 
Town of Rensselaerville
 Seeking experienced drivers for our senior car and bus transportation services
 
Please call 239-4225 or 797-3798 and let us explain how you can provide a valuable community service
 
 




 
         
   
 
         
 
           
   
 
         
 
 
Rensselaerville Library October


2 – 10:30 – STEAM Art - Dragons! Students will learn about different dragons found in different cultures
3 – 4-6pm – Dragons in Mythology and Fiction – Students will begin to learn about how a ‘monster’ can take different forms across cultures.
9 – 10:30am – StoryTime: Make believe creatures. Program includes stories, songs and crafts.
9 – 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
10 – 4 - 6pm – Werewolves, Zombies, Vampires and Medicine – This program will encourage students to make the connection between medical conditions that are exaggerated into ‘monsters’.
11 – 7pm – Writing Group: Writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome.
13 – Walking Dead Day Celebration – more details to come
16 – 10:30am – STEAM Art: Make a Monster – Students will use a variety of items to create ‘unique’ monsters.
16 – 7pm – Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees – public welcome, meeting is on the lower level.
17 – 4 - 6pm – Science meets Science Fiction - Students will be introduced to Cryptids that actually do exist – oarfish, platypus, komodo dragon, mountain gorilla, okapi, and the giant squid
23 – 10:30am – StoryTime: Halloween! Program includes stories, songs and crafts.
23 – 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
24 – 5:30pm – Lefty Come read with Lefty the TDI therapy dog.
30 – 10:30am – STEAM Art: Halloween Decorations – students will design and create decorations for Halloween.
31 – Halloween- The Library will be decorated. Stop in, pick up candy and explore.
 


MUSEUM PASSES
Check the following passes out with your Library Card.
Don’t forget to show your card at the Via Aquarium for a $2.00 Discount.

The Albany Institute of History and Art located on Washington Ave in Albany. The Library offers two museum passes for free admission for a family and a 10% discount at the museum shop. The museum has a number of exhibitions and programs.
The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. The Library offers a free museum pass for two adult admissions July through December. Opened to the public in 1955, the Clark has become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. It also houses research and academic programs, including a major art history library, and is a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history.




 
 
Middleburgh Library
 
10/2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 - 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.
 
10/2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 - 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.   
 
10/2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 - 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. 
 
10/2 - 6:30-8:00 PM - Healthcare After Retirement - If you or someone you know is turning 65, getting ready to retire, or may be losing an employer plan, this course will help you discover an understanding of Medicare. From Part A to IRMAA, learn the fundamentals of how each section of Medicare works in this class aimed at making complex information easy-to-understand.  Instructor: Michael G. Stanton.   Registration required.  
 
10/3, 17, 31 - 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.
            10/3  -  Apple picking time
            10/17 - Signs of Fall
            10/31 - All about Pumpkins
 
10/5, 19 - 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.
 
10/7 - 4:00 PM - Concert - Colleen Kattau - Colleen Kattau is a bilingual vocalist, guitarist and composer of songs. Her poetic originals and charismatic stage presence inspire hope and spark imagination and audience participation!   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.
 
10/8- 6:30 PM - Board of Trustees Meeting - All are welcome
 
10/16 - 4:00-8:00 PM - CPR Training
 
10/16 -  - 7:00 PM - Book Discussion - "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams.  The Glass Menagerie is a memory play, and its action is drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. Tom is a character in the play, which is set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiringpoet who toilsin a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura.
This program series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Library System and participating member libraries.
 
10/20 - 2:00 PM - Cooking by the Vegan Book - "Chloe Flavor" - The Middleburgh Library presents its monthly book club, "Cooking by the Vegan Book." We pick the cookbook, you pick and make the recipe! This month's book is "Vegan Comfort Classics" by food blogger Lauren Toyota.
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. 
 
 10/27 -   The Library is closed today for the Hogwart’s Halloween Event.
10/27 - 7:00-9:00 PM - Hogwart's Halloween.
10/30 - 6:15-7:30 PM - Alzheimer's Association.
 
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.
 
 
 

The Preston Hollow Beautification Committee, serving the Tri-Village area, has been busy with our biggest beautification project yet. At the four corners in Cooksburg  we are creating  a meadow with plants native to the northeast.

Bill Whitbeck has generously provided the site which has been planted with many beautiful native perennials, shrubs, and trees. These were all planted by local citizens. The plants and materials to create this meadow were donated by generosity of people and businesses in our town, as well as interested donors from other local towns.
These colorful native plants will provide both a beautiful and sustainable habitat for birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators so important to our local ecosystem.

We are calling this space “Whitbeck Meadow” to honor the heritage and years of generosity of the Whitbeck family to our community.

As always, donations of any kind, including additional native plant material, as well as help in planting are always much appreciated. The committee is always happy to welcome interested people to our meetings. For information please call...
518–239–4147.
Our mailing address is..PO Box 581, Preston Hollow, NY 12469








 



H A R V E S T 
F E S T I V A L


Celebration
2 – 4:30pm

October 28, 2018
 
 
Halloween Costumes Encouraged

Music, Games, Stories, Food


Trinity Episcopal Church
 10 Trinity Ln, Rensselaerville, NY
               
 
Fun for the whole Family, Enjoy!
                                                                                   

   COMMUNITY EVENTS
October 2018 

by William Moore

 

October 3 – Town of Rensselaerville Seniors Trip to Cooperstown.

 

October 6 – 1st Fall Rummage Sale at the Medusa Church from 9am to 3pm.

                    Lots of Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving items plus much misc. things.

 

October 9 – Town of Rensselaerville Seniors meeting at 12 noon, possibly in the  Medusa Firehouse. 

 

October 20 – 2nd Fall Rummage Sale at the Medusa Church from 8am to 12noon.

 

October 20 – Breakfast at Medusa Firehouse from 7am to 11am,

                      If the New Kitchen Remodel is Completed.

 

Rensselaerville Community Calendar 
 
Mon Oct 1, 2018 

7pm Budget Workshop 
Town of Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa
The Town Board will hold a Budget Workshop Meeting. 

Wed Oct 3, 2018 

All day Rensselaerville Senior's Trip 
Town of Rensselaerville Senior's Trip to Cooperstown.
 
5pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

7pm Budget Workshop
Town of Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa
The Town Board will hold a Budget Workshop Meeting. 


Fri Oct 5, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

Sat Oct 6, 2018 

All day 1st Fall Rummage Sale 
Medusa Church
1st Fall Rummage Sale at  Medusa Church from 9am to 3pm 

4pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Sun Oct 7, 2018 

10am Church Service 
 Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Trinity Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville

1pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Mon Oct 8, 2018 
 
 

All day Town Offices Closed 
All Town Offices, including the Justice Court, will be CLOSED in observance of Columbus Day.
 

Tue Oct 9, 2018 

12pm Rensselaerville Senior's Meeting 
Medusa Firehouse

The Rensselaerville Senior's will hold their monthly meeting.
  
7pm Town Board Work Meeting 
Town of Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa
The Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville will hold its Work Meeting on the Tuesday preceding the second Thursday of each month.
 
 Budget Workshop 
The Town Board will hold a Budget Workshop Meeting immediately following the regularly scheduled Work Meeting. 

Wed Oct 10, 2018 

5pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Thu Oct 11, 2018 

7pm Town Board Meeting 
Town of Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa 

Fri Oct 12, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville
 
Sat Oct 13, 2018 
 
4pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Sun Oct 14, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Trinity Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville

1pm  Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Mon Oct 15, 2018 

7pm Budget Workshop 
Town of Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa 
The Town Board will hold a Budget Workshop Meeting

7:30pm RHDA Monthly Meeting 
Conkling Hall, Methodist Hill Road, Rensselaerville

RHDA, the Rensselaerville Historic District Association, holds its monthly steering
committee meeting on the third Monday of the month. The public is welcome.

Wed Oct 17, 2018 

5pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

7pm Budget Workshop 
Town of Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa
IF NEEDED, the Town Board will hold a Budget Workshop Meeting. 

Fri Oct 19, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

7pm Conkling Cafe' Open Mic 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd Rensselaerville

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 Oct 20, 2018 

7am Breakfast at Medusa Firehouse 

Medusa Volunteer Fire Company, 28 Co Rd 351, Medusa
Free-Will Offering Breakfast at the Medusa Fire House - Donations are much appreciated. 

8am 2nd Fall Rummage Sale 
Medusa Church

2nd Fall Rummage Sale at the Medusa Church 8am to noon. 

4pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Sun Oct 21, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Trinity Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville 

1pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Wed Oct 24, 2018 

5pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353 

6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville 

Fri Oct 26, 2018 

6 p m Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville
 
Sat Oct 27, 2018 

4pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Sun Oct 28, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Trinity Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville, NY

1pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Tue Oct 30, 2018 

5pm CPR class with EMT Aidan O'Conner 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Wed Oct 31, 2018 

5pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville
 
6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville 
 
Happy Halloween


 
 
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