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Town of Rensselaerville Newsletter

July 2018

DRAFT MINUTES
THE TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE TOWN BOARD
REGULAR MEETING
JUNE 14, 2018
7:00 PM
 
The Regular Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville was held on the 14th day of June 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, Assessor Kathryn Wank, and five interested citizens. 
 
AUDIENCE COMMENTS
 
1. Kathryn Wank wished to publicly thank and acknowledge Victoria Kraker for her work on the gardens at Town Hall and the Veteran’s Ring of Honor.
 
2. Valentina Pochilko of County Route 354 stated that she had been complaining for over a year about a hazardous situation on an abandoned property adjacent to hers. The property is laden with what appears to be over a hundred tires and a propane tank.  She is concerned about mosquitos and fire.  About a year ago, the owner was asked to clean the property up.  They did take some things away but never returned. Ms. Pochilko had written a letter to Code Enforcement Officer Overbaugh and followed up with “before and after” pictures.
 
Councilman Rauf suggested meeting with Supervisor Pfleging to discuss the matter further. 
 
MICHAEL SIKULE ON BEHALF OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES
 
Michael Sikule, who serves on the Tri-County Services/Catholic Charities Board wished to make citizens aware of all the services which Catholic Charities provides. Catholic Charities/Tri-County Services operates 5 food and outreach centers in the Capital District area; the Hilltowns Community Resource Center is one of them. The Hilltowns Community Resource Center, located in Westerlo and run by Marybeth Peterson and assistant Misty Schafer, has served the communities of Berne, Knox, Westerlo, and Rensselaerville since 1981 and currently serves over 550 families in the Hilltowns. The Resource Center provides information, referral, advocacy and case management services; food pantry; Holiday assistance providing food, clothing, and toys for children and families at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas; back-to-school projects that include clothing and school supplies; emergency assistance to individuals and families experiencing a crisis; and is a satellite office for Albany County Food Stamps in-take. The Resource Center also does luncheons for the “shut-ins” in the winter.
 
Catholic Charities know that people’s struggles are real and hunger is most often a symptom of a larger issue such as no transportation to get to work, a past due heating bill, or needing back-to-school clothes for growing children.  It is their goal to see that no person goes hungry with a larger hope to strengthen their lives and our communities.
 
Donations are much appreciated as are volunteers.
 
MINUTES    
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the April 12, 2018 – Regular Meeting; 2nd by Councilman Dolce. 
Motion carried: Ayes (4) Pfleging, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Abstains (1) Cooke
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the May 8, 2018 Work Meeting; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
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 May 10, 2018 Regular Meeting; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Pfleging, Cooke, and Rauf; Nays (0); Abstains (2) Dolce and Sedlmeir
 
TRANSFERS
 
None
 
ABSTRACTS/VOUCHERS
 
General Fund              $33,106.65
Highway Fund               17,474.11
Lighting District                  698.88
Sewer Fund                       957.09
Water Fund                       499.16
T&A Fund                       6,134.04
Total Abstracts            $58,869.93
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to pay all signed vouchers and bills; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
CORRESPONDENCE 
 
Supervisor Pfleging announced that he had received donations from Peter & Deborah McMillan and Ruth Winnie for the Bayard Elsbree Memorial Park.
 
REPORTS
 
SUPERVISOR
 
1. Supervisor Pfleging announced that the EMT-D and ALS agreements had been received, signed and returned to the Town. The EMT-D Program is $60,000/year and the ALS is $56,977.60/year for a total of $116,977.60.
 
2. Supervisor Pfleging and Bookkeeper/Clerk 1 attended a PERMA conference several weeks ago.
 
3. Supervisor Pfleging wished to thank everyone who attended the Town-Wide Picnic and all the volunteers as well.  The Albany County Sheriff’s Department was there; Cooksburg Lumber donated the sawdust and Richard Tollner provided DJ services.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Supervisor’s report; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
ATTORNEY
 
Attorney Fallati will address the Board later in the meeting.
 
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
 
1. The Highway Department continues their work repairing winter damage.
 
2. Moto-paving is due to begin on or about June 25th.
 
3. Reclamation projects are due to begin on or about July 23rd.
 
4. Next week, Superintendent Bates will be meeting with Peckham Bros. to discuss scheduling their work.
 
5. The fan blade broke on the grader and damaged the radiator but has since been repaired.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Dolce to accept the Highway Superintendent’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
 
 
TOWN CLERK
 
Town Clerk Kraker reported for the month of May as follows:
Town Clerk Department – Total Collected $6,362.49
Paid to the Supervisor - $6,098.57- the breakdown is as follows:
            Clerk Fees                $    62.08   
            Recycling                      225.00                     
            Dog Licenses                155.00                       
            Building Permits         4,806.49
            Title Searches               210.00  
            Planning                        350.00 
            Zoning                           290.00
            Total                         $ 6,098.57
 
Fees paid to NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets for the ‘Animal Population Control Program’ aka ‘dog surcharge’: $23.00
Electronic sweep from the Town Clerk’s checking account for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Sporting licenses: $240.92
 
Water Rents collected for the month totaled $1,200.16; which included $12.54 in penalties
Sewer Rents collected for the month totaled $2,701.22; which included $35.04 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
 
1. Supervisor Pfleging read a written report submitted by Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector Overbaugh as follows: one Home Replacement permit; two Commercial New Construction permits; four Accessory Building permits; one Renovation permit; one Pool permit; one Porch permit; one Septic permit; one Deck permit; and one Home Addition permit.
 
Approval of the report will be tabled due to an inconsistency in the numbers reported, compared to the numbers reported by the Town Clerk, possibly due to an error in the Building Department’s software program.
 
2. Supervisor Pfleging read a letter written by Mark Overbaugh announcing his resignation from his position as Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector effective June 30, 2018.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept Mark Overbaugh’s resignation as Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
 
 
 
ASSESSORS
 
1. Assessor Pine announced that Grievance Day was quiet and that the Final Roll is all set to go for July 1st.
 
2. Assessor Wank announced that she had completed 3 more courses in the field of assessing: Board of Assessment Review training, Agricultural Issues Facing Assessors, and a webinar on the Income Verification Program (IVP).
 
A motion was made by Councilman Dolce to accept the Assessor’s report; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
WATER/SEWER COMMITTEE
           
The Board had questioned the numbers which were reported for the month of April. Town Clerk Kraker received an explanation from Water/Sewer Operator John Rice noting that it could be due to seasonal inflow and/or that the pumps were running more than necessary.  Operator Rice has a call into someone to have the pumps checked and expects the numbers to be closer to normal in the future.
 
Town Clerk Kraker did not receive numbers for the month of May, but Water/Sewer Operator Rice reported that the Water Department was making good water and that the clear well was over 9 feet.  There is still an issue with the control panel at the Sewer Plant, and he has reached out again for someone to address the issue.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Water/Sewer Committee’s report and explanation for the month of April.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Cooke.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
Since no numbers were provided for the month of May, approval of the May report will be tabled.
 
REFUSE/RECYCLING
 
1. Recycling Coordinator Whitbeck reported the following for the month of May as follows:
 
            Rensselaer Iron & Steel: 9.89 tons
            City of Albany Landfill: 86.69 tons
            Sierra Fibers: 5.07 tons comingled and 6.94 tons old cardboard containers 
            Oil: 100 gallons
            Tires: 69
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Recycling Coordinator’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
 
 
RENSSELAERVILLE LIBRARY
 
Janet Acker, representing the Rensselaerville Library, reported the following: 

The Library has put out Requests for Quotes for repairing a stone retaining wall and repairing/replacing an existing patio, both of which are behind the Library and accessed via Bennett Lane.
  June 16th is the 3rd Annual Rensselaerville Ramble; a joint effort between the Library and the Huyck Preserve. 130 people are expected.
  The summer reading program begins on June 16th
  A number of reading programs for kids are coming up soon as well.
  Summer movies start on June 27th
 On June 6th Jonathan Donald will be coming to talk about his book.
 Emileigh Tanner, a local, will be speaking on July 13th about Living a Life of Balance
  July 17th – Eileen DePaula will be speaking on pet care
  July 27th – Author Reading - Eileen Benedict will be coming to speak about her book
 Wednesdays at 4:30 is Story Time
  August 4th is the 2nd Annual Midway to Mardi Gras fundraiser
 
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
 
1. The Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Company will host a Father’s Day Breakfast from 8-11am.
 
2. Supervisor Pfleging wished to congratulate parents of upcoming graduates.
 
3. Supervisor Pfleging announced that Kathryn Sikule is hosting a “Solar Insights” brunch event on June 24th from 10 am to noon at 26 Fox Creek Road.
 
OLD BUSINESS
 
1.  Five citizens had submitted letters showing their interest in serving on the Solar Committee.  Councilman Dolce recommended that John Mormile and Richard Tollner be selected to serve on the Committee. It is the consensus of the Board that Mr. Mormile and Mr. Tollner be selected.  The Board expressed their appreciation to the others who showed interest in serving the Town and thank-you notes will be sent in that regard.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to appoint John Mormile and Richard Tollner to the Town of Rensselaerville Solar Committee.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
2. Attorney Fallati read the Resolution for Local Law No. 3 of 2018 incorporating the correction of the typographical error in paragraph 8 as follows:
 
 
RESOLUTION OF THE
TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE
TOWN BOARD
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Board has been advised that certain Town Highways suffer damage by the operation of certain trucks and similar vehicles of heavy weight during the thawing season and at other times of the year; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town, pursuant to Section 130(7) of the Town Law and Sections 1603(e) and 1660(a)(11) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, may enact a local law temporarily restricting the weight of vehicles traveling on Town Highways; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Board has prepared the attached proposed Local Law to permit the imposition of temporary weight restrictions by the Highway Superintendent; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Board conducted a Public Hearing on the attached proposed Local Law No. 3 of 2018 at the Town Hall on June 14, 2018 at 6:45 pm;
 
            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the duly convened Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville, that the attached Local Law No. 3 of 2018, which is incorporated herein, be and hereby is enacted.
 
            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 14th day of June 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. Councilman Rauf noted that it was brought to his attention that the motion he made at the Regular Meeting in May regarding the revamping of the sidewalks in Preston Hollow lacked some specificity. He wished to note that the $12,000 did not include labor cost which Superintendent Bates estimated would be about $7,500.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to rescind the motion to authorize the Highway Department to perform the repairs on the sidewalk with a budget not to exceed $12,000. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Cooke.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to authorize the Highway Department to repair the existing sidewalk from the Tri-Village Fire Company to the end of Brookside cemetery along State Route 145.  The sidewalk shall be repaired and repaved to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and also to the specifications of the Highway Superintendent. The cost of materials shall not exceed $12,000.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
4. Supervisor Pfleging announced that thus far no letters of interest in the Planning Board/Zoning Board Clerk position had been received. Supervisor Pfleging will reach out to Debra Baxter, who currently serves as the Assessor’s Clerk and the Code Enforcement/Building Inspector’s Clerk.  In the alternative, he will reach out to neighboring towns for assistance with the search.
 
5. Weston & Sampson Engineering is drafting a letter which will be submitted to the Department of Environmental Conservation following its approval by the Town Board. They would also like to locate the end of the pipe in the lake so that when the diver and the CCTVs are on site, the pipe can be plugged in a timely fashion. 
 
The pool area will need to be drained prior to the CCTV work as well.  Superintendent Bates noted that the beaver dam is abandoned and must be removed as a matter of maintenance. A permit from the Department of Environmental Conservation will be needed to bring in a small excavator via County Route 353 to perform the work. Supervisor Pfleging has been in contact with Adam Caprio from the Huyck Preserve in an effort to see if the Preserve would be willing to obtain a sub-contractor to perform said work. In the meantime, Supervisor Pfleging will move forward with acquiring the necessary permit from DEC.
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
1. Supervisor Pfleging read the Resolution to renew the Highway Superintendent’s 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 September 30, 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 John Dolce 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 14th day of June 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
 
2. Supervisor Pfleging announced that during the recent PERMA conference he and Linda McCormick attended, he learned that the Town will be mandated to provide cancer coverage through NYS Worker’s Compensation for members of the Town’s fire companies. It is called the New York State Firefighter Cancer Benefit Program and is a New York State, unfunded mandate, which will commence on January 1, 2019. Eligible volunteer firefighters are covered under the NYS Firefighter Cancer Plan provided that the volunteer has served at least 5 years as an interior firefighter as evidenced by passage of the mask fit test which is required of all volunteer firefighters with an interior firefighter rating; and upon entrance into the volunteer service, the volunteer firefighter successfully passed an exam which did not reveal any evidence of cancers. It will cost approximately $250/qualified firefighter, regardless of whether the 5-year service was forty years ago or 5 years ago – as long as the individual is still an active member.
 
3. Discussion was had regarding the mowing of the parks. Attorney Fallati offered an option that the Board rescind the contract, send a notice of such to the current contractor, and then re-bid the contract. It would be a lengthy process to obtain another contractor, and despite the breach of contract, the Board elected to continue with the current contractor for the remainder of the year.
 
4. Supervisor Pfleging read the resignation letter submitted by Gerritt Platel as Deputy Water/Sewer Operator.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the resignation of Deputy Water/Sewer Operator Gerritt Platel; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
5. Councilwoman Cooke advised the Board that a special meeting should be held to discuss how to move forward with the resignation of Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector Mark Overbaugh.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to hold a Special Meeting on June 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm for the purpose of discussing how to move forward with the Code Enforcement/Building Inspector position.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
AUDIENCE COMMENTS
 
1. Jeff Pine offered his thoughts on Mark Overbaugh’s resignation and feels his resignation is a loss for the Town. Mr. Pine, currently a code enforcement officer for the Town of New Scotland, offered his assistance with any upcoming interviews.
 
2. Gerald Wood believes that the intersection of State Route 145 & 81 is a prime location for a Cumberland Farms or Speedway. Supervisor Pfleging noted that he had placed a call into Stewarts, but has not heard back from them. Mr. Wood offered to work with Supervisor Pfleging in this endeavor.
 
Councilman Rauf suggested offering a PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) program as an incentive to bring business into the Town.
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 pm; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
 
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED;
Victoria H. Kraker
Town Clerk
 
 
 
 


 

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER

BUILDING INSPECTOR/ZONING OFFICER

 

The Town of Rensselaerville is seeking letters of interest to fill the position of

Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector/Zoning Officer

 

A complete job description is available upon request at Town Hall; by contacting the Town Clerk’s Office at (518) 239-4225/797-3798; via email at: townclerk@rensselaerville.com; or by written request to: Town Clerk, Town of Rensselaerville, 87 Barger Road, Medusa, NY 12120

 

Please include resume and list of qualifications with your letter of interest.

 

Letters of interest should be addressed to the Town of Rensselaerville Town Clerk

87 Barger Road, Medusa, NY 12120;

and must be submitted no later than July 9, 2018.



 

 


 

 
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 Historical Society
 
Rensselaerville Historical Society owns a historic grist mill located on Main Street in the hamlet of Rensselaerville, where Ten Mile Creek crosses under the bridge.

Grist Mill Tours
July & August, 1-3 Sundays and Wednesdays July- Mid October 11-2
 
Questions about the history of the Town of Rensselaerville or family genealogy you can find researchers Joyce Chase and Rose Kuhar at the mill on Wednesdays, or email them at Rensselaervillehistoricalsoc@gmail.com
 
ART SHOW
Rensselaerville artist past and present will be part of this year’s art show at the Grist Mill. About 20 artists using a variety of media including photography, oil and water colors, wood carvings, and junk medal sculpture will be on display at our third art show sponsored by the Rensselaerville historical Society. Stop in see what your neighbors have created.  All are welcome!
Opening Reception – Friday, July 20 7:00-8:30
Saturdays and Sundays – July 21-22, 28-29 1:00-3:00 and Wednesday July 25 11:00-2:00
 
Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting of the Rensselaerville Historical Society will be Saturday, August 18, at the Rensselaerville Firehouse. The public is welcome to come to all or part of the evening.
5:00 Annual Meeting
6:00 Pot Luck Dinner – Bring a dish to share
7:00 Program – Join local Author Jerry Finin as he shares his newly published book– A GOOD AND NOBLE THING –The Pioneering Life and Service of Anna Ward Perkins    
 
New items for sale at the Mill
BOOK -  4th Edition of Old Rensselaerville has just been reprinted -$25
Biography - By Gerard A/ Finin – A GOOD AND NOBLE THING –The Pioneering Life and Service of Anna Ward Perkins $25
PHOTO -Historic 1877 photography of Village of Rensselaerville 7 ¾” tall X 20 ½ “long $20
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


It's more than just farm fresh goods from local farmers but we’re also having the following; crafters, wood builders, sampling of homemade beverages and farm fresh cooked food, along with live music, items that are repurposed, vintage items, special guests, how to's, SPECIAL Events, artists, competitions, people that are selling salvage wood and more. Hence why I like to call it a Farmers open market. The market is every Sunday in August and September, cultivating into a Harvest Festival Celebration, the first Saturday night in October. There is still room for Vendors, please call 518.595.8109 The Market takes place behind Star Plaza, Rt.155 and Western Avenue, Guilderland NY




 
Rensselaerville Library

July
3 – 6:30pm – Family Program: Playing with slime is a great sensory and relaxation activity - and an excellent way to explore scientific concepts of states of matter. We do not use borax in our slimes - these activities are safe for a variety of ages, and fun for everyone from toddlers through adults!
4 – The Library is Closed. Have a Safe and Happy July 4th.
6 – 7:00pm – Author Talk – Jonathan Donald discusses two of his books. In addition to his books, Donald has produced 200 documentary and dramatic programs on conservation, nature and a variety of people and countries.
10 – 6:30pm – Family Program: Kinetic sticks and chain reactions, STEM concepts of gravity, force, and momentum are the focus as kids set up a course of ramps, pendulums, and hammers for a ball to reach a goal box. Using Kinetic Sticks, create a chain reaction!
10 – 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
11 – 4:30pm – StoryTime @ Lake Myosotis picnic area: stories, music and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This early literacy program is aimed at developing and reinforcing the skills that children need to be successful learners.  Bad weather we will meet in the Library.
11 – 6pm – Music Make and Play Tubaphones: Kids make your own Tubaphones from 6 to 6:30pm. Community members are invited to come and share their music with kids and other community members. Everyone is welcome to come on down to the craft room for a relaxing evening of sharing music and fellowship! 
13 – 7pm – Living a Life of Balance: Ayurveda 101 with Emileigh Tanner. Ayurveda is a time-honored health and healing system providing tools to balance one’s mind. Come learn more about this ancient medical system.
17 – 6:30pm – Pet Care with Eileen DePaula: Do have a pet? Hope to get one? Come meet some pets and learn how to care for them! Eileen DePaula is from Cornell Cooperative Extension 4H program.
17 – 7pm – Library Board of Trustees Meeting – public welcome
18 – 10am – Kid’s Movie Morning - Early Man: Rated: PG, Length: 1:29, Description: Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hog nob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
18 – 4:30pm – StoryTime: stories, music and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This early literacy program is aimed at developing and reinforcing the skills that children need to be successful learners.
18 – 6pm – Music Make & Play Percussion Kids make your own Percussion from 6 to 6:30pm. Community members are invited to come and share their music with kids and other community members. Everyone is welcome to come on down to the craft room for a relaxing evening of sharing music and fellowship!
24 – 6:30pm – Family Program: What is Geology? What is a mineral? How are rocks formed? What about crystals? Find out - and have some fun while you learn!
24 – 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
25 – 4:30pm – StoryTime  @ Lake Myosotis picnic area: stories, music and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This early literacy program is aimed at developing and reinforcing the skills that children need to be successful learners.  Bad weather we will meet in the Library.
25 – 6pm – Music Make & Play Rainsticks: Kids make your own Rainsticks from 6 to 6:30pm. Community members are invited to come and share their music with kids and other community members. Everyone is welcome to come on down to the craft room for a relaxing evening of sharing music and fellowship!
26 – 6:30pm – Adult Movie Night - Love, Simon: Rated: PG-13, Length: 1:50, Description: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
27 – 7:00pm – Author Talk – Helen Benedict discusses her new book Wolf Season set locally.
31 – 6:30pm – Family Program Papercrafts: There are all sorts of three dimensional model templates available - from the simple to the extremely complex. Want to make a scary mask? A cute animal? Decorations? Anime figures? Find out where you can get free templates, and try your hand at construction.
 
 
August
1 – 3:30pm – Family Program: Pig Out on Reading with Daisy and Farmer Minor. The famous pot belly pig Daisy will be visiting the Library to share her favorite books. Make sure to bring a camera for a photo.
1 – 5:30pm – Music: Community members are invited to come and share their music with kids and other community members. Everyone is welcome to come on down to the craft room for a relaxing evening of sharing music and fellowship!
4 – Summer Reading Program ends – Be sure to stop in and collect your books.
4 – 6-10pm – Midway to Mardi Gras fundraiser: A Main Street Block Party for all ages with parade, music, pig roast and buffet. Ticket prices and more information can be found at www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/mardi-gras.html
7 – 6:30pm – Family Program: Paper Mache is fun and easy to do! Get creative with newspaper, flour, and water! What will you make?
7 – 7:00pm – Working at NASA: Dr. Kathleen Fontaine. Dr. Fontaine will discuss what it is really like to work at NASA and what it is like to be a woman working in the sciences. She worked for NASA for over 25 years and is now an Adjunct Professor at RPI.
8 – 4:30pm – StoryTime: stories, music and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This early literacy program is aimed at developing and reinforcing the skills that children need to be successful learners.
8 – 5:30pm – Kids Read with Lefty, the TDI Therapy Dog, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Children choose what they would like to read to Lefty. These programs have been found to improve children's self-esteem, and increase their enjoyment of and interest in reading.
8 – 6:30pm – Music Make & Take Maracas: Kids make your own Maracas from 6 to 6:30pm. Community members are invited to come and share their music with kids and other community members. Everyone is welcome to come on down to the craft room for a relaxing evening of sharing music and fellowship!
14 – 6:30pm – Family Program Robots: Does your child like Robots? These three 'code and go' kits help kids to learn about how robots and coding work - and have a lot of fun doing it!
14– 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
15 – 10am – Kid’s Movie Morning – Turtle Tale: Rated: PG, Length: 1:34, Description: Inspired by events that took place at the George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo, Florida - the story of JR the OWL as witnessed and told by the nature park's first inhabitants, 'THE TURTLES'. The turtles, HANK, RAFI and GOLIATH, and their community live in a beautiful pond with nice clean water, lots of food and are witnesses to all the events of the park as they get ready for another busy summer camp season, never suspecting what is about to happen at the park and to themselves.
15 – 4:30pm – StoryTime @ Lake Myosotis picnic area: stories, music and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This early literacy program is aimed at developing and reinforcing the skills that children need to be successful learners. Bad weather we will meet in the Library.
15 – 6pm – Music Make & Play Kalimbas: Kids make your own Kalimbas from 6 to 6:30pm. Community members are invited to come and share their music with kids and other community members. Everyone is welcome to come on down to the craft room for a relaxing evening of sharing music and fellowship!
21 – 6:30pm – Family Program: Build and play with KEVA planks! KEVA Planks let you tap into your inner artist, architect, inventor, engineer while having fun! Come build and explore!
21 – 7pm – Library Board of Trustees Meeting – public welcome
22 – 4:30pm – StoryTime: stories, music and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This early literacy program is aimed at developing and reinforcing the skills that children need to be successful learners.
22 – 6pm – Music Make & Play Pan Pipes: Kids make your own Pan Pipes from 6 to 6:30pm. Community members are invited to come and share their music with kids and other community members. Everyone is welcome to come on down to the craft room for a relaxing evening of sharing music and fellowship!
28 – 6:30pm – Family Program: Play one of our board games - or make your own!
28– 7pm – Poetry Group – Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
29 – 4:30pm – StoryTime @ Lake Myosotis picnic area: stories, music and movement activities for parents/caregivers and children. This early literacy program is aimed at developing and reinforcing the skills that children need to be successful learners. Bad weather we will meet in the Library.
29 – 6pm – Music Make & Play Whistle: Kids make your own Whistle from 6 to 6:30pm. Community members are invited to come and share their music with kids and other community members. Everyone is welcome to come on down to the craft room for a relaxing evening of sharing music and fellowship!
30 – 6:30pm – Adult Movie Night - Lady Bird: Rated: R, Length: 1:34, Description: In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.
 
 
Middleburgh  Library

7/2, 9, 16, 23, 30  - 1:00 - 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.
 
7/3, 10, 17, 24, 31  - 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. 
 
7/4 - Happy 4th of July - The library is closed to observe the holiday. 
 
7/7 - 3:00-10:00 PM - Board Games for Adults- Come and join the fun.
 
7/9 - 6:30 PM - Board of Trustees Meeting - All are welcome
 
7/17 - 7:00 PM - Book Discussion - Book to be determined.
 
7/29 - 4:00 PM - Concert - David Roth - David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for three decades.      
A $10.00 donation is suggested.  Tickets are available at the door. Please use back entrance.

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.
 
 
It's time for Summer Reading Programs - Come Join the Fun  *******  "Libraries Rock"
 
FAMILY PROGRAMS
 
7/3 - 1:00 PM - Family Film - "Mary & the Witch's Flower" - (PG) - From Academy Award nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of When Marnie Was There and key animator on Spirited Away, comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl who discovers a flower that grants her magical powers – but only for one night.  No registration required.  Free popcorn!
 
7/13 - 5:30 PM - Libraries Rock - Family Dinner & a Movie - "Sing" (PG) - Come enjoy a fun meal with friends as we enjoy the movie Sing!  The library will provide pizza and drinks and you bring a dessert or snack to share. This program is part of our Libraries Rock!Summer Reading Program and is for kids going into kindergarten on up and their families.  Registration is required.
 
7/21 - 11:30 AM - Libraries Rock - Family Film - "E.T." Beat the heat and join us for "E.T". We will provide drinks and snacks. Bring your lunch if you'd like and relax and enjoy this favorite family movie!
 
7/23 - Libraries Rock - Family Sing-Along Movie Party - "Moana" (G) - Here's your chance to burst into song in the library!  Belt out your favorite songs from Moana and enjoy bags filled with props and treats to interact with the movie. Beach attire encouraged!  This program is part of our Libraries Rock!Summer Reading Program and is for kids going into kindergarten on up and their families.  Registration is required. 
 
7/27 - 1:00 PM - Families Making Music - Come make music with us as we make and create our own musical instruments out of new and recycled materials! We'll have stations set up for different instruments and in the end, we can all try them out and see how much noise we can make!! This program is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and is appropriate for kids ages 3 and up and their families.  Registration is required. 
 
7/27 - 6:00 PM - Family Dance at the Dr. Best House - Put on your dancing shoes because Paul Rosenberg and Homespun Occasions are coming to  Middleburgh to lead a fun-filled family dance party on the lawn (or barn if it rains!) at the Dr. Best House.  Circle dances, squares, line dances and play-party/singing games from the US and around the world will be taught.  We'll also learn about the varied traditional instruments and music being played.  Fun for young and old!  This program is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and is for all ages.  Registration issuggested. 
 
KIDS PROGRAMS
 
7/3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - 1045 AM - Libraries Rock! 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.
 
7/11 - 11:00 AM - Libraries Rock - Musical Movie time - Bring your little one to a special showing of short musical movies that they can sing-along to.  We'll start by reading (or singing) a book or two, and then watch our film.  Snacks will be provided.  This program is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and is for kids in preschool through 1st grade.  Registration is required.
 
7/12 - 1:00 PM - Libraries Rock!  DIY Wind Chimes - Summer is the perfect time to listen to the sound of wind chimes!  We'll make our own out of new and recycled material.  This program is part of our Libraries Rock!summer reading program and is for kids going into grade 2-5. Registration is required.
 
7/16 - 7:00 PM - Libraries Rock!  Nature Tunes & Tales with George Steele - Gather around a campfire circle out in back of the library for this group participatory, theater-in-the-round session of songs, stories and activities that will have you singing, moving and laughing as you learn about plants, animals and the environment that we all depend on.  Please bring blankets to sit on.  This event is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and is appropriate for all ages.  Registration is required.
 
7/17, 18, 24, 25 , 26- 4:00 PM - Libraries Rock! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Immersion Camp - We are partnering with Signum University to offer our first fantasy immersion camp as we read and study Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling.  If you've already read the book - great.  If you haven't grab yourself a copy!  You'll read the book at home and participant in interactive discussions about what you've read online with professors from the University.  We'll meet three times a week and talk about the book and participate in some fun, creative activities.  This will be a great way to delve deeper into one of our favorite fantasy novels.  This program is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and is for kids going into grade 5 - 8.  Registration is required.
 
7/18 -11:00 AM =  Libraries Rock!   Storytime Cooking Tacos - Join Miss Doreen and Miss Rebecca as we have a fun storytime filled with stories, singing, dancing, and cooking! We'll be reading lots of fun books and making delicious tacos! 
This program is part of our Libraries Rock! summer reading program and is for kids going into grade Preschool-1st.  Registration is required.
 
7/18 - 1:00 PM - Libraries Rock - Juggling 101 - Tim Tilstra, the cup stacking guy, is back with an introduction to juggling.  He will go over the basics of juggling with one, then two and ultimately three objects.  Are you up for the challenge?  This program is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading program and is for kids going into grade 2 and up.  Registration is required. 
 
7/19 - 2:00 PM - Super Taco Bar - Join us as we prepare a super taco bar! You will dice, tear, slice, cut, mix and shake things up as we prepare a taco bar and then eat up our hard work!
This program is part of our Libraries Rock! summer reading program and is for kids going into grade 2nd-5th.  Registration is required.
 
7/25 - 1:00 PM - Libraries Rock - Terrific Turtles - Join the Children's Museum of Science and Technology and meet a turtle from CMOST’s living collection. Learn about turtle habitats and make an art project to take home.  This program is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and is for kids going into kindergarten through 2nd grade.  Registration is required.
 
7/25 - 2:30 PM - Libraries Rock - Rocks Rock - With the help of educators from the Children's Museum of Science and Technology, children will learn about rock classification (igneous, sedimentary & metamorphic) in the context of the rock cycle. They will have the opportunity to handle rock samples and learn how these rocks are used. For added fun, each child will receive a geode to keep and break open at home.  Students use real scientific tests to identify rocks.  This program is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and is for kids going into grades 3-5.  Registration is required.
 
7/26 - 1:00 PM - Hooting it up with Owls - This event is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and is appropriate for kids going into 2nd grade through 5th grade.  Registration is required.
 
 
TEEN PROGRAMS
 
7/11, 18, 25,  - 2:00-3:00 PM - Teem Maker Wednesday - Create, Make and Explore at Makerspace in the Village. Join us in the tech room every Wednesday starting July 11 through August 15 from 2:30 - 3:30.
* Take note there will not be a Makerspace held on August 8th,
This program is part of our Summer Reading Program, Libraries Rock and is appropriate for teens.  Registration is required.
 
7/19 - 5:30 - Teen Interactive Movie Night:  "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone" - You may have seen the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone before, but you've never seen it quite like this--with props and prompts to let you interact with the story along with the rest of the audience! All supplies will be provided. Costumes, wands, and wizarding attire encouraged!  Pizza and drinks will be served before the movie starts.  This program is part of our Libraries RockSummer Reading Program and is for kids going into 6th grade and up.  Registration is required. 
 
7/24, 26 - 1:00 PM - Handmade Journal - Come join the fun in creating a one-of-a-kind journal for personal use or as a very special gift.  In this two part class you will learn to make a handmade journal/scrapbook/sketchbook.  You will be creating the cover papers using several surface treated paper techniques.  The pages will be bound using the Japanese Stab binding method.  The pages and covers will be embellished using various materials such as stickers, beads and decorative punches and papers.  Registration required.  This program is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and is for kids going into grade 6 and up.
 
7/30 - 5:00-6:30 PM - Libraries Rock - Board Games for Teens - Join us for pizza and board games. We'll have Castle Panic, Forbidden Island and others
 

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.
 
 

COMMUNITY EVENTS   for July – August 2018

by William Moore

 

 

July 10 – Senior’s meeting at Rensselaerville Fire House 12 noon.

 

August 4 – Annual Medusa Village-Wide Garage Sales Day. To have a sale please

                 contact Bill Moore @ 518-239-4843, or whmoore44@yahoo.com, or @

                 11 CR 351. Museum of Medusa History will be open.

 

August 7 – Senior Raffle Tickets & money must be turned in by this date.

 

August 14 – Senior’s Picnic at Westerlo Town Park.

 

 

Rensselaerville Community Calendar 

 
Sun Jul 1, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Presbyterian Church Services 
Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church, 1454 Co Rd 351

11am Trinity Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville 

12pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville 

Wed Jul 4, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville 

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

Sun Jul 8, 2018 .

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Presbyterian Church Services 
Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church, 1454 Co Rd 351, Rensselaerville 

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

12pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville

Tue Jul 10, 2018  

12pm Rensselaerville Seniors Meeting 
Seniors meeting will be held at the Rensselaerville Fire House . 

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

Wed Jul 11, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville

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

Thu Jul 12, 2018 

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

Sun Jul 15, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Presbyterian Church Services 
Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church, 1454 Co Rd 351

11am Trinity Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville

12pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaervill

Mon Jul 16, 2018 

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. (NO AUGUST AND DECEMBER)  

Wed Jul 18, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville 

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

Fri Jul 20, 2018 

7pm Conkling Cafe' Open Mic 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, RensselaervilleAn 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. 
 
Sun Jul 22, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Presbyterian Church Services 
Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church, 1454 Co Rd 351, Rensselaerville 

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

12pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville

Wed Jul 25, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville 

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

Sun Jul 29, 2018 

10am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Presbyterian Church Services 
Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church, 1454 Co Rd 351

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

12pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville
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