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Town of Rensselaerville Newsletter

February 2019


 

DRAFT

MINUTES 

THE TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE TOWN BOARD

REGULAR MEETING

JANUARY 10, 2019

7:00 PM

 

The Regular Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville was held on the 10th day of January 2019 at 7 o’clock in the evening at the Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa, NY.  The meeting was convened by Supervisor John Dolce and the roll was called with the following results:

 

            PRESENT WERE:     Attorney Thomas Fallati

                                                Supervisor John Dolce

                                                Councilwoman Marion Cooke

                                                Councilman Jason Rauf

                                                Councilwoman Margaret Sedlmeir

                                                Councilman Brian Wood

                                                Town Clerk Victoria H. Kraker

 

            Also present were Highway Superintendent Randy Bates, Recycling Coordinator Jon Whitbeck, Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector Ed Lawson, Assessors Donna Kropp and Kathy Wank, and eight interested citizens.

 

BRENT THOMPSON

 

Brent Thompson gave the Board an update on the status of the Park Police Training Academy which, last year, constructed a shooting range.  An Article 78 proceeding was brought against them and they were subsequently shut down due to non-compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act. The Park Police settled just before going to Court, agreeing to: 1.They would not shoot at the range; 2. If they wished to re-open the range, they would do a full environmental impact statement and incorporate a Public Hearing, and; 3. They would notify the plaintiff’s lawyer if they chose to move forward. They have since been under scrutiny for having begun shooting again for the purpose of noise testing – an alleged violation of the agreement, and they have ceased shooting. Mr. Thompson is pretty certain they are going forward with a new environmental impact statement in an effort to re-open the range. Mr. Thompson encouraged the Board to contact the Park’s attorney and ask that the Town be kept up to date on the status of the Environmental Impact Statement and request that the Public Hearing be held in the Town of Rensselaerville as opposed to Saratoga.

 

MINUTES    

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to approve the minutes of the December 7, 2018 – Emergency Meeting; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Cooke, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Abstain (2) Rauf and Wood

 

A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the December 11, 2018 – Work Meeting; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (4) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Abstain (1) Wood

 

A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the December 12, 2018 – Emergency Meeting, adding that Attorney Fallati was also present. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (4) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Abstain (1) Wood

 

A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the December 13, 2018 - Regular Meeting; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Abstain (2) Cooke and Wood

 

TRANSFERS

 

None

 

ABSTRACTS/VOUCHERS

 

General Fund                        $  33,147.72

Highway Fund                        104,314.06

Fire Protection Fund                 29,100.00

Lighting District                             685.18

Sewer Fund                                  1,705.40         

Water Fund                                     305.91    

T&A Fund                                       825.17 

Total Abstracts                       $170,083.44

 

A motion was made by Councilman Wood to pay all signed vouchers and bills; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

CORRESPONDENCE

 

None
 

REPORTS

 

 

SUPERVISOR

 

1. Supervisor Dolce will meet with Marshall & Sterling to go over the details of Town’s insurance policy.

 

2. The firefighter’s cancer coverage will be fine-tuned.

 

3. The Solid Waste contract has been received and will be presented at the February meeting.

 

4. Supervisor Dolce wished to thank everyone who has helped in his transition over the course of the past several weeks.

 

5. Supervisor Dolce also wished to thank Dan Benvenuto for assisting Jon Whitbeck at the Recycling Center the day the compactor broke down.

 

6. Supervisor Dolce will have office hours from 9:00 am to noon on Mondays and will be available other times as well, by appointment.

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept the Supervisor’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

ATTORNEY

 

1. Attorney Fallati reported that all the paperwork has been finalized for the transfer of the Rensselaerville Volunteer Ambulance. The deed has been submitted to the Albany County Clerk’s Office and the funds will be submitted to the Town.

 

2. Marshall & Sterling Insurance Co. has submitted a ‘Reservation of Rights’ letter which acknowledges the alleged loss of funds from the Town. Attorney Fallati noted that the supplementary accounting fees as a result of the loss may be requested in addition to the amount of lost funds. The Town also reserves the right to supplement the claim in the event that additional losses are discovered. Tabner, Ryan & Keniry will not be charging any additional fees for their services.

 

A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to authorize Attorney Fallati to contact the State Comptroller’s office to request a full audit of the Town’s books; 2nd by Councilman Wood.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to authorize Attorney Fallati to submit any additional information and/or documentation in support of the Town’s pending insurance claim.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Rauf.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Attorney’s report; 2nd by Supervisor Dolce.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

 

1. Superintendent Bates reported that almost half the winter season is over; the equipment is ready to go and the salt shed is full.

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept the Highway Superintendent’s report; 2nd by Councilman Wood.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

TOWN CLERK

 

Town Clerk Kraker reported for the month of December as follows:

Town Clerk Department – Total Collected $497.00

Paid to the Supervisor - $397.08 - the breakdown is as follows:

            Clerk Fees                    $ 48.08

            Recycling                        68.00                                

            Dog Licenses                  91.00                    

            Building Permits             50.00

            Title Searches               140.00

            Total                           $397.08

 

Fees paid to NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets for the ‘Animal Population Control Program’ aka ‘dog surcharge’: $13.00

Electronic sweep from the Town Clerk’s checking account for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Sporting licenses: $86.92

 

A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Town Clerk’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER/BUILDING INSPECTOR

 

Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector Lawson submitted reports for both November and December, noting that he had still been familiarizing himself with the software program, but has now worked through it.  His office continues to close out outstanding permits, issue Certificates of Occupancy and archive records.

 

For the month of November Officer Lawson reported three New Accessory Building permits; one New Home Construction Permit; and one Certificate of Occupancy.

 

For the month of December, one Deck permit was issued.

 

A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

ASSESSORS

 

1. Assessor Kropp reported that the Assessor’s Office has begun the process of preparing the 2019 Tax Roll. Letters for Enhanced Star, Senior Citizen, Disability and Agricultural exemptions have been mailed out. The deadline for submission is March 1st.

 

2. Assessor Kropp reminded everyone of the changes to the Enhanced Star program. A renewal form must be filled out, documentation of income for 2017 must be provided, and the IVP (Income Verification Program) form must be completed.  Anyone turning 65 at any point this year should come see the Assessor’s office before March 1st.

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept the Assessor’s report; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

WATER/SEWER COMMITTEE

           

Town Clerk Kraker read a written report submitted by John Rice, Water/Sewer Treatment Officer, as follows:

 

For the month of November:

The Water Treatment Plant filtered 465,700 gallons – a daily average of 15,523 gallons.

The Sewer Treatment Plant pumped 363,240 gallons – a daily average of 12,108 gallons.

 

For the month of December:

The Water Treatment Plant filtered 374,800 gallons - a daily average of 11,219 gallons.

The Sewer Treatment Plant pumped 219,600 gallons - a daily average of 7,804 gallons.

 

A motion was made by Supervisor Dolce to accept the Water/Sewer Committee’s written reports; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

REFUSE/RECYCLING

 

1. Recycling Coordinator Whitbeck reported the following for the month of December as follows:

 

            Rensselaer Iron & Steel: 2.42 tons

            City of Albany Landfill: 66.51 tons

            Sierra Fibers: 5.90 tons comingled and 6.22 tons old cardboard containers

            Oil:  23 gallons

            Tires: 26

 

Recycling Coordinator Whitbeck reported that the cost of the landfill is going up from $52 to $62 per ton.

 

2. Recycling Coordinator Whitbeck presented his annual report as follows:

 

            Rensselaer Iron & Steel: 66.34 tons

            City of Albany Landfill: 749.46 tons

            Sierra Fibers: 66.19 tons comingled and 76.44 tons old cardboard containers

Oil: 459 gallons  

Tires: 425

             

A motion was made by Councilman Wood to accept the Recycling Coordinator’s reports; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

RENSSELAERVILLE LIBRARY

 

Timothy Lippert, representing the Rensselaerville Library announced the following:

 

The Library raised $11,000 from their recent campaign

The Library has a new copier that will print in color

Wi-Fi is free on the street outside the Library during off-hours

February 2nd is the Winter Fest at the Huyck Preserve

February 5th is Chinese New Year

February 12th – the Poetry group meets

February 14th – the Writer’s group meets

 

A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Library report; 2nd by Councilman Wood.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

CURRENT EVENTS

 

 None

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

1. Councilman Rauf reported that the latest Solar Committee meetings had been postponed. The next meeting is scheduled for January 15th.

 

2. Supervisor Dolce reported that he does not have any updates from Weston & Sampson Engineering regarding the repair on the dam.  However, the Town did receive an updated Emergency Action Plan which was prepared by Weston & Sampson.

 

3. Discussion ensued over how to move forward with an accountant for the Town.

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to retain Pattison, Kosky, Howe, and Bucci, CPAs as the Town’s accountant contingent upon working out an approved contract. The motion was seconded by Councilman Rauf.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

1. A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to allow the Town of Westerlo Fire Department the use of the Youth/Senior bus for their annual banquet.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

2. Councilwoman Cooke will look into the requirements of the new sexual harassment training and will report at the next meeting.

 

3. Supervisor Dolce has reviewed the most recent investment policy which was last updated in 2010.

 

4. Cintas will be providing the Town with two eye-wash stations and three first-aid cabinets.  They will only stock the first-aid cabinets with the mandatory requirements under OSHA.

 

A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to authorize the Supervisor to order the necessary supplies from Cintas. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

5. A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to authorize the Town Clerk to advertise for a Zoning Board of Appeals member and to have letters of interest submitted by February 19, 2019.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

6. It has been the policy of the Town that any official/employee may attend the Association of Towns Annual Meeting, but it would be at his/her own expense.

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to authorize Councilman Wood to attend the New Official’s Training if it is available. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

7. A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to authorize Supervisor Dolce to sign the Warrants to collect Water and Sewer rents; 2nd by Councilwoman Cooke.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

8. A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to authorize Supervisor Dolce to sign the Shared Services Agreement between the Town of Rensselaerville and the Town of Westerlo for the bus and car.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

 9. A motion was made by Councilman Cooke to authorize Supervisor Dolce to sign the contracts between the Town of Rensselaerville and the three (3) Volunteer Fire Companies. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.

Motion carried: Ayes (4) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Abstains (1) Wood

 

10. Councilman Wood disclosed that he works for the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and that he would be abstaining from signing any contract or participating with any decisions or otherwise having to do with the Sheriff’s Department for the remainder of his term.

 

11. A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to authorize Supervisor Dolce to renew the lease agreement between the Town of Rensselaerville and the Town of Berne for the Municipal Dog Shelter.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

 

1. Marie Dermody questioned if not allowing Audience Comments at the beginning of the meetings would be a permanent change. Supervisor Dolce responded affirmatively.

 

2. Mrs. Dermody reminded the Board of the change that must be made to the Organizational Meeting minutes for seasonal highway workers.

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to clarify the rate of pay for a seasonal worker – whether it is summer seasonal or winter seasonal – is contingent upon whether the employee is a former Union worker. The motion was seconded by Councilman Rauf.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

3. Marie Dermody asked that Town Officers/Officials acknowledge receipt of any emails they receive.

 

4. At the budget workshops, Mrs. Dermody brought up the idea that all clerks should punch a time clock. Discussion ensued.

 

5. Suzanne Pine questioned why the Board chose a Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector from outside of the Town.  Supervisor Dolce responded by stating that the Board chose the individual they felt was best qualified to do the job.

6. Lynn Love wished to thank the Board for navigating through the difficulties of the past month. She stated that she supports the Board’s wishes to not change accountants at this time and noted that they are currently in a position to negotiate.

 EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

A motion was made by Supervisor Dolce to enter into Executive Session at 9:06 pm for the purpose of discussing possible litigation.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Rauf.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to return from Executive Session at 9:50 pm.  The motion was seconded by Supervisor Dolce.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 pm; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.

Motion carried: Ayes (5) Dolce, Cooke, Rauf, Sedlmeir and Wood; Nays (0)

 

 

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED;

Victoria H. Kraker

Town Clerk

“CABIN FEVER” POT-LUCK DINNER

 

Everyone is invited to a “Cabin Fever” Pot-Luck Dinner on Saturday, February 2nd, at 6PM, at Conkling Hall.

All are most welcome to bring a dish to share and BYOB.

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

 February & March 2019

 

by William Moore

 

 

February 12th – The Rensselaerville Seniors Club Lunch and Meeting at 12 noon

in Medusa Fire House --- has been Cancelled.

 

February 14th - Valentine’s Day

 

February 16th - Breakfast at Medusa Fire House from 7 to 11am.

 

March 2nd – 1st Spring & Easter Rummage Sale at Medusa Church from 9am – 3pm.

 

March 16th – 2nd Spring & Easter Rummage Sale from 8am to 12 noon, at Medusa Church.

Breakfast at Medusa Fire House from 7-11am.

 

The work on the Medusa Fire House Kitchen is almost completed, now the kitchen is being used.

 

 

 

Looking for Artists
 
The last two years the Rensselaerville Historical Society has hosted an Art Show for two weekends during the summer at the Historic Grist Mill on Main Street in Rensselaerville. We are again looking for artists who would like to display one or more pieces of their work. The Historical Society would like to have artists that represent the whole township including Preston Hollow, Medusa and Potters Hollow, Cooksburg as well as Rensselaerville.  Amateurs and professions are welcome plus we are looking for middle and high school students. The only requirement to participate is to live in the town of Rensselaerville now or sometime in the past. Relatives or friends are encouraged to honor artists who are no longer with us by submitting their work. All medium are welcome, last year we had paintings and sketches, carvings, needle work, large metal sculptures, photographs and more. This year’s show is tentatively plan to take place between mid July to mid August and will be open two weekends. Please share this information with Rensselaerville artists. We need contact information from all interested artists and later in the spring more details will follow. Please send artist name, email, telephone number and mailing address to the following email or post office address.

Rensselaervillesitoricalsoc@gmail.com 
Rensselaerville Historical Society
P.O. Box 8
Rensselaerville, NY 12147
 

 
Rensselaerville Library
 
Have you made a New Year’s Resolution? We can help you find books on exercising, new diets, getting organized, discovering a new hobby, finding a new job, etc. Come visit and let us help you achieve your goals.
Don’t forget to log your exercise on the Library Moon Walk web site.
 
February
2 – Winter Festival and Artisan Market – the Library will have a table at the Huyck Preserves event from 11-3pm
5 – Chinese New Year – the Year of the Pig. Learn more about this holiday and explore the art projects available.
12 – 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
14 – 7pm – Writing Group: Writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome.
19 – 7pm – Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees – public welcome, meeting is on the lower level.
26 – 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
27 – Is International Polar Bear Day. Learn more about polar bears and check out the art projects.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day we will have a variety of art projects downstairs in the activity room. Coloring books for adults can be found upstairs in the living room. Coloring is a great way to relax. Or visit the 700’s in nonfiction to discover other ways to get creative.
Stop in Friday nights at 6pm for our weekly movie. See the Schedule on the back. 
 
HOURS
Tuesday & Wednesday
10-12 and 3-9pm
Thursday & Friday
4-9pm
Saturday
9-1pm
Sunday & Monday
Closed
Survey
Have you completed our survey for a chance to win an Amazon gift card? CLICK HERE to participate. Or copy and paste https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHYV9L6
 
School Break
Looking for places to go?
We have museum passes for miSci, The Iroquois Indian Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art
 
 
Middleburgh Library

2/1 & 15 - 10:00-11:00 AM - Qigong with Debbie Krol - Tai Chi and Qigong, from China, is the cultivation of human energy.  Gentle slow movements, strengthen the body and calm the mind.  These practices have been used for agility, balance, cognition and longevity. Join us on

Fridays  10-11:00 am.  Suggested donation, $5.00.  Please use back entrance as the library is closed on Fridays.

2/1 & 15 - 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.

2/3 - 4:00 PM - Concert - Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen - "Steve and Cindy have hit on a combination that consistently produces high quality recordings and entertaining stage shows. Their voices and their styles meld seamlessly with a gentleness and a maturity that is unmatched in the world of folk duos."-- Matt Watroba, Sing Out Magazine
Tickets are available at the door.  A $10.00 donation is suggested.  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 through the Community Arts Grant Program by the Green County Council on the Arts.

2/5, 12, 19, 26 - 10:45 AM - Drop-in Storytime - This fun and interactive program is meant for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers, although older siblings are always welcome!  We read books, sing songs, play games, dance and watch a short movie based on a weekly theme.  No registration required.

2/5, 12, 19, 26 - 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.  
 
2/5, 12, 19, 26 - 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. 

2/6, 20 - 11:00 AM - Storytime with Miss Doreen - 
    2/6 -  "Valentine's Day is Coming"
    2/20 - "Outdoor Winter Fun"

2/6 - 1:00 PM - Wednesday Matinee - "First Man"  (PG-13) - A Biopic on the life of the legendary American Astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969, on his journey to becoming the first human to walk the moon. Exploring the sacrifices and costs on the Nation and Neil himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel.   Starring Ryan Gosling.  No registration required.  Free popcorn!

2/6, 13, 20, 27 - 3:30-4:30 PM - Teen Depot - Come hang out with us at the Teen Depot. We will have crafts, board games, video games, and snacks. Bring your own board games, crafts and Phones, Tablets, Swithes, laptops and any other devices you want.  This program will be held every Wednesday from 3:30 4:30 and is for kids 12 and up.   Registration is not required but appreciated! 

2/6, 13, 20, 27 - 5:00-6:00 PM - Yoga Classes with Deb - 
2/6 & 27 - Restorative - Restorative Yoga:  Relaxation yoga, using props and gravity to do the work.  Plus Qigong     integrating finish By donation - donations go to the library.  Please use back entrance as the library is closed that evening.

2/13 - Akhanda Yoga - Follow along with Vishva Ji Video.  A basic Hatha Yoga practice includes classes     asanas.  2nd Wednesday of each month.  By donation, donations go to the library,  Please use back entrance as the library is closed that evening.

2/20 - Yoga Dance - Move, grove, shake up your body for better health.  Plus Qigong cool down. By donation, donations go to the library,  Please use back entrance as the library is closed that evening.
 
2/7, 14, 21, 28 - 10:30 AM - Library Moon Walk - Indoor walking workout - During this time of year when the weather is unpredictable, walking outside can be a challenge.  Why not walk with us inside the library as we work through Leslie Sansone's Walk at Home workout videos.  These “Walking” workouts burn more calories than a stroll around the park because they focus on a series of multi-muscle moves.  A higher muscle engagement leads to higher calorie burn and of course more muscle tone all while being easy on the joints! Walking is the most natural and effective way to health and wellness, and works for anyone, any age, any size and anywhere.  Classes with be 30 - 40 minutes long with time for cool down and conversation and will be led by our resident yoga instructor Vicki DeGroff.  Please wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing.  Registration is required.

2/8 & 22 - 10:00-11:00 - Tai Chi with Earl O'Bryan - Tai Chi and Qigong, from China, is the cultivation of human energy.  Gentle slow movements, strengthen the body and calm the mind.  These practices have been used for agility, balance, cognition and longevity. Join us on Fridays  10-11:00 am.  Suggested donation, $5.00.  Please use back entrance as the library is closed on Fridays.

2/11 - 6:30 PM - Board of Trustees Meeting - The public is welcome.

2/16 - 2:00 PM - Cooking by the Vegan Book - "Whole Foods Cookbook" - 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.

2/18 - President's Day - The library will be closed to observe the holiday.

2/19 - 7:00 PM - Book Discussion - "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant - The Red Tent is a novel by Anita Diamant, published in 1997 by Wyatt Books for St. Martin's Press. It is a first-person narrative that tells the story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob and sister of Joseph. She is a minor character in the Bible, but the author has broadened her story.

2/20 - 1:00 PM - Wednesday Lunch & A Movie - "A Star is Born" ( R ) - Seasoned musician Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) discovers-and falls in love with-struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer - until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally's career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jack fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons. 
Hurray!  Our popular night time movie program held during the day!  The library will provide pizza and drinks and you bring a dessert or snack to share.  Registration is required.
2/21 - 1:00 PM - "Rocking the Blocks LEGO Building Day" - Come use your imagination and rock the LEGO blocks and build anything you want.  Registration is required.

2/22 - 5:30 PM - Dinner & A Movie - "Bohemian Rhapsody" (PG-13) - Join us as we watch the story of the life Freddie Mercury in the critically acclaimed film Bohemian Rhapsody.  The library will provide pizza and drinks and you bring a dessert or snack to share.  Registration is required.

2/26 - 6:20-7:30 PM - Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group - This program is open to anyone caring for a Alzheimer's patient.

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.

 
Rensselaerville Community Calendar 

Fri Feb 1, 2019 
6 pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

Sat Feb 2, 2019 

11 am Winter Festival and Artisan Market 
Eldridge Research Center, The Huyck Preserve, 284 Pond Hill Rd, Rensselaerville, NY
12147, USA

What better way to spend a winter day than enjoying quality, fun time with your family and community at the Preserve? From sledding and ice skating, to live rescue demonstrations, we’ll have outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Warm up inside with hot cocoa and food, take part in our up cycling workshop (turning “trash” into beautiful, functional art) for children of all ages (including children at heart!), and shop for hand-crafted treasures from our local vendors. Interested in being a vendor? Contact laura@huyckpreserve.org for more information. 

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

6 pm Cabin Fever Pot Luck Dinner 
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville 

Sun Feb 3, 2019 

10 am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Trinity Episcopal Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville

Wed Feb 6, 2019 

10:30 am Historical Society Research Group 
Rensselaerville Library, 1459 County Rte 351, Rensselaerville

The Rensselaerville Historical Society Research Group meets in the Library during the winter months to continue their work. Feel free to drop in. 

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

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

Fri Feb 8, 2019 

6 pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

Sat Feb 9, 2019 

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

Sun Feb 10, 2019 

10 am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11 am Trinity Episcopal Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville 

Tue Feb 12, 2019 

Canceled - Seniors Club 

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

Wed Feb 13, 2019
 

10:30 am Historical Society Research Group 
Rensselaerville Library, 1459 County Rte 351, Rensselaerville

The Rensselaerville Historical Society Research Group meets in the Library during the winter months to continue their work. Feel free to drop in. 

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

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

Thu Feb 14, 2019 

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

Fri Feb 15, 2019 

6 pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

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

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 Feb 16, 2019 

7 am Medusa Breakfast 
Medusa Fire House

Breakfast at the Medusa Fire House - Free-Will Offering 

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

Sun Feb 17, 2019 

10 am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Trinity Episcopal Church Services 
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville

Tue Feb 19, 2019 

7 pm Library Board of Trustees Meeting 
Rensselaerville Library (1459 County Route 351

All meetings are open to the public. 

Wed Feb 20, 2019 

10:30 am Historical Society Research Group 
Rensselaerville Library, 1459 County Rte 351, Rensselaerville

The Rensselaerville Historical Society Research Group meets in the Library during the winter months to continue their work. Feel free to drop in. 

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

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

Fri Feb 22, 2019 

6 pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Sat Feb 23, 2019 

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

Sun Feb 24, 2019 

10 am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ


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

Wed Feb 27, 2019 

10:30 am Historical Society Research Group 
Rensselaerville Library, 1459 County Rte 351, Rensselaerville

The Rensselaerville Historical Society Research Group meets in the Library during the winter months to continue their work. Feel free to drop in. 

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

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

Fri Mar 1, 2019 

6 pm Helderberg Brewery Open 
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville
 
Sat Mar 2, 2019 

All day Architecture of Trees Hike 
Eldridge Research Center, The Huyck Preserve, 284 Pond Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Join Bill for an in-depth look into the trees of the Preserve and learn about the various ways they take shape.

Suggested donation: $5 non-members, members and children under 12 free Space limited, registration required Time: TBD . 

9 am Spring & Easter Rummage Sale 
Medusa Church

1st Spring & Easter Rummage Sale at the Medusa Church 

10 am Church Service 
Medusa United Church of Christ

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

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

 
 
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