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Town of Rensselaerville Newsletter

August 2018

DRAFT MINUTES

THE TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE TOWN BOARD
REGULAR MEETING
JULY 12, 2018
7:00 PM
 
The Regular Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville was held on the 12th day of July 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, interim Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector/Zoning Officer Edwin Lawson, and five interested citizens. 
 
AUDIENCE COMMENTS
 
None
 
MINUTES    
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the June 12, 2018 Work Meeting; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Pfleging, Dolce, and Rauf; Nays (0); Abstains (2) Cooke and Sedlmeir
 
A motion was made by Councilman Dolce to approve the minutes of the June 14, 2018 Regular Meeting; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to approve the minutes of the June 14, 2018 Public Hearing on Proposed Local Law No. 3 of 2018; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
 
A motion was made by Councilman Dolce to approve the minutes of the June 19, 2018 Special Meeting; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
TRANSFERS
 
None
 
ABSTRACTS/VOUCHERS
 
General Fund              $30,738.93
Highway Fund               27,658.98
Lighting District                  682.88 
Sewer Fund                     1,028.65
Water Fund                          53.40
T&A Fund                        5,871.91
Total Abstracts            $66,034.75
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir 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 read a letter written and submitted by Diana Hinchcliff regarding her outlook on the resignation of Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector/Zoning Officer Mark Overbaugh and his relationship with the Board and employee management.
 
REPORTS
 
SUPERVISOR
 
1. Supervisor Pfleging thanked Mark Overbaugh for his 20+ years of service to the Town of Rensselaerville.
 
2. The Annual Update Document is complete and has been filed with New York State.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Supervisor’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
ATTORNEY
 
Attorney Fallati stated that the Town received confirmation from the State that Local Law No. 3 of 2018 had been filed.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Dolce to accept the Attorney’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
 
1. The Highway Department has finished the cold-mix paving projects on portions of Cook Road, Smith Road, and Engle Road.
 
2. Truing and leveling on Tanglewood Road is complete.
 
3. Reclamation of portions of Cheese Hill Road, Travis Hill Road, and Stiefel Lane are scheduled to begin on Monday.
 
4. Hot asphalt paving is due to begin in August.
 
5. Superintendent Bates along with many other Superintendents in Albany County met with County Executive Dan McCoy regarding the possible reimbursement of a portion of funds that have been saved through Shared Services. Superintendent Bates will be submitting documentation for the services that the Town of Rensselaerville has shared with neighboring Towns. The reimbursement rate is potentially 50% of the savings and is anticipated to be paid out in 2019.
 
6. Superintendent Bates is interested in purchasing a new excavator for ditching.  Currently the Highway has a 1995 excavator, but it must be transported via trailer because the transmission no longer works and it can no longer be driven over the road.  The 1988 Gradall, purchased over 2 years ago has gotten good use.   He would like to sell both the old excavator and the Gradall and replace them with a new wheeled excavator. He asked the Board’s consent to move forward to obtain pricing information.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf 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 June as follows:
Town Clerk Department – Total Collected $1,514.30
Paid to the Supervisor - $1,350.56 - the breakdown is as follows:
            Clerk Fees                $123.26     
            Recycling                    227.50
            Dog Licenses              109.00
            Building Permits          690.80
            Title Searches             140.00
            Zoning                           60.00                           
            Total                       $1,350.56
 
Fees paid to NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets for the ‘Animal Population Control Program’ aka ‘dog surcharge’: $22.00
Electronic sweep from the Town Clerk’s checking account for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Sporting licenses: $141.74
 
Water Rents collected for the month totaled $1,227.03; which included $15.66 in penalties
Sewer Rents collected for the month totaled $1,356.38; which included $26.60 in penalties
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke 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 explained the entry errors in May’s monthly report.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector’s written report for the month of May. The motion was seconded by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
2. Supervisor Pfleging read the report for the month of June as follows: one Solar Panel permit; two Home Addition permits; one New Accessory Building permit; one Septic Repair permit; one Home Replacement permit; and one New Home Construction permit.  He also explained the entry errors in June’s monthly report.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept the Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector’s report for the month of June; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
3. Supervisor Pfleging introduced interim Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector/Zoning Officer Edwin Lawson.  Mr. Lawson currently serves as the Town of Westerlo’s Code Enforcement Officer/Zoning Administrator and has been certified since 1987.  He has stepped in to assist the Town of Rensselaerville until a permanent replacement is appointed.
 
ASSESSORS
 
1. Assessor Kropp reported that the Final Roll has been completed and the office is now following through on routine reporting.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir 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
           
1. Town Clerk Kraker read a written report submitted by Water/Sewer Operator John Rice as follows:
For the month of May:
The Water Treatment plant filtered 405,100 gallons – a daily average of 13,100 gallons.
The Sewer Treatment plant processed 207,700 gallons – a daily average of 6,700 gallons.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Water/Sewer Committee’s written report for the month of May; 2nd by Councilwoman Cooke.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
2. For the month of June:
The Water Treatment plant filtered 416,000 gallons – a daily average of 13,900 gallons.
The Sewer Treatment plant processed 198,700 gallons – a daily average of 6,600 gallons.
 
Water/Sewer Treatment Officer Rice also wished to notify the Board that he has accepted a full-time job as Filter Plant Operator in the water plant at the Coxsackie Correctional facility, but as Rensselaerville is his home, it is his intention to continue his part-time duties as Water/Sewer Operator for the Water & Sewer Districts.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept the Water/Sewer Committee’s written report for the month of June; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
REFUSE/RECYCLING
 
1. Recycling Coordinator Whitbeck reported the following for the month of June as follows:
 
            Rensselaer Iron & Steel: 7.15 tons
            City of Albany Landfill: 60.99 tons
            Sierra Fibers: 5.15 tons comingled and 7.49 tons old cardboard containers 
            Oil:  58 gallons
            Tires: 62
 
2. The Town will now be charged $120/ton for comingled recyclables and generates approximately 50 tons/year. The Town is still able to dispose of old cardboard containers free of charge.  Discussion was had among the Board and Coordinator Whitbeck regarding the change in charges for the comingled recyclables. The thought is to use the money that is generated by the metals to offset the cost of the comingled recycles.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Recycling Coordinator’s report; 2nd by Councilman Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
 
 
RENSSELAERVILLE LIBRARY
 
Supervisor Pfleging read the library’s written report as follows:

The Summer Reading Program is underway – be sure to visit the website and register online.

There are a number of Libraries Rock programs scheduled where kids can created a musical instrument and then play them on Wednesday nights at 6pm.

Storytime during the summer will have programs at Lake Myosotis in the picnic area at 4:30 pm on July 25th and August 15th and 29th.

Local author Helen Benedict will be at the library on July 27th at 7:00 pm to read from her new book that is set locally.  Helen will have copies of Wolf Season available for purchase and signing.

On August 4th the Library and the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a Midway to Mardi Gras fundraiser on Main Street in front of the Library.  Ticket information is available at the Library and online.
Dr. Kathleen Fontaine, an adjunct professor at RPI, will be at the Library on August 7th at 7:00pm to discuss her 25 years at NASA.

Greenville Elementary School has provided the Library with copies of the Apple-A-Day program books that are currently being used at Ellis to build self-esteem and encourage healthy behaviors through reading and discussing literature.  The Library is working on adding them to the collection. The books will be able to be checked out using the library card.

The Library has Museum passes and fishing poles to loan.
 
CURRENT EVENTS
 
None
 
OLD BUSINESS
 
1. Three members of the Solar Committee met and came up with a basic agenda: what they would like to accomplish and who to reach out to.  The broke the project into three categories: residential use, commercial use and commercial sale of power use (Solar Farm). They would like to study the solar policies of the surrounding towns to get an idea of what has worked and what hasn’t. 
 
2. Supervisor Pfleging read the letter which was submitted by Weston & Sampson to the Department of Environmental Conservation which describes the multi-faceted approach to investigate the conditions of the dam and  informs DEC of their intentions. The letter is step-one in the process.
 
3. Councilwoman Cooke inquired about the status of the property in Preston Hollow with all the tires.  Supervisor Pfleging has contacted DEC and is awaiting a time for them to pay a site-visit.
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
1. Erin Nevins of Nevins Insurance Agency presented the Town with the rates for the MVP Health Insurance which would become effective September 1, 2018 if renewed.  Under the renewal plan there will be no additional/separate charge for the “Pediatric Affordable Care Act” benefit – this will now be incorporated into the base premiums.  The structure of the Primary Care Visit co-pay has changed.  Currently, Primary Care Visits are billed at $35/visit after the deductibles are met. Now, the first three visits will be $0 and then $35 thereafter. Deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums and all other benefits are scheduled to remain the same. MVP has added a telemedicine feature, acupuncture, and massage therapy to the renewal plan. 
 
The renewal policy premiums would be increasing by approximately 14.8%, but once again, there will be no increase in the Delta Dental premiums or the Empire Blue Cross vision premiums.
 
For comparison purposes, Mrs. Nevins also provided information on CDPHP, Empire Blue Cross, as well as Blue Shield of NENY plans.
 
Mrs. Nevins explained that with a high-deductible plan and a Health Reimbursement Account, the goal is to use no more than 50% of what was allotted.  Up to this point, $36,215 has been dispersed out of the $120,000 that was allocated. With only two months to go, the Town should be well under the 50% for this year as well.
 
It is the preliminary consensus of the Board to renew with MVP, but a final decision will need to be made at the August meeting.
 
2. The Water/Sewer Committee has made a recommendation to appoint William Loetterle as Deputy Water/Sewer Treatment Officer. 
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to appoint William Loetterle as Deputy Water/Sewer Treatment Officer; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
3. A motion is needed to accept the Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution for Elected and Appointed Officials.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to accept the Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution for Elected and Appointed Officials; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
4. Supervisor Pfleging read the four letters of interest which were received for the Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector/Zoning Officer position at the Work Meeting on Tuesday. Interviews will be conducted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 6:00pm.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Cooke to schedule the interviews for the Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector/Zoning Officer position for August 7, 2018 at 6:00pm.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
AUDIENCE COMMENTS
 
None
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to adjourn the meeting at 7:58pm; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (5) Pfleging, Cooke, Dolce, Rauf, and Sedlmeir; Nays (0)
 
 
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED;
Victoria H. Kraker
Town Clerk
 
 
 
 

  

PLANNING & ZONING BOARD SECRETARY

 

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

Planning & Zoning Board Secretary

 

Applicants must be a resident of the Town. Applicants will be responsible for scheduling meetings, recording minutes, and tracking processes of all matters before the Planning & Zoning Boards.  Applicants must have good inter-personal skills and be knowledgeable in Micro-Soft Office. Attention to detail a must.  Hours are Thursday evenings and occasional regular business hours as needed.

 

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

87 Barger Road, Medusa, NY 12120


 



 
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.
 
 

 
Midway to Mardi Gras Pig Roast & Block Party
 
A Fundraiser for the Rensselaerville Library & the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department
 
                                                             
Saturday, August 4, 2018
6-11pm
Main Street in the Hamlet of Rensselaerville
All ages Welcome
 
 
 
MUSIC (Purchase Music Ticket)
Captain Squeeze & the Zydeco Moshers
The Dyer Switch Band30 Rack
Joe Frisino, John Rice & Emileigh Tanner
 
FOOD (Purchase Dinner Ticket)
Pig Roast
Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
Buffet - Salads & Corn Bread
 
BEVERAGES (Cash Bar)
Helderberg Brewery
Beer & Cider
Wine, Soda, Water


 
 
Other Treats (Cash)
Popcorn 
Fried Dough by Medusa Fire Department
Stewart's Ice Cream - donations welcome
 
TICKETS
Adults & Kids 13 & older
$25 - Dinner & Music
$10 - Just Music

Kids Ages 7-12
$10 - Dinner & Music
FREE - Just Music

Kids Ages 6 & Under
FREE
 
Buy Tickets in advance at the Library or the day of the event at the gates.

Credit Card Sales are available at the Library. No credit card phone sales.

Buying your tickets in advance helps us with planning. You will pick up your wristbands on Saturday at Will Call.
 

SCHEDULE
 
6:00 pm - Parade starts at the Huyck Preserve Mill House
6:15 pm - County Route 351 Between SR 85 and Methodist Hill is closed
6:30 pm - gates open for ticket sales
6:30 - 8:30 pm - Pig Roast and Buffet
6:30 - 10:30 pm - Live Music, Dancing in the Street, Cash Bar & Treats


The Rensselaerville Library and the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department appreciate your support. We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who are helping to make this event a huge success, we can't do it without your generous contributions.

 

Rensselaerville Library 
 
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!
10 – 7:00pm – Close Encounter with Mars: David Bardnard, is the Vice President of Helderberg Earth & Sky Observatory. David will provide a program on Mars.
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
 
8/2, 13, 20, 27 - 2:00-5:00 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.  For July & August this group is meeting on Mondays.
 
8/4 - 3:00-10:00 PM - Board Games for Adults. - Come and join the fun.
 
8/7, 14, 21, 28  - 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. 
 
8/13 - 6:30 PM - Board of Trustees Meeting - All are welcome
 
8/21 - 7:00 PM - Book Discussion - Book to be determined.
 
8/2, 9 16, 23, 30 - Knitting Circle - These friendly ladies (men are welcome, but we haven't seen any yet!) knit and crochet, embroider and quilt, and more.  You can learn a new skill here or share your own special talents with others, or just craft in the company of friends.  Drop in anytime!  No registration is required.
 
8/14 - 3:00 PM - Medicare 101 - Registration Required.
 
FAMILY PROGRAMS
 
8/8 - 2:00 PM - Let's Rock this Library with Laughter - Let's Rock this Library with Laughter! Comic mime Robert Rivest entertains audiences of all ages while joyfully motivating them to read, celebrate their libraries and move to the music of nature, animals and life all around us. Using mime, comedy, and interactive playfulness, Robert Rivest highlights the musicality of everyday life. He shares mindful ways that we can tune into our environment, and play with the sounds of the natural world. Robert is an enthusiastic conductor of laughter and joy, bringing sensational stories and silent symphonies to life before your eyes! In addition to Robert’s humorous and inspirational mime stories, everyone will learn cool mime movements, awesome laughter exercises and calming mindfulness activities.  This program is part of our Summer Reading Program, Libraries Rock and is appropriate for all ages.  Registration is required.
 
 KIDS PROGRAMS
 8/1 - 1:00 PM - Rocking the Block with Legos - We'll be setting out the Legos, the Keva Planks and the Qb2 Maze set for you to build with.  What can you imagine?  This program is part of our Libraries Rock!summer reading program and is for kids going in to grades K - 5.  Registration is required.
 
8/2 - 1:00 PM - Pet Rocks Rule! - Pet rocks are guaranteed to never need trips to the vet, expensive diets, litter box training, or a fenced-in yard. You can make yours a special house if you want to, or you can just keep it in your pocket or on your desk to admire.  We'll create our little friends, name them and take them home.  This program is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and is for kids going into 1st grade - 5th.  Registration is required.
 
 8/7, 13 - Drop-in Stoytime - 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.
 
 8/8 - 11:00 AM - Storytime - Cooking Smoothies! - 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.
 
8/9 - 1:00 PM - Mother/Daughter American Girl Tea - Step back in time as we explore the world of American Girl Samantha Parkington!  Bring your dolls (It does NOT have to be an American Girl Doll) and your Mom to the library where we'll talk about what it was like to be a girl in 1904.  You'll make a Victorian  calling card to bring to the Best House where we'll have our tea party.  Girls and Moms will meet "Mrs. Best," enjoy lemonade and cookies and have a personal tour of the house.  Each girl will go home with a goodie bag!  Registration is required.  For kids going into grades G 2-6. 
 
8/14 - 10:45 AM - Winnie the Pooh Party! - What a great way to end our Summer Reading Adventure!  We'll have fun stations with art projects and play activities to keep your little one busy and snacks to satisfy hungry bears.  Registration isrequired. 
 
8/15 - 11:00 AM - Rocking the Chute - Parachute Play - Join us as we rock the parachute with songs and games.  Perfect for pre-schoolers through 1st grade and their caregivers. This program is part of our Libraries Rock Summer Reading Program.  Registration is required.
 
8/16 - 7:00 PM - Libraries Rock!  Let's Drum! - Come make some noise!  Using different types of hand-drums (congas, bongos, African djembes, doumbeks) as well as bells, shakers, gongs, and many other odd instruments, participants will learn rhythm basics by playing musical games and engaging in various sound-making activities. The hands-on activities will be interspersed with show-and-tell sessions demonstrating instruments from around the world. This program is ideal for students who are just beginning to get interested in music, those who would like to improve their abilities on the instrument they’re currently studying, or for those who simply enjoy making a lot of noise!  Registration is required.  This program is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading program and is for kids going into 2nd grade - 5th.
 
TEEN PROGRAMS
 8/1, 15  - 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.
 
8/3 - 2:00 PM - Teen Iron Chef - Join us in the community room for Teen Iron Chef! There will be 3 rounds, Quickfire Appetizers, Entree Trivia, and Delicious Desserts. All dishes will be judged. Prizes will be awarded and lots of fun will be had. This program is part of our Libraries RockSummer Reading Program and is for kids going into 6th grade and up.  Registration is required. 
 
8/7 - 1:00 PM - Musical Chairs of Death & Other Crazy Games - Let’s have some fun with an afternoon of silly games and snacks! We’ll for sure be playing musical chairs of death (think fear factor meets preschool game) listening to music and going on a scavenger hunt - and more! Registration is required.This program is part of our Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program and is for kids going into sixth grade.
 
8/10 - 5:30 PM - Teen Dinner & a Movie - "Jumanji - Welcome to the Jungle" (PG-13) - Join us for a fun dinner and a movie starring Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson! The library will provide pizza and drinks and you bring a dessert to share.  This program is part of our Libraries RockSummer Reading Program and is for kids going into 6th grade and up.  Registration is required.  

COMMUNITY EVENTS  for  August 2018

                                               by William Moore

 

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.

                  Maps of Sales, Huge Rummage Sale, and food at Church Hall.

                  Museum of Medusa History will be open in the Historical Church.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 


The Preston Hollow Beautification Committee 

Serving Preston Hollow, Cooksburg, and Potter Hollow

 
Cordially invites all in the community to our Annual Appreciation Open House, to be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at the home of Cynthia Willis, 2961 Route 145, Preston Hollow. Stop in anytime from 12 noon until … There will be refreshments and fun. Come meet friends, new and old. There will be parking across the street at the greenhouse.

 


Rensselaerville Community Calendar 
 

Wed Aug 1, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 

Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville

6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 

Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Sat Aug 4, 2018 

9am Medusa Village-Wide Garage Sale 

Annual Medusa Village-Wide Garage Sale Day. To have a sale please contact Bill Moore at
518-239-4843; at whmoore44@yahool.com; or at 11 CR 351, Medusa, NY 12120 Maps of Sales, Huge Rummage sale and food will be available at Church Hall. Museum of Medusa History will also be open. 

6pm Midway to Mardi Gras Block Party 

Rensselaerville Library, 1459 Co Rd 351, Rensselaerville
 
Sun Aug 5, 2018

9:30am Trinity Church Services 

10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville

10am Church Service 

Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Presbyterian Church Services 

Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church, 1454 Co Rd 351, Rensselaerville
 
2018 SUMMER SERVICES AT RENSSELAERVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

The Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church announces its schedule of summer services every Sunday from July 1 through September 2. Services are held at 11:00 a.m. in the church located on Main Street (County Route351) in Rensselaerville. Everyone is welcome. Each year, clergy from different faith traditions are invited to deliver sermons on a common theme.

The 2018 theme is “And Still We Rise”, after the poem “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou. The theme honors the 50th anniversary of the death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognizes the plight of immigrants, refugees, the oppressed and the poor.

August 5 “Descent for the Sake of Ascent” Rabbi Rachel Barenblat, Congregation Beth Israel, North Adams, MA

August 12  “Reclaiming Truth” Rev. Alison Miller, Senior Minister, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Morristown, NJ August 19 “Just Keep On Singing” Rev. Dr. Amaury  Tañón- Santos, Synod Networker, Synod of the Northeast, East Syracuse, NY

August 26  “For Such a Time as This” Rev. Alexandra Lusak, Moderator, Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church, Rensselaerville, NY

September 2  “After the Fall” Elder Barbara G.Wheeler, former President, Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, NY

The tradition of summer-only services at the Presbyterian Church in Rensselaerville goes back more than 100 years. For a short period in the second half of the 19th century, the village was a lively industrial town as the first site of the Huyck Woolen Mills. When founder and Presbyterian Church member F. C. Huyck Sr. moved his mill to Albany, he did not sever ties with the village or the church. But as jobs left with the mill so did many of the village residents, leaving the church without enough members to maintain a year-round pastor. However, the Huyck family returned each year to vacation and provided for a pastor during their stay. It was F. C. Huyck Sr.’s granddaughter, Katharine Huyck Elmore, who in the middle of the 20th century expanded the vision of the summer services to other faith traditions and invited ministers, rabbis, priests and nuns to fill the pulpit.

The Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church is a nationally recognized example of Greek Revival architecture dating from the 1840s and is listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places. More information about each week’s guest preacher and the church may be found on its website: www.rvillepres.org. Comments and questions may be sent to rvillepreschurch@gmail.com.  

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 

Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville 

Tue Aug 7, 2018 

7pm Town Board Work Meeting 

Wed Aug 8, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 

Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville 

6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 

Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Thu Aug 9, 2018 

7pm Town Board Meeting 

Town of Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa

Fri Aug 10, 2018 

7pm Close Encounter with Mars
 

Helderberg Earth & Sky Observatory presents Close Encounter with Marsthe Red
Planet Provided by: DAVID BARNARD

 A survey of both the historic legacy of the scientific inquiry and attempts to uncover the mysterie s of Mars, from the earliest telescopic observations, through the modern area, with the actual exploration of the planet’s surface- using instrumented vehicles, like NASA’s “Opportunity” Rover. David Barnard will share the latest details concerning several new planned probes to be sent to the Red Planet, with the intent of discovering any possible traces of life forms, either from the past or existing on the planet’s surface at the present day. The talk will conclude with NASA’s plans for the first manned expedition to Mars and what might be the prospects for establishing a future “Mars Colony”. Telescopes will be available for viewing the Red Planet. David Barnard is a retired Physicist, who worked for many years at Wadsworth Laboratory as an optical engineer the chief electronmicroscope designer & engineer. He is a long time member of the Albany Area Astronomers, and is the Vice President of Helderberg Earth & Sky Observatory, which is planning to place a ' dark-sky 'Astronomical/Geo-physical Science observatory & learning resource facility in the Rensselaerville area. 

Sat Aug 11, 2018 

9am Free Tennis Lessons 

Village Park Court, Rensselaerville 

Free tennis lessons for kids ages 6 -18 with Coach Jim Neal. Loaner racquets available. Sneakers are a must.  

Sun Aug 12, 2018 

9:30am Trinity Church Services 

10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville, NY

10am Church Service 

Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Presbyterian Church Services 

Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church, 1454 Co Rd 351, Rensselaerville

12pm Helderberg Brewery Open 

Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville 

Tue Aug 14, 2018 

1pm Rensselaerville Senior's Picnic 

Senior's Annual Picnic at the Westerlo Town Park. 

Wed Aug 15, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 

Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville

6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 

Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Fri Aug 17, 2018 

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 Aug 18, 2018 

9am Free Tennis Lessons 

Village Park Court, Rensselaerville

Free tennis lessons for kids ages 6 -18 with Coach Jim Neal. Loaner racquets are available. Sneakers are a must. 

6pm Summer Music Blow-Out 

Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Summer Music Blow-Out presented by Conkling Cafe'. As a "thank you" for hosting our monthly Open Mic since Forever, we are gathering the abundance of local musicians to rock the night away!  Suggested donation is $10 and all proceeds benefit Friends of Conkling Hall. Libations available for purchase from Helderberg Brewery and Dancing is encouraged! Raffles to win CDs from local bands! 

Sun Aug 19, 2018 

7am Rensselaerville Ride: From Hill to Hollow
 

Rensselaerville Ride: From Hill to Hollow is a ride for everyone! We offer non-competitive rides of multiple distances, accommodating every rider in your group or family. Join Helderberg Brewery and the Helderberg Outdoor Club for a day of fun on your bike, and the kick back with live music, craft beer, food and kids' activities, all based at our amazing host venue, the Carey Institute for Global Good. https://www.renride.com 

Sun Aug 26, 2018

9:30am Trinity Church Services 

10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville, NY

10am Church Service 

Medusa United Church of Christ

11am Presbyterian Church Services 

Rensselaerville Presbyterian Church, 1454 Co Rd 351, Rensselaerville

12pm Helderberg Brewery Open 

Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville

Wed Aug 29, 2018 

6pm Helderberg Brewery Open 

Helderberg Brewery, 63 Huyck Rd, Rensselaerville 

6:30pm Village Voices Rehearsal 

Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

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