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January 2019

DRAFT MINUTES
THE TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE TOWN BOARD
REGULAR MEETING
DECEMBER 13, 2018
7:00 PM
 
The Regular Meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville was held on the 13th day of December 2018 at 7 o’clock in the evening at the Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Road, Medusa, NY.  The meeting was convened by Deputy Supervisor John Dolce and the roll was called with the following results:
 
            PRESENT WERE:      Attorney Thomas Fallati
                                                Deputy Supervisor John Dolce
                                                Councilman Jason Rauf
                                                Councilwoman Margaret Sedlmeir
                                                Town Clerk Victoria H. Kraker
                                                Supervisor – Vacant
 
            ABSENT WAS:          Councilwoman Cooke
           
            Also present were Highway Superintendent Randy Bates, Recycling Coordinator Jon Whitbeck, Linda Styer representing the Rensselaerville Library and fourteen interested citizens. 
 
SUPERVISOR
 
Deputy Supervisor Dolce read from a written Public Statement as follows:
 
Town of Rensselaerville
Public Statement of Deputy Supervisor John Dolce
December 13, 2018
 
            At an emergency meeting yesterday, the Town Board accepted Steven Pfleging’s resignation as Town Supervisor.  The entire Town Board wishes to inform you of the circumstances leading to the resignation and the steps that we have taken since then.
            On Tuesday, December 12, 2018, as Deputy Town Supervisor, I was informed by the Town’s outside auditors, Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci, about information that they had uncovered in the course of an audit.  Specifically, the auditors had identified multiple checks that had been written from the Town’s payroll account to Mr. Pfleging without apparent Town authorization.  In subsequent discussions with me, the auditors and the Town Board, Mr. Pfleging acknowledged that he had written unauthorized checks from the payroll account to himself.  Mr. Pfleging also provided information about certain specific unauthorized checks.
            Obviously, based on the evidence presented by the auditors and Mr. Pfleging’s admissions, the Town Board requested Mr. Pfleging’s resignation. He agreed to submit his resignation, which he submitted in writing yesterday morning. Given the urgency of the matter, the Town Board held an emergency meeting yesterday morning, at which it accepted Mr. Pfleging’s resignation.
            The Town Board also approved the removal of Mr. Pfleging as a signatory on any Town bank accounts and the referral of the matter to law enforcement and the Town’s insurers.  We then promptly notified the State Police and supplied information to the investigators.  We also directed the bank to remove Mr. Pfleging as a signatory on Town bank accounts and have taken what we believe are the necessary steps to secure the Town’s records.
            The Town’s recovery of any losses is of paramount concern for the Town Board. With regard to possible losses, we provided prompt notice yesterday of a claim on the Town’s insurance policy.  The policy provides for coverage up to $250,000 for employee theft, with a $1,000 deductible.  Of course, at this point, we have received no response from the insurance company as to coverage, but we will continue to cooperate with the insurer and vigorously pursue coverage.
            I also note that Mr. Pfleging has expressed his desire to repay the Town.
            The investigation is ongoing, and our auditors are continuing their work to confirm the extent of any unauthorized payments.  At this stage, the information known to us is that the unauthorized payments exceeded $10,000.
            As the matter is still under investigation, we cannot provide any further details at this point.  We will, of course, do so as new information emerges.
            The Town Board emphasizes its commitment to take all steps to protect the Town’s interests and the integrity of its finances.  We will keep the Town updated on our progress.
 
End Statement

MINUTES    
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to approve the minutes of the November 6, 2018 Work Meeting; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the November 8, 2018 Public Hearing on the Preliminary Budget; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
A motion was made by Deputy Supervisor Dolce to approve the minutes of the November 8, 2018 Regular Meeting; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to approve the minutes of the November 14, 2018 Special Meeting to Adopt the Final Budget; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the minutes of the November 14, 2018 Special Meeting to Conduct Interviews for the Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector; 2nd by Deputy Supervisor Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
TRANSFERS
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the following Budget Modifications:
From ‘Assessor Uncertified’ A1355E 12255 to ‘Assessor Certified’ A1355E 12256 in the amount of $9,670.00 as all Assessors are Certified; and
From ‘Senior/Youth Bus Fund’ 8514 to ‘Senior Vehicle Maintenance’ A7610E 44072 in the amount of $1,320.00 to cover the cost of repairs.
The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to approve the following Budget Amendment:
Account DA5112E Code 44077 from $181,446.00 to $259,212.65 due to an increase in funding.
The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
ABSTRACTS/VOUCHERS
 
General Fund            $ 35,536.69
Highway Fund              21,799.54
Lighting District                 704.62   
Sewer Fund                       118.70
Water Fund                       175.64
T&A Fund                       6,907.49   
Total Abstracts           $ 65,242.68
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to pay all signed vouchers and bills; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
CORRESPONDENCE 
 
None
REPORTS
 
SUPERVISOR
 
None
 
ATTORNEY
 
Attorney Fallati will address the Board later in the meeting.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Attorney’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
 
1. Superintendent Bates noted that he and the Highway Department is supportive of the Board during this time.
 
2. Superintendent Bates reported that since November 13th, there have been 12 days of winter weather.  All the equipment is in service; they are well stocked with fuel, materials, sand and salt.
 
3. The new excavator has been delivered and Finke Equipment has provided on-site operator training.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Highway Superintendent’s report; 2nd by Deputy Supervisor Dolce.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
TOWN CLERK
 
Town Clerk Kraker reported for the month of November as follows:
Town Clerk Department – Total Collected $1,920.00
Paid to the Supervisor - $694.75- the breakdown is as follows:
            Clerk Fees                 $188.75
            Recycling                     225.00
            Dog Licenses                 61.00
            Building Permits           150.00
            Title Searches                70.00
            Total                           $694.75
 
Fees paid to NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets for the ‘Animal Population Control Program’ aka ‘dog surcharge’: $10.00
Fees paid to NYS Department of Health for Marriage Licenses: $22.50
Electronic sweep from the Town Clerk’s checking account for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation - Sporting licenses: $1,192.75
 
A motion was made by Deputy Supervisor Dolce to accept the Town Clerk’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER/BUILDING INSPECTOR
 
Tabled
 
ASSESSORS
 
1. Assessor Pine noted the changes in the STAR program and provided a pamphlet for the taking.
Low-income seniors will still have to come into the Assessor’s Office to re-apply annually.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Assessor’s report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
WATER/SEWER COMMITTEE
           
Tabled
 
REFUSE/RECYCLING
 
Recycling Coordinator Whitbeck reported the following for the month of November as follows:
 
            Rensselaer Iron & Steel: 3.56 tons
            City of Albany Landfill: 64.71 tons
            Sierra Fibers: 5.24 tons comingled and 7.35 tons old cardboard containers 
            Oil: 27 gallons
            Tires: 16
 
Recycling Coordinator Whitbeck also wished to thank Guy De Gennaro of De Gennaro’s Fuel Service/Carting for his assistance during the time Mr. Whitbeck had only one truck to haul refuse.  Mr. De Gennaro provided his services at no-charge to the Town.
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to accept the Recycling Coordinator’s report; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
RENSSELAERVILLE LIBRARY
 
 Linda Styer, President of the Rensselaerville Library Board, reported the following:
 
The Library will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
They are undertaking their Annual Appeal and are half-way to their $16,000 goal. Mrs. Styer wished to thank everyone who has supported the Library
She also wished to thank everyone who supported the Annual Greenery Sale.  There are a few Christmas trees and sprays remaining.
The Library hosts both a writing and a poetry group
The Library is participating in a health & wellness program called Library Moon Walk and will be hosting several health & wellness events.
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept the Library report; 2nd by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
CURRENT EVENTS
 
1. The Village Voices will hold their annual Holiday Concert at Conkling Hall on Saturday at 7:30 pm.
 
 OLD BUSINESS
 
1. Councilman Rauf reported that there had been two Solar Committee meetings in November. He is confident that the Committee will be wrapping up discussions regarding small-scale solar and hopes to have a summary to present at the Committee’s next meeting on December 18th.  They are looking forward to moving on to discussions on large-scale solar in the near future. The hope is to have the study complete by spring.
 
2. Weston & Sampson Engineering had received a quote for the pipe repair which was in excess of $20,000.  Weston & Sampson felt that the estimate was excessive and they continue to search for alternatives.
 
3. The appointment of a Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector will addressed at the Organizational Meeting in January.
 
4. A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to accept all three nominations for Volunteer of the Year award:  John “Jack” & Connie Kudlack and Kenneth “Chip” Decker. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
5. Attorney Fallati summarized the agreement of the dissolution of the Volunteer Ambulance: the property would revert back to the Town subject to deed restrictions; the contents would be handed over to the Town; and funds and payments for outstanding liabilities would be turned over to the Town as well. Attorney Fallati has prepared a Transfer Agreement that would effectuate the above; a deed that would cover the transfer of the real property subject to deed restriction; and a bill of sale which would cover the transfer of the contents.  Stipulations on the transfer of the cash accounts have also been put in place.
 
Attorney Fallati read the following Resolution:
 
RESOLUTION OF THE
TOWN OF RENSSELAERVILLE
TOWN BOARD
 
            WHEREAS, the Town of Rensselaerville Volunteer Ambulance, Inc. (“Volunteer Ambulance”) previously submitted to the Town, and the Town accepted the terms of, a Plan of Dissolution and Distribution of Assets (“Plan”); and
 
            WHEREAS, the Volunteer Ambulance has advised that the New York State Attorney General’s Office has approved the Plan; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town has prepared the attached Transfer Agreement, including all exhibits thereto (“Transfer Agreement”), to facilitate the transfer of assets from the Volunteer Ambulance to the Town pursuant to the Plan; and
 
            WHEREAS, the Town Board has accepted the resignation of the Town Supervisor and, with the office vacant, the Deputy Town Supervisor is vested with all of the powers, and may perform all of the duties, of the Town Supervisor as set out in Section 42 of the New York State Town Law;
 
            NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the duly convened Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville that (1) the Transfer Agreement, including all exhibits thereto, are hereby approved; and (2) the Deputy Town Supervisor is authorized to sign the Transfer Agreement and any other documentation necessary to effectuate the terms of the Plan.
 
By motion made by Jason Rauf and seconded by Margaret Sedlmeir, the foregoing resolution was adopted by a majority of the members of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville on the 13th day of December 2018 as follows:
 
Town Board Member                                      Yes                  No       Absent/Abstain
Supervisor                                                         VACANT
John Dolce, Deputy Town Supervisor              X
Marion Cooke, Councilwoman                                                           Absent                                                
Jason Rauf, Councilman                                  X
Margaret Sedlmeir, Councilwoman                   X                              
 
End Resolution
 
NEW BUSINESS
 
1. A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to schedule the Final Meeting of 2018 for December 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm and to authorize the Town Clerk to advertise the same.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
2. A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to schedule the Organizational Meeting of 2019 for January 2, 2019 at 7:00 pm and to authorize the Town Clerk to advertise the same.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
3. The renewal of the Accounting services contract will be tabled to the Final Meeting.
 
4. The renewal of the contract for I.T.S. will be tabled to the Final Meeting.
 
5. Attorney Fallati read the following resolution:
 
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 March 31, 2019, 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 Margaret Sedlmeir and seconded by John Dolce, the foregoing resolution was adopted by a majority of the members of the Town Board of the Town of Rensselaerville on the 13th day of December 2018 as follows:
 
Town Board Member                                      Yes                  No       Absent/Abstain
Supervisor                                                      VACANT
John Dolce, Deputy Supervisor                      X
Marion Cooke, Councilwoman                                                           Absent
Jason Rauf, Councilman                                 X        
Margaret Sedlmeir, Councilwoman                 X        
                                     
End Resolution
 
AUDIENCE COMMENTS
 
Marie Dermody questioned, based on the increased responsibility, if there was any expectation that the Deputy Town Supervisor’s wages would be increased to the level of the Supervisor’s?  It was explained that this would be addressed at a later date.
 
Mrs. Dermody also criticized the Town for scheduling two Emergency Meetings without adequate notice to the public.
 
Greg Bischoff questioned if the language in the resolution allowing the Highway Superintendent to participate in on-line bidding should be modified as it now states that “…the Superintendent shall provide the Town Supervisor prompt notice of any bids and purchases…”  Attorney Fallati explained that under Town Law, the Deputy Supervisor automatically assumes the responsibilities and authority of the Supervisor.
 
A member of the audience questioned whether the Town used an external payroll service or if payroll was done in-house. It was explained that currently, payroll was done in-house, but it was something that would be discussed.
 
A question was asked how the Town would be keeping taxpayers up-to-date.  Councilman Rauf noted that the Town will be using their website to keep the town’s people informed.
 
Another member of the audience asked what the definition of small-scale solar was.  Councilman Rauf described it as residential.
 
EXECUTIVE SESSION
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to enter into Executive Session at 7:57 pm to discuss employee history, employee discipline and possible litigation. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to return from Executive Session at 8:35 pm; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
A motion was made by Councilman Rauf to allow Attorney Fallati to submit any further documentation to the Town’s insurance company on behalf of the Town. The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Sedlmeir.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
ADJOURNMENT
 
A motion was made by Councilwoman Sedlmeir to adjourn the meeting at 8:36 pm; 2nd by Councilman Rauf.
Motion carried: Ayes (3) Dolce, Rauf and Sedlmeir; Nays (0); Absent (1) Cooke
 
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED;
Victoria H. Kraker
Town Clerk
 
 
 
 
Assessor News


The Assessor’s Office will have revised hours starting in 2019.
 Hours:  Thursday evenings only from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Assessor Clerk hours: M-Th 9AM – 12 Noon
 
All new home owners should register for their BASIC STAR exemption by calling
New York State Office of Real Property and Tax Finance
518 457 2036 or www.tax.ny.gov
Tax exemption filing deadline is March 1, 2019.  The Assessor’s office will be mailing renewal applications for all current exemptions during the first 2 weeks of January.   If you do not receive a notice by February 1st, please contact our office.
If you reside in the Greenville Central School District, and currently receive the “Alternative Veteran Exemption”, this will automatically be applied to your school tax bills.  If you have questions as to what exemptions you currently receive, please contact our office.

Our entire staff wishes you a safe, happy, and healthy New Year.
 
              Donna Kropp, Assessor, Chairperson
Kathy Wank, Assessor
Jeff Pine, Assessor
Deb Baxter, Assessor’s Clerk
 
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. 

 
January
1 – The Library is Closed for New Year’s Day.
4 – Celebrate Trivia Day by visiting the Library and discover facts about your Library. Do you know how many books are housed in the Library?
8 – 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.
10 – 7pm – Writing Group: Writers of all interests, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome.
15 – 7pm – Meeting of the Library Board of Trustees – public welcome, meeting is on the lower level.
16 – Today is appreciate Dragons Day. We will celebrate with the Kids Movie – How to Train your Dragon at 10 am- Rated: PG, Length: 1:36.
19 – 10-1pm – National Popcorn Day! Stop in grab a bag of popcorn and learn a few facts about popcorn.
22 – 7pm – Poetry Group: Bring your poem! Receive feedback from fellow poets or just share your words.

 
Annual Greenery Sale
Thank you to everyone who supported the sale and the local vendors.
29 – Is National Puzzle Day. We have puzzles for all ages. Stop in all day and help us complete as many puzzles as possible.
 
HOURS
Tuesday & Wednesday
10-12 and 3-9pm
Thursday & Friday
4-9pm
Saturday
9-1pm
Sunday & Monday
Closed
 
Job Opportunity - position is still open
Adult Library Page
Visit our Staff page for more details and the job application.
 
January is Creativity Month. We will have a variety of kids art projects throughout the month 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.
 

Middleburgh Library 


Drop-In Storytime - There is no Tuesday Storytime in January.

Storytime with Miss Doreen - Will continue in February.

1/1 - New Years Day - The Library will be closed to observe the Holiday

1/2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - 1:00 PM -  Wednesday Matinee -  Movies  to be announced.

1/2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - 5:00-6:00 PM - Yoga Classes with Deb - 

​1/2 & 23 - 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.

​1/9 - 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.

​1/16 & 30 - 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.

1/4, 18 - 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.

1/4 & 18 - 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.

1/8, 15, 22, 29 - 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.  

1/8, 15, 22, 29 - 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. 

1/9, 16, 23, 30 - 1:00 PM - Wednesday Matinee - Movies to be determined.

1/11 & 25 - 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.

1/14, 21, 28 - Drop-in Teen Gaming - 3:30-5:30 PM - Stop in for snacks and gaming. We'll have games like King of Tokyo, Castle Panic, Sapien, Boss Monster, Forbidden Island, and Evolution. Drop in for a half hour or stay the whole time!  We will meet on Monday's from 3:30-5:30pm. This program is for kids 13 and up. Registration is suggested but not required. Call, stop in or sign up online.

1/14 - 6:30 PM - Board of Trustees Meeting - The public is welcome.

1/15 - 7:00 PM - Book Discussion - "Exit West" by Moshin Hamid - In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind.

1/26 - 10:000-11:00 AM - Seed Swap -  with Schoharie County Master Gardener Seed Exchange. The Schoharie County Master Gardeners will host the fifth annual Schoharie County Master Gardener Seed Swap on Saturday, January 26 from 10:00-11:00 AM.  Come and swap vegetable, herb, and flower seeds with other gardeners from through our region.  Participants are encouraged to bring seeds to swap, but they are not required, and there will be plenty for everyone to take some home.  For more information, contact Schoharie-Otsego County Cooperative Extension 

@ 518-234-4303, or schoharie@cornell.edu.

1/29 - 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 

Mon Dec 31, 2018
Town Offices Open 9am-Noon 

Tue Jan 1, 2019 

All day All Town Offices Closed 

Wed Jan 2, 2019 

5 pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

6:30 pm Village Voices Rehearsal 

Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill 

7 pm Organizational Meeting 

Town of Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Rd, Medusa

Fri Jan 4, 2019 

6 pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

Sat Jan 5, 2019 

2 pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Sun Jan 6, 2019 

10 am Church Service
Medusa United Church of Christ

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

Tue Jan 8, 2019 

7 pm Town Board Work Meeting 

Rensselaerville Town Hall, 87 Barger Rd, Medusa 

Wed Jan 9, 2019 

5 pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

6:30 pm Village Voices Rehearsal 

Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Thu Jan 10, 2019 

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

Fri Jan 11, 2019 

6 pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

Sat Jan 12, 2019 

10 am Winter Tracking Event 
Eldridge Research Center, The Huyck Preserve, 284 Pond Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Discover signs of the winter activities of animals. David Muska of Ondatra Adventures will teach the fundamentals of tracking and help you develop your skills through techniques such as clear print identification and track patterns. No prior tracking experience necessary. Bring a notebook and pencil/pen, snack, water, and proper clothing/footwear. Depending on conditions, snowshoes may be helpful and are available on a first come, first served basis. All ages are welcome! Suggested donation: $10 non-members; $5 members and children under 12 free. Space limited; please email info@huyckpreserve.org to register 

2 pm Helderberg Brewery Open 

Helderberg Brewery,
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

Sun Jan 13, 2019 

10 am Church Service
Medusa United Church of Christ

11 am Trinity Church Services
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville 

Tue Jan 15, 2019  

7 pm Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Rensselaerville Library 

Wed Jan 16, 2019 

5 pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

6:30 pm Village Voices Rehearsal 

Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

Fri Jan 18, 2019 

6 pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

7 pm 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 Jan 19, 2019 

2 pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Sun Jan 20, 2019 

10 am Church Service
Medusa United Church of Christ

11 am Trinity Church Services
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville

Wed Jan 23, 2019 

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 Jan 25, 2019 

6 pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

Sat Jan 26, 2019 

2 pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville

Sun Jan 27, 2019 

10 am Church Service
Medusa United Church of Christ

11 am Trinity Church Service
10 Trinity Lane, Rensselaerville 

Wed Jan 30, 2019 

5 pm Helderberg Brewery Open
26 County Route 353, Rensselaerville 

6:30 pm Village Voices Rehearsal 

Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Rd, Rensselaerville

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