CAPTAIN seeks food pantry donations

CLIFTON PARK - CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services is in desperate need of non-perishable food items and baby products for its emergency food pantry. Canned tuna and fruit, cereals, rice and pasta, and juices go quickly and are always needed. Personal care items like diapers, toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products, and detergents are also low on supply. The pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you are interested in donating, call CAPTAIN at 371-1185 or stop by the office in the Clifton Park Public Safety building

Bus trip to|Washington D.C.

CLIFTON PARK - Faith Baptist Church Senior Ministries hosts a motor coach trip April 7 to 9 to see the cherry blossoms in Washington, DC. The trip includes a tour of Arlington Cemetery and National Mall monuments and memorials, the Biblical production of "Joseph"in Lancaster, Pa. and also visit Kitchen Kettle Village and National Christmas Museum. The cost of the trip is $495 for double room per person or $475 for triple room per person. A reservation deposit of $100 is due by Feb. 17 and the balance is due March 5.

Call Barbara 371-9667 for information.

After the Fire|holds meeting

HALFMOON - After The Fire's monthly meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Halfmoon Town Hall, Harris Road. New members are always welcome. After The Fire helps Saratoga County residents who have suffered a loss due to fire. The group is comprised of volunteers and exists on donations. The group provides the family with personal care items, gift cards, a night's stay at a hotel/motel, Red Cross referral, informationl or emotional support. For information, visit the Web site at www.afterthefire.org or leave a message at 435-4571.

Ms. Wheelchair New York seeks applications

Applications are now being accepted for the title of Ms. Wheelchair New York, USA. The winner will represent New York in July, competing against 50 other state representatives, for the national title of Ms. Wheelchair USA. The Ms. Wheelchair USA program is dedicated to celebrating the abilities and successful accomplishments of women with disabilities.

To qualify, contestants must be women, ages 18 and older by July 30 and there is no age limit. Contestants must utilize a wheelchair as their main source of mobility however; this program does not exclude women who may be able to utilize their legs. Contestants must be residents or students in New York for at least two months, may be married, single, or divorced. Contestants may have children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, or no children.

The state competition fee is $250The fee is to be submitted with the application package. Deadline to enter is March 1.

Interested contestants can request an Official State Representative Application Package by visiting the Web site at www.MsWheelchairUSA.org or by calling the Ms. Wheelchair USA office at 330-612-5242 or Fine Productions at 330-603-1201.

Gettysburg-Hershey Bus Trip

CLIFTON PARK - The Shenendehowa United Methodist Church is sponsoring a bus trip to Gettysburg and Hershey, Pennsylvania, April 6 to 8. The fee of $299 per person includes bus transportation, two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners, entrance to Gettysburg National Park, a guided tour of the battlefields, tour of the Eisenhower estate and a tour of the Hershey Chocolate factory. The trip coincides with the Shenendehowa school vacation and children are welcome. Contact Linda Rice at 383-3115 or lrice12@hotmail.com.

Polish dinner

CLIFTON PARK - The Shenendehowa United Methodist Church will host a Polish dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the church, 971 Rt. 146.

The dinner includes golumpkies, pierogies, kielbasa and sauerkraut. The price is $10 per person, and plate sharing for children is allowed.

Reservations are strongly recommended, please call 371-7964. Proceeds of the dinner support the student summer camp scholarship fund.

CAPTAIN offers free tax preparation

CLIFTON PARK - CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services will offer free tax preparation for individuals with an earned income below $49,000. Tax preparation at CAPTAIN guarantees no costs and no hidden fees and will be prepared by an IRS Certified volunteer.

Bring to the appointment: bank account and routing numbers, 2008 tax return, Social Security card for each dependent, other IRS forms, childcare documentation, unemployment forms, 1099 forms and W-2 forms.

Appointments are available CAPTAIN, 5 Municipal Plaza until April 14 Wednesdays and Saturdays, by appointment. Call 371-1185 to schedule an appointment and meet with one of the trained volunteers.

Tourette Syndrome support group to meet

CLIFTON PARK - The local Tourette Syndrome Support group will next meet at 7 p.m. March 9 the Community Room of Macy's Colonie Center. A guest presenter from Parent to Parent of NYS will conduct special education record keeping book training. The training is designed for parents of children who have special education needs. This is an interactive workshop where parents of children who receive special education services take all of the educational records, and organize them into a record keeping book. Registration is necessary, call Judy Doepel at 384-1765 to register.

Financial workshop

CLIFTON PARK - Financial planner and pastor Rev. Norman Tellier will conducts sessions begin with "God and Money" and continue into financial planning. Classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday s, Feb. 28 and March 7, 14, 21 and 28. Attendees are expected to work on their financial plan throughout the course. The class will be at Shenendehowa United Methodist Church, 971 Rt. 146. The cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple. The sessions are open to all, and pre-registration is required. For information, or to register, call Kelly Hutchinson at 371-7964, ext. 13.

Ballston Lake Fire Department elects new officers.

BALLSTON LAKE - The Ballston Lake Volunteer Fire Department has elected their 2010 leadership of Firematic and Social Officers. The annual installation and inspection banquet was held Jan. 23 and Ballston Tow Supervisor Patti Southworth conducted the swearing in ceremony for newly elected officers.

Firematic Line Officers for 2010 as elected are Chief Ken Wachtel Jr., Asst. Chief Matt Luke, Captain Doug Farrar, Training Captain Bill Losert, 1st Lt. John Howell, 2nd Lt. Eric White, 3rd Lt. Pat Caverly, 4th Lt. Angelo Pedone, Fire Police Captain Bob Benson and Lt. J. D. Wood who also serves as fire department chaplain. Social officers for 2010 will be: President Bill Coleman, Vice President Paul Willig, Recording Secretary Greg Durnford, Treasurer Paul Simpson and Financial Secretary Rob Pierce. Members of the Woman's Auxiliary were acknowledged for their cooperative support efforts in both community and emergency responses of Ballston Lake and the BLFD. Their newly elected officers are President Pam Howell, Vice President Kim Willi, Secretary Colleen Luke and Treasurer Paula Dunn.

BLFD Fireman Ron Dunn (Chief, Hazardous Materials & Homeland Security Bureau of the NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control), served as master of ceremonies and gave special recognition to firefighters Tyler Farrar (serving with the U.S. Marine Corp on Okinawa, Brian Little also with the Marine Corp and stationed in California and Eli Willig serving with the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston. Volunteer fire fighter Paul Simpson was awarded "Firefighter of the Year" for his extraordinary service and volunteerism to the fire department and the community.

Anyone wishing to find out information about becoming a volunteer of the BLFD should stop by for a visit and tour of the BLFD facility at 6:45 p.m. Monday nights. Training is free. The BLFD is located at 1125 Main Street, next door to the Ballston Lake Emergency Services (ambulance squad).

Lenten luncheons

REXFORD - Faith Baptist Church will hold the first of seven Lenten luncheons at noon Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the church, Glenridge Road.

The public is encouraged to attend these luncheons which will continue weekly, each Wednesday until March 31. Lunch is served at noon, with a suggested donation for the meal of $6, with a special speaker each week. People with special dietary needs please feel free to bring your lunch and join others at the table for fellowship and the message. If you only have one hour for lunch, it is possible to attend, as the luncheon is finished by 12:45 p.m. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling the church office at 399-2220, reservation line 3 or (or e-mail: darlene@faithcrossroads.org) by Friday, Feb. 12 for this luncheon only due to holiday Monday.

The speaker is Dr. Larry Roff, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Schenectady along with a testimony from Morgan Smith, general manager of KAPL. Lunch will be macaroni and cheese, peas/pearl onions, cranberry orange salad and lemon bars.

Valentine buffet breakfast

CLIFTON PARK - The West Crescent Fire Company will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14 at the fire house, 1440 Crescent Road. The buffet breakfast includes pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, toast, eggs made to order and beverage. The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children.

Malta presents regional golf show

MALTA - The Town of Malta Department of Parks and Recreation will host a spring golf show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 6 at the Malta Community Center.

The golf show will feature interactive displays, seminars and golf - related attractions for all levels of golf enthusiasts, including: swing analysis and club demonstrations; tips and tricks from golf professionals; club making services and repairs; memberships; golf merchandise; discount offers for the 2010 season; door prizes; a chance to win a weekend golf package from Sunny Hill Golf Course and Resort and seminars on the T-Golf System.

Participants of the show will also have the unique opportunity to register for several golf instruction opportunities utilizing the new T-Golf System. These courses will be held at the Malta Community Center in the spring.

Admission is free to the public. For additional information regarding the event go to www.malta-town.org/Documents/springgolfshow.pdf or call 899-4411" www.malta-town.org/Documents/springgolfshow.pdf or call 899-4411.

COLONIE Shenendehowa AARP Chapter No. 3941 will hold its monthly meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at St. Mary's Church of Crescent, 86 Church Hill Road. The speaker will be Jo Anne Zales from National Grid. The group will hold their annual Christmas regifting party. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. Call Barbara at 877-4829 for more information. Academy hosts open house

Mother Teresa academy will be holding an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 28. There are limited openings in nursery, K grades and 1 and 2. The academy is located at 511 Moe Road. Call Joyce at 587-2288 for information.

Indoor garage sale

CLIFTON PARK - The West Crescent Fire Company is hosting an indoor garage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the fire station, 1440 Crescent Road.

Preschool open house

CLIFTON PARK - A preschool open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 at the Clifton Park Center Baptist Preschool, 713 Clifton Park Center Road. Come explore the classrooms and meet the teachers. The school is conveniently located a block from the town hall. There are classes for 3-year-olds, two days a week; 4-year-olds, 3 days a week; and pre-K, for 4 year olds, for 5 days each week. Please call 371-6023 for further information. We are accepting registrations for the 2010-11 school year. For information, go to the Web site at www:cliftonparkcenterbaptist.org and click "preschool" on the menu.

Basket party

CLIFTON PARK - The Clifton Park Elks Ladies' Auxiliary No. 2466 will hold their annual basket party, theme basket and special basket auction at 12:30 p.m. March 14 at the lodge on MacElroy Road.

Admission is $6 per person; $4 for children age 10 and younger. Admission includes 20 auction tickets, entry for door prizes and a light lunch. Additional auction tickets are available at 20 for $2. Reservations strongly suggested and required for tables of 6 or more people.

Contact Susan Drescher at 373-1913 for information.

Victorian Tea Party for kids at Brookside

BALLSTON SPA - Brookside Museum will host a children's Victorian Tea Party Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the museum, located at 6 Charlton Street. Sue McLane, the Victorian Lady, will guide the kids through a celebration of Victorian culture, learning about clothing, manners, and pastimes. The children will also plan, prepare, and enjoy a tea party. Games and craft activities will also be included.

Two sessions will be held on February 17 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Fee for the tea party is $7.50 per child and is designed for children ages 5 to 12. Pre-registration is required and limited to 15 children in each session so register ASAP. Call Brookside at 885-4000 or email Linda at lgorham@brooksidemuseum.org.

Clifton Park Speakers to hold open house

CLIFTON PARK Clifton Park Speakers, a local Toastmasters International Club, will host an open house from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County office.

A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a friendly atmosphere. The Open House will provide an opportunity to see what a Toastmasters meeting is all about. The local Toastmasters club is currently accepting new members.

For more information about the open hues and Clifton Park Speakers, go to http://cliftonpark.freetoasthost.info/ or call Mark at 935-7623.

"Snow Dogs" program features huskies

SCOTIA - The Animal Protective Foundation (APF),in partnership with Tundra Spirits Siberian Husky Rescue, will present "Snow Dogs" from 10 a.m. to noon and from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at the shelter, located at 53 Maple Avenue. This program is for all husky lovers age 6 and older. The program features beautiful huskies, demonstrations, and a shelter tour. The fee is $10 per person and proceeds will benefit Tundra Spirits and the APF. Reservations are required as space is limited. For information, call 374-3944, ext. 119.

Photo exhibit

BALLSTON SPA - Ballston Spa Village resident Kathy Hedgeman is exhibiting her photographs in a collection titled "Up Close And Personal" at the Front Street Deli at 39 Front St., in Ballston Spa, and will be on display through February. Kathy has previously had exhibits at the Ballston Spa Library, Corina Contemporary Jewelry & Fine Arts, The Coffee Planet, The Solar Building, and the Front Street Deli (all in Ballston Spa), at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Library, and the Saratoga Arts Council's 2007, 2008 & 2009 Winter Solstice. Deli hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

St George's elementary school accepting students

CLIFTON PARK - St. George's new elementary school is accepting students for fall for its full-day kindergarten and first grade. For information, contact 317-6351, 302, e-mail paldrich@aol.com; or go to the Web site at www.stgeorgescp.org.

AARP chapter No. 3941 meets

COLONIE - Shenendehowa AARP Chapter No. 3941 will hold its monthly meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 at St. Mary's Church Of Crescent, 86 Church Hill Rd. The speaker will be Jo Anne Zales from National Grid. They will host their Christmas re-gifting party. Refreshments will also be served after the meeting.

Call Barbara at 877-4829 for further information.

Care Links seeks volunteers

Since the Care Links inception in 1996 the program has grown from serving 25 seniors to helping 339 in 2009. Operating under the auspices of the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, Care Links Community Caregivers matches community volunteers with senior citizens 60 and older in the towns of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta and Mechanicville. When the trained volunteers provide friendly visiting, transportation, respite, and shopping. The goal is to provide services so recipients can live independently in their homes.

Call 371-5179 to learn more about a volunteering experience.

Operation Adopt A Soldier

Clifton Park town hall is an official drop-off site for Operation Adopt A Soldier, a local not-for-profit organization that collects much-needed everyday items for members of the U.S. military who are deployed abroad. A large collection box has been placed in the first-floor lobby of town hall. located at 1 Town Hall Plaza. Items most needed by the soldiers include sun screen, lip balm, socks, toilet paper, sanitary wipes, magazines and many other personal care and comfort products. Other items that can be accepted include candy bars, trail mix, tooth paste, deodorant, newspapers, shaving cream and much more. A full list of needed items is available online at www.cliftonpark.org. Operation Adopt A Soldier also accepts continuous cash donations to help support the cost of shipping. Since it was founded in 2003, Operation Adopt A Soldier has sent more than 1,300 cases of items to thousands of soldiers abroad. For more information on the organization, visit www.operationadoptasoldier.org or call Cliff Sequin at 587-8010.

Jonesville Cemetery receives exceptional rating

JONESVILLE - The Jonesville Cemetery Association was recently evaluated by the New York State Division of Cemeteries to ensure that both the cemetery's grounds on Ushers and Longkill Roads and its finances are maintained in accordance with state law.

The cemetery itself was rated as being in exceptionally good condition which "should serve as a model for your community."

The New York agency, in its tri-annual financial review, indicated that Jonesville, considered a medium size cemetery, is one of the most well-funded cemeteries in Saratoga County, with a pro-active board who has shown great concern in both managing Jonesville Cemetery and planning for its care in perpetuity.

Mont Pleasant reunion for the Class of 1961

Mont Pleasant High School will hold a Class of 1961 reunion. People who are interested and want information may call 382-8241, 356-1815 or 371-6897.

Super Bowl chicken barbeque

SALEM The Salem Volunteer Fire Department will be holding their annual chicken barbeque on Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 7 starting at noon.

You can pick up your take-out only meal at the community rooms at Proudfit Hall Main St at the red light.

Tickets are $8 and are available at Salem Hardware, A & J Agway and TD Bank, or by calling 321-9430.

Chicken and biscuit dinner

CLIFTON PARK - Shenendehowa Rotary will hold its annual chicken and biscuit dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Clifton Park Community Church just south of the intersection of Moe Road and State Route 146. Proceeds will benefit children and families through the Rotary Foundation. Adult dinners are $9, seniors $8 and children ten and under are $5. Dinners are being provided by Giffy's Bar-B-Q. Dinner includes homemade chicken, vegetables and gravy over buttermilk biscuits served with mashed potatoes, tossed salad and beverage.

Tickets for the dinner can be obtained from any Shenendehowa Rotary member, from Giffy's Bar-B-Q or at any Shenendehowa Rotary breakfast. Giffy's Bar-B-Q is located on Route 9 just north of Route 146 or you can contact Bryah Gifford for tickets at 373-9800.

Nursery school openings and open house

CLIFTON PARK - Mother Teresa Academy will be holding open houses from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at the school, 511 Moe Road. The academy currently has limited openings for nursery through 2nd grade. For information, and appointments, call 857-2288 or 280- 4563.

Valentine's Day Party

BALLSTON LAKE - Fruitful Vine Christian Church will host Valentine's Day party at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at the church, 9 Burning Bush Blvd. The evening will honor marriage. The cost is $20 per couple and includes dinner and party games. For information, call Rene O'Rielly at 257-2597, e-mail reneoreilly@yahoo.com or go to the Web site www.fruitfulvine.net.

Healing Service

BALLSTON LAKE - Fruitful Vine Christian Church will host a healing service at 9 p.m. Feb. 17 at the church, 9 Burning Bush Blvd. For information, call Rene O'Rielly at 257-2597, e-mail reneoreilly@yahoo.com or go to the Web site www.fruitfulvine.net

Jonesville Store hosts live music

JONESVILLE - The Jonesville Store offers live music both Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There is no cover charge. The upcoming dates are as follows: Friday, Feb. 12: John Kribs, Saturday, Feb. 13: Steve Candlen, Friday, Feb. 19: Mark Tolstrup and Dale Haskell, Saturday, Feb. 20: Tomasina Winslow, Friday, Feb. 26: Bob Warren and Saturday, Feb. 27: Nancy Walker Duo.

Shen Class of 1990 plans 20 Year Reunion

The 20th high school reunion for Shenendehowa Class of 1990 will be held Saturday, July 10. For information visit www.Shen20Year.info and there is also an active FaceBook page "Shenendehowa High School Class of 1990 20th Reunion Group." Visit both resources for information, to update your profile and contact information, or you can send an e-mail to shen20year@gmail.com. Reunion committee members include: Phil Hatfield, Amy Anselment, Maria Bagneschi, John Burke, Tom D'Andrea, Kerry Evers, Hollie (Henetz) Russo, Kathleen (Lowes) Sanvidge, Evan Moses, Sharon (Petit) Johnson and Melissa Rovella. New members are welcome. If interested, please send an email to shen20year@gmail.com.

Preschool accepting registrations

CLIFTON PARK - Clifton Park Center Baptist Church Preschool will begin accepting registrations for new students for September. The preschool has served theClifton Park area for more than 40 years and are registered with the New York State Department of Education. The teachers are New York State certified. There are openings in the 3 year olds classes, 4 year olds classes and the 5 day Pre-K classes. For information, go to the Web site at www.cliftonparkcenterbaptist.org and click "Preschool" from the menu on the left side or call the office at 371-6023 or email psadmin@cliftonparkcenterbaptist.org.

TOPS holds meeting

CLIFTON PARK - TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a non-profit weight loss support group, offering weekly meetings and weigh-ins. Newcomers are welcome to stop in and check out a meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at Schuyler Ridge, 1 Abele Boulevard. For information, call Marcia at 664-4065 or email marciadrei@juno.com. The organization Web site can be found at www.tops.org.

Care Links Community Caregivers seeks volunteers

CLIFTON PARK - Care Links Community Caregivers is seeking volunteers. The group, operating under the auspices of the Shenendehowa Adult Community Center matches community volunteers with senior citizens 60 and older in the towns of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta and Mechanicville. The trained volunteers provide visits, transportation, respite and shopping. The goal is to provide services so recipients can live independently in their homes.

Call 371-5179 to learn more about volunteering.

CAPTAIN seeks volunteers

HALFMOON - CAPTAIN's Outreach in the Park Homework Help Program, located at Cheryl's Lodge, is in need of volunteers who enjoy working with children and are willing to help out a few times each month during the school year. No teaching experience is necessary. Volunteers help students with their homework, read to children or work on simple craft projects and an orientation is provided. Volunteers are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays from 2:40 to 3:45 p.m. to work with children from kindergarten through grade 5. Volunteers are also needed in our middle school and high school program from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the same days. Please call Kathie at CAPTAIN, 373-8873 for more information or to offer help.

KidzLodge seeks volunteers

CLIFTON PARK - The Southern Saratoga YMCA KidzLodge Early Learning and Adventure Center is now looking for volunteers who love working with infants through kindergarteners. Volunteers should be interested in working one-on-one with children or who have special skills in teaching yoga, spanish, art, music and dance and movement. If you are interested in the above, contact KidzLodge at 881-0055 or stop by KidzLodge to fill out a volunteer application.

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