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                                          COMPLIMENTARY
                                          MARCH 2009




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                                                                                                              ON THE COVER is Jose Malone’s in Troy a
A Message from Our Towne                                                     Publisher
                                                                             Ginny Siciliano
                                                                             522-0575
                                                                                                              unique combination of an Irish and
                                                                                                              Mexican menu. With St. Patrick’s Day
    Although we are going into March everything is still dreary. We know     439-6800                         approaching enjoy yourselves at Irish
    Spring is on it’s way and we will only have to deal with a couple of     439-6855 fax                     restaurants enjoying Irish dishes.
    upcoming storms... maybe. Spirits are lifting, many people are get-      ginny@ourtownerensco.com         Remember wherever you go to drink
    ting outside for walks and looking forward the upcoming warm             gmp@nycap.rr.com                 responsibly! There are so many great
    weather. It has been a long winter but now things are changing.                                           restaurants in Rensselaer County to enjoy
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    Although the media is forecasting dreary gloom and doom as well,                                          for eat in or take out not only for St.
                                                                             Kristy LeComb
    take each day as it comes, for you, personally. Look inside for spring                                    Patty’s Day but any day!
    cleanup services that are affordable and can help! The other services    Director of Sales
    and products advertised here are affordable and even in tough times      Bill Fry                        HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!
    you will find you can afford an occasional “luxury” or purchase great    577-8294
    gifts at affordable prices. Stop in and visit your local merchants see   Account Executives
    what they have to offer. Call about the services you would like to       Betsy Curley
    have or need...talk to them. they are also local people and they will    423-5428
    work with you. You will be surprised that you can afford the things
    that you would like...done locally by local businesses.                  Gary Connolly
                                                                             469-8476
    Our Towne will continue to bring you the best information about the
    best in the community. Remember if you don’t receive a copy in the       Support Staff
    mail we are also online at www.ourtownerensco.com. A special             Jill Ryan
    THANKS to all our readers and to everyone who calls each month to
    thank us for Our Towne. We want to give all of you a special THANKS      Our Towne Office is located
    for reading Our Towne each month and keeping us around until the         at 330 Columbia Turnpike
    next one comes out. Remember we appreciate all your comments so          East Greenbush
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                      furniture stores are making such claims. I suppose it was only      and NYSEG are offering rebates for the installation of high efficiency heating
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   time to buy from everyone. However, for those looking to improve the efficiency        be additional incentives available for doing so. Also, in an effort to compete
   of their home there are more incentives, rebates and offers available than ever        with utility rebates some heating oil companies are providing rebates of their
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       The first major incentive is the Federal Tax Credit for the installation of high   installation of high efficiency oil-fired heating equipment.
   efficiency heating and cooling equipment. Homeowners are now eligible for a tax           With each of these incentives there are specific guidelines and stipulations
   credit worth 30% (up to $1,500) of the cost of installation of high efficiency         that apply. For the most part, each incentive is straightforward and easy to
   heating and cooling equipment. Installations must be performed between 1/1/            understand. However, because these incentives can be combined it is important
   09 and 12/31/10. The credit will be applied to the respective year’s federal           you are dealing with a contractor who understands the requirements of each so
   taxes. This tax credit was significantly improved with the passing of The Ameri-       you are able to receive all the savings you deserve. Fore more information on
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                    Events
Chamber Calendar of Event                                                 CHAMBER SEEKS NOMINATIONS
THURS, MARCH 05
THURS,                                                                    FOR BUSINESS AWARDS
The Nation’s Fastest Growing Company: How They Did It & How You Can          The Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce is now
Too Join us for a Special Edition Business Education Series workshop as   accepting nominations for three prestigious awards that recognize the
we welcome John Baackes, President and CEO of Senior Whole Health,        outstanding citizenship of an individual, a small business, and a
the company that topped Inc.’s 2008 list of the country’s 500 fastest-    corporation. Presented at the Chamber’s annual Van Rensselaer
growing businesses. Registration & Continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. /   Dinner in September, The Edward H. Pattison Citizenship Award,
Workshop from 8 to 10 a.m. The Century House , Route 9 - Latham           The Van Rensselaer Small Business Award, and The Van Rensselaer
                                                                          Award for Outstanding Corporate Citizenship represent a tradition of
WED, MARCH 25
WED,                                                                      honoring excellence.
Meet the Mayors’ Breakfast The mayors of area cities and villages will       A nomination form is available on the Chamber’s website at
gather for the Chamber’s popular “Meet the Mayors” breakfast on                 .renscochamber.com,
                                                                          www.renscochamber.com
                                                                          www.renscochamber.com or by calling Donna Olsen, Executive
Wed, March 25. This interactive and informal panel discussion will in-    Assistant & Office Manager, at 274.7020, ext. 10. The Chamber
clude newly-elected Watervliet Mayor Michael Manning, Cohoes Mayor        awards are a unique opportunity to honor a client, business or non-
John McDonald, Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty-Ryan, and Troy Mayor      profit agency by nominating them to be publicly recognized for their
Harry Tutunjian. 7:30am check-in & breakfast, 8-9am Program Comfort       outstanding citizenship and service to the community.
Inn & Suites, 99 Miller Road, Schodack                                       “The annual Van Rensselaer awards offer an opportunity to thank
                                                                          those within our communities who are making a difference by their
TUES, MARCH 31
TUES,                                                                     initiatives and their example,” said Linda Hillman, Chamber Presi-
The Leadership Institute - Open House The Leadership Institute, the       dent. “We encourage our membership to step forward and nominate
Chamber’s skills-based professional development program, will host an     those who deserve this distinguished recognition.”
Open House and Informational Reception for the Class of 2010 at the          The Edward H. Pattison Citizenship Award, also known as “The
Chamber offices on Tuesday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m. Attendees will learn   Ebbie” was established through a gift from the Pattison, Sampson,
about the program, meet with alumni and presenters, and pick up appli-    Ginsberg & Griffin law firm, in memory of Mr. Pattison. The award
cations. There is no charge for the Open House, but reservations are      “encourages good citizenship, community and civic involvement,
requested.                                                                economic, cultural and humanitarian advancement.”
                                                                             The 2008 recipient was Dr. Jeanne H. Neff, retired President of
THURS, APRIL 02,
THURS,                                                                    The Sage Colleges.
NetworkingPlus Luncheon The goal of the Chamber’s NetworkingPlus             The Van Rensselaer Small Business Award was established in
events are for our attendees to “Get Connected, Develop Leads & Build     recognition of the outstanding contributions made by small businesses
Relationships.” Its a great opportunity to connect with a diverse group   (50 employees or less). Last year’s recipient was The Alchar Printing
of professionals from across the Tech Valley region and enjoy a fresh,    Group.
new networking format. Noon: Registration & Lunch / 12:30 - 1:30 pm:         The Van Rensselaer Award recognizes a business that has shown
Networking Program Casey’s Banquet House, 301 Washington Ave.             exemplary corporate citizenship within the Rensselaer Gateway
Rensselaer                                                                communities, particularly through civic and community organiza-
                                                                          tions. The 2008 recipient was KeyBank. All nominations must be
For more information contact Amanda Combs, Programs & Com-                 eceived by uesday, Mar    arch            p.m.,
                                                                          received by Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m., at the Chamber
munications Manager 274.7474, acombs@renscochamber.com                    offices.
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                 Ask the Attorney                                                                                                  with Paul Czech Esq.

   Its cold out today - somewhere in the mid             make sure you have your estate in order. Having a       every day. In his early eighties (“Eighty-one is a
twenties - and the dusting of snow that covers the       child, for instance, think about it - what would        world away from eighty” Milton used to say) he
ground reminds us that winter has not left us quite      happen to your child if you die? Who would care         developed liver cancer. His wife had died a few
yet. The sun shines brightly with a new intensity        for them? Which part of your property or                months earlier so his family was left to handle
that melts the ice and the snow despite the frigid       properties would you want them to have? And             things. And Milton had not properly taken care of
temperature - a sign that winter’s end is near and       what don’t you want them to have? Perhaps you           his estate. When he lapsed in to a coma, his family
soon spring will arrive to liven up the now lifeless     don’t want them to realize any inheritance until        was forced to simply watch and wait as his life
landscapes and wooded areas that surround all of         they’re old enough to handle it responsibly. If you     slowly slipped away, not knowing how long he
us.                                                      do care about these things - and you should - then      would simply linger. Simple things like paying his
   I wanted to start this column about wills on a        you do care what happens after you’re gone so you       rent and his utility bills could not be done since he
somewhat brighter note than usual since the              better make sure your desires are properly put          gave no one the power to do so and a legal claim
subject of estates and wills is very far from bright.    down in writing.                                        needed to be raised to simply get access to his
In fact, it is downright depressing for most and            Getting married is another good reason to have       bank account. Instead of grieving for Milton , his
absolutely unthinkable for others. I can not tell        a will drafted. You want to make sure that your         family was forced to hire a lawyer to get a judge to
you how many people have approached me                   new spouse will get all of your worldly belongings      give them permission to make decisions and act on
seriously over the years about drafting their will for   when you die. And you want to make sure you             Milton ‘s behalf. And all of us knew Milton did
them who never follow through on having it               have a Living Will and a Health Care Proxy              not want to linger on life support - he felt it was
drafted. Usually something has happened to               created at the same time. These are the two             “undignified” - but there was nothing that could
someone they know or a family member that                documents that allow someone to make decisions          be done.
prompts them to think about putting their after-         regarding life support for you if you are unfortu-         There is some good that came of all of this.
death wishes down in writing. Sometimes the              nate enough to end up in a coma or a vegetative         Some months after he finally passed (thankfully he
question about a will comes up while I am                state. Maybe your spouse will want to keep you          only lasted like that for about 2 weeks), Milton’s
representing them for another reason - an                around like that because they simply can’t come to      family was given permission by the Court to break
indication that the importance of memorializing          terms with what has happened to you even though         into a safe deposit box and a will was found along
one’s wishes in writing is known to them but it is       you told them time and time again that you never        with a list of his various investments and stocks.
something they really do not want to have to do.         want to exist in such a state. Having these             Unbeknownst to anyone, Milton had amassed an
Does it have something to do with not wanting to         documents in place in case something like this          estate that was worth a few million dollars. The
face up to the fact that you will, as we all will,       happens will ensure that your desires will be           will was old but valid and the estate was distrib-
someday die? Absolutely - I have no doubts about         followed through with. Single adults should have        uted according to Milton ‘s wishes. His family and
that. And it’s easy to rationalize that a will is        the same documents prepared to give guidance in         friends remember him with love and fondness and,
unnecessary - who cares what happens after I die,        case parents or friends are forced to make such life    in the end, Milton ‘s death brought all of them
right?                                                   decisions for you.                                      new life. Just like the way the death of winter
   A good friend of mine, Rich Sussman from                 I have personally seen the effects of not having     always brings the warmth of the sun and the new
Pelorus International, LLC in Rensselaer , asked         things like this in order. I met Milton when he was life of spring.
me to write about this subject. He asked me a            in his late seventies. He was a terrific guy who
good question - when is it time to make sure you         loved living in The
have a will prepared and drafted? And it’s a good        Village, getting his food                 Please feel free to mail your questions for “Ask the
question because there are certain events that           from Balducci’s, and               Attorney” to Our Towne or EMAIL “Ask the Attorney”
happen in your life that should prompt you to            having martinis at 4:30        directly at info@paulczechlaw.com.. And remember - We give
                                                                                       YOU a voice! Paul Czech, Esquire, Paul Czech and Associates
                                                                                        518-203-1036, 68 Indian Pipe Drive Wynantskill NY 12198,
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15 MINUTE SPRING CLEAN-UP
BREAK DOWN THE BIG JOBS
   Break down a big job into easy, 15-minute tasks. Start by clearing off
a single shelf. Then decide what you should keep and put it back on the
shelf; what you don’t keep can be given or thrown away. Be ruthless:
half-burned candles, games with missing pieces, single gloves—gone!
TUNE IN AND CLEAN OUT
   Pull out a drawer and sort through it while watching the tube. Just
put the kitchen, desk, bathroom or dresser drawer on a tray table and
keep a trash can handy.
As you go through “catch-all” drawers, put everything in the drawer
into a box . Then, whenever you use anything from the bag, put it back
in the drawer. At the end of the week, toss or give away anything left in
the bag.
MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR
   Give each member of your family a garbage bag to fill with things
that can be thrown away or that can be given away or donated to
charity.
BECOME A GROUPIE
   Spend 15 minutes walking around your home with an empty laundry
basket and collect just one type of thing—maybe hats and gloves, kids’
or pets’ toys, craft projects or books. Once you’ve assembled your
collection, decide immediately how to best store it or put it away.
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   Spray down the bathtub and sink with Antibacterial Bathroom
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Even the busiest household can manage 15 minutes a day for some pre-
spring cleaning and decluttering—and the results could astound you. As
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                     CALENDAR OF EVENTS
                                —Troy
                      3/7 8 PM —Troy Savings Bank Music
                      Hall-Celebrate The Hall-29th Annual
                      Gala $180/Per person General Ticket $125


3/10 12 PM—Music at Noon-Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes Jazz
      Nova Jazz
Bossa Nova Jazz This is a free event and no ticket is necessary

3/13 8 PM—Houghton College Choir Please note these tick-
ets are not available via the internet. 273-0038. $5 all seats

      3PM—Troy           Concerts-Phoenix Chorale & Kan-
3/15 3PM—Troy Chromatic Concerts
sas City Chorale $40/$45

3/22 3 PM—ESYO Spring 2009 Concert ESYO Spring 2009
        PM—ESYO
Concert featuring: Empire State Repertory Orchestra - David
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4/5 7 PM—An Irish Homecoming with Cherish the Ladies
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                                                                                             PO Box 466
                                                                                             East Schodack, NY 12063
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                                   We want to thank our members
                                 for their input regarding upcom-
                                 ing events/seminar ideas. The next
                                 seminar is scheduled for Wednes-      6
                                 day March 25th at 8:00 a.m. The
                                 location is The Country Trunk’s
                                 Cottage Cafe. “Credit Card Pro-
cessing” is the topic and Mark L. Navin, director of Sales and
Development for the Retail Council of New York State, will present
an information discussion on the “Pitfalls of Choosing a Credit
Card Processor”. In this economy retailers need to know where
they can save, this informative seminar will give you a GREAT              1 7/8"x1 7/8" and 4 ads at 3"x17/8". The larger ads are the
place to start! Reserve a seat by contacting Nancy Keenholts at            corners. The ads will “frame” the map. The smaller ads are
479-7282 OR by email to ctrunk@earthlink.net. This is a FREE               $40, the larger ads are $60. Members are asked to reserve      6
informative seminar so take adavantage of the opportunity! Cur-            their ad no later than March 15th. Again, please visit our
rently the EGBA is working to produce a map of Rt.4 and                    website to reserve the ad (click on CONTACT and use the
Rt.9&20. This map will have a dual purpose. The first purpose              Question, Comments, or Feedback Box for your informa-
of the map will be to serve as a guide to individuals visiting from        tion). We will promptly return your email message. We look
out of town. The second purpose will be to advertise. Members              forward to your participation and remember, if you own OR          ROUTE
of the EGBA are being asked to contact us via our website                  manage a business in East Greenbush you NEED TO JOIN                 4
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     AN INVITATION TO ALL RETAILERS IN THE EAST GREENBUSH AREA:
     Mark your calendar to attend an informative vseminar on “Credit Card Processing”
        Wednesday, March 25th at 8am, Mark L. Navin, director of                  will also speak about how membership in the Retail
     sales and development for the Retail Council of New York                      Council can benefit your business needs with
     State, will present an informative discussion on the                             programs on payroll services, and insurances.
     “Pitfalls of Choosing a Credit Card Processor”.                                      Please join with the East Greenbush Business
     Many of you know that businesses are solicited                                    Alliance on March 25th at 8am at The Country
     numerous times with a deal on processing fees to                              Trunk’s Cottage Café for this informative program.
     beat all others. Mr. Navin will give guidelines as to the                 Coffee and pastries will be served. Reserve a seat by calling
     questions you need to ask, so you make a good choice. Mr. Navin        Nancy Keenholts at 479-7282 or by email to
                                                                       ctrunk@earthlink.net.
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                                                                                 429-6380
                                                                             LESSONS: guitar • drums
                                                                             school percussion • bass • piano
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                                                                             —starting at $399

                                                                              Open Monday - Saturday.
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                                                                             620 Columbia Turnpike
                                                                                East Greenbush
                                                                               downstairs from the Bame Agency




                                                                                        Yoga and
                                                                                     Movement Therapy
                                                                                                 with Elisa Cotroneo
                                                                                          Held in a beautiful country studio
                                                                                             Luther Rd., East Greenbush

                                                                                          Morning and Evening Classes &
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                                    CHRISTINA WILLIAMS
q &a
Q. Describe your
                                         NYS Licensed Esthetician
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                                                                                             ON
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                                                                Q. What do you feel is your biggest chal-
business and how                                                lenge with your business?
you got started.                                                A. The state of the economy is very tough on
A. I have been                                                  any personal service business right now. I am
around hair, skin and                                           confident that this is just temporary and we
nail services since I                                           will begin to see a turnaround soon for all of
was very young. I                                               our local businesses.
took cosmetology
courses in the mid-                                             Q. What do you want the community to
80’s, but ultimately                                            know about you?
chose another career                                                                A. I provide a free skin
path and started a                                                                  care analysis for
family. With the                                                                    women, men and
encouragement of my                                                                 teenagers. I schedule
family, I returned to school and attended the Aesthetics                            appointments between
Science Institute in Latham. I completed their course in                            the hours of 4-9pm
aesthetics, graduating with honors. I began my own skin                             Tuesday through
care business focusing mainly on anti-aging skin care and                           Friday, and on Satur-
acne prevention.                                                                    day from 9am-2pm.
                                                                                    Please contact me at
Q. Are you known for anything special?                                              331-8466 anytime to
A. I attended product training sessions with G.M. Collin                            set up an appoint-
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are an incredible alterna-                                                                there anything else
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bring relaxation, increased                                          and encourage you to experience the
self-confidence, and                                                 difference.
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Q. Describe your busi-                                                                 Q. What do you like
ness and how you got                                                                   most about your busi-
started.                                                                               ness?
A.I operate a dry cleaning and                                                         A. I like all aspects of my
shirt laundry plant. When I was                                                        business. It is truly enjoyable
16, I started working part-time                                                        to know that my company
after school at Roxy Cleaners in                                                       works together to help people
Delmar as counter help. I liked                                                        look their best. whether they
the work and quickly learned                                                           are going to work, to a special
how to clean, spot, press and to                                                       occasion or just staying home.
run my own store. After I gradu-
ated from high school, at the age                                                      Q. What do you want
of 19, Roxy offered me a fran-                                                         the community to
chise of my own
                                                                                                know about
store in East
Greenbush. In                                                                                   you?
1969 I formed my                                                                                   A. We’ve been in
own corporation.                                                                                   business 40 years
In 1979, I bought                                                                                  on March 24th!
Roxy’s out and                                                                                     Most people who
changed the name                                                                                   come in to my
to Crown Cleaners.                                                                                 store know me as
                                                                                                   “the man with
                                                                                                   the cigar in his
Q. Are you
                                                                                                   mouth”. This has
known for                                                                                          been my symbol
anything                                                                                           for 40 years. I
special?                                                    want everyone to know that I’m only allowed to light it
A.Yes, our reputation is “if we can’t get the spots out     when I’m cutting the grass!
nobody can.” I have always tried to keep up with the
changes in the the methods of dry cleaning. and, at the     Is there anything else you’d like to say?
same time making sure it is environmentally safe. We have   It is a true honor to know that my business has succeeded
the Aqua Clean System...Clothes are cleaner, fresher,       mostly because of the great crew that I have and how we
brighter and softer.                                        can all work together. Many of my crew are members of
We also have an expert tailor on our premises who does      my family but I am especially grateful for my wife and two
just about anything in the clothing department. We have     sisters!
quality same-day service Monday through Friday in by 12
or Saturday in by 10.


            Crown Cleaners           627 Columbia Turnpike East Greenbush 477-4607
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                                                                            Tuesday thru Saturday
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                                                                      East Greenbush
Fresh salads
Nachos                                                               477-5500
              Check out our Daily Specials including many veggie option Monday -closed
Burritos                                       99 cent Kid’s Meal     Tuesday - Thursday
Salsa & chips        $1 OFFmore with purchase of Adult Burrito 10:30am - 8 pm
                  Any order of $10 or              or Quesadilla
                                                                       Friday & Saturday
Quesadillas           477-5500                     477-5500
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                                                                                   (Valid any Saturday)
                                                                        10:30am - 9pm
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                                                                                                                          11 am - 6pm
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   “Your Hometown
    Garden Center”
For Gardening at Its Best!

         Palm Sunday
         Open House
           April 5th
  •   Annuals and Perennials           • Soil Amendments
  •   Herbs and Water Plants           • Bulk Mulch and Topsoil
  •   Trees and Shrubs                    (Delivery Available)
  •   Bagged Mulch and Stone           • Birdbaths and Statuary
                                                                   HOURS:
          420 COLUMBIA TPKE.(Across From Columbia Plaza)           Open 8 – 4
                 Rensselaer, NY 12144           We Sell          Monday - Sunday
                   518-477-4163                 Propane            thru March




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                                        by the Celts, was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of
                                        spring. By the seventeenth century, the shamrock had become a symbol of emerging Irish
                                        nationalism. As the English began to seize Irish land and make laws against the use of the
                                        Irish language and the practice of Catholicism, many Irish began to wear the shamrock as
                                        a symbol of their pride in their heritage and their displeasure with English rule.
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         Our Towne
         Wishes You
           a Happy
         St. Patrick’s
              Day




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President
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518-272-1606 • 800-641-1606
518-272-2435 fax
668 Hoosick Road
TROY , NY 12180
www,ScreenitLtd.com
Competitive prices for all your embroidery needs.
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                                              Every 3rd Friday of the month Meyer & Yonkers

                                                                         Tuesday - Saturday till 11pm
                                                                              Sunday till 10 pm
                                                                            Tavern Menu available
                                                                                DINNER MENU
                                                                           Tuesday - Saturday 4-10
                                                                                 Sunday 3-9

                                                 BEST KEPT SECRET IN                           Join us for
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                                                                                      CHICKEN PARM DINNER
     346 Columbia Turnpike—East Greenbush
           (2 Doors from Hoffman’s Jiffy Lube)          Daily Lunch &                $10.99
               Tues.-Sat. 11am-10pm
             Sun. till 10pm Closed Mon.                 Dinner Specials                       Sun - Thurs
                                                                                           IN HOUSE ONLY


      SUNDAY                                                                          TULLY’S
      NASCAR                                                                         TUESDAYS
      SPECIAL                                                                          Buy an 8 cut pizza get
                                                                                      the 2nd (equal or lesser
         Buy any sub at
                                                                                           value) 1/2 off.
        regular price get
        a 2nd sub 1/2 off
       (equal or lesser value)

      MONDAY                                                                         WING
       PIZZA                                    449-deli (3354)
                                                                                  WEDNESDAYS
                                                122 Columbia Turnpike
      SPECIAL                                     Rensselaer Next to Beer          30 cent wings served all day
       8 cut cheese pizza $6                     Belly Bob’s Beverage Center       with veggies & blue cheese
      12 cut cheese pizza $9                     HOURS: WED-SAT 11-10
      (Toppings additional)                        SUN - TUES 11-9
         12 cut pizza                                                             Buy 1 dinner
          24 wings                             $1 off any
                                                                                   get the 2nd
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                                             Hannaford Plaza, East
                                             Greenbush 477-2744

                                             Mon-Fri 8-6:30pm. Sat 8:30-4pm

                                                  • Black or Color Photocopying
                                                • Laminating • Binding • Folding
                                                    • Print From Computer Disk
                                                Estate Packing • Faxing Services
Are you looking for spring clean-ups?
                                                 • Shipping & Packing Services
Small tree removal? Brush clean up?                 • Mailbox & Postal Services
 Drainage work? Leveling top soil?                       • Copying Services
     Digging for retaining walls?                • Finishing & Printing Services
                                             • Moving Supplies • Notary Services
                                             • Now Freight Shipping (over 150 lbs.)


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                                                              with coupon
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        DOBY’S SUBMARINE
                                                                 no fees.
     Family Owned and Operated since 1972
     Large menu including: Subs, Sandwiches, Burgers,
                                                                 no fuss.
                  Wings, Fried Chicken,
             Cheese Steaks and much more!                        no flack.
           WEEKLY SPECIALS! HOT SOUP DAILY!
                                       Hours: M-W 10am-8pm;
                                          TH-F 10am-9pm;
                                                                no fooling.
                                           Sat 10am-8pm;
                                           Closed Sunday



                                      RANKED IN
                                       TOP 3 AT
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                                                              It has been one year since we opened the East
              CLEANING SERVICE, LLC                           Greenbush Branch o NBT Bank and it has
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     •   Move Outs                                            you the highest level of service which you
     •   Clean outs—garages & basements                       deserve. To show our appreciation to the East
     •   Construction Cleanup (all phases)                    Greenbush community we are collecting non-
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                                           FLEA FUN
                                                Here we go: another flea
                                             story...get a jump on things this
                                             year by taking action. Each year
                                             I meet people who are prepared
                                             for fleas and I meet people who
                                             just get lucky when it comes to
                                             fleas. But far too often I meet
                                             people who are playing catch-up
                                             in the war on fleas. Often they
                                             are not winning. Often it’s not
                                             pretty. Fleas are a menace that
                                             can be a simple annoyance or a
                                             household catastrophe. Our
office answers questions every day about fleas—each situation is unique; as
such, there will be no true, “Complete Guide Too...” on the subject of
how your problem applies to, and impacts, your life. In come the
philosophical, financial, environmental, and patient limitations and
differences— more variables—all situations have different answers.
Having said that, here’s a few more “tips” from me to you—apply your
best common sense.
    FAD—Flea Allergic Dermatitis—is far and away the most common
skin condition that I see. Let’s generalize: almost all of my patients who
are chewing the hair off the top of their tails, hips, and backs, are FAD
cases. Even one flea bite can set off the allergic cascade. Good luck with
that explanation when you can’t find a flea on a patient of whom you
suspect FAD. Clients are pretty sure you’re making stuff up. Fleas are
maddening.
    Don’t give fleas a foothold. If you’re a collar person, get a new one—
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!!! If you like the neck drops, apply away.
Start early. YOU MUST: watch to MAKE SURE your products are
working and keep working through the season. This year I will see
hundreds of pets with desperate skin disease. Some pets will be itchy and
painful. Some will be truly suffering. Often their owners have tried the
“cheap” collars and drops, and now they are in my office to get antibiotics,
steroids, and more effective drops and premises spray. Most people leave
my office with an effective plan, but it would have been nice if they
didn’t have to come in.
    The best products are the expensive ones; although, when weighed
against office visits/injections/medications/AND products, the cost of
preemptive product and environmental care is cheap. And by the way,
the cost to owner AND pet of letting a real problem fester only goes up as
the infection gets worse. If your animal has a problem, fix it. It’s like
listening to your breaks grind. Truly one of those: “ounce of prevention”
things. Common Sense. If your version of common sense is not work-
ing—or if you don’t have any—feel free to call our office and talk with
our reception or technical staff about how to implement OUR version of
common sense flea control into your pet’s life. Our notion of things won’t
be right for everyone. Hopefully we can help. You may save a bunch of
money and spare yourself/life/house/pet a lot of stress.
    Learn how things work. In general. In life. Common sense. Informa-
tion is everywhere. Google, talk, ask, read, observe. What’s the story with:
Frontline, Advantage, Revolution, Program, pyrethrins, cinnamon oil,               Want to receive Our
rosemary oil, garlic, brewers yeast, diatomaceous earth, etc... ideas abound.
People can make truly good decision for themselves if they apply common          Towne online? Send us an
sense and a little education. You are responsible for your education. You        email with Email in the subject line
are responsible for your pet. Simple.
Dr. David Stone, Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital 498 N. Greenbush Rd.            and we’ll email you the link to the
North Greenbush, 283-2700                                                             new issue every month.
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                                                      Book Review
                                                   DEWEY
                                                   by Vicki Myron
                                                   The Story of the Library Cat that
                                                   Touched the Town of Spencer Iowa
                                                                       When Spencer librarian Vicki
                                                                        We use 100%
                                                                       Myron kept an abandoned kitten                           veg
     New & gently read books
                                                                       as a library cat, she could not foresee the effect he
                                                                       would have on the people of her town, and her own
     Gift certificates are always practical                            life.
        GOOD BUY BOOKS 330 Columbia Tpke.          The practice of using pets as companion animals for the elderly or
               479-BOOK (2665)                     infirm in hospitals and nursing homes is well known. Keeping cats is a
March 2nd Tea Club 7:00 PM                         tradition in many libraries, originally as a means of pest control, but
Green Teas & Irish Teas                            more recently as a way of creating a welcoming atmosphere in the
Please RSVP $6.00                                  library.
                                                   Dewey is the story of an abandoned kitten and his effect on a small
March 10th Needle Night 6:30 PM                    town. On a winter morning in 1988 Vicki Myron found more than she
Two hours of uninterrupted time for crafters       expected in the library’s drop box. Someone had dumped a tiny kitten
March 16th Reading Group 7:00 PM                   inside, and it was lucky to have survived overnight in the freezing cold.
The Dead by James Joyce                            Vicki decided to keep the kitten in the library, as a pet that could be
March 24th Needle Night 6:30 PM                    shared with the community.
Two hours of uninterrupted time for crafters       At the time of Dewey’s arrival Spencer Iowa was still reeling from the
April 6th Tea Club 7:00 PM                         farm crisis of the l980s. Rural jobs were scarce and small towns like
Spring Tea RSVP $6.00                              Spencer were hit hard. In telling Dewey’s tale, Myron also shares the
                                                   story of life as a single mother in a hard-hit economy.
April 11th Clifford the Big Red Dog 11 AM          Dewey (full name Dewey Readmore Books) was a cat of some consider-
Crafts, story telling and refreshments.            able personality and intuition. His addition to the Spencer Library pro-
Bring the kids & the camera!
                                                   vides the book with many entertaining anecdotes that will appeal to
April 15th Author signing                          cat lovers everywhere.
Local author Eric Devine in conjunction with the   Myron’s accounts of the effect Dewey has on the people he meets in
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, will host   the library are by turns touching and funny. His antics as a kitten run-
a signing of his young adult novel This Side of    ning loose in a library are humorous and well-told. His interactions
Normal                                             with the children of Spencer play an important part in the story, and the
April 20th Reading Group    7:00 PM                description of Dewey’s impact on a young disabled girl.
Molokai by Allen Brennert                          Touted as a Marley & Me for cat lovers, Dewey does invite comparison
                                                   with John Grogan’s successful autobiographical novel about life with
                                                   Marley the labrador. Both books tell the story of a family, with a beloved
                                                   pet as the central character. While Dewey’s interactions with the staff
  TAKING
                                                   and patrons of the Spencer Public Library make up the majority of the
  ORDERS
                                                   book, it is Myron’s history that prevents Dewey from becoming just a
 NOW FOR
                                                   collection of cute cat stories.
 MOTHER’S
 DAY GIFT                                          Myron chronicles Dewey’s life as his fame spread beyond the walls of
 BASKETS.                                          the library to the world at large. Along the way she relates events from
                                                   her own life and from the world of Spencer. Dewey is as much about
                                                   Vicki Myron’s relationship with her daughter and her family, and the
                                                   story of the town of Spencer as it is about Dewey himself.
                                                   Although the story of the lovable library cat has a broad appeal, parents
                                                   should be aware that some themes – particularly those involving
                                                   Myron’s alcoholic husband – may be too adult for younger readers.
                                                   Full of many poignant moments, Dewey would make an excellent gift -
                                                   particularly for lovers of cats.
                                                   DEWEY IS AVAILABLE AT GOOD BUY BOOKS FOR $19.99.
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    THURS. MARCH 05 TRIP/RCHR
    THURS.                                                                                                                    balls, Salad, Bread, Cake, Coffee &
    Money Smart Workshop - Part 2                                                                                               Soda. Cost: $7.50 Adults/$6 - 12 &
    5:30 pm to 8:30 pmCredit and fi-                                                                                            Under Italian Community Center -
    nancial goals The Arts Center - 265
    River Street For more information
                                                                 Community                                                      1450 5th Avenue

    and to register: 690-0020 or visit the
    website at www.triponline.org                                          Event
                                                               Calendar of Events                                             FRI, MARCH 27 (8: p.m. - N/A) Com-
                                                                                                                              munity Event Hudson Valley Commu-
                                                                                                                              nity College 80 Vandenburg Ave. (Rt.
    THURS. MARCH 05 (11:30 a.m.-2:30
    THURS.                                                                                                                    4), Troy, New York 12180 Capital Dis-
                                             maps and photographs to explore          a series of three on-act plays that
   p.m.) oil
etable TOSCA 200 Broadway BI-                the changing face of the Hudson          were originally performed in
                                                                                                                              trict Garden & Flower Show. General
                                                                                                                              Admission, at the door $10* Children
    Monthly Business Luncheon- Out to        River within Rensselaer County. Call     Dublin’s historic Abbey theater as
    Lunch Hosted by TOSCA The First and                                                                                       under 15 Free. Discount Call 786-1529.
                                             518-272-7232. www.rchsonline.org         early as 1904, offering glimpses into   www.gardenandflowershow.com
    Third Thursday of Every Month from                                                Ireland’s heart and soul. The three
    11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Call 518-272-      FRI, MARCH 13 (4p.m.-7 p.m.) Com-        plays presented are “Spreading the
    3013.                                                                                                                     FRI, MARCH 27 (5 - 8 pm) Commu-
                                             munity Event/Dinner VFW Post 1938,       News”, “Riders to the Sea”, and         nity Event Rensselaer County Histori-
                                             242 Poplar Avenue. St. Patrick’s Day     “The Rising of the Moon”. Please        cal Society 57 Second Street Troy The
    SAT, MARCH 07 Craft Fair Colum-
    SAT                                      Dinner-Corned beef, ham, cabbage,        join them as they celebrate the cul-
    bia High School, Route 151/Luther                                                                                         popular “one night wonders” series
                                             potatoes and carrots. The cost is $10.   ture and history of Ireland. Perfor-    returns, with a slight twist. Many
    Road. Applications for participating                                              mances will be held on March 13,
    crafters are being accepted until                                                                                         TNO sites will be hosting kid-friendly
                                             SAT, MARCH 14 (9a.m.-1 p.m.)
                                             SAT                                      14, 20 & 21 at 8pm and March 15,        activities to make for a fun family
    January 12. Call Melissa Heeg at         Farmer’s Market Uncle Sam Atrium         21, 22 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $16.
    207-4608.                                                                                                                 evening out. 518-272-7232
                                             at the corner of Third Street & Broad-   Call 674-2007. www.info@slca-           www.rchsonline.org
                                             way.          Call          7084216.     ctp.org
    SAT, MARCH 07 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00
    SAT                                      www.troymarket.org
    p.m.) Farmer’s Market Uncle Sam                                                                                           FRI, MARCH 27 (5-9PM) Community
                                                                                      SAT, MARCH 21 (9:00 a.m. - 1:00
                                                                                      SAT                                     Even Downtown Troy. Troy Night Out
    Atrium at the corner of Third Street     MON, MARCH 16 The Sidney Albert
                                             MON,                                     p.m.) Farmer’s Market Uncle Sam
    and Broadway. Call 5187084216.                                                                                            Join us on the last Friday of every
                                             Albany Jewish Community Center’s         Atrium at the corner of Third Street    month for an evening of food, liba-
    www.troymarket.org                       senior adult department schedules        and Broadway. For additional infor-     tion, shopping, arts & culture!
                                             a Model Passover Seder, which is         mation, please Call 5187084216.         troynightout.org
    SAT, MARCH 07 (10a.m.-4p.m.)
    SAT                                      open to the community- on 4:30 -         www.troymarket.org
    Craft Fair The East Greenbush Cen-       6pm at the Albany JCC, 340 Whitehall
    tral High School, 151 Luther Road                                                                                         SAT, MARCH 28 (9-1 p.m.) Farmer’s
                                                                                                                              SAT
                                             Road. Cost is $13 per person. Con-       SAT, MARCH 21 (4:30 p.m.-6:30
                                                                                      SAT                                     Market Uncle Sam Atrium at the cor-
    East Greenbush. Craft Fair. Call 207-    tact the Albany JCC’s senior adult       p.m.) Community Event/Supper The
    4608.                                                                                                                     ner of Third Street and Broadway. Call
                                             office to reserve, 438-6651 x112         Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad. The         5187084216. www.troymarket.org
                                                                                      Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad, 1448
    SAT, MARCH 07 (1 - 2 pm.) Commu-
    SAT                                      TUES, MARCH 17 (6 p.m. - N/A) Mu-
                                             TUES,                                    Route 40 will be holding a Chicken
    nity Event Rensselaer Public Library,                                                                                     SAT, MARCH 28 (10 a.m. - 7 p.m.)
                                                                                                                              SAT
                                             sic & Entertainment 42 Schumann          Barbeque.                               Community Event Hudson Valley
    810 Broadway, Rensselaer. Join us        Road in Averill Park Ron and Bar-
    as the 19th century Hudson comes                                                                                          Community College Capital District
                                             bara -Berti are hosting a Corned         SUN MARCH 22 (2:00 p.m-N/A)             Garden & Flower Show. General Ad-
    alive through images and accounts        Beef & Cabbage Dinner.the profits        Community Event New York State
    of adventure, rivalry, and shipwreck.                                                                                     mission, at the door $10* Children
                                             benefiting SLCA. Seating is limited,     Theatre Institute in Troy. The Nassau   under 15 Free. Discount. Call (518)
    Intended for kids ages 8-12. Call        so make your reservations early $25      Synagogue and Jewish Community
    272-7232. www.rchsonline.org                                                                                              786-1529.        www.gardenand
                                             per      person.       674-2007.         Center will be sponsoring a Theatre     flowershow.com
                                             www.info@slca-ctp.org                    Party Fundraiser to see “Yours,
    SAT, MARCH 07 Community Event-
    SAT                                                                               Anne”. Following the play produc-
    Fundraiser Friends of the Dyken Pond                                                                                      SAT, MARCH 28, (8p.m. - N/A) Music
                                                                                                                              SAT
                                             THURS, MARCH 19 (11:30 a.m.-2:30
                                             THURS,                                   tion the synagogue will host a re-      & Entertainment The Arts Center of
    Center Bird Seed Fundraiser-Order        p.m.) Special TOSCA 200 Broadway         ception in the A Gallery Call 732-
    by       Feb.27           658-2055.                                                                                       the Capital Region 265 River Street
                                             Troy, New York BI- Monthly Business      4037.                                   Troy RICHARD LAINHART: IMPRO-
    www.dkenpond.org                         Luncheon- Out to Lunch “Hosted by                                                VISED WORKS. $12/$10 273.0552
                                             TOSCA *The First and Third Thurs-        THURS, MARCH 26 (11a.m. - 7 p.m.)
                                                                                      THURS,                                  x231. www.artscenteronline.org
    SUN, MARCH 08 (4:30 P.M. - 6:30
    SUN,                                     day of Every Month from 11:30 a.m.-      Community Event Italian Commu-
    P.M.) Community Event The Valley         2:30     p.m.      518-272-3013.         nity Center 1450 Fifth Avenue Troy,
    Falls United Methodist Church, 16                                                                                         SUN, MARCH 29 (10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
                                             www.toscagrille.com                      New York 12180 Ziti & Meatball Din-     Community Event Hudson Valley
    State Street. Super Suppers. Tickets                                              ners. Take Out or Dine In. The Cost:
    are available at the door Call 753-                                                                                       Community College Capital District
                                             FRI, MARCH 20 (8:00 p.m. - N/A)          $7.50 adults, 12 and under $6.00.       Garden & Flower Show. General Ad-
    6053 or 753-6028.                        Music & Entertainment Sand Lake          Call 518-273-7313.                      mission, at the door $10* Children
                                             Center for the Arts-2880 NY 43,                                                  under 15 Free. 786-1529.
    THURS, MARCH 12 (5:30 - 7:30 pm)
    THURS,                                   Averill Park. Circle Theatre Players     THURS, MARCH 26 Ziti & Meatball
                                                                                      THURS,
    Community Event Rensselaer County                                                                                         www.gardenandflowershow.com
                                             presents-”A Night at the Abbey”.         Dinner @ The ICC - 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Historical Society Renss. County His-    CTP presents “A Night at the Abbey”,     Take Out or Dine In. Ziti & Meat-
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                                                                                  200 Columbia Turnpike,
                                                                                   East Greenbush, NY
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                                                                          FISH FRY FRIDAY’S
                                                                             Melvin Roads Post 1231, American Legion has scheduled
                                                                          several “Fish Fry Friday’s” during the upcoming Lenten season.
                                                                          March 6th and March 20th to date have been set for this event
                                                                          which is open to the public. The meal consists of a generous
                                                                          serving of fish fry, French fries and coleslaw. The price is $7.00.
                                                                          Hours are 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The Post is located at 200
                                                                          Columbia Turnpike, across from the entrance to Hampton Manor.
        THIS WILL KEEP                                                    Ample parking is available and the facility is handicap accessible.
       YOUR IRISH EYES
            SMILIN’!                                                             EAST GREENBUSH NEWS
     30% off all Green Candles                                            The Town of East Greenbush Department for Youth Services and
      in March with This Ad!                                              Recreation is accepting applications for summer employment.
                                                                          Positions available are Day Camp Counselors, Rhythm and Rhymes
                                                                          Counselor, Lifeguards, and Gatekeepers. Applications are avail-
BUS TRIPS                                                                 able at the East Greenbush Town Hall . Please call 477-4194.
SUN, MAY 17 a bus trip is scheduled to The Forum Theatre in
SUN, MAY
Binghamton to see a 3pm performance of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ Lunch at         The Town of East Greenbush Youth Commission, Police Benevo-
Christopher’s Restaurant is included. . Cost per person is $122 and       lent Association, and the Department for Youth Services and Rec-
prepaid reserv .are required before March 30.
                                                                          reation are looking for nominations for this year’s “ Spotlight on
SUN, JUNE 7 a trip to the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham is planned
SUN,                                                                      Youth Award.” Nominees must be 11-18 years of age and live in
to see HIGH SOCIETY. Lunch at the Pi Restaurant in Kinderhook is          the Town of East Greenbush. Call 477-4194 for a form. All en-
included . Cost per person is $68 and prepaid reservations are required   trants will be honored at a ceremony on Fri, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. in
by March 30th.
                                                                          the East Greenbush Community Room in the Town Hall
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             MISS SIGMUND
              SPEAKS ABOUT                                         GOT A HOUSE FULL OF
              ACADEMICS
             Dear Miss Siggy,
          Most days I hate coming to
                                                Parent’s           KIDS FOR SPRING
                                                                  BREAK AND NO PLANS
school. Sitting in class is really
boring, and the minute I get here I just
want to get back on the bus and go home.
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                                                                    Here are some spring break ideas for kids and
                                                                parents that will turn a week at home into a fun
What should I do?                                              vacation.
                                                                  If you’re staying home during spring break, think of
Yours truly,                                                   the outings and activities you can’t fit into your school-
Blah in Blue Hallway                                           day schedule and get them done. Visit the places you
                                                               can’t get to on weekends and do projects your regular
Dear Blah,                                                     schedule won’t allow.
Believe it or not, long before I                               SOMETHING FUN EVERY DAY
earned my Master’s Degree in                                      Make every day a different theme, using the things
                                                               that your kids are interested in. Designate one day a
Canine Good Citizenship, I too                                 “Backwards Day” or “Opposite Day” and do every-
hated school. Classes were so dull,                            thing backwards. (Eat dinner food for breakfast, have
and all I wanted to do was play. But then my mom told me       pancakes for dinner, wear your clothes backwards and
that if I wanted to realize my dream of becoming a world       inside out, say hello when you greet someone, and say
famous dog psychologist, I would have to try harder in         hello when you leave.)
school. And she was right! It was tough, but I stuck with         Camp out in the back yard on Wild West Day, do
                                                               some stargazing on Outer Space Day, and go for a fossil
it. Now I’m the most respected Golden Doodle in the field      hunt on Dinosaur Day. Have a Birthday Day, when it’s
and the backyard, too. A young mind and a pressed              a special day for everybody; organize a gift exchange
rawhide bone are terrible things to waste.                     and have cake for everyone.
Miss Siggy, Canine Good Citizen and Ph.D.                      PLANT A GARDEN WITH YOUR CHILDREN
                                                                  Spring break is the perfect time to start thinking
MISS SIGMUND SPEAKS ABOUT BULLYING                             about your garden. Let your kids choose a small piece
                                                               of ground in the back yard and dig it out into their
Dear Miss Sigmund,                                             very own garden. Let them put in a border with bricks
Kids on my bus are bullying the younger kids and it really     or rocks and plant what the season allows.
upsets me. I want to help them but I’m afraid if I say            Start some seeds in potting soil in Styrofoam cups
anything I’ll get bullied too. What should I do?               indoors so they can plant them outside when the
Yours,                                                         weather gets warmer.
Bothered on Bus 9                                              SPRING DAY TRIPS
                                                                  What’s within driving distance to where you live?
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Kids who bully other kids and make them feel bad make me       planetarium, museums, and other local offerings.
want to snarl. That’s why I think kids like you, who are
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             Irish Cream Pie                                 Corned Beef Skillet Hash




                                                              Want to bring your family to the dinner table?
     A chocolate pat-in-the-pan pie crust makes easy          Create a skillet dish your grandmother probably
     work of this special edition chocolate-plus pie!         made, featuring ever-popular meat and potatoes.
     Chocolate Pat-in-Pan Pie Crust
     3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Gold Medal® all-              2 cups chopped cooked corned beef brisket
     purpose flour                                            1 1/2 cups chopped cooked potatoes (about 1
     1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened                    1/2 medium)
     1/4 cup powdered sugar                                   1 1/2 cups diced cooked beets (about 12 oz
     1/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
     2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa                   fresh beets)
     Filling                                                  1/3 cup chopped onion
     1/2 cup milk                                             1/2 teaspoon salt
     32 large marshmallows                                    1/4 teaspoon pepper
     1/3 cup Irish cream liqueur                              1/4 cup shortening
     1 1/2 cups whipping cream
     Grated semisweet baking chocolate, if desired            Chopped fresh parsley, if desired
     1. Heat oven to 400°F. In medium bowl, mix all           1. In large bowl, mix all ingredients except
     crust ingredients until soft dough forms. Press          shortening and parsley.
     firmly and evenly against bottom and side of             2. In 10-inch skillet, heat shortening over
     ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Bake 12 to 15          medium heat until melted. Spread beef mixture
     minutes or until light brown. Cool completely on         in skillet. Cook 10 to 15 minutes, turning
     cooling rack, about 30 minutes.
     2. In 3-quart saucepan, heat milk and                    occasionally with wide spatula, until brown.
     marshmallows over low heat, stirring constantly,         Sprinkle with parsley.
     just until marshmallows are melted. Refrigerate
     about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until
     mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a
                                                              Peanutty Good Luck Snack
     spoon. (If mixture becomes too thick, place             You can make this charming
     saucepan in bowl of warm water; stir mixture            snack in 10 minutes—no
     until proper consistency.) Gradually stir in liqueur.   cooking or baking required!
     3. In chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream
     with electric mixer on high speed until stiff. Fold     4 cups Lucky Charms®
     marshmallow mixture into whipped cream.                 cereal
     Spread in pie crust. Sprinkle with grated               1 cup candy-coated peanut
     chocolate. Cover; refrigerate until set, at least 4     butter pieces
     hours but no longer than 48 hours. Store in             1 cup yogurt-covered raisins
     refrigerator.
                                                             1 cup peanuts
                                                             1. Place all ingredients in resealable plastic food-
                                                             storage bag; seal. Shake until mixed.
                                                               2. Store at room temperature up to 3 days.
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   IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
     TOWN HALL-Clerk’s Office
                                                                                     March is...
East Greenbush ........................................ 477-7145          Foot Health Month, Humorists Are Artist Month,
North Greenbush ..................................... 283-4306            National Irish American Month Music in Our
Rensselaer ................................................. 462-4266     Schools Month, National Craft Month, National
Schodack .................................................. 477-7590      Frozen Food Month, National Irish American
Troy ......................................................... 270-4541   Heritage Month- designated by Congress in 1995,
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE .............. 274-7020                               National Nutrition Month, National Peanut Month,
Gas Emergency .............................. 1-800-982-2345               National Women’s History Month, Poetry Month
FIRE EMERGENCY .........................................911
                                                                          Red Cross Month, Social Workers Month Furniture
In East Greenbush .................................... 479-1212
FIRE DEPARTMENTS-non emergency                                            Refinishing Month, National Noodle Month
East Greenbush-main number .................. 479-4168                    March 1 is . . .National Pig Day/Peanut Butter Lover’s Day/
DeFreestville ............................................. 286-3612      Share a Smile Day
Wynantskill .............................................. 286-5506       March 2 is . . .Old Stuff Day / Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
Rensselaer ................................................. 463-2883     March 3 is . . .I Want You To Be Happy Day, Peach Blossom Day
Schodack .................................................. 477-4215      and National Anthem Day
                                                                          March 4 is . . .Holy Experiment Day / National Poundcake Day
Clinton Heights Fire Dept. ....................... 465-3990
                                                                          March 5 is . . .Multiple Personalities Day
Best Luther non-emergency ...................... 283-5641                 March 6 is . . .National Frozen Food Day / Dentist Day
Troy ......................................................... 270-4471   March 7 is . . .National Crown Roast Of Pork Day
HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT                                                        March 8 is . . .Be Nasty Day / Daylight Saving Time Begins
East Greenbush ........................................ 477-6103          March 9 is . . .Panic Day / Barbie’s Birthday
North Greenbush ..................................... 283-3921            March 10 is . . .Festival Of Life In The Cracks Day / First
Rensselaer ................................................ 462-5515      Paper Money Issued
Schodack .................................................. 766-4000      March 11 is . . .Johnny Appleseed Day and Worship of Tools
Troy ......................................................... 270-4579   Day / First Basketball Game
LIBRARY                                                                   March 12 is . . .Alfred Hitchcock Day / Girl Scout Day
East Greenbush ........................................ 477-7476          March 13 is . . . Jewel Day
North Greenbush ..................................... 283-0303            March 14 is . . . National Potato Chip Day
Rensselaer ................................................. 462-1193     March 15 is . . . Buzzard’s Day and Everything You Think Is
Schodack .................................... 766-2715 (Nassau)           Wrong Day / Ides of March
Troy ........................ 235-5310/274-1822/274-7071                  March 16 is . . . Everything You Do Is Right Day
                                                                          March 17 is . . . Submarine Day / St. Patrick’s Day
POISON CENTER .....................1-800-336-6997
                                                                          March 18 is . . . Supreme Sacrifice Day / Birthday of Sparky
POST OFFICES                                                              the Fire Dog /Johnny Appleseed Day
East Greenbush ........................................ 477-5212          March 19 is . . . Poultry Day /Swallow’s Return Day
Wynantskill .............................................. 283-5678       March 20 is . . . Proposal Day and Festival Of
Rensselaer ................................................ 449-5012      Extraterrestrial Abductions Day
Schodack .................................................. 732-2017      March 21 is . . . Fragrance Day / Single Parents’ Day
Troy ......................................................... 272-7300   March 22 is . . . National Goof-off Day
POLICE EMERGENCY ..................................... 911                March 23 is . . . National Organize Your Home Office Day and
IN EAST GREENBUSH ......................... 479-1212                      National Chip and Dip Day
POLICE NON-EMERGENCY                                                      March 24 is . . . National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
East Greenbush ........................................ 479-2525          March 25 is . . . Pecan Day and Waffle Day
North Greenbush- main number .............. 283-5323                      March 26 is . . . Make Up Your Own Holiday Day and Spinach
Rensselaer ................................................ 462-7451      Festival Day
Schodack .................................................. 477-8077      March 27 is . . . National “Joe” Day - everyone who hates
Troy ......................................................... 270-4411   their name can be called Joe today
                                                                          March 28 is . . . Something On A Stick Day
SCHOOL DISTRICTS
                                                                          March 29 is . . . Festival Of Smoke and Mirrors Day / Coca
East Greenbush ........................................ 477-2755
                                                                          Cola invented
North Greenbush ..................................... 283-6748            March 30 is . . . I Am In Control Day
Rensselaer ................................................. 465-6871     March 31 is . . . Bunsen Burner Day and National Clams On The
Schodack .................................................. 732-2124      Half Shell Day
Troy ......................................................... 271-5200
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                                                                                                                             BY
                                                                                                                   SPONSORED
    A cat sees us as the
  dogs...A cat sees himself as
  the human.” - UNKNOWN


TOP 11 DOG & CAT
CHARACTERISTICS
11. Dogs come when you call                                                    WHAT DO PET OWNERS NEED TO DO
    them.                                                                      TO GET OUR PUPS READY FOR THE
    Cats take a message and
    get back to you.                                                           COMING WARM WEATHER?
10. Dogs look much better at                                                   GROOM
    the end of a leash.                                                           Start with a bath, A self-serve grooming salon like Shampoodle is a
9. Dogs will let you give them a bath without taking out a                     great choice for a budget-conscious pet owner. You can also send your
    contract on your life.                                                     dog to a full-service grooming salon and save yourself a lot of work.
                                                                               Shampoodle offers full service grooming.
8. Dogs will bark to wake you up if the house is on fire.                         Ask at Shampoodle for special shampoo like one to brighten light-
   Cats will quietly sneak out the back door.                                  colored fur that has been ravaged by winter mud. Then get your dog
7. Dogs will bring you your slippers or the evening newspaper.                 dry using the dryers at the salon. Brush your dog’s fur—using one of the
   Cats might bring you a dead mouse.                                          rakes or brushes there for the right kind of fur. Have the nails cut or
6. Dogs will play Frisbee with you all afternoon.                              grinded.
   Cats will take a three-hour nap.                                            CLEAN UP
5. Dogs will sit on the car seat next to you.                                     Freshen your dog’s sleeping area by washing the bed or bed cover. Toss
   Cats have to have their own private box or they will not go                 or repair any toys or bedding materials that are ripped or broken.
   at all.                                                                     Vacuum hair and dirt.
4. Dogs will greet you and lick your face when you                             EXERCISE
   come home from work.                                                          A long winter means that you and your dog need to ease back into
                                                                               regular exercise. Make a schedule that gradually increases activity. Don’t
   Cats will be mad that you went to work at all.
                                                                               overdo it by becoming weekend warriors the first warm day of the year.
3. Dogs will sit, lie down, and heel on command.
   Cats will smirk and walk away.
                                                                               GET HEALTHY
                                                                                  Stock up on medications, such as heartworm preventive and flea
2. Dogs will tilt their heads and listen whenever you talk.
                                                                               repellent. Make sure any prescription medications you have are current;
   Cats will yawn and close their eyes.                                        dispose of any that are unnecessary or expired. Schedule your dog’s
1. Dogs will give you unconditional love forever.                              annual checkup and vaccinations..
   Cats will make you pay for every mistake you’ve ever                           Make sure your dog has proper identification... check to make sure it is
   made since the day you were born.                                           still securely attached to the collar and that it is still readable. If you don’t
     www.corsinet.com                                                          have a tag, get one made.
                                                                               CHECK YOUR YARD
                 “A dog wags its tail with its heart”                             Take a walk around the yard to check for any wear and tear on your
                      - MARTIN BUXBAUM                                         fence. Fix any gaps or areas where your dog might escape. Look for any
                                                                               plants that might be toxic or dangerous for your dog. Check the garage
  QUICK TIPS: HAIRBALLS                                                        or shed to assess the chemicals you use outside
    One of these natural remedies might help your cat overcome problems
 with hairballs. Cats naturally ingest hair when they groom themselves, and
 this hair accumulates in the stomach, creating hairballs.                     FUN FACTS FROM THE AMERICAN PET
    These natural hairball remedies might help your cat pass hairballs more
 easily:                                                                       ASSOCIATION ABOUT DOGS AND CATS
 • 1 teaspoon of bran daily                                                      There are 44,892,454 dog owners in the United States, who own a
 • 1/8 teaspoon unflavored fiber product or unprocessed psyllium hulls daily   total of 62,995,801 million dogs, and there are 76,954,111 million cats
 • 1 teaspoon canned pumpkin or strained prunes daily                          for a total of 139,949,912 pets. Of the 106.4 million households in the
 • 1/8 teaspoon slippery elm daily
                                                                               U.S., 33.6 million have at least one cat as a pet. The following statistics
    These are all natural and can be combined as needed. Also, manufacturers
 have developed capsulated fiber products that can be opened and mixed in      exemplify pet owners’ feelings towards their pets.
 food. You can help cut down on the number of hairballs your cat must pass       • 31,507,457 dog owners purchase Christmas gifts for their dogs.
 by regularly grooming your cat. Weekly or even more frequent grooming           • 39,754,847 cats receive Christmas gifts from their owners.
 sessions will cut down on the amount of hair your cat ingests through self-     • 13,498,254 cats have their birthdays celebrated.
 grooming.                                                                       • 9,849,021 dog owners celebrate their dogs’ birthdays
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 Help us get our fur-ever homes—- We would love to spend our lives with Lots of Love!!!

                               HI I’M CLIVE a 7 year old          exposed to parvo. Pancho survived parvo. He was
                              neutered Terrier Pit Bull mix       adopted when he was 12 wks old. One year later, his
                              and I am such a good boy and        family moved and didn’t want to take him with them so
                              I want to make sure everyone        he came back to us. Pancho is a goofy guy and could use
                              knows it. I bark to get your        some obedience training. He loves to play with other
                              attention hoping you will take      dogs. www.homewardbounddogrescue.com
                              me out. I love going for walks!
                                                                  WILLIE is a 2 year old Golden
                              I also hope you give me a
                                                                  Mix. He is an active boy who
                              chance and don’t think I’m a
                                                                  needs a home that is able to give
bad boy because I’m part Pit Bull! Every dog has its own
                                                                  him plenty of exercise and training
personality and it doesn’t matter what the breed is -
                                                                  to help him learn more self
only what I am like! Once outside I am a well-
                                                                  control. Willie would make an
mannered, easy to walk, gentleman. I love catching a
                                                                  excellent obedience or agility
tennis ball, having a little run with it, and then releasing it
                                                                  companion for a novice or
back for another throw. What I really appreciate (and
                                                                  competitive trainer as he is eager
need) is some TLC. I love to stretch up for petting and
                                                                  to learn, smart and in need of a
look lovingly at you (especially if you love me back) .
                                                                  way to channel his energy. He is much like a young
Please come and spend some time with me ! I’m at the
                                                                  puppy - reactive and mouthy - but he is much larger
Mohawk Hudson Humane Center in Menands and I
                                                                  and stronger and unaware of his size. He has shown
can’t wait to get to my furever home!
                                                                  some reactive fear behavior towards children so he
PANCHO is a hound                                                 should be in a strictly adult home where children do
mix, is about 3 yrs old                                           not frequent. He is very good with other dogs and
and about 50 lbs. He and                                          would enjoy a canine companion. He is crate trained
his litter were dumped at                                         and appears fine with dog savvy cats, however skittish
a rural shelter when only                                         cats who run might result in a game of chase. Willie is a
3 wks old! The person                                             fun and friendly dog who really needs a home that can
who dropped them off                                              provide him the training, structure and hard exercise he
said they wandered up                                             needs to be a good family pet. If you would like more
and she didn’t want                                               information about Willie please call Peppertree Rescue
them. At the time, we                                             at 518-4 -7425. Please visit our website at
had a boxer mix mom                                               www.pepper tree.org.
and she let 4 of them join her crew. Later, all were



                                                                         TRAINING CLASSES
              stress on                                                              FOR BEGINNERS & PUPPIES
                you &
              yourLess.
                    pet                                                          THURSDAY, MARCH 19
                stress on
                  you &                                                                         7 and 8:15 pm
                your pet.
                                     PERSONALIZED CARE
                                       for YOUR PET at your
                                      home while you’re away.




       Call for an                                                       Diane Blackman CPDT—call for appointment
      appointment.
                                                                       Bloomingrove Veterinary Hospital 283-2700 498 Route 4
                                                                      Corner of intersection of Route 4 & 43 (BLOOMINGROVE RD.) EXIT 8 OFF I-90
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                  ARTS CALENDAR
           COUNTRY DANCE
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE An English Country Dance will be held
on April 5 at Channing Hall of the First Unitarian Universalist Church,
405 Washington Avenue, Albany 12206. Dances will be called and
taught by Tom Amesse. Live music will be by Spare Parts and Eric
Buddington. The Dance will be held 2 -5 PM, an Introductory Work-
shop is at 1:30 PM. All are welcome, no experience or partner is
necessary. Admission is $11 at the door, $9 members. The Dance is
sponsored by Capital English Country Dancers (Information
cecd1@att.net or 477-5684). Directions can be found at                            Call 439-6800
www.fuusalbany.org/directions.html.
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SAND LAKE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
                 THEATRE: On March 13 - 22 join Circle The-
                 THEATRE:
                  atre Players when they present A Night at
                  the Abbey, a series of one-act play from
                  Dublinâ ™s historic theater celebrating the
                  culture and history of Ireland. Tickets are
                $16.

  MUSIC: On Sat. March 28 at 8pm the Squire Jacob concert
  series will present the legendary folk singer/song writer
  Garnet Rodgers. His music, like the man himself, is literate,
  passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful. Tickets
  are $16.

  GALLERY: Beginning on Feb. 16 presenting the Averill Par
  GALLERY
  Central School District Student show representing the
  works of elementary, junior high and senior high school
  artists. A free, and open to the public reception will be held
  on Sun. March 29 from 2-4pm. Regular gallery hours are
  Wed. & Fri. from 10am-12noon and Sundays from 1-4pm                   GRAFTON STATE PARK EVENTS
  and by appt. Sundays at the Center: On March 1 the Cham-
  ber Singers from the APCSD will perform in a free concert             MARCH 2009
  at 1:30pm. Ranging in grades from 10-12 they will per-                21 & 28 Saturday from 1-2pm, Backyard Maple Sugaring -
  form a variety of music. All events held at Sand Lake Center          Meet at Park Office
  for the Arts, 2880 NY 43, one half mile east of blinking              25 Wednesday from 10am-11am Wee Naturalists PreK
  light in Averill Park . Visit slca-ctp.org or call 518-674-2007       program - Signs of Spring.
  for reservations and more information.                                27 Friday from 3:30-5pm Beginner orienteering course - call
                                                                        Park Naturalist at 279-1155 for more info.

Advertisers - Dare to compare!                                        THE LEPRECHAUN
   There has so many misleading facts about the publications in
the area that Our Towne dares you to find a better publication to             The original Irish name for these figures of
advertise in for your local area.                                               folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied
   The areas to compare are:                                                           fellow.”
           • cost for comparable ad size,
           • # of copies directly mailed,                                                    Belief in leprechauns probably
           • # of copies dropped at locations coverage area.                                 stems from Celtic belief in fairies,
           (These have to be proven facts.)                                                tiny men and women who could use
   If you can prove this you will get a free black & white 1/4 page                    their magical powers to serve good or
ad in Our Towne during the month you choose. Send in your                           evil. In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were
facts to gmp@nycap.rr.com or fax to 439-6855.                                    cranky souls, responsible for mending the
                                                                              shoes of the other fairies. Though only minor
                                                                           figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were
     Your ad could be                                                 known for their trickery, which they often used to

    here for only $100!
                                                                      protect their much-fabled treasure.
                                                                      Leprechauns had nothing to do with St. Patrick or the
         Call for details                                             celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, a Catholic holy day. In
                                                                      1959, Walt Disney released a film called Darby O’Gill &
       439-6800 or email                                              the Little People, which introduced America to a very

            ginny@
                                                                      different sort of leprechaun than the cantankerous little
                                                                      man of Irish folklore. This cheerful, friendly leprechaun

      ourtownerensco.com                                              is a purely American invention, but has quickly evolved
                                                                      into an easily recognizable symbol of both St. Patrick’s
                                                                      Day and Ireland in general.
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                                                   The 4th Annual
                             “A TASTE of TROY”
                                                        March 25, 2009
                              Hosted by: Franklin Terrace Ballroom 126 Campbell Avenue, Troy
                  A Taste of Troy is a School 16 PTA sponsored community event which celebrates all Troy has to offer!!
       Take a Journey of Discovery through your own hometown; find the hidden gems in your backyard. This event promises to be a
                        wonderful evening, filled with surprises, history and a taste of Troy’s finest food samplings!
                              Over 450 in attendance last year! WE were SOLD OUT!! Order your tickets today!
                                                            Advance Ticket Prices:
                                          Family Pack (2 adults + 2 children b/w ages of 5-12) - $40
                                                  Adult - $15.00 Child (ages 5-12) - $8.00
               For tickets contact: Amy at 518-271-9146         For more information contact: Cheryl or Tom at 518-272-3506




                   This years Taste of Troy’s participants ao far are...
      Alexis Diner                             Full Effect Tattooing                      Pitman Prime Properties
     Aurora’s Willowcreek                     Hoosick Pizza                               Plum Blossom
     Badass Burrito                           Illium Cafe                                 Potter’s Tavern
     Beirut Restaurant                         Inferno Pizza                              Rainbow Cleaners
     Cafe Deli-icious                         Joann’s Hair & Tanning                      Snowman
     Carol’s Place for Pizza & Subs           King Entertainment & Limos                  Stewarts
     Centanni’s Market                        L & S Garden Center                         Sycaway Creamery
     Chubby’s Subs                            Le Marche Vert                              The Broken Mold
     Collar City Painting                      Lee Lin Chinese Restaurant                 “The Eatery” at Carol’s Place
     Cookie Factory                           Lusco Paper Company                         The Paper Sparrow
     Culligan Water of Troy                   Market Block Books                          The Ruck
     Defazio’s                                Morgan Linen                                The Whole Loaf
     El Platano                               Mr. Frank’s Furniture and Crafts            Tosca
     Emerald Athletic Club                    Oasis Park Miniature Golf                   Uncle Sam Lanes
     Flavour Cafe                             Pancho’s Mexican Buffet                     Vintage Chic Furniture
      Flowers By Pesha                        Pawling Flower & Gift
     Franklin Terrace Ballroom                Pinnacle Property Services, LLC



                                      Tickets will be sold at the Following Locations:
                                                 “The Eatery” at Carol’s Place
                                                         Carol’s Place
                                                              Tosca
                                                       Centanni’s Market
                                                          Illium Cafe
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                                                                            EIGHT PRODUCTS TO KEEP
                                                                            YOUR HOME CLUTTER-FREE
                                                                            By Peter Walsh
                                                                               These simple products will pay for themselves over and over
                                                                            again in terms of the time and effort you'll save keeping your
                 know...
         Did you know...                                                    home organized.
                                                                              Clear bins with lockable lids: Blankets, off-season clothes, art
          Towne
      Our Towne Rensselaer                                                  supplies, cosmetics…you name it! These organizing staples are
      county is on the web?                                                 key to staying organized and protecting your things from dust
                                                                            and dirt.
       Not only is it delivered to 15,000 homes &                             Trash bags: Grab two bags, and take 10 minutes every day
    businesses and dropped off at over 100 locations                        for a week to fill one with trash and the other with items you
      but it is also posted on internet. So if you want a recipe or         can donate.
    column from a couple of months ago...just log on. If you or your          A Hamper: Get a hamper to collect dirty clothes. That way,
      friend doesn’t receive a copy in the mail and can’t find one          they're all in one place when it's time for laundry.
     anywhere...just log on. If you want to tell a friend anywhere            Hangers. Hanging up clothes does more than keep them off
    about an article you read in Our Towne...have them just log on.         the floor. If you hang all of them in one direction and switch
    Our website has been here as long as our publication has been           each hanger as you wear that item, you can track what you're
     out. Being on the web is a great benefit for our advertisers           really wearing and donate the rest.
                        with the added exposure.                              Roomy open bins: These are great for easily storing things like
           Our website... www.ourtownerensco.com                            toys and sporting equipment. If it starts to overflow, sort
         If you still can’t get us and want to then give us a call.         through what's in there and get rid of what you don't need.
                                                                              A good filing system: Get a stable, well-made filing cabinet
                                                                            with pre-labeled files that cover every aspect of home operation
  BRAIN TEASER ANSWER FROM PAGE 33                                          imaginable.
                                                                              Your computer: Your computer can be an important
  First take the hen across. Leave the hen. Go back and                     organizational tool. Pay bills online to eliminate unneeded paper
  get the fox. Take the fox to the other side. Leave the                    and transfer your CDs to a computer to give yourself more
  fox there, but take the hen with you back to get the                      room.
  corn. Leave the hen and take the corn to the other                          Label makers: Use them all over the house, especially in the
  side. Drop the corn off with the fox, then go back to                     garage, where it's easy for the boxes to start piling up.
  get the hen. Bring the hen to the other side. All 3                         Now that you have the supplies, practice these quick and
  make it fully intact!                                                     easy ways to keep your home organized. log onto Oprah.com
                                                                            for more advice

SPRING LAWN PREPARATION
   When the wintry weather is gone and the                                                        •      Top dress. Spread a thin layer of peat
colorful blooms are back, it’s time to think                                                             moss over the lawn with a rake.
about spring cleaning. But while you’re                                                               • Weed. Go after weeds early in the season
washing windows, scrubbing walls and                                                                     before they have a chance to go to seed.
dusting corners inside the house, don’t forget                                                       • Fix bare spots. Clear away the dead-
about rolling up those sleeves and giving the                                                            looking patches, sprinkle grass seed on
outside a once-over, too.                                                                                the newly exposed soil, add fertilizer, and
   Spending some time in the backyard as soon                                                            keep the area moist until it sprouts.
as spring rolls around can really pay off. There                                                     • Remove thatch build-up that prevents
are lots of little things you can do to help                                                             sunlight oxygen and moisture from
spruce up your backyard when the weather                                                                 getting to the nutrient- hungry soil below.
starts to turn warmer. By digging in to cleanup                                                      • Give your tools a spring tune-up.
in early spring, you’ll be ahead of the game.                                                            Consider taking your lawn mower in for
   Here are seven tips that the professionals use                                                        an annual tune-up.
to ensure a successful backyard spring cleanup effort                   A little effort in early spring can lay the groundwork for a |
• Rake. Give the lawn a light once-over with a rake, taking care        thriving, healthy backyard — and have your neighbors turning green
  not to disturb any new grass plants by raking too hard.               with envy.
• Aerate. Removing plugs of sod in the spring — aerating —
  loosens the soil and lets water, air and fertilizer get down to the   Article courtesy of ARA Content
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The Birds & Butterflies of             The Truth about Lyme Disease
                                                        Lyme
Upstate New York                       WED . MARCH 4, 7 PM                   Hudson River Quadricentennial         Food in Art, Art in Food
                                                                                                                                         Food
MON . MARCH 2 7 PM                     Marthanne Linacre, will present       This year marks the 400th anni-       SUN . MARCH 22 AT 2 PM
Nationally recognized photographer     the truth about Lyme Disease and      versary of the voyage of Henry        Peter G. Rose presents a luciously
Warren Greene will present some        how to protect yourself and your      Hudson and his Dutch crew on          illustrated slide talk on food and
of his fascinating imagery of the      loved ones from the health risks.     the first European expedition to      drink seen in the artwork of the
birds and butterflies from upstate                                           sail up the Hudson River. To cel-     17th century Dutch Masters and
NY.                                              Fair
                                       Nutrition Fair                        ebrate this Quadricentennial, the     their relevance to the American
                                       WED. MARCH 25, 1-4 PM                 East Greenbush Community Library      kitchen today. Ticonderoga: French
Guarding Against Identity Theft:       The Nutrition Fair, hosted by         is working in conjunction with Fort   Fort Construction on the 18th-Cen-
What You Need to Know                  Russell Sage College students will    Crailo Historic Site and Greenbush    tury Frontier
TUES . MARCH 3 , 7 PM                  expose families to healthy eating     Historical Society and the quad       SUN . MARCH 29 AT 2 PM
Learn some of the ways to protect      and proper nutrition in a positive    committee to host several historic    Hartgen Archeological Associates,
yourself and what to do if you find    and fun environment.                  talks, exhibits and children’s pro-   Inc. provides a presentation de-
you have become a victim.                                                    grams at the library throughout       scribing excavations conducted
                                       P arent/Child W orkshop Mon-          the year. Here’s some of the pro-     over a one-year period following
Cleanse and Replenish for Opti-        days, MARCH 2-30; 10 11:15AM          grams that will be offered at the     seven years of archeological in-
mum Health                             (children ages 18 months - 3 years)   library over the next couple of       vestigations at Fort Ticonderoga.
MON . MARCH 16, 6 PM                   Children enjoy free play time while   months:                               Fort Ticonderoga is an original
Learn the reason nutritional cleans-   parents have a chance to chat and
                                                                                                                   French fort built in 1755 at the
ing is important .                     get acquainted.
                                                                                                                   start of the French and Indian War
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