As I write this note, winter remains in full swing and, if you’ve lived here long enough, you know that our snowiest days may be ahead. And if the snow continues, please take the time to enjoy snowshoeing and groomed cross-country skiing trials at the Western Turnpike Golf Course and the sledding hill at the Winter Recreation Area.
But if you’re looking for a hint of the return of warmer weather, please take a look at the 2017 Summer Recreation brochure which will arrive in “backpack mail” and will also be available at Town Hall, Guilderland and Altamont Libraries, and the Parks and Recreation Department’s office at 181 Route 146 (across from Tawasentha Park). The brochure provides information about more than 120 programs including sporting activities, swimming and swim lessons, day camps, hobbies, and fitness programs. The brochure also lists day trips, and cultural, historical and special events. These programs are taught and led by talented instructors who are eager to share their enthusiasm. You can register for programs and events at www.guilderlandrec.com or at the Park’s office.
The coming warm weather will allow for a full season’s use of the new Tawasentha Park pool house with more lockers, private showers, snack bar, and cabana. We are also pleased to announce the opening of the restored Chalet building with a large covered area. The Chalet is located near the playground and was the former warming hut for a small ice rink that was last used decades ago.
Before too long, the Town-owned Western Turnpike Golf Course will open for the 2017 season with twenty-seven holes of championship-level golf and practice facilities. We also encourage you to dine at the golf course’s clubhouse which is managed by Mallozzi’s Restaurant (456-1803). For more information about 2017 memberships, leagues, and banquet facilities, please visit the golf course’s website (www.westernturnpike.com) or call the pro shop at 456-0786.
There are a couple of upcoming events that you might find of interest. The Albany County Soil & Water Conservation District is offering its annual tree and shrub program. You can purchase bare root seedlings for apple trees, arborvitae, lilac, plum, raspberry, winterberry and other species, along with compost, woodchips, and wildflower seeds. The order deadline is April 3rd. You can obtain more information, including an order form and pick-up information, at www.albanycounty.com/swcd, or by phone at 765-7923.
If you own a dog, cat or even a ferret, please protect your pet and your family by considering a rabies shot. The Albany County Department of Health has scheduled clinics at various locations on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the month. You can obtain more information in the “News” section on the Town’s website.
I would like to thank residents who take the time to call or write my office and share thoughtful complements for services provided by Town employees. Over the past several weeks, the Highway Department employees have repeatedly started their days well before dawn and ended them late at night to clear our roads free of snow and ice. As you travel around your Town, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that the professionalism of your Highway Department employees is unsurpassed.
Thank you again for reading these notes, and I look forward to sharing news of upcoming events of interest in next month’s notes.
Peter G. Barber