We’re looking to build out a complete contact listing and registry for everyone who lives in our hamlet. Goals are to improve communication and understand everyone’s communication preferences as we seek to continue sending notices for events or other items newsworthy to us Alplausians.
This is Opt-In only, and you can be opted out at any time by contacting the ARA. Information collected will ONLY be used for Alplaus related business.
It's beginning to look a lot like...rain? It’s been a wet couple of months, but hopefully December will be better. The news from the ARA Board is chock full of happenings this month. And we do have newly paved roads, just in time for the Holidays!
Alplaus Runaround: Thank you to Andy Gilpin and the Alplaus Run Around Committee, as well as our participants, for braving the elements and putting on another terrific event in October. Please make sure to read Andy’s take on this year’s Run Around, and check out the top finishers!
Holiday Party: The Annual Holiday Party at the Firehouse will be held on Saturday, December 8th, from 5-7 pm. I hope you’ll join us for Santa’s arrival, great refreshments, crafts for the kids, music, and Christmas caroling. For anyone not observing or celebrating Christmas, please come; it is a wonderful way to spend time with your neighbors.
Board of Fire Commissioners Elections: The fire commissioners play a significant role in what goes on in this hamlet. An election for a new commissioner for the Glenville Fire District #2 (Alplaus) will take place at the firehouse on December 11, 2018, 6-9 pm. Please come out and vote; it would be nice to maintain significant Alplaus representation on this board.
Luminaires: The Watson family moved to Alplaus in late December '02 and were able to experience the magic of luminaries in the hamlet. There was a snowstorm on Christmas Eve, and we were returning home from visiting family only to be welcomed by luminaries lining the streets. It was an amazing sight. Although some residents have carried on the luminaries tradition, it has faded over the years. If you are interested in carrying it forward this year, the Alplaus Methodist Church is selling luminaries; to purchase some, contact Barb Trask at 518 399-6454. Luminaries can also be purchased at local craft shops. No matter what your holiday traditions are, luminaries are a great way to display the magic of our community. I hope you will join us in illuminating Alplaus on the evening of December 24th.
Volunteer with the ARA Board: The ARA could always use more people to help out with hamlet activities. If you would like to volunteer, please contact me to sign up. The next ARA Board meeting is Wednesday, December 12, at 7:15 pm.
Closing Notes: That’s all for now; I hope that your Thanksgiving was a pleasant one and that the upcoming holidays bring you and your family much joy.
So happy for Alplaus resident Sara Mae Pratt and her business Puzzles Bakery for attracting some national media attention for their unique and empowering business model. Check out the full 5 minute video here:
Huge thanks to everyone who participated in the Alplaus Runaround, and congratulations on our winners!!!
And how about that weather? Upstate New York never lets you down with its surprises!
Results are posted below.
Congratulations to Alplaus resident Sarah Mae Pratt, owner and operator of Puzzles Bakery. A crew from the Today Show is putting together a segment on her business! More details here:
We're looking to solicit the help of our community to provide feedback for the Alplaus Hamlet Plan!
What is a Hamlet Plan? It will be a guiding document that can be used to communicate our community's wishes and serve as an organized, unified vehicle that we can share with local government (Town/County).
When we were concerned with the marina development last year, we kept being asked: "what DO you want there?". A Hamlet Plan is a document that will answer that question, in the future so that we can easily present a unified front and have an accepted, consensus-based plan to share, should we need to in the future.
Your participation is essential in making this planning process a success, please take 5 minutes to submit a survey. Thanks! - The ARA
For additional questions or concerns, please email: Alplaus12008@yahoo.com
Thanks everyone for coming out to the 2018 4th of July festivities! I don't know about you, but that might have been the HOTTEST on record!
Here's the schedule, for posterity's sake!
Sunday, July 1, 2018
10:30 am - Ecumenical Church Service - Fire Department Pavilion
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm Kids’ Carnival - Fire Department Pavilion
Children up to age 10 are invited to an afternoon of games, prizes, crafts and ice cream sundaes. Please note, all children should be accompanied by an adult.
6:00 pm Firefighter Skills Competition - Fire Department Lawn
Cheer on our Alplaus firefighters as they compete against neighboring fire departments in friendly competition and skills. This is a great opportunity to show your support for these important volunteers in our community.
8:00 pm Alplaus Block Party - Fire Department Pavilion
Come join your neighbors for an evening of fun times and celebration. There will be live music, food, and beverages!
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
10:00 am Parade Line-Up - Glencliff Elementary School
All parade participants should arrive at Glencliff Elementary School, 961 Riverview Road, Rexford, for parade positioning.
11:00 am July 4th Parade - Alplaus Avenue
The parade will leave Glencliff School and travel west on Alplaus Avenue. Parade entrants will be announced as they pass the fire house. The parade will continue down Alplaus Avenue, turn left onto Belmont Ave, left onto South Ave, and left onto Mohawk Ave. The parade will conclude by turning right onto Alplaus Avenue and ending at the Alplaus Fire House.
11:30 am July 4th After Party - Fire Department Pavilion
Join us after the parade for more festivities and cheer. Lunch and refreshments will be available.
Remembering Cliff Hayes. Neighbor and friend to all Alplaus.
The Marina Development Proposal has been withdrawn!!!!! Official statement from Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle and Mike McHale, ARA President.