Monthly Archives: March 2019

April 13, 2019 – Pints for Parkinson’s

April 13, 2019 3PM at Martel’s at Capital Hills 65 ONeil Rd, Albany, New York 12208

Hosted by Karen Toomey Chenel and Lisa Toomey Silipo

Open to all. My family would love it if you could come share some pints and tasty snacks with us on April 13th at Martels! All proceeds will go to Albany Medical Center’s Parkinson’s Research Program in honor of my Dad! ♥️ Please send in payment by April 11th!!

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March 30, 2019 – Bruce Plotsky’s 60th Birthday Party!

Come as a Super Hero … or you will be assigned one.
Must be 21 or older … let’s not traumatize youngsters.
When: Saturday March 30, 2019 … 7pm to 10pm
Where: American Legion, 16 W. Poplar Drive, Delmar
Why: Bruce’s Birthday and Hope Soars Fundraiser

The party…there will be a DJ Extraordinaire.  Be prepared to dance!
There will be finger food, snacks, and a cash bar.
There will be prizes. Categories include:
Most original, Closest to the “actual” Super Hero, Most likely Super Hero to get arrested,  plus more…
Lots of Audience participation.

Some Costume Ideas:
The Super Hero you always knew you were (Wonder Woman, Spider Man, Captain America, The Hulk, etc.).
Go for it…How many times will you be able to show who you really are (in public).
Use your imagination….
Any of the “Super Heroes” from the movie Mystery Men (including PMS Girl).
Superman… the later years. With a big belly, 3 day beard growth, and a can of cheap beer.
Super Hero of Little Help:
Jar Man…able to open stuck glass jars.
Tissue Girl… Always ready with a tissue.
The Future Tellers … two people trade off telling the future, second person correcting it/down playing it.
     1st person: There will be a huge amount of water falling from the sky tomorrow. 2nd person: It’s going to rain

No gifts please, but contributions to Hope Soars is greatly appreciated (whether or not you come to the party).
 All money raised is put towards local Parkinson’s Support programs and research. See:

Some of the many programs Hope Soars helps fund:

  • PD Spin (Stationary bike) classes at most Capital District YMCAs.
  • PD Dance class Tuesdays at the Cicotti Center (Colonie, off of Wolf Road).
  • Yoga for PD Thursdays at Honest Weight (Albany).
  • PD Boxing class Fridays at Schott’s Boxing (Albany).

Carleton A. Foster | 1935 – 2018 | Obituary

Carleton A. Foster, 83, of Jackson, passed away Tuesday, Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2018 at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls.

Carleton was born a Shushan farm boy on Sept. 20, 1935 and was the son of the late Anderson and Clara (Vaughn) Foster. He attended a two-room schoolhouse in Shushan and graduated from Salem Washington Academy. He had worked at Nash Rambler & Studebaker and also at Reynolds Tool & Die before starting his own business, “Puzzleworks” making children’s wooden puzzles and the business became C.A. Foster design & creator of fine cherry wood kitchen utensils and cherry wood sculptures.

Carleton was a charter member of the Valley Artisan’s Market, where his cherry wood creations were displayed and sold. He also was noted for the beautiful baritone voice and trained at the Troy Conservatory of Music. He was past President of the Washington County Historical Society and the Battenkill Snow Drifters. He was Past Master of the Cambridge Valley Lodge No. 481 F&AM Masonic Lodge; he was Lecturer of the Cambridge Valley No. 147 Order of the Eastern Star. Carleton also supported the Covered Bridge Association, the Cambridge Historical Society & Museum, and the Historic Salem Courthouse.

He enjoyed Formula 1 racing and working at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut and also at Watkins Glen. Carleton did hill climb racing and was a Marshal for road races. He was noted at the Saratoga Auto Museum as a driver.

He had a variety of interests which include painting and sketching and watching University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball. He started the annual tradition of the Shushan Bonfire.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Joan Tully Foster.

Carleton is survived by his wife, Carol Brownell; his children, Lydia (Christopher) Owen of Columbia, South Carolina and Hillary (Rev. Jarrett) Allebach of Worcester, Massachusetts; a brother, George Foster of Shushan; mother-in-law, Leta Tully of Cambridge; grandchildren, Vaughn, Aquilla, Blaize, Porsha, Ty, Wesley, Briana and Isaac. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in memory of Carleton may be made to the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls, 21 Danforth St., Hoosick Falls, NY 12090 Attn: Resident Fund or Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

Arrangements are with Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home, Cambridge.

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