- Louis Menand, the founder of Menands, was a world class horticulturist and his orchid filled greenhouses were a huge attraction in the early days of our Village.
- One of the centerpieces of Menands has always been the weekend and early morning bustling of the Capital District Farmers Market. This is where local farmers and shoppers meet daily to share the harvest.
- Maybe the most beautiful improvement to our Village is the rich and colorful hanging baskets that run along Broadway in the Spring & Summer. Flowers just have a way of lifting the human spirit.
With that in mind Mayor Meg Grenier is pleased to pronounce May as Grow Menands Month.
The Grow Menands Program
“This summer we are expecting some tours from major developers, real estate groups, and even some visiting foreign dignitaries. We would like Menands to put its best face forward and look as beautiful as we know it can be. That’s why we are hoping that every resident will become part of this Village wide event. We think we can make Menands the most colorful Village in the State. We can do this if every homeowner and business spends just a little more on summer flowers this month. And with the help of the Farmers Market we are making it affordable. If every homeowner spent $10.00 more on decorating their home with flowers… what a difference that would make.” said the Mayor.
Some of the Vendors at the Capital District Farmers Market will be offering a special discount to all Menands resident’s every Saturday during May. (Simply show your driver’s license)
A panel of judges will be traveling around the Village at the end of June to award Grow Menands signs to the MOST COLORFUL HOME and THE MOST COLORFUL BUSINESS (Pictures will be in the future newsletter and posted on the Village website.) Your home may be on TV???
The Big Picture
“There has always been magic in flowers. They not only make you feel better, they also lift the human spirit, said the Mayor.” “Flowers are very contagious, and make you want to do more to make your home look nice. Once you see your neighbor planting flowers, it makes you want to do a little more with your own home and improve the whole neighborhood. Nothing improves curb appeal faster than landscaping, and curb appeal truly increases property value. It’s the biggest bang for your buck when you’re trying to improve the value of your home or business.”
So have your “gardener” do a little extra in front of your home or business. Stop down to the Farmers Market and warm up your green thumb, because Spring is here. It’s time for each of us to help Menands sparkle. Be part of the Grow Menands movement.
To become further involved or for additional information contact Bill Giering, Director of Economic Partnerships at the Village Hall at (518) 434-2922 extension 320.
VOLUNTEERS BUILD COMMUNITIES
The register of those qualified to vote in the forthcoming Village Election in the Village of Menands to be held at the Municipal Firehouse in the Village between the hours of 12:00 noon and 9:00 P.M. in the afternoon on June 18th, 2013 shall be prepared by the duly appointed inspectors of the Election of this Village on Registration Day, June 8th, 2013 between the hours of 12:00 noon and 5:00 P.M. in the afternoon in the firehouse adjoining this Municipal Building in this Village on said date, at which time and place all persons qualified to vote at such forthcoming Village Election and are not otherwise registered, may attend and register their names for such Election.
The Village of Menands is spearheading an economic development initiative to help improve energy efficiency and lower operating costs for village businesses with programs that are available through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and their Independent Contractor L&S Energy Services, Inc. of Clifton Park. L&S is offering technical assistance to help small businesses and not-for-profits improve their energy efficiency and reduce operating costs.
To get started, an objective NO-COST energy assessment will be completed for businesses or not-for-profits who qualify. The assessment will look at energy usage, lighting, heating, cooling, hot water systems and the building envelope (windows, doors, roof, insulation, etc). Once the assessment is completed a follow-up visit will be conducted to explain the results and discuss the cost of improvements, energy efficient technologies, choice of contractors, and low-interest energy efficiency project financing from NYSERDA. In addition, L&S will counsel small businesses and not-for-profits to help implement customer chosen improvements.
For more information about the NO-COST assessment please contact Bill Giering at (518) 434-2922 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Wooddell, Project Administrator, at (518) 383-9405, ext 223 or email email@example.com or Mark DeChiro, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, at (518) 383-9405, ext. 213 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Village Department of Economic Partnerships is looking for leaders & volunteers to help coordinate this and other exciting community improvement projects. For more information contact Bill Giering by email email@example.com or call (518) 434-2922.
Our guest speaker will be Kevin Catalano. Loan Portfolio Manager, for the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce.
The Youth Halloween Party will be Sunday, October 28th from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at the Menands Park. Please be at the Firehouse at 12:30 to start the Halloween Parade. There will be music, a ballonist, and face painter as well as food and refreshments. If there are any questions please contact Brianna Coughlin at 469-7726. Hope to see you there!
A FUNTASTIC FALL FESTIVAL will be held on Saturday, October 13th, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. at Ganser Smith Park.
Come join us for a fun filled afternoon for the whole Family….Vendors….Activities….Food….Games…..Music and for the 1st time in Menands…A COW PLOP will be held where you can buy a square and hope that the cow picks yours to win. The lucky winner will receive $250.00
Tickets are for sale at $10.00 for a 2′ x 2′ square and are available from Lynda Long at 466-1625 or by email at LaLong72@gmail.com, or Denise Stangle at 461-0550 or Dennyland@hotmail.com. Ticket Sales will be limited on day of Festival so buy early to guarantee a chance to win!!! Proceeds to benefit the Derek Murphy Fund.
A raffle for a 2012 Ariens 24” snowblower will be held at the Festival. Tickets available at Menands True Value Hardware or through Lynda Long at information above.
Annual Village Picnic: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 begins at 5:00 p.m. Featuring Shut Up & Dance and The Late Shift. Food and Beverages will be available for purchase by the Menands Fire Department and Auxiliary . Any questions contact Aileen Nicoll @ 461-1369 or Kirk Montanye @ 207-6858