Open House & Free Concert

Flint House Open House and Concert

Join us in Scotia on Saturday, June 3, for an Open House at the Flint House and a free concert by the Musicians of Ma’alwyck.

The Open House is from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature tours of the house museum, a craft project for kids with Barbara Bennett, plein air artist Deborah Angilletta, artist Juliet Konieczny, archaeology with Dr. Steve Jones, and beekeeping and the honey industry with Byron Nilsson. The Scotia Fire Department will display the 1873 hand pumper.

Bring a picnic, a blanket or lawn chairs, and enjoy a relaxing end to your day. Beverages will be available, including beer from the Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, and the Electric City Roasters with coffee. There will be free sundaes, donated by Stewarts, starting at 6 (as long as they last!).

In the first half of the 19th century, before public parks were common, entrepreneurs would open pleasure gardens where visitors could stroll among the trees and flowers, enjoy various entertainments, have refreshments, and listen to music.

In the spirit of those days, from 6:30 to 7:30 the Musicians of Ma’alwyck will set up under the tent and present a concert of music from the early 1800s, a time when Scotia was still a small rural community and the Flint House, then the Reese homestead, was new.

The music will include excerpts from an 1817 vaudeville The Ship’s Captain, the Pic-Nic Quadrilles, music of Steven Foster, and music played in early America in the homes of the Schuylers, Rensselaers and others. Some World War I songs will be included to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war.

The Musicians of Ma’alwyck, founded in 1999, are in residence at the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site in Albany (the home of General Philip Schuyler, Revolutionary War leader and father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton) and Schenectady County Community College. Violinist and Director Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz is joined by guitarist Sten Isachsen, flutist Norman Thibodeau, soprano Tess McCarthy and baritone Charles Schwartz.

The Flint House is at 421 S. Reynolds Street and is one of the oldest houses in Scotia. The open house and the concert are free and no reservations are needed. Beverages will be for sale.

The rain date is June 4, in case of severe weather.

Village Wide Garage Sale

Scotia Village Wide
June 3rd
9am – 5pm
Rain or Shine

Registration forms are available at this LINK
Fee: $10.00
Checks payable to: Scotia Relief
Mail check and registration, no later than Monday May 30th to:
Village Wide Garage Sale
c/o Bruce Kohout
210 Broad Street
Scotia, NY 12302
Maps will be available at several local businesses and
the Village Clerk’s office 2-3 days before the event.
Registration fee will cover the cost of printing and advertising. All extra monies after that will be donated to Scotia Relief
Questions??? Please contact Bruce Kohout (346-2278)

Household Hazardous Waste 2017 Collection Program

HHW Flyer 2017

2017 Schenectady County
Household Hazardous Waste
Collection Program

Tue, April 18 Compost Facility
Sat, May 13 Keller Avenue
Sat, June 24 Compost Facility
Sat, July 22 Compost Facility
Sat, Aug 26 Compost Facility
Sat, Sept 16 Compost Facility
Sat, Oct 14 Keller Avenue
Sat, Nov 4 Compost Facility

All collections are from 8am – 12noon

The program is for Schenectady County residents only.
Register on-line at or call 372-1622 x264


Spring Clean Up

Dear Residents,

With warmer weather arriving, many residents are thinking about spring clean up. Please review the information below for the start dates of some Village services.

Yard Waste

The weekly collection of yard waste will begin Tuesday, April 4. Please do not put yard waste out earlier than the first week of April.

The Village is not able to pick up yard waste before then because there is no place to dispose of it until the County Farm resumes it’s normal summer hours.

In addition, loose leaves left at the curb will not be picked up. They must be placed in a paper compostable bag or a can marked Yard Waste. Curbside loose leaf pickup will resume in mid-October.

Large Appliance Pickup

Large appliance collection now takes place year-round. Simply purchase a sticker at the Village Clerk’s Office and call the DPW Office (393-2159) to have the item picked up.




Mayor Kris Kastberg
Village of Scotia

November Holiday Trash & Yardwaste Collection



Election Day Holiday:

Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th collection will be on Wednesday, November 9th.

Wednesday and Thursday trash collection will be on the normal days.

Thanksgiving Day Holiday:

Tuesday and Wednesday collection will be on the normal days.

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24th collection will be on Wednesday, November 23rd.


Village Sex Offender List

In an ongoing effort to keep our children and community safe, especially with Halloween approaching, the Scotia Police Department is providing information on the registered sex offenders listed below who reside in the Village, as permitted by state law.

Below their name/address is a link to their profile (including photo) on the state sex offender registry.

Anyone who uses this information to harass or commit a crime against these individuals may be subject to prosecution.

The New York state sex offender registry is online at //

This information is current as of October 24, 2016.

Curbside Loose Leaf Pick Up

Annual Curbside Loose Leaf Pick Up:

The Village of Scotia Department of Public Works will begin their annual loose leaf pick up program on or about Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Pick up will continue; weather permitting, until Friday, December 9, 2016.  Residents are asked to rake their leaves to the curb for vacuum pick up.  Please do not mix brush, dirt or other yard debris in with your loose leaves.  Piles of mixed debris will not be picked up.


Yard Waste Collection (separate from loose leaf pick up):  Regular yard waste collection will continue, weather permitting, until Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Yard waste will be picked up on your regular trash collection day.  Normal rules and regulations still apply.

Annual Flushing of Fire Hydrants


The Village of Scotia will be flushing and flow-testing fire hydrants Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. starting Monday, June 6, 2016.  The hydrant flushing and flow-testing process should take three weeks with a tentative completion date of Friday, June 24, 2016.  Discolored water may occur during this period, so laundering should be avoided during the flushing hours.

NYS Uniform Code and Energy Code Update

NYS Uniform Code and Energy Code Update

On March 9, 2016, the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council completed major updates to the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (Uniform Code) and State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Energy Code).  The Uniform Code update incorporates the following documents by reference:

  • 2015 International Building Code
  • 2015 International Residential Code
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code
  • 2015 International Fire Code
  • 2015 International Plumbing Code
  • 2015 International Mechanical Code
  • 2015 International Fuel Gas Code
  • 2015 International Property Maintenance Code
  • 2016 Uniform Code Supplement

The Energy Code incorporates the following documents by reference:

  • 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
  • 2013 ASHRAE 90.1
  • 2016 Energy Code Supplement

*Uniform Code Transition Periodbeginning on April 6th, regulated parties submitting a complete building permit application may comply with either the current Uniform Code or newly adopted Uniform Code as described above.  The transition period will last from April 6, 2016 until October 3, 2016On October 3rd, the newly adopted Uniform Code will become fully effective.

*Copies of the 2015 International Codes and many other incorporated standards can be purchased from the International Code Council at, or call (888) 422-7233. The 2016 Uniform Code and Energy Code Supplements will be available to download from our website (

Happy Birthday, Village of Scotia

Welcome to the Scotia History Blog. It’s also the Village birthday, as the first Board Meeting was held on Feb. 10, 1904. It was the result of a long process that started in the fall of 1901, and we’ll look at that in future posts.

On Feb. 6 there had been an election for the first Village President, Trustees, Collector, and Treasurer. 281 votes were cast, and the winners are listed in the Board minutes below.

Scotia N.Y. Feb. 10th 1904

First meeting of Board of Trustees in and for the Village of Scotia N. Y.


Dr. H. V. Mynderse     President

Sanford C. Lovett         Trustee

Chas. H. Bevis               Trustee

Jas. C. Perham              Collector

Jas. E. Yates                   Treasurer

J.A. Hoyt                        Clerk

On motion of Mr. Bevis, J.A. Hoyt was appointed Village Clerk.

On motion of Mr. Bevis, Frank F. Bechtel was appointed street commissioner.

On motion of Mr. Bevis, the first Tuesday of each month and the hour (7:30) seven thirty P.M. was fixed for the regular monthly meetings of the Board.

On motion adjourned.

J.A. Hoyt, Village Clerk


[Some punctuation has been altered for clarity. Also, it’s Dr. Herman Mynderse; James Hoyt; Chas. means Charles; Jas. means James.]


You may also wish to check out Instagram (@scotiahistorian) and my Facebook page (Village of Scotia Historian).

Beverly Clark

Village of Scotia Historian