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Student Arrested After Masonville Bomb Scare

Written By Editor on 3/8/18 | 3/8/18

On Tuesday afternoon, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer assigned Masonville, NY, B.O.C.E.S. Harrold Campus was advised that a threatening note, indicating the presence of a bomb, was discovered within classroom shortly before afternoon dismissal.  The B.O.C.E.S. Campus was immediately evacuated and all students were transported to their home schools.

A subsequent search of the B.O.C.E.S. Campus, conducted by Delaware County Sheriff's Deputies and members of the New York State Police, including New York State Police bomb detection canine “Loc”, revealed no evidence of an explosive device on that campus. 

After further investigation by Delaware County Sheriff's Office Investigators, a sixteen year old male B.O.C.E.S. student from Unatego was arrested Wednesday afternoon by Investigators and charged with one count of Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Second Degree, a Class E Felony.

The student was arraigned in the Town of Meredith Court Wednesday evening and was released on recognizance pending his re-appearance in that Court on a future date.

Speaking on the arrest, Sheriff Craig DuMond remarked “parents need to take time and have meaningful discussions with their children regarding threats being made toward our schools.  All threats, whether serious or not, will be taken very seriously by law enforcement and will result in criminal charges in addition to school sanctions”.

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Editorial: Central Bridge, Promises, and the Assembly

Written By Editor on 3/6/18 | 3/6/18

I like hamlets. I mean, I really like hamlets. Perhaps it was from my high school days of bicycling between Middleburgh and Breakabeen and seeing the beauty of the Schoharie Valley, but there’s just something about them that carries a special fascination for me. I travel through a series on my paper route each week, and from Charlotteville to Fultonham and everywhere in between there’s a certain wonder for me. 

On page B1 my father wrote a story about Central Bridge’s progress over the last several years. Central Bridge is a good, yet recovering part of the County. Between my own time in the pint-sized community and tales from my friend Bill Kinisky in his years of service there after Hurricane Irene, I’ve learned a lot.

There’s some positive momentum there, but seemingly more light than heat. SALT is attempting to salvage its reputation by hanging its hat on a number of projects spearheaded by other agencies. The Land Bank is but one good example. In addition, “program” and “administration” fees should be watched for SALT’s well-worn reputation for misappropriation. Its recent partnership with Central Bridge and the Town of Schoharie shows some progress but unless administered correctly, may be one of the dozens of economic studies and public information input sessions that led nowhere in this County over the last two decades. Will the current photo-philes follow through with grandiose promises or leave the Civic Association and community partners hanging?

Often the largest barometer of success is simply to do something. All of the surveys in the world won’t make the same difference as a single filled storefront or new public service building. 

The page A1 news of the Hoober feed grant is, simply put, amazing. Senator Seward’s office went above and beyond in acquiring the $200,000 grant for the rail line expansion is much needed and may be another catalyst in an already positive movement on site.

However, it isn’t means for grandstanding. Latching onto the work of Senator Seward’s office, it’s become a political event for Supervisor and Assembly candidate Chris Tague while Schoharie and Central Bridge are still hurting. 

Having worked with Senator Seward on several grant projects through the years I observed two important details: 1.) the Senator’s office usually does the legwork the local politicians take credit for and 2.) a photo op for a grant that hasn’t spent a dime yet is bad juju. Part of the reason many of the projects here in Middleburgh worked was because (with the exception for the Valley Market) we never held pomp and circumstance until the very end. Far too much can happen between now and opening, especially if an important event is treated as a political stunt when the actual administration and appropriation of a grant hasn’t even begun.

I know that Supervisor Tague joined the SALT Board of Directors in the runup to the Assembly campaign and that each are looking for public relations wins as promises remain unmet. Candidate Tague promised Central Bridge a new firehouse, water and sewer upgrades, and the moon beyond. Former Supervisor Gene Milone, County Administrator Steve Wilson, County Board Chair Earl VanWormer, and more put in place funding for infrastructure improvements and the feed plant. 

Promises are great, especially when a community is in need of a win. However, I think it’s important for residents of Central Bridge, Schoharie as a whole, and the 102nd Assembly District to ask candidate Tague:

“Where’s the beef?”

-- Matthew Avitabile, Publisher

Schoharie County Declares Snow Emergency

Written By Editor on 3/2/18 | 3/2/18

Schoharie County declared a state of emergency at 3pm today due to "intense snowfall causing roadways to be impassible." Mike Hartzel acted as head of the Office of Emergency Services to enact the order. The County recommends that no one travel on roads in the county unless necessary.

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O'Sullivan Named Fighting Tiger of the Week

Written By Editor on 2/27/18 | 2/27/18

The SUNY Cobleskill Department of Sport & Exercise announced today that senior Morgan O’Sullivan, Killingworth, Conn., Middletown High School, a member of the college’s western and hunt seat equestrian teams has been named the department’s Fighting Tiger Athlete-of-the-Week.

The Killingworth, Conn. native led the Fighting Tigers to their second consecutive Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Region 3 Zone 2 Championship by earning High Point Rider honors at the region’s final two regular season shows at Morrisville State College to capture her second consecutive Regional High Point Rider title and the third in her impressive career.

By virtue of her winning the Regional High Point Rider Championships O’Sullivan   automatically qualifies individually for the 2018 IHSA National Championships to be hosted from May 3 thru May 6, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.

The Fighting Tigers will next be in action at the Western Zone 2 Semi-Finals to be hosted by Alfred State College from March 17 to March 18 at the Showplex at the Hamburg Fairgrounds in Hamburg, N.Y. As the regional champions Cobleskill has qualified all riders for the team championship competition at the event while five team members will compete in individual portion of the championships.
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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Monday, February 19, 2018

At 5:45 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Gregory E. Martin, 53, of Cobleskill, NY, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 27th at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, February 23, 2018

At 1:25 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Kurtis Jansen, 22, of Cobleskill, NY, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released after posting $100 Bail. He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on March 20th at 5:00 p.m.

At 10:38 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Quincey T. Taylor, 42, of Cobleskill, NY, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released after posting $100 Bail. He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on March 20th at 5:00 p.m.

At 5:12 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Peter Noone, on an Arrest Warrant for Petit Larceny.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court.  He was released and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $1,500 Bail / $3,000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on March 27th at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

At 12:00 p.m.  Cobleskill Police arrested Joshua Rist, 26, of Richmondville, NY, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd.  He was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 17th at 5:00 p.m.

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Bright Hill Hosts Artist Lonnie Potter

Written By Editor on 2/26/18 | 2/26/18

Treadwell, NY - On Saturday, February 24,  at 2 pm, Bright Hill Literary Center of the Catskills will be host an art talk by visual artist, Lonnie Potter.

Writers, readers, and art enthusiasts are invited to join us at 2 pm for a discussion on how the arts support both our ability to get and grow knowledge, and how the arts shape and improve the world around us - how they help us to ask better questions, make changes in our day-to-day lives, and choose more wisely.

We'll also explore how the arts promote positive human characteristics - virtues like courage, humaneness, justice, and selflessness that allow us to grow as individuals, partners, groups, and members of our species and our universe.

Potter's talk will explore why the arts have been and will continue to be essential to human evolution and to the consciousness that makes us human. Discussions aim to find out why the arts help human beings get better at being human.
As a rural child, suburban teen, and urban adult, Lonnie Potter has made bodies of work in a variety of arts including music, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, and poetry. He lived in Taipei, Taiwan for four years before returning to the U.S. to get his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. He was a fellow at Ox-Bow School of the Arts in 2004 and, with a Joan Mitchell Foundation Scholarship, an Ox-Bow artist-in-residence in 2012. Recent two-person shows include the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 2012 and Project Project, Omaha, Nebraska in 2015. Lonnie had two residencies at Alternative Spacetime, Chicago, in 2015 and 2016, for visual arts and for writing. Half of Lonnie's arts practice is devoted to researching and writing about the evolutionary function of the arts; he will be a guest lecturer on this subject at Project Project in March 2018. He lives and works in Omaha, Nebraska.
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SUNY Women's Track Ends Season at Invitational

New York, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s indoor track & field team closed their 2017-18 regular season over the weekend competing at the Armory Last Chance College Invitational hosted by Armory Track & Field at The New Balance Armory Track Center. The Fighting Tigers brought home several significant finishes from the non-scoring qualifying event.

Junior distance runner Quinn Porter, Ballston Spa, N.Y., Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, posted the team’s best individual finish at the event winning the 3000-meter run in a time of 11:21.12 while sophomore sprinter/hurdler Katherine Vashsen, Stamford, Conn., Westhill High School, placed third in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 10.48 seconds.

In the mid-distances: sophomore Annelyse Matzinger, Cogan Station, Pa., Mountoursville Area High School, finished eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.42 and in the 800-meter run the duo of sophomore Anastasia Monsen, Guilderland, N.Y., Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, taking sixth overall in 2:28.79 followed by junior Kristina Langston, Cornwall, N.Y., Cornwall High School, taking seventh overall in 2:35.10.

In the field events, sophomore thrower Sabrina Headrington, Phillipsburg, N.J., Phillipsburg High School, established recorded her best finish of the year in the weight throw with a toss of 44’7” to place fourth overall versus the field.

Qualified Fighting Tiger athletes will next be in action at the 2017-18 NCAA Division III Atlantic Indoor Regional Meet hosted by Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. on Friday March 2nd and Saturday March 3rd beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

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Men's Track and Field Ends Season at Armory

New York, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s indoor track & field team closed their 2017-18 regular season over the weekend competing at the Armory Last Chance College Invitational hosted by Armory Track & Field at The New Balance Armory Track Center. The Fighting Tigers brought home several significant finishes from the non-scoring qualifying event.

Junior multi-event athlete Zach Haskin, Warnerville, N.Y., Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, continued his strong campaign placing second overall in the pole vault clearing a height of 13’5” to go with a third place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.81 seconds.

Cobleskill also received a fourth place effort in the 500-meter dash from junior Brandon Booker,  Beacon, N.Y. , Beacon High School, in a time of 1:09.38 and a ninth place finish in the 400-meter dash from freshman Alex Hitchcock, Cobleskill, N.Y., Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, in 51.68 seconds.

Sophomore thrower Thomas Coene, Ontario, N.Y., Thomas Webster High School, also had a strong outing taking fourth place in the weight throw with a toss of 49’2”

Qualified Fighting Tiger athletes will next be in action at the 2017-18 NCAA Division III Atlantic Indoor Regional Meet hosted by Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. on Friday March 2nd and Saturday March 3rd beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

MiSci Event: Cassini at Saturn

Monday, May 7 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm           

The Cassini spacecraft spent 13 years orbiting Saturn and plunged into its atmosphere in a “grand finale” in September of 2017. Cassini has revolutionized our understanding of Saturn and all gas giant planets. Join us for some spectacular imagery of Saturn and learn more about the ringed planet.

The Dudley Observatory at miSci is committed to lifelong learning and has created programming specifically designed for adults! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting astronomy lesson presented by our Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson.

Cost: Senior Admission to miSci ($10.50 adult, $9 senior 65+), Free for miSci members.

Come early or stay after the lesson to enjoy the many exhibits miSci has to offer! The museum is open from 9 am – 5 pm. You need not be a senior citizen to attend.

miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308


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SUNY Hunt Seat Equestrians Tie for Second Place in Championships

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill hunt seat equestrian team posted one of their best showings of the season as the Fighting Tigers posted total of 30 points to tie for second place in an 10 team field at an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Region 3 Zone 2 Show hosted by Skidmore College at the Van Lennep Riding Center Saturday.
Cobleskill will next be in action on Saturday March 3rd when they travel to Morrisville, N.Y. to compete  an IHSA Region 3 Zone 2 event hosted by Morrisville State College at the college’s Equestrian Center beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Skidmore College
47= Champion
SUNY Cobleskill
30= Reserve Champion
Morrisville State College
30= Reserve Champion
University at Albany
                    Colgate University
Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Siena College
Oneonta State College
Hartwick College
Keuka College

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Cobleskill Western Equestrians Repeat as Champions

Morrisville, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill Western Equestrian Team posted a first place finish and a tie for first place at the final Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 2 Region 3 events hosted by the Morrisville State College Mustangs over the weekend. With their finishes at the shows the Fighting Tigers captured their second consecutive Zone 2 Region 3 Championship which automatically qualifies all team members for 2018 Regional Semi-Final Round to be hosted by Alfred State College at the Hamburg Fairgrounds in Hamburg, N.Y. on Saturday March 17th and Sunday March 18th.

Entering the day’s events with a 192-186 lead in the overall region standings; the Fighting Tigers won the show by a 37-29 margin over the host Mustangs, which gave them the regional lead at 229-to-215 after seven regional regular season shows.

Once again senior Morgan O’Sullivan, Killingsworth, Conn., Middletown High School, did the bulk of the damage for the Fighting Tigers by taking the show’s High Point Rider honors by winning in the Open Reigning competition while placing second overall in Open Western Horsemanship.

Cobleskill also received a strong effort from senior Emily McLaughlin, Delanson, N.Y., Duanesburg High School, who tied for Reserve High Point Honors by winning the Open Western Horsemanship Division and taking third place overall in Open Reigning.

The visitors also received evet wins from: senior Erin Hopmans, Hinsdale, Mass., Wahconah Regional High School, in Novice Western Horsemanship, junior Emma Russell, in Intermediate I Western Horsemanship, West Hurley, N.Y., Onteora High School, and from junior Rachel Butler, Seward, N.Y., Home Schooled, in Beginner Western Horsemanship.   

In the day’s second show the Fighting Tigers secured the regional title by overcoming the Mustang’s home arena advantage by tying their hosts for the event’s title with a score of 32-to-32. As a result of their efforts Cobleskill once again won the regional title by an overall score of 261-to-247 for the eight show regular season over Morrisville.

Once again the senior tandem of Morgan O’Sullivan and Emily McLaughlin led the way for the Orange & Black as O’Sullivan by taking the show’s High Point Rider honors by placing second both the Open Reigning competition and in Open Western Horsemanship while McLaughlin won in Open Reigning while taking third overall in Open Western Horsemanship to capture Reserve Point Rider honors for the show.

The Fighting Tigers also received important event wins from: Kathryn Terry, Castile, N.Y., Letchworth High School, in Intermediate II Western Horsemanship, Emma Russell in Intermediate I Western Horsemanship and from Rachel Butler in Beginner Western Horsemanship.   

With her individual performance, Morgan O’Sullivan wins the IHSA Zone 2 Region 3 High Point Rider Championship for the second consecutive season and the third time in her career with a season total of 97 points and automatically qualifies individually for the 2018 IHSA National Championships to be hosted from May 3rd thru May 6th, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa.

Cobleskill will next compete as a team in the IHSA Individual Regional Championships hosted by Morrisville State College in Morrisville, N.Y., on Sunday February 25th at 9:00 a.m.

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Sunday Brunch featuring Savory and Sweet Crepes

Preston Hollow - Chase away the cabin fever blues and come to brunch at the Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm on Sunday, March 4, from 11am-3pm. Chef Robert Lugo has planned an extraordinary menu of savory and sweet crepes. There will be six varieties of crepes with toppings and side salads. Guests can chose any three of six crepes, made with ingredients from the farm and other local producers. Local cheeses, vegetables and fruits will be combined with Heather Ridge Farm grassfed beef, goat and duck crepe fillings. There will be a choice of custard filled crepes for the sweet tooth. Vegetarian fillings and gluten free crepes also are on the menu.

Cost per person is $24. Call Carol at 518-239-6234 or e-mail for reservations. Complete menu on the website: www.

The following two weekends, March 10 & 11, and March 17 & 18, the café will featured Irish dishes on the menu, including farm made bangers, white pudding, corned beef and bacon. A live Celtic music session is always planned for the second Sunday of each month, including March 11 led by fiddlers Hilary Schrauf and Bernie Neumann. Pop up coffee bar will be provided by chef Robert Lugo.

Upcoming events in March:
March 4  Sweet and Savory Crepe Brunch with chef Robert Lugo
March 4 Deadline to reserve farm made Corned Beef
March 10 & 11 Irish food menu at cafe!
March 11 Second Sunday Session: Live Celtic music with fiddlers Hilary and Bernie, and Pop Up Coffee Bar with chef Robert Lugo
March 10, 11 or 17 Pickup reserved Corned Beef for St Patrick’s Day
March 17 & 18 Irish food menu at cafe!

The Bees Knees Café at Heather Ridge Farm is located at 989 Broome Center Road, Preston Hollow, NY. 518-239-6234. Animal Welfare Approved. The Café and farm store is open Saturday and Sunday year round for lunch and brunch from 11am-3pm. Menus and a calendar of events are updated weekly on its website at

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Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment Report Regarding Schoharie County Public Safety Facility Project

Written By Editor on 2/23/18 | 2/23/18

Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment Report Regarding Schoharie County Public Safety Facility Project Town of Schoharie, Schoharie County, New York
FEMA-4020- DR-NY
Notification is hereby given to the public of the intent of the Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS-FEMA) to provide Federal financial assistance to New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYSDHSES), as Recipient, and Schoharie County, as Subrecipient, for the construction of a new County Correctional and Public Safety Facility and extension of public water and sewer lines to provide service to the new facility. The Schoharie County Correctional and Public Safety Facility was damaged as a result of flooding and storm damage during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in late August and early September, 2011. Flooding resulting from the event rendered the Schoharie County Public Safety Facility, located at 157 Depot Lane in the Village of Schoharie, Schoharie County, New York 12157, unusable for its intended purpose. President Barack H. Obama declared the storm incident period a major disaster on August 31, 2011 (FEMA 4020-DR- NY). This declaration makes federal disaster assistance available to affected communities and certain nonprofit organizations in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1974 (Stafford Act; 42 U.S.C. 5172), as amended. The proposed action involves the construction of a new approximately 67,000 square-foot County Correctional Facility and Public Safety Facility (PSF) at a new location to replace the substantially flood-damaged, evacuated, and now partially closed 80,000 square-foot facility, as well as the extension of public water and sanitary sewer facilities to serve the new facility. The new facility is proposed to be constructed at 373 Howe’s Cave Road in the Town of Schoharie, Schoharie County, New York and will include, but not be limited to, the following functions and spaces: 65-75 inmate capacity jail and supportive facilities; Sheriff’s Office (Road Patrol, Administration and supportive facilities); Probation Department; District Attorney’s Office; connectivity to the Schoharie County 911 Call Center / Emergency Operations Center (located elsewhere) with a free-standing antenna on site (approximately 120 feet in height), paper records storage area and additional swing space to provide for continuity of government and training. Public water and sewer lines will be extended from the Town and Village of Cobleskill to the proposed new facility from existing connection points along NYS Route 7, proceeding via easements across private properties and underneath Cobleskill Creek, then along Howe’s Cave Road to the project site.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), an Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared to assess the potential impacts of the proposed action on the human environment. DHS-FEMA’s requirement of addressing floodplain management and wetlands protection in accordance with 44 CFR Part 9 is incorporated within the EA. The EA is available for public comment, and comments can be sent via email to FEMA4020- The EA will be available for download from the FEMA website at library and can be viewed in hard copy at the Schoharie County Offices, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 3 rd Floor, 284 Main Street, Schoharie, NY 12157. The comment period will end 30 days after the date of this legal notice publication in Times Journal and Mountain Eagle newspapers. Written comments on the EA can be mailed or e-mailed to the contact below. If no substantive comments are received, the EA will become final and a Finding of No Significant Impact will be signed. Substantive comments will be addressed as appropriate in the final documents. Contact DHS-FEMA Region II, Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation, Leo O’Brien Building 11A Clinton Avenue, Suite 742, Albany New York 12207 or via email at

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Governor Cuomo Releases Statement on Gun Violence

Written By Editor on 2/22/18 | 2/22/18

Governor Andrew Cuomo released the following statement on New York and gun policy:

Fellow New Yorker, 

We are all sadly aware that last week, seventeen community members at the Stoneman Douglas High School were gunned down in one of the deadliest school shootings in our nation's history.

In the wake of this tragedy, Washington has responded with the same appalling complacency and inaction that it always responds with. Plenty of thoughts and prayers. No action.

In New York, we are doing the opposite. Following the Sandy Hook shooting, we passed the SAFE Act — which banned assault rifles like the AR-15 and made it harder for people deemed to be dangerously mentally ill to purchase guns. Firearm deaths have fallen and our state is safer for it.

But our work isn’t done. I have proposed new legislation to remove all firearms from those who commit domestic violence crimes. And today, I joined the Governors of New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Connecticut in launching States for Gun Safety – a multi-state coalition to take action against gun violence in the face of failed leadership at the federal level.

This time, things can be different. The young survivors of the Parkland shooting are speaking out, demanding more from the adults in power — and their awe-inspiring efforts bring me hope.

The American people have waited far too long — but with your help, we can say once and for all that while this was not the first school shooting in America, it will be the last.

Ever Upward,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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SUNY Cobleskill Women Top Albany College of Pharmacy 55-43

Written By Editor on 2/18/18 | 2/18/18

Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak on Wednesday evening by stepping out of conference play for the final time this season to defeat the visiting Panthers of Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences by a 55-43 margin at the Iorio Gymnasium. With the victory the Fighting Tigers improve to 11-13 overall on the year while the Panthers close the season with a 7-12 overall record.

In a game that was tied nine times, the Fighting Tigers broke a 41-41 deadlock with 4:34 remaining in regulation by going on a 13-to-0 run highlighted by back-to-back three-point field goals by sophomore guard Addy Lawson, Cooperstown, N.Y., Milford High School, and sophomore guard Erica Cabrera, Middletown, N.Y., John S. Burke Catholic High School, to finally subdue the determined Panthers.

The Fighting Tigers were led in scoring by sophomore guard Shaliyah Graham, Bronx, N.Y., Martin Luther King Jr. High School, who tallied 18 points to go with eight rebounds on the  evening complemented by Addy Lawson’s 13 point, five rebound, four assist, four steal effort in her first action after missing three games due to concussion protocols.

The home team also flexed their muscles in the paint where freshman forward Ali Changa, Watervliet, N.Y., Watervliet High School, grabbed a team high of 12 rebounds to go with seven points and three assists and freshman center Alexia Massaroni, Worcester, N.Y., Worcester High School, celebrated her first career start with nine points and six rebounds.

Cobleskill will close out the season on Saturday February 17th when they host The Express from Wells College in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action with tip-off slated for 3:00 p.m.

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Fighting Tiger Baseball Ranked 10th

It should come as no surprise to SUNY Cobleskill fans that as the Fighting Tigers relaunch the college’s men’s baseball after a six-year hiatus that the team is currently ranked 10th among the league’s 10 teams in the North Eastern Athletic Conference’s (NEAC) 2018 Pre-Season Coaches Poll. As the nation’s newest program prepares for the upcoming campaign first-year Head Coach Rob Fisk is approaching the season distinctive goals and expectations.

“We intend to be a team that is going to compete with both conference and non-conference opponents and present a fundamentally sound team that is: disciplined, energetic and enthusiastic from the starting line-up to the last man on the bench,” said Fisk. “That’s my expectation for our program this year.”

With a roster of all-newcomers the Fighting Tigers will be looking for contributions from a number of different players in a number of areas.

Offensively and defensively Coach Fisk sees the infield as one of the team’s strengths as junior first baseman Nate Carinci, Oneida, N.Y., Jefferson Community College, will be counted on as a middle of the order anchor, freshman shortstop Mitchell Holmes, Dartmouth, Mass., Bristol County Agricultural High School, will be counted on as a top of the line-up staple and freshman third baseman Jacob Hoffee, Lyndonville, N.Y., Lyndonville Central High School, will be providing a productive left handed bat to the middle of the order.

On the mound the Cobleskill pitching staff will be led by junior right hander Jordyn Schwark, Kingston, N.Y., SUNY Adirondack, a hard throwing right handed starter who will also see time in center field, freshman Ryan O’Keefe, Albany, N.Y., Albany High School, a crafty left handed starter and freshman Daniel Wade, Jefferson, N.Y., Jefferson Central High School, a tall lanky right handed starter.

The Fighting Tigers are scheduled to open the 2018 season on Saturday February 24th when they travel to Aston Pa. to face the Nittany Lions of Penn State Brandywine for a pair of games at the MSI Sports Village beginning at 12:00 p.m.

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Franklin Stage Company Awarded Regional Economic Development Grant

Franklin Stage Company, in Franklin, NY is honored to announce that they have been awarded a $40,000 workforce investment grant from the NYS Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). The funds will support wages for executive leadership for one year. The grant will be administered through the NY State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

“We’re thrilled,” said Franklin Stage Company Co-Artistic Director Patricia Buckley, “These funds will allow FSC to expand our capacity, attract new businesses and contribute to the REDC’s goal of revitalizing local communities.”

“This grant represents the faith of NY State and Delaware County in FSC’s value as an anchor cultural institution in our area,” Co-Artistic Director Leslie Noble added. “We proudly join with our area’s growing number of artisanal food and beverage businesses and arts destinations to promote Delaware County tourism. It’s our hope that this grant will help us become an integral cultural addition to these emerging tourist attractions.”

Franklin Stage Company, Delaware County’s only fully professional theater, hires highly skilled union labor both onstage (local and visiting artists), and behind the scenes (carpenters, designers, technicians, etc.)  Additionally, the theater rents local housing to accommodate visiting artists throughout its production season.  It also provides training opportunities to youth from area high schools and colleges through its intern program, which teaches hands-on technical skills and offers young people the opportunity to work side by side with theater professionals.

With executive salary support, the organization will be able to direct other resources to board development, expanding programming and education, improving facilities, and increasing outreach to donors and community partners. The grant will also free up funds to hire part-time administrative support.

“We’re grateful for the council’s vote of confidence,” said Buckley, “and we look forward to welcoming loyal friends and new visitors to our 22nd season this summer.”

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Bushel Collective and Black Sun Lit Present Moina Pam Dick & Steven Seidenberg

Saturday, March 24, 2018
84 Main Street, Delhi, NY 13753
7 PM

Delhi, NY — Steven Seidenberg (San Francisco) and Moina Pam Dick (NYC) will read in celebration of Seidenberg’s new book, Situ, just out from Black Sun Lit. Jared Fagen (Arkville), BSL’s editor, will guest host. Books by both readers will be available.

STEVEN SEIDENBERG is the author of Situ (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Null Set (Spooky Actions Books, 2015), Itch (Raw Art Press, 2014), and numerous chapbooks of verse and aphorism. His collection of photographs, Pipevalve: Berlin, was released by Lodima Press in 2017. He has had solo shows of his visual work in various galleries in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. He is co-editor of the literary journal pallaksch.pallaksch. (Instance Press) and curates the False Starts reading series at The Lab in San Francisco.

MOINA PAM DICK (aka Misha/Gregoire/Mina Pam Dick et al.) is the author of this is the fugitive (Essay Press, 2016), Metaphysical Licks (BookThug, 2014), and Delinquent (Futurepoem, 2009). With Oana Avasilichioaei, she is the co-translator of Suzanne Leblanc’s The Thought House of Philippa (BookThug, 2015). Her writing has appeared in BOMB, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere, as well as in the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (ed. TC Tolbert and Trace Peterson, Nightboat Books, 2013). Also a visual artist and deinstitutionalized philosopher, she lives in New York City.

Bushel—a project of If / Then Inc., a tax-exempt, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization—is a volunteer-led, mixed-use storefront space dedicated to art, agriculture, and action. Located on Main Street in the Catskills town of Delhi, NY (pop. 5,117), Bushel is an experiment of mixed usage in a low-population density area, offering a space for gallery exhibitions, performances, screenings, discussions, meetings, co-working, classes, and other as-yet unforeseen uses. Inspired by both traditional rural meeting places and nontraditional storefront experiments, Bushel is open-ended, promising nothing but hoping for more.

Black Sun Lit is a print and digital literary press that endeavors to introduce, promote, and support both emerging and experienced authors whose work has little representation—or minimal exposure—in a reading world largely governed by commercial publishing. Based in Brooklyn and Arkville, NY, Black Sun Lit proposes a renewed aestheticism that values beauty—not communication or representation—as the end of literature, and publishes prose, poetry, essays, and works in translation that demonstrate a sensibility for the avant-garde.

Situ is a hesitant unfolding of demise, a text that occupies the interstices between diegetic, philosophical, and poetic discursive timbres. From this tension—which finds form in an indeterminate subject’s relationship with a bench, his anguished site of rest and motion—the subsequent flux at the center of the narrative voice facilitates a kind of epistemology of volition that both proves and parodies the necessity of the philosophical system for a narrator whose instability gives such exploration its emergent poetic urgency. In the wildly despairing and circular machinations that ensue, this attempt at “thinking thinking” moves in and out of the body of the thinker it observes, displaying a devastating picture of the paradoxes at the basis of all representation, whether willful or inadvertent, an aesthetic act or a causal order inferred through polemic and reasoned pursuit. Situ is Seidenberg’s signature style raised to the next level, an accomplishment that calls to mind the literary contributions of Blanchot, Bernhard, and pre-impasse Beckett.

To engage with the narrative flow of Steven Seidenberg’s Situ is to pass through the looking glass of consciousness into a seriocomic world of “mnemonic throes” and “the null of place...”
—Michael Palmer, author of The Laughter of the Sphinx

Steven Seidenberg has confected a stanza out of trains of thought that falter as explanation turns on itself too many times to grasp...Situ is the fruit of the philosophical quest: a horror of the body—“face flush with the rancid muck that covers his cadaver”—and the rational mind in its infinite regress.
—Robert Glück, author of Jack the Modernist

A feat of extreme smarts, folding in iterative density and intense decay, Situ does philosophy as labyrinthine lit...Its intestinal yet Latinate formalism, its agonistic wit and ruinous wonder, its keen bent for passivity, would make Beckett chortle, Husserl mull, Descartes nod, Spinoza correspond, Melville wax fanciful. An original, gutsy book.
—Mina Pam Dick, author of Delinquent

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Senior Science at miSci: Pluto Revisited

Monday, April 2, 2018 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Pluto Revisited- Latest Discoveries from New Horizons

New Horizons flew by Pluto in July of 2015. Since then, astronomers have been hard at work analyzing data and reconstructing images of Pluto and its system of moons. Join us as we summarize the New Horizons mission and highlight the latest discoveries announced by the New Horizons team.

The Dudley Observatory at miSci is committed to lifelong learning and has created programming specifically designed for adults! Come explore the museum on a quiet afternoon, then join the Dudley Observatory for an exciting astronomy lesson presented by our Outreach Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson.

Cost: Senior Admission to miSci ($10.50 adult, $9 senior 65+), Free for miSci members

Come early or stay after the lesson to enjoy the many exhibits miSci has to offer! The museum is open from 9 am – 5 pm. You need not be a senior citizen to attend.

miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308

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Get Outside and Play! Learn, Explore & Shop at Outdoor Expo in Delaware County

Complimenting a vast array of outdoor enthusiast and sportsmen-focused vendors at the Walton Chamber of Commerce
Inaugural All-Seasons Sportsmen's Expo to be held on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am - 5 pm, at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Walton,
there will be a full day of FREE demonstrations, workshops, educational seminars and hands-on learning opportunities. Those include:

* FREE Fishing for All. NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is sponsoring a FREE day of fishing on the West Branch of the
Delaware River at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. License requirements are waived and DEC staff will be on hand, with fishing tackle, to
teach anglers of all ages how to fish.

* Creepy Crawlers, Stealthy Slitherers and Rascally Reptiles. SUNY Cobleskill Fisheries and Wildlife staff will have native reptiles and
aquatic insects on display and talk about their habits and habitats as predator and prey and what their presence means to ecological health
and balance.

* Casting 101. NYS Licensed Adventure Guide Brian Foster of Reel Catskills will give introductory hands-on fly fishing casting lessons
throughout the day.

* All Tyed Up. NYS Licensed Adventure Guide Jeff Foster of Reel Catskills will give hands-on fly-tying demonstrations. Jeff will also
discuss seasonal, typical hatches on the Upper West Branch of the Delaware River and its tributaries.

* Vital Signs: Climate Change and Global Warming. Delaware County Soil & Water Conservation District staff will discuss cyclical
climate change, trends in global warming, what that means to the health and balance of the ecosystem and how it effects outdoor
enthusiasts and sportsmen.

* Spanning a Lifetime. Industry experts will be on hand to talk about the lifespan of a deer and how to determine a deer's age and

* Dirty Rock and Roll. Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District staff will discuss weather event impacts, restoration
projects and why dredging streams is no longer preferred as a means of flood prevention. Stream health and connectivity will be discussed
using the West Branch of the Delaware River and its tributaries as examples.

* Catskill Critters: Foxes and Squirrels and Bears, Oh My! Walton resident and local author Leslie Sharpe will host a book signing,
reading and discussion of The Quarry Fox and other critters of the Wild Catskills, published in 2017, based upon her observations from her
secluded, hilltop homestead.

* KidFit - Wild, Whimsical, Wondering and Wandering. NYS Licensed Adventure Guide Lillian Browne of Catskills Unleashed will
lead kids of all ages on an introductory nature hike where they will learn plant and tree identification and learn how to use their
imaginations to immerse themselves in and connect with nature.

* Chasing Rainbows. Heralding from the Lake Ontario region, expert angler John Giovenco will provide a glimpse into the exciting
and challenging world of steelhead trout and salmon fishing. Necessary tackle and equipment will be on display.

Admission is $5, under 17 FREE. Vendor space available. Raffles and door prizes. For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to
reserve vendor space visit All-Seasons Sportsmens Expo on Facebook, email or call 607-761- 2670.

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