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Poll: Stevens Leads Sheriff's Race

Written By Editor on 8/18/17 | 8/18/17

With final results in, Republican Sheriff candidate Ron Stevens is ahead of incumbent Tony Desmond in our unscientific poll.

The results are:

Ron Stevens (R): 62%
Tony Desmond (D): 32%
Haven't decided: 3%
Undecided: 3%

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Astronomy Lecture in Delanson

Written By Editor on 8/16/17 | 8/16/17

Octagon Barn Star Party and Lecture

Friday, 9/29/2017

8:00pm to 10:00pm

Knox Octagon Barn, 588 Middle Rd, Delanson, NY 12053, Albany County

info@dudleyobservatory.org

Tonight’s lecture by Ron Barnell (AAAA/HESO)- “Globular Clusters: Great Balls of Fire”

Join us for an astronomy lesson and dark sky observing at the Octagon Barn in Delanson, NY! Programs include a 1 hour talk by local astronomy enthusiasts, followed by night sky observing if the weather is clear. Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. Telescopes will also be set up for public use. Great for older children and adults!

Cost: Free! (donations graciously accepted)

Sponsored by the Lauterbach Pokorny family

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Breakabeen Grange Supper Thursday

Written By Editor on 8/14/17 | 8/14/17

The Breakabeen Grange will be holding a Barbecue Supper on Thursday August 17 between 4:00 and 7:00 PM.  On the menu: green, pasta and potato salads, corn, chili, grilled meats, baked beans, brownies, watermelon, etc.  All are welcome.

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Wednesday August 9, 2017

At 8:28 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Josiah M. Holmes, 19, of Cobleskill, NY, on an Arrest Warrant for 2 counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th, 2 counts Identity Theft 3rd, and 1 count of Conspiracy 5th.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $5000 Bail / $10,000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on August 15th at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

At 6:20 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested James M. Norton, III, 18, of Cobleskill, NY, on an Arrest Warrant for Forgery 2nd, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th, Identity Theft 3rd, and Conspiracy 5th.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $5000 Bail / $10,000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on August 15th at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, August 11, 2017

At 12:02 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Laurren A. Lillard, 28, of Central Bridge, NY, for DWI.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on August 29th at 5:00 p.m.

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Middleburgh Acknowledges “Middle Child’s Day”

Written By Editor on 8/12/17 | 8/12/17


Since 2013, the International Middle Child has made it their mission to raise awareness of Middle Child’s Day. (Middle Child’s Day? There’s a Middle Child’s Day? Yes, there is. And it’s August 12th.) Apparently, they need to do more. So for 2017, the I.M.C.U. has created the Middle Child’s Day “Middle” Town Outreach program. “I’ve compiled a list of every town I could find with Middle in its name, and  I’m reaching out to them for help,” says union boss, Bruce Hopman. “As our Middle Child-in-Chief would say, the goal is to make Middle Child’s Day great again.”

Hopman is asking “Middle” towns to issue a proclamation or formal announcement on August 12th in support of Middle Child’s Day. “If a “Middle” town can’t throw a little attention a Middle Child’s way, then we have no hope,” he says. He’s been in touch with “Middle” towns all across America, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and is generally encouraged by the reaction he’s receiving. “I mean, giving a Middle Child some attention isn’t as important to them as garbage collection, but what else is new?” The Village of Middleburgh is supporting the effort, issuing a proclamation.


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Interview with Hub New Music

Written By Editor on 8/10/17 | 8/10/17

By Matthew Avitabile

This week we interview Michael Avitabile, a previously unknown relative of me (not my brother by the same name)! I didn’t realize it until we covered the Roxbury concert his group Hub New Music plays today Thursday, August 10th. He was kind enough to give us his time for this interview.

What are some of your biggest musical influences?

Discalimer: I listen to a lot of music and this list is definitely always growing and changing from day to day. In general, I think it's important for a musician to have a broad range of musical taste that spans outside his/her own genre. I can't exactly pinpoint how each artist has specifically influenced me or my group per say, but listening to music I like is an inspiring journey in itself. That said, I think it's important to go hear as many live concerts as possible - nothing can replace that visceral energy and feeling of community that comes from an exhilarating concert. Here are a few of my favorites.

Bjork
eighth blackbird
Florence and the Machine
Kurt Masur with the New York Philharmonic (I grew up on those recordings and they made me want to be a musician)
The Punch Brothers
The Goat Rodeo Sessions [album]
The Cranberries
Belcea String Quartet
A Far Cry
My Brightest Diamond
Bela Fleck
Lady Gaga
Favorite composers: Bach, Ravel, Stravinsky, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Julia Wolfe, Steve Reich, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Philip Glass, Luciano Berio, Chris Cerrone, Robert Honstein, MIssy Mazzoli, Julia Wolfe, and any composer Hub is playing at the time.

Avitabile (second from left) and the group


How does it feel to play in the Catskills?

I've never actually spent anytime in the Catskills, so I'm very excited to be coming out for a concert. We're all in Boston, so it's always fun to get out of the city and go somewhere pretty - especially during the summer. With any city that Hub travels to, I'm always excited about the constant exchange of new things and ideas. For much of the music we play, the audiences haven't heard the pieces or may not even know the composers. It's always a treat to hear how audiences react to something they've never experienced before. On our end, a new city always means experiencing a new culture. Whether its a restaurant we go to, historic site we visit, or concert venue we play, it's always fun to be introduced to a new community even if it's only for a day or two.

Do you feel you play one genre or role or have a mix thereof?

Hub is definitely a classical music ensemble and we're all trained in that art. However, what's interesting about playing newer repertoire (all of the pieces we tour are written after 2000), is the diversity of influence in new music. We have composers who merge classical counterpoint with groove driven rhythms in pop music, or composers who use electronics, or test the limits of each individual instrument etc, and it's amazing how much that has opened my mind beyond what I was taught in school.

What is your favorite part of being involved with music?

So I have a bit of a round-about answer for this one. Outside of music, I'm a big food nerd and I absolutely adore that Netflix documentary series Chef's Table. One chef who I particularly admire is Dominque Crenn whose menus are these lyric poems that use food to tell a story. That whole concept was fascinating to me, and she always reiterated that coming into her restaurant was like coming into her home. There was something so powerful, warm, and deeply human about that, which immediately drew a comparison to music. As artists, regardless of the medium, I think its our job to connect with people and to make them feel something that transcends everyday life. In a way, a concert space is like a restaurant and the program is like a menu. The venue is essentially my home where I have opportunity to tell a story, to connect, and to take someone on a journey. That feeling of community building and of making people's lives better for a few hours is what makes me happiest about being a musician.


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Senior Science Day at Dudley Observatory

Written By Editor on 8/9/17 | 8/9/17

Senior Science Day

Mon, September 4, 3pm – 4pm

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

info@dudleyobservatory.org
         
Today's topic: Our Solar System: The Terrestrial Planets

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, $7.50 child age 3-12, $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.

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Vote in Our Poll: Desmond or Stevens?

Written By Editor on 8/8/17 | 8/8/17

Vote in our poll regarding the upcoming Sheriff's race. We will publish the results in our August 18th edition.
Who Do You Plan to Vote for Sheriff?
 
pollcode.com free polls
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Fight Leads to Hypodermic Needle Arrest in Hobart

On August 5th , 2017 Delaware County Sheriff Deputies responded to a
911 call of a fight in progress on Main Street in the Village of Hobart.
Upon conclusion of the investigation, deputies arrested 23 year old
Michael Stein of Delhi, for Criminally Possessing a Hypodermic
Instrument and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Stein was
arraigned in the Town of Stamford Court where he was remanded to
the Delaware County Correctional Facility on $2,500 cash or $5,000
secured bond.

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DWI Arrest in Schoharie

On Sunday 8/6/17 Schoharie County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Mary A. Perez age 33, Palatine Bridge NY for DWI at 12 N on Ste Rte 443 in the Town of Schoharie. County 911 Dispatchers received a report of the vehicle being operated erratically prior to the arrest. Subject is to appear in Schoharie Town Court on September 4, 2017

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

At 4:51 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Joshua R. Burns, 32 of Cobleskill, NY, on a Bench Warrant for Failing to Appear for Court.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $250 Bail / $500 Bond.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on August 8th at 5:00 p.m.

At 10:13 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Lauren Kohler, 21, of Cobleskill, NY, on an Arrest Warrant for Petit Larceny.  She was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released.  She is appear in Cobleskill Town Court on August 15th at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

At 11:53 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Charles McMullen, 24, of Cobleskill, NY, for Assault 3rd and Criminal Mischief 3rd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on August 15th at 5:00 p.m.

At 12:30 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Joseph R. Raymer, 26, of Cobleskill, NY, for 3 counts of Criminal Contempt 2nd. He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on continued bail.  He is to return to Schoharie County Court at a later date.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

At 12:12 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Devin M. Pitt, 21, of Sharon Springs, NY, for DWI and other vehicle and traffic tickets.  He was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on August 29th at 5:00 p.m.

At 12:34 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested David M. Maranville, of Cobleskill, NY, for Obstructing Government Administration.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in August 29th at 5:00 p.m..

At 10:13 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Jason Green, 42, of Cobleskill, NY, for DWI, Aggravated DWI, Unlawfully Fleeing a Police Officer, and other vehicle and traffic tickets.  He was arraigned on Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $2500 Bail / $7500 Bond.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on August 8th at 5:00 p.m.

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Editorial: Citation Needed

Written By Editor on 8/6/17 | 8/6/17

From our Friday, August 4th edition. Click for better resolution.





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Prattsville Legal Notice

Written By Editor on 8/3/17 | 8/3/17

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing is set for August 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the
Prattsville Town Hall to hear all comments or concerns regarding the DEC land acquisition
project of the Farrell property #4110.

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August Supper Club and other August events at Heather Ridge Farm

Written By Editor on 8/2/17 | 8/2/17


Preston Hollow, NY –
With the farm stands full of great produce, and the fields and forests ripe for foraging, the monthly Supper Club will celebrate the abundance of the season on Saturday, August 12. Supper Club, a five course tasting dinner at Heather Ridge Farm, starts at 7pm, and advance reservations are necessary. Reservations must be secured with a credit card, and cost $75 per person.

The dinners have been held once or twice a month all year.  From June through September Supper Club dinners are held outdoors on the farm, weather permitting.  In the cooler months, dinner is in the solar-powered 1820s farmhouse. Chef Rob Handel creates imaginative menus with the meat and poultry raised at Heather Ridge Farm, combined with items Rob had foraged, as well as produce and dairy products from other regional farms.

On Sunday, August 13, the Second Sunday Session will be held 12-2 hosted by fiddlers Hilary Schrauf and Bernie Neumann. The Second Sunday Session is an opportunity for traditional Irish, Old Time, Cape Breton, and Scottish musicians to get together and share a few tunes in a cozy atmosphere. Come out and join in a few tunes, or sit back and enjoy the music and good food!

The month ends with a Fried Chicken Picnic on Saturday August 26, starting at 6pm. The fried chicken is a culmination of a three day long process that starts with a koji marinade and wraps up with a dusting in chef Rob Handel’s secret blend of spices and gluten free flours. All are welcome but reservations are still appreciated. The picnic is served buffet style, with chicken being fried fresh continually until 8pm, accompanied by sides crafted from locally grown items.

Menus to be posted on www.heather-ridge-farm.com. Please call 518-239-6234 for reservations. In the farm store, fresh and frozen products of the farm are available at all events.

The Bees Knees Café and farm store at Heather Ridge Farm is located at 989 Broome Center Road, Preston Hollow, NY.  518-239-6234. The farm raises Animal Welfare Approved Certified Grassfed lamb and goat, pastured pork and eggs, as well as all grassfed beef and pastured poultry. The Café is open Thursday through Sunday in July and August for lunch and brunch from 11am-3pm, and weekends year-round. The farm store opens at 9am Thursday through Sunday with complementary coffee while you shop. Menus and a calendar of events are updated weekly on its website at www.heather-ridge-farm.com

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Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Walton

Written By Editor on 7/31/17 | 7/31/17

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, July 30, 2017, Delaware
County Sheriff Deputies and members of the Walton Fire Department and
Emergency Squad responded to a 911 report of a serious personal injury
motor cycle accident on State Highway 206 in the Town of Walton.
Preliminary investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies, Investigators and members
of the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit revealed that 45
year old James R. VerNooy of Walton was driving a farm tractor in a
northerly direction on State Highway 206 and had begun to make a left turn
when a northbound motorcycle operated by 70 year old James G. Cushman
of Norwich struck the tractor’s front end loader bucket while attempting to
overtake and pass the farm tractor in a no passing zone in the southbound
lane.

Cushman and his passenger, 67 year old Nancy A. Cushman, were
subsequently thrown from the motorcycle as a result of the collision. Nancy
Cushman was fatally injured and died at the scene. James Cushman
sustained serious physical injuries and was transported to Delaware Valley

Hospital in Walton and was airlifted to UHS Wilson Medical Center in
Johnson City for treatment.
The investigation by members of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office and
New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit remains on-going.
Deputies and Investigators are attempting to identify and interview a female
witness that was driving a full size, white Sport Utility Vehicle, and are
asking anyone that may have witnessed or that has information concerning
this accident to immediately contact the Delaware County Sheriff's Office at
(607) 832-5555.

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Broome Man Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Child

Written By Timothy Knight on 7/26/17 | 7/26/17


The Schoharie County Sheriff's Department announced the following earlier today:

Following the investigation of an incident, Schoharie County Sheriff Deputies on 7/24/17 arrested Richard J. Christian, age 42, of Hauverville Road in the Town of Broome for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Deputies were contacted when the subject removed the cast from the wrist a 10 years old male subject with a butter knife. The 10 year old had previously suffered a fractured wrist. 

Christian was arraigned in Richmondville Town Court and committed to the custody of the Sheriff's Office in lieu of $500. bail. 

He is to reappear in town court on a later date.

It is unknown why Christian removed the cast from the child's wrist and the incident was reported by the victim's father. 

Flash Flood Watch

Written By Editor on 7/12/17 | 7/12/17

... Flash Flood Watch in effect until 9 PM EDT this evening...

The National Weather Service in Albany has expanded the

* Flash Flood Watch to include portions of western Massachusetts
  and New York, including the following areas, in western
  Massachusetts, northern Berkshire. In New York, eastern
  Albany, eastern Columbia, eastern Dutchess, eastern Greene,
  eastern Rensselaer, eastern Schenectady, eastern Ulster,
  Montgomery, Schoharie, southern Fulton, southern Herkimer,
  southern Saratoga, western Albany, western Columbia, western
  Dutchess, western Greene, western Rensselaer, western
  Schenectady, and western Ulster.

* Until 9 PM EDT this evening.

* Showers and thunderstorms will develop this afternoon into the
  evening. Thunderstorms will be capable of producing torrential
  downpours resulting in rainfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour.

* Heavy rainfall rates could lead to flash flooding, especially in
  urban, poor drainage and low lying areas. Also locations that
  have received heavy rainfall in the past few weeks will be
  susceptible for flash flooding.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead
to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action
should flash flood warnings be issued.



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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Written By Editor on 7/10/17 | 7/10/17

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

At 8:58 p.m.  Cobleskill Police arrested Robert Santos, 38, of Cobleskill, NY, for DWI.  He was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on July 25h at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

At 9:00 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Nada H. Mehedan, 21, of Albany, NY, for Harassment 2nd and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing.  She was arraigned in Richmondville Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $300 Bail / $600 Bond. She is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on July 11th at 5:00 p.m.

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Fried Chicken Summer Party at Heather Ridge Farm

Written By Editor on 7/4/17 | 7/4/17


Saturday, July 22, 4-7pm

Preston Hollow, NY – Celebrate the middle of summer with fried chicken, live music and beer! Sounds like a party happening Saturday, July 22 at Heather Ridge Farm, starting with an optional farm tour at 3pm, and food and beverages at 4pm.

Heather Ridge Farm is a livestock and poultry farm high in the hills, with panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. In this setting, the Bees Knees Café serves up the best fried chicken at shaded picnic tables as well as tables under a tent! The all-you-can-eat buffet will start at 4 with gluten free fried chicken, seasonal sides, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages included in the price of $24/adult.  Kids under 15 pay their age.  Live music starts at 5 with Jumbo Bungalow, the eclectic sounds of a ukelele band, as fun and comforting as an oversized vintage vacation cottage, led by Carmen Borgia. Helderberg Brewery, of nearby Rensselaerville, NY, will be selling their locally brewed beers to accompany the buffet.

The fried chicken is a culmination of a three day long process that starts with a koji marinade and wraps up with a dusting in chef Rob Handel’s secret blend of spices and gluten free flours. The Fried Chicken Summer Party is by reservation only, so please reserve by Wednesday, July 19 to guarantee a spot. The picnic is served buffet style, with chicken being fried fresh continually until 7pm, accompanied by sides crafted from locally grown items. Full menu to be posted on www.heather-ridge-farm.com. Please call 518-239-6234 for reservations.

In the farm store, fresh pastured chicken will be available for you to take home for your own barbeques, as well as the full stock of beef, pork, lamb, goat and other products.

The Bees Knees Café and farm store at Heather Ridge Farm is located at 989 Broome Center Road, Preston Hollow, NY.  518-239-6234. The farm raises Animal Welfare Approved Certified Grassfed lamb and goat, pastured pork and eggs, as well as all grassfed beef and pastured poultry. The Café is open Thursday through Sunday in July and August for lunch and brunch from 11am-3pm, and weekends year-round. The farm store opens at 9am Thursday through Sunday. Menus and a calendar of events are updated weekly on its website at www.heather-ridge-farm.com

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning

Written By Editor on 6/30/17 | 6/30/17

Issued By:  NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)
Affected Jurisdictions:  Delaware County

Headline:  Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued June 30 at 5:43PM EDT until June 30 at 6:30PM EDT by NWS Binghamton

The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...Northeastern Delaware County in central New York...* Until 630 PM EDT* At 543 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Meredith, ornear Delhi, moving east at 35 mph.HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.SOURCE...Radar indicated.IMPACT...Expect damage to trees, and power lines.* This severe thunderstorm will be near,East Meredith around 550 PM EDT.Bovina Center around 600 PM EDT.Andes around 605 PM EDT.Hobart around 610 PM EDT.Roxbury around 620 PM EDT.HAIL...

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