7 Tips to Prevent Tax ID Fraud

Written By Editor on 2/20/17 | 2/20/17

 Honesdale, PA – As the 2017 tax season gets underway, Wayne Bank is urging all customers to take extra precaution when filing their return to prevent their exposure to tax fraud.
      “Fraudsters are using very clever tactics to get a hold of your personal information and submit false tax claims,” said Diane Wylam, Senior Vice-President and Senior Trust Officer. “Consumers must be suspicious of any communication from the IRS- through email, text or social media- that requests personal information, and should keep a watchful eye out for missing W-2s and mail containing sensitive financial information.”
      Tax identity fraud takes place when a criminal files a false tax return using a stolen Social Security number in order to fraudulently claim the refund. Identity thieves generally file false claims early in the year and victims are unaware until they file a return and learn one has already been filed in their name.
      To help consumers prevent tax ID fraud, Wayne Bank is offering the following tips:
* File early. File your tax return as soon as you’re able giving criminals less time to use your information to file a false return.
* File on a protected Wi-Fi network. If you’re using an online service to file your return, be sure you’re connected to a password-protected personal network. Avoid using public networks like a Wi-Fi hotspot at a coffee shop.
* Use a secure mailbox. If you’re filing by mail, drop your tax return at the post office or an official postal box instead of your mailbox at home. Some criminals look for completed tax return forms in home mailboxes during tax season.
* Find a tax preparer you trust. If you’re planning to hire someone to do your taxes, get recommendations and research a tax preparer thoroughly before handing over all of your financial information.
* Shred what you don’t need. Once you’ve completed your tax return, shred the sensitive documents that you no longer need and safely file away the ones you do.
* Beware of phishing scams by email, text or phone. Scammers may try to solicit sensitive information by impersonating the IRS. Know that the IRS will not contact you by email, text or social media. If the IRS needs information, they will contact you by mail first.
* Keep an eye out for missing mail. Fraudsters look for W-2s, tax refunds or other mail containing your financial information. If you don’t receive your W-2s, and your employer indicates they’ve been mailed, or it looks like it has been previously opened upon delivery, contact the IRS immediately.
      If you believe you’re a victim of tax identity theft or if the IRS denies your tax return because one has previously been filed under your name, alert the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490. In addition, you should:
* Respond immediately to any IRS notice and complete IRS Form 14039, Identity Theft Affidavit.
* Contact your bank immediately, and close any accounts opened without your permission or tampered with.
* Contact the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit records:
o Equifax, www.Equifax.com, 1-800-525-6285
o Experian, www.Experian.com, 1-888-397-3742
o TransUnion, www.TransUnion.com, 1-800-680-7289
* Continue to pay your taxes and file your tax return, even if you must do so by paper.
 
More information about tax identity theft is available from the FTC at ftc.gov/taxidtheft and the IRS at irs.gov/identitytheft.
     
                 Wayne Bank is a subsidiary of Norwood Financial Corp., Member FDIC, and is located in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.  The Bank has 27 Community Offices serving Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Lackawanna Counties in Pennsylvania, along with Delaware and Sullivan Counties in New York State.  The stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol— NWFL.

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What Gets Covered after an Accident

Written By Editor on 2/19/17 | 2/19/17

Common Pitfalls

By Michael Ehline

There are a lot of misconceptions about lawsuits out there. Many of these are in one of two directions. In many cases people believe that the first thing to happen to them is that an ambulance chaser will track them down. This very well might happen. However, the other extreme is just as unlikely. Many people believe that lawsuits are made from pie in the sky numbers and not based on the hard reality on the ground.

Of course, most circumstances fall between the two. This is one of the biggest reasons why it is important to find an attorney that you trust. In addition, it's important to find an attorney that trusts you enough to be frank with you. The driver that caused the accident is not going to want to pay up for their fault. Secondly, your insurance company or theirs may choose to fight every step of the way. Some even refuse to pay out at all. It's not a cakewalk.

There are a lot of factors involved in determining how much money a person gets after an accident. First comes after the determination of fault. Often fault is pro-rated into the decision. Second is a combination of immediate and long term medical and other bills. Also factored in is the monetary value of lost work. Juries also consider incredible stress and suffering on the plaintiff and their family. Only an attorney specialized in such cases balances all of these varying concerns.

Consider these and more when discussing your accident case with an attorney. The bottom line always is the well being of your family. We cover more of these issues in next week's column.

Michael Ehline is an attorney specializing in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. He can be reached at michael@ehlinelaw.com.

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Blenheim Supervisor Smith Announces Bid for District Attorney

Written By Editor on 2/18/17 | 2/18/17

Blenheim Supervisor Shawn Smith announced Saturday that he is running for Schoharie County District Attorney. He set up a Facebook page to support his candidacy.

Mr. Smith, an attorney, is in his second term as town supervisor. He is a Democrat and is also planning to seek the Conservative and Independence lines.

The seat is currently held by James Sacket, a Republican, who is retiring this year.

Mr. Smith was born and raised in the Town of Jefferson and later moved to the Town of Blenheim, where he currently lives.



“I have always had an interest in criminal law, both prosecution and defense, and that has been the focus of my legal career,” Mr. Smith said.

His first legal job was at the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office. While working there part time though law school (2010-2012) he was granted a practice order by the Third Department of the Appellate Division Supreme Court.

“In that time I had the great pleasure of working with some well renowned prosecutors. During the time that I worked in that office I learned enough to jump start my career. I was able to work with seasoned trial attorneys," he said.

He was there for two years and experienced working in Schenectady City Court, various town courts, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court and even second seated Felony trials. He worked on several appeals which included low level felonies all the way up to homicide cases.

“When I returned home and opened my own office in Schoharie I immediately was able to handle a wide range of issues for my clients.”

While in practice he has handled nearly every type of criminal case from speeding tickets and disorderly conduct, to felonies based on serious drug charges, assaults, weapons possession cases and basically everything in between. He also practices family law and has represented many clients that were the victims of domestic abuse and seeking protection from their abusive spouse. While doing that he has prosecuted numerous family offense petitions and successfully represented his clients that were the victims of offenses such as disorderly conduct, menacing in the second or third degree, harassment in the first or second degree, reckless endangerment, aggravated harassment in the second degree, stalking, assault in the second or third degree, attempted assault, criminal mischief, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse in the second or third degree, forcible touching, strangulation, criminal obstruction of breathing, grand larceny in third or fourth degree, and coercion in second degree.

“Since opening my office in Schoharie in the beginning of 2013 I have had dozens upon dozens of trials and pretrial hearings in various courts. I have successfully represented clients in Greene, Delaware, Otsego, Schenectady, Albany and Schoharie Counties. I have tried cases in all different types of courts- sometimes conducting multiple trials in one week.”

In addition to continually doing that type of work in Court, he said he has also dedicated a large part of his career to public service. He serves as legal counsel to multiple municipalities throughout the county and in 2013 he was elected as Town Supervisor of the Town of Blenheim and was re-elected to that post in 2015. He continues to serve as Town Supervisor and a member of the County Board of Supervisors. While in that capacity he has served on several county committees including the county Law Enforcement Committee and the Alternatives to Incarceration Committee. He is a member of the Delaware County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and President of the Schoharie County Bar Association.

Smith is also an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman as well as a gun collector. In his spare time, Smith enjoys camping, canoeing and hiking with his family. “Hunting, fishing, canoeing and hiking are the best ways to escape from the stresses that come with being a busy attorney” Smith said.

“I would like to bring my successful public service and private practice careers together for the benefit of the people of Schoharie County,” he said.

“The Office of District Attorney is the perfect opportunity for me to be able to do that. I plan to campaign all around the county from now until November in an attempt to earn the trust and support of all our residents. I would be honored and humbled to serve the residents of Schoharie County as their District Attorney.”



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Birches Denies Corruption in Schoharie Apartments

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

Embattled Developer Defends Record

From 2/10 Edition

By Ethan Tanenbaum

It’s been almost four years since Governor Cuomo allocated millions for affordable housing in the Village of Schoharie, yet the project is still ongoing. Birches at Schoharie has been plagued by delays, legal disputes with contractors, and rumors of pay for play involving the developer, Steve Aaron.

Mr. Aaron is the owner of Birchez Associates, LLC, which received the state contract.  Companies tied to Mr. Aaron have given well over $250,000 dollars in campaign donations to Cuomo, an astronomical amount that surpasses disgraced Buffalo developer Louis P. Ciminelli. Mr. Ciminelli is currently facing federal bribery charges.

Questions arose after Darryl Towns, head of the NY Homes and Community Renewal Agency, chose Birchez to lead the project despite scoring lower than competing companies. While this practice is legal, awarding state funds based on campaign contributions is not. While Mr. Aaron isn’t currently under investigation for any wrongdoing, questions remain regarding both his ties to Cuomo and business practices.

When contacted by the Mountain Eagle Wednesday, Aaron said that contributions to Cuomo have nothing to do with receiving the Schoharie project. "Absolutely, positively no,” he said. “It's on the street because there are people that don't like the Governor." He added that his family has two generations of ties with the Cuomo family and that the current governor has done more for affordable housing than any previous. Aaron added that he is a member of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing.

Aaron and his associated companies have been sued or accused multiple times for failing to pay contractors, gender discrimination, and failure to pay property taxes. Particularly disturbing are lawsuits from 1995 and 2012 previously reported in the Times Union. Former employees alleged that Mr. Aaron intimidated them and practiced gender discrimination, with threats including flipped tables, thrown bottles, and threatening one woman with “punching her teeth down her throat and throwing her down a flight of stairs.” Mr. Aaron settled one lawsuit, while a jury awarded $1.4 million to the plaintiffs in the other.

Regarding one lawsuit, Aaron said that he did not intimidate a former subcontractor, saying that the individual was "shooting his mouth off to the press. " Aaron said that the subcontractor is now barred from doing business in the state of New York. Apart from that, the only other case Aaron said he was ever accused of similar behavior was 35 years ago when he called an employee ”the C word.”

Two contractors sued Birchez Associates for failure to pay for work done on Birches of Schoharie, which continues a troubling trend for the Kingston based developer. Mr. Aaron has been sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of his career, which he chalks up to his “high standards,” adding, "My reputation in the housing business is that we don't deliver inferior products."

Aaron told us that any conflicts were over inferior work. While at first stating there were no issues with contractors, the conversation evolved. He said, "We have a paving contractor we had to literally escort off the job because of poor quality and some obnoxious behavior." He said another contractor physically assaulted an employee and is demanding $250,000. Toward the end of the interview, Aaron said that a total six former contractors on the Schoharie project caused problems.

The Birchez owner stated that part of the issue with his reputation was caused by conflicts by other companies. He singled out Carver Sand and Gravel in Schoharie. Aaron said that the apartment project  was "[Carver Laraway’s] job to lose. His numbers were ridiculous. He continues to be an antagonist towards us."

In 2012 multiple municipalities in Ulster County sued Mr. Aaron for over $400,000 in unpaid property taxes, followed by a $1 million lawsuit filed by Kingston, NY. Aaron said that the situation was resolved. "It's been settled for years. I've been the subject of a number of hit pieces." Aaron stated that Kingston's Mayor and Assessor was biased against him and that he won in court. He also said that when a person "reaches the top," they receive more scrutiny.

Despite his troubling past, Mr. Aaron has been praised by federal, state and local officials alike. Former Congressmen Chris Gibson and Maurice Hinchey, along with State Senator John Bonacic all praised Mr. Aaron’s work with seniors in promotional videos posted to his website. Village of Schoharie Mayor John Borst was unavailable for comment.

Birches of Schoharie is currently accepting applications, however, there is no one living on the premises as of yet. Local and state officials are hopeful that the Birches project will bring jobs and tax dollars to the Village of Schoharie and Schoharie County as a whole. If Mr. Aaron’s history tells us anything though, it may end up being more complicated than that.

The Mountain Eagle reached out to multiple parties involved with Mr. Aaron but has yet to receive a reply or comment. We will continue to monitor the story as it develops.


Tyler James and Matthew Avitabile contributed research to this article

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Circle of Legal Trust Convention April 20-23rd

The meeting will take place in Las Vegas from April 20-23rd and is open to attorneys wanting to expand their SEO capacity. Seating is limited and tickets are $250 each. For more information, read the Circle of Legal Trust site.

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Employees Honored by Schoharie County


The County Board meeting on February 17th began with a discussion of Resolution #28, encouraging respect for all. This passed in a split vote.

Next there was a ceremony honoring a number of County employees for their service. One was for Treasurer Bill Cherry. “It’s my honor and privilege,” he said to recognize 20 years of service. “I’m honored to be here,” he said in a brief statement. Supervisor Manko asked to speak, saying that he did a great job at a recent statewide conference. “He did a good job.” She said that the state, rather than local government, caused much of the increase, including through unfunded mandates. “Bill did a great job representing Schoharie County and has its best interests in mind.” She said that the County made a mistake replacing him as budget director.



Other recognitions went to Denise Minton for 25 years of service, 30 years of service for Bonnie Post, and 25 years of service for Scott Haverly. Haverly said that it was his “staff that makes me look good.”

County Engineer Dan Crandell came to the floor to give 17 employees awards, of which 13 were present. He thanked the Department of Public Works crew. These included a number of employees honored for service in five year increments. Six were honored for five years of service, four for ten years, one for twenty years, and one for thirty years. Haverly thanked the road crew for their work.

Next to speak was Social Services Commissioner Tina Sweet. She honored a number of employees for their service. This included Joe Polak for 15 years of service, seen in the photo below.



Dr. Amy Gildemeister praised employees in her office. Brenda Hewett was praised as “incredibly organized” and a “wonderful employee.” The other was Karen Simmons, “she’s been incredibly dediated.”

Sheriff Anthony Desmond honored a number of employees in his office. Most couldn’t make it to the meeting, but several came, including Dispatcher David Houck, seen below.



Bonnie Post from the Community Services Department honored three employees present for experience ranging from 10-15 years. Several other employees with various years could not make it.

County Administrator Steve Wilson honored Shane Nickle, “the king of applying for grants,” he said. Nickle has been at the County for 20 years.

Probation Director Denise Minton honored Rose Keller for twenty years of service, saying she gives incredible dedication to the youth of the County.

The last was Nancy Dingee from the Office for the Aging. She honored Business Manager Amy Weitz for 15 years of experience and Coordinator for Extended Care for the Elderly Diane Kruzinski for five years of experience.


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Respect for All Resolution Sparks Fierce Debate

Rival Resolution Change Defeated, Original Passes in Split Vote

The meeting began discussing the proposed Resolution #28 entitled “Encouraging Respect for All.” The resolution was discussed at the December meeting and met with a deadlock before being revised. Some county employees and visitors wore red buttons donning the phrase “Respect for All.”

The resolution was offered by Schoharie Supervisor Chris Tague and seconded by Carlisle Supervisor Larry Bradt. Tague worked upon the resolution with Schoharie resident Glen Sanders. The room was filled with approximately 70 residents, most of whom were present for the employee recognition ceremony immediately following.

County Attorney Michael West read the resolution aloud. As he read through a portion of the resolution, he was stopped by Broome Supervisor David Simkins, who asked if it should encourage respect everywhere and not just in the county.

Supervisor Tague said that it was just a start, and asked County Treasurer Bill Cherry to speak. Cherry said that it could be a template for other counties to follow. He also said that he would bring it to a wider state conference for discussion. “If this resolution would be sent to another county, they would put their name in it,” said Cherry. “Either way is a strong message.”

Chair Earl VanWormer said that the Board could adopt it as “the county’s idea to support this effort. To not tolerate this type of behavior.”

Simkins asked if it was meant just for Schoharie County. “What if I want to say something bad about ISIS?” he asked.

“We’re encouraging proper behavior,” said Supervisor VanWormer, and said that terrorist groups could fall under a different category.

“The big key here is teaching our young people how to move on in life,” said Supervisor Tague. “It’s our job as local leaders,” to encourage such behavior. He credited Glen Sanders for writing the resolution draft then re-writing it in a manner intended to gain support of every member of the board.

Simkins made a motion to edit the resolution, seconded by Supervisor Shawn Smith of Blenheim to remove a portion, to state, “based merely on group identity.”

Supervisor Sandra Manko of Sharon spoke next, saying that the resolution would have no effect on the national scene. She said that she did not vote for President Donald Trump, but that the resolution was meant as an affront to the White House. “No one has told the residents how they should act and behave,” she said about her constituents. She added that most local residents voted for the Republican ticket in November. “If you really love the country and want what’s best,” she said, it was important to support leaders.

Supervisor Phil Skowfoe said that he would support the resolution but criticized the Times Journal for writing that it went back to the Rules Committee for a re-write, which he said didn’t occur. Supervisor Bradt said, “There you go again. You can’t always believe what you read in the paper.” He added that he received revisions that led him to support the resolution as it read as presented. Bradt said he took the blame for not going to the full committee.

Chair VanWormer brought Simkins’ revisions to a vote. Supervisor Manko made a motion to move the resolution to the Rules Committee “where it belongs,” but Supervisor Tague asked the Board to press for a vote on Simkins’ resolution. At that moment Supervisor Simkins withdrew the motion to defer to Manko’s motion. Manko said that the motion in December actually sent the resolution to the committee last time but was not followed through. Supervisor Bradt said he agreed to look at it.

The Board voted. Supervisors Simkins, Coppolo, Manko, Bradt, Luniewski, and Skowfoe voted yes. Voting no were Supervisors Bates, Federice, Hait, Lape, McAllister, Tague, VanGlad, VanWormer, and Vroman. The resolution was defeated by about 400 weighted votes.

Next Supervisor Tague asked for a vote on the resolution. All of the Supervisors voted yes except for Supervisors Bradt, Coppolo, Manko, Simkins, and Smith. The resolution passed with a weighted vote of 2134-840.

Supervisor Federice said that he believed the first resolution was brought about because of “political motivations” and that he agreed with Supervisor Manko’s earlier statement.

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Register Today for Friday's "Seen Enough Tobacco" Presentation in Cobleskill

Written By Editor on 2/15/17 | 2/15/17

Seen Enough Tobacco?
Presented by:
 Linda Wegner, Program Coordinator
Deyanira Cisneros, Community Engagement Lead
Advancing Tobacco Free Communities – Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie Counties

Join us as we discuss ways healthier communities
are being created through:

Ø Reducing youth and adult exposure to tobacco marketing

Ø Increasing the availability of tobacco-free outdoor shared environments

Ø Increasing the availability of smoke-free multi-unit housing

Ø De-normalizing tobacco and decreasing its use


*Seating is limited-
RSVP by calling (518)254-3272 by February 15, 2017

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C-GCC's Kidd Named Athlete of the Week

Columbia-Greene Community College men's basketball center Christopher Kidd,
of Poughkeepsie, has been named NJCAA Region III Athlete of the Week, for
Feb. 14, 2017.

Kidd scored 29 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had four assists in an
overtime loss to #5 Mohawk Valley Community College last Wednesday. He
followed up with a 10-point, eight-rebound, three-steal, and two-assist
outing against Clinton on Saturday.

It’s the second time this season Kidd has received the NJCAA citation.

For more information on athletics at Columbia-Greene, including teams
rosters, stats and schedules, visit http://www.cgcctwins.com/landing/index.

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Night Sky Adventure Lecture at miSci, March 21

Night Sky Adventure  Tonight's lesson: Updates from Juno at Jupiter
Tue, March 21, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
miSci - Museum of Innovation and Science, 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308

Jupiter may be the largest planet in the solar system, but there is a lot of information we still don’t know about Jupiter. How did it form? What is the atmosphere like? What Fuels the great red spot? Juno, a recent mission to Jupiter, will help us answer these and other questions about the gas giant.

Night Sky Adventures are astronomy fun for the whole family! Educators from the Dudley Observatory, in conjunction with volunteers from the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers group, present astronomy lessons, planetarium shows and night sky viewing (weather depending). Amateur astronomers and families are invited to bring binoculars or telescopes. One or more telescopes will be provided for public use.

For more information, visit our website at www.DudleyObservatory.org.

Cost: Admission to miSci ($10.50 adult, $7.50 child age 3-12, $9 senior 65+), Free

Come early to enjoy the museum galleries as well as the Dudley Observatory program. miSci will be open continuously from 9am through the end of the Night Sky Adventure.

http://dudleyobservatory.us4.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=2ef4e7598fea6c4a053769914&id=6bd0c42bb2&e=378f2e2924

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Couple Jailed For Rape, Sexual Abuse

Written By Editor on 2/14/17 | 2/14/17

SIDNEY - A Sidney couple is facing felony sex charges following investigation into a child pornography complaint.

 The investigation revealed Justin D. Crandall, 28, of Sidney had sent sexually explicit photographs of a young child to another person. Crandall was arrested Feb. 11 and charged with first degree rape, class B felony, promoting sexual performance by a child less than 17years old, a class D felony, endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor and seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, class A misdemeanor.  Crandall was arraigned in Sidney Village Courtwhere he was remanded to the Delaware County Jail.

On Feb. 13.New York State Police at Sidney also arrested Jessica L. Crandall,e 27, the wife of Justin D. Crandall, of Sidney, for the charges of first degree criminal sex act, a class B felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class A misdemeanor.

The investigation revealed Jessica Crandall had also sexually abused a child less than 11-years-old. She was arraigned in Sidney Village Court and remanded to the Delaware County Jail.
The Village of Sidney Police Department assisted throughout the three day investigation.

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Steamboat Lecture Rescheduled at C-GCC

Written By Editor on 2/13/17 | 2/13/17

"Steamboat Days on the Hudson," a free lecture by Capt. Stanley Wilcox, Has
been rescheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m., in the Professional
Academic Center at Columbia-Greene Community College. The original date was
cancelled due to snow.

During his presentation, Capt. Wilcox will make the image of Hudson River
Steamboats come alive. The name itself invokes images of mighty three and
four hundred foot-long multi-level vessels churning up the river at close to
twenty miles an hour with paddle wheels slapping, smoke billowing from the
stacks, and hundreds of people gathered at the rails to view the passing
scenery.

The men arrive wearing freshly pressed shirts and pants while the women are
adorned in their Sunday best. This is, after all, a most special occasion. A
trip from New York City to Albany in only eight hours on a magnificent
vessel adorned with chandeliers, oil paintings, and brass rails.

The journey from the first steamboat that appeared on the Hudson to the time
of the grand and opulent vessels is a story filled with greed, frustration,
and courtroom drama. It begins with the New York Legislature granting Robert
Livingston a 30-year steamboat monopoly and ends with a decision from the U.S.
Supreme Court argued by none other than Daniel Webster.

These grand and inspiring boats have long since vanished from the Hudson, but
those who recall them do so with fond memories. It was an era that for many
made the Hudson River the center of the universe.

Capt. Wilcox is co-author of "The Hudson River Book," which includes a
foreward by the Riverkeeper.

C-GCC is located on state Route 23 in Greenport, one mile east of the Rip
Van Winkle Bridge. Route 23 can be reached from Exit 21 of the New York
State Thruway or the Hudson exit of the Taconic Parkway.

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Spaghetti Dinner Hosted by SUNY Delhi Students at Saint James Lake Delaware to Raise Funds for Baton Rouge Service Trip

SUNY Delhi students belonging to the Delhi Campus Interfaith Club will be travelling to Baton Rouge, LA to work on houses affected by flooding over their mid-winter break in February. The students will be hosting a spaghetti dinner to help raise funds for this trip. The dinner will take place on Sunday February 19 from 4:30 – 6 pm in the beautiful Parish Hall of Saint James Church Lake Delaware, located at 55 Lake Delaware Drive in Delhi on southbound State Route 28 halfway between Delhi and Andes. The dinner will cost $8; further donations towards the trip will be most welcome.

The Delhi Campus Interfaith Club is a student organization devoted to supporting religious and spiritual practice on campus, being a united voice across various religious affiliations, offering service and social opportunities to students, and addressing ethical and moral questions pertinent to our times. The Club is advised by SUNY Delhi Chaplain James Krueger, who is also Priest in Charge of Saint James Church Lake Delaware. While in Baton Rouge students in the Club will be doing flood relief projects, helping families to move back into their homes after the various flooding events.

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SUNY Cobleskill Women's Swimming & Diving Places Third at NEAC

The SUNY Cobleskill women’s swimming & diving team closed their season over the weekend by finishing third overall at the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championships hosted by Cazenovia College.

The Fighting Tigers posted a team score of 324 points which saw team members individually: capture two conference individual championships, earn three second place individual finishes along with two third place individual efforts. Cobleskill also posted strong showings in the relay events with two relays finishing in second place and two additional relays bringing home third place finishes.

Sophomore Emily Sugrue, Long Island City, N.Y., The Renaissance Charter School, was the team’s top individual performer winning the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:04.48 and the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 56.03 seconds to earn All-NEAC First Team honors in each event to go with a second place finish in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.61 seconds to earn All-NEAC Second Team honors.

Cobleskill also received strong individual efforts from junior Danielle Hoyt, Wolcott, N.Y., North Rose-Wolcott High School, who placed second in the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2;26.81 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:41.09 to earn All-NEAC Second Team honors in each event along with a third place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:12.46 to earn All-NEAC Third Team honors while senior Mackenzie Cross, Queensbury, N.Y., Queensbury High School, place third in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 26.94 seconds to earn All-NEAC Third Team honors.

In the relays, the team of freshman Ashley Maye, Westport, N.Y., Moriah Central High School, Danielle Hoyt, Mackenzie Cross and Emily Sugrue earned All-NEAC Second Team honors with second place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:46.94 and the 200-yard medley relay in 2:00.68 while garnering All-NEAC Third Team honors in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:30.76 to place third in the event.

The Fighting Tigers also received a third place finish in the 800-yard relay from the team of senior Erin Fitzgerald, West Milford, N.J., West Milford High School, freshman Michelle Moffett, Staten Island, N.Y., Saint John Villa Academy, sophomore Sydney Ficarotta, Pearl River, N.Y., Pearl River High School, and Ashley Maye, in a time of 9:54.34 to earn Third Team All-NEAC honors.

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SUNY Cobleskill Men's Swimming and Diving Wins 2017 NEAC Championship

The SUNY Cobleskill men’s swimming & diving team captured their second North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship in the last three seasons in dominant fashion over the weekend at the 2017 NEAC Championships hosted by Cazenovia College. The Fighting Tigers posted a team total of 621 points to finish 237 points ahead of their nearest competitors by winning six individual event titles and all five of the relays at the meet.

Junior Anthony McGorsik, East Hampton, N.Y., East Hampton High School, was the team’s top individual finisher winning: the 50-yard freestyle in 22.71 seconds, the 100-yard freestyle in a conference record time of 49.45 seconds and the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.20 to earn All-NEAC First Team honors in each event.
The Orange & Black also received strong individual performances from: sophomore Sam Datri, Ravena, N.Y., Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, who won the One Meter Diving with a score of 403.65 points to earn All-NEAC First Team honors while placing second in 100-yard individual medley in 1:00.12 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.48 to earn All-NEAC Second Team honors both races, sophomore Mike Girolamo, Waverly, N.Y., Waverly High School, who won the 1650-yard freestyle in 19:30.29 to garner All-NEAC First Team honors to go with a second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.44 to earn All-NEAC Second Team honors and a third place finish in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:24.08 to take All-NEAC Third Team honors, and from junior Joslen Pettit, Gloversville, N.Y., Gloversville High School, who won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:19.33 to take All-NEAC First Team honors to go with a third place finish in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.16 to bring home All-NEAC Third Team honors in the race.
Sophomore Mick Fryer, Ravena, N.Y., Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, was also a major factor at the meet for the Fighting Tigers earning All-NEAC Second Team acclaim in the: 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.94, the 400-yard individual medley in 4:43.13 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:30.11 with second place finishes in each event as was freshman Doug Campbell,  Montgomery, N.Y., Valley Central High School, who placed second overall in the 100-yard butterfly 1:00.85 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:17.36 to take All-NEAC Second Team honors. Freshman Jon Feil, Guilderland, N.Y., Guilderland High School, was also a multiple All-NEAC honoree with a second place finish in One Meter Diving posting a score of 323.90 points to earn a spot on the league’s Second Team then finishing third in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.58 to earn Third Team all-conference honors.

The team’s final All-NEAC Team individual honorees were Third Team selections: sophomore Ben Henry, Wallingford, Conn., Lyman Hall High School, who finished third in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.67 seconds and freshman Roy Garrett, Remsen, N.Y., Holland Patent High School, who placed third in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:55.32.

In their championship relays the Fighting Tiger team of Mike Girolamo, Sam Datri, Doug Campbell, and Anthony McGorsik won league titles in the: 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:33.67 and the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:27.71. The team of Mick Fryer, Sam Datri, Joslen Pettit and Mike Girolamo took the 400-yard medley relay in 4:03.54 while the team of Doug Campbell, Sam Datri, Joslen Pettit and Anthony McGorsik won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.83. The 800-yard freestyle relay of Anthony McGorsik, Doug Campbell, Mick Fryer and Mike Girolamo were also winners in a time of 7:47.47.
All of the Fighting Tiger relays earned All-NEAC First Team honors with the 800-yard freestyle relay setting the conference record in the event.

Reflecting on his team’s impressive performance second-year head coach Chis Brown spoke in glowing terms of Cobleskill’s championship effort.

“I think this was a great accomplishment for our guys; they clearly were the fastest team in the water this weekend. Being this was our second title in the last three years and coming after last year’s heartbreaking finish, I’m extremely proud of our team and what we were able to accomplish.”


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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

At 5:14 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Garrett A. Wilty, 26, of Sharon Springs, NY, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on February 21st at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

At 5:35 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Roger Graham, 21, of Cobleskill, NY, on an Arrest Warrant for Criminal Mischief.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail $1000 Bail / $2000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 14th at 5:00 p.m.

At 7:50 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Jeffery A. Britten, 44, of Cobleskill, NY, for Petit Larceny.  He was issued and appearance ticket and released.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 28th at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

At 10:40 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Thomas Hartman, 28, of Cobleskill, NY, for Criminal Contempt 2nd and Petit Larceny.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $1000 Bail / $2000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 14th at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, February 10, 2017

At 7:25 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Christopher P. Douville, 20, of Victor, NY, for Violation of the Village Noise Ordinance.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on March 16th at 5:00 p.m.

At 7:25 p.m Cobleskill Police arrested Kevin M. Hassan, 19, of Merick, NY, for Violation of the Village Noise Ordinance.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on March 16th at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

At 12:45 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Brandon M. Burrell, 22, of Bronx, NY, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on February 21st at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

At 1:20 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Myles  B. Foster, 20, of Brooklyn, NY, for Violation of the Village Noise Ordinance.  for Violation of the Village Noise Ordinance.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on March 16th at 5:00 p.m.

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Esperance Woman to Lead Finance and Admin at St. Rose

The College of Saint Rose announces the appointment of Debra Lee Polley of Esperance, Schoharie County, as vice president for finance and administration.

                In her new role, Polley will be responsible for strategic financial planning and overall management of the College’s financial resources and operations.  She also will oversee the College’s human resources, security, technology, and facilities and housekeeping offices, as well as all treasury, accounting and business operations.

Polley has been with Saint Rose for more than two decades, having joined the College as an accountant in 1994.  Her other roles have included associate director of financial services, director of financial services, comptroller and associate vice president for finance.

A native of Newburgh, Polley holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Oneonta and is a licensed certified public accountant.

“Debbie has served Saint Rose with distinction for 22 years. She is a consummate professional and a trusted and deeply knowledgeable colleague with an unwavering commitment to the best interests of our students and the College.  I am so pleased that Debbie will lead this all-important area,” said Saint Rose President Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco.

Prior to starting at Saint Rose, Polley was a manager at UHY LLP in Albany and a senior accountant at Vanacore, Debenedictus, DiGiovanni & Weddell LLP in Newburgh.

Polley holds membership in the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO).

In the community, Polley has been deeply involved in the Schoharie Little League.  For more than a decade, she has served as a member of the Little League board and as treasurer, helping the organization obtain grants and raise funds, and pitching in to operate the concession stand.

                Polley and her husband Phil have two sons: Joseph, 17, and John, 13.

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March 2017 Roxbury Library Association Tuesday Forum Program

For the Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Roxbury Library Association Tuesday Forum
Program, at 1:00 p.m., at the Roxbury Library, Manhattan Country School
Farm Program Coordinator and Farm Teacher Catherine Cammer will offer a
slide presentation on Manhattan Country School Farm, with Manhattan
Country School Farm 7th graders reflecting on their experiences at the
farm.

Regular RLA Tuesday Forum attendees will provide refreshments following
Ms. Cammer's program.

The Roxbury Library Association welcomes the public to all RLA Tuesday
Forum programs, activities, and gatherings, which are free of charge.

For information about upcoming RLA Tuesday Forum programs, activities, and
gatherings, please contact Roxbury Library Director Dian Seiler or Roxbury
Library Clerk Helen Faraci at (607)-326-7901.

Located at 53742 State Highway 30, the Roxbury Library is directly
opposite the town's United Methodist Church on Main Street.

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Hobart Man Arrested for Obstructing Government Administration

On Friday, February 10 th 2017 at about 8:00pm, Delaware County Sheriff’s

Deputies arrested 59 year old Jeffery C. All of Hobart, New York on one

count of Obstructing Government Administration in the second degree, a

class A misdemeanor. Deputies allege the defendant used physical force in

attempting to prevent law enforcement from performing an official function.

All was later arraigned in front of Judge Lamport at Stamford Town Court

and was remanded to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

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Meredith Man Arrested for Child Endangerment

On February 9th , 2017, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Korey B.

Fisher 18 years old of Meredith NY, following an investigation into a NYS child

abuse Hotline referral. It is alleged that Fisher provided two 15 year old children

with marijuana, smoking marijuana with the children and then driving both

students to Delaware Academy in Delhi.


Fisher is charged with two Misdemeanor counts of Endangering the Welfare of a

child. He was processed and released on an appearance ticket directing him to

appear in the Town of Meredith Court at a later date to answer the charges.

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Fighting Tigers Weekly Recap

The SUNY Cobleskill men’s swimming & diving team posted a dominate effort to claim the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship with a team total of 621 points at the league’s championship meet hosted by Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, N.Y. over the weekend. The Fighting Tigers were led by junior Anthony McGorsik, East Hampton, N.Y., East Hampton High School, who won the: 50-yard freestyle in 22.71 seconds, the 100-yard freestyle in a conference record time of 49.45 seconds and the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.2.

The Fighting Tiger women’s swimming & diving team posted a score of 324 points to finish third overall at the at the 2017 NEAC Championships hosted by Cazenovia College over the weekend. Sophomore Emily Sugrue, Long Island City, N.Y., The Renaissance Charter School, won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:04.48 and the 100-yard freestyle in 56.03 seconds at the meet for Cobleskill.

In their quest for a bid to the NEAC tournament the Cobleskill women’s basketball team won one-of-three conference road games during the week defeating Morrisville State College on Wednesday evening 74-63 prior to a weekend road trip to Pennsylvania which saw the Fighting Tigers lose at Penn State Abington on Saturday 65-60 then fall at Bryn Athyn College on Sunday by a 78-71 margin to drop to 13-10 overall on the season including a 9-7 record in conference play. Freshman guard Addy Lawson, Milford, N.Y., Milford High School, averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest during the week.

Freshman thrower Thomas Coene, Ontario, N.Y., Thomas Webster High School, was the men’s indoor track & field team’s top finisher at the 2017 Class of ’32 Meet hosted by Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday. Coene took second overall in the 35 lbs. weight throw with a mark of 45’ 11 ¼” as the Fighting Tiger posted a team score of 44.50 points to place ninth in the field of 11 teams.

The women’s indoor track & field team posted a team score to place ninth in a field of 10 teams at the 2017 Class of ’32 Meet hosted by Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday. Senior hurdler Emily Belewich, Ava, N.Y., Adirondack High School, was the Fighting Tigers’ top performer at the meet finishing second overall in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 10.09 seconds.

The men’s basketball team dropped three NEAC road contests during the week losing to Morrisville State on Wednesday 75-68 then falling at Penn State Abington on Saturday 75-62 and Bryn Athyn College 59-54 to fall to 3-19 overall on the season including a 3-13 mark in conference play. Senior swingman Brian Jackson, Bronx, N.Y., Global Enterprise Academy, scored 13.0 points and grabbed 5.0 rebounds per contest during the week for the Fighting Tigers.

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In Our Own Voice Presentation on Mental Illness Feb 23rd

Written By Editor on 2/12/17 | 2/12/17

On Thursday, February 23 rd , NAMI Delaware County will present In Our Own Voice, at 6 PM at

United Ministry of Delhi, 46 Church Street, on the Courthouse Square.


Snow date is March 2nd at 6 PM.


In Our Own Voice is a program in which NAMI trained speakers share compelling stories about

living with mental illness and achieving recovery and transformation. Audience members are

encouraged to offer feedback and ask questions, and to come to an understanding of what it is

like to live with a mental illness and maintain recovery and hope.


Speaker: Tammy Burrows is a trained presenter for NAMI, and a Mary Ellen Copeland Center

certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator. She is a member of NAMI of Otsego.

The presentation is offered free of charge, and there will be light refreshments.


In Our Own Voice is a Signature Program of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the

largest grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country, which provides support,

education, and advocacy for people living with mental illness and their families and loved ones,

as well as information for everyone in our communities.


This event is co-sponsored by the Delphic Fraternity of Gamma Sigma Tau of SUNY Delhi.

For event information: namidelawareco@gmail.com or (607) 326-4797

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Winter Storm Warning Through 7pm Monday

Check out the weather in your area on our always updated weather page. See the National Weather Service notice below.

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 PM EST Monday...

* locations... southern Adirondacks, Lake George Saratoga region,
  Mohawk Valley, capital region, Schoharie Valley, central and
  northeast Catskills, northern and central Taconics, Berkshires
  and southern Vermont.

* Hazard types... heavy snow.

* Snow accumulations... 8 to 14 inches, with the greatest
  accumulations across southern Vermont, and higher elevations
  of the southern Adirondacks.

* Maximum snowfall rate... 1 to 2 inches per hour, mainly this
  afternoon and evening.

* Timing... snow will overspread the region this morning, and
  continue, moderate to heavy at times, through this afternoon
  and evening. The snow is expected to decrease in intensity
  late tonight. Additional periods of snow or snow showers are
  expected on Monday.

* Impacts... snow covered roads and poor visibilities. Winds will
  increase becoming strong and gusty late Sunday night through
  Monday causing considerable blowing and drifting of snow. Some
  wind gusts could approach 50 mph Monday, leading to some
  downed tree limbs, trees, and scattered power outages.

* Winds... southeast at 5 to 15 mph today, with gusts up to 25
  mph possible across higher terrain of the southern greens,
  Taconics, and Berkshires. Winds shift to the west to northwest
  late tonight and increase to 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35
  mph. West to northwest winds will increase to 15 to 25 mph
  with gusts up to 50 mph possible Monday.

* Temperatures... in the 20s to lower 30s.

* Visibilities... occasionally under one half of a mile.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow
are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an
emergency. If you must travel... keep an extra flashlight...
food... and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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Guest Column: Russia's Secret War against Fracking

Written By Editor on 2/11/17 | 2/11/17


By Drew Johnson

Recent intelligence reports show Russia is interested in influencing more than just America's elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies have taken aim at undermining the U.S. energy industry.

Buried within the U.S. intelligence community's report on Russian activities in the presidential election is evidence the Kremlin is financing and choreographing anti-fracking propaganda in the United States.  By targeting fracking, Putin hopes to increase oil and gas prices, destabilize the U.S. economy and threaten America's energy independence.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a drilling technique in which water and sand are pumped through rock at high pressure to release deposits of oil and natural gas.

Thanks to new technologies which make the process more efficient and environmentally friendly, fracking supports 4.3 million jobs and generates half a trillion dollars in economic benefit to the United States annually.  Natural gas prices have dropped in half, saving American families $200 a year on average.

Fracking is the major reason why the country is on pace to become completely energy independent by 2020.   America relies on fracking to produce more than 1.5 billion barrels of oil yearly -- over half of total U.S. oil output.

Russia sees all this as a threat.

The Russian government, relying heavily on energy exports for revenues, is concerned "about the impact of fracking and U.S. gas production on the global energy market. "Increased U.S. gas exports create "potential challenges" for the profitability of Russia's state-owned oil and gas monopoly.

In response to America's growing fracking industry, RT, Russia's government-funded international media outlet, aired air a slew of dubious attacks against fracking -- ramming 62 anti-fracking television stories down viewers' throats in seven months.

This isn't the first time Russia has been accused of anti-fracking activism.

In 2014, intelligence information led then-NATO secretary general to conclude Moscow conspired with environmental groups to block fracking activities in Romania, Lithuania and Bulgaria.

A U.S. Senate report found the Sea Change Foundation funneled over $43 million to environmental causes, financing anti-fracking organizations like the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club.  The foundation is heavily funded by a Bermuda-based shell corporation with direct ties to Putin and Russian oil interests.

Russia's propaganda and money funneled to America's most extreme environmental outfits explains why anti-fracking attacks continue even though science confirmed fracking poses no public health threat.

The EPA could "not find evidence that [fracking] led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources."

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Groundwater Protection Council found fracking caused no groundwater contamination.  A three-year study at the University of Cincinnati found fracking had no impact on local water supplies.

Fracking created millions of jobs, spurred the economy and created a path to energy independence -- without posing a risk to people or the environment.

It seems the only folks left attacking fracking are puppets of the anti-science, anti-American Russian propaganda machine. They hope lies about fracking can weaken the United States, dry up the supply of oil and gas, drive up energy costs and force European countries to pour money into Putin's coffers.

As the U.S. intelligence report proves, Russia is willing to go to great lengths to destroy America's fracking industry. But the United States should stand firm against this threat. The battle over fracking is one fight America can't afford to lose.

Drew Johnson is a senior fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to a smaller, more responsible government.

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Cuomo Statement: Support College Program

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

When it comes to higher education in New York this much is clear: A student's access to a quality education shouldn’t depend on what their parents make.

That’s why I kicked off the Excelsior Scholarship Campaign this week, to talk to people about my plan to offer tuition-free college at our state universities to middle class New Yorkers. This initiative is the first-of-its-kind in the nation and will enable thousands of bright, young students to pursue their dreams of higher education -- without the pressure of crushing student loan debt.

Can I count on you to help me make college a reality, not a dream, for all New Yorkers? Share your support for this proposal now.

Far too many young people today are deprived of access to the quality education they need to get ahead and succeed in today’s economy. This proposal will change that.

Through the “Excelsior Scholarship” program, students will be able to realize their dream of  higher education no matter how much money is in their pocket or the neighborhood that they come from. Together we can place more students on a path to financial security, improve our graduation rates and eliminate the burden of student debt. But only if New Yorkers like you step up in support.

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Winter Storm Warning Thursday

Make sure to check our always updated weather page here.

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOONEST THURSDAY...The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a WinterStorm Warning for heavy snow...which is in effect from midnight tonight to noon EST Thursday. The Winter Weather Advisory is no longer in effect.* LOCATIONS...Bradford... Wyoming... and Susquehanna Counties in Pennsylvania... as well as Delaware County in New York.* HAZARD TYPES...Snow.* ACCUMULATIONS...Snow accumulation of 5 to 7 inches.* TIMING...Snow is expected to overspread the region tonight...generally between 10 PM and 2 AM. Snow will fall steadily during the overnight hours... and into Thursday morning. Snow should diminish towards midday Thursday... generally between 10 AM and noon.* IMPACTS...The heavy snow will make travel very dangerous.Roads will become snow covered and slippery.* WINDS...North 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph.* TEMPERATURES...In the lower 20s.

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means heavy snow isexpected or occurring. Heavy snow is forecast that will maketravel very dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you musttravel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehiclein case of an emergency.

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What to Do After a Car Accident

By Michael Ehline

Options in a Time of Stress

The aftermath of a car accident can be among the most difficult circumstances for any family. Faced with a crash, injury, and loss of a vehicle, the trauma can be too much for an individual to handle. This is why it's important to consider what to do in case your family is ever in that situation.

First, it is important to seek medical attention. Too many accident victims think that they feel alright in the immediate aftermath of a crash and then find out later that adrenaline was masking pain.

Secondly, you should always file a police report. This will give you documentation you need about how the accident occurred and should be done as a matter of course.

Thirdly, seek as much information as you can. Document everything. Take photos of the scene, the condition of the car, and if possible interview witnesses. These all help show who may be at fault and if there are any factors in the roadway that helped cause the accident.

Lastly, make sure that you notify the most qualified individuals. Make sure that your insurance company knows what happened but don't accept any offers for settlement before talking to an attorney. A skilled attorney can help you take on this large burden and sort through the legal minefield that may be in front of you. This can be the most important call you make.

Next column we will discuss how a law firm can help get you and your family back on its feet, including paying for medical bills and back pay. See you soon!

Michael Ehline is an expert on auto accident and personal injury law. Michael is the lead attorney at Ehline Law. He can be contacted at michael@ehlinelaw.com.


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C-GCC's Edge Named Athlete of the Week

Columbia-Greene Community College women's basketball standout Tanisha Edge,
of Cementon, has been named NJCAA Region III Athlete of the Week, for Feb.
7, 2017.

Edge led the Twins to an upset win over #1 nationally-ranked Roxbury
Community College on Feb. 2, scoring 43 points with six rebounds and three
assists.  On Feb. 4, she followed up by scoring 24 points in a loss to North
Country Community College.

The citation marks the third time this season the freshman was named NJCAA
Region III Athlete of the Week.

For more information on athletics at Columbia-Greene, including teams
rosters, stats and schedules, visit http://www.cgcctwins.com/landing/index.

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Stamford Man Charged With DWI After Dropping Child Off At School

Written By Editor on 2/7/17 | 2/7/17

Brenten R. Bryan, 37, of Stamford, was charged Feb. 6 under Leandra’s law after state police stopped him along state Route 10 in the town of Stamford.

He is charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger less than 16 years old (Leandra’s law), the misdemeanor of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a B.A.C. result of .24 percent and other traffic violations.

The arrest occurred after Bryan was observed speeding and then pulling into the South Kortright Central School parking lot on state Route 10 at 8:35 a.m., according to the release.  The trooper waited down the street and conducted a traffic stop just after the vehicle left the school.  An investigation determined that the Bryan was driving while highly intoxicated and had just let a child less than 16 years old off at the school.
He was issued tickets to appear in Kortright Town Court on Feb 21.

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SUNY Cobleskill to Host Discussion of Schuyler Flatts Archeology Project and Slavery in New York State

Cobleskill, NY — In honor of Black History Month, SUNY Cobleskill is hosting a presentation and forum about the Schuyler Flatts Burial Ground Project, an archeological examination of the remains of 14 people enslaved by New York’s Schuyler family that offers a glimpse into colonial-era slavery in America. The forum will feature Project Manager Evelyn Kamili King as well as Lisa Anderson, Curator of Bioarcheology at the New York State Museum.

The Schuyler Flatts discovery was first made in 2005 during a construction project in Menands, when archeologists found several graves containing, in all, 14 individuals. Investigation revealed that the remains were of African descent and roughly 200 years old. That and other data led to the conclusion that they were likely enslaved by the prominent Schuyler family.

The forum, to be held on February 16 at 7 p.m. in the Bouck Auditorium at SUNY Cobleskill, will cover the discovery and analysis of data, the story of the reburial of the remains last year, and the topic of slavery in New York State.

In addition to managing the Schuyler Flatts Burial Project, Evelyn Kamili King has spent many years working in the public education sector with a focus on advocating for at-risk African American youth. She holds a master’s degree from the College of St. Rose and a bachelor degree from California State University.

Lisa Anderson, Curator of Bioarchealogy at the New York State Museum, researches the biological effects of behavioral and cultural changes on populations in New York before and after the time of European contact.

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Cobleskill Woman Arrested for Alleged Animal Cruelty, Horse Put Down

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Kalie Petrone, 19, was arrested on charges of animal cruelty. The Cobleskill resident allegedly did not feed or provide water for her horses. The arrest press release states that Petrone did not provide food or water for a period of 48 hours. She was arrested last Friday and issued an appearance ticket for February 23rd at the Charleston Town Court.

According to officials, the horse was brought to a veternarian but needed to be euthanized Saturday.

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Weather Advisory Possible Sunday

For more information please check our always updated weather site.

NWS has issued a Winter Weather Outlook for our area.  As a strengthening low pressure system moves across southern Quebec on Wednesday, some strong gusty west to northeast winds are possible Wednesday morning into early evening.  A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is possible Sunday into Sunday night.

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Pet Talk: "Selecting the Right Pet for You"

Written By Editor on 2/6/17 | 2/6/17

By Lorraine Fancher, LVT

... Farm Animals ...

Hello and welcome!. Did you know this month is National Responsible Pet Owner Month? For good reason too.

 According to APPA (American Pet Products Association) 65% of US households; an estimated 79.7 million families, own a pet. That 65% of households spent an estimated $62.75 billion dollars on pet products and services, with the predominance of it being spent on dogs and horses (dairy/beef cattle not counted in the survey) according to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association 2016). According to APPA, the volume of expenditure was spent on food and vet care. The unfortunate thing is in 2016, 7.6 million companion animal pets entered the shelter with only 35/37% of them being adopted out, the rest were euthanized or other (not described). This number isn’t taking into account the strays that are found and rescued. Twice as many strays entered shelters in addition to the relinquished pets last year. The American Humane Society states “the  main reasons for relinquishment of pets is; their place of residence doesn’t allow pets, not enough time, divorce, death, behavior issues, and allergies.These figures alone stress the importance of responsible pet ownership and the need to educate the community as this number will continue to grow.

Pet ownership is a privilege and like anything else; comes with responsibility. The most important decision you will make in being a responsible pet owner, is the proper selection (or not) of your pet. Deciding on and selecting a pet is an exciting process which generally involves a lot of emotion and research. Given the fact that many pets will be joining your family for 15 plus years, it’s vitally important to think about all the positive and negative consequences of owning a pet; not just now; but for years to come. It’s important to think about a 1 year, 5 year, 10 year plus plan. Sounds ridiculous, right? But it’s not. Let’s say you pick out a horse for your 13 year old. You will need to plan out what things may be like at the age of 14, 18, 23, 28, etc. No, we cannot plan or predict our futures, however we can make the very best decision based on what our futures may be like. In this scenario; the horse will likely still be exciting to your 14 year old. At the age of 18 or before, your 18 year old has graduated, is driving, probably dating and has other interests now; maybe even college or moving. Is there time for a horse or are you, the parent, going to take over care? Is that something you would be willing to do if able? Now, the age of 23. If you/your child decided to keep taking care of the horse and you get to age 23, what now? The plans may involve continued college, a job, marriage, etc. Who knows. Are you ready to take on that continued care or the responsibility of finding a caring owner for the horse’s remaining life? Now, what if instead, you chose a hamster to give to your 13 year old? Their average lifespan is 3-5 years, which at the very latest, gets you to the age of 18. It’s a pocket pet and easy to transport or even care for. So, the moral of the story is to choose wisely and consider all factors. Some of the factors to take into consideration are; living environment, family dynamics (health, age, children), financial status (even if someone gets sick), accessibility to veterinary care/products, and desired pet’s lifespan, care and continued maintenance. A pet becomes an integral part of the family and rightly so. Please take the time to choose wisely. Please share any questions or stories to pettracks@outlook.com.  
 
Lorraine Fancher, LVT


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