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Written By Editor on 10/3/22 | 10/3/22

Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s soccer team scored on a late penalty kick to tie the visiting Bobcats of Paul Smith’s College 1-1 in non-league action in a game called due to darkness in the 81st minute of play at the Fighting Tigers Soccer/Lacrosse Complex on Tuesday. With the tie Cobleskill ends an eight-game losing streak moving to 0-8-2 overall on the year while the Bobcats are now 5-1-2 on the season to date.  

Despite controlling the overall time of possession and taking a season high of 27 shots the Orange & Black found themselves trailing 1-0 om the 69th minute when sophomore forward Derek Streeter, Utica, N.Y., Central Valley High School, was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty kick.  

The Fighting Tiger sophomore responded by blasting a shot to the lower left corner of the net past Bobcat goalkeeper junior goalkeeper Steven Donnelly, Geneseo, N.Y., Geneseo High School, to knot the contest at 1-1. 

From there Cobleskill put the Bobcat defense under siege but despite several excellent scoring opportunities, could not put the ball in the net before darkness descended forcing the contests cancelation.  

Senior goalkeeper John Gergen, Greenville, N.Y., Greenville High School, recorded five saves on the afternoon while positioning an aggressive Fighting Tiger defensive scheme highlighted by the play of first-year defender Dominic Ciano, Walden, N.Y., Valley Central High School, and junior midfielder Cater Ciavardoni, Latham, N.Y., Shaker High School, to limit the Paul Smith’s opportunities throughout the afternoon.  

Cobleskill will return to action on Saturday October 1 when they host the Wildcats of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute for a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) match-up with kick-off at 1:00 p.m.  

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Waterville, Maine: The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) announced today that SUNY Cobleskill junior runner Nick Logan, Queensbury, N.Y., Queensbury High School, has been named the league’s Men’s Cross Country Runner-of-the-Week ending Sunday September 27.  

The Fighting Tiger junior placed second overall in a field of 47 runners at the 2022 Oneonta Airfield Invitational hosted by SUNY Oneonta at Fortin Park in Oneonta, N.Y. on Saturday. Logan covered the 8000-meter course in a time of 26:13.6 at the event to claim the race’s runner-up spot.  

Led by Logan’s performance, Cobleskill posted a team score s of 58 points to place third overall in the 7-team field. 

Cobleskill will next be in action on Saturday October 8 when they travel to Milton, N.Y. to compete in the 2022 Mount Saint Mary’s College Invitational hosted by Blue Knights at the Hudson Valley Sports Dome beginning at 11:00 a.m.    

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Watch for Alternating Lanes on Route 23A in Greene County Next Week


The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is advising motorists to watch for flaggers and alternating flows of traffic on Route 23A between Palenville and Tannersville, Greene County, at the location locally known as Horseshoe Bend for maintenance work during weekday daylight hours from Monday, Oct. 3, to Friday, Oct. 7, weather permitting. 


Motorists are urged to slow down and drive responsibly in work zones. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license. 


Motorists are reminded to Move Over a lane, if safely possible, or slow down significantly whenever encountering roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones.  


For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit or download the free 511NY mobile app. 


Follow New York State DOT on Twitter: @NYSDOT. Find us on Facebook at For tweets from New York State DOT Region 1 (covering the Capital Region), follow @NYSDOTAlbany. 

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The Arc Lexington Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Nationwide campaign will take place in October

Gloversville, NY — The Arc Lexington today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.”

The history of NDEAM traces back to 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“Our national recovery from the pandemic cannot be completed without the inclusion of all Americans, in particular people with disabilities,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “Their contributions have historically been vital to our nation’s success, and are more important today than ever. We must build an economy that fully includes the talent and drive of those with disabilities.”

Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month, The Arc Lexington will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate its communities on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. This includes a performance by Flame, Lexington’s internationally-renowned rock band, at the New York State Education Department/ACCES-VR DREAM (Disability Rights & Employment Awareness Month) Symposium at the Empire State Plaza Concourse on October 4 from 12:00-1:00PM. The goal of this event is to acknowledge the rights that people with disabilities are entitled to, highlight the value they bring to the workforce, and assist in matching qualified candidates with employers who believe that a diverse workforce is an empowered, quality workforce.

“The Arc Lexington is proud to participate in activities surrounding this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Shaloni Winston, Executive Director/CEO of Lexington. “All month we will recognize and celebrate the contributions that people with disabilities bring to the workplace and the employers who work with these valuable employees.”

This year, Label Shopper in Cobleskill will be presented with a Regional ACCES-VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation) NDEAM Award, because of a nomination for this award by The Arc Lexington. These awards celebrate businesses that are committed to the mission of assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment, and support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation and career development. Label Shopper in Cobleskill has been a longtime partner of The Arc Lexington, providing employment for people we support for over 22 years. In that time they have continually encouraged professional growth, provided appreciated feedback and created an environment where employees feel valued, respected and a true part of the team.

For businesses interested in hiring capable, dependable and trained employees with disabilities, please contact Lexington’s Employment Supports Department at (518) 773-4717 in Fulton County and (518) 295-8130 in Schoharie County.


Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting


About Lexington:
The Arc Lexington is a private, not-for-profit agency providing a wide range of services to adults and children who have developmental disabilities in Fulton, Albany and Schoharie Counties. Created in 1953 by a group of concerned parents, Lexington is recognized as one of the leading agencies of its kind in New York State. For more information about Lexington and its programs and services, visit


About Flame:
Flame is a rock band comprised of talented musicians who happen to have disabilities.  Flame was born at a 2003 talent show put on by The Arc Lexington, an agency that supports people with developmental disabilities. Today, Flame is known and celebrated worldwide for their music and inspirational message. Flame’s mission is to change the world through music. For more information visit

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SUNY Delhi 's Dr. Mary Bonderoff featured speaker at networking event Oct. 21

Start your day with a little productive and profitable networking!

The Chamber's  monthly Third Friday Business & Breakfast is a terrific opportunity to network before your workday begins. Make new business connections, brush-up your existing contacts, meet new and old friends, and keep current on what's happening in our region. 

Cost is $20 per person and includes a buffet breakfast, networking with other business owners and an informational session!

Our featured speaker is Dr. Mary Bonderoff, officer-in-charge of SUNY Delhi's leadership team. Dr. Bonderoff will share her vision for the direction of the college and talk about projects and programs that can benefit the business community and Delaware County.

The event will be held at The Hamden Inn, State Route 10, Hamden, Oct. 21 from 8:30 - 10 a.m.

To register visit or call 607-746-2281.

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Bushel Presents Artists from Black Ball Projects in New Exhibition

DELHI, NY— Bushel is pleased to present “Northern Exposure: The Artists Behind Black Ball Projects,” a group exhibition featuring nine of the artists who lead Black Ball Projects (BBP), a nonprofit that supports underexposed artists. The exhibition will include paintings by Palma Blank, Pia Dehne, Diana Delgado, Laleh Khorramain, and Ana Wolovick; video work by Jen DeNike; and sculpture by Kelly Chang, Jac Lahav, and Rachel Owens. Also on view will be photos, clippings, and other ephemera tracing the activities of BBP over seven years in its support of more than 150 artists. The exhibition runs from October 15 through November 14, 2022, with an opening reception on Saturday, October 15, 5–7 pm. Free and open to the public. Bushel is located at 106 Main Street in Delhi, NY. 

“Run by artists for artists, from the start it was always a labor of love,” states BBP co-founder Ana Wolovick. Black Ball Projects is a NYC nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that supports artists through exhibitions, online viewing rooms, and a micro-granting program. BBP’s mission is to serve and support contemporary artists who are underexposed and who have been working diligently on the periphery of the greater art world. Diversity of all kinds, be it gender, racial, or economic, is at the core of the Black Ball Projects organization.

As a nonprofit, artist-run space located in Delhi, NY, Bushel is thrilled to host this exhibition, a cross-pollination between two groups that share a collective ethos. This exhibition is the second in a new series of Bushel-alumni-curated shows, proposed by Pia Dehne whose work was shown in “Beaver Fever,” a three-person show curated by Jennifer Kabat for Bushel’s old space at 84 Main Street in Fall 2017. Bushel-alumni-curated shows are exhibitions and happenings proposed by artists who have exhibited at Bushel in the past, with a single constraint: to use the opportunity to invite or engage at least one other artist or maker who has not yet been part of a Bushel program.    

About the artists in the exhibition:

Palma Blank is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Juxtaposing concepts of deep space and flatness, illusion and objecthood, minimalism and maximalism, the handmade and machined, her paintings emerge as charged futuristic spaces for experience and reflection.

Pia Dehne is a German-born painter living in New York for the past 22 years and in Andes, NY since 2011. Her interests as a painter lie in re-using and transforming images and pre-existing materials from a particular time, ideological moment or movement, into new abstracted and evocative forms.

Diana Delgado is an American-born painterbased in Westchester, NY, whose work combines abstraction and representational drawing to evoke themes of love, whimsy, and childhood nostalgia. 

Jen DeNike is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY and Glasgow Scotland. Her multimedia sensory installations function as places of intervention navigating both real and imagined utopias with a sense of sublime temporality. 

Kelly Chang is a New York–based multidisciplinary artist whose work combines the use of digital tools and methods with ceramics and other traditional media to explore themes of personal memory, humanity's legacy, and the future of life in the universe.

Laleh Khorramain is a visual artist whose work of the past decade has spanned stop-motion animations, sound, monoprints, drawings, painted landscapes, portraits, and collage. She removes cultural or historical specificity from her narratives in a search for worlds just beyond the concrete, material one around us. 
Jac Lahav is an artist, curator, and community organizer, born in Israel and currently living in Connecticut. His work involves re-telling new and old narratives about his community, belonging, and shared cultural history.

Rachel Owens is a sculptor and Associate Professor of Art & Design and Chair of the Sculpture Department at SUNY Purchase College. Her recent work explores the precarious nature of existence, where the limbs of people, plants, and trees fold together. She currently lives and works in Armenia, NY.

Ana Wolovick is an artist and curator, born and raised in New York City, now living and working in Brooklyn. She makes intuitively driven composite-paintings that have quasi-political abstract narratives. 

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Esperance Man Arrested for Repeat DWI

On September 27, State Police arrested Robert J. Alexander, 33, of Esperance, for Driving While Intoxicated and Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. 

On September 27, 2022, at about 7:34 p.m., Troopers stopped a vehicle on State Route 20 in Esperance, NY, for an equipment violation. During the interview, Troopers identified Alexander as the operator, and he was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.  

Alexander was transported to SP Cobleskill for processing, where he refused to provide a breath sample to determine the alcohol content of his blood. He has a previous DWI conviction within the past ten years and did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of the stop.  Alexander was arraigned before the Esperance Town Court and released on his own recognizance. 

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Bassett Healthcare Network’s Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety Awarded Funding for Five More Years

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Cooperstown, N.Y. – The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has announced that it has renewed its funding for Bassett Healthcare Network’s Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing (NEC) for five more years. These funds will ensure that the organization will continue its mission of enhancing the safety and health of farming, forestry and fishing industry workers by researching solutions for preventing and treating occupational injury and illness through 2027. 

“This is welcome news at the NEC,” says Julie Sorensen, director of the NEC. “It took our team years to collect data, work with communities to identify their health and safety priorities, look at gaps in research, and determine which approaches would best meet their needs. We are thankful for NIOSH’s vote of confidence as demonstrated by their ongoing investment in our research and support of Northeast workers and industries in the years ahead.” 

The NEC has been serving agricultural businesses and workers since it was founded in the early 1990s. It carries out its mission through research, outreach, education, and clinical consultation. In its regional projects, NEC conducts research studying health and safety challenges faced by members of the agricultural community to propose, test, and implement possible workplace solutions. In New York State, these research solutions are shared with farmers and complement important state-based resources and services, such as the provision of safety equipment, training, respirator fit testing, and mobile vaccine clinics.

When the NEC first received NIOSH funding in 1992, it allowed the Center to expand the scope of its mission by supporting research and an expansion into the forestry and fishing industries, as well as farming. It also extended the Center’s reach to include twelve Northeast states (from Maine to Maryland). Although it receives important funds and grants from other sources, NIOSH provides the majority of NEC’s research funding.

“Research is such an important part of what makes our Center successful,” says Sorensen. “While we can provide technical assistance, training, or equipment, the workplace is constantly changing, as is the workforce. That means we consistently need to identify new and improved user-friendly, evidence-based solutions. This requires a commitment to understanding the problem and tackling it from a number of directions to see what works best.”

For additional information about NIOSH, read their press release about supporting the NEC and its 10 sister institutions around the country.  

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State Police Search for Woman with Dementia; Woman Found Deceased

On September 29, 2022, at approximately 6:58 p.m., New York State Police at Margaretville responded to a report that an 85-year-old woman with dementia left her residence on foot several hours prior and could not be located. 

On organized search was formed to search the area near Wolf Hollow Road in the town of Andes.  Troopers and New York State Police K9 were assisted by New York State Forest Rangers and Delhi Village Police. 

The woman was located deceased about a mile from her residence by a K9 with the Delhi Village Police.  There is no indication of any foul play. 

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SUNY Delhi 's Dr. Mary Bonderoff featured speaker at networking event Oct. 21

Written By Editor on 10/2/22 | 10/2/22

Start your day with a little productive and profitable networking!

The Chamber's  monthly Third Friday Business & Breakfast is a terrific opportunity to network before your workday begins. Make new business connections, brush-up your existing contacts, meet new and old friends, and keep current on what's happening in our region. 

Cost is $20 per person and includes a buffet breakfast, networking with other business owners and an informational session!

Our featured speaker is Dr. Mary Bonderoff, officer-in-charge of SUNY Delhi's leadership team. Dr. Bonderoff will share her vision for the direction of the college and talk about projects and programs that can benefit the business community and Delaware County.

The event will be held at The Hamden Inn, State Route 10, Hamden, Oct. 21 from 8:30 - 10 a.m.

To register visit or call 607-746-2281.

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Written By Editor on 9/28/22 | 9/28/22

Bangor, Maine: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s soccer team closed out their weekend North Atlantic Conference (NAC) road trip to Maine on Sunday afternoon by dropping a 7-0 decision to the Eagles of Husson University in conference play. With the loss the Fighting Tigers are now 1-5-2 overall on the season with a 0-2-1 mark versus NAC opponents while the Eagles improve to 4-5 overall with a perfect 3-0 record in league action.  

The Fighting Tiger defense received quite the workout in the contest as the Eagles fired 79 shots on the afternoon and despite the goalie tandem of first-year Brianna Rogers, Canton, N.Y., Hugh C. Williams High School, recording 13 saves on the afternoon and sophomore Annie Canales, North Adams, Mass., Hoosac Valley High School, recording 22 saves in a relief role, it was not enough to keep the visitors within striking distance.  

Cobleskill will return to action on Wednesday September 28 when they travel to Albany, N.Y. for a non-conference meeting with the Panthers of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with kick-off slated for 6:00 p.m.  

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Audubon Announces Annual Bird Seed Sale Fundraiser

Pre-orders accepted now through October 23.
By: Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society

For more information contact:
Susan O'Handley, Publicity Chairperson, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Oneonta, NY; (607) 643-5680;

[ONEONTA, NY; REGIONAL]  The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Fall Bird Seed Sale Fundraiser is your opportunity to buy quality bird seed and help support DOAS programs at the same time! Proceeds from this sale support speaker fees for meetings, field trips, programs and special events throughout the year, as well as youth summer programs and the Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch.

We encourage you to stock up for the winter months ahead. Thank you for supporting DOAS!

Orders are now in progress for our November 5 Delivery Date.
• ORDER DEADLINE: SUNDAY, October 23, by 5 p.m.
• PRODUCT PICK UP: SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
• PICK UP LOCATION: VP Supply Corp., 69 Country Club Road, Oneonta, NY.
Thank you for supporting DOAS!

Product Information and Online Order Form are available at

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Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill Athletic Department announced that the Fighting Tigers women’s volleyball team’s North Atlantic Conference (NAC) road game versus SUNY Canton originally scheduled to be played on Saturday October 1 in Canton, N.Y. has been rescheduled due to officials’ availability.   

The Fighting Tigers and Kangaroos have now rescheduled the contest for Friday September 30 with first-serve now scheduled for 6:00 p.m.  

For further information regarding Fighting Tigers athletic teams schedule adjustments please check the athletic program's website at 

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Bassett Healthcare Network Named to Forbes Best-in-State Employers List for 2022

Cooperstown, N.Y.  Bassett Healthcare Network has been named to the Forbes list of Best-in-State Employers 2022. This prestigious award is presented by Forbes, renowned American business publication, and Statista, Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

America’s Best-in-State Employers 2022 have been identified based on survey results from approximately 70,000 Americans working for companies in the USA that have more than 500 employees. Across 25 industry sectors, 1,380 employers were ranked among the top employers, including Bassett Healthcare Network.

“Bassett is delighted to be recognized on the Forbes list of Best-in-State Employers 2022,” says Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “We are committed to becoming a national leader in rural health as well as a best place to work and practice. This award reaffirms the important efforts we take every day to prioritize our caregivers and practitioners – they are the heartbeat of our organization and the reason we provide outstanding care to our patients and communities.”

Bassett Healthcare Network has prioritized vast efforts over the past couple of years to improve employee and organizational culture in the wake of COVID-19 and institutional restructuring. The health system has invested nearly 
$50 million in pay increases for its workforce after undertaking a full compensation analysis for its caregivers and practitioners. Additionally, a recent grant from the Scriven Foundation is allocating $82 million to resources for Bassett’s recruitment and retention of clinicians and nurses, which includes expanding benefits, housing, clinical and virtual tools, childcare, educational opportunities, and much more.

In addition to significant compensation and benefit expansion initiatives over the past year, Bassett has responded to increased workplace violence, investing in a 
new security response system at all locations – one of the first health systems in the country to do so – providing nearly all employees with a wearable alert button attached to their ID badges to summon security in emergency situations. This, coupled with a broad public campaign speaking out against caregiver violence, has highlighted Bassett as an employer taking a stand against workplace violence in New York State and nationwide.

Bassett has also been working to build innovative strategic partnerships with 
companies like Optum, which is offering new professional paths for employees while providing Bassett with infrastructure and resources for support services like information technology, analytics, billing, and call center operations. In addition, Bassett’s new collaboration with Masonic Medical Research Institute (MMRI) and longstanding eight decades-long partnership with Columbia University are propelling forward Bassett’s deeply rooted commitment to rural health, fostering opportunities for clinical research professionals. 

The Forbes Best-in-State Employer evaluation was based on direct and indirect recommendations from employees who were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family. Employees were also asked to evaluate other employers in their respective industry and state that stood out either positively or negatively.

“This distinction is exciting,” says Christine Pirri, Chief People and Diversity Officer at Bassett Healthcare Network. “Knowing our employees are consistently recommending Bassett as a best place to work is meaningful. The incredible and pioneering work happening across our network every day is being recognized – and this is amazing news not only for the talented caregivers and practitioners who serve our organization, but also for the patients who rely on us for care across Central New York.”

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SUNY Delhi Architecture Students Win 1st, 2nd, 3rd Prizes in Statewide Design Competition

Kenneth Gray Jr., Anthony Cuchel, and Yesenia Zhingri won a total of $4,750 in cash prizes.

DELHI, NY (09/22/2022) Three SUNY Delhi architecture majors have won the top three prizes in the New York State Mass Timber Design Competition held by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) last spring. The results were announced this month. In the competition, students in architecture, engineering, sustainable design, and other related disciplines from across New York State were asked to design a pavilion or library addition on the SUNY ESF campus using sustainable mass timber construction. SUNY Delhi seniors Kenneth Gray Jr. of Freeport, NY, Anthony Cuchel of Seaford, NY, and Yesenia Zhingri of Cortlandt Manor, NY, took first, second, and third place, respectively, winning a total of $4,750 in cash prizes.

The Delhi students participated in the competition as a senior project for their design studio class in the architectural design and building program. After touring the SUNY ESF campus, they set out to design an open study area addition to the library's two-level concrete structure. According to SUNY ESF, the winning designs were chosen based on "successfully embracing mass timber design strategies and solving multiple challenges including material sourcing, sustainable fabrication and construction methods, and a visual/aesthetic connection of the design to its location."

In his design, first-place winner Kenneth Gray Jr. says he wanted to create levels of study areas that would give the library a biophilic feeling with generous amounts of greenery befitting the environmentally focused campus.

"This was my first architecture competition experience, but hopefully not the last," Gray says. "In addition to the monetary incentive, this was an opportunity to add a cutting-edge feature to my professional portfolio and resume."

Gray credits the architecture program's faculty and small class sizes for SUNY Delhi's exceptional success in the competition: "We have amazing faculty that teach, encourage, and challenge us in our thinking and design work. Our classroom projects are based on working with figurative clients, which gives us a sense of how to work towards a client's goals."

"I'm so proud of all of the students who entered this competition," says SUNY Delhi Architecture Professor Brook Denison who was the instructor for the design studio class. "Mass timber is an important development in our field and will surely be part of their careers as a sustainable alternative for concrete and steel in commercial building. The incredible performance of the Delhi students is a reflection of four years of excellence in education. From construction labs to structural classes, liberal arts education and the design studio sequence, these students were ready to excel in this competition and the results show how well their studies at SUNY Delhi prepared them for this competition."

SUNY Delhi plans to exhibit the students' winning design proposals in the campus architecture gallery later this year.

After graduation from SUNY Delhi in Spring 2022, Kenneth Gray Jr. has been working as a freelance architectural designer and is looking for a permanent position at a firm.

To learn more, visit Professor Brook Denison via email at or phone (607) 746-4068.

About SUNY Delhi's Architecture Programs

SUNY Delhi offers an associate degree program in Architectural Technology and a bachelor's degree program in Architectural Design and Building. With a blended approach, SUNY Delhi combines architecture with art, design, technology, and hands-on construction techniques. Students have 24/7 access to newly renovated, state-of-the-art labs and drafting studios and are taught by practicing architects and engineers with extensive work experience.

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Thomas Cole National Historic Site Announces Completion of New Digital Education Prototype, A Program of the Jack Warner Gateway to Learning


The Free Digital Experience is Designed to Teach the Curriculum and is Being Piloted with Regional Teachers and Students for User Feedback  


Catskill, NY – September 28, 2022 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today the completion of a new digital education prototype, a program of the Jack Warner Gateway to Learning: Exploring American History Through American Art.  


The first adventure module transforms Thomas Cole’s painting, River in the Catskills, 1843, into a digital world that students can enter and navigate. Considered to be the earliest known American oil painting to depict a train, River in the Catskills provides the artistic setting to engage students with diverse historic accounts of Industrialization in the United States and teach school curriculum. Although the painting at first appears to be an idyllic scene, further investigation reveals ideas concerning the kinds of social, environmental, and industrial conflicts that come with the development of a rural area.  


Users meet a variety of historic figures with clashing perspectives on land development and make choices that lead to different outcomes. The experience is inspired by documented accounts of historic individuals, including the president of the Canajoharie & Catskill Railroad, Thomas Cooke (1778-1853), and a young Catskill resident, Peter van Vechten Jr. (1827-1913).  


The prototype module is web-based and free at This in-progress program is currently being tested in classrooms by regional teachers. If you are a teacher interested in testing the prototype with your students and providing feedback, please get in touch at


Exploring A River in the Catskills is a program of the Jack Warner Gateway to Learning: Exploring American History Through American Art, produced by The Thomas Cole National Historic Site.  


The dialogue text is by the beloved Penguin Random House children’s book author and illustrator, Hudson Talbott. Talbott has written and illustrated more than 20 children’s books, including Picturing America: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Art and We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story, which was adapted into an animated film by Steven Spielberg.  


Design and production is by AndrĂ©s Laracuentes and Todd Anderson. Laracuentes is an artist and digital designer. He has presented works at venues including White Box and P.S.1 MoMa, and shown in exhibitions in Los Angeles, Florence, Paris, London, and Tokyo. He was featured as panelist at the MIT 5 International Conference, and a visiting artist at Cornell College of Art and Yale School of Art. 


The Project Research, Advisory, and Planning Team is Miranda Barry, Kathleen Brousseau, David Bury, Heather Christensen, Anne Comer, Madeline Conley, Lisa Dolan, Lisa Fox Martin, Tracy Fullerton, Jennifer Greim, Adam Grimes, Betsy Jacks, Brooke Krancer, Maeve McCool, Amanda Malmstrom, Kate Menconeri, Mark Mitchell, Jonathan Palmer, Heather Paroubek, Nancy Siegel, Hudson Talbott, Alan Wallach, and Susan Warner.  


The program is made possible by the Warner Foundation.  


Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and The Bay & Paul Foundations. 


Thomas Cole National Historic Site 

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is an international destination presenting the original home and studios of the artist and early environmentalist Thomas Cole (1801-1848). Cole founded the major art movement of the United States, now known as the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Located on 6 acres in the Hudson Valley, the site includes the 1815 Main House; Cole’s 1839 Old Studio; the reconstructed 1846 New Studio building; and panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. It is a National Historic Landmark and an affiliated area of the National Park System. The Thomas Cole Site’s activities include guided and self-guided tours, special exhibitions of both 19th-century and contemporary art, print publications, lectures, extensive online programs, school programs, the Cole Fellowship, free community events, and innovative public programs such as the Hudson River School Art Trail—a map and website that enable people to visit the places in nature that Cole painted—and the Hudson River Skywalk, a new scenic walkway connecting the Thomas Cole Site with Frederic Church’s Olana over the Hudson River. The goal of all programs at the Thomas Cole Site is to enable visitors to find meaning and inspiration in the full historic context of Thomas Cole’s art and ideas. The themes that Cole explored in his art and writings—such as landscape preservation—are both historic and timely, providing the opportunity to connect to audiences with insights that are highly relevant to their own lives. 


Visitor Information 

The hours of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site vary by season. For details see: The grounds are open every day for free from dawn to dusk. Keep in touch on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @thomascolesite.  

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