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C-GCC Employees Earn Longevity Awards for Years of Service

Written By Editor on 9/22/21 | 9/22/21


Contact: Olive Shaffer, 518.828.4181, ext. 3431

HUDSON, N.Y. – Twelve members of the C-GCC faculty, staff, and administration were recognized this week for reaching important milestones in their careers.

C-GCC’s annual Longevity Awards, presented by President Carlee R. Drummer, Ph.D., commemorate years of employment, this year ranging from 10 to 30 years of service to the College.

The 2021 C-GCC Longevity Award recipients are:

10 Years

Associate Professor of Psychology and Sociology Barbie Shaffer of Nassau; Assistant for Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness Diana Smith of Catskill; and Vice President for Administration and CFO Diane Topple of Hudson.    

15 Years

Director of Human Resources Melissa Fandozzi of Athens;

Associate Professor and Advisor Diane Johnson Berninger of Kinderhook; Executive Director of the C-GCC Foundation Joan Koweek of Claverack; and Assistant Director of Admissions and Adjunct Psychology Instructor Kevin Kropp of Saugerties.

20 Years

Senior Library Clerk Tina Santiago of Hudson and Purchasing Officer Pat Day of Stuyvesant.  

30 Years

Associate Director of Information Systems Rob Albertson of Ghent; Webmaster and Programmer for Information Systems Terri Bellanger of Stuyvesant; and Assistant Director, Workforce Columbia-Greene Holly Wanek of Round Top.

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The Kindness Project to Launch TOMORROW with Word Thursdays Featuring Andes Writers

Bright Hill Presents
Word Thursdays Online
Random Acts Of Kindness
and The Kindness Project

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7 PM

Andes Faculty and Staff Journal Writers

Robert L. Chakar, Jr., Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Jennifer Finkle
Founder, Random Acts of Kindness Journal

Bertha Rogers
Bright Hill Editor-in-Chief, Editor, The Kindness Journal

Beatrice Georgalidis
Bright Hill Executive Director, Project Producer and Emcee

Special Opening Remarks on the Power of Kindness
by Master Therapist and Podcaster
Bernadette Winters Bell, LMSW, PLLC

Bright Hill Poets
and more
For Immediate Release
Contact: Beatrice Georgalidis, Executive Director
Producer, The Kindness Project

[Treadwell, NY] Word Thursdays featuring Random Acts Of Kindness Journal Writers and special guest presenters including Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert Chakar (Andes, NY) and master therapist and podcaster Bernadette Winters Bell, LMSW, PLLC will broadcast live on Zoom and Facebook Live at 7 pm on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

To attend the event on September 23, please click this link just before 7 PM: 


RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

Or visit the event on our website here.
The Story of Random Acts Of Kindness
In February 1999, Jennifer Finkle, a teacher at Andes Central School (1990 - present) wrote on the first page of an empty journal:

Kindness Chain Key:

"Remember, you as a human being are very powerful; remember, challenges teach us about the elasticity of the human spirit. Use this journal to record a random act of kindness that you do for someone else. Pass the journal to the recipient and ask them do the same. I hope you’ll be surprised to see how good random kindness can feel and hope it will continue within our school community."
The first of hundreds of entries by faculty and staff followed, filling two large journals by 2019. Finkle was inspired by an episode of the Oprah Show in which she spoke of random kindness and how it can be just as fulfilling to the giver as it is to the receiver. 

The journals contain small, heartfelt and uplifting acts of random kindness, in written form. A retired administrator, John Bernhardt, received the book and was so moved he recommended Finkle get it published; “a lasting tribute to our unique school and all of the people who work so hard to make Andes Central School such a special place.” 
Finkle partnered with Bright Hill Press to begin planning for the publication and circulation of the Andes Central School Faculty and Staff Kindness Journal Random Acts of Kindness as well as the partner program The Kindness Project.

Inspired to share the journal with as many schools as possible in the tri-county area, Beatrice Georgalidis, executive director at Bright Hill, created and produced the publishing and distribution project and promotional campaign, with associate producer Sophie Bille,

Bertha Rogers, Bright Hill Editor-in Chief, edited the manuscript.
Five hundred copies of the Random Acts of Kindness book have been printed; one copy will be mailed to each of the 69 schools in the Delaware County and Otsego County BOCES school districts, including the gift of an empty journal, and a letter detailing the “The Kindness Project” with the hope that every school will begin their own kindness journal, and archive the kindness of their respective faculty and staff for years to come. 

A video, email and social media campaign has launched to publicize the publication of the journal, and the Kindness Project.
Contributing Faculty and Staff, Andes Central School

Don Ackerley
Andrew Amodeo
Janice Armstrong
Grace Bacon
Linda Belmont
John Bernhardt
Gail Black
JoAnn Boerner
Cindy Bramley
Dori Buerge
Cheryl Butler
Margaret Brown
Robert Chakar
Dora Chambers
Tony Coiro
Barb Cole
Kellie Daino
Laurie Day
Mike DeBenedetto
Kris Dengler
Alice DeVita
Dwight Dolezel
Jill Eichler
Jen Ennist
Heidi Feltman
Jennifer Finkle
Debbie Fraine
Jackie Fredricks
Chelsea Guy
Lauren Green
Brittany Golden
Colleen Heavey
Courtney Hoyt
Dawn Kalleberg
Judy Klueg
Phyllis Kochersberger
Diane Krick
Jennifer Leaver
Laurie Little
Susie Little
Jim McLachlan
Misty LeRoux
Marylou Matthws
Ed McGee
Danny Mincarelli
Suzanna Mincarelli
Sarah Nightingale
Julie Nelson
Sandra Noonan
Wendy Redden
Glenn Reynolds
Sandie Reynolds
Teresa Reynolds
Jeff Rhone
Lynn Savoris
Arnie Barnes Schwartz
Michele Scarf
Jeanine Scinta
Patti Scinta
Alan Seidman
Elaine Peck Smith
Wayne Snyder
Jan Stevens
Morgan Sullivan
Peg Summers
Karli Tait
Tamara Titch
Margaret Tucker
Sharon Tucker
Lisa Valkavich
Adam VanValkenberg
Kathy Whittaker
Robin White
Gary Winghart
Jessica Young
Contributing Student Artists

Elizabeth Bauer
Logan Barrett
Saul Bouquet
Xzavier Fickeria
Leonardo Giasson
Kinsleigh Gill
Colton Weaver
First Grade
Oliver Collins
Avery Hofsdal
Jase Weaver
Third Grade
Patrick (PJ) Chakar
Landon Colfer
Lucy Collins
Princess DePierro
Evan Hofsdal
Benjamin Liddle
Emily McGowan
Darbey Mondore
Charlie Orio
Liem Sass
Gage Temming
Kiara Weaver
Fourth Grade
Maria Collins
Lacey Green
Joseph Maxim
Myaleigh Rabon
Skyler Tosi
Abel Weaver
Fifth Grade
Juliette Bradley
Ducan Foster-Allen
Austin George
Matthew Liddle
Laney Mondore
Sixth Grade
Tucker Gardner
Mason Leal
Faith Sass
Brandon Temming
Lilly Temple
Sebastian Tosi
Jacob Ventimiglia
Jesse Wright-Bourke

This project was made possible by funding provided by The A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Foundation, The Andes Central School Board of Education, The Andes Historical Society, and the generosity of private donors and friends of Andes Central School and Bright Hill Press.

Please visit for more information.
Jennifer L. Finkle (1/19/68) was born in Southampton, NY (zip code 11968), where her father was a NYS Conservation Officer and her mother worked at Southampton College. They moved to Andes, when her father transferred to the NYS Police. She was 3 years old. At 5 years old, Jennifer was enrolled at Andes Central School. She attended there for grades K-12 and graduated as the salutatorian in 1986. She feels that Andes was a great place to go to school.
Jennifer’s next step was to attend college at SUNY Cobleskill where she received an associate’s degree in nursery education. After receiving the associate’s degree, she went on to obtain both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in elementary education, from SUNY Oneonta. Jennifer began teaching in Andes right after obtaining the bachelor’s degree and taught while working in the master’s degree program.

Jennifer is presently in her 31st year of teaching. She has taught grade 1 as a stand-alone class, a 1-2 combined class and this year a K-1 combined class. In addition to the regular teaching assignment, Jennifer also runs the after-school/summer CROP Program. She says that Andes is a great place to go to school.

Jennifer will be eligible to retire in 2 years, upon reaching the age of 55. When that time arrives, she will have spent around 45 years of her life receiving or giving education at Andes Central School. She thinks A.C.S. is a great place to be.

Jennifer married her junior high-school sweetheart, Dwayne and they have a beagle named Daisy. In their spare time they manage a small farm business. They have 30 colonies of bees for honey sales, laying hens for egg sales, shiitake mushrooms growing in the woods in the summer for farmer’s markets, turkeys for Thanksgiving and a huge garden. During the pandemic they were able to finish an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven, complete with discarded slate roof tiles from Andes Central School, in which they make prebaked pizza crusts for the markets. Jen’s Jam and Jelly business has also taken off, so many hours are spent picking fruit and making jam and jelly.
Hunting, fishing and foraging wild mushrooms are more favorite activities of theirs.
They feel it is rewarding to be able to catch, harvest, and process their own food knowing the health benefits of clean eating. It also gives them the opportunity to share resources with others.

Andes is a great place to live, according to Jennifer.


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Local Forest Ranger News - Two Hikers Rescued

Town of Hunter
Greene County
Wilderness Search: On Sept. 15 at 7:45 p.m., Greene County 911 contacted DEC's Central Dispatch requesting Forest Ranger assistance with a 30-year-old man from Saugerties lost near the Prediger Road trailhead in the Indian Head Wilderness. Rangers Fox and Gullen responded, joining a Hunter Police patrol and NYSP Officer at the trailhead. Rangers bushwhacked toward cell phone coordinates collected by Greene County 911. Rangers located the hiker, provided him with a flashlight, and escorted him back to his vehicle. Resources were clear of the scene at 10:15 p.m.

Town of Shandaken
Ulster County
Wilderness Search: On Sept. 19 at 10:10 p.m., Ulster County contacted DEC's Central Dispatch reporting a 69-year-old overdue hiker from Pine Plains on Wittenberg Mountain in the Slide Wilderness Area. Rangers Martin and Franceschina responded with State Police, Shandaken Police, Ulster Emergency Management, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Phoenicia FD, and Shandaken Ambulance. The missing hiker was last seen by his family at the intersection of the Wittenberg and Terrace Mountain trails. Ranger Russell located the hiker, uninjured, approximately one mile from the trailhead. The hiker stated he had taken the trail to Terrace Mountain and, after realizing his mistake, returned to the red trail to rest from fatigue. Ranger Martin assisted him out of the woods and resources were clear at 1:40 a.m.

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Annual 4-H Youth Golf Classic = Huge Success!!

Annual 4-H Youth Golf Classic = Huge Success!!
2021 Results
Eighteen teams from the county, and beyond, gathered for the 20th Annual 4-H Youth Golf Classic at the Delhi College Golf Course on Friday, September 17th. The event was made possible by 6 patron sponsors, 13 greens sponsors, 7 cart sponsors, 4 individual/in kind sponsors.
Team Placings
1st Place:  Bill Leo Jr, Tom Leo, Paul Clune, Mike Clune- score 59
2nd Place: Lindsey DuMond, Mike Wagner, Tim Smith, Jen Smith- score 61
3rd Place: Nate Doig, Sam Ly, Dave Adams, Mike Adams – score 63
4th Place: Bill Grau, Frank Liberati, Will Weir, Doug Payton- score 63
Closest to the Pin
12th hole Closest to the pin awarded to Gerry Stanton, 6’
2nd hole closest to the pin ladies only, Lindsay DuMond, 30’
14th hole closest to the pin men only, Frank Liberati, 15’ 5”
Longest Drive
Men – Jerry Leclar
Women – Jen Smith
Patron sponsors
Delhi Telephone Co. , Delhi
Hardwood Hills Golf Course, Masonville
Lutz Feed Company, Oneonta
NBT Bank, Norwich 
Robert O. Mable Agency, Delhi
Walter Gladstone, Andes
Tee Sponsors
Boyle Excavating, Harpersfield
Catskill Mountain Maple,  DeLancey
Community Bank, Walton
D&D of Walton
Delaware National Bank of Delhi
Hughes & Benson Assoc, Oneonta
Gary & Lori Rosa, New Kingston
Klinger Power Sports, Walton
RBC Wealth Management, Albany
Rick’s Tire Service, Grand Gorge
Robert O. Mable Agency, Delhi 
Sluiter Agency, Margaretville
Wayne Bank, Walton
Cart Sponsors
Boyle Excavating, Harpersfield
John & Cathy Adams, Stamford 
Davenport Garden Center, Davenport
Delaware Sport Center, Walton 
Erikson’s Automotive, Arkville
Doug Whittaker & Ellie O’Hara
The Collin E. Haight Foundation, Delhi
Individual Sponsors
Brookside Hardware, Margaretville
Delhi Paint and Paper
Grand Gorge Tire, Grand Gorge
Park Studio, Walton
Thank You’s
Cornell Cooperative Extension Executive Director, Jeanne Darling, thanked not only the sponsors and golfers, but gave special mention to SUNY Delhi and the course’s PGA Professional, Dave Arehart and Asst Golf Professional, Joe Burgin, Delhi Bluestone and staff, and Tom Kaufman, Golf Course Superintendent and his staff.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. 

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EVENT POSTPONED Don't get ticked in the forest!

Don't get ticked in the forest!
Avoiding Lyme and other tick- borne diseases requires avoiding a tick bite!

Join the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program's Joellen Lampman this Saturday, September 25 from 1 to 3 PM as she talks about the different ticks in our area and their biology, the diseases they carry, and how to protect yourself and others from being bitten. We'll put together tick drags for monitoring tick activity and then head outside to practice performing a tick drag and identifying ticks in the field.

Joellen Lampman is Community IPM Extension Support Specialist with the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University. With a degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University, Joellen is a lifelong environmental educator. At the New York State IPM Program, she utilizes the clear knowledge-based, decision-making process of IPM to teach ecology and make a difference, one property at a time. In some circles she is also known as the tick lady.

The presentation will be in the Landis Arboretum’s Meeting House with outdoor activities on the grounds. There is no formal admission fee, but we think a donation to the Landis Arboretum, our host, would be a fitting way to thank them for the use of their facility. The program is open to all, but pre-registration is required, as seating capacity is limited. For questions or to pre-register, contact Carol at
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C-GCC Employees Honored with SUNY Chancellor’s Awards

Three Columbia-Greene Community College staffers have been awarded 2021 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence by the State University of New York (SUNY).

Kimberly Rhinehart-Rizzi of Catskill, senior associate for Human Resources and Business, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service, awarded for continuous, outstanding achievement, skill, and commitment to excellence.

Kelly Ann Radzik of New Paltz, director of Career Success and Experiential Learning, received the Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service, awarded for consistently superior professional achievement within and outside an individual's given position.

Barbie Shaffer of Nassau, associate professor of Psychology and Sociology, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, awarded to SUNY faculty members who demonstrate consistently superior service that includes contributions to academic and professional organizations, and leadership in local or system-wide faculty governance.

The Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement in five categories: Faculty Service, Librarianship, Professional Service, Scholarship and Creative Activities, and Teaching. For more information, visit

Photo Caption: From left to right, Director of Career Success and Experiential Learning Kelly Ann Radzik, Associate Professor of Psychology and Sociology Barbie Shaffer, and Senior Associate for Human Resources and Business Kimberly Rhinehart-Rizzi have been awarded 2021 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence by the State University of New York (SUNY).
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New York Power Authority Awarded WELL Health-Safety Rating at its Facilities for COVID-19 Response

Written By Editor on 9/21/21 | 9/21/21

WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has been awarded the WELL Health-Safety Rating at its facilities for its operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address the ongoing COVID-19 environment and broader health and safety-related issues into the future.


From the onset of the pandemic, NYPA has utilized a vast array of infection mitigation tactics and strategies. The measures include a robust set of prescribed countermeasures based on organizational and community infection levels, including enhanced cleaning protocols, wide availability of PPE for employees, responsive testing measures, air quality improvements, extensive guidance on best-in-class health practice, and many others. All those efforts have been backed by dedicated internal and external teams focused on tracking, mitigating, and responding to changes in the pandemic.


Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. “From day-one of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYPA has been tireless in its pursuit and implementation of the highest safety standards at its facilities. This WELL Health-Safety Rating marks an important achievement in our organization’s visible commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of our staff and visitors.”


The rating award was made by International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), an evidence-based, third-party entity that provides a verified rating for all new and existing buildings and spaces. The WELL Health-Safety Rating provides a centralized source and governing body to validate efforts made by building owners and operators to prepare their spaces for re-entry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, instilling confidence in those who come through the building as well as the broader community.


IWBI leverages insights drawn from its internal task force on COVID-19, in addition to guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections, developed by the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies.

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Letter to the Editor: Supporting Kelley for Supervisor

The Town of Delhi faces many challenges: young people leaving the area for work or because they don’t feel welcome here; a small and shrinking amount of land available for development as New York City buys up properties and climate change makes more areas flood-prone; and a town supervisor, Mark Tuthill, who consistently places loyalty to the county Republican party above the needs of Delhi residents.   

My name is Quinn Kelley and I’m running for Town Supervisor because I believe we deserve a supervisor who will lead instead of follow, and whose first priority will be doing what’s best for Delhi.

Let’s look at just a few examples to understand the problem: 

Transparency and communication -- Our Board of Supervisors should be operating transparently, following Open Meetings and FOIL laws, providing timely information about meetings, and allowing sufficient time and opportunity for public input on decision-making. Instead, they refuse to allow even the most fundamental public input: “privilege of the floor,” where residents can address the supervisors during their monthly meetings. This means when people are upset about proposed county land purchases, or threatened use of eminent domain, or anything else, they are left with protesting outside the building, writing letters to the editor, going to the media, and other third-party interventions, rather than being able to speak directly to decision-makers. Most counties allow this basic level of public participation, and Delaware County should, too. In spite of being repeatedly petitioned about this by residents across the political spectrum, Supervisor Tuthill has refused to even raise the issue. If elected, I will introduce a resolution to establish privilege of floor at the county-level, and I’ll hold weekly open office hours at town hall so residents can talk directly to me about their concerns and ideas. 

Economic opportunity -- our Board of Supervisors should be working with residents and local businesses to provide the public infrastructure and support that can encourage business and improve quality of life. This includes things like: 

  • Conducting inclusive, transparent decision-making that actively seeks input from diverse perspectives, not just friends of Board members; and immediately ending the practice of buying up viable, tax-producing properties on Delhi Main St. Delaware County is 1,467 square miles -- the county needs to look beyond Delhi for its property needs.

  • Welcoming and celebrating diverse populations, including residents and visitors from New York City. I’ve heard too many stories of new residents and young people who grew up here leaving the area because they don’t feel welcome, because of their race, religion, or sexual orientation. Being from a small town, we know that diversity makes us stronger and we won’t let national narratives that fuel hate infiltrate our community.   

  • Applying for some of the dozens of state and federal grants that could help our towns and county transition away from fossil fuels and create good-paying, local jobs in the green energy sector. New York’s Community and Climate Protection Act has super-charged green infrastructure, including grants to expand sidewalks and biking trails that would improve community health and support tourism. The anti-government mentality among current board supervisors is a detriment to our community. Delaware county is being left behind. We need a supervisor who is willing to look for resources from sources beyond county taxation.

Emergency services/Shared services -- the Board of Supervisors should seriously consider establishing a paid, county-wide emergency services force. Almost every town in Delaware County is struggling to provide emergency medical services. Some towns are dropping as many as half of 911 ambulance calls, and the average wait time for an ambulance is now 50 minutes. Stamford now has no ambulance service at all. Some towns, like Delhi, still have a sufficient pool of committed volunteers to answer calls, but because surrounding towns don’t, Delhi’s volunteers are over-burdened responding to outside calls. Other towns, like Sidney and Hancock, have established paid EMS, which enables them to bill insurance companies for reimbursement (volunteer forces can’t bill insurance). This issue deserves real, transparent, public discussion, and county leadership. 

Town of Delhi residents, I’m asking for the opportunity to earn your vote. I’ll be at the Democrat’s booth at the Harvest Fest this Saturday (9/25), and you can contact me through my website: or email We deserve a supervisor who welcomes fresh ideas, a willingness to challenge the status quo, and the commitment to put Delhi first.

Quinn Kelley

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