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'Two Women Four Hands' Exhibit to Open at C-GCC

Written By Editor on 2/28/17 | 2/28/17

An art exhibit featuring two women who make their living with the techniques
of sewing and knitting will open March 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Foundation
Gallery at Columbia-Greene Community College.

The show, entitled "Two Women Four Hands," features the work of artists
Cynthia Atwood and Julia Baier. Through their artwork, according to a
statement by the artists, they "liberate" the traditional work of women.

Atwood works as a fabricator of custom drapes for private clients and
decorators. Her sewing skills have crossed into her studio, and she makes
objects motivated by her attraction to materials and the pleasure she takes
in handling them. She says work is sculptural and is "an exaggerated
reference to the body: inexplicable and sensuous."

Baier's work includes a group of knitted wall pieces that explores a tactile
response to the material. Some of the reliefs draw attention to the origin
of what she uses to create the pieces: goat, rabbit, sheep and yak hair.

Both artists consider their stereotype and play with it, provoking humor and
an innovative approach to materials.

Atwood has spent the past 30 years in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, as an
artist participating in local and regional exhibitions.
 She holds a B.F.A.
in painting and printmaking from the University of Kansas and an M.F.A. in
visual arts/sculpture from Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier.

In 2016, Atwood exhibited at Six Depot in West Stockbridge, Mass., and
received a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is
an artist/teacher for M.F.A. students at New Hampshire Institute of Art,
Manchester, and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Baier was born in Germany and at age 12 moved to a small family farm in
rural New England, where she learned how to knit, crochet and sew. She
received a B.F.A. from Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass., in sculpture,
making work with a focus on natural found-objects: sticks, beeswax and

She spent ten years in the film and photography business as a production
assistant and prop-stylist, in San Francisco and New York City. After the
birth of her children, she found employment in knitwear design, work she
could do at home while raising her children. She currently creates knitted
wall pieces that combine her love of natural materials and the sculptural

The Show will be on display through April 21. Gallery hours are Monday to
Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (518) 828-4181,
extension 3241.

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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Fighting Tiger Western Equestrian Competes at Individual Regional Championships

Having already captured the 2017 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 2 Region 3 team championship SUNY Cobleskill western equestrian team riders took part in the region’s individual rider championships in an event hosted by Morrisville State College on Sunday.

The Fighting Tigers brought home a pair of individual regional championships for the event as junior Morgan O’Sullivan, Killingsworth, Conn., Middletown High School, captured the Open Horsemanship title while senior Emily McLaughlin, Delanson, N.Y. , Schalmont High School, won the Advanced Western Horsemanship title.

Cobleskill will next compete at the at the IHSA Region 3 Semi-Finals to be hosted by the State University of New York at Oswego at the Hamburg Fairgrounds in Hamburg, N.Y. on Saturday March 25th and Sunday March 26th beginning at 9:00 a.m.

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SUNY Cobleskill Women's Basketball Earns Bid to ECAC Division III Championship Tourney

The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team has been awarded one of the 15 bids to the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship Tournament to begin at campus sites on Wednesday March 1st. The Fighting Tigers will travel to Springfield, Mass. for a first round meeting with the host Pride of Springfield College beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the college’s Blake Arena and PE Complex. The winner will advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal round to be hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Friday March 3rd.

The Fighting Tigers will be making the second ECAC Division III Championship Tournament appearance in program history and their first since 2009 after finishing the year with a 14-11 overall record including a 10-8 mark in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play which tied them for fourth place overall in the league’s North Division. The Pride posted an 18-8 overall record a 13-3 record in New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play after bowing out in the league’s quarterfinal play-off round.

Cobleskill second-year coach Katie Kollar is no stranger to The Pride having served as an assistant coach in the program from 2013-to-2015 and earning her Masters of Education in Athletic Administration Degree from Springfield during that time. Upon notification of the team’s selection to the tournament and the match-up coach Kollar spoke enthusiastically about her team’s accomplishment.

“I’m excited about us being selected to the tournament. This is truly a reflection of how hard we’ve worked collectively as a team this year and I’m proud of our kids for making it to post season play and what it means to our program in the future.”

The Fighting Tigers, who posted their first winning season since 2012, will be led into this year’s tournament by senior forward Shelby Preston, Ravena, N.Y., Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, the program’s Division III all-time leader in points with 1386, 14.6 per game, and rebounds with 1220, 12.8 per game in 95 career appearances. The season Preston earned All-NEAC Second Team honors after averaging: 12.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per contest while shooting 48.4% from the field and 69.5% from the free throw line in 25 games.

The Orange & Black will also be counting on productivity from senior guard/forward Ashley Creighton, Niskayuna, N.Y., Catholic Central High School/Schenectady Community College, who averaged 10.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting a team best 37.6% from three-point range and from freshman guard Addy Lawson, Milford, N.Y., Milford High School, who averaged 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.4 steals per game during her rookie season.

The game will be live-streamed by Springfield College and will be accessible through the SUNY Cobleskill Athletic Website’s Women’s Basketball Team’s Home Page at:


First Round - Wednesday, March 1
Game 1: Neumann University (18-8) at Brooklyn College (21-6) - 7:00 pm
Game 2: Centenary University (20-6) at Moravian College (19-7 - 7:00 pm
Game 3: Waynesburg University (16-11) at Grove City College (14-12) - 7:00 pm
Game 4: SUNY Cobleskill (14-11) at Springfield University (18-8) - 7:00 pm
Game 5: Marywood University (18-8) at New York University (13-12) - 7:00 pm
Game 6: Cabrini University (16-12) at Stevenson University (17-9) - 7:00 pm
Game 7: Rutgers University-Camden (14-11) at Misericordia University (18-8) - 7:00 pm

Quarterfinals - Friday, March 3 - hosted at Carnegie Mellon University
Game 8: Winner Game 1 vs. Carnegie Mellon (18-7) - 11:00 am
Game 9: Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 - 2:00 pm
Game 10: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 - 5:00 pm
Game 11: Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 - 8:00 pm

Semifinals - Saturday, March 4 - hosted at Carnegie Mellon University
Game 12: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9 - 3:00 pm
Game 13: Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 11 - 6:00 pm

Championship - Sunday, March 5 - hosted at Carnegie Mellon University
Game 15: Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13 - 12:00 pm

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Lenten Study at Saint James Lake Delaware: The Spiritual Life

Written By Editor on 2/27/17 | 2/27/17

Fr. James Krueger of Saint James Church Lake Delaware will lead a Lenten study focusing on the Metropolitan Anthony Bloom’s book entitled Beginning to Pray. Copies of the book will be provided. The first class will be held on Tuesday, March 7, following a supper at the Saint James Rectory (house) at 6pm. The series will continue on Tuesday evenings throughout the Lenten period. All are welcome to attend the class regardless of church membership. Saint James Church Lake Delaware is located at 55 Lake Delaware Drive, Delhi, 13753 on southbound State Route 28 halfway between Delhi and Andes. More information can be had by contacting the church at 607-832-4401 or You may also visit their website at

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom (1914 – 2003) was best known as a writer and broadcaster on prayer and the Christian life. He was a monk and Metropolitan bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church. He was founder and for many years bishop - then archbishop, then metropolitan - of the Diocese of Sourozh, the Patriarchate of Moscow's diocese for Great Britain and Ireland. As a bishop he became well known as a pastor, preacher, spiritual director and writer on prayer and the Christian life.

Saint James Church Lake Delaware has committed itself to providing the people of Delaware County a little taste of heaven on earth through historically accurate, beautiful, Spirit-filled and uplifting worship, of which the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is central. Their buildings and grounds comprise one of our local historical and architectural treasures. Visit for further information.

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Cobleskill Hunt Seat Equestrian Team Ties for Third in Hartwick Show

The SUNY Cobleskill hunt seat equestrian team posted a team total of 30 points to tie for third place in an 11 team field at an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Region 3 Zone 2 Show hosted by Hartwick College at the Hunter’s Rein Stable on Saturday
Cobleskill will next be in action on Saturday March 4th when they travel to Morrisville, N.Y. to compete in the final regular season IHSA Zone 2 Region 3 event of the year hosted by Morrisville State College at the college’s Equestrian Center beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Skidmore College
38= Champion
Hartwick College
32=Reserve Champion
SUNY Cobleskill
Colgate University
Morrisville State College
University at Albany
Oneonta State
Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Union College
Siena College
Keuka College

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Delaware County Police Blotter

Justin J. Miranda, 25, of Livingston Manor, was charged Feb. 18 with one count of driving while intoxicated, and one count of driving with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.0 percent. The arrest occurred during the investigation of a vehicle reported to have gone off the road and into a snow covered field in the town of Delhi. It is alleged that Miranda was operating the vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, at speeds not reasonable or prudent, which caused him to lose control of the vehicle while going around a corner, cross the center of the roadway and continue into a snow covered field where the vehicle came to rest. He was additionally charged with failure to keep right, moving unsafely from lane, and speed not reasonable or prudent and is to appear in Delhi Town Court at a later date.

David Meade, 22, of Delhi, was ticketed following a motorcycle accident Feb. 22 that occurred on county Route 14 in the town of Meridith.
Meade  was traveling in a westerly direction when he lost control of his motorcycle and slid into a field, according to deputies.  He was not injured in the accident.  He was ticketed for speed not reasonable and prudent.  Subsequent investigation led to Meade also being charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after deputies found a quantity of marijuana in hid possession.
He was to appear in Meredith Town Court on March 1..
Deputies were assisted by the Delhi Fire and EMS while on scene.

Acting on a request from the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested Yulonnda L. Garcia-Juarez, 43, of Stamford on Feb. 21 on a warrant issued by the village of Odessa Court.
Garcia-Juarez was charged by Schuyler County Sheriff’s Deputies with speeding and third degree aggravated unlicensed operation, an unclassified misdemeanor, and failed to appear in Odessa Village Court to answer the charges.

She was turned over to Schuyler County Sheriff’s Deputies to be brought before the village of Odessa Court where she will answer the charges.

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Schoharie County Sheriff's Blotter

On Saturday 2/25/17 at 2:45PM Schoharie County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Joseph R. Swaha, age 39 of Sloansville  for Driving While Intoxicated after a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Evergreen Road in the Town of Carlisle. Subject was released to appear in Carlisle Town Court at a later date.

On Saturday 2/25/17 at 11:20PM the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office arrested Kwate J. Edgerton, age 23 of Schenectady for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana following an investigation in the Village of Schoharie. Subject was released to appear in Schoharie Village Court at a later date.

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Thursday, February 23, 2017

At 8:26 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Michael Laswell, 57, of Lake Grove, NY, for Suspended Registration and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  He was released and is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on March 14th at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, February 24, 2017

At 11:00 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Jedidiah Snyder, 32, of Cobleskill, NY, for Trespass.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on March 14th at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

At 1:00 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Michelle R. Gray, 29, of Schenectady, NY, for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 3rd, DWI, and Aggravated DWI with a child under 17 years of age and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  She was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $2500 Bail / $5000 Bond.  She is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 28th at 5:00 p.m.

At 1:40 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Dominic Blance, 21, of Ballston Lake, NY, for violation of the Open Container Law.  He was issued and appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on March 16th at 5:00 p.m.

At 12:07 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Douglas Bartholomew, Jr., 46, of Cobleskill, NY, for Theft of Services and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $250 Bail / $500 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on February 28th at 5:00 p.m.

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Fatal Crash Kills Man in Walton

Photos and information credit Delaware County Sheriff's Department

On Saturday afternoon, February 25, 2017 Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies

responded a fatal, two car head on collision on Bear Spring Mountain in the Town

of Walton that claimed the life of a Tenafly, New Jersey, resident.

Investigation by Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the New York State Police

Collision Reconstruction Unit revealed that at approximately 4:40 p.m. Andrew

Thompson, 43, of Tenafly, N.J., was traveling in the eastbound lane of State

Highway 206 when a vehicle being driven by 41 year old Joel Alves of Hopewell

Junction, NY, that was traveling in the westbound lane crossed over the double

yellow center line of the roadway and collided head on with Thompson’s vehicle.

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of injuries he sustained in

the impact. Thompson’s wife, 43 year old Wendy Hoeben, and their six year old

son, who were passengers in Thompson vehicle, were transported to Delaware

Valley Hospital. Hoeben was treated and released but their six year old was later

transferred to Westchester Medical Center for further treatment.

Alves was also transported to Delaware Valley Hospital where he was also treated

and released.

As a result of the collision, State Highway 206 was shut down for several hours

Saturday evening while Deputies and State Police Collision Reconstruction experts

investigated the accident.

Further preliminary investigation revealed that Alves was driving with a suspended

driver’s license and a suspended vehicle registration. The cause of the accident

remains under investigation and Deputies report that charges are anticipated at the

conclusion of the investigation.

Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of the New York State

Police Accident Reconstruction Unit, Colchester Police Department, New York

City Department of Environmental Protection Police, Walton and Downsville Fire

and Emergency Squad personnel and Cooperstown Medical Transport personnel.

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Gilboa Road Project Replacing Bearkill Bridge

 L&T Construction will be working on capital project CAT-186 for the NYC DEP (Gilboa Dam Owner) to rehabilitate Road 7 (aka Intake Rd) between State Route 30 (Gilboa) and State Route 23 (Roxbury) starting on March 6th.

The project includes clearing trees along the roadway, remove/replace Bearkill Bridge, and remove/replace all cross culverts along the length of the 4.5-mile road.  The project will take approximately 6-7 months to complete and will close at each site during remove/replace construction.

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Editorial: A Fond Farewell

Written By Editor on 2/26/17 | 2/26/17

District Attorney Jim Sacket announced his retirement recently. Unfortunately, he steps out of the limelight at a time when experience is needed.

According to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Schoharie County's crime rate fell 29.1% between 2013 and 2014, the last full years available. The overall state trend was moving downward, but Schoharie's reduction was the second sharpest in the state. The violent crime rate went down at an even faster clip, although that may be more of a relic of our small population. This may be partly due to stepped up enforcement methods from the Sheriff’s Department and State Police. Still, the trend was bold.

Schoharie County aggressively prosecuted a number of burglaries and property crimes in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. The reassuring presence of enforcement put minds at ease after the initial spike in robberies.

Mr. Sacket is always humble about his time in office, often allowing for the County’s reduced crime rate to speak for itself. Jovial and personable, the District Attorney’s years in office came during times of controversy.

Mr. Sacket was a font of knowledge during multiple points of his career. In addition, Mr. Sacket and law enforcement laid the foundation against the creeping tide of opioid abuse. The DA cites the epidemic as his office's largest struggle, especially due to related crimes, such as burglaries.

There will be big shoes to fill. So far, only Blenheim Supervisor Shawn Smith has formally announced his candidacy to the public. Other qualified candidates, including current Assistant District Attorney Susan Mallery may be sure to follow. They’ll be following Mr. Sacket’s lead.

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Tornado Warning in Delaware County

Written By Editor on 2/25/17 | 2/25/17

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

Headline:  Tornado Warning issued February 25 at 4:04PM EST until February 25 at 4:45PM EST by NWS Binghamton

The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a* Tornado Warning for...South central Delaware County in central New York...Northwestern Sullivan County in central New York...Northern Wayne County in northeastern Pennsylvania...* Until 445 PM EST* At 404 PM EST, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornadowas located near Rutledgedale, or 10 miles north of Honesdale,moving northeast at 35 mph.HAZARD...Tornado.SOURCE...Radar indicated rotation.IMPACT...Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught withoutshelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur.  Treedamage is likely.* This dangerous storm will be near...Damascus around 410 PM EST.Callicoon, Hankins and Stalker around 415 PM EST.Jeffersonville around 420 PM EST.White Sulphur Springs around 425 PM EST.Livingston Manor, Hazel and Roscoe around 430 PM EST.TORNADO...RADAR INDICATEDHAIL...

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowestfloor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in amobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelterand protect yourself from flying debris.

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36th Annual Toy and Train Show Coming to C-GCC

The 36th annual Antique Toy and Train Show will be held Sunday, March 5,
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the gymnasium and student dining hall at
Columbia-Greene Community College.

Model toy collectors can peruse displays filled with items available for
purchase or trade. For railroad enthusiasts, model trains will be set up
throughout the gym.

Raffles will run all day and refreshments will be available.

General admission is $3; children aged six and under will be admitted free.
The event is sponsored by the Columbia-Greene Community Foundation, Inc.

The college is located on 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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Book Fair Slated at C-GCC

The Columbia-Greene Community College library has announced a book fair that
will take place Tuesday, March 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., as part of the
college's 50th anniversary celebration.

Sales and book donations will benefit the college's Children's Library
Collection. The event will be held in the Student Dining Hall.

The fair will feature books by Barefoot Books, which is know for its
award-winning books and gifts for children. Book orders also can be placed
by visiting

A bookplate will be placed in all donated books to commemorate the college's
50th anniversary.

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C-GCC's Edge Named Conference Player of the Year

Written By Editor on 2/24/17 | 2/24/17

Columbia-Greene Community College basketball star Tanisha Edge, of Cementon,
has been named this year's Mountain Valley Conference Women's Basketball
Player of the Year, for 2016-2017.

The announcement was no surprise to C-GCC fans as Edge, who has electrified
the court all season, has already been named NJCAA Region III Athlete of the
Week four times. Accordingly, she was also named the the conference’s
Women’s Basketball All Conference 1st Team.

At the same time, standouts Tydrea Rodriguez, Middletown, and Chris Kidd,
Poughkeepsie, have been named to the conference’s Men's Basketball All
Conference 2nd Team. Both players have been named NJCAA Region III Athlete
of the Week, twice for Rodriguez.

For more information on athletics at Columbia-Greene, including teams
rosters, stats and schedules, visit

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NBT Bank Encouraging Community to Sign Savings Pledge

Written By Editor on 2/23/17 | 2/23/17

February 23, 2017 – America Saves Week runs February 27 to March 4. To get the local community more actively involved in improving their own savings and financial futures, NBT Bank is reaching out to customers and local schools, encouraging them to sign the America Saves Pledge.

NBT has delivered more than 1,000 financial education presentations across the bank’s six-state footprint through its Strive® Financial Literacy program, which helps kids, teens and young adults establish a positive relationship with money and navigate personal finances.

“Signing this pledge is a natural extension of our Strive Financial Literacy Program. It encourages young people in our community to make a commitment to save, reduce debt and begin investing in their financial future,” said NBT Bank Executive Vice President of Operations and Retail Banking Joe Stagliano.

The pledge is targeted for students ages 14 and older, and encourages participants to set a specific savings goal and stick to it. It’s available online at Once someone signs the pledge, they can also elect to receive periodic tips and reminders sent by email or text message to help them reach their savings goals.

When it comes to savings success, individuals with a plan are far more likely to save than those without a plan. The following simple steps can help you stick to a plan to pay down debt, spend less and save more:

Develop a budget. Look at your debt and other expenses in order to figure out how and where you can be saving. This is easiest and most effective when you write down an actual budget – that way you can see all of your expenses, including ones you can cut.
Stop borrowing. If debt is part of the problem that’s hindering you from saving, then the next step is to stop borrowing.
Look for milestone events. Significant events like an annual tax refund can be an opportunity to start or improve your savings.
Stick to the pattern. Once you’ve paid off your debts, take the money you were paying each month on your debts and begin to save it.
By focusing on saving, you are not only providing for your own future, you’re also modeling good habits for your children and grandchildren. More tips on saving and additional resources can be found online at

NBT Bank offers personal banking, asset management and business services through a network of 154 banking locations in six states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. NBT Bank and its parent company, NBT Bancorp Inc., are headquartered in Norwich, NY. More information about NBT Bank and NBT Bancorp can be found online at and

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SUNY Cobleskill Equestrian Team Captures IHSA Region Title

Morrisville, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill Western Equestrian Team posted a second place and a  first place finish at the final Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 2 Region 3 events hosted by the Morrisville State College Mustangs on Sunday. With their finishes at the shows the Fighting Tigers captured their first Zone 2 Region 3 Championship in program history which automatically qualifies all team members for regional semi-final round of the championships.
Entering the day’s first show holding the overall regional lead by six points; the Fighting Tigers placed second overall in the five team field to the host Mustangs by a score of 37-to-3,1 which tied both teams for the regional overall points lead at 200-to-200 after seven regional regular season shows.

Junior Morgan O’Sullivan, Killingsworth, Conn., Middletown High School, was the Reserve High Point Rider in the show by winning the Open Western Horsemanship competition while   placing second overall in Open Reigning.

In the day’s second show the Fighting Tigers overcame Morrisville State’s home arena advantage to win the show by a score of 34-to-30 over the home team and the rest of the five-team field. With their four point victory, Cobleskill captured the regional title by an overall score of 234-to-230 for the eight show regular season over the defending champion Mustangs.

Sophomore Ashlynn Ratner, Livingston Manor, N.Y., Livingston Manor High School, led the Orange & Black to the title tying for High Point Rider honors in the show by winning Open Reigning and placing third overall in Open Western Horsemanship while Morgan O’Sullivan took Reserve High Point Rider honors with a second place finish Open Western Horsemanship and a second place finish in Open Reigning.

The Fighting Tigers also received important event wins from: junior Karly Brandimarte, Hicksville, N.Y., New Rock Charter School, in Novice Western Horsemanship, sophomore Erin Hopmans, Dalton, Mass., Wachonah Regional High School, in Intermediate Western Horsemanship I and from sophomore Samantha Baker, Ballston Spa, N.Y., Ballston Spa High School, in Beginning Western Horsemanship.

With her individual performance, Morgan O’Sullivan wins the IHSA Zone 2 Region 3 High Point Rider Championship for the second time in her career with a season total of 90 points and automatically qualifies individually for the 2017 IHSA National Championships to be hosted from May 2nd thru May 4th at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

Cobleskill will next compete as a team in the IHSA Regional Semi-Final Round of the  Championships hosted by Morrisville State College in Morrisville, N.Y.  on Sunday February 26th at 9:00 a.m.
Team Totals for Show #7:
Morrisville State College
SUNY Cobleskill
Colgate University
Keuka College
University of Albany

Team Totals for Show #8:
SUNY Cobleskill
Morrisville State College
Colgate University
Keuka College
University of Albany

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SALT, Tague Host Land Bank Discussion


This month Jerrine Corallo of SALT Development hosted Tolga Morawski, Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank (Land Bank), Cabryn Gurdo and Heidi Sourwine, Land Bank Americorps volunteers and Town of Schoharie Supervisor Chris Tague for a SALT Speaks radio interview with Ed Sherlock of WSDE 94.3 & AM-1190 Cobleskill about a blight removal program that is gearing up for our region.

As Supervisor Tague stated, “SALT didn’t leave us after the flood, they’ve continued on. They’ve looked at better ways to help improve the local economy, to help sustain what we do have here, and to help bring in more… this is going to be something to really look forward to in the future.“

Ms. Corallo and Mr. Morawski spoke about program development, how a land bank works and the importance of a local volunteer involvement. Supervisor Tague recalled how the project got started in Schoharie County. Demolition and rehabilitation projects are expected to begin this summer. To get involved email

Click here to listen to the full interview: salt-speaks-edition-2/

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Guest Column: Veterinarians: Warriors in the Battle against Disease

By Dr. Arve Lee Willingham

Don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Even though the World Health Organization recently declared that the Zika virus is no longer a global health emergency,  other diseases are growing more threatening each day.

Consider leptospirosis, a bacterial disease transmitted through infected animal urine that claimed dozens of human lives in the Caribbean in 2016. ,  Or cysticercosis, a disease contracted from the pork tapeworm, Taenia solium, that causes hundreds of thousands to suffer seizures.

It's no coincidence that these diseases are transmitted by animals -- nearly 60 percent of all human diseases are.  Such illnesses kill over two million people each year.

Who's manning the front lines against these diseases? Increasingly, veterinarians. Today's veterinarians aren't merely tasked with giving Fido his shots -- they're asked to serve as public-health warriors, leading the attack against such diseases. The lives and livelihoods of millions of people depend on them receiving the proper training.

Mosquitos have borne deadly diseases for generations. Dengue fever affects 400 million people annually.  Malaria strikes another 200 million.

Animal-borne diseases can also infect local economies. Take the Zika virus. The latest outbreak hit over 61 countries.  As the virus spread, tourism in affected areas dropped precipitously.

Consider Miami's $24 billion tourism industry. Because of Zika, the price of plane tickets to Miami dropped 17 percent in August, a sign of depressed demand. One local restaurant owner reported losing 70 percent of his customers.

Likewise, airlines slashed ticket prices to Latin American countries by over 20 percent after governments issued Zika travel advisories.

The medical and veterinary communities increasingly recognize that the health and well-being of animals, humans, and the environment are inextricably linked -- a concept known as "One Health."  Veterinary schools are at the forefront in training their students to tackle these "one health" crises.

The University of California, Davis' veterinary-medical program has developed technology to track the migration patterns of birds potentially infected with avian flu, in order to contain outbreaks.  In 2015, one such outbreak killed 48 million birds and cost the nation over $3 billion.

In addition to on-the-ground leptospirosis and cysticercosis monitoring, my institution, the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, is researching newly emerging livestock-associated antibiotic-resistant staph infections that could potentially transfer to pet and human populations. Currently, little data is available on the infections, despite growing global concern. Our researchers hope to better understand the disease's origin and spread in order to estimate its risk for both animal and human health.  That knowledge could save lives around the globe.

Meanwhile, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been investigating how mosquitoes' brains work. Veterinary researchers hope to identify the chemical factors that attract mosquitos to humans -- in order to create ultra-effective traps to kill the insects.

That's only one front in the mosquito wars. Johns Hopkins and Ross have formed a partnership enabling students to pursue interdisciplinary studies in the veterinary and public health fields at both institutions. Students will benefit from Ross's Caribbean location -- the epicenter of many mosquito-transmitted viruses.

The health of our ecosystems requires harmony between human health, animal heath, and a healthy environment. Veterinarians play a pivotal role in the defense against animal-borne diseases that threaten our physical and financial health. It's up to veterinary schools to equip their students to think outside the box for this battle.

Dr. Arve Lee Willingham BSc DVM PhD is Associate Dean for Research and Postgraduate Studies and Professor of One Health at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Ratner Named SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tiger Athlete of the Week

The SUNY Cobleskill Department of Sport & Exercise announced today that sophomore Ashlynne Ratner, Livingston Manor, N.Y., Livingston Manor High School, a member of the western equestrian team has been named the department’s Fighting Tiger Athlete-of-the-Week.

The Fighting Tiger sophomore rider helped led the western team to the first Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 2 Region 3 championship in program history by earning Reserve Point Rider honors in the final two regional shows of the year hosted by Morrisville State College in Morrisville, N.Y. on Sunday.

In the day’s opening show, Ratner tied for High Point Rider honors by winning Open Reigning and placing third overall in Open Western Horsemanship which gave the Fighting Tigers a victory over the five-team field and broke a tie with defending regional champion Morrisville State College at the top of the regional overall point standings to give Cobleskill the regional title and automatically qualify all team members to the regional team semi-final event.

The Fighting Tigers will next compete at in the IHSA Regional Round for individual competitors hosted by Morrisville State College on Sunday February 26th at 9:00 a.m.

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Fighting Tiger Men's Lacrosse Ranked 7th in NEAC Pre-Season Poll

The SUNY Cobleskill men’s lacrosse team will enter the 2017 season ranked seventh in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Pre-Season Coaches Poll. The Fighting Tigers are coming off a 2016 campaign which saw them post a 3-11 overall record including a 1-7 record in conference play.

As head coach Ryan Gunzinger enters his 11th season directing the program will have 14 returning letter men and 15 newcomers on the roster this year as the teams looks to return NEAC post-season play.

“I think we are much more athletic and deeper offensively and that we’ve improved our face-offs which should make us more efficient and allow us to score more this season,” said Gunzinger. “Defensively we are bigger, stronger and deeper which should help us keep some pressure off our goalies this year.”

Among the key returners Cobleskill will be counting on this year junior midfielder Kyle Magdziuk, Syracuse, N.Y., Westhill High School, a 2016 All-NEAC Second Team selection to lead the way after a season that saw him score 10 goals, pass out three assists to go with 104 ground balls picked up and a 58.3% face-off winning percentage on the year.

Also returning on the frontline will be: sophomore attackman Hunter Pruner, Glens Falls, N.Y., Christian Brothers Academy, who scored 14 points and four assists, sophomore attackman Garrett Vigrass, Wallkill, N.Y., Wallkill High School, who scored 11 goals and passed out four assists, and sophomore midfielder Anthony Yevoli, Amsterdam, N.Y., Amsterdam High School, who returns to the line-up after missing all of 2016 overcoming leukemia after a 2015 season which saw him score seven goals pass out two assists and pick-up 34 ground balls.
The offense will also be bolstered by the addition of ju
nior college transfer junior attackman Jeremy Mowrey, Johnstown, N.Y., Johnstown High School/Herkimer Community College, and freshman attackman Robert Gioielli, Staten Island, N.Y., Monsignor Farrell High School, who will each be counted on to bring added firepower to the roster.

The defense will benefit from the return of sophomore midfielder Sean Degnan, Monroe, N.Y., Monroe-Woodbury High School, who picked-up 27 ground balls and caused four turnovers while scoring nine goals and passing out five assists and junior Sean Rodee, Canton, N.Y., Canton High School, who picked-up 24 ground balls.

Among the new recruits freshman long stick midfielder Kiran Spigner, Greenwich, N.Y., Greenwich High School, and freshman midfielder Kieran Tierney, Marcellus, N.Y., Marcellus High School, will bring much needed size and athleticism to the back line.

In the net senior John Montaniz, Lindenhurst, N.Y., Lindenhurst High School/Suffolk Community College, returns after a season that saw him allow 182 goals in 14 games for a 13.81 goals against average. Montaniz made 173 saves while posting a .487 save percentage to go with 43 ground balls pick-up. 
With the new season on the horizon coach Gunzinger sees improvement but understands the many challenges that the Fighting Tigers as a team will face this season.

“We’ve got a lot of fresh faces this year which will provide us with better depth and athleticism that should lead to a better season. But our conference continues to get better each year and we are going to have to find a way to break into the top four teams if we want to make a play-off run this season.”

Cobleskill will open the 2017 season on Sunday February 26th when they host the Hornets of Lyndon State College in a game to be hosted by the Fighting Tigers at Union College’s Frank Bailey Field in Schenectady, N.Y. beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Institution (First Place Votes)
Total Points
Morrisville State College (8)
Keuka College
Cazenovia College (1)
Bryn Athyn College
Hilbert College
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
SUNY Cobleskill
Wells College
Medaille College

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