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Editorial “They Knew”

Written By Editor on 11/30/17 | 11/30/17

The wave of sex scandals pouring out of Washington and Hollywood doesn’t seem to be ending soon. Every day another powerful figure is exposed for inappropriate behavior. Usually these are actions that went on for months or years. Often those around the figure had a good knowledge of what was happening behind the scenes.

In fact-- one phrase keeps coming up. “It was an open secret,” say industry insiders. “Oh, everyone knew.” Some victims feared their jobs and felt they could not come forward. Other bigwigs had close financial or personal ties with the likes of the aggressors.

How could everyone “know” about these issues and still not have them come to light for years?

This question reminds me a lot about Schoharie County’s situation. One of the most common comments I received on our SALT expose was “we figured” or “I thought so.” Similar feedback on the Birches project.

Think back to the major controversies and scandals of the last several decades. They’re usually dragged out over time or due to someone not giving up (paging Gene Milone). Not once in twenty years before this paper could I think of a major scandal being broken by the Cobleskill paper. The ties of financial dealings and quid pro quo left local readers in the dark. Instead of leading the charge against corruption and toward transparency instead this County often floundered and fell prey to charlatans because the guard dog was asleep. True reformers were attacked on the editorial page while several key companies and families skated with nary a negative word.

The people of this County deserve better. In any way, large or small, we strive to fill that role.

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SUNY Cobleskill Announces Basketball Game Time Change

Written By Editor on 11/29/17 | 11/29/17

The SUNY Cobleskill Department of Sport & Exercise announced today that the start of the Fighting Tigers women’s basketball team’s non-conference home game versus The College of New Rochelle on Monday December 4th originally scheduled to be played starting at 7:00 p.m. has been moved up to 5:00 p.m. by mutual agreement of both programs.

For further information regarding Fighting Tiger athletic team schedule adjustments; interested parties can consult the athletic program’s website at or by contacting the SUNY Cobleskill Department of Sport & Exercise via phone at (518) 255-5127 Mondays through Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

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Lawson Named Athlete of the Week

Written By Editor on 11/27/17 | 11/27/17

The SUNY Cobleskill Department of Sport & Exercise announced today that sophomore Addy Lawson, Cooperstown N.Y., Milford High School, a member of the women’s basketball team has been named the athletic program’s Fighting Tiger Athlete-of-the-Week for the week ending November 19th.
The Fighting Tiger sophomore guard opened the season averaging 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game while shooting 42.9% from the field and 55.8% from three-point range as the team opened the year with a 1-2 mark losing at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Wednesday by a 73-68 margin before splitting a pair of contests at the Hunter College Tip-off Tournament over the weekend losing in the opener on Friday to Olivet College 78-70 before winning on Saturday 57-28 over Bay Path University
Cobleskill will next be in action on Tuesday November 21st when they host the Raptors of Bard College in non-league play at the Iorio Gymnasium with tip-off at 7:30 p.m. 

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Cobleskill Men Over Albany College of Pharmacy

Albany, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s basketball team took to the road on Saturday to post an impressive 91-68 win over the Spartans of Albany College of Pharmacy in non-conference action. The win evens the Fighting Tigers season record at 1-1 on the year while the Spartans also move to the .500 mark on the year at 3-3.

The Fighting Tigers used a solid shooting effort to outdistance their hosts hitting on 34-of-71 shots, 47.9 %, including 13-of-30, 43.3%, from three-point range and 10-of-12, 83.3%, from the free throw line. Defensively Cobleskill also showed their claws holding the Spartans to 26-of-74, 35.1%, from the field including a mere 4-of-18, 22.2 %, from beyond the three-point stripe to secure the win.

Sophomore guard Malik Chambers, West Point, N.Y., James I. O’Neal High School, was the catalyst in the victory scoring 17 points to go with six assists and four rebounds while sophomore guard Devin Boyle, Johnstown, N.Y., Johnstown High School, came off the bench to hit for 17 points and grab four rebounds.

The Orange & Black also received strong efforts from freshman guard J’Nie Williams, Brooklyn, N.Y., LaSalle High School, with 14 points, six assists and five rebounds off the bench and from junior swingman Ja’Quan McGill, Brockport, N.Y., Brockport High School/North Country Community College, who scored 10 points and took down three rebounds. Senior forward Christian Cooper, Gilboa, N.Y., Gilboa-Conesville-High School, continued his strong play in the paint grabbing a game high 12 rebounds while scoring six points for the visitors.

The Fighting Tigers will next be in action on Tuesday November 21st when they host the Defenders of Summitt University in non-league action with tip-off at 5:00 p.m. 


SUNY Cobleskill vs Albany College of Pharmacy
11/18/17 1:00pm at Albert M. WHite Gymnasium
Newspaper Box Score
SUNY Cobleskill vs Albany College of Pharmacy
11/18/17 1:00pm at Albert M. WHite Gymnasium
At Albert M. WHite Gymnasium
Devin Boyle 5-8 2-2 17; Malik Chambers 7-14 2-3 17; J'Nie Williams 5-7 0-0
14; Ja'Quan McGill 4-10 0-0 10; Kahlil Wilson 3-6 1-2 7; Christian Cooper
3-12 0-0 6; Travis Hamilton 2-2 0-0 4; Ian Jordan 2-2 0-0 4; JayQuan
Robinson 1-1 1-1 3; Islam Mustafa 1-2 0-0 3; Kevin Johnston 0-0 2-2 2; Elvin
Kolenovic 0-0 2-2 2; Antwan Claxton 1-2 0-0 2; Nathaniel Nickel 0-0 0-0 0;
Kahleel Taylor 0-5 0-0 0; Shaquille Anthony 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-71 10-12
Alex Johnson 7-21 1-2 16; Naythan Beltran 5-9 2-2 13; Evan Georgio 4-6 0-0
8; Thomas Chalker 2-6 3-4 7; Brandon Votra 3-9 1-2 7; Kyle Matousek 2-8 0-0
5; Travell Dickerson 1-5 2-2 5; John Ambert 0-1 3-4 3; Zach Sweet 1-4 0-0 2;
Kyle Fairclough 1-2 0-0 2; Nick McKeel 0-2 0-0 0; Edward Ahanmisi 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals 26-74 12-16 68.
SUNY Cobleskill...............   35   56  -   91
Albany College of Pharmacy....   30   38  -   68
3-point goals--SUNY Cobleskill 13-30 (Devin Boyle 5-8; J'Nie Williams 4-4;
Ja'Quan McGill 2-8; Islam Mustafa 1-1; Malik Chambers 1-6; Kahleel Taylor
0-2; Christian Cooper 0-1), Albany College of Pharmacy 4-18 (Naythan Beltran
1-3; Travell Dickerson 1-3; Alex Johnson 1-5; Kyle Matousek 1-4; Zach Sweet
0-1; Nick McKeel 0-1; Thomas Chalker 0-1). Fouled out--SUNY Cobleskill-None,
Albany College of Pharmacy-None. Rebounds--SUNY Cobleskill 46 (Christian
Cooper 12), Albany College of Pharmacy 43 (Brandon Votra 11). Assists--SUNY
Cobleskill 22 (Malik Chambers 6; J'Nie Williams 6), Albany College of
Pharmacy 16 (Thomas Chalker 5; John Ambert 5). Total fouls--SUNY Cobleskill
18, Albany College of Pharmacy 17. Technical fouls--SUNY Cobleskill-Elvin
Kolenovic, Albany College of Pharmacy-Zach Sweet; Evan Georgio. A-78

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New Chef at Heather Ridge Farm

Outgoing chef Rob Handel is passing the baton, or wooden spoon, to chef Robert Lugo at the Bees Knees Cafe at Heather Ridge Farm, Preston Hollow, NY, starting in December. Chef Lugo will be collaborating with owner, Carol Clement, on special events and catering. Lugo, and his wife Janice owned and operated the café Retriever Roasters in Catskill for many years. Robert was the guest chef for Heather Ridge Farm's successful Puerto Rican fundraiser in September, and has been in involved in other special events at Heather Ridge like the wood fired pizza days, and pop-up coffee bar over the past couple years, working together with Handel and Clement.

Carol Clement will also be back in the kitchen regularly. The Bees Knees Cafe plans to keep some of Rob Handel’s signature dishes, bringing back favorites, and adding new ones as the cafe menu evolves this winter. The cafe is best known for innovative ways to serving the poultry and meat raised right on the farm, including Animal Welfare Approved grassfed lamb and goat, and heritage bred pork and eggs in addition to all grassfed beef and pastured poultry.

The Bees Knees Cafe is open Saturday and Sunday, from 11am-3pm, in a classic 1800 farm house with panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. Menus and special events can be found on the website

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Save the Dates for Spring, Summer, and Fall Registration at C-GCC

HUDSON – Registration is open now for the spring credit semester at Columbia-Greene Community College, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 16. Non-matriculated students may register any day through the first week of classes, either in-person or by telephone: 518.828.4181, extension 3233, 3396, or 3261.

Late Registration will be held Wednesday, Jan. 10 (snow date: Jan. 11), from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., on campus, and the last day to add classes for the spring semester is Monday, Jan. 22.

Looking ahead? Registration dates for Summer Sessions I & II is Thursday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Registration dates for fall classes will be June 20 and August 7, 15 and 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the C-GCC campus.

Applications for admission may be completed with an admissions counselor or online at Payments and a certificate of residence are due at the time of registration; cash, check, and most major credit cards are accepted. Students also need to bring immunization records in order to register.

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New Hospice Office Location

Written By Editor on 11/20/17 | 11/20/17

Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care(CAHPC) is pleased to announce they have officially moved from their Main Street and Birchwood offices into their new office location at 297 River Street Service Road in Oneonta, next to the Hampton Inn. “This is an exciting time for us,” said Dan Ayres, President/CEO, “Our entire organization is now efficiently located in one space.  The benefits of the move will have a positive impact on the services we are privileged to provide to our community.” 

Since 1983, CAHPC has been providing services in the patients very own home as well as in hospitals and nursing homes.  CAHPC serves on average 120 families each and every day throughout it’s 3,100 square mile service area of Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties. Additionally, grief support services are provided to nearly 1,500 community friends and neighbors.

The new office location will house 35 clinical/administrative office staff members who support an additional 70 field positions. To contact the Clinical Team, please call 607.432.5525 and for the Administrative Team, please call 607.432.6773.

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Four Heroin Arrests in Delaware County

A Delaware County Grand Jury handed down Sealed Indictments Thursday afternoon,
November 9, after considering evidence relating to four separate narcotics trafficking
investigations conducted by members of the Delaware County Sheriff's Office Criminal
Investigation Unit.

On Thursday afternoon Sheriff's Office Investigators and Deputies arrested residents of
the Village of Delhi and the Towns of Hamden, Masonville and Tompkins on Sealed
Indictment Arrest Warrants issued by the Delaware Count Court that day upon the filing
of Sealed Indictments by the Grand Jury.

Investigators arrested 30 year old Gregory E. Shamus of Delhi, NY, on a warrant
charging him with two class B felony offenses of Criminal Sale of a Controlled
Substance in the Third Degree. Shamus is accused of selling quantities of Heroin and
Cocaine in the Village of Delhi in late August of this year.

Investigators also arrested was 28 year old Cody R. Warner of Trout Creek, NY, on a
warrant charging him with two class B felony offense of Criminal Sale of a Controlled
Substance in the Third Degree. Warner is accused of selling quantities of Fentanyl laced
Heroin in the Village of Walton in September of this year.

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Tractor Trailer Fire in Town of Broome

On Monday at 8:45 Schoharie County 911 Dispatchers received a report of a fully involved Tractor Trailer fire on State Route 145 south of the Village of Middleburgh in the Town of Broome.

The Livingstonville Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival the incident commander, Fire Chief Brian Chichester requested Middleburgh Fire Department and Middleburgh Ambulance be dispatched to the scene and that Schoharie and Tri Village Fire Departments placed on standby.

The fire was extinguished using foam and no injuries were reported.

The Schoharie County Haz Mat team and NYS DEC were requested at the scene due to leaking  fuel.

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Fighting Tiger Weekly Recap

The SUNY Cobleskill men’s basketball team opened the 2017 season by splitting a pair of non-conference games losing at home to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) 68-50 on Wednesday then defeating host Albany School of Pharmacy 91-68 on Saturday to open the season at 1-1.

The Fighting Tiger women’s basketball team opened the season by winning one-of-three non-league games during the week losing at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Wednesday by a 73-68 margin before splitting a pair of contests at the Hunter College Tip-off Tournament over the weekend losing in the opener on Friday to Olivet College 78-70 before winning on Saturday 57-28 over Bay Path University to open the season with a 1-2 overall mark. Sophomore guard Addy Lawson, Cooperstown, N.Y., Milford High School, led the team during the opening week averaging 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game while shooting 42.9% from the field and 55.8% from three-point range.

The Cobleskill men’s swimming & diving team posted a team total of 100 points to place 10th in a field of 11 teams at the 2017 Diamond City Invitational hosted by Kings College over the weekend in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Freshman Dan Mullen, Oswego, N.Y., Mexico High School, was the team’s top individual scorer placing 10th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.48 and 13th in the 2:10.81.

The women’s swimming & diving team posted a team score of 43 points to place 12th overall in a 12 team field at the 2017 Diamond City Invitational hosted by Kings College over the weekend in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Sophomore Emily Sugrue, Long Island City, N.Y., The Renaissance Charter School, turned in the team’s top individual effort placing 16th overall in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 59.84 seconds.


Men’s Basketball vs. Morrisville State 11/29, Keuka College 12/9, Hartwick College 12/16                   

 Women’s Basketball vs. Morrisville State 11/29, College of New Rochelle 12/4, Keuka College 12/9

Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving vs. Wells College 12/2, Bard College 1/13

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Monday, November 13, 2017

At 11:45 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Candace C. Culkin, 68, of Gilboa, NY, for Petit Larceny.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on November 28th at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

At 2:18 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested James Henning Donlin, 26, of Davenport, NY, for Trespass.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on November 28th at 5:00 p.m.

At 2:18 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Tyler Richard Voeks, 27, of Cobleskill, NY, for Trespass.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on November 28th at 5:00 p.m.

At 2:50 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Savanna Jo Hotaling, 26, of Cobleskill, NY, on an Arrest Warrant for Trespass.  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 November 21st at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, November 17, 2017

At 3:00 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested a 16 year old male from Howes Cave, NY, for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to  appear in Cobleskill Town Court on December 5th at 5:00 p.m.

At 9:11 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Christopher A. McClish, 19, of Cobleskill NY, for Endangering the Welfare of a child and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $2500 Bail / $5000 Bond. He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on November 21st at 5:00 p.m.

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SUNY Falls to MCLA 73-68

Written By Editor on 11/19/17 | 11/19/17

North Adams, MA- Karina Mattera scored 19 points and Emily Moulton knocked down the game winning basket with 24 seconds remaining as MCLA held off a heroic effort from Cobleskill's sophomore guard Addy Lawson, Cooperstown, N.Y., Milford High School,  in a 73-68 win in the Amsler Campus Center Gym.  The game marked the season opener for both programs.

After leading by as many as 19 in the first half and owning a 43-29 edge at halftime, the Trailblazers let Cobleskill inch back into the contest in the third quarter.  The Fighting Tigers would cut the deficit to 58-47 heading to the fourth and then rallied behind Lawson.  Lawson scored 13 of her game high 32 points in the fourth quarter.  With 52 seconds remaining, she drilled her fifth three pointer of the night to pull within 68-66, then stole the inbounds pass and her layup knotted the score at 68-68 forcing a Trailblazer timeout.  MCLA's Mattera drove to the hoop but missed, however L'Rae Brundige pulled down the board.  She would miss her attempt and Moulton corralled the ball.  With 24 seconds left, the lone senior on MCLA's roster swished home a ten foot jumper making it 70-68 and forcing Cobleskill to call timeout.

The Fighting Tigers sophomore guard Shaliyah Graham, Bronx, N.Y. Martin Luther King High School, would drive the lane out of the timeout, however Moulton stepped in front and drew the offensive foul giving possession back to MCLA with now just 13 seconds left to play.  Forced to foul, MCLA sent Mckenzie Robinson to the free throw line.  She sank both attempts making it a two possession game.  Cobleskill's Lawson would get called for a travelling violation out of a double team in essence sealing the win for the Trailblazers.

In the opening half, Mattera was outstanding collecting 12 first half points as MCLA built their early 19 point edge.  Lawson scored the final five points of the half to keep the Tigers within reach.

Mattera would end with 19 points on 6-15 shooting.  She went 2-3 from beyond the arc.  Moulton just missed notching a double double ending with 11 points and a team best 9 rebounds.  She was a perfect 3-3 from the floor and 5-6 from the free throw line.  Sam Gawron ended with 13 points with a pair of triples.  Brundige came off the bench to score 10 points and grab 7 rebounds.  Robinson ended with 7 points and 6 assists.

MCLA shot 37% from the floor and withstood a 7-30 showing in the closing twenty minutes of action.  
Cobleskill's Lawson was 12-27 from the floor.  She went 5-11 from deep for her 32 point effort.  She also filled the stat sheet with 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals.  Lawson was the only Fighting Tiger in double figures.  Sophomore guard, Erica Cabrera, Middletown, N.Y., Burke Catholic High School, and Shaliyah Graham each had 9 points in defeat.  

The Fighting Tigers shot just 36% from the floor and committed 20 turnovers in the loss.

Cobleskill will next be in action on Friday November 17th when they travel to New York, N.Y. for the opening round of the Hunter College Tip-off Tournament where they will face Olivet College with tip-off scheduled for 5:00 p.m.


SUNY Cobleskill vs MCLA
11/15/17 6:30 PM at Amsler CC Gym
Newspaper Box Score
SUNY Cobleskill vs MCLA
11/15/17 6:30 PM at Amsler CC Gym
At Amsler CC Gym
Addy Lawson 12-27 3-6 32; Shaliyah Graham 3-18 1-2 9; Erica Cabrera 3-9 0-0
9; Stacey Sprague 4-8 0-1 8; Ali Changa 2-6 0-0 4; Gabby Muraczewski 2-4 0-1
4; Hope Cooper 1-1 0-0 2; Kalie Harrison 0-0 0-0 0; Symphanie Ramsey 0-0 0-0
0; Monique Britton 0-2 0-0 0; Alexia Massaroni 0-0 0-0 0; Yonique Hill 0-0
0-0 0. Totals 27-75 4-10 68.
MCLA (1-0)
Karina Mattera 6-15 5-6 19; Samantha Gawron 4-9 3-5 13; Emily Moulton 3-3
5-6 11; L'Rae Brundige 5-14 0-1 10; Mckenzie Robinson 2-11 2-2 7; Courtney
Pingelski 2-5 1-2 6; Kylah Langston 2-8 1-2 5; Erika Ryan 1-2 0-0 2. Totals
25-67 17-24 73.
SUNY Cobleskill...............   16   13   18   21  -   68
MCLA..........................   20   23   15   15  -   73
3-point goals--SUNY Cobleskill 10-22 (Addy Lawson 5-11; Erica Cabrera 3-3;
Shaliyah Graham 2-6; Monique Britton 0-2), MCLA 6-21 (Samantha Gawron 2-5;
Karina Mattera 2-3; Courtney Pingelski 1-2; Mckenzie Robinson 1-6; Erika
Ryan 0-1; Kylah Langston 0-3; L'Rae Brundige 0-1). Fouled out--SUNY
Cobleskill-Stacey Sprague; Gabby Muraczewski, MCLA-None. Rebounds--SUNY
Cobleskill 45 (Stacey Sprague 9), MCLA 46 (Emily Moulton 9). Assists--SUNY
Cobleskill 11 (Addy Lawson 6), MCLA 16 (Mckenzie Robinson 6). Total
fouls--SUNY Cobleskill 24, MCLA 17. Technical fouls--SUNY Cobleskill-None,
MCLA-None. A-125

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Whittling Away Column: Thanksgiving

This is not a good time of the year to be a turkey.  I don’t know where or when the tradition of having turkey for the holidays started but I know it wasn’t the Pilgrims that started it.  They had venison, duck, goose, oysters and fish.  I’ve never seen a mention of turkey.  Turkeys weren’t as numerous as they are today and were about as wily as any wild creature can be.  Slim breasted and thin thighed, dressed out they didn’t yield as much protein as the average rotisserie chicken of today and yet one of our far distanced ancestors saw potential and started genetically modifying the critters.  The biggest males were mated with the biggest females and the process of creating today’s oversized bags of protein began.  They bred out the camouflage brown and replaced it with easy to see white.  The breast was developed until the bird took on the appearance of a nineteen fifties starlet  and they bred the intelligence out of the critter until it had the IQ of a loaf of white bread.  They raised millions of them and then dropped the price per pound just before the festive season so that price per pound of protein can’t be beat. 

This is not a good time of the year to be a turkey.  Being by nature carnivorous, it’s hard to pass up this large lump of dopamine, especially when it is packaged and labeled Butterball.  I am by nature a very kind hearted person and have a hard time killing any of God’s creatures but as a small child I swore that I would have no qualms about eating anything that would eat me.  Having been chased by a very large turkey that I swear had fangs on a neighbor’s farm when I was a youngster leaves me ready and willing to chomp down on any of that bird’s ancestors I come across.  The turkey has become the centerpiece of Thanksgiving.  It has been so for most of my family history.  There were turkeys for Christmas too but occasionally those were replaced by ham.  Thanksgiving always starred turkey, the bigger the better.  My father would pick out the Thanksgiving bird, usually the only time he did any grocery shopping.  He would get the largest bird he could find and pick up a gallon of Mogan David wine and his part of the feast was done.  Mom would stuff the bird into the old blue enameled roasting pan and pop it into the oven before breakfast and then spent the rest of the morning preparing the feast.  Around noon, the relatives would start to arrive, the uncles lugging six packs of Genesee and Utica Club, the aunts carrying bowls of their special contributions to the feast.  The kids went out to play, the Dads gathered in the living room with the six packs and the Moms bustled around the kitchen and dining room.  All preparations completed, the kids were called in and sat around the kids table, the Dads came in from the living room and took their place around the adults table.  The Moms served the kids table first then took their places at the big table and my father, unaccustomed to public speaking, gave a rather stiff grace and an accounting of all our blessings and then the feasting began.

May your house be filled with laughter and love on Thanksgiving and many happy memories stored away.  If your Thanksgiving is lonely, may you feast on the memories of Thanksgivings Past and may both your hearts and bellies be filled.
     Thought for the week—Be thankful that you’re not a turkey!
     Until next week, may you and yours be happy and well.

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The Great Northern Catskills - Our Backyard ” a presentation by Francis X. Driscoll Nov 25th

Tannersville Antique and Artisan Center
Saturday, November 25, 3-5pm

On Saturday, November 25, Francis X. Driscoll will give a Photographic presentation of
“The Great Northern Catskills – Our Backyard”, at the Tannersville Antique and Artisan Center
from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. His talk will explore the stories behind his journey to capture some of the
most iconic images of the Northern Catskills. He will unveil some never before seen works and
discuss the process that produced his best shots.
Please come and enjoy some refreshments, door prizes and images of The Great
Northern Catskill Mountains. The Tannersville Antique and Artisan Center is located at 6045
Main Street, Tannersville, NY 12485. For more information call (518)589-5600, email, or connect on facebook @TannersvilleAntiqueCenter.

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Middleburgh Library Schedule

Week of November 26, 2017 – Middleburgh Library

11/28 - 10:45 AM - Drop-in Storytime - Get ready to move in this interactive storytime designed especially for children

ages 0-5 and their caregivers. We'll read books, sing songs, recite fingerplays, dance and watch a short movie based on aweekly theme. No registration required.

11/28 - 1:00 - Mahjong Mania - Every Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 a spirited group of people get together in the Community Room to play Mahjong.  Don't know how to play?  No problem!  They will teach you how.  No registration required.

11/28 - 5:15 PM - Insight Meditation - Join us for a simple group Zazen meditation practice. All are welcome. No registration required.

11/29 - 1:00 PM - Wednesday Matinee - Movie to be announced - Free Popcorn

11/30 - 7:00 PM - Knitting Circle - These friendly ladies (men are welcome, but we haven't seen any yet!) knit and crochet, embroider and quilt, and more.  You can learn a new skill here or share your own special talents with others- or just craft in the company of friends.  Drop in anytime!  No registration is required.

For more information, see our website at

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Women's College Basketball: SUNY Cobleskill Loses 77-70 to Olivet College at Hunter College Tip-off Tournament

New York, N.Y.:  The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team took to the road on Friday afternoon to drop a 77-70 decision to the Comets of Olivet College from Olivet, Mich., in the opening round of the 2017 Hunter College Tip-off Tournament hosted by the Hawks at their own Hunter Sportsplex. With the defeat the Fighting Tigers fall to 0-2 overall on the season while the Comets open the year at 1-0.

In a game that was highlighted by extensive scoring runs by both teams the Fighting Tigers trailed 41-38 at halftime then stumbled out of the box in the third quarter to fall behind by 13 after the Comets score the first 10 points of the stanza at 51-38 with 6:56 to play in the frame.

However the Orange & Black roared back to close out the on a 23-to-5 run to take a 61-58 lead on the a three-pointer by sophomore guard Shaliyah Graham, Bronx, N.Y., Martin Luther King High School, with 38 seconds left in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, once again, the Fighting Tigers came out slow as turnovers allowed the Comets to move out to a 65-61 lead which they expanded they built to eventually moved to 70-65.

But once again Cobleskill came roaring back as sophomore guard scored Addy Lawson, Cooperstown, N.Y., Milford High School, scored five points including a three-pointer to tie the contest at 70-70 with 2:16 remaining in regulation.

Regretfully that would be all the offense for the Fighting Tigers as a series of turnovers, defensive lapses and missed shots plagued them as Olivet scored the final seven points to ice the victory and move to the championship game on Saturday. 

Addy Lawson was once again spectacular in defeat for the Orange & Black with a team high of 23 points to go with nine rebounds, three assists and four steals while Shaliyah Graham returned to her hometown to score 13 points, take down five  rebounds and pass out three assists. The team also received a strong effort from sophomore forward Gabby Muraczewski, Hamilton Square, N.J. Sothern Regional High School, who hit for nine points while grabbing a career high of 13 rebounds.

Cobleskill will next play on Saturday morning in the tournament’s consolation round versus Baypath University at 11:00 a.m.


Olivet College vs SUNY Cobleskill
11/17/17 5PM at New York, NY (Hunter Sportsplex)
Newspaper Box Score
Olivet vs SUNY Cobleskill
11/17/17 5PM at New York, NY (Hunter Sportsplex)
At New York, NY (Hunter Sportsplex)
OLIVET (0-1)
Bridget Garter 4-7 4-4 14; Grace Clark 5-18 2-3 14; Taytum Myers 4-7 5-5 13;
Shannon Dingman 4-7 1-3 13; Brittany McDuffie 1-4 2-5 4; Fayth Talbert 2-3
0-0 4; Olivia Ricketts 1-1 2-4 4; Grace White 2-3 0-0 4; Amari Brown 1-2 1-2
3; Sydnee Dennis 1-9 0-0 2; Shawnee Dame 0-4 2-2 2; Leijla Masinovic 0-1 0-0
0. Totals 25-66 19-28 77.
Addy Lawson 6-14 6-8 23; Shaliyah Graham 3-14 4-6 12; Gabby Muraczewski 4-8
1-2 9; DJ Miller-Peak 4-8 0-0 8; Ali Changa 3-4 0-0 6; Stacey Sprague 1-2
3-4 5; Erica Cabrera 0-5 4-6 4; Monique Britton 0-3 3-6 3; Yonique Hill 0-3
0-2 0. Totals 21-61 21-34 70.
Olivet........................   22   19   17   19  -   77
SUNY Cobleskill...............   21   17   23    9  -   70
3-point goals--Olivet 8-30 (Shannon Dingman 4-6; Grace Clark 2-11; Bridget
Garter 2-4; Sydnee Dennis 0-4; Shawnee Dame 0-2; Leijla Masinovic 0-1;
Brittany McDuffie 0-1; Taytum Myers 0-1), SUNY Cobleskill 7-18 (Addy Lawson
5-6; Shaliyah Graham 2-7; DJ Miller-Peak 0-1; Erica Cabrera 0-1; Monique
Britton 0-3). Fouled out--Olivet-None, SUNY Cobleskill-None.
Rebounds--Olivet 37 (Grace Clark 6), SUNY Cobleskill 56 (Gabby Muraczewski
13). Assists--Olivet 12 (Grace Clark 3), SUNY Cobleskill 12 (Addy Lawson 3;
Erica Cabrera 3; Shaliyah Graham 3). Total fouls--Olivet 30, SUNY Cobleskill
24. Technical fouls--Olivet-None, SUNY Cobleskill-None. A-50

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Women's College Basketball: SUNY Cobleskill Defeats Bay Path University 57-28 at Hunter College Tip-off Tournament

New York, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team broke into the win column on Saturday afternoon posting a decisive 57-28 victory over the Wildcats from Bay Port University in the Consolation Round of the 2017 Hunter College Tip-off Tournament hosted by the Hawks at the Hunter Sportsplex. The win improves the Fighting Tigers to 1-2 overall on the year while the Wildcats fall to 0-3 overall on the campaign.

The Fighting Tiger used a strong defensive effort to post the lopsided victory margin holding the Wildcats to only 10-of-43, 23.3%, from the floor including only 1-for-8, 12.5%, while forcing the visitors into 36 turnovers in the contest. Cobleskill also held a decisive 52-to-36 rebounding advantage in the game.

With the wide margin of victory; the Orange & Black were allowed to make use of the entire roster as, 11 different team members scored led by freshman guard Monique Britton, Westerlo, N.Y. Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School, who had a game high of 13 points to go with four steals, three rebounds and two assists.

Cobleskill also received strong efforts from: freshman forward Ali Changa, Watervliet, N.Y., Watervliet High School, with nine points and five rebounds, freshman forward Alexia Massaroni, Worcester, N.Y., Worcester High School, with eight points, four steals and three rebounds and from sophomore guard Erica Cabrera, Middletown, N.Y., Burke Catholic High School, with eight points, three steals and two assists.

The Fighting Tigers will return to action on Tuesday November 21st when they host the Raptors of Bard College in their home opener at the Iorio Gymnasium with tip-off slated for 7:30 p.m.   


SUNY Cobleskill vs Bay Path
11/18/17 11AM at New York, NY (Hunter Sportsplex)
Newspaper Box Score
SUNY Cobleskill vs Bay Path
11/18/17 11AM at New York, NY (Hunter Sportsplex)
At New York, NY (Hunter Sportsplex)

Monique Britton 4-11 2-4 13; Ali Changa 4-8 1-3 9; Erica Cabrera 3-8 0-0 8;
Alexia Massaroni 3-5 2-4 8; Gabby Muraczewski 1-3 3-3 5; Stacey Sprague 1-1
2-2 4; Shaliyah Graham 1-6 1-2 3; Hope Cooper 1-7 0-1 2; DJ Miller-Peak 1-2
0-0 2; Kalie Harrison 1-4 0-0 2; Addy Lawson 0-1 1-2 1; Quincey Banks 0-4
0-0 0; Symphanie Ramsey 0-4 0-0 0; Yonique Hill 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-65
12-21 57.
BAY PATH (0-3)
Nazario, Joanne 4-8 1-3 9; Bronson, Emmeline 4-13 0-0 9; Armstead, Shameria
1-8 1-2 3; Herring, Kaylee 1-4 1-2 3; Hart, Kaleigh 0-5 2-4 2; Bassett,
Haleigh 0-4 2-8 2; Drapinski, Samantha 0-1 0-0 0; Persaud, Anjali 0-0 0-0 0.
Totals 10-43 7-19 28.
SUNY Cobleskill...............   12   21    9   15  -   57
Bay Path......................    8    4   10    6  -   28
3-point goals--SUNY Cobleskill 5-26 (Monique Britton 3-9; Erica Cabrera 2-7;
Shaliyah Graham 0-4; Kalie Harrison 0-1; Addy Lawson 0-1; Quincey Banks 0-2;
Symphanie Ramsey 0-2), Bay Path 1-8 (Bronson, Emmeline 1-2; Armstead,
Shameria 0-3; Bassett, Haleigh 0-1; Nazario, Joanne 0-2). Fouled out--SUNY
Cobleskill-None, Bay Path-Hart, Kaleigh. Rebounds--SUNY Cobleskill 52
(Stacey Sprague 7), Bay Path 36 (Nazario, Joanne 6). Assists--SUNY
Cobleskill 9 (Monique Britton 2; Erica Cabrera 2), Bay Path 8 (Herring,
Kaylee 3). Total fouls--SUNY Cobleskill 20, Bay Path 21. Technical
fouls--SUNY Cobleskill-None, Bay Path-None. A-42

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Notice of Election: Stamford Joint Fire District

Written By Editor on 11/16/17 | 11/16/17



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Annual Election of the Stamford Joint
Fire District will take place on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, between the hours
of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Stamford Fire House located at 111 Main
Street, Stamford, New York, 12167, for the purpose of electing the following:
One Commissioner for a one (1) year term, commencing January 1, 2018 and
ending December 31, 2018; and One Commissioner for a four (4) year term,
commencing January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2021.
All voters registered with the Delaware and Schoharie County Board of Elections
on or before December 12, 2017, who are residents of the Stamford Joint Fire
District for thirty (30) days preceding the election, shall be eligible to vote.
Candidates wishing to run for District Office of Fire Commissioner must file a
letter of intent to be a candidate with the Secretary of the Stamford Joint Fire
District, PO Box 274, Stamford, NY 12167, no later than November 22, 2017. All
candidates for Fire Commissioner must be residents of the Stamford Joint Fire
Ellen Kennedy, Secretary

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SCCAP Board of Directors Meeting Monday Nov 27th

Schoharie County Community Action Program, Inc. Board of Directors will have their monthly meeting on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the SCCAP boardroom.  The public is welcome to attend.  Visit our web page at WWW.SCCAPINC.ORG.

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SUNY Financial Aid Day to be Held at C-GCC

HUDSON, N.Y. – The State University system of New York will hold its SUNY Financial Aid Day on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the main building on the Columbia-Greene Community College campus.

SUNY's Financial Aid Days are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.

C-GCC will provide computer access to complete financial aid applications, including the FAFSA, on-site as part of the event. For more information, call (518) 828-4181.

About C-GCC

Columbia-Greene Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, is a comprehensive two-year college offering a variety of transfer and career programs leading to the degrees of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Studies as well as one-year certificate programs and specialized courses geared toward community interest. C-GCC was recently ranked in the top four percent of community colleges in the U.S. by, using data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, and College Measures.

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DEP completes restoration project at Pepacton Cemetery

Written By Editor on 11/13/17 | 11/13/17

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was joined on Thursday by elected officials from Delaware County, local historians and veterans to mark the completed restoration of Pepacton Cemetery. Several hundred gravestones were cleaned, repaired and reset over the past two years as part of a project to rehabilitate the decades-old cemetery. In the 1950s and 1960s, more than 400 deceased were removed from local burial grounds and reinterred at Pepacton Cemetery to allow for the construction of Pepacton and Cannonsville reservoirs. The city-owned cemetery was rededicated in their memory on Thursday during a flag-raising ceremony.

            “The Delaware County ancestors that are buried in Pepacton Cemetery deserve a final resting place that is dignified and well maintained,” DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza said. “I want to thank the workers who refurbished the memorial stones at the cemetery, and the DEP employees who take pride in the day-to-day upkeep of the cemetery grounds and first called our attention to the improvements that were needed. The City assumed responsibility for this cemetery more than six decades ago, and it is important that we invest resources in its upkeep  just as we do with our water supply infrastructure.”
            Workers began to rehabilitate the cemetery in early 2016, and the final improvements were completed this fall. A total of 305 headstones, footstones and monuments were cleaned, repaired and/or reset. This included several large obelisk-style headstones, made of marble or sandstone, that were in danger of tipping.  Three headstones were replaced because they were damaged beyond repair. Some damaged and previously unmarked gravesites also received new markers. A total of 39 gravesites were previously marked by plastic name plates that were screwed onto concrete blocks. Some of these nameplates were damaged by the sun, chipped by maintenance equipment, or missing altogether. They were replaced by granite markers attached to bluestone bases. Granite markers were also placed at 68 gravesites that were previously unmarked, giving those deceased a viewable name for the first time.

            Special attention was also paid to the gravesites of military veterans. It was previously known that 16 military veterans were buried at Pepacton Cemetery, because their gravestones noted their military service. During the course of the restoration project, local historians discovered through genealogical research that an additional 12 veterans were buried in the cemetery. The 28 veterans identified in the cemetery include those who fought in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, served as Union soldiers in the Civil War, or fought in the Spanish-American War. Each of the veteran gravesites was adorned with a solid bronze flag holder and an emblem to denote the war in which each person fought. The cemetery is also the final resting place for the original settlers of some towns, including Cannonsville and Trout Creek.

            In addition to work on the gravestones, DEP also improved the cemetery by trimming trees, cleaning its fences, installing a new directory of those who are buried at the site, and outfitting its flagpole with a new light.

            A total of 426 deceased are buried at Pepacton Cemetery. New York City established the cemetery in the 1950s for the purpose of reinterring those who were moved from cemeteries to allow for the construction of Pepacton and Cannonsville reservoirs. Twenty-one cemeteries were affected by construction of the two reservoirs, including formal cemeteries and family burial grounds that were often located on farms. A total of 4,521 deceased were reinterred. At the time, families were notified and given the opportunity to reinter their ancestors at a location of their choosing. The remains of those who were not claimed by family were reinterred in Pepacton Cemetery. The City’s Board of Water Supply, which was responsible for construction of the reservoirs, was careful to catalogue its work to reinter the bodies. At Pepacton Cemetery, each burial site was marked by a small post that was sunken into the ground and topped with a copper plate. The copper plates included section and grave numbers that corresponded to the names and towns of origin for each of the deceased. Those copper plates – still located in the cemetery but often obscured by soil or grass – were rediscovered as part of the upgrade project to provide named gravestones to those who didn’t previously have one. According to historic records, it was anticipated that New York City would transfer ownership of the cemetery to either a cemetery operator or the Town of Andes, but the transfer never happened and the City has owned and maintained the grounds ever since.

DEP manages New York City’s water supply, providing more than 1 billion gallons of high-quality water each day to more than 9.5 million New Yorkers. This includes more than 70 upstate communities and institutions in Ulster, Orange, Putnam and Westchester counties who consume an average of 110 million total gallons of drinking water daily from New York City’s water supply system. This water comes from the Catskill, Delaware, and Croton watersheds that extend more than 125 miles from the City, and the system comprises 19 reservoirs, three controlled lakes, and numerous tunnels and aqueducts. DEP has nearly 6,000 employees, including almost 1,000 scientists, engineers, surveyors, watershed maintainers and other professionals in the watershed. In addition to its $70 million payroll and $166 million in annual taxes paid in upstate counties, DEP has invested more than $1.7 billion in watershed protection programs—including partnership organizations such as the Catskill Watershed Corporation and the Watershed Agricultural Council—that support sustainable farming practices, environmentally sensitive economic development, and local economic opportunity. In addition, DEP has a robust capital program that will create up to 3,000 construction-related jobs per year. For more information, visit, like us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter at
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