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'Shedding' light on learning at Capital Region BOCES

Written By Editor on 12/30/20 | 12/30/20

SCHOHARIE -- If they build it, they will learn.

That might as well as be the motto of the construction program at Capital Region BOCES where hands-on learning is pivotal to the lessons taught involving construction and heavy equipment operation.

A major aspect of that in the construction semesters of the two-year Construction/Heavy Equipment Program that is located on the Schoharie campus involves the building and sale of sheds.

Students for decades have been building and selling them for the cost of supplies.

 “The phone is ringing off the hook for them,” said Dave Doherty, construction teacher. “we have made two so far this year (at the end of October) and renovated one but we could have made many more.”

 The construction of the sheds teaches students everything from framing techniques to roofing, design and a multitude of other skills.

 “I am learning how to frame with this. That’s a skill I will need,” said Mark Amedore, a senior from Schalmont who plans to study business in college and then join the family construction and development business.

 “I really enjoy the framing. I just like to build stuff. I want to go into construction when I am done with school,” added classmate Mark Nardine Jr., also from Schalmont.

 Doherty, who also owns a construction business, said the cost of supplies has spiked about 30 percent industry-wide this year as a result of the pandemic, with the sheds now costing nearly $2,000.

 Still, he said, it’s a good deal not only for the recipient, but also the students.
The two-year Construction/Heavy Equipment Program teaches students the knowledge and skills required to enter the construction and equipment operator industries or pursue further education in college or technical school. Students learn everything from equipment operator and maintenance skills to how to construct a building while earning National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certifications, which are recognized nationwide by contractors and employers, as well as OSHA and first aid certifications.

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Town of Halcott Reorganizational Legal Notice


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the 2021 Organizational Meeting for the Town of Halcott will be
held on January 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm, and the Regular Town Board Meeting will be held on
January 25, 2021 at 7:15 pm, both meetings to be held at the Town of Halcott Grange Hall,
Halcott Center, New York.

Dated December 23, 2020
Patricia Warfield, Town Clerk

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Legal Notice: Special Board of Education Meeting

Special Board of Education Meeting

The Roxbury Central School Board of Education will have a special meeting on Monday, January 4,
2021 at 7:00 PM via Zoom for the purpose of going into executive session to discuss a school safety


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Written By Editor on 12/29/20 | 12/29/20


Please take notice that the Windham Fire District of the town of Windham County of Greene, New York, will hold its Organizational Meeting followed by the regular meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall 371 NY-296, Hensonville, NY 12439.  All meetings of the Windham Fire District are open to the public. Followed by the Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

This notice is being posted in accordance with the provisions of Section 94 of the Public Officers Law of the State of New York.

Dated: November 18, 2020
Board of Fire Commissioners
Windham Fire Dist.#1
371 St Rt 296
            Hensonville, NY  12439

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Schoharie Library News

Schoharie Library Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 11am-6pm. Thursday, 12pm-7pm. Saturday, 10am-2pm. 
Open 12pm-4pm on Thursday, December 31. Closed Friday, January 1, 2021. 
Masks are required in the Library.  Please return books in the book drop. Details  and community resources are at 
Hopes & Dreams Collage: Come see our collage display and lift your spirits! 
Schoharie Library Online Programs: To sign up for online programs, contact or click the link to the sign-up sheet at or on our Facebook page events. 
Online Writing Club: Meets every Monday at 6:30pm.

Online “UFO” Unfinished Object Club: Thursdays, January 7 & 21, 10am. Work on a project and chat!
Online  Interactive Storytime with Miss Heather: On break for the holidays, resumes January 8. Fridays at 10am. Stories, crafts, songs, more!
Online Knitcetera Club: Tuesdays, January 12 & 26, 10:30am. 
Online How to Use Zoom (Basics): Tuesday, January 12, 6:30pm. This project is supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services Program.

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Gardening Tips by Bob Beyfuss: Care of Holiday Gift Plants

 Some of you have had your white Xmas washed away by a rainy Christmas Eve, but the cold will return next week as winter continues. Buy the calcium chloride de-icer to protect your landscape plantings! It does a much better job that ordinary rock salt. The good news is that we have turned the corner on daylight hours and every day from now on will feature a little more sunlight than the previous one until June! 
     I hope you were fortunate enough to receive a beautiful plant as a Holiday Gift.  If not, there are some great bargains available right now at your local greenhouses or garden center.  Not too many years ago most holiday gift plants, such as poinsettias, did not last very long after they were brought home.  Today’s plants are much tougher and many poinsettias sold this past month will still look quite spectacular in March or even April if given a little care. Contrary to popular belief Poinsettias are not poisonous per say, so you need not worry about someone (or your cat or dog) getting sick from chewing on the leaves. However, most poinsettias, like almost every plant that has been mass produced, have been treated with some sort of insecticide or fungicide, which may have a residue in the plant tissue. It is not a good idea to eat a leaf to prove the non toxic point. Here in Florida, Poinsettias grow wild into shrubs or are sometimes used as foundation plants. My local friend Willy, has a beautiful specimen that is the size of a small tree in full bloom now! 
     Not all gift plants will remain in prime condition as long as poinsettias. Chrysanthemums are often “forced” to bloom indoors in December as well as for other holidays and theoretically they can be saved for spring planting into your outside garden. With a lot of luck the mum might bloom again outside sometime next fall. Realistically, unless you really enjoy an indoor gardening challenge, enjoy the mum until the flowers fade and then discard it. Hundreds of thousands more will be produced next season just for decorations.   
     The same is true for cyclamen and all of the spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinths. These plants will hold their flowers longest if placed in a cool room (50 degrees) at night. Amaryllis plants, however, make wonderful long-lasting houseplants that may re-flower once or twice a year for 50 years or more. Every Xmas I give my daughter an Amaryllis bulb that she plants in her back yard, where it becomes a perennial. Christmas or Thanksgiving cacti also make hearty, long-lived houseplants that bloom every year with little effort on your part. 
     Poinsettias will do best if kept by a bright, sunny, unobstructed south or southwest facing window.  It is important to keep them out of either cold or hot drafts. Allow the soil surface to dry out to a depth of a half-inch (insert thumb to test for moisture) before watering.  Water as needed and apply a very dilute dose of liquid houseplant fertilizer once a month. Poinsettias require lots of fertilizer to produce their huge flowers, but not in the winter after they bloom. Do not cut off the colored bracts unless you want to trigger the plant into putting out new growth. If you cut the plant back, it will sprout new growth. This new growth needs more light then we can realistically provide indoors during the winter so leave the pretty bracts alone until they fall off on their own. By April you can cut the plant back and it will sprout new growth. By April our longer days will allow some new growth, but the plant really wants to be outside in full sun. You can transplant it outside in mid May and it should survive all summer. If your plant should suddenly start producing lots of confetti like, tiny white insects, it would be best to get rid of it. These insects are called whiteflies and they can infest your other houseplants. 
     Experiencing Xmas in Florida is still a little weird for this Yankee snowbird. My senior citizen body is enjoying the warmth and the joy of seeing the Grandkids, is wonderful, but my heart still resides in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. The COVID epidemic has put a serious damper on many Holiday celebrations, but I think there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel. Within a few months, most of us will have access to a vaccine. I urge all of you to be very careful until that happens. Double down on your safety precautions, wear your mask and avoid indoor parties if at all possible. Happy New Year! 2021 will be a lot better than 2020! 

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Season's Greetings from the MARK Project

This has been an exhausting year for the staff at MARK, myself included. When many were an arms-length away from the effects of COVID, we were hearing and helping to cure some overwhelming situations on a daily basis—including nights and weekends. Much like after Hurricane Irene, we quickly became the go-to organization. But unlike Hurricane Irene, we still struggle to see the end of what at times seems to be an unsurmountable crisis.

Working in the not for profit sector for an organization as deep and broad as MARK is a daily challenge, and at no time do we step away—we can’t. But we can take some time to decompress and regenerate our spirit. That is exactly where we are right now.

The MARK office will be closed until Monday, January 4th with limited access to email.

When we reconvene on January 4th we will be faced with new challenges as well as new creative and rewarding opportunities. We will be setting new goals and milestones in 2021. Some of which include, but are not limited to:

• Completion of the NY Main Street Program in Andes, which will include a robust streetscape and signage component

• Completion of the Roxbury and Middletown Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Home Repair Program

• Completion of our Homebuyer Assistance program.

• Applications for continued substantial housing rehabilitation for owner occupied home repair

• An application for a regional child care facility

• The continuation of an inclusive planning process for the Inn at Kirkside, an experiential hospitality training incubator, followed by early applications for construction.

• Capacity building of smaller groups and organizations that will help them take the next step in reaching their overarching goals.

• Continued support for our business community, especially as the long-term effects of COVID become clear. Until then we cannot truly determine needs and subsequent solutions.

• The beginning of the amphitheater development project in Margaretville and the completion of the Margaretville NY Main Street Technical Assistance program.

• Regular website updates and launch of the Inn at Kirkside Website.

• Assistance to the Village of Fleischmanns for the Theater roof repair.

• Ongoing project development assistance and grantsmanship for the Towns of Andes, Middletown, Roxbury and the Village of Fleischmanns

• Virtual networking for full and part time residents and a welcoming forum for new residents

• Virtual business workshops as part of COVID recovery

• Continued assessment of community needs and subsequent program development.

In closing, a heartfelt thank you for your support of the MARK Project, especially during such a challenging time. Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season, and looking forward to turning the page to 2021.

Warm regards,


If you wish to support the work of MARK you can do so at

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Whittling Away: A Special Bond

There is a special bond that develops between old men and old dogs.  It's different than the bond between kids and puppies or the bond between some women and those foo-foo yappy little creatures they try to pass off as real dogs.  It's not a master/pet kind of thing or a substitute child thing.  It's more of a soul mate thing, a blending of spirits that needs no naming, two individuals from different species that blend into one identity.  Old men and old dogs have a lot in common which may explain this compatibility of spirits.  They have seen their share of hard times, before they found each other.  Neither one smells good when wet, they both track mud through the house.  They tend to bark when irritated and growl when being annoyed.  They are both guilty of scratching anything that itches no matter where or when said itch occurs.  There is a society of old men and old dogs that exists under the main stream of societies ebb and flow.  We see each other and smile because we know we’re brothers.  Every Tuesday Telly and I make our weekly run to the Transfer Station and every Tuesday as we are driving the winding wooded road that is our favorite route we pass an older guy and his slightly overweight golden retriever.  They are wandering along the side of the road in no hurry to get to any destination.  They are sharing the journey, taking time to look at anything of interest along the way.  It’s a different route than the one Buddy and I take every day but the same journey.
I always wave to my brother old person, I don’t know his name or the name of his companion but it doesn’t matter, he’s my friend.  I know that somehow he knows that there’s an old dog snoozing on my back seat and that he looks forward to our weekly wave just as I do. 
     This blending of canine and human spirits takes time which may be why it’s found among the older members of each of these species.  It happens best after the hurry of middle age has past.  I now have the luxury of having time to wander the back yard with my best friend and let him tell me his stories of the night passing of all the local critters.  I talk to Telly on these rambles and he listens patiently.  My Queen, who I love dearly, has heard all my stories and is no longer surprised or amused by them.  Telly always listens attentively, tipping his head from side to side, no matter how many times I tell them.  When I work hard at some little project that the rest of the world will never notice, he is by my side helping and supervising.  His brown eyes tell me what a great job I’ve done and how did I ever think it up and how skillfully I did it.  He hops willingly into the car anytime I have to go somewhere.  He never asks the destination or complains of boredom, if I’m going he wants to go too.  I share all my secrets and frustrations with him, He listens with that old soul look in his eye and never advises or is critical.   When I run, he runs.  When I sit, he sits.  When I nap, so does he.  In the evening after a long hard day of strenuous senior citizen type activities, I haul my tired aching old bones to my recliner and settle in.  Telly leaves his comfortable pillow bed, comes and lies on the hard floor next to my chair so he can be near me and I wonder what I’ve done to deserve a friend like him.
     Thought for the week—I hope God judges on a curve.
     Until next week, may you and yours be happy and well.          

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Cobleskill Library News

Due to the increasing cases of COVID in the County the Library is returning to curbside pickup only. No in building browsing until further notice.  The new pickup location will be at the bottom of the new ramp by the drop box. The hours for curbside will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-1. You can give us a call to schedule your pickup time. Please be mindful of staff safety and time when calling to schedule a pickup. We will do our best to meet your time requirements.

Holiday hours: December 31st 10-1pm for curbside only and January 1 closed.

 Miss browsing? Staff will put together a 5 item bundle for you if you provide us with your interests. Books, audiobooks or DVDs for all ages.

 Reminder that the Library wifi is accessible 24/7 from the parking lot.

 STEAM “Take and Make Kits” kits are available for a variety of ages on a first come basis. Each STEAM KIT will include: detailed instructions and the materials required to build or complete the challenge. Call the Library for a kit.

 If you need to print something please email and request item to be printed. Please call to confirm the printed item will be ready for curbside pickup. Printing fees are .20/page for black and white and .50/page for color. Please provide exact change when picking up your print job.

Book donation options include: any 2020/2021 titles may be placed in the book drop anything older please place in the green Better World Book bin at the rear of the parking lot. If the bin is full please help us out by calling or texting the number on the green bin. Please do not overfill the bin or leave boxes or bags of books at the bin. If the weather is poor these items will only end up going to the trash. The Library does benefit from the donations made to Better World Books.

 Library Contact: 518.234.7897,,

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HCR Home Care Employees Help Children and Families in Need This Holiday Season

Dec. 22, 2020 — Continuing their tradition of giving back to the communities they serve, HCR Home Care employees came together during the holiday season to donate clothing, food and toys to children and families in need.

 HCR employees’ generosity across the company’s New York state service footprint included:

- Catskill region – made monetary donations to purchase gift baskets for nine

local families.

- Central N.Y. region

   - Liverpool – donated hats, gloves and socks for adults and children to We Rise Above the Streets, which helps people break out of homelessness.

   - Watertown – collected such items as shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, underwear, deodorant, laundry soap, hats, mittens and gloves. Items were donated to Anchor Recovery, which helps serve HCR Care Management's families facing homelessness, addiction and recovery.

 - Finger Lakes region – collected household items, clothing, toys and gift cards to benefit four families in need.

- North Country region

   - Clinton County – donated toys and gift items to the Clinton County Christmas Bureau for children and youth up to age 16.

   - Warren/Washington counties – collected baby, hygiene, food and household items for The WAIT (Welcoming Adolescents in Transition) House, which provides emergency shelter, transitional living, street outreach and other services to homeless youth.
“All of us at HCR are pleased to be able to help so many families in need this holiday season,” said Suzanne Turchetti, HCR’s chief administrative officer. “Our employees’ annual tradition of holiday giving is even more rewarding this year, which has been so challenging for so many people. We are proud of our employees for coming together for such a great cause.”

About HCR Home Care

 Founded in 1978, HCR Home Care ( is a leading provider of home health services to individuals, physicians and other healthcare professionals across New York state. The company’s quality and services are routinely recognized nationally and statewide, including being named in the top 25 percent of agencies by HomeCare Elite™ and receiving the Rochester Business Ethics Award. HCR is certified and approved for Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans. Recognized as a top workplace three years in a row and as a top-ranked woman-owned business, the company is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y. and operates in 25 counties across the Catskill, Central New York, Finger Lakes and North Country regions.

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Tuesday Isn’t So Bad – Especially with Tuesdays@2 A fun, interactive Zoom series from CCE Schoharie and Otsego

Tuesday isn’t so bad—it means you survived Monday! And now every Tuesday this winter it’s even better with Tuesdays@2, a fun, interactive, free Zoom series from CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties.


Reasons to celebrate are always welcome, celebrations often involve food, and Tuesdays@2 is no exception. Every Tuesday for about an hour, starting on January 5th, 2021, a different holiday will be celebrated using food, recipes and nutrition information that will be useful every day. From National Soup Month to National Something-on-a-Stick Day, and including more well-known holidays like George Washington’s Birthday (did you know that one of his favorite foods was hoecakes?), each meeting will include a food demonstration, recipes appropriate to the topic/holiday, and nutrition information to encourage healthy eating.

Eaters from teens to seniors are sure to find them engaging and useful, and are welcome to attend one, some, or all of them. There is no fee to participate, but you must register to get the Zoom link. Those interested can register or learn more at or can contact Kimberly Ferstler at or (518) 234-4303 x 120.

 Other Nutrition Classes Available from CCE
Not available on Tuesday afternoons, but would like to learn more about healthy eating and how to incorporate it into your everyday life? The Healthy Connections program regularly offers group classes (see the CCE Schoharie & Otsego website for more information) and can also work with individuals on a one-on-one basis (evening and weekend hours available). Contact Kimberly Ferstler for more information ( or (518) 234-4303 x 120).

Income eligible families with children can register for the EFNEP nutrition education program, and will receive a $40 gift certificate to the Shoe Department upon completion of 6 lessons. Contact Michelle Leveski for more information at (518) 234-4303 x 115 or

 All nutrition education programs through CCE Schoharie and Otsego Counties are currently being held remotely using Zoom or other appropriate technology, and will be available again in-person once group meetings are deemed safe.

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Man Arrested for Second DWAI in Two Weeks

Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced that a South Kortright man is facing a driving while ability impaired by drug charge for a second time in two weeks after driving to the Delaware County Public Safety Building early Wednesday morning, December 16, 2020, while impaired by drugs.

At approximately 4:20 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the Delaware County Public Safety Building to investigate a vehicle driving through the parking lot in a suspicious manner.  Prior to the arrival of Deputies, the vehicle drove over a concrete parking block and became lodged in front of the main entrance door of the Public Safety Building.  The driver was immediately confronted and identified by Delaware County Correction Officers and was detained until the arrival of Deputies.

Following an investigation by Deputies and Village of Delhi Police Department’s Drug Recognition Expert, it was determined that the driver, 44-year-old Joseph A. B. Garone, of South Kortright, was operating the vehicle while his ability was impaired by drugs.  Garone was subsequently arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while ability impaired by drugs.

On December 4, 2020, Deputies arrested and charged Garone with driving while ability impaired by drugs following their investigation of a two car motor vehicle accident on Spring Valley Road in the Town of Delhi. 

Due to New York State Bail Reform legislation, Garone was released again Wednesday morning after being issued a traffic summons directing him to appear in the Town of Delhi Court on a later date to answer the new charge.  

Garone’s vehicle was towed from the scene at the conclusion of the investigation. 

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Free COVID Testing Available

Cobleskill, NY – Have no symptoms of COVID-19, but looking to be tested? Bassett Healthcare Network, in partnership with the NYS Department of Health, is offering free COVID-19 testing this week at its Schoharie County health centers specifically for individuals who have no symptoms of the virus, but who wish to be tested. Appointments are required. The testing will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 29 and 30, at the following locations and times. Call ahead to make an appointment.

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Delgado Visits Cobleskill Regional Hospital with Cards

Written By Editor on 12/28/20 | 12/28/20

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Electrical Trades to expand to Schoharie BOCES Campus

Written By Editor on 12/27/20 | 12/27/20

In an effort to better meet the needs of our students and component school districts, Capital Region BOCES is making changes to the locations of two programs for the start of the 2021-22 school year.

The Network Cabling Tech/Smart Home Technology program will be relocated to the Albany Campus from its current home on the Schoharie Campus. Meanwhile, the Electrical Trades program will expand to the Schoharie Campus.

The changes, Jeff Palmer, director of Career and Technical Education at Capital Region BOCES said, are necessary to best match the needs of students and school districts.

“We have heard from prospective students and our component districts in the Albany area that they are interested in the Network Cabling program that they want to attend the program. At the same time we are constantly in contact with employers seeking workers for the industry. To maximize the potential of the program and to best meet the needs of our students, schools and even employers, we believe it is the right time to make this change,” Palmer said.

At the same time. Demand from students to attend the Electrical Trades Technology program continues to grow. Just a few years ago, the program added a second classroom in Albany and now there is demand to add a third classroom, which will be located in Schoharie.

“We look forward to making this exciting program with great career potential more available to the students in the Schoharie region,” Palmer said.

Launched with the start of the 2019-20 school year, the Network Cabling Technician/Smart Home Technology course teaches students everything from network cabling using copper-based systems to applied systems integration to energy management systems and telephone systems. The program was launched at the behest of business leaders who are in need of workers.

“Our program prepares the workforce needed to build out and cable this new infrastructure. We have the right program in place and are actively looking for the students interested in these great careers,” said teacher Ed Henson, a 35-year veteran of Verizon.

The Electrical Trades program has been offered for decades and teaches the fundamental skills in electrical theory and through classroom instruction and hands-on shop lessons. Graduates can further their education or enter the field through apprenticeships and go on to become successful residential, commercial and industrial wiring professionals.

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Free YouTube Performance by Nancy Payne by the Gilboa Museum

A FREE YOUTUBE PERFORMANCE BY OUR FAVORITE STORY-TELLER NANCY PAYNE. She will you tell you about a time when Kenyan women were denied education and channeled into a life of agricultural field work. Nevertheless, one such woman used education to rise through national politics, gain world recognition, and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nancy Payne's free performance link (click here) can be used now through December 30th, when we'll send you a new link.

That link is to the music of PHIL BANASZAK and DAVE RUCH for the first week of 2021. They are 2/3 of the Canal Street String Band and just love to put new shine to some seriously fun old American music. I'm sure that you will think their music will be appropriate for that evening and to usher in 2021!
.....Then, REGGIE HARRIS will take over for the second week in January with upbeat optimism about the air of freedom. Then, these 4 talents will rotate with new performances until the spring.

In late 2019, the Gilboa Historical Society received grants for performances to be held during 2020. For obvious reasons, these large, compressed events did not come off according to plan.
.....In their place, we are inviting you to a series of short virtual performances during each week of the 2020–2021 winter. Nancy, Dave, Phil, and Reggie will entertain us with stories (early American aviatrices and American veterans) and music (New York State, the Erie Canal, and the air, water, and earth of our Catskills.

Please forward this invitation to friends who might appreciate it.
.....These performances
are short (won't impinge on time);
are free (won't impinge on wallet)
are straightforward (won't lead down a trail of links)

And, if anyone wants to receive their own invitation, download this form and fill in your email address and as much other information as you want, and return it electronically or via snail mail (we do, however, need that email address to provide you with each week's link).
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Senior is a cut above thanks to Capital Region BOCES

SCHOHARIE --  Capital Region BOCES senior Natilee Yandon knows exactly what she likes when it comes to learning and plans to turn that like into a career thanks to her time at BOCES.


The cosmetology senior from Berne-Knox-Westerlo likes the freedom learning at BOCES affords her and aspires to the freedom of owning her own salon one day.


“I am hoping to get a job in a salon and take some business courses in a college so I can one day open my own salon and have the freedom to be my own boss,” she said during a recent break from styling hair on the Schoharie campus.


Yandon is one of more than 100 students in the two-year cosmetology program gaining the skills and 1,000 hours of training and experience needed to take the New York State licensure exam. The experience prepares students to enter the workforce upon graduation or to go to college and a have a leg up on future business competitors.


Yandon said she likes that BOCES provides hands-on learning and the freedom to learn her own way.


“I like the hands-on and we get to do everything freely,” she said.

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Electronics and Sound Program Available for Students

The Chenango-Delaware-Otsego STEM Council, in partnership with the CORE Institute at Milford Central School and the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center of SUNY Oneonta, is offering a one week virtual Go STEM Institute for students in grades 7-12 from February 15th-19th, coinciding with many schools' winter break. This "Electronics and Sound"-themed program is a great opportunity for a technology-motivated young person to get hands-on experience with soldering and other electronic skills and concepts.

The 2021 Go STEM Winter Break Institute will run from 9am-noon, with sliding scale "pay-what-you-can" tuition. Space is limited and potential participants must submit an online application by January 15th. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program by January 22. Participants must be self-motivated enough to complete independent work at home. More information and an application can be found at
Recognizing that many students are burned out by online school, the Institute is designed with as much hands-on experience as possible. Each participant will receive a kit of activities that will enable them to complete the sound/electronics projects safely at home with the live online guidance of a SUNY Oneonta college student mentor. The Institute will be led by Gavin Vitale, the Instructional Support Technician and an adjunct lecturer in the Music Department at SUNY Oneonta. Gavin currently teaches courses in music technology and audio recording.    

Sound and electronics have been intertwined since the invention of the electrical microphone in the 1920’s. Since then, sound has been created, recorded, and played back electrically by billions of people all over the world. Devices such as a phone, microphone, electric guitar, synthesizer, and many more use electricity to generate and store sound, but how do these work?  Institute participants will learn the essentials of electronics and how to harness the energy of the electron to create sound, as well as learn the fundamentals of soldering, circuit building, analog and digital electronics, and soundwave generation, building several exciting projects that demonstrate how energy travels from batteries to speakers to their ears.

The Chenango-Delaware-Otsego STEM Leadership Council was established in 2009 by SUNY Oneonta, CDO Workforce Investment Board, and DCMO BOCES. Its mission is to improve the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skill levels of the people in the tri-county region. Programs are designed to be accessible to and inclusive of youth and families of all backgrounds regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, geographic location, ability, and experience. For more information about the Winter Institute, please contact Doug Reilly at  

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Hobart Woman Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges

Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced that a Hobart woman is facing animal cruelty charges as a result of Deputies locating two deceased dogs in her apartment.  

On Saturday afternoon, December 19, 2020, Sheriff Deputies, were dispatched to a dog complaint in Hobart.  Upon their arrival on scene, Deputies discovered that two deceased dogs in a bedroom and another apparently malnourished dog in another bedroom.  Investigation revealed that the dogs had been held in a single bedroom for the past six months and had not been provided adequate food, water or veterinary care.

As a result of their investigation, Deputies arrested and charged 40-year-old Bonnie J. Tanner, of Hobart, NY, with one count of cruelty to animals - failure to provide proper food and sustenance.  

Tanner voluntarily surrendered the malnourished dog to the Dog Control Officer and it was transported to the Delaware County Humane Society for evaluation and necessary treatment.

In accordance with New York State Bail Reform legislation, Tanner was issued an appearance ticket and was released to appear in the Stamford Town Court on a later date to answer the charge.  Speaking on the arrest, Sheriff Craig S. DuMond remarked, “Here is another example of where the Governor’s Bail Reform Legislation reflects that criminals are treated better than the helpless and innocent victims they create…For these reasons, this legislation continues to need modification

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Middleburgh Library Weekly News

Middleburgh Library - Week of January 3, 2021

Stay at Home Storytime (online) -  Storytime is on vacation for the month of January.


1/5 - 5:15 PM - Virtual Insight Meditation - Our popular Insight Meditation group is meeting virtually!
What do you want most deeply? Seeing your life calmly and clearly helps answer this. Insight Meditation is a simple way to steady your mind, stop wandering in day-dreams, and end the suffering of troubling thoughts. Our group is a place to sit quietly in safety, supported by others; to allow understanding and compassion to arise; to encourage loving-kindness and patience. We welcome those with no experience to advanced mediators', teens to seniors.  Registration is required. Please go to our website to register and receive the Zoom link.


Middleburgh Library Book Bundles! Are you having trouble finding books for yourself, your children, your parents or an elderly neighbor? Does your child love trucks, bugs, or super heroes? Are you interested in finding out more about knitting, drawing, or speaking another language?   Let us help! Contact Rebecca at and let her know what you are looking for, she will research, gather and collect library material and you can pick up your book’s.

In Library browsing:  It's time!  In addition to our curbside service for library material in-library use of computers and printing and faxing, you can now come in the library to browse for what you want!  There is a limit of people can be in the library at one time.  Just call us from the parking lot and we'll see if there is room for you to come in.  We now have a doorbell for those who do not have cell phones.

Please remember that masks are required and must be worn the entire time you are inside.  For any one unable to wear a mask or for those of you who are not comfortable coming inside, curbside service is still available.  Alas, our bathrooms are unavailable right now and time is limited to thirty minutes for each patron. We hope to see you soon!  We thank you for your patience at this time.

Middleburgh Library Facebook Page - Check out this page for items we post for Hidden Items pictures, coloring pages, and craft kits you can pick up at the library.

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Video of Esperance NY Flooding Christmas Day 2020

Written By Editor on 12/25/20 | 12/25/20

Video courtesy Jennifer Smith Snyder

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Video of Prattsville NY Flooding, Christmas Day 2020

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Photos of Prattsville Flooding, Christmas 2020

Photos courtesy Michael Martin

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Photos of Flooding in Middleburgh on Christmas 2020

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Written By Editor on 12/22/20 | 12/22/20


     NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors will be holding their organizational meeting on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm at 284 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Schoharie County Office Building, Board of Supervisors Chambers, Schoharie, New York 12157. 

Sheryl Largeteau, Clerk of the Board
Schoharie County Board of Supervisors
284 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Schoharie County Office Building
Schoharie, New York 12157
(518) 295-8347

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Deputy Arrested for Alleged DWI

Written By Editor on 12/18/20 | 12/18/20

Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced that a Deputy Sheriff employed by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Official Misconduct.  While his innocence is presumed as an accused, the former member has been terminated from employment as a Deputy Sheriff because his actions created the appearance of impropriety.  A Deputy Sheriff employed by this agency is held to the highest ethical and professional standards and this type of impropriety will not be tolerated by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

Anthony Shields, 25, of Colchester was arrested on December 17th by Sheriff’s Deputies for reporting to work in an alleged intoxicated condition.  Shields recently graduated the Police Academy in November and was previously employed at the Sheriff’s Office as a Corrections Officer since 2017.  

Shields was subsequently processed and released on appearance tickets reportable to the Delhi Town Court on January 26, 2021.

Speaking on the arrest, Sheriff Craig S. DuMond remarked, “I am extremely disappointed and exasperated by Mr. Shields conduct.  His actions discredited himself, his peers, and the honor of the Sheriff’s Office.  Let these charges and his immediate termination from service demonstrate to the public that no one is above the law and that similar matters will always be dealt with swiftly and openly to ensure the continued public trust which every member of the Sheriff’s Office cherishes”.

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Enroll Your Dog in College with SUNY Cobleskill’s Canine Training and Management Program

Written By Editor on 12/15/20 | 12/15/20

The SUNY Cobleskill Canine Training and Management Program is seeking dogs for its canine classes, and enrollment, training, and daytime care are all free of charge. Dogs should be at least one year old (some exceptions are made); can have little or no training; must be social to humans and other dogs, and; must be current on typical vaccinations.   
Temperament tests are performed with dogs prior to their acceptance into the program. Once accepted for the spring semester, dogs may daytime board at the Campus Kennels (space dependent) or commute from home to each class at specific times of day. Interested dog owners should contact Instructor/Coordinator Kyle McCraith at   
SUNY Cobleskill’s Bachelor of Technology degree program in Canine Training and Management is the only program of its kind in the country providing a comprehensive canine training and management curriculum. The degree prepares students for a wide range of professional opportunities, including working dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs.   
The SUNY Cobleskill campus is home to dedicated canine-specific training facilities, and the College supports a student-run canine club.  

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HCR Home Care Employees and HCR Cares Give Generously to 61 Families This Thanksgiving

Sixty-one families in need received food for the Thanksgiving holiday, as a result of donations from HCR Cares and HCR Home Care.

HCR employees and HCR Cares generously donated food items to fill gift bags for families in the Catskills, Central New York, Finger Lakes and North Country regions. HCR’s CEO, Louise Woerner, and her husband, Don Kollmorgen, personally donated funds to provide turkeys for the families. This annual tradition is one of the employees’ highlights throughout the year – to be able to give back to families in the communities they serve. 

 bout HCR Home Care

Founded in 1978, HCR Home Care ( is a leading provider of home health services to patients, physicians and other health care professionals across New York state. The company’s quality and services are routinely recognized nationally and statewide, including being named in the top 25 percent of agencies by HomeCare Elite™ and receiving the Rochester Business Ethics Award. HCR is certified and approved for Medicare, Medicaid and most commercial insurance plans. A top-ranked woman-owned business headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., the company operates in 22 counties across the Catskill, Central New York, Finger Lakes and North Country regions.

About HCR Cares

Founded in 1979 and based in Brighton, N.Y., HCR Cares is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to address barriers to independent living through research, education and programs. Dedicated to ensuring quality home-based health care that is safe and successful, HCR Cares’ research and educational activities foster best home-care practices and identify new ways to serve those whose independence is challenged. A partner of HCR Home Care, HCR Cares has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation.


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