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State Police search for man stealing auto parts in Otsego County

Written By Editor on 8/31/21 | 8/31/21

New York State Police are looking for the public’s help in finding a man who stole vehicle parts from auto stores in Otsego County.   

On June 27, 2021 at approximately 7:25 a.m., a man operating an older model white Chevrolet Silverado stole scrap brake rotors valued at approximately $200 from Sidney Tire in Unadilla. 

Less than an hour later, the same man in the same pick-up truck was observed at Certified Auto Outlet in Oneonta.  At approximately 8:18 a.m., he’s seen loading approximately two- dozen used pick-up truck tires and approximately five aluminum pick-up rims into the white Chevrolet Silverado.   

The man is described as a white male with short darker hair, between 30 -40 years old, wearing a dark t-shirt, dark pants, dark shoes with white soles. The pick-up truck is an older model, possibly a 2007 – 2013 white Chevrolet Silverado.  It has an extended cab, a trailer hitch, rust on the rear wheel wells and a white sticker in the back window.

The pick-up truck was last seen leaving Certified Auto Outlet on State Route 23 toward Davenport.

A similar incident occurred on July 19, 2021 at Sidney Tire where another 20-30 brake rotors were taken by a man matching the description and the same white Chevrolet Silverado.  This time, the man was seen wearing a sweatshirt with a zipper down the front of it, dark pants and dark shoes with white soles. 

If you have any information about this man or the truck, please contact New York State Police at (607)561-7400. 

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Fenimore Art Museum Extends Closing Date for Keith Haring Exhibition

Fenimore Art Museum Extends Closing Date for Keith Haring Exhibition

The exhibition, Keith Haring: Radiant Vision, now closes October 11, 2021.

The new closing date allows for additional visitors to experience this popular exhibition.

 Free admission for visitors age 19 and under through the run of the exhibition.

Exhibition Extended: 


Now on view through October 11, 2021

Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Cooperstown, New York — Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown has extended its exhibition, Keith Haring: Radiant Vision, until October 11, 2021. This five-week extension allows for additional visitors to experience the popular show through Upstate New York’s fall travel season. Museum admission is free for visitors ages 19 and under. Free admission is made possible through a generous donation by Mr. Gary Cassinelli and Mr. Nick Preston.

Examine different aspects of Haring’s life and career including his subway drawings and street art, gallery shows, the Pop Shop, and his commercial work. Featuring more than 100 works from a private collection, the exhibition includes lithographs, silkscreens, drawings on paper, and posters, and details the full arc of Haring's short but prolific career. 


Visitors will instantly recognize seminal images like “Radiant Baby”—images that permeated American culture in the 1980s and became emblematic of the time. The images are powerful examples of how Haring fought for change using art as a platform for activism. In its entirety, the exhibition serves as a tribute to this iconic artist and his dedication to social justice and the betterment of youth worldwide. For more information, visit


This project is supported by a Market New York grant awarded to Fenimore Art Museum from I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.


The exhibition is sponsored in part by Mr. Gary Cassinelli & Mr. Nick Preston, The Clark Foundation, Nellie & Robert Gipson, Hughson & Benson Associates Insurance, Joe & Carol Mahon, NYCM Insurance, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas O. Putnam, and The Tom Morgan & Erna J. McReynolds Charitable Foundation. Keith Haring: Radiant Vision is traveled by Pan Art Connections, Inc.


Other current exhibitions include Believe in Yourself: What We Learned from Arthur (August 7–December 31, 2021). The exhibition highlights the art of Marc Brown, the creator of the bestselling Arthur adventure book series and numerous other children's books. The collection will delight young visitors with an inside look at Marc's artwork and stories. Also on view is Toying with the World: Works by Laurene Krasny Brown (August 7–December 31, 2021). Brown makes small art that sparks curiosity and invites the viewer in for a closer examination. A total of six exhibitions are on view through the remainder of the year alongside Fenimore's impressive collections of fine art, folk art, and Native American art, including The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.



SAFETY: To maintain a safe environment, face masks are required for all visitors and staff inside the museum (vaccinated and unvaccinated).


HOURS and ADMISSION: Fenimore Art Museum is open April 1–December 31, 2021. Summer Hours: Open daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Admission: $12.00 (adults 20-64) and $10.50 (seniors 65+). Free admission for visitors age 19 and under through December 31, 2021. Purchase tickets at the door.


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The Roxbury Arts Group Announces Two grant opportunities for Delaware County Arts Projects and Programs

The Roxbury Arts Group Announces

Two grant opportunities for

Delaware County Arts Projects and Programs


The Roxbury Arts Group is pleased to offer two grant funding opportunities for artists and organizations in Delaware County. The annual Delaware County Arts Grants program and the new Restart New York Regrant program. Both grants fund artistic projects and programs of all disciplines that will take place in Delaware County. The Restart New York Regrant has an application deadline of September 30th at 4 pm and the Delaware County Arts Grants will have a deadline of November 17th, 2021 at 4 pm. The Roxbury Arts Group will begin presenting a series of Information Sessions, both in-person and online, to inform area artists, organizations, and residents about the funding opportunities available. Both grants are a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts and are administered locally by the Roxbury Arts Group. Samantha Nick, Grants & Community Coordinator for the Roxbury Arts Group, will present Grant Information Sessions from September to October detailing grant guidelines, provide an overview of the grant process, highlight past successful grant-funded projects, and provide tips for successful grant writing. For more information about the grant opportunities, visit or call 607.326.7908.


“The Delaware County Arts Grants program has supported arts programming to the county since 1986” says Samantha Nick, Grants & Community Coordinator for the Roxbury Arts Group. “We are very thankful for the way our grantees adapted during the pandemic and how they continue to use new skills during the virtual climate. We look forward to seeing how artist will work in new landscape, as we move forward into a new funding year.”


“During the past year we have seen how the arts have such a vital impact on our lives.” says Jenny Rosenzweig, Executive Director of the Roxbury Arts Group. “It is our hope that these grants will support the activities that our Delaware County communities and artists need as we work towards building our post COVID-19 lives together.”


Anyone interested in applying for a Delaware County Arts Grant to support projects and programs that will take place in 2022 must attend an information session.


The schedule of Delaware County Arts Grant Information Sessions is as follows:

In Person Sessions:


Saturday                     September  4, 2021               William B Ogden Free Library

                                   10am                                      42 Gardiner Pl, Walton, NY 13856


Tuesday                       October 19, 2021                     Roxbury Arts Group

                                    5:30 pm                                   5025 Vega Mountain Road, Roxbury, NY 12474        

Zoom Sessions:


Tuesday                       September 7, 2021                 

                                    12:00 pm


Friday               September 17, 2021   

                                    5:30 pm                                                                                                                                                                                  

Wednesday                 October 6, 2021                      

                                    12:00 pm        


Tuesday                       October 26, 2021                    

                                    5:30 pm                                   Individual Artist Session          


A Restart New York Regrant information session will take place via Zoom on:

Tuesday                       September 14, 2021               

                                    6:30 pm                                                                                              



The Delaware County Arts Grant deadline for projects and programs that will take place in 2022 is Thursday, November 17, 2021. For Restart New York Regrant it will take place on Thursday September 30, 2021. For more information about the Delaware County Arts Grant Program and to review Grant Guidelines, visit or call the Roxbury Arts Group office at 607.326.7908.

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The Old Masters Playing Franklin Farmers Market Sept 3rd

Written By Editor on 8/30/21 | 8/30/21

The Franklin Farmers’ Market is pleased to welcome The Old Masters to the Music at the Market stage on Sunday, September 5th, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The trio is Central New York’s most versatile jazz ensemble. 
The Old Masters concentrates on standard jazz repertoire and The American Song Book. The members have had a longstanding relationship as music teachers in Otsego County, NY, and as professional musicians performing throughout New York State.
Tim Iversen, piano-voice, currently teaches instrumental music at Cooperstown C.S., is church organist at the First Baptist Church in Cooperstown and serves as a frequent music director for theatrical productions at Orpheus Theatre and SUCO, Oneonta. In addition, he performs in numerous small jazz combos such as The Native Sons Jazz Trio, The Other Guys Jazz Ensemble, Thumbs and Rancor, and The Old Masters.
Dan Martin, trombone-drums, has played in many symphonic groups, Glimmerglass Opera, Orpheus Theatre, brass ensembles, and numerous shows and jazz ensembles, both large and small. In addition, Dan was the director of the Laurens C.S. instrumental music department for 25 years, and his ensembles have won critical acclaim and hundreds of awards. He is also a noted composer and arranger.
Tom Ives, acoustic bass, received a master’s degree in music from The Crane School of Music and has taught in both public school and college settings for 31 years. He has played in many orchestras, jazz ensembles and commercial groups throughout New York State. One of these jazz groups, Compass, formed in Oneonta, NY, over 43 years ago still actively performs throughout the Northeast.
The Old Masters jazz trio concentrates on masterworks by such notables as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk. Because of "doubling" by Tim and Dan, their motto is "A quintet's worth of music from a trio.” 
The performance is FREE to attend. Tables and chairs are available, and guests are welcome to bring their own seats as well. Don’t forget to purchase a sweet or some cheese and a beverage from the vendors to enjoy during the show. 
The Market is open 10am to 2pm in the Village of Franklin on Institute Street and includes vendors from Franklin and surrounding towns. Selling breads & rolls, beef, chicken & eggs, doggy treats, herbs, honey, jams & jellies, jewelry, maple candies and syrup, mushrooms, plant seedlings, pork & lamb, preserves, a variety of produce, relishes, Scandinavian baked goods, sunflower oil, fresh & smoked trout, and home décor.
Music at the Market is made possible with funds from the Delaware County Arts Grants, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group, the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O'Connor Foundation, and Delaware County Economic Development, New York.

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Temporary Bridge Closure on State Route 156 in Town of Berne

The New York State Department of Transportation advised motorists today that the State Route 156 bridge over the Beaverdam Creek in the Town of Berne, Albany County, will be closed starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, to facilitate a deck replacement project.  


Motorists should follow a posted detour using Albany County Route 254 and State Route 443. All properties along State Route 156 up to the bridge closure will remain accessible for local traffic. 


The bridge is expected to reopen to passenger vehicles and school buses by mid-November. Trucks should follow the posted detour until further notice. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022. 


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


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


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


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

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Rosh HaShana Services on the Mountain

There will be High Holiday Services and Shofar blowing at Bais Menachem 5937 Main St. Tannersville New York Tuesday & Wednesday Sept 7 & 8th. All are welcome!
- Monday September 6 Evening Service 7:10 PM
-Tuesday September 7th: 
  o Morning prayers 10 AM
  o Torah Reading 11:15 AM
  o Shofar Blowing 12:30 PM
  o Afternoon and Evening Service 7:15 PM
-Wednesday September 8th:
  o Morning prayers 10 AM 
  o Torah Reading 11:15 AM
  o Shofar Blowing 12:30 PM
  o Afternoon and Evening Service 7:15 PM

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September Events at Landis

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We love fall weather here at Landis - things are slowing down, and cool breezes stir. Come on out to join us for one of the great activities below, or just to stroll through the fields and forests. As always, Landis is open dawn to dusk for visitors.

September 2, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Shanti Vun Drum Circle

September 4, Saturday, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Trail Camera Tips and Tricks Workshop

September 10, Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Plant Sale Set Up - information to follow
September 10, Friday, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Members Only Pick of the Pots Sale (POPS) Information to follow

September 11 and 12, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Landis Fall Plant, Book, and Bake Sale
Information to follow

September 16, Thursday, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Shanti Vun Drum Circle
September 17, Friday, 7:00 PM
Landis Music Series: The Piggly Wigglies

September 18, Saturday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ice Dyeing Workshop

September 18, Saturday, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Bird Feeder Making Workshop

September 25, Saturday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fermentation: Preserving Food for Health and Great Taste

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SUNY Delhi Seeks Collaborators for Humanities-Based Events through Grant Opportunity

Written By Editor on 8/28/21 | 8/28/21

Grant to be used for talks and community events in the Catskills region

DELHI, NY (08/27/2021) SUNY Delhi's School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is seeking local partners to collaborate through a significant grant opportunity from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). If awarded, the grant will be used to fund a series of public, humanities-based talks and community events in the Catskills region over a 2-year period.

SUNY Delhi invites potential community partners to propose ideas that align with the NEH's theme "to form a more perfect union," commemorating the Constitution's 250th anniversary. The NEH's vision is to build community through the humanities. The initiative encourages projects that explore, reflect on, and tell the stories of a quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society. It particularly welcomes projects surrounding questions of racial justice, gender equality, and the evolution of the American landscape.

"We are looking for ideas and events that help establish meaningful connections among our region's diverse populations through direct audience engagement such as lectures, performances, arts, historic exhibits, and discussion programs, among others," said Daniel Gashler, associate professor at SUNY Delhi. "The proposed projects should encourage dialogue and educate as they engage."

For more details as well as instructions on how to submit a proposal, please contact Daniel Gashler at or visit

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Emily Pettigrew ‘Too Pure for this World’ Exhibition

Emily Pettigrew

‘Too Pure for this World’

September 4,5,6,11,12 11 am - 5 pm, and by appointment 

Hunting Tavern Museum, 288 Main St, Andes, NY 13731 

A solo exhibition of paintings by artist Emily Pettigrew, funded by a grant from Delaware County Arts Grants, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts and administered by the Roxbury Arts Group. 

The show encompasses two groups of paintings: Pettigrew’s geometric ‘quilt paintings’ and her still clean and sharp, but more naturalistic, works that often depict scenes and historical architecture of the Catskill Mountains. In her ‘Quilt paintings', Pettigrew uses the aesthetic language of pieced textiles, a traditional women’s art in the Catskills, to depict non-traditional and sometimes jarring imagery. In the more realistic group of paintings, Pettigrew creates quiet and understated but uneasy images referencing history. Those familiar with the area may recognize architecture from the Farmer’s Museum, the Gideon Frisbee House site, and local farms. Uniting the two series are the feminine perspective, tonal restraint, and sense of being lost-in-time that are evident in all of Pettigrew’s work. 

By eschewing a traditional gallery setting and staging the exhibition in a historical house museum, Pettigrew matches the space to the intimacy and mystery of her works, making the show a full and transporting experience for the viewer. One feels a sense of removal from what is prosaic in modern life, 
with what Pettigrew has left, perhaps being, ‘too pure for this world.’

Emily Pettigrew (b. 1991; York, Maine) received a BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. NY. In 2018 she was awarded a residency at Cill Rialaig Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Ireland. Her work is included in the collections of the Hall Art Foundation. Recent exhibitions include Shrine, NYC; Drive-By Projects, MA; and Monya Rowe Gallery, NYC. Pettigrew lives and works in the village of Delhi, New York in the Catskill Mountains. 

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It's almost time for the Landis Signature Plant, Book, and Bake Sale!

Written By Editor on 8/20/21 | 8/20/21

Wanted: Plant Donations!

As you prepare to put your garden to bed this, fall, you may find that some need dividing, and some are just extraneous to need. As you clean up the beds, you have the chance to share with other gardeners and help boost the Arboretum's profits at the same time. 

The sale begins this year with the Members Only Pick of the Pots Sale (POPS) from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Friday, September 10, and continues from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12, for the general public. Bring your plants to the Arboretum anytime during the week of the sale.

We've included a great tutorial on potting up plants from Nick Zabawsky, gardener extraordinaire. We hope to see you at the sale!

Potting Up Plants for the Plant Sale   

 - Nick Zabawsky, Longtime Arboretum member

It is important to have attractive, healthy looking plants for the sale. With that in mind, here are a few pointers:

Start Ahead of Time 

Plants go into transplant shock when they are dug up and potted. Most plants need 2 to 4 weeks to recover, so plan accordingly. I start potting up plants 4 weeks before a plant sale.
Pamper Plants after Potting Up

The transplanting process does major damage to root systems, and plants can't take direct sun. For the first ten days after potting up plants, keep them in shade and water regularly. I also mist the plants with a garden sprayer on a daily basis for the first few days to prevent dehydration. After ten days, gradually move the sun loving plants out into the sun to harden them off. Of course, keep the shade lovers in the shade. 

Provide Good Drainage

​One of the quickest ways to kill a newly potted plant is to overwater and drown it. Use pots with holes in the bottom to provide drainage and line the bottom of the pot with small stones, gravel, bark chips or some other coarse material that will insure quick drainage from the bottom of the pot. Use soil that drains well-not heavy clay. Professional potting mix will produce the best results.
I like the mix that is sold as "moisture control potting mix" as it allows longer time between waterings, and it also reduces the likelihood of drowning the roots. For plants that prefer heavier soils, I mix topsoil in with the potting mix. 

Use the Right Size Pot

Don't try to jam a plant into an undersized pot, and don't put a tiny plant into a large pot. Both situations not only look unattractive, but the plant will not thrive in such conditions. 

Don't Fertilize

Adding fertilizer over the long haul is a good idea, but not when potting up. High nitrogen fertilizer promotes top growth, when what is needed is root establishment. 

Prune and Primp

Just before the plant sale, remove dead or damaged foliage. Level up and top off the soil if necessary. For many plants with lots of foliage, remove some leaves to reduce transplant shock and provide a more balanced, healthy looking plant. 

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ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION INVITES COLUMBIA GREENE RESIDENTS TO JOIN 2021 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S ON OCTOBER 16 Walk to End Alzheimer’s is World’s Largest Event Dedicated to Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research

The Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York chapter is hosting its 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Columbia Greene on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Columbia-Greene Community College. Participants may check in beginning at 8 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. The walk starts at 9:30 a.m.


On Walk Day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with a poignant Promise Garden Ceremony – a mission-focused experience that signifies our solidarity in the fight against the disease. The colors of the Promise Garden flowers represent people’s connection to Alzheimer’s – their personal reasons to end the disease.


“We are so excited to be back in person this fall, so we can bring together the individuals, families and companies who make Walk to End Alzheimer’s possible,” said Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York Walk Manager Joseph Heaney. “Our committee and staff are working hard to create an experience that is meaningful, inspiring and safe for all individuals to participate.” 


More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 410,000 New Yorkers. It’s not only a leading cause of death in the U.S., more than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.


Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The goal for this year’s Columbia Greene walk is to raise $27,000.


Plans are currently moving forward to host the Columbia Greene walk in person. The health and safety of participants, staff and volunteers remain the top priorities as decisions are made about event details. The Columbia Greene Walk will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, masks (where required), contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. Options will be offered to participate online and in local neighborhoods.


To register as an individual walker or team captain and to receive the latest updates, visit


Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  Since 1989, the Alzheimer’s Association mobilized millions of Americans in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk®; now the Alzheimer’s Association is continuing to lead the way with Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.  


Alzheimer's Association®

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to  Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit or call 800.272.3900. 


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MATM Charlie & the Roomers at Franklin Farmers Market

Written By Editor on 8/18/21 | 8/18/21

The Franklin Farmers’ Market is pleased to welcome Charlie & the Roomers to the Music at the Market stage on Sunday, August 29th, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The group performs blues, funk, soul, rock, country and Nawleans.  

The group is composed of Phil Leinhart on guitar, Charlie Raiman on vocals and harp, Orion Palmer on percussion, Reggie Barns on keys, and Hank Stahler on bass (who you may recognize from the Fokish tent). 

The performance is FREE to attend. Tables and chairs are available, and guests are welcome to bring their own seats as well. Don’t forget to purchase a sweet or some cheese and a beverage from the vendors to enjoy during the show. 


The Market is open 10am to 2pm in the Village of Franklin on Institute Street and includes vendors from Franklin and surrounding towns. Selling breads & rolls, beef, chicken & eggs, doggy treats, herbs, honey, jams & jellies, jewelry, maple candies and syrup, mushrooms, plant seedlings, pork & lamb, preserves, a variety of produce, relishes, Scandinavian baked goods, sunflower oil, fresh & smoked trout, and home décor.


Music at the Market is made possible with funds from the Delaware County Arts Grants, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group, the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O'Connor Foundation, and Delaware County Economic Development, New York.

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Good Morning - the Rain has Come! 
This article comes from the amazing experiences I've had over the last 30 years having been tied every year with this sacred thread called the Rakhi by various senior administrators and teachers in our university, whether in India, UK or in whatever country I was serving.  I have also had the lovely role of tying this thread to students who attended our Raksha Bandhan programs. I have seen the beneficial effect rakhi has on others, enhancing their self esteem by feeling loved and protected, and also its positive effect on creating love, harmony and respect within the nuclear family. Will arrange for you to receive a rakhi.  Also attached for you to see is a photo of 
Prime Minister Modi, who since being in office has the rakhi tied every year.
Best Wishes, Sr Chirya.  Keep flying! 
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  Brahma Kumaris Illustration
The Eternal Bond for Protection 
The celebration of Raksha Bandhan, shows us what relationships should be like characterised by love, respect, kindness and empathy.  Our attitude and approach even towards people we do not know personally should be governed by these qualities intrinsic to the human soul.  During the celebration, when we are tied with the sacred thread of protection the 'rakhi', a pledge is taken to stay in our original nature of peace, love, purity, wisdom, mercy. This promise is a continual reminder that my every thought, word and action is one of having good wishes, of being elevated and divine.  I remember and practice to see every person as a child of God and part of my spiritual family.  This unlimited vision of universal brotherhood creates peace as it breaks all barriers of caste, creed, age, gender, religion, socio-economic status, color and personality traits. 

Raksha Bandhan originally focused on having an unlimited spiritual, loving relationship with God that nurtured, protected, uplifted us and created a heavenly world.  It is the memorial of when we were united together in the love of God, our true protector.  However, over time, the present era has modernized and limited this festival to relationships within the nuclear family, where sisters tie the sacred thread, the rakhi, around the wrist of their brothers to honor and protect them, and pray for their well-being and safety. The brother, in turn, promises to protect the dignity and honor of the sister and the family.  To date, the customs and lessons demonstrated in this special annual celebration have kept the family functional and united.  Family members remain close knit as it encourages bonding, respect, caring, trust and love amongst them.  

This deeper spiritual global understanding of Raksha Bandhan now occurs due to the re-emergence of Godly knowledge of 'soul consciousness'.  We souls awaken and remember to see ourselves as souls with a body rather than a body with a brain!  Having forgotten our eternal identity of being a spark of divine energy, a soul, a being of sparkling light, we became entangled in the bondage of physical matter, 'body consciousness'.  Lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego overpowered and influenced us to perform wrong actions, which in turn caused sorrow.  However, the Supreme Father is bound to look after us when we are 'soul conscious'.  Now in these uncertain times of potential and possibly deadly changes,  God the Father, is surrounding and tying all his loving spiritual children with an 'unlimited rakhi'. He is protecting us within this bond in His golden loving threads of  Light and Might.  
Raksha Bandhan encourages respect for both genders particularly women to protect and ensure their equality and safety.  With this new spiritual understanding, this protection and honour rests not only on brothers within the family, but on every member of society. No single individual can protect another person all the time. The antidote is to create pure feelings in our minds as lust and anger start in the mind. On the day of Raksha Bandhan onwards, we can decide to extend pure love to everyone.  Positive change can happen with spiritual training and empowerment.  The daily practice of meditation enables us to channel our thoughts in a positive direction and put a full stop to the wasteful and negative thoughts.  This purity of mind removes fear and brings happiness, wisdom and the power to keep on giving.  Rakhis can be made by hand and tied on the wrists of close friends, relatives, neighbors, religious and administrative leaders and to heads of countries.  Now over 100 countries and all religions value and honor this festival occuring this year on August 21, 2021.    
My positive attitude and actions ensure that I receive both God's blessings and good wishes from all souls in this global family.  These work as my protection and stay with me forever.  Rakhi broadens our vision beyond the boundaries of our own family to the entire earth as one family, children of God under the Fatherhood of God. The physical rakhi can be tied whenever the occasion calls for it.  Everyday you can connect to God and have a spiritual rakhi tied to ensure your protection and safety.    
For further details contact Chirya Yvonne Risely at  -

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Franklin Stage Company Closes 2021 Season With Rent Control by Evan Zes

Franklin Stage Company will close its 2021 season with New York actor Evan Zes’ solo show Rent Control August 27–29 outdoors on the lawn at Chapel Hall in Franklin, NY. An alternate rain space will be used inside Chapel Hall, if needed.


In this award-winning comedy, a struggling actor lucks into one of the few remaining rent-controlled apartments in NYC, and finds a way to survive the city and pursue his acting dreams by turning the apartment into a lucrative Airbnb enterprise – that is, until, his money making scheme backfires and he falls prey to a world of internet scam artists and low-level gangsters. Zes portrays 25 characters in this wild-but-true cautionary tale of greed and redemption. “We’ve loved this show since we first saw it,” said FSC’s Co-Artistic Director Patricia Buckley. “Evan Zes takes the audience on a hilarious journey,” added Co-Artistic Director Leslie Noble.


The show is based on Zes’ experience coming to NYC to be an actor. “Living in New York City is hard,” says Zes. “Being an actor is really hard. Making a living as an actor living in New York City is next to impossible. This is the story of how I managed to do that for 15 years.


Rent Control had back-to-back sold out runs beginning with its debut at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival and following with the 2016 Fringe Encore Series where it won “Best Solo Show” as well as the “Overall Excellence” award. It’s since been performed at Hartford Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Penguin Repertory Theatre, Centenary Stage, Mile Square Theatre, The Rye Arts Center, The Complex Theatre in Hollywood, The Tabard Theatre in San Jose California, Teatro Jaco in Jaco Costa Rica, and Teatro Elliniko in Athens, Greece.


Showtimes are Friday and Saturday, August 27 & 28 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, August 29 at 5:00 pm. Admission is free–suggested donation is $20 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve and for more information: or 607-829-3700.


Programming at the Franklin Stage Company is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

Franklin Stage Company will close its 2021 season with Rent Control, a solo show by New York actor Evan Zes.

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Volunteers Needed for Landis Fall Plant Sale

We really can use your help!

Check out all the things you could do before,
during, and after the sale.

NEWS FLASH! People LOVE our baked goods - so much so that we ran out on Saturday. If you possibly can, please consider making something (or more than one something) luscious for the bake sale. See below for more information.

Preparing for the Sale
It takes a lot of work to get ready for a plant sale. We have to spruce the place up, get all the tables and tents set up, and of course, unload all the consignors' trucks and price member plant donations. We need folks on Friday, September 10 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. For more detailed information on Thursday volunteering, contact us at

During the Sale 
Of course, there is lots to do during the sale (Friday for POPS and Saturday and Sunday for the general public sale) - everything from helping people find parking spots to writing up sales tickets, to promoting new or renewed memberships, to watering plants, to providing expert  advice , to serving as cashier, to helping with the bake sale (check below if you're a baker - we need you and your goodies!) - Whew!! Who knew it took so much to make a sale great?  
After the Sale
We also need people on Monday morning, May 17, for 2 to 3 hours to help load consignors' trucks and store everything away until next year! 

There's a list of jobs below , with some explanation . . .

Please email to let us know how you can help. If you are interested in baking, send your email to Bake Sale organizer Chandra Burkhart at  or call the Arb at (518) 875-6935. Read more about baking for the bake sale below in the task list.

Please note that due to COVID-19 mitigation practices we must follow, we are unable to offer the usual lunch for volunteers, but will have bottled water, oranges, and packaged snack bars. We encourage you to bring your own lunch.
Thank you for all you do!  And please know in advance - 
If you have an abundance of plants, pot some up a couple of weeks in advance of the sale.  You can bring them anytime in the week before the sale. Please use a good potting soil and label them to the best of your knowledge with at least common name, and preferably the Latin name. 

LITTLE RED WAGONS (or bigger ones . . .): 
We need more wagons for our customers to use as they shop. It would be great if you have one you'd like to donate, but we would also love loaner wagons. BE SURE TO MARK YOUR WAGON WITH YOUR NAME IF YOU ARE LOANING IT TO US! Wagons can be brought to the Arb anytime in the week prior to the sale.

Volunteers are needed in the afternoon on Friday, September 10 to unload consignment plants and complete setting up the sales floor. Contact our volunteer coordinator at and she will match your availability with tasks you'll enjoy.

There's a lot going on during the sale! We need people to fill these positions for the Members Only Pick of the Pots Sale (POPS) on Friday, September 10, from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM, and for the sale open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday,September 11 and 12 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (sale begins at 10 AM).  

PARKING: Help our patrons find the lots and park in an organized fashion 
INVOICE POLICE:  Someone has to check the carts to make sure the number of plants agrees with the receipt - why not you? 
CASHIER: You'll have a calculator, a credit card machine, and a cool place under a tent at the barn. It may be the best job of all! 
TICKET WRITERS: You'll get to see all the great buys people find, and write them up so they can go to their new homes. Ticket writers also help us collect critical data.
Membership: One enthusiastic, welcoming person needed to encourage new memberships and renewals. Membership donations play a big part in Landis' survival and growth!
BAKE SALE:   Calling all bakers - please Help! Pies, cookies, cakes . . . Yum! Pies do especially well, as do large cookies and turnovers. Whatever you do will be greatly appreciated. Please remember to wrap and label your goodies, including your name, and indicate whether the goodies include nuts or dairy. Also let us know if you'd like to help at the Bake Sale tent during the sale. Please contact Chandra Burkhart at or call the Arb at (518) 875-6935. Chandra would appreciate knowing in advance what you are baking. Thank you for all you do!  
EXPERTS: Are you the one your friends call when they have a plant question? You'd be perfect as a wandering expert and as a valuable sales person, explaining the ins and outs of all our wonderful plant choices.
PLANT WATERER: We want to keep the little beauties looking good. 
BOOKS: This may be the best place for an avid reader - there are SO many great books in our book room, and someone like you will know how to merchandise them. (And, if you need space on your bookcases at home, bring us the books for our sale.)

Please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Anne Donnelly, at to let us know you are interested in volunteering for the sale. PLEASE be specific with your choices  of date, time, and task, so you get your druthers!  
P.S. . . . Depending on when you joined or renewed, it may be time to renew your membership. You should receive an email reminder, but if you are not sure, just contact us at and we will check! 

Panoramic view toward the Barn
The George Landis Arboretum, Esperance, New York

Landis Arboretum is a private not-for-profit organization that supports an arboretum and public garden incorporating hundreds of acres in Schoharie and Montgomery Counties of New York State. We're close to Albany, Schenectady, and the rest of the Capital Region of New York State. Arboretum founder Fred Lape began the work of developing the Arboretum in the 1950's on Oak Nose Farm, his family homestead. With the support of a bequest from friend and colleague George Landis, Fred aimed to grow every species of woody plant from temperate regions around the world that would survive in the hills of Schoharie County. 

Forty acres of the Arboretum are developed with plantings of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials from around the world. The remainder of the property consists of natural areas, woodlands, wetlands, more than 14 miles of trails, and open fields. Among the Arboretum's horticultural features are a labeled collection of nearly all the trees, shrubs and vines native to New York State, as well as collections of notable trees, flowering ornamental trees and shrubs, tough trees for tough sites, conifers, and oaks. Two old growth forests and additional natural areas representing various stages of succession await visitors; Landis has recently been inducted into the Old Growth Forest Network! The Van Loveland Perennial Garden at the old farmhouse is a seasonal favorite. Interpretive signage aids visitors in their enjoyment and understanding of the collections and ecosystems of the Arboretum. 

Landis is now home to some interesting statuary, like the Landis dinosaur lurking near the pond behind the barn. Be sure to check out the two "photo op" stations on the back of the barn, where you can don the antlers of a stag or the wings of a Monarch butterfly. And be sure to stop by our new Meditation Pavilion with its tranquil pond.

And now we are pleased to invite you to visit a new feature of the Arboretum that can only bring more tranquility into your life: the Shanti Vun Meditation Garden, anchored by a welcoming pavilion, a lovely pond, and the soothing sounds of our waterfall.  This beautiful garden is framed by a forest of young birch trees and a nearby labyrinth.  With picnic tables to enjoy your lunch or just a quiet moment of reflection, the Meditation Garden is the perfect place to begin or end your visit to Landis.

Since its inception in 1951 by Fred Lape, the Landis Arboretum has been a "Garden of Trees and Shrubs" in New York's Capital Region. The Landis Arboretum is a valuable cultural and scientific resource that increases each year in scope and community impact.

Fred Breglia, Executive Director
George Landis Arboretum


Fred Breglia, Executive Director 518-875-6935  

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Naloxone Nasal Spray is Available at All Bassett Outpatient Pharmacies Without a Prescription

Written By Editor on 8/11/21 | 8/11/21

Naloxone nasal spray is available at all Basset Healthcare Network outpatient pharmacies and many retail and community pharmacies without a prescription. Naloxone, often referred to by the brand name Narcan, is an opioid antagonist that temporarily reverses the effects of both prescription and illegal opioids. It is highly effective as an emergency treatment in cases of known or suspected opioid overdose.

Naloxone hydrochloride has been available in clinical settings for several decades but the nasal spray delivery system, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the 2010s, requires no medical training to administer, making it a valuable tool in communities and home settings. The spray does not need to be inhaled to be absorbed into the body – it’s effective even when the person receiving it is drowsy or unconscious. It is effective in both adults and children and is safe for people who do not have opioids in their body.

“There can be a social stigma associated with opioid misuse,” explains Michele Taurisano RPh, Bassett’s network ambulatory pharmacy manager. “We hope this will help normalize asking for naloxone. Ideally, we want patients and their caregivers to discuss concerns about opioid use and naloxone with their health care provider, but we will gladly offer naloxone without a prescription if it means possibly saving a life.”

It is estimated that 2.1 million people in the United States struggle with an opioid use disorder. In 2018, the Office of the Surgeon General began recommending that families, friends, and people personally at risk of opioid overdose keep naloxone on hand.

Recognizing and Treating an Opioid Overdose
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies the following signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose:

·         Small, constricted “pinpoint pupils”

·         Falling asleep or loss of consciousness

·         Slow, shallow breathing

·         Choking or gurgling sounds

·         Limp body

·         Pale, blue, or cold skin
Since diagnosing an overdose can be difficult for someone who is not a medical professional, the CDC recommends that every suspected overdose be treated like an overdose by taking the following steps:

1.    Call 911 immediately.
2.    Administer naloxone, if available.
3.    Try to keep the person awake and breathing.
4.    Lay the person on their side to prevent choking.
5.    Stay with the person until emergency workers arrive.

Although naloxone can save a life by reducing the danger during an opioid overdose, a person experiencing an overdose still needs emergency medical attention. “Naloxone can wear off before the opioids have cleared a person’s system,” explains Taurisano. “There are also serious long-term effects of an opioid overdose that need to be monitored and addressed. Naloxone pauses symptoms to allow someone to get help, but it cannot take the place of treatment.”
Are you or someone you know struggling with opioid addiction? Contact your county’s Chemical Dependency Service: New York State HOPEline 1-877-8-HOPENY. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for alcoholism, drug abuse and problem gambling. All calls are toll-free, anonymous and confidential. You may also visit Bassett’s resource page for a list of local and national addiction organizations.

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