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October at Landis

Written By Editor on 9/30/21 | 9/30/21

The leaves are falling as the earth begins to prepare for a winter sleep, all beneath a beautiful bright blue October sky.  We have some good things going on during October, or we invite you to just come and rustle through the leaves for a walk in the cool weather of fall - Landis remains open dawn to dusk, 365 days a year.  Click on the activity name below for more information or to register.

October 8, 7:00 PM
Landis Music Series: The Menza Madison Band

​October 23, Saturday, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Fall Foliage Tree Walk
October 29, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Halloween Owl Prowl

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MVP Health Care Announces $750,000 in Grants to Build Outdoor Fitness Courts in Partnership with National Fitness Campaign

Written By Editor on 9/29/21 | 9/29/21

MVP Health Care (MVP) and the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) today announced the launch of a statewide partnership to build ten to fifteen, state-of-the-art outdoor Fitness Courts across communities in New York and Vermont. The MVP Health Care Fitness Courts will be built in easily accessible public spaces beginning in 2022. 
The fitness court is a free, outdoor 7-minute full-body workout system, for adults of all ages and fitness levels. A part of an effort launched by NFC to activate public spaces, encourage a healthy lifestyle, and create equitable access to outdoor exercise programs, the fitness court will be a pillar of exercise throughout both states and builds on the success of MVP’s initial Fitness Court, which launched in the City of Rochester in 2019. 
“The launch of the MVP Health Care Fitness Courts is a monumental step towards providing access to resources that can forever change the trajectory of someone’s health and wellness journey,” said MVP Health Care’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Christopher Del Vecchio. “As a leading health care services company serving the Northeast, investing in our local communities and offering new, innovative, and exciting options like the Fitness Court, reinforces our commitment to giving back to the people and places we call home. We are proud to partner with NFC to bring this unique opportunity to New York and Vermont and look forward to seeing you on the Fitness Courts.” 
MVP and NFC are asking local governments or universities who are interested in having a Fitness Court in their city or on their campus, to apply for funding to support building a fitness court in their community. Awardees will receive a wellness toolkit, education, design resources to assist in planning, funding, building, and launching their outdoor Fitness Court from MVP and NFC.  
Members of the community will also have access to digital coaching on the free Fitness Court app, which acts as a how-to guide and a “personal coach in your pocket”. This self-guided mobile support makes it easy for users to learn how to stay fit in just 7 minutes a day—moving at their own pace and level of ability. Content is available for both individuals and groups to use on the Fitness Court. 
“The National Fitness Campaign is proud to welcome MVP Health Care as its state sponsor in New York and Vermont,” said Mitch Menaged, Founder of the NFC. “This program will deliver tremendous resources to contribute to the important mission of fighting obesity and improving health outcomes as the network of Fitness Courts grows across the state. We look forward to working with MVP Health Care to make this campaign a great success.” 
MVP and NFC will begin accepting applications today through November 15, 2021, for grant funding to support building Fitness Courts in local communities. To learn more about National Fitness Campaign and how to apply for funding, New York applicants can visit, or and Vermont applicants can visit,   

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s is World’s Largest Event Dedicated to Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research


Columbia-Greene, New York, August 23, 2021 – 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 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. The walk starts at 10:30 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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Local Students from Delaware Academy and South Kortright Central School Districts Awarded Delhi Telephone Company Scholarships

Lindsey Wright of Delaware Academy and Jillian Hungerford of South Kortright Central school districts were presented with scholarships from Delhi Telephone Company for the upcoming school year. Both Lindsey and Jillian are continuing their education this fall; Lindsey of Delaware Academy will be attending Muskingum University, Ohio and Jillian Hungerford of South Kortright Central will be attending SUNY Cobleskill. 

The applicants underwent a selection process by submitting a short essay or creating a video that describes how DTC’s technology helped them during the COVID-19 pandemic. This scholarship was established to recognize a graduating senior who is continuing his/her education and who demonstrates pride in their community. 

DTC awards scholarships to neighboring school districts each year. The funds are raised at our annual Open House event held in August of each year. The event features a basket raffle to raise the majority of the funds, with items donated by local businesses as well as DTC’s vendors and network affiliates. Although 2021 has had its challenges, DTC was still able to award scholarships to these deserving students. DTC will continue to extend the scholarship program to other school districts as they continue to expand their service area.

[Lindsey Wright, Delaware Academy Scholarship Winner]

[Jillian Hungerford, South Kortright Central Scholarship Winner]

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Bassett Healthcare Network Announces Temporary Service Changes

Written By Editor on 9/28/21 | 9/28/21

Bassett Healthcare Network announced some temporary changes to services beginning Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021.


Outpatient Laboratory blood draws are now by appointment only.


Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, all patients must schedule blood draws ahead of time. Bassett facilities will not be able to accommodate walk-ins at this time. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Limited Saturday appointments are available at some locations. Patients can schedule an appointment online using the MyBassett Health Connection portal ( on their computer or smartphone. Or call 607-547-3700 for assistance. 


Cooperstown’s Convenient Care location is temporarily closed.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, Convenient Care in Cooperstown will be temporarily unavailable. Convenient Care services are available in Oneonta (607-433-6400) and Herkimer (315-867-2884). Same- and next-day appointments are available 7 days a week. Visit Bassett Healthcare Network’s Convenient Care webpage to learn more and stay up-to-date. Patients with a medical emergency should call 911 or visit the emergency department.


Call wait times may be longer than usual.

Over the next several days, patients may find that hold times may be slightly longer than usual. Please bear with us – we will address your needs as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whenever possible, consider using MyBassett Health Connection to message your practitioner, schedule blood draws and future appointments, and view lab results.

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Delaware League Soccer Roundup

Written By Editor on 9/27/21 | 9/27/21

Boys Action:

Last Wednesday's games were widely postponed due to heavy rain in the region at game time.

Davenport and Roxbury finished Thursday's game on the Rockets home field tied 1-1. Dylan Waid connected for Davenport's goal and Ron Grieco tallied Roxbury's goal.

Downsville shutout the Windham Warriors 5-0 on Thursday as Kaden Cicio did most of the damage with four goals on the afternoon. Teammate Ashton Townsend added on goal and one assist, Gaven Brunner added a pair of assists and Skyler Odell added on assist.

The annual Margaretville Tournament got underway Friday with host Margaretville falling to Seward  6-2 in the opening round. Michael Gavette and Damien Brewer each scored a goal in the loss to the Class C team.

In Saturday's consolation game, the hosts defeated Chester Academy 5-1. Lenny Cordero posted a hat trick while Ryan McVitty added a goal and an assist and Damien Brewer added a goal. Michael Gavette had one assist for the Blue Devils. 

South Kortright will be paired with Cooperstown in the championship round of the annual Chic Walshe Soccer Tournament, hosted by Davenport, at 4 p.m. this Saturday.

SK advanced on penalty kicks, posting a 4-3 advantage on penalty kicks over Worcester to claim the win after the two teams were tied 1-1 after overtime. Josh Anderson connected off assist from Jacob Morton to score for the Rams, while Worcester's goal was scored by Conner Fancher off assist from Ben Ballard.

Cooperstown advanced with a 7-1 victory over host Davenport. Trevor Waid scored Davenport's lone goal. They will play Worcester in the consolation game on Saturday at noon.

On Monday, the Margaretville Blue Devils claimed a 3-1 victory over the unbeaten SK Rams. Michael Gavette struck for two goals and Ryan McVitty scored one goal with Lenny Cordaro adding an assist. The two teams were tied 1-1 at the half. South Kortright's goal was scored by Declan McCracken.

On Tuesday, SK shutout Windham 5-0 as Trent Cole and Jacob Morton scored two goals each and Emerson Comer scored one goal. Assisting, with one each, were Eoin Byne and Jayden Sturniolo.

Roxbury defeated Gilboa 3-2 on Tuesday. Ian Walker and Peyton Proctor each scored a goal in regulation and Walker scored the winning penalty kick for the Rockets. William Cipolla and Jacob Strauch each scored for Gilboa.

Downsville shutout Jefferson 5-0 on Tuesday as Gavin Brunner led the way with a pair of goals and two assists and Tristan Reed had two assists. Chase Mabery, Ashton Townsend and Travis Houck contributed single. 

Girls action:

The Stamford girls defeated Hunter-Tannersville 3-2 on Thursday on their home field. Molly Koerner tallied a pair of goals and Hannah Kirby added a third, with Emily Clark having one assist in the win. Hunter got goals from Mckenzie Radcliffe and Marissa Legg. Radcliffe added an assist along with teammate Gwenn Glennon.

Downsville defeated Windham 5-1 at Windham. Rebecca Grashinski struck for a hat trick and added one assist, while teammate Kayla Houck and Kiahna Rowlands added singe goals to he win. Serena Beckmann scored the lone goal for the Lady Warriors.

The Roxbury Lady Rockets shoutout Davenport 4-0 on Thursday as four different players scored.

Payge DeMaio had one goal and an assist, Cortnea DeMaio had one goal, Myah Johnson scored one and Kimora Brown scored one. Roxbury got one assist each from Kylie DeMaio  and Olivia Greico.

Delhi Defeated Downsville 1-0 in a non-league pairing on Friday. Abbie Leahy scored the lone goal of the game for the win.

Stamford picked up win number two of the week with a 2-0 shutout over Gilboa. Annie Schultz and Emily Clark each connected for a goal and Shannon Hartwell had an assist in the win.

The South Kortright Lady Rams defeated Worcester 3-1 in overtime to advance from the opening round of the Chic Walshe Soccer Tournament in Davenport. They will face Milford in the championship game tomorrow at 2 p.m..

Lacey Eckert, Madison Coberly and Emily Anderson all scored to lift SK to the win. Worcester got its goal from Iriyah Hailey.

Milford shutout host Davenport 5-0 to win their advance to the championship game. Davenport and Worcester will meet in the consolation game.

The Margaretville Lady Blue Devils defeated South Kortright 5-2 in Monday's action. Ana Gavette scored two goals and teammates Natalia Herrera, Marisol Flores and Olivia Suyama added single goals to the win. South Kortright got goals from Emily Anderson and Lauren Dengler.

Roxbury blasted Gilboa 9-0 on their home field Tuesday with two goals each from Kylie DeMaio and Kimora Brown and single goals from Myah Johnson, Mikayla Wright, Livy Greico and Ryleigh Goodchild, while Cortnea DeMaio adds one goal and one assist and Payge DeMaio had two assists. 

On Tuesday, South Kortright shutout Windham 5-0 as Emily Anderson struck for a pair of goals and teammates Madison Coberly and Lacey Eckert added one goal and one assist each and Christina Chaker had one goal.

The Davenport Lady Wildcats defeated Hunter-Tannersville 4-2 on Tuesday as Ella Gerster and Aleigha Brockway each scored two goals to lead the win and teammate  Cadence Losie put up two assists. Hedda Flynn and Marissa Legg each scored for H-T.

Margaretville scored two second half goals to defeat Stamford 2-0 at Archibald Field on Tuesday. The two teams were tied 0-0 at the half. Herrera Natalia and Olivia Suyama each scored a goal and Marisol Flores had an assist in the win.

Photos below by Liz Page

Stamford's Ana Schulz(7) moves the ball upfield as Margaretville's Analyse Sass (10) give chase in Tuesday's soccer action. Margaretville won2-0.

Stamford's Tryhnati Donato (12) marks Margaretville's Olivia Suyama (9) in league soccer on Tuesday. Margaretville won 2-0.

Margaretville's Natalia Herrera (17) looks to move into scoring position Tuesday against Stamford's Emily Clark (9) and Breanna Wyble (5). Herrera eventually scored on of the two winning goals.

Stamford's Emily Clark (9) looks to move the ball around Margaretville's Analyse Sass (10) in soccer action Tuesday. Margaretville won it 2-0.

Stamford's Tryhnati Donato (12) moves in to interrupt Margaretville's Ashley Comano (2) in Delaware League soccer action at Russ Archibald Field on Tuesday. Margaretville won 2-0.

Stamford's Georgia Lynch (2) and Margaretville's Ana Gavette (13) do battle for possession of the ball during league action on Tuesday. Margaretville took home a 2-0 win.

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Director of Accessibility Services Joins National Panel on Disability

In the world of Accessibility, C-GCC’s own Director of Accessibility Services Catherine Carlson of Palenville,, is a guiding star.

Carlson, also past president of the New York State Disability Services Council, served as a speaker this month for the Lifting the Hood on Disability Services—Time for a Tune Up! Higher Ed Equity Session, lead by GlobalMindED — a non-profit organization that aims to close the equity gap by creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline.

Part of a larger, virtual series titled Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable moderated by Ryan Ross, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor Student Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion for the Colorado Community College System, Lifting the Hood focused on the lessons of the past and present in Accessibility Services, and how to best apply those lessons for the future.

“Accessibility Services started as a Civil Rights movement, and while we have made great progress, we still have work to do and will always have work to do,” said Carlson, adding that currently, she sees the most important role of Accessibility Services professionals as meeting all students “where they are.”

“Student success is what we should be focusing on, and when we do that, accessibility can’t be missed — it’s something all students need to succeed,” she said.

The sessions also included Lesley Owens-Pelton, director of the Office of Disability Services at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Penn., and Emily Perry, access and equity services professional with Colorado Community College Online.

GlobalMindED closes the equity gap by creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline through connections to role models, mentors, internships for least-resourced students, returning adults, First Gen-to-College, and inclusive leaders who teach them, work with them and hire them.

For more information about Accessibility Services at C-GCC, please visit
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NYSP Investigating New Baltimore Stabbing

The New York State Police in Catskill are seeking the public’s assistance with locating Deven Hotaling, 22, of Philmont, NY.  On September 25, 2021, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Hotaling was involved in a physical altercation in the area of State Route 9w, and State Route 144 in New Baltimore, that ended in a stabbing.  The 30-year-old victim was stabbed multiple times in the side and back and is currently receiving treatment at Albany Medical Center.  An arrest warrant for Hotaling has been issued for Assault first degree, a B felony and anyone with information with regards to Hotaling’s whereabouts are encouraged to call SP Catskill at (518) 622-8600. 

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Audubon Hawkwatch Open House in Oneonta to be held on October 2 from 10am-2pm.

By: Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society

For more information contact: Susan O'Handley, Publicity Chairperson, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Oneonta, NY; (607) 643-5680;

Featuring Hawk ID Workshop, Live Raptors, Trail Hike and Special Activities for Children

On Saturday, October 2 from 10 AM to 2 PM, the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will host an open house at the DOAS Sanctuary and Hawkwatch on Grange Hall Spur Road, Oneonta. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Directions are available at
Full Details including schedule for the day can be found at

PLEASE NOTE: Masks are not required for outdoor activities when distancing is possible, however they are required if people are in closer proximity (portions of the trail hike, in-the-barn sales, etc.).

Thousands of raptors of 15 species are counted each fall as they concentrate along the ridges overlooking Oneonta during their migration south for the winter months. The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society has operated the Franklin Mountain Hawkwatch to survey hawks and eagles migrating past their wildlife sanctuary in the Town of Davenport for over 25 years. Volunteers count hawks, eagles and vultures passing the site on most days from late August through December. The site is noted for its flights of Golden Eagles and Red-tailed Hawks. In some years, over 200 Golden Eagles and more than 2000 Red-tailed Hawks have been recorded passing the site on their way south. The best flights generally occur on days with north or northwest winds, usually following cold fronts.

Open House Schedule

At 10:00am, one of the Franklin Mountain hawk counters will conduct a workshop on how to identify flying hawks followed at 11:00am with a trail walk through the Sanctuary which will end at the Hawkwatch. During the Trail Walk portion of the event, at ~11am, new DOAS Board Director, Rob Katz will lead children’s activities in the field area near the Sanctuary Barn. At 12:30pm, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Missy Runyan from the Friends of the Feathered and Furry Wildlife Center will feature live raptors.

Missy Runyan with a rehabilitated Red-tailed Hawk just prior to release back into the wild at DOAS 2016 Open House. Photo by Tina Niesluchowski.

All attendees are encouraged to learn about the programs and opportunities offered throughout the year by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society.

FOR EVENT CALENDARS: Audubon Hawkwatch Open House in Oneonta will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 10 AM to 2 PM, presented by the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society.  The event takes place at the DOAS Sanctuary on Grange Hall Spur Road, Oneonta. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Directions are available at
Full Details including schedule for the day can be found at
PLEASE NOTE: Masks are not required for outdoor activities when distancing is possible, however they are required if people are in closer proximity (portions of the trail hike, in-the-barn sales, etc.).
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The Farmers’ Museum’s Receives Donation for the Junior Livestock Show’s Chobani Agricultural Leader Scholarships Essay Contest

Written By Editor on 9/26/21 | 9/26/21

Members of the Boonville Farms Cooperative visited The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York to present their donation of $2,550 for the 2021 Junior Livestock Show’s Chobani Agricultural Leader Scholarships Essay Contest. These funds will underwrite the Terra Jackson Award for next five years. The award recognizes the most outstanding essay submission. 

The Terra Jackson Scholarship was created to salute a respected committee member who helped establish the essay contest. In honor of Terra Jackson’s commitment to youth in agriculture and the dedication she brought to the committee, a special scholarship of $500 was offered in her memory. Terra was a Chobani employee and a dear friend of the Diary Industry.


The 2021 Junior Livestock Show’s Chobani Agricultural Leader Scholarships essay contest recognizes young agricultural leaders in our region. Each year, youth who are participating in The Farmers’ Museum’s annual Junior Livestock Show are encouraged to participate in the essay contest. Winners for this year’s contest will be announced shortly.

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Franklin Farmers' Market Featuring Thumbs & The Professor

The Franklin Farmers’ Market is pleased to welcome Thumbs & The Professor to the Music at the Market stage on Sunday, October 3rd, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The duo includes Tim Iversen and Will Walker who will be playing a wide variety of traditional and original blues. 
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.
Will Walker is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter based in Cooperstown, NY. He writes poetic and melodic songs of family, memory, love, and resilience. He is a regular performer at venues across the region, both solo and with his band, Bourbon & Branch.
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 d├ęcor.
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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The Farmers’ Museum Postpones Tractor Fest In Favor of Its Celebration of Autumn Event

The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown has canceled its fall event, Tractor Fest, originally scheduled for October 9-10. In its place, the museum is encouraging the public to visit on weekends through October 11 to experience its ongoing seasonal event Celebration of Autumn (visit for more information). Tractor Fest, which attracts upwards of 2,500 visitors, will return in 2022 when the issue of indoor crowding ceases to pose any potential COVID-related public health risks. 


The Farmers' Museum remains open to the public through October 31, when it closes for the season. Events such as Thanksgiving at The Farm and Holiday Lantern Tours are still scheduled to take place later in the 2021.


Hours: Through October 11 (open daily, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) and October 12-31: (open Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., closed Mondays). Please visit for ticket prices and additional information.





About The Farmers’ Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

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C-GCC Recognizes Three for Exemplary Service

In recognition of the outstanding work and achievements made during the 2020 – 2021 school year, three members of Columbia-Greene Community College’s faculty, administration, and staff were honored this month at a college-wide meeting held prior to the start of the Fall semester.

These annual awards are given to employees who have exhibited exemplary contributions to the mission of the College. This year, the "George Washington Award" was given to Professor of Criminal Justice Bill DeLuca of Catskill "for his leadership skills and extraordinary form of integrity and conviction."

The Ada Lovelace Award was given to Assistant for Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness Diana Smith, also of Catskill, for  "outstanding contributions as C-GCC’s Analytical Engine and the heart of its institutional data."

The Arnold Palmer Award was presented to Dean of Academic Affairs Casey O’Brien, Ed.D., of Slingerlands for his thoughtful, charismatic, and intelligent leadership in both Academic Affairs and Institutional Assessment.
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New Electrical Program Boosts Student Opportunities

SCHOHARIE – A new electrical trades program on the Schoharie Campus of the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School is plugging students in the region into a host of new career opportunities.

Launched at the start of the 2021-22 school year, the Electrical Trades program prepares students for careers as electricians, lineman and within other sectors of the industry. Offered for decades on the Albany Campus, the program teaches students the fundamental skills in electrical theory through classroom instruction and hands-on shop lessons. Graduates can either further their education or enter the field through apprenticeships and go on to become successful residential, commercial and industrial wiring professionals.

A total of 91 students are enrolled in the program this year between the two campuses with nearly two dozen students taking advantage of the new program on the Schoharie campus.

Students say they love the opportunities that training in electrical trades offers.

“Being an electrician is something that can help me with whatever I do as a career. Whether I go into computer technology or being an electrician, knowing how electricity works and how to use it very important,” said Griffin Boehlke, a junior from Duanesburg.

"My brother was in the program in Albany and he is a lineman now and he got me real excited about all of the opportunities you have with the education you get at BOCES,” added classmate Jack Shea, who attends the program from Voorheesville.

A key element of the expanded electrical trades program has been the support of local businesses who are donating time and materials to make the program a success, as well as offering to host students for work-based learning and taking part in career fairs.

Those businesses include Wolberg Electric, Allied Electric Supply, Martin Electric and MIDTEL, said Capital Region BOCES Business Liaison Nancy Liddle.

Jeff Palmer, director of Career and Technical Education at Capital Region BOCES said he is pleased that BOCES could expand the program to Schoharie County.

“The demand from students and schools alike was there and I am pleased that we were able to find the room on our Schoharie Campus to meet the demand,” Palmer said’ “I look forward to seeing the continued success of our graduates from the program as we meet the needs of our school and business partners alike.”Remember to Subscribe!
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C-GCC Employees Earn Longevity Awards for Years of Service

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


Contact: Olive Shaffer, 518.828.4181, ext. 3431

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

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

The 2021 C-GCC Longevity Award recipients are:

10 Years

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

15 Years

Director of Human Resources Melissa Fandozzi of Athens;

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

20 Years

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

30 Years

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

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

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

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7 PM

Andes Faculty and Staff Journal Writers

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

Jennifer Finkle
Founder, Random Acts of Kindness Journal

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

Beatrice Georgalidis
Bright Hill Executive Director, Project Producer and Emcee

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

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

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

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


RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

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

Kindness Chain Key:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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