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The Best Gifts from Schoharie County

Bassett Healthcare Network to Advance Support of Parents and Children with New Grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

Written By Editor on 1/27/22 | 1/27/22

The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation has publically announced Bassett Healthcare Network as the recipient of a $125,000 grant for 2022. The funds will help further establish Bassett’s Parental Support Program that combines family mental and emotional health with traditional pediatric care in an effort to more comprehensively meet family needs.


“In 2017, we started the Healthy Steps Program in our Cooperstown Pediatric Clinic,” explains Susan Weil, behavioral health consultant and parent support specialist at Bassett Healthcare Network. “It offered parents with very young children an array of services, including well-child appointments. Those expanded the standard physical check-ups to include screenings, information about child growth and development, and check-ins with a counselor. Last year we took those most successful parts of Healthy Steps and what we learned about community needs and replaced it with Parental Support.” The support from Mother Cabrini will help continue to establish the new program.


Parental Support restructures Healthy Steps to make it more sustainable while also expanding it in two ways. First, it will now be available in both Cooperstown and Oneonta. Secondly, it offers help to the families of all pediatric patients, not just infants and toddlers.


“Healthy Steps helped us come alongside new moms dealing with postpartum anxiety and depression,” says Weil. “It’s such a common struggle. But when it comes to other parenting challenges, most of us go into parenthood thinking we’ll just do our best to be really great parents and not make any mistakes. It takes time for parents to see where they might benefit from a counselor. We don’t want a program where families age out just as they feel that need.”


In addition to well-child appointments, the program will offer parenting groups using the widely-respected Circle of Security curriculum. The groups should help parents understand their children’s needs and recognize their own strengths as well as weaknesses. Weil hopes to start the first of these groups on a virtual platform by the spring.


“As our Surgeon General formally acknowledged in December, there is a youth mental health crisis in this country,” says Weil. “The best way to meet these challenges is to address them early in kids’ lives. We believe that empowering parents with these sorts of resources will make a real difference in the long run.”


To learn more about the Parent Support Program and the virtual parent groups starting this year, please contact Susan Weil at 607-547-3870.


The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of targeted communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services. Named in memory of a tireless advocate for immigrants, children, and the poor, the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation provides flexible support for new and innovative approaches that enhance health and wellness across New York State. For more information, visit 

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Written By Editor on 1/26/22 | 1/26/22

The Community Foundation of Otsego County has welcomed over 300 donors since its inception in 2019. Otego writer Dennis Fowler is the latest, with a generous donation creating The Greater Otego Library and Education Fund. 

Mr. Fowler, a 50-year resident of rural Otego, is a successful writer with nearly 60 books published, including a recent science fiction novel, “Earth’s Song.” A Princeton graduate in economics, Dennis worked in New York City with his wife Peggy before embarking on his life-long writing career. They moved to Otego in the 1970’s where they became deeply involved in the community - she in Orpheus Theatre and Habitat for Humanity, he in the Otego Harris Memorial Library, where he became board president and directed an expansion of the building.

Looking back on his life in Otego, Dennis was searching for a way to give back to the place he loves. When he heard about the work the Community Foundation of Otsego County was doing and hoped to do, he saw a perfect partner. He opened a Field of Interest Fund housed at CFOC – The Greater Otego Library and Education Fund – which is focused on maintaining the Harris Memorial Library building, supporting library programs and operations, and encouraging activities to educate and enhance the lives of all the people of his beloved Otego. 

“Dennis’ love for Otego and his piece of it is obvious in every sentence he speaks,” observes Jeff Katz, the new executive director of the Community Foundation of Otsego County. While he watches the world outside his window, Fowler expresses great hopes for his hometown and village: “Otego is such a wonderful place. I just want to see it succeed.” For Dennis Fowler that isn’t simply talk. By establishing The Greater Otego Library and Education Fund within the Community Foundation of Otsego County, Dennis is helping make his and others’ dreams a reality. 

Harris Librarian Sarah Livingston says: "The Board of Trustees of the Harris Memorial Library is proud to work with the Community Foundation of Otsego County towards the goal of making the Harris Library a welcoming place for the Otego community, now and for years to come. We thank the donor who has made these goals possible and has so generously helped secure the future of an Otego institution."

"It was a pleasure to work with Dennis to create a fund which will enhance life in Otego for many, many years to come," said Harry Levine, board president of the Community Foundation of Otsego County. "A key goal of the Community Foundation is to channel people's generosity in the most effective way possible. There couldn't be a better way to start a new year than to announce the new Greater Otego Library and Education Fund at the Community Foundation of Otsego County." Levine encourages anyone with questions about creating a fund at the Community Foundation to email

The Community Foundation offers a range of services and plans to assist donors in meeting their charitable goals. The CFOC also continues to invite nonprofits working in Otsego County to apply for new awards going into 2022; there are no application deadlines. For more information please visit the Community Foundation of Otsego County website,, or email

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Ice Harvest set for February 5 at Hanford Mills

Written By Editor on 1/25/22 | 1/25/22

Save the Date: Ice Harvest on Saturday, February 5Ice Harvest at Hanford Mills logo
The region’s “coolest” tradition returns! 

Plans are well underway for a streamlined Ice Harvest on Saturday, February 5, 10 am to 3 pm. Visitors can take part in a traditional ice harvest, using tools and techniques from the early 20th century. Before mechanical refrigeration, ice was a valued winter crop for farmers. 

At the event, if the ice is thick enough, visitors can borrow ice cleats from the Museum and walk on the frozen Mill Pond and use an ice saw to cut ice. The ice blocks, which typically weigh 50 pounds, are then transferred to the ice house by bobsled. The ice is stacked in the ice house, insulated with sawdust from the Mill. The ice will be used to make ice cream in the summer and stay frozen until the fall. 

Ice Carving, Blacksmithing, Vendors and Exhibitors

The SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Carving Team will create sculptures out of ice. There will also be blacksmithing demonstrations and local vendors and exhibitors including Catharina's Hats and Mittens, the Cooperstown Distillery, the Catskill Forest Association, the Watershed Agricultural Council, and Intelligent Green Solutions. 

No Soup Buffet
There will not be a Hot Soup Buffet or any food concessions at this year’s Ice Harvest Festival. With continuing COVID concerns, there is not enough space for large groups of people to gather indoors at the Museum. There will be complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, and tea.

Check in for latest conditions
With Ice Harvest, there are always contingency plans depending on the depth and strength of the ice. For the February 5 event, Hanford Mills will also follow CDC and public health guidelines and adapt the event accordingly. As of January 21, the ice on the Mill Pond was ten inches thick. Check the website for the latest updates and important information on making your Ice Harvest experience an especially good one. We'll also post updates on our Facebook page.

No photography allowed on the ice
For safety reasons, visitors may not take photos, with a camera or cellphone, while standing on the ice. 

Ice Harvest Videos
Learn about the ice harvesting process by watching the Ice Harvesting videos on the Museum's YouTube Channel. 

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SUNY Cobleskill to Host COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Clinic, Open to the Public by Appointment

SUNY Cobleskill is hosting a COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Clinic, open to students, staff, and the general public, on Thursday, January 27. The clinic is being held in partnership with the Schoharie County Department of Health.


                        Appointments can be made to receive either the Pfizer or Moderna booster shots. Please visit the College’s website ( for eligibility and appointment scheduling information.


WHEN:            Thursday, January 27, 2022
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


WHERE:         SUNY Cobleskill

                        Bouck Hall Gymnasium (Campus Map)

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Brothers Arrested on Burglary and Larceny Charges

Written By Editor on 1/24/22 | 1/24/22

Two brothers have been arrested as a result of an investigation into several break-ins and larcenies in Delaware County.  

On January 14, 2022 members of the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations in Margaretville arrested Nehemiah A. Clark, age 42 of Grand Gorge, NY and Jeremiah A. Clark, age 40 of Grand Gorge, NY after an execution of a search warrant.  Investigators located over two dozen stolen items ranging from tools, equipment, personal items and sports items.  
Each man was charged with:
•    Two counts of Burglary in the third degree, a class “D” felony  
•    Two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree, a class “E” felony
•    Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fifth degree, a class “A” misdemeanor
Both men were arraigned.  J. Clark was released on his own recognizance, he also has additional charges from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department.  N. Clark was remanded to the Delaware County Jail.  
The New York State Police were assisted by Delaware County Sheriffs and the Roxbury Constable during the investigation.  

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Bassett Medical Center’s Nurse Residency Program Receives Prestigious Accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center

Written By Editor on 1/23/22 | 1/23/22

Cooperstown, N.Y. –Bassett Medical Center’s Nurse Residency Program was recently accredited as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transition Programs. As a result, the program is recognized by the ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program® (PTAP) as an Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP). This accreditation will last four years until January 2026.


“Our accreditation is an important assurance that we are serving our nurse residents well,” says Julie Hall, RN. MSN. “The team that produces the program put a lot of effort, time and care into our residents. It feels good to have an objective outside organization confirm that our work is truly making a difference. Many of our BHN nursing leaders are a product of the nurse residency program, myself included. It is an excellent way to enter into practice.”


During the certification process, the ANCC reviews the quality of the program, the knowledge and experience of faculty, the satisfaction of the current residents, the improvement it lends to patient care and outcomes, and confirms that it uses evidence-based practices. The ANCC PTAP certification, therefore, will help the program recruit future residents by confirming that it reaches high standards in each of these areas.


“While the program’s purpose is to invest in our nurses, it is also a complement to Bassett’s overall mission to care for the health and well-being of our patients and community,” says Hall. “Our residents are dedicated, hardworking, excellent caregivers who sometimes decide to remain in the network long term. This is a win-win-win for resident nurses, Bassett Healthcare Network, and our patients.”


Bassett Medical Center’s Nurse Residency Program is a year-long nurse residency program for graduate nurses or registered nurses with minimal hospital-based nursing background. The program includes clinically-oriented classes, as well as individual bedside teaching and observational experiences off the unit. Residents may work in a variety of settings within the hospital, including in medical, surgical, critical care, pediatrics, operating room, same-day/ambulatory procedure, ambulatory care, and emergency departments. 

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Bassett Healthcare Network Receives White Coat Award in Recognition of Prescription Accuracy

Written By Editor on 1/20/22 | 1/20/22

Bassett Healthcare Network recently received Surescripts’ White Coat Award in recognition of its efforts advancing prescription accuracy and patient safety. Surescripts is a health information company that services health systems, pharmacies, and electronic health records vendors across the nation. It specifically recognized Bassett for its successful adoption and use of its RxChange communication tool.


“At Bassett, we wanted e-prescription technology to make the process safer as well as faster,” explains Gretchen Hodgdon, MD, Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine/Prime Care. “When we started using our prescription system, most commercial pharmacies could accept new scripts electronically, but not script changes or cancelations. That could result in multiple active prescriptions if medications or dosages changed. That’s a big patient safety issue. We had to wait for the national pharmacies to catch up with what we wanted.”


Dr. Hodgdon, along with Travis Cobb, Willow/Beacon Clinical Applications Supervisor; Heather Brown, Inpatient/Willow Clinical Applications Manager; and Sherri Murphey, Nurse Manger,  BMC Prime Care and Fox Physician Practices, monitored pharmacy industry progress. In early 2019 when they began the project, only 30 percent of area pharmacies were prepared to receive script change messages.  In 2021, when over 70% of area pharmacies were prepared to receive script change, the team decided it was time to go live with a fully integrated system. After a trial pilot program, Bassett’s system became fully electronic this year.


“This is better than the old days of paper scripts,” says Dr. Hodgdon. “Back then, there would still be two paper scripts on file. Now not only can I delete the outdated scripts from the file, but the system also runs checks and alerts me of similar scripts or other drugs in the same class.”


"Surescripts White Coat Award winners are committed to leveraging technology to increase patient safety, accelerate time to therapy and help patients get the best possible care through their efforts to create clear and accurate e-prescriptions," says Joe Montler, chief customer officer of Surescripts, in the company’s official release. "We applaud not only their gains in prescription accuracy, but their remarkable progress moving the entire healthcare industry forward."


Visit Surescripts White Coat Award Recognizes 12 Healthcare Leaders for... - Surescripts Press Release to learn more.

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National Seed Swap Day Rescheduled

National Seed Swap Day 2022 in January RESCHEDULED due to COVID-19 Concerns

The Schoharie Master Gardeners will be rescheduling their annual seed swap on February 26th, 2022 from 10am-Noon at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 173 South Grand Street, Cobleskill, NY 12043. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring seeds to swap and there will be plenty for people to take home. Seeds will include vegetables, herbs and flowers. There will also be gardening books to swap. Masks will be mandatory.


If you have questions, you can email Jessica Holmes at or call 518-234-4303 ext. 119.

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Windham Fire District - Notice of Regular Meetings

Please take notice that the Windham Fire District of the town of Windham County of Greene, New York, will hold its regular meetings for the year 2022 on Third Wednesday of every month at 6 o’clock p.m. on such date at Town Hall 371 NY-296, Hensonville, NY 12439.  All meetings of the Windham Fire District are open to the public.
This notice is being posted in accordance with the provisions of Section 94 of the Public Officers Law of the State of New York.
By order of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Windham Fire District.

_Sandra Allen_________
                                                                              Windham Fire District

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Craft Festival Seeking Applicants

Written By Editor on 1/19/22 | 1/19/22

Applications are currently being accepted for the 41st Annual Friendship Craft Festival sponsored by the Church Of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs. It will take place on Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Spring Park on Scenic US Route 20.

For information and an application go to, e-mail or call Carla at 315-858-1451.

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The Thomas Cole Site’s Annual “Sunday Salons” Series Returns for its Nineteenth Year on Sunday, January 30

The Series Presents Timely Conversations on American Art and Landscape with Artists, Writers, Community Members, Scholars, and the Next Generation of Leaders in the Field  


Catskill, NY – January 13, 2022 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site’s annual “Sunday Salons” series returns for its nineteenth year this Sunday, January 30 at 2 pm live on Zoom. The January and February Salons will stream on Zoom and we hope to host the March and April Salons in person at the historic site in Catskill, New York.  


The series presents timely conversations with inspiring individuals including artists, writers, community members, scholars, and the next generation of leaders in the field. The conversations explore the contemporary resonance of the artist and early environmentalist Thomas Cole (1801-1848). Cole founded the first major art movement of the United States, now known as the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The themes that he explored in his art and writings—such as landscape preservation and our conception of nature as a restorative power—are both historic and timely. 


Sunday, January 30 at 2 pm (Live on Zoom) 

A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco, a conversation with the artist Marc Swanson, whose work will be featured at both the Thomas Cole Historic Site and at Mass MoCA later this year, with Denise Markonish, Senior Curator and Director of Exhibitions at MASS MoCA, and Kate Menconeri, Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Contemporary Art, and Fellowship at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site 


Join a discussion with the artist and curators about the forthcoming exhibition “Marc Swanson: A Memorial to Ice at the Dead Deer Disco.” The exhibition, curated by Denise Markonish, will be presented at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts (Mar 12, 2022-Jan 1, 2023) and at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, New York (Jul 16-Nov 27, 2022).  


Sunday, February 27 at 2 pm (Live on Zoom) 

Object Lessons: Selections from the Thomas Cole Collection, featuring Pippa Biddle and Benjamin Davidson, Contributors to The Magazine Antiques and Founders and Owners of Quittner Antiques in the Hudson Valley 


Join Pippa and Benjamin for a deep dive into collection objects from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, inspired by their bi-monthly Object Lesson column for The Magazine Antiques.  


Sunday, March 20 at 2 pm (Pending virtual or Catskill) 

Indians in the Landscape: Painting Over Indigenous Sovereignty in the 19th Century, featuring Dr. Scott Manning Stevens, Associate Professor and Director of Native American Studies and Associate Professor of English Department, Syracuse University 


Join Dr. Stevens, a citizen of the Akwesasne Mohawk nation, who holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree from Harvard University. Dr. Stevens is a current fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His expertise is in Museum Studies, Native American Cultures of the Northeast, Native American Literatures, and Visual Culture.  


Sunday, April 3 at 2 pm (Pending virtual or Catskill)  

Cole Fellows’ Research Presentations, featuring the 2021 Cole Fellows: Isabelle Bohling, Adaeze Dikko, Brooke Krancer and Oriana Tang 


Join Isabelle Bohling, Adaeze Dikko, Brooke Krancer and Oriana Tang as they share their original primary research conducted over the course of their fellowship. Spanning deep dives into the work of Thomas Cole to the history of land protection to previously unknown stories of the people who once lived and worked at the historic property, these presentations will be full of new discoveries and fascinating research that is vital to future site-wide initiatives. 


Information and reservations are available via Reservations may include a suggested donation of $12. Previous Sunday Salons are available to stream at 


Support for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site programs and operations provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, The Bay & Paul Foundations, the Enoch Foundation, The Manitou Fund, Humanities New York SHARP Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal American Rescue Plan, The Educational Foundation of America, The J. M. Kaplan Fund, Tianaderrah Foundation, and the Kindred Spirits Society of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. 


Thomas Cole National Historic Site  

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is an international destination presenting the original home and studios of the artist and early environmentalist Thomas Cole (1801-1848). Cole founded the first major art movement of the United States, now known as the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Located on 6 acres in the Hudson Valley, the site includes the 1815 Main House; Cole’s 1839 Old Studio; the reconstructed 1846 New Studio building; and gardens and grounds with panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. It is a National Historic Landmark and an affiliated area of the National Park System. The Thomas Cole Site’s activities include guided and self-guided tours, special exhibitions of both 19th-century and contemporary art, print publications, lectures, extensive online programs, school programs, the Cole Fellowship, free community events, and innovative public programs such as the Hudson River School Art Trail—a map and website that enables people to visit the places in nature that Cole painted – and the Hudson River Skywalk – a new scenic walkway connecting the Thomas Cole Site with Frederic Church’s Olana over the Hudson River. The goal of all programs at the Thomas Cole Site is to enable visitors to find meaning and inspiration in Thomas Cole’s life and work. The themes that Cole explored in his art and writings—such as landscape preservation and our conception of nature as a restorative power—are both historic and timely, providing the opportunity to connect to audiences with insights that are highly relevant to their own lives. 


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Mountain Top Cares Coalition (MCC) Launches Public Access Naloxone (PAN) Program

Valley Health Services (VHS) in Herkimer has been finding success in its Nurse Aid Training Program that helps its resident assistants become certified nursing assistants (CNAs). The 120-hour course is taught by Peggy Cool, RN, through The Center for Corporate and Community Education at Mohawk Valley Community College. It teaches basic nursing skills, preparing students to care for residents and qualifying them to sit for the CNA Exam. Five resident assistants completed the program in October and three in December.
Lisa Betrus, VHS president and Bassett Healthcare Network senior vice president, chief Strategy and Transformation officer said, “We are extremely grateful for the commitment and dedication of these students to further their education for the benefit of our residents. All of us at Valley Health are extremely proud of these individuals’ accomplishments, especially in this time of a global pandemic and national shortage of direct healthcare workers.”
Valley Health Services will be offering more Nurse Assistant Training Programs in the near future. It is seeking those interested in beginning a career in healthcare. For more information, please contact the Human Resources department at 31-866-3330, extension 2254. 

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Bassett Healthcare Network Pausing Inpatient Visitation Effective January 19

Written By Editor on 1/18/22 | 1/18/22

Cooperstown, N.Y. – Bassett Healthcare Network is temporarily suspending visitation to inpatient units across all of its hospitals: A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta; Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown; Cobleskill Regional Hospital; Little Falls Hospital; and O’Connor Hospital in Delhi. The visitation pause will take effect on Wednesday, January 19.

As community virus spread around Central New York remains high with the extremely contagious Omicron variant, Bassett Healthcare Network will take these measures to protect the safety and health of its patients and staff. Extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis, including for end-of-life patients or those who are cognitively impaired.

After January, community virus trends will be reassessed, and officials will determine whether it is safe to restore visitation. Until then, Bassett Healthcare Network extends its appreciation to all patients, families, and community members for their patience and understanding as the organization works to keep safeguards in place. In addition to inpatient areas, Bassett’s emergency departments continue to suspend visitation.

In areas where visitation is still occurring – like long-term care facilities and outpatient clinics – special testing processes or other restrictions are currently in place. Visit for the latest guidelines.

Community COVID-19 Testing
For patients and community members experiencing minor symptoms – like a sore throat, cough, runny nose, headache, chills, body aches, or low-grade fever – the following COVID-19 testing options are the best course of action:

Patients are urged not to use emergency departments for routine COVID-19 testing; please reserve emergency department resources for people experiencing emergent and critical care needs.

Get a COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as Possible and Mask Up
The most important thing we can do right now to help control the spread of COVID-19 – including the Omicron variant – is to get vaccinated as soon as possible, including obtaining a booster shot. COVID-19 vaccines are free and available in all of Bassett Healthcare Network’s clinics, school-based health centers, and at regularly scheduled community vaccine clinics. Visit for the latest list of clinic events.

Additionally, always wearing a properly fitting mask in public, washing your hands frequently, and staying home when you experience symptoms are all effective and responsible practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19, flu, and other respiratory illnesses.

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HELIOS CARE Announces Staff Promotions

Oneonta, NY – In recognition of their exceptional contributions to our organization, Helios Care is pleased to announce the promotions of several staff members.


Kelly McGraw has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for management of on-going operations and the integration of strategic initiatives leading to organizational growth. “I am very excited for Kelly in her new role,” CEO and President Dan Ayres said. “Her experience and wide array of skills makes her perfect for this position as Helios Care continues to embark on a course of innovation in the delivery of care to patients with serious illness and life-limiting conditions.”


McGraw, a resident of Oneonta, joined Helios Care in 2006 serving in a variety of roles, most recently as the Director of Access, with a focus on ensuring open pathways to services and high patient and provider satisfaction. “I have always been in awe of and inspired by the dedication and commitment of our clinicians from all disciplines,” said McGraw. “I am excited to work more closely with the clinical leadership team to support our talented clinical staff, while implementing strategies to expand the reach of our mission to more members of our community who need us.”


Erika Morell, RN, has been promoted to the Director of Nursing. She is responsible for ensuring that patient care is coordinated and managed appropriately throughout all three counties and for ensuring that care and services are delivered appropriately. “With her natural aptitude for leadership, strong knowledge base and proven dedication to Helios Care, Erika is uniquely qualified to take on this expanded role,” said McGraw. “I am confident in her abilities to direct the high-quality services Helios Care is known for and strives to uphold.”


Morell, a resident of Decatur, has been with Helios Care since 2004. Beginning as an LPN, Morell piloted the utilization of LPNs to support patients between RN visits before pursuing her RN degree and most recently served as a Director of Patient Services. “I look forward to my continued service and contributions to Helios Care as it is my passion to provide care to our community,” said Morell. “I am incredibly blessed in working for such an amazing organization who provides a level of support that you will not find anywhere else.”


Ron Brooke, Jr. has been promoted to Director of Human Resources, responsible for the management of the employees of Helios Care. “I am very happy to elevate a member of our team to a position of greater responsibility,” said Ayres. “Ron has earned it and will serve Helios Care well in his new role.”  


Brooke, a resident of Maryland, has been with Helios Care since 2015, advancing through progressively more responsible positions in medical records, finance, and payroll and benefits. “Ron brings a wealth of knowledge and talent to his new position,” said Pam Finch, Chief Financial Officer. “His commitment and dedication to make Helios Care the best place to work is evident through the stewardship he shows on a daily basis.”


Additional organizational changes to support our uncompromised commitment to patient care include Lucy Straut, RN, becoming the Assistant Director of Nursing and Amy Weinmuller, RN, serving as Access Team Leader. Alisha Rule, Director of Family Support Services and Tammy Christman, Director of Volunteer Services and Community Outreach, continue to be members of the clinical management team now led by McGraw.


“I am confident that these promotions will continue to improve the experiences of our patients and families while strengthening our overall agency structure,” said Ayres. “As we continue to grow and innovate as an organization, I am confident that these leaders will help to prepare us for the future.”

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Black History Series Continues Jan 20th

MIDDLEBURGH – “Rediscovering the Forgotten History of Blacks in Schoharie County” an educational series and book club discussion led by the Schoharie County Historical Society will continue on Thursday, January 20 at 7 p.m. at the Middleburgh Library, located at 323 Main Street in Middleburgh, NY.

Based on chapter six of the book “Discovering the Forgotten History of Blacks in Schoharie County”, written by the late Jack Daniels, the presentation will be led by Schoharie County Historian Ted Shuart. Shuart will examine what it means when Schoharie County is referred to as the “Breadbasket of the American Revolution” and cover the topics of the Civil War, Colored Troops, and the Underground Railroad.

Following the presentation, participants will be encouraged to take part in an open and respectful discussion on what they have heard, learned, and read.

On Thursday, February 17, the series will continue when Schoharie County Historical Society Trustee and Genealogist Catherine Adams will lead a discussion based on chapters seven and eight of the book, taking a look at Black families and individuals found in the record, including Chloe, the Vedders, and the Rays, along with other interesting tidbits.

The series will wrap up on Thursday, March 24 with several featured presenters sharing final thoughts and revisiting themes and topics raised throughout the previous five programs. The final presentation will be followed by a reception and time for discussion and reflection.  

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Nursing Assistant at Valley Health Services Receives Statewide Recognition for Providing Excellent Care

Written By Editor on 1/11/22 | 1/11/22

Valley Health Services (VHS) and LeadingAge New York recently recognized the extraordinary service of Kathleen Cimino, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and hairdresser at VHS, with a 2021 Employee of Distinction Award. Lisa Betrus, VHS president and Bassett Healthcare Network senior vice-president, presented Cimino with the award at a caregiver celebration in November. LeadingAge New York then recognized Cimino in their virtual Annual Awards Ceremony in early December.


“When I learned about this award, I cried,” says Cimino. "We kind of lose track of why we’re here in the day-to-day rush. You don’t go in each morning to do something good—you do it because you have to. Getting something like this focuses you again.”


The path Cimino’s career has taken is almost as remarkable as her service. Like so many other things, her successful twenty-four year career as a hairdresser at VHS was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. Rather than just closing shop during the lockdown, she chose to enroll in CNA classes in order to serve VHS residents in a new capacity. When she was certified in August, 2020 she began the hardest job she’s ever done—and loved it.


“Kathy was among the first at VHS to volunteer to care for COVID positive patients,” says Betrus. “She is a family member of a VHS resident, so she understands on a very personal level how crucial it is for residents to have someone close on their toughest days. She put herself in the path of the virus to be the liaison they needed to listen, understand and help them. She has been an important source of comfort and support for our residents.”


As a CNA, Cimino monitors residents’ vitals, charts progress and helps them eat, use the restroom, and maintain good hygiene. But she also volunteers her own time with the Activities Department and continues to wash, set and primp residents’ hair.


“Kathy Cimino is very good to me,” explained a VHS resident in Cimino’s award nomination. “She calls me her ‘adopted grandmother.’ She has a way about her that makes residents feel comfortable. And as a hairdresser, Kathy makes me feel beautiful.”


Cimino understands hairdressing as a vital part of caring for residents’ emotional wellbeing. “When you look good, you feel good,” she explains.


LeadingAge New York, formerly the New York Association of Homes & Services for the Aging, represents over 600 not-for-profit continuing-care providers across New York State. Nominees for its annual Employee of Distinction awards come from member organizations but recipients are chosen by LeadingAge. Cimino is the 2021 winner for the eleven-county Central/North Region.


To learn more about Valley Health Services, visit the VHS webpage or call (315) 866-3330.

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Maple Syrup Production for Beginners

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 6pm-8pm via Zoom

Are you interested in making your own maple syrup?  Are you a small scale sugarmaker interested in upgrading your operation?  If so, join Cornell maple specialist, Aaron Wightman, for a 2-hour virtual workshop.  In this class we will cover:

Site assessment - determining suitability of a woodlot for maple syrup production
Sap collection options - best practices for collecting sap with buckets and tubing
Syrup production - overview of process of turning sap into syrup
Grading and quality - review of syrup grading requirements and tips for top quality
Maple producers and aspiring sugarmakers of all skill levels are welcome.  We will leave plenty of time for Q&A, so bring your questions!


Please register using this link:


If you have questions, email Jessica Holmes at or call 518-234-4303 ext. 119.

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Bassett Healthcare Network Holding COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Clinics in Sidney on January 12 and 13

Written By Editor on 1/10/22 | 1/10/22

Bassett Healthcare Network is holding COVID-19 booster vaccine clinics at A.O. Fox Hospital’s Tri-Town Campus in Sidney on Jan. 12 and 13. Patients are asked to arrive at 43 Pearl Street West in Sidney and come in the front doors to the far right in the front of the building.


Clinic details:

·         Dates and Times:

o    Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

o    Thursday, January 13, 2022, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

·         Vaccinations offered: Moderna COVID-19 booster doses. Patients must be 18 or older.

·         Open to the public. Recipients do not need to be established Bassett patients.

·         Appointments are required. Call 607-563-7080 to schedule.

·         Patients are asked to bring their insurance prescription cards and vaccination cards.

·         Patients may read and complete the consent form online ahead of time:


Visit for current booster eligibility criteria. COVID-19 vaccinations are provided at no cost.


People in the following groups are at highest risk for COVID-19:

People with serious long-term health problems (lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease and blood disorders)
People with immune system weakness (cancer treatment, long-term steroid therapy, HIV/AIDS and other immune diseases)
People 50 years of age and older

Please check the CDC or NYS Department of Health websites for other high-risk categories and more flu and COVID-19 information. You can help fight the flu, COVID-19, and other sickness by washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth and nose when you cough, and staying home from work or school if you have symptoms.

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Gun recovered and two men arrested in connection with robbery in Davenport

On January 8, 2022 New York State Police at Oneonta arrested two men for the class “B” felony of Robbery in the first degree. 

On January 7, 2022 shortly before 5:30 p. m., troopers responded to a report of a robbery at gunpoint in the town of Davenport. 

An investigation revealed that two men known to the victim threatened, pistol whipped and stole items from him. 

On January 8, 2022, shortly after midnight, Investigators arrested Ryan P. Flood, age 42 of Davenport.  He was also found in possession of an unregistered and loaded gun.  Flood was arrested and charged with:

Robbery in the first degree, a class “B” felony.
Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree, a class “C” felony
Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the third degree, a class “D” felony. 
On January 8, 2022, shortly after 5:00 a.m., Timothy L. White, age 34 of Oneonta, NY was arrested and charged with Robbery in the first degree, a class “B” felony.

Both men were arraigned and remanded to Delaware County jail on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. 

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Bassett Holding COVID-19, Pediatric COVID-19 and Flu Vaccine Clinic in Edmeston on January 15, 2022

Written By Editor on 1/9/22 | 1/9/22

Cooperstown, N.Y. – Bassett Healthcare Network is holding a COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine clinic at the Edmeston Central School gymnasium (11 North Street, Edmeston) on Saturday, January 15, 2022 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.


Clinic details:

·         Date: January 15, 2022

·         Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

·         Vaccinations offered:

o    Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 1st, 2nd, and 3rd (booster) dose shots;

o    Flu shots;

o    Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 shots.

·         Open to the public. Recipients do not need to be established Bassett patients.

·         No appointments necessary.

·         All vaccinations will be provided at no cost to the patient.

·         Patients should bring their vaccination cards.

·         Patients may read and complete the consent form online ahead of time:


Visit for current booster eligibility criteria.


People in the following groups are at highest risk for COVID-19:

People with serious long-term health problems (lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, kidney disease and blood disorders)
People with immune system weakness (cancer treatment, long-term steroid therapy, HIV/AIDS and other immune diseases)
People 50 years of age and older

Please check the CDC or NYS Department of Health websites for other high-risk categories and more flu and COVID-19 information. You can help fight the flu, COVID-19, and other sickness by washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth and nose when you cough, and staying home from work or school if you have symptoms.

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Cooperstown, New York — Fenimore Art Museum presents four new virtual tours focusing on the museum’s renowned collections. Tours take place on Tuesdays, January 18 through March 8 from 2:00-2:30 p.m. and are conducted via Zoom. See the full schedule and tour descriptions at


Fenimore offers virtual tours free of charge, but we ask that you consider a donation ($10 suggested) in order for the Museum to continue offering quality virtual programming. Reserve a spot for one or all the tours at Links to register can be found at









A virtual tour via Zoom of collections related to writer James Fenimore Cooper, artist Thomas Cole, and the Hudson River School. Narrated live.

January 18 and February 22 • 2:00-2:30pm


Writer James Fenimore Cooper and artist Thomas Cole were friends whose works inspired a love for the sublime American landscape. Join assistant curator Ann Cannon for an exploration of our collection featuring memorabilia from the Cooper family, as well as a variety of paintings by Thomas Cole and other key members of the Hudson River School.






A virtual tour via Zoom of selections from Fenimore Art Museum’s extensive American folk art collection. Narrated live.

January 25 and February 15 • 2:00-2:30pm


Join us for a virtual tour with live narration of Fenimore Art Museum’s collection of American folk art, featuring some of the most important names in folk art such as Anna Mary Robertson (Grandma Moses), Edward Hicks, Ralph Fasanella, and more. The tour includes a look at 19th-century portraits, carvings, traditional crafts, and much more. The 20-minute virtual tour will be followed by a live Q&A session with Kevin Gray, Manager of Arts Education.






A virtual tour via Zoom of highlights from the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. Narrated live.

February 1 and March 1 • 2:00-2:30pm


Fenimore Art Museum’s Thaw Collection of American Indian Art showcases incredible examples of Native American artistry, craftsmanship, and ingenuity from across North America. Basketry, masks, weapons, clothing, ceramics, weavings, and much more spanning dozens of cultures and hundreds of years is featured in our Thaw Gallery. Join assistant curator Julia Madore on a special virtual tour of this stunning and important collection, followed by a live Q&A session.






A virtual tour via Zoom of Fenimore’s exhibition Elegant New York. Narrated live.

February 8 and March 8 • 2:00-2:30pm


Elegant New York displays the taste and elegance of denizens and dressmakers of New York City and upstate through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a trend that has made the city a national and worldwide center of fashion.


New York City, home to many of the wealthiest families in nineteenth and early twentieth century America, had its own high-end dressmaking establishments that could compete with the internationally famous houses of couture. Even small cities and towns across the state supported dozens of small-time dressmakers, whose work often met a very high standard.


This virtual tour of the exhibition will be led by Cassidy Percoco, Collections Manager of Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum. She will host a live Q&A session following the 20 minute tour.





About Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit

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SJFD Legal Notice: Normal Board Meeting

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Stamford Joint Fire District in the Towns of Harpersfield, Stamford, Kortright, Gilboa, and Jefferson, Counties of Delaware and Schoharie, State of New York, will hold a regular meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 commencing at 7:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Fire District office located at 111 Main Street, Stamford, New York 12167, but in a remote format. 

All meetings of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Stamford Joint Fire District are open to the public, however, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases locally, the public will not be permitted to enter the Fire District office and Fire District building and instead the meeting will be opened to the public by means of remote audio access.  Please see website for access details, once they have been established: 

This access code will permit the public to listen, but not to comment, as this procedure complies with the Open Meeting Law.  If any member of the public, after listening to the audio broadcast of the meeting wishes to submit a comment, he or she may do so by sending the comment in the form of an email to the Fire District Secretary at the following email address,  Any such comments will be considered as correspondence at the next meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners. 

This notice is being publicized and posted in accordance with the provisions of Section 104 of the Public Officers Law of the State of New York.

By order of the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Stamford Joint Fire District.

Dated: January 9, 2022

Ellen Kennedy, Secretary 
Stamford Joint Fire District

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SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers Weekly Recap

Written By Editor on 1/4/22 | 1/4/22

The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) named 20 SUNY Cobleskill student-athletes the league's All-Academic Team for the Fall of the 2021-22 academic year. In order to be eligible for the award, these Fighting Tiger athletes earned a 3.50 grade point average (GPA) or higher during their semester of competition. 







Nick Logan 


Cross Country 

Queensbury, N.Y. 

Plant Science 

Eamonn Sullivan 


Cross Country 

Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 

Agricultural Equipment  

Dillon VanDemortel 


Cross Country 

Newark, N.Y. 


Jenna Swyers 


Cross Country 

Peru, N.Y. 

Agricultural Business 

Charles Agle 



Eden, N.Y. 

Plant Science 

Tyler Cinamon 



Oceanside, N.Y. 

Business Administration 

Peyton Darling 



Schenevus, N.Y. 

Animal Science 

Conor Flanigan 



Troy, N.Y. 

Canine Management 

Wyatt Reed 



Munnsville, N.Y. 

Agricultural Engineering 

Jeremy Rossi 



Westport, N.Y. 

Business Administration 

Hannah Fitzgerald 



McGraw, N.Y. 

Canine Management 

Hayleigh Girard 



Fort Edward, N.Y. 

Canine Management 

Hannah-Rose Foote 



Richmondville, N.Y. 

Agricultural Business 

Samantha Grant 



Middle Grove, N.Y. 

Animal Science 

Mackenzie Larson 



Winterset, Iowa 

Landscape Contracting 

Kelley Miller 



Fort Mill, S. C. 

Canine Management 

Chase Mizell 



Seville, Ohio 

Animal Science 

Jillian Mueller 



Parish, N.Y. 

Canine Management 

Abigail Scheurich 



Oxford, Conn. 

Animal Science 

Emily Wisniewski 



Southbury, Conn. 

Animal Science 


SUNY Cobleskill has announced that due to the recent spike in Covid cases state-wide that until further notice no spectators will be admitted to Fighting Tiger scheduled home athletic contests. Fans can watch Cobleskill games on-line via the Fighting Tiger Sports Network at: 


Men’s Basketball vs. Thomas College 1/8, Maine Maritime 1/9, MCLA 1/11, SUNY Delhi 1/29  

Women’s Basketball vs. Thomas College 1/8, Maine Maritime 1/9, SUNY Delhi 1/29  

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