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Plants for Birds: Creating a Year-Round Garden Habitat

Written By Editor on 3/29/22 | 3/29/22


Cost of Admission: Free- WEBINAR, please sign up on our website.

Each spring and fall, we welcome migrating songbirds back to our yards and parks as they stop to rest and refuel on their long journeys. In a world beset by ongoing habitat loss, pollution, and climate change, many of these migratory bird species are in decline. We can each do our part to support them, however, by choosing the right plants for our yards and gardens. New York City Audubon's Tod Winston will explore why native plants are so important to this effort, and how to create an enriched habitat for birds during migration, nesting season, and through the winter.


A lifelong birder and gardener, Tod Winston grew to love birds as a child in rural Pennsylvania in the company of his nature-loving father. In his work with New York City Audubon, Tod teaches the organization's Beginning Birding course and Birding by Ear series, edits its Urban Audubon newsletter, and has led the Harbor Herons Nesting Survey of New York Harbor's 20-plus islands for the past eight years. In a previous role as program manager of National Audubon's Plants for Birds program, he helped to launch its country-wide native plants database, and is devoted to spreading the good word about native plants and their importance to a rich and healthy ecosystem.


We would love your help with greeting visitors or gardening. Find more information on our website


DATE: April 23, 2022

TIME: 2:00 to 3:15 pm 


PHONE: 518-589-3903


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Written By Editor on 3/28/22 | 3/28/22

Cooperstown, New York — Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York reopens for the season on Friday, April 1 with new exhibitions including Al Hirschfeld: Caricaturist to the Stars (April 1–September 11, 2022), North by Nuuk: Greenland After Rockwell Kent—Photographs by Denis Defibaugh (April 1–December 31, 2022), and Ralph Fasanella: Americans Unseen (April 1–September 18, 2022). The museum presents a total of nine new exhibitions this year alongside its world-renowned collections of fine art, folk art, and Native American art, which includes The Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art. Admission is free for ages 19 and under—sponsored by the Robert and Esther Black Family Foundation with the support of Richland County Foundation.


Fenimore Art Museum, nestled on the shore of picturesque Otsego Lake, offers visitors to the village of Cooperstown an opportunity to experience a wide variety of world-class art in an idyllic, small-town setting.


For more information on Fenimore Art Museum’s 2022 exhibitions and programs visit The museum is open April 1–December 31, 2022. Spring hours (April 1–May 6): 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Summer hours begin May 7: open daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. 





Exhibitions opening April 1, 2022:



Ralph Fasanella: Americans Unseen

April 1 – September 18, 2022

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Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) is best known for his large, dynamic paintings of American politics and urban life that include crowds of people involved in struggle, protest, or celebration. These crowds, however, are mostly made up of many individuals whom the artist knew personally. Fasanella’s portraits are a lesser-known body of work, but are in fact, the building blocks for his famous works. This exhibition, the first of its kind, explores Fasanella’s portrait-making as a vital tool for staying connected with people in an intimate, emotional, personal way, in order to give meaning to their collective actions in society at large. It includes more than two dozen works spanning more than thirty years.




North by Nuuk: Greenland After Rockwell Kent—Photographs by Denis Defibaugh

April 1 – December 31, 2022

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Photographer Denis Defibaugh presents his journey from Nuuk to the settlement of Illorsuit, 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, following Rockwell Kent’s earlier footsteps and offers a fresh look at timeless Greenland. Defibaugh’s revealing documentary photographs, made during 2016–17, introduce a changing country and its cultural continuity in response to Kent’s 1930s historic writings and images made during his residence in Greenland. Gallery text and video include native language speakers as well as Kent’s lantern slides.


The exhibition is supplemented with etchings and prints from Rockwell Kent’s Greenland sojourn, on loan from the University of Plattsburgh, and artwork from the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.


Sponsored in part by Nellie and Robert Gipson.




Al Hirschfeld: Caricaturist to the Stars

April 1 – September 11, 2022

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Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) started his career at the age of 17 and continued drawing to the end of his life. During his eight-decade career, Hirschfeld gained fame by illustrating the actors, singers, and dancers of Broadway plays, films, and popular entertainment. His portfolio reads as a who’s who of 20th-century entertainers.  


Drawn from the Nocciolino collection, the exhibition features 20 original large prints of Hirschfeld’s drawings of well-known performers. Many of the prints contain his signature “Nina” motif hidden in the design, a sly reference to his daughter that became a national obsession.








Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art


The Coopers of Cooperstown


Fine Art from the Permanent Collection


American Memory: Recalling the Past in Folk Art






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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Raccoon tests positive for Rabies in the Town of Tompkins

A raccoon in the Town of Tompkins has tested positive for rabies. The rabid raccoon
attacked and exposed one dog; no human exposures were reported. The dog was up to
date on its rabies vaccinations and received a booster.
Rabies is endemic to the area. An exposure to rabies can be fatal for a human or a pet.
Vaccination of pets and other animals is the best preventive measure available. Be a
responsible pet owner by keeping your pet’s vaccinations up to date.
Once infected, rabies is a virus that has a 100% fatality rate for mammals, including humans,
when left untreated. Public Health recommends the following precautions to protect yourself
and your family from possible exposure to rabies:
• Report any sick or strange acting wildlife
• Vaccinate pets and livestock. New York State law requires that all dogs, cats and ferrets
be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age. Vaccinating your domestic animal not
only provides protection for the animal, but vaccinated pets act as a barrier to keep the
rabies virus from spreading between wild animals and people.
• Vaccination is also recommended for livestock with frequent human contact.
• Do not feed wildlife or stray animals and discourage them from seeking food near your
• Do not feed strays. According to Public Health Law an owner is defined as any person
keeping, harboring, or having charge or control of or permitting any dog, cat or
domesticated ferret to remain on or be lodged or fed within such person’s house yard
or premises.

Amanda Walsh, MPH Public Health Director
607-832-5200 Fax 607-832-6021
Early Intervention & Preschool Fax: 607-832-6022

• Do not approach an unknown animal, either wild or domestic, especially if it is acting in
a strange or unusual manner.
• Report all animal bites and any contact with bats to the Health Department in your
county. Human rabies can be prevented after exposure by administering a series of
• Keep garbage cans tightly covered and avoid storing any food outside.
• Children should be instructed to tell an adult immediately if they were bitten or
scratched by any animal.
• If an unvaccinated pet comes in contact with rabid or suspected rabies the pet must be
quarantined for six months.
• Vaccinated pets that come in contact with rabid or suspected rabies animal must be
given a booster rabies vaccination within five days of the contact.
The remaining 2022 rabies clinics are listed below (date, time and location subject to change):

• Hancock-April 19, 2022, 6:45PM-8:45PM @the Town Hall 661 W Main St., Hancock, NY
• Sidney-May 10, 2022 6:30 PM-8:30PM, @the Sidney Fire Hall, 74 River Rd. Sidney, NY
• Arkville- June 8, 2022 4PM-6PM @the Arkville Fire Hall, 43365 NY-28, Arkville, NY 12406
• Franklin- June 15, 2022, 4:45PM-6:45PM @the Franklin Fire Hall 351 Main St., Franklin,
NY 13775
• Deposit- October 4, 2022, 6:45PM-8:45PM @the Town Clerk Building, 3 Elm St, Deposit,
NY 13754
To report a suspected rabid animal call Delaware County Public Health Services at 607-832-
5200. For more information call 607-832-5200 or visit our website at

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The Flag Tying SUNY Cobleskill to Ukraine

Written By Cicero on 3/25/22 | 3/25/22

The Flag Tying SUNY Cobleskill to Ukraine

Former Ukrainian Student Shares Her Story 

By Timothy Knight 

COBLESKILL – As the crow flies, approximately 4,588 miles separate a solitary blue and yellow Ukrainian flag on SUNY Cobleskill’s campus from Kyiv, Ukraine; the capital city of a country besieged and invaded by Russian forces over the past four weeks.

Situated outside of Knapp Hall, the blue and yellow flag of Ukraine symbolizes the agricultural college's Ukrainian connection. Photo by Timothy Knight.

Although the European conflict can seemingly feel equidistantly close and far, Schoharie County has many residents of Ukrainian ancestry and multiple efforts have sprung up locally here to support the Ukrainian defense by means of advocacy and donations.

Recently, the Cobleskill Herald had the opportunity to interview Eveline Levin, a former SUNY Cobleskill student who is a Ukrainian visual storyteller and creative producer currently based in Boston, about the conflict facing her friends and family at home.

“I grew up in the heart of Ukraine – beautiful and historic city of Kyiv,” commented Ms. Levin. She continued on, “Despite living in the United States for the past eight years, I’ve always been proud to differentiate myself as Ukrainian. Now it’s true more than ever.

“Today, my family, friends, and everything I love are under the ongoing strikes of Russian missiles and ballistic rockets. The land I used to walk on as a child is now covered in blood, the air that used to smell like spring is now filled with pain and despair,” she commented.

Ms. Levin added, “Along with thousands of Ukrainian immigrants, I start every morning texting everyone I know “are you okay?” but what I really mean is “are you alive?” Born in Brooklyn but raised in Ukraine, Ms. Levin returned to the United States in 2014.

“On one of those days, I woke up to the news that my mother’s best friend, who she’s been staying with since the beginning of the war, has lost her entire family to a direct rocket hit,” recounted Ms. Levin. Her mom and friend then began an arduous process of fleeing the war.

They ran under air raid sirens and missile explosions to reach the train station by foot, meanwhile Ms. Levin waited. “For the next twenty-five hours, I was counting seconds till they made it over to NATO guarded safety,” she said before adding, “Luckily, they did.

“However, there are millions of Ukrainians who can’t make it out, and they’re the ones we can and need to help,” said the 2019 New Paltz graduate. Beginning college at SUNY Cobleskill with an interest in equine, she transferred to pursue journalism and filmmaking.

She encouraged donations to legitimate funds that organize centralized shipments of necessary items, including body armor, medical supplies, and humanitarian aid to the frontlines of Ukraine. “If you’re a business owner, think of ways you can use your platform to support Ukraine, and if you’re a consumer support the former,” commented Ms. Levin.

“Apart from monetary donations, try to stay informed, come out to demonstrations in solidarity, share resources with your circle and continue talking about Ukraine even when the Internet trend dies out,” she stated. Ms. Levin knows the power of advocacy, as although she only briefly attended SUNY Cobleskill, she left her mark by way of the solitary flag.

Ms. Levin explained, “Those who have been there, know the walkways between academic buildings are decorated with flags. It seemed like every country was represented there, but one was clearly missing – Ukraine.

“So before transferring to another college, I went straight to the administration and asked to add my country’s flag to one of the alleys. I didn’t get to see it until one day almost a year later, my friend sent me a photo of a Ukrainian flag up by Knapp building. It was a small thing, but to me it felt like the biggest victory,” she concluded.  

Years later, the blue skies and yellow wheat fields of Ukraine continue to grace the walkway near Knapp Hall; a reminder that our connections to the battlefield thousands of miles away is a lot closer than we can imagine. 

Story originally published in the March 25th edition of the Cobleskill Herald.

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CCE Schoharie & Otsego Introduces Helen Powers-Light

Written By Editor on 3/23/22 | 3/23/22

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties (CCE SO) is pleased to announce Helen Powers-Light as the Ag Implementation Specialist for Otsego County. She began in mid-February.

Ms. Powers-Light was born in Cooperstown, NY and grew up in the Hartwick, NY area. She was involved with local agriculture from an early age as several of her family members were farmers and veterinarians within New York. Helen’s interest in agriculture began with her involvement in Otsego County 4-H and her show quality herd of LaMancha dairy goats, which gave Helen the skills and knowledge to pursue agriculture on a collegiate level. Helen graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with an AAS in Animal Industries and BT in Agricultural Business Management before accepting the position of Agriculture Implementation Specialist. Helen continues to improve her small herd of dairy goats and other various livestock as she supports and promotes local agriculture through her personal and professional endeavors!

The Otsego County Ag Implementation Specialist is primarily responsible for coordinating educational, organizational, and economic development efforts in support of the county-adopted Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan and its Implementation Committee.  Under committee guidance, Helen will work on the marketing and coordination of community based agricultural efforts.

“We are just so pleased to have Helen join our CCE team. Having a personal background and familiarity of the regional agricultural landscape provides Helen with the skills to hit the ground running and help Otsego County continue to develop its agricultural future”, said Marilyn Wyman, CCE SO Interim Executive Director.

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Douglas DeLong, MD, MACP to be Recognized by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) as Winner of Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award

On Saturday, March 26, 2022, 8 PM, Douglas DeLong, MD, MACP will receive the Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award from the American Medical Women’s Association at the 107th Annual AMWA Meeting, which runs March 24-27. Dr. DeLong retired from Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, NY this past January. He resides in the town of Roseboom, in Otsego County, NY.


AMWA’s Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award is presented annually to a man who has been a champion and supporter of women in medicine. Dr. Larry Zaroff was a mentor to generations of physicians, medical students, and pre-medical students. A cardiac surgeon and later humanities professor at Stanford, he was an avid supporter of women in medicine at all stages of their career. His well-known courses always presented a special session devoted to the issues and challenges faced by women in medicine. AMWA Executive Director Eliza Lo Chin, MD, a longtime colleague and guest speaker at these sessions, established this award to honor Dr. Zaroff’s commitment to the advancement of women in medicine. 


Dr. Douglas DeLong has been a coach, mentor, and sponsor of women through his career. He has worked to create a just and equitable environment as an advocate in a variety of important areas that have had significant impacts for patients and healthcare professionals.  Dr. DeLong recently retired as Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York. He held the academic rank of Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Dr. DeLong is emeritus past- Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP), where he helped to shepherd the key policy papers, “Achieving Gender Equity in Physician Compensation and Career Advancement,” and “Women’s Health Policy in the United States,” and to help develop and foster local chapter and national ACP programing driving toward equity in medicine.  Prior to his term on the ACP’s Board of Regents, DeLong served as Chair of the Board of Governors and Governor of the New York Hudson Valley Chapter. Dr. DeLong spent four decades practicing general internal medicine; never in a town with more than one traffic light. He lives with his wife Lynn on a 250 acres tree farm in upstate New York and loves Nordic skiing, sailing and good eats. 


“I am honored to present the Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award to Dr. Douglas DeLong,” said AMWA President, Janice Werbinski, MD. “Dr. DeLong’s medical career has been exemplary in many ways, including his dedication to working in smaller communities, his commitment as a professor and mentor to many, and his leadership in the medical profession, including the extraordinary, sustained work he has done to help support women and the cause of equity in the medical profession.”


About The 107th AMWA Annual Meeting

In response to the strain endured across the healthcare world during the last several years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is focusing its 107th Annual Meeting on uplifting and energizing women in medicine to Thrive with Tenacity, Humor and Hope. The AMWA 2022 agenda offers something for every career stage. It features nationally recognized thought leaders who will inspire with their vision and offer strategies to manage the myriad challenges facing women in medicine. CME accreditation is provided by SIU School of Medicine. There are also student and resident tracks, and a 2-day medical school fair. All registrations include a 30-60 minute session with a professional physician coach, and for non-member physicians, registration includes membership in AMWA. For more about AMWA 2022, see our press release or visit our website:


About AMWA

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), founded in 1915, is the oldest multispecialty organization of women in medicine. Our mission is to advance women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in healthcare.


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Delhi Telephone Company Celebrates Being Named a Smart Rural CommunitySM Provider

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The Delhi Telephone Company is pleased to announce they were recently named a Smart Rural CommunitySM (SRC) provider by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. SRC is a national network of communities powered by innovative rural broadband providers that are building a brighter future for small-town America. The program promotes rural broadband and its role in supporting innovative economic development, effective education, efficient energy distribution and use, state-of-the-art health care and other important issues for rural America. 

In order to receive recognition as a SRC provider, Delhi Telephone Company was required to affirm that it offers 25/3 Mbps broadband to at least 50% of its service area; that it has broadband subscription rates of at least 50%; and that it is committed to program principles of collaboration and innovation. As a result of Delhi Telephone Company’s national recognition, Delhi will now be celebrated as a Smart Rural Community in program materials and online at, joining a national network of similarly innovative communities. 

NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield recognized Delhi Telephone Company for this achievement, noting, “We are so excited to welcome another Smart Rural Community provider into this growing network of innovative broadband providers delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds in some of the most remote and rural communities of our country. I applaud Delhi Telephone Company and Delaware County for their commitment to enabling cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their region and nationwide.” 


About Delhi Telephone Company

DTC is a proud member of the Delhi community, dedicated to providing innovative technology with a heightened focus on customer service for 125 years. DTC is delivering the world to your doorstep at the speed of light with fiber internet, cable television, landline phone, and home security services. 

About NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association 

NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA members are leading the technological evolution for rural consumers, delivering robust and high-quality services over future-proof networks that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business.

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Two men arrested after investigation into theft of catalytic converters

Written By Editor on 3/22/22 | 3/22/22

On March 15, 2022, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Oneonta arrested David G. Hook, age 42 on Delhi, NY for the following crimes:

Criminal Mischief in the second degree, a class “D” felony
Auto stripping in the second degree, a class “E” felony
Falsifying Business Records in the first degree, a class “E” felony
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor
On March 17, 2022, New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Oneonta arrested David Alleyne, age 41 of Delhi, NY for the following crimes:

Criminal Mischief in the second degree, a class “D” felony
Auto stripping in the second degree, a class “E” felony
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree, a misdemeanor
The arrests stem from an investigation into the theft of catalytic converters from vehicles at a private residence in the town of Delhi.  

An investigation further revealed that Hook took a stolen catalytic converter to Otsego Auto Crushers in the town of Davenport and signed a receipt that he was the owner of the catalytic converter.  Allenye was found to be in possession of a catalytic converter. 

Both men were issued appearance tickets and released.  Both will appear in the Davenport Town Court on March 24, 2022 and at the Delhi Town Court on April 5, 2022. 

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Truck Overturns, Spilling Yogurt

Written By Editor on 3/21/22 | 3/21/22

Spilled Yogurt - Schoharie County
On Feb. 7, ECO Burgess and Lieutenant Terrell responded to a tractor-trailer rollover, resulting in approximately 250 gallons of diesel fuel spilling onto the roadway and a ditch along Route 145 in the town of Broome. In addition, crates of yogurt on the truck spilled into Catskill Creek. Emergency personnel placed a barrier in the ditch and culvert to help stop the fuel leak and cleaned up the yogurt in the creek. Officers charged the driver and the case remains under investigation.

large truck turned over on its side on the side of a road

Overturned yogurt truck in Schoharie County

cardboard and yogurt containers strewn in a stream

Contents from overturned yogurt truck in Catskill Creek

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Two Arrested in Connor Delaney Homicide

Written By Editor on 3/18/22 | 3/18/22

State Police in Cobleskill announce the arrest of two people in connection with the January 29, 2022, murder of Connor E. Delaney.

Devon Hunter, 18, of Colonie, has been charged with Murder 2nd degree, a class A felony. He has been arraigned in Richmondville Town Court and remanded to Schoharie County Jail after a preliminary hearing.

A 17-year-old has been charged with Murder 2nd degree, a class A felony, Robbery 1st degree, a class B felony, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree, a class C felony. He has been arraigned in Richmondville Town Court and remanded to Schoharie County Jail. He was subsequently released after a bail application to county court on $200,000 bail bond with conditions.

A press conference is scheduled to be held on Monday March 21, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Schoharie County District Attorney’s Office 157 Steadman Way Howes Cave, NY 12092.

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SUNY Cobleskill Early Childhood Studies Program Awarded Grant to Fund Paid Internships for Future Educators

Written By Editor on 3/17/22 | 3/17/22

SUNY Cobleskill’s Early Childhood Studies program has been awarded a grant to offer seven paid internships to students working 12-credit (full-time) internships. The grant, totaling more than $44,000, is through SUNY’s Early Childhood Paid Internship Program, a new initiative aiming to enhance hands-on experiences for students and help fill a great need in attracting individuals to help support staff at SUNY campus childcare facilities. SUNY has committed $500,000 to the program in its first year. 


Five student-teachers are enrolled in paid internships offered at SUNY Cobleskill’s Child Care Center in the Spring 2022 semester, with two additional positions to be filled in the Fall semester. Early Childhood Department Chair Elise Weiss says the program recognizes the value of teaching opportunities and the challenges of full-time internships. 


“SUNY is recognizing the demands placed on students as they complete their full-time internships and supporting their work with the opportunity to now receive pay,” said Elise Weiss, chair of SUNY Cobleskill’s Early Childhood Studies Department. “By SUNY tying this grant to students doing their internship at SUNY childcare centers, the system is also recognizing the important role childcare centers play on campuses and in the community.”


For Marial Rodriguez, a senior looking to enter the field of preschool education after graduation, her internship has given her insight into the work-life balance of teaching. “My teaching experience has exposed me to different teaching styles – learning through play and sensory learning – but it’s also shown me the time commitment needed to be a teacher and how to successfully budget not only for yourself but for your classroom.” 


SUNY Cobleskill’s Campus Child Care Center is a licensed center with the Office of Child and Family Services and serves children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. College students observe and interact with children as they learn, play, and grow together in an environment that encourages exploration and discovery. Through their experiences at the Cobleskill Campus Child Care Center, college students gain a broad foundation in child development. 


SUNY has 46 childcare centers and one referral service on campuses across the state, serving up to 5,000 children per year, and providing learning experiences for 3,000 SUNY students. 


To learn more about SUNY Cobleskill’s Early Childhood programs, and for child enrollment information, please visit

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Chris Cash Lecture at Landis

Written By Editor on 3/16/22 | 3/16/22

Saturday, March 26, 10:00 - 11:00 PM (Time Change)
Propagation Group (see February 26 above)
On Zoom (Location change)

oin SUNY Cobleskill Professor Emeritus Chris Cash for the first session of a series on propagation. Do you want to try growing plants from seeds, or cutting or grafting, or maybe even hybridizing your own plants? This could be a fun group for the novice to the plant world or the experienced gardener. Chris Cash is launching a new group to share ideas and techniques for propagating plants, using ZOOM meetings and in-person gatherings depending on COVID restrictions. The current intention is to have monthly meetings. Please consider joining the group. Contact us by email at to register.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Cancer Services Program screens uninsured at age 45

Written By Editor on 3/14/22 | 3/14/22

The Cancer Services Program (CSP) of the Central Region is now offering free colorectal cancer screening for people ages 45 and older. People at average risk for colorectal cancer and who do not have health insurance may qualify. 

The United States Preventive Services Task Force lowered the recommended age for colorectal cancer screening for people at average risk from age 50 to 45. The change comes as national and New York State data show that 9 out of 10 of new colorectal cancer cases happen in adults aged 45 and older. Some people are at higher risk for colorectal cancer due to family history, symptoms, or because they have other bowel diseases. People at high risk may need to begin screening before age 45. 

This change comes in time for March: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. The Cancer Services Program can now start screening people at age 45 instead of 50. The CSP uses stool-based tests that are done at home and mailed to a lab. At-home testing is a great choice for many people during the pandemic, and the tests are safe and effective. 

Regular screening for colorectal cancer can save lives. Screening tests can find growths that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early when treatment may work best. 

Data show that among New Yorkers ages 50 to 75 about 30% are not up to date with colorectal cancer screening. Those who do not have insurance are even further behind with about one-half not up to date with colorectal screening. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic caused many people to delay colorectal and other cancer screenings. 

Talk to your health care provider about your risks for colorectal cancer and testing options. If you do not have health insurance or a health care provider, the CSP may be able to help you. 

The CSP offers free colorectal, cervical and breast cancer screening to eligible adults who do not have insurance. Call the CSP at 1-888-345-0225 for help and to find out if you qualify for free cancer screening. 


The New York State Cancer Services Program (CSP) provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings, and diagnostic services at no cost to adults who live in New York State, do not have health insurance, have health insurance with a cost share that makes the cost of screening too high, and meet the program rules for age and income. To find a Cancer Services Program visit or call 1-866-442-CANCER (2262).

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Friendship Craft Festival Application Deadline Nears

Applications are being accepted until May 1 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.

The event will also feature a Brooks’ chicken BBQ as well as a bake sale,  both adding to the popularity of the day from those near as well as far.

For information and an application go to and click on the “Women’s Guild” tab, e-mail or call Carla at 315-858-1451.

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HELIOS CARE Announces new program, The Art of Bereavement

Helios Care will provide a creative new grief support group using art to explore grief and loss.

The Art of Bereavement is a 5-session support group open to individuals who are grieving due to death. Participants will learn about grief, connect with others, and discover new skills to manage and cope with loss through creativity. Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend all 5 sessions as they will work on a progressive art activity.

The program will be held at the Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, beginning Monday, March 28 from 10:30 am until 12:00pm. The program runs until Monday, April 25.

This adult event is free, and registration is required to ensure materials are available. To register, call Jessica or Allison at (607) 432-5525.

The program will be led by grief counselor Jessica Weeden, LMSW, ACHP and Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs, Art Therapy Intern. Elizabeth and Jessica bring social work and art therapy skills together to facilitate conversations about loss and provide opportunities for creative expression.

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Written By Editor on 3/7/22 | 3/7/22

PORT EWENUlster BOCES means different things to different people. For Ayaka Guido, a young chef who bested celebrity chef Bobby Flay at his own game on his wildly popular Food Network culinary competition series, Beat Bobby Flay, Ulster BOCES was the magic ingredient in her success story.

Ayaka grew up in Kingston and attended the Kingston City School District. Feeling confined by the traditional classroom setting, she recognized Ulster BOCES as a resource for the active, hands-on education she desired. Despite not having a strong background in cooking, she immediately found the Culinary Arts program to be a good fit, noting that she not only received a fundamental education in the culinary arts–but she also got her first taste of culinary competition, earning second place in a state SkillsUSA cooking contest.

Ayaka graduated Kingston High School and completed her Ulster BOCES program in 2008 and then eagerly moved on to the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA), where she earned an Associate in Culinary Arts degree. She then moved to New York City, where she currently cooks as a sous chef at a Thomas Keller-owned, three-star Michelin restaurant called Per Se. “Ulster BOCES helped me find my path,” said Ayaka. “I wouldn’t be cooking if it was not for BOCES. I would not be living in NYC, working at one of the best restaurants in the world if it was not for my start at Ulster BOCES.”

Ayaka recalls Linda Carter, one of her Ulster BOCES Culinary Arts instructors, as a fount of knowledge and encouragement. Carter shared the warm sentiments. “Ayaka was very energetic; she was like a sponge absorbing as much knowledge as possible,” she said, citing Ayaka obtaining her ServSafe food safety certification while in high school as a major accomplishment. 

Carter and her former student agreed that the program’s teaching of elemental baking and cooking skills imparted the foundational education required to attend the CIA. “At Ulster BOCES, students not only learn how to conduct themselves as young professionals; they also learn essential cooking techniques, from stocks, soups, and sauces to roasting and frying, salad-making, dressing, and garnishing dishes,” Carter said. Students learn the basic steps of proper sanitation too, she added, all of which helps to prepare them for employment in the culinary industry. “Ulster BOCES gave me the key basics I needed to get into the CIA,” said Ayaka. 

After graduating from the CIA, Ayaka quickly became known in the culinary field for her innovative Japanese-Italian fusion cuisine, which draws from both of her cultural backgrounds. She began to participate– and eventually was featured–in culinary “pop-ups” around Manhattan. In 2019, the Bobby Flay show reached out to a professional colleague, who suggested they invite Ayaka to interview for the show. One phone call later and she was invited in to record the show in front of a live studio audience (although the pandemic pushed back the airing date to November 16, 2021). Ayaka admitted that she is not the most “upfront, confident person,” explaining that most chef training is focused on the “back of house” (kitchen), so being in the spotlight was a bit of a new experience. She admits she even contemplated canceling on the morning of the competition, explaining that she was concerned that a mistake on national TV could haunt her indefinitely. “I felt awkward the whole time, but everyone said that I did awesome,” she said, now laughing at how she was preoccupied with keeping her food preparation station spotless to avoid later taunts from colleagues. 

Ayaka competed in the first round of the competition using a “mystery ingredient” chosen by Flay: walleye fish. Staying present in each moment as the clock ticked down kept her focused amidst a multitude of cameras and distractions. Unfamiliar with the fish, she worried she spent too much time fileting it; however, she ultimately dished it on top of complementary classic Mediterranean ingredients, securing the win. 

For the final round, Ayaka challenged Chef Flay with a pasta creation, which is seldom invoked in the timed competition due to the complexity of the many steps required to make pasta. She quickly hurdled the pasta-making component and ultimately concocted a delicious egg ravioli with egg yolk and crispy maitake mushrooms. In a blind taste test, the judges selected her dish over Chef Flay’s, earning her bragging rights. 

While Ayaka may have been slightly unsure about entering the competition, her colleagues didn’t doubt her chances of securing the win. Thomas McKenna, the Culinary Director for Creative Culinary Management, has worked alongside Ayaka for years. He said that Ayaka has impressive intuition and skills. “She has a great ability to think about flavors and how to build them,” he said. “On top of that, she is talented and knows many techniques that set her apart.” 

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