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Bassett Healthcare Network Thanks Dr. William LeCates as He Steps Down from Executive Leadership Roles

Written By Editor on 4/27/22 | 4/27/22

Cooperstown, N.Y. – This week, longtime Bassett leader Dr. William LeCates is stepping down from his current role as president and chief operating officer of Bassett Medical Center and northern region executive for Bassett Healthcare Network. His last day in these roles will be April 30, 2022. Dr. LeCates has held significant leadership positions throughout his tenure at Bassett, previously serving as program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and medical director and vice president of Medical Affairs at Bassett Medical Center. He was later promoted to president of Bassett Medical Center, where he played a critical role navigating the hospital through the COVID-19 pandemic and corporate administrative restructuring. In 2021, he expanded his responsibilities and assumed oversight of Little Falls Hospital as well. Dr. LeCates has been a practicing physician in Cooperstown for nearly 20 years.

Dr. LeCates’ service and leadership are recognized by colleagues, patients, and community members alike. Bassett Healthcare Network expresses its deepest gratitude for his many years of devoted service to our practitioners, caregivers, and communities. While stepping away from leadership roles, Dr. LeCates will remain on Bassett’s medical staff and serve as a strategic advisor to Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, president and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network.

“Dr. LeCates is a steady and thoughtful leader with many years of clinical expertise, deep knowledge about our organization, and a steadfast devotion to serving Bassett’s communities and supporting our practitioners and caregivers,” says Dr. Ibrahim. “We are grateful that he plans to remain part of our medical staff. Working alongside Dr. LeCates in an executive capacity has truly been an honor.”


Dr. LeCates began his career at Bassett Medical Center in 2003 as a board-certified nephrologist. In addition to serving in progressive administrative and executive leadership roles, he is a senior attending physician in Nephrology and a clinical professor of medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. LeCates is a colonel in the New York Army National Guard, currently serving as the Army National Guard State Surgeon. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2010, 2013), Operation Onward Liberty, Liberia (2015), and Operation Inherent Resolve, Iraq (2021).


Dr. LeCates earned his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. LeCates also served as an assistant chief of service on the Osler Medical Service of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.


“We cannot thank Dr. LeCates enough for his many contributions to Bassett, our communities, and our country,” says Dr. Ibrahim. “On behalf of all of Bassett Healthcare Network, our caregivers, leaders, directors, trustees, and the countless patients Dr. LeCates has touched, we express our deepest gratitude for his incredible commitment to our organization and congratulate him on his accomplishments.”


After April 30, Dr. LeCates’ leadership responsibilities will be transitioned to Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, who will act as president of Bassett Medical Center in addition to his role as network president & CEO; Jeff Joyner, who will assume the responsibility as chief operating officer of Bassett Medical Center in addition to his role as executive vice president, chief operating officer of Bassett Healthcare Network; and Dr. Henry Weil, who will be working closely with practitioners and Quality, Safety, and Patient Experience teams.


Effective April 4, Bassett Healthcare Network has undertaken a new administrative operating structure, with new hospital divisions established to redeploy resources. There have been no reductions in workforce; rather, administrative adjustments will enable the network to operate more efficiently. As such, Bassett’s hospital organization structure is now divided functionally into three areas: Bassett Medical Center, A.O. Fox Hospital, and Critical Access Hospitals (Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, and O’Connor Hospital).


Newly appointed executive leadership roles include Dr. Henry Weil, who has been named senior vice president, chief clinical officer of Bassett Healthcare Network in addition to his tenure as chief academic officer; Dr. Reginald Knight, who has transitioned to chief hospital executive of A.O. Fox Hospital; and Eric Stein, who has transitioned to chief hospital executive of Bassett’s Critical Access Hospitals.  

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Volunteer Work Day at the Delaware County Historical Association May 7

Do you have a few hours to spare? Perhaps even one hour?

Roll-up your sleeves and join the fun at the Delaware County Historical Association’s (DCHA) Volunteer Work Day from 10 am to 2pm on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the museum’s site on State Hwy. 10, three miles north of Delhi.


Rain or shine, we need your help in preparing DCHA’s site and historic buildings for our summer season. Chores will include cleaning the numerous historic buildings at the museum and sprucing up the grounds. We will also be cleaning up the nature trail and cemetery. The museum will have cleaning supplies on hand, and volunteers are also invited to bring gardening tools or their cleaning equipment of choice.


We can always use your help, whether you have just an hour or two to spare. Please join the DCHA family of volunteers. Call 607-746-3849 or e-mail for more information.

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Symposium on Industrial-Scale Solar

Glen FARMLand is hosting a Symposium on Industrial-Scale Solar in Rural New York on Saturday April 30, 2022. The Symposium is being held at The Century Club of Amsterdam located at 130 Guy Park Avenue Amsterdam, NY 12010 from 10:30 AM-2:30 PM.

Join Glen FARMLand and featured speakers for an informational and interactive symposium raising awareness on the impact Industrial Solar projects are having within our local communities. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. There will also be a free raffle featuring a gift basket of locally made products. 

Some of the featured speakers are Keith Schue & Dennis Higgins from the New York Energy and Climate Advocates, Juan-Pablo Velez and Meredith Kane from Craryville Gateway, Attorney Ben Wisniewski of Wisniewski Law PLLC, and local activist Lynne Bruning. There will also be a panel discussion focused on our local communities’ response to the proliferation of industrial-scale solar and several question and answer opportunities.

Registration is requested, but not required. For more information you can reach Glen FARMLand at, or on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @glenfarmland, or via text or phone at (518) 428-2548

To register on Eventbrite

Glen FARMLand is a grassroots community-based organization dedicated to promoting the responsible use of farmland, informing citizens of the impacts of industrial solar and the rights of local communities to make decisions about these projects, not the State of New York.

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Dear Worthy Editor…

CATSKILL – Thus began letters from immigrants newly arrived in America to The Jewish Daily Forward for more than 60 years.  Each writer was asking for help – whether trying to understand the habits of Americans, the complex legal system or the emotional pitfalls of dealing with employers, these newcomers couldn’t cope on their own.  They turned to Abe Cahan, a founder of the paper and ‘Dear Abby’ to his readers.


“Dear Worthy Editor,” a 1909 letter begins, “…I am one of [a] group that is in favor of giving women full rights, and most of the others are against it….  Must the woman … be considered a slave and the man the master?”  Cohen replied, “Justice can reign among all kinds of people only when they all have equal rights.  If one has more power than the others, it leads to injustice.”


Another query wasn’t quite so political.  Five Russian immigrant sons, all successful business men, speak English at home and at work.  Their parents, however, insist on speaking Yiddish.  “They want to keep their old ways,” say the sons. “What is right?”  Cohen replies, “It would certainly not be wrong if the parents were also to speak English to the children.  People should and must learn the language of their country.”


A Bintel Brief, translated as ‘a bunch of letters’, will be performed at The Bridge Street Theatre, on Saturday, May 14th at 7PM and Sunday, May 15th at 2PM.  The staged reading with live music is directed by Carol Rusoff and is presented by Temple Israel of Catskill in partnership with the Bridge Street Theatre. There is no fee for tickets, but donations are appreciated. Reservations may be made by e-mailing:  Current protocols require proof of vaccination and photo ID at the time of admittance.  Bridge Street Theatre is located at 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill.


The project is supported by a grant from the Wasserman-Streit Y’DIYAH Memorial Fund through the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, Temple Israel of Catskill ( and Bridge Street Theatre (   

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Bushel presents Mid-Century Movie Nights, a film series

DELHI, NY—Bushel is pleased to present Mid-Century Movie Nights, a six-part series taking place on Friday nights between May 6th and June 10th at Bushel, 106 Main Street, Delhi. The series kicks off on Friday, May 6 with a screening of Rome, Open City [Roma città aperta], released in 1945, directed by Roberto Rossellini, and featuring Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, and Francesco Grandjacquet. This program is free to attend with a suggested donation of $5. Seating is limited to 30; attendance is mask optional.

The film Rome, Open City depicts a wide cross-section of Romans who, despite their obvious social, economic, and religious differences, are united in their suffering during the German occupation and their resistance to the Nazis. Shot on location just six months after the end of World War II, the film captures Italy’s recovery, with scenes in actual bombed-out buildings, using a mix of professional and non-professional actors for authentic results. Rossellini directed the film in the documentary format that came to be known as “neorealism,” with immediacy in every frame. Marking a watershed moment in Italian cinema, this galvanic work garnered awards around the globe and left the beginnings of a new film movement in its wake.

Co-curated by Hobart poet Cheryl Clarke and Bushel collective member Mina Takahashi, the Mid-Century Movie Nights film series offers present-day viewers the opportunity to ponder the weight of the post-World War II era on its generation. From Rome to Tokyo, to the US Southwest, then to France, over to the Indian subcontinent, and back to gritty Manhattan, the films ask us to consider their subjects’ alienation, perseverance, and survival. As we witness the 1950s fascist regimes, exploitative working conditions, the loneliness of ageing, the indignities of poverty, the complexity of racial ambiguity, and the subtle and not-so-subtle ways racism and sexism play out, we ask ourselves today, what has stubbornly endured, and what has changed for the better?

The other films in the series are: Tokyo Story (May 13); Salt of the Earth (May 20); La Pointe Courte (May 27); Pather Panchali (June 3); and Shadows (June 10). Full descriptions of the films are on Bushel’s website ( and in a pamphlet available for pick up at Bushel, 106 Main Street.

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Two Delhi Students Receive SUNY Award for Student Excellence 2022

Anthony Cuchel (Long Island, NY) and Ryder Galvin (Worchester, MA) recognized for achievements

DELHI, NY (04/27/2022) Two exceptional SUNY Delhi students have received the prestigious 2022 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. During an awards ceremony held April 26 in Saratoga Springs, NY, SUNY Delhi's Anthony Cuchel and Ryder Galvin were among an elite group of students to be recognized with the award, honoring students who have best demonstrated their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives including leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service, or creative and performing arts. The Chancellor's Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the State University of New York (SUNY).

"These are students who fight, innovate, dream, and achieve," said Interim SUNY Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley. "They are students who never fail to try their best and have proven that their best is extraordinary. That is one of the many reasons why I am so proud to award these students with this highest recognition of their achievements-to present them with a tribute to the work they've done to better their communities, their generation, and their world."

"Anthony and Ryder have demonstrated remarkable dedication to their studies, service, and leadership and made a lasting positive impact on our campus," said SUNY Delhi President Michael R. Laliberte. "Their pursuit of excellence is an inspiration. I proud of their accomplishments and confident in their abilities to be successful in their lives and careers going forward."

Anthony Cuchel of Long Island, NY, is graduating from SUNY Delhi with a bachelor's degree in architectural design and building. A highly talented and motivated student, his dedication to academic excellence has raised the bar for his entire class. According to Professor Janet Ho, "Anthony is the rare student who possesses both the talent and the innate desire to excel in everything he does." Pushing himself to go the extra mile whether it's to perfect a class assignment for his rigorous major or volunteer tirelessly for the community, Anthony also excels as a three-season student-athlete on the college track and field and cross country teams. Accomplished in all his pursuits, Anthony is an exceptional student, teammate, and leader with the ability and ambition to succeed far beyond college.

Ryder Galvin of Worcester, MA, graduated from SUNY Delhi last fall with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. At Delhi, he was an outstanding student and an extraordinarily active member of the campus community, making a great impact both in his program and on campus. Academic Advisor Laura Pehrsson says she has "never seen a student this involved while maintaining a high GPA." Galvin demonstrates a great work ethic and passion for criminal justice. Outside the classroom, he is President of Campus Pride, President of Upsilon Delta Epsilon coed fraternity, Greek Council treasurer, member of the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, program assistant for the Multicultural Center, peer educator for Health and Counseling, and more. In all his roles, he is trustworthy, focused, and a great champion for social justice.

Enrolling over 3,000 students, SUNY Delhi's hands-on approach to teaching and learning includes over 60 academic programs in specialized areas, including applied technologies, nursing, hospitality, veterinary sciences, applied sciences, business, and liberal arts and sciences. SUNY Delhi offers certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees both on campus and online. Visit to learn more.

To learn more about the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence, visit

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Landis Plant Sale Coming Up

Written By Editor on 4/25/22 | 4/25/22

Pick of the Pots Sale (POPS) Friday, May 13
The sale starts a day early for members, with the members-only Pick of the Pots Sale (POPS) from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Members are invited to join us for the best choice of wonderful plants, including rare and unusual plants scouted out by Landis volunteer, board member, and garden designer Amy Howansky. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be available.

Best of all, there's no cost to members for the Pick of the Pots Party - except, of course, for the plants, books, and goodies that you can't resist taking home with you! Not a member? Don't worry! You can join right there and then.

May 14 & 15, Saturday and Sunday,
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The sale is open to everyone, members and non-members.

On the weekend after Mother's Day, Landis Arboretum's signature Spring Plant and Book Sale ushers out a reluctant Old Man Winter and welcomes the spring we've been pining for. 
Many gardeners wait impatiently to find out what plants or plant groups will be featured in Landis' sales. Of course, there will be hundreds of perennials, shrubs, grasses, and trees for a range of conditions, including many unusual varieties. Gardeners return year after year for strong, vibrant plants.

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Deposit Unneeded, Unwanted and Expired Medications at Seven Bassett Healthcare Network Locations During Drug Take Back Week

April 22 through April 30, 2022, Bassett Healthcare Network is holding its annual Drug Take Back Week. It is an ideal time for people to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring any unneeded, unwanted and expired medications to Bassett locations for safe disposal. Bassett has special collection kiosks at seven different locations, four of which (starred below) are new within the last six months:
  • Outpatient Clinic Pharmacy in Cooperstown
  • FoxCare Pharmacy at FoxCare Center in Oneonta 
  • Outpatient Pharmacy at O’Connor Hospital in Delhi
  • AO Fox Hospital lobby in Oneonta *
  • AO Fox Tri-Town Hospital lobby in Sidney *
  • Little Falls Hospital lobby *
  • Cobleskill Regional Hospital lobby *
With these sites, Bassett Healthcare Network has become one of the only health systems in the country that has integrated medication return and safe disposal. Bassett hopes to collect 4,000 pounds of unused medications in 2022. This figure is based on the estimate that 30%-40% of prescribed drugs in the US go unused. 
The kiosks, available thanks to a partnership with the MED-Project (, are permanent fixtures available year-round. However, Bassett places special emphasis on this service each spring during the week between Earth Day (April 22, 2022) and National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (April 30, 2022). 
Some things to note about Bassett’s drug take back program:
  • This service is open to the public—you do not need to be a Bassett patient to participate.
  • The program covers over-the-counter, prescription, and veterinary (pet) medications. 
  • Only pills and liquids can be deposited in the kiosks. Inhalers and sprays should be brought to one of the pharmacy locations to be collected at the pharmacy window. 
  • This program does not accept needles and other sharps. Patients should ask their primary care provider about properly disposing of sharps.  
  • Participants should only deposit medications prescribed to themselves, a dependent, or someone who is deceased. 
  • Medications do not need to be in their original containers.  
Why Prescription Drug Collection is Important
If medications are not disposed of properly, they pose a danger to our communities and the environment.  
  • Thousands of Americans call poison control lines, get admitted to the hospital, or die each year due to home medication errors or accidental consumption. Eliminating unneeded medications can save lives—especially those of children, elderly people and pets.
  • Prescribed painkillers are often sought out by people struggling with addiction. Disposing of unneeded pain medications can help fight the opioid epidemic. 
  • Medications dumped in landfills or flushed down toilets contaminate soil, groundwater, rivers and oceans. Returning drugs to hospitals and pharmacies to be properly disposed of protects wildlife and community water supplies.  

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Greene County June Senior Menu

Written By Editor on 4/23/22 | 4/23/22



The following is the weekly nutrition menu offered by Greene County Department of Human Services’ Senior Nutrition Program.  Served daily with each meal are: Bread or alternative (roll, bun, etc.) with Promise Spread and Low-Fat Milk.   Tartar sauce is served with fish meals.  Menu is subject to change based on product availability and circumstance.

The menu will be the meal that is delivered to all Greene County homebound meal clients.  All persons, over the age of 60, can receive a meal.  The Suggested Donation for each meal is $4.00.  Those wishing to receive a meal are required to call the respective location at least a day in advance.  

  • Rivertown Senior Center, 39 Second St, Athens, (945-2700)

  • Senior Service Centers:

     Acra: Acra Community Center, Old Route 23B, Cairo 622-9898

     Catskill: Robert Antonelli Senior Center, 15 Academy St, Catskill 943-1343

     Coxsackie: Town of Coxsackie Senior Center, Mansion Street, Coxsackie, 731- 8901

     Jewett: Jewett Municipal Building, Route 23C, Jewett, 263-4392

May 30 – June 3, 2022

MONDAY – MEMORIAL DAY: Main office & all senior nutrition sites closed

Remember to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

TUESDAY – Sweet & Sour Chicken, Oriental Mixed Vegetables, White Rice, and Peaches.

WEDNESDAY – BBQ Chicken Thighs, Baked Beans, Butternut Squash, and Cookies w/ Applesauce

THURSDAY – Seafood Scampi, Green Beans, Linguini, and Fresh Fruit

FRIDAY – Cranberry Chicken Salad, Marinated Carrots, Mixed Greens, Macaroni Salad, and Fresh Fruit

MENU FOR WEEK OF: June 6 – 10, 2022

MONDAY – Macaroni & Cheese, 3 Bean Salad, Stewed Tomatoes, and Tropical Fruit

TUESDAY – Pork Chop w/ gravy, Applesauce, Peas & Carrots, Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Pudding Cup

WEDNESDAY – Stuffed Shells, Sausage, Spinach and Fruit Cocktail

THURSDAY –American Cheeseburger, Potato Salad, Lima Beans, Corn & Carrot Medley, and Fresh Fruit

FRIDAY – Chicken & Biscuits w/ gravy, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, and Fresh Fruit

MENU FOR WEEK OF: June 13 – 17, 2022

MONDAY – Chicken Divan, Tuscan Vegetables, White Rice and Plums

TUESDAY – Baked Salmon w/ Dill Sauce, Broccoli, Scalloped Potatoes and Mandarin Oranges

WEDNESDAY – Veal Parmesan, Italian Mixed Vegetables, Stewed Tomatoes, Rotini Pasta and Cheesecake w/ Strawberry Sauce


THURSDAY – Meatloaf w/ gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Monaco Vegetable Mix and Fresh Fruit

FRIDAY – Chef Salad w/ Ham & Swiss, 3 Bean Salad, Macaroni Salad and Yogurt Parfait w/ Fresh Berries 

MENU FOR WEEK OF:  June 20 – 24, 2022

MONDAY – Fish Florentine, Prune Juice, Rice Pilaf, Broccoli and Fruit Cup   

TUESDAY – Salisbury Steak w/ Onion Gravy, Au Gratin Potatoes, Spinach and Pears

WEDNESDAY – BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: Chicken Dijon, Mashed Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts and Birthday Cake

THURSDAY – Knockwurst w/ Sauerkraut*, Carrots, Baked Beans and Strawberry Shortcake  * Low Sodium Diet Subst: BBQ Chicken

FRIDAY – Tuna Macaroni Salad over Mixed Greens, Cucumbers & Tomatoes, Coleslaw and Fresh Fruit 

MENU FOR WEEK OF:  June 27 – June 30, 2022

MONDAY – Stuffed Peppers, Corn, Lima Bean Mix and Peach Cup

TUESDAY – Lemon Baked Cod, Spinach, Carrot Coins, Rice Pilaf and Pears

WEDNESDAY – Hungarian Goulash, Red Cabbage, Green Beans, Egg Noodles and Pudding

THURSDAY – Tortellini w/ Meatball, Italian Vegetables and Fresh Fruit

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Shots Fired in Cobleskill Saturday Morning

At 5:05 AM on Saturday, April 23, 2022, Cobleskill Police responded to a report of shots fired 
into a residence on Parkway Drive in the Village of Cobleskill. Responding officers were able to 
determine that, although the residence was occupied, no one inside at the time of the incident 
was injured. 
Cobleskill Police, assisted by New York State Police and Schoharie County Sheriff’s Deputies, 
interviewed witnesses and processed the scene for evidence. A total of two rounds were fired 
into the residence, and police recovered evidence at the scene. Police are currently following up 
on multiple leads in the case, and the investigation is continuing.
At this time the incident is believed to be isolated in nature, and police do not believe that there 
is a threat to the general public at this time.
No additional information is being released at this time, although further updates will be given 
when appropriate.

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COVID Vaccine Clinic April 28th

Written By Editor on 4/20/22 | 4/20/22

Schoharie County Department of Health will be conducting a COVID Vaccine clinic (Pfizer and Moderna) on Thursday, April 28th from 12-4pm at the Office of Emergency Services.  Please call OES at 518-295-2276 to setup your appointment for first dose, second dose or booster.  Appointments will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Please feel free to share with clients, family and friends!

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National Volunteer Week: American Red Cross recognizes the crucial support of its volunteers

Written By Editor on 4/19/22 | 4/19/22

National Volunteer Week is April 17-23 and the Southern Tier chapter of the American Red Cross of Western New York honors the work of its volunteers who give their time to help people in need.

Across the country, more than 300,000 Red Cross volunteers serve their communities by responding to thousands of disasters; supporting the collection of blood to help patients receive the critical care they need; aiding members of the military and their families; helping communities prepare for emergencies around the globe and much more.

Volunteers make up 90 percent of the Red Cross workforce. Throughout the week, Red Cross staff will hold drive-thru appreciation events at its Endicott and Corning offices, and its location in The Shops at Ithaca Mall to meet with volunteers and express their thanks with a token of their appreciation. 

Across the American Red Cross of Western New York’s 27-county footprint more than 2,100 volunteers help their community“National Volunteer Week is time to honor all of our volunteers for their constant service and support,” said Nick Bond, Regional CEO, American Red Cross of Western New York. “They are true heroes who give their time day and night to help their local community.”

Last year, Red Cross volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to 1,597 local families who faced emergency situations. They trained 37,735 people in lifesaving skills and provided 3,487 services to military members, veterans and their families.

TOP 3 MOST NEEDED VOLUNTEER POSITIONS The need for volunteers has never been greater as we experience larger and more intense disasters across the country. Please consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer to help families in need. We’ll provide all of the training you need, visit to learn more.

  1. Shelter Support Team: During large disasters, these volunteers support the day-to-day activities such as welcoming and registering residents, helping with meal service, distributing cots, blankets and hygiene supplies, and providing information and other assistance within a shelter. If the need arises, volunteers are asked to commit to multiple local shifts of 4-12 hours each. For those able to travel, a commitment of at least 14 consecutive days, working 8- or 12-hour shifts is required.
  2. Disaster Health Services Team: These volunteers use their professional skills as a licensed healthcare provider to deliver hands on care and education to shelter residents during a large disaster. Our free online training can count towards nursing continuing education units. If the need arises, volunteers are asked to commit to multiple local shifts of 4-12 hours each. For those able to travel, a commitment of at least 10-14 consecutive days, working 8- or 12-hour shifts is required. Qualified licenses include RN, LPN, LVN, EMT, Paramedic, MD, DO, PA, NP, APRN. Only RNs have full scope of practice.
  3. Disaster Action Team: While big hurricanes and wildfires get the most news coverage, smaller disasters such as home fires are no less devastating to those affected. That’s why we need volunteers to help comfort and support local families in need by providing food, shelter, clothing or supplies, and connecting families to recovery assistance.

Just as disasters happen every day, the need for blood is constant. The Red Cross is also recruiting for critical volunteers to support our work to ensure hospital patients have access to safe, lifesaving blood.

You can help save countless lives as a blood donor ambassador. These volunteers check blood donors into their appointments, answer questions and give out post donation snacks. Got a bit more time? How about joining the team of volunteers who drive the blood from donors to the patients in hospitals? Transportation specialists support hospital patients by delivering blood from Red Cross facilities to local hospitals.

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Thomas Cole National Historic Site Publishes Thomas Cole’s Journal, Never Before Available in Print

The Journal, Which Cole Entitled Thoughts & Occurrences, Exposes the Inner Workings and Private Thoughts of the Seminal American Artist and a New Window into Art, Politics, and Family Dynamics in 19th Century America 


Catskill, NY – April 14, 2022 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today that it has transcribed and published Thomas Cole’s private journal, making this primary source document available to the public for the first time. Cole (1801-1848) titled the journal, Thoughts & Occurrences, in which he wrote from 1834 until his sudden death in 1848. This period encompasses the peak of his artistic career, including the years when he painted his most iconic works: The Oxbow, 1836; The Course of Empire, 1836; and The Voyage of Life, 1842. Thomas Cole was an American artist and early environmentalist, an economic migrant from England, and the founder of this nation’s first major art movement, now known as the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The text for the new publication was transcribed by Peter Fedoryk, a member of the 2019 Class of Cole Fellows at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, in consultation with Dr. Alan Wallach, Ralph H. Wark Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History & Professor of American Studies, The College of William & Mary, the leading Thomas Cole Scholar and member of the site’s National Council. 


Thoughts & Occurrences—published as a 129-page softcover volume—offers Cole’s unique perspective as an economic immigrant who came to the United States from England at age 17, and who rose to become the most prominent landscape painter of the early 19th century and the inspiration for generations of artists that followed. Cole lived and worked in the significant, but often overlooked, period of social and political upheaval in America between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, when the young country was struggling with putting the constitution into action. Cole opines on emerging industries and technologies such as the railroad and Daguerreotype, exquisitely details hikes with family and friends in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, and records his harsh criticism for the Jacksonian government that defined much of his adulthood in the United States.  


Regarding the politics of the Jacksonian Era, Cole worries: “I have of late felt a presentiment that the Institutions of the United States will ere long undergo a change, that there will be a separation of the States…every newspaper brings accounts of laws violated…It appears to me that the moral principle of the nation is much lower than formerly…May my fears be foolish— a few years will tell.” 


Regularly exploring the surrounding mountains for inspiration, Cole writes of excursions with Sarah Cole, the artist who was also his sister; Maria Bartow Cole, who married Thomas and whose family owned the property now known as the Thomas Cole National Historic Site; and many other historic figures. He writes of one such trip to the South Peak of the Catskills in 1836: “Standing on the topmost precipices and looking South East the View is sublime. The vast valley of the Hudson lies like a sea before and beneath you while the base of the mountain on which you stand rises abrupt…and seems like The Prow of a Stupendous vessel ploughing the Great Deep.” 


The Journal concludes with Cole’s final entry, written on his 47th birthday, just ten days before his sudden death. He wrote a message of optimism: “Last night it snowed, and we are rejoiced to see the black, unsightly landscape covered with the pure mantle. The sun shines, and the heart rejoices in the change.”  


“Thomas Cole’s own words tell his story through magnificent phrases and emotionally gripping anecdotes, and we are thrilled to bring this important text to the public,” said Betsy Jacks, Executive Director of the Thomas Cole National Historic Site. “Cole’s journal is rife with experiences that shine a new light on our contemporary moment and how we’ve arrived here, as well as revelations of delight”   


The book is the third installment in an ongoing publication series, an initiative of the Thomas Cole Site to transcribe and publish Thomas Cole’s original writing. The first two publications are Cole’s Essay on American Scenery, which underscores his role as a proto-environmentalist, and Lecture on Art, in which Cole makes the case for public art, the teaching of art, and the industrial arts.   


All three books are available for purchase in the online store here. 


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 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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Registration Now Open for Family Farm Day 2022


Preparations for Family Farm Day (FFD) are well underway! August 27, 2022, marks ten years of FFD, a popular agritourism event which celebrates high-quality local goods and foods, diverse educational experiences, and fun on the farm for the whole family. FFD began in 2013 as solely a Schoharie County event. Four years later Otsego County farmers joined, followed by Delaware County in 2018, developing into the tri-county event we know today. Dozens of small farms will open their doors to the public, offering a glimpse behind the scenes into the daily life of a local farming operation. Visitors enjoy hands-on demonstrations and educational activities, tours, rides, samples and tastings of local foods and beverages, and of course, plenty of shopping! FFD is a wonderful way to showcase the never-ending variety of farm-fresh products that our region has to offer.


If you are a farm in Schoharie, Otsego, or Delaware Counties, Cornell Cooperative Extension cordially welcomes your participation. Take this opportunity to advertise your products to diverse markets, gain new customers, and educate your local community about farming. Farm registrations are being accepted through Friday, May 6, 2022. Information, including eligibility, registration, contacts, and agritourism resources are available online at


Looking for advertising opportunities? As one of the most important agritourism events in our region, communities near and far come to support our local farms and other area businesses. Our multi-media advertising plan targets visitors from Albany to Newburgh, west to Binghamton, and north to Utica in both print and digital media formats. Sponsorship brings you visibility among an annual average of sixty participating farms from all three counties, as well as the hundreds of local families and thousands of tourists who visit on Family Farm Day. Our county tourism partners strongly support our promotional efforts, helping to maximize your business' visibility. To learn more about advertising with Family Farm Day, visit Don’t delay, advertising space for this event fills quickly!


We are happy to address questions by phone, email, or on-farm. In Schoharie County, contact Jessica Holmes at 518-234-4303 (x119),; in Otsego County, contact Helen Powers-Light at 607-547-2536 (x227),; in Delaware County, contact Carla Hedgeman Crim at 607-865-6531,

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