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Figure Drawing Workshops Offered to Teens at Fenimore Art Museum

Written By Editor on 5/30/22 | 5/30/22

Young at Art! Drawing Workshops

Saturday, June 4, 2022

2:00–4:00 p.m.

Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Advance registration is required. Free admission for ages 19 and under.

 

Cooperstown, New York — Youths ages 12–18 are invited to participate in Fenimore Art Museum’s Young at Art! Drawing Workshops, taking place on Saturday, June 4 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. The program features several small breakout figure drawing workshops, with locations at both Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum. All workshops are led by well-known local artists. The program is a great way for like-minded young artists from the region to meet in a relaxed atmosphere while learning how to draw. 

Participants should plan to meet at Fenimore Art Museum’s main entrance at 2:00 p.m. Free admission for ages 19 and under. Advance registration is required. To register or if you have questions, please contact Michelle Bosma at m.bosma@fenimoreart.org or (607) 547-1414.

 

Masking may be required to attend this program. Please come prepared with a mask in the event one is required. We thank you for understanding. 


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Schoharie Valley Singers to Present a Benefit Concert - “A Ukrainian Prayer”

The Schoharie Valley Singers are honored to partner with the Schoharie Reformed Church for a concert benefiting Ukrainian refugees in Poland. The concert will be presented on Saturday, June 4th at 7:30pm and will take place at the Schoharie Reformed Church in Schoharie. The concert is free for the public, but a donation is encouraged. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to Schoharie Reformed Church’s sister church in Lodz, Poland, assisting with the influx of refugees.

The concert will feature six choral selections, plus three singalong songs for the audience to join in on. The selections include a new piece by John Rutter, “A Ukrainian Prayer.” This selection was written in the last few months by the world-renowned British composer, and has been made available free to any choir that wishes to perform it. The concert will also feature a collection of other uplifting choral music, including “Make Them Hear You,” “Sisi Ni Moja,” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

The National Anthem of Ukraine will be sung for the audience by the Veryovka Ukrainian  Folk Choir under the direction of Anatoliy Tymofiyovych Avdievsky.                                                                                                 
 

During the program we will hear from members of the Schoharie Reformed Church as well as the Rev. Semko Koroza, pastor of the Evangelical Reformed Church of Poland and his congregation in Lodz concerning the current status of those needing assistance in Poland.

The National Anthem of Ukraine will be sung for the audience by the Veryovka Ukrainian  Folk Choir under the direction of Anatoliy Tymofiyovych Avdievsky.        

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DIRT: The Secret Life of Soil

EAST MEREDITH - On Saturday, June 11 at 2pm, the West Kortright Centre presents Arm-of-the-Sea Theater’s new mask & puppet production, DIRT: The Secret Life of Soil. Fusing cutting-edge science and age-old puppetry, DIRT takes audiences on an extravagant journey of discovery into the ground beneath our feet. Featuring live music and puppet figures ranging from 12″ to 12′ tall, the show reveals the photosynthetic alchemy of plants, the fungi’s dance of mutual delight, and the microbes’ herculean labors.

This event is free and open to the public. Outdoors, weather permitting. Check the West Kortright Centre’s website or social media for updates regarding inclement weather. Space is limited. Save time and receive weather postponement notifications by registering in advance at westkc.org. Donations welcome. Bring your own lawn seating. Please arrive at least 15 mins early. Grounds open at 1pm. Picnickers welcome; masks encouraged.

DIRT is made possible by funds from the A. Lindsay & Olive B. O'Connor Foundation and the Robinson-Broadhurst Foundation, by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, and by the generosity of our community sponsors The Andes Hotel, Bovina Montessori, Catskill Country Living, Ecoagents, and Christine Egan & Scott DeSimon. This is the first of the 2022 West Kortright Centre Songbird Sessions, a series of free outdoor family events. The West Kortright Centre is located at 49 West Kortright Church Road in East Meredith. Contact info@westkc.org with any questions.



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The Hyde Hall and Glimmerglass State Park Block Party has been rescheduled to its June 11th rain date.


COOPERSTOWN –  Hyde Hall and Glimmerglass State Park have announced that they are rescheduling their opening event, the Hyde Hall and Glimmerglass State Park Block Party, because of weather-related concerns. The event will be held on its June 11th rain date instead.

The area is expecting a day of rain and potential thunderstorms which halts all outdoor activities in the area. The two organizations have concluded that they could not provide the best possible experience for attendees this weekend with the predicted weather. 


Hyde Hall and Glimmerglass State Park have enjoyed the enthusiastic response from the community and working with extraordinary people while creating the event. Both organizations will still open this Saturday to greet visitors throughout the season but will wait until conditions are ideal for the Block Party. 


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PASSPORT DAY : THURSDAY ~ JUNE 9TH 2022 at Schoharie County Clerk

The Schoharie County Clerk’s Office is hosting a special passport day on Thursday, June 9, 2022 from 8:30 am to 8:00pm at the County Clerk’s Office, 284 Main Street, Schoharie. 518-295-8316. 


This is in addition to our normal hours of accepting passport applications Monday through Friday,

8:30am – 5:00 pm.   


As a reminder, after May 2023, you will need something other than just a drivers license for any domestic flights. (ie: Passport Book or Card, Enhanced License or Real ID).


We will be accepting applications for first-time passports as well as assisting anyone with completing the renewal application for passport books or cards.  We will also take your passport photo. 


Just a reminder : no glasses can be worn in photos except under certain circumstances and with a doctor’s note. Darker clothing is preferred.  

Here’s a list of what you will need: 


  • Birth Certificate with raised seal and both parents listed; or Certificate of Naturalization

  • Drivers License; or photo identification with picture, signature and D.O.B.

  • Check or money order, payable to the DEPARTMENT OF STATE (1 for each applicant)

  • Check, credit card, money order or cash for the processing fee payable to SCHOHARIE COUNTY CLERK

  • Children 15 & under, both parents must be present or a notarized waiver from the absent parent with a copy of their drivers license front and back.


For more detailed information on how to apply for a U.S. passport, please visit travel.state.gov.  U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778. 


For any other questions, feel free to contact the Schoharie County Clerk’s Office – 518-295-8316.



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SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tiger Weekly Recap

SUNY Cobleskill men’s Head Baseball Coach Lance Ratchford was named the 2022 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) 2022 Coach-of-the-Year by the league’s coaches. Ratchford led the Fighting Tigers to their second consecutive NAC Western Division Championship as the team posted their third consecutive winning season with a 21-20 overall record including an 11-4 mark in conference play.  

The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) announced that members of the Fighting Tiger men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams have been named to the 2022 NAC Sportsmanship Team by the league’s coaches. First year women’s team member and team captain Jenna Swyers, Peru, N.Y., Peru High School junior men’s team member and captain Tucker Skowyra, Hardwick, Mass., Quabbin Regional High School, a member of the men’s team were Cobleskill’s selections. The Sportsmanship Team honors student-athletes in keeping with the conference's theme of "Creating an Atmosphere of Respect" for each of its sports. The establishment of the Sportsmanship Team in all sports is in concert with the league's ultimate goal to create an atmosphere that places the highest regard for exemplary behavior of all participants, coaches, administrators, fans and officials. 


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Film Screening at Bushel: “Pather Panchali"

DELHI, NY—Bushel is pleased to screen Pather Panchali (dir. by Satyajit Ray, 1955), on Friday, June 3, at Bushel, 106 Main Street, Delhi. Doors open at 7 pm; screening begins at 7:20 pm. Seating is limited to 30; attendance is mask optional. This program is free to attend with a suggested donation of $5. 

Pather Panchali, the first in Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, depicts the childhood travails of the protagonist Apu and his elder sister Durga amidst the harsh village life of their impoverished family. The children enjoy the small pleasures of their difficult life, while their parents suffer the daily inequities and indignities of poverty. The film is based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Bengali author Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, and features a mesmerizing soundtrack by sitar player and composer Ravi Shankar. Shot on location, with mostly untrained actors, this film is praised for its realism and humanity. Ray was committed to creating a cinema that presented and probed real Indian issues. Pather Panchali marks a turning point in Indian cinema as a pioneering work launching the Parallel Cinema movement that espoused authenticity and social realism. This was the director’s first film and remains his best-known.

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 final film in the series will be Cassavetes’ Shadows, shown on June 10. Full descriptions of all six films in the series are on Bushel’s website (www.bushelcollective.org) and in a pamphlet available for pick up at Bushel, 106 Main Street.

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A.O. Fox Hospital Nationally Recognized with an "A" Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Written By Editor on 5/25/22 | 5/25/22

Bassett Healthcare Network’s A.O. Fox Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Fox’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.

 

“We are incredibly proud of our caregivers and practitioners at A.O. Fox Hospital for continually achieving this prestigious recognition, the only hospital in our region to do so,” says Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “Fox has greatly improved its patient safety practices and is doing stellar work – and our network hospitals are collaborating closely to replicate this work daily, sharing ideas, best practices, and supporting one another. Our colleagues at Fox are reaffirming for all of Bassett Healthcare Network how we reach our shared goal of becoming a national leader in creating healthy rural communities.” 

 

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

 

“These assessments from Leapfrog are rigorous,” explains Dr. Henry Weil, chief academic and clinical officer at Bassett Healthcare Network. “Achieving the highest grade of an ‘A’ is a highly significant feat. Learning how we measure up against hospitals around the state and country is very beneficial to our organization as we continually work to improve safety metrics.”

 

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.


“This recognition represents tremendous work,” says Dr. Reginald Q. Knight, chief hospital executive at A.O. Fox Hospital. “Fox has maintained an ‘A’ hospital safety grade for more than two years amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic – and is performing above the national average with patient safety ratings. I am immensely proud of the dedication our team demonstrates every day. Ultimately, their exceptional performance reflects a deep commitment to our patients and communities.”

 

"As our national health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of A.O. Fox Hospital for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ safety grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

 

To see A.O. Fox Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.

 

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About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. For more, follow them on Twitter and Facebook and sign up for their newsletter.

 

About A.O. Fox Hospital

A.O. Fox Hospital, part of Bassett Healthcare Network, is a 60-bed acute care hospital with a 130-bed nursing home that provides the residents of Oneonta and its surrounding four-county area with high-quality emergency services, inpatient care, and comprehensive outpatient and specialty services. 25 miles southwest, in Sidney, stands A.O. Fox’s Tri-Town Campus, a satellite facility that provides comprehensive emergency, laboratory, and medical imaging services to the tri-county region.

 

About Bassett Healthcare Network

Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, more than 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. Bassett Medical Center, the foundation of the network, is a 180-bed acute care inpatient teaching hospital located in Cooperstown, NY affiliated with Columbia University. To learn more about services available throughout Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook and Twitter. 


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Alzheimer’s Notes: 5 Ways to Promote Brain Health During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Written By Editor on 5/24/22 | 5/24/22

During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in June, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging all Americans to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors that can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

There are currently more than 6 million Americans age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s, including 410,000 New Yorkers.

Age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, 1 in 3 seniors age 85 and older will have Alzheimer’s disease. While some brain changes are inevitable as we age, there is a growing body of research to suggest that adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors, including healthy eating, exercising regularly, not smoking and staying cognitively engaged may help us age healthier and help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

“Understanding the role healthy behaviors may play in reducing cognitive decline is a robust area of research currently,” said Beth Smith-Boivin, executive director for the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York Chapter. “Researchers are working to determine what may be the optimal lifestyle ‘recipe’ to reduce cognitive decline, but there are steps we can take now to age well and help reduce the risk of cognitive decline.”

During June, the Alzheimer’s Association offers these five tips to promote better brain health and help reduce the risk of cognitive decline:

Exercise regularly — Regular cardiovascular exercise helps increase blood flow to the body and brain, and there is strong evidence that regular physical activity is linked to better memory and thinking.

Maintain a heart-healthy diet — Stick to a meal schedule full of fruits and vegetables to ensure a well-balanced diet. Some evidence suggests a healthful diet is linked to cognitive performance. The Mediterranean and DASH diets, which emphasize whole grains, green leafy vegetables, fish and berries, are linked to better cognitive functioning, and help reduce risk of heart disease as well.

Get proper sleep — Maintaining a regular, uninterrupted sleep pattern benefits physical and psychological health, and helps clear waste from the brain. Adults should get at least seven hours of sleep each night and try to keep a routine bedtime.

Stay socially and mentally active — Meaningful social engagement may support cognitive health, so stay connected with friends and family. Engage your mind by doing activities that stump you, like completing a jigsaw puzzle or playing strategy games. Or challenge yourself further by learning a new language or musical instrument.

Keep your heart healthy — Recent study shows strong evidence that a healthier heart is connected to a healthier brain. The study shows that aggressively treating high blood pressure in older adults can help reduce the development of mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

“Incorporating these behaviors become especially important as we age,” said Smith-Boivin. “But they are good guidelines to follow at any age. Research suggests that incorporating these behaviors in combination will have the greatest benefit, but even if you begin with one or two you’re moving in the right direction.”

To learn more about ways to reduce your risk of cognitive decline by making lifestyle changes, go to alz.org.

Marisa Korytko is the Public Relations Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Northeastern New York chapter. She can be reached at mekorytko@alz.org.


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Drumming is coming back to Landis!

Written By Editor on 5/23/22 | 5/23/22

Join us at 6:30 PM on the first and third Wednesdays of the month (June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, August 3 and 17, September 7 and 21). We’ll be in or near the Peace Pavilion at Landis to drum with leader Art Teale. Art is a dedicated musician (his group is Waitin’ on Bob) and a well-respected handyman in the area who welcomes seasoned drummers and newbies for a fun and relaxing experience. 



Please bring:



A. drum (or a plastic bucket that makes a nice sound when struck), or rhythm sticks or other rhythm instrument
A chair or if you prefer, a lawn blanket to sit on
Water (stay hydrated, people!)
Bug stuff to repel both mosquitos and ticks


Drumming is free for everyone.

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Cobleskill Man Arrested on Child Sex Charges

Cobleskill man arrested for promoting a sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child following a search warrant.

State Police Investigators in Princetown, with the assistance of the Troop G Computer Crimes Unit, the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, and Cobleskill Village Police arrested 25-year-old Lucky L. Dorch of Cobleskill for Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child (D felony) and Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child (E felony). 

Dorch is accused of possessing and sharing images consistent with child sexual exploitation via the internet. His arrest followed an investigation stemming from a cyber tip received by the New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the execution of a search warrant at his residence.   

Dorch was arraigned before the Cobleskill Village Court and was remanded to the Schoharie County Correctional Facility on $5,000 bail, $10,000 bond, or $30,000 partial and conditions.

The investigation into Dorch and his activities is ongoing.  Anyone wishing to report information on Dorch should contact investigators at SP Princetown at (518) 630-1712 or (518) 630-1700.


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SUNY COBLESKILL MEN’S TRACK & FIELD CLOSES SEASON AT 2022 ALL-ATLANTIC REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Written By Editor on 5/22/22 | 5/22/22

Bethlehem, Pa.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s outdoor track & field team closed the 2022 season at the All-Atlantic Regional Track & Field Conference (AARTFC) Outdoor Championships hosted by Moravian College at the Greyhounds’ Timothy Breidegam Track and Rocco Calvo Field. The Fighting Tigers posted a team total of three points to tie for 36th place in the 55 teams competing at the event.  

Senior jumper Tyler Brado, St. Johnsville, N.Y., Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School, earned All-AARTFC honors at the event by clearing a height of 6’3 ½” to place sixth overall in the event. Brado also competed in the 400-meter hurdles placing 29th overall with a time of 57.52. 

First-year distance runner Eamonn Sullivan, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Fordham Preparatory School, finished 18th overall in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:56.82.  


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SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers Weekly Recap

The SUNY Cobleskill men’s outdoor track & field team closed the 2022 season at the All-Atlantic Regional Track & Field Conference (AARTFC) Outdoor Championships hosted by Moravian College at the Greyhounds’ Timothy Breidegam Track and Rocco Calvo Field. The Fighting Tigers posted a team total of three points to tie for 36th place in the 55 teams competing at the event. Senior jumper Tyler Brado, St. Johnsville, N.Y., Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School, earned All-AARTFC honors at the event by clearing a height of 6’3 ½” to place sixth overall in the event.  

Fighting Tiger Head Softball Coach Liz Neubinski was selected the 2022 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Softball Coach-of-the-Year by the league’s coaches. Neubinski led the team to the conference’s Western Division Championship with an 11-1 conference record as part of a 15-15 overall record and an appearance in the league’s championship tournament.  

The Cobleskill baseball team swept the 2022 NAC post-season major awards as Fighting Tiger senior shortstop Eddy Garcia, Bronx, N.Y., World View High School, was named the conference’s Player-of-the-Year, first-year catcher/designated hitter Logan Hutter, Smithtown, N.Y., Smithtown West High School, was selected as the league’s Rookie-of-the-Year and junior pitcher Wyatt Palmer, Camden, N.Y., Camden High School/Cayuga Community College was honored as the conference’s Pitcher-of-the-Year.  

Fighting Tiger men’s lacrosse team member junior midfielder William Bockaus, Southampton, N.Y., Southampton High School, was named to the 2022 NAC Sportsmanship Team by the league’s coaches. The Sportsmanship Team honors Student-Athletes in keeping with the conference’s theme of “Creating an Atmosphere of Respect” for each of its sports.  


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Film Screening at Bushel: “La Pointe Courte"

DELHI — Bushel is pleased to screen La Pointe Courte (dir. by Agnès Varda, 1955), on Friday, May 27, at Bushel, 106 Main Street, Delhi. This is the fourth in the Mid-Century Movie Nights six-part series on Friday nights through June 10. This program is free to attend with a suggested donation of $5. Doors open at 7 pm; screening begins at 7:20 pm. Seating is limited to 30; attendance is mask optional.

La Pointe Courte tells the dual story of a marriage in trouble and the daily struggles of the hardscrabble inhabitants of a small Mediterranean fishing village in the south of France. Both the cosmopolitan couple and the working-class community are working out their survival in their own ways. 

In the 1950s there were very few women directing full-length feature films, as they required hefty studio investment and institutional support, typically reserved for men. In this hostile environment, Agnès Varga made her directorial debut with La Pointe Courte on a shoestring budget that she financed on her own. She had no formal training as a filmmaker but used her eye and experience as a photojournalist to blend documentary and fiction, casting both professional actors and inhabitants of the fishing village where she shot the film. A true visionary, Varga incorporated ground-breaking compositional and editing techniques in this film, ushering in the French New Wave to come.

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?

Upcoming films in the series: Pather Panchali (June 3); and Shadows (June 10). Full descriptions of the films are on Bushel’s website (www.bushelcollective.org) and in a pamphlet available for pick up at Bushel, 106 Main Street.

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N.Y. Power Authority Opens Hinckley Boat Launch to Public May 23


UTICA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced today that its recreational boat launch at the Hinckley dam and reservoir, along with the site’s fishing access area, will open for the 2022 season on Monday, May 23.

Directional and warning buoys by the power dam spillway are in place.


Located along the north side of the reservoir on Route 365, NYPA built the boat launch in 1985 as a recreational measure in connection with the construction of its Gregory B. Jarvis small-hydro power plant.


Open daily during daylight hours for the boating season, the launch consists of concrete planks extending 250 feet into the reservoir to permit easy access for boaters. The launch will remain open as long as reservoir conditions remain safe for boating.


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A.O. Fox Hospital Nationally Recognized with an "A" Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Written By Editor on 5/19/22 | 5/19/22

Bassett Healthcare Network’s A.O. Fox Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Fox’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.

 

“We are incredibly proud of our caregivers and practitioners at A.O. Fox Hospital for continually achieving this prestigious recognition, the only hospital in our region to do so,” says Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “Fox has greatly improved its patient safety practices and is doing stellar work – and our network hospitals are collaborating closely to replicate this work daily, sharing ideas, best practices, and supporting one another. Our colleagues at Fox are reaffirming for all of Bassett Healthcare Network how we reach our shared goal of becoming a national leader in creating healthy rural communities.” 

 

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

 

“These assessments from Leapfrog are rigorous,” explains Dr. Henry Weil, chief academic and clinical officer at Bassett Healthcare Network. “Achieving the highest grade of an ‘A’ is a highly significant feat. Learning how we measure up against hospitals around the state and country is very beneficial to our organization as we continually work to improve safety metrics.”

 

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.


“This recognition represents tremendous work,” says Dr. Reginald Q. Knight, chief hospital executive at A.O. Fox Hospital. “Fox has maintained an ‘A’ hospital safety grade for more than two years amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic – and is performing above the national average with patient safety ratings. I am immensely proud of the dedication our team demonstrates every day. Ultimately, their exceptional performance reflects a deep commitment to our patients and communities.”

 

"As our national health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of A.O. Fox Hospital for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ safety grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

 

To see A.O. Fox Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.


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