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The Best Gifts from Schoharie County

Otsego County Master Gardener Volunteer Winter Sowing Workshop

Written By Editor on 11/30/22 | 11/30/22

The Otsego Master Gardeners are holding a Winter Sowing Workshop on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at the Oneonta Job Corps greenhouse, 21 Homer Folks Avenue in Oneonta. The session will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

There is a $5/person charge for the workshop. No previous gardening experience is needed. Space is limited; registration is required by Friday, December 9, by going to more information call 607.547.2536. Ample free parking is available.

Winter sowing is a method of starting seeds outdoors in winter popularized by Trudi Davidoff and is now practiced around the world. It is recognized by the USDA as, “A propagation method used throughout the winter where temperate climate seeds are sown into protective vented containers and placed outdoors to foster a naturally timed, high percentage germination of climate tolerant seedlings.”

Come sow with workshop presenters, veteran Otsego Master Gardeners, Chris Burrington and Francine Stayter. They will cover the techniques for winter sowing including the materials needed and the various kinds of seeds that can be used, as well as the benefits of this low-cost method of germinating seeds and some of the advantages it has over indoor seed-starting requiring grow lights and the hardening-off of seedlings. In addition, participants will make a mini greenhouse in a container and sow seeds to take home. The workshop will also cover how to handle the seedlings once they germinate.

Otsego Master Gardener Volunteers have been specially trained and certified by Cornell University Extension with a mission to provide education on a broad range of horticultural topics and practices based on university research and recommendations.

Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities. Accommodations for persons with special needs may be requested by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties prior to a program.

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Sensory-Friendly Santa at Nigra Arts Center


Gloversville, NY – The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts and Transitions is hosting a Sensory-Friendly Santa Experience on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm.


Sensory Santa is ideal for children with special needs such as autism and sensory processing disorders, who may be overwhelmed by large crowds, bright lights and loud music. Children will meet with Santa in a quiet, soothing atmosphere, where they will receive individualized attention and tell Santa what they would like for Christmas. Each child will get a photo, gift and activity to take home. Santa’s suit will be extra soft for a calming sensory experience and there will be no nearby distractions.


This event is free and open to children of all ages. Pre-registration is required by December 12. To register, please visit more information, call (518) 661-9932.


About the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts:
The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts is a beautiful, year-round arts center open to the public. It houses premium art venues, hosts fun family events and provides educational opportunities for persons of all ages and levels of ability. The Nigra Arts Center also offers exceptional spaces for private parties or business events. The Nigra Arts Center was founded in 2015 by The Arc Lexington, an accredited, award-winning provider of disability services. For more information, visit

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Wind Advisory Thursday, Gusts Up to 50mph

Information from the Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services:

NWS has issued a Wind Advisory in effect until 5pm Thursday.  South to Southeast winds 15-20 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected today, shifting to the west at 15-25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph tonight into Thursday. Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. South winds will shift to the west as a cold front moves through early this evening, with wind gusts up to 50 mph possible.  Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle.

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Bassett's School-Based Health Program Celebrates 30 Years of Service to the Children of Central New Yor

Cooperstown, N.Y. – Bassett Healthcare Network announced today that it is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its School-Based Health (SBH) program. Its first site opened in 1992 at the Delaware Academy Central School, located in Delhi, New York. This marked the first collaboration between Bassett and a school district. Since then, Bassett’s SBH program has expanded to 21 sites in 17 school districts across four counties. More than 7,000 children are enrolled across the system, and Delhi’s site alone conducts between 2,000 and 2,500 visits per year.  

Bassett’s School-Based Health program is now the largest rural school-based health program in New York State. The program ensures easy access within schools to high-quality health care services for students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. School-Based Health program services are available to all students regardless of income.

In rural central New York, many children live at or below the poverty level in communities where health care is not available. Children are among those least likely to receive routine health care, least likely to be insured, and most likely to require emergency medical service.

Recognizing this gap in health care coverage, Bassett built its School-Based Health program to deliver primary health services to as many students as possible. Being the first line of defense against avoidable hospital admissions, emergency room, and acute care visits, Bassett’s SBH centers provide consistent care for students and ensure that chronic issues are cared for properly.

“Bassett’s SBH model offers a unique opportunity for communities and school districts to meet the health needs of their underserved students by achieving the same vision – that all children will be healthy and ready to learn,” said Dr. Chris Kjolhede, MD, MPH, Co-Director of Bassett’s School-Based Health program. “Generous gifts help to keep the program rolling and innovative. For example, dental and behavioral health are now part of the program, bringing these essential services into our schools to serve children in need.”

Services provided by Bassett’s SBH centers include:

• Comprehensive physical examinations

• Acute care with diagnosis and treatment of common childhood illnesses

• Chronic care, for more long-term health problems, such as asthma, depression, and obesity

• Preventive and restorative dental services

• Mental health services are provided at every Bassett School-Based Health center. All SBH mental health clinicians have a wealth of experience working with children, teens, parents, caregivers, and families.

School-Based Health Centers and Telemedicine

“Bassett’s ongoing expansion of its telemedicine services across our rural area have made a tremendous and positive impact on our ability to serve regional students during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jane Hamilton, RN, School-Based Health Practice Manager.

“Now telemedicine is an essential complement to in-person SBH program services. Students utilize video visits to access a variety of pediatric specialties,” explained Hamilton. “This includes medication follow-ups for ADHD or depression; concussion clearance by a pediatrician for sports; ongoing management of chronic illnesses such as asthma; and psychotherapy provided by mental health clinicians.”

“We are extremely proud of our role in helping the children of our region achieve and maintain good health,” said Dr. Kjolhede. “Our outstanding, dedicated staff coupled with generous contributions and grants make this all possible. We are still growing, just like the kids we serve.” 

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Columbia University, Bassett Healthcare Network Advance Collaboration with Cardiovascular Digital Medicine & Clinical Services

Written By Editor on 11/29/22 | 11/29/22

Groundbreaking Partnership Will Connect Patients in Rural Central New York with Advanced Care in Manhattan 

Cooperstown, N.Y. 
Bassett Medical Center in Central New York announced today that it is expanding its digital medicine capabilities to include cardiovascular clinical services in a groundbreaking initiative with Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. 


Through digital technology, Bassett patients will have direct connections to a broad array of cardiovascular specialists in Manhattan. This innovative collaboration is built on the foundation of Columbia’s nine decades-long affiliation with Bassett as a teaching hospital and medical school campus. 


This initiative places Bassett and Columbia at the forefront of rural healthcare and advances in digital medicine. Columbia physicians seeing Bassett patients from their offices downstate are assisted by nurses in Bassett exam rooms, including physical examinations with the use of live video and an electronic stethoscope allowing the doctor to listen to the heart and lung sounds remotely. 


“Our digital health strategies center on seamlessly connecting our patients in rural settings with world-class physicians, here on the Bassett campus and through our partnership with Columbia,” says Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “Bassett is committed to the ongoing expansion of our digital health capabilities into clinical services in cardiovascular care and beyond.” 


"We are very proud to have long been Bassett's partner in providing the most advanced and compassionate care to the people of upstate New York," says Katrina Armstrong, MD, Dean of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. "Generations of our students have had access to a unique clinical experience that forever shapes their approach as physicians, and today's announcement will expand that opportunity."


The long-standing academic tie between the two institutions is a tremendous advantage,” says Dr. Michael Holmes, Chief of Cardiology at Bassett Medical Center. “The unique relationship between Columbia’s nationally renowned cardiac programs and college, and an exceptional rural hospital, brings the entire range of high-quality cardiac specialties to Bassett’s patient population in Central New York, and assists Bassett in recruiting physician leaders in clinical care, teaching and research.”


The expanding program is guided by Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, Dr. Michael Holmes, Dr. Nick Homma, Deputy Chief of the Cardiology Division and Chief Medical Officer at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and Cheryl Gelder-Kogan, Interim Administrative Director, Cardiovascular Service Line at Bassett Medical Center.


“Working with visionaries creates exceptional results,” says Dr. Homma. “Dr. Ibrahim and the outstanding team at Bassett Medical Center are dedicated to providing their patients with world-class physicians through innovative digital healthcare strategies.”

“Columbia and Bassett practitioners regularly engage in formal discussions to ensure quality commitment and oversight of our shared services,” adds Dr. Holmes. “As we continue to build collaboration, key statistical reviews relative to national benchmarks and quality indicators will propel Bassett and Columbia forward together as we work to optimize patient experiences and enhance quality.”


The innovative program, which is already underway, is slated to expand to five days a week, with doctors potentially alternating between clinical settings at both Bassett in Cooperstown and Columbia.


Bassett Medical Center offers a three-year Cardiovascular training program for medical students. Columbia – Bassett cardiac fellows spend up to two months a year doing rotations at Columbia to round out their experiences, specifically with advanced heart failure, left ventricular assist devices, and cardiac transplants. Fellows are primarily based at Bassett’s Cooperstown campus with the opportunity to complete key rotations at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Nigra Arts Center to host Santa’s Workshop Family Event


Gloversville, NY – The Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts invites children of all ages and their families to Santa’s Workshop on Saturday, December 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. At this festive event, the Nigra Arts Center will transform into the North Pole for a morning of crafts, activities, food, Santa and lots of holiday-themed fun.


Attendees will enjoy a light breakfast, raffles, screenings of holiday movies, interactive music, face painting and all kinds of family fun inspired by the classic tale “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Santa Claus will be on-site for photos, and every child who attends will go home with a gift from him! In addition, kids will be able to work on various crafts to take home, including cookie decorating, spin art, customized picture frames, jewelry making and coloring sheets. Representatives from Lowe’s Home Improvement’s Build and Grow program will also be on hand to teach kids how to build their own projects in Santa’s Workshop.


This event will take place in the Nigra Arts Center’s facility at 2736 State Highway 30, Gloversville. Admission is $10 per child, which includes breakfast, activities, a photo with Santa and a gift. Admission for adults is $5, which includes breakfast. Children age 2 and under are admitted free. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information and to reserve tickets, please visit or call (518) 661-9932.

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Subscription Sale-- Makes a Great Gift!

Written By Editor on 11/28/22 | 11/28/22

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Hunter Dies After Fall From Tree Stand

ROXBURY — A 71-year-old Harrison resident died on November 19 after he slipped and fell climbing a tree stand while hunting in the Vega valley, outside Roxbury.

Roxbury Constable Stephen Williamson reported that Ferdinando Paparatti, 71, was climbing a tree stand when he lost his footing on a rail of the ladder and fell about 12 feet.

When the victim was several hours late in returning from his outing, his son went in search of his father and found Mr. Paparatti on the ground. The tree stand was located several hundred yards from the house where Mr. Paparatti was staying. Due to the difficult terrain, first responders had to utilize an all-terrain vehicle to transport the victim from the accident site.

Ambulance personnel from Roxbury and Margaretville responded. They were assisted by Roxbury Fire Department volunteers.

The Delaware County Medical Examiner pronounced Mr. Paparatti dead at the scene.

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Three SUNY Delhi Officers Receive Statewide University Police Awards for Acts of Heroism, Bravery, and Professionalism

Lieutenant Michael O'Donnell, Officer Troy Patterson, and Technical Sergeant Jason Lonecke Recognized

DELHI, NY (11/18/2022) This week, the State University of New York announced the recipients of the 2022 University Police Awards, the highest recognition by the SUNY Police Chiefs Association. The annual awards honor lieutenants, officers, and staff for their heroic efforts and bravery on campus as well as their professionalism. Three SUNY Delhi officers were honored: Lieutenant Michael O'Donnell and Officer Troy Patterson received the Life Saving Awards, and Officer Troy Patterson and Technical Sergeant Jason Lonecke received the Professional Service Awards.

Lieutenant O'Donnell and Officer Patterson received the Life Saving Award for an incident last December in which they responded to an unresponsive male, assisting with lifesaving efforts and administering two doses of Naloxone. Thanks to their actions, the subject regained consciousness and his life was spared.

Officer Patterson and Technical Sergeant Lonecke received the Professional Service Award for demonstrating command presence when faced with the disorderly aftermath of a violent incident, successfully resolving the situation while protecting all parties.

SUNY Delhi Chief of University Police Martin A. Pettit said, "I am very proud of the actions of our SUNY Delhi department members and the work our department does each and every day. These officers are a credit to our agency and SUNY Delhi as a whole."

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Annual Tannersville Holiday Craft Fair Saturday

Written By Editor on 11/25/22 | 11/25/22

Sat. Nov 26. 10am-4pm
Tannersville Village Hall
Visit with Santa from 1 to 2 PM. Mail your Santa letters in the Santa mailbox. Come and do all your holiday shopping.
Thank you have a good day.

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Chicopee, Mass.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s basketball team extended their current winning streak to three games as the Fighting Tigers took to the road on Thursday evening to grind out a 57-53 victory over the host Blazers of Elms College in non-league play. With the victory the Fighting Tigers move to 4-1 overall on the year while the Blazers fall to 1-3 overall on the season to date.  

The Fighting Tigers fell behind early trailing at the half by a 31-25 tally as the Cobleskill shooting mirrored the cold Massachusetts temperature by going only 6-for-29 from the floor, 20.7%, which along with 13 turnovers led to the deficit.  

The second half saw the Blazers extend their lead to 35-28 with 17:20 remaining when the Cobleskill defense turned the tide of the contest by holding their hosts scoreless over for nearly five minutes and capping a 9-0 run to take a 37-35 advantage with 13:44 left to play on a  lay-up by junior guard Andre Starks, Fairport, N.Y., Fairport High School/Corning Community College, in transition from junior guard Iziah Pigott, Brooklyn, N.Y., Urban Assembly High School/Dutchess Community College.  

The visitors would then outscore the home team 13-4 to take a 50-39 advantage with 5:19 left in regulation on a short jumper from senior forward Justin Feldman, Chester, N.Y., Chester High School/Orange Community College. 

Elms would subsequently go on a run to cut the Cobleskill lead to 55-53 with 1:38 left to play but that would be as close as they would come as the Fighting Tiger defense made key plays down the stretch to hold the Blazers scoreless with free throws by Andre Starks and junior center Markel Jenkins, Elmira, N.Y., Elmira High School/Corning Community College, providing the final margin of victory.  

Andre Starks was the game’s high scorer with 18 points to go with five rebounds and two assists while Markel Jenkins chipped in 11 points, nine rebounds and a blocked shot for the winners. Sophomore JaNyve Smith, Albany, N.Y., Bishop McGinn High School, was also a factor in the win with 10 points and seven rebounds as was sophomore center Jermaine Wheeler, Manhattan, N.Y., Marist High School, who came off the bench to score six points and grab four rebounds.   

The Orange & Black will next be in action on Saturday November 19 when they host the Cardinals of Plattsburgh State for a non-conference contest at the Iorio Gymnasium with tip-off at 1:30 p.m.  

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Schoharie Library Weekly News

Middle Grade Book Group: Monday, December 5, 4:15-5pm, we’ll be reading The Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig. Refreshments, track reading to earn prizes. Children grades 3rd - 6th are welcome to join us - reserve your copy and start reading today! Dec 19th : Christmas movie viewing. Sign up today at  Please let us know if you'd like to attend virtually. 

Writing Club (Virtual): Mondays at 6:30pm. No Writing Club on November 28.

Animal Tracks with George Steele: Tuesday, November 29, 4pm. Learn about a variety of mammal tracks, then make an animal track bandana that you can take home. Signup:

Teen Thursday: Every Thursday 5-7pm. Come hang out in our Teen Room - socialize, create in our Makerspace,  play board games, code with our Dash Robot,  share book recommendations, and much more!! Ages 13 - Young Adult Welcome!  No registration required.

Virtual UFO Club: Thursday, December 1, 10am. Work on projects and chat on Zoom. Signup:

Storytime with Yvonne: Fridays at 10am. Stories, songs, fun activities! There will be no Storytime on Nov. 25.

Christmas in Schoharie: Saturday, December 3, 10am-2pm. Stop in for crafts, songs, and refreshments!

Make the Most of Your Smartphone*: Tuesday, December 6, 11am-noon. Bring your smartphone and learn how to use its features, download & use apps, take and share photos, and more.


Knitcetera at the Library: Tuesday, December 13, 10:30am-noon. Embroider, sew, knit, anything goes!

Board of Trustees Meeting: Wednesday, December 14, 7pm. 

Make a Gift with The Studio for Art & Craft: Saturday, December 17. Separate projects for kids, teens, and adults. Space is limited, registration required:

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Creative Resiliency in the Mohawk Valley


The Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc. (MVEDD) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $173,033 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for the project titled “Creative Resiliency in the Mohawk Valley.” MVEDD serves the Mohawk Valley Region in New York State and will be working directly with four target communities on this initiative: Town of Minden, Village of Fort Plain, Village of Palatine Bridge, and Village of Nelliston.


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small announced that USDA is awarding $4 million in cooperative agreements to 17 organizations under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC). The assistance will help the organizations support people who have been unserved or underserved and live in socially vulnerable communities, Tribal communities, and rural areas.


Placemaking is a collaborative planning and technical assistance process that helps leaders from rural communities create quality places where people will want to live, work, visit, and learn.


Creating effective and attractive community spaces truly takes a village. Eddie Watt, Village of Nelliston Clerk-Treasurer, who was instrumental in gaining local support for the project, stated, “I'm excited and grateful for this opportunity from the USDA to bring our community together. It's worth noting that this wouldn't have been possible without all of our partners from business and government to education and cultural organizations. Nothing happens in a vacuum and I believe RPIC will give us the chance to plan for community growth that benefits everyone. I look forward to showing the community what we can accomplish together."


Through MVEDD’s community engagement, strong partnerships, and implementation assistance, we will collaborate with these towns and villages to help solve problems, create effective new projects and strategic plans, and build more creative and equitable places to live, work, and play. MVEDD’s innovative and adaptive approaches to economic and community development will allow us to provide, alongside USDA Rural Development, technical assistance unprecedented in the rural communities we serve.


Dr. Mari Kate Mycek, the project director for the program, remarked, “I am grateful for all the dedicated partners who have supported this project. I grew up in Montgomery County and know firsthand what a beautiful place it is to live, and how much potential there is. We have an incredible team of people invested in helping these communities shine, and it’s a joy to see so many creative approaches and ideas.”


MVEDD, alongside its partners, will work with community leaders to create placemaking plans, hold community workshops, identify implementation projects, and submit applications for grant funding. There is no universal formula to create a sense of place and opportunity in a community. Each location this taskforce works with will be unique. However, all projects will require our partners to create both a connection to that space, in a collaborative way.


Celebrating and honoring this region’s history will be central to the placemaking plans. Highlighting a region’s history can help foster a sense of pride and connection to our communities - and history is something the Mohawk Valley is rich in. James Post, Village of Palatine Bridge Mayor stated, “The Village of Palatine Bridge has a variety of places located on the historic registry and is located along the Mohawk River which provides a serene and beautiful landscape for our residents. We look forward to engaging with MVEDD and USDA-RD to better understand ways in which we can further enhance our community.” 


These projects are meant to increase the draw to this entire region, and it will take a spirit of cooperation in which everyone has a voice. Cheryl Reese, Town of Minden Mayor, commented, “We believe through our efforts to collaborate with MVEDD and the many committed partners supporting this project, we can help continue to be an agent for positive change in our region.”


Placemaking can also be a springboard toward the future. Patrick Hanifin, Village of Fort Plain Mayor said, “We have a vibrant community with passionate residents and an up-and-coming downtown area that is ripe with possibility. We are excited and eager to help identify community assets and projects that will help our community become a better place to live, work, and play for all.”


To create lasting change, this project will need Mohawk Valley youth to get involved and put down their roots. Dr. Nick Fitzgerald, Superintendent of Canajoharie Central Schools said, “MVEDD’s approach to placemaking activities will make our communities stronger, which benefits the many students and staff who live and work in these communities. In order to help keep the next generation in our communities, we need to have youth actively involved in decisions regarding placemaking programs and future projects. This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about community engagement, public policy, and network.”


Project events and updates will be published on the project website hosted by Mohawk Valley Today. Mohawk Valley Today’s goal is to highlight all the wonderful things about the Mohawk Valley to the public, both for residents and those who might want to call the Mohawk Valley home. Ginny Rogers, the creator of Mohawk Valley Today commented, “The work that will be completed through this project deserves to be shared widely, and Mohawk Valley Today is committed to helping facilitate this.”

Matthew Ossenfort, Montgomery County Executive said, “The County is committed to placemaking projects for continuing revitalization momentum in this region, and we see this initiative as a complement to our community development goals for creating flourishing towns by investing in small businesses and neighborhoods.”


MVEDD’s mission is to promote economic growth and community resiliency within the Mohawk Valley. MVEDD’s vision for the Mohawk Valley is to create a thriving region through inclusive economic development practices that provides lasting solutions for our communities. Through collaborative partnerships, innovative programs, and community engagement, MVEDD works to foster economic well-being for the communities they serve. This project was developed as part of MVEDD’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the Mohawk Valley Region.

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Three SUNY Delhi Officers Receive Statewide University Police Awards for Acts of Heroism, Bravery, and Professionalism

Lieutenant Michael O'Donnell, Officer Troy Patterson, and Technical Sergeant Jason Lonecke Recognized

DELHI, NY (11/18/2022) This week, the State University of New York announced the recipients of the 2022 University Police Awards, the highest recognition by the SUNY Police Chiefs Association. The annual awards honor lieutenants, officers, and staff for their heroic efforts and bravery on campus as well as their professionalism. Three SUNY Delhi officers were honored: Lieutenant Michael O'Donnell and Officer Troy Patterson received the Life Saving Awards, and Officer Troy Patterson and Technical Sergeant Jason Lonecke received the Professional Service Awards.

Lieutenant O'Donnell and Officer Patterson received the Life Saving Award for an incident last December in which they responded to an unresponsive male, assisting with lifesaving efforts and administering two doses of Naloxone. Thanks to their actions, the subject regained consciousness and his life was spared.

Officer Patterson and Technical Sergeant Lonecke received the Professional Service Award for demonstrating command presence when faced with the disorderly aftermath of a violent incident, successfully resolving the situation while protecting all parties.

SUNY Delhi Chief of University Police Martin A. Pettit said, "I am very proud of the actions of our SUNY Delhi department members and the work our department does each and every day. These officers are a credit to our agency and SUNY Delhi as a whole."

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Weekly Gardening Tips for the Week by Bob Beyfuss: Thanksgiving

     I wrote this column 15 years ago, when I was still working for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County as the Agriculture agent.  At that time I had no plans to become a “snowbird” spending my winters in Florida. Now I cannot conceive of doing anything else each winter. The harsh NY winters are just too tough for me to endure these past years. I no longer have the strength or energy to cut, split and stack the five or six cords of firewood I used to burn each winter. I miss my Florida family more each season that I am away from them. I mention seeing my first Grandson, Will, for his first birthday, below and tomorrow we will celebrate his 16th birthday. The years have flown by almost unnoticeably, except when on the rare occasions, I happen to glance at a mirror and wonder “who is that old man staring back at me?”  

    Thanksgiving is perhaps my favorite Holiday and not just because I like to eat turkey so much! It occurs at a time of year when winter has not really set in in earnest. The weather can be awful but for the past few years, the weather has been decent and I think this trend will continue. Yes, there is often a bit of traveling associated with getting to Grandma’s place and back but the trip is not complicated by all the gift giving hoopla that occurs a month or so later. It is a “religious neutral” Holiday which eliminates some of the stress associated with the “Political Correctness” controversy we seem to have to deal with each winter. I don’t know of anyone who is offended by being wished a “Happy Thanksgiving”. (Fifteen years later, I am sorry to report that there ARE people who are “offended” by this holiday as well. The older I get the more I am annoyed by people who take offense, when there is no intention to offend. I consider this trait as the single most pressing threat to society today.) 

     It is often possible to actually do some gardening on Thanksgiving if the weather is good. If I were home this year I would be harvesting Brussels’s sprouts from my garden and perhaps some carrots and parsnips. I just picked my first batch of sprouts this past weekend, after the deer were kind enough to eat all the leaves off the stalks leaving the sprouts behind for me! Most of us procrastinators have not yet finished our garden cleanup and the four day Holiday allows time to clean out all of the summers spent debris and perhaps even till the soil. This is a great time to till in organic matter such as compost, peat moss, or manure or even fallen maple leaves from the lawn. It is also a good time to deal with the mechanical tools such as lawn mowers, snow blowers and other stuff that either will be needed soon or need to be winterized before next spring.  Winter squash, cabbage, sweet potatoes and turnips are fall crops best enjoyed at this time of the year when they are prime eating as are local apples, pears, various types of ciders, and of course, cranberry sauce!  It is cold enough outside to really enjoy the warmth of an oven that is baking bread, or roasting a turkey. 

     Fall is hunting season in these mountains and some families have traditionally reserved the day after Thanksgiving for deer, squirrel, grouse or duck hunting. I don’t know too many folks who still hunt squirrels but I know that in a few weeks, when the bird feeders are being raided, lots of folks would not mind reducing their local squirrel populations!  I used to eat squirrels but gave that up when my kids accused me of cooking up “rats” that they refused to even consider tasting! I still hunt turkeys and I contend that wild turkey is far superior in taste, texture and healthfulness than the domestic variety most families will eat. I also enjoy eating venison and the long Holiday weekend affords families living some distance apart the excuse to come together to hunt whitetails. I know of several families of people who have moved here from NJ and Long Island whose only annual get together revolves around a Thanksgiving feast and hunt.   

     I will be in Florida this Thanksgiving since that is where my kids live and this new “Grand Bob” will also be celebrating Baby Will’s first birthday. I really do hope that in a few years the kids will travel north to see me for this Holiday when the babies are older. Thanksgiving in Florida is just not the same as it is here. 

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Music for Harp & String Orchestra Saturday

Jacqueline Kerrod, Harp

Eva Ding, Flute

Saturday, November 26, 2022 @ 8:00pm

Doctorow Center for the Arts

7971 Main Street, Hunter, NY 12442

Tickets: $25

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The Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra returns to the Doctorow Center for a Thanksgiving weekend concert, including Ralph Vaughan Williams: Variants on Dives and Lazarus for Strings & Harp; Howard Hanson: Serenade for Flute, Harp & String Orchestra; Robert Manno: Petit Voyage en Nostalgie for Flute, Harp & String Orchestra; François Dompierre: Les Beautés du Diable (The Devil’s Beauties); Claude Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane for Harp & String Orchestra; Jacqueline Kerrod: New Work for Harp & String Orchestra (Premiere); Jean Sibelius: Elegie from King Christian Suite II; and, Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis.

Since 2000 the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra under the direction of composer/conductor, Robert Manno has earned accolades and national attention through the many broadcasts of its live performances from the Windham Chamber Music Festival and Catskill Mountain Foundation over American Public Media’s Performance Today. The orchestra is comprised of the finest musicians from the New York area and includes current and former members of the MET Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, NYC Opera Orchestra, NYC Ballet Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and many other esteemed New York area ensembles.

Robert Manno is Co-Director of the Windham Chamber Music Festival, an award-winning composer, and an acclaimed conductor whose many performances from the Windham Festival and the Catskill Mountain Foundation have been featured nationally on “Performance Today.” The Atlanta Audio Society has described him as “a composer of serious music of considerable depth and spiritual beauty.”

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Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill men’s basketball team returned to the Iorio Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon to drop a hard-fought overtime decision to the visiting Cardinals of Plattsburgh State 88-86 in non-league action. With the loss the Fighting Tigers fall to 4-2 overall on the year while the Cardinals improve to 2-2 overall. 

In a seesaw affair that featured four ties and nine lead changes, Cobleskill found themselves trailing with 73-71 with 25 second remaining in regulation when out of a time-out the Fighting Tigers ran a set play that broke down and with seven seconds left on the clock senior forward Justin Feldman, Chester, N.Y., Chester High School/Orange Community College, drove to the basket drawing the defense to him and allowing him to find junior guard Andre Starks, Rochester, N.Y., Fairport High School/Corning Community College, for an open baseline jumper which tied the contest at 73-73.  

In the overtime the Cardinals raced out to an eight-point advantage at 83-75 with 3:06 remaining in the period before a Fighting Tiger run that tied the contest at 85-85 on an Andre Starks free throw with 15 seconds left to play. 

Plattsburgh raced the ball up the court and after a time-out ran a play that saw sophomore guard Kevin Tabb, Brooklyn, N.Y., Thomas Jefferson High School, convert from three-point range to make the score 88-85 with five seconds left.  

On the ensuing possession the Cardinals fouled junior guard Iziah Pigott, Brooklyn, N.Y., Urban Assembly High School/Corning Community College, who made the first off two free throws and after a deliberate miss on the second free throw the Cardinals secured the ball and held on for the overtime victory.  

Andre Starks turned in a stellar effort with a team high of 23 points to go with three assists while Justin Feldman came of the bench to score 16 points to go with four rebounds and two assists. Iziah Pigott also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points to go with four assists with sophomore guard JaNyve Smith, Albany, N.Y., Bishop Maginn High School, adding 11 points and seven rebounds. 

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