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Crafters Wanted in Richfield Springs

Written By Editor on 1/31/23 | 1/31/23

Applications are currently being accepted for two popular craft events in Richfield Springs--the 42nd Annual Friendship Craft Festival to be held on Saturday, June 10 in Spring Park and the 3rd Annual Fall Craft Fair scheduled for Saturday, October 7 at the Cullen Pumpkin, 587 Cullen Road.  Both events are sponsored by the Church Of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs. 

For information and an application for both events go to or call Carla at 315-858-1451.

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SUNY DELHI Announces Spring Swimming Pool Hours

DELHI — The SUNY Delhi Swimming Pool Hour for January 30, 2023 to May 7, 2023 are the following: Lap Swimming hours Monday through Friday from 7 am to 8 am and 11 am to 1 pm.  Open swimming during the weekdays, will be from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Open Swimming on Saturday and Sunday is from 12 noon to 5 pm. 


Spring Water Aerobics Session 1 will start on Monday, February 6 and runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 am to 9 am with a cost of $50 for the class or $10 per day.   Deep Water Aerobics will follow on the alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time.  


The Lifeguard Training Class pretest will be on Monday, February 27 at 5:30 pm with a $45 deposit, students can sign up for free Lifeguarding Class if they sign up ahead at the Delhi Youth Bureau with Laura Yomber at 607-832-5300.   


Swimming Lesson Registration is on Saturday, March 25, from 9 am to 12 noon in the lobby next to the swimming pool. Swimming Lessons will have the option of having one or two days a week.  Classes are on Saturday mornings or Tuesday afternoons or both.  The cost for community swimming lessons one day of the week is $60.00 and two days a week for $75.00.   


Please make checks payable to SUNY Delhi Swimming Pool, questions call John Kolodziej at 607-746-4263. Please check in your vehicles at University Police to get a free parking pass for the semester.   

For register forms and more information go to or Bronco Connect.  


Also the swimming pool will close for Spring Break after the 11 am to 1 pm Lap Swim on Friday, March 10, 2023 and it will reopen on Monday, March 20, 2023.


Please let me know if you have any questions  

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Financial Planning Fundamentals

Financial planning can help you gain a better understanding of where you are at financially, how to prepare for challenges that may be ahead, and how to plan for where you want to go. If you do not have a financial plan prepared for you or your family, a financial advisor can help. Here are the typical steps of the planning process: 

Goal setting. In this foundational step, your financial goals take the spotlight. This is your opportunity to identify what you hope to achieve during your lifetime and when you’d like to get there. For example, you may want to own a home in three years and start a family in five years. Or you may want to return to school to pursue an advanced degree, which may incur short-term costs but help you earn more in the long-term. Or you may want to retire early and travel the world. In order to achieve any of these goals, you need to name them first.

Fact-finding. During this phase, you will gather numbers to see how things add up. Your financial advisor may ask questions to calculate your personal balance sheet, which estimates your net worth based on assets and liabilities. Your income, spending habits, monthly bills and outstanding debts all need to be laid on the table. The price of future goals needs to be quantified, so you can determine what you need to save to afford them. If your goals don’t match the reality of your financial circumstances, one or the other needs to change.

Plan creation. A comprehensive financial plan plots how to reach personal and professional goals within the context of actual income and expenses. With a clear line of sight into your financial status, you can look for opportunities to trim unnecessary expenses and redirect money toward your goals. Your financial advisor may also provide investment strategy, asset allocation, and portfolio recommendations based on your individual goals and personal risk tolerance to help optimize your finances. 

Strategy implementation. This is where things get real. If your plan requires you to save a certain amount of money each month, then it’s up to you to make it happen. If reaching your goals means you need to increase your income, now’s the time to put in the extra effort to get that promotion or switch fields to pursue increased compensation. Your financial advisor can help you select savings vehicles that are suited to your investment goals. 

Ongoing plan reviews. Ideally, your financial plan is a dynamic document that is adjusted periodically to reflect your life circumstances. Your financial advisor will recommend at least one annual meeting to check in on your progress toward your goals and fine-tune your financial plan. 

Financial planning takes work, but the process can be very rewarding. Larger goals become easier to attain when you can take small steps to reach them. It’s never too early or too late to put a financial plan in place. A financial advisor can help you create your plan and manage your investments to help you realize your life goals.


Michael D. Lanuto, CRPC®, AWMA® is a Financial Advisor with S.M. Miller & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. in Albany, NY.  He specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 7 years. To contact him: 518-949-2039; 4 Atrium Drive, Ste 200, Albany, NY, 12205;; 

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Written By Editor on 1/24/23 | 1/24/23

DELHI, NY - The SUNY Delhi Spring Water Aerobics first session will run from  

Monday, February 6, 2023 through Friday, March 3, 2023 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the Kunsela Hall pool from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  All registration forms must be received by the first day of class. Participants will not be allowed in the water without submitting a registration. There will be a charge of $50 per person for 12 sessions or $10 per person, per session. Please make checks payable to SUNY Delhi Swimming Pool, questions call John Kolodziej at 607-746-4263. Please check in your vehicles at University Police to get a free parking pass for the semester.   

For register forms and more information go to or Bronco Connect. 

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State Police arrested a Catskill man for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance

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

On January 20, 2023, state police arrested John W. Caltabiano Jr., age 55 from the town of Catskill for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th degree.

An investigation revealed that Caltabiano Jr was selling prescription pills (Diazepam) in the Catskill area. He was subsequently charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th degree. He was remanded to Greene County Jail.

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Free Mental Health First Aid Training for Ag Community of New York’s Mohawk Valley Region

Did you know that farmers are more likely than the general population to die by suicide?

NY FarmNet and New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health are pleased to offer a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course on January 31st from 8am – 5pm. The training will be held at Clarks Sports Center, 124 County Road 52, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Farmers, agribusiness workers, and anyone who interacts with the agricultural community in New York State is encouraged to attend this free training. Lunch will be provided from a local eatery, with a one-hour break.

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among adults. You’ll build skills and confidence you need to reach out and provide initial support to those who are struggling. You’ll also learn how to help connect them to appropriate support.

After the course, you will be able to:
• Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.
• Understand how to interact with a person in crisis and connect them with help.
• Use self-care tools and techniques.

The instructors for this course are Kevin Luschen and Anna Meyerhoff of New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health. Please note that the adult MHFA content is not ag specific, although the instructors are. 

This free training is made possible by funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture. They have invested nearly $25 million in addressing farmer behavioral health on a state-by-state basis as part of the Farm and Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) through state Departments of Agriculture. 

Scan the QR code below, or go to to register by January 23rd. Contact NY FarmNet at 1-800-547-3276 with any questions. Registration deadline will be extended if the class does not fill. Please register for lunch count to be accurate. 

This work is supported by 7 U.S.C. 5936, Section 7522 of FCEA of 2008, Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN), Grant No. 2021-70035-35550, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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Thomas Cole National Historic Site to Receive Grant Award from the National Endowment for the Arts to Support New Exhibition “Women Reframe American Landscape”

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

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Commends the Thomas Cole Site   


Catskill, NY – January 19, 2023 – The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced today it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a Grants for Arts Projects award of $20,000. This grant will support the new special exhibition “Women Reframe American Landscape.” The groundbreaking project will open at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, where it will be on view from May 6 to October 29, 2023, and travel to the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT. This grant is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants. 


“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “Projects such as this one with the Thomas Cole National Historic Site strengthen arts and cultural ecosystems, provide equitable opportunities for arts participation and practice, and contribute to the health of our communities and our economy.” 


“I have visited the gem that is the Thomas Cole National Historic Site many times, and I am always pleased to learn about the new stories Betsy Jacks and her team uncover,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will support a new exhibition to reinsert 19th-century female artists like Susie Barstow into the rich history of the Hudson River School and explore the works of contemporary female American landscape artists. I am proud to deliver this funding that will bolster the unique and educational programming at Thomas Cole Site, that continues to capture the fascination of visitors to the Catskills year-round.” 


“This prestigious recognition and critical financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts brings our exhibition ‘Women Reframe American Landscape’ to even broader audiences,” said Betsy Jacks, Executive Director of the Thomas Cole Site. “The prevailing narrative of the art movement that Thomas Cole founded, now known as the Hudson River School, represents only a portion of our cultural heritage. This project will reclaim the accomplishments of women that exhibited and hiked mountains in the 19th century, featuring the highly accomplished artist Susie Barstow (1836-1923). Visitors will see extraordinary historic landscape paintings by women artists and mind-opening installations by contemporary artists, presenting new approaches to land and art today. We are tremendously grateful to Senate Majority Leader Schumer for his continued support and encouragement, which has a big impact on what we can do for our community.”  


For more information on other projects included in the NEA’s grant announcement, visit 


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 early 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 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 enable 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 the full historic context of Thomas Cole’s art and ideas. The themes that Cole explored in his art and writings—such as landscape preservation—are both historic and timely, providing the opportunity to connect to audiences with insights that are highly relevant to their own lives. 


Visitor Information 

Visit for information on ticketed Sunday Tours and by appointment Private ToursThe grounds are open every day for free from dawn to dusk. Keep in touch on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @thomascolesite. 

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Bassett Awarded Prestigious Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission

Cooperstown, N.Y. – Bassett Medical Center announced today that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Primary Stroke Center Certification.

Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes hospitals that meet exacting standards to support critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

To achieve this certification, Bassett underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with related certification standards, which are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“With stroke as the fifth leading cause of death in the US, providing the highest standards of stroke care to our rural communities is absolutely essential,” said Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “We are honored to receive this certification recognizing our commitment to our patients. Congratulations to every member of our dedicated and tireless stroke care team.”

“As a rural primary stroke center, Bassett Medical Center serves an area the size of Connecticut with assistance from Bassett’s five affiliate hospitals that all provide emergent stroke care and can transfer to a higher level of care, when necessary,” said Jo-Ann Vass, RN, Bassett’s Stroke Program Coordinator. “In addition to the neurologists on staff here at Bassett Medical Center, we have a very successful telemedicine partnership with Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, providing 24/7 neurology specialists on-call.” 

“We congratulate Bassett for this outstanding achievement,” says Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Stroke Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for stroke patients.”

In 2022, Bassett was also awarded the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus: Stroke Honor Roll Elite quality achievement for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

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Bushel Presents “WindShipped” with Director Q&A

DELHI —On Thursday, January 26, 7 pm, Bushel will present a film screening of WindShipped, a 2022 documentary about the Hudson River Sail Freight Schooner Apollonia, the only sail cargo venture currently operating in North America. The film’s director Jon Bowermaster and schooner captain Sam Merrett and crew members will be present for a Q&A. The event will conclude with a tasting event. Bushel is located at 106 Main Street, Delhi. Doors open at 6:30; screening at 7 pm. There is seating for 30; mask optional. This event is free and open to the public; donations are welcome to support the film project and to cover event costs. 
WindShipped tells the story of a New York sailing crew, led by Captain Sam Merrett, set on restoring the Apollonia, a 1940s 64-foot, steel-hulled sailboat to return to its original purpose of carrying and delivering cargo by sail. Today the Apollonia is trawling ports from Hudson to Kingston, Beacon to Poughkeepsie, and down to Brooklyn and Manhattan, bringing goods up and down the Hudson, all on sail power and vegetable oil. 
Jon Bowermaster has written eleven books and produced/directed more than thirty documentary films. His feature documentaries include ‘Dear President Obama,’ ‘Antarctica, on the Edge,’ ‘After the Spill,’ and ‘Ghost Fleet.’ He is a longtime contributor to magazines ranging from the New York Times Magazine and the Atlantic to Outside and Rolling Stone.
Sam Merrett (UCSG Captain), Hudson Valley, is the visionary captain of the schooner Apollonia.

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Are You Talking Yourself Out of Saving for Retirement? Here’s How to Break the Habit

Saving for retirement can be an abstract concept. It’s something we all know we should do, but the farther away we are from it, the easier it is to delay making it a priority – especially when we have other financial commitments nearer on the horizon. If you find you are talking yourself out of saving for retirement, 
consider reframing your thinking. A shift in perspective may be what you need to get on the right track. 

Here are some common excuses people give for not saving for retirement – and how you can overcome them.

“Retirement is a long way off.” It’s easy to get wrapped up in your current financial obligations, telling yourself that you’ll prioritize your retirement next year. However, like many worthy aspirations, building a retirement nest egg takes time and discipline. If your golden years seem far away, remind yourself of the power of saving early. Time allows you to tackle your retirement goals in smaller increments with the potential for compounded growth. Retirement will likely come faster than you think, and you’ll thank yourself later for planning ahead.

“I’ll prioritize retirement after paying for my child’s education.” With the rising costs of college, it’s understandable if you to want to help your child obtain a quality education. However, although it may feel like you’re letting your children down if you don’t make paying for their tuition your top financial goal, saving for retirement should take priority. If your retirement savings come up short, you won’t have the ability to apply for scholarships, grants, or financial aid to help bridge the gap like your child might for college. 

“I can’t afford to save.” If this phrase comes to mind, give your self-talk a flip. Instead, think “I can’t afford not to save”. Setting aside even a small amount of money each month can make a big difference, as your assets can grow with the benefit of compounding. If you are able, consider increasing your monthly contribution to continue to build your nest egg. 

“My family will help me.” Perhaps you’re expecting a generous inheritance or hoping that your adult kids will provide a financial cushion if you experience unexpected expenses later in life. Wishful thinking is not a strategy. Regardless of who you believe may come to your aid, it’s best to take your financial security into your own hands. Life is full of uncertainties that could impact the bank accounts for both you and your family members. Knowing your future is under financial control can give you and your family peace of mind. 

Don’t let these common mantras and negative self-talk undermine your retirement. With a consistent and well-informed approach to saving and investing, you’ll be in a much better position to retire with confidence. 

Consider working with a financial advisor to create a plan for your future. Together you can determine your savings targets and explore a wide range of strategies to meet your financial goals. It’s time to talk yourself back into retirement. 


Michael D. Lanuto, CRPC®, AWMA® is a Financial Advisor with S.M. Miller & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. in Albany, NY.  He specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 7 years. To contact him: 518-949-2039; 4 Atrium Drive, Ste 200, Albany, NY, 12205;; 

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Written By Editor on 1/18/23 | 1/18/23


January 20, 27, and March 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Free (with a suggested donation)

Fenimore Art Museum


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—Stay entertained this winter with the Cabin Fever Film Series at Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. This year, we're excited to present two acclaimed gems projected to make waves at the 2023 Oscars, as well as a classic romantic comedy presented in partnership with the Glimmerglass Festival. Films include Everything Everywhere All At Once (January 20), Tár (January 27), and Moonstruck (March 3). Films start at 7:00 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium. Each screening is free with a suggested donation. Light concessions will be available. Captions for the hearing impaired are available for most films. Audience members may request captions upon admission. 


For additional information on the Cabin Fever Film Series or to confirm the status of a screening in case of inclement weather, please visit or call Mike Tamburrino at (607) 547-1453. Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Route 80, less than one mile from the center of Cooperstown.




2023 Cabin Fever Film Series Schedule:


January 20 • Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022, R)

7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) • Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium • Free (donations accepted)
Grappling with the onset of middle age, Chinese immigrant Evelyn (a revelatory Michelle Yeoh) discovers that she can traverse across time and space. Teaming up with her alternate lives, the unlikely allies realize that they alone possess the power to protect the world from calamity, plunging them into the midst of an outlandish quest.



January 27 • Tár (2022, R)

7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) • Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium • Free (donations accepted)
Considered one of the greatest musical icons of her time, Lydia Tár (in a staggering performance by Cate Blanchett) is a famous composer who leads a prestigious orchestra in Berlin. Making history as the first female conductor in Germany, she must live up to her name as she records her latest symphony.



March 3 • Moonstruck (1987, PG)
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) • Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium • Free (donations accepted)
This screening is presented in partnership with The Glimmerglass Festival in celebration of their upcoming production of La Bohème and will feature introductory remarks by Glimmerglass Artistic & General Director Rob Ainsley. This classic romantic comedy features music from the hit opera and stars an Oscar-winning Cher as a Brooklyn widow engaged to a mama's boy, who falls in love with her fiancé's brother (Nicholas Cage).

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Bushel hosts a “Russian Tea Party” on Saturday, Feb 4th

DELHI —Bushel and Delaware County Citizens for Refugee Support (DCCRS) are pleased to invite the community to a tea party to get to know Mariia, Boris, Ivan, and Vladimir, four Russian dissidents who are seeking asylum in Delaware County. This event is free and open to the public and takes place at Bushel, 106 Main Street, ground floor, Delhi.

The community is invited to come for tea-time refreshments and get acquainted with our new friends, hear their stories, and understand their current situations and ongoing challenges. Volunteers will also speak about how this community has come together in this resettlement effort and what more we all can do. Tea service begins at 2 pm. At 2:20 pm there will be a conversation with Mariia, Boris, Ivan, and Vladimir, followed by a few words by DCCRS volunteers Hall Willkie and Hannah Leighton, among others. The event will conclude with a community Q&A and discussion.

First to arrive in Delaware County, Mariia and Boris are Russian medical doctors and anti-war activists. They supported Alexei Navalny’s opposition to the Putin regime and campaigned against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. After constant harassment by Russian police, they fled to the US in April 2022 and requested political asylum. They ended up at a privately run detention camp in Louisiana, where they endured horrific mistreatment including limited drinking water, substandard meals, and overcrowded and unsafe living conditions. With the support of our community, DCCRS was able to pay a bond to secure their release, and bring them here to Delaware County. Recently, Boris’s cellmates Ivan and Vladimir, both anti-war activists as well, were released from detention and joined Mariia and Boris to begin their new lives here in the US. Ivan was jailed four times in Russia for participating in anti-Putin protests. Vladimir fled Russia after his life was threatened by Chechen security forces, leaving behind his wife and two young sons. While in ICE detention, Ivan and Vladimir joined Boris in a hunger strike to protest the appalling conditions in the facility.

This event is organized by DCCRS (Delaware County Citizens for Refugee Support), a community group formed in 2021 with the aim to assist refugees and asylum seekers through direct support for resettlement in Delaware County and partnerships with individuals and community groups to advocate for the human rights and freedoms of all displaced people.

BUSHEL is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, volunteer-led, mixed-use space dedicated to art, agriculture, ecology, and action. It is located at 106 Main Street in Delhi. For more information, go to

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Columbia County Pathways to Recovery (CCPR) Hosts Open House of Recovery Community Outreach Center (RCOC)

Public Is Invited to the Event Slated for Saturday, January 28, from 11 am to 1 pm at 1 Taconic Place, Chatham

Chatham, NY (January 18, 2023) The staff of Columbia County Pathways to Recovery (CCPR) cordially invites the public of both Columbia and Greene county communities to celebrate the grand opening of their new location at 1 Taconic Place (just south of Price Chopper), Chatham. 

Join the revelry at the new facility where free coffee, refreshments, and pizza will be served, tours will be conducted, and details of services and programs will be discussed 

“Substance use disorders (SUD) continue to dramatically take lives in Columbia County, be it alcohol, opiates and other drugs, tobacco, and other use disorders. CCPR is committed to offering individuals and families hope, awareness, advocacy, education, and pathways to recovery,” said Lori Antonson, Acting President of CCPR. 

CCPR Executive Director Frank Marshall concurs. “The RCOC model embraces all addiction disorders, and our volunteers are dedicated to helping those engaged in this struggle through empathy, experience, resources, and solution-focused efforts,” he said. 


More About Columbia County Pathways to Recovery (CCPR)

Founded in 2016, CCPR is a 501 (c) (3), not for profit, with a recovery outreach center originally located on Milo Street in Hudson and is Columbia County’s only Recovery Community Organization to date. CCPR operates a confidential, Recovery Helpline 7 days-a-week, 9 am to 9 pm which can be reached at 877-HOPE-365 or (877-467-3365).  Serving both Columbia and Greene Counties, the helpline is made available in part through the generous support of Columbia County Board of Supervisors. Volunteers provide detox/rehab placement, referral services, and offer support, compassion, and assistance to people seeking help.

Contact CCPR at our website; by email at; by telephone at 518-966-2775; or on Facebook at Columbia County Pathways to Recovery and CCPR recovery community center.

To assist us in our mission, CCPR gratefully accepts donations through our website or by mail at PO Box 486, Ghent, NY 12075.

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The Best Players in North America Face Off To Crown a Champion

It has been a year of transition but the venerable pinball machine has managed to not only endure but also thrive. The growing allegiance of competitive players has stepped up to showcase their skills across the country in more than 7700 tournaments and leagues in an attempt to qualify for the North American Championship.

The International Flipper Pinball Association is pleased to announce the 8th Annual IFPA State Championship Series finale. With these 7700 tournaments and leagues taking place from coast to coast, more than 21,000 players competed to earn their spots in the final field.

On Saturday, January 21, 2023 over 1000 of the best of the best representing 47 states and the District of Columbia will face off in a survival of the ‘flippest’ to crown champions all across the country, battling for their share of the $170,000 prize pool.

The allure of pinball and the challenge of controlling the movements of a 2 ¼ inch silver sphere has captured the attention and interest of men, women and children around the globe. There are now over 95,000 ranked players who are showcasing their individual skills in more than 8,400 different events and leagues being staged annually. And these numbers keep increasing at a dramatic rate.

New for 2023 the IFPA will also be hosting the 1st Annual IFPA Women’s State Championship Series finale with over 500 players representing 40 states and the District of Columbia. These will be scheduled for the following day, Sunday, January 22, 2023.

In just sixteen years, the International Flipper Pinball Association has been able to provide support, guidance and a structure for so many of the organized leagues and tournaments thanks to the tireless efforts of over two dozen different IFPA country directors.

The International Flipper Pinball Association was created with the express purpose of encouraging, supporting and endorsing competitive pinball throughout the world. The organization provides oversight and assistance to not only establish pinball leagues, but also tournaments, and other promotional activities.

“It is remarkable to see what the IFPA has been able to achieve and the emergence of new locations globally which have opened their doors to pinball. The result is that more and more people are getting the opportunity to play the latest and greatest releases from a growing number of manufacturers. Through it all, pinball has managed to stay relevant as a major part of leisure time entertainment”, states Josh Sharpe, President of the IFPA.

The IFPA Diamond and Platinum sponsors include Stern Pinball, Chicago Gaming Company, Betson Enterprises, Raw Thrills, Planetary Pinball Supply, Bay Area Amusements, Zen Studios, Player One Amusement Group, Color DMD, Tilt Amusements, Little Shop of Games, Comet Pinball, CoinTaker, Operation Pinball, PinStadium, Captain’s Auction Warehouse, Scorbit, The Pinball Company, Mezel Mods, PinShades, Pinball Universe, Flip N Out Pinball, Wizard’s World, Outlaw Pinball and Pinball Monk.

For more information regarding the IFPA or any of its participants, please contact International Flipper Pinball Association Vice President Zach Sharpe ( or check the organization website:

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Written By Editor on 1/17/23 | 1/17/23

Blood Drive at Bassett Medical Center on January 30, 2023

Cooperstown, N.Y. – Bassett Medical Center is hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Monday, January 30, 2023.

What: American Red Cross Blood Drive

When: Monday, January 30, 2023, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Bassett Medical Center Bassett Hall Auditorium (on the corner of Beaver and Pioneer Streets in Cooperstown).

Details: Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome. Appointments may be made by calling 607-547-3701, visiting, or using the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Please note: All participants will be required to wear masks and undergo temperature screenings. 

Blood donors help patients of all ages - accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, those battling cancer, and many others. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and just one pint can save up to three lives. You can make a difference. Register to donate today.

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Healing Waters Presentation at Sharon Springs Historical Society

Written By Editor on 1/16/23 | 1/16/23

Let’s get together

We’re hosting a new event, and we’d love to see you there. Join us for The Healing Waters of Sharon Springs, NY, January 23, 2023 at 7:00 PM (New York Time).

The Village of Sharon Springs gained international fame through the popularity of its mineral waters.  Unlike many other spa resorts, Sharon Springs boasted five different types of mineral waters - white sulphur, blue sulphur, magnesia, Chalybeate, and blue stone water.

Health spas were renowned as much for their picturesque surroundings as for their waters.  Sharon Springs had the luxury of the highest quality mineral waters and exceptionally beautiful grounds, bustling with activity, as well as the fresh mountain air.  Here, visitors found relief from a myriad of ailments.

Register soon because space is limited at

We hope you’re able to join us!

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Ravena Author Publishes Science Fiction Novel

Go Amongst The Stars To Learn That We Can All Live In Harmony With Our Diversity
IALFs, Humans, and RAHs, a new book by Jay Fullum, has been released by RoseDog Books.

The journey to another world begins with Pam's first encounter with an alien. Shortly after she is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Pam goes to her family's camp in an attempt to clear her head and improve the time she has left on this earth. A couple of weeks later, while taking one of her short walks, she begins to feel dizzy. Seconds before passing out, she thinks she sees a little man staring at her. The little man is actually an IALF, an Intelligent Alien Life Form. Near death, the aliens stabilize Pam and transport her to their home planet.

Minutes after her arrival on Dandor, Pam is put under Doc's care. His advanced medical abilities make it possible for the alien doctor to fix Pam's little problem. During the time that Pam spends with Doc during her treatment and future checkups, their relationship grows from friend-ship to something more serious. Months later they decide to make it official; they pair.

Their hybrid son proves he has skills beyond that of either parent. The IALFs are telepath-ic with other members of the same species. Humans communicate verbally. Shortly after he arrives, Bob proves he had a voice. At the same time, Bob begins to spend more and more time staring at his father. Pam knows that they are communicating telepathically. Bob has another skill that is a total surprise. Weeks later, they realize that Bob can also read Pam's mind.

Shortly after Pam comes to Dandor, a small group of higher life forms are rescued from a dying planet. The strange life forms have long hind legs and waddle when they walk. The RAH do a lot of nodding and waving when they are approached, but both the IALFs and humans are unable to communicate with them. The three higher life forms have a few problems to solve, but the new residents of Dandor follow the IALF's lifestyle as a caring, loving species. This is the story of how three species come together and share a planet in peace and harmony.

About the Author
Jay Fullum is a retired artist and magazine and newspaper columnist, who had a grand time dreaming up the interactions between the IALFs, humans and RAHs. It was also quite a surprise when the author within the book found out that an alien hybrid actually helped him with the illustrations and text.

IALFs, Humans, and RAHs is a 320-page hardbound with a retail price of $35.00 (eBook $30.00). The ISBN is 979-8-88527-547-7. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at

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Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team returned to the Iorio Gymnasium on Friday afternoon to down the visiting Beavers of the University of Maine-Farmington 62-42 in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action. With the victory the Fighting Tigers improve to 9-7 overall on the year including a 5-1 mark in conference play while the Beavers fall to 1-12 overall with a 0-5 record versus NAC opponents.  

After a slow start that saw the Fighting Tigers take a 29-27 lead into the half, Cobleskill dominated the third quarter outscoring the visitors by a 19-to-4 margin to take a 48-31 lead moving into the fourth quarter from which they never looked back.  

The Orange & Black dominated the backboards by a 54-39 margin while limiting the Beavers to only 15-of-61shooting from the field, 24.6%, including only 4-of-19, 21.1%, from three-point range.  

First-year guard/forward Audriana Hollister, Mooers Forks, N.Y., Northeast Clinton High School, turned in an impressive effort off the bench with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots with first-year guard Talia Washington, Schenectady, N.Y, Schenectady High School, adding 10 points and eight rebounds to the team’s victory totals. 

Cobleskill also received strong outings from senior center Jordan Finch, East Meredith, N.Y. South Kortright High School, with eight points, four blocked shots, three rebounds and two assists and from first-year forward/center Emily Satterday, Latham, N.Y., Shaker High School, with eight points, 10 rebounds.   

The Fighting Tigers will conclude their weekend NAC homestand on Saturday January 14 when they host the Hornets of Northern Vermont University-Lyndon with tip-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m. 



Me.-Farmington at SUNY CobleskillJanuary 13, 2023

Me.-Farmington (1-12/0-5 NAC)161141142
SUNY Cobleskill (9-7/5-1 NAC)1514191462

Box Score

SUNY Cobleskill


24 - Jacqui Hamilton - f285-120-20-01671012210
31 - Rosalie White - f200-70-02-6369230752
12 - Ruby McMinis - g312-81-30-0033001315
20 - Jaycie Stevens - g333-130-32-2101100308
21 - Grace Dwyer - g312-72-70-0011230226
02 - Maddy White152-41-20-0000010105
04 - Jalyn Stacey271-70-02-2257201234
23 - Mikayla Rioux60-10-10-0011000000
34 - Emily Small90-20-12-2000010102
TM - TEAM371010
TOTALS 15-614-198-12102939883221342

SUNY Cobleskill

20 - Jordan Finch - f182-60-04-4213204418
33 - Emily Satterday - c233-80-02-54610100218
03 - Talia Washington - g254-132-80-03583101210
14 - Taylor Meacham - g232-40-10-0066300204
21 - Annie Canales - g202-102-90-0213110006
04 - Eva Norris112-50-01-2112000125
11 - Audriana Hollister154-51-11-13253032210
12 - Sierra Goodson121-51-40-0134102213
15 - Hannah Cater162-50-11-2055131015
22 - Samantha Hansen80-10-10-0011000100
25 - Amber MacNeil70-10-00-0011010400
31 - Kayleigh Bryant80-00-00-0011101210
40 - Sierra Delaney141-50-01-2000010023
TM - TEAM14500
TOTALS 23-686-2510-1617375416711211362

Game Information

Date/Time:January 13, 2023 - 3:30 pm
Location:Cobleskill, NY
Technical fouls:Me.-Farmington-None ; SUNY Cobleskill-None .
Officials:Jonathan Patrick Putman,Kevin Thompson Jr,Michael Ornosky

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