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Opinion: 7 Ways to Build Financial Literacy in Your Children

Written By Editor on 4/15/24 | 4/15/24

Children often learn their first lessons about money from the adults they’re closest to. Whether it’s listening to parents discuss a purchase or watching them pay bills online, kids are observant and their relationship with money is often shaped by what surrounds them. If you are a parent looking to instill financial wisdom in your children, here are some ways to get started.

Set a good example. Kids often model what they see. Be intentional about the example you’re setting. Proactively discuss money with your children. Talk about what’s important to you money-wise and use everyday moments to bring it to life such as bringing them along when you speak to a financial advisor or consider an expenditure. 


Share knowledge. You can give your kids important life skills by building their foundation of financial knowledge. Shape good habits with simple lessons about how to track spending or saving up for something special. Why wait until they’re on their own to talk about the value of good credit or to explain how compound interest can make savings grow? Talk about the rewards (and challenges) of delayed gratification and the perils of debt. As they get older, emphasize the importance of financial security and the value of professional guidance.


Encourage goal setting. Instill the habit of goal setting early. Discuss your own goals – such as paying for a family vacation or saving for a new car – and how you follow through on them. Encourage your children to set a goal or two of their own.


Reinforce the value of work. Children learn the value of a dollar sooner when they are exposed to the effort that goes into earning each one. Consider whether you want to provide an allowance or pay them for helping with chores. When they start a part-time job, talk through the various ways they can allocate the money earned. It’s human nature to be more careful when spending your own versus someone else’s money. 


Introduce the concept of budgeting. Budgeting doesn’t have to be a negative concept. Having a spending plan can be empowering because you know exactly what money is going to meet each need and goal. Start explaining this concept early on. Kids should understand that you impose limits on your own spending, and why it’s important to live within your means. For example, a trip to the grocery store can be an opportunity to share why you make the choices you do.


Model philanthropy. If giving back to the causes you care about is important to you as an investor, it can be impactful to show your children the power of giving. You might suggest they apply a save-spend-share philosophy toward their own money. The idea is to set aside a portion of their allowance or earnings for future wants or needs, spend another portion on today’s wants or needs, and give a portion to causes they care about. Whether it’s enacting a spending philosophy or having a conversation with your child about how you use your money to give back, passing down your philanthropic values can be a rewarding experience for both parties. 


Be a resource. Most kids make a few financial mistakes as they mature into adults. Let them know they can turn to you for guidance. Encourage them to continue to build smart money habits and remind them they don’t have to navigate their financial journey alone.

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Elks Install New Officers

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 4/12/24 | 4/12/24

COBLESKILL – The sixty-seventh Installation of Officers for the Cobleskill Elks  Lodge was held on Sunday to install the officers for the 2024-2025 fraternal year. 

Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Jeff Largeteau from Esperance Lodge led the  installation ceremony and had the pleasure of installing Lance Rotolo for his third  consecutive term as Exalted Ruler of Cobleskill Lodge. Also installed were Kathy  Sweeney as Esteemed Leading Knight, Bill Cary as Esteemed Loyal Knight, Linda  Angell as Esteemed Lecturing Knight, Madge Weissman-Swart as Secretary, Lisa  Wayman as Treasurer, John Knoebel as Trustee, and Kim Elmore as Inner Guard. 

Notable Elks from around the Mohawk Valley District in attendance were Past President  of the New York State Elks Association Mike Bloss and his wife Pat from Clifton Park  Lodge, District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Conrad Dowhaniak from Herkimer Lodge,  State Vice-President Cliff Gillis and his wife Carmella from Amsterdam Lodge, and Bob  Lumpkins, District Deputy-Designate for the 2024-2025 Grand Lodge year. Lisa  Wayman from Cobleskill Lodge will be installed as the 2024-2025 State Vice-President  at the Villa Roma Resort in May of this year. 

If interested in becoming a member, chairing a committee, or becoming an officer,  please contact Exalted Ruler Lance Rotolo at the Lodge, or visit

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Lacy to Participate in Boston Marathon

There’s normally around 30,000 participants in the world-famous Boston Marathon, but  behind the scenes a team of over 10,000 volunteers work to make sure the race goes off  as planned, and to account for any possible scenario during the event.  

Selected as a volunteer for the 128th Boston Marathon in April of this year, Matt Lacy  joins a team of amateur radio operators from across the Northeast to provide reliable  communications between the starting area, the finish line, and checkpoints the length of  the 26.2 mile course. Operators work with race organizers to relay information to  Marathon staff located at any point along the course. 

“Every operator has a purpose,” says Lacy. “Messages and other important data can be  shared between any points on the course to ensure a direct, precise response.” The  nature of the work performed gives amateur radio operators a chance to see and  experience things not normally part of a traditional spectator’s day.  

Volunteers assist with coordinating starting activities, communicating medical  emergencies along the course, act as navigators for the transportation network of  stranded runners, and help to secure the finish line and keep Marathon officials in ready  communication with others, so that these officials can perform their primary jobs. 

The framework provided by the amateur radio network proved invaluable during the  aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon, where emergency communications were able to  be routed in areas in blackout from traditional radio, phone, or internet service. The work  of radio operators along the length of the course saved many lives that day. 

Amateur radio operators are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission after  passing a multiple-choice test on basic radio and regulatory topics. Public service operating events and emergency communications are two cornerstones for ham radio,  with the Marathon being one of the largest coordinated volunteer efforts in the hobby.  

For more information about amateur radio in Schoharie County, plus information about  the emergency service, public service, and STEM/academic components of the hobby,  please visit the Schoharie County Amateur Radio Association online at, contact Club President John Knoebel at, or attend an Association meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month  at the Schoharie Fire Department on Fort Rd. 

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Trap Shooting Starts at CRCS

The Trap Shooting League for the school system started this year. The league is shooting trap at the Richmondville Fish and Game Club which is very much behind this endeavor.  Both Athletic Director John Henry and Marc Weiss who's assisting him have this set up for safety and learning for the students. This should be a lot of fun, learning, and competition for the students. 

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A Worthy Donation

Thanks to the Cherry Valley-Springfield Endowment Foundation's help, the CV-S FFA has a new set of chapter jackets. These jackets will be used by any member for future events.

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Annual Meeting for Esperance HS Sunday

ESPERANCE — The annual meeting of the Esperance Historical Society will be this Sunday, April 14th at 1 PM at the Two Saps Sap house 303 Cripplebush Road, Central Bridge, NY. 

The meeting will start with free eggs, sausage and pancakes with maple syrup made on the premises. It will be cool so dress warmly. The business meeting will include the election of officers. After the business meeting David Brooks of Schoharie Crossing State Park will tell us about Gov. William Bouck and his work with the Erie Canal. Bouck was a Canal Commissioner before he was Gov. of New York. Take Route 30A to Cripplebush Rd. go slowly past the farm house at 303 Cripplebush Road and continue on the dirt road past the gate and the sap house is on your right.

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Town Seeks To Avoid Squatters

Request for Records Archive, Crosswalk

By Elizabeth Barr

COBLESKILL — At the Cobleskill Town Board meeting on Monday April 8th, the Town Historian, Peter Lindemann stated he wanted to put the record archives in the library when they have completed the annex improvements. He said there would be a designated room to put the historic documents. He wants to make the documents accessible and keep them secure. An agreement needs to be made to make the records secure between the town and the library. Peter Lindeman wants to put this on the Town’s radar and is hoping to make this one-of-a-kind information available to researchers and anyone who wants to know more about the Town’s history.  

Tina Ward, Town Clerk for the Town of Cobleskill, wants to digitize the information so things don’t get destroyed by oils on people’s hands and by them going through it. She feels some of it can be done in-house and some of it may be available through a grant. 

Bruce Stacey, a local resident, addressed the Town about squatters' rights laws for the Town.  He hopes the Town will adopt home rule to strengthen the law so squatters don’t have a right to do this type of thing. He is hoping to get a law done locally to prevent this. Werner Hampel, Town Supervisor said he will research it more and discuss it with the Town Attorney. 

Rebecca Stanton-Terk, Mayor of the Village of Cobleskill, addressed the Town Board to discuss painting a crosswalk on Mineral Springs Road from the adjacent parking lot where the overflow of traffic parks when there is access court traffic.  Mayor Stanton-Terk said the County agreed to put up crosswalk signs due to the traffic.  Dan Crandell, the County Representative, gave Mayor Stanton-Terk his blessing to do it  if the Town wants this to happen. Supervisor Hampel said he will discuss this with Dan Crandell.

A public hearing is scheduled for May 13, 2024 for the Grievance Day local law.

 A public hearing on regulating large solar energy systems and wind energy system and a decommission of said will be on April 25, 2024, at 10 am at 378 Mineral Springs Road, downstairs.

The Town is opposed to Part O of the Governors Article 7, also known as, the Rapid Act. The Rapid Act will allow major electrical transmission facilities to eliminate private property rights and extend the power of eminent domain and easements to be put anywhere in NY.  Part O of Article 7 will eliminate home rule and will undermine sound major review.  Significant deprivation of property rights and the government bill of rights are a part of this bill.  We want to maintain home rule for projects in our Town. A copy will be available on the Town’s website.


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CPD Notice: Improved Anti-Theft Measures at Walmart

By Elizabeth Barr

COBLESKILL — The updated surveillance system at Walmart has improved the loss prevention employees' ability to decrease and detect thefts through electronic instruments.

Cobleskill Police Department Chief James McCrum announced the following arrests for April 3 – April 5, 2024.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

At 11:54 AM, Cobleskill Police Department arrested Bambie Smart, 44, of Central Bridge for petty larceny and trespassing for an incident at Walmart.  She was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM.  Smart had previously been advised that she was no longer welcome at Walmart and violated that advisement.

At 11:54 AM, Cobleskill Police Department arrested Tammy Stevens, 45, of Cobleskill for petty larceny, criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest all stemming from a larceny investigation at Walmart. She was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM. 
Thursday, April 4, 2024 

At 11:00 AM, Cobleskill Police arrested Nicholas Janosik, 44, of Duanesburg for petty larceny from Walmart.  He was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM

Thursday, April 4, 2024

At 11:00 AM, Cobleskill Police arrested Jacob Krawczyk, 18, of Aquebogue, NY for petty larceny from Walmart.  He was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM.

Friday, April 5, 2024

At 11:51 AM, Cobleskill Police Department arrested Anna Sommers, 61, of Central Bridge for petty larceny from Walmart.  She was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM.

Friday, April 5, 2024

At 4:13 PM, Cobleskill Police Department arrested Jamie Bouck, 42, of Schoharie, NY for petty larceny from Walmart from two separate incidents.  She was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM.

At 3:35 PM, Cobleskill Police Department arrested Emani Diaz, 19 of Bronx, NY for petty larceny from Walmart.  She was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM.

At 3:35 PM, Cobleskill Police Department arrested Tatiana Viera, 19 of Bronx, NY for petty larceny from Walmart.  She was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on April 16, 2024 at 2:00 PM.

The Cobleskill Police advise the residents of Cobleskill that Walmart has a dedicated Loss Prevention staff that is committed to cutdown on larceny from their store in Cobleskill.  They are at full staffing levels and the recent upgrade in surveillance and other electronic devices will help assist them in the detection of theft.

They have the ability to go back well over a year to review people’s activities and the statute of limitations on larceny is 2 years.  The Cobleskill Police and Walmart is dedicated to enforcing any thefts within that statute of limitations time period.

We recommend that if you are having a hard time making ends meet, seek help from local churches, social services and/or friends and family before you make the poor decision of stealing.

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CV-S FFA Breakfast Set for Sunday

CHERRY VALLEY - A benefit pancake breakfast will be held Sunday form 7am to 1pm at the Cherry Valley Fire House.

The proceeds will benefit the Cherry Valley-Springfield FFA. The cost is $12 per person. Kids five and under eat free.

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New Christian Brown DAR Member

Captain Christian Brown Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution member Amanda Collins received the Oath of Membership at their meeting on April 5 held at The Gathering Place.  Membership Chair Leslie Smith and Chaplain Priscilla Davis led the Oath of Membership.  Following, a program about the services available at The Gathering Place and specifically those related to veterans was given by Liz Kosier, Activities and Events Director.  Pictured from left:  Priscilla Davis, Amanda Collins, Leslie Smith, Regent Jean Yaro.

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Whitbeck Purple Heart Presentation Tuesday

By Alexis Pencar

SHARON SPRINGS — The American Legion Post 1269 of Sharon Springs has gone above and beyond again! There will be a Purple Heart Presentation for Mr. Bobby Whitbeck on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 PM in Sharon Springs. Through community connections, it was made known that there was an issue that needed correcting and the American Legion got to work!

In 1968 Whitbeck joined the Marine Corps and went to Vietnam. In Vietnam, he was in combat and was wounded. He was entitled to receive a Purple Heart when he returned home, however, he never received it.

For the past 6 months, the American Legion of Sharon Springs has been working tirelessly to correct this issue and they now have the Purple Heart!

There will be a presentation of the long-awaited and highly deserved Purple Heart to Mr. Whitbeck during the American Legion monthly meeting.

Join for this Purple Heart presentation and celebration on Tuesday, April 16th around 6:00 PM at the Sharon Community Building located at 129 Main Street Sharon Springs, NY 13459.

This is another fantastic example of the hard work and dedication of our local Sharon Springs American Legion Post 1269.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. The American Legion's mission statement is: To enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

The Legion is always looking for new members! If you are interested in becoming an American Legion member, volunteering, donating, or more, please contact Commander Paul Todd at (518) 649-0024 for more information.

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Renegade Relief Runner Rob - Helping in Israel

Rob Spieler of Sharon Springs in Ezra, Israel as a Representative of Renegade Relief Runners.

Bombing seen from Rob’s location in Kibbutz Ezra, close to the Gaza Strip.

Patches representing the work in Israel.

By Alexis Pencar

EREZ, ISRAEL — Rob Spieler of Sharon Springs recently arrived in Israel as a representative of Renegade Relief Runners and has generously taken the time to supply us with an exclusive update and photos. Spieler is specifically providing assistance to Kibbutz Erez, a region located just 1 kilometer north of the Gaza Strip. 

From Rob:


Erez, Israel

While I was in Mykolaiv Ukraine October 7, working on Nadia's house, by day, we heard reports of the savage attack by Hamas. 

Even in the environment we were in, the accounts were particularly overwhelming. I was tempted to fly into Israel direct from Krakow as I was planning to go home soon anyway, as you may remember. 

Being rather run down from events in Ukraine, I chose the latter. It was time to regroup and get away from the boom. 

A few months home to unwind, the family rejoiced with the birth of my granddaughter Freya, to my daughter Brianna and Ryan Negron in January.

Once again I was stirred to help the children, parents, and elderly. Once again the resilience of a people drives me. Once again, as Americans, we help those that can't help themselves. 

After making arrangements through my cousin and a Jewish organization in New Jersey, I was able to secure a spot at the Kibbutz Erez in Central Israel, to help them get ready for those evacuated to return. 

I teamed up with two other American volunteers and we tackled repairs to a few damaged walls and got them in paint, not unlike the work Renegade Relief Runners did at Nadia's house in Kherson Oblast. 

Tidying up of areas, making sure a field was ready  for planting and BBQ for the troops returning from Gaza. 

All work, or times of boredom, and no my gracious neighbors Joe and Shilat let me tag along on their trip to the Red Sea and on a later date showed me around Jerusalem. 

I write this to you as I sit listening to the quite loud  Iron Dome defense system shooting down still more rockets from Gaza as a Bat Mitzvah party is going on two houses away. And the singing doesn't stop...that's resilience.


If you missed the ongoing story and coverage that The Mountain Eagle News ran from August to December last year, Rob Spieler is a Renegade Relief Runner who went to Ukraine (on his 5th trip there) to help the Renegade Relief Foundation, a nonprofit that provides on-the-ground assistance to those suffering from the conflicts in Ukraine. The group is still there working to collect and deliver medical and humanitarian supplies from surrounding areas to Ukraine during a difficult time of increased military activity. 

The Renegade Relief Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) Charity that assists the Renegade Relief Runners’ efforts in conflict zones by providing: Delivery of critical medical aid into areas with difficult access and supporting medical evacuation, delivery of food and water purification to areas deprived of basic needs, and supports/aids logistics and developing networks to provide continuing aid to areas most heavily impacted. If you are interested in donating to the Renegade Relief Foundation please visit

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Rummage Sale this Weekend

By Alexis Pencar

SHARON SPRINGS — The Sharon Springs United Methodist Church will be holding their annual Spring Rummage Sale on Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th. 

On Saturday, there will be a Bake Sale from 9:00 AM until 12 noon, and there will be a Bag Sale following from 12 noon until 2:00 PM. 

This is an excellent way to support this hard working parish. Any donations for the sale may be left in the back entry any time.

On Monday, April 15th from 10:00 AM until 12 noon, all items will be free. 

The Sharon Springs United Methodist Church is located on Route 20, across from the Sharon Springs Central School at 511 US-20 Sharon Springs, NY 13459. For more information please call (518) 284-2200.

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Sharon Springs Central School Update

By Tori Edwards 

SHARON SPRINGS - Students at Sharon Spring Central School are getting back into the routine after a well-needed Spring Break. 

As students head into the fourth quarter, they have some big events coming their way! It is beginning with FBLA State Leadership conferences starting this week! Followed by the Spring All County Band and Choir Concert that will be held in Middleburgh on April 20th. 

The school will be holding their Annual Talent Show on April 26th during their morning program. Participants will perform their skills and hobbies to their classmates, faculty, and parents. That is a voluntary event for the students. The Sharon Springs Free Library will be doing a book giveaway on Saturday April 20th 10am to 4pm, all donations are accepted till Thursday April 18th. Let’s Go Spartans! 

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“Sharon Things - Local Happenings for Sharon Springs”

By Alexis Pencar

Hey Neighbors!

What an interesting last week with the Solar Eclipse on Monday! I hope everyone was able to view it safely! It was one to remember! Our area wasn’t as busy, but there were plenty of places just north of us in Totality that were inundated with road-tripping spectators. 

Looks like cloudy conditions and rain with highs that will be bouncing around from 40s to the 70s over the next week! It’ll be up and down and all around for temps through April. 

Happy Birthday to Tom Reynolds this week! Wish him Happy Birthday if you see him around town!

Did you know Friday, April 12th is Grilled Cheese Day? Don’t forget to make grilled cheese!

The Sharon Springs United Methodist Church will be holding their Spring Rummage Sale on Friday  and Saturday, April 12th and 13th. On Saturday, there will also be a Bake Sale from 9:00-12 noon, and a Bag Sale from 12-2:00 PM. On Monday, April 15th from 10:00-12 noon, all items will be free. The church is located on Route 20, across from the school. Donations for the sale may be left in the back entry any time.  

Mark your calendars for the big Easter Egg Hunt at SSCS sponsored by KNK Landscaping scheduled for Saturday, April 20th at 12 PM.

The Sharon Springs Rescue Squad is a cornerstone of the community! With many active members, they are always looking for new volunteers for Drivers, First Responders, Social Members, and EMT’s. SSRS will fund any training that is needed. SSRS meets the first Monday of the month at 7 PM and would be happy to answer any questions on how to support your community. 

The American Legion Post 1269 of Sharon Springs is looking for new members! If you are interested in becoming an American Legion member, volunteering, or even donating to the many wonderful causes the Legion supports, please contact Commander Paul Todd at (518) 649-0024 for more information.

The Sharon Springs Food Pantry is an excellent local resource for all! They are located in the United Methodist Church on Route 20, across from the school (511 US Route 20, Sharon’s Springs, NY 13459). They are always accepting donations! If you or someone you know is in need of the Pantry, the hours are Thursday 9:00 -10:30 AM and 5:00 - 6:30 PM. For more information please contact (518) 284-2687 or follow them on Facebook.

Sharon Springs Free Library

Remember that your library is available online, visit for more information.

Mrs. Fralick offers storytime for children on Thursday's at 10:00 am every week and includes a story or two, a craft, and a snack.

The Library is back to their regular hours as of April 1st. They are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays from 3:00 - 8:00 PM, Mondays & Thursdays from 10:00 - 6:00 PM, Saturdays 10:00 -1:00 PM, and Sundays - Closed. 

For more Library information please contact (518) 284-3126.

Worship Services

The Sharon Reformed Church (6858 State Route 10, Sharon Springs, NY 13459) offers weekly service at 10:30 am. Contact at (518) 234-2387 for more details.

The Sharon Springs United Methodist Church (511 State Route 20, Sharon Springs, NY, 13459) offers weekly service at 10:30 am. Contact at (518) 284-2200 for more details.

The St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church (24 Maple Avenue, Cherry Valley, NY 13320) offers weekly mass at 10:00 am. Reminder: confession is available 30 minutes before every mass. Contact at (607) 264-3779 for more details.

The Zion St. John’s Lutheran Church Seward (114 Mesick Ave, Cobleskill, NY 12043) offers weekly service on Sundays at 9:00 am. Contact at (518) 234-3222 for more details.

Cornerstone Baptist Church (7274 Route 10, Ames, NY 13317). Sunday Service is at 10:00 am. All are welcome. Contact (518) 673 3405 for more details.

Sharon Sr. Congregate Meal Site

Local residents are invited to enjoy good company and a noon-time meal year round (except holidays) at the Schoharie County OFA’s “Spa Ritz” Sr. Congregate Meal Site at the Firehouse at 137 Beechwood Rd. M-W-F. 8 oz of 1% milk is served with each meal. Orders for meals must be called into the OFA office at (518) 295-2001 before 2 p.m. for the following day. Effective January 1st the suggested donation for those 60 years old and older is $5.00 per meal. Under age 60? You’re welcome to participate for a fee of $7.50 per meal.

To share community news, upcoming events, business specials, adjusted hours, birthdays, anniversaries, or even an outstanding resident, please contact me directly at (772) 971-1410 or Have a great week! Thanks!

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