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Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Announces Lineup for 26th Season

Written By Editor on 6/17/24 | 6/17/24

COOPERSTOWN - The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has announced the concert lineup for its 26th season, celebrating over two decades of bringing world-class music to the Cooperstown community. This season's roster promises to be one of the most diverse and exciting yet, featuring an array of artists and performances that will appeal to a broad spectrum of musical tastes.

“Our new season features an impressive collection of performances that will bring best-in-class artists in a wide variety of genres to perform for audiences in Cooperstown,” says Festival Founder and Artistic Director Linda Chesis. “We are thrilled to continue our tradition of presenting exceptional music in such unique and historic settings.”

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

MirĂ³ Quartet: Voices of Home
Thursday, July 18 at 7pm at The Farmers’ Museum
One of America’s most celebrated string quartets, the MirĂ³ Quartet opens the season with a program that reflects on notions of home—from warmth and nostalgia to ambivalence and yearning—featuring works by contemporary composers Kevin Puts, Caroline Shaw, and George Walker in dialogue with classical giant Franz Joseph Haydn.

Caroga Arts Ensemble: American Journey
Thursday, July 25 at 7pm at The Farmers’ Museum
Returning by popular demand, the Caroga Arts Ensemble will present a vibrant showcase of works by American composers including John Corigliano’s “Voyage” and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” directed by Glen Cortese, as well as Jessie Montgomery’s “Divided,” featuring cellist Tommy Mesa.

Pianist Richard Goode Plays Late Beethoven
Tuesday, July 30 at 7pm at The Otesaga Resort Hotel
Internationally renowned pianist Richard Goode, praised for his deep and insightful interpretations, will perform a selection of Beethoven's late piano works. Goode's performances are known for their emotional depth and expressive power, making this a must-see event for classical music aficionados.

Catherine Russell, Blues and Jazz Singer
Tuesday, August 6 at 7pm at The Otesaga Resort Hotel
Grammy Award-winning singer Catherine Russell, whose voice “wails like a horn and whispers like a snake in the garden of Eden,” (NPR) promises to enchant and captivate with a unique blend of early jazz and blues standards plus hidden gems from the 1920s.

Family Music Fest with Justin Jay Hines, Percussionist and Host of NY Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts
Friday, August 16 at 10:30am (Origins Cafe) and 3pm (The Farmers’ Museum)
This family-friendly event will feature two different performances at Origins Cafe at 10:30am and The Farmers’ Museum at 3pm hosted by the charismatic Justin Jay Hines. Each event begins with an interactive instrument workshop followed by a performance by Hines. The Family Music Fest aims to engage audiences of all ages with interactive musical experiences. While the events are free, registration is required.

Bach Again
Tuesday, August 20 at 7pm at Christ Episcopal Church
In this special concert, Bradley Brookshire (harpsichord), Wolfram Koessel (cello), and Linda Chesis (flute) will join forces with Avery Fisher Grant recipient Rachell Ellen Wong (violin) for a celebration of the pure beauty and undeniable genius of the music of J. S. Bach. In addition to performing a selection of Bach’s instrumental sonatas -- masterful compositions that reveal new meaning with each encounter -- they will be joined by Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist Winona Martin (mezzo-soprano) for a selection of Bach’s beloved arias. 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students under 18. Tickets for all events must be purchased in advance either online from cooperstownmusicfest.org or over the phone by calling Purplepass Tickets at 800-316-8559 and selecting Option 1. Please note there is a $2 service fee per phone order.

ABOUT THE COOPERSTOWN SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL:

Founded in 1999 by flutist Linda Chesis, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has been bringing world-class chamber music performances to the Cooperstown area for over 25 years. The festival has featured performances by the American, Juilliard, St. Lawrence, Jupiter, and Jasper String Quartets, Stefon Harris, Bill Charlap, Kurt Elling, Simone Dinnerstein, Mark O’Connor, John Pizzarelli, the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company, and many more. Concerts are held in venues across Cooperstown, including the grand Otesaga Hotel, The Farmers’ Museum, and Christ Church (the church of author James Fenimore Cooper).

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.


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Save the Date: Hill City Celebrations Holding Hometown Fourth of July Festival


Event to be held July 4, 2024, in Neahwa Park
(Rain date: July 5, 2024)

 

Oneonta, N.Y. – [June 11, 2024]  Hill City Celebrations (formerly First Night Oneonta) is holding its annual Hometown Fourth of July Festival in Neahwa Park. The event will take place on Thursday, July 4, beginning with a parade on Main Street at 1 p.m. Following the parade, family-friendly games, a bounce house, food and craft vendors, live music, and many other activities will be held all day in Neahwa Park. The night will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show after dark sponsored by Five Star Subaru. (A rain date is slated for Friday, July 5.) Festival admission is free. Donations are welcome.

Featured music acts on the main stage in the park include Enemies in the Basement (classic rock covers from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.); The Rich Mollin Jazz Quintet (classic and freestyle jazz from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.); Bobby Curious (solo singer-songwriter on the acoustic guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and kazoo from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.); The Brooklyners (French Caribbean Reggae from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.); and headliner Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra (Afro-Caribbean rhythms and salsa from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.). The fireworks will commence at 9:30 p.m., followed by music by King Konye & Love Lagoon at 10 p.m.

The large basketball court in the park will also host family-friendly entertainment acts throughout the day, including a demonstration by Harmony Martial Arts (2 p.m.); Elite Dance Academy dancers (2:45 p.m.); performances by Bill’s Ragtime Sing-Along with Mike the Juggler (3:30 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.); and bicycle stunt show performances by Joe Janicki (5 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.).

Hill City Celebrations thanks the following sponsors and supporters for their generous contributions: Five Star Subaru of Oneonta; LEAF; Anonymous Foundation; Anonymous Foundation; Clark Family Foundation of Delhi; the City of Oneonta; the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce; Bassett Healthcare Network; Townsquare Media; the Rotary Club of Oneonta; Delaware Engineering; Gates Helms Hawn; Benson Agency; Margery Merzig; Joe and Lucy Bernier, and many other friends and donors.

Interested in being a vendor? It’s not too late! Email 
argogc@gmail.com for more information.

About Hill City Celebrations
Hill City Celebrations is a volunteer organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate arts and culture in a family-friendly, alcohol-free atmosphere. Because of donations from generous businesses, community partners and citizen sponsors, Hill City Celebrations produces The Hometown Fourth of July Celebration in Neahwa Park, the Oneonta Festival of Lights, First Night at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, and several other fun events for families throughout the year that remain free and open for all. Learn more by visiting hillcitycelebrations.com or following Hill City Celebrations on Facebook.


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ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE 6/10-6/14

Written By Editor on 6/7/24 | 6/7/24


Orchard St (Schoharie); ROAD CLOSED TO THRU TRAFFIC; directional drill water main replacement; Bridge St at Orchard St may experience potential short delays.

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Richmondville Days – Gnome Place Like Home

By Elizabeth Barr

RICHMONDVILLE — What a great day for a parade. On Saturday June 1st, Richmondville had a beautiful fun filled day.  The Richmondville Days Parade began at Mill Street and went to the CRCS Radez School where the TREPS 10th Annual Marketplace happened.  The Richmondville Fire Department had events all day to celebrate.  There were raffles, a corn hole tournament at the Richmondville Fire Department and a lot of Gnomes all around.  It was a large parade with several fire departments participating Carlisle, Summit, Richmondville, Cobleskill, Central Bridge, Worcester and East Worcester. The little league and girl scouts were there to participate.  The Marathon for a Better Life had a fabulous float.  The Schoharie County Jeep Club was there in full force, lead by Art Rump.  

There was also balloon art and face painting at the school. There was a dunking booth sponsored by the CRCS Varsity Club and tours at Bunn Mill.  Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad had a cruise-in. They also had a 1st Annual Wheelchair Race. The Christian Community Church of Faith had an ice cream social. The Bunn Mill had music by Henry Lamont and Company and a ziti dinner.  The “Double Barreled” Band performed at Radez School in the evening and the finale for the day, the Fireworks Show was amazing.   


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Cherry Valley Museum A Hidden Gem

By David Avitabile

CHERRY VALLEY - The Cherry Museum is a portal into America's past. 

One room transports the visitor to the morning of November 11, 1778, the day of the Cherry Valley Massacre during the American Revolution. The pumper room takes the visitor back to July 6, 1894 when a fire destroyed "Harmony Row" in the village. On the second floor, there is a mannequin displaying the World War I uniform of Corporal Frederick W. Launsback, later a barber in Cherry Valley. The music room delivers the guest to the late 1800s through Thomas Edison phonograph cylinders and a melodeon made by Amos Swan in Cherry Valley.

The museum at 49 Main Street opened on Memorial Day weekend and stays open every day but Tuesday through October 15. The hours are 10am to 5pm.

The two-story Federal-style wooden building was built by Jonathan Kinsbury in 1812-13 and wants given to the Cherry Valley Historical Society in 1957 by Grace Sutliff in the memory of her husband Walter Sutliff. It was dedicated as a museum on July 18, 1969. The museum, in the White-Phelon-Sutliff House, is listed on the State and Federal Registers of Historic Places and is on the New York State Revolutionary War Heritage Trail Site.

The museum has 15 rooms, divided up into different eras of history and different subjects. There is the Massacre room with its massive and interactive diorama or the Cherry Valley Massacre that occurred on November 11, 1778. There is also: the parlor, the war room, the fire equipment room, the kitchen, the industry room, the children's room, the farm room, the wedding room, the document room, the music room, and the "wedding room." There is also a small gift shop in the front hall.

"We have 15 rooms full. Overfull, some of them," said tour guide Kathryn Lane, a retired Cherry Valley school teacher.

The museum gets about 500 visitors a year, Ms. Lane said.

Many of the visitors, she said, are returning to the village and had family that "used to live here years ago." Some come to look up genealogical records. Many people around the area do not know about the museum, Ms. Lane added. "Some people have no idea about it." When she was teaching, Cherry Valley classes and students regularly came to the museum, but no so many in recent years.

After a half-hour introductory film about the history of Cherry Valley from Revolutionary time to the modern day, visitors are free to roam the two floors of the museum.

In addition to the large diorama in the Massacre room, there is the clock from the Campbell home that was attacked during the Massacre. The workings of the clock were hidden in the hollow of a tree. The original clock was built in 1728 in Scotland and brought to Cherry Valley in 1741. After the Revolutionary War a new case was built in Albany in 1790 and now, "It's here to stay," Ms. Lane said. The clock was donated last year by William Campbell Waldron III.

The rooms are full of treasurers. In the large parlor is a collection of fragile glass plate negatives of photos donated by Elmer Baldwin and Alta Cole of Cherry Valley around 190..A gun made in Cherry Valley by Amasa Belknap is on display. There is a law that you cannot fire a gun in the village, "but he had to test it," Ms. Lane noted. A large four-blade walnut airplane propeller dominates the War room.

Optical equipment and jewelry from Thompson's is displayed in a large case in the Industry room and pumpers and other fire equipment fill the back room of the first floor. The Elcelsior hand pumper that served Cherry Valley from 1885 to 1900 is on display. The pumper was very likely to have been at the "burning of Harmony Row" in the village on July 6, 1894.

"There's a lot of history in this town," Ms. Lane noted. "You could spend the whole day here."

Among the many artifacts include: a road sign noting the 1983 Cherry Valley Class D states champs, a highly decorative ice box in the kitchen, artifacts from the J. deBeer and Son baseball factory that operated in the current village hall from 1943 to 1967, a ledger from the Cherry Valley Store. a picture of the Armstrong Chair factory, a shingle maker in the Farm room, a rope bed, a "dog treadle" butter maker and a sausage make, and a wedding dress worn by Ms. Lane's mother in the mid-1930s in the Wedding room.


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RVES Holds 1st Annual Wheel Chair Races and Cruise-in

By Elizabeth Barr

RICHMONDVILLE — The Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad held their 1st Annual Wheel Chair Races on June 1st.  Several members and the public tried their hand at this event.  There was only one mishap as the wheels of one of the wheelchairs locked up and the participant toppled to the ground… fortunately, no one needed an ambulance although there were several emergency squad volunteers to the rescue.  The overall winners were Darren Sperbeck and RJ Wilsey (a member on the Richmondville Volunteer  Emergency Squad)  who took home the trophy.

They also had a cruise-in “Roaring through Richmondville” car show hosted by Savage Car Club. There were several local vehicles in it.  Two of our locals stepped out for this event, Rick Bishop displayed his rugged 1986 Dodge Ram 4x4 with a 318 engine. Wayne Warner showed off his powerful 1956 Chevy Bel Air with a 350 engine.  Many car enthusiasts were there to enjoy the magnificent vehicles. Ratrod Harry, on of the organizers of the event, gave special thanks to the dedicated volunteers, vendors , car show participants, wheelchair race participants and supporters of the Richmondville Volunteer Emergency Squad.  Their presence made this event unforgettable!


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Anonymous Arts Museum Open Through August

CHARLOTTEVILLE — The Museum of the history of Charlotteville will be open on Sundays from noon to 3:00 pm from June 16 through August 25 with social distancing. The museum will offer the history of Charlottesville.


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Local Business Focus - Apothecary of Curiosities

By Venus Louise

ESPERANCE — There is a new and unique shop opening at 152 Main Street in Esperance called The Apothecary of Curiosities. An enlightening world of healing therapies and magical gifts that will dispel the dark idea of the word “witch”. Step inside and discover ways to delight all of your senses as your host Reverend Tiffany Marie Butler, LMT, TLC, CBT, HP takes you on a tour of her wares.  In conjunction with local vendors and members of the Capital District Witch’s Festival, the Apothecary of Curiosities is showcasing artwork and jewelry from around the Capital District. There are a variety of healing crystals, vegan soaps, oil blends, herbal teas, and other magical products in her toolbox. Tiffany also offers an array of healing, therapeutic and mental health services “for guiding the soul’s purpose back into balance”.

A little bio of the new owner: In 2011 Tiffany moved to the Town of Esperance, in the hamlet of Sloansville with her son and horses. Her passion for horses and personal transformation drove the creation and four-year construction of Raven Hollow Ranch. This part-time job quickly grew into a full-time commitment. She wrote and copyrighted the Equine Empowerment Program (EEP) to assist the Veterans Affairs Addiction Clinic in 2016 and in 2017 held her first annual Veteran’s Benefit at the Esperance Elks Lodge. Since 2020 Tiffany has guided hundreds of private and group equine soul therapy clients to more fulfilling lives and her efforts are ongoing with plans to host two Women Equine Empowerment Programs (WEEP) for domestic violence survivors the summer of 2024. 

During her 18 years of working in the field of healing and metaphysical arts Tiffany has brought hundreds of people to a new level of consciousness. “My passion lies in accompanying people through the vitral, scary, chaotic, and ridiculous beautiful world of transformation. I help bring words and understanding to that process, connecting the seemingly parenthetical and ephemeral experiences of spiritual understanding to everyday applications for more fulfilling lives. I enjoy treating each person individually as there is no blanket formula that will work for everyone. That is why there are different paths and I have learned that all the spiritual portals lead to a sacred core.” 

As you drive along the scenic byway of Route 20 into Esperance from Albany, look for the Legends and Lore marker commemorating the Esperance Witch. During the early 1800s, a widowed French woman referred to as the “Grenadier Woman” was accused of witchcraft, which at that time was a very punishable offense. Historical accounts report that she would take her apron off, lay it on top of the water (no one ever mentioned it could have been frozen water), stand on it, and pole herself across the Schoharie Creek. How ironic — geographically that would have placed her on the back stoop of the now-located Apothecary of Curiosities! What a difference a few hundred years can make. She would have been welcomed, nay applauded today as she picked up her dry apron and put it on to continue about her daily routine. More humans should feel this empowered.

Tiffany Butler created this shop to empower each one of us, to awaken the ancient healer within, move beyond the physical realms, and connect the soul back to its roots. Her amazing attitude and strong will have earned her several accreditations. She holds a doctorate in metaphysical science and certificates in transformational life coaching and mindfulness coaching. She is a yoga teacher, licensed massage therapist, and master in shamanic healing. 

The Apothecary of Curiosities had a soft opening on Memorial Day weekend, and they had a terrific turnout. Its Grand Opening will be Thursday, June 13 from 4 pm to 8 pm, Friday, June 14 from 4 pm to 8 pm, and Saturday, June 15 from 10 am to 4 pm. Tiffany will be offering 10-minute walk-in readings that day and you won’t want to miss out on her refreshments and giveaways! 

After June 15, Shoppe hours will be Wednesdays 4 pm to 8 pm, Fridays  4 pm to 8 pm, Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm, and Sundays 11 am to  3 pm. 

Look for upcoming workshops, classes, events, and more on her Facebook page Apothecary of Curiosities Shoppe.


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Cave House to Host Geologist and Researcher of Oldest Known Fossil Forests

HOWES CAVE — Geologist Dr. Charles A. Ver Straeten of the New York State Museum and Geological Survey will present “Earth’s Oldest Known Fossil Forests, Catskill Mountains” on Sunday, June 9 at The Cave House Museum of Mining and Geology (Museum) in Howes Cave. The presentation will discuss the Cairo and Gilboa, NY fossil forests and will begin at 2 p.m.

Dr. Ver Straeten is the Curator of Sedimentary Rocks for the New York State Museum. His technical focus is on Devonian Period Sedimentation and Stratigraphy, which includes sea level history, mountain building and sedimentation, paleoecology, and the deposition and preservation of volcanic ash layers in shallow seas and lakes through time. Dr. Ver Straten was involved with the Cairo, NY fossil forest research team.  

The nonprofit museum will be open June 9 from Noon to 4 p.m. Come explore the Museum grounds! Admission is free, although donations are greatly appreciated. Dr. Ver Straeten’s presentation will begin at 2 p.m.

Please visit the Museum’s Ingvar Isachsen Rock Garden. We have a piece of shot rock from the Cobleskill Stone Products’ Falke Quarry in Lexington, Greene County, NY that contains the fossilized remains of Eospermatopteris, a genus of trees that grew in the Middle Devonian Period about 360 to 400 million years ago. The fossil is related to the trees found in Gilboa, NY.  

As a nonprofit, NYS-chartered educational institution, the Cave House Museum promotes an understanding of the importance geology and mining plays in our lives.

Our next open house will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2024!

 

 

139 Blowing Rock Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092

Visit us on Facebook: @cavehouse  --  See us on Instagram: @cavehousemuseum



Archaeopteris sp. tree root system, Cairo, NY Fossil Forest. Photograph courtesy of Charles Ver Straeten, Ph.D.

A Gilboa Tree Stump. Photo courtesy of Charles Ver Straeten, Ph.D.


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Catholic Church Oil Spill Update

By Elizabeth Barr

COBLESKILL — As a follow up from last weeks article on the oil spill at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church at the corner of Elm Street and Washington in Cobleskill.  The spill was a result of the fuel oil tanks on the property. The following was DEC’s response to me.

ON BACKGROUND:

On May 25, DEC responded to a report of fuel oil in a tributary to Cobleskill Creek off North Grand Street in the village of Cobleskill. DEC Spill Response experts, along with the Cobleskill Fire Department and Schoharie County Haz Mat, investigated and determined the fuel was leaking from a church being demolished at the corner of Elm Street and Washington Avenue. The fuel oil tanks were not properly cleaned before demolition, causing oil and sludge left in the tanks to leak into the clay tile drain, spreading to a culvert on Elm Street, and then into the creek. 

DEC deployed an underflow dam to the tributary and absorbent pads and booms to the tributary. DEC and the Cobleskill Fire Department cleaned out the culverts on Elm Street. 

DEC is working with its cleanup contractors and the church and its demolition company to remove the remaining oil from the tile drain.  

There are no impacts to drinking water sources at this time. DEC will continue monitoring the cleanup to ensure it is protective of public health and the environment.


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Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Board Member to Lead Butterfly Walk at Landis Arboretum

ESPERANCE — Calling all butterfly fans! On Saturday, July 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society board member Chris DeCesare will lead a field trip to view butterflies in the fields and gardens of Landis Arboretum.

Landis Arboretum is a forty-acre preserve filled with natural areas, woodlands, open fields, wetlands, and more than eight miles of trails in Esperance. At Landis, visitors can explore a variety of labeled trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials, as well sculptures, a meditation garden—and seasonal butterflies!

Port-A-John restrooms are available on site. The Butterfly Walk is expected to take place on a mix of gravelly ground and grassy field areas. Walkers may experience slight inclines and uneven ground. Benches and picnic tables are available for resting along the way.

Pre-registration is required at the following URL: bit.ly/3R8802h. The Butterfly Walk program is free, but there is a $5 suggested cash donation for non-members of Landis on the day of the program. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, hats, bug spray, and sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring binoculars if you have them!

Landis Arboretum is located at 174 Lape Road, Esperance, NY 12066. Participants will meet at 11:00 a.m. in the main parking lot next to the visitor center.

The walk leader, Chris DeCesare, is a career environmental educator who worked with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. She has a fondness for insects and enjoys observing and learning more about them as well as sharing her knowledge with others in the outdoor settings.


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Elks Flag Day Ceremony June 15

COBLESKILL — The Cobleskill Elks Lodge will perform the Flag Day Ceremony on Saturday, June 15 at 11AM at Veterans’ Park in the center of the Village of Cobleskill. The ceremony, roughly a half hour long, details the history of the flag and its importance in American culture. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the Lodge (152 Legion Dr, Cobleskill NY 12043). For more information on the ceremony, please contact committee chair Jim Birsen at james.birsen@cobleskillelks.org or (518) 231-3024.


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Institute Welcomes Two New Team Members



COBLESKILL — The Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill recently welcomed two new members to the team, allowing the Institute to expand its reach and further extend the resources it offers.

Bennett Ashley joined the team in March as Program Administrator. Ashley is a Business Administration alumnus of SUNY Cobleskill and interned with the Institute in 2022, helping pioneer the Institute's "Small Business Workshop Series." He received his BBA from the College in the spring of 2023. Throughout college, Ashley pursued several extracurriculars, including creating an investment club, holding multiple officer roles in the Business Careers Club, contributing to the governing body of students, being part of the SUNY Student Assembly, and developing businesses.

Abigail Armstrong, Project Manager, joined the Institute in May. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Food Systems from SUNY Cobleskill in 2021, followed by her Master of Business Administration, specializing in food and agribusiness, from Delaware Valley University in 2022. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Philosophy in Business Management at Capella University.

As a student at SUNY Cobleskill, Armstrong was an active member of the Faculty-Student Conduct Board, Professional Agricultural Students/Collegiate Farm Bureau Club, Agribusiness Club, and National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Team. Armstrong shares a passion for the agricultural industry, food production, and helping small businesses achieve their goals. She has experience in operations, project administration, accounting, and tax preparation.

Since its inception in 2018, the Institute for Rural Vitality has served 699 farm and food businesses and has assisted 22 beginning farmers in entering the local and regional food market. Through this support, entrepreneurs have been assisted in the development of 50 unique business plans and 60 distinctive marketing plans.

The Institute for Rural Vitality addresses the region's most pressing issues to develop and enact sustainable solutions to enhance community and economic vitality in rural New York. The Institute supports research opportunities for faculty and students, internships, and applied learning opportunities. Participants can access SUNY Cobleskill campus' product development and co-working facilities through the Institute for Rural Vitality.


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Iroquois Museum Hosting Blood Drive

HOWES CAVE — The Iroquois Museum will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on July 6, 2024 from 8:00am to 2:00 pm at the Iroquois Museum, 324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave. 

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-733-2767 (1-800-RED-CROSS) or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code iroquoismuseum or https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time. 

“The Iroquois Museum is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Christina Hanks, President of the Board at the Iroquois Museum.  “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.” 

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.

According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.


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High Street Bridge Reopened

By Elizabeth Barr

RICHMONDVILLE — Richmondville Days Events began on Friday, May 31st with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to acknowledge the reopening of the High Street Bridge. Carl Warner (Cargie), Village Mayor, began his speech by stating, In 1929 the original bridge was erected and it stood steadfast for 95 years. But, in 2011 Hurricane Irene came through and an assessment of the bridge was done.  The bridge was deemed unsafe and had to be shut down. It has been shut down for 12 years. Our previous Mayor, Kevin Neary began the process of replacing the bridge. He got everyone together and got the ball rolling for the reconstruction of the bridge.  It has been 12 years now and we can finally open our bridge back up.

Thanks was given to the following for all their work on this project, Schoharie County Highway Commissioner Dan Crandall, GPI Engineering, ING Civil – Ryan and his team, A & K Slipform, Richmondville DPW, Richmondville Power & Light, Cobleskill Stone Carl feels this is one of the best bridges in Schoharie County. 


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