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CROP Hunger Walk coming to Cobleskill on October 24

Written By Editor on 9/21/21 | 9/21/21

The 2021 Schoharie County Aggie Scott Memorial CROP Hunger Walk will start and end at Cobleskill United Methodist Church in Cobleskill on Sunday, October 24. Registration  will start at 1:00 pm. The short program will follow at 1:30.

Last year the fundraiser was a virtual event in which participants took donation envelopes, collected money and walked any distance of their own choosing at any time before CROP Hunger Walk Sunday. Walkers turned in their envelopes to recruiters at their respective churches. The recruiters then turned in those envelopes,  picked up a 2020 CROP tee shirt for each Walker and then distributed those shirts later. 

Last year there was no program, no blessing of the Walkers and no parade of participants following a 2.8-mile course around Cobleskill.

Two years ago Cobleskill United Methodist Church hosted a traditional CROP Hunger Walk with a program, a blessing of the Walkers  followed by a parade of participants leaving the church and walking that 2.8-mile route or the shorter half-mile so-called Family Walk.

This year's hybrid Walk will allow CROP supporters  to choose how they will participate. People can walk on their own before October 24 or walk with the group who attend the program and then walk with other CROP Hunger Walkers around Cobleskill on October 24.

All Walkers will get a 2021 CROP Hunger Walk tee shirt or a vintage CROP Walk tee shirt from past fundraisers.

Members of the Schoharie County Aggie Scott Memorial CROP Hunger Walk Planning committee are Marty Blankowitz, Tracy Smith and John Jarvis.

Again this year 25% of money raised will go to three Schoharie County food pantries. This year's recipients will be food pantries at Cobleskill United Methodist Church, the local Catholic Charities office  and St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Middleburgh.

The  traditional CROP Hunger Walk will take place rain or shine on October 24.

The letters in CROP stand for ''Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.''

People seeking more information about the CROP Hunger  Walk can call 518-234-2933.
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CREATE Announces Community Arts Grants

CREATE Council on the Arts is pleased to announce 2022 Community Arts Grants. The Community Arts Grants Program funds artists and organizations who are seeking to creatively engage their communities through projects in the arts in Columbia, Greene, and Schoharie Counties. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded in three project areas: Community Projects, Artist Commissions, and Arts Education projects. In 2021, 50 grants totaling $126,000 were awarded to artists and organizations. 
Past awardees have used this grant to develop music concerts, theater performances, community arts classes, and many more.  CREATE prioritizes projects that engage the community, and are accessible, innovative and creative. To learn more, visit the CREATE website to view Grant Guidelines, Instructions, Online Applications and Informational Videos at 
To apply for this grant, artists and organizations MUST view the new Grant Info Videos on CREATE’s YouTube page at, and may optionally attend in-person Q&A sessions in each of the three counties (Register at ):
October 5th, 2pm: CREATE, 398 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414 
October 6th, 6pm: Hudson Area Library, 51 N 5th St, Hudson, NY 12534 
October 7th , 6pm: Schoharie Library, 103 Knower Ave, Schoharie, NY 12157 
October 20th, 2pm: Mountain Top Library, 6093 Main St, Tannersville, NY 12485 
October 21st, 2pm: Roeliff Jansen Library, 9091 NY-22, Hillsdale, NY 12529  
November 2nd, 5pm: Greenville Library, 11177 NY-32, Greenville, NY 12083 
November 3rd, 6pm: Valatie Community Theater, 3031 Main St, Valatie, NY 12184 
November 4th, 2pm: Community Library in Cobleskill, 110 Union St, Cobleskill, NY 12043 
November 4th , 6pm: Jefferson Historical Society (Judd Hall)
November 18th, 6pm: Prattsville Art Center, 14562 NY-23, Prattsville, NY 12468
 Applicants must complete an online application, including supplementary materials, due by December 17th, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST to be reviewed. Grant decisions are made through the recommendation of a panel of artists and community members, with the approval of the CREATE Board of Directors.
The Community Arts Grants are made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CREATE Council on the Arts.
*************************************************************************************CREATE Council on the Arts is a tax exempt, non-profit, arts service organization whose purpose is to support and advance the arts and cultural community by broadening and enriching creative resources and economic growth in the region. CREATE serves as the Statewide Community Regrant agency for Greene, Columbia, and Schoharie Counties. Since 1975, CREATE has provided information and essential services to artists, arts organizations, cultural and educational institutions, civic groups, community agencies, and the general public and continues to grow its outreach as a regional arts council. 

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Local History: House on South Delaware Street, Stamford

By Karen Cuccinello

Through the years I would look at these photos labeled Margaret Frisbee house fire 1964 and wonder where was or is the house. The photo was originally a slide, housed in the Stamford Village Library history room, that was scanned.

The house is situated at 6 South Delaware Street and no longer has the lovely porch but the house is still the same. I could not figure out who built the house but it was there in 1890 when Davis Hubbard purchased the house on Delaware Street (North and South Delaware were not distinguished yet). It does not sound like he lived there much because the June 10, 1897 Jefferson Courier Stamford column stated- Davis Hubbard of Oneonta, has been in town the past week superintending the work of laying sewer pipe from his residence on Delaware street to the main sewer pipe. Perhaps he just bought it to rent in the summer.

Charles L. Andrus (1859-1934), an attorney and president of the Stamford Bank, and wife Alice owned the property, in 1900. They were living next door at 8 South Delaware as of 1893. The dirt excavated for the building of 72 Main St., in 1900, was used to fill in the old fish ponds on the property of C. L. Andrus, recently purchased of Davis Hubbard on Delaware street.

In 1902 Dr. Edgar W. Landon (1857-1929) and wife Lottie purchased the house. They called it “The Colonial” and added a spacious veranda in 1905, and an artificial lake behind the house in 1908. In 1915 and 1916 their cottage, The Colonial, was offered as a summer rental and in 1919 Edgar moved his dentist office from 65 Main to the house. Lottie owned and operated the Blue Bird Tea Room at 67 Main from 1918 to 1926 and the family lived upstairs after selling 6 South Delaware.

Hiram Delos (1851-1930) and Olive (Dibble) Frisbee purchased the house in 1922 after selling their house on Prospect St. The Frisbee's had three children: Simon B.(1893-1977), Margaret (1897-1982) and Catherine (Mrs. Gustave Mitchell). Simon lived in Binghamton and Catherine in NYC, and Miss Margaret remained in the family home until her death.

In 1929 five chickens were stolen from their poultry house and in 1931 Olive had an addition built in order to enlarge the kitchen. After Hiram's death they appeared to always rent an apartment in the house. In the 1920's Margaret was a clerk at the A&P store, then became manager of the General Cash Store in 1925 and later worked at Collin's diner (109 Main St.) as a waitress or cook. She became a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Lt. Harry Pruden Jr. Post 6292, Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1948 and was elected president of the Stamford Federated Women’s Club in 1973. Margaret was selling Saint Bernard puppies in 1949. In 1959 she flew from Binghamton airport to Detroit where she visited her cousin Mrs. Lester Maxwell, the former Miss Mildred Dibble of Bloomville and visited cousins in Mesa, AZ in 1964.

The house fire at 6 South Delaware took place upstairs on May 13, 1964. Mrs. Marjorie Hartzel, who was renting the apartment in the house, moved back into her renovated rooms two months after the fire. Margaret moved back in later as she had more water and smoke damage. Marjorie moved out of the apartment in 1974 and Dr. Glen Joshpe moved in. Margaret was often in the newspaper as visiting and or entertained family and friends.

Margaret died June 4, 1982 at the Stamford Community Hospital and is buried with her parents in Riverside Cemetery, Bloomville.

According to the village street index cards, in the Stamford Village Library history room, James and Dorothy Benjamin owned it in 1989.

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Weekly Cobleskill Library News

Please join The Community Library in celebrating our Centennial Sunday, October 3rd   3-5pm with a Roaring ‘20s Tea. Period dress encouraged and donations welcome. Masks required. Please RSVP through 


The Library is requiring masks at all times for everyone age 2 and over regardless of vaccination status. Not able to wear a mask. Curbside pickup is available just give us a call to schedule your pickup. Items can be ordered through the online catalog or by calling the Library. To request items online log into your account with the barcode on the back of your library card. Your pin is the last 4 digits of your phone number. Don’t have a card, stop into the Library with your id and a piece of mail with your current address and complete a library card application. 


The Library hours are Tuesday 10-8pm, Wednesday 10-5pm, Thursday 10-8pm, Friday 10-5pm and Saturday 10-1pm.  


Check out a Museum Pass! The Adirondack Experience at Blue Mountain Lake (50% discount off admission for four adults or two adults and two children), The Albany Institute of History & Art (family pass admission for two adults and two children), The Empire Pass provides car access to NYS Parks, The Iroquois Indian Museum (admission for two adults), miSci (50% discount off admission for two adults and four children), the USS Slater (family pass admission for two adults and two children). One pass can be checked out for 7 days with your library card but they can’t be used for special events at these locations.  


We have partnered with the Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corp (SEEC) and the Eagle Trail to provide binoculars and a birding book. You don’t need to have a Library card to check out this Eagle Trail Kit. 


100’s of items have just been added to our collection. To see what is new visit  


You can borrow a Chromebook for seven days on your Library card. The Chromebook does require access to the internet and can be used anywhere you have a WiFi connection including the Library property. In order to borrow your account must be in good standing and there are no renewals on the Chromebooks.  


Make and Take kits are filled with fun activities. Different kits are available for ages 3-7, 8-12 and Teens! Pick up your bag to take home. Each bag has all the supplies you need to complete the activity. If you don’t need all the supplies provided, please feel free to return them to the Library.  


The Community Library card holders now have access to Ancestry remotely. This service is a courtesy being provided by Ancestry through December 2021. Visit our website for access, you will need your Library card. 


The last few days to obtain your tickets for The Friends Basket Raffle Tickets. If you are interested in assisting with the September 25th Basket Raffle and Used Book Sale please contact The Friends. The Sale will take place in the Library parking lot from 9-12:45 with the raffle drawing at noon. The community has been very generous with donations and The Friends have reached their book donation limit. Book donations can now be placed in the Green Better World Book bin by the back steps. If you have recently published 2021 donations, please bring those to the desk or place in the return bin. Want to join The Friends? visit or email  friendscommunitylibrary@gmail.comfor more information.  


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Library Contact: 518.234.7897,, 

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Local Piano Virtuoso to Raise the Roof Twice

On Saturday October 9th, 2021 with performances at 1:30 & again at 7:30, pianist Justin Kolb will perform his “Over The Top”  program at The Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury, NY.  The church is sponsoring this benefit concert for the restoration of the historic landmark.

Tickets are LIMITED and are $50.00 each.

“A recital program with a difference.” ………………… NY Times

         Pictures at an Exhibition, Rhapsody in Blue, and more 

Masks are required

Temperatures will be taken

Proof of vaccination required

        Tickets can be purchased through:

1:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.  

For more information contact via text only: 607.373.9811

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Jefferson Man Charged with Weapons Possession Following DWI Crash

On September 18, the New York State Police in Cobleskill arrested 22-year-old Schoen Stocks of Jefferson for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree (D felony), two counts of Possessing a Large Capacity Ammo Feeding Device (A misdemeanor), Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Motor Vehicle (misdemeanor) and Driving While Intoxicated (misdemeanor).

State Police responded to State Route 10 in Jefferson shortly before midnight on Friday for a report of a one-car motor vehicle crash. When they arrived, Troopers located a vehicle down an embankment and the driver, Schoen, being treated at the scene for minor injuries. A Trooper interviewing Schoen could smell the odor of alcohol coming from his breath and observed signs of impairment. Schoen was administered roadside sobriety tests, which he failed, and was taken into custody. Further investigation at the scene revealed that Schoen was in possession of two large capacity magazines and a loaded, unregistered assault rifle was located in his vehicle.

Schoen was transported to SP Cobleskill where he provided a breath sample of .16% B.A.C. He was released on an appearance ticket and is due in Jefferson Town Court on October 4, 2021.

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Roxbury CSD Requests Community Volunteers

Roxbury Central School is looking for parent and community members to volunteer for the following committees:
Policy Committee
Budget Committee
Audit Committee
Wellness Committee
Communication Committee

Please submit a letter of interest to:  Jeffrey J. Bennett, Superintendent, Roxbury Central School, 53729 State Hwy. 30, Roxbury, NY  12474, or email Mr. Bennett at by October 15, 2021.  Thank you for your support!

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Coming Up at the Mountain Top Library

Saturday, September 25th Through Saturday, October 2nd: The Mountain Top Library Presents "Story Walk at the Arboretum." Stop at the Mountain Top Arboretum Visitor Center, pick up your free craft kit & follow "Our House Is On Fire."  The Mountain Top Arboretum is located at 4 Maude Adams Road, Tannersville, NY.

Saturday, September 25th, 11 am - 4 pm: "Follow the Story at Rip Van Winkle's Lake" in Tannersville. Part of the Earth Day '21 celebration.

Wednesday, September 29th, 1 pm - 4 pm: "Senator Michelle Hinchey's Staff Mobile Office Hours": Meet one-on-one with Senator Hinchey's constituent services team, where local residents can get assistance with a problem or share their perspectives on issues facing our district. 

Columbus Day Weekend! Stop in the Mountain Top Library for the "Book & Tote Bag Sale!" While supplies last - Fill a Stewart's Shops Tote Bag with books from the Mountain Top Library Book Sale for ONLY $8. 

Saturday, October 30th, 11 am: "Gender & History: A Wikipedia Editing Workshop with Alexandra Prince." This workshop will explore the effects of gender bias on the Wikipedia Project; The basics of Wikipedia editing & citation; Best practices for sourcing information; and How to routinely integrate Wikipedia. Please bring a laptop to this workshop.

Weekly / Ongoing
Tuesdays @ 9 am: "Joyful Yoga" with Instructor Mary Jude Cohen. One hour session of gentle poses designed to release stress and elongate spine and muscles. Both beginners and advanced yogis welcome.
Fridays @ 11 am: "Chair Yoga" at the Library, with instructors Jeanne Licurse & Mary Jude Cohen.

"A 'Toteally' Awesome Fundraiser for the Mountain Top Library!" Come to the Mountain Top Library for Your Signed Copy of Deborah Goodrich Royce's new novel  "Ruby Falls," in a Beautiful Canvas Tote Featuring The Novel's Cover Art  ~PLUS~ Fill Up The Tote with books from our book sale! All for $30. Unsigned copies of the novel are available to purchase for $20.

The "Book & Tote Bag Sale" Continues! While supplies last - Fill a Stewart's Shops Tote Bag with books from the Mountain Top Library Book Sale for ONLY $8. 

Mountain Top Library LetsFit Fall Fitness Challenge! Stop in our library now through Thanksgiving, and every time you check out a fitness or nutrition related material, or attend one of our yoga classes, you get a chance to win a LetsFit Fitness watch! Winner to be announced after Thanksgiving Weekend. 

Every Third Friday of the Month - "Get Assistance with Healthcare": A Representative from the Healthcare Consortium will be available to meet at The Mountain Top Library from 1 -4 pm. Please call to arrange an appointment at 518-822-9600 ext. 300

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C-GCC’s McCann Recognized by International Honor Society

Ryan McCann, associate professor of Mathematics at Columbia-Greene Community College, was recently recognized for his continued service and dedication as an advisor to the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).

PTK was founded with the intention of helping high-achieving college students reach their full potential and meet their academic and career goals. PTK members gain access to scholarships, career training, and transfer and leadership opportunities.

McCann, of Albany, was awarded a commemorative pin to honor his fifth consecutive year as a PTK advisor at a beginning-of-semester meeting of the college community on Tuesday, Aug, 24.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, visit

To learn more about joining PTK at C-GCC, contact a PTK advisor:

Assistant Professor of Science Jared Wagner, or 518.828.4181, extension 3710;

Associate Professor of Mathematics Ryan McCann,, or 518.828.4181, extension 3708; or

Krista Nevil, associate for Records and Registration, or 518.828.4181, extension 5514.

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Delaware County Opens HEAP Eligibility

Written By Editor on 9/20/21 | 9/20/21

As hard as it is to believe, not only is it is that time of year again to think ahead for your
next heating season but this year the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season is
opening early. The regular HEAP season will open on October 1, 2021 this year. Now is the
time to talk to your heating vendors and ask about their pre-pay and budget billing plans.
Qualifying seniors can apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and
receive help with rising fuel costs. Because the regular HEAP benefit is intended to be a one-
time supplement to annual energy costs and not meant to replace personal payments, individuals
should continue to pay energy bills.
Any individual, age 60 and over, not on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP)– formerly known as Food Stamps New York–or Temporary Assistance (TA) and was
approved for HEAP last year, was automatically sent an application for the 2021-2022 heating
season by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). Make sure to complete
the application and return it to the designated location printed on the application for processing
as soon as possible. Benefits vary depending on household size, income, and main heating
source. Payments will not be made before October 1, 2021 and until federal funds are available.
Households who did not automatically receive an application may apply for a regular
HEAP benefit by submitting their application electronically through MyBenefits at If anyone (non-SNAP or TA recipient age 60 and over) needs to be
added to the mailing list to receive an application for the new heating season or wants more
information, simply call (607) 832-5750 or write to HEAP Dept., Delaware County Office for
the Aging, 97 Main Street Suite 2, Delhi NY 13753.
New applicants cannot receive packets or apply electronically until after program start-up
on October 1, 2021.
Refer to the following chart for current gross monthly income guidelines:
Household Size Maximum Monthly Income
1 $2,729
2 $3,569
3 $4,409
4 $5,249

5 $6,088
6 $6,928
7 $7,086
8 $7,243
9 $7,401
10 $7,558
11 $7,715
For households over 11, add $568 to the maximum monthly income.

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Researcher and Author, Scott Weidensaul returns for Special Audubon Presentation

By: Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society

For more information contact: Susan O'Handley, Publicity Chairperson, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, Oneonta, NY; (607) 643-5680;

Twenty-five Years of Late Nights and Wee Owls

Join DOAS on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7:30pm for this special Keynote Presentation as part of our 54th Charter Anniversary Celebration!

For the past quarter-century, researcher and author Scott Weidensaul has overseen a major project to understand the migration of northern saw-whet owls in the central Appalachians, using a variety of techniques — banding, geolocators, radio telemetry, even radar and infrared cameras — to study their movements. After banding more than 12,000 owls, he and his colleagues have peeled back much of the mystery around this smallest of Eastern owls, but many questions still remain — and they’re not going to get a good night’s sleep in the fall any time soon.

This online program (via Zoom) is part of the DOAS 2021 Charter Celebration and is scheduled to begin promptly at 7:30pm. Pre-registration is required using the form at

Perched Saw-whet Owl; Photo by Scott Weidensaul.

About the Presenter

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Living on the Wind” and his latest, the New York Times bestseller “A World on the Wing.” Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon, a columnist for Bird Watcher’s Digest and writes for a variety of other publications, including Living Bird. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and an active field researcher, studying saw-whet owl migration for more than two decades, as well as winter hummingbirds, bird migration in Alaska, and the winter movements of snowy owls through Project SNOWstorm, which he co-founded.

Scott Weidensaul banding a Saw-whet Owl; Photo by Howard Eskin.

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Bethany Lutheran Church Hosting Turkey Supper

Bethany Lutheran Church, Central Bridge, will hold its Annual Turkey Supper on Thursday, October  7, 2021 on a pre-order and drive-thru basis.  The menu consists of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, cabbage salad, beets, squash, roll, and apple slab pie. The price is $16 per person. Send your check or money order payable to Bethany Lutheran Church with your name, phone number, and total number of dinners ordered to PO Box 273, Central Bridge, NY 12035 by October 1, 2021.  Drive-thru/pick up from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

                   Proceeds will be used for church and community projects.
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Magic On Main To Offer Special Pricing for Seniors and Veterans This Fall


WINDHAM - Come join Magician Sean Doolan for Magic on Main – An Intimate Parlor Experience, a magic show in his private library located in a historic building on Main Street in Windham, New York. Sean will weave his very personal story of transitioning from a trial lawyer to a magician in interactive, mind-blowing magical routines. In this parlor show, Sean will demonstrate the limitations of the human mind through techniques he learned as a student of the ancient art of sleight of hand, and a lifetime as a trial lawyer. 

Two special shows on Thursday, October 7th and Thursday, October 14th will be performed at 8pm for $5 a ticket for seniors, veterans, current service members, or law enforcement and their companions (general admission is $10).  Regularly priced shows (no discounts offered), at $10 per ticket are on Friday, October 8thSaturday, October 9th, Sunday, October 10th, Friday, October 15th,  Saturday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 30th.  Can’t make those dates or times? Please reach out to us to request a different date for your group. This show would be perfect for corporate events, birthday parties, wedding groups, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and special occasions.

Seating will be limited to 10 people and the show is approximately 60 minutes. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.   There will be no walk-ins for the show. Reserve your seat by texting or calling 518.734.4218 or emailing Tickets can be paid for through Venmo or PayPal, using email account, or by check.

The show is at 5428 State Route 23 (Main Street), Windham, NY 12496.  Parking is available on-site.

For more information about Sean Doolan, visit and follow us on FB @MagicOnMain.

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Education Room of Cannon House To Be Dedicated to Mary Jane Henderson

Written By Editor on 9/17/21 | 9/17/21

The Delhi Historical Society (DHS) will open the Cannon House located at 47 Main Street in Delhi on Saturday, September 25 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. To celebrate the Village of Delhi's Bicentennial, exhibits will include memorabilia from the sesquicentennial celebration fifty years ago. 

At noon, DHS will host a dedication ceremony to name the education room in the Cannon House after the late Mary Jane Henderson, who was a staunch supporter of DHS and integral to its success since its inception in 2008. 

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., Mary Jane Henderson's final compilation of stories, Now Hear This: What's My Line, A Unique Collection of Original Donkey and Horse Stories will be on sale. Proceeds from the sales will be split between DHS and the Little Brook Farm Sanctuary in Old Chatham, NY. 

The Delhi Historical Society works to promote history and historical research in Delhi. New members are always welcome to join DHS.  Those interested in joining the effort to preserve Delhi's rich history can become a member by sending a check for $10 made payable to DHS to 5 Elm Street, Delhi, NY, 13753.  Any donation is appreciated and helps the mission.  

The next DHS program is scheduled for Saturday, October 2 in partnership with the Village of Delhi's Bicentennial Committee. It will include a walking tour of Delhi pipe organs. The tour will begin at the First Presbyterian Church on Clinton Street at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude at St. John's Episcopal Church on Main Street at 12:00 noon. Find future programs and exhibits on the DHS website,  

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Orchestra of Original Instruments with Mark Stewart Oct 9th

Written By Editor on 9/16/21 | 9/16/21

Orchestra of Original Instruments with Mark Stewart Oct 9th

Open to families and all ages!
Blackdome is pleased to announce two events with Mark Stewart on October 9th in Windham. Mark is a multi-instrumentalist, guitarist, composer and instrument designer. He will be conducting his instrument making workshop The O of Oi (Orchestra of Original Instruments) during the day as part of Windham Mountain's annual Homecoming, and he then performs a solo concert in the evening. Blackdome is excited to be presenting the workshop in partnership with Windham Mountain, and this takes place from 12:30-1:30pm on the back patio of the base lodge. Attendees will build simple instruments, create pieces and play them in small groups and as a whole large ensemble. The Skyride to the top of the mountain will be open, with food and drinks available at the BBQ and Bar.  Live music from 11am-3pm from David Kraai & Saddle Tramps! Come join in on the fun and bring the family!

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TelePulmonology Comes to Bassett’s School-Based Health Centers

Last spring Bassett’s School Based Health Centers (SBHC) launched telepulmonology services to connect its young patients with important sub-specialist care.


“School-Based Health is all about increasing health care access for our young people,” says Jane Hamilton, RN, School-Based Health Practice Manager. “These tele-visit consults are more comfortable in a familiar office and don’t require parents to miss a full day of work to travel for an appointment. This helps ensure the kids can get the care they need.”


The distance between Dr. Karen Zuidema Voter, pediatric pulmonology specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and her patients is bridged by real time telehealth technology and the SBHC’s practitioners.


“We complete the physical requirements of the exam,” explains Hamilton. “The SBHC practitioner onsite listens through a stethoscope plugged into the computer. Meanwhile, Dr. Voter listens to the lung sounds through headphones in Rochester. If Dr. Voter needs something examined—like whether the patient’s abdomen is sensitive—the practitioner will relate what she feels while Dr. Voter watches the child’s face for signs of pain.”


Forward Momentum

Telepulmonology is SBHC’s newest telehealth service, but it is not its first, nor will it be its last. “We were the recipients of a HRSA Telemedicine Grant for School Based Health Centers,” says Hamilton. “COVID-19 really escalated telehealth for some practices within Bassett, but we’ve been doing it for over four years.”


SBHC started their telehealth program with psychiatric visits. They were simpler to implement since the visits don’t require any specialized equipment. These visits were able to greatly reduce the wait time for medication management appointments. Meanwhile, telemedicine between SBHC clinics allowed practitioners at one site to quickly see patients at another site when help was needed more urgently.

Telepulmonology represents SBHC’s first foray into sub-specialties. The volume of demand is far smaller than for psychiatric visits—but the services are also very valuable. “This program does wonders for our patients’ experience and access to care,” says Dr. Monica BranĂ©, chief of pediatrics for the Bassett Healthcare Network. “Primary care pediatricians are well-equipped to treat and control typical asthma and pulmonary conditions. But kids struggling with rarer pulmonary conditions need the insights of a sub-specialist. SBHC’s telepulmonology services make it easier, faster, and more affordable to get these kids the help they need. This is telemedicine at its best.”


This finite group size made telepulmonology an opportunity to work out technical bugs and establish some effective standardized procedures. If this program continues to succeed, SBHC hopes to expand to pediatric gastrointestinal, neurological and endocrinological sub-specialties.


Outward Momentum

At its rollout, telepulmonology became available to all 21 SBHC sites. “During our planning, we estimated that SBHC would have 12 to 15 telepulmonology referrals in a year,” says Hamilton. “From when we started in March of this year, we’ve already had seven. That might represent a backlog that will soon level off, but for now we’re now ahead of schedule! Either way, there’s space in the program for more patients.”


As a result, since its launch the program has expanded to other Bassett pediatric offices in Cooperstown and Oneonta.


“This was hard work,” says Hamilton. “But I think the time was well-spent.”

Bassett Healthcare Network operates 21 school-based health centers across the region. Learn more by calling toll-free at 1-844-ALL-SBHC (255-7242).

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Ranger Film Premiere at Woodstock Film Festival

One Story Up Productions





World Premiering at the 2021 Woodstock Film Festival










Ranger is a story about rite of passage. Set within Kenya’s Maasai homeland, an intimate and contemporary story of self-discovery unfolds, as 12 women become East Africa’s first all-female anti-poaching unit. Upending the male-dominated reliance upon military-style training to make a wildlife ranger, Virginia, Liz, Momina and Damaris instead undergo a year-long program of deep trauma-release and healing, triggering profound transformation within themselves and sending shockwaves through their communities.


Running Time: 93 minutes

Language: English


Directed By: Austin Peck

Produced By: Roger Ross Williams, Kate Garwood, Jochen Zeitz

Executive Producers: Geoff Martz, Marcy McCall MacBain



Friday, October 1, 2021 - 8:00pm ET

Location: Bearsville Theater


Sales Agent:

Josh Braun, Submarine |


Media Contact: 

Lina Plath |

Clare Anne Darragh |

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NYSP responds to physical dispute in Delaware County

Written By Editor on 9/15/21 | 9/15/21

On September 13, 2021 shortly before 8:00 p.m., New York State Police at Oneonta responded to a report of a physical domestic dispute at a residence on State Highway 28 in the town of Meredith. 

During the physical dispute, one person was stabbed and later flown to Albany Medical Center where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.    

There is no threat to the public.  The incident remains under investigation. 

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