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Showing posts with label Middleburgh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Middleburgh. Show all posts

Middleburgh Woman Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Husband

Written By Editor on 5/25/17 | 5/25/17

On May 20th, 2017 Schoharie County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the Town of Middleburgh for a report of a man who had been stabbed.

Upon law enforcement's arrival they located a man in his residence suffering from a single stab wound to his chest.

The suspect was identified as being a 36 year old Kelly Wescott, the wife of the victim. Mrs. Wescott was taken into custody without incident a short time later.

Mrs. Wescott was arrested for Assault in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, and 3 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Mrs. Wescott was arraigned in the Town of Wright Court where she was remanded to jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 secured bond. Mrs. Wescott was scheduled to return to the Town of Middleburgh Court on 5/24/2017 at 5pm.

The Victim was transported ambulance to Albany Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery, and is expected to make a full recovery. // The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the New York State Police.

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M&J's Cafe Reopens in Middleburgh

Written By Editor on 2/1/17 | 2/1/17

By Tyler James

Middleburgh heaved a sigh of relief as one of its key businesses reopened, albeit in a new location. M&J's Cafe is now located on Railroad Avenue, leaving its former location on Main Street.

The cause of the move was tragic. Owner and founder Michael Kossmann died unexpectedly last fall. Kossmann's family, especially his sister Fran, rallied to carry on. Faced with an ultimatum to pay a steep increase in rent or to get out, Fran chose the latter.

The current location on Railroad Avenue

"Mike was not only my brother, he was my best friend," she said. She described M&J's as Mike's dream, "his joy and his life," second only to his family.

A steady stream of patrons and wellwishers came to the new location, which was constructed quickly at the former location of Lerny's Gift Shop, owned by Larry Kossmann Nelson, Mike and Fran's brother.

Larry was optimistic, saying that his sister has "done everything to ensure that Mike's legacy will live on." While this was a new location, Nelson said that it immediately "felt like I was still at M&J's, priving that it doesn't matter where it is. It is the people that keep Mike's dream alive."

Village Trustee and regular customer Bill Morton and his wife Bonnie were excited about the opening, "We were so accustomed to going to M&J's regularly." said Bonnie, "It becomes a routine of your daily life." Bill said, "It's more than a cafe, it's a meeting place. It's an integral part of our community. Once M&J's was not available, we were at a loss."

The new interior

Fran Kossmann continued, "He enjoyed his customers and they loved him! He was an amazing cook, I have never met anyone that could cook with the speed and perfection Mike could."

She has a mission to keep M&J's open and successful because Mike, Larry, and herself always "knew it was to keep going for the family now and in the future."

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MIddleburgh Business Assn Reviews the Last First Friday

Written By Editor on 10/13/16 | 10/13/16

Photo and article by Sheila Donegan

The business association in Middleburgh, known as MABA, has experimented with varying times for its regular monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month. It has varied between morning and evening hours, in the attempt to include as many members and guests who can attend. This month, it was 8:30am today, at the Green Wolf Brewing Co.

 Of course, the conversation began with the most recent First Friday event, October 7, and that will be the last one for this year. It gets darker, earlier, and it was suggested that visiting vendors be told they might want to arrange for some lighting when they participate in the autumn. The event was very well-attended, despite the school homecoming game. Lots of people showed up after that.

 As always, stores and restaurants in the village keep later hours, vendors are allocated a spot to set up, there may be special activities, and there is always music. Curiosity takes people up and down the sidewalks, and everyone seems to have a good time.

Laraway Leads Middleburgh Cemetery Cleanup

Written By Editor on 10/9/16 | 10/9/16

Photos and information from Karen Cuccinello

The Middleburgh Central School Schoharie County History class spent the day at the Middleburgh Cemetery on October 7th. The 22 students first cleaned up some sections of the cemetery and then went on a tour, given by their teacher Wes Laraway, highlighting some of the more significant residents of the cemetery.

Class and students stood up the grave stone of Harriet (Chase) Neville who died February 24, 1862 aged 23 years.
The day closed with pizza from Hubie's and goodies made by Bunnie Bates, and a tour of Wes's NY Wildlife Rescue Center. The lunch was provided by the Middleburgh Historical Society.

Best House Part of Successful First Friday Celebration

Article and Photos by Karen Cuccinello

The last 1st Friday Street Festival, for the 2016 season, was held in Middleburgh on October 7. The Dr. Christopher Best House and Medical Museum has offered classic car Cruise-Ins and assorted other activities during all of the Street Fests that took place June through October.

One of the highlights of the evening was when Bobbi Ryan, director of the Dr. Best House, raffled off a gas grill and television. The grill raffle was a way for the Best House to thank the participants of the classic car Cruise-Ins. The raffle tickets for the grill were given only to Cruise-In participants every time they parked their classics at the Best House. Tom and Beth Tilley, of Freehold, NY won the grill. Barb Coons owner of Sears Hometown Store of Cobleskill and Hilltown Pools donated the grill.

The television raffle was a fundraiser for the Best House. Terri Jeffrey, of Gallupville, won the 32” television.

First Friday in Middleburgh October 7th

Written By Editor on 10/6/16 | 10/6/16

Tomorrow marks the last First Friday of the season for the Middleburgh business district. Put on by the Middleburgh Area Business Association and the Village of Middleburgh, the event promises specials from stores, vendors, music, and more. There will be a special exhibit at the Best House museum on Clauverwie. A Farmer's Market will be set up on Main Street.

For more information please see the event's Facebook page.

Emergency Services Work Together to Help Stranded Hikers on Vroman's Nose

Written By Editor on 9/29/16 | 9/29/16

On 9/27/16 at 8:10 PM Schoharie County 911 Dispatchers received a call from a male subject stating that he and a female companion were hiking on Vroman's Nose in the Town of Fulton and had gotten off the trail. The caller stated they were lost.

The Middleburgh Fire Department, Middleburgh Ambulance, Sheriff Deputies, State Troopers and the Schoharie County Search and Rescue Team were dispatched to the scene.

Middleburgh firefighers located the pair at 8:30PM ages 25 and 36, whose names are not being released at this time, and walked with them to the parking area on Mill Valley road where a command post had been established.

The 36 year old female was evaluated at the scene by members of the Middleburgh Ambulance and transported to Bassett Hospital of Schoharie County for treatment of some very minor injuries.

Thanks to the Schoharie County Sheriff's Department for the report

Middleburgh Stewart's Construction Update

Written By Editor on 9/25/16 | 9/25/16

Photos and Article by Sheila Donegan

It doesn't take long to see the work crew make a whole lot progress at the new Stewart's store. At almost any daylight hour of any day you can see someone stopping by to watch the changes, and it happens very quickly.

On Monday, September 19, the building was mostly just a shell. The crew was getting the roof ready for shingles. There were no door or window frames on the building, so there certainly wasn't any glass anywhere. The outer walls of the building were green, everywhere.  By the middle of the afternoon on Thursday, the roof was almost completely shingled and would certainly be finished by the end of the day. That's an obvious change. Looking a little more closely, you could see reflections on the glass in the windows, and the base of the building had a skirt of bricks in the front.

Closer to the street, it was easy to see dramatic changes over that same time period.  A man with a chain saw was cutting invasive tree roots, trimming them back on Monday. Those roots had been the major cause of the buckling that had taken place in the old sidewalk. By Tuesday, there was a curb by the street, and by Wednesday, the framework was laid for the new sidewalk. New concrete was beginning to appear by Thursday afternoon.

It is anticipated that the opening of the store will happen at the end of November, so there is plenty of activity to watch the next two months.

Middleburgh Library Presents Musician Tom Prasada-Rao October 6th

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

The Middleburgh Library is presenting musician Tom Prasada-Rao on October 6th at 7pm as part of its "Not so Quiet Concert Series."

Tom Prasada-Rao is a musician's musician - an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early nineties. His voice belies his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with its homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty , Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent. He's starting to tour again after being featured last year on the nationally syndicated TV show Troubadour Texas.

In the fall of 2007 Tom quit the road to produce records, raise two stepdaughters, and walk a rather large Golden Doodle named Thurman twice a day. In addition to producing, he took a job teaching music at White Rock Montessori in Dallas - TPR was formerly the songwriting teacher at The University of Virginia’s Young Writer's Workshops - where he created the songwriting curriculum and taught for eight years.

From headlining major festivals 15 years ago, to the relative obscurity of a recording studio - Tom continued to mature as an artist. That work blossomed into an impressive resume of producing credits as well as cuts (his songs covered by other artists). The year (2014) marks Tom’s departure from his adopted life and his return to the road. His new release "ADAGIO" - features bass guitar legend  Chuck Rainey, and piano virtuoso Julie Bonk who was Norah Jones teacher - all masterfully produced by Jagoda...

This event is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program and the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Community Arts Grants Program by the Greene County Council on the Arts.  Tickets are available at the door.   A $10.00 donation is suggested.  Please use back entrance.

Middleburgh Library's October Event Schedule

Written By Editor on 9/20/16 | 9/20/16

Schoharie News - October 2016

10/1 - 3:00 PM to ? - Board Games for Adults - Come and join us for some fun and different board games

10/4, 11, 18, 25  - 10:45 AM - Drop-in Storytime - Get ready to move in this interactive storytime designed especially for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. We'll read books, sing songs, recite fingerplays, dance and watch a short movie based on a weekly theme. No registration required.

10/4, 11, 18, 25  - 1:00 PM - Mahjong Mania - Every Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 a spirited group of people get together in the Community Room to play Mahjong.  Don't know how to play?  No problem!  They will teach you how.  No registration required.

10/4, 11, 18, 25  - 5:15 PM - Insight Meditation - Join us for a simple group Zazen meditation practice.  All are welcome.  No registration required.

10/5, 12, 19, 26 - 9:00 AM - Chair Yoga -  With Vicki DeGroff.  Donation $5.00.  Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support.   Please use back entrance.

10/5, 12, 19, 26 - 11:00 AM - Discovery Wednesdays -    
10/5 - You never know what Miss Andrea will come up with in her discovery Wednesday!  Art, science, stories and more in this interactive program for ages 3 and up and their caregivers.  Registration Required.
10/12 - Join Miss Doreen as she welcomes children ages 3-6 to her storytime.  Lots of fun with stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft!  No registration required.
10/19 - You never know what Miss Andrea will come up with in her discovery Wednesday!  Art, science, stories and more in this interactive program for ages 3 and up and their caregivers.  Registration Required.
10/26 - Join Miss Doreen as she welcomes children ages 3-6 to her storytime.  Lots of fun with stories, songs, fingerplays and a craft!  No registration required.

10/5, 12, 19, 26 - 1:00 PM - Wednesday Matinee - Free Popcorn
10/5 -   "Ithaca"  (PG)
10/12 - "The Man Who Knew Infinity"  (PG-13)
10/19 - "10 Cloverfield Lane" - (PG-13)
10/26 - "The Legend of Tarzan"  (PG-13)

10/5 & 19  – 5:00 PM - Kundalini Yoga - Kundalini Yoga involves repetitive movements with the breath, building strength, toning the nerves and clearing the adrenal glands.   Wear comfortable clothing and bring 2 blankets or a mat and blanket. A $5.00 donation is requested. Please use the back entrance when entering the building.  No registration required.

10/6 - 7:00 PM - Concert - Tom Prasada-Rao -    is a musician's musician - an unassuming presence on the folk scene since the early nineties. His voice belies his musicianship and his extraordinary songs. From Rishi’s Garden with its homage to Ravi Shankar to the groove of Sleeping Beauty , Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent. He's starting to tour again after being featured last year on the nationally syndicated TV show Troubadour Texas. Suggested donation is $10.00.  Please use back entrance.

10/6, 13, 20, 27  - 7:00 PM – Knitting Circle - These friendly ladies (men are welcome, but we haven't seen any yet!) knit and crochet, embroider and quilt, and more. You can learn a new skill here or share your own special talents with others - or just craft in the company of friends. Drop in anytime! No registration required.  

10/7 - 7:00 PM - Stroll the Souls of the Middleburgh Cemetery with Wes Laraway - A town settled over 300 years ago with stories of fallen soldiers, settlers and town’s folk as the lands were bitterly fought over for power, the Middleburgh Cemetery holds these and many other souls.  Timothy Murphy whose bones lie at rest on these grounds.    over looking Vroman’s Nose will be explored by lantern-light with local historian, Wes Laraway. Dress warmly, bring a flashlight and your courage. Only $10 per person! GET YOUR TICKETS:

10/10 - Columbus Day - The library will be closed to observe the holiday.

10/10– 6:30 PM – Board of Trustees Meeting - Our meetings are open to the public.  Please join us!  The holiday does not affect the board meeting.  Please use back entrance.

10/15 - 1:00 PM - Book Discussion - "The Nightingale" by Kristen Hannah - Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter..  Books are available at the circulation desk.  No registration is required

10/15 - 5:00 PM - 3rd Annual Zombie Run - We've plotted a new course for our runners and walkers to enjoy while you avoid being Zombie Meat! Each Human wears a health belt along with two Velcro flags.  Sign up for this epic event at:  Registration begins at 3:00 and the run starts at 5:00.

10/15 - 7:00 PM - Haunted Scarriage House - Directly following the Zombie Run, take a trip through the Haunted Scarriage House.....Food, Vendors, Music and other items available for purchase.  Festive Family Fun for All! 
FREE!  Right at the Dr. Best Museum! 
10/17 - 2:00 PM - Adult Coloring Club - Come and experience the latest trend in relaxation, adult coloring books! Studies how coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps promote overall wellness. Coloring pages designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils will be provided.   This will be a recurring program. We will meet every 3rd Monday of the month at 2pm.   Registration is required.  
10/20 - 6:30 PM - The Truth About the Salem Witch Trials -   It wasn't about women in black robes, chanting in a circle and then burning victims at the stake. Discover the various social, economic and political theories behind this unusual historic event. Meet the principle teenage girls, their families and the ultimate decisions they made that cemented a town's place in history and the tourism industry. Registration is required.

10/21 - 5:30 - Dinner & A Movie - "Star Trek Beyond"  (PG-13) - Join us for our popular dinner & a movie!  The library supplies pizza and drinks and you bring dessert or a snack to share.
The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.  Please note that this film is rated PG-13 and although great for teens and families, it is not appropriate for very young children.  Registration is required. 

10/22 & 29 - 11:00 AM - Poetry as Walking facilitated by James Bellflower - From Wordsworth to contemporary poet, Lisa Robertson, and others who walked, we will read and write about what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. Through walking we’ll tie the rhythm of the foot to the measure of our lines and come to understand that writing is an ongoing discovery of what is around and within us. Novice and experienced writers are welcome.  Registration is required.

10/22 - 1:00 PM - Cooking by the Vegan Book - "The Vegan Zombie" - The Middleburgh Library is happy to introduce its newest book club, "Cooking by the Vegan Book."  We pick the cookbook, you pick and make the recipe! 
The book club is free and open to the public.  How the cookbook club works:  Every month, a cookbook will be selected and will be at the circulation desk for you to peak at and we'll print up a recipe of your choice. Sign up online or register at the circulation desk, let us know what you are cooking so we don't have duplicates!  Bring your dish to share and a place setting to the club and enjoy!  Registration is required.

10/25 - 6:00 PM - "Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer's" - Early Detection Matters- The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as inevitable parts of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts.  Registration is suggested.

10/26 - 4:00 PM - Halloween Craftermoon - Join us while we clean out the craft cupboards, kids will let their imaginations lose and create amazing Halloween crafts! Let's see what you can come up with! 
This program is appropriate for children in pre-school thru 6th grade.  Registration is required.

10/26 - 5:30 PM - Halloween:  Minute to Win it - Hey Teens! Come on out for an evening of Halloween themed Minute to Win it games, pizza, and laughs! Are you up for the challenge? This program is open to kids ages 12 and up. Registration is required. 

10/29 - 11:00 - 1:00 PM - In one Breath - Watercolor with Joanne Resch -  Techniques of traditional watercolor and Chinese Brush painting will be woven together to offer relaxation and release stress. Several small pieces will be completed by each participant as principles of design, composition, color and watercolor will be demonstrated. Beginning or intermediate adults are welcome.  Registration is required.
This program series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Library System and participating member libraries. All programs are free. Materials will be provided. Participating libraries are accessible for people with disabilities.

Please check our Calendar on our website at for future programs.

New Middleburgh Stewart's Seeing Fast Activity

Written By Editor on 9/19/16 | 9/19/16

Photos and Article by Sheila Donegan

Many in the village of Middleburgh did not want to see the old Dentistry Building demolished. It dates back to the late 1800s. But, the Chiropractic Building had problems that were not worth the financial commitment to repair, and ARC already left at the end of their lease. It was definitely time for that structure to come down. These properties will be the home of the new Stewart's store. In a phone interview I had with Chuck Marshall, representing the store, he said, “It has definitely been a process, in every particular, but the improvements will mean that the bank and Stewart's will be able to provide better customer service.” The store is expected to open late in November.

Dentist building during 2014 October Fall Festival Parade

Facing the Village Hall during demolition in July

At the monthly meeting of the Middleburgh Village Board, Mr. Marshall outlined some of the details of the project. The NBT Bank will also be demolished. Things are being scaled down since they don't need all of the space they are currently using. There are arrangements to continue service.
Chiropractor prior to demolition
Not only will Stewart’s be using some of the bank property, but also has been granted easements over the Bassett and pool area parking lots. In addition to all of these changes, a frequently raised issue is being resolved. Handicapped accessibility into the Village Office Building will be constructed.

Gift Store Becomes Middleburgh Landmark

Written By Editor on 9/1/16 | 9/1/16

Just about a year and a half ago Larry Kossmann Nelson took an idea and helped change Middleburgh's landscape. Lerny's Gift Shop offers a variety of products, including many local vendors. Earlier this year the store moved to Main Street and expanded.

"I'm amazed by the love and support by some people," said Nelson. Nelson's jovial personality seems to fit the store's atmosphere well. A multitude of crafts, jewelry, woodworks, photographs, and more included a number of Middleburgh-themed products. Mr. Nelson also offers silk screening and shirt printing.

Mr. Nelson stated that part of the reason that he was open was to help build up community pride. The store is offering a 10% discount for anything Middleburgh related.

"There's always something new," he said, motioning to new products on his shelves. Follow their gift store Facebook page here.

A Nose Eyed View

Written By Cicero on 8/30/15 | 8/30/15

Author's note: written as part of a college assignment, this article not only attempts to capture the meaning of Vroman's Nose to Middleburgh residents, but to address the lapse in engagement that exists between SUNY Cobleskill and the surrounding community. I hope everyone appreciates it. (It was written in late winter/early spring, thus the emphasis on colder conditions)

The view is breathtaking, even in the desolate destruction of winter’s long, cruel and chaotic reign. For miles on end, all you can see is a vast expanse of half-frozen ground speckled with the promise of rebirth not far off. On top of the frozen earth lies human innovation: cars, houses, sheds, tools, tractors and whatever the case may be. Even farther in the distance, dividing the two sides of the valley floor with its meandering yet straight banks, rests the thawing Schoharie Creek, placid and peaceful now, but always a threat of flooding if its innermost demons are wrought upon the creek’s inhabitants on either side of its banks.
This seemingly photo-book visual is not easily obtained, however. One must first defeat the obstacles of nature and trek a half mile up a sloping and at times steep mountainside that culminates the figure of a nose, earning the mountain’s moniker among the natives of the Schoharie Valley as simply, “Vroman’s Nose.” Although the view of the surrounding farmland is barren in the winter, from early April to late October it’s teeming with beauty, fertility, and life. A rite of passage to becoming a true citizen in Middleburgh, New York, and its adjoining municipalities, it is a passage well-traveled. 
Middleburgh High School alum and current SUNY Cobleskill student Shania Marotta describes the mountain as a “fun and relaxing place to go when you’re bored and looking for something to do.” Spring and summer-time adventures are not uncommon for local teenagers, hikers, or even a couple looking for a romantic setting, to which Ms. Marotta personally testified,as does the author of this piece. But not everyone takes advantage of the beauty and fun-filled activity of an afternoon of the Nose.
Just fifteen minutes away from the Nose rests SUNY Cobleskill, a historically agriculture-friendly school that, mixed with liberal arts majors, boasts almost 2500 students, many of whom have never experienced the mountainside trek, or much of Schoharie County off campus, for that matter. 
 Erika Day, a Sophomore in the college’s Equine program, says there is little for students to do off campus outside of going to the local movie theater or the typical midnight trips to Wal-Mart. Day mentioned hiking trails as a possibility but to date hasn’t had the opportunity to experience local sites due to time restraints and a lack of knowledge about the accessibility of the trails.
She is not the exception, however. With limited transportation options and with most of what your typical college student needs within a three-mile radius, there is little to no incentive for students to go off venturing beyond that barrier to experience the remainder of what the rural county of 32,000 residents and its scenery of untold beauty has to offer, particularly in its southernmost regions.
Encompassing wide swathes of open land, fishing streams, ponds, hiking trails, and camping areas, the northern Catskills foothills are a paradise for outdoorsmen and adventurers alike, but few if any outside of native inhabitants are aware of what awaits just a short drive out of Cobleskill.
The failure is twofold on behalf of the college, which doesn’t actively encourage engagement with the surrounding community by students, and in particular with the rural areas despite the presence of a significant agriculturally inclined academic body. As well as with the community at large, which doesn’t adequately promote all that it has to offer to local youth and students, even though there is a prevailing concern in nearby municipalities of declining public utilization of recreation areas.
Blenheim Town Supervisor Shawn Smith, a native of nearby Jefferson and a SUNY Cobleskill Alum, commented that for him, “One of the things I enjoyed doing as an off-campus activity while I attended SUNY Cobleskill was visiting the Mallet Pond State Forest, which is located in the Towns of Fulton and Summit.
Only a fifteen minute drive from campus, the Mallet State Pond Forest is one of many natural parks within a half hour drive of students. In Gilboa lies the Mine Kill State Park, which offers a wide variety of fall, winter, and spring activities, with the smaller Max V. Shaul campsite in Fulton a peaceful retreat that is just minutes away from the Nose.
But the difference for Marotta and Smith is that they grew up in Schoharie County, and became well acquainted with the natural beauty it has to offer to people of all interests, while Day and thousands of SUNY Cobleskill students rarely even hear, let alone experience, what there is to see in the sprawling rural region beyond their dorm-rooms.
This is in part cultural, as an ever-increasing segment of the study body is trekking up from the New York City area, and are usually not so inclined to journey outdoors, while another aspect is societal, with most if not students becoming one with their technological devices – a bond that is hard to sever – no matter the beauty beyond their screens. 
Some are breaking the downward trend, however. Members of the SUNY Cobleskill Outing Club typically venture off campus on weekends to explore different activities located in the surrounding areas, including a recent trip to Mine Kill State Park in Gilboa to snowshoe before a temperature swing melted the snowpack, and in the fall they journeyed to the pearl of the valley, Vroman’s Nose.
But, more often than not, they are the exception to the rule. Smith, fondly remembering his old fishing trips to Mallet Pond, recalled that it was a “refreshing break from classes anytime of the year.” Although just graduating a handful of years before, the dynamics of college life have changed, with a constant need for connectivity by way of cellphones often replacing real, human interaction. A constant need that Smith just shakes his head to. 
Or, perhaps just a Nose. Located at the fertility of the Schoharie County, a gateway to the county’s southernmost beauties, Vroman Nose still stands; waiting for potential customers to cash in on its breathtaking sights. Middleburgh Mayor Matthew Avitabile, a lifelong resident of Middleburgh and an alum of SUNY Cobleskill, believes that the mountainside fortress is more than just a natural treasure, but a beacon of hope that all should experience. 
Often climbing the mountain twice per year with family and friends, the youthful official of twenty-eight years states, “Middleburgh has been through a lot in three hundred years of history, and throughout war, depression, floods, revival, peace, and prosperity, Vroman’s Nose remains the guardian of the Valley.”
And there she will continue to stand, after having protected centuries of Dutch and German settlers and their offspring, and centuries of Native American tribes that called the Schoharie Valley home before the Europeans moved in; and there she will stand for another three centuries, strong and robust, daunting yet inviting at the same time.
The question is: will the Nose and Schoharie County’s other natural beauties remain the area's best kept secret to college students?
The answer to that may be unknown for the time being, but not to Ms. Marotta. Planning to take more trips in the future, the Communication major stated that she has “always enjoyed the serenity of the hike and the view at the top.” A view that is unmatched in comparison to any enclosed room.

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