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Showing posts with label Sharon Springs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sharon Springs. Show all posts

Sharon Springs Fire Dept. French Toast Breakfast this Saturday

Written By Editor on 9/16/14 | 9/16/14

The Sharon Springs Fire Department is offering its annual French toast breakfast. The event is open to the public and is all you can eat. Come on Saturday, September 20th from 7am-noon and join in the fun.

The Sharon Springs Harvestfest is happening the same day.

RSVP or find out more here.

Liquor Store Opening in Sharon Wednesday

Written By Editor on 8/26/14 | 8/26/14

A new liquor store will open in Sharon Springs Wednesday, continuing the community's strong business development streak. McDermott's Wine & Liquor will be opening 1pm tomorrow. The store has a Facebook page here, the source of our photos.

New Slate Fitness to Open in Sharon Springs Soon

Written By Editor on 5/7/14 | 5/7/14

After months of anticipation the Sharon Springs community is close to seeing New Slate Fitness, a physical fitness club located on Route 20 and owned by former U.S. Open tennis coach Da-lai Wu, open its doors and services to the general public.

In a message published on New Slate's facebook page, readers were informed that the facility's fitness equipment and flooring have already been ordered and are expected to arrive soon, at least "two weeks ahead of schedule."

Consequently, the flooring - in addition to phone and internet service for select aerobic equipment, and the completed construction of the examination/training room - are all expected to arrive or be finished by the coming weekend. Additional aerobic and resistance training equipment will arrive next week.

Mr. Wu, who unsuccessfully pursued purchasing the Maranatha Family Center over the course of last fall into early winter, has also explored opening a gym/fitness center in the Middleburgh community's abandoned Grand Union building. 

Pre-sales for combined personal training/club memberships and general memberships will be announced soon, as will New Slate Fitness' official hours of operations and membership prices.

Sheriff's Office Investigating Sharon ATV Accident, Driver Remains Hospitalized

Written By Editor on 4/25/14 | 4/25/14

The Schoharie County Sheriff's Office is investigating an ATV accident that occurred on Route 10 in the Town of Sharon on Thursday night, slightly north of the Village of Sharon Springs, according to a press release submitted earlier this afternoon by the department. 

At approximately 8:00 pm, Franklin Butler of the Town of Sprakers was operating his 2003 Artic Cat ATV southboundd on Route 10 when he lost control. Mr. Butler was subsequently ejected from the machine and sustained severe head and neck trauma.  

The operator was airlifted to Albany Medical Center for evaluation, where he remains at this time. In addition to local Deputies, members of the Sharon Springs Fire Department and Rescue Squad, along with several Schoharie County Medics, were also on scene. 

Sharon Springs to Host Fifth Annual "Garden Party" May 24-25

Written By Editor on 4/17/14 | 4/17/14

Kicking off the tight-knit community's celebration of the seasons, the Friends of Sharon Springs Festival Committee is preparing to host the fifth annual "Sharon Springs Garden Party" on the weekend of May 24-25, which will commence rain or shine, and perhaps even snow at this rate. 

The event, which features merchants from Sharon Springs in addition to over one hundred local artists and artisans, farmers and food purveyors from across the Mohawk Valley and greater New York State area in celebration of the beginning of spring, and the growth that comes from it. 

A full schedule of events will be available in early May, although vendors and local businesses interested in purchasing a booth or advertising in the festival program are encouraged to reach to the Friends of Sharon Springs organizers by no later than May 3.

For more information please visit the event's official webpage here.

Sharon to Host Run 4 The Hills Event to Benefit First Responders

Written By Editor on 4/5/14 | 4/5/14

The Sharon Springs community will be hosting their Inaugural Run 4 The Hills event to benefit the Sharon Springs Fire Department and Rescue Squad on Saturday May 3rd, which will kick off at 9:00 am sharp that morning. The cost of registration is $25 and is available only on online until April 15th, 2014 or until the race reaches its capacity of 150 participants. 

If there are still available slots open after online registration closes, organizers may consider the possibility of opening up last minute or race day registration options for interested runners. The cost of these alternatives would be dropped down to $20 per runner, but would not include the Inaugural Run 4 The Hills event tee.

Runners will be able to pick up their packets either on Friday, May 2nd at The American Hotel, located on 192 Main Street in the Village of Sharon Springs, between 3 and 5 pm, or the morning of the race from 7:30 until 8:30 am. Packets will neither be held nor mailed to runners who don't check in by 8:30 am race day.

For more updates and information on the Sharon Springs run/walk event, you can like them on facebook or follow their tweets on twitter.

Cuttlebone Releases Music Video Filmed in Sharon Springs

Written By Editor on 3/28/14 | 3/28/14

Sharon Springs, New York - The capital area progressive rock band Cuttlebone has announced the release of their new music video "HELLo" on YouTube. The video was shot before a live audience on March 1st at the Smith & Empire building in Sharon Springs.

The music video, which can be viewed here or below, addresses the "issue of the American surveillance state and our loss privacy," according to an official press release issued by the band Thursday evening. "HELLo" will be released in addition to three other songs as part of an enhanced EP in early April.

"HELLo" is part of a larger multimedia project called "The Dog," which is a commentary on the role of the government in the lives of everyday people. The band, which is seeking support from the public to help them with funding to finish up the first leg of the project, plans on releasing "The Dog" in mid to late 2015. 

You can support Cuttlebone by helping the band reach their goal of raising $2,000 by Wednesday, April 2nd. As of this article's publication, the group has raised slightly less then 25% of funds necessary to keep the low-budget project afloat. 

Capital Area Rock Band to Shoot Music Video in Sharon Springs

Written By Editor on 2/27/14 | 2/27/14

Sharon Springs, NY - Cuttlebone, a Capital area rock band, will be filming a live music video taking on the subject of government surveillance. The video shoot, which will take place Saturday, March 1st at the historic Smith and Empire building in Sharon Springs, will be the second for the band. Their first video "Greasejoint" accompanied the release of their freshman album, "Welcome to Joe's."

Cuttlebone performing
The 5 piece progressive band will perform the song "HELLo" during the music video. The song, which was written by front man Berto Benac, describes a man's frustration with the government surveillance state. "HELLo" is a part of a larger project, the aim of which is to question the role of the government in the lives of everyday people. "HELLo" will be released as part of a sampler EP in April. The band plans to release the entire project next year.

The video shoot will begin at 11:30 a.m. and the public is invited to attend. The Smith and Empire building is located across from the Roseboro Hotel at 209 Main Street on Route 10, Sharon Springs, New York. 

Blaze Engulfs Sharon Restaurant

Written By Editor on 1/18/14 | 1/18/14

Note: Route 20 was briefly closed due to the fire, but has since reopened.

The Black Pearl, a popular restaurant in the village of Sharon Springs sustained severe damage today from a large fire. The structure fire attracted fire crews from not only Sharon but Ames, Cobleskill, and Carlisle. Richmondville and Esperance's fire departments are on standby. This chain of events was reported by the Schoharie County Fire Wire.

Dollar General Coming into Sharon Springs, Manko Hopes for Reopening of Spa Properties

Written By Editor on 12/23/13 | 12/23/13

Dollar General, which recently opened a store in the Town of Middleburgh on Route 30, is moving into another underserved market in Schoharie County: this time in the Town of Sharon Springs on Route 20. That's according to Sharon Supervisor Sandra Manko, who thinks it is a "definite thing" at this juncture.

 With plans of buying the old St. Mary's Church near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, the national low-price chain is "moving ahead" after meeting with the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday night. There is no current timeline for the store's construction or opening.
Although pleased with Dollar General's plans to move into the Town of Sharon, Supervisor Manko feels that despite new faces being in the community, particularly business wise, that there is no real population growth in her small municipality of 1,200 citizens - which is backed up by the most recent school census that revealed a declining figure of only 270 enrolled students at Sharon Springs Central School - a concern of hers.
One priority of Mrs. Manko, which is shared by her Village counterpart Mayor Doug Plummer, is to see the spa properties - Imperial Bathhouse, Inhalation Bathhouse, Adler Hotel, etc. - reopened not only as the tourist location they once were (drawing in thousands of Jewish travelers to the mineral water enriched bathhouses), but also as a magnet for new businesses and residents to come into the already economically booming area.
However, Rome was neither built nor destroyed in one day, and the addition of Dollar General to the Town's economic framework is definitely a step in the right direction for Mrs. Manko's hopes of growing her community's business and population base beyond where they currently stand.

Plummer: "The Possibilities for Sharon Springs are Endless"

Written By Editor on 12/17/13 | 12/17/13

"The possibilities for Sharon Springs are endless." That is what Doug Plummer, who was elected Mayor of Sharon Springs earlier this year, told the Schoharie News* in a recent two-hour sit down that covered the growth and expectations of the booming community, which have been aided by Mr. Plummer's proactive and positive attitudes.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Mr. Plummer moved to New York City and performed in the local theatre until he finally settled in Sharon Springs in 1990, where he opened the Rockville Café. He would go on to, with the assistance of his now-husband Garth Roberts, to purchase the historic American Hotel in 1996 and after years of hard work opened it up in 2001.

Mr. Plummer (right) and his husband dressed in Victorian style
clothing during Sharon Springs recent Holiday Celebration.
When asked what his goals for moving Sharon Springs forward were, Mr. Plummer was anything but content with where the historic Village of 500+ citizens currently stands. Among his ideas is to bring in live theatre and arts into Klinkhart Hall (an old movie theatre), a community park, solar power to municipal buildings and hopefully within the next month, revitalization of the old bath houses.  
Presently the Village of Sharon Springs is home to many fine shops and restaurants, including the Black Cat Café and Bakery, Sharon Springs Natural Soap Company, Cobbler and Company and  the Beekman Mercantile 1802, all located on beautiful Main Street. The municipality also hosted a massive harvest festival in late September that, according to police estimates, over 10,000 people from across the country attended.
Between the Villages of Sharon Springs and Middleburgh, there is a growing sentiment of not only optimism but noticeable change within these communities, that is not only responsible for Schoharie County's declining unemployment rate and recent explosion in local small businesses, but is also bringing hope to an area that has long suffered from economic impotence and a sense of defeatism.
For more information on upcoming events and small businesses in Sharon Springs, please visit the Enjoy Sharon Springs website that has a complete listing of local merchants, restaurants, festivals and more.
* This feature article was written and edited by Timothy Knight, with notes being provided from her recent sit down with Mr. Plummer by Louise Knight.

Sharon Hosting Small Business Event

Written By Editor on 11/13/13 | 11/13/13

Sharon is holding an event celebrating the expansion of business that the community has enjoyed over the last several years. The Small Business Saturday will be on November 30th starting with the American Hotel in the Village of Sharon Springs from 10am to 6pm. There will be special vendors open and all visitors are encouraged to visit the eclectic mix of businesses in Sharon.

Sharon Hosting Victorian Christmas

Written By Editor on 10/24/13 | 10/24/13

Sharon Springs will be opening its doors for a nineteenth century Christmas feel. The community will be hosting a Victorian Christmas on December 7th. All are welcome and there will be events around town and at the businesses. Last year there was a dessert tasting, horse-drawn carriage ride, and the lighting of the community's Christmas tree.

Plummer Wins in Sharon

Written By Editor on 6/28/13 | 6/28/13

Doug Plummer is the new Mayor of Sharon Springs. In the race to replace outgoing Mayor Omer Cousineau, Trustee Plummer defeated Dennis Tobin 71-54 (57-43%). Jeff White, Jim Navilio, and Denise Kelly all won seats on the Village Board.

Plummer stated, "Truly honored to be able to continue to serve this wonderful community that we all love." on his Facebook profile.

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