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Great American Smokeout November 16th

Written By Editor on 11/13/17 | 11/13/17

Even though tobacco companies have manipulated cigarettes to make them more addictive and millions of smokers have died, the Great American Smoke Out (GASO) is a day when people who use tobacco can take the first step in putting a plan in place to break their nicotine addiction. GASO is a national observance that takes place on the third Thursday of November each year.

Deyanira Cisneros, Community Engagement Coordinator for Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS), suggests “Smokers should reach out to their health care providers. Most health insurances, including Medicaid, cover medications so individuals should talk to their health care providers about what’s right for them. For more help, they can call the NYS Smokers’ Quitline 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487). ”

“The tobacco companies’ pattern for more than 50 years has been to deny and lie —and they’ve made billions. Why wouldn’t they do the same for the next 50 years?” says Regina Haig, Youth Engagement/Reality Check Coordinator for ATFC-DOS. “We can’t let the tobacco industry continue to have a stronghold in our communities. We must keep up the fight and invest in protecting our youth from becoming replacement smokers.”

Despite progress in reducing smoking rates, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New York State and the nation. More than 28,000 New Yorkers die every year from smoking-related illnesses.

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Cobleskill Police Blotter

Written By Editor on 11/8/17 | 11/8/17

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

At 4:47 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Teresa M. Haughn, 39,of Worcester, NY, for Aggravated DWI Leandra's Law, DWI, and other vehicle and traffic tickets.  She was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $2500 Bail / $5000 Bond.  She is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on November 6th at 1:00 p.m.

At 9:03 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Shawn Brown, 33, of Warnerville, NY, for DWI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded tot he Schoharie County Jail on $5000 Bail / $10,000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on November 6th at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

At 9:51 p.m Cobleskill Police arrested Dashawn M. Nelson, 21, of Brooklyn, NY, for Petit Larceny.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on November 14th at 5:00 p.m.

At 9:51 p.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Mariah J. Crandall, 22, of Binghamton, NY, for Petit Larceny.  She was issued an appearance ticket and released.  She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on November 14th at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, November 3, 2017

At 12:45 a.m Cobleskill Police arrested Dalton Stevens, 19, of Salem, NY, for Disorderly Conduct.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released. She is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on November 28th at 5;00 p.m.

At 12:45 a.m .Cobleskill Police arrested Ryan Austy, 22, of Johnstown, NY, for Violation of the Open Container Law.  He was issued an appearance ticket and released.  He is to appear in Cobleskill Town Court on November 16th at 5:00 p .m.

Sunday, October 5, 2017

At 1;12 a.m. Cobleskill Police arrested Daniel Oldorff, 43, of Delanson, NY,  for 2 counts of Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest and Obstruction of Government Administration 2nd.  He was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail on $2000 Bail / $6000 Bond.  He is to return to Cobleskill Town Court on November 21st at 5:00 p.m.

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Pelham Wins in Windham

Written By Editor on 11/7/17 | 11/7/17

Robert Pelham will have another term after defeating Nick Bove tonight:

 Pelham (R): 330 (54.1%)
Bove (D): 281 (45.9%)

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Middleburgh Town Council Results

Middleburgh has a new Town Board tonight. Incumbent Councilman Mike Wilkens was selected for another term while newcomer John Youmans won a term on the Council. Town Historian Charley Spickerman and former Supervisor Jim Buzon did not win.

Wilkens (R): 705
Youmans (R): 491
Spickerman (D): 395
Buzon (D): 392

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Middleburgh Highway Superintendent Election Results

Current Village Highway Superintendent Steve Kowalski defeated former Town of Broome Highway Superintendent Mike Parker tonight in Middleburgh:

Steve Kowalski (R): 706 (64.9%)
Mike Parker (D): 376 (34.6)
Total: 1087

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Town of Middleburgh Clerk Election Results

Six term incumbent Brenda Lawyer beat current Library volunteer Sara Masterson in the race for Middleburgh's Town Clerk.

Lawyer (R): 806 (73.9%)
Masterson (D): 284 (26.1%_
Total: 1090

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Schoharie County Sheriff Election Result

Two term incumbent Tony Desmond will be succeeded by his Undersheriff Ron Stevens.

Stevens (R): 5054 (56.2%)
Desmond (D): 3933 (43.7)

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Schoharie County District Attorney Race Results

Susan Mallery will be the next Schoharie County District Attorney, defeating Blenheim Supervisor Shawn Smith in a hard fought race.

Mallery (R): 5130 (56.8%)
Smith (D): 3879 (43.2%)

Mr. Smith ran on a platform of fighting heroin while Ms. Mallery ran largely on preventing household abuse.

Smith and Mallery each worked very hard in their respective campaigns, knocking on thousands of doors each. The two prioritized retail politics, including shaking hands and attending events.

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Lape Wins in Richmondville

Incumbent Supervisor Dick Lape won another term in Richmondville, defeating Vernon Hall.

Lape (R): 468 (69.4%)
Hall (D): 204 (30.3%)
Total: 672

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McAllister Defeats Nadeau in Cobleskill

Incumbent Supervisor Leo McAllister defeated former Mayor Mark Nadeau in the race in Cobleskill tonight:

McAllister (R): 62.6%
Nadeau 257 (37.1%)
Write-in 3 (.3%)
Total: 693

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Leavitt Wins in Carlisle

Republican John Leavitt won a term as Carlisle's new Supervisor over Linta Cross:

Leavitt (R): 352 (64.1%)
Linda Cross (D) 197 (35.9%)

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Bates Wins Handily in Seward

Former Sheriff John Bates won his first full term as Seward's Supervisor tonight.

Bates (R): 376 (76.7)
Scott (D): 114 (23.3)
Total: 490

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Skowfoe Defeats Filleti in Fulton

Incumbent Supervisor and former County Board Chair Phil Skowfoe won another term as Fulton's Supervisor over Town Councilman John Filetti.

Skowfoe (D): 275 (62.9%)
Filetti (R): 161 (37.1)
Total: 436

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Hait Holds on in Jefferson

Incumbent Peggy Hait won another term as Jefferson's Supervisor over challenger Rudy Allen.

Hait (R):  262 (59.0%)
Allen (D-Pr): 182 (41.0%)
Total: 444

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VanGlad Wins in Gilboa

Incumbent Tony VanGlad defeated newcomer Phoebe Schreiner in the race for Gilboa Town Supervisor tonight.

VanGlad (R): 218 (59.6%)
Schreiner (D): 148 (40.4%)
Total: 366

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Blenheim Town Council Election Results

Incumbents Anne Mattice Strauch and Renee Grabowski secured their two seats on Blenheim's Town Board tonight:

Mattice-Strauch, Anne                               127                45.8%    
Grabowski, Renee                                     96                34.7%  
Smith, John J                                        54                19.5%

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Airey Wins in Blenheim

Republican Don Airey won the first contest of the night tonight against Chet Keyser to succeed outgoing Supervisor Shawn Smith.

Don Airey (R): 100 (66.7%)
Chet Keyser (D): 50 (33.3%)
Total: 150

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Bright Hill Holding Veterans' and Community Day Event Nov 11th

    On Saturday, November 11, Bright Hill Press and Literary Center of the Catskills will present its second Annual Veterans and Communities Day in recognition and celebration of those who have served the United States of America armed forces. The event will begin at noon with a free buffet lunch and conclude, after readings, workshops, and discussions of war, peace, and country, at 5:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Southern Tier veterans are especially welcome to participate in all events.

     Readers and workshop and discussion leaders are poet- and writer-veterans Richard Levine, Schoharie and Brooklyn; Karen Skolfield, Amherst, MA; and Suzanne Rancourt, Saratoga Springs.
     Richard Levine is the author of That Country's Soul, (Finishing Line Press, 2010), A Language Full of Wars and Songs (Pollack Press, 2004), and Snapshots from a Battle (Headwaters Press/BigCityLit 2001). An as yet unpublished manuscript has been finalist or semi-finalist for Ohio State Press/The Journal Poetry Book Award, and the University of Arkansas Press Miller Williams Poetry Prize. In 2002, a group of his Vietnam poems were finalists in the Winning Writers, 2002 War Poetry Contest. Other individual poems have been finalist for the James Hearst Poetry Prize, sponsored by North American Review. A recently retired public school teacher, he is learning to steward a forest and dirt.
     Karen Skolfield's book Frost in the Low Areas (Zone 3 Press) won the 2014 PEN New England Award in poetry. She is the winner of the 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in poetry from The Missouri Review and has received awards and fellowships from the Poetry Society of America, New England Public Radio, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Split This Rock, and elsewhere. She's an Army veteran and teaches writing to engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
      Suzanne Rancourt is of Abenaki / Huron descent and a veteran of both the USMC and US Army and continues to serve through the Saratoga County (NY) Veterans Peer to Peer Mentoring program. Her book, Billboard in the Clouds, Curbstone Press, was the 2001 recipient of the Native Writers First Book Award. Her writing has been published, anthologized, and translated extensively: Dawnland Voices 2.0 #4, Northern New England Review, Bear Review, Three Drops Press, Snapdragon Journal, mgversion2>datura, Sirsee, Slipstream, Muddy River Poetry Review, Ginosko, Journal of Military Experience, Cimarron Review, Callaloo. As a presenter and workshop facilitator, Ms. Rancourt's unique skills have taken her to Songwriting with Soldiers, Princeton University's Moral Injury and Collective Healing Advanced Training, and to the International Expressive Arts Therapy Annual Conference: Indigenous Roots of Expressive Arts Therapy. Using all of her tools to inform, educate, and alleviate the experiences of trauma, Ms. Rancourt is a multi model artist. For more info:

The day's schedule is as follows:
Noon - Free Buffet lunch -BHLC's Kitchen Bookstore & The Word & Image Gallery
* 1 pm - Richard Levine Writing About War Workshop - Bright Hill Community Library
* 2 pm - Welcome to Bright Hill - Bertha Rogers, BHLC Founding Director & Beatrice Georgalidis, Executive Director
Readings & Discussions of War, Peace, & County - Bright Hill Community Library
* 2:15 pm - Suzanne Rancourt
* 3:00 pm - Karen Skolfield
* 3:45 pm - Richard Levine
* 4:15 pm Open Mic - All attending welcome to read for 7 minutes

      Bright Hill's 2017, 25th-year programs are made possible by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Otis A. Thomson; A. Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor; A. C. Molinari; Dewar, and Tianaderrah Foundations; Stewart's Shops; the Abraham Kellogg Education Fund; the Delaware Youth Bureau, through the auspices of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; the Delaware County Office of Economic Opportunity; the Delaware National Bank of Delhi, and with the support of Bright Hill's members and friends.
      Bright Hill's facilities include the Bright Hill Community Library, home to more than 12,000 books and literary and art periodicals that may be borrowed by local residents; the complete catalog is online at The library is a member of the South Central Regional Library Council of New York. The organization and library are located at 94 Church Street, Treadwell, NY 13846. Contact 607-829-5055 or for more information.

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New Local Back-to-Basics School Without Walls Seeks Instructors

Written By Editor on 11/6/17 | 11/6/17

The Grindstone Center for Sustainable Living is a grassroots, community-based school without walls developing workshops on sustainable, back-to-basics living. The workshops will be based at instructors’ locations across Schoharie County and will allow students to unite information with experience by learning through onsite, hands-on participation. The workshops will be presented by local subject experts—farmers, artisans, and other knowledgeable folks.

When asked why she created The Grindstone Center for Sustainable Living, founder Cathleen Berry had five reasons:

According to feeding, the estimated number of food-insecure individuals in Scho­harie County is about 3,470. With a population of 31,913, that means almost 11% of our population is food insecure. We can reduce that number by teaching people how to grow their own gardens and preserve the harvest, make their own bread, butter, and baby food, and cook wonderful, healthy meals

Our homesteading skills are disappearing. When was the last time you repaired your chicken coop or made your own basket or quilt? We ingest chemicals for instant cures to minor health issues, instead of opting for natural remedies that might take a little longer to work. We buy harsh cleaning supplies instead of making natural ones, without regard for their impact after we flush them down the toilet or throw their containers in the trash. We want to offer workshops on these skills and more, to encourage a simpler, more wholesome and natural way of life.

From hurricanes to winter storms, we know weather-related disasters are a part of life. They can wreak havoc on us through power outages, destruction of property, and loss of life. And then there are the technological dangers of today. Recently cited by several reliable news sources, the security firm Symantec is “warning that a series of recent hacker [Dragonfly 2.0] attacks not only compromised energy companies in the US and Europe but also resulted in the intruders gaining hands-on access to power grid operations—enough control that they could have induced blackouts on American soil at will.” How many of us are truly prepared to live without power? We’ll be offering workshops in many facets of living off the grid. Together with the efforts of SALT, OES, and many other organizations in the county, we want Schoharie County to be well-prepared for the next, eventual, disaster to hit us.

It’s a big thing in Scho­harie County, and the Chamber’s tourism committee is working hard to increase tourism here. The Grindstone Center for Sustainable Living wants to contribute to that effort. We’ll be marketing our workshops to surrounding counties. Our goal is to bring in attendees to our workshops who may need gas, meals, and overnight lodging, and while they’re here, take in the multitude of events and activities we have to offer.

There’s a lot of practical knowledge in this county. We want to help folks make a little extra money by sharing their expertise. Our instructors will be paid based on the number of students and the length and complexity of the workshop.

The Grindstone Center for Sustainable Living is currently seeking instructors. There is a comprehensive workshop listing on their Facebook page. If you have the skills and/or knowledge to teach one of these classes (or have an idea for a class not listed), download the 2018 Instructor Application and apply. Once enough instructors have been confirmed, a meet-and-greet planning meeting will be held, probably sometime in November. Workshops will begin in April.

Contact Cathleen Berry at, (518) 815-0819, or message her on Facebook.

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Election Day Food Drive at the Jefferson Town Hall

There will be an election day food drive at the Jefferson Town Hall on November 7th. Please drop off nonperishable food items before voting. The event is sponsored by the JCD Student Senate to benefit local families.

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