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Fire Destroys Andes Highway Truck

Written By Editor on 11/29/19 | 11/29/19

Larger Tragedy Averted In Nov. 26 Blaze

By Brian Sweeney

An early morning fire destroyed a Town of Andes highway department truck on Tuesday, Nov.
26, but a larger tragedy was averted by a quick response from fire personnel.

Superintendent of Highways John Bouton said the fire inside the highway garage triggered an
alarm about 4 a.m. Firefighters from Andes, Bovina and Delhi responded to the scene and
were able to quickly bring the fire under control. In addition destroying the 2009 Freightliner
dump truck/snow plow, there was some damage to the highway building’s electrical system.
Superintendent Bouton said the 10-year-old building is airtight and the lack of oxygen flow
slowed the spread of the fire. That fact, combined with the excellent job by firefighters, likely
prevented a much larger disaster. He noted the building housed eight town trucks, plus a

This 2009 Freightliner dump truck/snow plow owned by the Andes Highway Department was destroyed in an early morning fire on November 26. The rest of the fleet was not damaged and the garage sustained on slight damage. — Contributed photo

“The interior firefighters assessed the situation, came in and extinguished fire,” Superintendent
Bouton explained. “I’m very pleased with the job the fire departments did. It was an
outstanding performance and could not have been better.”

The preliminary investigation by Delaware County fire inspectors points to a battery
malfunctioning on the truck as the cause of the fire. Firefighters spent about two hours on

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Upcoming Events with the Heart of the Catksills Humane Society

Written By Editor on 11/26/19 | 11/26/19

Black Fur-day Adoption Event!
Friday, November 29th - Friday, December 6th
Onsite at the Humane Society, Delhi
& PetSmart Adoption Center, Kingston
Help us celebrate Black Friday and receive 50% off all adoption fees for all our beautiful shelter cats and dog with any bit of beautiful black fur! Help us to find lots of Homes for the Holidays this year and visit the Humane Society in Delhi or our PetSmart Adoption Center in Kingston to find your new furry family member!
Black dog and cat
Black Fur-Day Sales
at Gifts from the Heart Store!
Onsite at the Humane Society, Delhi

Friday, Nov. 29th & Saturday Nov. 30th 11am- 4pm
50% off Your Entire Purchase on Friday, Nov. 29th & Saturday Nov. 30th 11am- 4pm Onsite at the Humane Society, Delhi

Two Day Black Fur-day Sale!
Friday, Nov. 29th & Saturday, Nov. 30th
50% off your entire purchase at Gifts from the Heart Store! Then our Black Fur-day sale continues Tues. Dec. 3rd through Friday, Dec. 6th with 50% off on all cat and dog related items! The store has wonderful holiday décor and an array of beautiful gifts for all those on your shopping list this year - and don't forget we have gift certificates available too!
HCHS Holiday Store

Holiday for the Heart Tree Celebration
Holiday for the Heart Tree Celebration!
Saturday, December 7th, 11am - 3pm
Norris Gallery, Delaware County Historical Association, State Hwy 10, Delhi
There will be over 30 beautifully decorated holiday trees, wreaths, live holiday music, bake sale, light fare, holiday gift shopping and more at this event! Preview & buy raffle tickets for trees all week from Monday, December 2nd to Friday, December 6th from 10am to 4pm. Admission on the day of the event, December 7th, is a $5 donation and includes one raffle ticket. Children accompanied by a parent enter free. Raffle tickets will be pulled to win Holiday Trees on December 7th from 3pm to 4pm.

Santa Paws Pet Photos!
Saturday, December 7th, 11am - 1pm
Robinson Terrace Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Stamford NY
Have your pet photographed with Santa for free! Just bring a wish list item to benefit Heart of the Catskills Humane Society: canned cat or dog food, safe toys, cat or dog treats, blankets, bleach or paper towels! Pets must be up to date on vaccinations and on leashes or in pet carriers.

Art from the Heart!
Saturday, December 14th, 10am - 3pm
Bushel Collective, Delhi NY
Mark your calendars for a one-day holiday sale of artwork, frames, mirrors and prints to benefit the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. Our Gifts from the Heart store is overflowing with wonderful donations and we are grateful to Bushel Collective for providing their space for this sale. You’re sure to find a few holiday treats for yourself, family and friends! All proceeds directly benefit the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society. Stop by for refreshments and a wonderful selection of art to choose from!

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Whittling Away: Thankful

     Thanksgiving is about to fade into the sunset once again leaving a trail of memories and leftovers.  It’s one of my favorite holidays, focusing on family and food which explains my fondness for it, I’m sure.  Just a quick glance around the table and I have a whole list of things I’m thankful for.  There’s nothing better than a house full of loved ones and good smells!

     I’m thankful for a lot of things.  I’m thankful for the Pilgrims who started this custom almost four hundred years ago.  Many of their traditions live today—inviting the neighbors over for one.  We invited them, I was kind of hoping that in the spirit of the holiday that they’d dress like Indians and maybe knock off a couple of the deer that roam freely over our lawns and drag them over for the feast.  They didn’t—maybe next year.  The Indians stayed with the Pilgrims for three days and feasted, they had to there were no refrigerators to store the leftovers in.  When the food was all gone, they formed a conga line and danced through the woods which I think was the start of the Macy’s Parade.  They then hopped into an ox cart and drove to the mall where they spent the rest of the day trying to find a parking spot. 

     I’m thankful that I’m a carnivore during this festive season.  A feast just isn’t a feast without meat.  A Hubbard squash stuffed with dressing or a turkey sculpted out of tofu just wouldn’t be the same and they’re so hard to baste or make gravy out of.  Someone told me last week that “vegetarian” is an old Indian word that means “One who hunts poorly” but I wouldn’t put money on it.  I really do have a lot of respect for vegetarians and their dedication and on occasion have even thought of giving it a try myself but then thoughts of prime rib or a thick pork chop just wipe those ideas away.

   I’m thankful that I’m not a turkey.  I’ve tried feeling sorry for them, honest I have, its just that they taste so darn good.   They’re a marvel of genetic engineering we’ve taken one of the smartest of all wild fowl and made it into something that is actually dumber than a Jerry Springer Show contestant.  It’s a real challenge to bag a wild turkey requiring stalking skills and wily woodland wisdom.  Imagine hunting on a Butterball ranch, no gun necessary, just carry a bowling ball and drop it on the head on a chubby prospect.  How could you tell it was a Butterball ranch, you may ask, Simple say I, just look for the little round white pop-up button on the birds’ chests as they walk by.  I wonder if Butterball eggs have those little buttons on them when they put them into the incubators.  They are handy little things but awfully chewy and I don’t think they’re very nourishing.

     Most of all, I’m thankful for my family and my friends.  Without them my life would be flavorless and flat.  I’m thankful for you who read my column week after week probably hoping to see some improvement.  Those of you who have so kindly e-mailed me especially deserve my thanks your feedback keeps me going.  I love your comments and stories, keep them coming!  A writer with no audience would be a sad thing indeed.

     Lastly, I’m thankful for leftovers!  Turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, pumpkin pie, enough to last for days.  My only worry is that some morning I may wake up and discover that this little white plastic button has appeared on my chest.

     Thought for the week—Why is it called “after dark” when it really is “after light”.

     Until next week, may you and yours be happy and well.


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Village of Fleischmanns Legal Notice


The Village of Fleischmanns Planning Board will be holding public hearing in
accordance with the Village of Fleischmanns Zoning Ordinance for the following

Application VFSPR-12 - 1625 Main Street LLC (Mark Birman) would like to get
approval for the operation of a hotel/restaurant/recreation space at 1625 Main Street in
Fleischmanns. Tax map # 287.18-4-5.3.
Said hearing will be held on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the Skene
Memorial Library, Main Street, Fleischmanns. At this time all interested parties will be
Jason Wadler

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Schoharie Library Weekly News

Schoharie Library Knitcetera Club: Tuesday, November 26, 10:30am. Knit, crochet, embroider, quilt - join this fun, creative group!
The Schoharie Library will be closed on Wednesday, November 27 - Sunday, December 1 for Thanksgiving Schoharie Library Storytime with Miss Heather is every Friday at 10am! Stories, crafts, games, and more!

Themes: 11/29:

No storytime, library closed. 12/6: Staying Healthy. 12/13: Family Game Night. 12/13: Snow. Children must be
accompanied by a responsible adult.
Schoharie Library Writing Club: Mondays, December 2 & 16, 6-8pm.Writers of all ages are welcome! Bring your fiction, non- fiction, poetry, etc. to share, discuss & critique.

Tuesday, December 3, 10:30am: Beating the Winter Blues. Kim Culver, LCSW will share ideas, exercises & resources to help make this winter a little brighter! Schoharie Library.

Hard-to-shop-for people on your list? We can help! Make a donation to the Schoharie Library in honor of a friend, co-worker, or family member. You will be supporting your local library as well as getting your gift-giving accomplished in record time!

For more information, call 518-295-7127 or

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Middleburgh's Miracle on Main Street December 6th



Holiday delight.

And even chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Middleburgh dashes into the holiday spirit with a blizzard of excitement for Miracle on Main Street on Friday, December 6 beginning with the 1st annual tree lighting celebration at 5:15 on the Middleburgh Central School lawn with village festivities wrapping up around 8:30.

This Charles Dickens-like event grows with each passing year not only in the hearts of this community but from afar as well. “This is the event I look most forward to all year,” said Bobbi Ryan, resident and volunteer.  “This is the event that brings people back year after year. Folks from out of town put this on their calendar and not only do they come back each year, they bring family and friends with them to experience this special evening.  There’s nothing like it!” 

The merriment has spread over the years to include businesses on Wells Ave, Railroad Ave, Chestnut and Clauverwie along with Main Street!  There are many free offerings including Selfies with Santa, stilt dancers, readings of holiday stories, live animals, caroling and a special treat, Santa's LIVE reindeer!

"We're thrilled to be able to invite Santa's Reindeer back to the Dr. Best Museum again this year. The museum’s carriage house will host the Elves Workshop with free activities for children. With the financial support of some very generous local businesses including Schoharie Dental, Carver Companies, Century 21 Rural Estates, Lindsey Giagni’s State Farm office and Fenimore Asset Management we've been able to arrange for the trip for two of Santa's fuzzy friends! This year they are traveling from Shortsville Reindeer Farm out of Shortsville, NY and we couldn’t be more excited!" local volunteer Bobbi Ryan said.

We have area businesses and non-profits selling everything from hot pretzels to soups, warmed chestnuts to baked goods.  All the while, you can pick up special gifts for loved ones or grab a meal at one of the amazing local restaurants with extended hours. 

Come share a truly Old-Fashioned Christmas in the beautiful, historic village of Middleburgh!  Additional parking behind the high school.

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HUNTER – November 14, 2019 – The Catskill Mountain Foundation presents The Knights Chamber Orchestra’s Homage To Bach at the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter, NY on Saturday, November 30 th at 8:00 pm.

THE KNIGHTS are a Grammy-nominated collection of adventurous musicians, dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audiences and music. Having performed and recorded with such renowned soloists as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Béla Fleck, and Gil Shaham, and appeared in venues including Vienna’s Musikverein and New York’s Carnegie Hall, recent highlights include a thrilling performance as part of the opening season of the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and an appearance as the first American orchestra-in-residence at the Festival du Paques in Aix-en-Provence, performing multiple concerts throughout the city, including programs with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and violinist Renaud Capucon. The Knights recently presented a fully-staged version of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide in honor of his 100th birthday at both the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Ravinia Festival, and premiered The Head and the Load with international artist William Kentridge at London’s Tate Modern and New York’s Park Avenue Armory. The Knights evolved out of friendly late-night chamber music sessions at the home of violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen. Since the orchestra’s incorporation in 2007, the brothers have served as its artistic directors. In this Homage to Bach, The Knights look at a large range of music that was either directly or indirectly influenced by the master, including modernist giants such as Stravinsky, Ligeti and Kurtag. The virtuosity and dialogue between soloist and orchestra present in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto is a thread that is continued in Judd Greenstein’s effervescent concerto featuring The Knights’ own inimitable flute soloist, Alex Sopp. Bach’s ghost makes an appearance in Colin Jacobsen’s new work, Back in Your Cage, as well as in Schnittke’s haunting piece, In Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich. The flexibility and diverse talents of members of The Knights are showcased as solo and duo movements (some improvised in response to Bach) and are juxtaposed with larger ensemble works.

“These two dozen musicians from Brooklyn ... playfully combine early music with avant-garde, great classics with world music—constantly blowing away audiences because this mix is simply irresistibly refined.” —Hamburger Abendblatt (Germany)

Tickets purchased ahead are: $25, $20 seniors, and $7 for children/students. Tickets at the door are $30, $25 seniors and $7 for children/students. Visit or call 518 263 2063.

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SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tiger Weekly Recap

The SUNY Cobleskill men’s swimming & diving team won a pair of decisions at a double dual meet hosted by the Fighting Tigers at the Bouck Hall Natatorium on Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Tigers won a 108-44 decision over Red Hawks of Roberts Wesleyan College while posting a 116-85 decision over The Express of Wells College to improve their record to 5-3 overall on the season.  Junior Dan Mullen, Oswego, N.Y., Mexico High School, led the way for the team individually winning: the 1000-yard freestyle in 11:39.34 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.06.

The Fighting Tiger women’s swimming & diving team posted a pair of victories at a double dual meet hosted by the Orange & Black at the Bouck Hall Natatorium on Saturday afternoon. Cobleskill posted a 129-115 decision over the Red Hawks of Roberts Wesleyan College while defeating The Express of Wells College by a 142-112 margin to improve to 5-4 overall on the season to date. Sophomore Katherine Noncarrow, Allendale, N.J., Northern Highland Regional High School, led the way for the Fighting Tigers winning: the 500-yard freestyle in 5:52.25, the 100-yard butterfly in 1:09.10 and the 200-yard freestyle in 2:13.55.

The Cobleskill men’s basketball team lost for the first time during the season on Tuesday evening falling to the visiting Engineers of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) by an 80-60 margin. Senior guard Daniel Owens, Albany, N.Y., Christian Brothers Academy/Herkimer Community College, scored a team high 19 points for the Fighting Tigers who are currently 3-1 overall on the season.

The women’s basketball team lost on the road in New York City on Saturday afternoon dropping a 72-71 decision to the Bearcats of Baruch College in non-conference action. Sophomore guard TyLysa Martinez, Coram, N.Y., Longwood High School, came off the bench for the Fighting Tigers to score a team high of 19 points to go with six rebounds and four assists on the afternoon as Cobleskill fell to 1-4 overall on the season.

The western equestrian team posted a pair of second place finishes versus a three-team field at two Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Zone 2 Region 3 events hosted by Morrisville State College on Saturday at the Mustang's Equestrian Center. The Fighting Tigers lost in the opener to the host Mustangs 32-25 then placed second in the nightcap by a 29-19 margin to the Mustangs, Senior Baylee Reader, Rome, N.Y., Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, was the Reserve High Point Rider in the first show for the Cobleskill with second place finish in Reining and a second place finish in Open Western Horsemanship.


Men’s Basketball vs. SUNY Delhi 12/2, Penn College 12/7, Castleton University 12/14

Women’s Basketball vs. SUNY Delhi 12/2, Penn College 12/7, Mount Holyoke 1/7

Men’s & Women’s Swimming & Diving vs. Bard College 1/16, Cazenovia College 1/18

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Lights in the Park on Friday in Schoharie

The Schoharie Promotional Association will host a community gathering on Friday, November 29th at 6 pm to light up Fox Creek Park in the Village of Schoharie for the holiday season.   There will be refreshments, music, a bonfire and fellowship.  Children can bring letters with return address for Santa’s mailbox.

The Association will be hosting a holiday decorating contest for village homes and businesses.

The Association’s December 9th meeting is open to the public. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm in Town Hall. All are welcome to join and see what we have planned for 2020. 

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The Prattsville Scoop by Abby and Gabby

PRATTSVILLE – We had snow on Sunday and love it.  Once you retire or only need to travel as you desire, snow is great.  You can spend the day at home, snug and warm, and watch the world become encased in snow.  We certainly hope it is around for the Christmas holiday.

On Saturday, November 30, 10 AM – 3 PM, the roads should be free of snow by then, take the day to attend the 7th Annual Craft Fair sponsored by the Greene County Women’s League for Cancer Patient Care t the Red Rooster Roadhouse, 851 Main St. Cairo. There will be vendors, food and raffles for all your wants.  Importantly, the proceeds benefit Greene County cancer patients.  It is a very good cause.

The Gurleys are starting the annual Christmas Celebration for hospitalized veterans at Stratton VAMC.  This will be the 16th year that the program has been providing a very Merry Christmas for the veterans on the 9th Floor, Long Term residency, approximately 50 veterans plus supplies for Recreation and Therapy, in-patients, out-patients, Adult Day Care, food pantry, homeless veterans, clothes closet and special needs and needy veterans.  The wrapping of these gifts will take place on Sunday, December 15, 1 PM, at the Gurleys, and delivery of the gifts will be on Sunday, December 16, leaving Prattsville at 8:30 AM.  If you are interested in contributing, donating, wrapping, delivering, etc., please call the Gurleys at 518-299-3219 or  This program is under the auspices of the American Legion Virgil E. Deyo Post 1327 and American Legion Auxiliary Virgil E. Deyo Unit 1327.  Veterans please note: Privileges for Commissaries and Exchanges are now available to ALL veterans.  Check it out.  Also, in our area, if you know of veterans and/or veterans’ families in need of assistance, please get in touch at 518-299-3219 or   Veterans, you served now we want to serve you.

Andrew Rikard has been deployed overseas since May, 2018, and is approaching his second Christmas there with no return home visits in between.  His team continues to be headquartered in Germany between missions. His next return home is not presently scheduled. His address is Sgt. Andrew Rikard, CMR 405, Box 6882, APO, AE  09034.  Andy, as with all our active military, would enjoy a holiday card, a note of encouragement and appreciation or just a “we are thinking of you” letter.  Andy dad, David Rikard of Prattsville, is very proud of his son, as we all are, and we send Andy our thanks. 

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Kip Rikard is back from his trip to Texas for boar hunting.   Kip was lucky or good enough to get a boar.  They are a menace in the southern States and are glad to get rid of them.  While on the trip Kip got to visit Great Bend National Park and see the highest bridge in the world.  It is a custom to throw a stone from the bridge in someone’s memory.  Kip took part in this custom.  He enjoyed seeing the various sites that part of the USA has to offer.  Kip has not lost his sense of wonder and enjoy his dialogue of his travels.  Kip traveled with a friend from Jefferson and visited the daughter and son-in-law.  Kip did admit the flight from Philadelphia to Albany was kind of bumpy.  He arrived home on Friday and Sunday visited the River Casino all by himself.  He admitted that trip was kind of bumpy with the snowstorm.  Some men just never slow down.  Keep going Kip.

Steve and Erin O’Hara Meyer are in from Minnesota for Thanksgiving for the annual family dinner.  Erin and sisters, Ann and Mary, will bring Mom Betty home from the nursing home for the family dinner and get together.  Heard Mary was hunting for some new dinner ware now that she is in residence in her family homestead.  After Mary’s health scare, we are just glad she is around.

Mary Krueger is probably trying to recover from her house full of guests for the past weekend.  Family members and hunters kept her on the run for quite a few days.  Even though overworked, Mary still was smiling and having fun.

Heard from some local people that they have discovered the Prattsville Tavern’s pizza and fantastic sandwiches.  They now make a point of eating there once a week.  We know what they are talking about.  Good for Ken and Allie.

Happy Birthday to Joe Baker on December 1.  On December 3 we send Happy Birthday wishes to Ronnie Cline.  Katie Lindley in West Virginia is wished a Happy Birthday on December 4.  December 5 it is Happy Birthday wishes to Jane Concato.  December 6 is a big day for all the following celebrants – Connie Lane, Julie Hoyt, and Janelle Maurer.

Julie Hoyt was the winner of the hot tub raffled off by Post 1327, Prattsville, and she said she is holding off installing it for the time being.  Wonder why?   

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Delhi Man Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Deputy

On Tuesday November 19 th 2019 at about 9:05pm Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputies
arrested 38-year-old Eric J. Swart of Delhi New York on charges of obstructing
government administration and resisting arrest following a report of a dispute in the
Village of Delhi. Deputies say that while interviewing the defendant, the defendant
proceeded to threaten to cause physical harm to a Deputy, and also physically resisted
arrest. Swart was later arraigned at Hamden Town Court and was remanded to the
Delaware County Jail in lieu of $1500 bail.

Speaking on the arrest, Sheriff Craig DuMond remarked “Effective January 1, 2020
egregious charges of this nature will result in an appearance ticket and an immediate
release. It is shocking and appalling that threatening a police officer and resisting arrest
will result in an immediate release. If criminal behavior of this magnitude is acceptable
upon a police officer, how will these criminals treat citizens of the general public?
Absolutely disgusting as far as I am concerned”, the Sheriff concluded.

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Important Naloxone Training at Margaretville Hospital December 3rd

Training Description:

Naloxone has been fundamental in the efforts to decrease rates of
fatal overdoses. This training teaches first responders, likely opioid
overdose witnesses and community members to understand,
recognize, respond to and reverse suspected opioid overdoses using
naloxone. Participants will learn ways to obtain free or low-cost
naloxone for personal use. This training is modeled after the
evidence-based SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit.

Training objectives include:
• to increase understanding and awareness of fatal overdoses
related to opioids and the impact within the community
• to identify risk factors for an overdose
• to be able to recognize a suspected overdose
• to be able to identify the five essential steps for first
responders as outlined in the SAMHSA Opioid Overdose
Prevention Toolkit in the event of an overdose
• to be able to correctly use naloxone to save lives
• to understand how to access the Naloxone Co-payment
Assistance Program (NCAP) to obtain free or low-cost

Who Should Attend:

This interactive training is tailored for first responders or other likely
witnesses to an opioid overdose.
Why Attend:
• to become part of the solution to solving the opioid issue in
the community
• to learn how to save a life during an overdose situation
• to receive education on crucial information related to opioids
and the surrounding community


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) awarded states grants as part of the State Targeted
Response (STR) to the opioid crisis. One of New York State’s
initiatives as part of the grant focuses on addressing opioid overdose
related fatalities in counties showing very high rates of overdose
deaths and emergency department visits related to opioid use
disorder. This initiative involves training thousands of first responders
and other likely witnesses in these counties.

In Cooperation With

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
1:00-2:30 PM
Margaretville Hospital
42084 State Highway 28
Margaretville, NY 12455

For more information and to register
today, please contact:
Kimberly Lacey
(845) 586-2631, extension 3114

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Town of Windham Legal Notice

Written By Editor on 11/25/19 | 11/25/19


Notice is hereby given that the Town of Windham Planning Board shall conduct a public
hearing(s) on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Windham Town Hall, 371 State
Rt. 296, Hensonville, NY. The purpose of said hearing(s) shall be to consider a Minor/Major
Subdivision Application for: Subdivision Lots 1/2/3 Trailside Drive, owner Leo Flecken,
Trailside Drive, Windham, NY, Tax Map #95.00-1-11.12. Subdivision of 4.5 acres into three
lots. All persons wishing to speak upon this matter shall be heard at this time.
Notice is hereby given that the Town of Windham Planning Board shall conduct a public
hearing(s) on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Windham Town Hall, 371 State
Rt. 296, Hensonville, NY. The purpose of said hearing(s) shall be to consider a Site Plan Review
Application for: Stephen Miller, Loops End, Windham, NY, Tax Map #95.09-2-1. New
construction of a single-family home. All persons wishing to speak upon this matter shall be
heard at this time.

By Order of the Windham Planning Board
Bonnie Poehmel
Town Clerk
Dated: November 21, 2019

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Schoharie Athlete Makes History, Signs with Division 1 Baseball Team

Written By Cicero on 11/13/19 | 11/13/19

Note: A print version of this article will appear in the Friday, November 15th edition of the Mountain Eagle.

Schoharie Central School athlete Shane Helmstadt made history Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first baseball player ever from Schoharie to be signed by a Division 1 collegiate team. 

In a ceremony involving local press, Mr. Helmstadt’s family and friends, as well as school administration and local politicians, the Schoharie Senior formally signed on as a Sea Wolf at Stony Brook University to much fanfare. 

Kevin Scofield, Schoharie’s Athletic Coordinator, spoke in analogy about the difficult work that goes into being a craftsman before concluding that, “Shane is a craftsman of athletics,” who played golf, basketball, and baseball. 

Schoharie Mayor Larry Caza presented Mr. Helmstadt with a proclamation declaring November 13th as “Shane Helmstadt Day” in Schoharie, while Assemblyman Chris Tague gave the young man a certificate of merit. 

Declaring “Go Indians!” at the beginning of his remarks, Mr. Tague became emotional when telling Mr. Helmstadt that, “I am so proud of you…Today is a big, big day for us.” 

A Mets fan, Mr. Tague said he expects to see Mr. Helmstadt pitching in the World Series one day. 

When asked by a local reporter what his major will be in college, the baseball star replied that he will be studying Business Management at Stony Brook University. 

According to a press release issued by SCS last week, Mr. Helmstadt has been playing baseball since he was small, starting with Little League and moving his way up through school baseball and travel teams as a pitcher and shortstop.

Legal Notice-- Special Prattsville Budget Workshop

Written By Editor on 10/10/19 | 10/10/19

Please take notice that the Town of Prattsville Town Board will hold a Special Budget Workshop on Thursday October 17, 2019 at the Prattsville Town Hall at 6:00pm.  The public is welcome to attend.
By Order of the Town Board

Kathleen Sherman/Town Clerk

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Legal Notice for the Jefferson Fire District

Written By Editor on 10/8/19 | 10/8/19




The Jefferson Fire District, located in the town of Jefferson, will conduct a budget hearing on October 15, 2019 at 7 P.M. The hearing will be conducted at the Jefferson Volunteer Fire House, 207 Creamery Street, Jefferson, NY 12093. Copies of the proposed Jefferson Fire District’s budget for 2020 may be obtained by contacting the Jefferson Fire District Chairman at 607-652-3617 or from the Town Clerk's office.

Individuals may offer oral or written comments in favor or against the proposed budget as compiled, or, for or against items contained therein.

Janice Dmytriw


Jefferson Fire District

Board of Commissioners

P.O. Box 33

Jefferson, NY 12093

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Reality Check and Bassett Healthcare Team Up to Dispel Vaping Myths

Written By Editor on 6/10/19 | 6/10/19

Bonnie Peck, Reality Check/Youth Engagement Coordinator with Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties and Hannah Pizza, nurse practitioner with the Middleburgh Healthy Zone- Bassett Healthcare’s school-based health program recently teamed up to help dispel vaping myths among Middleburgh school students. At the invitation of Matthew Sloane, Middleburgh Junior and Senior High School Principal, the duo set out to educate students and staff in grades 7-12 about the facts surrounding vaping and the use of e-cigarettes.

Schools and communities throughout New York State and the country are dealing with the epidemic of e-cigarette use among young people.  E-cigarette use among high school youth has soared 160 percent in just four years. This dramatic increase in e-cig use among youth is unprecedented among trends in youth substance use. E-cigs are now used by a third of the high school population nationally.

Ms. Peck shared how the tobacco industry’s marketing of e-cigarettes/vapes has attracted many youth to become replacement tobacco users as well as guinea pigs with the new and emerging nicotine products. Reality Check works to reduce the prevalence of youth smoking and tobacco product sales to minors by decreasing the impact of retail tobacco product marketing on youth. The program also educates about tobacco imagery in the media and its influence on youth tobacco use.

Ms. Peck indicated that e-cigarettes including vapes and JUULs are not regulated by the FDA, are not harmless and have not been proven to be a safer alternative to cigarettes. “The aerosol produced by e-cigarettes is not water vapor, but a mixture of chemicals like nicotine, formaldehyde and acrolein with some heavy metals. Don’t be fooled by e-juice and JUUL pods with fruity flavors because most e-cigarettes contain nicotine,” according to Ms. Peck. One JUUL pod contains the equivalent nicotine of twenty traditional cigarettes and the flavorings are not safe to be inhaled into the lungs.

Ms. Pizza emphasized that e-cigarettes and even combustible cigarettes are not the way to deal with anxiety or depression. She said, “Nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing adolescent brain. Confidential cessation assistance is available from the school-based, on-site primary care health clinic and there is a health educator for smoking cessation based at the Bassett Healthcare Clinic in Cobleskill.” Ms. Pizza urged the teens to get support to help kick their vaping habits.

Principal Sloan stated that life is about choices and educating students and staff about the health effects of vaping is critical. “While educational assemblies will not eliminate vaping use, hopefully the information presented will deter any student who has not tried to avoid that first attempt and possibly change the minds of some.”

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Reality Check to Host World No Tobacco Day at Crossgates

Written By Editor on 5/25/19 | 5/25/19

Youth and adults are invited to Crossgates Mall in the Albany suburb of Westmere, New York on Saturday, June 1, 2019 to play “Tobacco Trouble” – an interactive, life-sized board game hosted by Reality Check youth from the greater Capital Region.  Reality Check youth will observe World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) by educating community members about tobacco marketing tactics, youth tobacco use, and the benefits of tobacco-free outdoor areas.  “Tobacco Trouble”, and other educational activities, will be set up adjacent to Lucky Strike Social from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each individual who plays “Tobacco Trouble” will qualify to win a $25 Lucky Strikes coupon towards bowling and shoes. 

Local Reality Check youth participating in the World No Tobacco Day activities at Crossgates include Jasmine Neill and Ava Valetutto from Sharon Springs Central School as well as Gabe Oakley, Zachary Smoot, Lana Rockwell and Arianna Mosenson from Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School. Danielle Viscosi, a junior at UAlbany and a Reality Check alumnus from Cherry Valley, will share her experiences with tobacco-free advocacy in the form of a workshop for current Reality Check youth. Since 2001, Reality Check youth have been working across New York State to expose the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry, to produce change in local communities, to show youth that they are more than just replacement smokers, and to empower youth to become leaders in their communities. 

Crossgates Mall became a tobacco-free property on World No Tobacco Day, May 31, in 2012. Every year, on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) marks “World No Tobacco Day” (WNTD) highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. WNTD 2019 is focusing on the multiple ways that exposure to tobacco negatively affects the health of people’s lungs worldwide.

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