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The Best Gifts from Schoharie County

Middleburgh R&G Youth Archery Program Postponed

Written By Editor on 12/15/20 | 12/15/20

After a meeting with the supervisors of the MIDDLEBURGH ROD AND GUN CLUB'S  Youth archery program..the decision was made ..( WITH HEAVY HEARTS )  to postpone the  program until further notice. Due TO the UNCERTAINTY  of state restrictions  and regulations ...PLEASE NOTE the MIDDLEBURGH  ROD AND GUN CLUB. REMAINS COMMITTED  TO OUR YOUTH. AND COMMUNITY...JOE KOPACZ PRESIDENT....

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Sidney FCU Provides Remote-Learning Financial Literacy Program for Local Schools

Local students are getting a free education in how to manage their money. Sidney FCU is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make online, remote-friendly curriculum available to 27 schools in Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego Counties completely free. 
"Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program. Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life," Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, said. "But because Sidney FCU is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free. More than ever, it's important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world, and Sidney FCU realizes that and they're doing something about it." 
Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks and aligns with New York state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. The course work can be completed on any internet enabled computer or mobile device, and teachers are able to monitor student progress remotely. It has become the largest program of its kind, servicing more than 60,000 teachers nationwide. 
Sidney FCU has offered time, money, industry experience, and a variety of credit union resources to help local schools teach personal finance in the classroom. Students using the program are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay bills and balance a budget – but it’s not always easy. Students must learn to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges and overdraft fees. The educational program also introduces students to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs, savings and more. 
Teachers interested in using the Banzai program can visit or call 888-822-6924 

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Legal Notice: Windham Fire District Election

Written By Editor on 12/4/20 | 12/4/20

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Election of the Windham Fire District No. 1 will be held at the Windham Town Hall, 371 State Route 296, Hensonville, New York, on the 8th day of December, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on said day, during which time the polls will be open for the receipt of ballots for the election of a Fire District Commissioner for the term of five years commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2025 and for the election of a Fire District Commissioner for the term of three years commencing January 1, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2023.

Dated: November 18, 2020 

                                                                                                             By Order of 
Windham Fire District No. 1
                                                                                                              Sandra Allen

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DelCo Chamber Partners with U.S. Chamber

Written By Editor on 12/1/20 | 12/1/20

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to provide its members with valuable new programs and services. Through the U.S. Chamber’s Federation Partnership program, small business members in good standing with the Delaware County Chamber will now receive the benefits of U.S. Chamber membership. This new member benefit is provided at no additional cost to members. 

By joining the Federation Partnership, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is helping the U.S. Chamber’s effort to build the nation’s largest grassroots advocacy network.  The Delaware County Chamber will continue to focus on local issues and programs. The U.S. Chamber will alert and mobilize Delaware County members on national issues ranging from taxes to technology to transportation. This ever-growing coalition of small businesses allows the U.S. Chamber to present a strong, unified voice for business in Washington, D.C. 

In addition to the Delaware County Chamber’s benefits members already enjoy, U.S. Chamber membership provides access to members-only sections of, including thousands of small business tips and tools; discounts on services; weekly e-newsletter; the U.S. Chamber’s monthly flagship publication,; and timely communications alerting small businesses to pressing legislation or policy initiatives.

The Delaware County Chamber of Commerce represents more than 350 businesses.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region. Learn more at 

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Police Investigate House Explosion in Seward

Written By Editor on 11/30/20 | 11/30/20

Troopers were called to 5700 State Route 145 in the Town of Seward shortly before 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving after the home exploded.  Troopers assisted the Schoharie County Fire Coordinator and his team at the scene.  The residence is unoccupied and no one was inside at the time of the explosion.  No injuries resulted from the blast.  The Sharon Fire Department responded to the scene.  The investigation into the incident is continuing.

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BOCES Students Aid the Joshua Project

Written By Editor on 11/25/20 | 11/25/20

SCHOHARIE -- Capital Region BOCES students, faculty and staff volunteered to make Thanksgiving a little brighter for residents of Schoharie County.


The students, members of the SkillsUSA chapter on campus, joined Criminal Justice teacher Gerald Place, Teaching Assistant Andrea Rea and Business Liaison Nancy Liddle in preparing food baskets at the Fusion Church in Cobleskill as part of The Joshua Project.


Students taking part in the Friday afternoon and evening charitable work included Hunter Bouck, a criminal justice student from Schoharie, Destiny Honsinger, an automotive trades technology student from Cobleskill-Richmondville and Jillian Schoenherr, a culinary student from Schoharie.


Earlier in the day, culinary students on the Schoharie Campus led by teacher Chris Snye prepared dozens of cookies to go into the food baskets.


“I'm very proud of the leadership that our SkillsUSA students are showing your fellow-students here at Schoharie CTE and am happy to see so many participants helping at the church. They are truly making a difference in the community,” said Principal Mindy Iannotti.


SkillsUSA is a national organization for career and technical education students that promotes personal and professional growth and offers them the opportunity to compete at the local, regional, state and national levels.

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SkillsUSA bolsters students skills, character at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School

ALBANY/SCHOHARIE/ROTTERDAM – Ask graduates of the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School what their favorite memory is and many you will give you the same answer – their time in SkillsUSA. 

Whether it be the comradery of competing in regional, state or national competitions or the skills they learn, students who take part in the SkillsUSA program say it was one of the best decisions in their young lives.

“My time in SkillsUSA gave me priceless leadership, professionalism, and communication skills. SkillsUSA made me the leader I am today,” said Class of 2020 Diesel Tech graduate Aidan Enders of Duanesburg.

Saratoga Chef and Food Network TV series Chopped Champion Michelle Hunter also credits SkillsUSA with sharpening her skills while she was a student at Capital Region BOCES.

“I did a lot of competitions in BOCES for SkillsUSA and I did a few after that and the all taught me to prepare and over plan to make sure the timing was right,” said Hunter, a 2007 BOCES graduate.

SkillsUSA is a career and technical student organization serving more than 395,000 high school and students. The organization promotes personal and professional growth and offers students the opportunity to compete at the local, regional, state and national levels. Locally, a competition drawing hundreds of students from across the region and beyond takes place each March in Schenectady with the winners competing against peers in Syracuse in April. Winners of the state competitions advance to nationals in Kentucky each June.

Enders, who served as New York State president of the national organization, said he learned numerous professional skills from workshops and training offered in the program, as well as through the interactions and mentoring he received.

Meet people, make friendships, network

But it’s not just the skills taught through mentoring and workshops, it’s the passion engrained in students and the ability to meet and work with other like-minded people their own age.

“It’s a good opportunity to meet new people and see how you are compared to others,” said Class of 2020 culinary graduate Taylor Lang from Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.

“Competing was a great experience. You can learn a lot by watching others and meeting new people,” added fellow 2020 graduate Chelsey Manor of Cohoes.

Building skills

New SkillsUSA officers were recently installed at the Albany and Schoharie campus chapters. Many of them said they are looking forward to the entire experience the organizations affords its members. 

“I am looking forward to expanding my leadership abilities and learning new skills, as well as just meeting new people,” said Albany Campus afternoon session Co-President Melody Francis.

“I look forward to expanding my leadership skills and promoting the program and BOCES,” said Schoharie Campus President Hunter Bouck from Schoharie Central School District.

While building skills and experience is one aspect of SkillsUSA, so is giving back to the community. Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School SkillsUSA students regularly take part in community service offerings, such as collecting toys and food for local organizations around the holidays to volunteering their time Concerned for the Hungry, Inc. and other charitable groups.

“It’s nice to be able to help people who are working and just can’t make it all the way to the end of the month without a little help,” said Emily Simon, a senior in the criminal justice program from Schalmont.Any student attending the career and technical school is eligible to join the SkillsUSA organziation. For more information, go to

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Carlisle Man Arrested for Allegedly Peering into Houses Nude, with Crack

Written By Editor on 11/24/20 | 11/24/20

On November 22, 2020 , Troopers in Cobleskill arrest a 57-year-old Carlisle man for Class B Misdemeanor of Public Lewdness and the Class A Misdemeanors of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th.

Troopers charged Steven E. Janesky of Carlisle following calls from neighbors which reported Janesky was peering into area homes while nude.  During the subsequent investigation, Janesky was found to be in possession of a small quantity of crack cocaine which resulted in the additional charge of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th..

Janesky was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Carlisle Court on 12/09/20.

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Senator Jen Metzger Concedes in Race for the 42nd District

Three weeks after Election Day, most of approximately 30,000 absentee and affidavit ballots have been counted in the contest for New York’s 42nd State Senate District, and Senator Jen Metzger has conceded the race. Metzger picked up a majority of the votes counted after election day, and the final margin will be less than one percentage point when the remaining ballots are counted. 

Senator Metzger has issued the following statement:

“Serving the people of the Hudson Valley and Catskills as State Senator these past two years has been the great honor of my life. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to bring about positive change that improves people's lives in this unique place we all love. I want to thank my dedicated and hardworking staff, as well as my campaign team and the hundreds of volunteers who made our people-powered campaign a purposeful and steady force down to the very end.

“In January, Mike Martucci will take this seat in the State Senate, and I wish him the best in his new position, because we all deserve good representation, regardless of our political point of view. Until then, I will serve the remainder of my time in office with the same energy and commitment I've given this job for the last two years. We cannot stop fighting for the dignity and well-being of all people in our communities. Whatever positive change we make in the world, we make together."

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Daily Schoharie County Emergency Services Report

Written By Editor on 11/23/20 | 11/23/20

From the Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services:

Current Incidents:                 
  • 08/24 – 11/20/2020: Interstate 88 (Richmondville/Cobleskill) East/West; Concrete Pavement Repair; Alternating Long Term single lane closures.
  • Schoharie County State of Emergency (March 16, 2020) is still in effect due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Schoharie County Buildings are open to the public by Appointment Only. (06/15/2020)
Hydrological Outlook:                                                                                                  

·     Outdoor Flood Warning Sirens

o   Wed 11/18/20:  Silent testing of the Outdoor Flood Warning Sirens complete, nothing significant to report.

·        Stream Gauges

o   Gilboa Dam elevation: 1125.62’.  Notch crest gate is OPEN (down); both syphons off; Water IS Spilling. 

o   Individual Stream Gauge Graphs Attached.

Road Closures & Repairs:

·         NYS DOT

o   08/24 – 11/20/20: I88 (Richmondville/Cobleskill) East/West; Concrete Pavement Repair; Alt lane closures.

·         County DPW

o    Nothing significant to report (NSTR).

·         Town/Village DPW

o   Nothing significant to report (NSTR).

Utility Outages:

·         National Grid

o    Nothing significant to report (NSTR).

·         NYSEG                                                                    

o    Nothing significant to report (NSTR).

·         Water/WWTP

o    Nothing significant to report (NSTR). 

·         Pipelines

o    Nothing significant to report (NSTR).

OES Fire Branch:

Fire Danger Risk for Schoharie County is Low.
USDA Drought Conditions for Schoharie County normal.
OES EMS Branch:

·         Nothing significant to report (NSTR).

OES Safety Branch:

Nothing significant to report (NSTR).
Law Enforcement:

·         The Sheriff’s Office has created a Tip Line in effort of battling ongoing issues in our county.  If you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!  Law enforcement can’t do it alone – they need your help! 518-295-2295.
Department of Health (DOH):

For the latest information and guidance on the COVID-19 Pandemic, please see:

Schoharie County Department of Health Facebook Page:

New York State Department of Health:

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center:

New York Forward:

Governor Cuomo Executive Orders:

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Legal Notice: Windham Fire District Annual Elections


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Election of the Windham Fire District No. 1 will be held at the Windham Town Hall, 371 State Route 296, Hensonville, New York, on the 8th day of December, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on said day, during which time the polls will be open for the receipt of ballots for the election of a Fire District Commissioner for the term of five years commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2025 and for the election of a Fire District Commissioner for the term of three years commencing January 1, 2020 and expiring December 31, 2023.

Dated: November 18, 2020 

                                                                                                             By Order of 
Windham Fire District No. 1
                                                                                                              Sandra Allen

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Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum Celebrate #GivingTuesday!

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum will celebrate Giving Tuesday with nonprofits across the nation. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the U.S. and in close proximity with the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Those interested in joining Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum’s #GivingTuesday initiatives can visit or In addition, every donation made will be matched up to a total of $10,000 by a generous anonymous donor, doubling the impact of each contribution. This match will be applied to all gifts received by both museums from now until #GivingTuesday ends (midnight on December 1).

“We are proud of what we were able to accomplish this year despite the many challenges, and we cannot thank our donors enough for their continued support,” said Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum President and CEO.

Funds raised for both museums will directly support educational programming–which includes Distance Learning and Virtual Programs. Distance Learning takes the place of in-person student field trips and provides free content to teachers everywhere. Virtual Programs continue to offer a rich slate of activities throughout the winter. Both programs are essential for students during the ongoing pandemic.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (

 Follow both museums on Instagram and Facebook or sign up for e-newsletters to keep up with the latest information. For more, visit or
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NYS Sheriffs Association Statement on Thanksgiving Gatherings

Since the first COVID-19 orders issued by the New York State Health Department,  Sheriffs across the state have been responding to thousands of complaints of  violations of those orders. They have been doing what they can, within the law and  the Constitution, to address those complaints. The criminal laws have very limited  applicability with respect to those complaints, and in most cases use of the criminal  laws would be unwise. Fortunately, our citizens have, for the most part, willingly  complied with advice and encouragement to follow health directives. We think that  is the best approach and we continue to advise and encourage all our citizens to  comply with guidance issued by state and federal health agencies, and to exercise  caution and common sense. So far, that approach seems to have worked, helping  New York achieve one of the lowest infection rates in the country – without having  to apply heavy-handed law enforcement tactics. 

Recently, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order which limits “non-essential  private residential gatherings” to no more than 10 individuals. That has caused  great consternation among many of our citizens, who envision armed officers arriving at their doors to count the number of people around the Thanksgiving  table. Many Sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders have felt compelled to  allay those concerns by assuring citizens that officers will not be randomly coming  to their homes on Thanksgiving Day to count the number of people inside. That  would be neither practical nor Constitutional. The Governor has responded by  dismissing those serious concerns on the part of local law enforcement, saying,  “Law enforcement officers don’t get to pick and choose which laws they will  enforce”. We find that comment ironic, and disingenuous, since the Governor has 
directed that his own State Police do not have to enforce the order. Apparently, it  is another case of “do as I say, not as I do”, such as we have seen with many other  political leaders. He has also called Sheriffs “dictators” for following the  Constitution rather than his orders, which we also find ironic.
We do not know if the Governor’s limit on home gatherings to ten individuals is the  right number or not. That is a decision for science, not us, to make. We do know,  however, that the Governor has attempted to foist upon local law enforcement an  impossible task. How are officers to know, without violating citizens’ right to  privacy and other Constitutional rights, how many people are in the home? How  are they to determine if the family gathering is to be deemed “essential” or “non essential”? If twelve people normally reside in the home, are the officers to order  two of them to move out? If eleven individuals are found to be present in the  home, who is to be charged with violating the order, all eleven or just the last guest  to arrive? Or is it only the homeowner who is in violation? Are officers really  supposed to arrest guests who don’t stay 6 feet apart or who fail to have on their  face masks during dinner?  

All of those are serious questions which make it impossible for law enforcement to  know how to legally enforce the Governor’s order. They are questions that could  have been addressed if we had a functioning State Legislature, creating clear and  enforceable laws after input from those who would be impacted by them. Instead  we are faced with an unenforceable dictate issued without any consultation with  law enforcement or the public as to enforceability. 

We believe that rather than issuing orders that cannot be practically enforced, and then blaming law enforcement when they are not enforced, the Governor would  better serve the people of New York if he were to use his position to encourage citizens to use common sense and voluntarily adhere to the guidance of state and  federal health officials. We would gladly join him in that. We know the citizens of  our communities, and we believe they would be far more likely to voluntarily follow  his recommendations than his orders. 

In conclusion, we urge all our citizens to keep informed on the best steps to take to  protect themselves, and others, from the spread of this terrible disease. We urge  you to listen to our public health officials. We urge you to limit your exposure to  those outside your household as much as you reasonably can. If we all do that, we  will sooner be able to get back to normal. We in law enforcement do not have the  resources nor the legal authority to force you to do those things. It is a matter of  individual responsibility and we are confident that you will all voluntarily rise to the  occasion.

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Assemblyman Crouch Column: The Governor's Overreach Must End

Throughout the course of fighting this pandemic, the state government has had its ups and downs. The successes belong to the people who acted smart and sensibly, followed health codes and advisements and worked together to push through the worst of it. We’re especially thankful for the frontline healthcare workers and first responders who have saved countless lives since the spring.

Unfortunately, Gov. Cuomo’s unwillingness to give up his emergency powers have made governing the state impossible. The executive branch has superseded the legislative branch completely. It’s an insult to the 19 million New Yorkers who rely on their state legislators to represent their specific interests, needs and values.  

After the debacle in our  nursing homes in which the state directive  to  house COVID-positive patients led to thousands of preventable deaths, I would think the governor, like most New Yorkers, would be eager to get a vaccine to our  people as soon as possible. Unfortunately, thanks to political fights between our governor and Washington, there is a likelihood that New Yorkers will have to wait for a vaccine longer than the rest of the country, forcing us to continue to fight this virus longer than should be necessary.

 Our state government was never organized or designed to accommodate one man’s authority over the rest. The Legislature has just as much of a part to play in fighting this virus as Gov. Cuomo, and despite the holiday season, the Legislature needs to prepare to bring that fight to the governor.We must convene in Albany to relieve him of his unilateral powers.We must cooperate with one another to enact meaningful legislation that will give New Yorkers the support they need as we continue to move past this pandemic and end the politicization of the virus and the vaccine.

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Delgado Visits Schoharie Lexington ARC


November 23, 2020

CONTACTMargaret Mulkerrin



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Delgado Visits Lexington ARC in Schoharie County


SCHOHARIE, NY—Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) visited the Lexington ARC in Schoharie County, a non-profit that provides resources and programming for people with special needs in our community. This afternoon, the Congressman toured the facilities and learned more about how the ARC has made adjustments to their facilities to keep folks safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Click here to see additional photos from Rep. Delgado’s visit to the Lexington ARC today.


“Lexington ARC does essential work to meet the needs of young people and adults in our area living with disabilities. Today, I visited their facilities and met with members of the team where I learned more about how their programs have adjusted over the last several months to allow folks to live an independent life, while keeping their staff safe from COVID-19,” said Rep. Delgado. “Organizations like the ARC show the best of our communities. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit today and look forward to returning soon.”

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Rep. Delgado Visits The Community Pantry in Margaretville

MARGARETVILLE, NY – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) visited The Community Pantry in Margaretville, where he met with the organization’s leadership and learned more about how they’ve adjusted their distribution process during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Congressman toured the food storage facilities and saw where they pack and deliver supplies for the community.


Click here to see additional photos from Rep. Delgado’s visit to The Community Pantry.


“This morning, I joined the team at The Community Pantry to learn how they are preparing to serve our region this holiday season and feed hungry families across Delaware County. The good folks at the food pantry are doing critically important work to provide for the most vulnerable in our society,” said Rep. Delgado. “In this season of giving, I am inspired by the community organizations that are going above and beyond to meet the needs of struggling families in NY-19. I’m glad to see how the pantry has adapted to expand their services throughout the pandemic. I’ll keep working at the federal level to ensure future coronavirus relief legislation includes state and local funding, distributed through my Direct Support for Communities Act, so our food pantries have the resources they need to provide for our area.”

“The Community Pantry really appreciates the opportunity to connect Rep. Antonio Delgado today and discuss how our pantry is providing for the working poor and the elderly in our area. Our conversation focused on a variety of needs in our region including supporting mental health and addiction, assisting small farmers, and federal funding that will allow us to continue to build a healthy and prosperous community,” said Joyce St. George, Coordinator, The Community Pantry.

In October, Rep. Delgado voted to pass an updated version of the Heroes Act which includes a number of priorities championed by the Congressman to bring urgently needed assistance to communities across New York’s 19th Congressional District. The text has Rep. Delgado’s bipartisan Direct Support for Communities Act, which creates a distribution formula for state and local funding to ensure that all localities, regardless of size, receive direct federal support. The bill also includes Rep. Delgado’s Small Business Debt Relief Extension Act to automatically extend repayment measures for qualified SBA loans, as well as his Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program or P4 Actwhich allows the hardest hit businesses to apply for additional PPP funding.

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2020 'Toys for Tots' Campaign Underway in Delaware County

Join the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce in providing Christmas gifts to Delaware County children in need by dropping off a new, unwrapped Christmas gift in a Toys for Tots collection box located throughout Delaware County.
Toys for Tots works with the U.S. Marine Corps to provide a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. The Toys for Tots program was created in 1947 and has distributed 584 million toys to date to 265 million children. 
In 2019, The Delaware County Chamber, through its member businesses, collected nearly 800 toys which were distributed to Delaware County children.
This year, participating members who have placed toy collection boxes in their businesses include:
Community Bank, Delhi
Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties, Margaretville
As You Wish Design & Gifts, Walton
Feather & Stone Restaurant, Walton
Ren-Rest Building Supply, Walton
Robinson Terrace Nursing Center, Stamford
NBT Bank, Grand Gorge and Hobart
Delhi Telephone Company, Delhi
Margaretville Telephone Company, Margaretville
Hobart Hardware, Hobart
Hobart Book Stores, Hobart
Delhi Motors, Delhi
The Arc of Delaware County, Hamden and Walton
M-ARK Project, Arkville
Beaver Mountain Log Homes, Deposit
Mirabito, Steiner Road, Sidney
Roxbury Town Hall, Roxbury
Catskills Regional Harvest, Andes
Catskill Seasons, Margaretville
Sidney Municipal Airport, Sidney
This year’s Delaware County campaign runs from Nov. 2 through Dec. 4. Chamber staff will pick up the toys from member businesses on Dec. 4 and deliver them to Delaware Opportunities which has partnered with the Chamber, to provide distribution of the gifts to Delaware County families.
To sign up a family in need of Christmas gifts contact Delaware Opportunities at 607.746.1600.

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"Be There" for the Landis Arboretum this Year

In this year of unprecedented challenges, Landis has been here for you, dawn to dusk, every day.

Our grounds have been open to you, and we've brought some of our best classes and our Landis Full Moon Music Concerts to you virtually. 

We invite you to "be there" for Landis with your donation to our Annual Appeal.  Your support, no matter the amount, goes a long way to help us maintain our grounds and horticultural collections, and this year, to supply the recently completed community emergency shelter next to our Meeting House.

You can donate safely online using PayPal here, or if you prefer to donate using a check, please make it payable to Landis Arboretum and send it to Landis Arboretum, PO Box 186, Esperance, NY, 12066.  We truly appreciate your generosity in helping to ensure the survival of this wonderful regional resource.
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Senator Seward Column: A Time to Give Thanks

While I typically devote my weekly column to the work of state government and the efforts of the New York State Senate to propose, deliberate, and pass laws to help improve lives, this week I wanted to take a momentary departure to observe one of the governmental roots of Thanksgiving.  This year, we are celebrating the holiday much differently than in past years.  However, the sentiments expressed by President Lincoln still mean a great deal. 

Historians trace the origins of the modern Thanksgiving observance to 1621 and a celebration held at Plymouth Plantation.  Then, in 1789, President George Washington issued a historic proclamation designating Thursday November 26 as “A Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer.”  Later, in 1863 in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued his own proclamation.   

Proclamation of Thanksgiving 

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign states to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in the theater of military conflict, while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plow, the shuttle, or the ship; the ax has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well as the iron and coal as of our precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege, and the battlefield, and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.
No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the imposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

Abraham Lincoln 


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A Thanksgiving Message from Sheriff DuMond

DELHI -  As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, the fine members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office would like to take a moment to pause and thank the people of Delaware County for their continued cooperation and support throughout 2020 thus far.  Without a doubt, it has been a difficult year for everyone; dealing with the COVID pandemic and the associated problems, restrictions, political strife, etc. along the way.  

However, one of the things we can all be thankful for this year is the place we call home, Delaware County. Our people are our best asset.  Despite whatever comes our way, we find a way to pull together, help each other out, and function as a community.  I remain optimistic that we can work collectively to avoid the divisions we see elsewhere and focus on finding common ground to always do what is in the best interests of each other and our communities.

We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with peace and love.  As always, we remain ready and committed to provide the most professional and community dedicated services you have come to expect from the Sheriff’s Office. 

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