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Fenimore Art Museum Features Presentation by Victoria Browning Wyeth on the Portraits of Jamie Wyeth

Written By Editor on 6/6/22 | 6/6/22

Second of four evening Food for Thought programs featuring Victoria Browning Wyeth this summer.



Evening Food for Thought with Victoria Browning Wyeth: Jamie Wyeth's Portraits

Saturday, June 11, 2022

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$100 members; $115 non-members

Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Advance registration is required—through June 10.


Cooperstown, New York — Join Victoria Browning Wyeth, granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth, at Fenimore Art Museum for the second of four Food for Thought programs taking place each month through the summer dedicated to the Wyeth family and the exhibition Drawn from Life: Three Generations of Wyeth Figure Studies. The program takes place Saturday, June 11, at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy a delicious dinner buffet and fascinating presentation focusing on Victoria’s uncle, Jamie Wyeth, and the portraits he has produced which include portraits of Andy Warhol, John F. Kennedy, and Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. While the subjects discussed relate to the exhibition, Ms. Wyeth will go beyond to explore Jamie Wyeth’s personal and professional life.

Advance registration is required. Tickets are available online at (find link at $100 members; $115 non-members. 



Additional programs on June 11 featuring Victoria Wyeth:


Grandparents & Grandchildren Tour with Victoria Browning Wyeth

Saturday, June 11, 2022

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this special program for grandparents and their grandchildren, join Victoria Browning Wyeth, granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth, for a complimentary cookie and a tour of the exhibition, Drawn from Life: Three Generations of Wyeth Figure Studies. Included with museum admission. (Free admission ages 19 and under.)


Find details and registration information for all programs featuring Victoria Wyeth on our calendar at 



This project is supported by a Market New York grant awarded to Fenimore Art Museum from I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.



About Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit


HOURS and ADMISSION: Fenimore Art Museum is open daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Admission: $15.00 (adults 20-64) and $12.50 (seniors 65+). Free admission for visitors age 19 and under. For more information, visit

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A.O. Fox Hospital Hosting Blood Drive on June 8

Bassett Healthcare Network's A.O. Fox Hospital is hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, June 8. Blood donors help patients of all ages - accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, those battling cancer, and many others. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and just one pint can save up to three lives. You can make a difference. Register to donate today. 

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Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit to Alter National Tour Route for a Special Appearance at the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., National Convention


Wreaths Across America Radio to Broadcast Live from the Event!


COLUMBIA FALLS, ME and WEST PALM BEACH, FL — June 6, 2022 — In January 2022, the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit (MEE) left Maine and began its national cross-country tour in Florida. Since that time, the MEE has traveled to South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin to honor and welcome home our nation’s veterans. This month, the MEE will suspend its present plans, head back to Florida, and join the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in honoring American Gold Star families at the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.85th Annual National Convention being held at the Hilton Palm Beach Airport in West Palm Beach, June 23rd through the 26th.


Wreaths Across America Radio will be broadcasting live throughout the four-day event and speaking with Gold Star families, veterans, and their families to share their stories of service and sacrifice. Wreaths Across America Radio is a 24/7 internet stream that can be heard anytime and anywhere on the iHeart Radio app, Audacy app, TuneIn app, or at


“American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., is so grateful for WAA to be a part of our 85th Annual Convention and of our partnership for well over five years,” said Jo Ann Maitland, National President, American Goldstar Mothers, Inc., “With like-minded missions, WAA brings American Gold Star Mothers throughout the United States the ability to remember, honor, and teach, with the beautiful act of placing a live, balsam wreath on the graves of our heroes. This simple but most important mission helps educate those to remember, ‘the freedoms that we enjoy are not free.” 


The MEE will be on display open to the public to tour along with the Global War on Terrorism Memorial, 9/11 Memorial, Hershel “Woody” Williams Educational Trailer, static display of military vehicles, and other vendors, exhibitors, and food trucks. This free event will take place at 150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach, FL.


“The goal of the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit is to bring communities together and teach about the organization’s mission while remembering the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes,” said Don Queeney, Director of Transportation, and the Mobile Education Exhibit, Wreaths Across America. “The exhibit serves as a mobile museum, educating visitors about the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes as well as serving as an official ‘welcome home’ station for our nation’s Vietnam Veterans. We are always overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from communities and honored to be joining the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., as they remember and honor their children.”


As part of the organization’s partnership with the United States of America Vietnam War Veterans Commemoration, last year the MEE officially welcomed home over 1,500 Vietnam veterans with a pinning ceremony that includes a signed proclamation from the President of the United States. There are almost three million Vietnam veterans across the United States that have yet to be officially welcomed home.


When the MEE pulls into your area, all veterans, active-duty military, their families, and the local community members are invited and encouraged to visit, take a tour, and speak with WAA Ambassadors and volunteers. The public tour stops for the MEE are free and open to the public with local COVID-19 safety procedures in place to protect the health of all visitors in accordance with the CDC's recommendation.


Wreaths Across America is the non-profit organization best known for placing wreaths on veterans’ headstones at Arlington National Cemetery. However, in 2021 alone, the organization placed more than 2.4 million sponsored veterans’ wreaths at over 3,100 participating locations nationwide. This year, National Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022. To find a participating location near you to participate at or support, click here.


To learn more about the Mobile Education Exhibit or submit a request for it to come to your community, click here. you can also go to to get more information about this event.

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Bassett Has Been Pioneering Rural Health Care For 100 Years

One hundred years ago today, Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital (doing business today as Bassett Medical Center) opened its doors to the public for the first time. Its name honors Dr. Mary Imogene Bassett, an area physician whose care and vision elevated the level of medicine in her community. She liked to refer to her brand of compassionate care and rural doctoring as reflecting “a more excellent way.”


The philanthropist, Edward Severin Clark, funded construction of the new Bassett Hospital. His generous gift has been immeasurable and has been continued by the Clark family for ten decades since.


“Over the years, Bassett Hospital hosted the first bone marrow transplant, the first tissue transplant in America, and even the first immunotherapy for bee stings,” notes Bassett Healthcare Network president and CEO, Dr. Tommy Ibrahim.


“Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, who pioneered bone marrow transplantation first at Bassett and later at Stanford University, ultimately won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his vision and dedication,” observes Ibrahim. “Bassett, clearly, has not been your typical rural hospital over the decades.”


A Legacy of Hard-Earned Lessons


Like many health care institutions in America, Bassett has at times struggled to deliver high-quality medical and health care in the communities it serves. Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital closed its doors for a brief period of time in the early 1920s after the sudden passing of Dr. Bassett in October 1922. Global wars and pandemics, like the latest COVID-19 pandemic, have brought Bassett other struggles to endure. But in the process Bassett has learned lessons in the good, the bad, and the ugly of modern American doctoring—lessons Bassett has been willing to openly share with others over the decades.


“Bassett has persevered and relentlessly pursued its mission to serve its patients and rural communities through changing times for a century,” says network board chair, Douglas Hastings. “That perseverance is the result of the efforts of thousands of committed Bassett caregivers over the years. It is a unique success story in American health care.”



A Legacy of Rural Health Leadership


In time, Bassett became a national leader in fostering healthy rural communities. Bassett hosted a conference on rural health care in 1938 that brought the nation’s leaders in rural health to the Otesaga Resort to dig deep into rural health morbidities. Co-sponsors and participants included Columbia University, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, the Mayo Clinic, General Electric, MetLife, and others.


The Carnegie Commission to Congress in 1970 noted that Bassett and Mayo Clinic were the leaders in rural health. It has remained that way to this day.


“As always, Bassett’s work continues apace,” says John Davis, MD, a retired Bassett physician who authored the book “Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York,” which is a historical perspective on Bassett Healthcare Network. “This is the story of the little rural hospital that really could!”


“Today, Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital has blossomed into the modern Bassett Medical Center, a facility that is nearly 3,200 caregivers strong,” says Ibrahim. “It has also evolved into a health care network. It consists of five hospitals and serves an eight-county area in Central New York that is the same geographic size as the state of Connecticut by Bassett Medical Group’s over 600 practitioners.”


“We have two long-term care facilities. We sponsor 21 innovative school-based health clinics that provide K-12 students with medical, dental, and mental health services. And we have clinics in communities where hospitals are not readily available,” continues Ibrahim. “We have also long sponsored the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH). Its work serves people in Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and even Iowa.


A Legacy of Research and Teaching


“Bassett reopened in 1927 when a group of young doctors from Presbyterian Hospital in New York City came to Cooperstown to meet with Stephen Clark, Edward Severin Clark’s brother. They agreed to reopen Bassett’s doors as a medical, research, and teaching hospital,” Ibrahim explains.


“As a result, Bassett has been a partner with Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons teaching medical residents what it takes to be a rural-focused physician. That remarkable partnership has lasted more than nine decades itself.


“Our one hundred years of serving, learning and growing form the foundation of all that we are today and plan to be going forward. But we only live up to that legacy because of the hard work, dedication and excellence of our team of caregivers and practitioners,” Ibrahim continues. “Thanks to them, our cancer, heart, orthopedic, surgical, and other clinical and research institutes bring a level of care not usually seen in rural communities.


“Because our people are by far our most-prized asset and our hope for the future, over the past two years, we’ve invested well over $30 million in programs to support Bassett Healthcare Network’s workforce,” explains Ibrahim. “That investment is only a start and will keep our high level of care going for our patients, neighbors, family and friends.


“We have a legacy to honor and a rural-proud community to keep serving,” Dr. Ibrahim says. “We look forward to seeing what our many continuing Bassett initiatives will bring to New York State and rural American health care over the next 100 years.”

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Cooperstown Museums Announce Access Program for Low-Income Families

Cooperstown Museums Announce Access Program for Low-Income Families


“Museums for All” program to increase accessibility of museum resources at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The Farmers’ Museum, and Fenimore Art Museum


Cooperstown, New York — Today the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, The Farmers’ Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum announced that they have joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. 


This program will provide those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits with free admission, for up to four people, when they visit any of these three Cooperstown based museums, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. 


“It is our mission to share a broad and inclusive cultural experience with everyone,” said Dr. Paul S. D’Ambrosio, president and CEO of Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum. “Participating with Museums for All is an important step in breaking down the economic barriers to access our museums.” 


Museums for All is part of the museums’ broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences. Museums for All helps expand access to museums and raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities.


“Our adoption of the Museums for All program will ensure that cost is not a barrier to visiting the Hall of Fame” said Josh Rawitch, president at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “Every family should have the opportunity to visit our Museum and connect with baseball history, and this program is an important step toward making that a reality.” 


More than 850 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands. 




About Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit


About The Farmers’ Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region. Visit


About the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Ticket prices are $28 for adults (13 and over), $22 for seniors (65 and over) and $17 for juniors (ages 7-12) and $19 for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations. Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For more information, visit our website at or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.

Bassett Healthcare Network Employees Observe Moment of Silence for Victims of Violence across the Nation

 Hundreds of Bassett Healthcare Network caregivers and practitioners gathered at noon on June 6 to observe a moment of silence and mourn last week’s terrible events in Tulsa, OK, as well as all instances of recent violence around the country. Large groups gathered outside hospitals and long-term care facilities across the network, some carrying signs of support. Other staff, working at Bassett community health centers or school-based health centers, or unable to step away from their patients, gathered in smaller groups when their schedules allowed.  

“This moment of silence was a time for us to stand together as one against hospital violence,” says Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “Even more importantly, this was a time to stand in solidarity with one another, with our colleagues in Tulsa, and with our wider communities.”

The mass shootings of the last month have affected many Americans, and the violence in Tulsa was especially poignant for health care workers. Many of Bassett’s caregivers at today’s event wore pink – the color of Tulsa’s Saint Francis Health System – to show support for their colleagues in Oklahoma. The network plans to send pictures of the event, along with a message of support, to Tulsa this week.

“Gathering in solidarity can offer hope and healing,” says Gerald Paciello, M.Div., manager of Spiritual Care at Bassett Medical Center. “It was heartening to see how many members of the Bassett family were able to come together in this unified effort across so many miles today to demonstrate our commitment to the safety of our patients, communities, and each other.”

In addition to mourning the nation’s recent shootings, today’s event was an observation of the Hospitals Against Violence movement launched by the American Hospital Association (AHA) on June 3. Health systems across the country – including Bassett Healthcare Network – have seen a sharp increase in rates of physical, verbal, and sexual assault against health care workers at their facilities. #HospitalsAgainstViolence seeks to raise public awareness, support medical staff, set a standard of zero tolerance for abusive behavior, and advocate for violence prevention efforts across communities.

Bassett launched its own awareness campaign this past spring. Social media, newspaper, and billboard ads featuring photos of Bassett nurses declare “Assaulting me is not OK” and remind patients that violence towards hospital staff can result in removal from medical facilities and criminal prosecution.


“Our caregivers and practitioners give so much of themselves for their patients and our community,” says Dr. Ibrahim. “They deserve a workplace free from violence and abuse. We are committed to providing that to them."

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State Police Release Information on Davenport Fatal Crash

UPDATE: The driver of the vehicle who was pronounced deceased is identified as Diane M. Bevins, age 65 of Stamford, NY.
The driver of the bus is identifed as Joanna L. Reedman, age 44 of Astoria, NY.    The injured passenger of the bus is identified as Aris A. Vavasis, age 59 of Hartwick, NY.
Original Release:
On June 1, 2022, at approximately 1:13 p.m., New York State Police at Oneonta and members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to report of a serious head-on collision involving an SUV and a Trailways bus on State Highway 23 in the town of Davenport. 

The only occupant of the SUV, a 65-year-old woman of Stamford, NY was pronounced deceased on scene.  Her name is being withheld pending notifications to family. 

A total of five people were on the bus.  The driver of the bus who is a 44-year-old woman of Astoria, NY and passenger who is a 59-year-old female of Hartwick, NY were transported to Bassett Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.  Three other passengers did not report any injuries to troopers on scene.      

A preliminary investigation revealed that the bus was traveling westbound on State Highway 23 on its way to Oneonta from New York City.  The SUV was traveling eastbound on State Highway 23.

The investigation is on-going.   

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State Police in Schoharie County Releases Underage Drinking Enforcement Sting Results

On May 28, 2022, the New York State Police conducted an Underaged Drinking Enforcement Detail in Schoharie County. During the initiative 21 businesses were checked for compliance. One person was charged with Unlawful Dealing with a Child 1st degree, a class A misdemeanor, after selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21.


The following businesses were NOT in compliance under the New York Beverage Control Law Section 65, Prohibited Sale to Person Under the Age of 21:

Yogi Food Mart 3578 St Rt 20, Esperance, NY  


The following establishments are recognized for their compliance:

Stewarts, 308 Main Street, Middleburgh, NY

Citgo, 340 Main Street, Middleburgh, NY

Value Wine and Liquor, 107 Railroad Ave, Middleburgh, NY

Dollar General, 1273 St Rt 10 Jefferson, NY

S&H Express, 1363 St Rt 10 Jefferson, NY

Sloansville Wine and Liquor, 3585 St Rt 20, Esperance, NY

Sunoco, 215 W. Main Street, Richmondville, NY

Dollar General, 393 E Main Street, Richmondville, NY

Mirabito, 1168 State Rt 7, Richmondville, NY

Speedway, 1723 State Rt 7, Cobleskill, NY

Stewarts, 391 W Main Street, Cobleskill, NY

Mobil, 235 W Grand Street, Cobleskill, NY

Sunoco, 957 E Main Street Cobleskill, NY

Speedway, 2473 St Rt 7 Cobleskill, NY

Stewarts, 2668 St Rt 7, Cobleskill, NY

Citgo, 367 St Rt 7, Howes Caves, NY

Mobil, 211 St Rt 30A Schoharie, NY

Mobil, 337 Main Street, Schoharie, NY

Stewarts, 102 Johnson Ave, Schoharie, NY

Dollar General, 4503 St Rt 30 Middleburgh, NY

During these investigations, establishments are checked utilizing a trooper in plainclothes, and one or several underage operatives who cannot lie about their age or give a false date of birth. When asked for ID, they show their real ID. 

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Schoharie County DOH Offering Vaccine Clinic June 8th

Schoharie County Department of Health will be conducting a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at the OES facility, 2783 State Route 7, Cobleskill, on Wednesday, June 8th from 12pm-4pm.  We will have Moderna and Pfizer available for first dose, second dose, booster and second booster.  Please call OES to reserve your spot at 518-295-2276!

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Sheriff's Department Statement on MCS School Closing

Written By Editor on 6/3/22 | 6/3/22

From the Schoharie County Sheriff:

In response to an alleged threat involving the Middleburgh Central School District, the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office reports the following: 

On Tuesday May 31, 2022 at approximately 10:30 AM, Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Middleburgh Elementary School for a reported suspicious incident involving a parent auditing school security measures. It was reported that when confronted by school staff, the parent was polite, respectful and when asked to leave, left without incident. The parent was interviewed by deputies and determined to be a proactive concerned parent. A subsequent posting by the same parent addressed to the Middleburgh Central School District was received by the district which some perceived as a threat. The Sheriff's Office examined the post and reinterviewed the parent and have determined that there was no threat made nor any criminal offenses committed. Any security concerns are being addressed by the School District. In the wake of recent events, Sheriff Stevens has ordered increased presence at all Schoharie County schools in addition to regularly performed school walk-throughs. 

The Sheriff's Office urges any parents that may be concerned with the security of the schools and their children to address their concerns with the school and law enforcement in a civil, professional manner by telephone or by making an appointment. The Sheriff's Office strongly discourages any unannounced security audits. While genuine and well intended, these actions can inadvertently set in motion school safety plans and cause unnecessary alarm to students and staff. 

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No School For Middleburgh Central Schools Friday, June 3 Due to Person Peering into Elementary School Windows

Written By Editor on 6/2/22 | 6/2/22

From MCS:

Dear MCS Families,
It was recently brought to the attention of district officials that a community member has been looking into the classroom windows on campus at the elementary school and posting inappropriate social media posts. While we do not have any information at this time regarding a credible threat, out of an abundance of caution, Middleburgh Central School District will be closed tomorrow, June 3, to allow district administration to continue to work with the Schoharie County Sheriff's Department regarding this issue. As always, the safety and security of our students, staff and families is our first priority.
We understand that the closure of the district on such short notice may be a hardship for families but we believe that it is the best course of action to ensure the safety of our school community.
Brian Dunn
Superintendent of Schools

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WMCHealth and the American Heart Association Combine Forces to Combat Heart Disease and Promote Health Equity in the Hudson Valley

Written By Editor on 6/1/22 | 6/1/22

WESTCHESTER, NY, June 1, 2022 – The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) has joined forces with the American Heart Association (AHA) of Westchester County and the Hudson Valley to advance health equity as it relates to cardiovascular disease and other areas of healthcare where health disparities exist.  Working together, the AHA and WMCHealth will engage in educational and hands on programming that raises heart disease and stroke treatment awareness and prevention, as well equitable health for all.


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States with one person dying from disease complications every 36 seconds. AHA statistics show ethnic minority and rural populations are among the hardest hit by the condition and the programs developed through the partnership will emphasize efforts in these and other communities.

To help address these issues, the WMCHealth/AHA collaboration will:


Convene community conversations to provide education and awareness of key health issues, including heart disease, high blood pressure, COVID-19, tobacco use and vaping, mental well-being
Promote the Stocking Healthy Pantries program, which encourages the support of community food banks through the donation of healthy-choice food options
Support the annual Heart Walk where members of the community come together to demonstrate their commitment to their health and to honor or remember loved one with heart disease or stroke.

WMCHealth has a long history of advocacy for healthcare equity and overall wellness. For example, in the network’s role as the Hudson Valley Region HUB in New York State’s Regional Vaccine Network, WMCHealth led a group more than 300 hospitals, healthcare organizations, community associations and others to ensure the fair and efficient distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to the region.


“You want to be aggressive and proactive when treating individuals who are at risk of developing heart disease. This is critical in disadvantaged populations where cardiovascular diseases often develop earlier in life,” said Julio Panza, MD, Director of Cardiology, Westchester Medical Center.  “Working with the AHA we hope to educate individuals with the most up-to-date and critical information to help them minimize the risks associated with heart disease before it has a chance to strike”


“Both organizations share a common mission of addressing the cardiovascular needs of the people we serve and finding ways to improve cardiovascular health in all ages ,” said Michael Gewitz, MD, Executive Director, and William Russell McCurdy, Physician-in-Chief of WMCHealth's Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and a member of the board of directors of the American Heart Association in Westchester County.  “We have found a way to put that mission into action, and we look forward to lowering high blood pressure rates and relieving food insecurity in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, and to celebrating the resulting improvement in health that we believe will come from those steps.  It is a wonderful step for the people of the Hudson Valley that the AHA and WMCHealth have come together to advance these endeavors.” 

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Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Returns with Five August Concerts

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival returns for its 24th season with five concerts in August. Music lovers of all stripes should take note of CSMF’s exciting lineup, which celebrates the Festival’s return after a two year Covid hiatus.


“This season we are offering the Cooperstown community a collection of performances spanning an exceptionally wide range of musical styles and traditions,” says Festival Founder and Artistic Director Linda Chesis.


The much-acclaimed Imani Winds opens the festival with a program of music for wind quintet at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on August 2 at 7pm the. The GRAMMY-nominated ensemble is famous for their innovative programming and dynamic performances, and Cooperstown audiences can expect a concert filled with their signature fresh energy and technical expertise.


The Verona Quartet returns to the Festival on August 8 at 7pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. This multi-award-winning quartet, veterans of the Festival and a CSMF audience favorite, will perform a program of Puccini, Beethoven, and Dvorak’s beloved “American” Quartet.


The Festival continues with a performance by the Caroga Arts Ensemble entitled ‘Musical Kaleidoscope’ on August 10 at 7pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. The ensemble, led by cellist Kyle Price, will offer a program ranging from bluegrass and classical to jazz and pop; intended as a gift to the Cooperstown community; tickets will be by donation.


“CSMF is thrilled to have Caroga Arts Ensemble making their festival debut, a group with local ties whose players will be presenting a really imaginative and diverse program,” says Chesis.


The violinist Danbi Um and guitarist Jiji will present a duo performance on Monday, August 22 at 7pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. These young virtuosos will join forces for a genre-spanning program including works by Corelli, Paganini, Piazzolla and Ella Fitzgerald.


The festival concludes with a trip to South America with a performance by the Brazilian jazz supergroup Trio da Paz, whom NPR describes as the “cream of expatriate Brazilian musicians in the US”, on August 29 at 7pm at the Farmers’ Museum.


For all events, audience members must show proof of vaccination, including a required booster shot for those who are eligible.





Imani Winds

Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 7:00-9:00pm, Otesaga Resort Hotel

An evening of chamber music with the GRAMMY-nominated wind quintet.


Verona String Quartet

Monday, August 8, 7:00-9:00pm, Otesaga Resort Hotel

The multi-award-winning quartet performs a program of Puccini, Beethoven, and Dvorak.


Musical Kaleidoscope: The Caroga Arts Ensemble

Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 7:00-9:00pm, Otesaga Resort Hotel

Tickets are by donation and can be reserved online at


Danbi Um, violin and Jiji, guitar

Monday, August 22, 2022, 7:00-9:00pm, Otesaga Resort Hotel

A duo performance by two young virtuosos including works by Corelli, Paganini, Piazzolla and more.


Brazillian Jazz Legends: Trio da Paz

Monday, August 29, 2022, 7:00-9:00pm, The Farmers’ Museum

A night of jazz with this Brazillian supergroup.





Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and children. Tickets for all events must be purchased in advance either online from or over the phone by calling Purplepass Tickets at 800-316-8559 and selecting Option 1. Please note there is a $2 service fee per phone order.

For all events, audience members must show proof of vaccination, including a required booster shot for those who are eligible.



Founded in 1999 by flutist Linda Chesis, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival has been bringing world-class chamber music performances to the Cooperstown area for 24 years. The festival has featured performances by the Tokyo String Quartet, the American String Quartet, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Kurt Elling, Tim Fain, Hilary Kole, Simone Dinnerstein, Mark O’Connor, John Pizzarelli, the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company, and many more. Concerts are held in venues across Cooperstown, including Christ Church (the church of author James Fenimore Cooper) and the ballroom of the grand Otesaga Hotel.

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NY Invasive Species Awareness Week Workshop

In celebration of NY Invasive Species Awareness Week, Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will host free workshops in Cobleskill and Cooperstown. The mission of the New York Invasive Species Awareness Species Week is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species and the harm they can cause. We want to empower YOU to stop the spread of invasive species!

In Schoharie County, join us for an Invasive Species Walking Tour on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. We will meet at 5:00 p.m. at the Cobleskill Creek Trail parking lot on Warnerville Cutoff. Please note this will require about 2 miles of walking, so be prepared with proper clothing and footwear. In Otsego County, meet at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at the Oneonta Town Hall (3966 Highway 23, Oneonta, NY) for a presentation and discussion of local invasives.

Both workshops will feature common invasive species found throughout our counties, include visual examples of the species, descriptions, their negative impacts on our area, and solutions to slow their spread. There is no charge for either workshop, but registration is required (

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Docent and Tour Guides at Gilboa Museum for 2022 Season

elta Miller will be introducing docents and tour guides to the new attractions at the Gilboa Museum, Nicholas J. Juried History Center, and improvements in our Gift Shop and its inventory.
Dates to remember:
  6/12     Gilboafest AND the First Schoharie Turnpike/Kaaterskill Clove Road Rally
  6/15     Shopping bag auction
7/20 Field Trip to Rockland Cider Works—Upstate, The Cidery
  7/31     Psychic fair and the rain date of 8/7
  9/11     Psychic fair and the rain date of 9/18
11/13     Holiday Fair, Boutique and the Gift Shop
12/21     Raffle & Bottle auction (or possibly an earlier day in December)
We need an email address to forward announcements and your physical address to mail Newsletters and the Catskill Tri-County Historical Views. Both publications will be sent soon, so make sure your membership status is up to date. Use this form to enter/ update your contact information, or access it at

Your status: Enjoy GHS activites with or without being a member, but we'd love to have you join!....
The Gilboa Historical Society started with the Gilboa Museum and its displays of natural history artifacts — a globally renowned display of the Gilboa Forest, 3-D replica of the 385-million-year-old crown of the Gilboa Fossil tree found in neighboring Conesville, and other Devonian fossils — plus indoor Children's Activities Center and renovated Gift Shop with space for social distancing and expanded stock for 2022!
. . . .The Nicholas J. Juried History Center was an addition to promote our local cultural history (permanent displays on the old village and the Schoharie Reservoir; and rotating displays on Schoolhouses, Lifestyles, and Neighbors).
.....The campus also has outdoor venues, notably the Dorothy Cox Juried Pavilion for live performances, Psychic Fair, Gilboa Fest, chili contests, educational/social activities, and private events like marriages and other family celebrations. The expansive porch on the sunset side of the history center is the venue for yoga, chair yoga, and talks, and we have a shed for farm equipment and an outdoor children's playground for toddlers.

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Cairo Man Arrested After Domestic Incident

On May 24, 2022, state police from the Cairo barracks responded to a residence on County Route 39 in the town of Cairo for a report of a domestic in progress. When troopers arrived at the location, the suspect fled the area in a black Chevy pick-up truck. Investigation revealed that the suspect, Joel Couvertier, age 40 from the town of Cairo, physically assaulted, choked and prevented the victim from calling 911. The physical assault occurred in front of three minors. Troopers learned that Couvertier had a valid Order of Protection against the victim and the children in the residence.

On May 25, 2022, Couvertier turned himself into the State Police barracks in Catskill. He was charged with Criminal Contempt 1st degree, a felony. He was additionally charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Assault 3rd degree, Criminal Mischief 4th degree, Criminal Contempt 2nd degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, all misdemeanors. He was arraigned in the Town of Cairo in front of Judge Vandenburgh. He was remanded to the Greene County Jail.

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