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Bassett Healthcare Network Adjusting Visitation Guidelines Effective June 21

Written By Editor on 6/15/22 | 6/15/22

Effective Tuesday, June 21, Bassett Healthcare Network is putting in place new visitation guidelines at its hospital and clinic locations across the region. Full visitation policy information for Bassett Healthcare Network is available on


All people who enter Bassett Healthcare Network’s buildings must wear a properly fitting surgical-grade mask during the entirety of their visit and participate in screening procedures upon entrance, including temperature checks and a brief questionnaire. Proper personal protective equipment will be provided at building entrances for those who need it.

Hospital Visiting Hours
Bassett Healthcare Network’s inpatient hospital locations – including A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, and O’Connor Hospital in Delhi – will permit two visitors at a time per patient between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. daily. Bassett Medical Center’s Inpatient Psychiatry Department will offer visiting hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on the weekends. Visitors should be 12 years of age or older, except in rare situations approved by a patient’s clinical team.


Support persons may visit hospital patients who are under 18 years old or require cognitive support at any time as needed if approved by the patient’s care team. Other extenuating circumstances – like end-of-life patients and young children  will continue to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Support persons must be 18 years of age or older. The patient or caregiver will determine who the visitors and support persons will be.


Once in the facility, visitors must remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit, except when directed by hospital staff to leave during certain care procedures. Visitors seeing patients who are COVID-19-positive must be in full personal protective equipment at all times.

Birthing Center
Patients admitted to Bassett Medical Center’s Birthing Center may designate up to two support persons upon arrival to the hospital. They may also choose to have a doula present during labor and delivery. One support person may remain with the patient during the entirety of their hospital stay. Support persons may not be interchangeable.


Pediatric Hospital Patients
Children who are hospitalized at Bassett Medical Center may have up to two support persons upon arrival to the hospital. One support person may remain with the patient during the entirety of their hospital stay, and the second support person may come between noon and 7 p.m. daily.

Outpatient Clinic Visitation
Patients coming to Bassett Healthcare Network’s health center locations for primary care, pediatric, or specialty care appointments may bring one support person to stay for the duration of the visit.

Emergency Departments
Patients in Bassett Healthcare Network’s emergency departments may have one support person (18 years of age or older) with them during their time in the emergency department. Children under 18 years old may have both parents present.


Long-Term Care Facilities
Please visit Bassett Healthcare Network’s long-term care locations on our website for specific visitation information and instructions at A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta and Valley Health Services in Herkimer.

Are you up to date on your vaccines?
The most important thing we can all do to help control the spread of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated, including obtaining booster shots on schedule. COVID-19 vaccines are free and available in all of Bassett Healthcare Network’s clinics, school-based health centers, and at most retail pharmacy locations. Visit for more information.

Additionally, wearing a properly fitting mask in public, washing your hands frequently, and staying home when you experience symptoms are all effective and responsible practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19, flu, and other respiratory illnesses.

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Attorney General James Announces Takedown of Heroin and Cocaine Trafficking Ring in the Hudson Valley

12 Individuals Indicted for Roles in Flooding Communities with Cocaine, Heroin, and

Methamphetamine, and Illegal Possession of Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines

Latest Action in AG James’ Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis
and Keep Streets Clean from Dangerous Drugs and Guns

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced the takedown of a drug trafficking operation that flooded communities in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region with significant amounts of cocaine, heroin pills, methamphetamine pills, and artificial Xanax pills. As alleged in two indictments — unsealed in Ulster County Court today — 12 individuals trafficked more than one million dollars’ worth of cocaine and thousands of pills throughout Ulster, Dutchess, and Saratoga counties, and illegally possessed firearms, including assault weapons, and high-capacity magazines.

The investigation led to the recovery of:

  • 11 kilograms of cocaine, with an approximate street value of $1.2 million;
  • 15,000 methamphetamine pills, disguised as Adderall pills, with an approximate street value of $100,000;
  • 5,000 artificial Xanax pills, with an approximate street value of $50,000;
  • 750 heroin pills, disguised as oxycodone, with an approximate street value of $20,000;
  • 39 firearms, including four assault weapons;
  • 40 high-capacity magazines;
  • Hundreds of rounds of ammunition; and,
  • $120,000 in cash.

“As communities across New York and the country are devastated by opioids and gun violence every day, we are taking serious action to crack down on those who fuel this harm,” said Attorney General James. “Any drug operation that floods our streets with heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine endangers New Yorkers. But this operation was especially dangerous because they sold drugs that were intentionally disguised as prescription pills and were heavily armed with assault weapons and other firearms. Stopping gun violence and the opioid crisis requires action from every angle, and today’s takedown is the latest example of our commitment to using every tool possible to protect our communities. I thank our partners in law enforcement for their invaluable support in this investigation.”

Today’s takedown was the result of an 11-month joint-investigation led by the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF), the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), and the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT), with support from the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, the Dutchess County Drug Task Force, the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, and the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit.

The investigation — dubbed “Operation GTL” due to guns, trafficking of narcotics, and laundering of proceeds which the investigation revealed — included hundreds of hours of physical and covert surveillance, court-authorized wiretapping of cellular telephones, and review of phone records and law enforcement databases.

During electronic surveillance, the defendants and their co-conspirators frequently utilized coded and cryptic terminology in an attempt to disguise their illicit activities, such as referring to cocaine as “girl,” “lady,” or “white”; heroin pills as “blues,” “blueberries,” or “berries”; methamphetamine pills as “peaches” or “oranges”; and artificial Xanax pills as “greens,” “green beans,” or “beans.”

Indictment One

As outlined in the first indictment, 11 defendants were charged for their roles in two conspiracies — one in which the defendants sold and possessed illegal pills disguised as pharmaceutical grade drugs and the other in which the defendants sold and possessed cocaine.

As alleged in the first conspiracy, Christopher Pulichene operated an illegal pill distribution network in and around Ulster, Dutchess, and Saratoga counties, and elsewhere. Pulichene purchased heroin pills from Alton Countryman, who was supported by his wife, Thekla Countryman, and Joshua Guldy. Alton Countryman created the heroin pills in his home in Kingston and disguised them to look like pharmaceutical grade oxycodone pills. The heroin pills were blue, round, and included the imprint “A 215,” which is found on pharmaceutical grade oxycodone pills. Pulichene then sold those heroin pills to defendants Thomas Colon, Julia Eaton, and Zachary Vanvlack.

Pulichene also purchased methamphetamine pills disguised as pharmaceutical grade Adderall pills from a source on the West Coast. Similar to the heroin pills, the methamphetamine pills included the same characteristics as Adderall — the pills were orange, oval-shaped, and included the imprint “B 974,” which is found on pharmaceutical grade Adderall pills. Pulichene then sold those methamphetamine pills to defendants Colon, Eaton, Vanvlack, and Devyn Wolny. Colon then sold the pills to Ralph Banks, Jr., and others.

In the second conspiracy, Pulichene operated an illegal cocaine distribution network. He obtained cocaine from a source in the Gulf Coast and then sold the cocaine to Colon, Eaton, and Wolny for resale to others. Colon resold the cocaine to Banks, Kevin Drake, Jr., and Nicholas Lasusa. 

In addition to the large quantities of drugs that were recovered, investigators seized 39 firearms, including assault weapons, 40 high-capacity magazines, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, riot gear, and other weapons.

This indictment contains 275 counts for various felony narcotics offenses, including a charge against Pulichene for Operating as a Major Trafficker, which carries a maximum sentence of life in state prison, and various counts of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (class A and B felonies), as well as Conspiracy to commit those crimes. Additionally, Pulichene, Alton Countryman, Banks, and Colon are charged with firearms offenses for some of the firearms that were seized.

Indictment Two

In the second Indictment, Robert Curry is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, and 3 counts associated with the possession of cocaine which occurred within the city of Kingston in Ulster County.

Those charged in today’s two indictments include:

CHRISTOPHER PULICHENE, 39 years old, of New Paltz, New York
RALPH BANKS, JR., 50 years old, of Saugerties, New York
THOMAS COLON, 60 years old, of Saugerties, New York
ALTON COUNTRYMAN, 35 years old, of Kingston, New York
THEKLA COUNTRYMAN, 35 years old, of Kingston, New York
ROBERT CURRY, 42 years old, of Albany, New York
KEVIN DRAKE, JR., 32 years old, of Kingston, New York
JULIA EATON, 34 years old, of Gansevoort, New York
JOSHUA GULDY, 21 years old, of Kingston, New York
NICHOLAS LASUSA, 31 years old, of Saugerties, New York
ZACHARY VANVLACK, 34 years old, of Wappingers Falls, New York
DEVYN WOLNY, 24 years old, of New Paltz, New York

“Ulster County has witnessed an increase in drug use, drug overdoses, and gun violence,” said Ulster County Sheriff Juan J. Figueroa. “This case establishes the need of local law enforcement to collaborate with state agencies that have the assets and expertise of long-term investigations. The URGENT Task Force, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the Organized Crime Task Force joined forces to take down drug traffickers and remove drugs and weapons off the streets. This case is the largest seizure of illicit drugs in the county’s history. I congratulate the participating agencies of the URGENT Task Force, the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force, and the New York State Police for a job well done in protecting the residents of the Hudson Valley.”

“This investigation highlights the importance of ongoing collaboration between law enforcement agencies and using all available resources to hold offenders accountable,” said Dutchess County Sheriff Kirk Imperati. “I want to thank all of the law enforcement partners for their hard work and dedication regarding this investigation to protect Dutchess County communities.”

“I would like to thank our State Police Special Investigations Unit members, the Office of the Attorney General, and our law enforcement partners for their devotion and perseverance in this investigation,” said New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen. “These indictments are a direct result of a collective effort that has interrupted the distribution of narcotics and weapons in our neighborhoods and has taken dangerous individuals off our streets. State Police and our partners will continue to keep our communities safe from such criminals and the harmful circumstances they create.”

“This is one of the largest drug and gun takedowns in the history of Ulster County,” said Ulster County District Attorney David J. Clegg. “The trafficking of illegal narcotic drugs and the possession of deadly firearms will not be tolerated in our county. We will continue to work jointly with the New York Attorney General’s Office Organized Crime Taskforce to hold these twelve individuals accountable to the fullest extent of the law for the illegal sale and distribution of narcotics, and possession of illegal firearms. We will continue to work tirelessly to take dangerous drugs and firearms off the streets and keep our community safe.”

“This is a major victory in our efforts to stem the flow of guns, gangs, and drugs into our community; and will deliver a devastating blow to those who have been fomenting violence in our streets,” said Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan. “I commend and thank Attorney General Letitia James, the Organized Crime Task Force, Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa, the brave members of our Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (U.R.G.E.N.T.) team, and everyone involved with this historic operation. As county executive, I have made it a top priority to bolster support to our law enforcement agencies, delivering over 20 percent in additional funding and staff to our U.R.G.E.N.T. team since taking office. We will not rest until every single violent criminal bringing these drugs and guns into our community is brought to justice.”

“Getting these drugs and weapons off the street and these heinous individuals behind bars is a tremendous step towards victory in our ongoing fight against opioids and gun violence,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. “We are grateful to the brave men and women of law enforcement for their continued commitment to cracking down on drug and gun trafficking, especially our own Dutchess County Drug Task Force and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, and to Attorney General Letitia James for her efforts to prosecute the individuals who perpetrate these crimes. We will continue to stand together against those who would harm our community for their own gain.”

Today’s takedown marks the latest major drug bust in OAG’s Suburban and Upstate Response to the Growing Epidemic (SURGE) Initiative, a law enforcement effort that brings together state and local law enforcement to target New York’s growing — and often violent — heroin, opioid, and narcotics trafficking networks. Since launching in 2017, SURGE has taken 738 alleged traffickers off the streets.

The charges against the defendants are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The investigation was led by URGENT Investigator Joseph Stock, under the supervision of URGENT Detective Sergeant Jason Bruck, URGENT Detective Lieutenant Abram Markiewicz, URGENT Commander Jarrid Blades, and OAG OCTF Detective David Walsh, under the supervision of Detective Supervisor Bradford Miller and Acting Assistant Chief Andy Boss. The OAG’s Investigations Division is led by Chief Investigator Oliver Pu-Folkes.

In addition to the law enforcement partners listed above, Attorney General James would also like to thank the Dutchess County Drug Task Force, which is led by Coordinator Detective Sergeant Adam Harris, the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit, and the Homeland Security Investigations-Hudson Valley Office for their assistance throughout the investigation. 

The case is being prosecuted by OAG OCTF Assistant Deputy Attorney General Griffin C. Kenyon, with the assistance of Special Assistant Deputy Attorney General Shanza Malik and Special Assistant Deputy Attorney General John L. Mason of the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, and OCTF Legal Support Analyst Santiago Molina. ADAG Kenyon is under the supervision of Downstate OCTF Deputy Chief Lauren Abinanti. Nicole Keary is the Deputy Attorney General in Charge of OCTF. The Division for Criminal Justice is led by Chief Deputy Attorney General José Maldonado and overseen by First Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Levy.

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A Summer of Live Theatre with Romeo & Juliet at Fenimore Art Museum’s Lakeside Amphitheater

Written By Editor on 6/14/22 | 6/14/22



The production is set in 1960s Brighton, England amidst the violent clash between the “Mods” and the “Rockers.”


Romeo and Juliet is a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare for young people—families are strongly encouraged to attend.


Performances start July 6 in the Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater on the shore of Otsego Lake.



Live Theatrical Performances:
Romeo & Juliet 
Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY
Wednesday and Thursday evenings in July and August at 7:00 p.m. (July 6 – August 11)
Tickets available at or at the door on the evening of the performance



Cooperstown, New York – Fenimore Art Museum’s Glimmer Globe Theatre is thrilled to announce a summer of live theatre with William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo & Juliet. Performances take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in July and August at 7:00 pm (July 6–August 11), set against the backdrop of shimmering Otsego Lake at the Museum’s Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater. Tickets available in advance at or at the theater immediately preceding the show.

Set in 1960s Brighton, England amidst the violent clash between the “Mods” and the “Rockers,” two star-crossed lovers find themselves caught in a storm of hate. While this timeless story has permeated culture across centuries and continents, the only way to truly know the play is to experience it performed live on stage. With equal parts romance, action, humor, and heartbreak, Romeo and Juliet is a wonderful introduction to Shakespeare for young people—families are strongly encouraged to attend. 


The production is directed by Michael Henrici, who also stars with Danielle Henrici, Peter Exton, Mary Fralick, Sharon Rankins-Burd, Carolyn Chryst, Nadel Henville, and Tom Russo, plus an extraordinary ensemble cast of regional actors featuring Andrew Munro, Wriley Nelson, Cait Liberati, Mark Murphy, Grace Ruganis, Bonnie Gibb, and Loial Davis Fralick.


Sponsored in part by The Clark Foundation, Mary and George Bonczek, Melinda Hardin and Lou Allstadt, Otsego County Government, NYCM Insurance, Mr. Tom Morgan and Ms. Erna J. Morgan McReynolds, and Dr. Richard Sternberg.

Advance tickets are available through or at the theater immediately preceding the show. Tickets: $18 Adults (13-64); $16 Seniors (65+) and Members; $10 Youth (7-12); free for ages six and under. (Please select the free ticket option for children six and under when using Eventbrite.) Performance details and protocols will be sent via e-mail to ticket holders prior to the performance. Find the rain date policy on our Eventbrite page or at Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. An alternate indoor location is available in the event of inclement weather.


If you have any questions about the performances, please contact


Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Route 80, less than one mile from the center of Cooperstown. For more information visit 

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Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful To Double Down On Cleanup Effort

It's not too late to join in on the Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful Great American Cleanup. The six county event kicked off on April 23rd and will run until June 20th. Teams are encouraged to register their cleanup ahead of time at

"We have had an amazing turnout across the regions this year," said Samantha Brown, Recycling Coordinator for the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority (Authority). "Collectively, volunteer sign ups has increased almost 800% from 2021. Over 1,500 volunteers have picked up over 1,800 bags of litter and collected over 200 bags of recyclables in the Mohawk Valley so far,” she added.

By registering your event on the website, you are eligible to receive free materials including gloves, trash bags, and other assistance. In addition to free materials and resources, registrants will be highlighted for their efforts on the Authority website and KMVB social media platforms.

Volunteers who have registered can pick up supplies at the following locations during regular business hours:

Mohawk Valley Economic Development District: 26 West Main Street, Mohawk, NY 13407

Moore Insurance Group: 1002 Black River Blvd, Rome NY 13440

Utica City Hall (by appointment only): 1 Kennedy Plaza, Utica, NY 13502

Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority: 1600 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502

KMVB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB). KAB works to create sustainable communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound, and their annual clean-up effort is part the country’s largest community improvement program.

Each Spring, KAB affiliates, like KMVB, engage more than 4 million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide. This year, KMVB is asking individuals, businesses, organizations, and community groups to register cleanup or beautification events – new or existing – in the Mohawk Valley region.

Registered events receive support from KMVB, and results are included in the national report published annually by KAB. “We want to recognize the efforts of all the volunteers who have gone out and done something to improve the environmental health of our region, so please register your event with us,” says Steve Smith, Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District. “Whether you have a one-person team or a two hundred-person team – we want to include your cleanup,” he continued.

Examples of how you or your group can join the effort include: cleaning up litter along roadways, waterways, parks and recreation areas, starting a community garden or participating in a recycling project.

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U.S. Army Medical Personnel to Sharpen Critical Wartime Skills Alongside Westchester Medical Center Specialists

VALHALLA N.Y. – United States Army medical personnel will train alongside Westchester Medical Center physicians and nurses to maintain and enhance critical wartime medical skills.


Under a new partnership announced today by the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and the United States Army, medical personnel assigned to Keller Army Community Hospital (KACH), located in West Point, N.Y., will train alongside anesthesia, plastic surgery, trauma and reconstruction specialists at Westchester Medical Center. In doing so, the U.S. Army medical personnel will gain valuable trauma and critical care experience that will help ensure operational readiness for military missions as well as general care at KACH.


Westchester Medical Center is an academic medical center that supplies acute care for the most complex trauma injuries and is home to the only burn care center in eastern New York State north of New York City. Keller Army Community Hospital serves the West Point Health Service Area, which includes the United States Military Academy, West Point staff and families, and military beneficiaries. KACH supplies a range of healthcare services, while also supplying trained clinicians for U.S. Army assignments – domestic and foreign.

The agreement is the latest in a series of collaborations between Westchester Medical Center and the U.S. Army for medical training and care for military personnel.

“Our physicians and nurses are thrilled to have yet another opportunity to work alongside U.S. Army medical specialists and provide training for their important work as physicians and nurses serving military personnel,” said Renee Garrick, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, WMCHealth. “The training will have reciprocal benefits for us at Westchester Medical Center as U.S. Army medical personnel will be able to share innovations in combat casualty care, which will be tremendously useful to the communities we serve as a Level I trauma center.”


“This partnership provides exponential learning opportunities for our medical personnel and strengthens the relationship we already maintain with WMCHealth,” said Col. Neil McMullin, Deputy Commander for Clinical Services at Keller Army Community Hospital. “We will be learning from some of the best physicians in the country, which will allow us to maintain the high-quality, world-class healthcare we provide to the West Point Health Service Area beneficiaries, and will allow our medical personnel to be ready to deploy in defense of our nation, relevant, and responsive to the medical needs of our military service members.”


About Westchester Medical Center Health Network
The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, New York, with nine hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 13,000 people and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. The Network has Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 trauma centers, the region’s only acute care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers, skilled nursing, assisted living facilities, home-care services and one of the largest mental health systems in New York State. Today, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated health care in the Hudson Valley. For more information about WMCHealth, visit or follow WMCHealth on or

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Written By Editor on 6/13/22 | 6/13/22

Greensboro, N.C.: The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced this week that three members of the SUNY Cobleskill baseball team have been named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III Region 1 All-Region Team. Senior shortstop Eddy Garcia, Bronx, N.Y., World View High School, was named to the Division III Region 1 All-Region First Team while senior outfielder/designated hitter Samuel Gutierrez, Bayside, N.Y., Martin Van Buren High School/Queensborough Community College, and junior pitcher Wyatt Palmer, Camden, N.Y., Camden High School/Cayuga Community College, were both named to the Division III Region 1 All-Region Third Team. 

The talented trio led the Fighting Tigers to their third consecutive winning season on the way to their second straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Western Division Championship after setting a new program record for most wins in a single season as Cobleskill posted a 21-20 overall record including an 11-4 mark versus NAC Western Division opponents.  

When informed of his players selection Cobleskill Head Coach Lance Ratchford had high praise for their accomplishments. 

“Eddy, Samuel and Wyatt played major roles in our success this season in terms of how they competed on game day, how hard they worked in practice and how they conducted themselves off the field. I am extremely proud of these young men’s accomplishments on and off the field and of the example they have set for all of our players on what we want Fighting Tiger Baseball to be about.”   

Eddy Garcia, who was recently named to the 2022 All-Region 1 First Team, was honored as the 2022 NAC Player-of-the-Year while earning a spot on the league’s 2022 Western Division All-Conference Team, after earning All-NAC Team honors in 2021, leading the NAC in games played with 41, plate appearances with 177, at bats with 147, hits with 54, runs scored with 48, runs batted in with 45, doubles with 17, triples with six, total bases with 101 and assists with 101. 

The Bronx, N.Y. native was also ranked second in the league in slugging percentage at .687, third in stolen bases with 20, third in double plays generated defensively with 17, fifth in home runs with six, fifth in batting average .367, ninth in on-base percentage at .449 and tenth in total defensive chances with 110. 

Samuel Gutierrez was also named recently to the 2022 All-Region 1 First Team after a season that saw him earn All-NAC Western Division Team honors as well as a spot on the 2022 NAC Baseball All-Tournament Team. During the season Gutierrez set a new program record for  

home runs with nine while going 44-for-127 at the plate in 38 games for a .346 batting average to go with a .475 on-base percentage along with a .701 slugging percentage.  

The Bayside, N.Y. native also drove in 42 runs and scored 37 runs on the season while belting four triples along with 10 doubles and 18 stolen bases.  

Wyatt Palmer was selected as the 2022 NAC Baseball Pitcher-of-the-Year as well as to the 2022 NAC Baseball All-Tournament Team as the right-handed starter earned All-NAC Western Division Team honors during the season while being named the league’s Pitcher-of-the-Week four times during the year.  

During the season Palmer emerged as the ace of the Fighting Tiger pitching staff as the transfer from Cayuga Community College posted a 7-2 record in nine starts to lead all NAC pitchers in victories with a 2.86 ERA in 50.1 innings of work. He also hurled a pair of complete games including a nine-inning shutout victory. The Camden, N.Y. native held opposing hitters to a .257 batting average on the year striking out 33 hitters on the season. 

 The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 13,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, NJCAA, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. 

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Discover How Plants Were Used as Medicine in the 19th Century at Herbal Remedies Weekend


Discover How Plants Were Used as Medicine in the 19th Century at Herbal Remedies Weekend



Herbal Remedies Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, June 18–19 • 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY


Cooperstown, New York — Learn the various ways plants were used as medicine and how they were produced in the mid 19th century during The Farmers’ Museum’s Herbal Remedies Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Watch the blacksmith create lab equipment used in the distillation of medical extracts. Tour our medical specimen garden. See medical broadsides and pamphlets handset and printed on our own vintage presses. Interpreters will show and discuss simple home remedies that every farm family was well versed in producing. You’ll also find everything else that makes the Museum a great day trip—the friendly baby farm animals, the Cardiff Giant, the Empire State Carousel, Todd’s General Store, and much more!


Entry to Herbal Remedies Weekend is included with regular museum admission. All fathers are admitted free on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19). The Museum has teamed up with Museums for All, which provides those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits with free admission, for up to four people. 


Also on Saturday, sign up for our Balms and Salves Workshop (June 18 at 1:00 p.m.) where you’ll learn how to make tinctures, extracts, balms, salves, and rubs. Make your own to take home! ($80/$70 Members) Find a link to register on our calendar at


The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 Route 80 in Cooperstown, just north of the village. Visit for more information.




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.

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Free Admission for Fathers on Father’s Day at Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum


Cooperstown, New York — Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown are the perfect spots to celebrate Dad and show him how much you appreciate all that he does through the year. Both museums will recognize Father’s Day by offering free admission to all fathers and grandfathers on Sunday, June 19, 2022, from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


At Fenimore, view the permanent collections and six current exhibitions including Unmasking Venice: American Artists and the City of Water, Al Hirschfeld: Caricaturist to the Stars, North by Nuuk: Greenland After Rockwell Kent—Photographs by Denis Defibaugh, and Drawn from Life: Three Generations of Wyeth Figure Studies.


Afterwards, head across the street to The Farmers’ Museum and experience the new exhibit Growing Tomorrow’s Farmers which celebrates the role children played on family farms from the 19th century to the present. The kids will love the cute baby farm animals at the Lippitt Farmstead. You can also explore the country village–making family memories that will last a lifetime.


To enhance the visit, grab a bite to eat at the Fenimore Café from 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. The Café features outdoor seating on the museum’s expansive garden terrace overlooking picturesque Otsego Lake. The Fenimore Gift Shop and The Farmers’ Museum Store are filled with new items and perfect gift ideas for everyone.


Hours: Both museums are open daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  For more information, visit and

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The Kimberly Hawkey Trio June 17th at Landis

Kimberly Hawkey’s artistry transcends time. With immortal songs – jazz, Broadway, folk – and a crystalline voice, she transports audiences into a world of beauty, offering an unforgettable shared experience. Whether solo, or leading her band, or fronting an orchestra, Kimberly fully inhabits captivating melodies and cinematic lyrics – “little two-and-a-half-minute symphonies” as she calls them – conjuring vistas of the heart for a modern age in need of vintage, time-tested soul sustenance. The band’s objective is to connect to audiences on a deep level, through story, performance, and the transcendent power of music.  Click here to find a video of Kimberly's awesome styling.

Find the magic of the moon at Landis during our live music series at the Meeting House, with its “million dollar view” and nearly perfect acoustics. We invite you to join us from 7:00 to 10:00 PM inside near the stage or outdoors on our broad deck – or on a blanket on the lawn.

Location: Meeting House

Registration: Members and non-members: $10. Kids under 12 free!

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Drumming is coming back to Landis June 15th!

Join us at 6:30 PM this WEDNESDAY, June 15, to drum! We’ll be in or near the Peace Pavilion at Landis to drum with leader Art Teale. Art is a dedicated musician (his group is Waitin’ on Bob) and a well-respected handyman in the area who welcomes seasoned drummers and newbies for a fun and relaxing experience. 

Please bring:

A. drum (or a plastic bucket that makes a nice sound when struck), or rhythm sticks or other rhythm instrument
A chair or if you prefer, a lawn blanket to sit on
Water (stay hydrated, people!)
Bug stuff to repel both mosquitos and ticks

Drumming is free for everyone.

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SUNY Cobleskill’s Histotechnician Program Signs Affiliation Agreement with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Written By Editor on 6/8/22 | 6/8/22


SUNY Cobleskill’s Histotechnician Program Signs Affiliation Agreement with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


COBLESKILL, N.Y. -- SUNY Cobleskill is excited to announce a newly established affiliation agreement between its Histotechnician Associate’s program and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York City. The agreement will give students the opportunity to complete their clinical training at MSK’s Mohs laboratory, surgical pathology laboratory, and cytopathology laboratory.


Histotechnology is a unique, specialized, and highly important area within the medical laboratory sciences. Its focus is on the preservation of tissue and the preparation of microscopic slides for use by pathologists in patient diagnosis and treatment. These tissues may be obtained from an operating room, clinic, doctor's office, emergency room, or postmortem examination. Histotechnicians may also prepare frozen tissue sections that enable rapid diagnosis while a patient is actively undergoing surgery.


Through this agreement, which is effective in June 2022, candidate students will learn on-site at the Mohs laboratory, surgical pathology, and cytopathology laboratory, working alongside histology technicians, Mohs technicians, Mohs surgeons, and pathologists in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

“This opportunity to partner with one of the world's best cancer treatment facilities is a privilege for our program and our students, and a valued addition to our ever-growing list of affiliate hospitals whose names, just like MSK, are synonymous with the highest quality of patient care and medical research," said SUNY Cobleskill Histotechnician Program Director Adam Tegnander. "In our mission to certify students to work cooperatively and ethically as an essential member of a healthcare team, working alongside professionals at the forefront of our field is our greatest advantage.”


This is an exciting opportunity for MSK  to partner with SUNY Cobleskill’s Histotechnician Program. We are excited to welcome the SUNY Cobleskill’s students to our institution to help train and mentor the next generation of cancer experts,” said MSK Regional Pathology Manager Camille McKay.


SUNY Cobleskill's Histotechnician Associate in Applied Science program is a two-year curriculum that provides students with the academic and technical skills necessary for entry-level employment in the field of Histotechnology. The College’s program is the only accredited degree-granting Histotechnician program in New York State, and the first of its kind in the entire United States.


Employment of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsAn increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. Prenatal testing for various types of genetic conditions also is increasingly common, and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians will be in demand to assist in diagnosis and treatment (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

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Franklin Stage Company Opens Twenty-Sixth Season With Shakespeare Comedy

Franklin Stage Company, Delaware County’s only admission-free professional theater, will present Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, adapted by New York’s Fiasco Theater, July 1–17 at Chapel Hall, in Franklin, NY.

Fiasco’s adaptation is a 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s classic for 6 actors, with live music. “Our audiences have been asking when we’ll do a Shakespeare play again, and we feel this adaptation is the perfect way to bring the Bard back to FSC’s stages,” said FSC Co-Artistic Director Patricia Buckley. “It’s a beautiful interpretation and the perfect size for our production capabilities.”

Two Gentlemen of Verona is one of Shakespeare’s earliest and least performed comedies. It tells the story of best friends, Valentine and Proteus, who separately leave their home city of Verona to serve the Duke in Milan. In Milan, Valentine falls for the Duke’s daughter Sylvia, while before leaving Verona, Proteus pledges his love to Julia. But once Proteus arrives in Milan, he too falls for Sylvia, setting up a rivalry with his friend. Meanwhile, back in Verona, Julia assumes a male disguise and follows Proteus to Milan.

The play deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity, the conflict between camaraderie and romantic love, and the foolish behavior of people during infatuation. It is also the earliest of Shakespeare’s plays in which a young woman disguises herself as a boy, and the only play of his with a dog as a cast member (played in this version by one of the actors). Directed by Chris O’Connor, the show features Woodrow Proctor who played the title role in FSC’s 2019 production of Billy Bishop Goes to War. Both director and actor are happy to be collaborating again at FSC. “I’m excited to stage Shakespeare’s rich romantic comedy with this incredibly talented cast,” said O’Connor. “This will be a perfect summer treat for the season’s audience!”

FSC will comply with all current CDC and NY State Covid regulations, so show attendees must present an ID and proof of vaccination. Any updates to FSC Covid policy can be found on their website. 

The Franklin Stage Company season runs through August 21 at Chapel Hall, 25 Institute Street in Franklin, NY. Please note all evening shows have a curtain time of 7:30 pm. Two Gentlemen of Verona will also have Saturday matinees at 3:00 pm and Sunday shows at 5:00 pm. General Seating. Admission is free—suggested donation is $25 per person. For more information and reservations, visit Programming at the Franklin Stage Company is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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