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North Chatham Free Library (NCFL) Hosts a Free Gathering of Book Lovers in the Library Back Garden

Written By Editor on 5/29/23 | 5/29/23

Join Fellow Bibliophiles on Wednesday, June 14 at 10 A.M.

North ChathamN.Y. (May 25, 2023) Just in time to get ideas for summer reading, the North Chatham Free Library is hosting a free and open gathering of bibliophiles in its beautiful garden on Wednesday, June 14 at 10 A.M. In case of rain, the event will be held inside the library. At the conclusion, everyone will receive a list of books favored by others.

Participants should come prepared to recommend one or two favorite reads and briefly describe its plot and author and why the book is esteemed. Time will be allotted time for questions and answers about each book. This shared input will be a guide for your summer reading and/or provide suggestions for book clubs. Book submissions may be fiction or nonfiction.

Bring your own chair if you can, and should you wish, your own beverage. Cookies will be provided. There is a 12-participant limit to allow ample time for discussion; so register early to ensure inclusion and avoid disappointment.

This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts 
with the support of The Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by CREATE Council on the Arts. 

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Five Myths About Retirement That Can Lead You Astray

Whether you are decades away from retirement or it’s right around the corner, it’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to planning for your post-work life. Here are five common – and often costly – myths that often mislead people about life in retirement. Keeping them in mind can help you avoid missteps and achieve your goals for a happy and satisfying retirement.

Myth #1 – Retirement life will be less expensive

Retirement often frees up more time to pursue other interests and hobbies. This may include more travel, social activities and other pursuits that require a financial commitment. Depending on your goals, be prepared for life in retirement to cost more than you might think. In particular, be cognizant that many people overestimate how much money they’ll save by “downsizing” their homes. While they may save on property taxes and utilities, they may encounter new costs related to their new, smaller living arrangements, such as homeowner association and facility fees. 

Myth #2 – Health insurance is simple – and free!

Medicare is a critical benefit for retirees, but it wasn’t designed to cover everything. Medicare involves a complex combination of various policies and full coverage comes with costs. Medicare Part A, the basic coverage for hospital insurance, is free for most Americans over the age of 65. That said, other forms of Medicare have costs associated with coverage. According to, in 2023, the standard premium for Medicare Part B, for physician services is $164.90 per month. Medicare Part D, for prescription drug coverage, also involves monthly premiums. Most retirees will pay premiums for supplemental health coverage or choose a Medicare Advantage plan to protect them. Copays and deductibles can be included. Plan on health care as a major expense in retirement.

Myth #3 – Social Security will take care of my financial needs in retirement

According to the Social Security Administration, more than one-third of Americans rely on Social Security for more than half of their income in retirement. That said, it’s important to be realistic. The average Social Security benefit for retired workers in January 2023 is $1,827 per month. Even if you double that for a married couple, it is likely to be far less than your pre-retirement income, and far from enough to meet your needs in retirement. That’s why saving in a workplace retirement plan, IRAs and other types of investment vehicles, is critical to protect your long-term financial security.

Myth #4 – Taxes won’t be a major concern in retirement

You might think that because you aren’t working, taxes don’t come into play. The reality is far different. Most people are required to pay taxes on a portion of their Social Security income. What’s more, distributions from workplace savings plans such as 401(k)s, 403(b)s and traditional IRAs are generally subject to income tax as well. Most income generated by bonds, bond funds and CDs are taxable. You may even need to make quarterly estimated tax payments on your investment income and retirement plan distributions.

Myth #5 – Retirement will mean it’s time to kick back and relax

Given the longer life expectancies many Americans enjoy today, the reality is that leaving your position with a company or ending a career doesn’t necessarily mean you are done with work. Many people have the desire to remain active. This can take the form of consulting, using the talents and experience you have to continue to earn money. It also might mean spending significant time volunteering for organizations you support. In short, retirement doesn’t mean setting your talents, abilities and energy aside. For many, it’s the start of a new chapter in life. 

Planning helps you stay reality-based

As you structure your retirement plan, it makes sense to put some thought into what life will look like, and how that might impact your living costs. A good plan will help you set these myths aside and deal with the real world of retirement.

Michael D. Lanuto, CRPC®, AWMA® is a Financial Advisor with S.M. Miller & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. in Albany, NY.  He specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 7 years. To contact him: 518-949-2039; 4 Atrium Drive, Ste 200, Albany, NY, 12205;;

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It's gorgeous at Landis in June!

Lexington to Host Seventh Annual Golf Tournament


GLOVERSVILLE – The seventh annual Lexington Golf Tournament will be held Friday, June 23 at Hales Mills Country Club in Johnstown. All golfers are welcome to join the competition, which includes contests, prizes, games, golf gifts, food and more. Proceeds will benefit the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts.

            The tournament will kick off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and will be played in a scramble format. The fee for participation is $125 per golfer, and includes greens fees, cart, breakfast and lunch, along with snacks and beverages on the course. Contests will include a Skins Game, Closest to the Pin (Men and Women), Closest to the Line (Men and Women), Cornhole and more! Golfers will also compete for prizes such as a Weber grill, Yeti cooler, gift cards and more.

            Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses and individuals who would like to support Lexington, advertise to participants and help underwrite the gifts, food, beverages, contests, awards and other special incentives provided to golfers. There are multiple sponsorship levels and sponsors receive signage, program listings, face time at the tournament, spots in the tournament, social media posts, company logos on tournament materials and more. To learn more about sponsorship, please visit> News & Events or > News & Events.  Sponsors to date include Nunn’s Home Medical Equipment (tournament sponsor), NFP/Rose and Kiernan Foundation (luncheon sponsor), Hill & Markes (beverage cart sponsor) and hole sponsors Rubi and Quiri, US Foods, Transitions, and Hales Mills Country Club.

            For more information, to register to golf or to sponsor the tournament, please contact Lynette May at (518) 661-9932 or

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Public Service Announcement: Blood Drives at Bassett Healthcare Network Locations in June

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Cooperstown, N.Y. – Bassett Healthcare Network will be hosting three blood drives at different locations in the upcoming weeks.


June 5: A.O. Fox Tri-Town Campus 

  • What: American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • When: Monday, June 5, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: A.O. Fox Tri-Town Campus - Conference Room N-112 (43 Pearl Street West in Sidney, NY).
  • Scheduling: Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome. Appointments may be made by visiting this page or using the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.
  • Details: Participants will receive a free $10 e-gift card by email to a merchant of their choice.

June 7: A.O. Fox Hospital 

  • What: American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • When: Wednesday, June 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: A.O. Fox Hospital - Levine Conference Room (1 Norton Avenue in Oneonta, NY). 
  • Scheduling: Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome. Appointments may be made by visiting this page or using the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.
  • Details: Participants will receive a free $10 e-gift card by email to a merchant of their choice.

June 16: Bassett Medical Center 

  • What: American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • When: Friday, June 16, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Bassett Medical Center - Bassett Hall Auditorium (on the corner of Beaver and Pioneer Streets in Cooperstown, NY).
  • Details: Appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome. Appointments may be made by calling 607-547-3701, visiting, or using the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.
  • Details: Participants will receive a free $10 e-gift card by email to a merchant of their choice.

Please note: All participants will be required to undergo temperature screenings upon arrival. 

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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Bassett Applauds Seven Caregivers on Earning Doctoral Degrees in Nursing

Cooperstown, N.Y. – Bassett Healthcare Network announced today that seven of its nursing leaders earned Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from Case Western Reserve University. This degree is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as the highest level of preparation for Clinical Nursing. Six of the cohort received their degrees on May 19, while a seventh member is expected to receive her degree this summer.


Bassett Healthcare Network provided complete tuition support as well as schedule flexibility, enabling cohort members to complete classwork while working full-time.


“We are extremely grateful to this exceptional group of nursing leaders for their commitment to expanding their knowledge for the benefit of our patients,” said Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President & CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network. “It is a privilege to invest in our nursing leadership and support them in their achievement.”


The rigorous doctoral program leading to this highly respected degree is designed to expand the focus of the participants in practice leadership, educational leadership, and executive leadership. The university’s website states: “Nursing doctorate graduates apply their education and expertise in leadership roles on the front lines of nursing, in clinical practice, administration, teaching, systematic improvement, and health policy design and development.”


Angela Belmont, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive at Bassett Healthcare Network, said: “The goal of this program is not only to increase the knowledge of these leaders. It is to use that knowledge to benefit our patients throughout our network of hospitals and clinics.” 


The Doctor of Nursing Practice cohort includes nursing leaders from across Bassett Healthcare Network, who participated in the program both online and in person at Case Western Reserve University’s campus, based in Cleveland, Ohio.


The doctoral recipients are:


Tammy Aiken, MSN, RN, SANE, DNP

Director of Emergency & Trauma Services, Bassett Healthcare Network

Director of Critical Care, Bassett Medical Center


Jan (Jeanet) Calhoun, MSN, RN, EMT, DNP

Program Manager, Emergency & Trauma Services, Bassett Medical Center


Daniel Endress, MS, RN, CMSRN, DNP

Director of Nursing & Operations, O’Connor Hospital


Susan Oakes Ferrucci, MSN, RN, CNS, DNP

Vice President, Chief Hospital Executive and Chief Nursing Officer

Critical Access Hospitals Division – Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Little Falls Hospital,

O’Connor Hospital


Joan MacDonald, MSN, RN, DNP

Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Vice President of Operations, A.O. Fox Hospital


Paula Moshier, MSHA, BSN, RN, CPHRM, DNP

Vice President of Quality & Patient Experience, Bassett Medical Center 


The doctoral candidate is:


Julie Hall, MSN, RN (DNP Candidate)

Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Services, Bassett Medical Center


I think the most important message is how grateful we are that Bassett supported us as a cohort to pursue this education,” said Susan Oakes Ferrucci, Chief Hospital Executive and Chief Nursing Officer, Critical Access Hospitals Division, based at Cobleskill Regional Hospital. “I look forward to the future of Bassett with so many doctoral prepared nurse leaders.”


“I am forever grateful to Bassett for this opportunity, and I am grateful to my cohort. We helped and supported each other and kept each other moving forward to meet our goals and deadlines,” said Jan Calhoun, Trauma Program Manager of Emergency & Trauma Services at Bassett Medical Center.

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Living Safely with Bears at Mountain Top Library

Living Safely with Bears at Mountain Top Library

FREE June 8th, Thursday @ 8pm: “Living Safely with Bears” Learn About Living with Black Bears and Removing Attractants. Presented by The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

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Notice of Public Meeting - Halcott

Notice of Public Meeting

A regular meeting of the Town of Halcott Zoning Board of Appeals will take place Saturday June 3 at the Town Grange, 264 Route 3 Halcott, NY at 9:00 AM. This is not a public hearing and is not associated with the Halcott Land Use Update project. Karen Rauter, Halcott ZBA Chair

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Registration Still Open for Hartwick College Summer Camps

Written By Editor on 5/25/23 | 5/25/23

Registration is still open for Hartwick College’s summer sports and environmental education day camps. From a coed sports camp in partnership with Nike and Cooperstown All-Star Village, to offerings at the College’s Pine Lake Environmental campus, Hartwick’s summer camps lineup offers a range of fun and engaging opportunities for toddlers through to middle-school-aged youth. The Summer 2023 offerings include:

The Hartwick Nike Multi-Sport Camp
This non-sports-specific three-day camp offers a variety of fun, interactive and sports-related activities for young athletes. Campers will focus on developing a foundation of techniques and skills through exciting drills and games. Offered in full and half-day sessions in Binder Physical Education Center on the Hartwick campus, the program will challenge campers to grow in imagination, creativity and teamwork.
Camp dates: June 4-6; June 10-12; June 16-18; June 22-24; June 28-30
Ages: 6 -12

Camps offered at Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus include:

Children’s Day Camp
A one-week day camp focused on nature-based educational and art activities.
Camp dates: July 17 – 21
Ages: 6 – 10

Parent/Guardian and Me Morning Outdoor Program
Parents/guardians and young children can take advantage of a two-hour outdoor exploration program.
Program dates: Monthly Monday morning sessions: June 26, July 24, August 14
Ages: 2 – 7

For more details, contact and registration information, visit the Hartwick College Summer Camp website at

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Hyde Hall Opens May 27th With New Events and Completed Projects!

Written By Editor on 5/23/23 | 5/23/23

Cooperstown, NY – Hyde Hall opens its doors on May 27th with a season full of events, tours, concerts, and new victories to share. The historic site completed significant projects during the winter months that advance restoration efforts, increase what the museum can offer to the public, and further help diverse audiences explore, appreciate, and understand history. 

During the off-season, Hyde Hall proceeded with major restoration projects and completed the Wood Barn. Along with serving as an exhibition space, this structure expands Hyde Hall’s capacity to serve our community by hosting private events, weddings, conferences, workshops, and lectures; a Contra Dance is already scheduled for July 21 this season.

Within the mansion, Ann Low Cary Cooper Clarke’s suite saw initial restoration efforts that reinstalled the original wall and renewed the interior. At the close of last season, the Dining Room received its impressive floor-to-ceiling French-style continuous draperies. This completes the restoration of the Dining Room, making it the perfect setting for elegant private dinners or other events.

Hyde Hall’s Executive Director says, “Thanks to the support of donors and friends, Hyde Hall has more to offer than ever before. We’ve expanded our range of tours and events to include a folk music festival featuring local artists and a Contra dance. With everyone’s help, Hyde Hall is a more vibrant place and a great, local venue for history, the arts, and education!

Not long after opening, Hyde Hall and Glimmerglass State Park will host the  Hyde Hall and Glimmerglass State Park Block Party on June 10. This all-day event gives the public a chance to celebrate the start of the summer season with over 20 local organizations, live music, crafts, educational hikes, adoption opportunities with the SPCA, and a chance to meet the impressive Rolling Meadows Clydesdale. 

Hyde Hall is excited to welcome the public back to the stately home at the north end of Otsego Lake. When it opens on May 27th, the public can see the progress the site has made. More information is available at

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SUNY Delhi Sets Pool Hours

SUNY Delhi Pool Hours May 16 – June 3, 2023
Tuesday’s 10 am to 1 pm Open Swim
Thursday’s 10 am to 1 pm Open Swim
Saturday’s 12 noon to 5 pm Open Swim

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