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Exploration Days Bird Walk at Hanford Mills June 17

Written By Editor on 5/30/23 | 5/30/23

EAST MEREDITH — Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society will host a morning bird walk starting at 8am on June 17 in conjunction with Exploration Days at Hanford Mills. Veteran birders Suzanne Gaynor and Kathryn Davino will co-lead the walk around the Hanford Mills property. Beginners and experienced birders alike are welcome to join in. The walk covers fairly level terrain and will last about 90 minutes. The trail traverses a variety of surfaces: grass, gravel, and boardwalk, and it includes an occasional step up/down and a few gentle slopes. The total distance traveled is about .5 miles. There are no rest areas along the route, but there are benches near the pond, and picnic tables at the parking lot. The parking lot has plenty of room to accommodate vans. Accessible bathrooms are available.

Participants should meet in the big event parking lot and bring binoculars, sturdy shoes, insect repellent, water, and curiosity about birds! Upon return to the parking lot, participants will be invited to drive a short distance to see a Bald Eagle nest that currently has a pair of adults caring for one or more fledglings.

This is a free program and pre-registration is appreciated as it allows leaders to contact participants if there is an issue with the weather. Pre-register using the form at and contact Kathryn Davino at (607-746-7396) with any questions.

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“Clash in the Catskills” July 8 & 9

Delhi Civil War Event

Delaware County Historical Association

Saturday & Sunday, July 8 & 9, 2023

9am – 4pm.


Mark your calendars and plan on a visit to the Delaware County Historical Association (DCHA) over the weekend of July 8 and 9. Please join us then in celebrating the return of the 144th New York State Volunteers as they form together to recognize, remember and reenact three battles of the Civil War.

The 144th Regiment was the largest and best-known regiment mustered in Delaware County during the Civil War, composed almost entirely of Delaware County residents. The regiment was formed during the summer of 1862 and was stationed at different locations throughout the war. The bloodiest battle in which it was involved was fought in South Carolina at the end of 1864 – Honey Hill.

Co-hosted by DCHA and the 144th New York Reenactment Group, the weekend events will include: three Civil War battlefield reenactments (two on Saturday, one on Sunday), living history demonstrations, military surgeon, kids’ activities, and much more. Participants will include re-enactors representing both Union and Confederate troops.

The event takes place at the Delaware County Historical Association on Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and July 9. Lunch is available on both Saturday and Sunday.

Admission: Adults $10.00; Military (retired or active) $5.00; DCHA Members $5.00; Children 12 and under free. Lunch is available on both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, please call DCHA at (607) 746-3849; email:; website:

DCHA is located at 46549 State Hwy. 10, Delhi, NY. We are 2.5 miles north of the village of Delhi.

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Huyck Summer Happenings


With the arrival of spring and approach of summer, the research field season has kicked into gear. Last week, Huyck Research Grant recipient Morgan Vis, Ph.D. and the students working in her lab at Ohio University were here inventorying the Preserve's freshwater algae and especially red algae. Learn more about Dr. Vis' work in an upcoming edition of our biannual newsletter Myosotis Messenger, and come to our Thursday Night Lecture series to hear from upcoming visiting researchers beginning July 13.
Read + Hike Book Club Meeting on June 3, 3-4:30 PM. Starting from the Eldridge Research Center,

284 Pond Hill Road, Rensselaerville.

Join them for the second monthly meeting of our new book club. They will take a leisurely hike with stopping points for book discussion. The book selection for June's meeting is Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America by Leila Philip.

Next Meeting: July 9. Book Selection: Bicycling with Butterflies: My 10,201-Mile Journey Following the Monarch Migration by Sara Dykman.

National Trail Day and

Potluck Lunch, June 3, 10 AM -noon. Meet at Eldridge Research Center.

Help them complete their paint blazing trail project. They will add blazes to the Partridge Path trails and then celebrate with a potluck lunch.

Full Moon Hike for Members, June 4, 8:30 - 9:30 PM. Meet at Eldridge Research Center.

Annual Membership Meeting, June 17, 1 - 3 PM

at Eldridge Research Center.

Current members, come hear what has been accomplished thanks to your support, learn more about the Huyck Preserve’s upcoming goals, and cast your vote in the board election.

Featured Speaker:

Walter Carson, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, University of Pittsburgh,

Biodiversity collapse and the future of the

Eastern Deciduous Forest Biome

Lake Myosotis Beach Opening on June 24

at the Lake Myosotis Swimming Area.

Join them for a pizza party from 5-7 PM on the shore of Lake Myosotis to celebrate the start of the 2023 swimming season. The Be Golden Farms pizza truck will have fresh pizza available for purchase.

Memberships and beach passes may be purchased at the event.

Event Save-the-Dates:

Science Symposium - Forests and Climate Change - July 8

Thursday Night Lectures Begin - July 13

Benefit Gala - August 5

Visit the for more details on upcoming events and Preserve happenings.

There's nothing like summer at Lake Myosotis. Beach passes can be purchased now until the end of the swimming season and are available to current Huyck Preserve members.

Join or renew today and sign up for a beach pass at

Boat rack spaces are now full. If you missed out on a rental space, feel welcome to bring your non-motorized boat for the day.

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Justin Kolb Demystifies Classical Music at the Glen Conservancy Hall 2023 Concert Series

When you consider that classical music was the country music of its day, what makes it seem so forbidding now? Easy: The snobs got hold of it. Pianist Justin Kolb is no snob. In fact, he’s the opposite: a warm, generous performer who celebrates music as the accessible form of enjoyment it’s supposed to be. He’s a virtuoso performer – that’s why he’ll be here – but he’s also put in years as a motivational speaker, and combines the two talents in the concert you’ll see in Glen. Traditional classical favorites combine with charming music by American composers in a delightful program.
Borrowing a page from Glenn Miller’s Chesterfield Broadcasts, Kolb will present “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue: Fantasies, Tangos, and Blues”
at 7:30 PM Saturday, June 10, at Glen Conservancy Hall, 1538 State Highway 161, in Glen, NY.

The program includes works by Chopin, Copland, Barber, and others, all introduced by Kolb in his informative, entertaining manner. Kolb is a pianist, lecturer, and motivational speaker who has premiered compositions by Robert Starer, John Downey, Peter Schickele, and William Ferris, among others. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Hamburg Philharmonic, Amernet String Quartet, and many other noted ensembles. His solo recitals, conservatory power talks and motivational kids’ clinics have also been part of a successful 21st-century career. Both the New York Times and Chicago Tribune have praised his American music performances and Albany Records retains Kolb on its artist’s roster.  

The venue is Conservancy Hall, a former branch of the Dutch Reformed Church, built in 1830. The structure, which seats over 100 and is ADA accessible, is located at 1538 State Route 161 in the hamlet of Glen, Montgomery County. It is a major element of the Glen National Register Historic District, which was created in 2001. The Hall was acquired by the Glen Conservancy in 2014 and is continuing to undergo restoration.

Tickets for each event are $20 ($15 for students and seniors), and may be purchased at the door or online at Updates and late-breaking news will be posted to our website,, so be sure to check that page before you travel.

The program:

Ballade No. 1, Op. 23 Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Impromptu No. 1 in C minor, D. 899 No. 1 Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Excursions, No. 2 Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Troubled Water Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)
Tango quasi una Fantasia Robert Cucinotta (b. 1949)
The Cat and the Mouse Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
El Salon Mexico Copland / Bernstein (1918-1990)

Glen Conservancy Hall, 1538 Mill Point Road (State Hwy 161), Fultonville, NY 12072

Saratoga Arts made this program possible through the Community Arts Regrant Program, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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Vote for Landis!

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

It’s time again to vote for Landis as one of the top twenty places to take kids in the Capital Region. Last year, your votes made us # 1 among the twenty!

Your vote in this survey conducted by the website can help us place again, and help other families find Landis. We hope you will click here and vote for us! Voting continues through midnight on June 19th.

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ASF’s Warriors in Motion Surpass 50 Miles in Road Cycling Event

WINDHAM – The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) wrapped up its second of two Warriors in Motion® (WIM) road cycling events on Thursday afternoon after surpassing 50 miles over the three-day event.

“This was a fantastic three days,” ASF volunteer Peter Paluch said. “To meet some veterans again that I’ve known a number of years from volunteering in this program, it’s a great group. It’s nice to be out and I think it’s one of those things that are really rewarding for someone who didn’t have an opportunity to be involved in the armed forces, and it’s one way we can help.”

Four retired U.S. Military veterans and several volunteers met at the ASF’s Gwen Allard Adaptive Sports Center on Tuesday afternoon to get ready for three days of biking. The veterans were fitted for their bikes and safety equipment and sat down for lunch before their first ride, a 12.5-mile trek from the Windham Mountain parking lot to CD Lane Park in Maplecrest and back. This initial trip featured a few daunting hills, which proved to be a great test for Wednesday’s ride. The veterans handled the inclines with ease as they learned how to properly use their e-bikes to help them on uphill sections. After the afternoon ride, the warriors checked into their hotels before returning to the ASF Lodge for dinner.

Wednesday’s journey once again began at the Windham Mountain parking lot, as the group got ready to ride to Colgate Lake. Riding from Windham to Colgate Lake isn’t an easy task, as there are several steep inclines and some uneven terrain on the way to the popular water feature. The warriors and volunteers headed into Hensonville, then took a turn onto Route 296 to face the rolling hills.

Not only did the WIM group make it to Colgate Lake, but they made it there quickly, taking only an hour and a half to reach the destination. After stretching out and enjoying a lakeside lunch, the warriors made the trek back to Windham via Maplecrest Road and the corkscrew hill the route features. In total, Wednesday’s journey covered 25.8 miles with an 1,568-foot elevation climb. The group returned to ASF to participate in a post-ride stretch before going to their hotels to decompress before another dinner at ASF.

The veterans and volunteers met at ASF on Thursday morning ready for their final ride, a 15-mile trip from Dolan’s Lake in Hunter to the Prattsville Park along Route 23A. The ASF shuttle bus took the group back to ASF after their unseasonably brisk morning journey for lunch before the warriors departed. In total, this week’s WIM group traveled a total of 54 miles and climbed a total of 2,375 vertical feet.

“I loved every minute of this,” warrior Luciano Yulfo said. “It was challenging, especially the last day, but I made it.”

The WIM program provides participating injured United States servicemen and women with a basic knowledge and practice of wellness and the importance of lifelong healthy living. All Warriors in Motion programs are goal oriented and empower the warrior to take charge of their own fitness and wellness.

The ASF will be switching out it’s road bikes for heavier equipment, as the next Warriors in Motion event will take its participants mountain biking on June 6-8. Thanks to generous donations given to the organization, the Adaptive Sports Foundation will be able to provide bicycle rentals (to those who need them), helmets, water bottles, all meals, hotel rooms, snacks, water, sports drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, ponchos (if necessary) and maps, both digital and paper copies.

To learn more about the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s Warriors in Motion program, or any of the other programs the ASF has to offer, visit

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

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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