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Harry Allen’s All Star New York Saxophone Band to perform in Cooperstown on August 1

Written By Editor on 7/24/23 | 7/24/23


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (JULY 24, 2023) – The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival kicks-off its month-long run, on Tuesday, August 1, with an evening of jazz brilliance from Harry Allen’s All-Star New York Saxophone Band at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. This highly anticipated performance promises to deliver an unapparelled performance, marking the beginning of festival’s 25th anniversary. 


Renowned jazz luminary Harry Allen, a fixture at festivals and clubs both in the United States and abroad, will be joined by fellow tenor saxophonists Ken Peplowski and Grant Stewart, along with Gary Smulyan on baritone saxophone. Accompanying them as usual will be James Chirillo on guitar, Mike Karn on bass and Aaron Kimmel on drums, promising an evening of small group jazz with a big band feel.


Known for their ingenuity, sense of swing, and their lush four-saxophone sound, Allen and his ‘All Stars’ are modern custodians of the ‘Four Brothers’ sound, popularized by Woody Herman and the Second Herd in the 1940s. Their appearance at CSMF will include new interpretations of timeless jazz classics, blending seamlessly the traditions of jazz’s past with the sounds of its present.


“We are thrilled to have Harry Allen and his top-notch band at CSMF this year, continuing our tradition of hosting the world’s finest jazz ensembles at the festival,” says Linda Chesis, Festival founder and Artistic Director. “We’re excited to offer the Cooperstown community the chance to hear the jazz songbook in the hands of true masters.”




Harry Allen's All Star New York Saxophone Band

Tuesday, August 1 at 7pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel

Jazz saxophone legend Harry Allen joins forces with Ken Peplowski and Grant Stewart on tenor saxophone, Gary Smulyan on baritone saxophone, James Chirillo on guitar, Mike Karn on bass and Aaron Kimmel on drums for an evening of small group jazz with a big band feel. 



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.



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 25 years. The festival has featured performances by the American, Juilliard, St. Lawrence, Jupiter and Jasper String Quartets, Stefon Harris, Bill Charlap, Kurt Elling, Simone Dinnerstein, Mark O’Connor, John Pizzarelli, the Sonia Olla Flamenco Dance Company and many more. Concerts are held in venues across Cooperstown, including the grand Otesaga Hotel, The Farmers’ Museum and Christ Church (the church of author James Fenimore Cooper).


The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival 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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Arrest for Intent to Sell Fentanyl, Heroin, and Meth

Written By Editor on 7/23/23 | 7/23/23

DELHI, NY – Acting District Attorney Shawn Smith, announced that Thomas A. Stanley, 43, of New Berlin, appeared in Delaware County Court on July 20, and was arraigned on a sealed indictment.    

Stanley appeared before the Honorable John L. Hubbard, Delaware County Court Judge, and a Six Count Indictment was unsealed.  The Indictment charges the defendant with one class D felony and two class B felonies. The indictment alleges that the defendant intended to sell the heroin, fentanyl, and methamphetamine that was discovered in the trunk of a car on April 30, 2023, in the Village of Sidney.   

After being arraigned, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the indictment. Due to New York State’s Bail reform law, charges relating to the sale of drugs do not qualify for bail.  As such, the defendant was released from custody under the supervision of the Delaware County Probation Department. 

Each of the Class B felonies carry a maximum 9-year sentence.  

Acting District Attorney Shawn Smith commended Officer Royce Terry of the Sidney Police for his thorough investigation of this case. 

Smith stated, “This is the 6th felony indictment obtained in the last month, all involving illegal drug deals. My office will continue to work with the Sidney Village police and other law enforcement agencies in their effort to remove illegal drugs from our County.  

As are all persons accused of a crime, this defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.  

Shawn J. Smith 

Acting District Attorney 

Delaware County

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Mobile Cancer Screening at Ostsego County Fairgrounds

Morris, N.Y. Mobile Cancer Screening Event – The Cancer Services Program (CSP) will hold a mobile cancer screening event on Tuesday, August 1 at the Otsego County Fairgrounds’ “Free Day”.
Mammograms, breast exams, pelvic exams, Pap tests, and HPV tests are available to eligible uninsured and underinsured individuals 40 and older. Insurance is billed for those with insurance. No cost colon cancer screening take-home kits are available for eligible uninsured and underinsured individuals age 45+ at the event or can be sent by mail.
Call 1-888-345-0225 to schedule an appointment on the coach and to find out how you may be able to get free cancer screenings!

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WIM Team Covers 20 Miles Over Rocks and Roots in Mountain Biking Event

WINDHAM – The Adaptive Sports Foundation welcomed U.S. Military Veterans to Windham this week to participate in its second Warriors in Motion® mountain biking event of the summer.

The veterans arrived at the Gwen Allard Adaptive Sports Center on Tuesday afternoon where they ate lunch and geared up for three days of mountain biking in a few of the many trails the Northern Catskill Mountains have to offer. The veterans and a group of ASF volunteers were fitted with safety equipment and bikes before heading to the Elm Ridge Wild Forest in nearby East Windham, where they rode the warm-up loop first prior to crossing the street and challenging themselves on the more advanced courses. The recent rainfall Windham has seen made the trails a bit muddy and sloppy, but the WIM team didn’t mind, as they biked for several hours before the warriors headed to their hotels to check in and rest before enjoying a dinner at the ASF lodge.

On Wednesday, the WIM participants set out at 9 a.m. to Tannersville, where they rode the Huckleberry Trails all morning before stopping for lunch at Rip Van Winkle Lake. The brief intermission preceded a short trip to Haines Falls, where the WIM team continued its full day of mountain biking at the Hathaway Trails. This collection of trails includes a downhill course called, “Thriller”, which the veterans and volunteers took several runs down. Their last run down the exciting path was a time-trial race, a friendly competition to wrap up a busy morning and early afternoon. Once the bikes were stored away for the day in the ASF trailer, the group decided to head to Colgate Lake to cool off and swim in the nearby water feature before another dinner at ASF.

The final ride on Thursday morning took place at CD Lane Park in nearby Maplecrest. The veterans and volunteers biked in the grass fields by the eagle habitats and around the 26-acre lake. After a quick ride, the participants returned to Windham for lunch and then departed. In total, the warriors rode 20 miles on the rocky and wooded trails this week. 

“I had a great experience this week, we had a great week of riding,” veteran Greg Rinckey said after the three-day excursion. “The weather was excellent; we saw some great views and I had a really good time with everyone who participated this week.”

The ASF’s Warriors in Motion 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 WIM programs are goal-oriented and empower the warrior to take charge of their own fitness and wellness. The ASF will welcome another group of veterans next week when it hosts its WIM kayaking event. 

Warriors in Motion is funded by donations that were generously given to the Adaptive Sports Foundation. Thanks to these donations, the Adaptive Sports Foundation will be able to provide equipment, water bottles, all meals, snacks, water, sports drinks, sunscreen, bug spray and ponchos (if necessary) for this upcoming event.

If you’d like to donate to 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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4 Questions to Ask Aging Parents About their Finances

If you haven’t discussed your aging parents’ long-term financial goals with them, you aren’t alone. Many people shy away from family conversations about money because it may feel awkward or uncomfortable – or they may fear that their parents won’t react well if the subject is broached. Unfortunately, avoiding the topic can create confusion and headaches down the line if your parents become incapacitated or pass away unexpectedly – particularly if you’re in charge of aspects of their estates like serving as executor or power of attorney.  

Just as every family is different, there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to discussing money, but it can help to start with basic and practical questions that will give you a sense of your parents’ goals for the future without delving into more delicate territory. Use the following primer to start the conversation – and remember, these are usually not one-and-done discussions. Getting a full view of your parents’ financial situation may take time and patience – but it will serve you well in the long run to gather the information while you can.


  1. “What do you want to accomplish over the next five-to-ten years?” Understand your parents’ aspirations for the next few years. What are their personal and financial goals? If your parents are not yet retired, ask them when they plan to leave the workforce and what they want to achieve before they do. If your parents are retired, ask about how they want to spend their time. Will they move to a new state? Travel more? Pick up a part-time job or find a volunteer opportunity? Gathering a sense for how your parents want to spend their time will help you get on the same page with what to expect in the years ahead.

  1. “Where can I find financial information in case of an emergency?” Unexpected events or illness can occur at any time. If something unfortunate happens to your parents, it’s important for you to know how to access key personal, financial and estate planning materials. Contact information for their financial advisor, tax professional, estate planner and lawyer is a great place to start. Make sure your parents have the right permissions in place so that you can step in when the need arises. Many professionals require documented authorization before they can legally discuss information with a family member. 

Additionally, ask your parents to consider sharing passwords for key accounts or letting you know where you can find a list of them. Having access to your parents’ smartphones, computers, social media or other accounts can help in an emergency.

  1. “What do you want your legacy to be?” As people enter and move through retirement, they often become more focused on the legacy they want to leave behind. Ask your parents how they hope to be remembered, and what their plans are for making that happen. The following elements can be pivotal to the conversation: 

  • Will and trust: Ask your parents if they have an updated will or trust, and if there’s anything they’d like to share about how the assets will be distributed. Having a conversation about why your parents are allocating certain amounts to family members, charities or foundations while they are still alive can help prevent future conflict and confusion after they pass away, when you will inevitably be dealing with other emotions and factors related to their death.

  • Health care: Health care choices and expenses are often major sources of stress for retirees. Discussing your parents’ current health priorities, possible assisted living facilities or treatment options can give your family a roadmap to follow for future decisions. Ask your parents if they have formalized their wishes in a health care directive, which is a legally binding document that can enable them to choose a loved one to make medical decisions if they are unable to do so on their own. 

  1. “What support do you want from me?” Extending an offer to proactively help may eliminate frustrations or relieve stress for even the most independent and well-prepared parents. Keep in mind that assistance may be nonfinancial – such as completing house projects, planning more time with their grandchildren, or helping identify how they can get involved in activities. Consider including a financial advisor or attorney in the discussion if your parents have financial or estate planning to-dos or questions.

Retirement and legacy planning can be complicated but having regular discussions with your parents can help you both prepare for the future. If you’ve already covered the necessary ground, a scheduled check-in can be helpful in case your parents’ plans, or your family situation changes. 


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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Sundial Workshop at Landis

August 1, 10 AM - Noon

ESPERANCE — Geoff Miller, builder of the vertical sundial at Landis Arboretum, 174 Lape Rd, Esperance, will be presenting the methodology for constructing a vertical sundial, so that you can make one for the location of your choice. The beautiful dial at Landis is mounted on the south wall of their barn, photo below. It includes month & day. I recommend bringing your lunch as well as drinks in case the workshop is longer than 2 hours. If you don’t know the arboretum grounds there are hundreds of acres and 15 miles of trails. 

Please call or email Sarah Johnston (518-332-2426 if you plan to attend.

The presenter recommends “Sundials: their theory and construction,” by Albert E Waugh. It’s a great book that includes history, charts and equations. In the back is a section on how, including photos of a young boy scout cutting out a wooden gnomon. Used copies are available for about $8 on the web.

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Written By Editor on 7/20/23 | 7/20/23



Please Take Notice that, pursuant to Town Law § 62, a special meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Hardenburgh, New York will be held at 51 Rider Hollow Road, Arkville New York, 12406 on the 24th day of July 2023, at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of correcting the date and time for the Public Hearing on a proposed Local Law abolishing the elected position of Town Highway Superintendent and establishing an appointed Town Highway Superintendent position.


By order of the Town Supervisor



July 20, 2023


Arkville, New York


Wendy Buerge

Town Clerk

Town of Hardenburgh

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ASF’s WIM to Hit the Water in Next Week’s Kayaking Event

WINDHAM, N.Y. – The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) is gearing up to host its Warriors in Motion® (WIM) flatwater kayaking event next week from July 25-27.


The ASF will welcome six U.S. Military veterans, including U.S. Army veteran Alberto Corales-Santiago, to the Gwen Allard Adaptive Sports Center on Tuesday afternoon to meet with ASF staff and volunteers. This will be Corales-Santiago’s first time kayaking with ASF, but it isn’t his first WIM event. “I like the camaraderie with the other veterans,” he explained. “It serves as a reminder that I’m not the only one dealing with PTSD, depression or any other mental health issue. Participating in these events with other veterans reminds me that life goes on, regardless of any hardships we’re going through. It’s kind of a group therapy.” 


The warriors and volunteers will share a lunch before they get ready to hit Silver Lake at nearby Camp Oh-Neh-Tah, where the ASF stores its kayaks and boats. At the camp, the participants will pick out their vessels, receive their life preservers and hit the water for a relaxing afternoon, Tuesday is a day for the warriors to get acclimated with their kayaks and get a feel for how to turn and propel themselves through the water. Afterwards, the warriors will check into their hotels and get ready for dinner at ASF.


The WIM team will hit the road and head to North-South Lake in nearby Haines Falls on Wednesday morning for an all-day kayaking session, with a quick break for lunch. North-South Lake, a popular summer camping destination, is essentially two lakes in one, giving the warriors ample time to explore. When everyone has their share of the water, the participants will hop back on the ASF shuttle bus and return to their hotels to get ready for another catered dinner at the ASF lodge. 


The warriors and volunteers will spend Thursday morning in Jewett at Colgate Lake. The lake features hiking trails as well around the water, which the ASF have utilized in the past. After a morning of kayaking and hiking, the WIM team will return to ASF for a barbecue lunch and departures. 


“My mind needs to be occupied, so when I do any kind of sport it really helps me emotionally as well as physically,” Corales-Santiago said. “Whenever I participate in any kind of sport, in this case kayaking, it really helps my mental health. It makes me feel good and I’m able to forget about my anxiety for the time being.”


The ASF’s Warriors in Motion 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 WIM programs are goal-oriented and empower the warrior to take charge of their own fitness and wellness.


Warriors in Motion is funded by donations that were generously given to the Adaptive Sports Foundation. Thanks to these donations, the Adaptive Sports Foundation will be able to provide equipment, water bottles, all meals, snacks, water, sports drinks, sunscreen, bug spray and ponchos (if necessary) for this upcoming event.


If you’d like to donate to 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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Bovina Farmers Market Thursday, July 20 from 4-7 pm

Written By Editor on 7/19/23 | 7/19/23

We're excited that our friends from the Bovina Center Montessori School are back at the market this week with their Kid's Corner.

We also welcome a new vendor to the market, Groovy Veggie Farm from Jefferson! They're bringing organically grown veggies, fruit, herbs, and farm-made products. Let's make them feel welcome!

Molto Molto will be grilling up BBQ ribs Patagonia style with chimichurri sauce and bread, alongside their usual grab-and-go treats.

And Mike Herman is back on the guitar, so bring a friend, bring the family, and enjoy a nice evening shopping local!

Bovina Farmers Market is this and every Thursday from 4-7 pm behind the historic Creamery just off Main Street Bovina at 50 Creamery Rd, Bovina Center, NY 13740.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see which vendors will be at the market each week.

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Hartwick College Awarded Grants to Enhance Civic Engagement, Innovation Efforts

ONEONTA, NY (07/17/2023) Hartwick has received two grants totaling $10,000 from the Community Foundation of Otsego County to expand civic engagement and innovation at the College.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity that brings together financial and human resources to address challenges and increase opportunity in Otsego County. Each year, the foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the Otsego community to support efforts to strengthen the community; the nonprofit sector; and assist those in need of support.

"We are very grateful to the Community Foundation for its support and commitment to innovation and social progress in our region," said Hartwick College President Darren Reisberg. "The Hartwick experience - for students, faculty, staff and the external communities with which we connect - is about both inquiry and impact. These grants support both, allowing us to be a catalyst for positive change on campus and in our community."

A $5,000 grant to Hartwick's Institute of Public Service will support three main civic engagement activities to strengthen connections between young people in Otsego County and local government. The grant will allow the institute to conduct a voter registration and education campaign aimed at college and high school students in Otsego County. The funding will also support two "get to know your candidates" events in October - one featuring Oneonta City Council candidates and the other, Otsego County candidates. The institute is also looking to use the funding to support an essay competition for area high school students focusing on civic engagement.

The College's Griffiths Center for Collaboration and Innovation (GCCI) is the recipient of the second grant. The $5,000 matching award will help fund the next steps in realizing a vision of Hartwick College's Stevens-German Library as an active student-centered and community engagement space. Along with the Student Success Center, which is also embedded in the library, the space will become a hub of innovation, creativity, and support.

"We are pleased to present these grants to Hartwick," said Jeff Katz, executive director of the Community Foundation. "The Community Foundation has been impressed by the new energy at Hartwick and its commitment to strengthening the community. Civic engagement and innovation are essential to the future of our region, and by supporting these programs at the College, the foundation is ensuring our community's ongoing strength and vibrancy. Helping Hartwick students develop the skills and knowledge they need to be leaders in the 21st century is important work and we are proud to partner with Hartwick."

About the Institute for Public Service:

The newly established Hartwick College Institute for Public is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, regional political institute dedicated to state and local government, civic engagement, and legal studies. The institute seeks to create synergy between local government officials in Otsego, Chenango, Delaware, Herkimer Madison, Montgomery, Oneida and Schoharie Counties; develop pathways for students to meaningfully engage in democracy; and provide continued legal education for legal professionals, lawyers, and judges in the region. It hopes to inspire the next generation of public servants; create avenues for meaningful public service careers in state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and legal services; and serve as a hub of innovation and collaboration between communities to strengthen democracy.

About the Griffiths Center for Collaboration and Innovation (GCCI):

The Griffiths Center for Collaboration seeks to empower the next generation of social impact leaders by promoting cross-disciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship through high-impact community partnerships, innovation spaces and research opportunities. The center also facilitates dynamic career opportunities and connections with global partners that help define the student journey at Hartwick College

About Hartwick College:

Located in upstate New York, Hartwick College delivers a future-focused education through its distinctive FlightPath approach, which offers a distinctive blend of curricular, co-curricular, real-world and global experiences. With over 45 courses of study, four pre-professional programs, six cooperative programs, and certifications, Hartwick's personalized and flexible experience gives students everything they need to soar. For more information, visit

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Valley Health Services Receives Community Foundation Grant to Enhance Food Service Amenities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            

July 18, 2023

Contact: Gabrielle Argo, Director of Public Relations

Tel. (607) 431-5009 |

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Herkimer, N.Y. – Bassett Healthcare Network announced today that Valley Health Services (VHS) in Herkimer has received a grant from the Wesley and Marion Small Fund of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties. The $7,500 grant will help fund the purchase of a Camduction Complete Heat System, which is designed to retain the temperature of foods being served bedside in a healthcare facility. The quality and safety of the meals are maintained by the unit.


“On behalf of our residents, we are very thankful for the meal-enhancing equipment we are able to acquire,” said Bryan Ehlinger, Administrator of VHS. “The Community Foundation’s Senior Grant Award supports the vision of Valley Health Services to promote an optimal quality of life for older adults.” 


In the grant application, VHS stated that it “strives to provide quality, person-centered care promoting health and quality of life. Palatable meals are essential to the enjoyment and wellbeing of our residents. In a nursing home setting, the food service program is more than a way to provide nourishment, but a highlighted experience.”


Valley Health Services is a 160-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility offering inpatient and outpatient services. VHS has been a major healthcare provider and vital community asset in Herkimer, New York since its founding in 1984. It is a corporately affiliated member of Bassett Healthcare Network.


As stated on its website: “The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties is a community-based social impact investor whose mission is to engage, invest, and lead—working toward a vision of community vibrancy with opportunity for all.” The site continues: “Community foundations across the country represent and support specific geographic areas by pooling donations, creating permanently endowed funds to address current and future community needs through nonprofit organizations’ work.” 


More information about Valley Health Services is available here.

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Franklin Stage Company Presents Julian Fleisher and Band

Written By Editor on 7/18/23 | 7/18/23

Franklin Stage Company will present a return engagement of singer, bandleader and showman Julian Fleisher. The weekend, dubbed “Julian Fleisher and Band, Detours” offers three evenings of intimate song and storytelling. “Julian Fleisher is an FSC favorite, an artist we’re bringing back by popular demand!” said FSC Artistic director Patricia Buckley. “We’re thrilled to have him back.” 

Julian Fleisher, dubbed a “Manhattan nightclub supernova” by the LA Times, is a singer, actor, and longtime associate of the Franklin Stage Company. He returns to Chapel Hall for an evening of songs gathered along the unexpected detours during a career that has ranged all over the musical map. Fleisher will be joined by musicians Drew Wutke on piano, Sean Murphy on bass, Dave Berger on drums and Pete Smith on guitar. The band weaves together original tunes, stories, and classics from the Great American Songbook. 

Fleisher began as a singer, and his regular gigs at such stalwart New York venues as Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center, BAM, Symphony Space, The 92nd St Y and The World Trade Center’s Winter Garden led him naturally to start writing his own songs and to collaborating with a host of partners both on and off the stage. Between concerts, the recording studio, the theater and his popular recent podcasts The Naked American Songbook and Julian Fleisher’s Guilty Pleasures, Fleisher has sung, written, gigged, produced or appeared with Molly Ringwald, Martha Plimpton, Issac Mizrahi, Jennifer Holiday, Lauren Graham, Ana Gasteyer, Rufus Wainwright, Mo Rocca, Bridget Everett, Paul Schaefer, Keith Carradine, Joshua Malina, David Rakoff and Sally Field, among others.

Showtimes for Julian Fleisher and Band are Friday, July 28th and Saturday July 29th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, July 30th at 5:00pm. All shows take place at Chapel Hall, 25 Institute Street in Franklin, NY. Admission is free—suggested donation is $25 per person. FSC will not require masks, but will provide them to anyone who prefers to mask. Any updates to FSC Covid policy can be found on their website.  For reservations, visit or call 607-829-3700. 

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.

Below: Julian Fleisher returns to the Franklin Stage Company July 28-30.

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The Landis Arboretum 2023 BIG Tree Search is now open!

For this BIG tree search Landis is looking for:

1. NYS's BIGGEST tree. We are looking for the biggest overall single stem tree in New York State regardless of species.

2. NYS's Champion trees. A New York State champion is the biggest single stem tree of its kind in NYS. To see a full list of the current NYS champions click here. These are the only tree species that we will be accepting for the species champion category. Remember, a champion apple tree will not be as big as a champion white oak will, but all are eligible as possible species champions! All winners will receive a CASH reward, Landis membership, and Landis swag!

Questions? Visit our website here, or download information and an application here.

Contact us or send us your application at

We can't wait to see what you find!

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