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SCHOOLS ADOPT FREE AND REDUCED MEAL POLICY

Written By Editor on 9/6/23 | 9/6/23




The component schools associated with the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES (Andes, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Schenevus, South Kortright, Windham-Ashland-Jewett and Worcester) today announced a free and reduced-price meal (Free Milk) policy for the children in their respective districts.  


Local school officials have adopted the following family eligibility criteria to assist them in determining eligibility:


2023-2024 INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS OR FREE MILK


Free Eligibility Scale

Reduced Price Eligibility Scale

Free Lunch, Breakfast, Milk

Reduced Price Lunch, Breakfast

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

$18,954 

$ 1,580 

$ 790

$ 729

$ 365

1

$26,973 

$2,248 

$ 1,124

$ 1,038

$ 519

2

$ 25,636 

$ 2,137

$ 1,069

$ 986

$ 493

2

$ 36,482 

$ 3,041

$ 1,521

$ 1,404

$ 702

3

$ 32,318 

$ 2,694

$ 1,347

$ 1,243

$ 622

3

$ 45,991 

$ 3,833

$ 1,917

$ 1,769

$ 885

4

$ 39,000 

$ 3,250 

$ 1,625

$ 1,500

$ 750

4

$ 55,500 

$ 4,625 

$ 2,313

$ 2,135

$ 1,068

5

$ 45,862 

$ 3,807

$ 1,904

$ 1,757

$ 879

5

$ 65,009 

$ 5,481

$ 2,709

$ 2,501

$ 1,251

6

$ 52,364 

$ 4,364

$ 2,182

$ 2,014

$ 1,007

6

$ 74,518 

$ 6,210

$ 3,105

$ 2,867

$ 1,434

7

$ 59,046

$ 4,921

$ 2,461

$ 2,271

$ 1,136

7

$ 84,027

$ 7,003

$ 3,502

$ 3,232

$ 1,616

8

$ 65,728 

$ 5,478

$ 2,739

$ 2,528

$ 1,264 

8

$ 93,536 

$ 7,795

$ 3,898

$ 3,598

$ 1,799 

Each Add’l person  add

$ 6,682

$ 557

$ 279

$ 257

$ 129

Each Add’l person  add

$ 9,509

$ 793

$ 397

$ 366

$ 183


SNAP/TANF/FDPIR Households: Households that currently include children who receive the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) but who are not found during the Direct Certification Matching Process (DCMP), or households that currently receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) must complete an application listing the child's name, a valid SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR case number and the signature of an adult household member. Eligibility for free meal benefits based on participation in SNAP, TANF or FDPIR is extended to all children in the household. When known to the School Food Authority, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals based on their participation in the SNAP, TANF or the FDPIR programs. No application is necessary if the household was notified by the SFA their children have been directly certified. If the household is not sure if their children have been directly certified, the household should contact the school.


Other Source Categorical Eligibility: When known to the School Food Authority, households will be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals based on the individual child’s designation as Other Source Categorically Eligible, as defined by law. Children are determined Other Source Categorically Eligible if they are Homeless, Migrant, Runaway, A foster child, or Enrolled in Head Start or an eligible pre-kindergarten program. 


If children or households receive benefits under Assistance Programs or Other Source Categorically Eligible Programs and are not listed on the notice of eligibility and are not notified by the School Food Authority of their free meal benefits, the parent or guardian should contact the school or should submit an income application.


Other Households: Households with income the same or below the amounts listed above for family size may be eligible for and are urged to apply for free and/or reduced-price meals (or free milk).  They may do so by completing the application sent home with the letter to parents. One application for all children in the household should be submitted.  Additional copies are available at the principal's office in each school.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. 


Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact the School Food Authority if they choose to decline the free meal benefits. Households may apply for benefits at any time throughout the school year. Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed or experience a financial hardship mid-year may become eligible for free and reduced-price meals or free milk at any point during the school year. 


For up to 30 operating days into the new school year (or until a new eligibility determination is made, whichever comes first) an individual child’s free or reduced-price eligibility status from the previous year will continue within the same SFA. When the carryover period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, the children’s meals must be claimed at the paid rate. Though encouraged to do so, the SFA is not required to send a reminder or a notice of expired eligibility.


The information provided on the application will be confidential and will be used for determining eligibility.  The names and eligibility status of participants may also be used for the allocation of funds to federal education programs such as Title I and National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), State health or State education programs, provided the State agency or local education agency administers the programs, and for federal, State or local means-tested nutrition programs with eligibility standards comparable to the NSLP.  Eligibility information may also be released to programs authorized under the National School Lunch Act (NSLA) or the Child Nutrition Act (CNA).  The release of information to any program or entity not specifically authorized by the NSLA will require a written consent statement from the parent or guardian.


The School Food Authority does, however, have the right to verify at any time during the school year the information on the application.  If a parent does not give the school this information, the child/children will no longer be able to receive free or reduced-price meals (free milk).


Foster children are eligible for free meal benefits.  A separate application for a foster child is no longer necessary. Foster children may be listed on the application as a member of the family where they reside.  Applications must include the foster child's name and personal use income.


Under the provisions of the policy, the designated official will review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the designated official, he/she may request either orally or in writing for a hearing to appeal the decision.  Your school district has been designated as the Hearing Official.  Hearing procedures are outlined in the policy.  However, before initiating the hearing procedure, the parent or School Food Authority may request a conference to provide an opportunity for the parent and official to discuss the situation, present information, and obtain an explanation of the data submitted in the application or the decisions rendered.  The request for a conference shall not prejudice or diminish the right to a fair hearing.


Only complete applications can be approved.  This includes complete and accurate information regarding the SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR case number; the names of all household members; on an income application, the last four digits of the social security number of the person who signs the form or an indication that the adult does not have one, and the amount and source of income received by each household member.  In addition, the parent or guardian must sign the application form, certifying the information is true and correct.


Beginning July 1, 2019 in New York State, children approved eligible for reduced-price meals will receive complete reimbursable breakfast and lunch meals at no charge.


Nondiscrimination Statement:  This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 

1400 Independence Avenue, SW 

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

 

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

 

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.




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Tugboat Roundup Celebrates 23rd Event

Waterford, NY - Sponsored by the Town of Waterford, the Tugboat Roundup organizing committee has recently revealed its distinguished honorees for 2023, marking another chapter in celebrating the maritime heritage and achievements within on New York’s waterways. This year, the esteemed title of "Tug of the Year" goes to the James Turecamo, a vessel with a rich history and enduring legacy. Additionally, the event has proudly selected Waterford native Capt. Thomas M. Doin as the Grand Marshal for the 2023 Tugboat Parade.


The James Turecamo was built in 1969 at Matton Shipyard in Cohoes, NY. This year, as we honor the 40th anniversary of the closing of Matton Shipyard under Turecamo ownership, we also celebrate the rich tradition of boat building and tugboating that is the very foundation of this annual event.  

Attendees at the Tugboat Roundup can learn more about Matton Shipyard at a Tug Talk scheduled for Saturday, September 9th at 5 pm in the Hurst Harbor Center. Andy Kitzman of the Erie Canalway Heritage Corridor will present on the Matton Shipyard, located a half-mile from the site of Tugboat Roundup. The shipyard's legacy is inextricably tied to the maritime history of the region. The James Turecamo, was one of the hundreds of tugs built at Matton Shipyard over its nearly seven decades of operation. Kitzman’s presentation will explore that history, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor’s work to preserve the site, and what is next for this historic maritime and cultural treasure.


The James Turecamo, with its historical significance and ties to the Capital District, underscores the central theme of honoring both heritage and innovation. The James Turecamo's journey through time reflects the evolution of maritime transportation and its ongoing importance.


Capt. Doin, a Vietnam War Army veteran, is being celebrated as the Grand Marshal of the 2023 Tugboat Parade. Capt. Doin's remarkable career includes his decades-long service as a tugboat captain for the New York State Canal Corporation, including of the venerable National Historic Register-listed URGER, the 2001 Tug of the Year.  Subsequently, he assumed the role of Floating Plant Supervisor overseeing marine operations between Whitehall, NY on the Champlain Canal and Little Falls, NY on the Erie Canal, an operating area of 242 miles. His dedicated contributions and deep connection to the waterways have left an indelible mark, making him a fitting choice for this esteemed role.


Town of Waterford Supervisor John E. Lawler said, "As we prepare for the 2023 Tugboat Roundup, we are thrilled to once again celebrate the rich maritime legacy that courses through our community and the heart of New York State. The Tugboat Roundup has become more than just an event – it's a testament to the enduring spirit of our town and its connections to the waterways. The Tugboat Roundup not only showcases the remarkable vessels that have navigated our canals for generations, but it also captures the dedication of individuals like Tom Doin who have dedicated their lives to community service, and to preserving and enhancing our waterborne heritage.” 

New York Power Authority President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll said, “The Tugboat Roundup highlights the very best of the maritime experience in New York – community, history, and tradition. This event is a testament to the tugboat operators that ply the canal waterways, and the innovation, past and present, that lends itself to the Canal system's significance. On behalf of the New York Power Authority, we sincerely congratulate this year’s distinguished honorees on this well-earned recognition.”


New York State Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton said, “The annual Tugboat Roundup is an opportunity to highlight the mariners and the vessels that have worked on the New York State Canal system throughout the years. The event also allows us to celebrate a local canalside community and the partners who make this festival possible. We thank Captain Doin for his years of dedicated and distinguished service on New York’s Canals and congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition.”


Waterford Tugboat Roundup founder Capt. John C. Callaghan said, “I congratulate my friend and former shipmate Capt. Doin on this well-deserved honor. Like other Canallers of my generation, I learned from Tom Doin just as he learned from those who came before him.  That’s the story that this annual event still helps to highlight nearly a quarter-century after we started. This industry, and this waterway, represents not just the most compelling part of New York’s history, but perhaps the most promising part of its future.”

The tugboat parade will leave Albany at 3:30 PM on September 8th and will head north on the Hudson River, reaching Waterford at about 6:00 PM. The parade will include a number of tugboats and other vessels from Troy, Albany, Coeymans, New York City and other ports. 


Sponsors of the Tugboat Roundup include the New York State Canal Corporation, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, New York State Marine Highway Transportation Company, Moran Towing Corporation, CD Perry, LLC, D. Brake Marine, LLC, Stewarts Shops, Shaker Logistics, and Carver Maritime, among others. 

Visitors to the Tugboat Roundup can tours the tugboats on Saturday and Sunday. The festival also includes live music, vendors, presentations, competition, children's activities, a kayaking trip, a 5k, and more. 



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Tips to Prepare for Retirement When You Don’t Have Kids

Written By Editor on 9/5/23 | 9/5/23



Many people build their retirement and estate plans around their children and grandchildren. Everything from where they live, to how they spend their time and money, to the legacy they want to leave behind is considered through the prism of their role as parents and grandparents. For those without kids and grandkids, a different formula may apply as these individuals may have more financial freedom and flexibility as they enter retirement and beyond. But they still need to be as vigilant – if not more – about planning for their later years. If this describes your situation, read on for tips to help you navigate the many decisions that factor into retirement and estate planning.


  1. Prioritize saving for retirement

Since you’re not facing the costs for childcare and educational institutions, consider doubling-down on saving for retirement. You have the potential to spend decades in retirement pursuing your hobbies and goals. Calculate what it will take for you to live the lifestyle you want and compare it to your current savings. Create a plan to save the difference. Contribute as much as you can to your workplace savings plan, if you have one, and consider building up Roth IRA savings to help create a source of income that is potentially tax-free in retirement.


  1. Recognize your long-term care challenges

Long-term care can be a challenge for anyone as they age, and there’s added complexity in situations where you may not be able to rely on family members to step in. Regardless of your situation, make it a priority to decide how you will manage healthcare costs in retirement. Medical expenses continue to rise, so it’s important to have adequate savings and insurance coverage. Explore your options through Medicare and your current or former employer and consider if long-term care insurance would benefit you. Additionally, consider researching caregiving options and long-term care facilities in your area so that you are familiar with the choices if you need them down the road.


  1. Prepare for medical care

Before you experience a significant medical event – which can happen at any time – make sure to have an advanced directive, also known as a living will, in place. This document lets your spouse, extended family and friends know your preferences for treatment and gives you the opportunity to designate a healthcare power of attorney, who will be empowered to make decisions on your behalf if necessary. 


  1. Have financial decision-makers in place

It’s also important to designate a spouse, friend, extended family member or professional to look out for your financial interests if you become incapacitated. Draw up documents to name a durable power of attorney to oversee your financial matters if you are unable to, including legal and tax matters. Keep in mind that choosing someone to help watch out for you does not mean you have to share your full financial situation and account numbers. Rather, a common approach is to share enough information so that the contact can step in, should a situation arise where you need help making financial decisions.


  1. Plan your legacy

With no direct heirs in line to inherit your estate, you will want to consider what you’d like your legacy to be – including how your assets should be distributed upon your death. You may choose to leave your estate to any combination of family members, friends, charities, education institutions, or other causes that are important to you. Creating or updating your will is one of the best ways to articulate your wishes. 

Also consider using trusts, which sometimes allow more flexibility than a will, to help you meet specific legacy goals. Consult with a financial advisor, attorney and tax legal professional to develop a comprehensive legacy strategy that suits your ultimate goals.  


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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 8 years. To contact him: 518-949-2039; 4 Atrium Drive, Ste 200, Albany, NY, 12205; Michael.Lanuto@ampf.com; https://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/michael.lanuto/lp/request-contact/3/.

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SUNY DELHI ANNOUNCES FALL WATER AEROBICS CLASS SESSION 1


DELHI, NY - The SUNY Delhi Fall Water Aerobics first session will run from  

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 through Monday, October 2, 2023 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the Kunsela Hall pool from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  All registration forms must be received by the first day of class. Participants will not be allowed in the water without submitting a registration. There will be a charge of $50 per person for 12 sessions or $10 per person, per session. Please make checks payable to SUNY Delhi Swimming Pool, questions call John Kolodziej at 607-746-4263. Please check in your vehicles at University Police to get a free parking pass for the semester.   

For register forms and more information go to DelhiBroncos.com or Bronco Connect. 


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SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tiger Weekly Recap

The SUNY Cobleskill women’s cross country team opened the 2023 season on Saturday by posting a team total of 29 points to outdistance a four-team field and claim the team-title at the Vermont State University-Castleton Invitational hosted by the Spartans on their home course in Castleton, Vt. First-year harrier Lilianna Peters, Hinsdale, N.Y., Allegany-Limestone High School, won the race coving the 5000-meter trail course by running the fastest time in course history bettering the 24-runner field with a time of 20:37.


The Fighting Tiger women’s golf team captured the championship of their own SUNY Cobleskill Fall Invitational over the weekend hosted by the Fighting Tigers at the Cobleskill Golf & Country Club in Cobleskill, N.Y. by posting a team total of 150-over par 434 on the par 71 5251-yard loop. Cobleskill first-year player Lily Tobin, Kendall, N.Y., Kendall High School, captured the individual tournament title by firing a round of 15-over-par 86 to outdistance the field at the event.


Senior Nick Logan, Queensbury, N.Y., Queensbury High School, led the Fighting Tiger men’s cross country team to victory at the 2023 Vermont State University-Castleton Invitational hosted by the Spartans on their home course in Castleton, Vt. Logan placed second overall in the 41-runner field by covering the 8000-meter trail course in a time of 29:17as Cobleskill recorded a team score of 30 points to defeat the four-team field.


The women’s volleyball team opened the season by dropping three matches on a road-trip to western New York over the weekend. On Friday evening the Fighting Tigers dropped a pair of games at the Keuka Classic hosted by Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y. Cobleskill lost to the Trailblazers of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) 3-2 by set scores of 21-25, 25-21, 18-25, 26-24 and 2-25 prior to falling to the host Wolves 3-0 by scores of 25-21, 25-18 and 25-14. The Orange & Black then closed their road-trip on Saturday by losing to the host Hawks of Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y. 3-1 by scores of 25-22, 19-25, 11-25 and 18-25 to fall to 0-3 overall on the year. Senior middle hitter/outside hitter 


Alexis Miranda, Nashua, N.H., Nashua North High School, had a successful weekend for the team averaging 2.33 kills, 1.25 digs and 0.58 blocks per contest.

Sophomore Joshua House, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saratoga Springs High School, was the Fighting Tiger men’s golf team’s top finisher over the weekend at the 2023 SUNY Cobleskill Fall Invitational hosted by the Orange & Black at the par 70, 6163-yard Cobleskill Golf & Country Club in Cobleskill, N.Y finishing tied for 6th place overall with a score of seven-over par 77. Led by House’s efforts the team fired a round of 41-over par 321 to place third overall in the field of six teams.


The men’s soccer team opened the 2023 season with a pair of losses over the weekend losing to the host Trailblazers of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams, Mass. on Friday by a 3-0 margin before returning home on Saturday to drop a 4-0 decision to the visiting Bears of SUNY Potsdam. Fighting Tiger first-year goalkeeper Adam Champlin, South Kortright, N.Y., South Kortright High School, recorded 17 saves in his first two starts in net for Cobleskill.


The Cobleskill women’s soccer team opened their 2023 campaign on Sunday by dropping a 2-0 non-league decision to the host Soaring Eagles of Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y. to open the year at 0-1 overall. Fighting Tiger first-year goalkeeper Jojo Leubner, Marcellus, N.Y., Marcellus High School, turned in a strong effort between the pipes for the Orange & Black in her first career start recording six saves on the afternoon.


UPCOMING HOME CONTESTS:


Volleyball vs. Utica College 9/6, Russell Sage College 9/12, Bay Path College 9/17      

                                                            

Men’s Soccer vs. Albany College of Pharmacy 9/20, VTSU-Johnson 9/23


Women’s Soccer vs. Bryant & Stratton (Albany) 9/27, VTSU-Johnson 9/23


Men’s & Women’s Cross Country host Steven A. Warde Invitational on 9/9


Men’s & Women’s Golf host Mount St. Mary’s College 9/10 @ Cobleskill Golf & Country Club  


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