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A Conversation About: what a year for roses!

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 7/3/24 | 7/3/24

By Jean Thomas

I am by no means a successful rosarian. I am host to a reluctant gang of individualists. Once in a while I can nurse a special named variety along for a couple of years before it commits herbicide. I still mourn the yellow-flowering, licorice-scented “Julia Child” rose that hung in gamely for three years before failing to survive one winter. What remains is a rocky area I donated to the wild roses some people call “Dog Roses.” I love these little guys. They’re pink, with five petals, not those white clustery bandits you see colonizing pastures. They’re gentle, too. The thorns are politely sharp, and the rose hips are pretty in the fall. They want to spread, but are easily managed. They don’t make orderly shrubs, but sort of sprawl and drape themselves over things. Mine live between some big lichen covered rocks. And this year they are glorious.

I also have a white multiflora (domesticated) rose. It’s about eight feet tall and persists no matter what happens. It’s crowded with clusters of small white blooms that show a blush of pink as buds and again when they start to drop their petals. These have sharper thorns, but they’re so outstanding on their trellis that I brave the pain to tie them up and trim them when they get untidy. This rose has a name, and I hope to find the tag one day. I don’t think I’d dare try to duplicate the success, but I’d like to be on more of a first name basis.

I have another rose, this one pink, that survived the year when I tried several so-called “antique” roses. These have histories going back to the renaissance, and elaborate names of (usually) French nobility. Most of them crapped out in my lowbrow garden, but this pink one hung in grimly. I decided to give it some tough love and moved it from the formal bed to what I call the “tulies.” This is plant purgatory. Still tended, but with a more relaxed attitude.  Well, this rose has found its niche. It now thrives among runaway asparagus and guerilla spirea. It sends up pretty vertical stems that look furry, and the leaves have the same texture. It spreads itself into any spare space it thinks viable, and even has to be pushed back occasionally. Individual blooms look like scoops of cherry ice cream, and I call her “Madame,” until I find her name tag. She looks like she’s ready to decorate a prom all by herself.

The last, and once least, is my teenager rose. About fifteen years old, this started life as a supermarket miniature rose bought on impulse and planted in the “tulies” on the edge of a drainage ditch. It cheerfully came back for a dozen years, peeking out from the perimeter of the garden. A few years ago I decided to reward such a persistent attitude and moved it across the ditch to the former asparagus bed. The new inhabitants of the bed were miscellaneous bulbs and perennials. Are you familiar with the play “Little Shop of Horrors?” Well, I now call this plant Audrey and weed very carefully around her.  This miniature rose has chosen to relinquish its status as a miniature and is now over six feet tall, the foliage barely visible under the masses of bloom. What a year! If you want to learn more about roses from someone who actually knows, follow this link to a Master Gardener interview:                                

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Dead Rock & Roll in Phoenicia

Phoenicia Rt 28 Skeleton Rock n’ Roll Summer of 2024 by Chris Huwer. Photos by Robert Brune.

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Whittling Away with Dick Brooks - Changes

I lost an old friend the other day.  It wasn’t human but we’d been together for a long time.  It was a pencil sharpener that I had bought when I first started teaching some fifty years ago.  Staring back through the mental fog of years past, I think I purchased it at the Woolworths store in Catskill for a princely sum somewhere around three bucks.  I originally purchased it for what laughingly was called my home office, an old desk in the corner of my bachelor bedroom.  It soon migrated to my classroom and was screwed to a small piece of board making it mobile which made it a handy addition.  It whirred merrily sharpening generations of pencils.  It gradually became so dull that the pencils it worked on looked as though they had been attacked by a herd of angry beavers.  No problem, I disassembled it, stuck the circular blades in my electric drill and ran them backwards on a piece of sandpaper and they were good for another twenty years or so.  After I retired, the pencil sharpener went to live in my shop where pencils were still used.  I broke the lead in a pencil I was using to mark boards for the shed I’m building and went to the sharpener, turned the handle as usual and my old friend fell to pieces.  It was a fatal case of metal fatigue and there was no fixing it.  Realizing that I could no longer run to Woolworths for a replacement, I went on line, typed in the company name and added a dot com and up popped their  screen.  Modern technology at its best, there was a little search panel so I typed in the model number of my fateful old friend.  What to my wondering eyes should appear but a round plastic battery powered sharpener probably made in China out of recycled water bottles.  My worst fears were realized, my old friend was now “New and Improved”.  Why do they do that?  It seems to be happening to me more and more.  I find a product that I like and as soon as I get used to it, they change it or stop production of it.  I had a  sneaker brand that I really liked. I wore them for years so of course they stopped making them.  I sort of won on that one because I had ordered a pair that I put in the bottom of my closet just in case they pulled their stunt on me so I’m set for a few more years.  It seems that some companies start out with good intentions, they produce a good well made product and stick with it for awhile then some managerial type wants to sell more and impress the stock holders.  They can either use cheaper materials to make the thing or they can raise the price.  They usually do both which does make the stockholders happy but it’s not so good for those of us that use the thing.  I drove a Honda Element.  I loved it.  It was a family member.  I even gave it a name, Babe the Big Blue Box.  It could do everything I needed a vehicle to do.  Sure, it looked like a toaster but I could live with that.  Every Element owner I’ve met loves their car so what does Honda do to keep these satisfied owners coming back?  They stop making the Element.  They have a new and improved small SUV.  It’s pretty but they never got Babe away from me until it had traveled almost two hundred thousand miles. Some things just don’t need improving.

Thought for the week—If everything is coming your       way, You’re in the wrong lane.  –Steven Wright 

Until next week, may you and yours be happy and well.      

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Obituary - Linda Leonard Hughes

Linda Leonard Hughes, 78, of Washington Avenue, Cobleskill, New York, passed peacefully Thursday, May 30, 2024.

She was born on May 25, 1946, in Springfield, Massachusetts, and was the daughter of Wilson and Phyllis (Sefton) Leonard, who both predeceased her.

In September 1973, Linda married John Bolton Hughes in Holyoke, MA. John and Linda remained married for over 50 years, enjoying travel and living in many parts of the United States.

Being raised in Massachusetts, she graduated from South Hadley High School. Linda continued her education at a cosmetology school in Springfield, Massachusetts where she became a Licensed Cosmetologist. She was the proprietor of Linda's Coiffeur Corner for several decades. After that, she followed her passion and became an independent artist, creating many beautiful works of art.

Linda was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cobleskill, as well as the Vermont Putney Painters and National Artist Association.

Linda is survived by her husband, John Bolton Hughes; her nieces and nephews: Cheri (Brian Maillard) Pitt of Cobleskill, NY, William C. Pitt of Holyoke MA, and Leslie (Patrick) Chehade of Charlotte, NC; and her lifelong friend, Christine Cronin of South Hadley, MA.

No formal services will be held as per the family's request.

Contributions in memory of Linda may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cobleskill, 492 W. Main St., Cobleskill, NY 12043

Arrangements have been entrusted to Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill.

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Local Business Focus - Cherry Valley Bookstore

By David Avitabile

CHERRY VALLEY - The Cherry Valley Bookstore is much more than your normal, everyday neighborhood bookstore.

While you browse through thousands of books from dozens of subjects in the shop, you can feel the history of not only Cherry Valley. the state and the country.

The building at 81 Alden Street in the village was built in 1840 and was home to Amos Swan and his cabinet shop. He also made melodeons here. Sam Morse, then an itinerant artist/painter may have perfected the telegraph key and Morse code in the very room you are looking through a vintage children's book. (It is not certain whether Mr. Morse perfected his code in the front room of the book store or next door, but "I'll claim it," Mr. Compton said.  The building has been home to many businesses before it became a bookstore around 1995, said current owner Bill Compton.

Before Mr. Compton and his wife Lynne purchased the building and business five years ago, Franzen Clough owned the building since 1992 and ran it as a bookstore since 1995. From 1971 to 1991 it was home to Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Paul Bley and Carol Goff. They bought the building, site unseen, through an ad in the Village Voice, and lived in the small two-story wooden building for 20 years, the only time it has been used as a residence, Mr. Compton said. In its other uses, the building has housed a butcher shop ("That might explain the hook in the front window," Mr. Compton said.), a women's dress shop. a bakery, and a tea room. Mr. Swan was also the village undertaker. "He'd make the last cabinet you'd ever buy," Mr. Compton joked.

Mr. Compton's daughter first spotted a story about the bookstore and Cherry Valley on the Internet in December 2018 and informed her parents. Mr. Compton, who had just retired as a city planner in Bristol, Rhode Island, drove to Cherry Valley on a frigid January day and peeked through the windows of the shop. They returned a few weeks later and the power and heat were off, but they decided to pursue a purchase and bought it that spring.

Since then, they have put on a new roof, repaired the siding (No mice this winter," Mr. Compton noted.), painted the front and side (it has been red since the mid-1950s and is now a bright, fresh, welcoming yellow), and on the inside, moved a large book case to showcase the fire place in the front room.

There are basically four rooms to the book store, the front  room, the hallway, the back room, and the upstairs, which houses the shop's fiction collection, two comfortable reading chairs, and some magazines.

For such a small shop, there is an amazing assortment of books and subjects. "If you want it, we have it," Mr. Compton said, though he did have to recently get someone a book on blacksmithing.

In the front room there are vintage children's books, and sections on New and Local history, do-it-yourself and how-to (a very popular area for Glimmerglass opera apprentices working on sets), cookbooks, natural history and science, art and architecture, sewing, knitting, fine arts, photography, as well as Allen Ginsberg-related books. Mr. Compton is amazed at the art and creativity that has happened in Cherry Valley. In other areas of the shop there are biographies, African-American studies, books on1960s, '70s. and '80 pop, New Age, history, religion, literature, travel, Eastern religions, mythology, military history, poetry, drama, music, and many more. 

Some of the most popular sections of the book store are local history and vintage children's books. "People love local history and it's hard to find." He said he would like to expand the children's section.

Some people come in and directly ask for a section to explore, others just wonder, Mr. Compton said.

"It's not unusual for someone to disappear for an hour, hour and a half and come back with a stack of books."

Most of his books are in the $6 to $8 range, though he does have some rare and older books at higher prices. 

Owning and running a book store is nothing like he has ever done.

"It's been a huge learning curve," he said. "Running a book store is a totally different thing."

He began to inventory the collection, but gave up. He estimates that there are between 12,000 and 15,000 books in the shop, "definitely more than 10,000."

More are added each winter after they get back from Florida and from library books sales and estates sale. They also get donations, but they have to be very selective because of space limitations. "Not to denigrate any writer, but we don't have any Danielle Steel (books)."

In addition to the physical shop, the shop finds buyers through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

The book store community is very tight, Mr. Compton said, as is the Cherry Valley community.

The community, he added, "is very happy that we are caretakers of a local institution."

The Cherry Valley Bookstore is closed January to April. It is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11am to 6pm and on Sunday from 1 to 6pm.

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Becker Named to All-Star Team

Third baseman Brody Becker was named to the 2024 Section 2 - Colonial council Baseball All-Star Team. The Cobleskill-Richmondville junior stood out during the baseball season this year and is seen here with head coach Cody Lillich. The Section 2 Awards Banquet was held last Monday, June 3rd in Saratoga.

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Career Fair Connects Students with Employers

Jasen Kimball and Jacon Letko speaking to a representative from Callanan Industries during the career fair.

COBLESKILL - The final Capital Region BOCES career fair of the 2023-24 school year connected businesses in search of workers with students looking to expand their options and help their finances.

The Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical Education Center - Schoharie Campus Career Fair was held June 6 at SUNY Cobleskill. More than two dozen employers ranging from Milton CAT to Kenworth Northeast Group, Casella Waste Systems Inc. and the New York State Police.

“I am going to Lincoln Tech in the fall, but I am looking for a second job this summer, maybe in construction, that I can help pay for college with,” said Jacob Letko, a Building Trades senior from Cobleskill.

Classmate Jasen Kimball said he is exploring career options while awaiting the results of scheduled interviews. 

“I have a meeting with the laborers [union] tomorrow and I am just looking at what other options I have,” said the Schalmont teen.

Business representatives said they value the opportunities to build their workforce.

“We have to turn down jobs because we don’t have enough workers, so it’s important for us to work with BOCES to find new workers,” said Joshua Horton, a representative of Albany-based heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration firm CA Group.

Katie Carey, CEO of Carey Electric, was also recruiting BOCES students on Thursday.

“We are excited to work with BOCES and eager to cultivate our relationship and spread the word about the value of jobs in the trades,” she said.

Capital Region BOCES Managing Program Coordinator-Business & Community Partnerships Nancy Liddle said the event was a good opportunity for students and businesses.

“Our career fairs provide opportunities for students and businesses to network and formulate relationships that benefit both,” she said.

Capital Region BOCES hosts several career fairs throughout the school year while working with more than 300 business, union and education partners to fuel the regional and state economies. Through these partnerships, students can launch careers directly out of high school or land jobs that will help them pay for future educational opportunities. 

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Cobleskill Approves Water Improvements

By Joshua Walther

COBLESKILL - On Monday afternoon, the Cobleskill Village Board held a short special meeting to discuss the next phase in their water improvement project. 

The members heard the proposed scope from Brendon Becker of Lamont Engineers, who has been working closely with the Village on the matter. He said that the project mainly revolves around renovations for the water plant and the replacement of the original transmission main.

While the mentioned renovations were costly in their own right, such as maintenance work in the chlorine storage room and adding emergency power to the plant, eyes were drawn to the discussion of the transmission main, which has been plaguing the Village for as long as they could remember.

The ten-inch wooden pipe, which now rests underneath the golf course by Walmart, is wrapped in uncertainty. No one knows exactly when it was built, and as such, it proves to be a major health concern.

However, the solutions to the problem are not without their cost. Mr. Becker suggested that the Village could abandon the main and a new line could be run down Mineral Springs Road instead, but the cost would come in at $300 per foot. 

Mr. Becker also showed concern for key properties that were serviced by the old main, as abandoning the pipeline would likely mean feeding their properties by new dead-end lines for a further cost projection.

He concluded by stating that the project would cost around five million dollars in construction alone, but with the necessary contingency of 30% and other fees to consider, the true total hovers at approximately eight million.

However, Cobleskill would not have to foot that bill alone. The Board is able to apply for a grant that would offset 70% of the cost, leaving them with just an annual loan payment of eighty thousand dollars, something that Mayor Rebecca Stanton-Terk describes as “totally doable.”

“A five million dollar water project will be hard on our own,” Mayor Stanton-Terk continued as she contemplated what might happen if the grant isn’t obtained, “but we won’t just ignore it. We can’t keep kicking the can down the road.”

With all members in agreement that they should try for the grant, the Board passed a motion to adopt the bond resolution and adjourned with no further business.

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CRCS Focuses Financial Reserves

By Joshua Walther

COBLESKILL - In the aftermath of the new budget passing, the CRCS Board of Education met on Monday to discuss their brand-new plans for their annual fund balance and reserves.

School Business Manager Tracy Fraleigh, who works with Superintendent Matthew Sickles on financial plans like the budget, noticed a worrying problem with sudden expenditures on their already tight , namely tax certiorari claims.

Tax certiorari refers to the proceedings by which a real property’s tax assessment is reviewed by an administrative agency, which can lead to potential payouts. 

With the advice of legal counsel, Mrs. Fraleigh put together a certiorari reserve proposal for the Board’s consideration. Intended to protect against the fiscal year it was established, the reserve offers to set aside 2% of the tax levy to guard for up to four years. 

Luckily, the creation of the reserve will not take away from the district’s finances, as once the time limit runs out or upon the Board’s decision, all of the funds will liquidate back into the general fund balance with little fuss.

Under Mrs. Fraleigh’s plan, the Board moved to create their first 2023-2024 reserve, and will look toward the future creation of a 2024-2025 reserve after July 1st. 

In addition to this, Mrs. Fraleigh urged the Board to approve specific transfers to designated reserves for general bookkeeping, which members agreed to with little resistance.

In other news, the Board also heard general updates from multiple different student groups, including the newly established trap team, the FBLA, and the latest senior trip to Costa Rica.

All three groups were keen on sharing their experiences with the Board, giving an overview of different sponsors, competitions, and the activities that they found the most memorable, respectively.

Once they each concluded their presentations, they thanked the Board for supporting their endeavors, saying that they’re looking forward to future meetings and trips that will leave a lasting memory.

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CVS Girls' B'ball Team to Lead Springfield Parade

CHERRY VALLEY - The 110th annual Springfield Fourth of July Parade will kick off its "Hometown Celebration" with the Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School Lady Patriots varsity basketball team leading the way as grand marshals.

The parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 4 in Springfield Center, according to a news release from the Springfield Fourth of July Committee.

The team includes seniors Kailey Barnes, Erin Williams, Morgan Huff, Mia Dubben and Daphnee West, juniors Sara Cortese and Brin Whiteman and eighth grader Mackenzie McGovern, with Coach Kelly Taggart and assistant coaches BJ Whiteman and Carol McGovern.

The Lady Patriots became the first basketball team from CV-S to win regionals and sectional playoffs, going on to play in the state championship Final Four Tournament.

With a record of 20-4, the team amassed several championships and titles during the 2023-24 season, including the Hunter-Tannersville Tournament Champions, Schoharie Turkey Tournament Champions, Tri-Valley League Champions, Section IV Class D Champions, and Class D Regional Champions. The Otsego County Board of Representatives passed a resolution on April 3 in recognition of the team’s accomplishments.

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Former Tilson's Lunch Comes Down in Howes Cave

HOWES CAVE - The road past the Animal Shelter in Howes Cave was closed Friday morning. The former Tilson's Lunch structure below the quarry finally collapsed across the road in the wind. 

Jim Newton stopped there Thursday to take some pictures before it finally collapsed, not realizing it wouldn't last 24 hours more. 

He noted on Facebook, "I've watched the building gradually disintegrate for years. Once I saw the center beam of the roof collapse this spring I knew time was growing short."

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Friends of the Fourth Planned

A Cobleskill Community Celebration Block Party

By Elizabeth Barr

COBLESKILL – The Independence Day Celebration for Schoharie County in Cobleskill is funded entirely by your donations each year.  The Friends of the Fourth is a volunteer organization that gathers your donations to assure that there are fireworks on the Fourth of July. The cost is $5000 this year.

 Friends of the Fourth contracts with the company to put on the display and obtains the permits required to give you all a spectacular show.  There are collection containers at Pizza Shack, Little Italy and the Cobleskill Diner.  The group has approached businesses to see if they would be interested in donating. If you would like to donate, please go to the website where you can donate online.  If the goal is met for this year, any additional proceeds will go toward next year.  You can also donate at a GO Fund me link, found online: Donate to Schoharie County Independence Day Celebration, organized by Friends of the Fourth

The Friends of the Fourth will be at the Community Celebration Block Party sponsored by Locomotions Sports Bar & Grill, 136 Railroad Avenue, Cobleskill for their one-year celebration on June 15th.  The American Tavern will be celebrating its 11th year with customer appreciation events. There will be a donation bucket and will be raffling off baskets for Friends of the Fourth. Bring the family down to enjoy the festivities. Hot dogs and burgers for $1, FREE Sno Cones and cotton candy, a bounce house, a mechanical bull, face painting, a dunk tank and a party tent with a bar. The event begins at 11 am and features Mixtape Revival at noon, a corn hole tournament at 1 pm, Crossfire at 4 pm, and Basket Raffle Drawing at 7 pm and at 9 pm the events move inside. Hope to see you there!

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Institute Holding Entrepreneurship Programs

COBLESKILL —  The Institute for Rural Vitality has been awarded $80,000 through Empire State Development to host Entrepreneurship Assistance Center (EAC) Business Plan Competitions. Starting in 2025, these competitions will run in conjunction with the Institute’s annual Empire State Entrepreneurship Expo, held at SUNY Cobleskill each May. 

This funding aims to support and enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem by providing resources and opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to develop comprehensive business plans. The Institute is one of just five grant awardees across New York State selected to host an EAC competition program of this kind. 

The Institute will develop three annual business plan competitions for small businesses that have graduated from an EAC 60-hour business plan training course in the last 12 months, and award funding to support the winners of those competitions. The Institute offers its Business Development Bootcamp in a 10-week format held in person and virtually in a synchronous format. Learn more about the program here: 

The Institute for Rural Vitality was designated as the EAC for the Mohawk Valley in July 2023. Since then, it has worked to support area entrepreneurs with business creation and growth, sales, access to financing, and job creation. The designation represented the Institute’s expansion beyond its focus on farm and food entrepreneurship to serving regional business owners across all industry sectors.

Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers, under the oversight of ESD, provide instruction, training, technical assistance, and support services to individuals interested in starting or who have recently started their own business, and entrepreneurs seeking to expand or strengthen their early-stage business. A list of all designated Entrepreneurship Assistance Centers can be found at  

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Invasive Species and Why it Matters Program

COBLESKILL — Invasive species are non-native species that can cause harm to the environment, the economy or human health. Invasives come from all around the world. As international trade increases and our climate changes, so does the rate of invasive species introductions.

On June 26, 2024 at 1:00 pm, join Schoharie Master Gardener Volunteer, Scott Mills, for a presentation and discussion on invasive species in our region. The presentation will be held in person at the CCE Schoharie Extension Center at 173 South Grand Street, Suite 1, Cobleskill, NY.

Please register by Monday, June 24 by visiting or by calling 607-547-2536 ext. 235. This program is free and open to the public!

For more information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego County’s community programs and events, go to or call 518-234-4303 ext 129.  Stay connected to CCE Master Gardeners’ daily postings at  and follow CCE Schoharie and Otsego on Facebook at

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Openings for Meat Processing & Food Safety Courses

COBLESKILL — The Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill is offering a series of four-week Meat Processing & Food Safety microcredential courses this summer and fall designed to give participants the knowledge and skills to immediately join the meat industry. The standalone, hands-on courses are delivered by professional instructors in the College’s USDA-inspected meat processing facility. The courses are open to all learners interested in a career within the meat industry, and qualifying students will receive a 50% discount on the course fee.

Throughout the course, participants will experience start-to-finish processing of beef, pork, lamb, and goat within federal compliance, and develop the beginning structure of a HACCP program. Learners will recognize carcass characteristics for retail cutting, packaging, and identification, with an emphasis placed on developing a competency for knife handling, cutting, safety and sanitation. Class sizes limited to ten participants will maximize skill-building opportunities for individual participants.

This program is being offered by the Institute of Rural Vitality and supported by a Workforce Development Grant from SUNY. Students who are eligible for the grant will receive a 50% discount on the course fee: $6,000 ($3,000 for grant recipients). The application process allows participants to determine their eligibility for the discounted course fee. Qualified New York State residents and high school graduates will be prioritized in registering. Must be 17 years of age or over to participate.

Course Dates:

August 19 - September 13

September 23 - October 18

October 28 - November 22

Courses runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Following completion of the course, participants will be awarded with a Meat Processing & Food Safety microcredential badge indicating their proficiency in beef, pork, lamb, and goat processing within federal compliance.

To apply, please visit

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Possible Dollar General in Carlisle

The Dollar General in Richmondville. The town of Carlisle could be getting one. Photo by Chris English.

By Chris English

CARLISLE — A very familiar sight in many nearby towns might be coming to Carlisle.

Town Code Enforcement Officer Lloyd Stannard said at the Wednesday, June 5 board meeting that he's talked to representatives of the Dollar General chain and "they are still talking about coming into town."

"We'll have to wait and see" town Supervisor John Leavitt responded. After the meeting, he explained that Dollar General has had an interest in locating a new store in Carlisle for about six months to a year. Representatives from the chain have made offers on a couple of properties in the town and been turned down, Leavitt added.

Dollar General has grown from a single store opened in 1955 into "one of the country's fastest-growing small-box discount retailers," according to its website,

In other news from the June 5 meeting, Council Member Katie Schweigard brought up the idea of starting a town-wide garage sale, which would involve residents who wanted to participate in holding garage sales on the same date.

Fellow board member Dave Laraway was skeptical.

"No interest here," he said. "Everyone wants to do their own thing. Our houses are too far apart."

But as the discussion continued, it was generally agreed the concept was at least worth exploring further.

"Can't hurt," Leavitt said.

"We would just need to kind of encourage everyone to do it on the same day," Schweigard noted. "I'll get looking into it."

Highway Superintendent Mike Broadwell reported on several items, starting off with the news that a new mower had arrived on time _ a pleasant surprise _ and that the first pass of roadside mowing had been completed.

It might very well be time to replace the town's 2015 pick-up truck, Broadwell continued. He said the vehicle recently broke down and had to be towed to a repair shop, where an anticipated bill of $600 or $700 turned into about $2,200 as mechanics discovered bigger problems than originally expected.

"She is crusty," Broadwell said of the truck. "Really crusty, and the situation won't get any better in the future."

The town's loader has been put out to bid but with no success so far, he added.

"There was a fellow interested but he then said it was not financially sound for him to make the purchase," Broadwell explained.

Toward the end of the meeting, there was talk about the hope of Carlisle getting its own post office again. The town has not had one since a property owner decided to stop leasing space to the post office quite awhile ago. The nearest post office is now in Sharon, Leavitt said. He added that he and other officials and interested parties will continue to explore possibilities.

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