Dodging raindrops nearly every day, the 142nd Sunshine Fair still lived up to its name of Schoharie County fun.
Six days of farm animals, rides, exhibits, music, circus acts, racing pigs, tractor pulls and demolition derbies gave Fair-goers plenty of options to enjoy themselves.
As always, the T-J put in time on the Fairgrounds; here’s a sampling on photos. Lots more are in this week’s paper.
Also, five lucky readers are winners in T-J’s first-ever subscription raffle at the Fair.
Winners of a year’s subscription to the T-J are:
•Sarah Hun ...
Cobleskill-Richmondville will sharpen its techniques for helping students secure college athletic scholarships.
That strategy, chosen by the school board and administrators, comes after 2018 grad Ashley Kubat nearly lost a scholarship to run cross country at Roberts Wesleyan College.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association requires athletes to have 16 approved core courses to receive a scholarship. Ashley was short two courses––but the deficit could have been avoided had all involved acted earlier in her athletic career.
Her scholarship in jeop ...
Cobleskill’s Village Planning Board gave the thumbs-up Wednesday to Catholic Charities long-contested plans for affordable housing at the corner of Campus and Granite drives.
Only about a half-dozen neighbors were on hand to hear the unanimous decision; past hearing on plans for 12 units of affordable housing at the corner of Campus and Granite Drives drew as many as 60 opponents.
Still to be negotiated:
Whether tax-exempt Catholic Charities will agree to make a payment in lieu of taxes or something like it.
Village Trustee Becky Stanton-Terk ...
The Esperance Historical Society will host art historian William Coleman for a free program on Thomas Cole and his time spent at Featherstonhaugh Park painting scenes of Esperance and Duanesburg on September 1 at 1pm at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church on Church Street.
Following the program, guests are invited to enjoy refreshments at the Esperance Historical Museum next door and see a recently acquired reproduction of Mr. Cole’s “View on the Schoharie,” looking down on the Village of Esperance, as well as a collection of local art and folk art.
Mr. Cole i ...
Save Our Schoharie, the activist group seeking to preserve and promote Schoharie, put its money on the line last week.
SOS members donated $10,000 to the Town of Schoharie to help with the legal fight to keep Cobleskill Stone Products from expanding its quarry.
Cobleskill Stone seeks to expand its Schoharie quarry onto adjacent land the company bought in 2000. Under Schoharie’s Land Use Law, however, that land was zoned agricultural and residential, prohibiting quarry operation.
Since 2005––13 years ago––CSP has been fighting a court battle with the ...