Esperance to revive 1937's "Getting Ira Married"

10/11/2017

In 1937, the Young People’s class of the Esperance Presbyterian Church performed a play entitled, “Getting Ira Married.”
Eighty years later, a copy of the playbook was discovered by the daughter of one of the 10 original actors/actresses, and an idea was hatched to resurrect the story to perform in tandem with the bicentennial celebration of the Village of Esperance and its fire department, both founded on July 14, 1818.
The storyline revolves around an unmarried young man who’s enamored with being a fireman, but with disastrous mishaps that affect the fire de ...

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Vroman's Nose going to state

10/11/2017

Schoharie County’s most popular and picturesque hiking trails will soon be owned by the state.
Citing a tremendous increase in users and an aging volunteer base, members of the Vroman’s Nose Preservation Corporation have agreed to donate the ownership of the historic landmark to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The transfer should take place by the end of the year.
Because of exposure on Facebook and other social media and Intenet sites, the number of hikers has mushroomed over the past few years, according to Susan Vroman Walker, presiden ...

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Giving thanks: Thanksgiving organizers to thank 30 years worth of volunteers

10/11/2017

Schoharie County’s Community Thanksgiving will hit its 30th anniversary in November, and organizers aren’t about to let that landmark date slide by unnoticed.
Dozens––maybe even hundreds––of volunteers who have helped with the meal over the years will be honored at a special recognition celebration October 24.
Richmondville Mayor Kevin Neary and former county Office for the Aging Director Ethel Benninger came up with the recognition idea while planning this year’s Thanksgiving.
Both have been involved with the dinner since the first one in 1988, and ...

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Duanesburg historical center nearly completed

10/3/2017

The Duanesburg Research and Archive Center is nearing completion in Quaker Street, Schenectady County.
“This building marks an important step in our goal of preserving local history,” said Leonard Van Buren, president of the Duanesburg Historical Society.
“When the building is finished residents will have access to historical records related to Duanesburg and local families. On behalf of the Historical Society, thanks to everyone who made this possible through their enormous generosity.”
The Society, which was formed in 1944, had a long-term goal of ...

Duanesburg historical center nearly completed

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Crowd hears: Dairy farmers still #1

9/27/2017

There’s no arguing the economic importance of dairy farming to the entire Northeast.
But what are we going to do about it?
That’s the question the film “Forgotten Farms” asks and one about 350 people tried to answer last Tuesday at a Cobleskill screening of the 2015 documentary.
Sarah Gardner, who produced the film, said it was never intended for farmers, but rather as a way to tell their story to people who don’t understand the industry’s impact on their local economy.
“This IS probably our 60th screening and one of our best crowds,” Ms. Gar ...

Crowd hears: Dairy farmers still #1

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26th T-J Hometown Cooking wants your recipes

9/27/2017

The Times-Journal wants your treasured, longtime family recipes.
Or even a few new ones you’ve just perfected.
The T-J is preparing its 26th edition of “Hometown Cooking,” which will feature recipes from readers when it’s published in November.
A flyer in this week’s T-J helps readers submit recipes.
“Without a doubt, this is one of our favorite projects,” said Publisher Jim Poole.
“We enjoy––as much as our readers do––seeing what Schoharie County loves to cook.”
Recipes can include appetizers, drinks and punches, breads, soup ...

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Grant will let SSCS offer afterschool program

9/20/2017

After at least a decade-long hiatus, afterschool learning—along with fun and games—will be returning to Sharon Springs Central School.
SSCS learned last Wednesday that it has received a five-year grant of $105,000 annually through the Office of Child and Family Services for an afterschool program.
Though SSCS ran a mostly arts and crafts afterschool program through Cornell Cooperative Extension about 10 years ago, the 2017 version will be an opportunity to expand on STEM, said Superintendent Pat Green.
“We want to take what students are already learn ...

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DEC maverick Ward Stone in Cherry Valley Saturday

9/20/2017

Former DEC wildlife pathologist and environmental activist Ward Stone will be the featured speaker this Saturday at Cherry Valley’s Star Theater in the Old Village Hall on Main Street.
The event is free and open to all, but those attending are asked to bring a donation—cash or food—for the Cherry Valley food pantry.
Mr. Stone’s talk on environmental stewardship and activism will begin at 7pm.
There will also be a potluck at 6pm—bring a dish to pass and table service—and a question and answer session at 8pm.
Mr. Stone was a DEC pathologist for ...

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Schoharie County turns out for Ava Byrne

9/13/2017

Ava Byrne and her family need help, and Schoharie County is answering.
A benefit Sunday at Hessian Hill Farm raised thousands, and another at Grapevine Farm this Friday should raise additional funds.
Ava, the three-year-old daughter of Leanne Bake and Justin Byrne of Berne, has stage four neuroblastoma and is at Albany Medical Center.
She was first diagnosed with cancer in May 2016, recovered from that but suffered a relapse this year.
Ava was to go to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City last month but wasn’t strong enough ...

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Cobleskill Day moved to September 30

9/13/2017

Cobleskill will have its annual Cobleskill Day this year; it will just be on a different day than originally planned.
First set for Saturday, September 23, Cobleskill Day is now the following Saturday, September 30.
Cobleskill Partnership Inc., the downtown advocacy group, is sponsoring Cobleskill Day.
The day will start with village-wide garage sales at 9am. To register your sale and be on a map, go to the website cobleskillpartnership.com, send an email with name, phone and street address to cobleskillpartnership-@gmail.com or call Sandy Poole at ...

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Audubon vols kick off 2017 hawkwatch

9/13/2017

The annual southbound migration of birds through the upper Susquehanna region and the Catskills has begun, and with it comes the start of the local Audubon Society’s Hawkwatch at the group’s wildlife sanctuary on Franklin Mountain near Oneonta.
This season marks the 29th consecutive year of counting raptors at the site, according to Andy Mason, Conservation chair of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society.
The hawk watch is one of the prime spots in the eastern United States for observing some species in the fall.
“We get excellent numbers of red-taile ...

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Focus on farming: Farm Bureau meeting, film screening

9/5/2017

With the near-end of the growing season, two agriculture-related events are on the September calendar.
Thursday, September 14, the Schoharie County Farm Bureau will hold its annual meeting at the Olde Tater Barn.
Doors open at 6:30pm with dinner at 7pm.
The annual business meeting and voting on resolutions will follow.
The guest speaker for the event will be Jessica Ziehm, executive director of the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition.
NYAAC is a farmer-led organization coalition that supports the dairy industry.
Reservations ...

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September 22 dinner-dance benefit for Patriot Highlander Challenge

8/30/2017

A fundraising dinner-dance to provide assistance to local disabled veterans will be held on Friday, September 22 at The Olde Tater Barn in Central Bridge.
Proceeds will be donated to the Patriot Highlander Challenge in Cobleskill, which identifies and assists veterans in need of support.
Music and comedy will be provided by “ODY – The Entertainer.”
Free door prizes donated by local merchants. Cash bar at 6pm; dinner at 7pm.
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #4475, Middleburgh. For reservations, leave a message at 518-827-3301 or stop by ...

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Community rallies behind brave little Ava

8/23/2017

Ava Byrne is putting up a brave battle, and the Schoharie County area is rallying to help.
Three-year-old Ava has stage four neuroblastoma, a bone cancer in her head, but the little girl from Berne remains upbeat, as does her family.
The daughter of Leanne Baker and Justin Byrne, Ava was first diagnosed with cancer in late May, 2016. She weathered that bout but recently suffered a relapse.
“It’s rare and very aggressive,” said her grandfather, Sean Byrne of Schoharie, who works in health insurance, and, having survived leukemia himself, is familiar wit ...

Community rallies behind brave little Ava

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Hero Fund America plans inaugural road rally

8/23/2017

The non-profit Hero Fund America will launch the inaugural Hero Fund America Rally for First Responders on Saturday, September 23 starting at the Sharon Springs Fire House and ending at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
This single-day event will benefit the nonprofit Hero Fund America, which makes grants via the Hero Fund America fund to support education and training for first responders.
“I was looking to create an experience that would directly tie into the mission of the organization, so that participants will not only enjoy a 200-plus mile s ...

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Cherry Valley Historic House Tour Saturday

8/23/2017


The Cherry Valley Historical Association and Museum will host its 4th Historic House Tour this Saturday, August 26, from 10am-4pm.
Tickets are available at the Cherry Valley Museum, 49 Main Street, the day of the event.
The tour will include three homes, two carriage barns, the Cherry Valley Museum, and a guided walk through the Cherry Valley Cemetery.
Lunch will be available to purchase at Grace Episcopal Church; complimentary refreshments will also be available behind the museum.
Included on this year’s tour will be: Londonderry, Story ...

Cherry Valley Historic House Tour Saturday

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Eclipse once in a lifetime event

8/16/2017

Monday’s solar eclipse will be a pretty good show for Schoharie County, even if a total eclipse won’t be visible here.
And although the eclipse is far from total, viewers must take precautions to protect their eyes.
A solar eclipse has the moon passing between Earth and the sun, blocking the sun’s rays to Earth. Monday’s eclipse will be the first to cross the continental US since 1918, according to a website about eclipses.
Alan French of the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers, a group that holds programs at the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, said 67 perc ...

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Battle of Flockey Saturday, Sunday at Stone Fort

8/9/2017

Be there, this weekend, August 12 and 13, as history comes alive at the Old Stone Fort Museum Complex during an educational Revolutionary War encampment commemorating the 240th Anniversary of the 1777 Tory Uprising and Battle of the Flockey.
This free, family-friendly program will provide visitors with an opportunity to get up close and personal with history, as they walk through a re-created of a Revolutionary wartime encampment, witness live demonstrations and military exercises, meet the horses and interact with re-enactors and historians.
Four re-enactmen ...

Battle of Flockey Saturday, Sunday at Stone Fort

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Sharon Springs a winner in Otsego 2000 awards

8/9/2017

Sharon Springs brought home two awards from Otsego 2000’s 18th annual Historic Preservation Awards ceremony for Otsego and Schoharie Counties Wednesday:
One, an honorable mention for a cookbook that combines recipes with the community’s history; the other, for Beekman 1802’s Mercantile—the second time that building has won an Otsego 2000 award.
Before a crowd at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Springfield Center, Otsego 2000’s Executive Director Ellen Pope talked about her organization’s efforts to protect the region from inappropriate development and to advoca ...

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Sharon Springs ready to welcome Shakespeare in the Park

8/3/2017

All the world’s a stage and and no more so than at Sharon Springs’ Chalybeate Park, where afternoons Wednesday, August 9-Tuesday, August 15, the newly-formed Brimstone Creek Productions will stage William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”
The daily 1pm performances are free; bring a lawn chair or blankets and a picnic, urges Brimstone Artistic Director John Cormier-Burke, and visit the Forest of Arden.
For those who’ve forgotten their high school English lit, “As You Like It,” likely written in 1599, tells the tale of a Duke, who forced into exile in the Forest ...

Sharon Springs ready to welcome Shakespeare in the Park

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141st Fair kicks off to sunshine, crowds

8/2/2017

The 141st Schoharie County Sunshine Fair opened its gates to great weather Saturday as crowds filed in for everything from barrel racing to political displays to the brand new Circus Museum, along with tractors, farm animals, sky-high fun, and blue ribbon entertainment.
Today, Wednesday is Bicycle Give-A-Way Day, Thursday will feature the Beautiful Child Contest, and Friday, the state-sanctioned tractor pull.
The Fair runs through this Saturday when a championship demolition derby in front of the grandstand and Arron Tippin in Brown’s Ford Theater wrap up anot ...

141st Fair kicks off to sunshine, crowds

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Bargains galore at Sunshine Fair; fun starts Saturday

7/26/2017

There will be plenty of animals, attractions, and bargains when the 141st Schoharie County Sunshine Fair opens this Saturday.
That’s according to Doug Cater, Fair president for longer than he—or almost anyone else—can remember.
The 2017 Fair runs Saturday, July 29 through Saturday, August 5 with the theme, “Bushels of Fun, Making Memories.”
And with a solid mix of new and old, Mr. Cater said, there will be plenty of opportunities for that.
Once again, he said, visitors will pay one price for admission, something that gets them unlimited rides on ...

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Antique car show this Sunday

7/12/2017

More than 200 antique and classic vehicles will be on display this Sunday at the New York Power Authority in North Blenheim.
The theme of the show, which runs from 9am to 4pm, is “When Chrome Was King.”
Besides vintage vehicles, the show includes antique outboard and marine engines, old-time gas engines and antique tractors, a for-sale car corral and food vendors.
Free tours of the Power Authority’s Visitors’ Center and Lansing Manor will also be available.
Proceeds from the show benefit four Schoharie County causes: Cobleskill Elks Lodge, Leath ...

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Micro-grant helps launch Charlotteville cider label

7/5/2017

A new cider business is up and running thanks to a Schoharie County grant program.
Scrumpy Ewe Cider in Charlotteville will be releasing its products––tasting more like white wine than apple cider––this Friday.
Ryan McGiver of West Fulton owns Scrumpy Ewe, and a boost in funding came from the Schoharie County Micreoenterprise Grant Program (SCMGP).
Funded through a state grant, SCMGP is administered by the county Industrial Development Agency with help from the county Office of Community Development.
Scrumpy Ewe is housed at Kymar Farm and Wineri ...

Micro-grant helps launch Charlotteville cider label

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Good times in Jefferson this Saturday

7/5/2017

Jefferson Heritage Day will be Saturday, July 8.
This free event brings folks of all ages from all over to enjoy a day and night in Jefferson at the Town Green (Rt. 10 to Main Street) with the antique Gazebo at its heart. Also marked as the weekend to schedule many family reunions, the planners for this year’s Heritage Day are confident that no one will be disappointed.
Heritage Day is chockful of performances, live music featuring the TLC Cloggers, Native American Dancers, Country Express, Patty & the Mygraines, wagon rides, food stands and crafters, games, ...

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Schoharie & the Great War Thursday

7/5/2017


‘Old Schoharie in the Great War’ will kick off the Schoharie County Historical Society Summer Lecture Series on Thursday, July 6 at 7pm at the Badgley Museum Annex, Old Stone Fort, Schoharie, with Peter Lindemann as presenter.
Mr. Lindemann is a local author and historian.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
“It was one-hundred years ago that America entered the Great War,” said Mr. Lindemann, who has been working on this project for the last six months, “and in Schoharie County we certainly did our bit. Men enlisted, women joined the ...

Schoharie & the Great War Thursday

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Sharon Historical Society dedicates St. John's bell

6/28/2017

The Sharon Historical Society has welcomed home a piece of its past:
The bell from St. John’s Lutheran Church—not only Sharon’s oldest church congregation, but also Schoharie County’s.
For years, after the church’s tower and bell were removed, Sheila and Fred Coager, members of the St. John’s congregation, had stored the bell in their basement.
The church has been sold, and as a way to help the Historical Society close out its spring series of meetings, the Coagers dusted off the old bell in 2016 and donated it.
It’s now on display at the Main St ...

Sharon Historical Society dedicates St. John

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The Fourth's going to be busy

6/28/2017

Schoharie County will have two chances to celebrate Independence Day, beginning Saturday in Cobleskill and then continuing on Tuesday, the 4th, in Sharon Springs.
Saturday’s celebration will be held at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds, beginning at 10am with a flea market and vendors, kids games, a bounce house, and visits from Mickey and Minnie.
There will be plenty of food and from 3-8pm, music by MSM Music Entertainment.
At 11:30am there will be a Lil’ Firecracker contest for kids up to five years old; registration starts at 11am and there’s a $50 top priz ...

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4th parade returns to Sharon--on the 4th

6/14/2017

What better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than in Sharon Springs with a huge county-wide parade and food and entertainment to follow.
The parade begins at 10am on the Fourth of July. Following the parade, a chicken and rib barbeque will follow in the front lawn of Sharon Springs Central School. Entertainment will be from 11am-2pm provided by the Ira Metzger Band.
“The Chamber has received a lot of inquiries about participation in the parade,” says Chamber President Ron Ketelsen. “We are requesting that anyone who plans to enter a float or particip ...

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Schoharie to return to days of street movies

6/6/2017

The clocks will be turned back 100 years to 1917 Thursday night in Schoharie.
On Thursday, the village of Schoharie will re-enact a significant milestone in American cinematic history, Schoharie’s Free Open Air Street Movies which ran every summer from 1917 to 1942.
The festivities will begin at 7pm, and then at around 9pm, when it is dark enough, on a screen hung from the original lampposts in front of the county courthouse, attendees will view a brief documentary on the history of the street movies before a screening of the only surviving reel from The Awake ...

Schoharie to return to days of street movies

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Remembering in the rain

5/30/2017

Ceremonies around the area marked Memorial Day, beginning Thursday in Schoharie, and continuing Monday in ceaseless downpours, which forced many--but not all--of the events inside. Here, Cobleskill braves the weather. Photos from this and other ceremonies are in this week's Times-Journal. ...

Remembering in the rain

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Schoharie Creek Trail planners want to know: What do you want?

5/30/2017

It won’t quite be one straight line from Esperance to Blenheim, but plans to develop a trail that would let outdoor enthusiasts bike, hike, and even paddle their way from one end of the Schoharie Valley to the other should be finalized by the end of 2017.
The next step? Seeking funding to build it.
But even before that, Schoharie Area Longterm, which has been coordinating the trail feasibility study with help from GPI Engineers and FoitAlbert Associates and funding from the state Department of State and Schoharie County, needs help further defining the route. ...

Schoharie Creek Trail planners want to know: What do you want?

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Decoration Day: Tuesday ceremony at Old Stone Fort

5/25/2017

Tuesday, May 30 at 6pm at the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will conduct a Decoration Day ceremony first observed in Schoharie County 140 years ago.
The public is invited to assist the Sons in ‘strewing with flowers’ the graves of some thirty-five Union soldiers in the Fort Cemetery.
The Schoharie County American Legion Honor Guard will honor veterans of other wars.
Decoration Day began in 1868 with ‘Logan’s Order.’ General John A. Logan was then Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, the fra ...

Decoration Day: Tuesday ceremony at Old Stone Fort

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Community Library looks to future

5/3/2017

The Community Library, Cobleskill, took its future to the second stage Thursday when architect Paul Mays ran through plans and possibilities for about three dozen patrons, trustees, and members of the staff.
Mr. Mays is an architect for the firm of Butler Rowland and Mays Architects, a Balston Spa firm that specializes in libraries.
His presentation will be repeated this Saturday, May 6, 10:30-12:30pm in the library’s lower level.
Among the things Mr. Mays is looking at is how to best use the library’s existing space and unique architectural features.

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Maple, Wildlife Festivals Saturday in Cobleskill

4/25/2017

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Calvary Assembly marks milestones

4/25/2017

Calvary Assembly of God in Cobleskill celebrated twin accomplishments over the weekend.
The congregation dedicated its new building on Mineral Springs Road and also noted the church’s 50th anniversary.
The weekend-long celebration began Saturday afternoon with “A Taste of Calvary,” a reunion of Calvary friends and family.
Sunday’s events began with a worship service in the morning, then a banquet and church dedication in the afternoon.
Calvary Pastor Ray Richards formally thanked the First Baptist Church and St. Vincent De Paul, both in Cobleskil ...

Calvary Assembly marks milestones

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Community Library: What do you want us to be?

4/19/2017

What do you want your library to be?
That’s one of the questions the Community Library will ask at a pair of meetings Thursday, April 27, 5:30-7:30pm and Saturday, May 6, 10:30-12:30pm.
Both meetings, said Ken Hotopp, president of the Community Library’s Board of Trustees, will take a look at a study on the building just-completed by architect Paul Mays.
Though Mr. Mays’ work focused mainly on the building’s physical aspect, what to do with the space inside will be influenced by what sort of services patrons want, Mr. Hotopp said.
“I go in the li ...

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CV artists ready for Climate Change March; Schoharie Blue Streak's Earth Day Saturday

4/19/2017

The future began taking shape in Cherry Valley Thursday when a dozen would-be artists came together to craft oversized puppets and banners for the community’s Climate Change March April 29.
Like Cobleskill’s Women’s March in January, the Positive Action: Cherry Valley event will be a “sister march” to the national Climate Change March in Washington, DC as will hundreds of other registered marches across the country.
This Saturday, Schoharie Blue Streak has plans for an Earth Day rally on the Schoharie DAR’s front lawn beginning at 1pm. (See related story.)

CV artists ready for Climate Change March; Schoharie Blue Streak

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SUNY conference explores "lifestyle farming"

4/11/2017

Some people come to what's being called lifestyle farming with a background in marketing.
Or knowing how to write a business plan.
Others come to it experienced in gardening. Or maybe in raising sheep.
But all off them unsure of how to take the next step to make their interest in doing something with a few acres and a barn profitable-or at least sustainable.
Saturday's first-ever Lifestyle Farming Conference at SUNY Cobleskill was an effort to bring all of that together for a daylong series of classes on everything from growing mushrooms to farm brewing ...

SUNY conference explores "lifestyle farming"

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Events on tap for Earth Day, Climate March

4/4/2017

Can't attend the March for Science?
Or the People's Climate March?
Two local groups are offering alternatives.
Modeled after January's Women's March, the March for Science, set for Earth Day, April 22 in Washington, DC, hopes to bring attention to the importance of science in everyday life.
The April 29 People's Climate March, also in DC, is more specifically focused on climate change.
In Schoharie, the positive action group Schoharie Blue Streak will be hosting its own science event on Earth Day, April 22, on the front lawn of the DAR's Lasell Hal ...

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KyMar whiskey earns gold in Denver

3/28/2017

KyMar Farm Distillery has added another medal to its portfolio of spirits. Their malt whiskey, bottled for the first time in November of 2016, was awarded a gold medal in the 2017 Denver International Spirit Competition.
The double-blind competition took place on March 4-5, 2017 at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado.
This competition is open to both craft producers and major brands in the industry.
"We could not be more excited to receive this recognition for our Malt Whiskey," said Ken Wortz, the founder and distiller.
"It takes gre ...

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Zion steeple comes down

3/14/2017

The top of Zion Lutheran Church's steeple came off for safety's sake on Monday.
Unstable since being struck by lightning two weeks ago, the steeple had started to list to one side, and the congregation couldn't use the church.
Dimensions North of Catskill removed the top portion using a crane and a lift. At right, the one section comes off Monday afternoon.
Below, a crew and a container go up 165 feet to take off loose portions at the very top. Next, brothers Josh and Same Neubauer of Dimensions North saw through part of the steeple.
At the bottom, the ...

Zion steeple comes down

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Jr. Iron Chef Competition coming April 1

3/14/2017

Dozens of young chefs from around the region will come to SUNY Cobleskill on April 1 for a chance to show off their culinary skills and improve school lunch menus in the fourth annual Jr. Iron Chef Competition.
This is the second year that SUNY Cobleskill is hosting the event.
The competition is sponsored by SUNY Cobleskill, the Bassett Research Institute's 5-2-1-0 Initiative, and the Rural Health Education Network of Schoharie, Otsego and Montgomery Counties.
It challenges teams of middle school and high school students to prepare dishes from original ...

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2nd STEAM Expo March 30 at SSCS

3/7/2017

Sharon Springs Central School will put the best of its science, technology, engineering, arts, and math skills on display on Thursday, March 30, when it hosts its second annual STEAM Expo.
Last year's STEAM Expo featured more than 25 student and teacher presentations, ranging from classroom-based projects to robotics demonstrations.
This year, elementary students and teachers will be joining the STEAM Expo and one of the organizers, math teacher Dan Cornwell, said they're expecting to see even more diversity in what's presented because of that.
"The expo is a ...

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6th Empty Bowls Sunday at C-R High School

3/7/2017

A little soup, a little bread, and a lot of compassion--that's the recipe for Empty Bowls Schoharie County.
The sixth annual Empty Bowls, which raises money for local food pantries, will be this Sunday, 11am-3pm, at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School.
Open to the public, Empty Bowls has visitors buy a decorated bowl and get soup and bread from more than 20 participating restaurants.
Proceeds from the event go to Schoharie County's 15-plus food pantries.
Organizer Jacqui Hauser had clubs, families, Scouts, students and others paint the bowls over the pa ...

6th Empty Bowls Sunday at C-R High School

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CPI planning home and garden show

2/22/2017

Schoharie County's home and garden show, which will feature more than 25 local businesses, is coming up in a couple of weeks.
The first-ever event will be Friday March 3 and Saturday the 4th at Rodeway Inn & Suites in Cobleskill.
There will be displays, demonstrations and presentations from builders, home decorating businesses, landscapers, real estate firms and many more.
The Home & Garden Show is sponsored by Cobleskill Partnership Inc., the group promoting Cobleskill as a good place to live and work.
Steve Kuiper, branch manager at Trustco Bank in Cob ...

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Water for Life rally at Tepee Sunday

2/15/2017

There will be a Water is Life rally in solidarity with the NoDAPL Water Protectors on Sunday, February 19 at The Tepee, Route 20 in Cherry Valley.
At 1:30pm there will be an opening prayer followed by speakers who have visited the Standing Rock camps to show support and would like to share their experience.
A limited supply of NoDAPL t-shirts will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the water protectors. The Tepee will be open from 11am-5pm and will donate 20 percent of that day's sales to support the water protectors.
This is an outdoo ...

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Knitters all ears with pink protest hats for DC march

1/10/2017

Needles clicking, skeins of yarn in every possible shade of pink at their elbows, dozens of women gathered around the table at CeCe's Wool Farm Store in Esperance Friday to knit a message for President-elect Donald Trump.
They're part of a movement to knit or crochet pink pussycat hats-officially, they're Pussyhats-for those who'll be marching in Washinton, DC on January 21, the day after President Trump's inauguration, in support of women's rights.
"Historically, knitting has brought people together, especially in rural communities," said CeCe's owner, knitter an ...

Knitters all ears with pink protest hats for DC march

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It's Cherie: Our 25th Times-Journal Star

1/3/2017

Being seriously involved in two volunteer efforts would gratify almost all of us.
Not Cherie Stevens.
She's engaged in a range of causes, all of them giving a lift to those who need one, and that's why Ms. Stevens is the Times-Journal Star for 2016.
"A lot of us connect Cherie with one project," said T-J Editor Patsy Nicosia, who directs the paper's Star award. "Maybe it's the Marathon for a Better Life or the Theater Project of Schoharie County. But Cherie does much more than just one or two."
Indeed. Besides the Marathon, which raises money for Scho ...

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Competition especially tough for 2016 Star

1/3/2017

In the 25 years the Times-Journal has been awarding the T-J Star, this year's recipient, Cherie Stevens, probably received more single nominations than any other.
Which didn't make selecting the 2016 winner any easier.
A total of 20 people were nominated for the award, which recognizes someone who's made a positive contribution to his or her community over the past year.
This year's other nominees were:
Greg and Barbara Furlong, for their dedication and leadership of Leatherstocking Honor Flight, which sends veterans to visit their memorials in Washingto ...

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Here we go: 2016 Stars nominations

12/27/2016

By now, Christmas has come and gone; Santa's gotten his gifts delivered and he's probably relaxing somewhere quiet and warm.
At the Times-Journal, though, we're still working on our list, finalizing the details on our pick for the 2016 T-J Star, our 25th.
We'll feature the '16 winner and detail the accomplishments of all of our nominees in our January 4, 2017 issue.
But until then, here's who's on the list, most multiple times.
Alyson Montione.
Cherie Stevens.
Tim Snyder.
Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge.
Tom Nigro.
Pat Costel ...

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Sharon kids share in the real meaning of Christmas

12/27/2016

Christmas is a time for giving and in Sharon Springs, two high schoolers take that message to heart.
For the second year, in an effort they call the Magic of Sharon Springs, Lester Higgins Jr. and his sister, Deserae, put coin jars out during the community's Garden Party, Harvest Festival, and Victorian Stroll as a way to collect for a family in need.
The first year, the collection went to neighbors who'd lost their home in a fire.
Friday, they presented the $165 they'd collected in 2016 to Molly Roosevelt and her son, Lucas, to help with some of the family's ...

Sharon kids share in the real meaning of Christmas

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Cobleskill PD finds Santa tough act to follow

12/27/2016

Here's the thing about Christmas shopping:
Even when you're a cop, used to fighting crime, there's probably nothing tougher than taking a kid with a credit card and a list up and down the aisles of Wal-Mart.
Also:
Nothing more likely to bring tears-of both the Christmas spirit and the glad-it's-not-me type-from others doing their last-minute shopping.
"God bless you, officer. Thank you for your service," said one woman Thursday, offering a high-five to one of a dozen Cobleskill Police Department officers pushing a cart through the Wal-Mart toy aisle Thu ...

Cobleskill PD finds Santa tough act to follow

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Schoharie County Farm Bureau gives back

12/20/2016

Schoharie County's farmers are giving back just in time for Christmas.
After efforts to purchase and then donate coupons for free milk to local food pantries through an organization called Feed America fell through, said Farm Bureau President John Radliff, the SCFB instead made donations of $250 each to the:
--Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
--Coats for Kids.
--Schoharie County Community Action Program food pantry.
New York Farm Bureau and Cazenovia Equipment also contributed toward the donations," Mr. Radliff said.
"We were really disa ...

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Cops, FDs help deliver Disney surprise to Gallupville boy

12/14/2016

What goes around, comes around.
Which is a good thing when you're talking homemade chocolate cookies, fire trucks, and an all-expense paid trip to Disney World.
That's the surprise 19-year-old Ryan Hacker of Gallupville got Thursday thanks to the downstate-based Baking Memories 4 Kids.
Baking Memories 4 Kids, explained founder Frank Squeo, bakes and sells containers of homemade chocolate chip cookies as a way to send kids with life-threatening and terminal illnesses to Disney World and other Florida attractions.
Typically, Mr. Squeo explained, it takes m ...

Cops, FDs help deliver Disney surprise to Gallupville boy

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Toasty Toes delivers pjs to kids

12/14/2016

Generous Schoharie County donors take care of needy children with gifts at the holidays and food year 'round.
Keeping kids warn is a priority, too.
That's what the Toasty Toes Pajama Project, now in its fourth year, is all about.
Toasty Toes will donate 1,400 pairs of PJs to Schoharie County children at Christmastime.
The idea for Toasty Toes came to Trista Bradt when she was delivering Thanksgiving dinner to a family she and her co-workers had adopted.
A little girl came to the door, and she was poorly dressed for the cold weather.
"I call thi ...

Toasty Toes delivers pjs to kids

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Who'll be our 25th Star: Looking back at some winners

12/14/2016

Time flies when you're having fun.
It flies even faster when you're recognizing some of the best that Schoharie County has to offer.
For the 25th time since the Times-Journal began searching for its first T-J Star in 1992, this year's honor will recognize someone who's had a major and positive impact on their community.
Nominations are already coming in-read to the end to learn how to make yours-but with a quarter-century's worth of Stars under our collective belts, it seemed like good time to look back on some of the past honorees.
In no particular orde ...

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Vinnie Zaba follows his dream to Brick House Bakery

12/7/2016

Vinnie Zaba suspected all along that Cobleskill wanted a bakery.
He was right.
Since opening on November 22, the Brick House Bakery has had a non-stop response from customers looking to soothe a sweet tooth.
Across West Main Street from Cobleskill's Centre Park, Brick House offers a variety of pies, cheesecake, pastries, cookies and more, exactly as Mr. Zaba planned earlier this year.
"This is everything I envisioned," Mr. Zaba said. "Support from the community has been outrageous.
"I can't explain how excited I am. I can't come up with the words. ...

Vinnie Zaba follows his dream to Brick House Bakery

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Christmas coming early to Cobleskill

11/30/2016

Christmas is coming early to Cobleskill this year.
Three holiday events--all involving Santa--are happening this weekend, two in the village and one at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School.
The first will be the Marines' Toys for Tots train, which will arrive at the Cobleskill Firehouse at 3pm Saturday.
Santa and his Marine helpers will meet with families and hand out toys and other goodies. The train will be on its way at 3:50.
A little more than an hour later, Cobleskill's Christmas parade will step off at 5pm and march to Centre Park for the annual t ...

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Twinkle, twinkle: It's T-J Star time again.

11/30/2016

Now that the Thanksgiving leftovers are finally gone and Santa's started checking his list, it's time to get going on the 2016 Times-Journal Star.
Once again, we're looking for someone who exemplifies the best of Schoharie County.
Someone like Sarah Goodrich (our 2012 Star), John Radliff (2009), or Adele Hayes (1994).
Awarded every January since 1992, the T-J Star recognizes someone who's positively impacted the community over the past year in ways not necessarily related to their job.
"We rely heavily on nominations," said T-J Editor Patsy Nicosia, who ...

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Schoharie Library makes history

11/22/2016

With homemade desserts, Christmas ornaments, a flower show, and speeches on the front porch, Schoharie Library friends and family celebrated two historic milestones Saturday:
The library's 100th anniversary and the unveiling of its status on the New York State and National Historic Registries.
"This library is the hub of the community," said Board President Michelle Borst in her remarks, a sentiment the speakers who came after her echoed.
Mayor John Borst, who's own history with the site goes back to 1963 when as an Explorer Scout, he lent a hand raking and m ...

Schoharie Library makes history

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T-J moves into rehabbed space; fire was last December

11/15/2016

It was a long time coming-longer than anyone expected-but Friday, the Times-Journal began moving back into its old digs.
Quick work by the Cobleskill Fire Department put out a fire that started in one of the apartments above the T-J last December 23.
But smoke and water damage to the space used by the Sales, Printing, and Graphics Departments left half of the Division Street building unusable.
"We were able to move desks and computers around to maximize the space we could use, but it's been cramped and it took us a while to reorganize," said T-J Publisher Jim ...

T-J moves into rehabbed space; fire was last December

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SUNY Cobleskill a "Best for Vets"

11/9/2016

SUNY Cobleskill has been named to Military Times' "Best for Vets: Colleges 2017" rankings for the second consecutive year, recognizing its commitment to educating and providing opportunities to America's veterans, service members and families.
The eighth annual rankings, announced November 1, are based on Military Times' comprehensive survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement at more than 500 colleges across the country.
"SUNY Cobleskill's continued 'Best of Vets' recognition is a testament to the veteran-friendly culture t ...

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Schoharie moves ahead with waterfront plan, trail

11/1/2016

In Schoharie, a multi-purpose trail that would loop throughout the village is part of a much larger plan to revitalize the waterfront and Main Street.
And quickly moving ahead.
Consultant Nan Stolzenburg of Planning Better Places said concept design, costs estimates, and landowner permissions are all in place and they're waiting to hear on grant applications to the state's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and the Appalachian Regional Commission.
In addition to the trail, the plan calls for things like better signage, bike racks and parking, landscaping ...

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Schoharie site for this year's free community Thanksgiving

11/1/2016

Schoharie County's Thanksgiving Day Committee will serve up its 29th meal of turkey and all the trimmings at a new location:
The Schoharie United Presbyterian Church.
The SUPC will be the site for both the sit-down dinner and take-outs on Thanksgiving, November 24, said longtime organizer Kevin Neary of Richmondville.
"That's a little different than the past, but they have great facilities and it's easier than having to drag things like pots and pans in and out," Mr. Neary said.
"We put out a request and they answered. We're very grateful."
The din ...

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Sharon Rotary celebrates past, hopes for future

10/26/2016

The Sharon Springs Rotary called out the cavalry Friday in hopes of finding ways to boost its dwindling numbers.
Guests included members of the Cobleskill Rotary Club as well as friends from the Sharon Springs community.
The meet and greet was also a chance to honor Paul Harris Fellows Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Jeremiah Tichy.
The Paul Harris award recognizes individuals who donate-or have donated in their honor--$1,000 to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
With Jeremiah's honor, all six members of the Sharon Springs Rotary are now Paul Harris ...

Sharon Rotary celebrates past, hopes for future

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Microenterprise $ gives bakery a hand

10/26/2016

Seven businesses throughout the county are in the process of receiving funding through the Schoharie County Microenterprise Grant Program (SCMGP).
Schoharie County was awarded $200,000 though the 2015 Consolidated Funding Application - New York State Community Development Block Grant Microenterprise Program.
The grant application was submitted by the County Planning Agency and is being administered by County Planning and the County Industrial Development Agency (IDA).
Assistance is provided by staff at the New York State Office of Community Renewal.

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Sports dome firm "borrows" space at Fairgrounds

10/18/2016

Imagine an eight-acre sports dome, 160-feet tall and big enough inside for six Little League fields and you'll get an idea of the project being constructed by Air Structures American Technologies Inc. at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds.
Since late September, ASAT has been using the wide-open space at the Fairgrounds to assemble pieces of a 12-section cable net grid that will eventually be shipped to East Fishkill for what could be the world's largest air-structure multi-sports dome.
Though ASAT's corporate headquarters are in Rye Brook, the company's manufacturing faci ...

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Project CRASH drives the message home

10/12/2016

When a carload of local teens headed out that June day, red Solo cups and phones in hand and behind the wheel, they never thought it would end in tragedy.
But it did:
With 17-year-old Sharon Springs Central School senior Ian Rohac dead at the scene of the County Route 8A crash, and Amarnie Lawas, another senior, but from Cobleskill-Richmondville, charged with vehicular manslaughter and facing 7-14 years in state prison.
It was, however, all make-believe, written, staged and filmed for Project CRASH, a joint effort between the Schoharie County Sheriff's Offic ...

Project CRASH drives the message home

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A road trip to Sharon--Sharon, Kansas, that is

10/12/2016

I came to the end of a very adventurous novel and the main character found himself in Sharon Springs, Kansas.
What?
I Googled Sharon Springs, Kansas and low and behold, there really is such a place.
So the little I know about Kansas is that it is vast, dry and that's where Dorothy and her dog Toto called home.
I knew that there is an Ames, Iowa, named after a Congressman from Massachusetts and Syracuse, Kansas named for the city in New York but why would anything be named "springs" in dry old Kansas?
Well, it turns out that the Santa Fe and the Or ...

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College scholarship honors Cliff and Betty Hay

10/12/2016

SUNY Cobleskill President Marion Terenzio has announced a new scholarship endowment in honor of Clifford and Elizabeth Hay and their contributions to Schoharie County.
The annual scholarship will benefit a student majoring in Dairy Science at SUNY Cobleskill who has been active in the FFA.
"Cliff and Betty Hay are the kind of people who form the backbone of a community," Dr. Terenzio said.
"From business to education to work with the county's youth, the Hays have given tremendously to Schoharie County and its residents. We are proud to announce this new en ...

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Ready, set, get cooking for T-J cookbook

9/28/2016

The Times-Journal wants the best from your kitchen.
The T-J is preparing the 25th edition of "Hometown Cooking" that will feature recipes from readers when it's published in November.
A flyer in this week's paper asks readers to submit recipes for the special edition.
"We like this project as much as any that we print," said Publisher Jim Poole.
"It's always interesting to see what readers send in--old favorites or heirloom recipes."
Recipes can include appetizers, drinks and punches, breads, soups, casseroles, quiches, meats, an fish, game, vegetab ...

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SUNY Cobleskill to mark 100 years starting Friday

9/21/2016

SUNY Cobleskill will mark 100 years of educating students beginning this Friday and running through Sunday with a Centennial Celebration.
The event will include a parade, fireworks, a youth fishing derby, and even a visit from StoryCorps.
StoryCorps is a national history project that records conversations between people with a story to tell.
Each participant takes home a CD of the recording and copies will be archived at the Library of Congress and at SUNY Cobleskill's Van Wagenen Library.
The number of recording sessions is limited; call Beth Oregeron a ...

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Are you tough enough? 3rd Patriot Highlander Challenge Saturday

9/14/2016

The 2016 annual Patriot Highlander Challenge, a fundraiser for the Wounded Challengers of Honor through the Comeback Initiative at EXOS and Adaptive Team Sports for Veterans, will return to Cobleskill this Saturday.
The event is held at the 160-acre Sunny Knolls Farm, 211 Little York Road, and brings together athletes and veterans from across the Northeast.
Competitive heats start at 8am with Challenger of Honor introductions and opening ceremonies at 9:30am.
Adult heats continue every half hour until noon; Junior Challenge kids' heats are at 12:30 and 1pm.

Are you tough enough? 3rd Patriot Highlander Challenge Saturday

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SALT sets meetings for trail input

9/14/2016

Officials from Schoharie Area Long-Term Inc. want more public input on a proposed 38-mile multi-use trail in the county.
They have already received 500 surveys on the trail, which would run from Esperance to Blenheim.
Most of the surveys collected have been from residents of Cobleskill, Middleburgh, and Schoharie.
In order to get more public input, SALT has scheduled four landowner information meetings in October, according to Jin Kim, SALT's Schoharie Creek Trail Study Coordinator.
Landowners along the Schoharie Creek as well as the general public are i ...

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Sharon Historical Society kicks off fall programs

9/7/2016

President Mary Ann Larkin announces the fall 2016 meetings of the Sharon Historical Society, held at 7pm on the third Monday of the month in the Community Room of the Library Building on Main Street/State Route 10.
Monday, September 19, sculptor/artist Peter Cozzolino and photographer Erreca Batchelor will present a program featuring the historic St. John's Lutheran Church building in the Town of Sharon.
Mr. Cozzolino will speak about frescos and their use in early New York, and Ms. Batchelor will present her photographs of the interior frescos and architecture ...

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It's almost Christmas; Depot Lane Singers kick off holiday practices

8/31/2016

It seems way too early to begin thinking about the winter holiday season in September.
But that's just what members of the Depot Lane Singers will be doing in September, as they begin to prepare for their December winter concerts.
"Joys of the Season" will be the theme of this year's program, and new members are encouraged to join.
The Depot Lane Singers are a community chorus of 60 to 70 members, based in Schoharie.
Rehearsals for the winter concert programs will begin on Tuesday, September 6, and will be held at the Depot Lane Theatre building in S ...

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SALT marks five years, recovery since Irene

8/31/2016

Although Schoharie County's physical recovery from Irene has been remarkable, the county's recovery in attitude has been even more so.
It was such an attitude--"resilience and dogged determination," Sarah Goodrich labeled it--that Schoharie Area Long Term recovery celebrated Sunday in Middleburgh.
About 100 gathered at the Timothy Murphy Park, scarcely a football field from the creek that flooded the Schoharie Valley, to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Irene and the long recovery since then.
Ms. Goodrich, SALT's executive director, called the process ...

SALT marks five years, recovery since Irene

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35th Iroquois Indian Festival Saturday-Sunday

8/31/2016

The Iroquois Indian Museum will host its 35th annual Iroquois Indian Festival this Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4, from 10am-5pm both days.
The festival celebrates Iroquois creativity and self-expression with an all-Iroquois Art Market, open by invitation only, and showcasing both traditional and contemporary work.
The Sky Dancers from Six Nations Reserve in Ontario will perform traditional Iroquois social dances, inviting visitors out onto the floor to dance with them.
Onondaga storyteller Perry Ground will return with daring and dramatic tales and speci ...

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Hundreds help celebrate Festival Farmers Market's 20th

8/24/2016

Hundreds of people looking to shop from farmers they know turned out Saturday to help the Festival Farmers Market celebrate its 20th anniversary.
The event featured a birthday cake, remarks by State Ag Commissioner Richard Ball and others, music, free samples, and of course, plenty of produce, from melons to maple products.
Donna Olsen and Linda Cross manage the market, which is open Saturday and Wednesday, from mid-July to mid-October.
The Festival Farmers Market is located at McCarthy Tire Service.
Previous locations included Howes Cave and Wohl's Plaz ...

Hundreds help celebrate Festival Farmers Market

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Shuart on taverns to wrap up Old Stone Fort lecture series

8/17/2016

Schoharie County Historian Ted Shuart will be the guest lecturer at the Old Stone Fort Museum this Thursday, August 18 at 7pm in the final installment of the Summer Lecture Series.
His topic, "The Inns and Hotels of Schoharie County"
will focus on some of the best-known inns, hotels, taverns and tavern stories of Schoharie County.
Mr. Shuart will include a look at some of the historic taverns, most currently private residences, still standing in the area.
The program is free and light refreshments will be served.
The earliest lodging establis ...

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Schoharie churches plan after-school program

8/17/2016

Schoharie Presbyterian, Schoharie Lutheran, and Schoharie Reformed Churches, with support from Camp Fowler, completed another successful week of camp in July, surpassing previous years attendance records with close to 160 campers, ranging from ages pre-K to eighth grade.
Also this year, the camp received support from Youth Mission Workers from Michigan, who spent a week in Schoharie, serving as counselors.
This year's theme was "Treasure of the Heart" which combined a fun pirate theme with Christian teachings.
Due to the continued success of this program and ...

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Beekman expects HQ move to fuel expansion here

8/9/2016

It's a good problem to have and hopefully, a better problem for Sharon Springs:
After six years and two locations, Beekman 1802 has outgrown its space and is moving its corporate headquarters to Schenectady.
Owners Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge are also looking-locally and beyond-for a place to move their shipping and packing operations too.
Together, those efforts will allow Beekman 1802 to expand the couple's Main Street store, Mr. Kilmer-Purcell said Monday outside on the front steps of the shop, tractor and car traffic hurrying by, because there was ...

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Saturday's Farm Family Day biggest yet

8/9/2016

More than 40 farms in Schoharie and Otsego Counties will welcome visitors this Saturday for Family Farm Day.
Running from 10am to 4pm, it's the fourth annual Family Farm Day for Schoharie but the first for Otsego.
The day has been a success in its first three years, with farms offering tours, demonstrations, activities for kids and a selection of local products.
"People are more aware of it now. They look forward to it and ask about it," said Cooperative Extension's David Cox, who organizes the day.
The thrust of Family Farm Day is to forge a stronger l ...

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1946 Ringling Bros. scene gets new home at Fairgrounds

7/26/2016

  Fans of the Big Top will have a one-of-a-kind treat waiting for them just inside the gate when the 141st Sunshine Fair opens Saturday: 
  A detailed, one-quarter-inch scale replica of the 1946 Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus so grand it fills an entire room as the centerpiece of the Fair’s new Circus Museum.
  The exhibit is the creation of Hall of Fame Model Circus builder Brooke Evans and until late last year, it was housed at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, where it had been for the past 20 years.
“It was quite a project to brin ...

1946 Ringling Bros. scene gets new home at Fairgrounds

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One-of-a-kind circus exhibit will welcome Sunshine Fair visitors

7/26/2016

Fans of the Big Top will have a one-of-a-kind treat waiting for them just inside the gate when the 141st Sunshine Fair opens Saturday: 
  A detailed, one-quarter-inch scale replica of the 1946 Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus so grand it fills an entire room as the centerpiece of the Fair’s new Circus Museum.
  The exhibit is the creation of Hall of Fame Model Circus builder Brooke Evans and until late last year, it was housed at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, where it had been for the past 20 years.
“It was quite a project to bring ...

One-of-a-kind circus exhibit will welcome Sunshine Fair visitors

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Gilboa celebrated Nick Juried History Center

7/13/2016

It must be something in the water.
That's what the t-shirts said Friday when the Gilboa Historical Society thanked dozens of supporters at a celebration marking the completion of the Gilboa History Center.
The something in the water part was certainly true for the guest of honor, 1947 Gilboa Central School graduate Nick Juried, who funded the addition to the Gilboa Museum and was overwhelmed to see it had been named in his honor.
Mr. Juried, 86, a retired sales executive who now lives in Austin, Texas, fought back tears as he talked about his longstanding tie ...

Gilboa celebrated Nick Juried History Center

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Happy 4th, Schoharie County

7/6/2016

Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce President Ron Ketelsen motors down Route 20 in his 1901 Oldsmobile Horseless Carriage in Monday's July 4th parade. Sharon Springs hosted the 2016 event; music and fun followed in Chalybeate Park. In Cobleskill, the 4th meant fun and games and Revolutionary War re-enactors. Photos from all of this--as well as Summit Mountain Day--are in Wednesday's Times-Journal.--Photo by Patsy Nicosia. ...

Happy 4th, Schoharie County

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Fair asks for help with flowers for Blair

6/15/2016

The Schoharie County Sunshine Fair will remember Blair Hartman this Saturday when they fill the Fairgrounds with flowers in his memory.
A longtime Fair director and treasurer, Mr. Hartman died on May 19.
For the past few years, he purchased and planted most of the flowers on the Fairgrounds, paying an estimated $1,500 out of his own pocket.
A few weeks ago, Fair directors launched a campaign to raise donations for the flowers, which volunteers will plant Saturday, beginning at 8:30am.
There will be coffee, refreshments, and instructions; all are welcome ...

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Dorloo organ headed for Westford home

6/15/2016

Silent since the sad closure of the Dorloo United Methodist Church last October, the 145-year-old pipe organ that for 80-plus years of Sundays filled the hamlet with music, is on its way to a new home.
Sidney Chase of the Chase Organ Company in Worcester, along with a handful of volunteers, began dismantling the organ last Monday.
That part of the process was expected to take just a few days; reassembling it the United Methodist Church in Westford will likely take most of the summer.
Westford will be the organ's third home.
According to Mr. Chase, it was ...

Dorloo organ headed for Westford home

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Big plans for a Schoharie County Fourth

6/8/2016

Schoharie County will celebrate the Fourth of July in a big way this year with a parade, fireworks, living history events, and more.
Traditionally, Cobleskill's hosted the festivities, but because of Main Street construction, events are being spread out throughout the county.
The Sharon Springs Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the extended weekend; contact President Ron Ketelsen, 860-5513 or email sharonspringschamber@gmail.com for more information or to volunteer.
The traditional fireworks celebration at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds will still be held, but ...

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C-R gets request to name theater after Blair Hartman

6/8/2016

There's a campaign to name Cobleskill-Richmondville's high school theater after Blair Hartman.
And although school officials generally support the idea of memorializing the popular late teacher, they're not quite sure how to go about it.
Mr. Hartman taught math at Cobleskill and Cobleskill-Richmondville for 33 years, and even after he retired in 1998, he continued to work on stage productions at the high school.
It was shortly after Mr. Hartman died on May 19 that Gail Sheehan and her stepson, Phillip Sheehan came up with the idea of naming the theater for hi ...

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Sunshine greets Memorial Day crowds

6/1/2016

Sunshine greeted a crowds of the patriotic Monday for Memorial Day parades and ceremonies.
In Cobleskill, the parade marched down West Main Street--a different route because of water line work--to Centre Park for the observance.
After Ashley Rickson sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," American Legionnaire Gary Schacher and retired Judge Dan Lamont delivered Memorial Day messages. Both speakers reminded the audience that many veterans gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be free and world a safer place.
As President Abe Lincoln, Pete Lindemann offered mu ...

Sunshine greets Memorial Day crowds

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A sad farewell to Blair Hartman

5/25/2016

If there's any doubting the impact that Blair Hartman had on Cobleskill and Schoharie County, consider this:
Two of the organizations he was involved in postponed events he had a hand in when they learned of his death Thursday; others held emergency meeting to discuss how to fill his shoes.
Charles Blair Hartman, 73, of Cobleskill died Thursday after a short stay in the hospital.
A teacher at Cobleskill Central School from 1967-1998, he was a longtime member of the Cobleskill Rotary, treasurer and a director for the Sunshine Fair, and treasurer of the Coblesk ...

A sad farewell to Blair Hartman

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Bakery will be good fit with Cobleskill

5/25/2016

Maybe the idea for a new Cobleskill bakery started with Tim and Tracy Purcell.
Or it could have begun with Vincent Zaba. And his mom, Ernestine Zaba, probably had an unintentional hand in the bakery's beginnings.
Most likely, it was the intersection of all their inspirations that will bring a new bakery to Cobleskill.
That day is in the future, but the Purcells, owners of Grapevine Farms, bought the former Coby Motors building on Main Street and will convert the building to the bakery. Mr. Zaba will run the bakery and be a co-owner with the Purcells, and Ms ...

Bakery will be good fit with Cobleskill

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Memorial Day ceremonies to remember veterans

5/25/2016

Monday marks Memorial Day, a day that will be recognized around Schoharie County:

COBLESKILL
The Fred L. Stinson Post 57 will host a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday the 29th in Veterans Memorial Centre Park, Cobleskill, at 10am.
All are welcome.

SHARON SPRINGS
Sharon Springs will mark Memorial Day with an 11am parade with music provided by the Sharon Springs Central School marching band under the direction of Ron Letteron.
A memorial address and ceremony will follow in front of the school, where pavers honoring local ser ...

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Bottle, can deposits raise $5,770 for SSCS Music Department

5/18/2016

Bottle by bottle, can by can, nickel deposit donations at the Town of Sharon's transfer station are paying off big time for the Sharon Springs Central School Music Department.
SSCS Music Department booster Karen Cookson told school board members Monday that since transfer station attendant Carl Walther began accepting donated returnables for SSCS in 2002, he's redeemed them for a couple of good-sized checks.
The check Mr. Walter gave her a couple of weeks ago, she said, was more than good-sized; it was for $5,771.
"Carl feels very grateful for what the Music ...

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Historic Bull's Head marks first year

5/18/2016

It's taken three and a half years for Chris Guldner and Mary Sagendorf to reach their one-year anniversary of the Bull's Head Inn.
And although the wait was longer--much longer--than expected, it was worth it.
The first anniversary of the reopening of the Cobleskill restaurant comes at the end of this month. Rather than mark just one year, the owners will celebrate the accomplishments that came before.
Mr. Guldner and Ms. Sagendorf bought the closed Bull's Head in January 2013, expecting to reopen the inn just before SUNY Cobleskill students returned that Au ...

Historic Bull

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Hundreds Run 4 Hills in Sharon Springs fun

5/11/2016

The 3rd annual Sharon Springs Run 4 the Hills raised a record amount for the Sharon Springs Rescue Squad and Hero Fund America Saturday as more than 150 runners and walkers took to the hilly course for a good cause.
And oh yeah, the party at the end.
Mark Stephenson won the day with a 25:13 time and Amanda Collins was the first woman back in 33:09.
The winners won a pair of New Balance sneakers donated by Sharon Springs native Kevin Mallery and, his name drawn at random, Andrew Meka also won a pair.
All participants received a commemorative key chain and ...

Hundreds Run 4 Hills in Sharon Springs fun

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Sharon Springs Run 4 Hills promises fun; still spots for runners

5/6/2016

There's still time to register for the 3rd annual Run 4 the Hills, Sharon Springs' ambitious--and hilly--fundraiser, and this year, a benefit for the Sharon Springs Rescue Squad and Hero Fund America.
Both the run and Hero Fund America were begun by Garth Roberts in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings as a way to thank and honor emergency responders.
Saturday's race will begin at 9am at the American Hotel and will be followed by music, refreshments, awards, and fun.
Online registration is closed, but racers can still sign up at the American, from 3-5pm, ...

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T-J Mother's Day essay contest: Mom says you better enter

4/27/2016

The Times-Journal wants to know why your Mom is best.
In honor of Mother's Day, the T-J is having its annual "Why My Mom's the Greatest" essay contest.
In 200 words or less, explain why your Mom--or the person who fills in for your Mom--is the finest around.
The contest is open to everyone, kids through adults. There are no age groups.
"Usually our contests are primarily for kids or mostly for adults," said T-J Publisher Jim Poole. "Everyone's Mom is special, so this is open to everyone."
The Times-Journal will pick four winners, and those winners ...

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Saturday: Maple, Wildlife Festivals and more

4/27/2016

Things are shaping up for the 51st Schoharie County Maple Festival, set for all-day Saturday at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds.
Festivities for the free event will begin at 8am with a pancake breakfast by the Cobleskill Fire Department.
All day, there will be crafts, food, maple products, confections, and demonstrations, and free entertainment.
At noon, a parade will leave the SUNY Cobleskill Commuter Parking Lot next to Agway and head down MacArthur Avenue to the Fairgrounds-a route change because of Main Street construction.
And at 2pm, the 2016 Maple Quee ...

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SUNY Cobleskill sets April 8 inauguration for Terenzio

3/30/2016

Dr. Marion Terenzio will be inaugurated on April 8, as SUNY Cobleskill's 12th president, the first woman to hold that office.
The Inauguration, to be held during the College's Centennial year, marks the beginning of SUNY Cobleskill's second century.
Dr. Terenzio has hit the ground running since taking on the role of president in July, supporting the expansion of unique degree programs, embracing SUNY Cobleskill's role in driving SUNY's systemness, and cultivating partnerships within the local community," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
"I am proud to ...

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A challenge: Sharon's 3rd Run 4 the Hills

3/30/2016

Plans are shaping up for the 3rd annual Run 4 the Hills, an ambitious-and hilly-fundraiser that this year will benefit the Sharon Springs Rescue Squad and Hero Fund America.
Both the run, up, up, and down the hills of Sharon Springs, and Hero Fund America were begun by Garth Roberts in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings as a way to thank and honor emergency responders.
Each year, the run benefits a local fire department or rescue squad; this year it's the SSRS's turn.
The event will begin at 9am, Saturday, May 7m at the American Hotel.
Online regis ...

A challenge: Sharon

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Textile History forum April 29-May 1 at Hyde Hall

3/23/2016

Hyde Hall, the 1818 Regency Mansion of George Clarke, will host this year's Textile History Forum April 29-May 1.
This year's forum will be a hands-on working project to identify, date and catalog the surviving drapery fabrics and trims from the dining room and drawing room of the Great House.
The forum will start with sessions to teach and train participants the techniques for fiber and weave structure identification, including microscopic analysis of fiber, yarn construction, fabric density and proper cataloging.
Sessions will include "George Clarke the Bui ...

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SSCS STEAM Expo to highlight learning March 24

3/15/2016

Sharon Springs Central School will be adding an extra letter to STEM when it hosts its first annual STEAM Expo Thursday, March 24, 3-4:30pm in the Old Gym.
STEM is an acronym for grouping science, technology, engineering and math skills together in the classroom, something schools have been doing for about a decade, explained SSCS English teacher Tom Yorke.
STEAM adds the arts-everything from artwork to filmmaking to the performing arts-into the mix.
"There's so much overlap here and by including the arts, STEAM includes more students," Mr. Yorke said.
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DAR's Lasell Hall serves up history

3/8/2016

Schoharie's DAR celebrated the end of winter with a fundraising feast Saturday at Lasell Hall.
Originally a tavern built in 1975, Lasell Hall saw heavy damage from Hurricane Irene; the Winter Feast was a fundraiser with proceeds going to ongoing restoration efforts.
Saturday, more than 50 people, many of them dressed in 18th-century garb and some of them Revolutionary War-era reenactors, enjoyed live music, a magician, parlor games and a silent auction as well as a sit-down dinner, filling the historic building with the sounds of centuries ago.
More photos i ...

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County clerk looking for photos of those who came before her

3/8/2016

Is there a Schoharie County clerk in your ancestry?
If so, Indy Jaycox wants a photo of him or her.
Ms. Jaycox, the current county clerk, is looking for photos or portraits of all her predecessors, stretching back to 1795.
Ms. Jaycox wants the photos or portraits to hang on the wall of her clerk's office in Schoharie for historical interest.
She'd like a display similar to ones in the Board of Supervisors' conference room, where collages of past boards line the walls.
"And I've seen pictures of past clerks in other counties' offices," Ms. Jaycox sai ...

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Saturday, show Cobleskill library some love

2/16/2016

It's Love Your Library Month.
Come in out of the cold this Saturday, February 20, at 11am, and show your love by joining the Friends of the Community Library for their annual meeting.
All current members are invited, and the officers especially encourage new members or anyone interested in finding out more about the Friends to attend.
The annual meeting provides an opportunity to thank all the Friends for their continued support and generosity.
Those attending will get a chance to learn about last year's accomplishments, renew their memberships, elect of ...

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Shelter Scene: ASSV plans busy 2016

1/20/2016

We're diving head first into 2016 and have begun planning another full year of community events.
But before I get into that, we need to thank so many of our supporters that made the 2015 and the holidays extra special for our shelter residents.
In December, we asked for donations to fill Christmas stockings for shelter pets and we were thrilled with the response. In addition to individual donors (I wish we could list them all by name), the following groups brought us overflowing stockings: Radez Elementary School, Gilboa Conesville School, GlaxoSmithKline em ...

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Habitat to reach out to churches for help

1/20/2016

Hoping there's still a place for Habitat for Humanity in Schoharie County, supporters will be reaching out to local churches in hopes of two things:
--Finding people willing to serve on a short-term ad hoc board to help determine whether to keep Habitat here.
--Finding people who'd be interested in a Habitat home-with all of its requirements-if that board agrees Habitat is still viable.
A half-dozen people showed up for a second meeting on Habitat's future Monday in Schoharie.
Most of them had also attended one in December, where John Rose, the last rema ...

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Getting time to get your SCRABBLE on

1/12/2016

SCRABBLE fans can win money and help a good cause in a tournament this March.
It's Literacy Volunteers' eighth annual SCRABBLE tournament, which will be Saturday, March 19 at Radez School in Richmondville. Doors open at 8am, and the tile frenzy starts at 8:30.
The tournament is a major fundraiser for Literacy New York--Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie Counties, which has volunteers teach adults how to read.
But if the contest is a fundraiser, the focus is on fun.
"People have a good time in friendly competition," said Jim Poole, board president of the t ...

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DOAS slates eagle trip

1/6/2016

The annual DOAS field trip to view wintering bald eagles is scheduled for Saturday, January 9.
This popular outing visits rivers and reservoirs in Delaware County, where the birds concentrate to feed.
Recent trips have turned up 20-30 eagles along with other raptors and a variety of waterfowl.
The trip will depart the Dietz Street parking lot across from the YMCA in Oneonta at 8:30am.
Participants can also be picked up en route in Delhi and Walton.
Carpooling is encouraged.
The group will stop for lunch at a local restaurant for interested participa ...

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This year, the Star field was especially bright

1/6/2016

Donna LaVigne may be our 2015 Times-Journal Star, but she's surrounded by a whole constellation of other bright lights.
This year's other nominees and the reasons why follow.
--Jan Peters, for her work with SCHOOL.
--The Schmid children-Khristich, Josiah, Niamh, Zebulun, and Jubilee-for never allowing their limitations to drag them down.
"They love their community and have deeply invested themselves in it at a very young age..."
--Mary-Jane Bianchine, organist/pianist, "...a kind and generous person [who] glows with joy for her music and the community sh ...

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Donna Lavigne: 2015 T-J Star fierce, beloved

1/6/2016

Lending a hand to almost every cause and non-profit, Donna Lavigne takes good care of Schoharie County.


And for a lifetime of good deeds, Ms. Lavigne is the Times-Journal Star for 2015.


"Donna is generous almost beyond belief," said T-J Editor Patsy Nicosia. "I don't know where all of us would be without her."


Ms. Lavigne is generous not only with money, but with her time. She was a founding member of Cobleskill Partnership Inc. in 1997 and was later the downtown organization's president.


She was also an early supporter ...

Donna Lavigne: 2015 T-J Star fierce, beloved

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Cobleskill PD takes kids shopping for Christmas

12/23/2015

It's hard to tell who was wearing bigger grins:
The cops decked out in Santa hats.
Or the kids they took Christmas shopping Monday in the Cobleskill PD's first-ever Shop with a Cop.
The day-out for eight youngsters from Cobleskill-Richmondville's Golding and Ryder Schools included a $125 Wal-Mart shopping spree for each of them so they could buy Christmas gifts for their families.
Youngsters-and cops-also had a chance to hang out over lunch at McDonald's.
"They had a blast, Kevin Kelly, Ryder principal said afterwards.
"It was a little intense with s ...

Cobleskill PD takes kids shopping for Christmas

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It could be all over here for Habitat

12/9/2015

Schoharie County's Habitat for Humanity may have hammered its last nail.
Since about 1995, the affiliate has built five homes for families who've traded sweat equity for zero-interest mortgages.
But John Rose, the last standing board member and by default, its executive director, isn't sure the program works here any more.
That's largely because the families that qualify can't afford what's likely to be a $875 a month mortgage once property taxes and things like heat and electric are added in.
It's also because without a board of at least six to eight direct ...

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Still time to help spread Christmas cheer

12/9/2015

Hundreds of families that would normally go without will enjoy the holidays, thanks to Schoharie County's Communitywide Christmas Collaboration.
And there's still time for you to help.
Formed four years ago, the Collaboration is a group of agencies that gets toys and gift cards for food and holiday supplies to needy families. Donations come from the public.
Since 2012, the Collaboration has helped more than 700 local families. This year, 287 families have signed up, according to Melissa Jones of Head Start.
"It's basically the working poor, with three, fou ...

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T-J, arts working to uncover "secrets"

12/2/2015

Artists and writers interested in participating in a joint project between the arts and the Times-Journal is invited to attend the second of two organizational meetings Wednesday, December 9, 6pm, at the Community Library, 110 Union Street, Cobleskill.
Under discussion will be the creation and logistics of a regular T-J column showcasing hidden and lesser known local arts events and artists.
Sharon Springs writer Karen Cookson, Renee Nied, grant coordinator for Schoharie County arts grants, and T-J editor Patsy Nicosia are working together on the project.
"We're ...

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Empty Bowls raises $ for hunger

11/18/2015

If you couldn't find a bowl you liked Sunday at SUNY Cobleskill, you were just too picky.
Hundreds of hand-painted bowls of all colors were available at the fifth Empty Bowls Schoharie County, the annual effort to aid local food pantries.
The bowls filled tables along one wall at the Bouck Hall ballroom, while tureens filled with soup provided by local restaurants and college clubs lined two other walls.
Empty Bowls raised $7,200, which organizer Jacqui Hauser will divide among the county's 17 food pantries.
"I'm pretty happy with that," Ms. Hauser said. "I ...

Empty Bowls raises $ for hunger

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Arts representatives look to future

11/18/2015

When a dozen representatives from the Schoharie County arts community gathered to chart their future-and funding needs-for the next three years, their answers were as varied as they are.
Among the group meeting with Renee Nied, grants coordinator for Greene County Council on the Arts, which administers the New York State Council on the Arts Community Arts Grant program locally were artists, writers, musicians, performers, and all-around supporters of the arts.
All agreed what they'd like most was a physical place-or places-for the arts.
And an arts council of th ...

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Sharon FFA brings silver home from nat'ls

11/10/2015

The Sharon Springs FFA team of Ethan Keller, Jessica Van Buren, Shaun Wayman, and Kelly Allen was a silver winner at the national Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event, held as part of the national FFA Convention, October 25-31 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Teams earned gold, silver, or bronze emblems based on their total number of points.
The SSCS team was the only one from New York State to earn a gold, silver, or bronze emblem.
Three members of the Spa team also earned individual emblems.
Kelly Allen, a member of the SSCS FFA team, earne ...

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Hey kids, get those oratories ready

10/21/2015

All Schoharie County high school and homeschooled students, 9th-12th grade, are invited by the Schoharie County American Legion, Legion Riders, and Ladies Auxiliary Posts to participate in this year's Schoharie County American Legion Oratorical Contest.
The contest will be held at the Sharon Springs Central School auditorium on Saturday, December 5 at 1:30pm. (Snow date December 12 at 1:30pm.)
The invitation to enter the competition is extended by Schoharie County Oratorical Chairman, Frank Masterson, Jr.
The prepared oration must be about some phase of the Cons ...

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Schoharie gets Preservation League $

10/21/2015

The Preservation League of New York State last week awarded the Village of Schoharie a $10,000 grant to support the cost of a reconnaissance level survey of historic structures.
The presentation took place in front of the Palatine House Museum in the village, the oldest building in Schoharie County, built in 1743 as a residence and parsonage of the Lutheran minister.
Schoharie was not incorporated as a village until the year 1819, but the history of the area goes back to the early 18th century. The buildings within the village reflect this history, dating from the e ...

Schoharie gets Preservation League $

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Carlisle celebrates new firehouse

10/6/2015

Carlisle's new firehouse went on display Sunday afternoon.
The fire department and auxiliary held an open house at their new firehouse, which opened earlier this year.
The building has doors in the front and back so that trucks can enter and exit easily, without one needing to be moved to drive another out.
Replacing the old firehouse that was built in the 1960s, the new one also has administrative offices, a radio room, meeting room, kitchen, bathrooms and a bay for the fire department's ambulance.
"It's a huge step up from what we had," Fire Chief Scott Ho ...

Carlisle celebrates new firehouse

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