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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.)
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
No one at the Middleburgh Library Sunday minded that there was a Super Bowl going on.
Or that there weren't enough chairs to go around.
They were there to effect positive change-through their legislators and with their neighbors-at the first on-the-ground meeting of the Women's March NY-Mohawk and Schoharie Valley Region.
More than 70 people from Schoharie County and beyond turned out to share their concerns over actions taken by the Trump Administration since the President's January 20th inauguration.
The crowd pleased and surprised organizers, includi ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge.
Pat Costel ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Are you a farm owner who wonders if there are grants that could support your farm business?
Come to a program on December 14, 10am-noon at the CCE Extension Center, 173 South Grand Street, Cobleskill.
"Free Money?" will help you understand common grant terminology and rules, learn how to predict your project's likelihood of receiving useful funding for your farm so that you don't waste time on low probability or high cost proposals, and provide information about existing programs, and where to look for information about funding.
The program is offered by the ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Sports booster clubs at Middleburgh, Schoharie and Cobleskill-Richmondville are selling Times-Journal subscriptions with a goal in mind.
Clubs already earn $15 apiece for each new subscription they sell, but the club that sells the most new ones before February 10 will win another $1250 from the T-J.
"It's an incentive to inspire a little friendly competition," said T-J Publisher Jim Poole.
Sports booster clubs traditionally support athletic teams with expenses that their schools may not be able to afford.
Last fall, C-R's All-Sports Booster Club raised ...
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 ...
The Sharon Springs Rotary Club has disbanded and unless else someone steps up, the community could be short a crèche for Christmas.
Faced with dwindling numbers-there are just a half-dozen members-the club held a meet and greet on October 21, inviting people from the community and other Rotary Clubs, looking for alternatives to disbanding.
Unfortunately, said President Geri Dunne, they didn't end up with any and are disbanding.
That means someone else will have to pick up the club's traditional projects, including putting up the crèche at the NBT Ba ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The Schoharie County Clerk's Office will host a special passport day on Saturday, October 29 from 9am-noon at the County Clerk's Office, 284 Main Street, Schoharie.
This is in addition to the office's normal hours for passport applications, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm and Wednesdays, 8:30am-7pm.
The office will be accepting applications for first-time passports and will assist anyone with completing the renewal application for passport books or cards. They will also take passport photos.
New rule this year, no glasses can be worn in photo except under certain ...
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 ...
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 ...
I came to the end of a very adventurous novel and the main character found himself in Sharon Springs, Kansas.
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 ...
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 ...
All Schoharie County high school and homeschooled students, ninth to twelfth grade, are invited to 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 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School auditorium on Saturday, December 3 at 1:30pm (snow date December 10 at 1:30pm).
Schoharie County Oratorical chairman is Frank Masterson, Jr.
The prepared oration must be about some phase of the Constitution of the United States and ...
A year after tearful goodbyes to their respective churches, the congregations of the Hyndsville and Dorloo United Methodist Churches have united as the Christian Community Church of Faith.
And they're stronger than they've ever been.
"It was a blessing really," said CCC of Faith's Kim Witkowski before Sunday's 8:30am services in the West Richmondville church they're already halfway to buying.
"All of the small churches, we're working together now in ways we never thought to before."
A case in point is CCC of Faith's home, a church built in 1976 as the We ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Pink light bulbs are currently being sold by Cobleskill Regional Hospital's auxiliary volunteers to help bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and folks all over the county are being asked to help with the effort to "Light the Night Pink" all October.
"I first witnessed the 'Light the night Pink' initiative in Western New York a few years ago, and it immediately got my attention," said Mary Miller, CRH auxilian, who is leading the effort.
"Seeing whole neighborhoods lit up in pink for a cause is quite remarka ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
After a season of being closed, the Cobleskill Village Community Pool has reopened.
A new pump/filter building and liner have been completed.
Also, pool-goers will enjoy a new Vortex Water Slide donated by Linda and Floyd Holmes II.
The turbo slide was purchased in the name of their children Kirsten Holmes Farr, Erika Holmes Weidman and Erik Floyd Holmes who "grew up" on the pool deck and were avid swim team members, and in memory of their grandson Adam Minms who also loved his time spent at the Village of Cobleskill's community pool.
The family reme ...
Patrick Wayman and Dayna Handy share graduation-preparation photos before the big event in Sharon Springs Friday night. The Times-Journal's coverage of graduations in Sharon, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Schoharie, Middleburgh, Jefferson, Gilboa-Conesville, and Worcester is featured in a special section in this week's paper. It's something we've been doing for more than 20 years. ...
Schoharie County will celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade, fireworks, fun and more, beginning Saturday in Cobleskill.
Cobleskill's Family Fun Day will kick off at 1pm Saturday at the Fairgrounds with food, live music, vendors, games and events for kids, wrapping up with fireworks at dark.
All day Family Fun admission is by $10 wristband.
Monday, the 4th, the celebration will move to Sharon, where the Sharon Springs Chamber of commerce is sponsoring a parade, with the theme "America the Beautiful," beginning at 10am.
Lineup for the parade will be a ...
Summit Mountain Day will celebrate the beginning of summer Saturday with a day of fun events that begins at 8am at the Summit Firehouse with a pancake breakfast.
Breakfast will be served until 11am; many of the other festivities will take place at the Summit Town Garage, beginning at 11am.
Parking and admission are free.
Throughout the day food and drink will be available, there will be vendors, arts and crafts, an antique car show, wagon rides, juggling and a magic show by Howard Schrumpf.
There will be music by the Gael Joyal Band, Crystal Smith, Larry ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer.
The traditional fireworks celebration at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds will still be held, but ...
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 ...
Monday marks Memorial Day, a day that will be recognized around Schoharie County:
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 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
This week's Times-Journal begins a contest to help readers get ready for spring.
"Where's Peter Cottontail?" offers spring cash for winners who can find the elusive bunnies.
Graphic artist Karen Slater has hidden three tiny rabbits in ads this week. Readers must find the rabbits and complete the entry form.
The T-J will draw one entry at random from all those correct, and that reader will win $25.
Where's Peter? also continues in the next two issues.
At the end of the contest, a grand prize winner will be drawn from all correct entries, and the lu ...
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 ...
More and more Cobleskill-Richmondville students are taking college credit courses--right in the high school.
And C-R is looking to add even more college courses, high school Principal Melissa Ausfeld told the school board last week.
SUNY Cobleskill must approve the course work for Environmental Science, Food Science and Ag classes for those to become new College in the High School entries, Ms. Ausfeld said.
Assuming they're approved, C-R would have about 20 college credit courses.
The high school already offers Composition I, French IV and V, Spanish V, ...
New Visions students win 2016 "We The People" competition
For the fifth time, students in the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School and Questar III New Visions Law & Government program will compete at the state "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition.
The 11-student NVLG team advanced to the February 27 state competition after besting their peers from around the region in a local competition hosted by Albany Law School on January 9.
The winning NVLG student team consists of:
--Gabrielle Agostino, Mohon- asen Central Schoo ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The National Guard showed Joe Tracy what stealth, secrecy, and the element of surprise can do Thursday.
Mr. Tracy, who's owned and operated JT's Cycles in Cobleskill since 2006, thought the surprise was an event honoring employee Zachary Schaffer of Summit for his service in Afghanistan.
But it turned out, he was the one being honored and the surprise was on him.
In fact, Mr. Tracy was the only one who didn't know what was going on.
"I was watching him and he start to look a little confused when I walked in with [their son] Brendon," Mr. Tracy's wife, P ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Gable Auto is all about the Christmas spirit this year.
The Cobleskill dealership helped a Schoharie family get a car and is leading a fundraising effort to assist the family with expensive medical bills.
"We're doing what we can to help this family in need," said Gary Morgan, general manager at Gable's, adding that the public can lend a hand, too.
Dennis and Linda Orleanski's misfortune began nearly two years ago, when doctors discovered their newborn son, also Dennis, had a hole in his heart.
The boy had open-heart surgery and was in and out of heart speci ...
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 ...
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.
Senator Charles Schumer didn't bring an oversized novelty check with him when he visited the Schoharie firehouse Wednesday, but he did bring some good news.
The end of sequestration--or automatic budget cuts--in the federal budget, should mean an increase in the Assistance to Firefighters Grants, Senator Schumer announced late Wednesday afternoon.
Standing before five Scott Air Paks that were purchased with grant funding, Senator Schumer said the AFG total should be increased from $680 to $810 million.
The Schoharie Fire Department has benefited greatly from gra ...
George Perry is one-of-a-kind.
The World War II and D-Day veteran turned 98 Sunday.
And Saturday, the Sharon Springs community-along with Mr. Perry's family and the American Legion-turned out in full force to help him celebrate.
Originally from Nyack, Mr. Perry was a staff sergeant and sharpshooter who was stationed in Japan after the war.
"He's a true hero who risked everything," said Sharon Supervisor Sandra Manko, one of those making remarks, "all to preserve our way of life."
Other speakers read letters and commendations and presented awards and meda ...
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 ...
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 ...
Schoharie County's Thanksgiving Day Dinner Committee will be holding an organizational meeting on Thursday, October 29, at 9am at the Schoharie County Office of Emergency Management Office, Route 7 (formerly MOSA) Howe Caves.
The purpose of this meeting will be to make final plans for the 28th annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner.
The Thanksgiving Day Dinner is offered free of charge to all county residents who would otherwise be alone on this holiday.
This year, there are three options for individuals and families:
• Home-delivered meals. To order one of these ...
Shirley Skinner of Worcester will hit a big milestone this Saturday, October 17, when she celebrates her 100th birthday.
A prolific writer, Mrs. Skinner sends out cards and letters weekly, regularly sharing clippings from the Times-Journal with family and friends around the world and even writing to President Barack Obama.
Part of her letter to President Obama:
"...The first President I voted for was President Franklin Roosevelt. The Democratic representative in my area of New York was Clint Doolittle, which I believe was in 1933.
"In high school, I won a tr ...