The football season is here, and with it comes the Times-Journal Football Challenge.
The Challenge offers an opportunity to pick pro and college games, win cash and claim bragging rights.
As in past years, the Challenge has 15 games, 10 pro and five college. Fans pick the winner of each game plus total points on the 15th game as a tiebreaker.
The player with the best record each week wins $25. If a player picks all 15 games correctly, he wins $100. If two or more players are perfect, they split the $100.
Fans must get their entries to the ...
They came, they ran—some with 50 pounds of gear on their backs—and then they went home, together, appreciative and appreciated, 150 first responders who answered the call for Saturday’s Run 4 the Hills.
This was the 6th year for the Sharon Springs event, created in response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings as a way to thank first responders and fundraise for equipment ad training.
“It is a tremendous honor to both recognize and support the brave men and women who make daily sacrifices to assure our safety,” said Garth Roberts, race director and president ...
After 50 years of being part of everything from the Cub Scouts to Eddie Eagle to the Fields of Grace 5K, the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club is looking to its friends and alumni for help in repairing the building that houses its indoor archery range.
Estimates for the work are still coming in, but could range from $30,000-$40,000 to the sky’s the limit.
“The cost is in limbo right now,” said Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club President Joe Kopacz.
“For a 50-year-old structure, the building’s structurally in good shape. But there are some issues we want to hea ...
Service to the country and the national pastime became the all-American combination in Cooperstown Friday and Saturday.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a special weekend for the American Legion, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Front and center for the two-day ceremony were recently-elected Hall-of-Famer Lee Smith and New York Department Legion Commander Gary Schacher of Cobleskill.
As a youngster, Mr. Smith played American Legion ball, as did fellow 2019 Hall of Fame inductees Mike Mussina, Harold Baines and ...
Three months into a capital campaign to build a Valley Recreational Center in Middleburgh, Marge Becker’s lifelong dream has raised $250,000.
“With minimal effort,” said Alexander “Sandy” Mathes Jr., of Mathes Public Affairs, who’s acting as a consultant to the $8.5 million project.
Now comes the big push—identifying potential donors, applying for a state Consolidated Funding Application grant, and working with regional partners including Middleburgh Central School and Schoharie County businesses.
“It’s a locally-driven project. It has to be,” said M ...
On Saturday, January 12, from 11am-1pm, Mine Kill State Park will be sponsoring a bald eagle survey.
Participants will hike to look for eagles near known eagle habitat in the park, and will count the number of eagles that they see.
Mine Kill State Park is located just off Route 30 in North Blenheim at 161 Mine Kill Road.
Participants will meet at the Park Office, and are expected to dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and should bring binoculars if they own any.
For more information contact (518)827-8690 or MineKillSP@par ...
The MCS Alumni Association invites all Middleburgh alumni and United States active military and veterans to join them at two Middleburgh home basketball games in January.
The boys play on Friday, January 4 (snowdate, Tuesday, January 15) and the girls play on Wednesday, January 9 (snowdate, Wednesday, January 30).
The JV games start at 5:30pm each night with the varsity games to follow.
Members of the MCS Alumni Association will be in the gym lobby to welcome alumni and veterans.
Alumni tee shirts and information will be available as well as ...
Good, bad, but mostly indifferent.
That about sums up the response Sharon Springs Central School administrators have gotten to the possibility of combining spring sports with Cherry Valley-Springfield.
Superintendent Pat Green expects to make a recommendation to the school board on the long-discussed move at their December 10 meeting.
His concern is that there aren’t really enough players to sustain either a baseball or a softball team especially if someone gets hurt or can’t play because of academic ineligibility.
Administrators have propose ...
Glens Falls was simply too much for Cobleskill-Richmondville Saturday.
Playing at Shenendehowa, the Indians blanked the Bulldogs 40-0 behind four second-quarter touchdowns and a defense that never gave C-R breathing room in the Section II Class B championship.
The two teams met in the second game of the season at the Bulldogs’ field, and the Indians scored two late touchdowns to pull out a 36-28 victory.
Such fourth-quarter heroics weren’t necessary Saturday.
“They were a different team,” said Bulldog Coach Ed Hantho. “I think maybe they und ...
Lyn Herodes of Middleburgh, a frequent winner in the Times-Journal Football Challenge, is a winner again.
Ms. Herodes posted a 13-2 record in this season’s first Challenge last week to win the $25 weekly prize.
There were 26 players in last week’s Challenge.
A new round of 10 pro and five college games is on page 12.
This week’s Challenge sponsor is the Stockyard Public House.
Clyde Slocum likely smiled when he spotted the big ‘C’ on the basketball jersey.
The Cobleskill High School principal, along with three other men, had traveled to New York City by truck to salvage a big sports mural.
It was late fall of 1940, and the World’s Fair, having just ended its two-year run, was being dismantled.
In April 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had opened the fair, featuring Albert Einstein, Babe Ruth, Queen Elizabeth and seven-foot smoking robot Elektro the Moto-Man.
A time capsule designed by Westinghouse to last 5, ...
Cobleskill and Cobleskill-Richmondville looked back on 50 years of football Friday night.
Hundreds of Red Devils, Bulldogs and fans of both turned out in the rain to celebrate the golden anniversary at the high school.
Tents covered tables packed with memorabilia––scrapbooks, yearbooks, helmets, uniforms, awards, photos and more––that the crowd enjoyed before the Bulldogs’ opening-season game against Averill Park.
One of those taking in the history was Peter Mesick, co-captain of the Red Devils’ first team in 1968.
“I’m surprised so many came ...
A new footbridge deep in the woods at Mine Kill State Park removes one of the last danger spots of the popular Long Path.
Officials from the New York Power Authority, State Parks and Schoharie County gathered at the park on the Blenheim-Gilboa town line Friday afternoon to celebrate the new bridge’s opening.
NYPA completed the bridge last year, and Friday’s event made it official.
The footbridge, about 40 feet long, crosses Pigeon Creek on the 358-mile Long Path, which starts in Manhattan and ends at Thacher Park in Albany County.
“We’re deep ...
Red Devils and Bulldogs will be gathering in late August to celebrate 50 years of Cobleskill and Cobleskill-Richmondville football.
The anniversary event will be at C-R’s opening game August 31 when the Bulldogs host Averill Park.
Cobleskill’s first coach, Frank Collins, who now lives in Florida, will be on hand, as will many other former coaches and alumni players.
The idea for a celebration came from Don Bond, Coach Collins’ only assistant coach when Cobleskill football started in 1968.
“Don came to a Booster Club meeting and brought it [th ...
Hundreds of runners will step out in memory of Kayla Urrey May 25 in Middleburgh.
Sponsored by the Middleburgh Rotary Club, the Sloughter 5K this year benefits the Center for Donation and Transplant, a special facility for the Urrey family.
“We always try to help a worthy cause, and this is a great one,” said 5K organizer Steve Hoerz.
“Kayla was such a wonderful young person in Middleburgh.”
Ms. Urrey was a 2011 Middleburgh grad and was seeking her nursing degree when she suffered a pulmonary embolism and died suddenly in March 2016.
Even if you’re not man—or woman—enough to strap on 50 pounds of gear, you’ll want to be there to cheer on those who are when the 2018 Run 4 the Hills for First Responders takes to the hills of Sharon Springs at 9am Saturday.
The race starts and finishes at the American Hotel.
Packet pick-up and race registration is Friday from 3-6pm at the American and if you’re still deciding if you’re up to the challenge, 7:30-8:30am Saturday.
You don’t have to wear rescue, fire department or law enforcement gear to run; “regular runners” are welcome to join the fo ...
It will be wet for some and, hopefully, warm for most, when the Middleburgh Rotary kicks off the 2018 Sloughter Canoe/Kayak Regatta & Triathlon Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.
Registration for either day—or both—is available both days of the two-day event or online at Middleburghrotaryny.org.
The Middleburgh Sloughter Canoe/Kayak Regatta will kick off the fun Saturday at 11am at the Fultonham parking area on Route 30.
Paddlers will travel the Schoharie Creek to the Timothy Murphy Park at the Middleburgh Bridge, a 5.6 mile course.
There are ...
A grueling, twisting, mostly-uphill course; sweat, blisters, and for some, tears; and a shot at fame, if not fortune, are all waiting for those who sign on for this year’s Run 4 the Hills for First Responders, a four-mile walk-run through the streets and hills of Sharon Springs, that despite all of that, is still a heck of a lot of fun.
Even for the 70-some participants who’ll be there with 50 pounds of EMS or fire gear on their backs.
The fifth Run 4 the Hills is set for 9am Saturday, May 5, with both the start and finish line at the American Hotel in Sharo ...
As part of its efforts in Central Bridge, SALT is hosting a pair of community meetings there Sunday and Monday to gather ideas that could be used to develop community programs in the Schoharie and Esperance hamlet.
All ages are welcome, but youth and senior citizens are especially encouraged to come and share their ideas for additional programs or a community center or space.
Refreshments will be provided.
Meetings will be held:
• Sunday, February 11, 3-5:30pm, at the Central Bridge Fire Department, 137 South Main Street.
• Monday, Fe ...
State Sneator Jim Seward has introduced legislation that would give pistol license holders an extra two months to recertify their licenses with the State Police.
Under current law, individuals with pistol licenses issued before January 15, 2103 are required to recertify their current licenses with the State Police by January 31.
Senator Seward’s bill would extend the deadline for recertification to March 31.
The requirement is part of the SAFE Act, which Senator Seward called “one of the most confusing and disputed laws I have seen in my 30-plus year ...
New York State DEC has officially acquired Vroman’s Nose.
The 139-acre parcel, located in the Town of Fulton, was donated to the state by the Vroman’s Nose Preservation Corporation.
“Vroman’s Nose is a local jewel that contains a portion of the Long Path trail, sweeping views of the Schoharie Valley, nesting peregrine falcons, and a unique geology that make it one of the most recognizable landscapes in the area,” said DEC Regional Director Keith Goertz.
“DEC appreciates the exceptional stewardship of the property undertaken by the VNPC and their gene ...
The career highs keep adding up for local WAC athletes.
Middleburgh Central School’s Breanne Palmatier is the Knights’ latest record-breaker.
Palmatier made her 80th career three-pointer against Morris, breaking Kiera Morgan’s record of 79.
As of Friday, Palmatier was at 92 threes—and counting—and is on track to top 1,000 total career points this season.
And in Schoharie, Carrie Krohn finished out the 2017 soccer season with a new girls’ record: 133 goals. Krohn beat the record previously held by Kelly Gannon at 121; above, Gannon is on the le ...
If you’ve got something to say about the proposed 38-mile Schoharie Creek Trail, you’ll want to be in Middleburgh next Wednesday.
That’s when one of the final meetings on the project will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. 326 Main Street, 6:30-8pm.
Virtual maps of the trail, which would run from Esperance to Blenheim, are available online on GoogleMaps by visiting SaltDevelopment.org/trail study.
The idea for the trail came out of flood recovery efforts after Hurricane Irene and it’s seen as a way to help grow the local economy while maximizing ...
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced that SUNY Cobleskill senior Joel Costello, Middleburgh, Middleburgh Central School/Tompkins-Cortland Community College, has been named the league’s Men’s Basketball Player-of-the-Week. Costello becomes the first Fighting Tiger to earn the award since the 2014 season.
The Middleburgh native led the way for the Fighting Tigers to a pair of victories during the week hitting the game winning three-pointer in the closing seconds of the team’s 67-64 win over Clarks Summit University last Tuesday.
Then he wa ...
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 ...
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. ...
State Senator Jim Seward joined lawmakers and gun rights advocates in Albany last Wednesday to unveil legislation that would repeal portions of the NY-SAFE Act.
The proposed changes would exempt the five boroughs of New York City from what the lawmakers are calling "several onerous measures of gun control," but the reforms would apply to Long Island as well as upstate New York.
Lawmakers are now calling on both houses of the state legislature to act on the reforms.
"The NY-SAFE Act tramples on our Second Amendment rights and has failed to make us safer," said ...
Schoharie wrestler Dillion Warner became the Indians' first-ever state place finisher in the New York State Wrestling Championships, held Friday and Saturday at the Times-Union Center in Albany.
"This was a great accomplishment for Dillion," said Coach David Russell. "He works hard and wrestled well. It was good to see that pay off."
Warner (182) is a senior.
He lost his opening match, 1-0, to Corey Keefe of Buffalo.
"The match was tight the whole way," Coach Russell said. "Either guy could have come away with the win."
Warner advanced in the first ...
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 ...
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 ...
The SUNY Cobleskill Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society will host a panel discussion on lead bullets, their potential impacts on humans and wildlife, and non-toxic alternatives this Thursday, October 20 at 7pm at SUNY Cobleskill's Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Room 101.
The talk will primarily focus on bullets used for deer hunting.
Lead is a well-known neurotoxin.
Bullets made from lead lose mass on impact, sometimes sending fragments long distances from the wound channel. These fragments can contaminate the internal organs of the target ...
Sixteen-year-old Benjamin Healy of Middleburgh blew the competition away Saturday at the 3rd annual Patriot Highlander Challenge.
Part of the first-out round of competitive six-mile runners, Healy barely broke a sweat to post a 44:23 time.
Andrew Bischoff was second at 47:28; Michael Desens finished third with a 58:34 time.
Chantal Little was the first woman to cross the finish line, 58.34, followed by Kestral Suscy, 1:01:25, and Jillian Smith, 1:01:30.
The Patriot Highlander is a fundraiser for the Wounded Challengers of Honor and features three- and si ...
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.
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 ...
SUNY Cobleskill has announced that long-time Director of Sport & Exercise Kevin McCarthy has retired after nearly 25 years of service to the College.
McCarthy came to Cobleskill in the fall of 1992 to serve as the Fighting Tigers head men's basketball coach and as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education.
In 1995 he assumed the role of athletic director.
During his career at Cobleskill, McCarthy played a major role in the development of the Department of Sport & Exercise and the Fighting Tigers Athletic Program.
He also guided th ...
Angry over vandalism in the Village of Cobleskill's skateboard park at Teen Town, about a dozen teens and a handful of adults spent Saturday morning cleaning up and making repairs there.
According to Cobleskill Police Chief Richard Bialkowski, two juveniles have turned themselves in in connection with the vandalism, which began sometime the weekend of August 6-7.
The two have been charged with criminal mischief and police are still looking for at least one more individual, he said.
Among the damage: Windows of the Teen Town building were shot out with a BB gu ...
Logan Sharpe, the son of Brett and Donna Sharpe of Esperance, was named University of New Haven (Connecticut) Head Men's Track and Field Coach by Associate Vice President, Director of Athletics and Recreation Deborah Chin.
Sharpe is a graduate of Schoharie Central School, Class of 2009.
He set new records at every WAC meet in his senior year, as a member of the SCS Track and Field Team, in the 400 Intermediate Hurdles, earning him All-American honors. He was also named USTFCCCA Track Athlete of the Year.
Sharpe then was accepted at Southern Connecticut State ...
The New York Power Authority and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (State Parks) have announced the construction a new footbridge along the southern border of Mine Kill State Park in Schoharie County.
The new footbridge, funded by NYPA, is the latest enhancement on the Long Path, a 358-mile hiking trail that starts in downtown Manhattan, extends through the Catskills, and connects to John Boyd Thacher State Park, southwest of Albany.
“NYPA is pleased to have partnered with State Parks and local advocacy groups on this mea ...
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 ...
The Village of Schoharie and its Local Waterfront Revitalization Planning Advisory Committee will be holding a meeting to present the Recreational Assets Plan for the Village on Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm at the Christ the Shephard Lutheran Church, 289 Main Street in Schoharie.
Since planning began in 2015, many residents and businesses have shared what they want for recreational activities and facilities in the village.
These have been incorporated into Schoharie's Village-Wide Recreation Plan that recommends seven priority projects to help revitalize Schohari ...
Bailey Wood of the Knights has been named most valuable player of the southern division of the Western Athletic Conference.
Wood, a catcher, was also named MVP of the league and a
Section II all-star.
She was also a first-team all-star last year and when she was in the ninth grade.
The junior is a complete, all around player, starring at the plate and behind it.
She batted .641 this season with a slugging average of .949. Behind the plate she displayed a strong arm and excellent glove.
Wood helped lead the Knights to an 8-3 record in the WAC an ...
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, ...
April showers bring May flowers.
And this year, for wildlife rehabilitators, May's fawns will also mean headaches.
That's because DEC has changed the rules for New York State-licensed rehabbers who handle deer.
The changes are restrictive enough that many rehabbers may decide to turn fawns away, said Kelly Martin of Middleburgh, a longtime wildlife rehabilitator and president of the New York Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.
"That's never a good situation," Ms. Martin said.
"If people end up with a fawn-whether it really need ...
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 ...
Cobleskill-Richmondville's volleyball players reaped post-season honors last week.
The Bulldogs, whose season ended with a loss in Regionals to Chittenango March 5, had five players win Patroon Conference awards.
Cory Brooker was named the league's most valuable player, and Spencer Tyrrell, Jared Almy and Brenden Tracy were all named to the first team all-stars. Jacob Wayman was picked for the second team.
Bulldog Coach Brian LaVine was named coach of the year.
Quoting the late, great UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, Coach LaVine noted that "Anyone ca ...
Keenan Loder wrote his name in Cobleskill-Richmondville's sports history books this basketball season.
The Bulldog senior became the all-time leading scorer among C-R players.
"It's special," Loder said Friday. "It definitely means a lot to me, with the players who have been in the program all these years."
According to figures provided by Bulldog Coach Jeremiah Haslun, Loder amassed 933 points in his three years on the varsity.
His total is comfortably ahead of previous Bulldog stars:
•Jeff Tillapaugh, 1995-98, 693 points.
•Ryan Greene, 2003- ...
With colder weather comes ice-and ice fishing derbies.
Sportsmen's clubs and SUNY Cobleskill have set four ice fishing derbies for the Franklinton Vlaie and Bear Gulch Reservoir.
There will also be a derby at Thompson's Lake in East Berne.
The Schoharie County derbies will be held from 8am-1pm:
--February 6, Franklinton Vlaie, sponsored by the Schoharie County Conservation Association.
--February 13, Franklinton Vlaie, sponsored by the West Fulton Rod & Gun Club.
--February 20, Bear Gulch, sponsored by the Richmondville Fish & Game Club.
Once again, the Schoharie County Venison Coalition had many successful hunters donate their deer in 2015.
The Schoharie County Chapter of White Tails Unlimited donated a muzzleloader to be put in a drawing for all who donated a whole deer.
The winner this year is Alvin Campbell who was presented his prize by Willy Karlau, coordinator of the Schoharie County Venison Coalition, at Marlow's Deer Processing where Mr. Campbell donated his deer.
Mr. Campbell's name was drawn at the January meeting of the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club.
This is the 14th year that ...
The Schoharie girls are once again heading to the Class C final four.
On the strength of two overtime victories last week, the Indians have advanced to the state semi-final game Saturday in Cortland.
The Indians, the Section II Class C co-champions, will play Elmira of Section IV on Saturday at 2:30pm at Cortland High School in the state Class C semi-final.
The winner of that game will play in the Class C state championship on Sunday at 9:30am at SUNY Cortland.
Schoharie advanced to the state semi-finals by beating Greenville in a shootout Wednesday evening ...