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 ...