SSCS ag teacher in running for nat'l award

3/3/2021

A longtime Sharon Springs Central School ag teacher and FFA advisor has been nominated for a national award.
Anne Allen, at SSCS since 1996, was surprised with a Zoom presentation Tuesday letting her know she’d been nominated for the Golden Owl Award.
Presented by Nationwide Insurance, New York Farm Bureau, and New York FFA, the award honors outstanding New York ag educators for their work; Ms. Allen is one of 11 finalists for the award.
According to NY FFA rep Derek Hill, from August 1 through December 31, 2020, FFA gathered 163 nominations for 47 different teachers from students, faulty, and the community—and then began narrowing them down.
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COVID vaccines: We wait and wait and wait

3/3/2021

The lack of available COVID vaccine continues to plague New York State and Schoharie County as spots for shots fill up within minutes of becoming available and doses intended for local clinics get diverted somewhere else.
According to state figures, as of Monday, 11.5 percent—or 3,591 people—of those eligible in Schoharie County had received at least one shot and 1,956 had been vaccinated with both.
Statewide, the figures are better—though not by much: 14.8 percent of those eligible had received a single dose and 8.1 percent had received both.
Not unexpectedly, registration for the first local clinic for those with qualifying medical conditions filled up within minute ...

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IDA extends Sharon Springs Inc's PILOT--with conditions

3/3/2021

The Schoharie County IDA has extended a PILOT for the Sharon Springs Inc. project through the end of the year—with conditions including, once and for all, financing.
Supervisors approved the two-year extension at their February meeting before forwarding it to the IDA.
The Village of Sharon Springs, Town of Sharon, and Sharon Springs Central School—all of which would be affected by the tax breaks—have also backed the extension.
Without the extension, SSI’s 2021 PILOT payments would have jumped from $7,680 in 2020 to $48,547 in 2021.
But ground hasn’t even been broken on the Main Street Korean-style spa project and COVID has created roadblocks to securing the n ...

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Pandemic Pivot: Local businesses tell how they've adapted

3/3/2021

Four Schoharie County businesses who’ve pivoted their way through the pandemic offered insights and advice when SchoCoForward hosted its third Business Recovery Roundtable.
Panelists Jacqui Hauser, Studio for Art and Craft; Chris Guldner, Bull’s Head Inn; Carrie Edsall, Black Willow Pond Farm; and Josh Loden, Apple Barrel, all spoke to the ways they stayed in touch with customers after COVID-19 forced them to close their doors—though in Black Willow Pond’s case, it was more a case of those customers beating down their doors.
“And finding ways to survive and even grow,” Mr. Guldner said.
Even before COVID, Ms. Edsall said, her farm, which sells everything from grassfed ...

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Schoharie Village to hear from PD review committee Tuesday

3/3/2021

The Village of Schoharie will get a look at a draft review of its law enforcement policies at its meeting next Tuesday.
Input on the plan is still welcome--and encouraged—said Colleen Quirion, one of those who helped put it together.
Schoharie’s Village Board meets at 6:30pm at its 300 Main Street offices; the date for the March meeting is the 9th.
The Village’s LERC met once to go over Schoharie’s already-adopted Lexipol policies, Ms. Quirion said.
Maybe more importantly, she’s been reaching out to everyone she can think of—Main Street businesses, Schoharie Central School, members of the Schoharie Promotional Association, RSS and Lexington Arc among others—as ...

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