Thanks COVID: C-R cancels fall sports

9/16/2020

Heightened COVID concerns means there will be no sports at Cobleskill-Richmondville this fall.
School board members Monday night followed Superintendent Carl Mummenthey’s recommendation to postpone fall athletics to the spring.
The state already moved high-risk sports with physical contact––football and volleyball––to the spring, and ultimately, the decision to play low- and moderate-risk sports was up to each Section, league and school, Mr. Mummenthey said.
C-R’s league, the Colonial Council, chose to go ahead with sports, which would start September 21, but each school in the Council could opt out.
That’s what C-R did.
Safety precautions made soccer, ...

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Middleburgh Rotary launches Carpool Cinema

9/16/2020

Casting about for something to replace, well, just about everything, the Middleburgh Rotary Club is partnering with other community organizations for free drive-in movies at Timothy Murphy Park.
And the idea—Carpool Cinema—has been a winner.
For a showing of the “Lion King” on August 22—the series kickoff—cars and pickups were pulling in an hour before the 8:30pm start time, said Jason Dannible, Middleburgh Rotary president.
Saturday was the 2019 release “Playing With Fire,” with the movies for Friday, September 25 and Saturday, October 10 still to be decided.
“We were really just looking for something that we could do for the community that would be fun and s ...

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SEEC's first year like no one expected

9/16/2020

2020 was the year SEEC learned to pivot, not so much reinventing itself, but finding ways and partnerships to help keep the economy going and even growing.
It’s a tall order during COVID, admits Executive Director Julie Pacatte and Steve Harris and Peter Johnson, two of the Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corporation’s founders.
But it also fits hand in glove with the goals of the Fairweather Report, followed by the formation of SEEC in January 2019, and Ms. Pacatte last September.
“I think one of the most important things we took away from the Fairweather Report is that it’s all about relationships,” Mr. Johnson said, “so with COVID, we already had a good pulse on the ...

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Gas leak gives Middleburgh shelter a trial run

9/16/2020

There was nothing soft about the soft opening of Middleburgh’s Shelter Building Thursday.
First, the 130 chairs arrived six hours late with the tables…nowhere.
Then, about an hour into the first Town of Middleburgh meeting in the new FEMA-funded facility, one that came after quick tours for Village of Middleburgh reps and 2020’s joint town-village meeting (see related story) Clerk Brenda Lawyer’s phone rang:
There was a suspected gas leak in the Town of Gilboa and people were being evacuated; some were headed to Middleburgh’s shelter.
Supervisor Wes Laraway and councilmen kept working through their meeting while stepping outside to take and make phone calls t ...

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After a half-million meals, Joshua winds down for now

9/16/2020

After providing thousands of meals for hungry Schoharie County families, The Joshua Project’s Backpack Program is winding down.
Thousands of meals is an understatement. How about more than a half-million meals?
Joshua President Pat Costello reviewed those numbers and more at the organization’s monthly meeting in Middleburgh last Tuesday.
Although The Joshua Project’s Backpack Program drew attention during the pandemic, Joshua volunteers continued other programs, too, and Mr. Costello updated those. (See related story.)
The Backpack Program started in March, after COVID closed local schools and left many kids without the meals they received in school.
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