Suypervisors pass 'respect' resolution--despite efforts to derail it

2/22/2017

A resolution supporting inclusion and opposing racism deliberately written to not be political, was nearly derailed Friday by politics.
Supervisors David Simpkins of Broome and Sandy Manko of Sharon both offered counter-resolutions to "Working Toward Respect For All."
Mr. Simpkins argued that the resolution, brought forward at the Board of Supervisors meeting by Schoharie Supervisor Chris Tague, would make it difficult to criticize groups like ISIS.
At the same time, he argued that the resolution, written and then rewritten by Glenn Sanders of Schoharie, wasn't f ...

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Shawn Smith first in running for DA

2/22/2017

Mr. Smith is an attorney and is in his second term as town supervisor. He is a Democrat and is also planning to seek the Conservative and Independence lines.
Jim Sacket, a Republican, is currently DA, but he is retiring this year.
Mr. Smith was born and raised in Jefferson and later moved to Blenheim, where now lives.
"I have always had an interest in criminal law, both prosecution and defense, and that has been the focus of my legal career," Mr. Smith said.
His first legal job was at the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office. While working the ...

Shawn Smith first in running for DA

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C-R sees graduation rates climb

2/22/2017

Looking to boost its graduation rate, Cobleskill-Richmondville took a long step in that direction last week.
Figures from the state Education Department show C-R's graduation rose from 73 percent in 2015 to 80 percent a year later.
"We have a long-term goal of 90 percent by 2019," said Superintendent Carl Mummenthey, referencing the district's Strategic Plan drawn up last year.
"This is a down payment on that, but we still have a lot of work to do."
Chief among factors helping more students graduate is C-R's STRIVE program, started last year. STRIVE giv ...

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Tepee hosts rally for DAPL water rights

2/22/2017

Sixty-five people stood for Standing Rock Sunday at a Water Is Life rally held at the Tepee on Route 20, Cherry Valley.
The event featured stories from those who've visited the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, in North and South Dakota, site of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, as well as music and prayers.
And shopping.
As a way to raise money for the DAPL Water Protectors and Sacred Stone Legal Fund, which is working to support protestors at Standing Rock, the Tepee's Donna, Dale, and Pete Latella asked people to "swarm" their 67-year-old business.

Tepee hosts rally for DAPL water rights

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CPI planning home and garden show

2/22/2017

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 ...

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