Back-to-back fires hit Cobleskill

2/9/2016

A fire that apparently started in an electrical wire above the workshop heavily damaged the Cobleskill Radiator building in Cobleskill Friday morning. The blaze in the tin-covered garage at 834 East Main Street was discovered by personnel from Tri Town Computers when they noticed smoke and flames coming from the roof of the radiator shop, according to Schoharie County Fire Coordinator Matt Brisley. Tri Town employees called 911 at about 10:30am and also went over to alert the owner of the radiator shop, Bob Miller, and his crew. Mr. Miller later told fire officials ...

Back-to-back fires hit Cobleskill

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C-R won't be switching to weighted grading

2/9/2016

Cobleskill-Richmondville won't be switching from standard grading to weighted grading in courses. Although agreeing Monday night to leave grading as-is, school board members and administrators agreed to seek increased enrollment in tougher classes. In a weighted system, a multiplier is applied to a grade based on the difficulty of the course. In other words, a more difficult course carries more weight in a student's grade. During the months-long discussion and study, supporters argued that standard grading leads students to avoid more rigorous courses so that their ...

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Hackers find way onto Landreth Seed site

2/9/2016

Computer hackers have forced Landreth Seed, the nation's oldest seed company, to shut down its website shopping cart during its busiest time of the year. No customer or credit card information was lost in the hack, said Barbara Melera, owner of the Sharon Springs business. And though she's trying to find a silver lining in what happened, it's hard. "I guess if there is a silver lining, it's that we knew our shopping cart was antiquated, and now's as good a time as any to update it," Ms. Melera said. The hack has also underlined the support of loyal customers and in ...

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Extension slates farm transition classes

2/9/2016

"Managing for Today and Tomorrow (MTT): Farm Transition Planning for Women in Agriculture" will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties' Extension Center, 173 South Grand Street in Cobleskill. Classes begin Friday, March 4, and will run five consecutive Fridays through April 1, 10am-2pm, including lunch; snow date is April 8. A charge; lunch and all course materials are included. Space is limited; registration is required by Monday, February 29. For more information and to register, contact David Cox, 234-4303 x119, or email schohar ...

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Jail, probation for convicted C-R teacher

2/9/2016

A former Cobleskill-Richmondville teacher last week was sentenced to jail time and probation for a sex-crime conviction. Aaron Christman, 26, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal sexual act, a Class E felony, in connection with having illicit sexual contact with a student under 17 in October, 2014. Christman had been a part-time physical education teacher at the high school and a modified basketball coach in the middle school. C-R officials started the investigation themselves after hearing about communications between a student and Christman early la ...

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