Historical goodbye to Class of 2020

7/1/2020

It an unprecedented senior year that seemed like it would drag on forever, and then in the end, was over in a flash, local schools said goodbye to the Class of 2020 in historic ceremonies that none of us will ever forget.
Middleburgh kicked off the graduations with a drive-through at the Greenville Drive-In a couple of of weeks ago; Sharon, Jefferson and Gilboa followed outside at home up Friday; Cobleskill and Schoharie joined in with multiple rain-soaked ceremonies Saturday, and Worcester wrapped in all up--again in the rain--Sunday afternoon.
Photos from all of the graduations--20-plus pages of them--are featured in this week's Times-Journal as we all gather to send the Cl ...

Historical goodbye to Class of 2020

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Gov's travel ban list grows; theaters, gyms remain closed

7/1/2020

Gyms, movie theaters, and bowling alleys remain closed as New York State moves into phase 4 of reopening.
Initially, they’d all been on the list of businesses expected to be able to start opening last Friday.
But last Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that re-start has been delayed indefinitely; it’s possible that they could reopen sooner than what’s become two weeks between phases.
Also last Wednesday, Governor Cuomo joined with Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey and Ned Lamont of Connecticut in passing a travel advisory for visitors from states with high COVID numbers.
They’ll be required to self-quarantine for 14 days to make sure they’re not bringing i ...

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Reading of the Declaration of Independence, public protest on the 4th

7/1/2020

1776 and 2020 will take center stage together Saturday in Cobleskill’s Centre Park as part of a public protest and a Celebration of Independence from 9-11am.
Those attending should wear face masks and practice social distancing.
The protest is part of ongoing efforts to recognize violence against people of color and will begin at 9am.
At 10am, there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by choral singing led by local musicians Carle Kopecky, Bethany Yarrow, and Terri Roben.
There will be social distance signs yard signs and bumper stickers available.
For more information, email Theresa Heary at ruralawakening@gmail.com.
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It's official: No Fair, no Family Farm Day

7/1/2020

For the first time since World War II, there will be no Schoharie County Fair.
Joining a long list of fairs across New York State that won’t be held because of COVID-19 concerns, directors for the Cobleskill Agricultural Society voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel what would have been the 144th Sunshine Fair, August 10-15.
President Doug Cater said he hadn’t expected the decision to be unanimous.
But after he shared a list of already-cancelled fairs along with his concerns overwhether the midway would travel here just for their’s, Mr. Cater said it was clear the writing was on the wall.
“Absolutely no one wanted to have to do this,” he said. “But we knew it ju ...

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Full steam ahead for Cobleskill's Christmas

7/1/2020

Plans for a Christmas celebration at the Sunshine Fairgrounds began firming up last week.
The committee for A December to Remember gathered at the Fairgrounds Thursday afternoon, and funding was the number-one issue.
Fair President Doug Cater raised the financial issue, suggesting the committee put together a budget for the December 5 celebration.
Renting the Fairgrounds will cost $1,500, and there will be other expenses, among them advertising, fireworks and outdoor toilet kiosks.
Cobleskill Town Clerk Tina Ward estimated the costs for the first-time celebration would be about $6,000.
Anne Rogan, filling in for absent chair Anna Marie Collins, said Ms ...

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