CR: Refuse to wear a mask? Stay home

8/12/2020

Of all the issues Cobleskill-Richmondville had to deal with in planning a September reopening, masks may have been the toughest.
That was Superintendent Carl Mummenthey’s observation at Monday night’s school board meeting.
And, he added, there was plenty of input on masks and other topics, not only from staff, but also from parents and students.
It’s all part of C-R’s reopening, which calls for kindergarten through eighth grade to attend school in-person in small classes and high school divided between in-person and remote.
Facemasks, Mr. Mummenthey said, proved to be “one of the most powerful moments” in the discussion.
In the end, C-R’s 30-member tas ...

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FDs get FEMA grant for new radios

8/12/2020

The Central Bridge, Huntersland, Middleburgh and Schoharie Fire Departments have been awarded $92,000 in grant monies through the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. 
The primary goal of the AFG program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards.
For the past three years, these departments have worked together and have applied for a FEMA regional communications grant; with this year’s award, the four fire departments plan to purchase new portable high-band radios. 
One essential part of fire operations is that first responders  must have strong and clear communications.  Communications are essential ...

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Cuomo says schools can reopen

8/12/2020

In the end, surprising no one, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that all of New York State’s schools can open.
COVID infection rates across the state are at one percent—well below the minimum set for reopening.
Remote learning, testing, and tracing remain concerns, Governor Cuomo said, and schools will be required to post their plans for addressing them online.
They’ll also be required to have at least three meetings with parents by August 21 to review their reopening plan—something local schools are doing—as well as one meeting with teachers.
“You look at our infection rate, we are probably in the best situation in the country right now, as incredible as tha ...

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MCS pledges to move forward after trees

8/12/2020

Middleburgh School Superintendent Brian Dunn apologized and told a crowd of about 50 Wednesday that MCS is “going to work hard to regain any trust we’ve lost” after a decision to take down five trees—three of them failing—on the High School front lawn nearly took down the internet.
The school board stands behind Mr. Dunn, President Pam Standhart said in a statement she read after about a dozen residents took the mic to criticize Mr. Dunn for the decision and what they said was a lack of transparency over the issue.
“We assure you, we have heard you,” Ms. Standhart said; the decision was made with the best interests of MCS, students and the community in mind.
“Mr. Dunn ...

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Trials begin for McMichael's COVID cure

8/5/2020

The trial to test John McMichael’s COVID cure is under way in Salt Lake City.
It’s a major advance so that the Town of Wright scientist’s product, TML, can reach the virus-stricken nation.
Physicians in Mr. McMichael’s nationwide Beech Tree Lab have found TML to be successful treating COVID patients, but the drug needs approval by the Food and Drug Administration to be sold to the public.
The Salt Lake City trial is the first step in that process.
The Utah lab began recruiting patients through ads on network news Thursday, later adding ads in Spanish to also reach a large Latino population there, Mr. McMichael said.
And when sign-ups didn’t proceed as ...

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