Farmers make case for Sharon solar project

10/21/2020

East Point Energy’s plans to put a 350-acre solar project on land owned by dairy farmer Jim Sherman could make the difference between his farm being there for the next generation.
Or not.
That’s what Mr. Sherman told the state Public Service Commission’s Siting Board in two online hearings of the proposed 50-megawattt Article 10 project Thursday.
Fewer than a dozen people called in to offer testimony; both the 1pm and 6pm hearings were closed after about a half hour.
Mr. Sherman and his son-in-law, William Sinatra, both called in several times to support the project.
“I don’t think people understand how hard farmers work,” Mr. Sinatra said.
“I ...

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First look at county budget shows 14 percent tax increase

10/21/2020

Forecasted and predicted for months, Schoharie County supervisors got their first look Friday at a 2021 budget that would raise taxes by more than 14 percent.
No one thinks that’s acceptable—but it’s not going to be an easy solve:
After County Administrator Steve Wilson walked supervisors through the tentative $83.6 million plan, Cobleskill Supervisor Leo McAllister, who chairs the Finance Committee, pointed out the traditional line-by-line budget review is likely to come up with no more than $300,000-$500,000 in savings.
Mr. Wilson’s plan for 2021 calls from using $1.2 million from the fund balance, leaving $8.4 million available.
Using even more to lower the ...

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SCCASA offers help with Open Arms

10/21/2020

A newly-filled storefront on Main Street, Schoharie, is dedicated to helping people.
Joined by friends, members of the Schoharie County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse cut the ribbon on their Open Arms Recovery Resource Center at 289 Main Street on Thursday afternoon.
Open Arms is for people suffering from substance abuse or who are in recovery, and also for families of those with substance abuse problems.
Services are free and there’s no need for appointments and no paperwork to fill out, according to Justin Hamm, SCCASA executive director.
Previously, people had to call the SCCASA office on Mineral Springs Road in Cobleskill and make an appointment ...

SCCASA offers help with Open Arms

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Middleburgh cuts ribbon on shelter building

10/21/2020

It was nothing short of historic when the Town of Middleburgh gathered Saturday to cut the ribbon on its $3.2 million shelter and ambulance building.
Quite literally.
Welcoming the crowd to the event—more than six years in the making—Supervisor Wes Laraway pointed out that 240 years ago to the day, three other shelters in the Schoharie Valley—the Upper, Middle. and Lower Forts--were also called into service—to fight off 1,000 marauding British “who came to burn this Valley to the ground.”
They didn’t succeed, he said, and today, their replacement, the shelter building—already called into service once for a gas line leak in Gilboa and Conesville—is ready to continue th ...

Middleburgh cuts ribbon on shelter building

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COVID cases, quarantine numbers continue to grow

10/21/2020

Schoharie County has reported four additional cases of COVID-19 bringing the total to 102, Public Health Director Amy Gildemeister told supervisors Friday.
The latest cases appear to be related to social gatherings, she said, and include Clapper’s Glass Bar.
And as an example of how deep the impact can go, one of Thursday’s cases required putting a dozen people in quarantine.
SUNY Cobleskill continues to do a good job with monitoring students; of the 675 students, faculty, and staff pool tested last week, all were negative.
One student not part of the pool testing tested positive, Dr. Gildemeister said, and according to the SUNY COVID-19 Dashboard, the college ...

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