9/11/01: Cobleskill man remembers

9/16/2021

What does Johnny Cisneros remember most about the days immediately following 9/11?
The American flags.
Everywhere.
Mr. Cisneros was 22 and working as a peace officer for the New York City Department of Homeless Services Police when the City came under attack.
He doesn’t often talk about what it was like to be downtown, struggling to see—and breathe.
Or the smells or the sounds that came after.
But as about a dozen veterans marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Saturday, Mr. Cisneros remembered what he’ll never forget.
“My biggest memory is the flags. Afterwards, everyone was flying American flags. Everywhere—and we’re talking New York City. It w ...

9/11/01: Cobleskill man remembers

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Worcester, Schenevus to vote Wednesday on merger

9/16/2021

The Worcester and Schenevus school board presidents see the upcoming public straw vote on merger as a tossup.
Set for next Wednesday with polls at both schools open from noon to 8pm, the straw vote will decide whether the merger process will move to a binding vote in December.
This would be an annexation merger––Schenevus Central would become part of Worcester Central School––and the fifth time any kind of merger has been studied by the two districts.
Those favoring merger note the opportunities for increased programs for students and stabilized taxes. Those against feel a loss of school identity, particularly in Schenevus.
“I don’t know. I hear a lot of mixed t ...

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2 positive cases at SCS; an additional death in Schoharie County

9/16/2021

Schoharie Central School has reported both a staff member and a student have tested positive for COVID.
Also, Friday, Schoharie County reported one additional COVID-19 death for a total of 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
SCS said Monday that it had learned Sunday evening, September 12, that a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
Tuesday, SCS reported that student had tested positive.
Contact tracing was completed and all students and staff identified as subject to quarantine were notified in both cases.
SUNY Cobleskill reported four student positives over a rolling three days Tuesday.
Locally, the risk of transmission remains ...

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CPI hopes video will boost downtown

9/16/2021

A video only a half-minute will give Cobleskill a huge boost in marketing itself.
That’s the hope of Cobleskill Partnership Inc., the downtown improvement group, which approved the video plan at a meeting Friday.
Videographer Matthew David Zeilberger will produce the video, which will include aerial views shot with a drone and on-the-street images, according to CPI President Lucas Fiedler.
“We have something of an urban center in a rural setting,” he said. “In the marketing field, we have that hometown feel.”
Mr. Fiedler sees the piece being shown on Facebook, CPI’s website and other social media platforms not only to advertise downtown businesses but also to pro ...

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Whoops: Facts wrong, Sharon sign coming down

9/9/2021

The information on the sign—“First Lutheran Congregation in Schoharie County, Founded in 1745 by Rev. Peter N. Sommers” and erected by the State Education Department in 1936—is wrong, Supervisor Sandy Manko said.
That’s because the first Lutheran Congregation was in Schoharie.
Ms. Manko is a descendant of Rev. Sommers and so she said she didn’t make the decision to remove the sign lightly.
“It means something to me too,” she said, “and it’s great to see so much interest in these historical markers. But if we know they’re wrong, we have an obligation to take them down.
“To me, they’re like a cemetery…a show of respect to the people who came before us. We need to ...

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