High school sports can start September 21
Lower-risk high sports, including soccer, tennis, golf, and cross-country, will be allowed to begin practicing and playing September 21, Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters at a press conference Monday.
High-risk sports, including football, basketball, volleyball, and wrestling, can also begin practicing--but won’t be able to play before December 31.
“Schools will be coming back, there will be a little bit of a period to judge what is happening, and September 21 they can begin to practice and play all across the state,” Governor Cuomo said.
For sports allowed to begin play now, they are limited to travel practices or games against teams from the same region or region ...
After 40 years, Scofield hangs up sneaks
Kevin Scofield wasn’t much of a basketball player, but for 40 years, he was a heck of a coach.
Tuesday, the Schoharie Central School icon coached one of his last games—JV boys basketball vs. Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons—and in a surprise ceremony before varsity took the floor, he was honored with gifts, stories, and a few tears.
But even before that, Coach Scofield, a SCS graduate who returned there to coach in 1980, had a little ceremony of his own:
Flanked by his JV team he took off a pair of neon-colored sneakers, bought specially for the occasion and worn just once, placed them on the court, got to his knees to kiss it all goodbye, and then stood to cheers and applause.
MCS grad Sue Herodes Class C Coach of Year
New York State’s Class C Coach of the Year is a hometown girl.
What’s more, her team didn’t even need to win the girls state soccer finals for Sue Herodes, a 1985 Middleburgh Central School graduate, to capture the honor.
“I was speechless,” Coach Herodes said, when she learned of the honor from a friend in an email.
“I emailed back ‘Me?’
“It’s something I will always cherish. This whole season, it could never happen again and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m just so thankful.”
And more for her team, Unatego, where she’s taught and coached for 30 years, than being named the C’s Coach of the Year.
“They’re just a great group of girls,” she said, ...
Venison project seeks deer for the hungry
For the 18th year, the Schoharie County Venison Donation Program is asking hunters to donate extra deer that they’ve processed.
The venison is distributed to nine Schoharie County food pantries and can be donated at: Marlows’, Howes Cave, (518) 296-8978, or Bleaus’, Gallupville, (518) 702-5026.
If your deer is processed at Cargies in Richmondville, (518) 294-6014, they are accepting donations of ground venison by the package, thanks to the Schoharie County Conservation Association.
Hunters who donate a full deer will be entered into a drawing for a gun donated by Whitetails Unlimited.
Contact Eric Haslun at (518) 294-6460 for more information.
Ashley Kubat NEAC Rookie of Year
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has named SUNY Cobleskill women’s cross country runner freshman Ashley Kubat, Sloansville, Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, the conference’s “Women’s Rookie-of-the-Year.”
Kubat was the NEAC’s top finishing first-year runner at the 2019 NEAC Cross Country Championships hosted by SUNY Cobleskill, on Saturday.
She becomes the fifth Fighting Tiger female cross country athlete to earn NEAC “Rookie-of-the-Year” in program history.
The Cobleskill-Richmondville High School alumnus helped lead the Fighting Tigers to the 2019 NEAC Women’s Championship by placing second overall in the field of 74 runners, covering the hilly 600 ...
Carlisle cuts ribbon on Community Walking Trail
Under frosty, blue skies, about 75 Town of Carlisle residents gathered Saturday to help Supervisor John Leavitt cut the ribbon on their new Community Walking Trail.
The mile-long loop is just part of the family-focused changes outside the Town Hall on Crommie Road.
There’s a pavilion and basketball court there, last year the Youth Recreation Department and Town Board worked together on an ice-skating rink, and next, Mr. Leavitt said, they plan to add softball and baseball fields to the spot.
“This is really just the start,” he said.
Councilman Katie Schweigard, who worked with the Rec Department to develop the trail—construction was funded by an Iroquois Trans ...
T-J kicks off fall Football Challenge
The football season is here, and with it comes the Times-Journal Football Challenge.
The Challenge offers an opportunity to pick pro and college games, win cash and claim bragging rights.
As in past years, the Challenge has 15 games, 10 pro and five college. Fans pick the winner of each game plus total points on the 15th game as a tiebreaker.
The player with the best record each week wins $25. If a player picks all 15 games correctly, he wins $100. If two or more players are perfect, they split the $100.
Fans must get their entries to the T-J office, either dropping off or mailing, by 9am each Saturday. They can email, too: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run 4 the Hills a winner for 1st responders
They came, they ran—some with 50 pounds of gear on their backs—and then they went home, together, appreciative and appreciated, 150 first responders who answered the call for Saturday’s Run 4 the Hills.
This was the 6th year for the Sharon Springs event, created in response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings as a way to thank first responders and fundraise for equipment ad training.
“It is a tremendous honor to both recognize and support the brave men and women who make daily sacrifices to assure our safety,” said Garth Roberts, race director and president of Hero Fund America, which oversees it all.
“It’s amazing to see the turnout…it makes me so proud of what we’r ...
After 50 years, Middleburgh Rod & Gun looks to community for help with building work
After 50 years of being part of everything from the Cub Scouts to Eddie Eagle to the Fields of Grace 5K, the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club is looking to its friends and alumni for help in repairing the building that houses its indoor archery range.
Estimates for the work are still coming in, but could range from $30,000-$40,000 to the sky’s the limit.
“The cost is in limbo right now,” said Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club President Joe Kopacz.
“For a 50-year-old structure, the building’s structurally in good shape. But there are some issues we want to head off. We want to make sure it’s there for everyone who uses it—and there are a lot.”
Members want to jack up th ...
Baseball Hall of Fame celebrates American Legion
Service to the country and the national pastime became the all-American combination in Cooperstown Friday and Saturday.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a special weekend for the American Legion, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
Front and center for the two-day ceremony were recently-elected Hall-of-Famer Lee Smith and New York Department Legion Commander Gary Schacher of Cobleskill.
As a youngster, Mr. Smith played American Legion ball, as did fellow 2019 Hall of Fame inductees Mike Mussina, Harold Baines and the late Roy Halliday.
“As a 16- and 17-year-old, American Legion baseball really honed my skills,” said Mr. Sm ...
Valley Rec Center $250,000 closer to dream
Three months into a capital campaign to build a Valley Recreational Center in Middleburgh, Marge Becker’s lifelong dream has raised $250,000.
“With minimal effort,” said Alexander “Sandy” Mathes Jr., of Mathes Public Affairs, who’s acting as a consultant to the $8.5 million project.
Now comes the big push—identifying potential donors, applying for a state Consolidated Funding Application grant, and working with regional partners including Middleburgh Central School and Schoharie County businesses.
“It’s a locally-driven project. It has to be,” said Mr. Mathes.
Which is why Ms. Becker, whose Randy and Marge Becker Foundation came up with the Valley CRC as a way ...
Bald eagle survey Saturday at Mine Kill
On Saturday, January 12, from 11am-1pm, Mine Kill State Park will be sponsoring a bald eagle survey.
Participants will hike to look for eagles near known eagle habitat in the park, and will count the number of eagles that they see.
Mine Kill State Park is located just off Route 30 in North Blenheim at 161 Mine Kill Road.
Participants will meet at the Park Office, and are expected to dress appropriately for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and should bring binoculars if they own any.
For more information contact (518)827-8690 or MineKillSP@parks.ny.gov.
MCS Alumni Association to honor active military and vets
The MCS Alumni Association invites all Middleburgh alumni and United States active military and veterans to join them at two Middleburgh home basketball games in January.
The boys play on Friday, January 4 (snowdate, Tuesday, January 15) and the girls play on Wednesday, January 9 (snowdate, Wednesday, January 30).
The JV games start at 5:30pm each night with the varsity games to follow.
Members of the MCS Alumni Association will be in the gym lobby to welcome alumni and veterans.
Alumni tee shirts and information will be available as well as MCS Booster Club refreshments.
The event is a way to thank our alumni for their continued support and thank vete ...
Mostly indifference to SSCS sports changes
Good, bad, but mostly indifferent.
That about sums up the response Sharon Springs Central School administrators have gotten to the possibility of combining spring sports with Cherry Valley-Springfield.
Superintendent Pat Green expects to make a recommendation to the school board on the long-discussed move at their December 10 meeting.
His concern is that there aren’t really enough players to sustain either a baseball or a softball team especially if someone gets hurt or can’t play because of academic ineligibility.
Administrators have proposed merging those two SSCS teams with CV-S’s.
The possibility of a merged track and field team--a sport SSCS does ...
Glens Falls too much for Bulldogs
Glens Falls was simply too much for Cobleskill-Richmondville Saturday.
Playing at Shenendehowa, the Indians blanked the Bulldogs 40-0 behind four second-quarter touchdowns and a defense that never gave C-R breathing room in the Section II Class B championship.
The two teams met in the second game of the season at the Bulldogs’ field, and the Indians scored two late touchdowns to pull out a 36-28 victory.
Such fourth-quarter heroics weren’t necessary Saturday.
“They were a different team,” said Bulldog Coach Ed Hantho. “I think maybe they underestimated us the first time, and now they knew how serious we were.”
The Indians scored on their first drive, ...
Cobleskill sports mural has interesting history
Clyde Slocum likely smiled when he spotted the big ‘C’ on the basketball jersey.
The Cobleskill High School principal, along with three other men, had traveled to New York City by truck to salvage a big sports mural.
It was late fall of 1940, and the World’s Fair, having just ended its two-year run, was being dismantled.
In April 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had opened the fair, featuring Albert Einstein, Babe Ruth, Queen Elizabeth and seven-foot smoking robot Elektro the Moto-Man.
A time capsule designed by Westinghouse to last 5,000 years was buried 50 feet underground to be opened in the year 6939.
With its iconic Trylon and Perisphere—61 ...
Lyn Herodes wins T-J Football Challenge
Lyn Herodes of Middleburgh, a frequent winner in the Times-Journal Football Challenge, is a winner again.
Ms. Herodes posted a 13-2 record in this season’s first Challenge last week to win the $25 weekly prize.
There were 26 players in last week’s Challenge.
A new round of 10 pro and five college games is on page 12.
This week’s Challenge sponsor is the Stockyard Public House.
Cobleskill celebrates 50 years of football
Cobleskill and Cobleskill-Richmondville looked back on 50 years of football Friday night.
Hundreds of Red Devils, Bulldogs and fans of both turned out in the rain to celebrate the golden anniversary at the high school.
Tents covered tables packed with memorabilia––scrapbooks, yearbooks, helmets, uniforms, awards, photos and more––that the crowd enjoyed before the Bulldogs’ opening-season game against Averill Park.
One of those taking in the history was Peter Mesick, co-captain of the Red Devils’ first team in 1968.
“I’m surprised so many came back,” Mr. Mesick said. “It’s good to see so many again.”
Mr. Mesick, who scored Cobleskill’s very first touch ...
NYPA cuts ribbon on Long Path footbridge
A new footbridge deep in the woods at Mine Kill State Park removes one of the last danger spots of the popular Long Path.
Officials from the New York Power Authority, State Parks and Schoharie County gathered at the park on the Blenheim-Gilboa town line Friday afternoon to celebrate the new bridge’s opening.
NYPA completed the bridge last year, and Friday’s event made it official.
The footbridge, about 40 feet long, crosses Pigeon Creek on the 358-mile Long Path, which starts in Manhattan and ends at Thacher Park in Albany County.
“We’re deeply appreciative of the Power Authority,” said Mark Traver, president of the Long Path North Hiking Club.
“This w ...
Cobleskill football to mark 50 years
Red Devils and Bulldogs will be gathering in late August to celebrate 50 years of Cobleskill and Cobleskill-Richmondville football.
The anniversary event will be at C-R’s opening game August 31 when the Bulldogs host Averill Park.
Cobleskill’s first coach, Frank Collins, who now lives in Florida, will be on hand, as will many other former coaches and alumni players.
The idea for a celebration came from Don Bond, Coach Collins’ only assistant coach when Cobleskill football started in 1968.
“Don came to a Booster Club meeting and brought it [the anniversary] to our attention,” said Trisha Miller, a ’92 Cobleskill grad and member of the C-R’s All Sports Booster C ...
Sloughter 5K to remember Kayla Urrey
Hundreds of runners will step out in memory of Kayla Urrey May 25 in Middleburgh.
Sponsored by the Middleburgh Rotary Club, the Sloughter 5K this year benefits the Center for Donation and Transplant, a special facility for the Urrey family.
“We always try to help a worthy cause, and this is a great one,” said 5K organizer Steve Hoerz.
“Kayla was such a wonderful young person in Middleburgh.”
Ms. Urrey was a 2011 Middleburgh grad and was seeking her nursing degree when she suffered a pulmonary embolism and died suddenly in March 2016.
Earlier, the 22-year-old had attended a health fair and learned about organ and tissue donation. Ms. Urrey decided that ...
2018 Run 4 the Hills already setting records
Even if you’re not man—or woman—enough to strap on 50 pounds of gear, you’ll want to be there to cheer on those who are when the 2018 Run 4 the Hills for First Responders takes to the hills of Sharon Springs at 9am Saturday.
The race starts and finishes at the American Hotel.
Packet pick-up and race registration is Friday from 3-6pm at the American and if you’re still deciding if you’re up to the challenge, 7:30-8:30am Saturday.
You don’t have to wear rescue, fire department or law enforcement gear to run; “regular runners” are welcome to join the four-mile walk-run too and at last count, about 400 people had already registered for the event.
Of them, there ar ...
Kayak aces, triathlon in Middleburgh Saturday-Sunday
It will be wet for some and, hopefully, warm for most, when the Middleburgh Rotary kicks off the 2018 Sloughter Canoe/Kayak Regatta & Triathlon Weekend this Saturday and Sunday.
Registration for either day—or both—is available both days of the two-day event or online at Middleburghrotaryny.org.
The Middleburgh Sloughter Canoe/Kayak Regatta will kick off the fun Saturday at 11am at the Fultonham parking area on Route 30.
Paddlers will travel the Schoharie Creek to the Timothy Murphy Park at the Middleburgh Bridge, a 5.6 mile course.
There are divisions for ages, men, women, students, and teams; on-site registration begins at 9:30am at the Fultonham start.
Run 4 the Hills for First Responders: Are you up to the challenge?
A grueling, twisting, mostly-uphill course; sweat, blisters, and for some, tears; and a shot at fame, if not fortune, are all waiting for those who sign on for this year’s Run 4 the Hills for First Responders, a four-mile walk-run through the streets and hills of Sharon Springs, that despite all of that, is still a heck of a lot of fun.
Even for the 70-some participants who’ll be there with 50 pounds of EMS or fire gear on their backs.
The fifth Run 4 the Hills is set for 9am Saturday, May 5, with both the start and finish line at the American Hotel in Sharon Springs.
Registration deadline in April 28.
Sign-up online at Itsyourrace.com.
American co-ow ...
Central Bridge meetings want ideas for community programs
As part of its efforts in Central Bridge, SALT is hosting a pair of community meetings there Sunday and Monday to gather ideas that could be used to develop community programs in the Schoharie and Esperance hamlet.
All ages are welcome, but youth and senior citizens are especially encouraged to come and share their ideas for additional programs or a community center or space.
Refreshments will be provided.
Meetings will be held:
• Sunday, February 11, 3-5:30pm, at the Central Bridge Fire Department, 137 South Main Street.
• Monday, February 12, 5:30-7pm, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 21 Church Street.
Fore more information ...
Seward seeks extension for pistol permits
State Sneator Jim Seward has introduced legislation that would give pistol license holders an extra two months to recertify their licenses with the State Police.
Under current law, individuals with pistol licenses issued before January 15, 2103 are required to recertify their current licenses with the State Police by January 31.
Senator Seward’s bill would extend the deadline for recertification to March 31.
The requirement is part of the SAFE Act, which Senator Seward called “one of the most confusing and disputed laws I have seen in my 30-plus years in the Legislature.
The recertification requirement, he said, was not well-publicized and many license holders ...
DEC takes over Vroman's Nose
New York State DEC has officially acquired Vroman’s Nose.
The 139-acre parcel, located in the Town of Fulton, was donated to the state by the Vroman’s Nose Preservation Corporation.
“Vroman’s Nose is a local jewel that contains a portion of the Long Path trail, sweeping views of the Schoharie Valley, nesting peregrine falcons, and a unique geology that make it one of the most recognizable landscapes in the area,” said DEC Regional Director Keith Goertz.
“DEC appreciates the exceptional stewardship of the property undertaken by the VNPC and their generosity in donating this iconic land to the state.”
The recorded history of Vroman’s Nose goes back to the foundi ...
Middleburgh's Palmatier, Schoharie's Krohn break records
The career highs keep adding up for local WAC athletes.
Middleburgh Central School’s Breanne Palmatier is the Knights’ latest record-breaker.
Palmatier made her 80th career three-pointer against Morris, breaking Kiera Morgan’s record of 79.
As of Friday, Palmatier was at 92 threes—and counting—and is on track to top 1,000 total career points this season.
And in Schoharie, Carrie Krohn finished out the 2017 soccer season with a new girls’ record: 133 goals. Krohn beat the record previously held by Kelly Gannon at 121; above, Gannon is on the left and Krohn is on the right.
Last chance to plan Schoharie Creek Trail coming up
If you’ve got something to say about the proposed 38-mile Schoharie Creek Trail, you’ll want to be in Middleburgh next Wednesday.
That’s when one of the final meetings on the project will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. 326 Main Street, 6:30-8pm.
Virtual maps of the trail, which would run from Esperance to Blenheim, are available online on GoogleMaps by visiting SaltDevelopment.org/trail study.
The idea for the trail came out of flood recovery efforts after Hurricane Irene and it’s seen as a way to help grow the local economy while maximizing its natural resources.
SALT—Schoharie Area Longterm—has been coordinating the study with help from consultants G ...
Joel Costello named NEAC Player of Week
The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced that SUNY Cobleskill senior Joel Costello, Middleburgh, Middleburgh Central School/Tompkins-Cortland Community College, has been named the league’s Men’s Basketball Player-of-the-Week. Costello becomes the first Fighting Tiger to earn the award since the 2014 season.
The Middleburgh native led the way for the Fighting Tigers to a pair of victories during the week hitting the game winning three-pointer in the closing seconds of the team’s 67-64 win over Clarks Summit University last Tuesday.
Then he was named to the Rochester Institute of Technology’s 33rd annual Harold J. Brodie All-Tournament Team after a 42-point, si ...
DEC maverick Ward Stone in Cherry Valley Saturday
Former DEC wildlife pathologist and environmental activist Ward Stone will be the featured speaker this Saturday at Cherry Valley’s Star Theater in the Old Village Hall on Main Street.
The event is free and open to all, but those attending are asked to bring a donation—cash or food—for the Cherry Valley food pantry.
Mr. Stone’s talk on environmental stewardship and activism will begin at 7pm.
There will also be a potluck at 6pm—bring a dish to pass and table service—and a question and answer session at 8pm.
Mr. Stone was a DEC pathologist for 40 years and responsible for monitoring and researching the causes of sickness and death in the state’s wildlife.
Schoharie Creek Trail planners want to know: What do you want?
It won’t quite be one straight line from Esperance to Blenheim, but plans to develop a trail that would let outdoor enthusiasts bike, hike, and even paddle their way from one end of the Schoharie Valley to the other should be finalized by the end of 2017.
The next step? Seeking funding to build it.
But even before that, Schoharie Area Longterm, which has been coordinating the trail feasibility study with help from GPI Engineers and FoitAlbert Associates and funding from the state Department of State and Schoharie County, needs help further defining the route.
“We still need more feedback as we refine the route,” said SALT’s Jerrine Corallo, who’s now handling the projec ...
Seward joins call for SAFE Act reform
State Senator Jim Seward joined lawmakers and gun rights advocates in Albany last Wednesday to unveil legislation that would repeal portions of the NY-SAFE Act.
The proposed changes would exempt the five boroughs of New York City from what the lawmakers are calling "several onerous measures of gun control," but the reforms would apply to Long Island as well as upstate New York.
Lawmakers are now calling on both houses of the state legislature to act on the reforms.
"The NY-SAFE Act tramples on our Second Amendment rights and has failed to make us safer," said Senator Seward.
"The entire package is an attack on responsible gun owners who meticulously follow the law-rather ...
SCS's Dillon Warner #5 at states
Schoharie wrestler Dillion Warner became the Indians' first-ever state place finisher in the New York State Wrestling Championships, held Friday and Saturday at the Times-Union Center in Albany.
"This was a great accomplishment for Dillion," said Coach David Russell. "He works hard and wrestled well. It was good to see that pay off."
Warner (182) is a senior.
He lost his opening match, 1-0, to Corey Keefe of Buffalo.
"The match was tight the whole way," Coach Russell said. "Either guy could have come away with the win."
Warner advanced in the first consolation round after his opponent from New Paltz was unable to continue due to an injury in the opening period.
Schoharie moves ahead with waterfront plan, trail
In Schoharie, a multi-purpose trail that would loop throughout the village is part of a much larger plan to revitalize the waterfront and Main Street.
And quickly moving ahead.
Consultant Nan Stolzenburg of Planning Better Places said concept design, costs estimates, and landowner permissions are all in place and they're waiting to hear on grant applications to the state's Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and the Appalachian Regional Commission.
In addition to the trail, the plan calls for things like better signage, bike racks and parking, landscaping, pocket parks, and even a disc golf course.
But one of the first-and easiest steps-will be to change the village's ...
Sports dome firm "borrows" space at Fairgrounds
Imagine an eight-acre sports dome, 160-feet tall and big enough inside for six Little League fields and you'll get an idea of the project being constructed by Air Structures American Technologies Inc. at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds.
Since late September, ASAT has been using the wide-open space at the Fairgrounds to assemble pieces of a 12-section cable net grid that will eventually be shipped to East Fishkill for what could be the world's largest air-structure multi-sports dome.
Though ASAT's corporate headquarters are in Rye Brook, the company's manufacturing facilities are nearby in East Worcester, said Bill Fraioli, who runs the family-owned company with his wife, Denise.
SUNY Wildlife Society to host lead ammo discussion Thursday
The SUNY Cobleskill Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society will host a panel discussion on lead bullets, their potential impacts on humans and wildlife, and non-toxic alternatives this Thursday, October 20 at 7pm at SUNY Cobleskill's Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Room 101.
The talk will primarily focus on bullets used for deer hunting.
Lead is a well-known neurotoxin.
Bullets made from lead lose mass on impact, sometimes sending fragments long distances from the wound channel. These fragments can contaminate the internal organs of the target animal, and possibly meat consumed by hunters and their families. Internal organs are typically left in the field and ...
16-year-old Ben Healy blows them away at Patriot Highlander Challenge
Sixteen-year-old Benjamin Healy of Middleburgh blew the competition away Saturday at the 3rd annual Patriot Highlander Challenge.
Part of the first-out round of competitive six-mile runners, Healy barely broke a sweat to post a 44:23 time.
Andrew Bischoff was second at 47:28; Michael Desens finished third with a 58:34 time.
Chantal Little was the first woman to cross the finish line, 58.34, followed by Kestral Suscy, 1:01:25, and Jillian Smith, 1:01:30.
The Patriot Highlander is a fundraiser for the Wounded Challengers of Honor and features three- and six-mile courses over obstacles that include walls, a mud pit, and the infamous Battle of Saratoga.
SGT(R) Ryan Major ...
SALT sets meetings for trail input
Officials from Schoharie Area Long-Term Inc. want more public input on a proposed 38-mile multi-use trail in the county.
They have already received 500 surveys on the trail, which would run from Esperance to Blenheim.
Most of the surveys collected have been from residents of Cobleskill, Middleburgh, and Schoharie.
In order to get more public input, SALT has scheduled four landowner information meetings in October, according to Jin Kim, SALT's Schoharie Creek Trail Study Coordinator.
Landowners along the Schoharie Creek as well as the general public are invited to the meetings.
"We want everyone to know that their participation in the study and, if feasible, the devel ...
Are you tough enough? 3rd Patriot Highlander Challenge Saturday
The 2016 annual Patriot Highlander Challenge, a fundraiser for the Wounded Challengers of Honor through the Comeback Initiative at EXOS and Adaptive Team Sports for Veterans, will return to Cobleskill this Saturday.
The event is held at the 160-acre Sunny Knolls Farm, 211 Little York Road, and brings together athletes and veterans from across the Northeast.
Competitive heats start at 8am with Challenger of Honor introductions and opening ceremonies at 9:30am.
Adult heats continue every half hour until noon; Junior Challenge kids' heats are at 12:30 and 1pm.
The Highlander features three- and six-mile courses with nearly a dozen obstacles, including ropes, walls, and mud.< ...
Cobleskill's McCarthy retires after 25 years with SUNY athletics
SUNY Cobleskill has announced that long-time Director of Sport & Exercise Kevin McCarthy has retired after nearly 25 years of service to the College.
McCarthy came to Cobleskill in the fall of 1992 to serve as the Fighting Tigers head men's basketball coach and as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education.
In 1995 he assumed the role of athletic director.
During his career at Cobleskill, McCarthy played a major role in the development of the Department of Sport & Exercise and the Fighting Tigers Athletic Program.
He also guided the college through a successful transition from the junior college level of competition to the NCAA Division III ranks be ...
2 arrested in Teen Town vandalism; vols turn out to repair damage
Angry over vandalism in the Village of Cobleskill's skateboard park at Teen Town, about a dozen teens and a handful of adults spent Saturday morning cleaning up and making repairs there.
According to Cobleskill Police Chief Richard Bialkowski, two juveniles have turned themselves in in connection with the vandalism, which began sometime the weekend of August 6-7.
The two have been charged with criminal mischief and police are still looking for at least one more individual, he said.
Among the damage: Windows of the Teen Town building were shot out with a BB gun, grafitti was sprayed on the ramps at the skate park, and the gates at the basketball court were broken off their hing ...
Sharpe to coach UNC's men's track and field
Logan Sharpe, the son of Brett and Donna Sharpe of Esperance, was named University of New Haven (Connecticut) Head Men's Track and Field Coach by Associate Vice President, Director of Athletics and Recreation Deborah Chin.
Sharpe is a graduate of Schoharie Central School, Class of 2009.
He set new records at every WAC meet in his senior year, as a member of the SCS Track and Field Team, in the 400 Intermediate Hurdles, earning him All-American honors. He was also named USTFCCCA Track Athlete of the Year.
Sharpe then was accepted at Southern Connecticut State University, where he earned his masters degree in exercise science while becoming a nine-time All American in the 400 m ...
Power Authority, State Parks working on local leg of Long Trail
The New York Power Authority and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (State Parks) have announced the construction a new footbridge along the southern border of Mine Kill State Park in Schoharie County.
The new footbridge, funded by NYPA, is the latest enhancement on the Long Path, a 358-mile hiking trail that starts in downtown Manhattan, extends through the Catskills, and connects to John Boyd Thacher State Park, southwest of Albany.
“NYPA is pleased to have partnered with State Parks and local advocacy groups on this meaningful improvement to the Long Path,” said Brian Saez, New York Power Authority regional manager, Central New York.
Cobleskill Pool reopens--with water slide
After a season of being closed, the Cobleskill Village Community Pool has reopened.
A new pump/filter building and liner have been completed.
Also, pool-goers will enjoy a new Vortex Water Slide donated by Linda and Floyd Holmes II.
The turbo slide was purchased in the name of their children Kirsten Holmes Farr, Erika Holmes Weidman and Erik Floyd Holmes who "grew up" on the pool deck and were avid swim team members, and in memory of their grandson Adam Minms who also loved his time spent at the Village of Cobleskill's community pool.
The family remembers the slide that was originally at the pool and how much the children loved it.
With the upgrades made at the ...
Schoharie gets first look at rec plan
The Village of Schoharie and its Local Waterfront Revitalization Planning Advisory Committee will be holding a meeting to present the Recreational Assets Plan for the Village on Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm at the Christ the Shephard Lutheran Church, 289 Main Street in Schoharie.
Since planning began in 2015, many residents and businesses have shared what they want for recreational activities and facilities in the village.
These have been incorporated into Schoharie's Village-Wide Recreation Plan that recommends seven priority projects to help revitalize Schoharie through increased tourism, improving the local economy, and enhancing quality of life and health for residents.
Middleburgh's Bailey Wood WAC MVP
Bailey Wood of the Knights has been named most valuable player of the southern division of the Western Athletic Conference.
Wood, a catcher, was also named MVP of the league and a
Section II all-star.
She was also a first-team all-star last year and when she was in the ninth grade.
The junior is a complete, all around player, starring at the plate and behind it.
She batted .641 this season with a slugging average of .949. Behind the plate she displayed a strong arm and excellent glove.
Wood helped lead the Knights to an 8-3 record in the WAC and an overall mark of 8-6.
Alexa Lombardoni of Duanesburg was also named a Section 2 all-star from the south.
Hundreds Run 4 Hills in Sharon Springs fun
The 3rd annual Sharon Springs Run 4 the Hills raised a record amount for the Sharon Springs Rescue Squad and Hero Fund America Saturday as more than 150 runners and walkers took to the hilly course for a good cause.
And oh yeah, the party at the end.
Mark Stephenson won the day with a 25:13 time and Amanda Collins was the first woman back in 33:09.
The winners won a pair of New Balance sneakers donated by Sharon Springs native Kevin Mallery and, his name drawn at random, Andrew Meka also won a pair.
All participants received a commemorative key chain and post-race festivities followed the event behind the American Hotel.
A full page of race photos is in our pri ...
Sharon Springs Run 4 Hills promises fun; still spots for runners
There's still time to register for the 3rd annual Run 4 the Hills, Sharon Springs' ambitious--and hilly--fundraiser, and this year, a benefit for the Sharon Springs Rescue Squad and Hero Fund America.
Both the run and Hero Fund America were begun by Garth Roberts in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings as a way to thank and honor emergency responders.
Saturday's race will begin at 9am at the American Hotel and will be followed by music, refreshments, awards, and fun.
Online registration is closed, but racers can still sign up at the American, from 3-5pm, Friday and from 7:30-8:30am, Saturday.
Broadway Phantom of the Opera performer Ted Keegan will kick off the race wi ...
License changes could spell disaster for deer in need of help
April showers bring May flowers.
And this year, for wildlife rehabilitators, May's fawns will also mean headaches.
That's because DEC has changed the rules for New York State-licensed rehabbers who handle deer.
The changes are restrictive enough that many rehabbers may decide to turn fawns away, said Kelly Martin of Middleburgh, a longtime wildlife rehabilitator and president of the New York Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.
"That's never a good situation," Ms. Martin said.
"If people end up with a fawn-whether it really needed help or not-and they can't find a rehabber to take it, we know from experience that they're going to try to raise it ...
A challenge: Sharon's 3rd Run 4 the Hills
Plans are shaping up for the 3rd annual Run 4 the Hills, an ambitious-and hilly-fundraiser that this year will benefit the Sharon Springs Rescue Squad and Hero Fund America.
Both the run, up, up, and down the hills of Sharon Springs, and Hero Fund America were begun by Garth Roberts in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings as a way to thank and honor emergency responders.
Each year, the run benefits a local fire department or rescue squad; this year it's the SSRS's turn.
The event will begin at 9am, Saturday, May 7m at the American Hotel.
Online registration is open until May 1 at active.com and if there are still slots open, from 3-5pm Friday, May 6, at the American, ...
Post-season awards pile up for C-R volleyball
Cobleskill-Richmondville's volleyball players reaped post-season honors last week.
The Bulldogs, whose season ended with a loss in Regionals to Chittenango March 5, had five players win Patroon Conference awards.
Cory Brooker was named the league's most valuable player, and Spencer Tyrrell, Jared Almy and Brenden Tracy were all named to the first team all-stars. Jacob Wayman was picked for the second team.
Bulldog Coach Brian LaVine was named coach of the year.
Quoting the late, great UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, Coach LaVine noted that "Anyone can win with great players."
"And this year, I had great, great players," he added.
Brooker was a league first t ...
C-R's Loder shoots his way to history
Keenan Loder wrote his name in Cobleskill-Richmondville's sports history books this basketball season.
The Bulldog senior became the all-time leading scorer among C-R players.
"It's special," Loder said Friday. "It definitely means a lot to me, with the players who have been in the program all these years."
According to figures provided by Bulldog Coach Jeremiah Haslun, Loder amassed 933 points in his three years on the varsity.
His total is comfortably ahead of previous Bulldog stars:
•Jeff Tillapaugh, 1995-98, 693 points.
•Ryan Greene, 2003-05, 561.
• Austin Westerveld, 2008-11, 536.
•Shawn Thaxter, 2009-12, 483.
With C-R winning only three gam ...
Hunters lend a hand to local food pantries
Once again, the Schoharie County Venison Coalition had many successful hunters donate their deer in 2015.
The Schoharie County Chapter of White Tails Unlimited donated a muzzleloader to be put in a drawing for all who donated a whole deer.
The winner this year is Alvin Campbell who was presented his prize by Willy Karlau, coordinator of the Schoharie County Venison Coalition, at Marlow's Deer Processing where Mr. Campbell donated his deer.
Mr. Campbell's name was drawn at the January meeting of the Middleburgh Rod and Gun Club.
This is the 14th year that the program has accepted donated deer for processing.
The venison is then delivered to local food pantries through ...
Fishing derbies to take to ice
With colder weather comes ice-and ice fishing derbies.
Sportsmen's clubs and SUNY Cobleskill have set four ice fishing derbies for the Franklinton Vlaie and Bear Gulch Reservoir.
There will also be a derby at Thompson's Lake in East Berne.
The Schoharie County derbies will be held from 8am-1pm:
--February 6, Franklinton Vlaie, sponsored by the Schoharie County Conservation Association.
--February 13, Franklinton Vlaie, sponsored by the West Fulton Rod & Gun Club.
--February 20, Bear Gulch, sponsored by the Richmondville Fish & Game Club.
--February 27, Franklinton Vlaie, sponsored by SUNY Cobleskill.
The Vlaie is located four miles south of Middleburgh ...
SCS girls win Sectionals; headed to states
The Schoharie girls are once again heading to the Class C final four.
On the strength of two overtime victories last week, the Indians have advanced to the state semi-final game Saturday in Cortland.
The Indians, the Section II Class C co-champions, will play Elmira of Section IV on Saturday at 2:30pm at Cortland High School in the state Class C semi-final.
The winner of that game will play in the Class C state championship on Sunday at 9:30am at SUNY Cortland.
Schoharie advanced to the state semi-finals by beating Greenville in a shootout Wednesday evening in Stillwater and then downing Section X's Potsdam 1-0 in overtime in Ogdensburg on Saturday in the state regional.