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Edmeston News: The Holiday Season Underway

 

Thanksgiving has come and gone, we have eaten and been stuffed.  Now, the holiday season has been officially started.  Thanksgiving has always been an important holiday to myself.  I have always enjoyed coming together as a family and spending quality time together.  

This day, especially, brings together family and friends to come together and be with each other.  Whether it’s watching the football games after dinner or coming together at one big table to dine together.  

Then, in the past years, the shopping frenzy of Black Friday, has crept up on Thanksgiving.  Now the sales begin weeks before and last days after, this has been the known way of ushering in the holiday season.  But, one day of these shopping filled days has been very special to me, Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday has traditionally been held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  This shopping day has always been fun for local people and supportive for our many small businesses.  My family has always gone shopping and supported small businesses in the area from an alpaca farm to an eclectic store.  This day can be very important to these businesses helping them stay “afloat” in today’s consumer engaged society.

And now, we find ourselves in the beginning of December.  This time of year can be very exciting for some, but also difficult for others.  Enjoying the overabundant amount of holiday music and movies that fill our lives, and everything else.  Although, some experience sadness and depression from the loss of loved ones and going through the holidays can be rough.  Those experiencing sadness through the holidays, especially struggle because it can be overbearing on them.

As I close, in this shorter article, I bring this thought to all the readers.  Do something to lighten the day of someone else, whether it is a close friend or a complete stranger.  It doesn’t have to be big, it can be a simple compliment or thanks to someone.  Or you can give cookies to others, pay for someone behind you at the store, or anything else.  This may be the one thing that can change someone’s mood and put a smile on their face in the holiday season. Quote of the Week from Steve Maraboli:  “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”  
  

 

Edmeston ~ November 27,2017

Edmeston News: The Holiday Season Underway

– Justin Brown

Thanksgiving has come and gone, we have eaten and been stuffed.  Now, the holiday season has been officially started.  Thanksgiving has always been an important holiday to myself.  I have always enjoyed coming together as a family and spending quality time together.  

This day, especially, brings together family and friends to come together and be with each other.  Whether it’s watching the football games after dinner or coming together at one big table to dine together.  

Then, in the past years, the shopping frenzy of Black Friday, has crept up on Thanksgiving.  Now the sales begin weeks before and last days after, this has been the known way of ushering in the holiday season.  But, one day of these shopping filled days has been very special to me, Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday has traditionally been held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  This shopping day has always been fun for local people and supportive for our many small businesses.  My family has always gone shopping and supported small businesses in the area from an alpaca farm to an eclectic store.  This day can be very important to these businesses helping them stay “afloat” in today’s consumer engaged society.

And now, we find ourselves in the beginning of December.  This time of year can be very exciting for some, but also difficult for others.  Enjoying the overabundant amount of holiday music and movies that fill our lives, and everything else.  Although, some experience sadness and depression from the loss of loved ones and going through the holidays can be rough.  Those experiencing sadness through the holidays, especially struggle because it can be overbearing on them.

As I close, in this shorter article, I bring this thought to all the readers.  Do something to lighten the day of someone else, whether it is a close friend or a complete stranger.  It doesn’t have to be big, it can be a simple compliment or thanks to someone.  Or you can give cookies to others, pay for someone behind you at the store, or anything else.  This may be the one thing that can change someone’s mood and put a smile on their face in the holiday season. Quote of the Week from Steve Maraboli:  “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”    

Edmeston ~ November 24, 2017

Edmeston Students Plan for 3rd International Trip

– Justin Brown

The Edmeston Central School Spanish Club received approval from the Board of Education, this fall, to take a trip to Spain in 2019.  Every other year, since 2015 the Spanish Club has taken a trip to an international location over winter recess in February.  In 2015, they went Mexico and this past February, of 2017, they went to Madrid, Spain.  Now, they are planning to take a Grand Tour of Spain in February of 2019.

On this ten day trip, the club will travel to Spain and visit Madrid, Granada, Seville, and Barcelona, with a tour guide from WorldStrides International.  This, once in a lifetime, trip does comes with a hefty cost of nearly $4,000.  This trip requires much fundraising, individually and as a whole group, and the club is thankful for the support that the community gives them.  

This trip, especially, was a little more contemplated because of the terrorism risks throughout Europe.  The Spanish Club has worked with the travel agency do make sure that all students and chaperones will remain safe.  Their standards and policies will dictate if they visit certain locations, assessing the safety and terror risk of those places.

For some, this will be their second trip to Spain.  Michayla Cummings, an 11th grade student, said, “it was a life changing experience and it really opened my eyes on the world and the different cultures there are.” Overall, referring to the 2017 trip to Madrid, Spain, she said, “it is a trip to remember.” I, also, spoke with the Spanish Club Advisor, Susie Knight, she said, “Foreign travel is such an excellent opportunity for Edmeston students to apply their learning first hand,” adding that, “WorldStrides, our travel partner, is a leader in the field of educational travel.”  When asked about safety and security during the trip, she said, “Of course, safety is on everyone’s minds these days, but WorldStrides can alter itineraries at the last minute, if necessary, do help ensure the safety of our students.”

This trip is a great opportunity for all students, it exposes them to a whole new part of the world.  These trips are especially good for students of smaller communities, like Edmeston, allowing them to see other cultures.

On a separate note, the Edmeston Central School Band, is selling Wreaths for one more week, until December 1st. They are $25 or two for $45, if you are interested you can see any band member or contact Miss Schmitt at (607) 965-8931 or mschmitt@edmeston.net.  The bands are fundraising to be able to attend UMass Band Day in 2018 and other trips for this school year and next school year.

Lastly, be sure to support your small businesses this Saturday for Small Business Saturday! Learn more about this traditional event in next week’s Edmeston News Article.

Edmeston ~ November 16, 2017

– Justin Brown

Edmeston Named Purple Heart School

Military Order of the Purple Heart Member, James Chamberlin, holds up the Memorial Plaque before handing it to Superintendent, Dr. Gary Furman.

On Wednesday, November 8th nearly forty veterans and many more community members joined the students and faculty of Edmeston Central School for a Veterans’ Day Ceremony.  This ceremony was very important to the school this year.  The Edmeston Central School was designated as a Purple Heart School, the fourth in the Nation and the first in New York State.

The designation was to honor all of those who have received the Purple Heart in the Edmeston Community, including Michael Mayne, and, specifically, Terrance Graves.  Terrence Graves, a member of the ECS Class of 1963, was killed in a helicopter crash during the Vietnam War.  Edmeston Central School honors him with a replica of his medals and portrait on display.  

Edmeston Central School welcomed Senator James Seward, The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), and many other representatives.  During the ceremony, the Edmeston Central School Senior High & Junior High Band and Chorus performed separate pieces, and the Boy Scout Troop 9 was the honor guard for the ceremony.  Also, a POW-MIA Remembrance Service was held.  Mr. Tom Buono, President of the VVA Chapter 944, spoke about the Vietnam War. Mr. Buono remarked that, “the American soldiers, they are the ones who gave us the freedoms we enjoy today,” in reference to those who served.

Commander of the CNY Chapter of the MOPH, Joe Fraccola, shakes hands with Retired Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca Enck after accepting the USMC 2nd Lieutenant Terrance C. Graves Memorial Award.

Then, Mr. Joe Fraccola, Commander of the CNY Chapter 490 of MOPH, along with fellow representatives, presented Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gary Furman, the Purple Heart Memorial Plaques.  Retired Lieutenant Colonel Rebecca Enck accepted the USMC 2nd Lieutenant Terrance C. Graves Memorial Award, Miss Enck was a classmate of Graves, representing the Class of 1963.  

Before the Taps were played, Senator Seward gave his remarks to close. During the Senator’s remarks he mentioned, “designating Edmeston Central School as the first Purple Heart School in the State of New York is something very, very special,” adding that, “this is a proud designation that you have earned for this school, as well as this community.”  In closing he stated, that this award fits into the makeup of the community of Edmeston.  

Following the ceremony, I was able to speak to some veterans and people who spoke during the ceremony.  “I’m just glad to be here,” Mr. James Chamberlin, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, said as it was his sixth time at the school for Veterans’ recognition ceremonies.  

Mr. Fraccola told me, “It was an exceptional turnout for the community, and we are very proud to come down here and do this ceremony.  The Edmeston High School and community deserve this recognition,” lastly saying that the reason why they keep coming is, “because of the community and because of the students.”

Miss Rebecca Enck said that, “Today was just a very special day, and I was proud to be here to represent my class and my good friend, Terry Graves, and it is a really good day for Edmeston, and I am proud to call it home.”  Lastly, community member and veteran, Mr. Ed Kline, said “it was probably long overdue, I appreciate everyone showing up.”

This ceremony was very important and a great representation of the tremendous respect and honor Edmeston has for veterans.  During the introduction of veterans, thirty-eight men and women introduced themselves, showing the large amount of community members, who were able to attend, who have served.  This ceremony showed the students, especially the elementary, the importance of our military personnel, who have served and are serving.  The ceremony was a great event to bring the community together and share this great moment of “history in the making.”

Edmeston ~ November 9, 2017

– Justin Brown

Edmeston News: A look back in History

For four months now, I, Justin Brown have been the writer of the Edmeston News article. For this week’s article I have decided to focus on what has already happened and written about.  As many of you know, Leon Schworm was the previous writer for the Edmeston News article.  I have dug through the archives, to bring back memories from years past.

9 years ago, 2008: The Edmeston Central School Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team won the NYS Regional Class D Championship.  As well as, people taking the polls to elect past President Barack Obama.

8 years ago, 2009: Kay York created the United Methodist building as the next Edmeston Miniature Building.  Past librarian, Dottie Blackman, traveled to the Four County Library System to collect 600 books for loan.  And, Fred Tilbe was mentioned for his work on the town Water System.

7 years ago, 2010: A “Peet Hook” well wish was given to Larry Andrews, of North Carolina, after suffering from a stroke.  The Edmeston Tea Circle’s Miniature Building was the O’Dell Harness Shop.

5 years ago, 2012: The Edmeston Fire Department’s Spaghetti Dinner has a “very good attendance,” and the three gun raffle winners were, Larry Brown, Rob Carnrike, and Dan Schierman.  Also, the Christmas Around the World Dinner was held at the Second Baptist Church.

3 years ago, 2014: The Edmeston’s Wall of Honor was dedicated at the Veterans’ Park in downtown Edmeston.  This wall honors the community members who served in World War II.

2 years ago, 2015: The Veterans’ Day service was held in Burlington Flats.  The Edmeston Free Library hosted an Open House, to honor past librarian Dottie Blackman, and to honor current librarian Richard Fallis.

1 year ago, 2016: The fourth grade students of Edmeston Central School, toured the Edmeston Museum to work on their local history study.

These excerpts, show what our history really is.  The notes about who meet where, what happened to who, and all the characteristics of the small town I love so much, Edmeston. In today’s fast paced world, it is nice to take a moment to slow down and look back on those fun, little memories.  

Edmeston ~ October 19, 2017

EDMESTON NEWS: Busy Weekend In Edmeston

– Justin Brown

On October 21 downtown Edmeston will be bustling with events all day, as Edmeston’s Annual Spookfest gets underway.  This year, the Edmeston Central School National Honor Society and Spookfest combined their fall events to create one all day event.  

In the morning, the ECS National Honor Society with host their annual Halloween Hustle 5k Run.  This fundraiser for the National Honor Society starts at 8:15 AM and following the race there will be prizes given away.  

Then, the day’s big event, Spookfest 2017, starting at 10 AM and running till 2 PM.  There will be over twenty vendors spread around the four corners of town, including consultants, baked goods, basket raffle, and much more.  The Panther Pride Parent Teacher Organization will host a Kids Fun Zone.  There will be a Scarecrow Contest, you can vote for your favorite with your change.  As well as, a hygiene product collection, a raffle auction, and a dance studio performance at 1:15 PM. The raffle auction will run from 10-2.

New this year, at 10 AM, Spookfest will host a Corn Hole Tournament. This tournament costs $10 per person, no partner needed, and prizes available.  To preregister for the tournament contact Dustin Arnold at (607)-422-6925.  

All the proceeds from the Corn Hole Tournament, Vendors, and Raffle Auction will go to the Panther Pride PTO, and the 5k Run/Walk will support the ECS National Honor Society.

Also going on through October 29, the ECS Safety Patrol Steel Drive.  Dumpsters can be found outside of Williams Tire, Edmeston and the The Burlington Flats Highway Building or drop off at Wilkinson Salvage in Mt. Upton.  They will accept appliances, lawn mowers, pipes, rims, and anything else metal.  They will not accept tires, rocks, cement, plastics, carpets, paint or chemicals.  This fundraiser raises money for their annual trip to Washington DC and Philadelphia in 2018.  For more information contact Laura Porter at (607)-965-8931.

Edmeston ~ October 12, 2017

– Justin Brown

9th Annual Physically Challenged Bow Hunt, Edmeston

 

On October 6 to 8, the Norton, Hickling, Wengert families, and friends hosted the 9th Annual Physically Challenged Bow Hunt.  This hunt is organized by New York Bowhunters’ Association Physically Challenged Committee.

Seven physically challenged bowhunters, many guides, and many aides were at Norton’s Pavilion, this weekend.  Accompanying the hunters were a number of aides and guides as they visited hunting spots on nearby properties.  The attendees this year all had hunted at the event before.  Next year, they are hopeful to have a few first time attendees.  In past years, they have hosted wounded warriors, paraplegics, quadriplegics, and other people with physically challenges.

Scott, 16, attended the bow hunt for the third time, this year.  He has been paralyzed since birth, and has been hunting for five years.  He shoots bow competitively and for hunting.  At the Adaptive Sports USA Competition this year, he received 2nd Place Overall, in the Country.  When asked what he like about this hunt, he replied, “Everything… People, it’s fun and a way for us to get out hunting.”  This event is not just for hunting, but also a bonding event, when not hunting or practicing, they are all sharing stories at the pavilion and enjoying being together.

I was given the opportunity to assist setting a hunter out in a blind.  This was a heartwarming experience, to know that we were helping these people to enjoy one of their favorite hobbies.  The Norton, Hickling, and Wengert families have a great program running.  This event is held annually on Columbus Day weekend and next year will celebrate their 10th year.

On a separate note, a local couple celebrated a milestone wedding anniversary.  A.C. and Marie Hoyt celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary last week.
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Hoyt!

Edmeston ~ October 5, 2017

 

– Justin Brown

Edmeston Fire Hosts Multi-Department Training Drill

On Saturday, September 30th, the Edmeston Emergency Squad & Fire Department hosted a mass casualty training drill at New York Central Mutual Insurance Company in Edmeston.  In the N.Y.C.M. parking lot, two Edmeston Central School buses were set-up to simulate a bus crash.  Volunteers, of all ages, arrived to get makeup and costume accessories that simulated injuries.  Injuries were as serious as bruised lungs and concussions to bone fractures.

Around 4:30 the Edmeston Emergency Services responded to the parking lot, with the West Edmeston Fire Department assisting them.  They operated, successfully, to evacuate the buses of the, approximate 12 to 15, victims, in approximately twenty minutes.  The firefighters and medics helped all victims at triage, practicing the tag system.  This tag system determines the priority of treatment for the patients, including Black, Red, Yellow, and Green.  The West Edmeston Fire Department organized a landing zone (L.Z.) for a helicopter to land.  At approximately 5:30, LifeNet 7-8 from Sidney landed, and took their patient to the helicopter.  Since this was a drill, they did not take off with the patient, but loaded them.  

LifeNet personnel gave a presentation on the helicopter, discussing safety procedures and how they work in the small environment.  At the Firehouse, the Squad and Fire Department Members, had a debriefing on how the drill went, and what could be improved.

The Edmeston Fire & Squad would like to thank, the volunteers who participated as victims and did their makeup, the West Edmeston Fire Dept., LifeNet 7-8 and Crew, the Edmeston Central School, and the bus drivers.  Without their help, this training would not have been as influential as it was.

Featured Next Week: 7th Annual Physically Disabled Bow Hunt

Edmeston ~ September 25. 2017

– Justin Brown

 

Edmeston Firefighter Receives Award at County Banquet

 

Edmeston Vol. Fire Department Lieutenant, Christopher Wengert, recipient of the Gary Goodier Service Award: middle, stands with Edmeston Fire Chief, Michael Hum, right, and Linda Goodier Eriksen, wife of Gary Goodier, left. (Justin Brown photo)

On Saturday, September 16th, the Cherry Valley Emergency Squad hosted the Otsego County Firemen’s Association Banquet.  

This event brings the fire department officers from Otsego County to award outstanding service and reflect on those who have died in the past year.  

In the memorial service, the Edmeston Fire Department reflected upon the loss of four firemen.  During the Presentation of Awards, an Edmeston firefighter was awarded the Gary Goodier Service Award.

Christopher Wengert, continuing his fourth year as Lieutenant in the Edmeston Fire Department, was the 2017 recipient of the Gary Goodier Service Award.  

This Award is presented to a firefighter who is committed to the protection of life and property, and most importantly the training of those who fill that role.  Also recognizing a firefighter’s selfless efforts to serve his community to the best of his ability.  

Linda Goodier Eriksen, wife of Gary Goodier, and her son, Chad Goodier, created the award after Gary Goodier passed away, she said the award is for a firefighter “who excels, is involved, and goes to classes.”  

After receiving the award, Wengert said, “it was definitely a surprise when they read the nominating letter and called me up for the award.”  Adding that, “the fact that the award was presented from a wonderful family from the town of Edmeston, makes it that much more special.”  

He concluded by saying, “I was very honored to receive the Gary Goodier Service Award, and it’s just more fuel to the fire that’s driving me to help our department to continue to grow.”  

Congratulations Christopher Wengert!

And, the Edmeston Central School Homecoming last weekend, was a success.  Many students and community members, participated Friday night, with the parade, alumni soccer game, bonfire, and dance.  Saturday, the all four soccer teams competed throughout the day.  The Panther Pride PTO sold concessions, and the big focus, the dunk tank, where many faculty and teachers took turns on the seat.

Edmeston ~ September 11, 2017

~ Justin Brown

Sunday, September 10th, the Edmeston Vol. Fire Department hosted their first, of the season, donation breakfasts.  These delicious breakfasts bring guests from all over to enjoy everything from french toast to home fries.  These breakfasts will be the first Sunday of each month from 7 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. from September to May, and on the last Sunday in June.  

Last Saturday, September 16th, the Rustic Ridge Winery hosted their annual Harvest Festival from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M.  They hosted many vendors, including the Edmeston Free Library selling shirts, music from The Loose Canon Band and Bob Cole III, food from The Pizza Genie Wood Fired Pizza and Dave Holbert’s Hog Roast.  There were also rides through the vineyard, a basket raffle to support Sitrin’s Stars and Stripes, and wine tastings all day.

Last week, I met with the Edmeston Free Library Board President, Mrs. Barb Turnbull.  We discussed the Library’s proposed move to the Corts’s Building that was gifted to them. She told me that they have “applied for one grant and are working on others.” The first grant is sponsored by New York State Aid for Library Construction. This grant is a very lengthy process, where the state determines a dollar amount to be split to each district of libraries, which is then further split to all the local libraries in that district. Our district is the Four County Library System, including Otsego, Broome, Delaware, and Chenango Counties. As I finished talking to her, she said, the community support and awareness is key to the pursuit of the proposed move.

This weekend the Edmeston United Methodist Church will be hosting a “Meet ‘N Greet” with their new pastor at their church on Saturday September 23rd from 10 A.M. to Noon.  Pastor Rebekah Solar joined the church in July of 2017 and is excited to meet the community.  Refreshments will be served during the event.  And this weekend, E.C.S. will host:

Homecoming 2017 at Edmeston C.S. Schedule of Events: Friday, September 22nd:

  • 5 P.M. – Parade – Classes and clubs will march up North Street and into town.
  • 6 P.M. – Alumni Soccer Game – Odd Years v. Even Years Alumni Game!
  • 7 P.M. – Bonfire – Following the game, in the upper soccer field parking lot.
  • 8 – 10 P.M. – Dance – The king and queen will be announced at the dance

Saturday, September 23rd: All Day – P.T.O. Dunk Tank & Concessions

  • 10 A.M. – Girls’ Modified Soccer Game
  • 12 P.M. – Boys’ Modified Soccer Game
  • 2 P.M. – Girls’ Varsity Soccer Game
  • 4 P.M. – Boys’ Varsity Soccer Game

Lastly, Congratulations to Christopher Wengert for receiving the Gary Goodier Service Award at the Otsego County Firemen’s Association Banquet. I am happy to announce all of the Edmeston News articles can be found on www.edmestonny.org.  Thank you for your support!    

 

Edmeston ~ September 4, 2017

~ Justin Brown

Edmeston News: Edmeston Fire Dept.

This Sunday, September 10th, the Edmeston Volunteer Fire Department will host their first monthly donation breakfast of the season.  The Department hosts these breakfasts from September to June.  The breakfasts are on the first Sunday of each month, except for September and June.  In September, the breakfast is on the second Sunday to observe Labor Day weekend and in June the breakfast will be on the Sunday of the Edmeston Central School Alumni Weekend.  The breakfast begins at 7 A.M. and runs until 10:30 A.M.  The firemen serve pancakes, french toast, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, and home fries in a buffet style.  

On a separate note, this coming Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Centers (W.T.C.).  The attacks were not only against the Trade Center Buildings, but also the Pentagon and a crash landing near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  The attacks at the W.T.C. took the lives of 343 New York City firefighters.  Three hundred forty-three families whose loved one did not return home.  Between Washington, D.C. and New York City there were over 3,000 deaths on September 11th.  I ask of you, on Monday, please take a moment of silence for all those who were victims of these cruel attacks.  Featured in Next Week’s Article: Interview with Edmeston Free Library Board President.  

Edmeston ~ August 28, 2017

~ Justin Brown

Edmeston News: Returning to School

 

The Edmeston Central School District will return to classes on Tuesday, September 5th.   This year will be the second year for Dr. Gary Furman as Superintendent of Schools at E.C.S.  Many things new and exciting will be coming up this fall.  The school district welcomes three new teachers this year, Ms. Megan Hribar, Ms. Jennifer Lopez, and Ms. Rachel Rockwell.  Ms. Hribar will be a second grade teacher, Ms. Lopez will be teaching special education for 7-12th grade students, and Ms. Rockwell will be apart of the Music Department as the vocal and general music teacher.  Also, a highly talked about event is Homecoming 2017, that is returning to Edmeston C.S.D. on September 22nd and 23rd.  Throughout the week before, students will participate in spirit week and end the week with a pep rally.  Closer to the event, we will have more information and an article focused on Homecoming 2017.  The boys’ varsity soccer team’s first scheduled home game is against Richfield Springs on August 31st.  The girls’ varsity soccer team’s first scheduled home game is against Franklin on September 5th.  As school returns we are reminded that buses will soon be back on the roads.  Remember this and plan an extra few minutes to get to your destination.  Also this year, parents of students in grades Pre-kindergarten to 6th grade will have the opportunity to bring in some of their student’s supplies on August 31st, from 1 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. And lastly, Potter’s Place Afterschool Program registration is now open, to register go to www.edmestonsecondbaptist.org and look under the “Potter’s Place” tab.

Featured in Next Week’s Article: The E.F.D. Donation Breakfast and a look back on 9/11

 

Edmeston ~ August 21, 2017

~ Justin Brown

Edmeston Free Library looking to improve and relocate

 

Many things have been happening at the Edmeston Free Library lately.  

I had the opportunity to sit down with the librarian, Rick Fallis, to discuss what’s new and coming up.  

The first topic was summer activities, he said this year was the second year of Potter’s Place Summer Program coming to the library once a week.  

“They check out and return books, they have story time in the back room,” Fallis said.  “There are various crafts they play with when they first come in.”   

The adult and peer leaders check out books to take back to the church that are related to their weekly theme.  Fallis said the library’s circulation numbers for juvenile fiction and nonfiction have increased substantially.

Like last year, Fallis is hopeful that some children will return throughout the year with their parents.  Coming up this fall, the library has started an audio book collection, donated by the New Berlin Library.  Also the library will be starting a service to print, fax, and scan for a nominal charge, from your own devices.  

Mr. Fallis also noted other changes, including added wifi capability, accessible by those with library cards.  He said he is continuing to reorganize certain parts of the library, to make it easier for patrons who are looking for a specific genre to find a book.

Volunteers have been very helpful, with taking down high shelves, to allow more natural light in, and various other tasks, including processing books.  

The library has created a room dedicated to large print books, and it joined a program offered by the Four County Library System, where they get 50 large print books on loan for three months, Fallis said.  

This new program allows patrons to have access to a wider variety of books. The young adult book section has also increased substantially.  Fallis discussed the possibility that the library is moving to Cort’s house, which was left to the library.  

Fallis confirmed that “the board has voted to move,” and they are going through the interview process for various workers to check over the building.  

Fundraising is key to being able to move, they have applied for various grants, are selling shirts at the library, and will be having their annual book sale at Spookfest 2017.  

In our September 14th article, I will go more into depth with Rick Fallis and the Library Board president on the move. The library is open Monday through Wednesday from 1 P.M. to 6 P.M. and Saturdays 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. and the library can be reached at (607) 965-8208.

Featured in Next Week’s Article: Returning to School   

Edmeston ~ August 14, 2017

~ Justin Brown

Edmeston News: Dollar General Opens in Edmeston

The Unadilla National Motocross races that were held on August 12th, proved to be a crazy experience.  Racing in the morning and early afternoon had beautiful weather, but when showers came through in the afternoon, they did not hold back.  Racing in the late afternoon was delayed due to thunder and lightning, as well as track repair from the heavy rains.  Two strong storms came through with sheets of rain and high winds.  The first front caught many by surprise with the heavy winds, forcing spectators and vendors to anchor their tents.  After the storms cleared and the track was readied, racing was able to resume around five o’clock.

Now onto this week’s main topic, Dollar General has been open now for a few weeks in Edmeston.  The Dollar General Store is located at 1975 State Route 80, across the road from Miller’s Deli.  The store is open seven days a week, from 8 A.M. till 10 P.M.  I visited the store in its first week of opening, and briefly spoke with the Manager.  The Grand Opening will be around September.  The facility is a good size, able to fit a variety of products, the shelves are stocked, and the floors are clean, I would suggest you check it out.   Featured in Next Week’s Article: The Edmeston Free Library

 

Edmeston ~ August 7, 2017

–  Justin Brown

Edmeston News: The Unadilla Races!

Hello Readers, my name is Justin Brown, I will be writing articles for the Gazette discussing the local news in Edmeston.  I am an active community member of Edmeston, and I appreciate the community.  This weekend will be very eventful for the area, with big competitions at Unadilla.

First, the Amatuer Classic MX, on Friday and Sunday, where racers of all ages and experiences compete at their facility.  

On Saturday, Unadilla will host the tenth round of the National Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.  This is the crowd-drawing event for the weekend.  Many local businesses in New Berlin, Edmeston, and the surrounding area will benefit from the spectators that flock to the races.  

Unadilla is a difficult course for even pro motocross racers, featuring the well-known Gravity Cavity and the Sky Shot.  The track at Unadilla has been “The Place to Race Since 1969,” celebrating 48 years of racing, this year.  

On a different note, a much calmer one, the Pathfinder Village Summer Concert Series will host Stone Soup.  This acoustic band plays music from blues to bluegrass and folk to jazz, underneath the pavilion at Pathfinder Village.  After this Saturday, there will be two more concerts in their Summer Series.  Featured in next week’s article: Dollar General Opens in Edmeston.

 

Edmeston  ~ April 16, 2017

~ by Leon Schworm
With a slight chill in the air, the sun came over the tree tops and made for a picture perfect Easter sunrise service day. Late afternoon found a light shower, but by then moist of the Easter events were over.
Work has started on the Dollar General Store to be up by Millers gas.

Edmeston ~ April 2, 2017

~ by Leon Schworm

If the old saying “April showers bring may flowers” is true, we should have all kinds of flowers.  With the snow melt and recent rain, I think we are ready for SPRING!

Edmeston ~ March 25, 2017

~ by Leon Schworm

United Methodist Church Women:  Rummage Sale  Drop off items at the Masonic Lodge, Wednesday April  5th, 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Sale Thursday April 6th 9:00 to 4:00.  Friday Bag Day, all day, 9:00 to 1:00  No electronic items please.

You can’t tell by our weather,, but it’s not too early to make plans:  April 9th Palm Sunday, April 14th Good Friday, April 16th Easter.

Edmeston ~ March 19, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Several activities for St. Patrick’s Day had to be cancelled or rescheduled due to the snow storm. The streets and roads looked much like they used to in The good olde days”.
Good news: ; Monday, March 20th (according to the calendar) is the first day of Spring!
Rummage Sale Time: The women of the United Methodist Church are scheduling a Rummage Sale. Items may be dropped off at the Masonic Lodge on April 5th from 8:00 to noon. Sale is scheduled for Thursday April 6th from 9:00 to 4:00 and Friday, April 7th from 9:00 to 1:00. The Friday sale is a bag day sale all day. This all takes place at the Masonic
Lodge on West Street.

Edmeston ~ March 12, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Guess I goofed up last week and didn’t remind the readers about the time change. Every Spring and Fall there are some who set the clocks in the wrong direction.

As I write this it certainly doesn’t seem like it would ever be Spring with the cold strong wind and snow flurries (keep in mind it’s still March)

I have always been told that the pussy willows will come out in March no matter what the weather. Guess this is true as there are some out on County route 49.
Some are predicting a hot dry summer. Time will tell.

Edmeston ~ March 5, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Nature couldn’t decide if March should come in like a lamb or lion, so she gave us a sample of both.

Some local residents tell of having Spring bulbs poking up through the ground, only to have them covered with snow and cold weather.
It isn’t Spring yet, so when that happens I hope mother nature comes through for us.

Edmeston ~ February 19, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Beautiful day Sunday. Helps to start to get over cabin fever. With the warmer weather, I wonder if the sap has started to run. With no frost in the ground it may be a short season.

A couple of readers tell of hearing and seeing robins.

The customer service department at New York Central Mutual gave Valentines and home made cookies to the residents of West Hill Terrace for Valentines Day. These were greatly enjoyed and appreciated by all, they want to say Thanks.

The Edmeston Tea Circle (builders of the local building miniatures) have a few of this years building (the funeral home) if anyone is interested. They also have a very few of some of the past buildings.If you are interested or would like to  view what they have left, they are at the Edmeston Free Library.  The entire collection is on display at the Museum.

Edmeston ~ February 5. 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Pot holes seem to be in season, especially at the four corners in Edmeston. Big problem there, State route 80 and county route 20 come together there and the officials can’t decide who should fill them. Enough tiny cars might fill the holes and take care of the problem.

Still time to order fruit, (Empire apples, navel oranges and grapefruit) from the Rotary club. Phone 965-6623.

Well drilling at the location of the new Dollar Store has started. With little or no frost in the ground, construction  may start soon.

Just a reminder for the boy friends, Valentines Day is Wednesday, February 14th.

Edmeston ~ January 29, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

A number of race fans went to Albany Saturday to see Paul Jensen inducted into the NYSSCA Hall of fame.  Congratulations Paul!

February will soon be upon us and the first Sunday will find the donation breakfast at the firehouse.  Serving is from 7:00 to 10:30.

Rotary Fruit Sale – The Edmeston Rotary Club is having a fruit sale (Empire Apples, Navel Oranges, and Red Grapefruit). These will be available in either full or half cases.  For more information or to place an order, call 965-6623.

Edmeston  ~  January 22, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

Have you noticed the days are starting to get longer?  We passed the shortest day of the year in December.

Our January weather has been much different then we usually have.  No doubt we will still catch some bad weather, but at least we are getting closer to Spring.

Edmeston  ~ January  15, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

If you have never fed the birds or watched them, try it! Some like to eat what I call regular, while others like to hang upside down to eat. While looking out my kitchen window at my feeders, I see a wide selection of birds. The most colorful are the cardinals, followed by the J’s then I guess the woodpecker, the a big selection of small birds.  With the wind and snow, seeing the birds at leastmakes you think of SPRING

Edmeston ~ January  1, 2017

 ~ by Leon Schworm

With bright sunshine streaming through the  bedroom windows  those who stayed up to watch the New Year in, missed a beautiful morning. For travel for Christmas and New Years, it was ideal.  As usual it will take a little used to getting the new year (2017)

The donation breakfast sponsored by the fire department is this Sunday, January 8th with serving from 7:00 to 10:30.  Happy New Year!

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