Edmeston, NY 13335

2018 News

Edmeston, NY ~ February 16, 2018

Edmeston Varsity Boys, Tri-Valley League Runners Up

Last Saturday, February 10th the Edmeston Varsity Boys faced off against Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Varsity Boys Basketball team for the 2018 Tri-Valley League Champion Title.  

The boys played at the Dewar Arena on the SUNY Oneonta Campus.  The Boys Championship game started following the nail-biting Girls Championship game, featuring Franklin and Morris girls.  

Just 1:15 into the game Freshman Josh Martin put the Panthers on the board with a layup. Sparking an intense first quarter, finishing the quarter tied 15 to 15, where Junior Derek Lyon led scoring with seven points.

At halftime, the Panthers were able to pull a slight lead of 29 – 27 over G-MU, where Josh Martin held the team high of 13 points.  

At the start of the second half, the G-MU Raiders were able to gain on the Panthers finishing the third quarter ahead, 42 – 51.  In the last quarter the Raiders maintained the lead, much similar to the in-season game between the Panthers and Raiders.  

And for the final, the G-MU Raiders defeated the Edmeston Panthers 63 to 51, to take the 2018 Tri-Valley League Title.  

Edmeston’s Josh Martin poured in 28 points and Derek Lyon contributed 14 points for the Panthers.  

For the G-MU Boys, Senior Hunter Lockwood had the team high of 18 points and scored his 1,000 point on the foul line during the second half.  

He is the first player since Gavin Backus in 2001 for G-MU, where they were both playing Edmeston when they reached the milestone.  

Both teams played a good game and made for an intense night at SUNY Oneonta, especially following the Girls League Championship.

On the other hand, the Edmeston Lady Panthers finished out their season with a Tri-Valley consolation game against Cherry Valley-Springfield with a win of 41 – 31.  

Sophomore Madison Bolton held the team high of 13 points for the Lady Panthers. And Senior Cassie Menendez scored for the Lady Panthers, for the last time, 9 points.

This is not the end of the year for the Boys team as they will enter the Section Four play-offs this coming week, as students are on Winter Recess.  

Edmeston, NY ~ February 9, 2018

Edmeston School hosts 1st International Week

From January 29th to February 2nd, Edmeston Spanish IV students executed the School’s first annual international week.  

Monday through Friday, the cafeteria served cultural food from five different regions, including Germany, the Middle East, France, Asia, and Mexico.  Students also served samples of food from those regions, during the lunch period.  

Students also planned multiple contests for throughout the past week.  On Tuesday they hosted an International Trivia Contest and Thursday they hosted an International Cooking Contest.  And, throughout the week they hosted a mystery greeter contest, where a different teacher would say “Good Morning,” in a different language, and students would guess on the teacher and language.

This very fun week, was executed very well, and was good to incorporate international cultures into the students every day life.

In other news, the underdogs succeeded, the Philadelphia Eagles won the teams first Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, 41 to 33.

Edmeston, NY ~ February 2, 2018

Super Bowl LII: New England Patriots v. Philadelphia Eagles


This Sunday, February 4th, at least a million football fans will be at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota, while tens of millions will swarm to their televisions to see the 52nd Super Bowl.  

The New England Patriots playing as the home team will face the Philadelphia Eagles.  This game will be hosted in the northernmost location for a Super Bowl game ever, Minneapolis.  

The National Football Conference (NFC) East, Eagles, have not been in the Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXXIX, in 2004, where they were defeated by the New England Patriots in Jacksonville Florida.  On the other hand, this will be the New England Patriots ninth visit to the Super Bowl stage since 2000.  In that time they have won five of those visits.

While fans watch the game, there is also a growing amount of viewers watching for the commercials and halftime spectacle.  In 2004, at the teams’ last match-up, a thirty second Super Bowl commercial costs over two million dollars.  This year, fourteen years later, a thirty second Super Bowl commercial, expectedly, costs over five million dollars.  A hefty increase, while viewers have increased by the millions.  

And lastly, before the big game, support the Edmeston Fire Department at the their monthly donation breakfast, this Sunday from 7 to 10:30 in the morning.  Enjoy a fun and safe Super Bowl Sunday.

Edmeston, NY ~ January 26, 2018

By: Justin Brown

Edmeston Free Library Welcomes New President

On Monday, January 8th the Edmeston Free Library Board of Directors held their annual meeting at the Edmeston Free Library.  At this meeting, past board president, Barb Turnbull, handed the responsibilities and duties of board president to Joel Staples.  The following Saturday, I met with the new president at the library.  

We began our talk by discussing the accomplishments for 2017, where he explained that the library has, “prepared for the task at hand.”  According to Staples, the library has prepared to execute the projects that the community is looking for.  These projects are based from community surveys.

Now that Joel Staples has stepped into the role of President, he is “excited about the challenges at hand,” further stating, he is “ready to give it my best shot.”  He is hopeful to help and lead the library to fulfill the, above stated, projects and tasks of the library.  As with the role of President there are worries, of which, Staples explained, he fears that the library “won’t deliver in a timely manner to the community.”  Further mentioning that the projects and tasks at hand are going to take time.  He wants the community to understand that they are working to achieve their goals, but it will take time.  

Staples plans to make everything “very clear to the community,” with what is happening, “and being very transparent,” about it.  Looking ahead, I asked Joel Staples about the library and boards’ plans for 2018.  The big plan for 2018, is to be fully automated by the end of this year. Staples informed me that, “automation was recently signed in with the four county [library] system (FCLS),” meaning that the library district, that Edmeston is a member of, has gotten confirmation that the library will be automating, with the FCLS assistance.  

With this big step beginning, I asked him when changes will begin to be noticeable. The board president, mentioned that an immediate change will be the expansion of hours for the library.

As we finished, Joel Staples discussed what he, personally, is looking forward do this year, where he discussed many aspects of convenience for the patrons of the library.  Everything from the expanded hours to reserving a book at home.  He also plans “to make a push on [their] FaceBook and [their] online presence.”  Overall, Staples wants to be very transparent, so that the community is understanding of what is happening.  In close, he said “we are all just a bunch of people that are trying to do something good for our community.”  

Throughout the rest of this year, I plan to have more “sit-downs” with members of the library, including the librarian, board members, volunteers, and patrons, to keep up with the changes at the library.

Edmeston, NY ~ January 23, 2018

By: Justin Brown


The Edmeston Fire Department’s fire whistle became a familiar sound over the weekend of January 19th to 21st.  Beginning on Friday the 19th, at around five o’clock in the evening, fire crews responded to the neighboring town of Pittsfield for a structure fire.  Following that call, until five o’clock in the morning of Monday, the 22nd, the Edmeston Fire Department responded to six fire calls.  A total of six calls over sixty hours, which works out to being one call every ten hours.

In the small town of Edmeston, the Volunteer Fire Department can go weeks on end without a single emergency.  This weekend, they definitely were busy.  They responded to a variety of calls over the weekend, from fires to car accidents, and more.  

In the calendar year of 2017, the Edmeston Fire Department responded to approximately ninety-three calls, totaling up to nearly eighty-six hours of volunteered time.  After this weekend, they have reached the thirteenth call for 2018.  This marks nearly 15% of the calls they responded to in 2017, in less than thirty days of this year.  Not to mention, the Edmeston Emergency Squad, has had countless more calls in 2017 and 2018, as well.

If you would like and opportunity to thank these volunteers and give back, the Edmeston Fire Department hosts their next monthly donation breakfast in a few weeks, on Sunday, February 4th from 7 to 10:30 A.M.  They will be serving, scrambled eggs, home fries, sausage, bacon, french toast, and pancakes.

Thank you to the men & women who volunteer and have volunteered to keep the people of Edmeston safe!  



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