July/August  2013        

    Editor:  Nancy  DiPace  Pfau     Number  15  

                                       CONGRATULATIONS MAYOR PLUMMER  

                                         

 

Douglas  Plummer,  co-­‐owner  of  the  American  Hotel,  shown  above  on  right  with  his  partner,  Garth   Roberts,  is  the  newly  elected  mayor  of  Sharon  Springs!  We  at  the  Chatter  could  not  be  happier  and   hope  to  see  lots  of  positive  changes  occur  over  the  next  several  years  here  in  our  little  village.             NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES IN NEED

 
Our  hearts  are  saddened  by  the  tragic  flooding  in  nearby  Fort  Plain,  Canajoharie,  Herkimer,  Little   Falls,  and  Middleburg  –  donations  of  cleaning  supplies,  food,  water,  children’s  clothing,  money  are   greatly  needed.  The  Sharon  Springs  Fire  Department  organized  a  collection  on  July  1st,  the   Salvation  Army  and  Red  Cross  welcome  donations,  and  each  community’s  fire  departments  are   taking  items  and  distributing  them  as  needed.       ****Special  Thank  You  to  David  DeVito  for  covering  the  printing  cost  this  issue!****    

 

               

 

 
July  4th  celebration  –  a  community  picnic  at  the  park  and  in  the  newly  painted  temple!    All   expenses  and  work  on  the  park  has  been  donated  and  there’s  still  much  work  to  be  done  including   another  community  clean  up  day  –  so  stay  tuned  and  help  get  this  park  in  shape  with  us!    Don’t   miss  the  first  concert:  Scotty  Mac  and  the  Rockin’  Bonnevilles  July  10  at  7  PM.  Future  concerts:  July   17th  Annie  and  the  Hedonists,  July  24th  Barnaby  Bright,  July  31st  Open  Mic,  August  7  Three  Quarter   Moon,  August  14th  Soul  Sky,  August  21  Singer  Songwriter  Night.                 JOGGING MEMORIES

CHALYBEATE PARK UPDATE

 
Last  week  my  friend,  Barbara  Melera,  of  Landreth  Seed  Company  graciously  presented  me  with   Praying  Mantis  Eggs  to  hatch  in  my  garden  [did  you  know  they  are  cannibalistic?  And,  of  course,   they’ll  eat  other  garden  pests  –  so  check  with  Barb  and  order  some  for  your  garden  next  year!]  I   started  reminiscing  about  the  years  I  taught  at  Iranzamin  International  School  in  Tehran  –  in  1970   to  celebrate  the  first  Earth  Day,  my  5th  grade  students  and  I  started  our  own  newsletter  [the   Chatterbox,  believe  it  or  not  –  I  did  not  name  this  Newsletter,  that  was  Leila!]  We  invited  the   younger  classes  to  contribute  essays  and  poetry  hopefully  with  a  nature  theme.  My  all  time   favorite  was  this  entry  from  a  first  grade  student:  “The  Pramanis  is  a  BIG  Spitter!”  I’ll  let  you   translate  that  one  for  yourself!  Now,  some  43  years  later  we  still  need  to  be  reminded  that  the   Earth  is  a  fragile  home  –  let’s  all  do  something  nice  for  Mother  Nature  this  month!        

 

                     

   

 
In  a  week  that  saw  DOMA  overturned  by  the  Supreme  Court,  Sharon  Springs  celebrated  elegantly!   Josh  Kilmer-­‐Purcell  and  Brent  Ridge,  our  very  own  Fabulous  Beekman  Boys,  tied  the  knot  in  a   ceremony  held  in  the  garden  at  Beekman  mansion  where  the  flowers  were  perfection  –   Hydrangea,  Peonies,  Roses  all  blooming  profusely!  As  guests  arrived  by  chartered  van,  each   bringing  a  heirloom  covered  dish  for  the  picnic,  they  were  photographed  for  a  wedding  album.   Each  guest  received  a  monogrammed  picnic  blanket  [pure  Beekman  style]  as  a  wedding  favor.     Just  before  noon,  we  all  sauntered  up  the  hillside  for  the  ceremony,  overlooking  the  mountains   and  fields  surrounding  the  farm.    Martha  Stewart  broadcast  her  Sirius  Radio  Program  from  the   porch  featuring  an  interview  with  the  newlyweds.  A  grand  picnic  with  barbeque,  games,   conversation,  and  a  shower  or  two  completed  the  magical  day.  Check  out  the  photos  on  Martha’s   blog!           CHERRY VALLEY ARTWORKS SCHEDULE

WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS AT BEEKMAN!!

 
July  12-­‐13  Motherhood  Outloud    ***  July  28  Fenimore  String  Quartet   August  4th  Klezmer  Concert    ***    August  11  Life  Cycles   August  18  Ensembles  Big  &  Small      www.cvartworks.org  for  more  information            

SAHAJA MEDITATION RETREAT
         Last  year  we  had  a  couple  stay  with  us  that  said  they  were  attending  a  Meditation  Retreat   nearby.  We  didn’t  ask  too  many  questions  and  they  were  great  guests,  so  we  didn’t  think  too  much   about  the  retreat.        This  year  we  had  a  call  from  a  gentleman  who  was  a  cardiologist  in  Tupelo,  Mississippi   looking  for  several  rooms  because  they  were  coming  to  a  retreat  nearby.  This  time  I  was   determined  to  find  out  more  about  this.  They  had  parents  coming  in  from  India,  a  brother  from   Texas,  an  aunt  from  California  and  then  we  had  other  guests  from  Boston  and  Oregon,  all  here  for   the  same  retreat.  All  of  these  guests  were  extremely  friendly  and  open  about  their  beliefs,  but   didn’t  push  them  on  us.  Normally  we  don’t  accept  young  children,  but  the  cardiologist  and  his  wife   had  a  3  and  6  year  old.  They  couldn’t  have  been  more  polite!  The  first  morning  the  boys  came   down  to  say  hi  to  Miss  Kelly.  The  parents’  plan  was  to  be  out  of  the  house  by  8  AM  at  the  latest.   However  the  oldest  boy  went  into  the  dining  room  and  looked  around  at  the  food  and  had  other   ideas.  Kelly  told  them  she  had  made  a  breakfast  pizza  especially  for  them.  He  was  a  little  skeptical   about  that  until  he  smelled  it!      When  the  parents  came  down  I  decided  I  needed  to  know  where  this  gathering  was.    At   first  I  found  out  it  was  near  Ft  Plain  and  that  this  year  was  an  international  gathering  with  over   1000  people  from  around  the  world  there.  This  puzzled  me  because  I  have  lived  in  the  area  for   over  50  years  and  couldn’t  think  of  a  facility  in  Ft  Plain  that  could  accommodate  that  large  a   group.  They  politely  told  me  it  was  called  the  Sahaja  Meditation  Retreat.  It  is  a  world-­‐wide   organization  but  they  have  regional  gatherings.  Locally  they  own  property  off  Starkville  Rd   outside  of  Ft  Plain  with  a  large  barn.  They  put  up  large  tents  to  house  most  of  the  attendees  in   primitive  camping  arrangements.  In  addition  to  the  meditation,  many  members  sell  arts  and  crafts   in  booths  set  up  in  the  barn.  The  attendees  from  foreign  countries  stayed  there  and  they  came   from  mostly  European  countries.        I  also  found  out  that  I  had  sat  next  to  one  of  our  guests  on  a  plane  from  Milwaukee  to  New   York  about  15  years  ago!  She  remembered  me  after  I  described  my  growing  up  on  a  dairy  farm   here  and  now  publishing  trade  magazines  that  go  to  the  agricultural  industry.  What  a  small  world!   If  you  want  to  find  out  more  about  this  group,  here  is  their  website  http://www.sahajayoga.org/  .  

  By  Bruce  Button,  The  New  York  House  Bed  &  Breakfast             NEWS FROM THE BLACK CAT   Glimmerglass Festival starts this Saturday July 6th with The Flying Dutchman. And for the 7th summer, Black Cat provides wonderful gourmet picnics delivered 2 hours prior to the performances. They can be ordered online or by calling 518.284.2575. You can even order them if you are not going to the opera. We'll also be back at the Cooperstowwn Farmers' Market on Tuesdays (12-5) Black Cat is open 7 days a week, 8-3:30 or later.

  Through its long history, Sharon Springs has seen a community ever changing and evolving. During the Nineteenth Century at its height of popularity as a spa town, Sharon Springs saw ten thousand people through its doors. It has welcomed visitors from all over the world. Visitors with many styles, ideas and vision. Now in the Twenty-first Century it doesn’t nearly see that many people, however we thought it would be an interesting idea to get to know our community by introducing you to the people who live here. As most of you know there are many talented artists, musicians, businesses, and interesting people who have decided to make Sharon Springs their home. Let’s begin with a man who has been here since 2001, he’s won numerous awards for his artwork, co-founder of the Studio of Fine and Decorative Arts and has travelled the world working with some of the most prestigious artists. In Sharon Springs he’s part of the Chartwell House Studios. Let me introduce you to Peter Cozzolino, a truly gifted artist who has shared with this community his artistic voice. Below are excerpts from a wonderful and informative interview. FULL NAME: Peter Cozzolino (Cozzolino means to strike lightly). WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Harrison, NY. PROFESSION? Sculptor. Being an artist. Medical Art. SCHOOLING: Graduated Boston University, School of Fine and Applied Arts, Illustration Major. Independent Art Study-Italy, Intense study of Master works of Marble of Ancient Greece, Renaissance and High Baroque. WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO SHARON SPRINGS: We found the farm and the neighbor wasn’t right next door, we had privacy. We had 254 acres, streams, it was a fantasyland with a cave. No dumps were nearby. We decided when all the kids graduated we would make the move upstate. IN YOUR PROFESSION WHAT TYPE OF WORK DO YOU MOST LIKE? Classic sculpture, romantic. Clean hard lines. BIGGEST INFLUENCE IN YOUR LIFE: Giovanni Bellini, Michael Angelo. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEDIUM: I will sculpt out of whatever you want. MOST INFLUENTIAL PROJECT? Sister Carmelina Tarantino. Carved out of Marble. Placed in Canada-Toronto and another in Italy MOST MEMORABLE PROJECT? The Life-sized Sister Carmelina Tarantino, carved, carrara marble for the Passionists of Rome. Peter spent a year In Italy working in the quarry’s while working on the Life-sized statue. Sister Carmelina was born in Italy in 1937 and moved to Toronto in 1964 in hopes of finding answers about her unexplained illness. Canadian doctors suspected a rare form of cancer, however it was never confirmed. She suffered through painful treatments, including the amputation of her leg and a mastectomy. She was transferred to Riverdale Hospital for her last few months, yet she lived. In 1977 she became a nun and lived in the same bed, same room, never sitting up or walking for an amazing 24 years. Transcending her own suffering Sister Carmelina helped the poor and brought comfort to those who visited her hospital. Sister Carmelina worked tirelessly with the development of the Passionists Society Community of North America in Canada. The Society called on Peter to interpret her combined

THE PEOPLE ARE THE STORIES by  Gail  Luna  

suffering and the warm and welcoming love she extended to each and everyone. Sister Carmelina of Tarantino is now being considered for Sainthood. MOST NOTABLE CLIENT? We’ve worked with many celebrities including; Armani, Eddie Murphy for 15 years, Countess Albino Du Boisrouvray and the Association Francois-Xavier Bagnaud, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE? There are several different pieces, however I think it would have to be the life-sized statue of Sister Carmelina. As you advance it changes, as you evolve things change. I love Terra cotta pieces and flat release of the female form. Each piece generates new growth and challenge. THOUGHTS TO LIVE BY? Comes from the romans “Mens sana in Corpore Sano.”- “A sound mind in a sound body.” Another is “What you think is what you get.” “Those who give themselves to ready and rapid practice, resemble a sailor who go to sea in a vessel without a rudder.” In other words, learn your craft! Peter, along with Marguerite MacFarlane will be painting the mural in Chalybeate Park. When asked how long he thought it would take, he laughed and said “well that depends on the rain. There’s a lot to do”. You can learn more about Peter Cozzolino and his art on his website. http://cozzolinosculptor.com/beginnings.php There are many interesting people in Sharon Springs. If you know someone in the community that you think would be fun to know more about, let us know! Next up, a conversation with Marguerite MacFarlane. Until then, Gail

 

CUPID, DRAW BACK YOUR BOW: A SHARON SPRINGS SILVER SPOON SERVING SOMETHING SWEET by  David  DeVito  
  Souvenir  silver  spoons  were  the  rage  of  the  upper  middle  class  at  the  turn  of  the  20th   Century.  Spoons  marked  important  times  in  a  person’s  life  (birth,  graduation,  marriage,   and  sometimes  death),  important  improvements  to  a  community  (new  post  office,  fire   house,  etc.)  and  for  travel.  In  the  1890  –  1920  time  period,  most  spoons  sold  at  retail   between  $2.00  and  $6.00.  Those  dollar  figures  would  equate  to  $56.00  -­‐  $169.00  in  2013  –   hardly  pocket  change.  Although  we  can  find  souvenir  spoons  for  under  $10.00  today,  one   must  remember  that  these  are  mass  produced  and  frequently  made  of  low-­‐quality  silver   or  silver  plate.     Sharon  Springs  is  a  special  place  in  the  heart  of  anyone  reading  the  Chatter;  including  my   husband  and  I  who  were  married  on  the  side  yard  of  The  American  Hotel  in  2011.  It  is   only  fitting  that  I  searched  for  an  antique  Sharon  Springs  silver  spoon.  What  I  did  not   know  is  how  few  there  would  be,  yet  how  easy  it  was  to  find  ours.       Dorcas  Comrie,  Curator  of  the  Sharon  Springs  Historical  Society  Museum  confirmed  my   frustration  in  finding  specimens.  She  knew  of  a  New  York  City  resident  who  claimed  to   have  a  Sharon  Springs  spoon.  Records  show  that  an  enameled  spoon  with  bowl  depicting   the  Sulpher  Springs  Bath  House  sold  on  eBay  in  1996.  By  and  large  there  seem  not  to  be   many  souvenir  spoons  out  there.  Our  acquisition  was  not  only  local  but  familiar.  My   dentist  who  runs  an  antique  showroom  and  online  sales  happened  to  have  one!  He  knew   nothing  of  S.S.  prior  to  our  transaction,  but  he  could  read  the  glee  on  my  face  as  I  told  him   about  the  village.     Our  spoon,  pictured  below,  was  made  by  The  Watson  Company  around  1902.  It  measures   slightly  more  than  4”  long.  The  handle  is  decorated  with  Cupid  holding  a  bow  and  arrow   aimed  at  the  heart-­‐shaped  bowl  of  the  spoon.    The  bowl  of  the  spoon  retains  its  gold  wash   gilding  and  features  the  inscription  “Sharon  Springs  N.Y.”  The  reverse  of  the  handle  is   fully  decorated  with  the  cherub’s  exposed  backside.  The  spoon  may  never  have  been  used   for  anything  other  than  display,  yet  it  would  work  well  as  a  sugar  or  demitasse.       Should  you  start  your  own  collection  of  Sharon  Springs,  NY  memorabilia,  do  be  cautious   of  new  items  “rusticated”  to  appear  old.  For  a  spoon,  be  sure  to  inspect  how  fine  the  script   is  engraved.  Short  jagged  edges  in  bright  silver  may  indicate  an  untrained  hand  recently   engraved  the  item  unassociated  by  location  or  time.  Of  course  there  are  many  items  to  be   found  including  bottles,  school  pendants,  postcards,  and  more.  Online  searches  using   “Sharon  Springs”  as  a  key  word  can  yield  marvelous  finds!  Remember  to  be  gentle  with   these  rare  finds  when  cleaning  your  treasures.       (photos  of  spoons  on  next  page)  
         

 

 

 

 

 

THREE ARGUSVILLE MURDERS    by  Sandra  Manko  
  In  1826,  a  murder  took  place  in  Argusville  by  a  man  named  Van  Alstein.    It  is  said  that  when  the   sheriff  came  to  collect  unpaid  taxes,  Van  Alstein  took  him  down  by  the  Argusville  Bridge  and  beat   him  to  death  with  a  stick.    He  was  tried  in  Fonda,  convicted  of  murder  and  hung  by  the  neck.    The   murder  weapon  is  at  the  Old  Stone  Fort  in  Schoharie.     Another  murder  happened  in  Argusville  around  1855  and  was  described  in  the  Cobleskill  Index.   A  family  (name  not  known)  was  an  argumentative  type  and  when  they  argued,  the  whole  town   knew.    One  night  a  dispute  broke  out.    The  mother  forced  the  daughter  to  hold  the  father’s  legs   while  she  beat  him.    The  mother  was  tried,  convicted  and  hung.     A  third  murder  on  March  17,  1905  stirred  up  the  small  community  of  Argusville  as  nothing  had  in   many  years.    A  local  newspaper  account  of  the  incident  reports  Daniel  Smullen,  35  years  old,  fair   looking  and  very  fond  of  hard  cider,  was  charged  with  the  murder  of  Peter  Conrad,  67  years  old,   described  as  an  aged  farmer.    Both  men  were  said  to  have  visited  the  hamlet  of  Argusville  on   March  17th  and  joined  heartily  in  observance  of  St.  Patrick’s  Day.         There  were  bad  feelings  between  the  two  men  because  of  a  previous  incident  over  missing   chickens.    Peter  Conrad  lost  18  fowls  one  night  and  claims  he  followed  tracks  to  the  Smullen   residence.    Another  time,  Smullen’s  cattle  broke  out  from  their  pasture  and  got  into  Conrad’s   grain.    This  added  to  the  bad  feelings.     On  the  day  of  the  murder,  an  argument  broke  out  between  the  two  men  at  Lehman’s  Store  in   Argusville.    Smullen  was  said  to  have  been  in  a  partially  intoxicated  condition  from  having   consumed  too  much  hard  cider.    Witnesses  observed  the  argument  and  the  two  men  leaving  the   store,  and  then  racing  their  horses  up  Main  St.     Mrs.  Conrad  reported  her  husband  missing  and  Smullen  even  joined  the  party  to  help  search.     Peter  Conrad’s  body  was  found  near  his  cow  shed.    The  left  side  of  his  forehead  was  crushed  and  a   trail  of  blood  drippings  was  found.    Blood  led  to  the  Smullen  homestead  and  blood  was  also  found   on  Smullen’s  sleigh.    One  of  the  buttons  was  missing  from  Peter  Conrad’s  shirt  and  said  to  be   found  in  Smullen’s  yard.    There  was  blood  on  Smullen’s  jacket  hanging  in  the  woodshed,  still  wet.     Human  flesh  and  bone  were  found  in  Smullen’s  yard.     Dr.  Fred  Diefendorf  of  Sharon  Springs,  being  the  physician  who  examined  the  body,  was  called  to   testify  at  the  trial.    He  testified  that  Conrad’s  body  was  badly  bruised  having  the  skull  smashed,  the   right  wrist  broken,  the  left  arm  broken,  nose  flattened  and  smashed,  upper  jaw  broken,  scratches   on  neck,  and  bruise  on  the  side  of  the  face.       Peter  Conrad’s  body  was  later  disinterred  and  the  remains  again  examined  by  physicians  to  see  if   the  bone  fragment  fit  the  hole  in  the  dead  man’s  head.    However,  at  the  end  of  the  trial,  an   announcement  of  an  acquittal  was  received  with  applause  and  cheers,  but  also  wondering  where   is  the  guilty  man.     The  jury  declared  Smullen  innocent  and  the  so-­‐called  evidence  was  explained  away.    The   prosecution’s  vast  amount  of  testimony  was  all  circumstantial.    Smullen  claimed  his  horse  had  cut   its  foot  which  explained  the  blood  in  the  snow.    Peter  Conrad’s  wife  said  she  removed  the  button  

from  her  husband’s  shirt  and  gave  it  to  Charles  Conrad  (Peter’s  brother)  so  he  could  find  it  in  the   yard.    There  was  no  attempt  to  hide  the  bloody  jacket.    A  cow  was  recently  butchered  which   explained  the  blood  on  both  the  jacket  and  sleigh.    After  the  body  was  disinterred,  it  could  not  be   sworn  that  the  bone  fragment  came  from  Peter  Conrad’s  skull.     The  murder  trial  ended  with  Conrad’s  brother  seeking  revenge.    Charles  Conrad  stopped  at  the   Mohawk  Hotel  after  the  trial  and  flashed  a  loaded  revolver,  declaring  that  someone  had  murdered   his  brother  and  that  he  would  take  the  law  into  his  own  hands.    An  officer  happened  to  be  at  the   hotel  and  told  Conrad  to  put  up  his  gun  and  close  his  mouth.    The  officer  emptied  the  revolver  of   bullets  and  gave  it  back.    Conrad  took  the  officer’s  advice  and  went  home;  otherwise  an  arrest   would  have  followed.     So  ends  the  Conrad-­‐Smullen  conflict  and  hopefully  the  last  of  the  murders  in  Argusville.     Editor’s  note:  For  more  great  stories  of  “Murder  and  Mayhem  in  Schoharie  County”  don’t  miss  the   September  16th  meeting  of  the  Sharon  Historical  Society  when  Karen  Cuccinella  will  speak  on  this   topic.          

NEWSY TIDBITS  

from  the  Editor  

1. The  Sharon  Historical  Museum  is  open  daily  in  July  and  August  from  1  PM  until  4  PM  or  by   appointment  with  the  museum  curator,  Dorcas  Comrie.   2. A  very  hearty  welcome  to  our  newest  village  residents,  Heath  and  Ben,  who  are  renting   the  apartment  above  the  Beekman  1802  Mercantile  and  are  the  creative  forces  behind  the   new,  sumptuous  magazine,  Folk.  Check  it  our  on  line  www.folklifestyle.com  or  like  the   magazine  on  Facebook,  or  better  yet,  subscribe  –  it’s  only  $10  a  year!   3. Harvest  Fest  2013  coming  soon,  mark  your  calendars  for  September  20-­‐23  so  you  do  not   miss  out  on  the  fun!    If  you’d  like  to  sign  up  for  a  Village  Tour  Workshop  between  now  and   then  to  become  a  Sharon  Docent,  let  me  know  at  nancypfau@yahoo.com  and  we’ll  set  one   up!   4. Get  your  art  on!  The  Fenimore  Art  Museum  has  two  special  exhibits  this  summer:  A   Wyeth  Family  and  The  Hudson  River  School,  both  breathtakingly  beautiful.  Do  take   time  to  visit.   5. Summer  time  is  Opera  Time  –  Glimmerglass  has  a  stunning  array  this  summer:  The   Flying  Dutchman,  Camelot,  King  for  a  Day  [based  on  Verdi’s  Un  Giorno  Di  Regno],  Stabat   Mater  and  The  Little  Match  Girl.   6. The  American  Hotel  is  open  daily  through  July  and  much  of  August.   7. Beekman  1802  Mercantile  is  open  late  on  Saturday  nights  for  a  Village  Ice  Cream  Social.   If  you  haven’t  tasted  their  new  Beekman  Ice  Cream,  you’re  in  for  a  treat.   8. Cobbler  &  Company  will  be  open  7  days  a  week  10  –  6  with  an  additional  hour  tacked  on   to  Wednesdays  so  everyone  can  buy  some  treats  on  the  way  to  the  concerts  in  Chalybeate   Park!          

 

LET’S TALK RENEWABLES

The  controversy  over  Hydraulic  Fracturing  continues  with  rallies  and  documentaries   showing  the  dangers  to  the  environment,  our  health,  and  farming.  Unfortunately  the  Gas  and  Oil   companies  have  more  money  to  buy  the  media;  and,  as  we  all  know,  money  talks-­‐-­‐with  many   farmers  and  others  who  have  been  scraping  by  financially  watching  others  become  wealthy,   money  from  fracking  looks  too  good.     After  the  most  recent  rallies  in  Albany  and  New  York  City  [June  28,  2013]  protesting   against  Hydraulic  Fracturing  and  promoting  renewable  energy  sources  like  solar  and  wind  power,   the  New  York  media  ignored  the  protests.  When  I  searched  the  New  York  Times  for  an  article  on   the  rallies,  the  page  that  popped  up  had  several  pro-­‐gas  advertisements  but  nothing  on  the  anti-­‐ fracking  rallies.  The  only  news  article  found  was  in  a  San  Francisco  paper.  It  is  disheartening  to   realize  the  extent  to  which  the  Gas  Companies  control  the  media.   However,  people  can  make  a  difference  and  the  struggle  will  continue  with  a  new   emphasis  on  renewable  energy  sources.  The  Don’t  Frack  Sharon  Springs  group  chaired  by  Mike   Schuster  and  Lisa  Zaccaglini  will  set  up  a  table  during  the  Cobleskill  Fair  days  to  hand  out   materials  on  alternative  energy  sources.  They  welcome  contributions  to  the  cause  to  help  pay  for   materials  –  donations  can  be  left  at  the  NBT  Bank  in  Sharon  Springs.     Let’s  all  try  to  save  our  beautiful  land!                      

 

 

    COBBLER INTERN TO TRAVEL     Cobbler  &  Company  bids  farewell  (for  now)  to  Samantha  Johnson  who  will  be   studying  abroad  in  Argentina.    Sam  graduated  from  Cobleskill-­‐Richmondville  High   School  in  2012  and  recently  completed  her  freshman  year  at  the  College  of  St.  Rose   in  Albany  making  the  Dean’s  List  for  academic  achievement.    She  was  the  recipient   of  the  NYS  Youth  Advocacy  Award  in  2012  and  has  been  working  at  Cobbler  &   Company  for  five  years.    Fellow  Cobbler  employees  and  owner  Maureen  Lodes  have   enjoyed  watching  Sam  grow  up  from  a  nervous  14-­‐year-­‐old  starting  her  first  job  to   a  confident  young  woman.    Everyone  will  miss  her  smile  and  her  energy  but  we  also   look  forward  to  her  return  in  December  and  all  the  great  stories  she’ll  have  to  tell   about  her  adventures  in  Argentina.    Good  luck,  Sam,  have  a  great  time  and  we’ll  see   you  in  December!    By  Mary  Ellen  Wolfe           Sharon  Springs  Free  Library  Hours:   Monday  10am-­‐4pm  &  6-­‐9pm   Wednesday  4-­‐9pm   Thursday  7-­‐9pm   Friday  12-­‐6pm   Saturday  9am-­‐2pm          

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