My Little Falls https://mylittlefalls.com Bringing the News Closer to Home Wed, 08 Jul 2020 20:35:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://i0.wp.com/mylittlefalls.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/cropped-MyLittleFallsLogo512x512.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 My Little Falls https://mylittlefalls.com 32 32 148435073 Malls Can Open in Phase IV Regions Beginning Friday Only with Enhanced HVAC Systems https://mylittlefalls.com/malls-can-open-in-phase-iv-regions-beginning-friday-only-with-enhanced-hvac-systems/ https://mylittlefalls.com/malls-can-open-in-phase-iv-regions-beginning-friday-only-with-enhanced-hvac-systems/#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 20:35:35 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26455 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will decide whether schools will reopen in the fall during the first week of August. New York State is now […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will decide whether schools will reopen in the fall during the first week of August. New York State is now consulting with stakeholders on guidance, which will be finalized on July 13. Plans to reopen schools are due on July 31.

The governor also announced that all county fairs will be canceled until further notice out of an abundance of caution. Governor Cuomo previously announced that the New York State Fair will be canceled this summer.

Governor Cuomo also announced beginning Friday, July 10, malls can open in regions that have entered Phase IV of reopening if they have implemented an enhanced Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning – or HVAC – filtration system and follow proper ventilation protocols. HVAC systems will be required to include filters with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value – or MERV – rating of which filters out the COVID-19 virus, but can, if the system makes additional protections, run on a minimum MERV of 11. Ventilation protocols include increased outdoor air, reduced air circulation, longer system run times, and frequent filter checks.  

Governor Cuomo also announced that New York State will provide 1,000 masks and 1,000 2-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer for the Fire Island COVID Destroyers – a partnership that includes GMHC and Fire Island community leaders – to distribute on Fire Island.  

The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Long Island enters Phase IV of reopening today. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive, and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“We have been consulting all stakeholders on guidance for how a school would reopen in September. We have 700 school districts in this state, and they range from rural to urban to suburban areas. Localities are very involved in their schools and school decisions, so we have been meeting with them,” Governor Cuomo said. “During the first week of August, the state will announce a decision on whether or not those schools reopen, and we want to make that decision with the best available data because facts change here day to day and week to week. A week can be a lifetime with this virus because everything changes so quickly. The schools say they need a decision made by the end of the first week in August so they can then turn on the switches and get everything ready for September, and we’ll look at the data in that first week, and then we’ll make a decision.”

The Governor also confirmed 692 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 398,929 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 398,929 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there are 196 cases in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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Kaufman hanging up his tool belt after 43 years https://mylittlefalls.com/kaufman-hanging-up-his-tool-belt-after-43-years/ https://mylittlefalls.com/kaufman-hanging-up-his-tool-belt-after-43-years/#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 09:00:52 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26383 Jim Kaufman stands outside the shop on his last day in business. by Dave Warner The name Kaufman has been synonymous with plumbing, heating, and electrical work for decades in […]

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Jim Kaufman stands outside the shop on his last day in business.

by Dave Warner

The name Kaufman has been synonymous with plumbing, heating, and electrical work for decades in Little Falls. It goes back to Otto Kaufman, then James Kaufman, and then his son Jim. Now, though, the City will be flushing away their troubles without a Kaufman involved.

This week, after 43 years in business, the younger Kaufman has sold the business to Central Plumbing & Drains out of Herkimer.

Kaufman hadn’t been thinking about plumbing when he graduated from Little Falls High School in 1972 and went to Herkimer College. “I was working part-time back then for Dad and Bob (Davis). But when I went to college, I was working at Nichols Department Store in Herkimer. I think I was an assistant manager.”

His studies in college were marketing and management, and he had planned to use those skills to continue a career in retail. “I was prepping to get into retail management and one of the assistant managers I was working for told me I was friggin’ crazy. He said ‘your fathers got a plumbing heating business down there and you’ve got a chance to take that over?'”

The manager told him that if he wanted to stay in the business, then he could expect to be working every weekend and holidays. “When everybody else is out having a good time, you’re here working, especially once you get into management,” the assistant told him.

So Kaufman started thinking about it a little bit. “At that time, I’d only worked with dad for a little while before he left in 1975. I did one year up at the college and then ended up working for them here full time.”

Davis had diabetes, so Kaufman was doing most of the work. “He’d do about half a day and then get really tired.”

“I think it was about 2000 that I talked him into selling me the business. I said ‘hey listen, I’m doing all the work anyway and if you’re not going to sell me the business, I’m going to have to go out on my own’,” he said.

Davis thought about it and then one day called Kaufman up on the phone and did the deal. “I was just in here one morning running the whole thing signing his name on my own paycheck and stuff because he was sick at home and he said if you want the business, it’s yours.”

Kaufman walked across the street and told Rob Malone what had been said and stated that he had to move quickly on the deal. “That was a Monday or Tuesday and by Friday we had Bob down here signing the paperwork. It was all history after that.”

“I’ve been walking through this door for probably 43 years because we started at 315 South Ann Street when we were over next to where the historical society is, which is now the entrance to M&T Bank. We had a shop right there, and we moved from there up to Main Street,” he said.

When he called up Verizon to change the phone number over, she told him the number had been in existence for 49 years. “That didn’t include the phone we had down there which was probably M1233 or something like that. You didn’t get the 823 number till you moved up here.”

Kaufman said that number only takes you back a few years, and said, “Kaufman and Davis has been around since 1959. That’s the year Bob and dad started together.”

When asked what he’s going to do in retirement, he said, “I really don’t know at this point. Catch up on some of the stuff I’ve been putting off for years. All my friends that worked in factories or offices, by the time they had worked as long as I have, had six to eight weeks of vacation saved up to do their projects.”

“I’ve never had any longer than a week’s vacation and a lot of times you’d get on a project around the house and the phone would ring and you’d have to go out on an emergency call. So now, I might just take my fishing poles out and get a fishing license and do some fishing or something.”

He says that he’ll probably still dabble in plumbing once he gets clear of everything. “Right now I’m just going to relax for a month or so until the hot weather clears out and then figure something out.”

Editor’s Note: Full disclosure – Jimmy Kaufman is my brother in law, so I had to start the story out with JUST a little bit of humor.

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Cuomo adds three states to quarantine list https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-adds-three-states-to-quarantine-list/ https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-adds-three-states-to-quarantine-list/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 18:26:27 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26410 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that three additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that three additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added states are Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov. 

“As states around the country experience increasing community spread, New York is taking action to ensure the continued safety of our phased reopening. Our entire response to this pandemic has been by the numbers, and we’ve set metrics for community spread just as we set metrics for everything,” Governor Cuomo said. “Three more states have now reached the level of spread required to qualify for New York’s travel advisory. We will now require individuals coming from Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma to quarantine for 14 days. New Yorkers did the impossible – we went from the worst infection rate in the United States to one of the best – and the last thing we need is to see another spike of COVID-19.”

The full, updated list of states on the travel advisory is below:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi 
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

The Governor also confirmed 588 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 398,237 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 398,237 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 195 cases in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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New York State parks are a perfect summer getaway https://mylittlefalls.com/new-york-state-parks-are-a-perfect-summer-getaway-2/ https://mylittlefalls.com/new-york-state-parks-are-a-perfect-summer-getaway-2/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:00:53 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26393 A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward As families and individuals look for ways to enjoy the wonderful summer weather, people need to look no further […]

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A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward

As families and individuals look for ways to enjoy the wonderful summer weather, people need to look no further than our local state parks. July is Park and Recreation Month across the nation and here in New York we have many great reasons to celebrate.

While there are some restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State Parks are currently open. If you plan on visiting, please wear a face covering and maintain a safe social distance. Park density limits are in effect, so have an alternate plan ready in case the park you are visiting reaches capacity.  For additional information concerning park activities check https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/.

Our public parks and state lands are among our greatest resources, particularly in upstate, and they fulfill a number of roles.  They are a strong source of tourist dollars, drawing people from other parts of New York, neighboring states, and across the nation.  Along with generating money for the state, our parks also help support many other local businesses, from small grocery stores to souvenir shops selling locally produced keepsakes, to farm stands offering homegrown fruits and vegetables.

New York State parks are also an affordable getaway for many New Yorkers.  Most New York State parks charge a per vehicle fee of between $6 and $10 for day use.  While there may be some additional charges for certain amenities, the price of admission is very reasonable.  Even better, users can purchase an Empire Pass card that provides unlimited day access to most state parks and recreation facilities for $80 a year. That’s less than a one-night stay at most hotels.  There are also special free and reduced rate programs available for individuals with permanent disabilities and senior citizens.

Additionally, New York State offers what is known as the Patriot Plan.  Any member of the New York State Militia or any branch of the New York State National Guard or military reserves currently serving on active duty in support of the war on terrorism is eligible for one free Empire Pass card for use by his or her immediate family during deployment and/or for his or her own use when returning home.

Just like our state’s melting pot population, our parks and state lands are extremely diverse.  Outdoor recreational pursuits like hiking, swimming, fishing, and camping abound at the vast majority of our state parks.  Tennis, disc golf, biking, horseback riding, and hunting are other endeavors enjoyed by many park and state land users.   You can also tee it up at challenging golf courses at a number of our parks – reserve a tee time online at https://parks.ny.gov/golf/.

Upgrades and improvements also take place at our state parks on a regular basis.  I have helped direct state funding to a number of our area parks to preserve, repair, and develop these gems so they will continue to be here for generations to come.

Information on all of our state’s wonderful parks can be found online through the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation website at https://www.parks.ny.gov/.  A new mobile app for smart devices is also available which provides useful information about the variety of destinations and activities available throughout the Empire State’s parks and historic sites.

The New York State Parks Explorer App is a free, user-friendly resource for visitors to plan outdoor adventures while staying connected to long-time favorite parks and sites. Users can learn more about top destinations and discover new must-see locations with rotating curated content and will enjoy quick access to park information, including directions, hours, amenities, fees and rates, trail maps, helpful know-before-you-go details, and the ability to receive important updates and alerts.

Visitors can also link directly to online camping reservations and easily access select State Parks’ social media channels to share their experiences. The New York State Parks Explorer mobile app is available at no cost for download for iOS and Android devices.

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Tedisco to DOH Commissioner on Nursing Home Investigation: “Thanks, We’ll Take it from Here” https://mylittlefalls.com/tedisco-to-doh-commissioner-on-nursing-home-investigation-thanks-well-take-it-from-here/ https://mylittlefalls.com/tedisco-to-doh-commissioner-on-nursing-home-investigation-thanks-well-take-it-from-here/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:00:36 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26399 Statement from Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) “The families of the over 6,200 people who lost their lives in nursing homes across New York State during the COVID-19 crisis deserve answers […]

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Statement from Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville)

“The families of the over 6,200 people who lost their lives in nursing homes across New York State during the COVID-19 crisis deserve answers and a fair and unbiased investigation to find out what really happened that led to these tragic deaths.”

“I appreciate the work of the state Health Commissioner, who is appointed by the Governor, but this report should not be the final word on this subject. Given the magnitude of deaths during this terrible crisis, the families need the truth about what happened and some degree of closure over the loss of their loved ones and that can only be achieved through complete and total transparency.”

“That means a thorough investigation by healthcare professionals appointed to a commission in a bipartisan way to work together in a non-partisan effort and then report the results to the public, media, legislature and Governor, as I have previously called for. This should be done in concert with legislative hearings by the Senate and Assembly. Anything other than that will surely fail the test of total transparency and forever be tainted.”

“If the Governor and Health Commissioner are so confident of the findings in their internal report, then they should be eager for an independent investigation to examine this and welcome the opportunity for more eyes on this issue, right?”

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Petrie set to retire at the end of the month https://mylittlefalls.com/petrie-set-to-retire-at-the-end-of-the-month/ https://mylittlefalls.com/petrie-set-to-retire-at-the-end-of-the-month/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:00:11 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26386 Chief Ron Petrie gets some of his paperwork in order as he spends one of his last days in the office. by Dave Warner Police Chief Ron Petrie has turned […]

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Chief Ron Petrie gets some of his paperwork in order as he spends one of his last days in the office.

by Dave Warner

Police Chief Ron Petrie has turned in his retirement paperwork and is set to retire on July 28th. He was initially the acting Chief of Police from January of 2019, then officially appointed as the Chief in May, taking over right after Chief Masi retired.

He said that the last year hasn’t been much different than his time of being Chief of Police in Frankfort. “We have a little more manpower, a bigger agency, and jurisdiction, but the same problems. Manpower issues, drug problems, and the opioid crisis.”

Petrie said that it has been something that has been on his mind even as early as when he was appointed. “I knew that the City needed somebody that had the background, somebody who had the knowledge of the agency and I’ve done it for a year here and overall more than ten years.”

He said that there just weren’t any personal goals left to achieve, or things left that he wanted to accomplish. “I’ve been the head of three different police departments and I think I’ve left them in better positions than when I acquired them.”

“Taking over this agency was much easier than the last two that I ran, but I think I made some improvements in the last year that I can hang my hat on and say that they were good improvements, good choices,” he stated.

Petrie said that changing the records management system was an important change, both cost, and functionality-wise. “The changes in our IT over the last year definitely put us in a better position than we were a couple of years ago,” he said.

He said that they now have an outside IT company that is available 24 hours a day, and they can just log in remotely and fix any issue immediately.

“All the cars can access anything in the station, so they’re absolutely mobile offices at this point. I think that was a good move.”

He also wanted to keep the police academy going on a semi-annual basis and has been able to do that as well. Keeping the academy in Little Falls means that officers can get updated training at no cost, the City makes money off the officers from out of the City that attend and local officers that are instructors are able to keep up with the latest training.

“One of the fears I have is that people are going to think I have decided to escape the current tumultuous issues that are going on nationally, and that’s just not true. I made this decision long before the George Floyd incident. But, having lived through that and seen what’s gone on in the last six to eight weeks, I know I made the right decision,” he stated.

He said that one thing that is depressing to him is that he has yet to see one politician at any level come out and back the police department. “To me, that’s a slap in every law enforcement officer’s face. The only elected officials doing that are the sheriff’s themselves,” he stated.

“There are always going to be injustices. This is not a perfect system, but medical care is not perfect, education isn’t. There is no perfect system in the world, so to single law enforcement out the last couple of months without one message of support from a political figure has been disheartening,” said Petrie.

Locally, the Chief said that within a week of the George Floyd incident, there were different incidents within the City that when they showed up, people shouted ‘don’t kill me, don’t shoot me’.

“If we end up arresting somebody, they immediately start yelling as they are walking to the car ‘I can’t breathe, don’t put me in the car, I can’t breathe’. It’s thrown in our face and we’re lumped into things that we had no part of. A police officer in Minnesota has nothing to do with a police officer in Little Falls New York.”

He went on to say that he has not seen one law enforcement officer step forward and say that what happened to George Floyd was justified.

Petrie stated that Councilman Delvin J. Moody from Utica, who spoke at the Black Lives Matter Educational rally on June 21st will be speaking to the police academy class that is currently in session. “In my opinion, he gave the best speech of that day,” he stated.

The Chief said that the one thing that has shocked him in his 23 years of law enforcement is the change from the complete outpouring of support for the police, military, and first responders that happened after 9/11 to the situation they are facing today.

“People now don’t respect the flag enough to stand for it. You can come up with an excuse as to why you can disrespect the flag and nationally, and politically it’s accepted. To me, disrespecting the flag is disrespecting the country,” stated Petrie.

As to what he is going to do after retirement, he says that he’s had some calls, but really hasn’t thought about it. “My intent is to get out of law enforcement totally.”

His official retirement date is July 28, 2020, but he has offered to stay on until the City finds his replacement. He said, “One thing I would love to stay involved with is the academy, teaching the new officers and making sure they’re trained the right way.”

“The days of getting into a police car and roaming the streets? I’m over that,” he said.

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Assemblywoman Buttenschon calls for businesses excluded from Phase 4 to be included in reopening plan https://mylittlefalls.com/assemblywoman-buttenschon-calls-for-businesses-excluded-from-phase-4-to-be-included-in-reopening-plan/ https://mylittlefalls.com/assemblywoman-buttenschon-calls-for-businesses-excluded-from-phase-4-to-be-included-in-reopening-plan/#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 08:30:22 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26365 Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D-Utica/Rome) is calling on Gov. Cuomo to include businesses such as gyms, movie theaters, indoor malls, and recreational facilities in Phase 4 of New York’s reopening plan. […]

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Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon (D-Utica/Rome) is calling on Gov. Cuomo to include businesses such as gyms, movie theaters, indoor malls, and recreational facilities in Phase 4 of New York’s reopening plan. Following a recent announcement that these businesses wouldn’t be allowed to open in Phase 4, business owners across the state have expressed concerns about their financial and operational stability.

“Thanks to compliance by citizens and the hard work of our state leaders to protect the public health, New York’s reopening plan has been safe and effective,” Buttenschon said. “However, as we continue fighting to stop the spread of the virus, the lack of guidance as to when large indoor businesses can reopen places an unfair and undue burden on local business owners. They deserve, at the very least, a clear timeline that explains when they can expect to resume operations and a detailed explanation for why they were excluded.”

Assemblywoman Buttenschon has partnered with Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace (D-Lancaster) and Assemblyman Kenneth P. Zebrowski (D-Rockland), to bring attention to the governor’s exclusion of multiple businesses from the reopening timeline, which is harming the state’s economic recovery. Together, the Assemblymembers detail specific precautions that will be taken by businesses to slow the spread of the virus, such as providing sanitizing stations, requiring face masks, and enforcing social distancing and capacity limits. Furthermore, they point out that industries similar to the ones excluded, such as aquariums and museums, are allowed to reopen during Phase 4.

“This administration has, until now, been incredibly transparent with the public during this crisis,” Buttenschon said. “It’s only fair that the owners of these businesses receive the same level of respect and transparency.”

Industries that will be allowed to reopen in Phase 4 currently include higher education, low-risk indoor and outdoor entertainment, media production, and sports competitions with no fans.

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Cornelia M. “Connie” Rohacek 1927 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/cornelia-m-connie-rohacek-1927-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/cornelia-m-connie-rohacek-1927-2020/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2020 20:33:13 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26395 Cornelia M. “Connie” Rohacek, age 93, of Monroe Street, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing, Little Falls. Connie was born on March 15, […]

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Cornelia M. “Connie” Rohacek

Cornelia M. “Connie” Rohacek, age 93, of Monroe Street, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing, Little Falls.

Connie was born on March 15, 1927, in Kingston, NY, daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Haponski and was united in marriage with John Rohacek who preceded her in death in 2003. They were married in 1948 in New Hampshire. She was last employed with Great American Supermarket in Little Falls. She was also employed by P & C and Loblaws. Connie loved collecting cobalt blue glass and enjoyed knitting and assembling jigsaw puzzles. Her favorite moments were spent on Sundays surrounded by her loving family members.

Survivors include her devoted children, sons, Gary Rohacek and his wife Doreen of Little Falls, and Brian Rohacek of Little Falls; daughter: Karen Malone and her husband Jim, also of Little Falls and daughter in law Joanne Dickenson. Also surviving are her siblings, Jackie, Doris, Joan and Edward, and her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren; in law, Florence Rohacek and Mildred Koziol. Connie also leaves her special “daughter”, Mary Mosher. She was preceded in death by her beloved sons, Bruce Rohacek on July 8, 2010, and Joe Dickenson in Nov of 2016, by her daughter, Elaine Rohacek in 1955 and by a cherished grandson, Eric Rohacek on Jan. 3, 2006 and by her daughter in law, Kim Rohacek on Dec. 26, 2013. She was also predeceased by her great-grandchildren, Harper Rose Malone in 2018, and Reghan Grace Gorinshek in 2019 and by ten siblings.

The Rohacek family would like to offer their gratitude to the dedicated staff at Alpine Rehab and Nursing Facility for the love and compassion offered to Connie.

Connie and her family’s care has been placed in the trust of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (corner of Bidelman Road), Little Falls, 315-508-5131. In keeping with her wishes, there are no services. Private interment will take place in Wilcox Cemetery, Little Falls. To offer a note of condolence to the family, please visit www.mohawkvalleyfunerals.com

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DOH Finalizing Guidance on Possible School Reopening in September https://mylittlefalls.com/doh-finalizing-guidance-on-possible-school-reopening-in-september/ https://mylittlefalls.com/doh-finalizing-guidance-on-possible-school-reopening-in-september/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 20:27:02 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26390 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York City enters Phase III of reopening, without indoor dining, and subject to comprehensive state guidance, today. The Mid-Hudson region will enter […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York City enters Phase III of reopening, without indoor dining, and subject to comprehensive state guidance, today. The Mid-Hudson region will enter Phase IV of reopening tomorrow, July 7. Long Island is on track to enter Phase IV on Wednesday, July 8. 

The governor also announced that the New York State Department of Health, in consultation with the Reimagine Education Advisory Council and others, is finalizing guidance on the possible reopening of schools in September. New York State previously directed all school districts to develop reopening plans. A decision on whether to reopen schools in September has not been made yet.

Governor Cuomo also announced that casinos and movie theaters will currently remain closed as the state government continues to review the science and facts on their safe reopening. 

The governor also announced that the New York State Fair will be canceled this summer out of an abundance of caution. 

The governor also announced that New York State will make industry recommendations on the use of air filtration technology to potentially eliminate the spread of COVID-19 through air conditioning systems. As evidence emerges that COVID-19 spread is linked more to airborne transmission than to surface area transmission, New York State is studying filters, their compatibility with existing air systems, the expense of modifications to air conditioning systems, and other factors.

Governor Cuomo also called on President Trump to acknowledge to the American people that COVID-19 exists, is increasing and a serious problem, and that each American is part of the solution. The governor also reiterated his call for President Trump to wear a mask. 

Governor Cuomo also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive, and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“We are closely monitoring the gauges on the reopening valve to see if the infection or hospitalization rate is going up, and we will tighten or loosen the valve as necessary depending on the data. If we see spikes in data or lack of compliance, we will slow down the reopening valve and adjust as necessary,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York City goes into Phase III but with no indoor dining. The numbers show we are right where we want to be, but what’s happening around the country is a cold reminder that we need to continue being cautious and smart and disciplined – no one wants to go back to the hell that we went through.”

The Governor also confirmed 518 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 397,649 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 397,649 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 192 cases in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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  (Family Features) The first thought that comes to mind when picturing grilling in the summer sun might be a perfectly cooked steak or a juicy burger, but no backyard barbecue is complete without the all-important sides and beverages that complete the meal.

Whether you’re pairing a main protein with separate side dishes or going all-in-one by combining tender chicken with veggies on skewers, the opportunities are endless for a crave-worthy cookout.

Find more summer grilling recipes at Culinary.net.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

5 Steps for Sizzling Steak

A sizzling steak is a surefire sound of summer, and the flavors achieved from one that’s perfectly grilled are hard to match.

Before you fire up your grill, consider these five basics for cooking a chef-worthy steak:

Prepare Your Cut

Taste preferences (and prices) may differ among sirloins, ribeyes, T-bones and more, but the way you prepare steaks likely won’t change much from cut to cut. You’ll want to trim the thickness down to 1/2-1 inch for proper cooking, and setting the meat out ahead of time allows it to warm to room temperature before hitting the grill.

Add Some Salt

Feel free to add any spices you prefer, but remember a good steak typically doesn’t require fancy seasoning – a pinch of salt works just fine. Add your salt anywhere between 30 minutes to a few hours before grilling time to help retain moisture and improve flavor.

Aim for High Heat

A two-zone fire is usually the way to go – one side of the grill should be hot (using direct heat) with the other side not quite as warm (indirect heat). This allows you to create a sear over direct heat before finishing cooking through – without burning – over indirect heat.

Sear and Slide

Cooking your steak over direct heat 1-2 minutes on each side is normally about right for creating a proper sear. At this point, depending on the thickness of your steak, you’ll want to check for doneness. If it’s not quite to the temperature you’re looking to achieve, simply slide it over to the indirect heat for a finishing touch. Keep in mind these general guidelines for doneness: 120-125 F is rare, 130-135 F is medium-rare, 140-145 F is medium, 150-155 F is medium-well and 160-175 F is well done.

Let Rest

Finally, as hungry as you may be at this point, resting steaks is an important last step before diving in. Giving your steaks 5-10 minutes (foil or no foil) allows flavors to redistribute and moisture to be retained in the meat.

Less Prep, More Summer with a Skewered Solution

Make summer grilling easy and delicious by cooking your side dish and main dish together so you can spend more time outdoors and less time meal planning. These Grilled Greek Kebabs pair cubed chicken thighs with little potatoes on skewers, making for a classic cookout combo.

With no washing or peeling required, Creamer potatoes from The Little Potato Company require little prep, which helps make this recipe a breeze, and they cook quickly on the grill. Just marinate your chicken and potatoes with this zesty dressing and prepare for a taste bud-tingling backyard barbecue.

Visit littlepotatoes.com/summertime for more summer grilling recipes.

Grilled Greek Kebabs

Dressing/Marinade:

3/4 cup olive oil

2 lemons, zest and juice only

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 teaspoon sugar

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

3 teaspoons mayonnaise

Skewers:

2 cups The Little Potato Company Dynamic Duo bagged Creamer Potatoes, cut in half

4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes

8 wooden skewers dipped in water

pita bread (optional)

Salad:

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

4 sliced Lebanese cucumbers

1/4 cup red onion, finely sliced

1 cup feta cheese

  1. cup pitted kalamata olives

To make dressing/marinade: In measuring cup, mix olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, Dijon mustard, garlic and sugar. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour 1/3 cup marinade into large bowl. Refrigerate remaining.

To prepare skewers: Add potatoes and chicken pieces to bowl with marinade. Mix well to coat and marinate 30 minutes, or as long as overnight in refrigerator.

Preheat grill to medium heat.

Skewer potatoes and chicken cubes alternately on wooden skewers. Grill 6-8 minutes on both sides. Grill pita bread, if desired.

Finish dressing by adding mayonnaise.

To make salad: In large serving dish, mix tomatoes, cucumber, onions, feta cheese and olives. Place kebabs on top and drizzle with dressing.

Serve with grilled pita bread, if desired.

Sipping on Sweetness

When it’s summertime, many people crave something cold and fruity. Simply combine frozen strawberries with frozen pink lemonade concentrate to create a cool concoction perfect for a sizzling day. This fizzy summertime treat can delight your taste buds and keep you quenched while enjoying the sun’s rays.

Find more summer drink recipes at Culinary.net.

Strawberry Spritzer

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

1 package (10 ounces) frozen sliced strawberries, sweetened and thawed

2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled

  1. can (12 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed

In blender, process strawberries until blended thoroughly.

Pour strawberries into large pitcher; stir in soda and pink lemonade.

A Simple Stuffed Side

Whether you need a quick appetizer or something to snack on, these Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes make for an appealing bite.

Find more snack recipes at Culinary.net.

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Recipe courtesy of Culinary.net

24-48 cherry tomatoes

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced

3 green onion stalks, diced

2 teaspoons minced dill

fresh dill, for garnish

Cut thin slice off top of each tomato. Scoop out pulp. Invert tomatoes on paper towel to drain.

In medium bowl, combine cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in cucumber, green onion and dill. Spoon mixture into tomatoes. Top with fresh dill.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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by Dave Warner

It’s been months since ground was broken on the two-story Rock City Centre construction project across from City Hall, but now that the COVID-19 construction ban has been lifted, the building at 690 Main Street is really starting to take shape.

The project is the vision of local entrepreneur and venture catalyst, Martin Babinec. Born and raised in Little Falls, Babinec returned from Silicon Valley to live, work, and invest in projects that are located in Upstate New York.

Rock City Centre will be the hub of businesses that he runs, as well as a location for non-profits. The name was chosen as both a tribute to local heritage, as well as a desire for the building to become a hub for local commerce and community social enterprise.

The building is an Italianate architectural design consistent with the look of many of the historic buildings along Main Street.

Babinec said that the project has been unbelievably agonizing for him in how long it has dragged out. “What started this project was me realizing that I needed to have a place to put some of the entities that I have affiliations with into one space.”

He says that it began as a small project, but that it grew. “The intent was to always have a workspace that would be useful for both commercial purposes and social enterprises or non-profits,” he stated.

He said that from the beginning, they were looking at the one-story structure at that location to figure out how to expand it to two floors so that it would have room for future growth.

”What really helped to build out the plan that we finally arrived at was getting the firm of Nelson Associates as the design and engineering firm. They put together a vision that incorporated the things that were important to me,” stated Babinec.

Some of those features were keeping the historic look of Main Street while adding some modern twists. He said, “We wanted a good blend of historic and new.”

When completed, the building will be two floors but has been expanded to include a rooftop deck. Babinec said that as they get comfortable with the space, they’ll be bringing on some additional tenants.

Right now, the expected completion date, baring any problems is mid-December. “We’re still trying to push it along. There’s no question that COVID pushed us back at least three months off the original timeline,” he said.

This is the first commercial building that Babinec has built, and his biggest surprise? “The complexity of a building of this size and our desire to keep some of the original building. This was not a bulldoze from scratch project.”

Photo by Dave Warner – Rock City Centre building and the view of downtown.

They’ve kept some of the original walls and some of the structural steel that was in the original building. “To achieve the final design that we have has been complicated and certainly a surprise,” he stated.

Babinec said that a lot of the design decisions had to be made step-by-step. “From a design perspective, this will be a Class A office space. Not anything like this will be found in the local area.”

He said that the amenities that they will have inside will be very leading edge and incorporate how offices are used in many of the leading tech hubs.

”It will be a combination of open areas that are configurable and very tech equipped conference rooms, and even private booths for one to three people,” Babinec said.

He also said that the goal is to prepare for what they believe will be an increasing number of people coming to Little Falls who have the potential to work geographically independent from their employers.

“I anticipate that we’ll have both small office settings within the building for some companies, but probably some co-working opportunities for remote professionals,” he stated.

He believes that the growth and success of Little Falls over the last decade and the number of real estate transactions that continue to trend upward with people from out of the area moving here means there will be more people needing the kind of space that they are going to provide.

COVID had them make a few tweaks to their furniture layout and selection, “but I wouldn’t say that it made us go back to the drawing board for the building,” he said.

As a result of some of the future tenants that they expect to attract, they are hoping that it encourages the growth of other technology opportunities for the community, such as high-speed fiber.

”There are elements of this design that are very eco-friendly, which will make it desirable from a tenant standpoint,” stated Babinec.

He said that there was a strong focus on the use of local contractors in the construction of the building. Nelson Associates out of Clinton, Fred Urich with Rock City Construction, Horender Construction, and Teel Concrete Construction, as well as Mid State Steel. The management construction firm was TW&A.

Babinec said that the City of Little Falls has been very supportive. “They’ve worked with us throughout the permitting process and have been very helpful in advancing what is a complex project.”

He said that he regrets the inconvenience of the construction, noise, and appearance that it has right now, but they’re trying to wrap the project up as quickly as possible.

“When this is done, we hope it will become an iconic building that will stand out for Little Falls,” Babinec stated.

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Road Work Report for the Week Beginning June 6, 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-june-6-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-june-6-2020/#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2020 09:00:26 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26291 HERKIMER COUNTY Town of German Flatts: Route 5S between the Frankfort exit and the Route 51 exit. Motorists will encounter a west bound shoulder closure for the entering and exiting […]

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HERKIMER COUNTY

Town of German Flatts: Route 5S between the Frankfort exit and the Route 51 exit. Motorists will encounter a west bound shoulder closure for the entering and exiting trucks in the construction entrance.

Village of Newport: (D#263947) Route 28 between Bridge Street and Harris Ave. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with temporary signals in place due to culvert extension and embankment, closed drainage and sidewalk placement.

Village of Herkimer: (D#263685) Route 28 at Caroline Street/ Steele Street intersection. Motorists will encounter work off the road due to traffic signal work.

Town of Ohio: (D#264098) South Lake Road over North Lake. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge painting.

Town of Ohio: (D#263877) Route 8 between Route 365 and Route 10. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a temporary signal in place due to work on the bridge over the West Canada Creek.

Town of Ohio: (D#263947) Route 8 between Hall Road and Nellis Road. Motorists will encounter shoulder closures in both directions due to culvert work.

Town of German Flatts: (D#264203) Route 5S between Route 28 and Route 167. Motorists will encounter lane and shoulder closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to shoulder box out work, guiderail installation and approach reconstruction.

Town of German Flatts: (D#264203) Route 28 between the Otsego County line and Route 168. Motorists will encounter shoulder closures in both directions due to shoulder boxouts and approach reconstruction.

ONEIDA COUNTY

City of Utica: (D#263572) Route 5S between Cornelia Street and Broad Street. Multiple lane closures throughout the work zone. Traffic will remain in Phase 2 traffic pattern over the next several months. The contractor crews will continue installing new drainage, drainage structures and water mains between John and Cornelia Streets, north side. Along with the drainage and water main work the contractor will be boxing out and installing granite curbing along Liberty Street between Lower Genesee Street and Washington Street. In addition, the contractor will be shutting down John Street to through traffic between Broad Street and Route 5S/Oriskany Street westbound. Catherine Street on east and west sides will be limited to local traffic only no through traffic. This closure is scheduled to be in place for 10 days. There will also be daily lane closures in both east and west bound lanes between Broad and Cornelia Streets for sidewalk and bike trail concrete pours. Burchard, Hotel, Seneca, Washington and Broadway may be temporarily closed to through traffic with local business access only. Root Street access to Route 5S westbound will be temporarily opened during the John Street closure. Contractor will be installing new lighting, traffic signal pole foundations, and ped poles throughout the project. Minor traffic impacts anticipated.

City of Utica: (D#264047) North Genesee Street between Wurz Ave and Whitesboro/Broad Streets. Motorists will encounter a left lane closure on North Genesee Street southbound between Lee and Whitesboro Streets. There will be a right lane closure on Broad/Whitesboro Streets between John Street and Hotel Street. The center median remains permanently closed from south of Lee Street to Wurz Ave.

City of Utica: (D#264001) Route 12 between Route 5A and Putnam Road. Motorists will encounter north bound lane closures for pavement clean up and paving operations. Route 12 north and south bound will have lane and shoulder closures due to ground mounted guide sign installation.

Town of New Hartford: Route 840 WB off ramp to Route 5A. Motorists will encounter a west bound lane closure due to overhead sign inspections.

Town of New Hartford: Route 8 at Genesee Street. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to overhead sign inspections.

Town of Whitestown: Route 5A at Route 69 overlap. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to overhead sign inspections.

Town of New Hartford, Town of Paris: (D#264127) Route 8 between Elm Street and Pinnacle Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to shoulder/approach slab reconstruction work. Motorists will also encounter shoulder closures on Kellogg Road under the Route 8 bridge due to bridge pier work.

Town of Steuben: Route 274 between Long Shore Road and Coleman Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a temporary signal due to work on the bridge over Big Brook.

Town of Boonville: (D#264098) Sargent Road at Moose River Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge painting.

Town of Boonville: (D#264098) Williams Road over Forestport Feeder Canal. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge painting.

Town of Forestport : (D#264098) O’Brien Road over Kayuta Lake. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge painting.

Town of Marcy: (D#263896) Route 49 between River Street and Route 12. Motorists will encounter long term lane closures with a speed limit reduction of 45mph during working hours and 55MPH during off hours due to pavement markings.

Town of Marcy: (D#263896) Route 291 between Route 69 and Old River Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to pavement markings.

City of Rome: (D#263986) East Dominick Street between Nock Street and Shady Grove Lane. Motorists will encounter west bound shoulder closures due to sign placement and landscape work.

Town of Westmoreland: (D#263986) Route 233 at East/West South Street. Motorists will encounter lane shifts in both directions with flaggers in place due to traffic signal work.

White Lake: (D#263925) Route 28 Between Stone Quarry Road and Newell Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to culvert repairs

MADISON COUNTY

Town of Lenox: (D#264135) Route 5 between Stroud Street and Hubbard Place. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to full depth joint repairs and shoulder reconstruction.

Village of Madison: (D264088) Route 20 between Route 12B and County Route 83. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a temporary signal due to culvert work.

FULTON COUNTY

Town of Broadalbin: (D#264083) Bridge Street over Route 29. Motorists will encounter shoulder and lane closures in both directions on Route 29 with flaggers in place due to concrete work and bridge washing.

Town of Mayfield: (D#263942) Route 30 at Route 30A. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to fence installation.

Town of Caroga: (D#263877) Route 10 between Route 29A and Route 10A. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with temporary signals in place due to bridge work over the Pine Lake Outlet.

Town of Ephratah: (D#263893) Route 10 between the Montgomery County line and Route 29. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to drainage, sign work and culvert work.

Town of Stratford: (D#263877) Route 29A between Route 29 and Route 10. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a temporary signal due to bridge work over Burnt Valley Stream.

Town of Mayfield: (D#263926) Route 349 between Route 30 and Bemis Road. Motorists will
encounter a full road closure with a signed detour in place due to silt fence installation and the replacement of the existing culvert. Detour heading west: Route 349, left on Route 30, left at Route 30A, left at Route 154, left at Route 157, back to Route 349. Heading east: Route 349, left at Route 157, right at Route 154, right at Route 30A, right at Route 30, back to Route 349.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Town of Mindenville: (D#264083) County Route 65 bridge over the Erie Canal. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to guiderail work.

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 between Bridge Street and Erie Street. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions on Route 30. Temporary signals remain on Erie Street for alternating traffic in both directions.

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 over Route 67. Motorists will encounter a western lane closure due to bridge work.

Village of Fultonville: (D#263987) Route 30A between Park Street and Route 920P. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to work on the bridge over the Mohawk River.

Town of Esperance, Village of Fultonville: (D#264189) Route 30A between the Schoharie County line and the Village of Fultonville. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to shoulder reconstruction work and roadside drainage work.

HAMILTON COUNTY

Hamlet of Eagle Bay to Hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake: (D#263869) Route 28 between Eagle Bay and Blue Mountain Lake. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to sign installation, drainage installation, turf establishment, and project punch list work.

Pavement Markings will be occurring on various routes in Oneida and Madison Counties. Lane closures or shifts with flaggers will be expected. All work is weather dependent.

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State park swimming pools to open July 4th weekend https://mylittlefalls.com/state-park-swimming-pools-to-open-july-4th-weekend/ https://mylittlefalls.com/state-park-swimming-pools-to-open-july-4th-weekend/#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2020 11:29:59 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26288 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced state outdoor pools across New York will open for swimming for the July 4 weekend under the standard operating schedule of the New York […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced state outdoor pools across New York will open for swimming for the July 4 weekend under the standard operating schedule of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Pool-goers are reminded to practice social distancing, respect the rules, and do their part to keep the pool area safe for everyone. Pool capacity will be reduced and is expected to fill quickly. New Yorkers are urged to plan ahead by having alternate destinations ready.

“As we are getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, we must remember all the sacrifices New Yorkers have made to flatten the curve of the pandemic and be cautious in everything we do,” Governor Cuomo said. “The virus does not take a holiday, and so I urge New Yorkers who are visiting swimming pools to follow all the social distancing guidelines in effect to protect themselves and each other. When you’re not in a pool, wear a mask if you can’t socially distance. The bottom line is to be vigilant and stay safe while enjoying some time outside.”

State Park Police and operational staff will help manage the capacity to ensure compliance with social distancing and crowd control measures. 

The following social distance guidelines in effect to protect public health:

  • Visitors will be asked to sign-in with contact information to enable potential contact tracing measures.
  • Pool capacity will be limited to 50 percent to help maintain 6-feet of distance in the water between swimmers who are not members of the same household or family unit. 
  • Lounge chairs, benches, and picnic tables will be kept 10-feet apart from others.
  • Face coverings or masks must be worn at all times in interior building spaces, including partially enclosed or covered outdoor areas; and at times outside (except in the pool) if social distancing cannot or is unlikely to be maintained.
  • No group gatherings of 10 people or more will be allowed.

Swimming availability varies by park. Visitors can check the individual park’s swimming hours of operation before they visit. A listing of State parks with swimming pools can be found here.

Restroom facilities will be cleaned per established protocols and guidance and park staff will help manage traffic flow as needed to achieve reduced capacity goals and minimize density. Toilets and showers and other high touch/common areas will be cleaned and disinfected utilizing approved enhanced cleaning products.

New York State Parks will review the weekend’s operations and make any adjustments needed to keep the public and park staff safe.

Know Before You Go

New Yorkers are strongly advised to plan pool visits and outdoor adventures ahead of time and choose alternate destinations if their first choice is closed or crowded. Check parks.ny.gov and 511NY for park capacity closure alert.

The New York State Parks Explorer App is a free, user-friendly resource for visitors to plan outdoor adventures while staying connected to long-time favorite parks and sites. Users can learn more about top destinations and discover new must-see locations with rotating curated content and will enjoy quick access to park information, including directions, hours, amenities, fees and rates, trail maps, helpful know-before-you-go details, and the ability to receive important updates and alerts.

Visitors can also link directly to online camping reservations and easily access select State Parks’ social media channels to share their experiences. The New York State Parks Explorer mobile app is available at no cost for download for iOS and Android devices. To download, visit: 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.ny.its.nysparks or https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ny-state-parks-explorer/id1496803341 

For information on visiting New York State Parks during the public health crisis, visit: https://parks.ny.gov/covid19 

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Cuomo announces State Police crackdown on DWI during July 4th holiday https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-announces-state-police-crackdown-on-dwi-during-july-4th-holiday/ https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-announces-state-police-crackdown-on-dwi-during-july-4th-holiday/#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2020 09:00:09 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26286 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols to crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions during the 4th of July holiday, beginning Saturday, Friday, July 3 and running through Sunday, July 5. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel.  

“While the July Fourth weekend is a time to celebrate and spend time with family and friends, too often drinking leads to poor decisions when it is time to go home. To ensure safety on our roads this holiday, State Police and local law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired driving of any kind,” Governor Cuomo said. “I urge all New Yorkers to act responsibly and make arrangements to find a safe way home – never drink and drive.” 

Last year, the State Police issued nearly 13,410 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend. Troopers arrested 249 people for DWI and investigated 187 crashes, which resulted in two fatalities. 

During this enforcement period, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Law enforcement will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles on the side of the road when they travel New York roadways. 

New York State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said, “Troopers will be highly visible this weekend on the lookout for impaired, drugged, and reckless drivers. Our message is simple: If you drink and drive, it’s likely that you will end up in jail. Stay safe and don’t make a bad decision that costs your life or the life of someone else.”

Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated. 

DMV Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Mark J.F. Schroeder said, “Driving impaired is one of the most dangerous things a motorist can do, especially now at this critical time for our healthcare system. I urge New Yorkers to do the right thing—have a plan to get home safely.” 

The Fourth of July initiative is partially funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The GTSC and the New York State STOP-DWI Foundation remind motorists that their “Have a Plan” mobile app, is available for Apple, Droid, and Windows smartphones. The app enables New Yorkers to locate and call a taxi or rideshare service and program a designated driver list. It also provides information on DWI laws and penalties and provides a way to report a suspected impaired driver. 

If you drive drunk or drugged, you not only put your life and the lives of others at risk, you could face arrest, jail time, and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.

Arrested drunk and drugged drivers face the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost time at work.

The New York State Police, GTSC and NHTSA recommend these simple tips to prevent impaired driving:

  • Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
  • Use your community’s sober ride program;
  • If you suspect a driver is drunk or impaired on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

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Bipartisan push made to support New York dairy farmers https://mylittlefalls.com/bipartisan-push-made-to-support-new-york-dairy-farmers/ https://mylittlefalls.com/bipartisan-push-made-to-support-new-york-dairy-farmers/#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:00:54 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26283 Congressman Anthony Brindisi lead a New York delegation letter today along with Rep. John Katko (NY-24) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21) to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer urging him […]

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Congressman Anthony Brindisi lead a New York delegation letter today along with Rep. John Katko (NY-24) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (NY-21) to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer urging him to ensure that Canada does not distribute tariff-rate quotas (TRQ’s), which undermine the intent of the dairy provisions of the USMCA by hindering the ability of the U.S. dairy industry to fully utilize the Canadian market access that the trade agreement provides. The letter also urges the USTR to ensure that Canada upholds its end of the agreement by eliminating the Class 6 and 7 milk price classification in a way that ensures that the harmful classifications do not reappear under a different name at some point in the future. These provisions were key wins for the United States dairy industry during USMCA negotiations, and Congressman Brindisi and his colleagues are requesting that Canada upholds its end of the agreement.

“We worked hard to pass the USMCA in a commonsense, bipartisan way to help American farmers, manufacturers, and workers. Upstate New York dairy farmers drive millions of dollars into our local and national economies, and especially as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, they need our unwavering support,” said Brindisi. “I will keep working with Democrats, Republicans, and the Administration to ensure that our neighbors uphold their end of the USMCA and that all our trade deals put American farmers first.”

“Our dairy farms and processors are critical to the success of our rural communities and economies, and they need a fair and reasonable trade policy to keep valuable market access, especially as they recover from the market disruptions that they faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I will continue to work directly with the Administration and my House colleagues in order to ensure that the USMCA agreement is fully implemented the way it was intended, and that all our partners uphold their end of the agreement. I will continue to advocate for results like the USMCA, which will play a vital role in helping to rebuild and restart our North Country economy.

“The USMCA will continue key trade opportunities for New York farmers at a critical time for farmers who are struggling to recover from COVID-19 losses and a down agricultural economy. Nearly half of our state’s agricultural exports go to our North American neighbors, providing vital market opportunities that will remain open thanks to USMCA,” said New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher. “The assurance that this agreement provides to farmers, plus the potential for expected growth for our dairy farms, are reasons for a positive outlook on USMCA. New York Farm Bureau would like to thank members of the New York Congressional delegation for their efforts to ensure that dairy provisions found in the USMCA are upheld and provide market access for New York dairy producers.”

“USMCA requires Canada to provide long-sought new market access for U.S. dairy products and to eliminate its destructive Classes 6 and 7 milk pricing schemes,” said Jaime Castaneda, Senior Vice President for Policy Strategy and International Trade, National Milk Producers Federation & U.S. Dairy Export Council. “Canada’s efforts to evade the commitments they made to the U.S. on dairy by manipulating their agreed-upon trade obligations are wholly unacceptable.  Representatives Stefanik, Brindisi, and Katko played a critical role in the passage of USMCA last year and we appreciate their leadership on behalf of Upstate New York dairy farmers.”

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Smullen highlights the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement https://mylittlefalls.com/smullen-highlights-the-united-states-mexico-canada-agreement/ https://mylittlefalls.com/smullen-highlights-the-united-states-mexico-canada-agreement/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:00:44 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26259 Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) today announced that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will enter into force. This trade agreement, signed by President Trump in 2018, is a renegotiation of the […]

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Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) today announced that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will enter into force. This trade agreement, signed by President Trump in 2018, is a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The USMCA contains modernized approaches to freer and fairer trade between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, including improvements to digital trade and rules of origin. As is the goal with most trade agreements, the USMCA seeks to create jobs as well as help American workers, manufacturers, and farmers. Once fully implemented, the USMCA is expected to lift U.S. gross domestic product by as many as 1.2 percentage points and create up to 589,000 jobs, according to the International Trade Commission.

“The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement received broad bipartisan support, and it should produce real benefits across broad swaths of the economy, including agriculture, technology, manufacturing, and other sectors,” said Smullen. “The aim of renegotiating NAFTA was to promote more predictable trade relations that will, in turn, spur investment. It is a high priority of mine to draw constituents’ attention to the USMCA’s entry into force because of the current uncertainty of underlying financial and job markets.

“As a proponent of agribusiness, the USMCA will largely benefit farmers in upstate New York. With Mexico and Canada being two of the country’s largest farm-good buyers, the agreement is a win for our agriculture industry. Dairy farmers will no longer be subject to Canadian underselling of U.S. products, and rural Americans will face far fewer challenges to accessing Canada’s market. The effects of this agreement will be extremely positive for upstate residents.”

Assemblyman Robert Smullen represents the 118th Assembly District, which includes Hamilton and Fulton counties as well as parts of Herkimer, Oneida, and St. Lawrence counties.

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Story and Photographs by Joan Herrmann

Photo by Joan Herrmann – Common Green Darner Dragonfly.

Whereiwander… The last week of May is usually the beginning of the emergence of one of the first species of Dragonflies of the new year. For us in the Northeast that week may welcome the Dot-tailed Whiteface Skimmer followed by at least six more Skimmer (pond-dwelling) species. For this photographer and “Odie” (enthusiast of the order of Odonata), it is time to go “flying” (looking for dragonflies and damselflies). About three hundred and twenty-six species of dragonflies may be found in North American and about one hundred species may be found in our area. However since the male and female dragonflies do not resemble each other in coloring or markings means, we may be able to find as many as two hundred, different in appearance, dragonflies.

Many people appreciate these “toothy ones” of the order of Odonata. The name is derived from the lower lip (labium) which is used to hold prey while the mandibles do the chewing. Dragonflies are especially appreciated, in early spring, for the number of black flies and mosquitoes which they consume. Dragonflies sometimes adorn our jewelry, clothing, or a multitude of home décor. Finding and photographing dragonflies is becoming as popular as birding, but it has an advantage in that you do not have to get up as early in the morning. Dragonflies need warmth in order to achieve activity. Learning about dragonfly habits and habitat is especially important if you want to find different species.

Photo by Joan Herrmann – Male Elfin Dragonfly.

Both dragonflies and damselflies are members of the order of Odonata but are separated into two suborders. Dragonflies belong to the suborder Anisoptera which means “different wings”, their hindwings are larger and shaped differently from their forewings. Damselflies are the suborder Zygoptera meaning “same wings”, both the hindwings and forewings are similar in size and shape. There are also many differences between these two orders which include size and the way they perch being the most notable. Dragonfly’s bodies are stout while the damselflies bodies are slender. Dragonflies perch with their wings flat and damselflies perch with their wings held over their back. The eyes of each insect may be the best features to determine which suborder you are observing. Dragonflies have eyes that appear to connect to one another and damselflies always have a distinct separation between their eyes.

Dragonflies like other insects go through a metamorphosis, however, theirs is known as an incomplete metamorphosis; they have no pupal stage, only an egg, larva (nymph), and adult stage. Dragonfly eggs are laid either directly into the water or into aquatic vegetation. The larvae which hatch from the eggs will remain in the water for months and even years, depending on the species, before emerging as an adult. The larvae are voracious hunters. The larvae of the darner species of dragonflies are identified as “crawlers”, which stalk their prey, in a cat-like fashion, advancing slowly until within striking distance. Another dragonfly species, the skimmer species are known as “sprawlers, camouflaging themselves with silt, waiting for prey to wander past; other larvae such clubtail species hunt by burrowing below the sand or silt. The burrowers attack as the prey advances toward them.

Photo by Joan Herrmann – Male dot-tailed whiteface.

Dragonfly larvae, like many aquatic insects, need oxygen for survival. They have a unique method of extracting oxygen from the water. The larvae have gills that line the inside of their rectum. They can suck water into the tip of their abdomen, the gills extract the oxygen, and the water is expelled through the rectum; larvae can also escape from a predator using this same process of expelling water through its rectum to propel itself away. The final stage of metamorphosis is the emergence from aquatic larva to adult dragonfly. Generally, this will occur in the early morning. The larva (nymph) will crawl out of the water onto a cattail reed, rock, dock, or fallen log. After a short rest, the larva hooks its legs onto the perch, it will then split the skin of the back of its head. The adults’ thorax emerges first, the split enlarges and the head, compressed wings, legs, and part of the abdomen also emerge. Once these body parts have hardened the legs help to pull the rest of the abdomen free. The limp wings begin to fill with hemolymph (insect blood) and unfurl. Then the hemolymph is drawn back into its body. This newly emerged dragonfly, known as a teneral, rests until its wings harden. It may take as long as an hour before its first flight. Even though dragonflies differ in size per species they are all adults, there are no “baby’ dragonflies. The Common Green Darner (Anax junius) averages 3 inches in length while the Elfin Skimmer (Nannothemis bella) is merely 0.8 inches in length and yet both are full-sized adults.

Dragonflies have impressive aerial abilities which include both speed and agility. They can fly forwards, backward, glide, and hover. They do not bite or sting. They do not make a sound, do not have ears and cannot smell, but they do have incredible eyesight. They have enormous eyes, each composed of about 30,000 lenses. A quick turn of its head and a dragonfly can scan 360 degrees, in addition to seeing above and below. Researchers have learned that they can even see in color.
Even before our local dragonflies emerge from the water, it is possible to occasionally see a dragonfly in late April or early May as there is one dragonfly that migrates. Some Common Green Darners will migrate south, similar to the Monarch Butterfly migration it is believed that it takes several generations to complete the entire round trip. Researchers have even fitted some Common Green Darners with a miniature radio transmitter and followed their southbound migration.

Where can you find dragonflies? Almost everywhere, but some of my favorite spots are nearby ponds, streams, rivers, reservoirs, and lakes. Any place where you find Lily Pads you may find Lilypad Clubtails (Arigomphus furcifer) and Common Green Darners. Ponds are an excellent place to find Chalk-fronted Corporals (Ladona Julia), Common Whitetails (Plathemis Lydia), or Twelve-spotted Skimmers. There are many excellent field guidebooks which are useful for finding and identifying these amazing aerial delights.


As a Professional Nature Photographer, Naturalist, and Outdoor Educator, Joan Herrmann has been teaching and doing programs for Schools, Garden Clubs, Libraries, and Nature Centers, about 38 years. After moving from the Rochester area in 1995 she began her Photography business, Essence of Nature, and also became a co-owner of The Artworks in Old Forge, New York. As a docent at Munson, Williams, Proctor Arts Institute, in Utica, New York she has been educating children and adults, for nineteen years.

In 2007 she began working with the Black River Outdoor Educational Program (BROEP) and in 2013 and 2014 did a week-long summer program at BROEP in conjunction with Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). Using her love of both nature and photography she created a Flora/Fauna outdoor educational program teaching students (ages 6 to 14) the joys of nature and creative photography skills.

Joan’s love of nature has been a lifelong study of Birds, Wildflowers, Mosses, Ferns, Trees, Amphibians, Reptiles, Grasses, Insects, Spiders, Tracks, Scat, and Galls. She has assisted in the cataloging of all trails used by the hiking Coaches and photographed and identified seasonal Flora.

Since October 2016 she has been writing a bimonthly nature column with Adirondack Express Newspaper. In October of 2019, she began a bi-monthly column with My Little Falls Newspaper. You may reach her at Jmphoto8442@gmail.com

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  (Family Features) A distinctive and unexpected ingredient like rice vinegar is an easy way to bring faraway flavors to your favorite summer dishes. This pantry staple adds an Asian-inspired flavor to recipes of all kinds, from marinades to high-end meals.

Explore a new way to enjoy steak this summer with a recipe for zesty, marinated beef paired with crisp broccolini and peppers to give a familiar dish a fresh makeover using flavors from another origin. Give fajitas an Asian makeover with shrimp seared in a decadent hoisin-ginger sauce or try a fresh take on a crunchy salad with this Mexican-meets-Asian layered approach that’s perfect for lunch.

Include seasonal produce like cucumbers, bell peppers and tomatoes to enhance your summer flavor fusions. Pantry staples like black beans and canned corn also offer accessible ways to make elevated summer classics.

Capture Asian flavors with ingredients like NAKANO Rice Vinegar, which has perfected its rice vinegars over eight generations to offer unique and delicious flavors perfect for making mouthwatering Asian-inspired recipes at home.

Find more flavorful ways to put an Asian twist on your summer dishes at nakanoflavors.com.

Sizzling Shrimp Fajita Stir-Fry

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 6

1 1/2 pounds large, raw shrimp, peeled and deveined (21-25 shrimp total)

2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided

4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided

1/4 cup NAKANO Roasted Garlic Rice Vinegar

3 tablespoons hoisin sauce

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

1 red onion, cut into thin slivers

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1/2 pound shishito peppers, stemmed

6 warmed corn or flour tortillas

1/2 cup finely shredded red cabbage

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions

In medium bowl, combine shrimp, 2 teaspoons soy sauce and 2 teaspoons cornstarch; let stand 5 minutes to marinate.

In separate bowl, whisk remaining soy sauce, remaining cornstarch, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce and ginger until blended.

In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil until shimmering. Add half of shrimp; cook 1 minute on each side. Transfer to clean bowl; repeat with remaining shrimp. Wipe out skillet with paper towel.

In same pan, heat remaining oil until shimmering. Add red onion, bell pepper and shishito peppers. Cook, stirring, 2-4 minutes until peppers begin to blister. Add vinegar mixture; cook, stirring, 1-2 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened. Add shrimp to pan. Cook, tossing well until shrimp and vegetables are coated with sauce.

Fill tortillas with shrimp mixture, cabbage and green onions.

Spicy Steak and Broccoli

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 6

1 beef tenderloin (1 1/2 pounds), cut into 2-inch cubes

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons avocado oil, divided

2 cups multicolored, mini sweet peppers, cut into thin rings

1/4 pound broccolini, cut into 3-inch sections

2 large shallots, chopped

1/4 cup NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon sambal oelek (Asian-chili garlic sauce) or sriracha

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

In medium bowl, combine beef, soy sauce, cornstarch, black pepper and garlic powder.

In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add peppers, broccolini and shallots; cook 3 minutes, or until tender crisp. Transfer to clean bowl.

In same skillet over high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil until shimmering. Add half of beef in single layer. Cook undisturbed 2 minutes, or until bottoms are browned. Stir. Cook 1 minute, or until outer surfaces are no longer pink. Transfer to bowl with vegetables. Repeat with remaining oil and beef. Return beef and vegetables to skillet over medium-high heat.

In small bowl, combine rice vinegar, sugar, sambal oelek, salt and ginger. Add mixture to pan. Cook 2 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened.

Glass Jar Layered Taco Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 1

1/2 avocado

1/4 teaspoon serrano pepper

1 tablespoon cilantro

2 tablespoons NAKANO Organic Seasoned Rice Vinegar

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon lime juice

1/3 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup corn

1/2 cup red cabbage, shredded

1/2 cup jicama, diced

1/2 cup black beans, rinsed

1/2 cup shredded green cabbage

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup extra-firm tofu, diced

1/2 cup corn chips, crushed

1/2 cup spinach

  1. tablespoon queso fresco

In bowl, mash avocado and add serrano pepper, cilantro, rice vinegar, sesame oil, lime juice and salt. Stir to combine.

Build salad in layers of corn, cabbage, jicama, black beans, cabbage, tomatoes, tofu, corn chips, spinach and queso fresco while adding drizzles of dressing between layers.

Pro Flavor-Fusion Tips

  • The key to a successful stir-fry is to use high heat to quickly cook meats and vegetables in stages without overcrowding the pan. This ensures that veggies stay slightly crisp, and meats develop a delicious sear instead of steaming.
  • Avocado oil has one of the highest smoke points, making it a great choice for high-heat cooking like stir-frying.
  • Hoisin sauce, which you can find in the Asian section of most grocery stores, is used frequently in Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine. It’s a salty, fermented soybean paste often combined with garlic, chiles and five-spice powder, which adds a sweet, umami-rich, aromatic flavor to the dish.
  • Shishito peppers are slender, mild, green Japanese peppers available in the produce section of well-stocked grocery stores or Asian markets. If shishito peppers are unavailable, substitute with multicolored mini peppers.
  • To accommodate those who love a lot of spice and those who prefer less spice, serve mild-to-medium-spicy foods with additional chili sauce on the side.
  • Swap out heavy, high-calorie salad dressings for a splash of additional flavor with NAKANO rice vinegar.

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New gift shop opening in Stone Mill https://mylittlefalls.com/new-gift-shop-opening-in-stone-mill/ https://mylittlefalls.com/new-gift-shop-opening-in-stone-mill/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:00:26 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26218 Deborah Kaufman starts setting up the space for the Little Falls Presence Gift Shop. The Little Falls Presence gift shop will be opening today at 410 Canal Place, the Stone […]

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Deborah Kaufman starts setting up the space for the Little Falls Presence Gift Shop.

The Little Falls Presence gift shop will be opening today at 410 Canal Place, the Stone Mill building, just in front of the UPS Store inside. The store is designed to showcase locally talented artists and artisans, and also to provide the kinds of gifts that tourists might want who visit Little Falls.

The store is an extension of My Little Falls, and according to General Manager, Deborah Kaufman, “We couldn’t find a more perfect location for our gift shop. With the new UPS Store, the Cafe, and Mangia Macrinas Wood Fired Pizza, the foot traffic couldn’t be better.”

“The concept for Little falls Presence is modeled after our fine-art-gallery gift shop in Texas.  The idea came about from conversations with a number of people looking for unique gift items and souvenirs with an artistic flair. We love the idea of being able to showcase some of our great artists and artisans in the store and look forward to expanding our inventory over the next few months to include a broader array of art-inspired gift items,” said Kaufman.

Neil Rosenbaum, one of the owners of Stone Mill said, “What’s really interesting about the first floor is how complimentary all of the business are. We get a lot of traffic from the cafe, we now have the dance studio moving in, which is going to have a very large amount of daily traffic, and the UPS store gets a constant flow of traffic all day long.”

“We see a lot of people looking for gift items and we’re excited about people being able to buy quality products with Little Falls connections. We get a lot of tourists because of the Inn and restaurants, so we think it’s going to be really successful, combined with the fact that you can walk across the hall and ship something home or as a gift,” he stated.

Rosenbaum said that the draw of Canal Place and the Canal has a lot of people coming through the area that would love to own something to remember their visit here.

“People are amazed at the beauty of Canal Place and the Canal, and the idea of having a way where you can bring a memento home or purchase a beautiful picture of the area is very connected to our goal of providing services that fit the community,” he said.

Some of the current artists represented in the store are Leslie Kubica and her illustrations, and Nathalia Hamid with her tea towels. David Warner has some prints of his paintings, as well as photographs, and Deborah Kaufman will have some new original oil paintings on the walls.

Little Falls’ Preserve Our Past (POP) will also be selling some gift items that will help them raise money for historic preservation in the City. You will also be able to purchase t-shirts, coffee cups, coasters, note cards, and Koozies.

The online version of the store will show items that will be on store shelves, as well as some others that will be available online only. You can find out more by visiting https://mylittlefalls.com/shop/

A ‘My Little Falls’ gift shop located at 410 Canal Place at the Stone Mill in Little Falls, designed to celebrate our pride in the City and showcase its talented artists and artisans

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Senior Meals 07/02/2020 – 07/08/2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-07-02-2020-07-08-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-07-02-2020-07-08-2020/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:00:24 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26235 To reserve a meal, call the Herkimer County Office for the Aging at least one business day in advance, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 315-867-1204 […]

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To reserve a meal, call the Herkimer County Office for the Aging at least one business day in advance, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 315-867-1204 or 315-867-1634.

If you will not be home for meals, call 315-867-1204 at least a day in advance.

All sites are handicapped accessible. Menu for Little Falls:

Jul 02: Turkey cold plate, pasta salad, marinated beets, Kaiser roll, cookie.

Jui 03: Closed for the Fourth of July.

Jul 06: Chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, Sonoma blend vegetables, Mandarin oranges.

Jul 07: Seafood salad, broccoli salad, cottage cheese, croissant, brownie.

Jul 08: Cheesy ham and rice casserole, beets, country blend vegetables, melon.

All meals are served with 8 ounces of milk, a slice of bread and margarine.

Desserts have no concentrated sweets.

The suggested donation is $3. Mail donations to Herkimer County OFA, 109 Mary St., Suite 2501, Herkimer, NY 13350. Envelopes are available from drivers.

  • Locally grown produce

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Little Falls Hospital awards Caeli Campbell the Bernard J. Burke Memorial Scholarship https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-hospital-awards-caeli-campbell-the-bernard-j-burke-memorial-scholarship/ https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-hospital-awards-caeli-campbell-the-bernard-j-burke-memorial-scholarship/#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 08:30:31 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26240 LITTLE FALLS, NY – Little Falls Hospital, a part of the Bassett Healthcare Network, recently awarded Caeli Campbell, the Dr. Bernard Burke Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. On […]

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Caeli Campbell

LITTLE FALLS, NY – Little Falls Hospital, a part of the Bassett Healthcare Network, recently awarded Caeli Campbell, the Dr. Bernard Burke Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

On behalf of Dr. Bernard Burke’s many years of service to Little Falls Hospital and to honor his lifelong dedication to his patients, the Medical Staff of Little Falls Hospital established The Bernard J. Burke Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student in the Little Falls Hospital service area who plans to pursue a career in the healthcare field. Recipients of this scholarship need not only to have a desire to serve others in the healthcare field but also have a financial need.

Caeli graduated on June 26 from West Canada Valley Central School, third in her class, and maintained honors throughout high school. She is excited for her next chapter in her life which will take her to SUNY Stony Brook on Long Island this fall to study Biochemistry with a Pre-Medicine track. Caeli had the opportunity to shadow surgeons in the operating room at Little Falls Hospital and was inspired by how the healthcare team worked together.

Little Falls Hospital Medical Staff
Amy Grace, MD, Chairperson, President of Medical Staff; Tiffani Mowers, Staff Lead, Medical Staff Coordinator; Norman Freund, MD Secretary, Treasurer, Hospitalist; Carlton Rule, MD, Hospital Medical Director; Timothy Chapman, MD, Director of Laboratory; Lewis Britton, MD, ED Medical Director; Deepak Buch, MD, Primary Care Physician; Richard Nocella, MD, Hospitalist, PCC Medical Director and Physician; Aaron Mortensen, MD, Anesthesiology; Rebecca Topham, NP, Little Falls Primary Care; Linda Belden, NP, Primary Care Centers NP; Michael Brien, CRNA, Surgical Services; Michael Ogden, President; Heidi Camardello, VP of Patient Care Services/CNO; Pat Zawko, Director of Quality/ Risk/ Compliance

About Little Falls Hospital
Little Falls Hospital, an affiliate of Bassett Healthcare Network, is an inpatient 25-bed acute care hospital. It is Herkimer County’s only provider of acute inpatient medical care, emergency care, short-term inpatient rehabilitation, and many other diagnostic and therapeutic services. The mission of Little Falls Hospital is to offer high-quality care with compassion, to all who need our services.

About Bassett Healthcare Network
Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. Bassett Medical Center, the foundation of the network, is a 180-bed acute care inpatient teaching hospital located in Cooperstown, NY. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/Bassett.Network and twitter.com/BassettNetwork.

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Cuomo adds eight states to quarantine list https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-adds-eight-states-to-quarantine-list/ https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-adds-eight-states-to-quarantine-list/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:01:10 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26227 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that eight additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that eight additional states meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. The newly-added states are California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, and Tennessee. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.  

The number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive, and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov. 

“As an increasing number of states around the country fight significant community spread, New York is taking action to maintain the precarious safety of its phased, data-driven reopening,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’ve set metrics for community spread just as we’ve set metrics for everything the state does to fight COVID-19, and eight more states have reached the level of spread required to qualify for New York’s travel advisory, meaning we will now require individuals traveling to New York from those states to quarantine for 14 days.” 

The full, updated list of states on the travel advisory is below:  

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:  

  • Patient Hospitalization – 891 (+38)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 72 (+20)
  • Hospital Counties – 27
  • Number ICU – 217 (+1)
  • Number ICU that are intubated – 137 (+1)
  • Total Discharges – 70,487 (+52)
  • Deaths – 13
  • Total Deaths – 24,855

The Governor also confirmed 524 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 393,454 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 393,454 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 168 cases in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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Little Falls Organizations and Volunteers Deliver Summer Meals for Kids https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-organizations-and-volunteers-deliver-summer-meals-for-kids/ https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-organizations-and-volunteers-deliver-summer-meals-for-kids/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:00:58 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26178 Photo by Dave Warner – Johnny Wratten, Tamara Razzano, and Jordyan Mueller load meals for young people in the trunk of a car. In response to COVID-19 related closures that […]

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Photo by Dave Warner – Johnny Wratten, Tamara Razzano, and Jordyan Mueller load meals for young people in the trunk of a car.

In response to COVID-19 related closures that have impacted community-based organizations serving youth, local non-profits and volunteers in Little Falls are teaming up to provide food for young people this summer. Little Falls Community Outreach and Little Falls YMCA, along with LF Volunteer Corps, have developed a nine-week meal packaging and delivery plan that will feed roughly 60 families. Meals include breakfast and lunch seven days a week, as well as dinner for the weekends.

Tamara Razzano, Executive Director of Little Falls Community Outreach, said, “Watching families, who were already struggling, lose their jobs due to the pandemic, we could not turn a blind eye to their need.  Immediately in March, we decided to continue the Food Backpack Program through the summer and we immediately wrote grants to secure funding.  The initial plan was to send the backpacks home through a collaboration with the City of Little Falls Summer Recreation program. We had no idea in March that everything would be shut down through the summer which would affect our ability to provide the Backpacks of food.”

Community Outreach’s Backpack Program began in the fall of 2018 to provide food to students on the weekends and over breaks who are experiencing food scarcity.  To date, the program has served over 3,145 children. For Razzano, the Backpack Program is an important outgrowth of the organization’s mission. “The Little Falls Community Outreach began in 1993 to provide humanitarian service to our community, meeting the needs of children and families.  Over the last 27 years, our programs have evolved to meet the changing needs our of community and now include the Food Backpack Program, Rainbow Club, Senior Lunch and Learn, Banana Splits, Homework Academy, and the Micah Hope Christmas Program as well as our fall fundraising event.”

Tony Deluca of the Little Falls YMCA said that “While not entirely unexpected when we got word that the city’s Summer Recreation program would not be able to open due to COVID-19, we knew we had to pool resources and reach out to the wider community to make sure young people and families would still have access to food. The Summer Recreation program serves roughly 200-250 kids each summer and has been around for decades through the city of Little Falls. The program gives kids fun and safe activities during summer break, but also free lunch for about 45-50 kids per day for seven weeks through a partnership with the YMCA.”

Deluca says that the summer meals through YMCA for the Summer Recreation program started five years ago. “We recognized a need for summer meals through the relationship with school but also with the rise in need presented at the Food Pantry. Integrating meals with this long-standing program was incredibly important to the community.”

Razzano and Deluca say they are thrilled to be able to join efforts to meet this vital need during the pandemic crisis. Jordyan Mueller of LF Volunteer Corps said “There’s a lot of synergy between these organizations. Both entities are deeply committed to helping youth and families. For LF Volunteer Corps, the ability to work together, to bring more volunteers into the fold, means we are building a larger message that Little Falls is a community of care. We are honored to work with such leaders.”

Community members interested in supporting this effort can sign up to help package or make deliveries on the LF Volunteer Corps’ new site: LFVolunteerCorps.com. Each Monday through the end of August, volunteers can pick up meal packages for four families at the Community Room of the First Presbyterian Church at the entrance on Lansing Street, between 10 am and 12 pm. Five routes are available each week. Anyone interested in providing monetary support can submit donations to Community Outreach, 16 Jackson Street, or the Little Falls YMCA, 15 Jackson Street. For questions contact Little Falls Community Outreach at 315-823-1409.

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Keep Columbus, Study History, and Build A Better America https://mylittlefalls.com/keep-columbus-study-history-and-build-a-better-america/ https://mylittlefalls.com/keep-columbus-study-history-and-build-a-better-america/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:00:12 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26196 By Claudia Tenney History is our collective memory – it is the sum of our experiences whether they be triumphs or tragedies, common or extraordinary. Remembering the past does not […]

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By Claudia Tenney

History is our collective memory – it is the sum of our experiences whether they be triumphs or tragedies, common or extraordinary.

Remembering the past does not mean we must endorse it as wholly good or ill. It was lived by imperfect beings, just like we are -– frail and fallen. They achieved great things and committed terrible offenses.

But an arrogant few want to strike down all those who fall short of their own recently discovered but unquestionably pure virtues.

In both Syracuse and Utica, some want to topple a statue of Christopher Columbus for “massacring” 100 million Amerindians. In fact, Columbus and his crews were not responsible for the crimes of subsequent conquerors and settlers, let alone the diseases that truly ravaged the New World’s inhabitants.

Facts seem to be no bother to the “history eaters” who devour the heritage and legacy of others as if completely meaningless.

Columbus’ dangerous and daring journey opened up the New World and laid the groundwork for our nation, the only one ever founded on the idea that liberty and equality are man’s birthright from God. We have not always lived up to that high-minded ideal but we continue to strive toward “a more perfect Union.”

The French statesman Alexis de Tocqueville famously wrote, “The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults.”
My community which erected that monument to Columbus is not blind to his faults but it refuses to judge him only by his sins and erase his great feats.[1] I, too, refuse to ignore the true facts. Instead, I seek to understand, appreciate, and improve.

As Americans, we should live up to our charge – and make our nation more just and free.

The plight of Native Americans – who these erasers claim to speak for – is one place I have tried to make a difference in the now. Over the last decades, I have devoted substantial time and legal help advocating for a full-blooded Oneida Indian tribal leader for over a decade to secure his ancestral Treaty land against eviction by corrupt casino interests.[2] Mr. Phillips seeks to honor and preserve the land and culture of his ancestors from powerful and wealthy native interests who seek to cancel their noble history.

Like Melvin Phillips, who is disabled and lives modestly, the fate of millions of honorable but disempowered people is so often forgotten by the powerful and the supposed “social justice warriors.” I ask them – before they throw paint or hack at a century-old statue with a pick-axe – why don’t they build up instead of destroy. Help others who do not have power or privilege realize the promise of this country.

Killing figures like Columbus is simply erasing our imperfect history, instead, we should be writing the next chapter in bold colors.

Remember our country is not perfect, but we earnestly strive to be.

Claudia Tenney is the Republican and Conservative nominee for Congress for New York’s 22nd District.

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Barbara T. Palmer 1940 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/barbara-t-palmer-1940-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/barbara-t-palmer-1940-2020/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 21:42:41 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26198 LITTLE FALLS – Barbara Trotto Palmer, a life-long resident of Little Falls, New York, passed away in her home, on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Barb was born November 7, 1940, […]

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Barbara Trotto Palmer

LITTLE FALLS – Barbara Trotto Palmer, a life-long resident of Little Falls, New York, passed away in her home, on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Barb was born November 7, 1940, to Mike and Nellie (Urgo) Trotto, in Little Falls, New York. She was a Class of ’58’ graduate from Little Falls High School. She was married to Kenneth Palmer, on February 11, 1961, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Little Falls. Barb began her working career with the New York State Department of Health as a stenographer, immediately out of high school. She later worked at both the Monroe Street and Church Street Elementary Schools as an administrative assistant and eventually worked for the school district superintendent before returning to the New York State Department of Health, from which she officially retired.

Barb was very active within her community. She served as the President of the Little Falls Hospital Guild, President of the Rosary Society, Service Team Chairman for the Girl Scouts of America, an Election Poll Worker, and District Treasurer/Clerk Typist for the Little Falls City School District, as well as serving on numerous church committees. After retirement, she began her second career as a member of the Little Falls City School Board for over 20 years, having also served as both the Vice President and President. She dedicated herself to the children of her community and had a vision to help every student academically, socially, and emotionally. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for her many accomplishments as a member of the BOE. She remained an active member through the current school year.

Barb is survived by her husband, Ken; their four children, Debora (Brian) House, of Ruckersville, VA, Laura Palmer (Rick Arduini), of Little Falls, Kenneth (Christine Walker) Palmer, of East Syracuse and Donald Palmer, of Little Falls. She was Grandmother “Momma” to Jessica House (Justin) Gibson, Danielle House (Zac) Allen, Andrew House, Alexandra Cummings, Jacqueline Cummings (Will) Dawson, Nena Cummings (Jonathan) Carr, Tristan Cummings, David (Amber Vickery) Palmer, Margaret Palmer, Jesse Palmer (Tara Arduini), Jenna Palmer, Samantha Palmer; and Great-Grandmother “Nona” to Breanna, Leah, and Emily Allen, Rebecca and McKenna Gibson, and Esther Carr. She is also survived by one sister, Elvira Ferjanec; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins and countless friends.

She was predeceased by her parents; and five siblings, Mary Colangelo, Josephine Zambri, Louise Guisto, Louis Trotto, and Daniel Trotto. Barb never met a stranger and was loved by everyone. Her family was her pride and joy.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Razia and her staff, the nurses at Faxton-St. Luke’s Hospital and the Hospice Care Staff. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 2nd, 2020, at 11:00 AM, at the Holy Family Parish Church, corner of East Main & John Streets, in Little Falls, with Rev. Brian Slezak, Pastor, Celebrating her Mass of Christian Burial, and then interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Herkimer, New York. Calling hours for family will be held privately at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Little Falls.

Barb’s funeral arrangements have been made with her friends, Harry J. Enea Jr., Kevin E. Enea & Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 823-2424.

An online memorial page in her honor may be viewed by visiting www.eneafamily.com on the Internet, provided by the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 West Monroe Street, in Little Falls, New York.

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Cuomo calls on President Trump to issue Executive Order requiring all Americans to wear masks in public https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-calls-on-president-trump-to-issue-executive-order-requiring-all-americans-to-wear-masks-in-public/ https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-calls-on-president-trump-to-issue-executive-order-requiring-all-americans-to-wear-masks-in-public/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 19:01:32 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26189 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state will decide on Wednesday whether to slow down the reopening of indoor dining in New York City as part of Phase 3 […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the state will decide on Wednesday whether to slow down the reopening of indoor dining in New York City as part of Phase 3 of reopening. Indoor dining has been shown to pose risks in other states, and outdoor dining has been proceeding well. New York State will review data, consult with stakeholders, and make a final decision.

The Governor also announced that the global public health experts advising the state on reopening have cleared Western New York to enter Phase 4 of reopening tomorrow, June 30, 2020.

Governor Cuomo also called on President Trump to issue an executive order requiring all Americans to wear masks in public and to wear a mask himself.  

Governor Cuomo also announced that the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will be held in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday, August 30, with limited to no audience.

The governor also directed the New York State Police to establish a new temporary Fireworks Enforcement Detail to prevent illegal fireworks being brought to New York from Pennsylvania. The Detail’s establishment is in response to a spike of illegal firework use throughout the state, which has generated widespread complaints and media reports. The detail will be in place until July 3. 

The governor also announced that air conditioning filters with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating capable of filtering COVID-19 particles or similar air exchange measures will be mandatory for large mall reopenings.  A COVID-19 particle is approximately 0.125 microns in diameter. Filters with a high MERV, such as High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, have been shown to help reduce the presence of COIVD-19 in air filtration systems. 

“One of the issues we’re working on in New York is indoor dining, which has been problematic in other parts of the country because the virus spreads in closed, indoor areas that have air-conditioning systems. Outdoor dining has worked very well all across the state, New York City included, so the state’s going to be reviewing the data and consulting with stakeholders in New York City,” Governor Cuomo said.

“I’ve started speaking with restaurant owners and local stakeholders about the risk-reward on indoor dining. We’re going through the data, but this is a real issue. Our reopenings have worked very well. We’re not going backwards, we’re going forwards. A lot of these other states have actually had to go backwards because they started to reopen and they had to stop. We want to study this issue primarily New York City on indoor dining and we’ll have a final decision by Wednesday so people who operate those types of businesses will know what we’re doing.”

The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive, and many other helpful data points are available at forward.ny.gov.

The Governor also confirmed 391 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 392,930 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 392,930 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 167 cases in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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Letter to the Editor – Koslofsky https://mylittlefalls.com/letter-to-the-editor-koslofsky/ https://mylittlefalls.com/letter-to-the-editor-koslofsky/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:00:56 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26166 The mid-winter retiree meeting was beginning and I was running late. I entered the crowded dining room and spied an empty seat making my way through the maze of tables. […]

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The mid-winter retiree meeting was beginning and I was running late. I entered the crowded dining room and spied an empty seat making my way through the maze of tables. Suddenly an arm reached out to stop me. A neighbor looked up stating, “Gloria,
I have been wanting to thank you for convincing me to vote for Anthony Brindisi. I am so pleased with the job he is doing”.

I sat down, wondering which of Anthony’s accomplishments she admired. Was it the Senior Citizen’s Town Hall at which he discussed Medicare, Social Security, and rising drug costs or the House bill requiring the military to use American made flatware benefiting Sherrill Manufacturing? Maybe it is his appointment to the Armed Services Committee and his procurement of ten million dollars for the Rome Lab or his dedicated efforts to obtain a local Veteran’s cemetery in Oneida County since the closest one is In Saratoga. Then again, he created an agricultural advisory council to support our local farmers.

My neighbor is a member of an opposing political party with conservative values. Yet she appreciates Congressman Brindisi’s dedication to his constituents. This encounter is validation of Indivisible MV’s mantra, “Democracy is NOT a Spectator Sport.”

Thank you,
Gloria D. Koslofsky

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Go Fund Me campaign kicking off for mural in Canal Place https://mylittlefalls.com/go-fund-me-campaign-kicking-off-for-mural-in-canal-place/ https://mylittlefalls.com/go-fund-me-campaign-kicking-off-for-mural-in-canal-place/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:00:49 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26049 Elias Saifan talks about what he is thinking of painting on the north wall of Canal Side Inn. by Dave Warner The north side of the building that houses Canal […]

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Elias Saifan talks about what he is thinking of painting on the north wall of Canal Side Inn.

by Dave Warner

The north side of the building that houses Canal Side Inn is about to get a makeover that includes an electric awning, a deck, fencing, outdoor seating, umbrellas, and a more than 670 square foot mural on the side of the building.

The idea came about when David Casullo and Neil Rosenbaum, owners of the restaurant approached Elias Saifan, who has the Art Door Gallery just down from them.

Saifan said, “they needed a hand to help move this oven, and afterward, they asked me if I had a minute, and if I would check out the side of the building.”

He said that they had thought that a gigantic mural on the side of the building would be a great idea.

“For me, I love working on big, I love working on huge mega canvases, so when I saw the wall I’m like, oh my God. It’s a beautiful antiqued brick wall. I could immediately see something dynamic. Since it’s a tiny little neighborhood here, but beautiful in every way, I could see something that has like a depth of field on the wall,” he stated.

Rosenbaum said, “I think the people who are going to be successful through this pandemic are the ones that are willing to be creative. One of the things we said was that it is probably going to be some time before everyone is comfortable going inside a restaurant.”

So, they started working with the city to put outdoor dining on the north side of the restaurant.

“We have a couple of tables outside, but having extensive outdoor dining is what we were thinking about. When we stood there looking at the building and that wall that faces the bridge, Main St and Route 5, we thought this is the first view that people get when they come into Canal Place,” Rosenbaum stated.

“We asked Eli if he had ever done a mural and that led to ongoing conversations and his desire to do something with us. He did a number of studies of some different treatments that he could do on the side of the building and we got very excited by it. We think it will really enhance the Canal Place experience,” he said.

When they got into it, they found out that the project would probably take a month, and that the materials were pretty expensive. “The expenses are somewhat of a hurdle so we thought that the community and the people that visit here and love Little Falls and Canal Place might help support the effort,” Rosenbaum said.

They have come up with the idea of creating a Go Fund Me page to raise the money necessary to complete the mural project.

Rosenbaum said, “you hear great stories of communities that raise money to help a small movie theater go from film to digital, or saving certain types of businesses or helping people. Eli is dedicated to keeping his business here and has done a lot of great things for the community and we’d love to see  him get the recognition for it.”

Saifan said that he wants the mural to be something that when viewed from afar, is inviting – something that draws you down to Canal Place. “It’s the first time that I’ve ever done a Go Fund Me campaign, but I suppose that it seems natural and makes sense. It’s a public art piece, so everyone is going to benefit from it.”

He is hopeful that people will really get into it and support the project. “In Bushwick, it’s like an outdoor museum now. People come from all over the world just to tour and see the murals. It would be awesome to have a mural that would kind of generate the energy of an art movement here.”

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2020 Graduation forced into one long day https://mylittlefalls.com/2020-graduation-forced-into-one-long-day/ https://mylittlefalls.com/2020-graduation-forced-into-one-long-day/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:00:44 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26083 by Dave Warner The 2020 graduation for the seniors started out early in the morning with a rehearsal, instructions, photos, and guest speakers, and ended when the last of the […]

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by Dave Warner

The 2020 graduation for the seniors started out early in the morning with a rehearsal, instructions, photos, and guest speakers, and ended when the last of the students officially graduated just after 8 pm.

After the morning practice session and parade through town, the first group of graduates gathered at the high school at 4:30 pm.

Once the ceremony started, principal Leeann Dooley said, “so here we are. I don’t know about all of you, but I didn’t think that we would get to this point, to be honest.”

She went on to say that planning this graduation ceremony “was like hitting a moving target, while riding a horse backward, blindfolded with my hair on fire. That’s what graduation preparation was like.”

“We’re here, to celebrate all of you. I’m so very proud of all of you. This is the time for you to shine, families to celebrate you, and for your community to honor you,” she stated.

Mr. Joseph Morotti was one of the commencement speakers in the morning dry run and he said, “before I even get going, I wanted to let you know how awesome you are. You are probably the strongest individuals that I’ve met in 33 years of teaching.”

Mr. Samuel Salamone was also a commencement speaker in the morning and he spoke about how much he missed seeing the students in person. “That was the hardest part of remote education. It was all hard, but being away from you was the hardest.”

Another commencement speaker in the morning was Mr. Andrew Casullo, who said, “it’s an absolute honor to be here with you celebrating your tremendous accomplishments.” He went on to say that clearly, today’s circumstances are not normal.

“I think it’s time that we accept the fact that yesterday’s normal is past. It’s time we change our perspective,” he stated.

Mrs. Marie Oriolo, the final commencement speaker said, “once the four of us agreed to speak at graduation, we were instructed to be brief, so we worked together to ensure that all the speakers for the class of 2020 complimented each other.”

“I wanted to speak about only the positives, but how do I accomplish that attempting to ignore the elephant in the room? I cannot, so I will have to include said elephant.”

She talked about the missed experiences the students had counted on, had looked forward to, and had waited to experience for four years. “They did not occur, but Martin Luther King said, ‘we must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope’, and here you sit today, ready for graduation.

Order prints at https://photos.mylittlefalls.com/p585131169

The graduation program and photos are below:
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Chief Alfred Munger was a fireman’s fireman https://mylittlefalls.com/chief-alfred-munger-was-a-firemans-fireman/ https://mylittlefalls.com/chief-alfred-munger-was-a-firemans-fireman/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:00:43 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26151 by Scott Kinville Former Little Falls Fire Chief Alfred ‘Al’ Munger was a true giant in the fire service, both inside and outside the city. After serving in the United […]

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Chief Alfred ‘Al’ Munger

by Scott Kinville

Former Little Falls Fire Chief Alfred ‘Al’ Munger was a true giant in the fire service, both inside and outside the city.

After serving in the United States Army during World War II, Munger joined the Little Falls Fire Department in 1950. The department was much different than it is today — this was a time of open cab apparatus, rubber turnout (firefighting) gear, and an “air pack” consisted of a damp sponge covering the nose and mouth.

From the beginning, he had a deep desire to learn everything about the fire service, and it would pay off as he quickly rose the ranks. In March 1967, he succeeded Abram Swartz as chief of the Little Falls Fire Department.

As fire chief, Munger would prove to be a very effective leader both on the fireground and behind the desk. Overall, Little Falls would purchase six pieces of apparatus (vehicles) for the fire department under his stewardship.

He was also known to try to get everything he could out of the apparatus the department had, which I’m sure made the mayor and aldermen of the time very happy.

On the fireground he led operations for hundreds of fire calls both large and small.

Some of these fires longtime residents may remember include the WLFH studio, the Ann Street Market (now the Ann Street Deli), Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church on Furnace Street and of course the biggest fire he faced as chief was the Little Falls High School fire on Jan. 10, 1976.

An often overlooked aspect of Chief Munger’s career was the improvements made in the city’s ambulance service under his watch.

Prior to Munger becoming chief, the ambulance was basically a ride to the hospital. Sometimes a doctor would ride into the hospital, but the firemen didn’t have much to do with patient care.

In 1969, firefighters Mike Izzo, James Staffo, and Tony Federico took the advanced first aid course. By 1975, twelve members of the department were certified EMTs and five more would follow in 1982. Not long after this, Eric Loucks and Les Congdon would become the fire department’s first advanced EMTs with the ability to do EKG’s, IV’s and give medications.

By the time Chief Munger retired, the Little Falls Ambulance was vastly improved.

Chief Munger’s influence in the fire service was not limited to the city of Little Falls. On a county level, he served on the Herkimer County Fire Advisory Board for over 14 years. He was also President of the Herkimer County Fire Chiefs Association in 1980 and 1981 along with serving on the Herkimer County Arson Task Force. Munger was also a member of the International Association of Fire Investigators and a charter member of the New York State chapter of that organization.

I once had the pleasure of interviewing the former chief about his career. One fire service achievement he was particularly proud of was being elected to the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs in June of 1981.

Munger’s last day as chief of the Little Falls Fire Department was March 18, 1983. Two months later, on May 21, a retirement party was held at the DeCarlo-Staffo Post in his honor. Over 300 people attended, including most of his family.

He received many well-deserved accolades that night from neighboring fire departments, Little Falls Mayor Ted Wind and New York State Assemblyman Anthony Casale. In his usual humble fashion, Munger gave credit for his successful career to everyone he had worked with through the years.

For most people, once you retire your career is over and you ride off into the sunset. Munger, however, was not most people.

He would continue to serve in the LFFD as a call man, even becoming president of the Call Fireman’s Association. In January 2000, at the Herkimer County Fire Chiefs’ annual dinner in Dolgeville, Munger was honored once again. This time it was in recognition of his fifty years in the fire service.

A large crowd, including several of the men who had served under him, were entertained by his recollections and jokes — which he was always fond of telling.

Chief Alfred Munger died on September 11, 2014, at the age of 95.

A true legend, he was a member of the Call Firemen’s Association right up until the day of his passing. His loss saddened people throughout the Mohawk Valley and beyond as he was a well-known and well-liked man.

Scott Kinville is a Little Falls fireman and a member of the Little Falls Historical Society.

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Work with local officials, businesses to safely reopen https://mylittlefalls.com/work-with-local-officials-businesses-to-safely-reopen/ https://mylittlefalls.com/work-with-local-officials-businesses-to-safely-reopen/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:00:26 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26081 A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward The majority of Senate District 51 has now entered Phase Four of the reopening bringing a number of businesses […]

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A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward

The majority of Senate District 51 has now entered Phase Four of the reopening bringing a number of businesses and venues back online.  There are others, however, that planned to be up and running and had the rug pulled out from under them at the last minute.

For several months, I have called for a safe and responsible reopening of New York State on a regional basis while following CDC guidelines.  I have also repeatedly called for the governor to release detailed guidelines to help business owners, local elected officials, and residents prepare to safely reopen.  The lack of information has been disconcerting to say the least.  The governor has also changed the rules midstream on multiple occasions causing great confusion.  That was the case again as the start to Phase Four neared.

According to guidance originally issued by the state, Phase Four reopening would include malls, gyms, and movie theaters. However, at the last minute, local officials quietly received guidance noting that these businesses would not be opening as originally planned.  Instead, they were told media production, including motion picture, TV and streaming service production, as well as ‘low-risk’ indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment could resume operations.

The state has indicated these other businesses can open ‘soon,’ but no date, plan, or guidelines have been released that would indicate when that would be. While there are definite challenges for malls, movie theaters, and fitness centers, the governor needs to work with these industries, review proposals submitted by experts, and take steps to open the businesses that have paid their dues.

Nobody wants to see a surge in COVID-19 cases and it is vital that we continue to closely monitor health statistics and follow recommended safety precautions.  Local officials and small business owners have been diligently preparing to reopen safely and last-minute roadblocks are unfair.

It is also well past the time to end the governor’s one-man rule of New York State.  Earlier this month the legislature reconvened and I, along with the rest of the Senate Republican Conference, introduced an amendment to end the governor’s executive power.   Every Senate Democrat voted against the measure and it was defeated, allowing the governor to continue to act on his own.

I am co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation (S.8387) that would ensure the legislature’s rightful role as a co-equal branch of government during a state disaster emergency declaration by making the governor’s actions subject to review every 30 days.  Any continuation of the declaration and the suspension of laws would require legislative approval, as exists elsewhere in the United States. All declarations would be in force for no more than 30 days without re-approval.  Through this proposal, the public, by way of their elected representatives in Albany, would have greater participation in the process of how to close and reopen.  With the potential of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic ahead, it is imperative that we make this change now.  This does not prevent the governor from taking necessary steps to keep the people of New York safe, but it does prevent the governor from circumventing the legislature in certain instances.

The inconsistency that has occurred in relation to determining what is open and what is essential versus that which is closed and non-essential have proven chaotic and contradictory, leading to unnecessary confusion amongst employers, employees and residents.  By requiring the governor to solicit input from local governments, school districts, individuals, businesses, associations and other parties affected by suspended laws and other executive actions, the confusion and inconsistencies surrounding executive orders can be greatly reduced.

For updated information regarding the reopening of our state, guidelines that individual businesses must follow, testing protocol, and other news check online at https://forward.ny.gov/.

Moving forward, I will continue to call for the end of the governor’s one-man rule of New York State while pursuing a safe re-opening based on facts.

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DEC Joins Great Lakes States and Canadian Provinces to Announce Second Annual Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-joins-great-lakes-states-and-canadian-provinces-to-announce-second-annual-aquatic-invasive-species-landing-blitz/ https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-joins-great-lakes-states-and-canadian-provinces-to-announce-second-annual-aquatic-invasive-species-landing-blitz/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 09:00:12 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26074 Regional Effort to Raise Awareness about Aquatic Invasive Species Spread and Prevention The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in cooperation with seven Great Lakes states and two […]

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Regional Effort to Raise Awareness about Aquatic Invasive Species Spread and Prevention

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in cooperation with seven Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces, today announced the second annual Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Landing Blitz, a regional campaign to inform boaters and others about the risks of introducing and spreading these invasive pests. During this coordinated outreach effort, partners throughout the Great Lakes region will be educating the public at hundreds of water access sites from June 28 to July 5.

“DEC is committed to preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species and the second annual Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz will bolster New York’s ongoing efforts with educational events across the Great Lakes region,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “It’s a chance to work directly with water recreationists and deliver a coordinated, regional message about the importance of AIS spread prevention during the busiest boating weekends of the year. Direct and meaningful engagement is essential to reducing the economic and ecological impacts of AIS in the Great Lakes.”

AIS are non-native aquatic plants and animals that can cause environmental and economic harm and harm to human health. Many AIS have been found in the lakes, ponds, and rivers of New York, and can be transported from waterbody to waterbody on watercraft and equipment. Boat stewards are paid members of the community or volunteers that provide boaters and other water recreationists with important information about precautions to reduce the likelihood of spreading AIS. The stewards help people learn how to inspect, clean, drain and treat watercraft and equipment. For the direct link to the map to help locate these services, visit the NYS Public Boat Launches with Boat Stewards or Decontamination Services Map.

Local communities and volunteers are key partners in the success of this event. DEC also works with state Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISMs) and lake associations to reach out to boaters and anglers and foster stewardship of New York’s waters. Boaters will have the opportunity to engage directly with stewards in their community during the Blitz and learn how to clean, drain, and dry their boats as part of this collective effort to help protect New York’s rivers and lakes, including the Great Lakes, from the unwanted impacts of invasive species.

For more information on the AIS Landing Blitz, including educational materials, visit the Great Lakes AIS Landing Blitz website. To learn more about the AIS Boat Steward Program, visit DEC’s website.

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Rotary gets ready for football season https://mylittlefalls.com/rotary-gets-ready-for-football-season/ https://mylittlefalls.com/rotary-gets-ready-for-football-season/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 08:30:57 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26079 The Rotary Club of Little Falls will begin their annual “Monday Night Football” fundraising event on July 14th, 2020, exactly two months before the very first Monday Night kick-off between […]

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The Rotary Club of Little Falls will begin their annual “Monday Night Football” fundraising event on July 14th, 2020, exactly two months before the very first Monday Night kick-off between the NY Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2020 NFL season.

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered our lives considerably over the last few months, and the need for support from our community has grown. Despite this health crisis, the Rotary Club of Little Falls is committed now more than ever to help answer those needs of our community. We appreciate your support in the past and we hope that you will support us once again this year through your donation of $25 to receive a chance to win in our “Monday Night Football” fundraising program.

You can receive a program book by sending your payment(s) of $25 to the Rotary Club of Little Falls, P.O. Box 181, Little Falls, NY 13365. A program book will be mailed to your address. If you have a special number you would like us to consider, please let us know and we will try to accommodate your request? Books are expected to be available for mailing beginning in mid-July.

In the event the 2020 season is canceled in whole or in part, we will conduct a random drawing each week of a regularly scheduled game which is not played to determine the winning number for that week.

Our Club assists in funding more than 30 different community organizations annually. We hope that you will support us in that effort once again. Good Luck and Good Health!

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Road Work Report for the Week Beginning June 29, 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-june-29-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-june-29-2020/#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 09:00:09 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26077 HERKIMER COUNTY Town of German Flatts: Route 5S between the Frankfort exit and the Route 51 exit. Motorists will encounter a west bound shoulder closure for the entering and exiting […]

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HERKIMER COUNTY

Town of German Flatts: Route 5S between the Frankfort exit and the Route 51 exit. Motorists will encounter a west bound shoulder closure for the entering and exiting trucks in the construction entrance.

Village of Newport: (D#263947) Route 28 between Bridge Street and Harris Ave. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with temporary signals in place due to culvert extension and embankment, closed drainage and curb placement.

Town of German Flatts: (D#264168) Route 5 at the Route 51 interchange. Motorists will encounter occasional lane closures with flaggers in place. Work being performed is bridge painting, blasting, and the installation of the bridge painting containment system.

Village of Herkimer: (D#263685) Route 28 at Caroline Street/ Steele Street intersection. Motorists will encounter work off the road due to traffic signal work.

Town of Ohio: (D#263877) Route 8 between Route 365 and Route 10. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a temporary signal in place due to work on the bridge over the West Canada Creek.

Town of Ohio: (D#263947) Route 8 between Hall Road and Nellis Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to culvert work.

Town of German Flatts: (D#264203) Route 5S between Route 28 and Route 167. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to shoulder box out work, and approach reconstruction.

Town of German Flatts: (D#264203) Route 28 between the Otsego County line and Route 168. Motorists will encounter shoulder closures in both directions due to shoulder boxouts and approach reconstruction.

ONEIDA COUNTY

City of Utica: (D#263572) Route 5S between Cornelia Street and Broad Street. Multiple lane closures throughout the work zone. Traffic will remain in Phase 2 traffic pattern over the next several months. The contractor crews will continue installing new drainage, drainage structures and water mains between John and Cornelia Streets, north side. Along with the drainage and watermain work the contractor will be boxing out Liberty Street between Lower Genesee Street and Washington Street. In addition, crews will also start drainage work on the north side of John Street between Route 5S and Broad Street using daily lane closures. There will also be daily lane closures in both east and west bound lanes between Broad and Cornelia Streets for sidewalk and bike trail concrete pours. Burchard, Hotel, Seneca, Washington and Broadway may be temporarily closed to through traffic with local business access only. Root Street access to Route 5S west bound is closed during this phase. The Contractor will be installing new lighting and traffic signal foundations and ped poles throughout the project. Minor traffic impacts are expected.

City of Utica: (D#264047) North Genesee Street between Wurz Ave and Whitesboro/Broad Streets. Motorists will encounter a left lane closure on North Genesee Street southbound between Lee and Whitesboro Streets. There will be a right lane closure on Broad/Whitesboro Streets between John Street and Hotel Street. The center median remains permanently closed from south of Lee Street to Wurz Ave.

City of Utica: (D#264001) Route 12 between Route 5A and Putnam Road. Motorists will encounter lane and shoulder closures in both directions due to sign installation and pavement clean-up.

City of Utica: Route 5/8/12 west bound at Route 840 west bound ramp. Motorists will encounter west bound lane closures due to overhead sign inspection.

Village of Yorkville: Route 5A at Cooper Street. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to overhead sign inspection.

Village of Yorkville: Route 5A at Main Street. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to overhead sign inspections.

Town of New Hartford, Town of Paris: (D#264127) Route 8 between Elm Street and Pinnacle Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to shoulder/approach slab reconstruction work. Motorists will also encounter shoulder closures on Kellogg Road under the Route 8 bridge due to bridge pier work.

Town of Steuben: Route 274 between Long Shore Road and Coleman Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a temporary signal due to work on the bridge over Big Brook.

Town of Boonville: (D#264098) Sargent Road at Moose River Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge painting.

Town of Boonville: (D#264098) Williams Road over Forestport Feeder Canal. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge painting.

Town of Remsen: (D#264098) Bardwell Mills Road over Kayuta Lake. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge painting.

Town of Marcy: (D#263896) Route 49 between River Street and Route 12. Motorists will encounter long term lane closures with a speed limit reduction of 45mph during working hours and 55MPH during off hours due to concrete slab replacement, roadway milling operations, and pavement markings.

White Lake: (D#263925) Route 28 Between Stone Quarry Road and Newell Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to culvert repairs

MADISON COUNTY

Town of Lenox: (D#264135) Route 5 between Stroud Street and Hubbard Place. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to full depth joint repairs.

Village of Madison: (D264088) Route 20 between Route 12B and County Route 83. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a temporary signal due to culvert work.

FULTON COUNTY

Town of Broadalbin: (D#264083) Bridge Street over Route 29. Motorists will encounter shoulder and lane closures in both directions on Route 29 with flaggers in place due to concrete work and bridge washing.

Town of Mayfield: (D#263942) Route 30 at Route 30A. Motorists will encounter no impact to traffic due to signpost repair and fence installation.

Town of Caroga: (D#263877) Route 10 between Route 29A and Route 10A. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with temporary signals in place due to bridge work over the Pine Lake Outlet.

Town of Ephratah: (D#263893) Route 10 between the Montgomery County line and Route 29. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to guiderail, drainage, sign work and culvert work.

Town of Stratford: (D#263877) Route 29A between Route 29 and Route 10. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a temporary signal due to bridge work over Burnt Valley Stream.

Town of Mayfield: (D#263926) Route 349 between Route 30 and Bemis Road. Motorists will not encounter work in the road due to silt fence installation.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Town of Mindenville: (D#264083) County Route 65 bridge over the Erie Canal. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to guiderail work.

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 between Bridge Street and Erie Street. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions on Route 30. Temporary signals remain on Erie Street for alternating traffic in both directions.

Village of Fultonville: (D#263987) Route 30A between Park Street and Route 920P. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to work on the bridge over the Mohawk River.

Town of Esperance, Village of Fultonville: (D#264189) Route 30A between the Schoharie County line and the Village of Fultonville. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to shoulder reconstruction work and roadside drainage work.

HAMILTON COUNTY

Hamlet of Eagle Bay to Hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake: (D#263869) Route 28 between Eagle Bay and Blue Mountain Lake. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to sign installation, drainage installation, turf establishment, and project punch list work.

Pavement Markings will be occurring on various routes in Oneida and Madison Counties. Lane closures or shifts with flaggers will be expected. All work is weather dependent.

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(Family Features) If spending more time at home than usual has you reaching for snacks more often, keep some quick, flavorful options on-hand to help fuel you and your family throughout the day when hunger pangs strike.

One versatile pantry staple that can fit a variety of snack cravings: popcorn. With no artificial additives or preservatives, light and airy popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and gluten free, making it a sensible option to enjoy one handful at a time or sprinkled with seasonings that satisfy your taste buds. A whole-grain food, popcorn has energy-producing carbohydrates and fiber, which can help keep you satisfied longer. Plus, it’s simple enough to make that kids can help in the kitchen by popping it themselves or adding toppings.

Whether you’re craving something sweet, salty, spicy – or nearly anything else – freshly popped popcorn can serve as the perfect base ingredient to simply mix in your favorite toppings or create more unique tastes by combining a variety of herbs and spices. For example, consider these hacks to add easy flavor:

  • Pop it on the stove. Stovetop popping allows you to choose your toppings. Cover the bottom of a pot with a thin layer of oil and popcorn kernels, shake to coat, cover with a lid then turn on the heat. Once popping has slowed to 2-second intervals, remove from heat and add toppings.
  • Add some sweetness. When you’re in the mood for something sweet, add a dash of salt and a pinch of sugar (or more to meet your taste) to a bowl of popcorn. Or add sugar to the pan before it’s popped, like this recipe for Sugar Corn.
  • Melt some butter. For a classic taste treat, melt a little butter and pour over your bowl of popped corn.
  • Satisfy multiple cravings. Pop a large pot of popcorn and divide it in half; top one half with sweeter toppings like honey and the other with something savory, like nutritional yeast or dill. When hunger strikes, you’re ready, regardless of the flavor craving.
  • Spice it up. Cayenne pepper and a blend of other spices can be sprinkled on popcorn to create a spicier snack like Cajun Corn.
  • Add mix-ins. Add dried fruits, nuts or candies to a bowl of popcorn to make your own trail mix.
  • Cheese, please. A sprinkle of Parmesan cheese can make your snack a bit more substantial.

For more snack ideas that deliver on both flavor and nutrition, visit popcorn.org.

Sugar Corn

Yield: 8 cups

1/4 cup vegetable oil, for popping

1/2 cup popcorn kernels

1 pinch white sugar, plus additional, to taste

In medium pan, heat oil until hot.

Add popcorn to pan and sprinkle sugar over it. Add more sugar, if desired, to taste.

Cover and shake pan continuously until popcorn is popped.

Cajun Corn

Yield: 2 1/2 quarts

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 1/2 quarts popped popcorn, warm

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon lemon pepper

Heat oven to 300 F.

In bowl, pour butter over warm popcorn.

In separate bowl, combine paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and lemon pepper; sprinkle over popcorn. Toss to mix.

Bake 5-10 minutes for crispy popcorn.

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Local Fresh & Elks BBQ a hit Thursday afternoon https://mylittlefalls.com/local-fresh-elks-bbq-a-hit-thursday-afternoon/ https://mylittlefalls.com/local-fresh-elks-bbq-a-hit-thursday-afternoon/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:00:54 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26056 by Dave Warner Two popular events were well attended Thursday afternoon as Local Fresh Thursdays placed vendors in Burke Park and the Elks fired up their BBQ grill across the […]

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by Dave Warner

Two popular events were well attended Thursday afternoon as Local Fresh Thursdays placed vendors in Burke Park and the Elks fired up their BBQ grill across the street.

Jovanna Mueller, the 2020 Local Fresh Thursday Market Manager, said, “this is our second week, and we’re doing alright. We have another vendor added to the market. We’ve got a lot of traffic happening and we have Think Local here as well, which I really like because we want to host groups like this.”

She went on to say, “this is my dream, right here. Seeing all these cars and all the traffic and people mingling while social distancing, but still being able to enjoy themselves and have a beautiful night. I’m jazzed. I’m so excited about this.”

Mueller says that the event will expand in July with more vendors showing up once their crops are able to be harvested. She said, “we’re movin’ and groovin’.”

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Counties Renew Call for Federal Funding https://mylittlefalls.com/counties-renew-call-for-federal-funding/ https://mylittlefalls.com/counties-renew-call-for-federal-funding/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:00:35 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26034 NYSAC today renewed its call for federal coronavirus funding for states and counties in light of a new report from Moody’s Analytics that projects an additional 4 million layoffs from […]

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NYSAC today renewed its call for federal coronavirus funding for states and counties in light of a new report from Moody’s Analytics that projects an additional 4 million layoffs from states and local governments across the nation.

The report, detailed in recent news accounts, underscores the need for Congress and the President to act on an additional federal stimulus package that provides direct funding for states and local governments facing unprecedented funding shortfalls as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession.

This report falls in line with projections released by NYSAC last month that estimated that counties in New York would lose more than $2 billion in revenue as a result of the novel coronavirus.

“This report makes it clear is that we’re all in this together; if local governments and the workers they employ suffer, then entire communities and their economies suffer, as essential services are cut and unemployed workers can’t afford to visit local businesses,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. “Our counties commend the Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the entire New York State Congressional Delegation for fighting for enhanced Federal Medicaid funding, and the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo for helping to control the spread of COVID-19, but we need additional help from the federal government. We need Congress to approve an additional Coronavirus Stimulus Bill that provides states and local governments with unrestricted and flexible funding.”

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FREE Milk/Food Drive-Thru Event Scheduled for Herkimer Central School on Tuesday, June 30 https://mylittlefalls.com/free-milk-food-drive-thru-event-scheduled-for-herkimer-central-school-on-tuesday-june-30/ https://mylittlefalls.com/free-milk-food-drive-thru-event-scheduled-for-herkimer-central-school-on-tuesday-june-30/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:00:21 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26054 Through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (C.F.A.P.), government-funded grants have been made available to food banks and community organizations to help provide much-needed food to those in need. The American […]

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Through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (C.F.A.P.), government-funded grants have been made available to food banks and community organizations to help provide much-needed food to those in need.

The American Dairy Association North East is working with the Dairy Farmers of America, the Food Bank of Central New York, the Office of Legislator Robert Schrader and the Herkimer County Legislature, and community partners to facilitate the distribution of more than 4,000 gallons of milk and 25,000 pounds of meat and produce through a local drive-thru event. There will be 800 boxes each of meat (10 pounds/box) and produce (22 pounds/box). Vehicles will receive two gallons of milk and one of each box, while supplies last. Herkimer County will also be distributing 1,000 five-packs of cloth facemasks.

Milk and dairy foods are an important source of essential nutrients. Missed meals can lead to fatigue, reduced immune response, and long-term medical issues.

To ensure the safety and health of all involved in the distribution, there will be a drive-thru distribution process for this event. All drivers and passengers must remain in their vehicles and will be prompted to open their trunk to receive milk and products. If cars do not have a trunk, they will be prompted to open their window. Walk-ups will not be permitted. No registration or paperwork is required for this distribution.

The event will happen at the Herkimer Central School (801 W. German St., Herkimer, N.Y., 13350) on Tuesday, June 30th beginning at 10 a.m.

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Flag retirement ceremony held at American Legion https://mylittlefalls.com/flag-burning-ceremony-held-at-american-legion/ https://mylittlefalls.com/flag-burning-ceremony-held-at-american-legion/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:00:10 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26040 by Dave Warner The annual flag retirement ceremony was held at the American Legion Post 31 parking lot on Wednesday night. Post Commander Tony George opened up comments by thanking […]

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by Dave Warner

The annual flag retirement ceremony was held at the American Legion Post 31 parking lot on Wednesday night. Post Commander Tony George opened up comments by thanking the scouts for all their hard work.

“I’d like to thank the leaders who took charge when we did the cemeteries, which were late because we had a problem getting the flags in. I appreciate everything that you guys did for us. The cemeteries look good and we’ve gotten a lot of compliments,” he said.

When Coronavirus restrictions are lifted, the post plans on having a celebration so that they can honor the scouts for their hard work with juice, coffee, and donuts.

He stated, “As you know, the flag is very important to Veterans. It symbolizes freedom & democracy, and by doing this – taking these flags off these graves, it means a lot to the people that are still alive.”

“This is a special event for Veterans. It’s an annual event that we do and for the past couple of years, we’ve had the full ceremony. It’s very dignified…very heartfelt for a lot of people,” he said.

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Lock 17 scheduled to open July 20th https://mylittlefalls.com/lock-17-scheduled-to-open-july-20th/ https://mylittlefalls.com/lock-17-scheduled-to-open-july-20th/#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2020 09:00:50 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26024 The New York State Canal Corporation announced today that portions of the New York State Canal system are scheduled to open on Friday, June 26, 2020, at 7:00 a.m. for […]

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The New York State Canal Corporation announced today that portions of the New York State Canal system are scheduled to open on Friday, June 26, 2020, at 7:00 a.m. for the 2020 navigation season.

Construction and maintenance activities continue at several locks across the system. The projected opening date for those locations is noted below in bold font.

Canal               Lock     Municipality               Opening Date             Hours

Erie                  E-2       Waterford                   June 26                        7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-3       Waterford                   June 26                        7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-4       Waterford                   June 26                        7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-5       Waterford                   June 26                        7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-6       Waterford                   June 26                        7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-7       Niskayuna                   July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-8       Scotia                          July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-9       Rotterdam                  July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-10     Cranesville                  July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-11     Amsterdam                 July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-12     Tribes Hill                    July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-13     Yosts                           July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-14     Canajoharie                July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-15     Fort Plain                    July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-16     St. Johnsville               July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-17     Little Falls                    July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-18     Jacksonburg                July 20                         7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-19     Frankfort                     August 10                    7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-20     Whitesboro                August 10                    7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-21     New London               June 26                        7 am – 5 pm

Erie                  E-22     New London               June 26                        7 am – 5 pm

Due to roving operators, some delays may be experienced during certain periods in the Waterford Flight. Vessels arriving at the Waterford Flight from either direction prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through the entire Flight.

Vessels arriving westbound at Lock E-21 in New London or arriving eastbound at Lock E-22 in Verona prior to scheduled closing will be admitted through both locks.

The Canal system is scheduled to close to navigation on October 14, 2020.

The Canal Corporation appreciates the public’s patience during this time and urges all users to register to receive updates through the “Notice to Mariners” notification program at www.canals.ny.gov.

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Virtual session days produce mix of good, bad and ugly https://mylittlefalls.com/virtual-session-days-produce-mix-of-good-bad-and-ugly/ https://mylittlefalls.com/virtual-session-days-produce-mix-of-good-bad-and-ugly/#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2020 09:00:45 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26020 A legislative column by Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco) After a two-month hiatus, the Assembly finally reconvened for two session days in May and June. As expected, the legislative agenda reflected […]

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A legislative column by Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,Ref-Meco)

After a two-month hiatus, the Assembly finally reconvened for two session days in May and June. As expected, the legislative agenda reflected the current public issues of COVID-19 and law enforcement reforms.

COVID-19 legislation was the overarching topic of discussion in May and law enforcement reforms were the focus in June. While the atmosphere and logistics around “virtual” session were obviously different, the resulting mix of good, bad and ugly legislation was similar to what we might see at the end of a typical session.

In the good category, a whistleblower bill was passed to protect healthcare employees with complaints of employer violations of regulations from being penalized. Another bill requires residential healthcare facilities to prepare annual pandemic emergency plans. As the governor’s policy directives and procedures for nursing home residents during the pandemic were clearly misguided, passage of these bills will minimize the need for emergency intervention in the future.

Other positive legislation related to the pandemic gave local governments the ability to defer property tax payments, extend the expiration date of building permits by 120 days and extend renewals for public bond anticipation notes. In addition, a state disaster emergency loan program to be administered by local Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) was established. This provides IDAs with the flexibility to support small businesses and non-profits during public health emergencies.

In June, I supported several sensible law enforcement reforms, including legislation to protect New York State Police by wearing body cameras at all times, and another bill affirming the right of New Yorkers to record the actions of law enforcement officers with certain exceptions.

In the bad column, the Democrats in charge of the Assembly blocked several amendments offered by my colleagues in the Republican Conference. Chief among them was an attempt to restore legislative checks and balances for emergency declarations exceeding 45 days and to ensure judicial due process in the event constitutional rights are affected. As a co-equal branch of government, the Legislature should place reasonable bounds on any extraordinary emergency powers granted to the governor.

The Democrats also blocked an amendment to require the Department of Health to study the impact of COVID-19 on residents and staff at nursing homes. An amendment to provide a tax credit to property owners for lost rental income due to the pandemic suffered the same fate.

I would characterize the frenzied rush to produce and pass certain bills as the ugly part of the virtual session days in May and June. Many of the bills were necessary to address immediate concerns surrounding the pandemic and law enforcement reform, but others would have benefited from public hearings where stakeholders can provide public testimony. Like bail reform last year, I expect there will be unintended consequences and a need to revisit some issues.

While the virtual sessions were necessary in the face of this health crisis, they are not an effective or efficient way to conduct legislative business. They should definitely not become part of the “new normal,” and should be used only in the most extraordinary circumstances.

Because this year’s legislative session was severely limited by the pandemic, I expect we will return to Albany at some point during the summer to deal with unfinished budget issues. As we continue to recover from the pandemic and the resulting shutdown, I hope policies to promote economic growth, reduce regulatory red tape and ease some of the financial burdens now facing many of our citizens and businesses will find their way on to the priority list.

Assemblyman Robert Smullen represents the 118th Assembly District, which includes Hamilton and Fulton counties as well as parts of Herkimer, Oneida, and St. Lawrence counties.

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Bobby – The Danielle Nicole Experience https://mylittlefalls.com/bobby-the-danielle-nicole-experience/ https://mylittlefalls.com/bobby-the-danielle-nicole-experience/#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2020 09:00:12 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25889 by Dave Warner Each Thursday during the month of June 2020, we are publishing a video of the Danielle Nicole experience in Little Falls, which was last August 2019. This […]

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by Dave Warner

Each Thursday during the month of June 2020, we are publishing a video of the Danielle Nicole experience in Little Falls, which was last August 2019. This is the final installment in the series, and it’s a way to get out of the ‘pandemic blues’ and remember what life used to be like in Little Falls so that we can get back to letting the good times roll once again.

In this case, we wanted to get a sense of what it was like to be in the audience, so we interviewed Mena Cerone, who attended the concert, and then finish up with Steven Senisi, who was the other half of the team that put each video together.

She said that there was a lot of curiosity about the show prior to the event because she was not familiar with who Danielle Nicole was. “There was such local hype, that you just got caught up in the momentum.”

So, she decided to do some research to find out just what kind of music was involved. “After Googling her, I found out she is an amazing artist, musician, performer, songwriter, and my first thought was that we were so fortunate to have a performer of this quality in Little Falls,” she stated.

She felt that it was a performance that she could not miss. She said, “the energy was palpable. Everyone in town was talking about it, we were feeding off each other and we were really looking forward to this event.”

Cerone said that the very first song that Nicole played at the concert set the tone for the entire event. “The level of performance, just her guitar playing and the delivery of this bluesy soulful music, much of which she had written…everybody was just mesmerized.”

She felt that Nicole was able to appeal to every level of people that attended the concert. “There were young people there, and not so very young people and I think everyone was absolutely captivated. We were on our feet during part of that performance because you just got caught up in the energy and sound and the instrumentation. It was just outstanding.”

“A year later, if she came back, I would definitely be there. I think everybody left feeling really good about the experience. There was nothing disappointing about her or the music. It was absolutely captivating,” she stated.

Steven Senisi also worked on the video series and said, “Production went great. I had worked with Ander (Kazmerski) before and we make a great team. It was a long day of shooting but we made the most of it and we were grateful to have help from locals and family members. Ander and I had a vision of what we wanted the final product to look like and it really came together. The weather was on our side which was great for everyone’s positivity as well as lighting. Danielle and her team were very positive and receptive to our ideas which made the production fun and seamless.”

Senisi went on to say, “You could tell as soon as Danielle and her band showed up, they’re all natural musicians. They do this for the love of music, which was immediately apparent and so refreshing. They gave off an electric energy during the performance that connected personally with the audience.”

“I live and work in New York City so it’s easy to forget how most people live, not stacked on top of each other! Though my extended family lives in Little Falls, I got to film in some beautiful places in the town that I’d never seen before. It was also really cool to explore the local art scene and see the tight-knit community of the town come alive to support great live music,” he stated.

Previous articles in the series:

Bill Withers – The Danielle Nicole Experience

In My Blood – the Danielle Nicole Experience

Just Dive In – the Danielle Nicole Experience

Be like this out there -the Danielle Nicole Experience

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Individuals will be quarantined for 14 days when coming from states with significant community spread https://mylittlefalls.com/individuals-will-be-quarantined-for-14-days-when-coming-from-states-with-significant-community-spread/ https://mylittlefalls.com/individuals-will-be-quarantined-for-14-days-when-coming-from-states-with-significant-community-spread/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2020 19:02:10 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26027 Mohawk Valley on track to enter Phase IV of reopening on Friday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a joint […]

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Mohawk Valley on track to enter Phase IV of reopening on Friday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont today announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.  

This quarantine – effective midnight tonight – applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.   

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will continually update and publish on their respective websites a list of states to which the new advisory applies. This information will be updated regularly.

The tri-state measure will use uniform parameters and messaging on highways, airports, websites, and social media across the three states. The three states will also ask hotels to communicate the 14-day quarantine to guests who have traveled from one of the impacted states. 

“In New York, we went from the highest number of cases to some of the lowest rates in the country – no one else had to bend the curve as much as we did and now we have to make sure that the rate continues to drop in our entire region,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’ve been working with our neighbors in New Jersey and Connecticut throughout this entire pandemic, and we’re announcing a joint travel advisory that says people coming in from states with a high infection rate must quarantine for 14 days. We’ve worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down and we don’t want to see it go up again because people are traveling into the state and bringing it with them.”

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that five regions – Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, and the Southern Tier – are on track to enter Phase IV of reopening on Friday. New York State issued guidance for Phase IV, which will allow low-risk indoor and outdoor arts and entertainment, film and TV production, higher education, and professional sports without fans. Guidance for Phase IV of reopening is available here.

The governor also announced that in Phase IV of reopening, social gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed and indoor religious gatherings will be allowed at up to 33 percent of the indoor site’s capacity. 

“Our approach has been vindicated and the phased reopening based on facts is working,” Governor Cuomo said. “I said from day one that the theory the virus should be handled politically can’t be done. The virus doesn’t respond to political theory – it responds to science and data. We’re going ahead with our metrics and our phased reopening, and five regions are set to enter Phase IV on Friday. The numbers continue trending in the right direction as we went from one of the highest infections rates to one of the lowest in the country, so we will also allow slightly larger social and religious gatherings, but people need to continue wearing masks, socially distancing and washing their hands frequently to stay safe.”

The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive, and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

The Governor also confirmed 581 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 389,666 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 389,666 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 155 cases in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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Unofficial Primary election results from 06/23/2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/unofficial-primary-election-results-from-06-23-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/unofficial-primary-election-results-from-06-23-2020/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2020 12:00:59 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26004 Photo by Dave Warner – Deborah Kaufman signs in just prior to voting in the June 23rd primary. The unofficial results of yesterday’s primary have been posted by the Herkimer […]

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Photo by Dave Warner – Deborah Kaufman signs in just prior to voting in the June 23rd primary.

The unofficial results of yesterday’s primary have been posted by the Herkimer County Board of Elections (see PDF document below).

In the Republican primary for the Representative in Congress 22nd District:

Claudia Tenney (REP)       1,918     80.39%
George K. Phillips (REP)     469     19.61%

In the Family Court Judge – Republican race:

Mark R. Rose (REP)          1,383     48.36%
Thad Luke (REP)               1,476     51.61%

Family Court Judge – Conservative race:

Thad Luke (CON)                 29       42.65%
Mark R. Rose (CON)            39        57.35%

Kim S. Trantor, Republican Commissioner for Herkimer County said, “There are 1,650 Republican absentee ballots. We will begin counting those and starting our recanvass on July 7. It will continue day to day until completed. We will begin with the Family Court Race.”

Rep. Anthony Brindisi remains in a strong position to hold the 22nd Congressional seat in November, entering the General Election on three party lines – Democratic, Independence, and Working Families Party – after being unchallenged in Tuesday’s Primary.

Brindisi heads to November being challenged by one-term former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney and Libertarian candidate Keith Price. Brindisi has more than five times the cash on hand than the two candidates combined.

“Congressman Brindisi has proven himself to be an independent voice and outspoken fighter who has stood up to Washington politicians and delivered real results for Upstate New York, passing four bills signed into law by President Trump. He has kept his word to the voters, from the Southern Tier to Oswego, which is why so many are eager to support his re-election,” said Campaign Manager Lucy MacIntosh.


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Baylor wins ‘Good Citizen’ award https://mylittlefalls.com/baylor-wins-good-citizen-award/ https://mylittlefalls.com/baylor-wins-good-citizen-award/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2020 09:00:37 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26007 Richard Baylor holds his certificate and identification card after receiving the Astenrogen Chapter of the NSDAR Good Citizen award. Elizabeth G. Mosher (left) presented the award, while principal Leeann Dooley, […]

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Richard Baylor holds his certificate and identification card after receiving the Astenrogen Chapter of the NSDAR Good Citizen award. Elizabeth G. Mosher (left) presented the award, while principal Leeann Dooley, and Richard’s parents and younger brother look on.

by Dave Warner

Richard Baylor was awarded the Good Citizen award by the Astenrogen Chapter NSDAR on Tuesday afternoon outside of the high school.

Elizabeth G. Mosher, DAR Good Citizen Chairman said, “every year we select a winner for the program. It started out back in the 30s as the Good Citizenship Pilgrimage and the winners were given the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. In 1952 they changed the program to just the Good Citizen Winners.”

The program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. It’s open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with their State Board of Education.

“This year we’re honoring Richard Baylor who is a senior. It’s based on four qualities, dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. He was selected by the teachers and the senior class,” she stated.

Normally, this award is given during their May meeting, but because of COVID-19, they had to come up with an innovative way to present the award to Baylor. “I didn’t want him to go unrecognized, so I talked with Mrs. Dooley to figure out a way to do it,” stated Mosher.

Leeann Dooley, principal of the high school said, “this award definitely fits you, you are so dependable. You will be extremely missed next year. You do so much for our community here at school that I don’t even think you realize how much you do for us on a daily basis. I just want to congratulate you and it couldn’t have gone to a better student. Congratulations…we’re proud of you.”

Baylor said, “I’m just really happy to get this award. I’ve always just lived to be nice to other people and you kind of get what you give, so it was really nice because that’s all I’m really trying to do – just be a good person. It feels good to get recognized for it some times. That’s what I’m happiest about really.”

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Add Seafood to Summer Meals https://mylittlefalls.com/add-seafood-to-summer-meals/ https://mylittlefalls.com/add-seafood-to-summer-meals/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2020 09:00:13 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25947 (Family Features) Grilled meals provide a summer escape for many families by offering opportunities to spend moments together while enjoying flavorful dishes. As Americans face uncertainty in many aspects of […]

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(Family Features) Grilled meals provide a summer escape for many families by offering opportunities to spend moments together while enjoying flavorful dishes. As Americans face uncertainty in many aspects of life, one place they should be able to turn to for normalcy is food.

One option that checks boxes including comfort, fun, taste and variety: seafood. As a nutritious protein available across the country, it is versatile and can be paired with a variety of cuisines and flavors. Options range from salmon and shrimp to crab, tuna and more.

To encourage hungry Americans to enjoy the many benefits of eating seafood, the “Eat Seafood America” campaign offers these reasons to add fish, shrimp and more to your menu:

  • Whether you order online, head to a store or purchase fresh from a local fisherman, seafood is widely available.
  • Seafood works for a variety of dishes and cooking methods, such as these recipes for Easy Shrimp Skewers, a light and hassle-free family meal, or Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa, a fun spin on cowboy caviar.
  • Seafood provides essential nutrients that support immune health, such as omega-3s that may even help reduce anxiety, according to research published by “The Journal of the American Medical Association.”
  • Purchasing seafood supports 2 million American jobs for men and women who follow high levels of food safety practices to provide sustainable seafood.
  • Seafood offers an escape as a way for families to enjoy a favorite meal that reminds loved ones of vacation memories from oceanside paradises.

Find more ways to add seafood to your summer menu at eatseafoodamerica.com.

Easy Shrimp Skewers

Recipe courtesy of Annessa Chumbley, RDN, on behalf of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 5

10 wooden skewers

water

2 medium zucchinis, cut into large chunks

2 medium bell peppers (any color), cut into large chunks

2 red onions, cut into large chunks

1 cup cherry tomatoes

10-12 ounces cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails on

olive oil

sea salt, to taste

1 lemon, juice only

In bowl, soak skewer sticks in water at least 10 minutes to prevent burning on grill). Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Build skewers by alternating zucchinis, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and shrimp, pushing ingredients closely together on each skewer. Brush each with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt, to taste.

Cook skewers about 9 minutes, rotating every 3 minutes until veggies and shrimp are seared but not overcooked. Remove and place on large platter.

Drizzle with lemon juice and serve.

Seared Salmon with Mediterranean Salsa

Recipe courtesy of Annessa Chumbley, RDN, on behalf of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4-6

2 tablespoons olive oil

4-6 salmon filets (each about 1-inch thick)

sea salt, to taste

1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 can quartered or chopped artichoke hearts, drained

1 cup diced cucumber

1 cup diced cherry tomatoes

1/3 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 handful fresh spinach, chopped

balsamic glaze

In skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Sear salmon filets 4 minutes. Sprinkle tops of each salmon filet with sea salt, to taste. Flip and cook 4 minutes until barely done. Remove to serving platter.

In medium bowl, make salsa by gently folding together chickpeas, artichoke hearts, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, feta and spinach. Sprinkle with sea salt, to taste. Drizzle with balsamic glaze and spoon salsa over each salmon filet.

Refrigerate leftover salsa.

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Senior Meals 06/25/2020 – 07/01/2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-06-25-2020-07-01-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-06-25-2020-07-01-2020/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2020 09:00:12 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25951 To reserve a meal, call the Herkimer County Office for the Aging at least one business day in advance, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 315-867-1204 […]

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To reserve a meal, call the Herkimer County Office for the Aging at least one business day in advance, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 315-867-1204 or 315-867-1634.

If you will not be home for meals, call 315-867-1204 at least a day in advance.

All sites are handicapped accessible. Menu for Little Falls:

Jun 25: Ham and cheese pasta salad, cottage cheese, carrot raisin salad, pudding.

Jun 26: Chicken and wild rice casserole, beets, broccoli, cinnamon cake.

Jun 29: BBQ chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, pears.

Jun 30: Sloppy joes, 3-bean salad, corn, cookie.

Jul 01: Cheesy egg bake, sausage patty, blueberry muffin, fruit cup.

All meals are served with 8 ounces of milk, a slice of bread and margarine.

Desserts have no concentrated sweets.

The suggested donation is $3. Mail donations to Herkimer County OFA, 109 Mary St., Suite 2501, Herkimer, NY 13350. Envelopes are available from drivers.

  • Locally grown produce

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Brindisi, Stefanik, Newhouse Lead Bipartisan Call To Include Apple Farmers in Pandemic Relief Efforts https://mylittlefalls.com/brindisi-stefanik-newhouse-lead-bipartisan-call-to-include-apple-farmers-in-pandemic-relief-efforts/ https://mylittlefalls.com/brindisi-stefanik-newhouse-lead-bipartisan-call-to-include-apple-farmers-in-pandemic-relief-efforts/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2020 08:30:56 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=26002 Representatives Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and Dan Newhouse (WA-4) lead a bipartisan call of 25 members of Congress to demand the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) include […]

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Representatives Anthony Brindisi (NY-22), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and Dan Newhouse (WA-4) lead a bipartisan call of 25 members of Congress to demand the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) include American apple growers in USDA’s economic relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The members, from America’s finest apple-growing communities,  supported the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide crucial relief to family farms during the pandemic. In their letter to Secretary Perdue, they highlighted the important role apple farms play in local economies.

“We urge you to use the funds Congress provided in the CARES Act to help apple growers make it through this crisis so they may continue to provide American consumers with the number one most consumed fruit in the United States,” the members wrote.“Steep price decline clearly makes apple growers eligible for CFAP payments, based on the USDA’s requirement of a 5 percent-or-greater price decline between mid-January and mid-April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic”

In order to qualify for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program you need to be eligible under one of three categories:

  • Had crops that suffered a five percent-or-greater price decline between mid-January and mid-April as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,
  • Had produce shipped but subsequently spoiled due to loss of marketing channel, and
  • Had shipments that did not leave the farm or mature crops that remained unharvested.

Despite evidence to the contrary, USDA decided to exclude apple farmers from CFAP. The members sent a letter to Secretary Perdue demanding USDA reverse its decision and providing data from the apple industry showing apple price losses ranged anywhere from 6.5% to as much as 24.9% due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Apple growers take the same risks and work the same long hours as producers of row crops and livestock,” said Jim Bair, U.S. Apple Association President & CEO. “They worry about the weather, pests, and markets, and in almost every way apple growers are indistinguishable from other farmers, so there’s no reason not to treat them the same.“

According to USDA, the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, or CFAP, provides vital financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who have suffered a five-percent-or-greater price decline or who had losses due to market supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 and face additional significant market costs.

In December 2019, Reps. Brindisi, Stefanik, and Newhouse advocated for and passed the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act in the House of Representatives. This bipartisan legislation would create a permanent workforce solution for America’s agriculture industry by providing stability, predictability, and fairness to one of the most critical sectors of our nation’s economy. This legislation now awaits action in the Senate.

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Tedisco Announces New Bill to Create Independent Bi-Partisan Investigation of 6,200 COVID-19 NYS Nursing Home Deaths https://mylittlefalls.com/tedisco-announces-new-bill-to-create-independent-bi-partisan-investigation-of-6200-covid-19-nys-nursing-home-deaths/ https://mylittlefalls.com/tedisco-announces-new-bill-to-create-independent-bi-partisan-investigation-of-6200-covid-19-nys-nursing-home-deaths/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2020 08:30:42 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25997 Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today announced that he is introducing new legislation to establish an independent, bipartisan state commission to fully investigate the deaths of 6,200 New Yorkers who died […]

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Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) today announced that he is introducing new legislation to establish an independent, bipartisan state commission to fully investigate the deaths of 6,200 New Yorkers who died from COVID-19 in state-regulated nursing homes.

Tedisco also is urging the New York State Senate and Assembly to quickly hold joint legislative oversight hearings on the COVID-19 related deaths in our state’s nursing homes as well as the disproportionate health effects of the pandemic on minority communities.

A March 25th order by the Cuomo Administration barred testing of the coronavirus for those being placed or returned to nursing homes.

According to ProPublica, “If a hospital determined a patient who needed nursing home care was medically stable, the home had to accept them, even if they had been treated for COVID-19. Moreover, the nursing home could not test any such prospective residents — those treated for COVID-19 or those hospitalized for other reasons — to see if they were newly infected or perhaps still contagious despite their treatment. It was all laid out in a formal order, effective March 25. New York was the only state in the nation that barred testing of those being placed or returning to nursing homes.”

Tedisco’s legislation, which is being drafted, would create a state commission to investigate what led to this March 25thexecutive order and look at the regulations and the oversight safety processes impacting New York State’s nursing homes leading up to the COVID-19 outbreak. The bi-partisan Commission would consist of five members: one each appointed by the Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, Assembly Speaker, and Assembly Minority Leader, and chaired by an appointee of the New York State Attorney General. The Commission would be funded through the existing state budget for investigators and have subpoena power. A report to the Legislature of findings and recommendations for the future would be issued by November 30th.

“I’m calling on every elected official and candidate running for office to speak out and support a fair and independent investigation into the thousands of lives lost because of the placement of COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. My legislation takes the politics out of getting to the bottom of this terrible tragedy because this investigation would be overseen by bi-partisan appointees from both houses of the legislature. We owe it to the families of those who lost their lives and the future safety of these facilities to get answers and help prepare for a second wave of the virus or a future pandemic,” said Senator Jim Tedisco.

Senator Tedisco first called for legislative hearings and an independent investigation into the Administration’s handling of COVID-positive patients being placed into nursing homes in early May. On May 28th, Tedisco and his Senate Republican colleagues put an amendment on the Senate Floor to direct $100 million from federal CARES Act funds to nursing homes, assisted living and adult care facilities to help purchase testing supplies, PPEs, as well as train and hire additional staff.

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Governor announces $65 million NY Forward child care expansion incentive https://mylittlefalls.com/governor-announces-65-million-ny-forward-child-care-expansion-incentive/ https://mylittlefalls.com/governor-announces-65-million-ny-forward-child-care-expansion-incentive/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 19:05:10 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25999 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $65 million in federal CARES Act funding is available for child care providers statewide through the New York Forward Child Care Expansion Incentive program.

The funding available includes:

  • $20 million to assist childcare program with reopening and expansion of capacity by providing materials to support a more socially distant model, and for supplies and activities associated with reopening and expansion. This may include partitions, short term rental of space, etc.
  • $45 million in childcare Reopening and Expansion Incentive funds to pay for 50% of the cost of a newly opened classroom (maximum grant amount of $6,000) as an incentive to open the classroom. The temporary funds will phase out over the second and third months as more parents bring their children back into childcare.

Throughout the pandemic, 65 percent of OCFS-licensed and -registered child care programs remained open, many serving families of essential workers. The funding being made available today will help to bring closed programs back to operation to serve families returning to the workplace.

“New York went from one of the highest infection rates in the country to one of the lowest because we made decisions based on science – not politics,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re seeing in other states what happens when you just reopen with no regard for metrics or data – it’s bad for public health and for the economy, and states that reopened in a rush are now seeing a boomerang. We do about 60,000 tests per day – more than any state or country on a per capita basis and approximately 1 percent of tests are coming back positive. We do this testing religiously, and we watch the rate and calibrate our reopening by that rate. The Hudson Valley moves to phase 3 today and Long Island will go to phase 3 tomorrow.

“As we move further into the reopening and more parents go back to work, we’re also making sure child care programs across the state have the support they need to reopen safely,” Governor Cuomo continued. “By providing support for expanded classrooms that allow for more social distancing and other resources, we can help keep staff and children safe.”

To be eligible for reopening funds, child care programs must have either been closed as of June 15 and have a plan to reopen within two weeks of applying or currently operating below their licensed capacity and would like to expand. The grants will be pro-rated as programs reach capacity. Programs must submit a detailed plan for use of funds and must remain open at least through the end of the year. 

The maximum awards for the $20 million in Reopening and Restructuring Incentives depend on the size of the program and range from $300 to $1,600 one-time grants. Child care programs may apply to OCFS through July 15.

The governor also updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive, and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 1,104 (down -18 from the day before)
  • Number ICU – 302 (down -28 from the day before)
  • Number ICU that are intubated – 204 (down -24 from the day before)
  • Total Discharges – 69,769 (up +59 from the day before)
  • Deaths – 27
  • Total Deaths – 24,766

Of the 48,709 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, 597, or 1.2 percent, were positive.

The Governor also confirmed 597 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 389,085 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 389,085 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 154 cases in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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Hospital Visitation Restrictions Partially Lifting across Bassett Healthcare Network This Week https://mylittlefalls.com/hospital-visitation-restrictions-partially-lifting-across-bassett-healthcare-network-this-week/ https://mylittlefalls.com/hospital-visitation-restrictions-partially-lifting-across-bassett-healthcare-network-this-week/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:03:40 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25991 Effective this week, Bassett Healthcare Network will partially lift visitation restrictions at hospital locations across the region. Hospital Visiting Hours Bassett Healthcare Network’s hospital locations – including A.O. Fox Hospital, […]

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Effective this week, Bassett Healthcare Network will partially lift visitation restrictions at hospital locations across the region.

Hospital Visiting Hours
Bassett Healthcare Network’s hospital locations – including A.O. Fox Hospital, Bassett Medical Center, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, and O’Connor Hospital – will begin permitting one visitor at a time per admitted patient this week between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. daily. All locations will begin this schedule on June 24 except O’Connor Hospital, which begins today, June 22. Bassett Medical Center’s Inpatient Psychiatry Department may have differing hours; visitors to this area are encouraged to consult with their loved one’s care team and plan ahead.

All people who enter buildings must wear a mask and participate in screening procedures, including temperature checks and a brief questionnaire.

Visitors may visit only one at a time (exceptions may be made if a visitor requires assistance). Visitors are limited to two people per patient each day; they should be 18 years of age or older, except in rare situations approved by a patient’s clinical team. The patient or caregiver will determine who the visitors will be.

Total time for visitors per patient, per day cannot exceed a four-hour maximum; this may be a single visitor for four hours, or two visitors splitting the time at their discretion. Once in the facility, visitors must remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit, except when directed by hospital staff to leave during care procedures.

Long-Term Care Visitation Restrictions
In accordance with ongoing guidelines set forth by New York State, Bassett Healthcare Network continues to suspend visitation to its long-term care facilities, including A.O. Fox Nursing Home, Valley Health Services, and Valley Residential Services. Special accommodations will be considered for end-of-life patients.
Visit www.bassett.org/safe-care to learn more about Bassett Healthcare Network’s commitment to patient safety, visitation policies in all areas, response to COVID-19, and additional resources.

About Bassett Healthcare Network
Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, 20 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. Bassett Medical Center, the foundation of the network, is a 180-bed acute care inpatient teaching hospital located in Cooperstown, NY. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/Bassett.Network and twitter.com/BassettNetwork.

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Lawrence S. “Larry” Miklic 1953 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/lawrence-s-larry-miklic-1953-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/lawrence-s-larry-miklic-1953-2020/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 11:28:33 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25987 LITTLE FALLS – Mr. Lawrence S. “Larry” Miklic, 67, of 550 John Street, Little Falls, New York, who passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020, at his home, has been cared […]

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LITTLE FALLS – Mr. Lawrence S. “Larry” Miklic, 67, of 550 John Street, Little Falls, New York, who passed away Sunday, June 14, 2020, at his home, has been cared for by the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 West Monroe Street, in Little Falls, New York, all in a private and dignified manner convenient to his family.

All arrangements were handled by Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr. & Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 823-2424.

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Support local farmers during COVID recovery https://mylittlefalls.com/support-local-farmers-during-covid-recovery/ https://mylittlefalls.com/support-local-farmers-during-covid-recovery/#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:00:50 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25953 A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward June is National Dairy Month and right now, our dairy farmers could use our support and gratitude.  Throughout the […]

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A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward

June is National Dairy Month and right now, our dairy farmers could use our support and gratitude.  Throughout the entire coronavirus pandemic, our dairy farmers have worked tirelessly to continue providing communities across this state and nation with the healthy, essential products we all rely on.  Like many New Yorkers, their way of life has been severely disrupted by COVID-19, and as we work to get New York back on track, we need to ensure our dairy farms and all farms succeed for generations to come.

As someone who grew up and still lives in a part of New York that relies on and values agriculture, I understand the importance of our dairy industry and have consistently advocated for legislation and programs to support our dairy farmers.

I have always been a strong supporter of state programs that assist our farmers and, in recent years, have had to step up the effort to protect many of these vital programs.  The governor has consistently cut funding for several programs farmers count on from his state budget proposal.  I have fought hard for restorations and have been successful in making sure key programs continue to receive state assistance.

The state-funded programs help support investments in cutting-edge agricultural research, education for the next generation of family farmers, environmental stewardship, and protections for plant, animal, and public health.

One of the biggest concerns for dairy farmers remains the price they receive for their milk.  The federal government sets milk prices, and while I do not have a direct voice on the matter, I continue to encourage our representatives in Washington D.C. to address this issue so our dairy farmers can receive a fair price for their labor.

As we work our way through the COIVD-19 pandemic farmers are doing their part to help communities in need.  A number of milk giveaways and similar events are taking place on a regular basis, ensuring those in need receive locally sourced food.  The state’s Nourish New York Initiative is helping those that are food insecure while providing a market for farmers to sell their products.  The program provides $25 million in funding to food banks for the purchase of agricultural food products such as produce, meat, eggs, seafood, and dairy products from New York State farms and processors.  Additional information is available online at https://agriculture.ny.gov/NourishNY.  The website allows you to search for available products and lets farmers with surplus products register their availability.

We are also on the constant lookout for new and innovative products.  If you have an idea for a food or agriculture start-up New York State wants to know about it.

The application window is now open for the Grow-NY food and agriculture competition.  The competition, in its second year, focuses on growing an enduring food and agriculture innovation cluster in New York’s Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Southern Tier regions.  Last year $3 million in funding was awarded to high-growth start-ups and another $3 million in prize money is on the line this year.  Applications are open to start-ups from across the globe with a $1 million top prize, two $500,000 prizes, and four $250,000 prizes.

Grant winners will have to commit to operating in the Finger Lakes, Central New York, or Southern Tier regions for at least one year and will have to agree to participate in an equity share program – returning a portion of their profits back to the program. In addition to prize money, this competition will support all operational, promotional. and implementation expenses including marketing, events, and a mentoring program that will bring finalists to the three regions, support their development, and foster connections to the agriculture and food and innovation communities.

Applications are due by July 15, 2020, and more information can be found at https://www.grow-ny.com/.  This is a great opportunity for anyone with a creative idea and could serve as a springboard for our region’s agricultural future.

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Early Base Ball in Little Falls and The Little Falls Baseball Association – Part II https://mylittlefalls.com/early-base-ball-in-little-falls-and-the-little-falls-baseball-association-part-ii/ https://mylittlefalls.com/early-base-ball-in-little-falls-and-the-little-falls-baseball-association-part-ii/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 09:00:49 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25632 The base ball rules of 1886 were similar to today’s game. Each team fielded nine players, games were nine innings long with three outs per side per inning, bases were […]

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The base ball rules of 1886 were similar to today’s game. Each team fielded nine players, games were nine innings long with three outs per side per inning, bases were ninety feet apart, and three strikes and you’re out. The differences were; six balls for a walk, foul balls were not counted as strikes, the pitcher’s “box” was ten feet closer than today and a batter could ask for a low or high pitch. If a batter was hit by a pitch, he didn’t trot on down to first base, he was told to rub dirt on it and “take it like a man.” The major differences were in equipment, or the lack thereof. Bats were wooden and bottle-shaped, while the ball was not as tightly wound and was a bit softer than today’s baseballs. Catchers wore thin chest protectors, rudimentary wire masks and stiff mitts. The men in the field either played bare-handed or wore skimpy leather gloves, which led to bruised fingers and plenty of errors. But no matter the differences the game was still base ball.

On Saturday, July 3, 1886 Riverside Park opened with a game between Little Falls and Canastota. Over seven hundred fans, or “cranks” in the lingo of 1880’s base ball, arrived at the park by horse drawn omnibuses, by train and via horse and carriage. Admittance was 25 cents; ladies free. The Little Falls nine lost their inaugural game – unfortunately the details of this game have not been found. Little Falls lost its first five league games, yet crowds of five hundred to one thousand spectators continued to visit Riverside Park. In one ignominious game, the Little Falls players failed to show for some unknown reason and the game was forfeited to Canastota. So as to please the crowd, the Canastota players invited men from the stands to play an exhibition game with them. As expected, the Canastota professionals won the game 17 to 0.

All the while that Little Falls was losing, team owners Frank Burgor and Horace Tozer were beating the bushes for a few new players to improve the team. Roster changes were made and Little Falls began to win, taking the next six out seven league games, including winning games at Oneida, Norwich and Canastota. Little Falls now had a team that could compete with any other nine in the Central New York League.

Throughout August, Little Falls continued to play good base ball for the most part, winning five league games and losing five. Fan interest in the home team was so high that special trains were being run so that spectators could attend Little Falls “away” games. As in any sport, there were lowlights and highlights. On August 10, 1886 Little Falls committed fifteen errors and lost at home to Canastota 12 to 1, but two days later they routed Oneida 14 to 3. And again on the plus side, on August 31st Little Falls trailed Oneida by six runs before scoring seven in their last at bat to win the game 9 to 8.

Interspersed between their league games, the Little Falls ball club also played “exhibition” games against area nines. There were contests with amateur teams from Herkimer, Frankfort, Constableville, Clinton, Bouckville and Lowville. The majority of these games were one-sided affairs with Little Falls winning by such scores as 16 to 4, 15 to 3 and 16 to 0. The fans at an exhibition game at Sylvan Beach were entertained by a large dog, a Newfoundland, who swam out into Oneida Lake to retrieve errant foul balls.

In late August, Little Falls played the powerful pro team from Utica. The Uticans, who were pennant winners of the International League, sported a roster that included ten former or future major leaguers. Among their number was Utica native George “Juice” Latham, who was known nationally as one of the early stars of professional base ball. In front of a standing room only crowd at Riverside Park, the Little Falls team played well, but the visitors banged out eighteen hits and won the game 12 to 3.

During the first two weeks of September, Little Falls played indifferent base ball losing four of their final six games. The low point of the season came on September 7, when Little Falls lost to Oneida 20 to 11. The Oneida batsmen pounded out 22 hits and the Little Falls fielders committed ten errors. Although the league schedule extended into October the Central New York League season ended abruptly in September when all four teams disbanded. Financial problems were cited as the reason. On September 14, the Little Falls players were released from their contracts. The Little Falls team finished its season with a league record of twelve wins and fifteen losses. Professional base ball in Little Falls had come to a sudden end and would not return for nearly one hundred years until 1977 when a minor league team of the New York Mets, the Little Falls Mets, came to town.

Financially, the Little Falls Base Ball Association had been a bad idea. As stated in a Little Falls Evening Times article, “ There are not many men in this immediate vicinity who are greatly pleased with base ball as an investment, and those stockholders who are depending on dividends to keep them through the hard winter are likely to find hard sledding.” Player salaries, uniforms, equipment, construction of Riverside Park and team transportation costs could not be offset by ticket receipts. Attendance at base ball games in the 1880’s was hampered by an inability to schedule games that coincided with the free time of potential customers as games could only be played during the daylight hours of workdays and on Saturdays. Due to the “Blue Laws” base ball games were forbidden on Sundays.

Riverside Park remained open throughout the 1890’s and hosted many amateur base ball games. Although all of the old ball fields disappeared, the passion for base ball flourished in Little Falls as the years went by and more and more amateur teams and leagues were formed. The sport made its way into scholastic circles and it seemed that every clambake or large picnic featured a game of base ball. Professional base ball may have withered in Little Falls, but the sport blossomed. Where at one time the village of Little Falls fathers discouraged the playing of “Ball,” today baseball fields are built and maintained to encourage the game. The “National Game” has come a long way and is alive and well in Little Falls.

Note: A newly formed Little Falls vintage base ball club, the Little Falls Alerts, are scheduled to play two Catskill area vintage base ball clubs during Canal Days.

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Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts looks at re-opening https://mylittlefalls.com/mohawk-valley-center-for-the-arts-looks-at-re-opening/ https://mylittlefalls.com/mohawk-valley-center-for-the-arts-looks-at-re-opening/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 09:00:34 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25917 by Dave Warner According to Executive Director Jane Malin, of the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, they still don’t have a firm date for their opening yet, but they […]

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by Dave Warner

According to Executive Director Jane Malin, of the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, they still don’t have a firm date for their opening yet, but they are working on the policies and procedures needed to do so.

“I believe we’re now allowed to open the Selective Eye as a gift shop and we’re going through all of our protocols and verbiage and signage that we have to have. The last little bit is to get the cleaning products. We’re going to be very vigilant about cleaning,” she stated.

They have bought ultraviolet lighting to help with the cleaning process. “We’re working hard to open this up and do it in the right way, obeying all of the rules and regulations.”

She went on to say that they feel it is vitally important to keep the customers safe and healthy, as well as all of the volunteers that work in the store.

Malin said, “we’ve had two or three meetings now and one full board meeting on it. Jeff Smith and I are going to be what we’re calling the site coordinators. We’ll be the two that are contacted if there are any issues or questions from either customers or volunteers.”

Plans are to have a soft opening for a week or two to see how things go, and then they’ll open it fully up.

“That will let us know if there are any changes in procedures that we need to make,” she said.

“We are very encouraged. We’ve weathered the storm with a little bit of money from the PPP loan plan, so that definitely helps since we’ve had no revenue since the middle of March,” she said.

When open, they plan on doing some membership drives and fundraisers to make up the shortfall. They would also like to plan an event to just thank the community and everybody for making it through this period.

“It may be virtual, but hopefully not. We want it to be something we can do as a community. It might not happen until late summer or early fall,” said Malin.

She said that they plan on getting some new things in the shop as well.

“It’s a tangled mess, it really is. Obviously we cannot clean some of the artwork, so we’ll put signs on that. We’re doing everything we can do to get ourselves open. We’re excited to be focused on opening,” stated Malin.

At this point though, the gallery is closed and they have not set a date for opening that portion of the business.

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Black Lives Matter Educational rally held in Little Falls https://mylittlefalls.com/black-lives-matter-educational-rally-held-in-little-falls/ https://mylittlefalls.com/black-lives-matter-educational-rally-held-in-little-falls/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 09:00:28 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25930 by Dave Warner A Black Lives Matter educational rally was held in Little Falls Saturday evening in Eastern Park. According to the organizers, the goal was to focus on fundamental […]

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by Dave Warner

A Black Lives Matter educational rally was held in Little Falls Saturday evening in Eastern Park. According to the organizers, the goal was to focus on fundamental issues within our society, and specifically, the topic of systemic racism & oppression.

Sarah Bruins was one of those that organized the event, and she said, “I had just moved home after living in Buffalo and just being in the area, I kind of felt like a lot of people were looking for something like this to happen and hoping that it would happen, and nobody was stepping up to make it happen.”

She said that she threw the idea around with a couple of her friends and asked if they would help her out with it if she did it. “They said yes, so here we are,” she stated.

“Today, we’re just trying to educate people. To teach them about the issues behind this and why it is a really important issue. Because it’s not prevalent here, or something that is thrown in our faces like in big cities. The differences come from within, and especially from small places,” stated Bruins.

“We’re just hoping that it’s an educational moment – a teaching moment and that people get a lot out of this and use it going forward in their daily lives,” she stated.

Speakers included Mayor Mark Blask, Tamara Razzano, Councilman Delvin J. Moody from Utica, and Joseph Lee.

Blask said that as he was driving over, he was thinking about the event and how important it was. He said, “it’s so great to see so many people here. My thoughts just went right back to Martin Luther King’s missives – a letter that he wrote that’s so important.  Something that should be taught in every school. A letter that he wrote in 1963.”

It was called, ‘A Letter from a Birmingham Jail’. “It was a time of social unrest in the south. There were ministers and clergy that thought he was speaking out too strongly. They thought the fight would be better fought in the courts. So, he sat down and wrote back to them. He wrote one sentence: ‘I am here because injustice is here.'”

Blask went on to tell the crowd that “you are here because injustice is here. You took the time out of your day to come out and show your support.”

When it came time for Joseph Lee to speak, he said that he initially wasn’t going to come because he thought it was a march. “I got into the Marines because of a march. In 1961, in Nashville TN, I was in one of the first sit-ins to desegregate a lunch counter and movie theater there.”

“We were marching down the road and the streets were lined by state police and citizens and kids. And the young kids, who were probably middle school boys, were throwing rocks and bottles at the girls and the women, but not the men. We had a pledge to be non-violent. That was the hardest day of my life,” he stated.

When he got to the end of the march, he decided that he wasn’t that non-violent. He had already signed up for the fall semester in school and started thinking about the march and the anger that he felt, and decided to join the Marine Corps.

He stayed there for six years and then went to the Army and stayed another six years. “When I went back to Florida, which is where I’m from, in 1986. I saw 60 minutes one day and they said the cocaine capital of the world is Fort Pierce Florida. My town had become the cocaine capital of the world for crack,” he said.

At almost 44 years old, he felt he needed to do something, so he joined the police department. “I wanted to make a change, but I ran into a system that was not good.”

He said that his department was one of 74 to first come up with the community policing idea. “We got to know the community. Everybody. If you were in my town, I knew where you lived, your momma, your grand momma. It was like a big family,” stated Lee.

They were able to take control of the streets and clean the city up. He ended up being promoted to Lieutenant and wrote many of the rules and regulations that the city used for law enforcement moving forward.

“Some of the things that you hear about now, could not have happened in our department. Would not have happened. The first thing I said when I saw the George Floyd thing was, if I’d gotten there first, I would have ripped their badges off and arrested them on the spot, because no way you can do that,” he stated.

He said, “what’s wrong with this world now is that we’ve gotten too involved and caught up in our technology. We’re not paying attention…we don’t know each other. Someone asked me about racism. I learned in my 40s as a guy who had been discriminated against for years and years, what racism is.”

“When someone tells me now ‘I’m not a racist’ I say, I know. They look at me like I’m crazy. I know he’s not because he’s not in control of anything. He doesn’t have the money. He doesn’t control the system. Racism has to do with the system, not the prejudiced views you have, the bigotry, or whatever biases you have,” stated Lee.

He said that the solution is very simple…vote. “We have to change the system. They work for you…you are the bosses, they’re not the bosses, you are. Vote them out.”

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Road Work Report for the Week Beginning June 22, 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-june-22-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-june-22-2020/#respond Sat, 20 Jun 2020 09:00:22 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25920 HERKIMER COUNTY Town of German Flatts: Route 5S between the Frankfort exit and the Route 51 exit. Motorists will encounter a west bound shoulder closure for the entering and exiting […]

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HERKIMER COUNTY

Town of German Flatts: Route 5S between the Frankfort exit and the Route 51 exit. Motorists will encounter a west bound shoulder closure for the entering and exiting trucks in the construction entrance.

Village of Newport: (D#263947) Route 28 between Bridge Street and Harris Ave. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with temporary signals in place due to culvert extension and embankment, closed drainage and curb placement.

Town of German Flatts: (D#264168) Route 5 at the Route 51 interchange. Motorists will encounter occasional lane closures with flaggers in place. Work being performed is bridge painting, blasting, and the installation of the bridge painting containment system.

Village of Herkimer: (D#263685) Route 28 at Caroline Street/ Steele Street intersection. Motorists will encounter lane closures with flaggers in place due paving operations and traffic signal loop installation.

Town of Ohio: (D#263877) Route 8 between Route 365 and Route 10. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a temporary signal in place due to work on the bridge over the West Canada Creek.

Town of Ohio: (D#263947) Route 8 between Hall Road and Nellis Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations.

Town of Richfield: (D#263893) Route 167 between Otsego County line and Casler Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to sign work.

Town of German Flatts: (D#264203) Route 5S between Route 28 and Route 167. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to shoulder box out work, approach reconstruction, and guiderail work.

Town of German Flatts: (D#264203) Route 28 between the Otsego County line and Route 168. Motorists will encounter shoulder closures in both directions due to shoulder boxouts and approach reconstruction.

Town of Webb: Adirondack Scenic Railroad bridge over Route 28. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to bridge inspection.

ONEIDA COUNTY

City of Utica: (D#263572) Route 5S between Cornelia Street and Broad Street. Multiple lane closures throughout the work zone. Traffic will remain in Phase 2 traffic pattern over the next several months. The contractor crews will continue installing new drainage, drainage structures and water mains between John and Cornelia Streets, north side. Along with the drainage and watermain work the contractor will be boxing out Liberty Street between Lower Genesee Street and Washington Street. In addition, crews will also start drainage work on the north side of John Street between Route 5S and Broad Street using daily lane closures. There will also be daily lane closures in both east and west bound lanes between Broad and Cornelia Streets for sidewalk and bike trail concrete pours. Burchard, Hotel, Seneca, Washington and Broadway may be temporarily closed to through traffic with local business access only. Root Street access to Route 5S west bound is closed during this phase. The Contractor will be installing new lighting and traffic signal foundations and ped poles throughout the project. Minor traffic impacts are expected.

City of Utica: (D#264047) North Genesee Street between Wurz Ave and Whitesboro/Broad Streets. Motorists will encounter a left lane closure on North Genesee Street southbound between Lee and Whitesboro Streets. There will be a right lane closure on Broad/Whitesboro Streets between John Street and Hotel Street. The center median remains permanently closed from south of Lee Street to Wurz Ave.

City of Utica: Route I-790 between North Genesee Street ramp and Leland Ave. Motorists will encounter an east bound shoulder closure due to work on the NYS Thruway Tandem Route.

City of Utica: (D#264001) Route 12 between Route 5A and Putnam Road. Motorists will encounter left lane closures in both directions due to median work. Route 12 south bound as well as Horatio Street southbound there will be lane closures due to paving operations and reconstruction operations.

Town of New Hartford, Town of Paris: (D#264127) Route 8 between Elm Street and Pinnacle Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to shoulder/approach slab reconstruction work. Motorists will also encounter shoulder closures on Kellogg Road under the Route 8 bridge due to bridge pier work.

Town of Boonville: (D#264098) Sargent Road at Moose River Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge painting.

Town of Boonville: (D#264098) Williams Road over Forestport Feeder Canal. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge painting.

Town of Remsen: (D#264098) Bardwell Mills Road over Kayuta Lake. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge painting.

Town of Marcy: (D#263896) Route 49 between River Street and Route 12. Motorists will encounter long term lane closures with a speed limit reduction of 45mph during working hours and 55MPH during off hours due to fog sealing shoulders and shoulder work on ramps.

Town of Marcy: (D#263896) Route 291 between Route 69 and Old River Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to shoulder back up on ramps.

Otter Lake: (D#263925) Route 28 between Teddy Bear Lane and Lake View Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations.

White Lake: (D#263925) Route 28 Between Stone Quarry Road and Newell Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to culvert repairs

MADISON COUNTY

Town of Lenox: (D#264135) Route 5 between Stroud Street and Hubbard Place. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to full depth joint repairs.

Town of Cazenovia: (D#263893) Route 13 between Corwin Street and Chittenango Falls State Park. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to guiderail work.

Village of Madison: (D264088) Route 20 between Route 12B and County Route 83. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a temporary signal due to culvert work.

FULTON COUNTY

Town of Broadalbin: (D#264083) Bridge Street over Route 29. Motorists will encounter Bridge Street fully closed between East Broad Street and Broad Street with a signed detour in place due to concrete work and bridge washing on the bridge over Route 29. The detour will be West Main Street to Broad Street. There will also be shoulder and lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to concrete work.

Town of Mayfield: (D#263942) Route 30 at Route 30A. Motorists will encounter no impact to traffic due to landscaping operations, signpost repair and fence installation.

Town of Bleeker: (D#263926) Route 309 between Blood Road and W Bush Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to the excavation of cross vanes in stream.

Town of Caroga: (D#263877) Route 10 between Route 29A and Route 10A. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with temporary signals in place due to bridge work over the Pine Lake Outlet.

Town of Ephratah: (D#263893) Route 10 between the Montgomery County line and Route 29. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to guiderail, drainage, sign work and culvert work.

Town of Stratford: (D#263877) Route 29A between Route 29 and Route 10. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a temporary signal due to bridge work over Burnt Valley Stream.

Town of Mayfield: (D#263926) Route 349 between Route 30 and Bemis Road. Motorists will not encounter work in the road due to fence installation.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Town of Mindenville: (D#264083) County Route 65 bridge over the Erie Canal. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to guiderail work.

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 between Bridge Street and Erie Street. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions on Route 30. Temporary signals remain on Erie Street for alternating traffic in both directions.

Village of Fultonville: (D#263987) Route 30A between Park Street and Route 920P. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to work on the bridge over the Mohawk River.

Town of Esperance, Village of Fultonville: (D#264189) Route 30A between the Schoharie County line and the Village of Fultonville. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to shoulder reconstruction work and roadside drainage work.

HAMILTON COUNTY

Hamlet of Eagle Bay to Hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake: (D#263869) Route 28 between Eagle Bay and Blue Mountain Lake. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to ditching operations, installing new project plan signs, cleaning culverts & closed drainage systems, and drainage installation.

Pavement Markings will be occurring on various routes in Oneida and Madison Counties. Lane closures or shifts with flaggers will be expected. All work is weather dependent.

Crack sealing will be occurring on various routes in Oneida, Herkimer, Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton Counties. Lane closures or shifts with flaggers will be expected. All work is weather dependent.

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Dementia caregivers can receive support via telephone, online platforms from Alzheimer’s Association https://mylittlefalls.com/dementia-caregivers-can-receive-support-via-telephone-online-platforms-from-alzheimers-association/ https://mylittlefalls.com/dementia-caregivers-can-receive-support-via-telephone-online-platforms-from-alzheimers-association/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 09:00:53 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25872 SYRACUSE — Based on the guidance from local public health agencies, the Alzheimer’s Association has transitioned its support groups from in-person meetings to gatherings that take place remotely. Staff- and […]

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SYRACUSE — Based on the guidance from local public health agencies, the Alzheimer’s Association has transitioned its support groups from in-person meetings to gatherings that take place remotely. Staff- and peer-led groups will meet at their regularly scheduled times, but using telephone and online meeting services.

“The health and safety of our constituents, volunteers and staff remain our driver as we address the COVID-19 outbreak and as we continue to pursue our mission, today and in the longer term,” said Catherine James, Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter Chief Executive Officer. “Alzheimer’s Association operations will continue, and we will re-evaluate these measures on an ongoing basis and resume in person engagements as soon as we are able, based on public health guidelines.”

Support groups are open to all caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Some groups have specialized audiences, including spousal caregivers and individuals living with early-stage dementia. To obtain instructions on how to join a group by phone or online, call 315.472.4201 and dial extension 228 at the prompt.

Moving groups to a virtual environment means that peer support is available on a more frequent basis.

“Our groups had previously been organized geographically and resources local to that area will still inform each group,” James said. “But, the nature of how we are operating right now allows us to offer a group to whoever needs one, whenever they need it.

Support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. Alzheimer’s Association support groups provide an opportunity for people to share personal experiences and feelings and coping strategies.

All support groups are free of charge to attend and facilitated by trained individuals.

Upcoming meetings in July and August include:

July 1, 5:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Lifelong, Ithaca)
July 2, 1 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Hearth on James, Syracuse)
July 2, 2 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Sts. Peter and John Episcopal Church, Auburn)
July 2, 4 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Parkway Center, Utica)
July 7, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Vestal Public Library, Vestal)
July 7, 6:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at United Helpers Rehabilitation & Senior Care, Canton)
July 8, 10 a.m.: open to long term care facility caregivers (regularly meets at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish House, Endicott)
July 8, 1:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Gouverneur Community Center)
July 8, 5:30 p.m.: open to caregivers of people with younger-onset (under 65 years old) Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia (regularly meets at Alzheimer’s Association office, Syracuse)
July 8, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Community Resources for Independent Seniors, Cazenovia)
July 9, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Little Falls Community and Senior Center)
July 10, 1 p.m.: open to individuals with early-stage dementia and their care partners (regularly meets at Vestal United Methodist Church)
July 11, 11 a.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Liverpool First Presbyterian Church)
July 13, 11 a.m.: open to individuals with early-stage dementia and their care partners (regularly meets at Dunham Public Library, Whitesboro)
July 14, 2 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 521 James St., Clayton)
July 14, 3 p.m.: open to all caregivers but intended for LGBT caregivers (regularly meets at SAGE Upstate, Syracuse)
July 14, 5 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Rome Memorial Hospital)
July 14, 6:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Baldwinsville Methodist Church)
July 15, 12:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Walden Place, Cortland)
July 15, 4 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at United Methodist Homes Hilltop Campus, Johnson City)
July 15, 4:30 p.m.: open to individuals with early-stage dementia and their care partners (regularly meets at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, DeWitt)
July 16, 10 a.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Lewis County Office for the Aging, Lowville)
July 16, 1 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Hearth on James, Syracuse)
July 16, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at United Church of Christ, First Congregational, Norwich)
July 17, 10 a.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Madison County Office for the Aging, Canastota)
July 17, 1 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Ogdensburg Public Library)
July 21, 1:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Owego)
July 21, 3:15 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Gathering Place at NSBC, N. Syracuse)
July 21, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Centers at St. Camillus, Syracuse/Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center, Solvay)
July 22, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Manor at Seneca Hill, Oswego)
July 23, 3 p.m.: open to spousal caregivers (regularly meets at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clay)
July 27, 7 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at First Universalist Church of Central Square)
July 28, 2 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Cortland-Chenango Rural Services, Cincinnatus)
July 28, 4:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Northern Regional Ctr. for Independent Living, Watertown)
July 28, 6:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Manlius Public Library)
July 29, 1 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Brookdale Senior Living Clinton)
July 30, 2 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Grace Chapel, Skaneateles)

Aug. 4, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Vestal Public Library, Vestal)
Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at United Helpers Rehabilitation & Senior Care, Canton)
Aug. 5, 1 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Hearth on James, Syracuse)
Aug. 5, 5:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Lifelong, Ithaca)
Aug. 6, 2 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Sts. Peter and John Episcopal Church, Auburn)
Aug. 6, 4 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Parkway Center, Utica)
Aug. 8, 11 a.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Liverpool First Presbyterian Church)
Aug. 10, 11 a.m.: open to individuals and caregivers with early-stage dementia and their care partners (regularly meets at Dunham Public Library, Whitesboro). Advanced screening is recommended prior to attending by calling (315) 472-4201.
Aug. 11, 2 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 521 James St., Clayton)
Aug. 11, 3 p.m.: open to all caregivers but intended for LGBT caregivers (regularly meets at SAGE Upstate, Syracuse)
Aug. 11, 5 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Rome Memorial Hospital)
Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Baldwinsville Methodist Church)
Aug. 12, 10 a.m.: open to long term care facility families
Aug. 12, 1:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Gouverneur Community Center)
Aug. 12, 5:30 p.m.: open to caregivers of people with younger-onset (under 65 years old) Alzheimer’s disease or dementia (regularly meets at Alzheimer’s Association office, Syracuse)
Aug. 12, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Community Resources for Independent Seniors, Cazenovia)
Aug. 13, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Little Falls Community and Senior Center)
Aug. 14, 1 p.m.: open to individuals and caregivers with early-stage dementia and their care partners (regularly meets at Vestal United Methodist Church). Advanced screening is recommended prior to attending by calling (315) 472-4201.
Aug. 18, 1:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., Owego)
Aug. 18, 3:15 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Gathering Place at NSBC, N. Syracuse)
Aug. 18, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Centers at St. Camillus, Syracuse/Solvay-Geddes Community Youth Center, Solvay)
Aug. 19, 12:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Walden Place, Cortland)
Aug. 19, 1 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Hearth on James, Syracuse)
Aug. 19, 4 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at United Methodist Homes Hilltop Campus, Johnson City)
Aug. 19, 4:30 p.m.: open to individuals and caregivers with early-stage dementia and their care partners (regularly meets at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church, DeWitt). Advanced screening is recommended prior to attending by calling (315) 472-4201.
Aug. 20, 10 a.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Lewis County Office for the Aging, Lowville)
Aug. 20, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at United Church of Christ, First Congregational, Norwich)
Aug. 21, 10 a.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Madison County Office for the Aging, Canastota)
Aug. 21, 1 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Ogdensburg Public Library)
Aug. 24, 7 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at First Universalist Church of Central Square)
Aug. 25, 2 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Cortland-Chenango Rural Services, Cincinnatus)
Aug. 25, 4:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Northern Regional Ctr. for Independent Living, Watertown)
Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Manlius Public Library)
Aug. 26, 1 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Brookdale Senior Living Clinton)
Aug. 26, 6 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at The Manor at Seneca Hill, Oswego)
Aug. 27, 2 p.m.: open to all caregivers (regularly meets at Grace Chapel, Skaneateles)
Aug. 27, 3 p.m.: open to spouses of individuals living with dementia (regularly meets at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clay)

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(Family Features) A summer weekend isn’t complete until you fire up the grill, but flame-kissed steaks are just the start to an unforgettable meal that celebrates all the best of the season.

To create the perfect main dish, start with high-quality protein, like Omaha Steaks’ Private Reserve Boneless New York Strips. Thick, juicy and full of flavorful marbling, these premier steaks are meticulously aged for optimal taste and tenderness with robust, beefy flavor brought out when cooked properly on the grill.

If you’re opting for burgers, elevate your menu with a flavorful accompaniment like crisp candied bacon for a menu you won’t soon forget.

Find more ideas for upgrading the grilling experience in your own backyard at OmahaSteaks.com.

Dry-Brined New York Strips with Grilled Brown Butter Balsamic Onions

Prep time: 1-12 hours

Cook time: 30-40 minutes

Servings: 4

Dry Brine:

4 tablespoons Kosher salt

1 tablespoon coarse ground pepper

4 (11-ounce) Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Boneless New York Strips, thawed

Butter and Balsamic:

4 tablespoons salted butter

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons fresh thyme

Grilled Onions:

2 large sweet onions

4 wooden skewers, soaked

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

To make dry brine: Combine salt and pepper; season steaks generously on all sides. Place steaks on elevated rack on baking sheet and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.

To make butter and balsamic: Heat small skillet to medium high heat. Add butter and cook until butter begins to brown and smell nutty. Remove from heat and add balsamic vinegar and thyme. Set aside.

To make grilled onions: Peel off outer layers of onions. Slice into 1/2-inch slices. Lay onions on flat surface. Push skewers through centers of onions; two onion slices per skewer. Brush onions with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

To cook steaks and onions: Make two-zone fire on charcoal grill with coals on one side and no coals on the other.

Place onions on cool side of grill; flip and rotate every 10 minutes until golden brown, approximately 25-30 minutes. Total time will depend on how hot coals are and how close onions are to fire. When onions are golden and tender, brush with brown butter balsamic mixture. 

On hot side of grill, during last 15 minutes of cook time for onions, cook steaks to desired temperature. When steaks are 5 F from desired temperature, remove from grill and let rest 5-10 minutes.

Remove onions from grill. Carefully remove onions from skewers and place in serving dish.  Top with remaining brown butter balsamic mixture and serve with steaks.

Candied Bacon

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Servings: 8

1 pound (1 package) Omaha Steaks Applewood Smoked Steak-Cut Bacon

1  tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

1  cup packed light brown sugar

Heat oven to 375 F.

Place wire rack on foil-lined baking sheet. Place strips of bacon on wire rack and sprinkle with black pepper. Lightly pat brown sugar on top of bacon in thin layer.

Place baking sheet on center rack in oven and bake 25 minutes, or until brown sugar melts and bacon is crisp.

Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes. Using tongs, transfer bacon to parchment-lined baking sheet and cool to room temperature.

Store in airtight container up to 3 days at room temperature.

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Relay for Life finds a way to still get the message out https://mylittlefalls.com/relay-for-life-finds-a-way-to-still-get-the-message-out/ https://mylittlefalls.com/relay-for-life-finds-a-way-to-still-get-the-message-out/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 09:00:07 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25896 Carrie Heath, left, her sister Cindy, and husband Tim Darrach put out luminaries for Relay for Life. by Dave Warner The American Cancer Society (ACS) was asking community members to […]

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Carrie Heath, left, her sister Cindy, and husband Tim Darrach put out luminaries for Relay for Life.

by Dave Warner

The American Cancer Society (ACS) was asking community members to be part of the world’s largest peer-to-peer fundraising event to save lives from cancer by participating in the 21st annual Relay For Life of Herkimer County on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Eastern Park in Little Falls, NY.

However, that event has been canceled, but some who have been affected by cancer still found a way to bring attention to the pain and suffering that surrounds this disease. The Relay For Life movement unites 2.5 million participants globally to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Carrie Heath said, “The American Cancer Society decided to do this. It’s called a Luminary Hope Trail, and they did this because they had to cancel all of the events. Ours was supposed to be June 20th. So Melanie, the head of our Relay, asked if any teams would like to do this, and we did it for Little Falls.”

Heath said they had 23 bags in memory of loved ones, not necessarily ones that have passed from cancer but also to honor essential workers and anybody that you wanted to honor because of the pandemic.

Many of the bags represented family, or friends of her family. “We just lost a family friend due to the COVID-19 in Florida.”

Donations of $5 were made for each of the bags and the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society.

Once it started to get dark, they lit the candles inside. “We had to use rock salt instead of sand to keep then upright because of the wind,” she stated.

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DEC Announces June 27-28 is Free Fishing Weekend in New York State https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-announces-june-27-28-is-free-fishing-weekend-in-new-york-state/ https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-announces-june-27-28-is-free-fishing-weekend-in-new-york-state/#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 09:00:05 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25901 Photo by Dave Warner – Daren and Holly Hopkins caught this 15″ bass by Lock 17. All New Yorkers Encouraged to Explore Local Fishing Opportunities New York State Department of […]

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Photo by Dave Warner – Daren and Holly Hopkins caught this 15″ bass by Lock 17.

All New Yorkers Encouraged to Explore Local Fishing Opportunities

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced a Free Fishing Weekend for June 27 – 28. The event is the second of six Free Fishing Days offered in New York State every year.

“This free fishing weekend could not have come at a better time,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Amid the uncertainty of these challenging times, being home together has allowed many families to get outdoors and experience new activities. Free fishing days provide the perfect opportunity for all New Yorkers-from Brooklyn to Buffalo and from Montauk to Mt. Marcy-to try fishing for the first time and encourage those who have fished before to dust off their fishing rods and get outside.”

DEC encourages all anglers, new and experienced, to recreate locally and seek out fishing opportunities close to home. DEC’s Places to Fish webpages are a reliable source for those ready to plan their next fishing trip. For beginning anglers interested in getting started, the I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing provides information on everything from rigging up a fishing rod to identifying your catch and understanding fishing regulations.

Additional Free Fishing Days in 2020/2021 include National Hunting and Fishing Day (Sept. 26); Veterans Day (Nov. 11); and President’s Day Weekend (Feb. 13-14). During these designated free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license. Free fishing day participants are reminded that although the requirement for a fishing license is waived during free fishing days, all other fishing regulations remain in effect.

New York State is encouraging people to engage in responsible recreation during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. DEC recommendations incorporate guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health for reducing the spread of infectious diseases and encourage New Yorkers to recreate locally, practice physical distancing, show respect, and use common sense to protect themselves and others. Use the DEC info Locator to find a DEC-managed resource near you and visit the State Parks website for information about parks and park closures. For more information about engaging in responsible recreation this summer, visit DEC’s website.

DEC reminds anglers to maintain safe social distancing while fishing (PDF) this year to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Guidelines to protect yourself and others include:

  • Fish local: Stay close to home. Keep your fishing trip short. Avoid high-traffic destinations.
  • Be safe: Avoid crowds and groups. Keep a distance of six feet or more from others. When fishing from a boat, make sure it’s large enough so persons on board are at least six feet from one another.
  • Stay home: If you’re not feeling well, stay home. Anyone 70 and older or with a compromised immune system should postpone their trip.
  • Be adaptive: Move quickly through parking lots and paths. If crowded, choose a different fishing location, or time to visit.

Anglers fishing from boats should be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information on boating guidelines and safety, go to the State Parks website and DEC’s website.

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Violations could result in loss of liquor license and shut down order https://mylittlefalls.com/violations-could-result-in-loss-of-liquor-license-and-shut-down-order/ https://mylittlefalls.com/violations-could-result-in-loss-of-liquor-license-and-shut-down-order/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 19:10:09 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25904 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will issue an Executive Order strengthening state enforcement during the phased reopening to protect New Yorkers and ensure business compliance. Businesses that violate the reopening rules […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he will issue an Executive Order strengthening state enforcement during the phased reopening to protect New Yorkers and ensure business compliance. Businesses that violate the reopening rules and guidelines are subject to immediate loss of their liquor license and a shutdown order. The Governor also announced he will issue an Executive Order to expand the enforcement areas of the State Liquor Authority by giving bars responsibility for the area immediately outside their locations.

The Governor also announced the State will issue guidance to colleges and universities to allow some in-person instruction and on-campus housing and for the fall semester. Campuses must develop a plan, which attests to meeting the guidance and file plans with the State. 

The Governor also announced a final decision on New York City entering Phase Two this Monday is expected to come tomorrow following a review of data by global experts. Business guidance for Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan is available here.

“As we go through these phases of reopening, the compliance and enforcement function of local government gets more difficult. We’re going to take an added step by issuing Executive Orders to increase the State’s enforcement capacity,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have done this now in every region across the state, and it has worked overall, but it works better or worse depending on compliance and enforcement and how people follow the rules. New Yorkers have done an incredible job in fighting this virus, but our success will rely on all of us continuing to be smart.” 

The State again reached the lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 tests yesterday since the pandemic began. Out of the 68,541 tests conducted in New York State yesterday, only 618, or less than one percent, were positive.

The Governor also confirmed 618 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 385,760 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 385,760 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 143 cases in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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Story and Photographs by Joan Herrmann

Photo by Joan Herrmann – Jack in the pulpit.

Whereiwander… it seems like only an eye blink of time ago, that I was waiting and hoping for the buds to burst forth on trees, shrubs, and on the plants in my gardens. Today things seem to have doubled in size just overnight. Many of the blossoms have already come and gone and miniature fruits and berries are growing quickly from the pollinated flowers. Many of the tiny ephemeral (short-lived) spring wildflowers are gone and the understory is filled with showier ferns and larger woodland plants. There are several that catch my attention while hiking on local trails. One that never fails to delight me is known as Jack-in-the-pulpit.

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) is a member of the Arum Family; rather than having petals and sepals this family, has a floral leaf known as a Spathe which enfolds a club-shaped like stalk known as the Spadix. The plant has large leaves and may be one to three feet tall. The spathe or hooded part of the plant may be green or purplish-brown and is often streaked. The spathe covers the spadix and is known as “jack”. The spadix contains both male and female tiny flowers and the spadix will be clustered with bright red berries in late summer or early fall. The plant grows from a deep corm or bulbotuber which may be seven to nine inches underground. The corm serves as a storage organ used for winter survival and helps with summer drought or extreme heat. Jack-in-pulpit like Trilliums should not be taken from the woods; if picked it can no longer photosynthesize or produce the necessary food for the corm and it is gone forever.

One of my favorite floral discoveries is finding an orchid. New York State is home to about sixty different species of native orchids. They may be found in woodlands, bogs, moist meadows, fens, swamps and roadsides, and possibly even your own yard. The Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium acaule) is a large pink-flowered orchid that may be found in mixed hardwoods and coniferous forests. It is a fairly early bloomer and can be found now through early July. This lady’s slipper grows from four to twelve inches in height and has two large ribbed basal (near the ground) leaves. The stem rises from the leaves to hold a pouch or slipper-shaped flower which may be pale pink or deep raspberry pink, depending on soil conditions.

The largest of our native orchids will be blooming this month and is known as the “queen of the bog”. The Showy Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium reginae) is always a very sought after flower to photograph. The Showy also has a unique characteristic in its reproduction method. The large pouch-like flower is actually an inflated lip called a labellum. The labellum attracts pollinators and it is this, modified petal that is crucial to a new orchid’s survival. Insects are attracted by a sweet smell of nectar which is deceptive because it has no nectar. Once trapped inside the labellum the insect seeks an escape. Downward pointing hairs lead the pollinator to a small exit; prior to escaping the insect must pass by a comb-like structure of the plant’s stigma which removes all the pollen from the insect’s body and with that action the flower is now pollinated. Once the insect continues it departure it passes by the plant’s anther and picks up new pollen from this flower which can be used to cross-pollinate the next showy orchid which lures that insect. Occasionally the exit hole is too small for a large insect to find an escape, some may be able to chew its way out, but others may not be so successful and may perish within the orchid.

The “Remsen Bog” that has numerous orchids is a privately owned property. The owners have been extremely generous in letting photographers and orchid lovers view and photograph these spectacular floral treasures from the road along their property. The Showy is the largest and most colorful, but bogs including this one, also host many other orchids that will bloom at different times throughout the summer.

Photo by Joan Herrmann – Showy Lady Slipper Orchid

Last summer I found another, new to me, species of orchids blooming later in the summer. This Large Purple Fringed Orchid (Platanthera grandifloria) was found along another roadside bog in August. Its flowers are thought to resemble tiny butterflies and its common name is the Butterfly Orchid. I was in the pursuit, of a photograph, of a newly emerged Baltimore Checkerspot butterfly. It landed on the Purple Fringed orchid and then brought my attention to at least a dozen more plants all within a small area and was an exciting discovery. Another Fringed orchid makes its appearance in August too. I have found the White Fringed Orchid (Platanthera blephariglottis) at Ferd’s Bog. As I have mentioned in other columns’ Ferd’s Bog is a fairly easy short hike through a woods to a study boardwalk into the bog. Ferd’s is located off Uncas Road in Eagle Bay, New York, and affords wonderful flora photographs from spring through autumn. A quick trip a few weeks ago afforded me the opportunity to photo another “new to me” plant. The plant this time was not an orchid, but a tiny bog plant known as Buckbean (Menyanthes trifoliate). It was growing in about two inches of water and I counted more than forty plants. It is in the Gentian Family and is described as having “fuzzy beards” on the petals. They emerge from the shallow waters of ponds and bogs and may be found growing in April through July.

I have been photographing and identifying wildflowers for almost forty years and it is still joyful to find a plant which is a new discovery to me. Even before the aid of the World Wide Web, I had the opportunity to identify hundreds of mystery plants by using some of the many field guides which have become part of my very large library. My favorite is still “A Field Guide to Wildflowers” of Northeastern/Northcentral North America by Peterson/McKenny. My copy is copyright 1968 and is tattered and held together with tape, but contains so much valuable information and is truly easy to use. I always reference as many as eight to ten sources when doing research. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails, where you wander.


As a Professional Nature Photographer, Naturalist, and Outdoor Educator, Joan Herrmann has been teaching and doing programs for Schools, Garden Clubs, Libraries, and Nature Centers, about 38 years. After moving from the Rochester area in 1995 she began her Photography business, Essence of Nature, and also became a co-owner of The Artworks in Old Forge, New York. As a docent at Munson, Williams, Proctor Arts Institute, in Utica, New York she has been educating children and adults, for nineteen years.

In 2007 she began working with the Black River Outdoor Educational Program (BROEP) and in 2013 and 2014 did a week-long summer program at BROEP in conjunction with Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC). Using her love of both nature and photography she created a Flora/Fauna outdoor educational program teaching students (ages 6 to 14) the joys of nature and creative photography skills.

Joan’s love of nature has been a lifelong study of Birds, Wildflowers, Mosses, Ferns, Trees, Amphibians, Reptiles, Grasses, Insects, Spiders, Tracks, Scat, and Galls. She has assisted in the cataloging of all trails used by the hiking Coaches and photographed and identified seasonal Flora.

Since October 2016 she has been writing a bimonthly nature column with Adirondack Express Newspaper. In October of 2019, she began a bi-monthly column with My Little Falls Newspaper. You may reach her at Jmphoto8442@gmail.com

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Bill Withers – The Danielle Nicole Experience https://mylittlefalls.com/bill-withers-the-danielle-nicole-experience/ https://mylittlefalls.com/bill-withers-the-danielle-nicole-experience/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:00:40 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25828 by Dave Warner Each Thursday during the month of June 2020, we are publishing a video of the Danielle Nicole experience in Little Falls, which was last August 2019. It’s […]

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by Dave Warner

Each Thursday during the month of June 2020, we are publishing a video of the Danielle Nicole experience in Little Falls, which was last August 2019. It’s a way to get out of the ‘pandemic blues’ and remember what life used to be like in Little Falls so that we can get back to letting the good times roll once again.

Ander Kazmerski from Little Falls was one of two filmmakers who documented her time in Little Falls. Here are his answers to some questions that were posed to him via email:

How did you get involved in the project?
Martin Babinec’s nephew, Steven Senisi, called me about the concert several months ahead of time. Martin was putting together the project and had reached out to Steven to discuss adding a video component. Steven, having worked with my production company in the past, called me up to see if I was interested. I love the idea of collaborating with people and projects originating from (or taking place in) my hometown – so of course, I said yes!

What was the experience like being able to produce something like this in your home town?
Productions of this scale are always exciting, hectic, stressful, and energizing – all at the same time. This was, of course, no exception. What made this experience so unique, however, was being able to work together with people from my past, hire local talent to help out, and see the energy and excitement coming from the community. A production of this scale was not an experience I had in Little Falls as a kid. So being able to be a part of it now, even in a small way, was amazing. The local talent, creative minds, and community Martin was able to bring together to make all of this happen was really nice to see, and the professionalism from everyone was several steps above what I see in many cities and towns across the country. It made me proud to be from Little Falls.

How were Danielle Nicole and her group to work with?
Fantastic! From a production standpoint, I couldn’t really have asked for more. Danielle and the band were VERY generous with their time. On-camera interviews aren’t easy – and if I remember correctly, I think I interviewed her for almost two hours. She didn’t miss a beat and was game for everything we threw at her. We spent most of the day following her around, which usually takes a lot out of a subject. At the end of the day though, she got up on stage and delivered a high-energy performance that didn’t disappoint!

Was there anything surprising or unexpected when you ended up putting it all together?
Yes and no. In some ways, it was all unexpected. Documentary productions like this where I don’t get to meet or pre-interview the subject ahead of time are always a bit unnerving. Will we get along? How open and cooperative will they be on camera? How long will it take me to figure out what the story is – and will we even get there on time!? Those worries always lead to a concern about what’s possible in the edit. It’s a lot of guesswork going into the production day, and no matter how well you prepare, things always bound to change when the camera starts rolling. For example, we had some last-minute schedule changes throughout the shoot day which resulted in us getting fewer visuals of Danielle exploring Little Falls than we hoped for. So, that changed our expectations that we could craft a story about what it’s like for her to be on the road all the time. Instead, we shifted more towards telling stories about her music, all while using the concert as the backdrop. That was surprising and unexpected. But we’re happy with how it turned out.

How did you feel about the finished products?
This is a tough question that I always try and avoid. The reason being, as a creative (and specifically a documentary filmmaker), you’re always taught to be self-critical of your work. You always see the seams in everything you make, no matter how hard you try and hide them. I see the collection of my work as a tool to understand how to continually make myself better at my craft. I could talk to you all day about the little things I would do differently if we were to film it all over again. Any filmmaker would tell you the same thing (they are lying to you if they say otherwise!). It’s very hard to be objective about a piece of work you have put this much time into planning, filming, and editing. And time alone into something doesn’t always make it good. I will say this though: I am very happy with what we produced. The whole team worked hard and were passionate about this project from start to finish. We had a great location and an even better subject! The more important question in my mind is, How does the audience feel about the finished products? In the end, that’s what matters most.

Previous articles in the series:

In My Blood – the Danielle Nicole Experience

Just Dive In – the Danielle Nicole Experience

Be like this out there -the Danielle Nicole Experience

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Little Falls City School District Budget propositions pass https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-city-school-district-budget-propositions-pass/ https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-city-school-district-budget-propositions-pass/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:00:34 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25861 by Dave Warner Voters passed the proposed 2020-21 school budget of $22,499,245, which represents a 1.32% decrease over the current year’s budget. The vote tally was as follows: Budget: 421 […]

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by Dave Warner

Voters passed the proposed 2020-21 school budget of $22,499,245, which represents a 1.32% decrease over the current year’s budget.

The vote tally was as follows:

Budget: 421 Yes, 138 No
Library: 408 Yes, 154 No

Dodge: 443
Hameister: 477

Ashraf Allam, Director of Business Operations and Technology said, “We are humbled by the strong support we received from the community. Not only was the voting process complicated this year, but the school was also asking for an increase in funding during a time of great financial pressure. We never take our residents’ support for granted, and we will continue to do our best to provide our students with an excellent and well-rounded education.”
The district had reduced costs by not replacing positions vacated due to retirement or resignation, and no active faculty or staff were laid off in the budget that passed.

State aid declined by an estimated $787,184, and the district will apply $290,00 of the unassigned fund balance to reduce the burden on taxpayers.  That means that the tax levy for 2020-21, is $8,959,487, a 1.97% increase from the previous year, or $173,315.

Dr. Keith Levatino, District Superintendent said, “We are just so grateful the school district has such a supportive community. A community that puts the needs of our students first. Thank you for supporting and approving the 2020-21 school budget.”

The New York State United Teachers Union (NYSUT) said last night that 99 percent of school budgets were on track to win approval by voters, according to a preliminary analysis.

“Even in challenging times, voters resoundingly made clear that funding public schools at the local level is a top priority,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “Especially in times of crisis, public schools serve as cornerstones of our communities, providing not just an education but also meals, mental health services, and other critical services. Students need our support, and voters overwhelmingly delivered.”

NYSUT reviewed 388 school budget votes and found that 383 passed. Just five were defeated.

A 99 percent approval rate follows a trend of strong support for public schools, with more than 95 percent of budgets being passed each year since 2013, according to the group.

The Little Falls School District proposed tax levy is below the state limit of $9,088,299 for next year, so residents will still qualify for the property tax relief credits.

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Tenney: The Truth and Results Matter for NY22 https://mylittlefalls.com/tenney-the-truth-and-results-matter-for-ny22/ https://mylittlefalls.com/tenney-the-truth-and-results-matter-for-ny22/#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:00:16 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25852 In or out of politics, I have spent a lifetime in our community standing up for commonsense conservative values. I have a proven record of standing up to corruption and […]

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In or out of politics, I have spent a lifetime in our community standing up for commonsense conservative values. I have a proven record of standing up to corruption and defending those without a voice. I will continue to be a compassionate advocate for the people of the 22nd District and will ensure that the truth is told regardless of political affiliation.

My quest is to seek the truth and create practical and viable solutions. That is why I have the endorsement of President Trump, the National Rifle Association, Speaker Newt Gingrich, the New York Conservative Party, GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressmen Steve Scalise, Devin Nunes and Lee Zeldin, among many other House Republicans. Governor Mike Huckabee, Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life and many other groups support me too because principled and proven conservatives know where I stand, and they stand with me.

My record of accomplishment speaks for itself. In both Congress and Albany, I have:

 Put military servicemen and women, veterans, and their families first, securing higher pay, rebuilding a decaying military, better quality care for our veterans, and greater recognition for their service.
 Fought political corruption and special interests, writing a bill to strip felonious politicians of their pensions, and courageously called for the resignations of powerful abusers like disgraced former Speaker Sheldon Silver.
 Stood up for Upstate New York first and always, working to get the military to buy American-made flatware, secured tens of millions in community development and anti-opioid abuse grants.
 Cut taxes and red tape that burden our families, farms, and small businesses, so that our economy and region can prosper again.
 Protected our seniors’ well-deserved social security benefits with increases and defended against potential cuts to their earnings.
 Took on Communist China – opposing its technology theft, unfair trade practices, and dangerous lies, and exposing its coronavirus cover-up.
 Stood up against Governor Cuomo and radical Albany/NYC Democrats and their left-wing policies which are killing jobs and promoting lawlessness in upstate NY.

Beyond this, I am a former award-winning publisher and journalist, an attorney and small business owner, the daughter of an honorable Supreme Court Justice, and perhaps most importantly, the mother of a USNA Graduate and Marine Corps Captain.

Yet my never-Trump primary opponent keeps attacking me with falsehoods and smears. I have debated him seven times in the last few years and he offers nothing new for the voters in this ever-changing dynamic world we face each day. He continues to repeat overused shallow platitudes and memorized quotes from former politicians. After twelve years of continuous campaigning, and three losing campaigns he has never been elected and has never taken a vote. The attacks lodged by my opponent are downright absurd. It is simply false to say I received an “F” from the American Conservative Union. In fact, that group does not give letter grades, and my record shows I am more conservative than the vast majority of our current Republican delegation from New York. Furthermore, the ACU’s sister group, the New York Conservative Party named me the Conservative Legislator of the Year and endorsed my campaign now and every time I have run for office in the past.

Please join President Trump and I in our “Great American Comeback”- a renewed domestic economy, better trade deals, more support for our veterans, putting a stop to illegal immigration, and putting American businesses and their workers first. I respectfully ask for your vote in the Republican Primary on Tuesday, June 23rd.

Claudia Tenney

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Senior Meals 06/18/2020 – 06/24/2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-06-18-2020-06-24-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-06-18-2020-06-24-2020/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2020 09:00:52 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25826 To reserve a meal, call the Herkimer County Office for the Aging at least one business day in advance, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 315-867-1204 […]

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To reserve a meal, call the Herkimer County Office for the Aging at least one business day in advance, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 315-867-1204 or 315-867-1634.

If you will not be home for meals, call 315-867-1204 at least a day in advance.

All sites are handicapped accessible. Menu for Little Falls:

Jun 18: Omelet, sausage, hash browns, muffin, yogurt parfait.

Jun 19: Lemon chicken, seasoned rice, spinach, berries in a cloud.

Jun 22: Beef burgundy, baked potato, green been, peaches.

Jun 23: Baked fish with dill sauce, mashed potatoes, spinach, strawberry shortcake.

Jun 24: Chili, cornbread, cauliflower, ice cream

All meals are served with 8 ounces of milk, a slice of bread and margarine.

Desserts have no concentrated sweets.

The suggested donation is $3. Mail donations to Herkimer County OFA, 109 Mary St., Suite 2501, Herkimer, NY 13350. Envelopes are available from drivers.

  • Locally grown produce

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Main Street First organizes city-wide cleanup https://mylittlefalls.com/main-street-first-organizes-city-wide-cleanup/ https://mylittlefalls.com/main-street-first-organizes-city-wide-cleanup/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2020 09:00:33 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25836 by Dave Warner Members of Main Street First, Rotary, and other volunteers hit the streets on Saturday to spruce up several areas of the City in the MSF annual event. […]

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by Dave Warner

Members of Main Street First, Rotary, and other volunteers hit the streets on Saturday to spruce up several areas of the City in the MSF annual event.

According to Rob Richard, President of Main Street First, “this is our fifth year of doing this. This year, we even debated whether it should happen because when we first started talking about it weeks ago, we weren’t even anywhere near being in Phase III.”

He said that they decided that there was a way to do it safely, given that all of the projects were outside. “Normally, we like to make this a big event where we say come one, come all. Even if too many people show up, we find a place for them to work, because this is also about getting the community together,” he said.

However, this year, he said that approach didn’t feel right. It would be too large a group of people to meet in one spot and then they’d have to ensure that everyone had masks and PPE. “So, we decided to make it a lot simpler this year. There aren’t as many projects, but working with the Little Falls Volunteer Corps, we identified some specific people to line up with certain jobs.”

Along with removing brush, painting, putting a new roof on the pump house down at Benton’s Landing, picking up trash between Furnace and Gilbert Streets, and several other projects, they were able to accomplish quite a bit.

Richard said, “I think we’re still proud of this project and I think it’s a good time to do it. We’ve had a lot of bad news and I think people feel like there’s not a lot that you can do right now. So, to be able to get get out and make the community look a little better, helps us stay positive and look towards the future.”

Normally, this would be an activity that the group does prior to the beginning of the festival season, but with everything canceled, “it’s still important for the City to look good. First impressions mean a lot when people visit here and I think even if you just live here, it changes your attitude towards the City if it’s getting cleaned up,” he stated.

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Hospitals and group homes now allowed to accept visitors https://mylittlefalls.com/hospitals-and-group-homes-now-allowed-to-accept-visitors/ https://mylittlefalls.com/hospitals-and-group-homes-now-allowed-to-accept-visitors/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 19:25:39 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25833 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the U.S. Open will be held in Queens without fans from August 31st to September 13th. The USTA will take extraordinary precautions to protect players […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the U.S. Open will be held in Queens without fans from August 31st to September 13th. The USTA will take extraordinary precautions to protect players and staff, including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space, and dedicated housing and transportation.

Governor Cuomo also announced that hospitals and group homes will be allowed to accept visitors at their discretion. Any facility that chooses to allow visitors must follow state guidelines, including time-limited visits and requiring visitors to wear PPE and be subject to symptom and temperature checks. The hospital visitation program expands on a pilot program that was launched in May, which demonstrated that hospitals could provide safe visitation for patients and families. Hospitals statewide will now be able to provide visitation. Group homes certified by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities will be allowed to accept visitors beginning Friday provided they adhere to state guidance and certify compliance to OPWDD prior to commencing visitation. The prohibition on nursing home visitors remains in place as the state Department of Health continues to review. 

The Governor announced global public health experts have cleared the Capital Region to enter Phase Three tomorrow, June 17th. Business guidance for phase three of the state’s reopening plan is available here.  

“I am so proud of what the people of this state have done to defeat this virus. The numbers are looking very good, and today we are excited to announce that the U.S. Open will be held in Queens without fans this August,” Governor Cuomo said. “We must remain vigilant and the USTA is taking all necessary precautions with players and staff, but this is an exciting day for the state.”

Mike Dowse, USTA Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Director said, “We are incredibly excited that Governor Cuomo and New York State have approved our plan to host the 2020 US Open and 2020 Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  We recognize the tremendous responsibility of hosting one of the first global sporting events in these challenging times, and we will do so in the safest manner possible, mitigating all potential risks. We now can give fans around the world the chance to watch tennis’ top athletes compete for a US Open title, and we can showcase tennis as the ideal social distancing sport. Being able to hold these events in 2020 is a boost for the City of New York and the entire tennis landscape.” 

The Governor said the state has conducted more than three million COVID-19 tests to date.

The Governor also announced the results of the state’s antibody testing survey of 12,000 individuals across the state over a six-week period. The results show 13.4 percent of the population have COVID-19 antibodies, compared to 12.3 percent that tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies during a statewide antibody testing study from May 1st.

The Governor also confirmed 631 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 384,575 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 384,575 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there are 140 cases in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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International knitting day just a stitch away in Little Falls https://mylittlefalls.com/international-knitting-day-just-a-stitch-away-in-little-falls/ https://mylittlefalls.com/international-knitting-day-just-a-stitch-away-in-little-falls/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 09:00:49 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25799 by Dave Warner The Little Falls Knitting Club spent the day in Sterzinar Park on Saturday, to help bring awareness to ‘International Knit in Public Day’, which is generally held […]

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by Dave Warner

The Little Falls Knitting Club spent the day in Sterzinar Park on Saturday, to help bring awareness to ‘International Knit in Public Day’, which is generally held during the month of June.

“People are encouraged to bring their yarn, their fiber arts and sit in public places and knit,” said Mary Trombley, a member of the group.

They also try to share some of their knowledge with other people that are interested in learning.

“In years past, we’ve even encouraged children and other people who might want to learn to stop by and get them started by giving them yarn and needles, but this year, we decide it wouldn’t even be a possibility,” she said.

In the past, the group has knitted at the Farmers Market, and in front of the Paca Gardens store because they sell an assortment of yarns and natural fiber.

She said that two years ago, it was so hot, that Andy McEvoy even put up a tent for them to sit under. “He did that two years in a row for us,” she stated. “We were all huddled in close together because we all wanted to be under that tent.”

“I think that there is a long history of knitters in Little Falls. There are people who have knit professionally, tested patterns, and people who have designed patterns,” said Trombley.

“All kinds of people knit. When you look at pictures, you see men, children, old people, and young people. It’s really a nice thing and there’s great camaraderie in belonging to a group that does it.”

Trombley said that many people find the act of knitting calming.

This is the first time the group has met in person since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We met March 15th in the Coffe Shop on a Sunday and by Tuesday we felt that we shouldn’t meet in person again, just to put it in perspective with where we are now,” she stated.

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Great Outdoors Month https://mylittlefalls.com/great-outdoors-month/ https://mylittlefalls.com/great-outdoors-month/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 09:00:46 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25805 A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward June is Great Outdoors Month, and whether it is our state and local parks, biking and hiking trails, or […]

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A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward

June is Great Outdoors Month, and whether it is our state and local parks, biking and hiking trails, or waterfronts and beaches, there are wonderful outdoor opportunities available to New Yorkers. As our communities continue working to get back to normal, getting outside and staying active can be a great source of physical, emotional, and mental wellness.  You can read up on the COVID-19 related guidelines at https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/

National Fishing and Boating Week was observed earlier this month as well.  With more than 7,500 lakes and ponds, 70,000 miles of rivers and streams, and hundreds of miles of coastline, New Yorkers are blessed with plenty of great options. While there are a number of health and safety restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, outdoor boating and fishing are activities that can still be enjoyed.

If you are looking for somewhere new to fish check out the DEC webpage https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7749.html.  There is even a free smartphone app – New York Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife – that can help you plan the perfect outdoor adventure.

When it comes to fishing, New York is stocked with something for everyone.  From small, rarely seen species of darters to large game fish like salmon and muskellunge, New York’s waters are home to an incredible variety of freshwater fish species.  Make sure you purchase a fishing license and understand the regulations pertaining to different species and seasons.

New York also provides several opportunities to fish for free with a pair of dates approaching later this month – June 27 and 28.  This is a great way to introduce someone new to the sport and perhaps hook him or her for life.

Fishing and other outdoor sports are big business in New York State as well.  Several years ago, a report from the State Comptroller found that nearly two million people fish, hunt, or trap in New York, ranking the state third nationwide.  The consumer spending generated on these sporting activities totaled more than $5 billion (trailing only Florida) in 2011, the most recent year for which such figures are available.  Nearly $1.9 billion was for trip-related purchases including transportation, food, and lodging.

Sportsmen generate a great deal of economic activity across the state, supporting bait and tackle shops, lodges and camps, guide services, hotels and motels, and many other small businesses dependent on a robust outdoor sports industry.

Staying safe on the water is also a top concern. Before even leaving the dock, some very important pieces of safety equipment should be on board your vessel.  First and foremost, you need a life preserver, also known as a personal flotation device (PFD), for each person on board.  If you are aboard a motorized boat additional requirements apply like visual distress signals, fire extinguishers, appropriate running lights, anchor and line, and a horn or bell. Each one of these items serves an important purpose should you run into any type of distress while on the water.

Along with the proper equipment, it is also essential that you understand the rules of the nautical road.  One of the best things any boating enthusiast can do is take the New York Safe Boating Course, sponsored by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.  The course is a comprehensive boating tutorial (available in person or online), teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation.  By 2025, all motorboat operators are required to take a safety course.  Depending on age, many boaters need a certificate now.

Information on upcoming courses along with a complete New York State Boater’s Guide,with all of the rules and regulations you need to know in order to boat safely and legally in New York State, are available on-line at www.parks.ny.gov/recreation/boating.  I would suggest calling ahead before attending any of the courses to be sure they are still being held.

Enjoy the summer and stay safe enjoying New York’s great outdoors.

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New Yorkers Encouraged to Reduce Bears’ Access to Attractants Such as Food and Garbage https://mylittlefalls.com/new-yorkers-encouraged-to-reduce-bears-access-to-attractants-such-as-food-and-garbage/ https://mylittlefalls.com/new-yorkers-encouraged-to-reduce-bears-access-to-attractants-such-as-food-and-garbage/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 09:00:33 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25822 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged New Yorkers to reduce the potential for conflicts with bears in communities across the state. “We have […]

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged New Yorkers to reduce the potential for conflicts with bears in communities across the state.

“We have recently begun to see a rise in reported sightings of black bears in suburban and urban areas,” Commissioner Seggos said. “While seeing a bear is an exciting experience for many New Yorkers, bears that are inadvertently fed by humans exhibit unnatural behaviors and can become a nuisance. DEC encourages homeowners, property managers, and outdoor enthusiasts to follow guidance to reduce bears’ access to attractants like garbage, birdseed, and pet food to discourage nuisance bears.”

In June, black bear movement increases as the breeding season begins and yearling (one-year-old) bears disperse to find their own space. Inevitably some of these bears, particularly yearlings, wander through places these animals would not normally inhabit, like suburban or urban neighborhoods. Bears have an acute sense of smell and may attempt to consume anything they perceive as edible, including improperly stored garbage, birdseed, livestock, pet food, and barbecue grill grease traps. Once a bear has discovered a food source, it may return or seek similar foods at neighboring properties, learning bad behavior that can damage human property and may lead to the death of the bear.

Bears that frequent developed areas are more likely to be hit by vehicles, illegally killed by people who perceive them as a threat, or euthanized for dangerous behavior. New Yorkers can live responsibly with bears by taking down bird feeders, storing garbage containers and pet/livestock feed securely indoors, cleaning grill grease traps, and asking neighbors to do the same. A bear passing through a developed area in search of suitable natural habitat may investigate human food sources, but if it cannot obtain anything to eat, it will continue on its way.

If a bear is seen in an unexpected location, residents should simply be aware of the bear’s presence and observe the bear without attempting to interact with it. If left alone and given the opportunity, nearly all bears that wander into urban and suburban areas will leave as quickly and quietly as they appear, without serious conflict or need for physical removal.

Follow the tips below to live responsibly with New York black bears:

Do not feed bears intentionally. Feeding bears intentionally is illegal and a ticketable offense. Bears that obtain food from humans will continue to seek food from humans and become nuisance bears, which can pose a threat to humans.

Around dwellings, the public is encouraged to:

  • Remove all bird feeders;
  • Keep garbage, grills, pet food, and birdseed inside a solid, secure structure such as a house, shed, or garage;
  • If grills cannot be secured, clean grills, move them away from houses, and remove grease traps after each use;
  • Put garbage on the curb the morning of collection, not the night before, and use bear-resistant trash containers; and
  • Close garage doors and ground-floor windows/doors at night.

Campgrounds visitors should follow the following guidance to reduce potential bear conflicts:

  • Keep campsites as clean as possible;
  • Clean up after all meals immediately. Keep grills, pots, pans, cooking utensils, and washbasins clean when not in use;
  • Leave coolers and food inside car trunks or truck cabs;
  • Store food and coolers in food lockers when available;
  • NEVER keep food, coolers, or scented items in tents when camping. Store toiletries securely with coolers and food;
  • Do not put grease, garbage, plastic diapers, cans, bottles, or other refuse in the fireplace; and
  • Dispose of garbage in the campground’s dumpsters every evening.

Visitors to the backcountry are encouraged to:

  • Pack a minimal amount of food. Use lightweight and dehydrated foods. Plan all meals to avoid leftovers;
  • Use bear-resistant food canisters, which are required in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness of the Adirondack Park;
  • Cook and eat before dark and cook away from campsites;
  • Avoid spills and drippings while cooking and do not pour grease into fire pits; and
  • Never leave food unattended.

If you encounter a bear:

  • Don’t panic. Most bears are as afraid of people as people are of bears;
  • Never approach, surround, or corner a bear;
  • Back away slowly-do not run;
  • Do not throw backpacks or food at bears. If bears are rewarded with food, they will continue to seek food from people; and
  • If feeling threatened by a bear, raise your arms over your head to look bigger and yell loudly at the bear while slowly backing away.

When to report a nuisance bear:

  • When a nuisance bear presents an immediate danger to public safety, call 911;
  • If a bear is damaging property or is reluctant to leave the area, but the situation is not an emergency, call the regional wildlife office during business hours, or call the DEC Law Enforcement Dispatch Center at 1-844-DEC-ECOs (1-844-332-3267); and
  • If bear cubs are known to be orphaned in the spring or summer (before July), call DEC. After that time, cubs generally survive on their own.

For more information, visit DEC webpages on black bears and reducing bear-human conflicts.

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Following reports and complaints about poorly marked, prepaid debit cards being mailed to constituents for their stimulus payments, Congressman Anthony Brindisi took action to hold the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department accountable. During the pandemic, Brindisi is fighting to make sure Upstate gets the resources they deserve.

As part of the bipartisan CARES Act, most Americans are entitled to a $1,200 economic relief payment. The I.R.S. and Treasury Department, the agencies tasked with executing the payments, have been sending some payments on inconspicuous prepaid debit cards in poorly marked envelopes through the mail. This has resulted in confusion for many constituents and, in some cases, people have unwittingly thrown away their payment. When Brindisi learned of this he took action.

“I’ve heard from countless constituents who have received prepaid debit cards that look like they were made at a scam department, not the Treasury Department,” said Brindisi. “With things like misspellings, wrong names, and a non-governmental return address, struggling families are left to wonder if these cards are just another scam or the relief they desperately need. The Treasury Department and I.R.S. need to do better and I am demanding they fix this.”

Brindisi called on the Treasury Department and I.R.S. to improve their processes and answer questions about how this happened and what they will do to fix it. Brindisi outlined his plan of action marking seven key instructions for the agencies moving forward:

  1. Waive any and all replacement fees for individuals who may have lost their debit cards, including Americans who may have discarded their debit card after mistaking it for junk mail.
  2. Review IRS data in the coming weeks and identify individuals who were sent a debit card but never activated it, and appropriately follow up with those households to ensure they receive the economic impact payment they are due.
  3. Clearly identify on the outside of the envelope any subsequent mailed economic impact payments as being sent by or on behalf of the federal government.
  4. Review your process that resulted in incorrect names being printed on envelopes and cards and correct this problem for any future mailings.
  5. Abide by Congressional intent and ensure that users receive their full economic impact payment by waiving all fees for withdrawals at all ATMs.
  6. Oversee the creation of a free and easy method for individuals to transfer the full balance of their debit card to their checking account without the use of the internet.
  7. Work with the CFPB and any other relevant agency to conduct a public awareness campaign regarding potential scams related to these debit cards.

Brindisi harped on the need for the I.R.S. and Treasury Department to do better and remove hurdles to replacement cards if necessary for constituents.

“Removing replacement and transaction fees, better identification of the envelopes and an overall review of the process that created this mess are a good place to start,” Brindisi added. “During the pandemic, so many families need help and these payments were designed to provide much-needed relief. Instead, due to bureaucratic incompetence, families are not getting the help they need.”

Brindisi’s entire letter is below:

Dear Secretary Mnuchin and Commissioner Rettig,

As part of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the Treasury Department was authorized to make payments of $1,200 to qualifying individuals and $500 to each dependent child under the age of 17. In the two months since the CARES Act was signed into law by President Trump, Treasury has reported making more than 158,000,000 payments. 

These payments were intended to provide immediate economic relief to Americans at a time when public health measures required many workers to stay home and businesses to close, resulting in millions being furloughed or laid off. I appreciate Treasury heeding the calls from myself and other Members of Congress from both parties to make accommodations for Social Security recipients and Veterans who otherwise may have been required to fill out additional forms to receive their payments. I commend the speed at which Treasury was able to disburse the vast majority of these payments.

However, it has come to my attention that more than three million Americans in recent weeks have received their payments via debit card. Many of my constituents have reached out to my office to voice their concerns about the debit cards they have received, which include:

  • The envelope in which the debit card is delivered does not claim to be from the Department of the Treasury or any other federal agency, and instead has the return address of “Money Network Cardholder Services.” Any person who has ever received an unsolicited credit card or loan offer would be immediately suspicious and could easily mistake the envelope for unsolicited mail.
  • Many of the envelopes and debit cards are addressed with an incorrect name. Spouses with different last names have received debit cards with one spouse’s first name and the other’s last name, leading to confusion and concern. If the debit card has the wrong name on it, the family is left to wonder if they can legally use it. 
  • The fees attached to the cards siphon money intended for Americans and give it to the companies Treasury has partnered with to dispense the cards. Users are charged fees for using the wrong ATM to withdraw cash or simply check the card’s balance. ATM withdrawals are often capped at a dollar amount well below the $2,400 or more a family receives, requiring multiple uses of the ATM to retrieve the full amount. This runs counter to the intent of Congress, which was to give every person to full amount they are due with very few exceptions.
  • Furthermore, instructions for this debit card issued by the IRS and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) state that users who wish to transfer money from the card to their checking account for free are required to log into a website to do so. This could be an impossible task for some senior citizens and individuals in rural areas without adequate internet access. 

In response to these concerns, I ask that you:

  1. Waive any and all replacement fees for individuals who may have lost their debit cards, including Americans who may have discarded their debit card after mistaking it for junk mail. 
  2. Review IRS data in the coming weeks and identify individuals who were sent a debit card but never activated it, and appropriately follow up with those households to ensure they receive the economic impact payment they are due. 
  3. Clearly identify on the outside of the envelope any subsequent mailed economic impact payments as being sent by or on behalf of the federal government. 
  4. Review your process that resulted in incorrect names being printed on envelopes and cards and correct this problem for any future mailings. 
  5. Abide by Congressional intent and ensure that users receive their full economic impact payment by waiving all fees for withdrawals at all ATMs. 
  6. Oversee the creation of a free and easy method for individuals to transfer the full balance of their debit card to their checking account without the use of the internet. 
  7. Work with the CFPB and any other relevant agency to conduct a public awareness campaign regarding potential scams related to these debit cards. 

 

Thank you for your work implementing the CARES Act and your attention to this matter. I ask that you please provide responses to my requests as soon as you are able. 

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Little Falls Hospital is Keeping our Community Safe https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-hospital-is-keeping-our-community-safe/ https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-hospital-is-keeping-our-community-safe/#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 09:00:16 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25815 Little Falls, NY – As New York State begins to steadily return to a new “normal” during the Coronavirus pandemic, Little Falls Hospital, a member of the Bassett Healthcare Network, […]

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Little Falls, NY – As New York State begins to steadily return to a new “normal” during the Coronavirus pandemic, Little Falls Hospital, a member of the Bassett Healthcare Network, is taking extra precautions to ensure that patients are safe when they come to the facility. As COVID-19 cases continue to decline across the state, Bassett facilities are prepared to continue emergent care and resume elective services that had been put on hold in March.

Bassett Healthcare Network has implemented a number of precautionary processes to help patients and employees stay safe every day. All individuals who enter the buildings have their temperatures taken are screened for respiratory symptoms and engage in a short series of questions. In addition, everyone – including each patient – is required to wear a protective mask and honor social distancing measures by staying at least six feet apart in common areas. Masks will be provided to patients and visitors upon entry if needed. The hospitals and emergency departments are open, ready, and safe for those in need of emergency medical care. Fast treatment during an emergency saves lives and lowers the risk of serious complications from an injury or illness.

Michael Ogden, President of Little Falls Hospital states, “We have all been diligent in our efforts to prevent the spread of the Covid-19, and this pause in our lives has made a positive impact in the goal to reduce the transmission of this virus. At Little Falls Hospital, we have taken extraordinary measures to provide our patients and community the assurance that they will be safe in returning to our care and that they can be confident to once again make their health needs a priority and to not delay care. Whether you have routine diagnostic tests or procedures or are experiencing a medical emergency, you should not hesitate to seek care from our teams at Little Falls Hospital who are here and ready to serve you.”

Facilities are also open for surgeries and other elective procedures. Patients should contact their practitioner’s office to schedule a previously delayed surgical or non-surgical procedure. All patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to their procedure, and before entering Bassett facilities. Those needing to visit their primary or specialty care practitioners should call their practitioner’s office directly to schedule an appointment.

Some appointments may be able to be done through a video visit rather than in-person. Bassett Healthcare Network has greatly expanded the use of video visits as a convenience to patients. This telemedicine option worked quite well for patients throughout the early phase of COVID-19 and continues to be available. Depending on medical needs, a video visit with Bassett practitioners may be able to be completed from the patient’s home. If a patient is interested in a video visit, they should ask their practitioner if this is an option when scheduling their next appointment.

To learn more about the safety measures Little Falls Hospital has put in place and what to expect during an in-person visit, go to bassett.org/safe-care

About Little Falls Hospital 

Little Falls Hospital, an affiliate of Bassett Healthcare Network, is an inpatient 25-bed acute care hospital.  It is Herkimer County’s only provider of acute inpatient medical care, emergency care, short-term inpatient rehabilitation, and many other diagnostic and therapeutic services. The mission of Little Falls Hospital is to offer high-quality care with compassion, to all who need our services.

About Bassett Healthcare Network

Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, 21 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. Bassett Medical Center, the foundation of the network, is a 180-bed acute care inpatient teaching hospital located in Cooperstown, NY. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/Bassett.Network and twitter.com/BassettNetwork.

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Cuomo announces gatherings of up to 25 allowed in Phase Three https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-announces-gatherings-of-up-to-25-allowed-in-phase-three/ https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-announces-gatherings-of-up-to-25-allowed-in-phase-three/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 17:51:31 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25810 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in Phase Three of reopening, up from the limit of 10. Five regions have already […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced gatherings of up to 25 people will be allowed in Phase Three of reopening, up from the limit of 10. Five regions have already entered Phase Three – Central New York, the Finger Lakes, the Mohawk Valley, the North Country, the Southern Tier. The Governor also announced global public health experts have cleared Western New York to enter Phase Three tomorrow, and the Capital Region is still on track to enter Phase Three on Wednesday, June 17th. Business guidance for Phase Three of the state’s reopening plan is available here.

The Governor also announced the state has reached the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths on the three-day average since the pandemic began. The number of total hospitalizations was down yesterday to 1,608 to lowest level since the pandemic began. Twenty-five people in New York passed away yesterday due to COVID-19, which is the lowest level on a three-day average since the pandemic began.

“As more regions look to enter Phase Three across the state and our numbers continue to go down, we’re going to modify the guidelines to allow gatherings up to 25 people, which is up from 10 people,” Governor Cuomo said. “The people of New York should be very proud of the work we’ve accomplished together to bring these numbers down, but we must remain vigilant. The rules and regulations of Phase Three are very clear and they have been working. Everyone has a role to play as we’re reopening: Employers have a role, store owners have a role, employees have a role, individuals have a role, and local government has a real responsibility to enforce these guidelines and protect New Yorkers.”

The Governor also confirmed 620 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 383,944 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 383,944 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there remain 140 in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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Local Fresh Thursdays initiative kicks off June 18th https://mylittlefalls.com/local-fresh-thursdays-initiative-kicks-off-june-18th/ https://mylittlefalls.com/local-fresh-thursdays-initiative-kicks-off-june-18th/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 09:00:56 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25741 Members of the new Local Fresh Thursdays initiative (from L-R) are Tony DeLuca, Katie Drake, Jovanna Mueller, and Jordyan Mueller. Amidst challenging times and circumstances, a great idea was born […]

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Members of the new Local Fresh Thursdays initiative (from L-R) are Tony DeLuca, Katie Drake, Jovanna Mueller, and Jordyan Mueller.

Amidst challenging times and circumstances, a great idea was born

Local Fresh Thursdays is a seasonal, hyper-local, open-air food market and a program of YMCA Community Co-Op of Little Falls. This idea began as a way to cultivate relationships around fresh, local produce and other goods that contribute to the overall health of Little Falls and builds on the momentum of LF Volunteer Corps, which works to bring individuals and organizations together to develop opportunities to benefit the community.

Local Fresh Thursdays will run every Thursday from 4-7 pm in Burke Park (Western Park) on the corner of Ann and Gansevoort Streets starting this Thursday, June 18th until Thursday, October 1st.

One of the organizers, Gail Rochette said, “The Local Food Incubator board members believe that the local food system will be enhanced by an additional farmer’s market in Little Falls. Carefully curated and vetted, Local Fresh Thursday’s farmers and vendors will be bringing a variety of goods for sale, thus stimulating the local economy and ultimately bringing our community together in yet another positive way.

James Beard once said, “Food is a common ground, a universal experience.” This is an opportunity for diverse and inclusive economic, social, and volunteerism growth all set in one of our city’s beautiful green spaces.”

The objectives of Local Fresh Thursdays are to expand access to fresh, locally sourced produce and goods; ease food insecurity; educate, and create a sustainable food movement to promote a healthier community. Local Fresh Thursdays is a program of the YMCA Community Co-op of Little Falls, representing their affordable, natural, wholefoods mission. This is a partnership with the City of Little Falls and its Tourism Committee, local agricultural community, local producers, artisans, and volunteers.

Mayor Mark Blask commented, “The City of Little Falls is excited to support and welcome Local Fresh Thursdays. Thanks to the community for coming up with this idea and the volunteers helping to execute yet another reason to visit our great community. I invite everyone in the Valley to come out on Thursdays to see all the great offerings we have in store.”

This is a community event and there is a great reason to get behind this food movement. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for the event please check out the various ways you can dedicate your time and sign up at LFVolunteerCorps.com. Bonus incentive: if you sign up to work at least 2 markets per month – you can receive 15% off purchases at the Community Co-op.

Jovanna Mueller is the 2020 Local Fresh Thursday Market Manager, and she said, “When I decided to move from Colorado back home to Little Falls, I got really excited and inspired after hearing about all the wonderful community projects and events going on. When I heard about Local Fresh, I knew right away that I wanted to step up and get involved. Events like this bring people closer, help us to feel more connected to one another and help make locally sourced produce and goods more accessible to everyone in our community.”

COVID-19 safety requirements are a large priority this year and Local Fresh Thursdays Board of Directors is working hard to ensure this will be a safe, fun weekly event that complies with all federal and local safety standards. For the 2020 season, we will have a limited number of vendors in order to comply with regulations. Local Fresh Thursdays will require all attendees to wear masks while at the event. Additional information on the COVID-19 safety protocol for Local Fresh Thursday will be displayed during the event as well. Next year, we plan to broaden the event and will take applications, to bring even more local growers, producers, and artisans to the event.

We are just so excited to launch the first Local Fresh Thursday and we sure hope to see you there! If you have feedback or questions, please contact LocalFreshThursdays@gmail.com

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Comfort Food Consumption On the Rise https://mylittlefalls.com/comfort-food-consumption-on-the-rise/ https://mylittlefalls.com/comfort-food-consumption-on-the-rise/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 09:00:40 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25747 (Family Features) As families spend more time at home, Americans are finding comfort in a surprising source: bread. In fact, a 20-year trend of declining grain food consumption has been […]

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(Family Features) As families spend more time at home, Americans are finding comfort in a surprising source: bread. In fact, a 20-year trend of declining grain food consumption has been reversed. 

A national study by the Grain Food Foundation suggests that the turnaround is more than a one-time sales blip due to pantry loading. In reality, consumers count bread among their top comfort foods. The study revealed one-third of Americans named pasta and bread as foods that are comforting during a stressful time.

In addition to the comforting flavor, this trend provides valuable nutritional benefits. As a part of many healthy eating plans, bread and pasta are nutritionist approved and provide nutrients needed for healthy aging such as B vitamins, magnesium, selenium, iron, folate and fiber.

“For years, we’ve been telling consumers that grain foods are the foods we love that love us back,” said Christine Cochran, executive director of the Grain Foods Foundation. “The stress has given us permission to enjoy bread and pasta again, but unlike most comfort foods, consumers recognize that grains have nutritional value.”

The highest-ranking comfort foods were ice cream; baked goods like cakes, cookies and pastries; salty snacks; candy; and fast food. However, when asked to identify comfort foods with nutritional advantages, consumers identified bread and pasta as the top two. 

“We can all rest assured that there is enough supply of grain food products in this country,” Cochran said. “Shoppers may be experiencing some sporadic unavailability of certain high-demand items. However, manufacturers are working closely with retailers to make sure that out-of-stocks are short lived. Consumers will be able to buy their favorite grain-food products and eat them, too.”

To learn more about the role of grain foods in a healthful diet, visit GrainFoodsFoundation.org.

Rotini with Sausage and Mushrooms

Recipe courtesy of Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RD, on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation

Prep time: 18 minutes

Servings: 8

1 box (13 1/4 ounces) whole-grain rotini

1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

1 pound chicken sausage, sliced

1 cup leeks, thinly sliced

1 cup green onions, thinly sliced

2 cups mushrooms, sliced

1 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup parsley chopped

6 leaves from tarragon sprigs, chopped

1 cup Romano cheese grated

Parmesan-Romano cheese (optional)

Prepare rotini according to package directions. Drain and transfer to large bowl.

In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook sausage 2-3 minutes, or until well browned. Add leeks, onions and mushrooms; cook until tender. Add chicken stock and simmer 3-5 minutes, or until hot. Fold sausage mixture into warm pasta. Add parsley, tarragon and Romano cheese; toss again. Top with Parmesan-Romano cheese, if desired.

Cheesy Black Bean Toast with Pico de Gallo

Recipe courtesy of Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RD, on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation

Prep time: 15 minutes

Servings: 4

6 Roma tomatoes, diced

1⁄2 medium onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, finely minced

2 serrano or jalapeno peppers, finely chopped

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

1 lime, juice only

1⁄8 teaspoon oregano, finely crushed

1⁄8 teaspoon salt (optional)

1⁄8 teaspoon pepper

1⁄2 Hass avocado, diced

4 bolillos (6 inches) or large Kaiser rolls, sliced in half lengthwise

1 can (16 ounces) seasoned low-fat refried black beans

2 cups shredded Chihuahua or mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 350 F.

In medium mixing bowl, combine tomatoes; onion; garlic; peppers; cilantro; lime juice; oregano; salt, if desired; pepper; and avocado; set aside.

On medium platter, split rolls. With medium spatula, spread refried beans onto each bread half; sprinkle cheese among bread.

Bake 5-8 minutes, or until cheese is melted and hot.

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Letter to the Editor – My Complete Support for Police https://mylittlefalls.com/letter-to-the-editor-my-complete-support-for-police/ https://mylittlefalls.com/letter-to-the-editor-my-complete-support-for-police/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2020 09:00:14 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25789 Over the past week, I have shared many posts on Facebook, liked many comments made by others, and overall made it clear my stance on the current environment for law […]

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Over the past week, I have shared many posts on Facebook, liked many comments made by others, and overall made it clear my stance on the current environment for law enforcement in our society. What I have realized, however, is I have not voiced my own thoughts. I have shown support for our law enforcement but have not made the commitment to stand up and publicly voice my complete support for the work they do every day and my distaste for what they are being subjected to. I find myself hesitating every time I go to like or share a story of support or an example of reprehensible attacks on our protectors. I find myself concerned that I am being too negative and people will be turned off by my posts.

That stops today… I have been a law enforcement officer for over 28 years and am proud of that. I will not apologize for my passion or my support for my brothers and sisters in blue. No matter how bad things get I will always be proud of the profession and the men and women that wear the uniform or badge. I am aware there are people in this profession that should not be and am committed to working with all those that are good, to weed out the bad. This profession has come a long way toward mending the disconnect between police and the minority population. Even though you are not seeing it in the media, great efforts have in fact been made by many departments over the past several years to teach our officers how to be more tolerant, make better decisions, engage the community they serve, etc.

I have no doubt we have work yet to do but we do a great disservice by not acknowledging the effort and improvements made. Yes, we clearly need to examine the protections that bad officers hide behind and take corrective actions. We also need, however, to make sure those efforts are not used to allow criminals to escape accountability and justice. We equally have to openly support and stand behind the greater many men and women that serve their communities with respect, dignity, professionalism, and passion. I don’t need your free cup of coffee, a free meal, your empty words of support on social media, or in the store.

What law enforcement needs is you to stand up and stop ignoring the disgusting way our officers are being treated. The hate and violence on the street, the threats and actions to cut funding, the companies that seek to gain business by not supporting the very people that are protecting them both at work and at home, and the politicians that pass knee jerk reaction laws without any thought, consideration, or care what impact it may have on our police officers safety and well being.

We all need to let our voices be heard on this very important topic regardless if we appreciate police or not. We need officers to have pride in their profession so we may attract the men and women that are qualified to meet our expectations. This pride comes from knowing that what you have to do every day is not necessarily appreciated or liked by all but it is absolutely necessary and it is truly appreciated by the majority. They need to know it is a noble profession; one that their children will be honored and proud to follow in their footsteps. Not as it is today where many find themselves trying to explain why they chose a profession that is bashed on every newscast, ridiculed in every public setting, and even despised at family gatherings.

We need our voices heard by our political representatives and it can’t wait. We need the discussion about change not to be a one-sided narrative and not at the heals of civil unrest and hysteria. I am proud to be in law enforcement and proud of the majority that serve and protect our communities through good and bad.

All voices need to be heard for there to be discussion and positive change.

Signed
Michael Masi
Former Little Falls Chief of Police

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Early Base Ball in Little Falls and The Little Falls Baseball Association – Part I https://mylittlefalls.com/early-base-ball-in-little-falls-and-the-little-falls-baseball-association/ https://mylittlefalls.com/early-base-ball-in-little-falls-and-the-little-falls-baseball-association/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2020 09:00:04 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25628 The origin of the sport of base ball has never been determined – the myth that Cooperstown’s Abner Doubleday was the father of the game has long ago been debunked. […]

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The origin of the sport of base ball has never been determined – the myth that Cooperstown’s Abner Doubleday was the father of the game has long ago been debunked. It may have evolved from an English game called rounders, or from a game called “town ball.” No matter, for base ball did evolve and just prior to the Civil War the rules of the game were standardized and base ball fever swept across America, earning the sport the sobriquet, the “National Game.”

Base ball, in one form or another, has long been a part of the fabric of Little Falls. As early as 1827, the village Board of Trustees enacted an ordinance that no person shall “play Ball” on any village street or on the towing path of the Erie Canal. Unfortunately, no record has yet been found of the earliest Little Falls base ball teams.

Soon after the Civil War, “town teams” were formed in most Mohawk Valley villages. Among the earliest Little Falls teams were the Rough & Readys, the Pastimes and the Excelsiors. These teams were essentially rostered by the same core of players but, for whatever reason, changed their team name every few years. In 1867 the Rough & Readys bested the Phoenix of Middleville and were awarded the silver-banded, rosewood bat symbolic of the championship of Herkimer County. As the Pastimes, the Little Falls nine repeated this fete in 1868 and 1869 beating back challenges from the Armory club of Ilion. In 1868 Armory backers unsuccessfully attempted to bribe three Little Falls players with money and employment at Remington Arms, and in 1869 Armory brought in three “ringers” from the famed Stars ballclub of Brooklyn. One of the “ringers” was Candy Cummings, whom many believed to be the best pitcher in the United States. (Candy Cummings is credited with inventing the curveball and was a 1939 inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.) Cummings did not fare very well against the Pastime batsmen, surrendering 24 runs and losing the game. In 1874, now dubbed the Excelsiors, the Little Falls team won two out of three games from the New York State amateur champions, Chelsea of Brooklyn, and for a time held the bragging rights as the Empire State’s best team.

In the 1880’s, the most notable Little Falls teams were the Alerts and the Rocktons. An article in the Saturday Globe said of the Alerts, “The northern portion of Eastern Park was their stamping ground and there admirers of the national pastime would gather in great numbers to see them swing the hickory and make the angles.” The Rockton team played up on “Skinner’s Flats” and was often composed entirely of African American ball players from Little Falls and the surrounding area. On one such occasion, the Rocktons took on the “Heavy Hitters” of Canajoharie and trounced them 33 to 5 in a game shortened to six innings. Afterwards, both teams retired to the Nellis House in Canajoharie for a wine supper.

To accommodate these teams, base ball fields sprung up on the Petrie farm on the Eatonville Road (present day Route 169), on Casler’s Flats (present day Southern Avenue), up on the hill behind Furnace Street (the aforementioned Skinner’s Flats) and on the “upper side” of Eastern Park.

Besides the regular teams in the 1880’s, it seemed that everyone in Little Falls was on a team and playing base ball. Each hose company had a team, as did the policemen. The mechanics of Reddy’s Foundry played against the “molders” of that mill, the north side of Main Street took on the south side of the street, and a team composed of doctors went up against a team of lawyers. The printers “lathered and shampooed” the barbers 34 to 23 and won a year of free shaves, and the Little Falls Elks regularly vied with other area Elks lodges. With such an interest in base ball, many Little Falls residents believed that their growing and progressive community should have a professional base ball team. Three men stepped up to bat to achieve that goal.

In the spring of 1886 Frank Burgor, Horace Tozer and Stuart Devendorf formed the Little Falls Base Ball Association (LFBBA), a stock holding company which aimed at bringing professional base ball to this village. Burgor and Tozer owned stores on Main Street in Little Falls, and were ball players themselves, and Devendorf was the proprietor of the Girvan House. Many prominent village residents quickly bought stock in the association, providing the capital for the venture. The new team, simply referred to as Little Falls, was invited into the Central New York League along with professional teams from Norwich, Oneida and Canastota. All the LFBBA still needed was a suitable field to play on and pro ball players.

There was no adequate base ball field in Little Falls for a professional team so the LFBBA had to build one. Six acres of land were leased on Carden’s Flats (in the vicinity of present day Industrial Park). The lot, which was bounded on the south by the Mohawk River, and by the railroad and the Herkimer Road on the north, was perfect for easy access by spectators. The area was graded, an infield was laid out, a grand stand – complete with an awning – was erected and 1700 feet of board fencing was placed around the perimeter of the field. The facility was named Riverside Park.

Frank Burgor and Horace Tozer travelled throughout upstate New York, down into New York City and Long Island and into Pennsylvania seeking to fill out a roster for the new team. In 1886, there were two major leagues and over twenty minor leagues so there were plenty of potential ball players available. “Raiding” other teams for their players was a common practice in the 1880’s. In a short time, the LFBBA had signed eleven professional players to contracts (teams normally had seven “field” players, two pitchers and two catchers on their rosters.) Amongst the players signed were two former major leaguers, pitcher Bill Sweeney and outfielder Tom Mansell, and two future major leaguers, infielder Bob Blakiston and first basemen sixteen year old Phil “The Chicken” Routcliffe. Of note, Sweeney led the major league Union Association in wins in 1884, with 40 and Mansell led the major league American Association with a .402 batting average in 1883. Sporting their new uniforms composed of gray flannel shirts, white-striped gray flannel trousers, red caps, red belts and red stockings, the Little Falls team was ready to play ball.

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Bellamy Park gets a facelift https://mylittlefalls.com/bellamy-park-gets-a-facelift/ https://mylittlefalls.com/bellamy-park-gets-a-facelift/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 08:30:34 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25792 James Quatrino (left) and Henry Sheppard pose in front of the placard that is in Bellamy Park. by Dave Warner Bellamy Park in Little Falls is that little triangle sized […]

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James Quatrino (left) and Henry Sheppard pose in front of the placard that is in Bellamy Park.

by Dave Warner

Bellamy Park in Little Falls is that little triangle sized plot of land that is between E Gansevoort St, Burwell St, and Salisbury St. But, as small as it is, there is a lot of significance associated with its name.

Francis Julius Bellamy was born on May 18, 1855, in Mount Morris New York. His family was deeply involved in the Baptist church and they moved to Rome New York when Bellamy was only five.

When he grew up, he became a minister himself, traveling to promote his faith and help his community. From 1879 – 1885, he was the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Little Falls.

But what’s interesting about him, is that he wrote the Pledge of Allegiance 1892 and that little piece of land in Little Falls was dedicated in 1959 to his memory and the pledge.

For Flag Day, James Quatrino and Henry Sheppard, who live across the street, decided that it needed a little sprucing up.

Quatrino said, “A couple of years ago, we noticed that there was nothing really here. Nothing planted. So, our class of ’76 needed a  park to honor our deceased members, and we all chose this.”

About two years ago, they had a nice ceremony for those that had been lost and planted a tree in their memory. “We’ve tried to make this park just nice, and it’s very moving to have the monument to Reverand Bellamy here.”

They both planted hostas, perennials, painted a bench that was donated, painted the flagpole, and bought a new flag that now flies there. Pete Moynahan donated the bench to add to the intimacy of the park.

“Its a beautiful neighborhood and now we have this beautiful park. We just wanted to make it a little nicer,” said Quatrino.

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Low-risk youth sports for regions in Phase Three can begin on July 6th https://mylittlefalls.com/low-risk-youth-sports-for-regions-in-phase-three-can-begin-on-july-6th/ https://mylittlefalls.com/low-risk-youth-sports-for-regions-in-phase-three-can-begin-on-july-6th/#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2020 20:15:51 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25797 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three of reopening can begin on July 6th with up to two spectators allowed per child. Under […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three of reopening can begin on July 6th with up to two spectators allowed per child.

Under the new rules, the state will permit at least six sports, including baseball and field hockey, with two visitors per child.

“Young people can engage in sports, two spectators per child, so that’s another step towards a return to normalcy,” Cuomo said.

Softball, gymnastics, cross country, and crew are also on the list of permitted sports.

Governor Cuomo also announced the state is extending the special open enrollment period in the New York State of Health Health Plan Marketplace for an additional 30 days through July 15, 2020.

The Governor also reminded bars and restaurants that any violations of reopening rules and guidelines can result in the loss of that establishment’s liquor license. Additionally, individuals can be fined for open container and social distancing violations. The Governor also reminded local governments to enforce all reopening rules and guidelines and that any failure to enforce these rules can result in the closure of businesses.

The Governor also signed legislation (S.8245-A/A.10517) requiring the State Department of Health to conduct a study on the health impacts of COVID-19 on minorities in New York State. The state previously conducted an antibody testing survey at churches in lower-income New York City communities and communities of color, which showed higher infection rates among individuals in these communities compared to the overall population.

The Governor also announced the state has reached the lowest number of hospitalizations and deaths since the pandemic began. The number of total hospitalizations was down yesterday to the lowest level since March 20 to 1,657. Twenty-three people in New York passed away due to COVID-19, down from a record-high of 800 just nine weeks ago.

“New York State has been continuing to follow the data and the numbers on the COVID-19 virus and we are making really great progress with the lowest number of deaths and hospitalizations since this pandemic first began,” Governor Cuomo said. “This is all good news, but our behavior is what’s keeping these numbers down and the numbers can change in a week if we don’t remain disciplined and follow the guidelines and protocols in place. We’ve been getting reports from all across the state of large gatherings, social distancing violations and people are not wearing masks – and we want to remind all individuals and businesses, especially bars and restaurants, that failure to follow the state’s reopening rules and guidelines will result in serious consequences.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 694 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 383,324 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 383,324 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 140 cases in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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It’s not murder hornets, but bees that pop up in the City https://mylittlefalls.com/its-not-murder-hornets-but-bees-that-pop-up-in-city/ https://mylittlefalls.com/its-not-murder-hornets-but-bees-that-pop-up-in-city/#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2020 09:00:36 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25615 Kimberly Sausa (in red) and her helpers pick up supplies and prepare to head out to different locations to paint their bees. by Dave Warner Think Local Little Falls had […]

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Kimberly Sausa (in red) and her helpers pick up supplies and prepare to head out to different locations to paint their bees.

by Dave Warner

Think Local Little Falls had to get creative when it came to the Art Walk that was supposed to happen on June 18th. One of the ideas that they came up with is a scavenger hunt, led by Kimberly Sausa, who was one of several people who painted murals on windows in the City.

“We’ll start the hunt at Designs by Shellys and there will be a number of bees that are painted in other business windows throughout the City. People are encouraged to walk around and look for the bees,” stated Jessica Kelly with Think Local.

Sausa said that Elaine Cobb with Think Local proposed the idea to her and she said, “I jumped at the idea. I loved it from the very beginning.”

She had broken her ankle and so she had to invite some friends to help her. “I couldn’t have done it without their help. Our designs are all over Main St, all the way down to West Main, and even in Canal Place.”

If you have a guess as to how many bees there are, you can email your number to findthebees@thinklocallittlefalls.com and everyone who gets the correct number of bees will be entered into a raffle where they can win a $25 gift card to any Think Local business. There will be a total of four winners.

Photo by Dave Warner – Kimberly Sausa starts her bee painting on the windows of Designs by Shelly.

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Mohawk Valley cleared to enter Phase Three of reopening tomorrow https://mylittlefalls.com/mohawk-valley-cleared-to-enter-phase-three-of-reopening-tomorrow/ https://mylittlefalls.com/mohawk-valley-cleared-to-enter-phase-three-of-reopening-tomorrow/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 18:14:09 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25732 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that five regions—Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier – will enter phase three of reopening tomorrow, June 12th. […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that five regions—Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier – will enter phase three of reopening tomorrow, June 12th. The team of global public health experts advising New York State on its reopening strategy has thoroughly reviewed the data for the five regions and cleared them to enter phase three. Phase three allows indoor restaurant and food services and personal care services to resume. Each industry is subject to specific state guidelines to maximize safety and social distancing. Business guidance for phase three of the state’s reopening plan is available here.

Governor Cuomo also announced that the state is allowing localities to open public pools and playgrounds at their discretion while following state guidance beginning today

“We’ve had the most informed, science-based reopening in the country and as we continue our phased reopening the numbers continue to go down,” Governor Cuomo said. “There is now one number to watch closely and that is the daily testing number because it is a snapshot of the day before and will tell us if the infection rate is going up in any given location. We’ve been doing everything right up until now, but we have to stay smart and keep following all the necessary precautions to keep getting those numbers down.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 736 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 380,892 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 380,892 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there are 140 cases in Herkimer County with 4 deaths.

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Grassroots groups in NY22 – Anthony Brindisi https://mylittlefalls.com/grassroots-groups-in-ny22-anthony-brindisi/ https://mylittlefalls.com/grassroots-groups-in-ny22-anthony-brindisi/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 09:00:50 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25720 We are the grassroots groups in NY22 which formed after the 2016 election and worked tirelessly for better representation in Congress in 2018. We wanted a member of Congress who […]

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We are the grassroots groups in NY22 which formed after the 2016 election and worked tirelessly for better representation in Congress in 2018. We wanted a member of Congress who was accessible to everyone in the district and not just supporters, treated people with dignity and respect instead of name-calling, and held town halls where the intent was to listen to constituents instead of being held at arm’s length.

Voters agreed because the 2018 election gave us all a new member of Congress to represent the district. They saw in Anthony Brindisi someone who was relatable, likable, focused on issues that directly impacted them and their communities, and treated them with respect. He committed to holding regular town halls where the intent was to listen to everyone, and he’s kept that promise.

We are proud to have a congressperson who is disciplined and principled when it comes to honoring his oath to defend the Constitution. He has a thoughtful and caring way of making decisions that everyone can respect. His dedication to public service is unshakeable. We appreciate and value Congressman Brindisi’s way of representing all people in NY22 in Congress.

Indivisible Binghamton
Indivisible Cortland County
Chenango Change
Chenango Links
Cazenovia Call to Action
Madison-Chenango Call to Action
Indivisible Madison County NY22
Indivisible Mohawk Valley

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In My Blood – the Danielle Nicole Experience https://mylittlefalls.com/in-my-blood-the-danielle-nicole-experience/ https://mylittlefalls.com/in-my-blood-the-danielle-nicole-experience/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 09:00:36 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25706 Danielle Nicole sits down at Stone Mill’s fourth floor for her interview. by Dave Warner Each Thursday during the month of June 2020, we are publishing a video of the […]

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Danielle Nicole sits down at Stone Mill’s fourth floor for her interview.

by Dave Warner

Each Thursday during the month of June 2020, we are publishing a video of the Danielle Nicole experience in Little Falls, which was last August 2019. It’s a way to get out of the ‘pandemic blues’ and remember what life used to be like in Little Falls so that we can get back to letting the good times roll once again.

Jordyan Mueller who was the production manager for the event said, “As a younger member of the community that came back to Little Falls after being gone for a little while, having the opportunity to put together the Danielle Nicole experience was really inspiring.”

“It was a lot of work, but I recognized that people really have a collective will in this community to make really amazing, beautiful experiences happen and that they want to do that together. For me, it really fostered a sense of hope for what else might be possible, and to be able to bring people together around music was really special,” she said.

Mueller said that the group of volunteers had only five weeks to pull off the event, that was inside, on Labor Day weekend. “We packed that house, and it was the relationships and the number of people that dedicated their time to getting the word out and getting them excited about it. That was an amazing thing to experience and be a part of.”

In this week’s video segment, Nicole talks about her children, her priorities, and the history of music in her family.

Previous articles in the series:

Just Dive In – the Danielle Nicole Experience

Be like this out there -the Danielle Nicole Experience

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Good-for-You Sweet Treats https://mylittlefalls.com/good-for-you-sweet-treats/ https://mylittlefalls.com/good-for-you-sweet-treats/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 09:00:27 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25641   (Family Features) While eating healthy and enjoying sweets seldom go hand-in-hand, choosing the right combination of nutritious ingredients can allow for guilt-free indulgences that shirks conventional dieting wisdom. In […]

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  (Family Features) While eating healthy and enjoying sweets seldom go hand-in-hand, choosing the right combination of nutritious ingredients can allow for guilt-free indulgences that shirks conventional dieting wisdom. In fact, some eating plans take it a step further by actually encouraging eating big in the evening when you’re naturally hungriest to help achieve your weight loss goals.

For example, “Always Eat After 7 PM,” written by Joel Marion, CISSN, NSCA-CPT, five-time best-selling e-book author and co-founder of the e-commerce supplement company BioTrust Nutrition, debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense cravings by eating the majority of your calories at night. The outlined plan features a 14-day “acceleration phase” designed for rapid results, a “main phase” when you’ll learn which fat-burning foods to eat to achieve your weight loss goals and a “lifestyle phase” to keep the weight off for good.

Conventional wisdom dictates that it’s best to avoid carbs, eat an early dinner and never eat immediately before bed. However, Marion debunks the myths underlying traditional dieting with a simple, highly effective weight loss program allowing readers to enjoy social dinners without restriction, satisfy nighttime hunger with fat-burning sweet and salty pre-bedtime snacks and indulge cravings with strategically timed cheat meals.

With straightforward food lists, easy-to-follow meal plans and recipes for each phase, this can be a simpler, more enjoyable way to lose weight without feeling restricted. Taken directly from the book, these recipes for No Bake Salted Caramel Bars, Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and Fruit Tarts can satisfy that sweet tooth before heading to bed.

Learn more about the diet and book at joelmarion.com.

Fruit Tarts

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM”

Prep time: 40 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Servings: 20

Custard:

8 egg yolks

1 cup raw honey

1 tablespoon coconut flour

3 cans (13 2/3 ounces each) full-fat coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon lemon zest

Sugar Cookie Crust:

1/2 cup coconut oil, plus additional for greasing

1/2 cup palm shortening

1 cup coconut palm sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 egg yolks

1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup blanched almond flour

1⁄4 cup coconut flour

2 tablespoons arrowroot starch

Toppings:

2 kiwis, peeled and sliced

1 mango, peeled, pitted and sliced into 1/2-inch strips

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 cup blackberries

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup red grapes

1 cup strawberries, thinly sliced

fresh mint leaves, for garnish

To make custard: In saucepan, whisk egg yolks and honey until smooth. Mix in coconut flour.

In medium saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut milk, vanilla extract and lemon zest; bring to boil then remove from heat.

Pour hot milk mixture into egg yolk mixture, stirring while pouring. Over low heat, simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and let cool, continuing to stir occasionally. Once cooled to room temperature, pour into individual custard cups. Chill in refrigerator 30 minutes, or until serving.

To make crust: Heat oven to 350 F. Line bottom of pie pan with parchment paper and grease with coconut oil.

In large mixing bowl using electric mixer on high, beat coconut oil and palm shortening 30 seconds. Add coconut palm sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until combined. Beat in almond flour, coconut flour and starch. Chill dough in refrigerator 15 minutes.

Press chilled cookie dough into bottom of pie pan and 2 inches up sides. Bake 12 minutes, or until crust is golden and browned on top and edges. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes. Place cooled crust in refrigerator 30 minutes or overnight before assembling.

To assemble fruit tarts: Spread custard over chilled crust. Decorate top in circular pattern with kiwis, mango strips, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes and strawberries.

Before serving, chill at least 30 minutes or freeze 1 hour to help keep toppings in place.

Remove from freezer and set out at room temperature 20 minutes before slicing. Garnish with mint leaves.

Nutritional information per serving: 192 calories; 14 g fat; 16 g carbohydrates; 61 mg sodium; 2 g fiber; 1 g protein; 9 g sugar.

Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM”

Prep time: 10 minutes

Servings: 4

1/4 cup fresh Bing cherries, pitted and halved

1/4 cup stevia-sweetened dark chocolate bar, chopped

3 overripe frozen bananas, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

  1. pinch sea salt

Chill cherries and dark chocolate.

In food processor, pulse frozen bananas, milk and salt until smooth, creamy consistency of soft serve is achieved. Stir in cherries and chocolate. Serve immediately or place in freezer-safe container and freeze until serving.

Nutritional information per serving: 165 calories; 7 g fat; 27 g carbohydrates; 134 mg sodium; 6 g fiber; 2 protein; 12 g sugar.

No Bake Salted Caramel Bars

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM”

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Servings: 30

Cookie Layer:

2 1/2 cups raw pecans

8 pitted dates, soaked in hot water 10 minutes then drained

2 tablespoons blanched almond flour

1 teaspoon coconut flour

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup granular zero-calorie, natural sweetener

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Caramel Layer:

1/2 cup coconut palm sugar

1/2 cup granular zero-calorie, natural sweetener

2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 pinch sea salt

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Chocolate Layer:

2 cups stevia-sweetened chocolate chips

2 tablespoons coconut oil

coconut oil

1/3 cup dry roasted macadamia nuts, chopped

coarse sea salt

To make cookie layer: Place large skillet over medium heat. Spread pecans over skillet and toast, stirring often, 8-10 minutes until golden. Remove from heat.

Transfer toasted pecans to food processor and pulse until fine. Add dates, almond flour, coconut flour, sea salt, sweetener and coconut oil; pulse until dough forms.

To make caramel layer: In skillet over medium heat, combine coconut palm sugar, sweetener, coconut milk, coconut oil, sea salt and vanilla extract; bring to boil. Once boiling, decrease heat to low and cook 5 minutes, stirring often.

Remove skillet from heat; whisk in baking soda. Return pan to low heat and cook 2 minutes, stirring often.

Remove caramel from heat and let cool and thicken 5 minutes.

To make chocolate layer: In double boiler, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil. Stir until mixture is smooth then remove from heat.

To assemble salted caramel bars: Line bottom and sides of 9-by-9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over sides. Lightly rub parchment paper with coconut oil.

Press cookie dough into bottom of pan to create even layer. Place in freezer 5 minutes to harden.

Pour caramel over cookie layer and spread to coat evenly. Place in freezer 5 minutes. Pour chocolate over caramel and spread to cover evenly. Sprinkle with macadamia nuts and coarse salt. Place in freezer 10 minutes until chocolate sets.

Use overhanging parchment paper to ease set mixture out of pan. Transfer to cutting board and slice into bite-size bars.

Nutritional information per serving: 180 calories; 15 g fat; 15 g carbohydrates; 56 mg sodium; 4 g fiber; 2 g protein; 4 g sugar.

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Little Falls Hospital Employee Earns Master of Science in Nursing https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-hospital-employee-earns-master-of-science-nursing/ https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-hospital-employee-earns-master-of-science-nursing/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2020 08:30:46 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25715 Little Falls, NY– Tracey Federico, MSN RN-BC, graduated from Southern New Hampshire University on June 1, 2020, with a Master of Science in Nursing. Federico has been with Little Falls […]

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Tracey Federico, MSN RN-BC

Little Falls, NY– Tracey Federico, MSN RN-BC, graduated from Southern New Hampshire University on June 1, 2020, with a Master of Science in Nursing. Federico has been with Little Falls Hospital for six years. She was first hired in the Inpatient Unit and transferred to the Emergency Department in 2018.

While studying for her Masters, Federico completed clinical hours by participating in a Quality Improvement Project with Little Falls Hospital’s Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Operating Nurse, Heidi Camardello. The project studied caring for delirium in the “Hospitalized Elderly at Little Falls Hospital” in-patient unit. Delirium is common in older patients and may be a symptom of a medical emergency, such as hypoxia or hypoglycemia. It is characterized by an acute change in cognition and attention.

Mike Ogden, President of Little Falls Hospital states, “Here at Little Falls Hospital, we are fully supportive of our staff that wishes to further their education to better the quality of care for our patients. We are proud of Tracey’s achievements.”

Tracey plans to continue her work as a nurse at Little Falls Hospital following her graduation.

About Little Falls Hospital
Little Falls Hospital, an affiliate of Bassett Healthcare Network, is an inpatient 25-bed acute care hospital. It is Herkimer County’s only provider of acute inpatient medical care, emergency care, short-term inpatient rehabilitation, and many other diagnostic and therapeutic services. The mission of Little Falls Hospital is to offer high-quality care with compassion, to all who need our services.

About Bassett Healthcare Network
Bassett Healthcare Network is an integrated health system that provides care and services to people living in a 5,600 square mile region in upstate New York. The organization includes five corporately affiliated hospitals, over two dozen community-based health centers, 21 school-based health centers, two skilled nursing facilities, and other health partners in related fields. Bassett Medical Center, the foundation of the network, is a 180-bed acute care inpatient teaching hospital located in Cooperstown, NY. To learn more about services available throughout the Bassett Healthcare Network, visit www.bassett.org. Follow Bassett on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/Bassett.Network and twitter.com/BassettNetwork.

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Jane “Jennie” Yaworski 1922 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/jane-jennie-yaworski-1922-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/jane-jennie-yaworski-1922-2020/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 10:15:42 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25703 LITTLE FALLS – Jane (Jennie) Yaworski, 98, a lifelong resident of Little Falls, passed away peacefully at Valley Health Services in Herkimer on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Jane was born […]

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Jane (Jennie) Yaworski

LITTLE FALLS – Jane (Jennie) Yaworski, 98, a lifelong resident of Little Falls, passed away peacefully at Valley Health Services in Herkimer on Saturday, June 6, 2020.

Jane was born on May 15, 1922, in Little Falls, the daughter of the late Joseph and Serafina (Yannitti) Mastromatteo. She received her education in the Little Falls City School. On October 12, 1946, she married the love of her life, Walter Yaworski. They had a devoted and loving union for 62 years until Walt’s passing in July 2009.

Jane is survived by her beloved children Lori (Tim) Fletcher of Herkimer and David (Susan) Yaworski of Webster; her three cherished granddaughters: Tracy (Mathew) Malowski and their children Paige Elizabeth and Reese Christine; Leah (Chris) Thomas and their children Piper and Greyson; and Erin (Greg) Tellex and their children Mathew and Jane; three step-grandchildren: Tiffany Fletcher; Kendra Schramm; and Patrick (Ali) Schramm and their children Cecelia and Quinn.

Jane was last employed at The Wonder Store in Little Falls where she worked for 26 years. Jane brought numerous customers into the store with her bright smile and willingness to please her customers. On many occasions, the owners entrusted the store to Jane to manage when they went on buying trips to New York City. She was a communicant of Holy Family Parish, and a member of the Rosary Society, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Little Falls.

Jane’s greatest joy was being a wife, mother, grandmother (nana and great nana), daughter, sister, and aunt. She hosted many family holiday gatherings where she displayed her many talents as an excellent Italian cook. Jane enjoyed summer picnics with her family and cherished friends; the caravans to local lakes in the summer are cherished memories of many of Jane’s friends and their children. Jane also loved dancing and listening to the music of Tony Martin, Perry Como, and the big bands, especially Glenn Miller.

In addition to her immediate family listed above, Jane is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Frank and Donna Mastromatteo and four nephews and one niece. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walt; two sisters, Mary Surace and Antoinette Murphy; daughter-in-law Jane Yaworski; and three nephews and one niece.

Jane’s strength of character, incredible work ethic, and generosity toward others will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Without fail, Jane put others first; above all else, this was the truest testament of this great lady—our Mom, our Grandma, our Nana– our Matriarch.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 West Monroe Street, Little Falls, NY (315) 823-2424. Due to the coronavirus, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Jane’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Holy Family Parish, or a charity of your choice.

For the kindness and compassion shown to Jane throughout the last years of her life, the family wishes to thank Jane’s longtime personal physician, Dr. Amy Grace; her loving and attentive caregiver, Barb; and the doctors, nurses, and staff at Little Falls Hospital and Valley Health Rehab Unit and Second Floor East.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Harry Enea, Kevin Enea, and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com.

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Herkimer County Democrats plan Flag Day picnic https://mylittlefalls.com/herkimer-county-democrats-plan-flag-day-picnic/ https://mylittlefalls.com/herkimer-county-democrats-plan-flag-day-picnic/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 09:00:48 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25692 On-Line Event Features Fun For All The Herkimer County Democratic Committee invites one and all to log-in for a Flag Day Picnic, to be held, remotely, on Sunday, June 14 […]

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On-Line Event Features Fun For All

The Herkimer County Democratic Committee invites one and all to log-in for a Flag Day Picnic, to be held, remotely, on Sunday, June 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It’s an old-fashioned picnic for the age of social distancing, promising to be a great way to spend a June afternoon.

The picnic honors the Grand Old Flag we all love and features visits from Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty, a sing-along, a DJ playing music all afternoon, a Patriotic Pie Contest (with a rare and exclusive secret prize!), all to be enjoyed on your laptop at your own picnic table. In case of rain, move the laptop to your dining room table!

Expect candidate visits: Anthony Brindisi and Tedra Cobb for Congress, Jim Barber for State Senate, Marianne Buttenschon, and Chad McEvoy for Assembly.

The Committee will share classic picnic recipes on their website and Facebook page and invites picnic-goers to add family favorite recipes of their own. The committee will also post lyrics to traditional patriotic tunes for the sing-along.

Committee Treasurer Betsy Briggs notes “this event is a fundraiser, but we realize that many people have financial struggles these days. So we set the ticket price, per picnic table, at $20, or whatever you can afford. We’ll also be passing the (online) hat at the picnic. Proceeds benefit our candidates.”

Purchase tickets via Act Blue, or mail checks to the Herkimer County Democratic Committee, 525 Albany Street, Little Falls, N.Y. 13365. Log-in information will be forwarded on receipt of your purchase request.

Please email herkdemocrats@gmail.com for more information.

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Letter to the Editor – Mark Rose for Family Court Judge https://mylittlefalls.com/letter-to-the-editor-mark-rose-for-family-court-judge-2/ https://mylittlefalls.com/letter-to-the-editor-mark-rose-for-family-court-judge-2/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 09:00:46 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25690 I would like to take a minute to talk about Mr. Mark Rose, a candidate for Herkimer County Family Court Judge. I have known Mark and his family for 30+ […]

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I would like to take a minute to talk about Mr. Mark Rose, a candidate for Herkimer County Family Court Judge. I have known Mark and his family for 30+ years. He has been my personal attorney and we have worked with the officers in volunteering time and services for Little Falls Elks Lodge and the Salisbury Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club. Mark has also done work for the Auxiliary Services Corporation I am Executive Director with the utmost professionalism.

Mark Rose has always been a supporter of Not-for-Profits and helped with many community activities in our city and surrounding towns. Even being a busy with a family and many evening commitments to towns and village and court, he always takes time to answer questions and serve our community. As we say, if you want something done, ask a busy person.

Mark has worked with and for many of my friends and with their children. His calming demeanor and common sense approach has been a trait that we all admire and respect him for as he continually and consistently does work for families in the courtroom. As the City of Little Falls judge and a visiting judge in Oneida County, his experience is second to none.

I believe the best part of my years of knowing Mark and his family is having him as a friend. Respect is earned and a great friend is priceless. There are two good men running for this position. I think Mark is very qualified and the County of Herkimer will be a better place if he is elected to this most important position. His experience as a judge puts him at the top of the list. I ask you to vote for him in the Republican primary this month and the election in November.

Thank you.

Brian T. Marhaver

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Little Falls High School announces graduation ceremony plan https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-high-school-announces-graduation-ceremony-plan/ https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-high-school-announces-graduation-ceremony-plan/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2020 09:00:20 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25694 by Dave Warner The Little Falls High School District has released details to senior students and parents regarding this year’s graduation ceremonies on June 26th and 27th. Dr. Keith Levatino, […]

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by Dave Warner

The Little Falls High School District has released details to senior students and parents regarding this year’s graduation ceremonies on June 26th and 27th.

Dr. Keith Levatino, District Superintendant said, “I think all students, even though they’re disappointed, they and everyone understand that this is just a unique situation that no one could ever have anticipated. Whether walking across the stage or outside, what really needs to be the focus is what they have achieved. It is a milestone in their life. Graduating from high school is one of the most important things you’ll do. It’s not where or how it happens, it’s that it does.”

On the 26th, there will be a mandatory Senior Graduation Celebration, where they must arrive at 9:45 at the school in their cap and gowns.

Seniors will walk down to the stands by the field, together and maintaining social distancing. They’ll be assigned a seat in the bleachers and will sit together as a class. After being dismissed, they will go to their cars to set up for a graduation parade through the City, which will start at approximately 11 am (route details are below).

For the graduation ceremony on the 27th, there will be two segments, with the first one beginning at 10 am for the first half of the alphabet (33 students) and 1 pm for the second half of the alphabet (the final 33 students).

Students are expected to arrive no later than 9:45 for the 10 am ceremony and no later than 12:45 for the 1 pm one. Each student will have received 3 tickets on June 26th for family members to attend the ceremony.

Leeann Dooley, principal at the school said, “I would first like to say thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to navigate the difficult situation we are all in right now. I am appreciative of all the students, parents, teachers, staff, and community for their continued support, positivity, flexibility, and most of all your resilience during this time.”

A virtual senior award ceremony presentation will be on the 24th, which will be videotaped and then posted on lfcsd.org at 6 pm. “This is where all the thousands and thousands of scholarship dollars are awarded. We’re going to have the department chairs come in and do their part, we’ll applaud for every award as if the students were there because they need that recognition,” she said.

The school is also planning on having a senior ‘movie night’ on June 17th at the new Rock City Reels Drive-In Theatre at Veterans Memorial Park. “The seniors will get the first go-around at the new drive-in,” stated Dooley.

“We’re trying to make this as special as possible. This is not what some people wanted, but it’s the best that we could do for the time. If it was up to me, I’d be hugging them. I get teary-eyed just thinking about it, because they have been robbed of things, but we’ve also been robbed as well because we don’t get time to spend with them for that closure,” she stated.

Parent Graduation letter

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Senior Meals 06/11/2020 – 06/17/2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-06-11-2020-06-17-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-06-11-2020-06-17-2020/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 09:00:19 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25644 To reserve a meal, call the Herkimer County Office for the Aging at least one business day in advance, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 315-867-1204 […]

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To reserve a meal, call the Herkimer County Office for the Aging at least one business day in advance, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 315-867-1204 or 315-867-1634.

If you will not be home for meals, call 315-867-1204 at least a day in advance.

All sites are handicapped accessible. Menu for Little Falls:

Jun 11: Turkey dinner with gravy, stuffing, peas, melon.

Jun 12: Goulash, corn, warm applesauce, chef’s choice pie.

Jun 15: Pasta with meatballs, Italian blend vegetables, garlic roll, pineapple.

Jun 16: Ham with mustard sauce, scalloped potatoes, peas and carrots, fruited gelatin with topping.

Jun 17: Roast beef cold plate, potato salad, cucumber and tomato salad, fresh fruit.

All meals are served with 8 ounces of milk, a slice of bread and margarine.

Desserts have no concentrated sweets.

The suggested donation is $3. Mail donations to Herkimer County OFA, 109 Mary St., Suite 2501, Herkimer, NY 13350. Envelopes are available from drivers.

  • Locally grown produce

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Think Local, City, and volunteers come together to create drive-in movie theater https://mylittlefalls.com/think-local-city-and-volunteers-come-together-to-create-drive-in-movie-theater/ https://mylittlefalls.com/think-local-city-and-volunteers-come-together-to-create-drive-in-movie-theater/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2020 09:00:00 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25559 by Dave Warner Little Falls is about to get its own drive-in movie theater, courtesy of work between the City, Think Local Little Falls, and other volunteers. According to City […]

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Little Falls is about to get its own drive-in movie theater, courtesy of work between the City, Think Local Little Falls, and other volunteers.

According to City Engineer Chester P. Szymanski III, “DPW assisted the project by constructing the frame and the screen itself, and a couple of other little things, like protection for the projector and getting power over to it.”

They also laid out the parking lot, based on sketches from Sam Brown, who works for Turning Stone and has experience with putting on productions. “He did the layout of the parking area and how it would work together with where the screen is placed.”

Szymanski designed the screen to make sure that it could not be caught by any strong wind guests and be moved.

According to Jessica Kelly, with Think Local, “we were really disappointed that we had to cancel everything and we didn’t want to do ‘nothing’. That seemed like a non-starter for us. We weren’t going to allow a summer with nothing happening in Little Falls.”

“We’re known for the community that always has something happening, and we still wanted to be that place, so we thought about what we could do and came up with outdoor movies,” she stated.

The group thought it was a good idea, but they realized that they had to come up with the right location that would work and fit as many cars as possible safely.

She says that at the time they talked about doing this, “we were in the serious middle of NY Pause.”

“We went to the Mayor and said, what do you think about this idea? And he was exited, and that got the ball rolling,” said Kelly.

“It’s sort of been a team effort since the beginning, with the City designing the screen and helping us with best projection and sound ideas, as well as tying in Andrew Pepper, with Little Falls Radio and utilizing all that we have available to make something cool happen for the summer,” she said.

Mayor Mark Blask said, “once we realized that we had to cancel summer programs like the City Pool and Parks & Rec, which are both wildly popular, we immediately set out to see what else we could do to fill that void.”

“Hopefully, it’s something that shows that Little Falls did not just sit back and take this. We tried to come up with activities that families and kids could do this summer. So, we built a really cool drive-in theater,” he stated.

Blask went on to praise the Think Local folks, who “once again, absolutely took the bull by the horns and ran with this. They’re going to have volunteers out there all summer parking cars. That’s a huge commitment.”

Kelly said that Chris Anderson and Devan Durkee with Valley Cinema were both instrumental in pulling this together as well, and Bob Critser designed the banner that’s hanging at the intersection of Albany Street and Highway 167.

The plan is to run movies on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for about eight weeks. The tickets will be $10 per car, but with that, you will get a bag of popcorn. “Enough popcorn for a whole family,” stated Kelly.

Kelly says there will be a variety of movies that will be shown. “We know we’ll be doing ‘A Quiet Place’ but no other decisions have been made. We want to cover a bunch of different genres and make sure that they are really fun movies to see at a drive-in.”

Blask said, “we think it’s going to be well-received, just because it’s something new and it’s in a gorgeous part of this City. Easy in, easy out. People can plan for this and spend a couple of hours together, but safely out in the community.”

“Hopefully, they come into Little Falls early, pick up some dinner and check out our parks and take a stroll by the canal and just hang out and take it all in before they head out to the movies because there’s so much to offer here,” he stated.

Movies will be announced throughout the summer and will be shown at 9 pm, with the gates opening at 8 pm at Veterans Memorial Park. This first movie will be shown on June 18th and will be Disney’s ‘Onward’, which is a family movie.

UpMobility Foundation made a $7k grant to fund the purchase of building materials needed for constructing the movable screen.

Tickets will be available starting Sunday, June 14, 2020, at http://thinklocallittlefalls.com/rock-city-reels/

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Census – Count Me In https://mylittlefalls.com/census-count-me-in/ https://mylittlefalls.com/census-count-me-in/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2020 09:00:52 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25664 A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward While there a number of stories dominating the news headlines, it is also important to remember that we are […]

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A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward

While there a number of stories dominating the news headlines, it is also important to remember that we are in the midst of counting everyone who lives in the United States, and your participation is needed and encouraged.  The 2020 Census includes citizens and non-citizens – people of all ages, races, and ethnic groups.  It is vital that everyone take part.

The census is a requirement of the U.S. Constitution first conducted in 1790 and carried out every ten years since.  The 2020 Census is the 24th headcount of the population in our nation’s history.  The final tally of the first census was 3.9 million; this year the number is expected to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 330 million.

The census is crucial on several levels.  Every year, the federal government directs billions of dollars to states and communities based, in part, on census data.  Census data guide planning for new hospitals, roads, job training centers, schools, and more.  The information helps determine the need for additional social services, block grants, and other grant programs essential to many communities.  The numbers are also used when deciding on a diverse range of local initiatives, from justifying the need for an after-school program to designating urban revitalization areas.

An inaccurate count could mean the loss of vital public services.  In the past, thousands of New Yorkers have not been counted.  That means our communities are passed over for transportation projects or funding for first responders.  By ensuring an accurate count during the census, we are guaranteeing a fair distribution of funding.

Census numbers are also used to determine our representation in Washington D.C.  Without a full accounting of our state’s population, we may not have our fair share of congressional representatives.

Business owners also consult census results when making decisions on where to locate, expand, or introduce new products and services.  If our area is undercounted, we could miss out on future economic growth.

The form is simple and takes just a few minutes to complete. It is also one of the shortest in history, asking households to provide the names of residents and their sex, age, date of birth, race, whether of Hispanic origin, relationship to the head of household, whether the home is owned or rented and telephone number.  Note that the form does not ask about citizenship or legal status, or for anyone’s Social Security number.  No one will ever ask for bank or credit card information either.

If you live at multiple places throughout the year, count yourself at the address where you live and sleep most of the time. If you split your time evenly between two or more places, count yourself where you were staying on April 1, 2020. However, a census response is required from each property.

If you have any concerns about your personal information being compromised or utilized for purposes other than the census, you can rest easy.  By law, the Census Bureau cannot share an individual’s questionnaire responses with anyone, including other federal agencies and law enforcement entities.  The personal information you provide is completely confidential so no one will know your name, who is staying with you, whether or not you are a citizen or any other personal details about your life.

Already millions have filled out the census form; however, participation is far short of complete.  At this writing, the national participation rate is right around 60 percent, New York State is at 55 percent, and several local communities are much lower.  You can complete the census questionnaire online (for the first time ever), by phone, or by mail.  It is important to note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting.  Census workers will also be making home visits to those who have not responded.

To fill out the census form online, or if you have additional questions, please visit https://2020census.gov/.   You can also call toll-free, 844-330-2020.

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DEC Announces 2020 “I Bird NY” Challenges https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-announces-2020-i-bird-ny-challenges/ https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-announces-2020-i-bird-ny-challenges/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2020 09:00:48 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25686 I Bird NY Encourages New Yorkers of All Ages, Abilities, and Backgrounds to Enjoy Birding – Visit AdventureAtHome to Learn How to Start Birding from Your Yard or Living Room New […]

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I Bird NY Encourages New Yorkers of All Ages, Abilities, and Backgrounds to Enjoy Birding – Visit AdventureAtHome to Learn How to Start Birding from Your Yard or Living Room

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the start of the 2020 “I BIRD NY” challenges for beginner and experienced birders. The I BIRD NY program was launched by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2017, to build on the State’s efforts to increase access to New York’s vast natural resources and promote low-cost opportunities to explore the great outdoors and connect with nature.

“No matter where you live, birding can be enjoyed by New Yorkers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds,” DEC Commissioner Seggos said. “With the arrival of spring migratory birds and warmer weather, June is the perfect time of year to enjoy birdwatching close to home. I BIRD NY is just one of DEC’s ongoing efforts to engage New Yorkers who may not have spent time enjoying nature in the past, but who realize the excitement of getting outdoors and experiencing the abundant wildlife around us. During the COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outside for a nature break is more important than ever and DEC will continue to encourage new and experienced naturalists alike to participate safely and responsibly in birding and other outdoor activities.”

Bird watching is one of the fastest-growing outdoor recreational activities in the U.S. Backyard birding, or watching birds around the home, is the most common way people engage in birding. New York State is home to a wide range of habitats that support more than 450 different bird species throughout the year. In New York, there are also 59 designated Bird Conservation Areas to safeguard and enhance bird populations and habitats on State lands and waters across the state. The State’s I Bird NY program provides resources for New Yorkers who would like to get outdoors and engage in birding all year long.

The joy of birdwatching is experienced by people from all economic backgrounds and education levels. While binoculars can help, enjoying birds can be done without any special equipment. DEC is hosting its annual I Bird NY Beginner’s Birding Challenge (PDF), which is open to anyone 16 years of age and younger. To complete the Beginner’s Birding Challenge, participants must identify 10 common New York bird species and submit their challenge sheet to DEC. Entries can be mailed or emailed. All participants in this challenge will receive a certificate of participation and be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win birding accessories.

In addition to the Beginner’s Birding Challenge, DEC is offering the I Bird NY Experienced Birder Challenge (PDF). To complete the challenge, birders of any age must identify at least 10 different bird species found across New York State. All participants in this challenge will also receive a certificate of participation and be entered into a drawing for birding accessories.

Birding enthusiasts can visit I Bird NY to access this year’s challenge sheets as well as find information on where and how to watch birds, upcoming bird walks, and other events, a downloadable Beginner’s Guide to Birding (PDF) (also available in Spanish), and additional resources.

“A silver lining in these challenging times is that more people are tuning in to the joy of birds. The ‘I Bird NY’ challenge offers a unique opportunity for people of any age, ability, or location to try birding,” said Audubon New York Executive Director Ana Paula Tavares. “We encourage everyone to look outside with fresh eyes. Share what you see, tell others about it, submit data to eBird, and play a role in making the outdoors safe and welcoming for all people and wildlife.”

Also starting this year, five years of field surveys are being conducted by volunteers and project partners to provide data that will be analyzed to create the third New York State Breeding Bird Atlas. Similar to the 2020 Census to track human populations and trends, the Breeding Bird Atlas is a valuable tool to help protect birds and their habitat. To participate, volunteers can make a free eBird account and submit data online through the atlas website or via the eBird mobile app. Simply record the species and any breeding behaviors observed. All sightings can count. As observations are reported, data can be viewed on the atlas website.

While enjoying the outdoors, please continue to follow the CDC/NYSDOH’s guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing
  • Practice social distancing. Keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others even when outdoors
  • Wear a mask when you cannot maintain social distancing
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, kissing, or sharing equipment like binoculars
  • Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available

#AdventureAtHome: Looking for an at-home adventure? DEC is featuring special #AdventureAtHome content, and on Facebook and Instagram, with new, live specials, videos, and at-home tools and games for New Yorkers who are homebound or cannot go far for a nature break. Visit #Adventureathome.

In addition, the National Audubon Society is celebrating Pride Month with “Let’s Go Birding Together” virtual events. These events allow those who identify as LGBTQ, allies, families, and anyone to experience an inclusive activity linking them to birds and the natural world.

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Letter to the Editor – Mark Rose for Family Court Judge https://mylittlefalls.com/letter-to-the-editor-mark-rose-for-family-court-judge/ https://mylittlefalls.com/letter-to-the-editor-mark-rose-for-family-court-judge/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2020 09:00:37 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25681 As an active community leader and volunteer in Little Falls, I am endorsing Mark Rose for Herkimer County Family Court Judge in this month’s primary election. Mark is a native […]

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As an active community leader and volunteer in Little Falls, I am endorsing Mark Rose for Herkimer County Family Court Judge in this month’s primary election.

Mark is a native of Little Falls who has spent his life serving within our local legal system as both a lawyer and a judge. Married to an educator and always active within this community, Mark has a keen awareness of the demands placed upon our families and our young people. This knowledge coupled with his patient, steadfast personality will help him make the right decisions when faced with tough choices.

Mark is also a man who steps up when asked and has given back to this community by lending his support to Think Local Little Falls, the Little Falls Cheese Festival, Canal Celebration, the Little Falls Food Pantry, and the Y Concert Series, to name a few. He generously provided pro bono work to Main Street First when our organization first applied for 501(c)3 status and again when we incorporated. Throughout the process, Mark took the time to ensure we understood the details and patiently answered all our questions.

In my personal experiences with Mark, I have found that he brings not only legal expertise and knowledge to the table, but also empathy, kindness, and unwavering patience. These are the qualities I desire in a person asking to serve in the position of family court judge. I urge you to vote in this upcoming election and hope that you will join me in casting a vote for Mark Rose to be our Herkimer County Family Court Judge.

Thank you,
Rob Richard

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Herkimer County Microenterprise Grant Fund https://mylittlefalls.com/herkimer-county-microenterprise-grant-fund/ https://mylittlefalls.com/herkimer-county-microenterprise-grant-fund/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2020 09:00:23 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25683 The post Herkimer County Microenterprise Grant Fund appeared first on My Little Falls.

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Historical Society seeks input on your pandemic experience https://mylittlefalls.com/historical-society-seeks-input-on-your-pandemic-experience/ https://mylittlefalls.com/historical-society-seeks-input-on-your-pandemic-experience/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2020 09:00:22 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=25515 by Dave Warner The Little Falls Historical Society has started a project where they have developed a special section on their website that will serve as a repository where students […]

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The Little Falls Historical Society has started a project where they have developed a special section on their website that will serve as a repository where students and other community members can submit written work, artwork, photographs, and other materials related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal of the project is to create a collective body of work that will serve as a historic record of how individuals, families, government, schools, businesses, and other organizations are dealing with disruptions in their daily routines due to COVID-19.

They are hoping that future generations will be able to better understand how the community responded to this crisis.

According to their website, they “hope to provide a cathartic outlet for people to apply their individual creativity for the greater good.”

Jeff Gressler, President of the group said, “The Schenectady Historical Society did this before we did, but they were sort of our inspiration to do this here.”

Gressler went on to say that what made it possible for them to do the project, was their web designer and manager, Ginny Rogers. “She was able to create this repository page quickly.”

He says that these kinds of projects are now going on nation-wide. “We are in step with the national effort to have a project like this.”

Gressler said that since he and his wife are both former teachers, they immediately thought about getting input from the students.

“Dr. Levatino has been very receptive, as have the principals of the other schools. Some individual teachers that we know have been very receptive as well,” he stated.

Members of the historical society have been working hard to have a virtual presence during the pandemic. “This project is open-ended as to the submission timing. Anybody can submit something, but this is not a political forum. We’re not providing a platform for someone to bash someone,” Gressler said.

“This is strictly how your life has been impacted. Local history, that’s what we’re trying to record here.”

Gressler said that whenever they come up with a new idea for an exhibit, they’re able to look back into their files to find information that is readily available.

“In 50 years hence, or whenever, when people look back and say ‘how the heck did Little Falls deal with this pandemic, we’re hoping that this body of work will provide people with a knowledge base to understand it,” he said.

Written materials can include stories, journal entries, poems, and other reflections of how people have been forced to make changes in their daily lives since this crisis began.

Some of the questions you could answer might be:

  1. What did you do today or this week that is different than what you would do during a “normal” day or week?
  2. How are people around you responding?
  3. How has this crisis impacted you and your family?
  4. What has been the most difficult thing for you personally about this crisis?
  5. What are your biggest concerns right now?
  6. What brings you joy or comfort right now?
  7. What changes have you personally experienced (physically, mentally, emotionally, or psychologically) since this crisis began?

They also have suggestions on the website for writing essays, journals, or poems. Additionally, they have ideas that might also inspire visual projects such as photos, artwork, or computer-generated “posters.”

Go to littlefallshistoricalsociety.org and click on “EXHIBITS” and then “VIRTUAL EXHIBITS” to take you to “MAKING HISTORY TODAY.”

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