My Little Falls https://mylittlefalls.com Bringing the News Closer to Home Sat, 19 Sep 2020 19:54:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 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 Friday Niters Bowling Results – 09/18/2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/friday-niters-bowling-results-09-18-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/friday-niters-bowling-results-09-18-2020/#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 19:54:09 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28747 Friday Niters 9/18/20 W L Double “D” Welding                     8 0 Team Welpe                    […]

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Friday Niters
9/18/20

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Double “D” Welding                     8 0
Team Welpe                                   6 2
Don’s Villain Club                          5 3
R & R Contractors                         4 4
Wolfpack                                       4 4
Mike Evans Racing                       3 5
Dopp’s Inn                                     2 6
The Ghost                                     0 8

Devin Dawley 702, 212,258,232, Matt Borek 649,241,202,206, Dustin Reed 640,236,203,201,Tim Pope 636,209,227,200, Chris Nichols 630,218,201,211, William (B.J.) Fazekas 629,253, Joe Pendolf 603,238, Billy Miles 582,245, Ed Belden 581,232, Dom Fazekas 574, 210,221, Joe Null 567, Don Null 563,203, Nick Suits 542, David Comins 541,204, Allan Rathbun 531, Shawn Nichols 519, Rick Rathbun 512,204, Shawn Nichols 519, Dan Akerley 517, Tyler Richards 512

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Robert L. Kane 1938 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/robert-l-kane-1938-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/robert-l-kane-1938-2020/#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 14:54:36 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28744 LITTLE FALLS – Mr. Robert L. Kane, age 81, a longtime Little Falls resident, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at home, in the Town of Fairfield, with the […]

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Robert L. Kane

LITTLE FALLS – Mr. Robert L. Kane, age 81, a longtime Little Falls resident, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at home, in the Town of Fairfield, with the love and support of his family at his side.

Bob was born in Little Falls, on November 16, 1938, the son of the late John F. and Ellen (Opacke) Kane. Raised and educated locally, he was a graduate of Little Falls High School. He served our country with the United States Army, 1961-1963. On November 20, 1965, he was united in marriage to Carolann C. Dillon, in St. Mary’s Church, of Little Falls and shared 47 years of love, friendship, and mutual respect. Carol passed away on January 17, 2012. He was a member of Holy Family Parish. Bob considered his family to be the most important part of his life. He was a great man and loved playing cards on Monday’s with his friends and traveling to the casino. He was always there for his wife, children, and grandchildren and they cherished their “Poppie”. His kind demeanor will be missed by all who knew him.

Bob is survived by his beloved family: sons, Robert and his companion, Barb, Timothy, Michael and his wife, Carrie, and Matthew, all of Little Falls; daughters, Patricia Kane, of Little Falls and Pamela Sheppard, of Dolgeville; grandchildren, Shawnna Kane, Kelsey Kane, Dillon Lyon Connor Sheppard, and Noah Timmerman; great-grandchild, Savella Timmerman; great-granddaughter, Cassidy Kane; siblings, John, and Margaret Kane, of CA, Greg and Cynthia Ferjanic, of Clifton Park, Barbara Hattfield, of IN, Gary and Kathy Kane, of St. Johnsville, Ronnie and Susie Kane, of Little Falls; in-laws, John Dillon and wife, Jean and Francis “Butch” Hadcock, of Little Falls; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Bob was predeceased by a son, Scott; and sister, Elaine Mary Hadcock.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 10:00 AM, at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 West Monroe Street, Little Falls, New York, with Father Brian Slezak, officiating. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Herkimer, where he will be laid to rest with military honors. There is a special time for relatives and friends to attend a calling hour, Tuesday morning, prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home, from 9 until 10 AM. All are invited to attend the funeral service and the interment service to follow. If you plan to attend the funeral service, a face mask will be required.

Expressions of sympathy for those who so wish to do so may be considered to the Holy Family Parish, 763 East Main Street, Little Falls, NY 13365, and envelopes are available at the Enea Family Funeral Home for those who so wish to do so.

Bob’s funeral arrangements have been planned with Funeral Directors, Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea, and Martin L. Ciaccia. (315) 823-2424.

A tribute memorial page to Bob may be viewed by visiting www.eneafamily.com on the Internet.

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DEC Announces Oct. 1 Start of Small Game Hunting Seasons https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-announces-oct-1-start-of-small-game-hunting-seasons/ https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-announces-oct-1-start-of-small-game-hunting-seasons/#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 09:00:54 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28723 New Opportunities Designated for Active-Duty Military and Veterans to Go Waterfowl Hunting this Fall New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that several small […]

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New Opportunities Designated for Active-Duty Military and Veterans to Go Waterfowl Hunting this Fall

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that several small game hunting seasons open Oct. 1 across New York State, including special youth hunts and new hunting opportunities for active-duty military members and veterans.

“Public and private lands across the state present a diverse array of small game hunting opportunities,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Pursuing small game is a great way to introduce someone to hunting and in addition to our youth hunting seasons, DEC is offering waterfowl hunts this year specifically for active military and veterans. I encourage experienced hunters across the state to take advantage of these opportunities, bring a new hunter afield, and follow hunter safety requirements to have a rewarding experience this fall.”

Several special youth-only hunting seasons for pheasants and waterfowl occur prior to the start of the regular season. Season dates, bag limits, and other hunting regulations for New York’s small game species are available in the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which can be obtained from a license-issuing agent or on DEC’s website.

Special Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities for Youth and Active-Duty Military

Hunting seasons for waterfowl (ducks, geese, and brant) begin in early October in many parts of the state. However, there are opportunities for youth hunters to get a jump start. This fall’s youth waterfowl days are:

  • Sept. 19 and 20 in the Northeast and Southeast zones;
  • Sept. 26 and 27 in the Lake Champlain Zone;
  • Oct. 3 and 4 in the Western Zone; and
  • Nov. 7 and 8 in the Long Island Zone.

Junior hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter, and both the junior hunter and adult must be registered with the Harvest Information Program (HIP). Adult hunters must also have a federal migratory bird stamp and the adult hunter supervising a youth may not possess a firearm, bow, or crossbow afield.

In addition to youth dates, DEC is providing special hunting opportunities for active-duty military personnel and veterans. Participating hunters must carry identification that verifies their active duty or veteran status. This fall’s active-duty military and veteran days are:

  • Sept. 19 and 20 in the Northeast Zone;
  • Oct. 10 and 11 in the Southeast Zone;
  • Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) and Nov. 14 in the Western Zone; and
  • Nov. 14 and 15 in the Long Island Zone.

There are no special active-duty and veteran military days in the Lake Champlain Zone.

Ruffed Grouse Hunting

Ruffed grouse hunting season runs from Oct. 1 through the last day of February in most areas of the state. In Northern New York, the season opens on Sept. 20, and runs through the last day of February. In New York City and Long Island, the season is closed.

Ruffed grouse hunters in the Northern Zone are reminded to positively identify quarry before shooting. The Northern Zone, specifically Wildlife Management Units 5C, 5F, 6F, and 6J, is also home to the spruce grouse, a State-endangered species that is not legal to hunt. Loss of a single spruce grouse, particularly a female spruce grouse, could be a significant setback for a small local population.

Spruce grouse exist in lowland conifer forests in the Adirondacks. Although ruffed grouse occur in upland hardwoods statewide, during the fall and winter, ruffed grouse may be found in spruce grouse habitat. Small game hunters in the Adirondack region must be able to distinguish between these species so that spruce grouse are not shot by mistake. For tips on how to discern the two species, view the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or the Ruffed Grouse Hunting Information page on DEC’s website.

DEC encourages ruffed grouse hunters to take part in the grouse hunting log program and submit feathers from harvested birds in order to assess recruitment (number of young produced per adult female grouse) for different parts of the state. Interested hunters should visit the DEC website.

Pheasant Hunting

Approximately 30,000 adult pheasants will be released on lands open to public hunting for the upcoming fall pheasant hunting season. The pheasant hunting season begins:

  • Oct. 1 in northern and eastern portions of New York;
  • Oct. 17 in central and western portions of the state; and
  • Nov. 1 on Long Island.

Since 2007, DEC has offered a special youth-only season to provide junior hunters the opportunity to hunt pheasants during the weekend prior to the regular pheasant hunting season. In Western New York, the youth pheasant hunt weekend is Oct. 10 and 11. In northern and eastern New York, the youth pheasant hunt weekend is Sept. 26 and 27, and on Long Island, it is Oct. 24 and 25. Both the junior hunter and their adult mentor must have a hunting license. Only the junior hunter is allowed to carry a firearm and harvest birds on these dates.

All release sites for pheasants provided by State-funded programs are open to public hunting. Pheasants will be released on State-owned lands prior to and during the fall hunting season and at several sites on New York City Watershed lands thanks to a partnership with New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Pheasant hunting opportunities have also been augmented by private landowners who have opened their land to public hunting. DEC is grateful for their help in providing high quality hunting experiences for New York’s hunters. A list of statewide pheasant release sites and sites receiving birds for the youth-only pheasant hunt weekends can be found on DEC’s website.

Squirrel, Rabbit, and Hare Hunting

Opportunities to pursue squirrels and rabbits can be found throughout the state, including on many public lands. Squirrel seasons started Sept. 1 in Upstate New York and begin Nov. 1 on Long Island. Rabbit hunting begins on Oct. 1 in Upstate New York and on Nov. 1 on Long Island. With ample opportunities and mild weather, squirrel and rabbit hunting are great ways to introduce novices to hunting.

Snowshoe hare (or varying hare) season starts Oct. 1 in the Northern Zone. Hare hunters in the Southern Zone, where the season starts in late fall or early winter, are encouraged to report their observations to DEC through the DEC website.

Wild Turkey Hunting

Wild turkeys enjoyed better reproductive success this summer compared to last year. As a result, turkey hunters can expect to see more birds while afield this fall. Wild turkeys are less vulnerable to harvest in areas with abundant food (e.g., hard and soft mast), because they don’t have to roam far and wide foraging, so scouting before the season is important. Season dates for fall 2020:

  • Oct. 1 – 14 in the Northern Zone;
  • Oct. 17 – Oct. 30 in the Southern Zone; and
  • Nov. 21 – Dec. 4 in Suffolk County, Long Island.

The statewide season bag limit is one bird of either sex. Hunting hours are sunrise to sunset.

Citizen Science

Citizen science efforts such as the Grouse and Woodcock Hunting Log, Ruffed Grouse Parts Collection, and the Bowhunter Sighting Log provide hunters the opportunity to partner with DEC to monitor game species. To learn more about how to participate in these efforts, visit the DEC website.

DEC Encourages Hunter Safety

While statistics show hunting in New York is safer than ever, mistakes are made every year. DEC believes every hunting-related shooting incident is preventable, and Commissioner Seggos is encouraging hunters to use common sense this season and to remember what they were taught in their DEC Hunters Education Course.

Firearms Safety:

  1. Point your gun in a safe direction.
  2. Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
  3. Be sure of your target and beyond.
  4. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

DEC also encourages hunters to wear blaze orange or blaze pink. Wearing orange or pink prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal or shooting in a hunter’s direction. Hunters who wear blaze orange are seven times less likely to be shot.

For more information and other important safety tips, please visit DEC’s website and watch videos about hunter safety.

For more information about getting outdoors safely and responsibly during the State’s response to COVID-19, visit DEC’s website.

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Road Work Report for the Week Beginning September 21, 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-september-21-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-september-21-2020/#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 09:00:46 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28728 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 Ilion: (D#264168) Route 51 interchange to Route 5. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to the installation of containment system for bridge painting, and blasting.

Town of Ohio: (D#263877) Route 8 between Route 365 and Route 10. Motorists will encounter a Westbound lane closure with temporary signal in place with a signed speed limit reduction from 45 MPH to 30 MPH, due to work on the bridge over the West Canada Creek.

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 guiderail removal and installation along with drainage work.

Town of German Flatts & Columbia: (D#264203) Route 28 between the Otsego County line and Route 168. Motorists will encounter lane and shoulder closures in both directions due to drainage work and guiderail removal/installation work.

Hamlet of Jordanville: (D#264203) Route 167 between The Otsego County line and Casler Road. Motorists will encounter shoulder and lane closures in both directions due to installation of drainage structures.

Town of Schuyler: (D#264266) Route 5 between Windsor Circle and Elmwood Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to guiderail installation.

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.
There will be daily lane closures on Route 5S/Oriskany Street east and west bound from Broad Street to Cornelia Street. There will be daily lane closure on Genesee north and south bound at the intersection of Route 5S westbound north, while the contractor boxes out the northside of Genesee Street. Burchard Lane and Hotel, will be temporary closed to through traffic with local business access only. Washington and Seneca Streets may be closed for paving operations but not at the same time. Root Street access to Route 5S westbound will remain open. Contractor will be installing new lighting and traffic signal foundations, throughout project. Minor traffic impacts anticipated. There will be lane closures on Route 5S westbound 24/7 between Broad and John Streets for milling and concrete repair operations.

City of Utica: (D#264047) North Genesee Street between Wurz Ave and Whitesboro/Broad Streets. Motorists will encounter a lane closure on North Genesee Street southbound between
Wurz and Lee 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 closures in both directions at Frontage Roads due to paving and milling operations.

Town of Deerfield: (D#264001) Route 12 over Doyle Road. Motorists will encounter long term lane closures in both directions due to bridge work with nighttime provisions.

Town of New Hartford, Town of Paris: (D#264127) Route 8 between Kellogg Road and Pinnacle Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to approach reconstruction, paving shoulder & repair work with a speed limit reduction of 45MPH. Motorists will encounter shoulder closures on Kellogg Road under the Route 8 bridge due to bridge pier work as well as shoulder closures on Elm Street under Route 8 due to structural lifting operations.

Town of Vernon: (D#264088) Route 5 bridge over the Sconondoa Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures with new traffic patterns as necessary between Verona Street and Tannery Lane due to pavement milling and bridge deck repairs. Pavement marking will be modified while operations continue and are completed.

Town of Boonville: (D#264171) Route 12 bridge over Mill Creek. Motorists will encounter temporary lane closures on Route 12 northbound and southbound, North of the East Schuyler Street intersection due to equipment mobilization and material deliveries.

Town of Trenton: (D#264259) Route 365 between Prospect Road and the Herkimer County Line Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to shoulder repairs, Ditching, paving binder course and Guiderail installation operations.

Village of Boonville: (D#263893) Route 294 between the Lewis County Line and the Boonville Fairgrounds. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

City of Rome: Route 49/365 bridge over Route 233. Motorists will encounter a Westbound lane closure due to bridge joint repairs.

City of Rome: (D#263986) Route 49 eastbound off Ramp to East Dominick Street. Motorists may encounter shoulder closures due to detection system installation.

Town of Western: Route 274 bridge over Big Brook. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge inspection.

Town of New Hartford: Route 8 bridge over Genesee Street. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge inspection.

City of Utica: North Genesee Street bridge over Reall Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to bridge join replacement.

City of Utica: South Genesee Street between Colonial Drive and Pearl Street. Motorists will encounter a lane closure with a lane shift due to waterline tap install.

Town of Webb: Route 28 between Mckeever Road and Moose River Tract Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations.

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 drainage work, radius reconstruction, Sidewalk and curb installation, excavation and installation of pedestrian and traffic signal foundations.

FULTON COUNTY

Town of Caroga: (D#263877) Route 10 between Route 29A and Route 10A. Motorists will encounter a northbound lane closure with temporary signals in place with a signed speed limit reduction from 45 MPH to 30 MPH, 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, culvert, and sign work.

Town of Johnstown: (D#264266) Route 10a between Oburgh Road and Route 10. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to guide rail installation.

Town of Bleecker: (D#263926) Route 309 between Blood Road and West Busch Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to landscaping.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 over Cleveland Ave. Temporary signals remain on Erie Street for alternating traffic in both directions.

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

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 over the Mohawk River. Motorists will encounter a Southbound right lane closure along with intermittent lane closures on Route 5 Eastbound approaching the Route 30 bridge underpass due to sidewalk removal. A signed pedestrian detour will be in place.

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 Charleston, Town of Glen: (D#264189) Route 30A between the Montgomery County line to the Village of Fultonville. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations from the Schoharie County Line and Reynolds Road.

Town of St.Johnsville: (D#263947) Route 5 between Kennedy Road and Mill Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a lane shift due to culver repairs.

Village of Canajoharie: Route 5s bridge over the Canajoharie creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge inspection.

City of Amsterdam: Route 5s bridge over Route 30. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge inspection.

HAMILTON COUNTY

Hamlet of Eagle Bay to Hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake: (D#263869) Route 28 between The Town of Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to Turf establishment and Punchlist Work.

Town of Arietta: (D#263893) Route 10 between 29a and Route 8. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

Village of Indian Lake: Route 30 between Lewey lake Campground and Griffin Road. Motorists will encounter lake closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations.

*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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Senator Tedisco Supports New Empire Center Lawsuit to Obtain COVID-19 Nursing Home Data https://mylittlefalls.com/senator-tedisco-supports-new-empire-center-lawsuit-to-obtain-covid-19-nursing-home-data/ https://mylittlefalls.com/senator-tedisco-supports-new-empire-center-lawsuit-to-obtain-covid-19-nursing-home-data/#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 08:30:52 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28739 “The cover-up is always worse than what is covered up.” “There is widespread agreement that the Cuomo Administration is not being forthcoming on the real number of New Yorkers who […]

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“The cover-up is always worse than what is covered up.”

“There is widespread agreement that the Cuomo Administration is not being forthcoming on the real number of New Yorkers who died in state-regulated nursing homes from COVID-19.  That’s why I have joined with Majority Democratic Assemblyman Ron Kim and members from both sides of the aisle to author legislation (S.8756/A.10857) for an independent, bipartisan state commission with subpoena power to fully investigate these nursing home deaths. And it’s why this week, we launched a new statewide online petition drive to urge the Legislative Majorities to get the real numbers.”

“I commend and fully support the Empire Center’s lawsuit that was filed today against the Cuomo Administration to seek the release of this information. The thousands of families who lost their loved ones deserve a measure of closure and we need to help prepare for a second wave of the virus or a future pandemic.”

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Governor’s statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg https://mylittlefalls.com/governors-statement-on-the-passing-of-supreme-court-justice-ruth-bader-ginsberg/ https://mylittlefalls.com/governors-statement-on-the-passing-of-supreme-court-justice-ruth-bader-ginsberg/#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2020 01:19:43 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28741 “New York’s heart breaks with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She was a daughter of Brooklyn and the embodiment of all that it means to be New York […]

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

“New York’s heart breaks with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. She was a daughter of Brooklyn and the embodiment of all that it means to be New York tough — yet her life was a testament that tough does not preclude acting with respect, grace, and dignity. I know I speak for the entire family of New York when I say we are absolutely devastated by this loss.

“As an advocate, litigator, professor, and judge, Justice Ginsburg was an unparalleled voice for our better angels and a singular force for equality and justice throughout her extraordinary career. In an era when women like her were asked why they were ‘taking the place of a man,’ she fought tirelessly to ensure our country lived up to its founding ideals, especially for all those marginalized by the status quo — from women and communities of color, to the disabled and the LGBTQ community.

“While there is still so much progress left to be made on the march towards gender equality and women’s rights, Justice Ginsberg’s legacy will continue to be a beacon for all of us in the fight.

“My thoughts are with Justice Ginsberg’s family tonight, especially her daughter Jane and son James.”

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DMV Launches Online Permit Test and Online Vehicle Registration Pilot Programs https://mylittlefalls.com/dmv-launches-online-permit-test-and-online-vehicle-registration-pilot-programs/ https://mylittlefalls.com/dmv-launches-online-permit-test-and-online-vehicle-registration-pilot-programs/#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 19:24:08 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28733 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding online services, making it easier for New Yorkers to do business with the DMV […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is expanding online services, making it easier for New Yorkers to do business with the DMV from the comfort of their homes, and allowing the DMV to serve more customers in person who cannot complete their transactions online. The DMV has initiated a pilot program to offer the written learner permit tests for passenger cars (Class D) and motorcycles (Class M) online. It is also piloting a process to allow customers who reside in counties served by the state DMV to register their vehicles online. 

“As the last six months have demonstrated, we need to continue reimagining how to provide essential government services safely, securely, and efficiently in the midst of this pandemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “These online options will make it more convenient for New Yorkers to access the services they need while reducing congestion in the DMV offices and helping continue our shared progress in stopping the spread of this virus.”

DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder said, “We always strive to adapt and modernize our services to better meet the needs of our customers and to make things safer as we battle the coronavirus. Offering these transactions online is more convenient and safer for those who need to get a permit or register a vehicle, and it allows us to free up more space in our offices to serve those who cannot do their transaction remotely.”

About the Online Permit Test

Select customers who currently have a reservation for an in-office permit test will be invited to take the exam online, and following the successful launch of this pilot, the online option will become available to all permit applicants later this fall. 

The most time-consuming aspect of getting a learner permit is taking the exam. By offering the test online, New Yorkers will save significant time when they come to the DMV to finish the application process and will be able to take the test at their convenience in a familiar and safe environment. It also frees up office space, allowing the DMV to accommodate more customers in-person who cannot complete their transactions online or by mail or dropbox. 

The online learner permit tests contain 50 questions and take approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete. Those who pass the test will receive an email with further instructions about making a reservation at a DMV office to complete the process of getting their learner permit. An appointment to complete the process takes only 5 minutes, on average. 

Applicants should use this guide to make sure they have the documents and proofs of identification needed, before going to the DMV.  Applicants have two years from the time they pass the test to schedule a reservation at the DMV and complete the application process. 

A parent or guardian must supervise the test for anyone 16 and 17 years old, and then must accompany the applicant to the DMV to complete the application process and certify that they performed these duties.

The tests are available in 16 languages including English, Spanish, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Nepali, Polish, and Russian. 

Reservations for road tests are available across the state to all drivers who have a permit. Drivers under age 18 must wait at least six months from the date they received their learner permit to schedule a road test

About Online Vehicle Registration 

For the first time ever, New Yorkers who live in counties with state-run DMV offices—New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Albany, and Onondaga counties—can now register their vehicles online on the DMV website. This eliminates the need to visit a DMV office, making it safer and more convenient, and it allows the DMV to offer more appointments to customers needing transactions that must be completed in-person.  The DMV is working with County Clerks who operate DMV offices in the remaining 51 counties to expand the online registration service statewide.

Before registering a vehicle, the customer must get it insured. Then, they can use the simple, step-by-step online registration tool to register a vehicle online. 

Step 1: Use the DMV Document Guide to determine what documents are required 

Step 2: Provide basic information about the registrant and the vehicle

Step 3: Attach documents by sending DMV a picture or scanning and uploading them 

Step 4: Submit 

Once a customer’s application is submitted, they will receive a confirmation email. DMV will contact the customer when the exact fee has been determined to process their payment by credit card. The DMV website allows a customer to estimate their registration fees.

Once processed, the plates, registration sticker, and temporary inspection sticker will be mailed to them. Once they have received their registration sticker and license plates, drivers must get their vehicles inspected.

The DMV will also provide an envelope so the customer can mail in their original paperwork. We recommend customers make a copy of their completed application and title to retain for their records. Once we receive the original documents, a new title will be mailed to the customer. 

The online registration form can be used to register the following types of vehicles:

         Cars
         Motorcycles
         Vans
         Trucks
         Trailers
         Recreational vehicles (boats, snowmobiles, and ATVs)

Other Online Services

There are also more than 60 other online transactions available. Customers can renew or replace their registration, renew their driver’s license, obtain a driving record (abstract), change their address, and plead or pay New York City traffic tickets and associated fees online.

In-Person Services

In-office reservations are available for a limited number of in-person services that cannot be done online, by mail or dropbox. Reservations are required for all in-person transactions. 

The DMV recommends that all customers visit the DMV website and follow these tips, before coming to an office: 

  • Check available services. Customers should make sure the service they want is being offered. Available services for each office are listed on the office locations webpage.
  • Gather the required documents. Information on what documents are needed for each transaction can be found on the DMV website at dmv.ny.gov. Anyone planning to get a permit, a license or register a car for the first time should use our online document guides that allow customers to print a checklist of the documents they need.
  • Make a reservation. Appointments are required for any in-office visit. Customers can make a reservation to visit a state-run office at https://nysdmvqw.us.qmatic.cloud/naoa/index.jsp or by contacting their local DMV. To make sure transactions can be processed in the allotted reservation time and ensure social distancing, the DMV will only honor reservations for the service selected—other transactions will not be allowed.

For more information about DMV, follow DMV on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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Something to think about https://mylittlefalls.com/something-to-think-about/ https://mylittlefalls.com/something-to-think-about/#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:00:42 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28709 Numerous Republican State Senators have chosen not to run again this year. Many of which would have been easily reelected. So why are they leaving? I think it’s because they […]

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Numerous Republican State Senators have chosen not to run again this year. Many of which would have been easily reelected. So why are they leaving? I think it’s because they realize that the Democrats will be running things in the Senate and they won’t be able to influence policy or bring home the bacon to their districts as they once did.

Due to the pandemic, the government will be in the red for years to come. Democrat Senators from upstate districts will have a hard enough time getting their fair share of funding, upstate districts with Republican Senators can forget about it.

I don’t belong to any political party, but having a Republican Senator representing us will lead to less revenue coming into our county. Which will require increased property taxes.

Oberacker isn’t going to be able to do what Senator Seward was able to do for our district. Therefore I believe it’s in our best interest to elect Jim Barber. He has a credible plan to hold the line on property tax by fixing the way local services are funded. As our Senator, he will have some influence on what happens or does not happen in our District.

I’ve written this with the hope of persuading independent thinkers to put their local politics aside and vote for Barber

Thomas Kadgen
District 51
Ulster County

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Revolutionary War class coming to the Little Falls Public Library https://mylittlefalls.com/revolutionary-war-class-coming-to-the-little-falls-public-library/ https://mylittlefalls.com/revolutionary-war-class-coming-to-the-little-falls-public-library/#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:00:09 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28715 Beginning Wednesday, September 23rd, the Little Falls Public Library will host a 6-week Zoom class about the American Revolution. This class aims to educate participants about the American Revolutionary War […]

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Beginning Wednesday, September 23rd, the Little Falls Public Library will host a 6-week Zoom class about the American Revolution.

This class aims to educate participants about the American Revolutionary War through a selection of primary texts from US history. Topics of discussion will include the inner-workings of the Continental Congress, American and British military strategies, and a selection of the war’s major battles and campaigns, particularly in New York’s Mohawk Valley.
Instructor Giacomo Calabria has previously lectured at SUNY Albany and Albany Medical College. He graciously provided us with the answers to some questions about the class:

Q. Who will benefit from this class?
A. Anyone interested in discussing or learning more about the American Revolution is welcome and encouraged to participate in this program. We have had many guests of all ages attend such talks, and I have taught similar programs at Albany High School’s JROTC battalion for years. While we will cover realities from the period such as slavery, sexism, and warfare, it will not be any less age-appropriate than what middle and high school students learn in schools.

Q. Why study the American Revolution?
A. I think the bigger question is why not study the American Revolution? It is the history of our country, and with so many of our lives upended due to COVID-19, now seems like a good time to rediscover our shared roots from the safety of our homes. This program is being offered virtually, so literally anyone in the world can attend it. It is also a program that anyone can contribute to. If you have any family histories or research you would like to bring for discussion, it would be most welcome!

Q. What would America be like if we hadn’t won the war?
A. There has been a host of writing on what might have happened if the American Revolution ended in disaster for the Thirteen Colonies. In the short term, we have every reason to believe the British would have executed those responsible for the rebellion, including all the Founding Fathers and possibly some of the defeated soldiers themselves. We also would have seen westward expansion halted at the Appalachians, as the British planned, and possibly even steeper taxes imposed upon the Colonies as punishment. In the longer term, it is not unrealistic to imagine slavery being abolished in the Colonies as it was throughout the British Empire in 1834. Perhaps we would have even followed the same paths as Canada and Australia toward peaceful independence later. Or perhaps there would have been another uprising. Either way, the entire map of North America would be completely different.

The American Revolution class will be delivered using the Zoom distance education app.

To virtually attend, go to zoom.us on your cell phone, tablet or computer. Click on join a meeting. Then, type in the meeting ID: 984 8399 9096. You can choose to enable video and audio, or you can watch and listen anonymously.

For additional information, please call (315) 823-1542. This free class is brought to you by a grant from Humanities New York.

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Red Knights visit Little Falls https://mylittlefalls.com/red-knights-visit-little-falls/ https://mylittlefalls.com/red-knights-visit-little-falls/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:05:30 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28691 By Wana Sewell This past Saturday we had some visitors. The Red Knights of NY are a motorcycle club of Fire Fighters, and they were visiting the Little Falls Fire […]

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By Wana Sewell

This past Saturday we had some visitors. The Red Knights of NY are a motorcycle club of Fire Fighters, and they were visiting the Little Falls Fire Department.  As I came out from shopping at the Community Co-op I saw a sea of motorcycles and began taking some photos of their motorbikes.  About that same time the group came out to leave and I enjoyed meeting them.  You may never know what can happen on a Saturday here in Little Falls, New York.

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Brindisi Calls on Betsy DeVos to Give Schools a Break on Standardized Testing https://mylittlefalls.com/brindisi-calls-on-betsy-devos-to-give-schools-a-break-on-standardized-testing/ https://mylittlefalls.com/brindisi-calls-on-betsy-devos-to-give-schools-a-break-on-standardized-testing/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:00:46 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28685 U.S Congressman Anthony Brindisi today called on Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to grant states the flexibility to forgo federally-required standardized testing if needed during the coronavirus pandemic. DeVos […]

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U.S Congressman Anthony Brindisi today called on Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to grant states the flexibility to forgo federally-required standardized testing if needed during the coronavirus pandemic. DeVos had previously granted states such flexibility in March 2020 for the 2019-2020 school year, but she recently announced that the Department of Education would no longer be granting waivers for standardized testing.

“Secretary DeVos’s decision to push forward with standardized testing this school year is wildly premature,” Brindisi said. “Many students are struggling with online learning, parents are juggling childcare and employment concerns, and teachers in the classroom are working to keep themselves and their students safe. Schools need flexibility and support, not strict mandates from Washington.”

Brindisi pushed back in response to a September 3rd letter from Secretary DeVos. DeVos wrote that, unlike last school year, states should not expect any waivers from standardized testing requirements going forward, and that “states will, in the interest of students, administer summative assessments during the 2020-2021 school year” and that states “should not anticipate such waivers being granted again.”

“We cannot expect a child to perform their best on a standardized test in this environment,” Brindisi wrote to DeVos. “You would not be testing a student’s aptitude; you would be testing how well they are overcoming the hurdles brought on by COVID-19.”

Brindisi, who previously served on the Utica City School Board, is a strong supporter of local schools, including supporting emergency assistance to stop state cuts to K-12 education. In May, Brindisi voted for the bipartisan HEROES Act, which would provide more than $100 billion in aid for New York State. The bill creates a $90 billion nationwide fund to support education, including $58 billion which would go directly to local school districts. Schools could use this funding to provide safety equipment, distribute distance learning technology, and stop budget cuts.

Brindisi’s full letter to Secretary DeVos is below:

Dear Secretary DeVos,

Like millions of American families, my wife and I spent the last few weeks getting our children ready for the upcoming school year. Both of our children attend public schools in Utica, NY, and they were eager to get back to school. And like so many students, they are meeting their classmates and their new teachers from behind a computer screen, due to the dangers posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Given that the Department of Education last March granted states the option to waive standardized testing requirements due to the upheaval facing student and teachers, I was surprised to read your September 3rd letter to the Chief State School Officers. You stated in that letter that states should not expect any waivers from standardized testing requirements, and that “states will, in the interest of students, administer summative assessments during the 2020-2021 school year” and that states “should not anticipate such waivers being granted again.”

Students and teachers are facing unprecedented challenges this school year. Some schools are only offering online instruction, which many students find less effective than in-person learning. Many families are struggling with access to high-speed broadband, either because it is too expensive, too unreliable, or not available in their area. And many parents are finding themselves juggling childcare and employment concerns, which can greatly disrupt at-home learning.

Students who are learning in-person are facing their own challenges. With a public health emergency hanging over them, students are understandably concerned with getting their teachers or family sick, or becoming infected themselves. These concerns may grow this fall and winter, if our nation faces a second wave similar to previous pandemics. We cannot expect a child to perform their best on a standardized test in this environment. You would not be testing a student’s aptitude; you would be testing how well they are overcoming the hurdles brought on by COVID-19.

Because we don’t know how this school year will go, your decision to forgo any waivers seems to have been made prematurely. I encourage you to not let your September 3rd letter be the final word on this matter. Students and teachers are facing unprecedented challenges during this ongoing public health emergency and they deserve our support. Please grant states the same flexibility afforded to them this spring.

Sincerely,
Anthony Brindisi
Member of Congress

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NYSUT files lawsuit against state over school funding cuts https://mylittlefalls.com/nysut-files-lawsuit-against-state-over-school-funding-cuts/ https://mylittlefalls.com/nysut-files-lawsuit-against-state-over-school-funding-cuts/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:00:44 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28681 ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State United Teachers today announced it has filed a lawsuit against the state over reductions in state school aid for districts across New York, seeking […]

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York State United Teachers today announced it has filed a lawsuit against the state over reductions in state school aid for districts across New York, seeking the release of money withheld in July, August, and September and an injunction against future withholding of or delayed school funding payments.

The lawsuit filed in Albany County Supreme Court challenges the constitutionality of the unilateral executive budgetary powers provided for the state Division of Budget as part of this year’s state budget process. The union alleges that those unconstitutional powers have led to cuts that deprive students of their right to a sound basic education under the state Constitution.

The suit points to the fact that some school districts have no more local resources to tap and are dependent on state funding. In such districts, a 20 percent cut “could be catastrophic, and certainly would lead to a ‘gross and glaring inadequacy.’”

NYSUT has previously highlighted the devastation stemming from state cuts, including hundreds of layoffs in districts around New York.

The lawsuit can be read in full here.

“Time is up,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “With the loss of state funding driving cuts at the local level in districts around the state, we can’t just keep waiting for action at the federal level to fund our schools. At this point, a lawsuit unfortunately is the necessary next step to compel our leaders to do what’s right: Fund our future and stop these cuts.”

NYSUT argues that the Executive Branch’s budget reduction authority violates the separation of powers in the state Constitution and is an unconstitutional delegation of the Legislature’s constitutional oversight and policy-making powers. But, in the absence of federal action, the Division of Budget began withholding 20 percent of selected local aid payments in June, according to the Fiscal Year 2021 First Quarterly State Budget Financial Plan Update.

In the short term, continuing to withhold 20 percent of the funding appropriated would cause further issues with significant education-related payments the state makes this month, including a roughly $2.5 billion payment to school districts on Sept. 30.

In the lawsuit, NYSUT points to the state’s ability to draw upon approximately $7 billion in reserves and settlement funds to avoid draconian cuts. The union also has advocated for other solutions to help fund public education, including taxes on the ultrawealthy and additional federal stimulus funding.

But none of these options have come to fruition. The result is school districts across the state considering or making staffing cuts that only serve to reduce student access to academic and other essential services. In New York City, leaders threatened 9,000 layoffs last month if the cuts go through. Hundreds already have been laid off in Albany and Schenectady, with another 116 in Syracuse, 54 in Copiague, and 44 in Norwich losing their jobs.

“Our students and families deserve better than staffing and program cuts just as we begin a new school year with unprecedented challenges,” Pallotta said. “A high-quality education is a vital service that’s central to helping communities thrive. It’s about time it was funded like one.” 

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services, and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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Statewide petition drive begun for independent investigation https://mylittlefalls.com/statewide-petition-drive-begun-for-independent-investigation/ https://mylittlefalls.com/statewide-petition-drive-begun-for-independent-investigation/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:30:56 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28687 State lawmakers urge Legislative Majorities to bring forward legislation for a bi-partisan, independent investigation to subpoena the state Health Department to get the real number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths, […]

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State lawmakers urge Legislative Majorities to bring forward legislation for a bi-partisan, independent investigation to subpoena the state Health Department to get the real number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths, examine what happened, and prepare for a potential second wave of the virus

Have you noticed the weather’s getting colder, the leaves are falling and fall is just around the corner? We’ve learned a lot about COVID-19, but we don’t know everything about a virus that’s attacked our most vulnerable population and taken thousands of lives.

It’s time for the state Legislature to act and subpoena the state Health Department to get the real number of COVID-19 nursing home deaths.

That’s the message Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville), Senator Daphne Jordan (R,C,I-Halfmoon) and Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh (R,C,I-Ballston) are sending today at the state Capitol with the launch of a new statewide online petition drive to urge the Legislative Majorities to bring forth bi-partisan legislation for an independent investigation to subpoena the Administration and state Health Department to get the real numbers of New Yorkers who died from COVID-19 in state-regulated nursing homes.

Click here to sign the petition.

Senator Tedisco and Democratic Majority Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) have authored legislation (S.8756/A.10857), that is also sponsored by Senator Jordan and Assemblywoman Walsh and legislators from both parties, which would establish an independent, unbiased and bi-partisan investigation with subpoena power to perform a top-to-bottom review of what happened in the state’s nursing homes to get answers and provide a measure of closure for the families of those who lost their lives and help prepare for a second wave of the pandemic.

“The Governor and state Health Commissioner Zucker kept saying during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis that we should ‘follow the science.’  To follow the science, we need unbiased facts and figures about what happened, regardless of whether that data could be potentially embarrassing to the Administration, that led to the deaths of thousands in state-regulated nursing homes from a virus that the Governor said spread like ‘fire through dried grass,” said Senator Jim Tedisco. “We’ve had hearings and my legislative colleagues and I have repeatedly asked Commissioner Zucker for the real number of New Yorkers who lost their lives in our nursing homes and we’ve gotten no answers. We’re launching this petition drive to harness the power of the citizenry to pressure the Majorities to bring forward bi-partisan legislation for an independent investigation to subpoena the Health Department so we can provide a measure of closure to the loved ones of those who died and prevent this from happening again.”

“The fight against COVID-19 requires real data to ensure the best possible, most informed policy decisions that can help protect vulnerable New Yorkers. That’s why it’s so important that we have an independent investigation to obtain the true numbers of the tragic nursing home deaths related to COVID. This data is crucial in providing policymakers answers and insights regarding the tragedy that took place where over 6,400 senior citizens, possibly many more, lost their lives.  This effort isn’t about the Albany blame game or political finger-pointing. It’s about getting the best possible information so New York State is better prepared, and we can better protect, our most vulnerable from another COVID outbreak.  I’m proud to support this non-partisan search for answers and the truth, as so many grieving families, my colleagues, and I have demanded. Our petition should receive strong, bi-partisan support as it will bring us another step closer to the answers,” said Senator Daphne Jordan.

“It is an honor to once again join my colleagues to bring attention to the very important issue of the impact that COVID-19 has had on nursing homes and adult care facilities throughout New York State. Despite what the Governor and Department of Health Commissioner think, this issue is not going away until we receive the action and answers that families throughout the state deserve,” said Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh.  “Today, we call on members of the Assembly and Senate to join us in signing on to a petition to encourage movement on our legislation that would create an independent, bipartisan commission with subpoena powers and ask that the accurate number of nursing home deaths be disclosed once and for all.”

“An independent, bi-partisan investigation with subpoena power is the only way we’re going to be able to find the real truth about how many of our loved ones died of COVID-19 in nursing homes,” said Janice Dean, Fox News Senior Meteorologist, who lost both her in-laws to COVID-19 while residing in state-regulated elder care facilities.

What the Majority Legislators Said on Getting the Real Nursing Home Numbers:

On August 3, 2020, the Senate and Assembly held a Joint Hearing of the Health, Oversight, and Aging Committees. Here’s what three of the Democratic Chairs of those Committees said in their questioning of Commissioner Zucker to find out how many COVID-19 positive patients were transferred from a nursing home and died in a hospital:

  • “It seems to me that the definition that you are insisting on keeping on the books is one that no other state utilizes and it makes you look better than what y’all did, that’s a problem, bro,” said State Senator Gustavo Rivera, who represents the Bronx. 
  • “It perplexes me that an administration that prides itself on data-driven policies” does not have this information, State Senator James Skoufis said.
  • “Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, chair of the Health Committee, also pressed Dr. Zucker, asking if the state knows the number of residents who were transferred to hospitals and recovered, how could the state not know how many of these residents died?” 

“Dr. Zucker repeatedly dodged the question, saying the state does not have accurate data of nursing home resident deaths, whether in a home or in a hospital, because they are going through and making sure deaths are not counted twice.” (Source: Spectrum News) 

At the August 19th Tedisco/Kim Press Conference in Albany, Assemblyman Ron Kim said:

  • “We’ve been given some facts by the governor, but in order to get the truth we need the rest, and that has not been presented to us. How can we possibly know what caused the spread? What was the root of the problem if we only have a quarter of the sample size or people who were infected?” Assemblyman Ron Kim said.

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Kinney Drugs offers free medicine flavoring https://mylittlefalls.com/kinney-drugs-offers-free-medicine-flavoring/ https://mylittlefalls.com/kinney-drugs-offers-free-medicine-flavoring/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:30:42 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28689 Gouverneur, NY – Kinney Drugs announced a new promotion on medication flavoring for liquid prescription formulations such as antibiotics. The “Yuk to Yum” service, normally valued at $2.99, will be […]

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Gouverneur, NY – Kinney Drugs announced a new promotion on medication flavoring for liquid prescription formulations such as antibiotics. The “Yuk to Yum” service, normally valued at $2.99, will be free for a limited time at all Kinney Drugs locations. Customized medication flavoring aims to ease parents’ struggle to get their children to take important liquid medications prescribed by their physicians.

“Previously, oral liquid formulations prescribed to young children were limited to the flavoring utilized by the manufacturer, creating a “one size fits” all option that doesn’t always appeal to them,” said Dr. Shannon Miller, PharmD, Kinney’s Director of Patient Outcomes.  “Medication flavoring allows pharmacists to strategically mask “yucky” medicine taste with “yummy” flavors kids are willing to ingest, increasing the likelihood that little ones will take their needed medicines. It’s important that young kids finish a full course of medication, especially when fighting common illnesses such as ear and sinus infections, strep throat, etc. A good taste really ‘helps the medicine go down’ as Mary Poppins famously said!” added Miller.

When picking up a prescription at Kinney Drugs, patients can simply ask about medication flavoring. The pharmacist will look up the prescription medication and offer several options from which to choose.  Kinney’s flavorings are all 100% sugar-free, allergen-free, gluten-free, dye-free, and casein-free.

“We tend to see increases in illnesses and related prescriptions around the time children go back to school,” said Miller.  “Parents have enough to worry about this year, Kinney wants to make sure getting their kids to take their medications isn’t one of them,” she added.

About Kinney Drugs:

Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 96 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of five divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of full-service drug stores throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases; and (5) KinnectTM, an on-site clinical care pharmacy. KPH Healthcare Services is a 100% employee-owned company with more than 4,000 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit.

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MVEDD to administer Revolving Loan Fund https://mylittlefalls.com/mvedd-to-administer-revolving-loan-fund/ https://mylittlefalls.com/mvedd-to-administer-revolving-loan-fund/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:00:50 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28677 Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc. (MVEDD) has been awarded $3 million from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) through the CARES Act Recovery Assistance Program.  MVEDD will administer a Revolving […]

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Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc. (MVEDD) has been awarded $3 million from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) through the CARES Act Recovery Assistance Program.  MVEDD will administer a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF), which will provide critical gap financing to small businesses and non-profits adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  The RLF provides low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits located within Montgomery, Fulton, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties.

Loans may be used for working capital expenses (payroll, rent or mortgage payments, utilities, or expenses relating to COVID-19 social distancing measures) or any necessary expenses for responding to economic injury due to coronavirus.  MVEDD is now accepting applications.  To apply, visit mvedd.org for more information and the application.

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Little Falls Adopts Another Sister https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-adopts-another-sister/ https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-adopts-another-sister/#comments Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:00:42 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28659 Shortly after my retirement from the military, my wife Elaine (Rovazzi) and I joined a group trip from Little Falls in their pilgrimage to its ”sister” city of Myjava, Slovakia. […]

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Shortly after my retirement from the military, my wife Elaine (Rovazzi) and I joined a group trip from Little Falls in their pilgrimage to its ”sister” city of Myjava, Slovakia. In addition to being an exciting cultural experience, the trip introduced me to many of the families and friends of Elaine’s youth to whom she had referred so fondly.

But to me, this trip to the ancestral roots of so many of Little Falls current residents left a bigger message; one of a “sister city” and a “sister culture”: This sister relationship was based on more than just familial lineage: It was grounded in a simple friendship and respect that transcended the years, the language barrier, and the thousands of miles.

Since returning to Central New York and settling down in the homeland of more recent generations of Rovazzis and Lennons, I have seen many other signs of such outreach emanating from Little Falls; one of these is the Micro-loan program.

It all started with a chat with Mike Evans, one of Elaine’s high school classmates. He told me of an initiative that Little Falls had embarked upon a few years before to offer those in the city experiencing unexpected financial challenges a chance to “step back from the edge” with a one-time interest-free small loan of up to $2000.

This was not another grant program, but rather a locally-financed and locally administered Micro-loan Fund designed to assist those who might not qualify for loans from traditional financial institutions. To qualify, a local applicant needed to demonstrate 1) a specific need for the loan, such as a medical expense, utility repair, work-related transportation expense, or educational/certification expense, and 2) the ability to fulfill a personalized two-year repayment plan, and thus sustain this revolving fund.

I was so struck with the concept and its potential applicability to my home region just “a couple of valleys away” that I invited Mike to present the program to members of the Chenango United Way in Norwich in early January.

Like Little Falls, my home region of Chenango County has experienced economic challenges in recent decades with the loss of major employers such as Proctor and Gamble and Norwich Pharmacy (Pepto Bismal, Norwich Aspirin, etc.) However, the county still has internationally recognized industries such as Chobani Yogurt, Golden Artist Paints, and Raymond Manufacturing (producers of world-class material handling equipment). And we still have some leading insurance and financial institutions (Preferred Mutual, NBT Bank-originally “the Bank of Norwich”), and dairy-related enterprises. So we, like Little Falls, are not about to give up…

The Executive Director of the Chenango United Way immediately saw the power of such a program and how it might offer a “buffer” for those work-force families earning a paycheck, but facing the monthly struggle of making ends meet. (The New York State United Way call this group, which generally earns slightly more than the poverty threshold, “ALICE”, or Asset-Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). In Chenango County, ALICE alone represents almost one-third of our population.

We had just agreed to explore how we might set up a Chenango County version of the Micro-loan Fund when COVID struck. Jobs were lost, hours were cut: Our neighbors who had been juggling their finances before were more vulnerable than ever. Many who continued to work or were able to return to work were now only one catastrophe from falling out of the workforce and into poverty. Others were giving up on that educational or certification program that could help them climb to the next rung of the employment ladder.

We didn’t know what the future held but anticipated that there would be a spike in demand when the assistance programs slowed or stopped, so we kicked our effort into hi-gear. Mike’s guidance during our weekly Zoom meetings was invaluable, and we periodically reached out to other members of the Little Falls Micro-loan Fund, such as Ralph Renzulli for insight into specific process issues.

That Little Falls spirit of respectful collaboration is what we in the military called a “Force Multiplier” and it was on full display this spring and summer; turbo-charging our programmatic efforts. A couple of weeks ago, we issued our first loan to a highly-qualified working family. From concept to execution in a matter of just over seven months-all while operating under the meeting restrictions of COVID!

I can’t speak highly enough of the can-do, collaborative, and creative spirit that I continue to equate with Little Falls: A spirit that enabled your city to adopt another “sister”.

The theme of the Chenango Micro-loan Project is “Together We Rise”, and Little Falls is living proof.

Peter S. Lennon
Director, Chenango Micro-loan Project

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Food assistance and essential nutrition returns to Herkimer County https://mylittlefalls.com/food-assistance-and-essential-nutrition-returns-to-herkimer-county-2/ https://mylittlefalls.com/food-assistance-and-essential-nutrition-returns-to-herkimer-county-2/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:00:33 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28675 FREE Food Drive-Thru Event Scheduled at Herkimer County Community College on Friday, September 18 WHAT: The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (C.F.A.P.) and Nourish New York government-funded grants have made it possible […]

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FREE Food Drive-Thru Event Scheduled at Herkimer County Community College on Friday, September 18

WHAT: The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (C.F.A.P.) and Nourish New York government-funded grants have made it possible for community organizations to provide much-needed food to those in need.

WHO: American Dairy Association North East is working with USDA-approved vendor Renzi Foodservice, along with community organization recipients — Herkimer County Community College, the Office of Legislator Robert Schrader and the Herkimer County Legislature, as well as additional community partners — to help distribute more than 21,000 pounds of food through a local drive-thru event. There will be 360 boxes each of produce, meat, and dairy items, each containing 20 pounds of products. Each vehicle will receive one of each box, while supplies last.

WHERE/WHEN: Herkimer County Community College (100 Reservoir Rd., Herkimer, N.Y. 13350) on Friday, September 18 beginning at 11 a.m.

HOW: 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 food 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.

WHY: Dairy foods are an important source of essential nutrients. Local dairy farmers are committed to producing wholesome, nourishing milk for families throughout the community.

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Flavor Fusion – Update summer classics with Asian-inspired flair https://mylittlefalls.com/flavor-fusion-update-summer-classics-with-asian-inspired-flair-3/ https://mylittlefalls.com/flavor-fusion-update-summer-classics-with-asian-inspired-flair-3/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:00:26 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28651 (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 […]

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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

6warmed corn or flour tortillas

1/2cup finely shredded red cabbage

1/4cup 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

1beef 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

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

2 large shallots, chopped

1/4 cup NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1teaspoon 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

1/2avocado

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

1/2cup red cabbage, shredded

1/2 cup jicama, diced

1/2 cup black beans, rinsed

1/2cup shredded green cabbage

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2cup extra-firm tofu, diced

1/2 cup corn chips, crushed

1/2cup 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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Senior Meals 09/17/2020 – 09/23/2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-09-17-2020-09-23-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-09-17-2020-09-23-2020/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:00:24 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28654 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:

Sep 17: Tuna noodle casserole, peas, Brussels sprouts, brownie.

Sep 18: Cheesy ham and rice casserole, green beans, beets, pudding.

Sep 21: Egg bake, sausage, potato patty, muffin, Mandarin oranges.

Sep 22: Pizza burger on a bun, O’Brien potatoes, Italian blend vegetables, pudding.

Sep 23: Pork chop, Au Gratin potatoes, carrots, chef’s choice pie.

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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Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic https://mylittlefalls.com/drive-thru-flu-shot-clinic/ https://mylittlefalls.com/drive-thru-flu-shot-clinic/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:00:06 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28663 The post Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic appeared first on My Little Falls.

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Photo submitted – Raymond “Dutch” Smith, Herkimer County Legislator – District 10
Jamie Camardello, and Pharmacist, Little Falls Hospital.

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Governor doesn’t intend to ban trick-or-treaters https://mylittlefalls.com/governor-doesnt-intend-to-ban-trick-or-treaters/ https://mylittlefalls.com/governor-doesnt-intend-to-ban-trick-or-treaters/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:13:15 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28671 Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he would not ban trick-or-treaters from going door to door this Halloween during an interview with News 12 Long Island with Tara Joyce. […]

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Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced he would not ban trick-or-treaters from going door to door this Halloween during an interview with News 12 Long Island with Tara Joyce.

“I would not ban trick-or-treaters going door to door. I don’t think that’s appropriate. You have neighbors – if you want to go knock on your neighbor’s door, God bless you and I’m not going to tell you not to. If you want to go for a walk with your child through the neighborhood, I’m not gonna tell you you can’t take your child to the neighborhood, I’m not going to do that – I’ll give you my advice and guidance and then you will make a decision what you do that night,” he stated.

The Governor also announced that six states—California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, and Ohio—have been removed from New York State’s COVID-19 travel advisory. The Northern Mariana Islands have also been removed. Puerto Rico has been added. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive, and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“When other states and territories make progress fighting COVID-19, that’s good for New York and while I am glad to see areas removed from the travel advisory list, it still remains far too long,” Governor Cuomo said. “Make no mistake: We must continue to be New York Tough and stay smart. Wearing masks, social distancing, and hand washing is what tamed this beast in New York and we must keep it up.”

The full, updated travel advisory list is below:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • West Virginia

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,109 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 5 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Queens – 1
  • Suffolk – 4

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization 481 (+17)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 60
  • Hospital Counties 32
  • Number ICU 144 (+1)
  • Number ICU with Intubation 60 (+1)
  • Total Discharges 75,847 (+33)
  • Deaths – 11
  • Total Deaths – 25,405

Of the 73,678 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 766, or 1.0 percent, were positive. The Governor also confirmed 766 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 445,714 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 445,714 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there have been 328 cases in Herkimer County with 10 deaths.

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Irene E. Congdon 1939 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/irene-e-congdon-1939-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/irene-e-congdon-1939-2020/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 10:27:37 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28656 Mrs. Irene E. Congdon, 81, of Whited Street, Little Falls, New York died Saturday, September 12, 2020, surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous battle she fought for several […]

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Irene E. Congdon

Mrs. Irene E. Congdon, 81, of Whited Street, Little Falls, New York died Saturday, September 12, 2020, surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous battle she fought for several years.

Born on January 9, 1939, in the Town of Manheim, NY, she was the daughter of Lester Peet and Anna Arndt Peet. She was educated in Little Falls Schools and was a lifetime area resident.

Most recently she worked for Dunkin Donuts at the Iroquois Service Center. She was also an Avon Representative for many years.

She had been a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses since 1959.

She enjoyed crocheting, ceramics, and spending time with her family.

On May 26, 1956, at The United Methodist Church of Little Falls Irene was married to Robert Congdon.

Her grandson, Andrew J. Congdon; great-granddaughter, Amelia Marie Lindsay; and sisters, Delores Austin, Sara Morse predeceased her.

Mrs. Congdon is survived by her husband, Robert A. Congdon; sons, Richard and Roxanne Congdon, Leslie and Bonnie Congdon; daughters, Mary and Edwin Metott, Linda and Dennis Lamphere, Sonia and Michael Masi; brother, William and Bernadette Peet, Charles and Barbara Peet, Harold Peet; sisters, Rosette Austin, Kathie, and Bruce Balderston, Eva Peet; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family invites friends and relatives to calling hours on Wednesday, September 16th, from 4:00-7:00 PM at Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, 42 N. Ann Street, Little Falls, NY A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in Indian Castle Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Irene Congdon may be made to the Office of Aging, Meals on Wheels, 109 Mary Street #1101, Herkimer, NY 13350, or to Indian Castle Cemetery, PO Box 955, Little Falls, NY 13365.

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Students head back to school https://mylittlefalls.com/students-head-back-to-school/ https://mylittlefalls.com/students-head-back-to-school/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:00:14 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28636 Each student had their temperature taken as they headed back for their first day in class at Benton Hall Academy. by Dave Warner Students at Benten Hall Academy headed back […]

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Each student had their temperature taken as they headed back for their first day in class at Benton Hall Academy.

by Dave Warner

Students at Benten Hall Academy headed back to class Monday morning under the new COVID-19 guidelines.

Principal Joe Long stated, “Today is an extremely exciting day, but different. Our staff has been preparing for it. Our kids and families I think are prepared too as best we can and we’re hoping that everything goes as smoothly as possible.”

“We have the cohort model, so it’s going to reduce the number of kids, but it’s still going to give us kids back in school, which is what we’ve been missing for six months now,” he said.

Long said that they’ve worked out all the details on paper and in their heads, but that you never know how things are going to work until you actually attempt to do them. “We’re confident, but I still have the normal butterflies.”

Photo by Dave Warner – Benton Hall Academy Principal Joe Long talks with one of the students on the first day back at school.

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Little Falls Hospital Entrance Provide a Sense of Calm https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-hospital-entrance-provide-a-sense-of-calm/ https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-hospital-entrance-provide-a-sense-of-calm/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:30:56 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28647 Little Falls, NY – Little Falls Hospital’s, Director of Environmental Services, Ken Stevens is the man behind the flowers at the entryway of the hospital. Seasonally, Stevens beautifies the entryway […]

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Photo submitted – Ken Stevens, Director of Environmental Services.

Little Falls, NY – Little Falls Hospital’s, Director of Environmental Services, Ken Stevens is the man behind the flowers at the entryway of the hospital. Seasonally, Stevens beautifies the entryway with bright, bubbly colors such as red, yellow, pink, and orange welcoming all that come through the hospital’s doors.

“I enjoy planting seasonal flowers not only for the hospital but for myself,” says Stevens. “It gives me great pleasure in hearing patients and visitors commenting on how beautiful the landscape is in front of the hospital and that I had a part in it.”

Research shows that flowers decrease anxiety and increases a sense of calm. They help us relax and stay calm through situations that would typically cause stress.

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, ophthalmology and outpatient surgery, 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.

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Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful IS ONCE AGAIN ASKING THE COMMUNITY TO BECOME A “QuaranTeam” https://mylittlefalls.com/keep-mohawk-valley-beautiful-is-once-again-asking-the-community-to-become-a-quaranteam/ https://mylittlefalls.com/keep-mohawk-valley-beautiful-is-once-again-asking-the-community-to-become-a-quaranteam/#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:30:54 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28643 WITH APPROXIMATELY A MONTH AND A HALF REMAINING-Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful (KMVB), a six-county NYS affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful (KAB) program, is ASKING THE COMMUNITY to stay […]

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WITH APPROXIMATELY A MONTH AND A HALF REMAINING-Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful (KMVB), a six-county NYS affiliate of the national Keep America Beautiful (KAB) program, is ASKING THE COMMUNITY to stay near home and do a “QuaranTeam” Cleanup, before the end of our scheduled effort that ends October 18. KMVB is a standing committee of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc.

This year marks KMVB’s 19th annual Great American Cleanup Effort where community volunteers come together to aesthetically improve our environment by creating cleaner parks, streetscapes, and public spaces through litter removal and elimination. While the country begins to open back up and more people are spending time outside, KMVB’s “QuaranTeam” Cleanup effort is intended to keep its commitment to bringing people together to beautify our communities, even during a global pandemic.

The KMVB “QuaranTeam” Cleanup is a project for individuals and families who are quarantined together to break up their day by taking a walk outside alone or as a family to clean up litter along their property/streets and surrounding areas. “We intend to have adults and children in the six-County Mohawk Valley Region take action to work on beautifying and cleaning areas across their communities while adhering to federal, state, and local public health guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sam Russo, Chair of KMVB Committee.

KMVB reminds volunteers participating in the “QuaranTeam” Cleanup to wear Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves when appropriate during litter cleanups.

By registering your “QuaranTeam” Cleanup project on the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority’s website at www.ohswa.org, you will be entered in a prize drawing that will take place following the conclusion of the Great American Cleanup on October 18th. “QuaranTeam” individuals and/or groups must have registered through the www.ohswa.org and submit the reporting form provided upon registration to be eligible to receive prizes.

Jamie Tuttle, Recycling Educator of the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority and partner in the Cleanup Program, said “While this year’s cleanup effort may not involve large groups gathering together, the actions, large or small, of individuals and families who participate will help KMVB continue its mission to remove litter and beautify the region we call “home” while inspiring generations of environmental stewards. KMVB is cleaning up, yes, but we are also changing behaviors by engaging the enthusiasm of involved young people,” said Tuttle.

To register your “QuaranTeam” Cleanup, visit www.ohswa.org. (Click “QuaraTeam” Cleanup.) You may also contact Mohawk Valley Economic Development District with any questions related to the Cleanup at (315) 866-4671.

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Rethink Ingredients to Refresh Family Meals This Fall https://mylittlefalls.com/rethink-ingredients-to-refresh-family-meals-this-fall/ https://mylittlefalls.com/rethink-ingredients-to-refresh-family-meals-this-fall/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:00:59 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28609 (Family Features) If you’re looking to spice up your mealtime routines, especially during those busy school nights, you may find your solution in versatile ingredients that work for a multitude […]

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(Family Features) If you’re looking to spice up your mealtime routines, especially during those busy school nights, you may find your solution in versatile ingredients that work for a multitude of dishes.

For example, you can turn to plantains as a replacement for often-used recipe staples like potatoes. Plantains are a fruit grown around the world that cooks and eats more like a vegetable. Members of the banana family, they’re starchier and lower in sugar, meaning they’re still green when ripe.

While you’re most likely to find them baked, roasted or fried as a savory side dish at Latin, African or Caribbean restaurants, they’re growing in popularity in North America as stars of their own recipes or as nutritious, exotic swaps for starches. For example, these dishes from Dole for Plantain Crusted Salmon Fillets and Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Plantain and Lentil Caribbean Curry offer quick ways to enjoy plantains while saving time in the kitchen.

As an additional benefit, plantains can be used at every stage of ripeness. They can be boiled like a potato when green; prepared in sauces and soups, air-fried or roasted as snacks when yellow; or baked in desserts and sweet recipes when black or spotted.

Find more ways to enjoy plantains and other fresh fruits and vegetables in family recipes at dole.com.

Plantain Crusted Salmon Fillets

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Nonstick cooking spray

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon cumin

4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each), skin on

1/4 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided

1 DOLE® Plantain, green or half ripe

2 Dole Green Onions, thinly sliced

1/2 tablespoon grated lime peel

Preheat oven to 425 F. Line baking sheet with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Combine cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, garlic and cumin; set aside.

Arrange salmon fillets on prepared baking sheet. Season with salt, to taste. Spread about 1 tablespoon cilantro mixture on top of each salmon fillet to cover.

Using box grater, peel and grate plantain. Place grated plantain in bowl with green onions, lime peel and 1/4 teaspoon salt; toss to combine. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup plantain mixture on top of each salmon fillet, gently pressing to adhere. Spray plantain crust with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake 15 minutes, or until salmon is opaque and plantain crust is lightly browned.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Plantain and Lentil Caribbean Curry

Prep time: 20 minutes

Servings: 6

1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons, grapeseed oil, divided

1 large DOLE® White Onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons curry powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1 can (15 ounces) reduced sodium chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 large Dole Sweet Potatoes, chopped (about 4 cups)

2 medium Dole Plantains, chopped (about 3 cups)

4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

1/2 cup red lentils

3 cups packed, chopped collard greens

1/4 cup roasted salted pepitas

In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 teaspoons oil; add onion and cook 3 minutes, or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, curry powder, cayenne pepper and ginger; cook 2 minutes, or until fragrant and starting to brown, stirring occasionally.

Transfer onion mixture to 3-4-quart slow cooker; add chickpeas, potatoes, plantains, broth and lentils. Cover and cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours, or until potatoes and lentils are tender.

Stir in collard greens; cook 20 minutes, or until greens are tender. Serve garnished with pepitas.

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New reality TV show set to film in Little Falls https://mylittlefalls.com/new-reality-tv-show-set-to-film-in-little-falls/ https://mylittlefalls.com/new-reality-tv-show-set-to-film-in-little-falls/#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:00:22 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28613 Peter Mott (left with whiteboard) and Rob MacGowan, take some photos while scouting out locations in Little Falls. by Dave Warner A new reality TV show called ‘Own It’ is […]

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Peter Mott (left with whiteboard) and Rob MacGowan, take some photos while scouting out locations in Little Falls.

by Dave Warner

A new reality TV show called ‘Own It’ is set to begin filming their pilot episode in Little Falls within the next few weeks. A team visited the City last week, scouting out shooting locations and discussing the project with a handful of local residents and City officials.

Ted Farnsworth with Flat Creek Media Group and Randy Jackson of American Idol fame are co-producing the new show, which is focused on food and cooking. Farnsworth said, “He’s a producer on several other shows that we are working on, but right now, this is the one we’re working on for Upstate. We have another one going on in California and then another one in the New York City area.”

The show is a little bit of Shark Tank, a bit of a cooking show, and a little bit of Beverly Hills Housewives, Bachelor and Apprentice all mixed in. “I look at some of the longevity of some of the other shows out there that have run, ten to fifteen years,” he stated.

He said that this show is really focused on a rural area. The show has ten contestants, five women, and five men, ages 21-29.  The grand prize for the winner of the show is going to be a restaurant in Upstate New York, an advertising package from Jay Advertising out of Rochester, some free network advertising, and other perks.

“We’ve got some really interesting twists in the show. We’ll be monitoring the house and coming in and changing the rules of the show at different points all the way along,” he said.

Mayor Mark Blask said, “We’re really excited to welcome the Flat Creek Media Group to Little Falls and are awed by the roster of talent and industry heavyweights that are part of this production.”

“Since the filming success of Quiet Place in 2017 we’ve been collaborating with like-minded people to leverage our friendly community, our unspoiled geographic and unique architectural assets to build a production savvy city that is becoming increasingly attractive to location scouts and filmmakers. This reality tv show is strong validation that our efforts are being noticed,” stated Blask.

The name of the show is linked to the fact that you can own a restaurant and your own destiny. “It’s not just a cooking show, even though there are cooking elements in it where they’re cooking for each other and sitting around the table having regular discussions. There are no cell phones, but they’re going to talk politics, about what’s going on in current events, plus I’m sure you’re going to have love interests and things like that going on,” stated Farnsworth.

He said that they wanted a rural area where they could get out of the house a bit and explore, but be out of a big city and away from COVID.

The contestants will be eliminated one at a time, and the audience will be voting on different segments as well. “Maybe they see who the best entrepreneur is to run the restaurant and they vote on that because obviously, they can’t taste the food,” he stated.

Farnsworth said that they really feel like they are trying to give back because of all the restaurants that are going out of business. “These kids are all going to come together and run a restaurant for a night. There are going to be a lot of little segments, where we’ll let the drama unfold in the restaurant like we did at the house.”

The contestants will also be taking a test, that will show where some of their abilities lie. “Randy believes it’s going to be an all-out war for a $500,000 package. I think you’re going to see all kinds of human spirit playing out. They might go after each other, they might pair up, who knows?”

After the winner gets their restaurant, they’re going to have a mentor for a period of time to make sure that they can handle the business. “We’re going to have a restauranteur working with them every day. What’s your P&L look like, why is this on the menu, questions, and help that will really give them a shot at being successful and fulfilling their dream,” Farnsworth stated.

The show is expected to be one hour in length and run for approximately 12 weeks each season on one of the major networks.

Pre-production will be a day or two in Little Falls, and then regular production for each episode will be approximately five days.

There will also be 40-50 people on the set each day, including live editors that will be working on the footage as it is shot, trying to speed up the process. “Hair and makeup and all the other things that you’d have for regular film production will be here as well,” he said.

“The ideal situation is to shoot the same locations for all seasons. If it goes for ten seasons, we’ll be here for each of those. The networks and streaming services are all looking for content now because consumption is up 400%, especially for reality,” stated Farnsworth. “It’s hotter than ever.”

When COVID begins to wane, they will add day trips and other ideas to the show. “For this year though, we’ll really be keeping everyone quarantined.”

Daneli Partners has had an integral role in bringing together the right people for the show, and co-founder David Casullo said, “Our president, Lisa King, has done a great job leveraging her expertise in media, her relationships with Jay Advertising and the producers to give Little Falls a real opportunity in the reality TV space.  This could be a great rebound factor for Little Falls as we navigate the effects of COVID 19.  It’s very exciting.”

There are significant challenges that the company faces when dealing with all of the COVID requirements set out by the state, and the unions. “Right now, rapid testing costs $1,200 per person. So, with 43 people, that’s over $50,000 a day, just for COVID testing,” Farnsworth said.

Overall, he said that COVID has added anywhere from 20-25% to any film budget. Despite this, Farnsworth says that they have seven reality shows in the pipeline that they are testing and doing pilots for. “We’re doing a lot of them up here, because of the Little Falls Film Commission and the volunteers, as well as the reception that we’ve received from the City and others.”

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Friday Niters Bowling Scores – 09/11/2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/friday-niters-bowling-scores-09-11-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/friday-niters-bowling-scores-09-11-2020/#respond Sat, 12 Sep 2020 20:32:56 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28607 Friday Niters 9/11/20 W  L Don’s Villain Club        4 0 Wolfpack                      4 0 Double “D” Welding   4 […]

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Friday Niters
9/11/20
W  L
Don’s Villain Club        4 0
Wolfpack                      4 0
Double “D” Welding   4 0
Team Welpe                 3 1
Mike Evans Racing     1 3
R & R Contractors      0 4
Dopp’s Inn                  0 4
The Ghost                  0 4

William Fazekas 726,224,277,225, Nick Suits 664,244,226, Josh Renodin 647,232,224, Chris Nichols 631,212,239, Mike Evans 620,246, Billy Miles 596, Shawn Nichols 589,217,202, Joe Pendolf 563, Dan Akerley 568, Dustin Reed 562,235, Dom Fazekas 555,212, Randy Suits 540, 201, Keith Burton 535, Devin Dawley 534, Lee Avery 531, Dick Suits 518, Kevin Walker 516, Rick Rathbun 514, John Lemke 512, David Comins 509, Ed Belden 505, Chad Walrath 504, Richard Hohall 503, Don Null 503, Tony Federico 502,

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Road Work Report for the Week Beginning September 14, 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-september-14-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-september-14-2020/#respond Sat, 12 Sep 2020 09:00:45 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28600 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 Ilion: (D#264168) Route 51 interchange to Route 5. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to the installation of containment system for bridge painting, and blasting.

Town of Ohio: (D#263877) Route 8 between Route 365 and Route 10. Motorists will encounter a Westbound lane closure with a temporary signal in place with a signed speed limit reduction from 45 MPH to 30 MPH, due to work on the bridge over the West Canada Creek.

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 guiderail removal and installation along with drainage work.

Town of German Flatts & Columbia: (D#264203) Route 28 between the Otsego County line and Route 168. Motorists will encounter lane and shoulder closures in both directions due to drainage work and guiderail removal/installation work.

Hamlet of Jordanville: (D#264203) Route 167 between The Otsego County line and Casler Road. Motorists will encounter shoulder and lane closures in both directions due to installation of drainage structures.

Town of Schuyler: (D#264266) Route 5 between Windsor Circle and Elmwood Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to guiderail installation.

Village of Herkimer: Route 5 bridge over Abandoned Railroad. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions.

Town of Schuyler: Route 5 bridge over Sterling Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place 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.
There will be daily lane closures on Route 5S/Oriskany Street east and west bound from Broad Street to Cornelia Street. There will be daily lane closure on Genesee north and south bound at the intersection of Route 5S westbound north, while the contractor boxes out the northside of Genesee Street. Burchard Lane and Hotel, will be temporary closed to through traffic with local business access only. Washington and Seneca Streets may be closed for paving operations but not at the same time. Root Street access to Route 5S westbound will remain open. Contractor will be installing new lighting and traffic signal foundations, throughout project. Minor traffic impacts anticipated. Night work is scheduled to take place Monday and Tuesday evenings on Lower Genesee Street between the intersection of Broad and Whitesboro Streets and Route 5S westbound. The closures will start at 6:00PM each evening and reopen in the morning at 6:00AM.

City of Utica: (D#264047) North Genesee Street between Wurz Ave and Whitesboro/Broad Streets. Motorists will encounter a lane closure on North Genesee Street southbound between
Wurz and Lee 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 right lane and shoulder closures on Route 12 south bound at merge Route 49 east ramp to I-790 south due to pavement cleaning. Motorists will encounter lane closures on Route 49 east to I-790 south due to paving operations.

Town of Deerfield: (D#264001) Route 12 over Doyle Road. Motorists will encounter long term lane closures in both directions due to approach slab repairs.

Town of New Hartford, Town of Paris: (D#264127) Route 8 between Kellogg Road and Pinnacle Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to approach reconstruction, paving shoulder & repair work with a speed limit reduction of 45MPH. Motorists will encounter shoulder closures on Kellogg Road under the Route 8 bridge due to bridge pier work as well as shoulder closures on Elm Street under Route 8 due to structural lifting operations.

Town of Vernon: (D#264088) Route 5 bridge over the Sconondoa Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures with new traffic patterns as necessary between Verona Street and Tannery Lane due to pavement milling and bridge deck repairs. Pavement marking will be modified while operations continue and are completed.

Town of Boonville: (D#264171) Route 12 bridge over Mill Creek. Motorists will encounter temporary lane closures on Route 12 northbound and southbound, North of the East Schuyler Street intersection due to equipment mobilization and material deliveries.

Town of Trenton: (D#264259) Route 365 between Prospect Road and the Herkimer County Line Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to shoulder repairs, Ditching and Guiderail installation operations.

Village of Boonville: (D#263893) Route 294 between the Lewis County Line and the Boonville Fairgrounds. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

Town of New Hartford: 5/8/12 Arterial bridge over Sauquoit Creek. Motorists will encounter
South bound lane closures with a speed reduction from 55 to 45 due to bridge work.

City of Rome: Route 49/365 bridge over Route 233. Motorists will encounter a Westbound lane closure due to bridge joint repairs.

City of Rome: Route 49 over Service Road. Motorists will encounter a Westbound lane closure due to bridge joint repairs.

Village of Barneveld: Route 365 bridge over Steuben Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge inspections.

City of Rome: (D#263986) Route 49 eastbound off Ramp to East Dominick Street. Motorists may encounter shoulder closures due to detection system installation.

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 drainage work, radius reconstruction, excavation and installation of pedestrian and traffic signal foundations.

Town of Hamilton: (D#264266) Route 12 between South Hamilton Road and Humphrey Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to headwall repairs.

City of Oneida: Route 46 bridge over Oneida Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge inspection.

FULTON COUNTY

Town of Caroga: (D#263877) Route 10 between Route 29A and Route 10A. Motorists will encounter a northbound lane closure with temporary signals in place with a signed speed limit reduction from 45 MPH to 30 MPH, 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, culvert, and sign work.

Town of Stratford: Route 29a bridge over East Canada Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge inspection.

City of Johnstown: Route 10a bridge over Caroga Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge inspection.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 over Cleveland Ave. Temporary signals remain on Erie Street for alternating traffic in both directions.

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 north bound over Route 67. Motorists will encounter a right 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 Charleston, Town of Glen: (D#264189) Route 30A between the Montgomery County line to the Village of Fultonville. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations from the Schoharie County Line and Reynolds Road.

Town of St.Johnsville: (D#263947) Route 5 between Kennedy Road and Mill Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a lane shift due to culver repairs.

Village of Fonda: Route 5 bridge over Cayadutta Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to bridge inspection.

HAMILTON COUNTY

Hamlet of Eagle Bay to Hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake: (D#263869) Route 28 between The Town of Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations, Install Shoulder Backup, Establishing Turf & Punchlist Work.

Town of Arietta: (D#263893) Route 10 between 29a and Route 8. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

Village of Indian Lake: Route 30 between Lewey lake Campground and Griffin Road. Motorists will encounter lake closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations.

*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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Check out your local library https://mylittlefalls.com/check-out-your-local-library/ https://mylittlefalls.com/check-out-your-local-library/#respond Sat, 12 Sep 2020 09:00:29 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28602 A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward Children are back to school and trying to adjust, in many cases, to online learning and other challenges brought […]

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

Children are back to school and trying to adjust, in many cases, to online learning and other challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the educational resources available at our local schools, our public libraries are also key to helping develop well-rounded, successful students. A trip, virtual or in person, to the local library may be on the horizon.

A very important advisory – before visiting your local library, be sure and call ahead or check online regarding updated policies. Due to the pandemic, many libraries are operating by appointment only or have other restrictions in place.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time to make sure that all children have the smartest card of all – a library card. Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Library cards are generally free to those living in the library’s service area. Some libraries may require some form of identification, proof of residency or the signature of a guardian. In most cases, borrowing privileges are granted on the spot.

As soon as you set foot inside a library, there is a feeling that anything is possible. Our local libraries provide genuine connections to the past, and in many cases, they are among the oldest buildings in our communities. They also offer a gateway to the future, providing users young and old with essential learning tools.

According to the American Library Association, libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

Libraries have evolved a great deal over the years to continue to meet community needs, especially in the rural areas I represent. Electronic lending has skyrocketed and many people utilize the Internet at their local library to job search or catch up on news from around the globe. Others stop by to research their family trees or simply enjoy some quiet time with a good book. The library is also a gathering place where a vast array of education programs and other events are always available.

In our rural areas, libraries truly are community centers, serving as the hubs for countless activities. Each has developed its own special programs for families and children that entertain and educate, helping foster lifelong readers. In short, a lot is happening at your local library, and the best part is that it is all free with a library card.

During my time in the New York State Senate, I have advocated for state grants to help maintain and renovate our local libraries. Assisting libraries with state funds takes the burden off local taxpayers while preserving and improving these valuable resources for generations to come.

Public library construction grants help local libraries and library systems construct new library buildings, create additions to existing structures, update electrical wiring to accommodate computer technology, meet standards of energy efficiency, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities and provide meeting rooms to accommodate community needs. New furniture, shelving, and equipment, including computer equipment, can be purchased for new or newly reconfigured or renovated space. Renovations designed to provide accessibility for those with disabilities are a high priority. Broadband infrastructure projects are also eligible.

Unfortunately, due to fiscal issues state aid for libraries was cut slightly in this year’s state budget. I am hopeful that our revenue picture will improve quickly and funding for libraries will be restored in the next fiscal year. New York’s public libraries are aging, with more than half of the buildings across the state over sixty years old, and in urgent need of renovation and upgrading.

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We Will Never Forget https://mylittlefalls.com/we-will-never-forget/ https://mylittlefalls.com/we-will-never-forget/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 20:32:12 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28604 September 11, 2001, will stay etched in all our minds Waking up that morning to the horror that we find Evil against America that day from across the sea Allowing […]

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Photo by Dr. Wanda Faith Sewell, Th. D.

September 11, 2001, will stay etched in all our minds
Waking up that morning to the horror that we find
Evil against America that day from across the sea
Allowing countries from afar to experience much glee!
Still, prayers arose throughout our land
And many joined hand in hand
Some were spared on that day
But the price was paid in such a brutal way!
Here we are nineteen years later
Still, our hearts know this memory matters
Take some time and pause for prayer
For those who still hurt and have pain to bear!
With COVID-19 the Coronavirus in our midst
09/11/01 should not be forgotten or missed
Most of us remember where we were
That memory planted in us for sure!
Evil may have its day
Yet evil will not be here to stay
For Jesus as LORD and KING will be
The ONE who comes in Victory!!

Dr. Wanda Faith Sewell, Th. D.

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There’s finally more than a shovel to mark Kenny’s grave https://mylittlefalls.com/theres-finally-more-than-a-shovel-to-mark-kennys-grave/ https://mylittlefalls.com/theres-finally-more-than-a-shovel-to-mark-kennys-grave/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 09:00:46 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28591 File Photo – Kenny Gee spins his shovel during the 2018 Canal Celebration Parade. by Dave Warner It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that Kenneth W. Gee (or […]

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File Photo – Kenny Gee spins his shovel during the 2018 Canal Celebration Parade.

by Dave Warner

It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that Kenneth W. Gee (or Kenny as everyone called him) passed away at the Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown where he had been a patient. He had been a fixture in Little Falls for decades before his passing in October of 2018.

When he was buried, his only marker was his trademark snow shovel until people started talking about it on Facebook and asking why? According to Leo (Tom) Murphy, he was just sitting around one Saturday morning and saw a post about it.

“A woman by the name of Denise Louise had a thing on there with a picture of the temporary grave marker and said something to the effect that it was a shame that he didn’t have a stone. My first thought was that somebody ought to do something about that.”

Murphy remembered the motto of a friend of his that said, If not me, who? “I came across his page, and all of a sudden it hit me,” he stated.

He went back and looked at the post again and decided on the spot to set up a GoFundMe campaign page. “From there on, it all just fell into place.”

He didn’t know how much a stone would cost, so he started doing some online research but quickly found out that it really depended on what part of the country you were in and what you wanted. “When I did the initial research, it looked like the simplest of stones was going to cost around $3,000,” he said. “That’s what I originally put in the GoFundMe campaign as the goal.”

Murphy also contacted Chapman-Moser Funeral Home since they had handled the arrangements. “I talked to a young guy named Chris Hanley and asked him what it would cost and if the family was going to be OK with it. I just didn’t want to go putting a stone on somebody’s grave that I’m not related to.”

Hanley said that the sister would be totally behind it. “Then he told me we could do something for around $1,500.00, and I said, we’ve got more than that already!”

So, Murphy decided he better shut off the tap, but he said the hardest part was getting people to stop donating once he had reached the new goal. “I forgot what the exact figure was, but it was around $1,800.00.”

He ended up talking with Chris again about the plans for the stone and they figured out a way to spend the additional money. “He said, how about if we get a stone flower pot to put next to it and any money above and beyond that, I’ll occasionally have a florist put flowers in the pot until the money is used up.”

Growing up, Murphy said that Kenny was a friend to everyone, but as a teenager, he kind of resented him a bit. “I’d go around in the winter and want to shovel sidewalks and sometimes I had a hard time getting ahead of him. I’d go down the block and every sidewalk would already be shoveled because he got there before me.”

Murphy said that the whole process was just so easy, that he was surprised about how quickly it all came together. “Between the funeral home making it easy for me and people contributing, it wasn’t like I had to go out and twist any arms.”

He said that he is really glad that the stone was just placed last week, as he is up here visiting and got a chance to see it in person. “The flower pot isn’t there yet, but the stone is. It looks good.”

Photo by Dave Warner – Kenny Gee’s new gravestone has been put in place and is awaiting the stone flower holder that will go to the right side of it.

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Football, Volleyball, Competitive Cheer (Fall) Seasons moved to March 1, 2021 https://mylittlefalls.com/football-volleyball-competitive-cheer-fall-seasons-moved-to-march-1-2021/ https://mylittlefalls.com/football-volleyball-competitive-cheer-fall-seasons-moved-to-march-1-2021/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 09:00:15 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28584 The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has announced that football, volleyball, and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March 1, 2021, to address membership […]

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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has announced that football, volleyball, and competitive cheer fall seasons will be postponed until March 1, 2021, to address membership concerns associated with high-risk fall sports. The decision was rendered by the elected NYSPHSAA officers late Wednesday afternoon. Low and moderate risk fall sports, meanwhile, are still authorized to begin practices on September 21, 2020, as previously announced.

“We’ve spent two days speaking with nearly 500 athletic directors across the state and it’s clear that administering high-risk fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic presents a significant challenge for our member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “These are unprecedented times and unfortunately, difficult decisions will have to be made to address this ongoing crisis. We continue to stay committed to providing support to our member schools and quality participation experiences for the students we serve.”

The revised season for football, volleyball, and fall competitive cheer will be known as “Fall Sports Season II” and may officially begin practices on March 1, 2021.

As a result of fall high-risk sports being moved, the start date for the spring sports season has been adjusted to April 19, 2021. The first official practice for spring sports will now be April 19, 2021 (the original start date was March 15).

“The NYSPHSAA officers have determined it would be unrealistic to host football, volleyball, and competitive cheer seasons this fall,” said Julie Bergman, NYSPHSAA President. “This continues to be the most challenging situation educators have ever addressed. I, along with my fellow officers, believe the participation experiences for football, volleyball, and competitive cheer athletes will be more beneficial in the spring than in the fall.”

Low and moderate risk fall sports practices are still scheduled to begin on September 21st for those schools and sections who have determined it feasible to host interscholastic athletics at this time. Regular season games can begin for low and moderate risk fall sports (girls tennis, cross country, girls swimming/diving, boys soccer, girls soccer, field hockey) once student-athletes have participated in the required number of practices as per NYSPHSAA bylaws.

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Eggs as a Nutrient-Rich ‘First Food’ https://mylittlefalls.com/eggs-as-a-nutrient-rich-first-food/ https://mylittlefalls.com/eggs-as-a-nutrient-rich-first-food/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 09:00:07 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28580 (Family Features) Eggs are for everyone, including babies and toddlers, according to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that released its Scientific Report outlining nutritional recommendations for Americans. For the […]

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(Family Features) Eggs are for everyone, including babies and toddlers, according to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that released its Scientific Report outlining nutritional recommendations for Americans. For the first time, this committee, comprised of leading doctors and nutrition scientists, included nutritional guidance for younger children.

The committee recommends eggs as a first food for babies and toddlers since they provide eight essential nutrients that can help build a healthy foundation for life at a time when every bite counts.

Eggs provide nutrition for children and moms-to-be, as well. However, the report found most pregnant women and kids need more choline – an essential nutrient critical for brain health – in their diets.

According to research published in the “Journal of the American College of Nutrition,” 92% of pregnant women don’t get enough choline in their diets. Choosing foods high in choline, like eggs, can help pregnant women consume enough of this essential nutrient, helping a baby’s brain and spinal cord develop properly. Just two eggs provide more than half of the recommended daily amount of choline.

At only 70 calories, one egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all nine essential amino acids. Eggs are also a source of vitamin B12, biotin (B7), iodine, selenium, high-quality protein, riboflavin (B2) and pantothenic acid (B5). Additionally, eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin that can help protect your eyes from harmful blue light that comes from electronic devices.

The committee recommends introducing eggs when your baby is ready for first foods, which may help reduce the chances of developing an egg allergy.

In Your Kitchen

Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse that contribute to health and well-being at every age, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy eggs beyond the basic boiled, scrambled or sunny-side-up. In fact, eggs work well in meals all day long. Toss hard-boiled eggs in a salad, top a sweet potato with an egg for lunch or try a spinach and mushroom frittata for dinner.

One simple way to introduce eggs as a first food is a soft and fluffy egg casserole. You can also incorporate veggies for some added nutrition, since eggs can help you better absorb the nutrients found in vegetables, such as vitamin E and carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin.

You can adapt a Veggie Egg Casserole to your child’s development and motor skills by cutting small squares or making a simple mash.

Find more kid-friendly recipes and advice about introducing eggs to your youngest family members at EggNutritionCenter.org.

Veggie Egg Casserole

Recipe developed by Stacey Mattinson, RD

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Servings: 4

Nonstick cooking spray

1/2 sweet onion

1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper

1 head broccoli florets

2 teaspoons canola, avocado or olive oil

1 dozen eggs

2 cups low-fat cottage cheese

1 cup shredded cheese

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon flour

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Chop onion and bell pepper to age-appropriate sizes. Pick apart broccoli florets into small pieces and remove most of stems.

Heat medium-sized frying pan over medium heat. Add oil and swirl around pan. Add onions and cook 3-4 minutes until they start to soften. Add broccoli and bell pepper. Mix with onions and add salt and pepper, to taste. Cook 1-2 minutes then cover with lid to steam another 2-3 minutes until broccoli is bright green. Remove veggies from stovetop.

In large mixing bowl, beat eggs. Add cottage cheese, shredded cheese, baking powder and flour. Add veggies and salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to prepared pan and bake 40 minutes.

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Fred T. “Fritz” Urich, Jr. 1936 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/fred-t-fritz-urich-jr-1936-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/fred-t-fritz-urich-jr-1936-2020/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:53:19 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28577 Mr. Fred T. “Fritz” Urich, Jr., 84, of Bronner Road, Little Falls, New York passed away peacefully Monday, September 7, 2020, at his home. Born on April 19, 1936, in […]

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Fred T. “Fritz” Urich, Jr.

Mr. Fred T. “Fritz” Urich, Jr., 84, of Bronner Road, Little Falls, New York passed away peacefully Monday, September 7, 2020, at his home.

Born on April 19, 1936, in the Town of Manheim, NY, he was the son of Fredrick M. Urich, Sr. and Elizabeth Miller Urich. He attended Little Falls High School and was a lifetime area resident.

He retired from the Little Falls Fire Department. He was owner and operator of RonDar Enterprise, specializing in Small Engine Repair, as well as Andrew Little & Ingerts Lumber Company, and Johnson Chevrolet, on his days off. He had also worked at Niagara Falls Chrisly Rock, and Snyder’s Bicycle Factory in Little Falls, as a welder.

He was honorably discharged from the US Army.

Fritz was a member of the Dolgeville United Methodist Church.

He was a member of the Dolgeville Rod & Gun Club, International Association of Firefighters, the American Legion of Little Falls, past member of the former Little Falls Masonic Lodge, past member of the German Manacor, and the Polish Club of Little Falls.

On November 23, 1957, at the Dolgeville Methodist Church Fritz was married to Delcia Leavenworth.

His grandson, Sean E. Urich predeceased him in December 2015.

Mr. Urich is survived by his wife of 63 years, Delcia Urich; daughter, Darlene Suits and Gerald L. Gruby; son, Ronald E. and Lisa Urich; honorary son, Scott Rockwell; grandsons, Richard M. Suits, and Danielle, Nicholas D. Suits; great-granddaughters, Rose and Lilly; brother-in-law, Herman Benson; sister-in-law, Janet Klock; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and his beloved cats, Cali and Pumpkin.

A public graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Dibble Tuttle Cemetery. In keeping with current guidelines due to COVID we ask anyone in attendance please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Private calling hours will be held for family and friends.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Fred T. Urich may be made to the American Cancer Society, at www.cancer.org or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

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Where I Wander – Fantastic Ferns https://mylittlefalls.com/where-i-wander-fantastic-ferns/ https://mylittlefalls.com/where-i-wander-fantastic-ferns/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:00:57 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28560 Story and Photos by Joan Herrmann Whereiwander… here in the Northeast we are blessed to find them in gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and roadsides. We are fortunate to also have thousands […]

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Story and Photos by Joan Herrmann

Photo by Joan Herrmann

Whereiwander… here in the Northeast we are blessed to find them in gardens, woodlands, wetlands, and roadsides. We are fortunate to also have thousands of wildflowers, hundreds of different species throughout the spring, summer and fall. To assist with identifying diverse species of wildflowers we have a multitude of field guides and nature books; and now there are also numerous field guides and nature books to assist with identification of our numerous, several hundred, native ferns. Scientists have found fossils of ferns that are more than two hundred million years old. Interrupted Fern (Osmunda claytoniana), which can be easily found in our area, has been found in fossils in Antarctica; and they look exactly like the ones you may encounter while hiking along most of our woodland trails.

Ferns are vascular plants that reproduce by means of spores. They do not have flowers or seeds. Vascular plants have tissue that conducts water and minerals throughout the plant. Unlike wildflowers that reproduce numerous seeds the ferns produce thousands of spores that will scatter in the wind or by animals brushing past them. The spore will hopefully be carried to a suitable spot where under the right conditions it will begin its life as a gametophyte (a small plant reproduced from spores). After many cycles, it will eventually become a tiny fern and continue its growth. The spore is enclosed in a case known as a sori (plural sorus). The sorus is sometimes useful in aiding the correct identification of a particular species.

Photo by Joan Herrmann

In early spring the fiddleheads, young coiled fern frond, will begin pushing its way through the soil and unfurl. The fiddlehead, also known as a crozier, lies dormant throughout the winter and after the snow has melted they quickly emerge. The name fiddlehead comes from their shape which is thought to resemble the scroll on the end of stringed instruments such as a fiddle or violin. The name crozier refers to the staff which is used by a Bishop or Shepherd. The springtime fiddleheads may be found in a number of colors. The Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) pushes forth as a brilliant green color, while the Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) is a dull grayish-green and burgundy is the choice color of Northern Maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum) Northern Lady Fern (Athyrium filix- femina) and one of our earliest the Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis). Some fiddleheads are smooth with a brittle papery covering while others are fuzzy in appearance. Ostrich fern fiddleheads are recognized as an early spring vegetable, tasting a lot like asparagus or broccoli, but beware as not all fiddleheads are edible. The Christmas Fern and Cinnamon Fern (Osmunda cinnamomea) which look delightful are NOT edible. If you are anxious to try a fiddlehead as a vegetable I suggest that you buy them, in the spring, from a grocery store.

Photo by Joan Herrmann

In the spring as the fiddlehead pushes through the ground it continues its growth and unfurls to become the Frond (blade), or leafy part, of the fern. Another part of the fern is the stripe (petiole), which is the leaf stalk from the frond down to the rhizome (the woody part of rootstock). The Frond (blade) in some ferns contains a midrib (rachis) as in compound fronds which bear the pinna. The pinna contains the pinnules. See the marked Photograph for a better understanding. In some fern species, the fertile sori can be found the pinnules. Some of the Osmunda ferns the fronds are sterile and fertile sori are found on stalks which are surrounded by fronds or within the middle of the leafy fronds, which also gives Interrupted Fern its common name.

One of my favorite ferns grows in our woodland gardens, but it may also be found along hiking trails in addition to our rock wall alpine garden. Its common name is Maidenhair Fern and it will grow and thrive in shady or sunny conditions as well as liking its “feet wet”. I have found it numerous times near streams and waterfalls. Its graceful shape reminds me of a child’s pinwheel toy. Adiantum its genera means “not wetting” from the Greek word and refers to the ability of the fond to shed water without actually becoming wet. The fern’s stripe is usually black while the rachis is black or green. It reaches heights of twelve to thirty inches tall. Maidenhair fern was once thought to cure baldness. It is not an evergreen like the Christmas fern and it will die down after the first hard frost.

Photo by Joan Herrmann

Rock Polypody (Polypodium virginianum) also known as rock cap fern may be found growing on glacial erratics (enormous boulders) found throughout the Adirondacks. Rock Polypody is an evergreen fern and may be seen all year round. Their large circular sorus is found on the undersides of the fronds. Polypody is able to survive extreme drought conditions. Its leaves roll up when lacking moisture, unrolling when it is available. Its fronds are eaten by deer, grouse, and turkeys.

Three Osmunda ferns that may be found in our area include Interrupted, Cinnamon, and Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis). Interrupted Fern was named by English born botanist John Clayton, who lived in Virginia; he named it Interrupted Fern for the large gap in the middle of each blade where the fertile portions are located. This fern may grow from sixteen inches to forty inches tall. Cinnamon fern is unusual in that it has both sterile fronds, and fertile spore-bearing fronds, which when mature become a lovely cinnamon color. The fertile fronds stand erect, within the middle of the sterile green fronds. The sterile fronds will die after the first hard frost, but the fertile fronds will remain until the following season. Cinnamon ferns form huge root masses. Native Americans used cinnamon fern as a cold remedy and also as a remedy for snake bites. Royal fern also has both fertile and sterile fronds and prefers wetter environments. Look for all three of these beautiful ferns in bogs and wetlands.

Wishing you some interesting hiking adventures and perhaps I will see you, whereiwander…


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 jmhphoto8442@gmail.com

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DEC Announces Opening of Early Bear Hunting Seasons https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-announces-opening-of-early-bear-hunting-seasons/ https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-announces-opening-of-early-bear-hunting-seasons/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:00:51 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28556 Bear Hunting Season Opens Sept. 12 in Portions of Southeastern New York, Sept. 19 in Northern New York New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today […]

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Bear Hunting Season Opens Sept. 12 in Portions of Southeastern New York, Sept. 19 in Northern New York

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that black bear hunting seasons open this weekend in the southeastern part of the state and next weekend in the north country.

“Early black bear hunting seasons are an important tool to manage bear populations and provide a great opportunity for hunters to enjoy a late summer outing,” said Commissioner Seggos. “Bears are feeding heavily this time of year, gorging on wild nuts, berries, apples, and frequently in cornfields, as well. Hunters can increase their odds of finding a bear by keying in on concentrated natural food sources.”

In southeastern New York, the early bear season runs from Sept. 12 to Sept. 27 in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 3A, 3C, 3H, 3J, 3K, 3M, 3P, 3R, 4P, 4R, and 4W. The early bowhunting season for bears will open in all of the Southern Zone on Oct. 1, followed by the regular firearms season beginning Nov. 21.

In northern New York, the early bear season runs from Sept. 19 to Oct. 16 in WMUs 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6C, 6F, 6H, and 6J. Bowhunting season for bears also begins on Sept. 19 in the other Northern Zone units (WMUs 6A, 6G, 6K, and 6N). Muzzleloader season opens in all northern WMUs on Oct. 17, followed by the regular firearms season for bears on Oct. 24.

New this year, DEC has added WMU 4W to the early bear season in the Southern Zone. The bear population in 4W has been growing and additional bear harvest is necessary to meet the management objective of maintaining a moderate bear population density in the unit. To view all WMU locations and boundaries, visit DEC’s Wildlife Management Units.

During the early season, bear hunters may use a bow (with appropriate bowhunting eligibility), crossbow, muzzleloader, handgun, shotgun, or rifle (where allowed). Because of the likelihood of warm weather, bear hunters should be prepared to skin and cool harvested bears as soon as possible to protect the quality of the meat. Hunters may opt to skin and quarter the bear in the field, then pack out the meat in game bags to a waiting cooler of ice. From roasts, stews, burgers, and sausage to barbequed ribs, bear meat makes excellent table fare. Hunters may also consider rendering bear fat into grease or lard, which is a great oil for cooking or baking and can be used to waterproof leather or to lubricate patches for muzzleloading.

Hunters are required to report their bear harvest within seven days, and DEC also encourages hunters to submit a premolar tooth and the scaled-dressed weights of harvested bears. DEC uses teeth to determine the bear’s age and weight to monitor physical condition. This data helps DEC biologists monitor bear population dynamics and trends. Hunters who report their harvest and submit a premolar tooth from the bear are eligible to receive a commemorative NYS Black Bear Management Cooperator Patch.

DEC regulates black bear hunting to manage populations toward levels that are acceptable to the public. Information about black bear hunting in New York, including season dates regulations, is available on DEC’s website. Additionally, DEC’s booklet Hunting the Black Bear in New York (PDF), includes tips on bear hunting and proper care of harvested bears.

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NYSUT prepares legal action, calls on state leaders to stop cuts to schools https://mylittlefalls.com/nysut-prepares-legal-action-calls-on-state-leaders-to-stop-cuts-to-schools/ https://mylittlefalls.com/nysut-prepares-legal-action-calls-on-state-leaders-to-stop-cuts-to-schools/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:00:29 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28575 ALBANY, N.Y. — As students return to school this week, New York State United Teachers decried state cuts to education and called on the Legislature and governor to take immediate […]

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ALBANY, N.Y. — As students return to school this week, New York State United Teachers decried state cuts to education and called on the Legislature and governor to take immediate steps to stop 20 percent reductions in aid for school districts. Citing the state Constitution’s requirement to provide every student a sound, basic education, the union said that it will take legal action against the state if it follows through with plans to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars later this month.

Those cuts — combined with years of funding shortfalls and the increased cost of operating schools during the COVID-19 pandemic — would disproportionately impact high-need, low-wealth school districts and potentially violate students’ right to a sound, basic education.

“No school district or student is immune to the adverse impacts of a 20 percent cut to state education aid,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “But what makes this all the more egregious is the disproportionate impact that cuts have on our neediest schoolchildren. We quite literally can’t wait any longer for action. In the absence of the federal government finally doing what’s right, the state needs to step in and prevent the decimation of our public education system at a time when needs are higher than ever before.”

As NYSUT continues to advocate alongside state leaders for passage of the federal HEROES Act, which would provide much-needed stimulus funding for public education and other essential public services, the union said leaders cannot afford to delay any longer in considering state-level steps to address the fiscal crisis school districts are facing. Whether it is using rainy day and settlement funds or enacting new revenue raisers, such as taxes on the ultrawealthy, NYSUT believes the Legislature and governor must find a way to stave off significant cuts to schools, particularly as they face myriad new challenges and needs with reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The solution to this problem can’t be shifting the cuts from district to district,” Pallotta said. “Simply put, New York needs a bigger pie, which state leaders can create by asking the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share toward public services like education.”

At stake is a reduction of hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid for school districts later this month. This would disproportionately decimate poorer school districts in urban, suburban and rural communities alike. The poorest 10 percent of school districts receive some 80 percent of their funding from the state, while the richest 10 percent of districts receive only 10 percent of their funding from the state.

Over the course of the school year, the poorest 10 percent of districts would be in line to lose $847 million in state aid ($3,779 per pupil) with 20 percent cuts made across the board, while the richest 10 percent would lose $42 million ($458 per pupil). For example, rural Salmon River, which has the lowest combined wealth ratio in the state, would see a $3,876 reduction in aid per pupil. In suburban Brentwood, where 84 percent of students qualify for free-and-reduced price lunch, a 20 percent cut would work out to $3,069 per pupil over the course of the year. Buffalo, the state’s second-largest district and among the neediest, would see a $4,876 reduction in per pupil aid.

In response to the financial crunch, many school districts are already considering or making staffing cuts that only serve to reduce student access to academic and other essential services. In New York City, leaders threatened 9,000 layoffs last month if the cuts go through. In Albany, more than 220 people are to be laid off, while in Schenectady, more than 330 employees, including 10 percent of all district teachers, were laid off days before the first day of school. The financial pain is being felt elsewhere, too, with 17 teachers laid off in Norwich and 57 total staff members cut in Copiague.

“We’ve already seen some districts make hasty decisions to slash their budgets in anticipation of a major state cut later this month,” Pallotta said. “But this isn’t just about jobs. It’s about what’s left for students when the dust settles as we see the loss of teachers and paraprofessionals who serve vital roles. The state must stop this madness.”

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services, and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

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BarRoom Neon Project brings a little variety to the City https://mylittlefalls.com/barroom-neon-project-brings-a-little-variety-to-the-city/ https://mylittlefalls.com/barroom-neon-project-brings-a-little-variety-to-the-city/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:00:15 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28323 by Dave Warner The BarRoom Neon Project kicks off every Friday night at 8 pm with a little intro and then a lot of music. The idea was for Joe […]

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by Dave Warner

The BarRoom Neon Project kicks off every Friday night at 8 pm with a little intro and then a lot of music. The idea was for Joe Famulare (guitar, vocals), and his wife Christine, (bass, vocals, flute, harmonica), to do some virtual concerts, to have fun, and to involve the talents of local musicians from groups like the Terminal Reign, Pointless Forest/Wandering Folk, and others from the Central New York area.

Collectively those individuals have performed in bars and clubs, outdoor festivals, and events in the Gloversville/Johnstown area, Albany, Syracuse, New York City, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

Joe’s family has deep roots in Little Falls, and he and his wife now live in what used to be his great-grandfather’s home on Southern Ave., across from the harbor. His parents once owned a pizza place called Two Capece’s. “We lived above the bar the first year, but then we moved here into great-grandpa’s house.”

Christine and Joe dated when they were in eighth and ninth grade. “We dated for a few months, but then remained friends for a long time. One day, out of the blue, I called her up and said I needed to talk to her and it was kind of a fairy tale story. We got back together again and were married a year later and celebrate our 27th anniversary this October,” he stated.

Joe said that his wife’s family has been in Little Falls as long as his family has and that she’s a Leskobar. “My family came over from the old country and they ended up in St Johnsville and then moved up here. Southsiders – and my Uncle still lives over there and he’s 85,” said Christine.

Both Joe and Christine went to school for music, and she is classically trained. “I play bass, harmonica, flute, I sing and play the saxophone. I tried piano, but I’m not good at it,” she said. “I like the business end of music as well, that’s always been my thing.”

Joe said that back in the 90s he had a band called Terminal Reign, which was a metal band. “We got signed to a small label out of California. It was just a little independent label. We used to be on the metal shows and do local shows here at the high school or the YMCA because the kids couldn’t come into the clubs and bars.”

“Our CD’s were getting popular in 92 and 93, and I decided I needed a change and we became folk musicians. Just Christine and I and a couple of other guitar players for a little bit and we’ve been playing together since 1994,” he said. At that time, the group was called Wandering Folk.

Joe said that he really loved the acoustic sound and even some country music. “I love everything from Metallica, to Barry Manilow, to Frank Sinatra and Mozart. We just started writing songs together. I started taking her poems and putting them to music.”

For many years they hosted the Coffee House at the Episcopal Church and would bring in local and regional bands. “We do that at Holy Trinity now, any time we have a Coffee House, we set it up just like a cafe with candles, tablecloths, lights, and popcorn,” Joe said.

The pair has also played at Canal Celebration for many years and was one of the first local groups to play and even hosted a folk festival one year. “What Chris and I have wanted to do is take our original music that we’ve been writing for years and start adding more instruments to it,” he said.

So, at the end of last year, they changed the name from Wandering Folk to the BarRoom Neon Project. “We fell in love with the name, and anybody that plays with us or sits in for one night, a few months or a year, becomes part of the project,” said Joe. They also livestream all of their events to Facebook.

Rory O’Bryan started playing with the group a few weeks ago. “We’re not looking for it to be perfect, we make mistakes, we’re finding that the Internet is not always perfect either.”

They are working on involving everything from local restaurants to local poets in the project and liken their efforts to the creation of an old variety show from the 60s or 70s. “We even have a glassblower that’s going to be joining us in September and October,” Joe stated.

Joe says that Christine is the business mind of the group and that he is more of the coming up with ‘the crazy ideas end’ of the project. “The fun part of this is that the project is going to go wherever it goes. We don’t know where it’s going to go, but our main objective is to get our music out to a bigger audience and to get Little Falls recognized.”

He said their goal is to take all the musicians that they know, all the places that they eat, all their friends and keep things right here in Little Falls. “Right now we’re just hoping to get some of the local people that we know as our guests,” Joe stated.

The couple said that there seems to be an appetite for this type of content, not only from people who live here but from those that have moved away and want to stay connected. “You see them chime in, people who have moved away. Just putting up the four short little episodes that we did from That Little Place on Main really impacted people.

You can find out more by visiting barroomneonproject.com or by calling 315-823-1882.

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Kinney Drugs Opens Voting Period for 2020 “Favorite Pharmacist & Employee” Contest https://mylittlefalls.com/kinney-drugs-opens-voting-period-for-2020-favorite-pharmacist-employee-contest/ https://mylittlefalls.com/kinney-drugs-opens-voting-period-for-2020-favorite-pharmacist-employee-contest/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2020 08:30:34 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28558 Gouverneur, NY – Kinney Drugs, a 100% employee-owned leading pharmacy chain in New York and Vermont, announces the opening of this year’s voting period for the company’s annual Favorite Pharmacist […]

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Gouverneur, NY – Kinney Drugs, a 100% employee-owned leading pharmacy chain in New York and Vermont, announces the opening of this year’s voting period for the company’s annual Favorite Pharmacist & Employee Contest. The contest winners are announced each October to celebrate American Pharmacist Month and ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Month.

The theme of this year’s contest is “Who’s Your Hero?” to acknowledge the important role of frontline healthcare workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of COVID, the contest will be held virtually for the first time, via an online voting form. Throughout September, Kinney pharmacy patients and customers are invited to vote for their favorite Pharmacist and/or employee at www.kinneydrugs.com. Each person who votes will be entered to win one of three (3) $500 Kinney Drugs shopping sprees. In late October, the two individuals who receive the most votes among all 96 Kinney Drugs stores will be named this year’s Favorite Pharmacist and Favorite Employee. They will each be surprised with a visit and presented with a special plaque from the company’s CEO and divisional President. In addition, each winner will designate a local charity to receive a $1,000 donation in their honor from Kinney Drugs.

About Kinney Drugs: 

Founded in Gouverneur, NY in 1903, today the independent, employee-owned company operates 96 stores in New York and Vermont. Kinney Drugs is part of the KPH Healthcare Services family of companies, which is a national provider of pharmaceutical and healthcare services with complementary businesses in both the retail and commercial segments of the industry. KPH is comprised of five divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a chain of nearly 100 full-service drug stores located throughout New York and Vermont; (2) HealthDirect Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications for complex and chronic diseases; and (5) KinnectTM, an on-site clinical care pharmacy. KPH Healthcare Services is a 100% employee-owned company with approximately 4,000 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit.

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Learn to Swim Fall Program at the YMCA https://mylittlefalls.com/learn-to-swim-fall-program-at-the-ymca/ https://mylittlefalls.com/learn-to-swim-fall-program-at-the-ymca/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2020 09:00:40 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28540 The next session of the Learn to Swim Program at the Little Falls Family YMCA will begin this Fall. Classes will meet once a week for three weeks on Tuesday […]

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The next session of the Learn to Swim Program at the Little Falls Family YMCA will begin this Fall. Classes will meet once a week for three weeks on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. Instruction is offered for all ages and skill levels, from infants and toddlers to Red Cross Levels 1 through 5.

Infant and toddler lessons will provide water adaptation skills and socialization opportunities for children ages six months and up. An adult must accompany all children in the water for the infant and toddler.

American Red Cross Levels 1 and 2 students will be taught elementary aquatic skills which they would build on as they progress through the Learn to Swim levels. Students will also strive to achieve success with fundamental skills and mark the beginning of true locomotion skills.

Levels 3, 4, and 5 will learn to demonstrate stroke development, improvement, and refine strokes so students swim with more ease, efficiency, and power.

The YMCA Aquatics Director and Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor, Lisa Sarto will instruct lessons.

Class sizes are limited and pre-registration is required. Previous session participants are not automatically enrolled and must re-register.

Swim Scholarships are available through the Uncle Walt’s Swim Scholarship Program to register or to obtain more information please contact the Little Falls Family YMCA at 823-1740.

For information and updates on programs and scheduling visit us on the web at www.lfymcaweb.wixsite.com/lfymca.

The Little Falls Family YMCA is a member agency of the Greater Little Falls Community Chest, which serves agencies in Little Falls, Dolgeville, and neighboring communities.

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Senior Meals 09/10/2020 – 09/16/2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-09-10-2020-09-16-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-09-10-2020-09-16-2020/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2020 09:00:28 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28521 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:

Sep 10: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes and zucchini, green beans, cinnamon crumb cake.

Sep 11: Turkey cold plate, potato salad, marinated beet salad, Kaiser roll, tropical fruit.

Sep 14: Salisbury steak, rice pilaf, California blend vegetables, fruit cocktail.

Sep 15: Pulled pork on a bun, baked beans, coleslaw, frosted birthday cake.

Sep 16: Chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, dill carrots, peaches.

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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Deadlines for voting https://mylittlefalls.com/deadlines-for-voting/ https://mylittlefalls.com/deadlines-for-voting/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2020 09:00:00 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28545 Absentee Ballots You may apply for an Absentee Ballot by mail, phone, fax, email, or online. Applications and an online portal can be found at: elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html or www.herkimercounty.org/elections. When sending […]

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Absentee Ballots

You may apply for an Absentee Ballot by mail, phone, fax, email, or online. Applications and an online portal can be found at:

elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html
or
www.herkimercounty.org/elections.

When sending a fax or email, it must contain: name and date of birth of the voter, address where the voter is registered, address where the ballot is to be sent, and reason for the request. Applications can be sent by mail or dropped off in person at your local Board of Elections.

Request by email: boeabsentee@heerkimercounty.org
Request by phone: 315-867-1102
Request via fax: 315-867-1106

You may apply online, by mail, email, phone, or fax for an Absentee Ballot no later than October 27, 2020, but note that the Postal Service has said they cannot guarantee timely delivery for ballots applied for fewer than fifteen (15) days before an election.

You may apply in person up to November 2, 2020.

Absentee Ballots will be mailed after the application has been sent in. For voters applying for an Absentee Ballot by mail, the Postal Service recommends that voters apply at least fifteen (15) days before Election Day. For voters returning their voted Absentee Ballot, it must be dropped off on or before November 3, 2020, and if sent by mail it must be postmarked by November 3, 2020, and received by your local Board of Elections by November 10, 2020. The Postal Service recommends for voters returning ballots by mail that they should be mailed at least seven (7) days before the General Election.

Early Voting

The early voting period is October 24, 2020, to November 1, 2020. You may vote at the following Early Voting Location:
100 Reservoir Rd, Herkimer, NY 13350

Hours:

Sat, Oct 24 9 am – 2 pm
Sun, Oct 25 9 am – 2 pm
Mon, Oct 26 9 am – 5 pm
Tues, Oct 27 12 pm – 8 pm
Wed, Oct 28 12 pm – 8 pm
Thur, Oct 29 9 am – 5 pm
Fri, Oct 30 9 am – 5 pm
Sat, Oct 31 9 am – 2 pm
Sun, Nov 1 9 am – 2 pm

Election Day Voting

November 3, 2020
Polls open 6 am – 9 pm

To check your registration, visit:
voterlookup.elections.ny.gov

Polling place for Little Falls:

Holy Family Parish Hall
637 John St, Little Falls NY 13365

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Counties Submit Recommendations to Help State Close Budget Gaps https://mylittlefalls.com/counties-submit-recommendations-to-help-state-close-budget-gaps/ https://mylittlefalls.com/counties-submit-recommendations-to-help-state-close-budget-gaps/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2020 08:30:21 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28549 The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) announced today that it has submitted to the New York State Division of Budget a series of county recommendations for overcoming the […]

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The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) announced today that it has submitted to the New York State Division of Budget a series of county recommendations for overcoming the budget crises facing the state and local budgets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report consists of over 80 recommended actions submitted by county leaders across the state as a means to preserve county services in the face of massive declines in local revenues and the withholding of state aid. The recommendations include programmatic reforms to lower costs both the state and local level, the creation of a Blue Ribbon Commission to Redesign State-Local Service Delivery, short term revenue options, temporary bonding authority, and property tax cap flexibility.

“When COVID-19 arrived in our communities, counties mobilized and led the response efforts that were essential to stopping the spread of the virus,” said NYSAC President John F. Marren, the chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors. “Now, as the economic aftershocks from the pandemic rock our local economies and the federal government stands idly by, counties are once again mobilizing to provide creative solutions that will place local governments on improved fiscal footing and protect essential services.”

The report was submitted to the Division of Budget for consideration as Administration officials explore mid-year cuts to localities and begin the process of developing the budget recommendations for the 2022 State Fiscal Year. It will also serve as a tool for state legislative leaders should they return to Albany to consider additional relief legislation to aid counties and other entities in COVID-19 response efforts.

“With this report, we’re sending a message to the state that we’re ready, willing, and able to be constructive partners in the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic,” said Dan McCoy, Albany County Executive and President of the New York State County Executives Association. “While these recommendations are a positive step in the right direction, they are no substitute for the federal action that is needed to provide states and local governments with the resources we need to fully recover from this pandemic and get our economy moving again.”

“When this pandemic first swept across the state, local governments stepped up with innovative solutions to manage a crisis that none of us were prepared for,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. “Now counties are providing the essential services that New Yorkers depend on during this recession, and we need the state to consider these recommendations to help us address the lack of revenue and their budget cuts. ”

The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving all the counties of New York State, including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate, serve and advocate for member counties and the elected and appointed county officials who serve the public. For more information, visit www.nysac.org

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The Little Falls Family YMCA to Offer Pound https://mylittlefalls.com/the-little-falls-family-ymca-to-offer-pound/ https://mylittlefalls.com/the-little-falls-family-ymca-to-offer-pound/#respond Wed, 09 Sep 2020 08:30:00 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28551 The Little Falls Family YMCA is offering Pound. Channel your inner performer, and rock your body with this modern-day fusion of movement and music. Drum along to a slamming soundtrack […]

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The Little Falls Family YMCA is offering Pound.

Channel your inner performer, and rock your body with this modern-day fusion of movement and music. Drum along to a slamming soundtrack using ripstix – weighted drumsticks designed to transform drumming into an exhilarating,
fat burning, full-body interval workout that will leave you dripping sweat.

Classes are ongoing on Monday and Wednesdays at 6 pm. Starting September 21, 2020.

This program will be located at the YMCA 15 Jackson Street Little Falls, NY 13365. Pound will be instructed by Certified Instructor Jerry Geter.

To register or for more information please contact the Little Falls Family YMCA at 315-823-1740.

The Little Falls Family YMCA is a member agency of the Greater Little Falls Community Chest which serves agencies in Little Falls, Dolgeville, and neighboring communities.

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Sports recommendations posted by NYSPHSAA https://mylittlefalls.com/sports-recommendations-posted-by-nysphsaa/ https://mylittlefalls.com/sports-recommendations-posted-by-nysphsaa/#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2020 09:00:44 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28527 by Dave Warner Return to Interscholastic Athletics 2020-2021 The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has released its “Return to Interscholastic Athletics 2020-2021” document, and it’s forty-one […]

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by Dave Warner

Return to Interscholastic Athletics 2020-2021

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) has released its “Return to Interscholastic Athletics 2020-2021” document, and it’s forty-one pages of rules and regulations that are meant to serve as a resource on how schools ‘may’ consider bringing sports back.

As they continue to gather information pertaining to the COVID-19 virus and receive feedback, they have stated that the document may be revised. They state, “participation in interscholastic athletics is certainly voluntary for both the individual and the schools. NYSPHSAA recognizes school district superintendents and boards of education have the authority and autonomy to administer their district’s athletic programs as they deem appropriate.”

The state department of health has categorized sports and recreation activities into three categories, Low risk, moderate risk, and high risk.

Low Risk (NYSDOH)

  • Lower risk sports and recreation activities are characterized by:
    o Greatest ability to maintain physical distance and/or be performed individually;
    o Greatest ability to (1) avoid touching of shared equipment, (2) clean and disinfect any equipment between uses by different individuals, or (3) not use shared equipment at all…

Moderate Risk (NYSDOH)

  • Moderate risk sports and recreation activities are characterized by:
    o Limited ability to maintain physical distance and/or be done individually;
    o Limited ability to: (1) avoid touching of shared equipment, (2) clean and disinfect equipment between uses by different individuals, or (3) not use shared equipment at all…

High Risk (NYSDOH)

  • Higher risk sports and recreation activities are characterized by:
    o Least ability to maintain physical distance and/or be done individually;
    o Least ability to (1) avoid touching of shared equipment, (2) clean and disinfect equipment between uses by different individuals, or (3) not use shared equipment at all…

Lower and moderate-risk sports (e.g., tennis, soccer, cross country, field hockey, and swimming) may practice and play, effective September 21, 2020. However, travel for practice or play is prohibited outside of the school’s region or contiguous regions/counties until October 19, 2020. Higher-risk sports (e.g., football, wrestling, rugby, hockey, and volleyball) may practice, effective September 21, 2020, but not play until authorized at a later date, but no later than December 31, 2020; in accordance with the State-issued guidance, such practices are limited to individual or group, no-to low-contact training (e.g., skills development) whereby contact between players may only be incidental and any activities that are specifically designed to promote close physical contact are prohibited.

This is how the calendar looks at the moment:

Fall Sports (September 21st – TBD)

  • Sections determine Fall sports end date; cannot exceed 15 weeks
  • No Regional/ State championships
  • Practice requirements – 10 practices for all Fall sports; 12 for Football & Gymnastics; training for Golf
  • Low & moderate risk sports (Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Girls Swimming & Diving, Girls Tennis)
    o May practice
    o In accordance with approved NYSPHSAA rules, teams must play games within their section or league until October 19th; games may be played beyond a school’s section or league after October 19th
  • High-risk sports (Cheerleading, Football, Volleyball)
    o May practice
    o May not participate in games
  • In accordance with approved NYSPHSAA rules, seven consecutive day rule waived starting on October 12th
  • Game/ Contest limits – no change
  • Modified/ Junior Varsity – individual school district decision

Winter Sports (November 30th – TBD)

  • Revised start date of Monday, November 30th
  • Sections determine Winter sports end date; cannot exceed 22 weeks
  • State Championships as scheduled (Subject to change)

Spring Sports (March 15th – TBD)

  • Sections determine Spring sports end date; cannot exceed 15 weeks
  • State Championships as scheduled (Subject to change)

Rules for students, athletes, coaches, parents, spectators and officials

There are also rules for student-athletes, coaches, parents, officials, and spectators.

For students, they must ensure a distance of at least six feet is maintained among individuals at all times, whether indoor or outdoor, unless safety or the core activity (e.g. practicing, playing) requires a shorter distance. If a shorter distance is required, individuals must wear acceptable face coverings, unless players are unable to tolerate a face covering for the physical activity (e.g. practicing, playing); provided, however, that coaches, trainers, and other individuals who are not directly engaged in physical activity are required to wear a face covering.

They must tell their coaches immediately if they are not feeling well, and there is no hugging, high fives, shaking hands, or fist bumps.

For coaches, they must ensure a distance of at least six feet is maintained among individuals at all times, whether indoor or outdoor, unless safety or the core activity (e.g. practicing, playing) requires a shorter distance. If a shorter distance is required, individuals must wear acceptable face coverings, unless players are unable to tolerate a face covering for the physical activity (e.g. practicing, playing); provided, however, that coaches, trainers, and other individuals who are not directly engaged in physical activity are required to wear a face covering.

They must also provide clear expectations to students and parents, and also refrain from hugging, high fives, shaking hands, and fist pumps.

Spectators must maintain six feet of physical distance between individuals and/or family/household units at all times and all spectators must wear face coverings when they are in common areas and situations where six feet of distancing is not able to be maintained, so long as they are over the age of two and medically able to tolerate such covering.

Officials are responsible for game management, which does not include monitoring activities on the sidelines, such as social distancing, face coverings, hand washing, symptoms of illnesses, and other such issues. This monitoring obligation remains with the responsible parties.

The complete document can be read below.

Return To Interscholastic Athletics FINAL 090420

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The Blues Brothers open, for well, The Blues Brothers https://mylittlefalls.com/the-blues-brothers-open-for-well-the-blues-brothers/ https://mylittlefalls.com/the-blues-brothers-open-for-well-the-blues-brothers/#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2020 09:00:37 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28511 by Dave Warner Last Saturday night, it was Cruise-In at the Rock City Reels drive-in movie theater, where The Blues Brothers, opened for the movie, The Blues Brothers. Mike Bulger, […]

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by Dave Warner

Last Saturday night, it was Cruise-In at the Rock City Reels drive-in movie theater, where The Blues Brothers, opened for the movie, The Blues Brothers.

Mike Bulger, with Cruise-In said, “We’re back tonight with the Blues Brothers Cruising In with us and they are doing a couple of quick songs, then they’ll spend the night and watch the movie with us. We’re going to have a good time.”

Brother Jake and Brother Elwood said they are just dedicated to providing fun, quality entertainment for Central New York and beyond, and that’s what they provided for the crowd at the drive-in.

“We are based out of Rome NY and we’ve been together for about twelve years now. What’s special about tonight is that we get to see the real Jake and Elwood Blues on the big screen, and it’s always good to see them up there. Mike gave us a call and we decided that we’d give a little pre-screen performance – the opening act,” they said.

Photo by Dave Warner – Cars start to pull in for the showing of The Blues Brothers at the Rock City Reels Drive-In movie theater.

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(Family Features) Turning to easy recipes that require minimal cooking time can help your loved ones take the stress out of busy back-to-school evenings while increasing the opportunities for sharing family moments together.

Skip the long cook times of complicated dishes and instead turn to an option like this Skillet Macaroni and Cheese, a kid-friendly and parent-approved meal to turn hectic school nights into happy time with family.

With a slight twist on the childhood classic, this version calls for chicken to add protein along with spinach and cherry tomatoes for increased veggie intake. Plus, it’s made with milk and cheese as part of an important daily intake of dairy, an irreplaceable part of a balanced diet as a source of essential nutrients.

Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more kid-friendly meals.

Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Katie Serbinski of “Mom to Mom Nutrition” on behalf of Milk Means More

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4-6

1 cup dried elbow macaroni

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

1 package (5 ounces) semisoft cheese with garlic and fine herbs

1 1/2 cups fat-free milk

1 tablespoon flour

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 cups fresh baby spinach

1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.

Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, chicken and onion. Cook 6-8 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink.

Reduce heat to medium. Stir in semisoft cheese. Gradually add milk and flour. Continue stirring and cooking until mixture is thickened and bubbly.

Reduce heat to low. Add hot sauce, cheddar cheese and cooked macaroni. Cook and stir 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted. Stir in spinach.

Top with cherry tomatoes and serve.

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New school reporting requirements put in place https://mylittlefalls.com/new-school-reporting-requirements-put-in-place/ https://mylittlefalls.com/new-school-reporting-requirements-put-in-place/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 09:00:58 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28458 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York school districts will be required to provide the Department of Health with daily data on the number of people who have […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York school districts will be required to provide the Department of Health with daily data on the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each school beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8. The information will be publicly available on a new online dashboard developed by DOH, which will be found here beginning Wednesday, Sept. 9. DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker today sent a letter to all school districts informing them of the reporting requirements and the new dashboard. 

“Many of the school districts have testing protocols that will be in place as part of their plans, but as I’ve said from the beginning, those plans are only as good as their implementation,” Governor Cuomo said. “Parents and teachers are understandably concerned about schools reopening. Dr. Zucker and the State Department of Health will set up a dashboard for teachers and parents, so they know exactly what’s happening in their schools. I hope this will give teachers and parents some confidence that the plans are being implemented and if there’s a positive case, they will know and DOH will know and the locals can respond quickly.”

School districts will be required to send their daily testing reports to the Department of Health. The districts must also provide a link to the daily dashboard on their website for other interested parties. That information will be updated daily. 

COVID-19 case tracker dashboard announced for SUNY’s 64 Colleges and Universities

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Chancellor Jim Malatras also announced the launch of a SUNY system-wide COVID-19 case tracker dashboard. The centralized dashboard will provide real-time, up-to-date information on COVID-19 cases, testing, and quarantine and isolation space availability across SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities to more efficiently monitor, respond to, and contain the virus.

“New York State is taking immediate action to address the spread of COVID at SUNY colleges and universities and this new dashboard will help students, parents, and faculty stay informed with the latest data,” Governor Cuomo said. “I urge our SUNY community to stay vigilant as the virus continues to be a national and global crisis – wear masks, socially distance, and be smart.”

State University of New York Chancellor Jim Malatras said, “As coronavirus cases spring up on our college campuses, we are reviewing real-time case data around the clock. This data is crucial to helping SUNY make quick, smart decisions that contain COVID-19 and protect our campus communities. With the launching of this new COVID-19 Case Tracker dashboard, everyone can now access that same data. Controlling this virus is a team effort. As we ask everyone to rise to the challenge and act responsibly, we owe students, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities transparent, easily-accessible, up-to-date case information. If we are all informed and resolve to work together to make data-driven decisions in the interest of public safety, we can keep COVID-19 cases down and have a successful semester.”

The COVID-19 Case Tracker dashboard will provide a case count for SUNY and for individual campuses. The data will be reported by campuses every 24 hours and added to the dashboard daily. The dashboard also includes vital information on the different types of tests administered, daily and weekly test data, overall positivity rates, available quarantine and isolation space, and hospitalizations. The tracker is developing and will be augmented as new categories of data become available.

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Wrong time to tighten restrictions on farmers https://mylittlefalls.com/wrong-time-to-tighten-restrictions-on-farmers/ https://mylittlefalls.com/wrong-time-to-tighten-restrictions-on-farmers/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 09:00:49 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28464 A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward  As we continue to navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is making adjustments.  Whether it is at […]

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

As we continue to navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is making adjustments.  Whether it is at home, at work, or any other daily activity, we are doing things differently.  One business in particular that has been hard hit is farming.  Our farmers, who contend with a host of difficulties on a regular basis, are coping with a number of new complications.  Certainly, it is not the time to add to the list, but that is exactly what the state is considering.

Last year, during the final days of the state legislative session, the “Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act” was approved.  The bill, which I strongly opposed, included several new labor mandates.  The bill requires overtime pay for workers who work more than six days per week (regardless of hours), requires overtime pay for workers who exceed a 60-hour workweek, and mandates a day of rest in every calendar week.

Farmworkers deserve a fair wage and time off, however there are certain conditions that make farming a unique business, especially in New York.  Short growing seasons and weather conditions are considerable factors that farmers must contend with and cows do not stop producing milk on Sunday.  Long workdays are a way of life and a 40-hour workweek is rare.

At the time of the bill’s adoption, both farmers and farm workers opposed many of the provisions.  During debate on the bill the senate sponsor, a freshman senator from Queens, was asked how many farmers she represented.  Her answer, “I can count on my hand the number of rooftop apiaries that are in my district.”  The bill was not written with our upstate family farms in mind.

New York farmers face strict regulations and are subject to regular inspections by state and federal authorities.  Farmers also provide their workers with quality pay and in many cases, other benefits like housing and food.  Farming is a unique business and must be treated as such.

The new law also mandated that the state Labor Commissioner establish a farmworkers’ wage board to examine the overtime pay threshold and consider whether it should be lowered even further. The current three-member board includes New York State AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes, Buffalo Urban League President Brenda McDuffie, and New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher.

The new overtime requirements have been in place for only eight months and it is incomprehensible to me that regulations that are even more stringent are already being contemplated.  Additionally, with restaurants operating at a lower capacity and schools holding classes online thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for many products grown by our farmers has dropped substantially.

The wage board has one hearing remaining on Wednesday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m.  The hearing will be conducted virtually and anyone interested can view the proceedings.  If you are interested in testifying, that option is available as well by signing up athttps://www.ny.gov/content/flflpa-wage-board-hearings-sign.  Finally, written testimony will be accepted by the wage board through October 31 at wageboard@labor.ny.gov.

Additionally, I am co-sponsoring legislation (S.8944) which would extend the date that the wage board’s report must be submitted from December 31, 2020, to December 31, 2024.  This would allow for the collection of four years of data to provide a truer picture of the impact of the 60-hour threshold on the finances and operations of New York farms.  The measure would also require the board to consider additional factors including wage and overtime rates in neighboring states, the impact that COVID-19 has had on the agricultural industry, total compensation, including other benefits such as housing and insurance, and the supply and demand of farm employees.

Farmers have spent the past few months doing exactly what they always do – overcoming difficult circumstances to feed our communities and the nation while sustaining our state’s economy.  Now it is time for the state to exercise commonsense rather than adding new obstacles that could harm farmers and farm workers alike.

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Charles Thurston McKusick, III 1935 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/charles-thurston-mckusick-iii-1935-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/charles-thurston-mckusick-iii-1935-2020/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 09:00:24 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28462 Mr. Charles Thurston “Thursty” McKusick, III, 85 of Johnnycake Road, Mohawk, NY passed away September 4, 2020, at the Little Falls Hospital of natural causes, surrounded by his beloved family. […]

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Mr. Charles Thurston “Thursty” McKusick, III, 85 of Johnnycake Road, Mohawk, NY passed away September 4, 2020, at the Little Falls Hospital of natural causes, surrounded by his beloved family.

He was born on March 11, 1935, the son of Charles T. McKusick II, and Natalie Whitman McKusick Derby at the Little Falls Hospital. He graduated from Little Falls High School, Class of 1953 and he proudly served his country in the US Army, as a radar specialist, which he trained for at Ft. Bliss Texas, and was assigned to GOGTN AAA battalion. While enlisted he attended the CBR school at Fort McClellan, Alabama, and was the battalion instructor.

Thursty served his apprenticeship in trade school and became a journeyman electrician, then union electrician for local union #181 (which merged with Local 43, IBEW, Syracuse).

He was instrumental in starting the Danube Snowdrifters snowmobile club, in 1968, and served as past president and secretary. He also started the Shumaker Mountain Climbers Club and served as the Vice-President, and secretary of the club. In 2001 he was awarded the snowmobile groomer of the year award for his trail grooming efforts. Thurtsy had served twice as master of Little Falls Masonic Lodge #181 and served Five Times as high priest of Asterogan Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons. At one time he belonged to the Little Falls Commandery and Oneonta Council of Royal and Select Masters. Also, he had served as past Patron of the Rock City order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church maintaining their electrical needs along with supplying garlic for dinners. Thursty also loved to hunt, and always had a big garden.

On January 19, 1957, he was united in marriage to his sweetheart Ethel at the first Presbyterian Church, by Pastor Harold Thompson Samuel.

Survivors include his loving wife Ethel of 63 years; his four children; Daughters, Joyce and Thomas Whitcomb, Lynda and Johnny Wratten, and Elizabeth “Beth” and Garth Rice; Son John R. McKusick; 6 Grandchildren; and 10 Great Grandchildren.

All are invited to attend a Memorial Service that will be held on Wednesday, September 9th at 11:00 am, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 588 Albany Street, Little Falls, NY 13365, while following state recommended guidelines for Covid-19, practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask.

For anyone not feeling comfortable to attend the services please feel free to leave the family your condolences and or sign the online guestbook at www.chapmanmoserfuneralhome.com.

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Arc Herkimer to Host Free Autism Workshops This Fall https://mylittlefalls.com/arc-herkimer-to-host-free-autism-workshops-this-fall/ https://mylittlefalls.com/arc-herkimer-to-host-free-autism-workshops-this-fall/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 09:00:17 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28440 Anxiety & Autism with Dr. Christopher Lynch Date: Thursday, September 24th Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm  Competency & Coping with Dr. Brad Bennett Date: Thursday, November 12th Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm […]

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Anxiety & Autism with Dr. Christopher Lynch
Date: Thursday, September 24th
Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

Competency & Coping with Dr. Brad Bennett
Date: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Arc Herkimer is hosting two FREE workshops this fall for individuals with Autism, their families, educators, and professionals. Each workshop has an in-person option with a limited amount of seating at Arc Herkimer’s main building (priority is given to individuals with Autism and their families) and a virtual option via Zoom.

These workshops are a product of Arc Herkimer’s commitment to “Focus on Families” by providing education throughout the area about Autism and other disabilities—and are funded by a Family Support Training Grant through CNY DDRO. For more information on upcoming workshops or to register, refer to www.archerkimer.org.

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Small businesses need additional reopening guidance https://mylittlefalls.com/small-businesses-need-additional-reopening-guidance/ https://mylittlefalls.com/small-businesses-need-additional-reopening-guidance/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 08:30:39 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28466 Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon (D-Utica/Rome) is urging Gov. Cuomo to provide small businesses with clearer guidelines on reopening safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, businesses such as movie […]

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Assemblymember Marianne Buttenschon (D-Utica/Rome) is urging Gov. Cuomo to provide small businesses with clearer guidelines on reopening safely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, businesses such as movie theaters and those providing esthetician services are still closed and have received little-to-no guidance on reopening. Additionally, the Assemblymember is asking for more leniency in charging small businesses with coronavirus-related violations upon reopening.

“Our small businesses are working hard to restart our economy and re-employ Mohawk Valley residents,” Buttenschon said. “The current policies make it hard for businesses instead of educating them, and we need to change that.”

Several restaurants and bars in Oneida County have been charged with violating the new regulations put in place following the COVID-19 pandemic after allegedly serving drinks at bars without social distancing measures in place. Businesses found in violation of the regulations face fines of up to $10,000 and can have their liquor licenses revoked in certain circumstances. The Assemblywoman this week joined other elected officials in calling for a cutback on the high fines and a violation system that ensures due process for restaurant owners.

“While we need to remain cautious and continue social distancing in public, our government needs to treat small-business owners fairly by giving them clear guidelines on reopening and reducing exorbitant violation fines,” said Buttenschon.

Assemblymember Buttenschon has stood up for small businesses throughout the pandemic, authoring a bill to create a liquor license credit for restaurants who were forced to close during COVID-19. She’s also posted a directory for small businesses on her website, providing information on COVID-19 guidelines and loan options for small businesses. The directory can be found at nyassembly.gov/mem/Marianne-Buttenschon/story/91850.

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NY has 30 straight days with infection rate below 1 percent https://mylittlefalls.com/ny-has-30-straight-days-with-infection-rate-below-1-percent/ https://mylittlefalls.com/ny-has-30-straight-days-with-infection-rate-below-1-percent/#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2020 19:33:12 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28468 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to 410—a new low since March 16. The state’s COVID-19 infection rate has been less than […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to 410—a new low since March 16. The state’s COVID-19 infection rate has been less than 1 percent for 30 straight days. 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 know based on experience that an incremental, data-driven reopening is the best way to protect the health and safety of all New Yorkers. As this virus continues to be a national crisis, it’s clear that caution is a virtue, not a vice,” Governor Cuomo said.“Our infection rate has been below 1 percent for 30 days, and New Yorkers can help us keep that streak going by wearing masks, socially distancing and washing their hands. Our actions today determine the rate of infection tomorrow, so as the Labor Day weekend continues, I urge everyone to be smart so we don’t see a spike in the weeks ahead.”

Oneonta SWAT Team Testing Effort

The Governor also announced the results of the State’s testing SWAT Team’s focused testing effort in the City of Oneonta in Otsego County over the past five days. A total of 1,965 tests were performed at the 3 sites with results delivered in 15 minutes. A total of 91 positive cases were identified, for a positivity rate of 4.6 percent. Contact tracing efforts in partnership with local health departments are ongoing. However, test results show that the cases continue to be connected to ongoing spread among college students with 85 of the 91 positives cases being individuals aged 18-24. Of the 738 tests for individuals in this age bracket, 11.5 percent tested positive. For the 1,227 individuals tested who were not in the 18-24 age bracket, the positivity rate was 0.48 percent.

To ensure continued availability of rapid result testing over the next weeks in Oneonta, Governor Cuomo directed the State Department of Health to lend for use over the next weeks 4 rapid result testing machines to the local health department and provide an initial allotment of test kits, enabling more than 750 additional rapid tests to be administered over the next weeks. The test results are delivered in 15 minutes, allowing contact tracing efforts to begin immediately. The machines will be distributed on loan from the New York State Department of Health.

The Governor also reminded Oneonta residents that there are 5 existing testing sites currently operating in the City of Oneonta where COVID testing can be scheduled. The sites are listed here: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,390 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 8 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below: 

  • Bronx – 1
  • Queens – 2
  • Nassau – 1
  • Suffolk – 4

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:  

  • Patient Hospitalization – 410 (-15)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 53
  • Hospital Counties – 33
  • Number ICU – 119 (+4)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 56 (-5)
  • Total Discharges – 75,425 (+59)
  • Deaths – 9
  • Total Deaths – 25,359

Of the 85,630 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 729, or 0.85 percent, were positive. The Governor also confirmed 729 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 439,501 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 439,501 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 320 cases in Herkimer County with 10 deaths.

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Road Work Report for the Week Beginning September 7, 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-september-7-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-september-7-2020/#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2020 09:00:37 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28437 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 Herkimer: (D#264168) South Washington Street bridge over the Mohawk River. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to the installation of containment system for bridge painting, and blasting.

Village of Ilion: (D#264168) Route 51 interchange to Route 5. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to the installation of containment system for bridge painting, and blasting.

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 with a signed speed limit reduction from 45 MPH to 30 MPH, due to work on the bridge over the West Canada Creek.

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 guiderail removal and installation along with drainage work.

Town of German Flatts & Columbia: (D#264203) Route 28 between the Otsego County line and Route 168. Motorists will encounter lane and shoulder closures in both directions due to drainage work and guiderail removal/installation work.

Hamlet of Jordanville: (D#264203) Route 167 between The Otsego County line and Casler Road. Motorists will encounter shoulder and lane closures in both directions due to installation of drainage structures.

Village of Richfield Springs: (D#263893) 167 between the Otsego County Line and Casler Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

Town of Schuyler: (D#264266) Route 5 between Windsor Circle and Elmwood Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to Drainage work.

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.
There will be daily lane closures on Route 5S/Oriskany Street east and west bound from Broad Street to Cornelia Street. There will be daily lane closure on Genesee north and south bound at the intersection of Route 5S westbound north, while the contractor boxes out the northside of Genesee Street. Route 5S/Oriskany Street westbound from Route 5S on ramp to 12 north and Route 5S eastbound from the on ramp to Route 12 south will be closed to through traffic 24/7 starting September 12, through Sunday, September 13, 2020. The closure will be starting at 6:00AM Saturday morning and reopen Sunday evening at 6:00PM. Signed detours will be utilized to advise motorists of the road closure and direct traffic to the appropriate detour routes.

City of Utica: (D#264047) North Genesee Street between Wurz Ave and Whitesboro/Broad Streets. Motorists will encounter a lane closure on North Genesee Street southbound between
Wurz and Lee 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 right lane and shoulder closures on Route 12 south bound at merge Route 49 east ramp to I-790 south due to pavement cleaning. Motorists will encounter lane closures on Route 49 east to I-790 south due to paving operations. Motorists will encounter full stoppages on Route 12 during night-time work hours due to overhead sign replacement.

Town of Deerfield: (D#264001) Route 12 over Doyle Road. Motorists will encounter long term lane closures in both directions due to approach slab repairs.

Town of New Hartford, Town of Paris: (D#264127) Route 8 between Kellogg Road and Pinnacle Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to approach reconstruction, paving shoulder & repair work with a speed limit reduction of 45MPH. Motorists will encounter shoulder closures on Kellogg Road under the Route 8 bridge due to bridge pier work as well as shoulder closures on Elm Street under Route 8 due to structural lifting operations.

Town of Vernon: (D#264088) Route 5 bridge over the Sconondoa Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures with new traffic patterns as necessary between Verona Street and Tannery Lane due to pavement milling and bridge deck repairs. Pavement marking will be modified while operations continue and are completed.

Town of Boonville: (D#264171) Route 12 bridge over Mill Creek. Motorists will encounter temporary lane closures on Route 12 northbound and southbound, North of the East Schuyler Street intersection due to equipment mobilization and material deliveries.

Town of Trenton: (D#264259) Route 365 between Prospect Road and the Herkimer County line Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to shoulder repairs, Ditching and Guiderail installation operations.

Village of Boonville: (D#263893) Route 294 between the Lewis County Like and the Boonville Fairgrounds. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

City of Utica: Leland Ave bridge over the Mohawk River. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to bridge inspection.

Town of Forestport: Horton Road bridge over Woodhull Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to bridge inspection.

Town of New Hartford: 5/8/12 Arterial bridge over Sauquoit Creek. Motorists will encounter
South bound lane closures due to bridge work.

City of Rome: Route 49/365 bridge over Route 233. Motorists will encounter a Westbound lane closure due to bridge joint repairs.

City of Rome: Route 49 over Service Road. Motorists will encounter a Westbound lane closure due to bridge joint 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 drainage work, radius reconstruction, excavation and installation of pedestrian and traffic signal foundations.

Town of Hamilton: (D#264266) Route 12 between the Madison / Chenango County line and Cranston Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to Guide Rail Installation.

Town of Cazenovia: (D#263893) Route 13 between the Town of Cazenovia and Chittenango Falls Park. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

Town of Hamilton: Route 12 between the Madison / Chenango County line and Humphrey Road. Motors will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations.

FULTON COUNTY

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 with a signed speed limit reduction from 45 MPH to 30 MPH, 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 Lassellsville: (D#263893) Route 29 between Lassellsville and Route 10a. Motorists will encounter an Eastbound lane closure with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

Town of Bleecker: (D#263926) Route 309 between Blood Road and West Bush Road. Motorists will encounter a temporary signal due to culvert installation and paving.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 over Cleveland Ave. Traffic on Route 30 will be open to traffic in both directions. Temporary signals remain on Erie Street for alternating traffic in both directions.

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 north bound over Route 67. Motorists will encounter lane closures 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 Charleston, Town of Glen: (D#264189) Route 30A between the Montgomery County line to the Village of Fultonville. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations from the Schoharie County Line and Reynolds Road.

Town of St. Johnsville: (D#263947) Route 5 between Kennedy Road and Mill Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a lane shift due to culver repairs.

Town of Palatine: (D#263893) Route 10 between the Town of Palatine and the Fulton/Montgomery County Line. Motorists will encounter a southbound lane closure with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

Town of Palatine: County Route 48 bridge over Caroga Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to bridge inspection.

Village of Fort Plain: Route 5s bridge over Otsquago creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to bridge inspection.

HAMILTON COUNTY

Hamlet of Eagle Bay to Hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake: (D#263869) Route 28 between The Town of Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due paving operations, Install Shoulder Backup, Establishing Turf & Punchlist Work.

Town of Arietta: (D#263893) Route 10 between 29a and Route 8. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.
*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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NYSUT: In absence of statewide action, counties should mandate masks in schools https://mylittlefalls.com/nysut-in-absence-of-statewide-action-counties-should-mandate-masks-in-schools/ https://mylittlefalls.com/nysut-in-absence-of-statewide-action-counties-should-mandate-masks-in-schools/#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2020 09:00:18 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28434 ALBANY, N.Y. — After calling for a statewide mandate that masks be worn at all times indoors during the school day, New York State United Teachers today said that in […]

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ALBANY, N.Y. — After calling for a statewide mandate that masks be worn at all times indoors during the school day, New York State United Teachers today said that in the absence of statewide action, county governments should mandate such a policy for school districts within their jurisdiction.

The union made the call after Orange County took exactly that step on Thursday, with County Health Commissioner Dr. Irina Gelman issuing a public health order requiring masks be worn in congregate school settings within the county.

“While some school districts are doing the right thing and requiring masks at all times, we still are seeing others who refuse to take this basic step to protect the health of students, staff and families,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “Orange County is taking a lead role in helping address the reservations that exist regarding reopening school buildings. We believe other county leaders should follow suit and address the concerns we’re still hearing from educators and parents.”

Last week, NYSUT sent a letter to state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker imploring the department to make the wearing of masks at all times indoors during the school day mandatory, except for appropriate break periods and in cases of medical accommodation. The union cited recent guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics that recommends the universal use of face coverings, as well as a recent change in Pennsylvania guidance to make the use of masks mandatory at all times during the school day.

More on NYSUT’s call for a state policy, including the letter to Commissioner Zucker, can be found here.

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services, and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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Motorists should use caution as Labor Day Weekend begins https://mylittlefalls.com/motorists-should-use-caution-as-labor-day-weekend-begins/ https://mylittlefalls.com/motorists-should-use-caution-as-labor-day-weekend-begins/#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2020 19:10:01 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28443 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today warned of a spike in motorcycle fatalities as reported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and urged drivers and motorcyclists to use caution as the busy holiday […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today warned of a spike in motorcycle fatalities as reported by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and urged drivers and motorcyclists to use caution as the busy holiday travel begins. According to theInstitute for Traffic Safety Management and Research at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College, preliminary data shows that as of August 15, 2020, deaths from motorcycle crashes are up more than 17 percent compared to the same period in 2019. 

“Danger does not take a holiday and with increased traffic on the road this Labor Day weekend, we all have a responsibility to exercise good judgment and caution,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York State will continue to crack down on dangerous driving behavior because the safety of all drivers and passengers will always be a top priority for us.”   

To improve safety on the roads this holiday, the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving enforcement crackdown will continue through Labor Day. In addition, drivers are encouraged to make sure their vehicles are in good working condition and inspections are up to date before they travel. Inspection stations are open and must follow health and safety guidelines. Motorists should also check things like fluids, tire pressure, battery life, and windshield wipers. Drivers can also use the DMV website to check if their vehicle has a recall.

Mark J.F. Schroeder, DMV Commissioner and Chair of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, said, “The motorcycle riding season is winding down and with nice weather predicted for this long holiday weekend, we expect more traffic and more riders on the roads, so I am urging everyone to be responsible, pay attention, and slow down. We all play a part in keeping one another safe on our roads and it is up to every driver and rider to stop this alarming trend in motorcycle fatalities from continuing.”

The following chart shows fatalities from motorcycle-involved crashes reported to ITSMR for 2019 and 2020.

2019

2020

January

3

0

February

0

2

March

0

7

April

6

14

May

16

15

June

20

24

July

25

18

August

3

5

*Non-motorcyclist death

0

1

Total

73

86

There are more than 800,000 licensed motorcyclists in New York State. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash than people in passenger cars. NHTSA also reports that despite representing only 3-percent of all registered motor vehicles, motorcyclists account for 14-percent of all traffic-related fatalities nationwide. 

Safety Tips for Motorcyclists:   

  • Drive sober! Never ride impaired by alcohol or drugs and discourage other riders from making a bad choice. 
  • Slow down! Speed is a top cause of traffic crashes. 
  • Use caution. Allow adequate space between you and the vehicle in front of you, stay alert, and look twice before turning left
  • Protect your melon! Always wear a USDOT-approved helmet. “Novelty Helmets” are not approved and offer little protection in a crash.  
  • Always wear high quality/high visibility riding gear designed to protect you during a fall and boost your visibility to other drivers. 
  • Maintain your motorcycle properly. Make sure your lights and horn are working, both mirrors are adjusted, and your tires are properly inflated and have legal tread depth.  

Safety Tips for Drivers:   

  • Drive sober! Never drive impaired by alcohol or drugs and discourage others from doing so.  
  • Look Twice and Save a Life! Check your mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes.  
  • Yield to motorcycles. Don’t make a rash decision and turn quickly in front of an on-coming motorcycle as it may be traveling faster than it appears. 
  • Be a responsible driver. Ensure your vehicle is in safe operating condition and that all of your safety equipment is properly adjusted. Observe and obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals. Never speed.  
  • Stay focused on the road and your surroundings. Never drive distracted. Don’t let cell phones and other activities distract you from your core mission — driving safely! 

For additional safety tips, visit the GTSC website at https://trafficsafety.ny.gov/motorcycle-safety 

New York was the first state to mandate wearing a motorcycle helmet, and for more than 20 years, New York has had a rider-funded motorcycle safety training and awareness program known as the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program (NYSMSP). The program uses a nationally recognized motorcycle training curriculum, developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. The courses teach effective turning, braking maneuvers, tips to avoid obstacles, strategies in traffic, how to select appropriate protective apparel, and vehicle maintenance. 

To find information on which motorcycle safety courses may be available near you, go to the New York State Motorcycle Safety Program website

For more information about GTSC, visittrafficsafety.ny.gov,or followGTSConFacebookandTwitter

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Library hosting free Creative Writing Class via Zoom https://mylittlefalls.com/library-hosting-free-creative-writing-class-via-zoom/ https://mylittlefalls.com/library-hosting-free-creative-writing-class-via-zoom/#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2020 09:00:31 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28418 by Mike Cecconi The Little Falls Public Library is pleased to announce a new on-line Creative Writing class this fall/winter season for young writers in the 5th through 8th grades […]

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by Mike Cecconi

The Little Falls Public Library is pleased to announce a new on-line Creative Writing class this fall/winter season for young writers in the 5th through 8th grades on Fridays from September 18th through December 18th. It will be taught via the Zoom remote-conferencing platform by library staff member Carol Whritenour each Friday, Thanksgiving Break Friday excluded, building over the course of the meetings from sentence and essay construction to the purpose and meaning of writing to the editing and sharing of finished works by the end of the term in December 2020.

The course instructor Carol Whritenour has a passion for both creative writing and developing young minds through learning. She holds a bachelors’ degree in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey and in addition received extensive graduate-level instruction in the field of Education with a concentration in Reading Specialist from Georgian Court University. She has over twenty-five years of experience working in elementary and middle-school education, both as a classroom instructor and as an administrator. Carol strongly believes creative writing is an essential component of a child’s education and learning experience, that such work allows them to learn grammar and other language skills while also giving voice to their feelings and personal growth, tapping into their creativity and their imaginations. She hews toward Einstein’s quotation “Creativity is intelligence having fun” and plans to enrich with the coursework as such.

The first few weeks of the course will focus on the fundamentals of creative writing, constructing and deconstructing the base forms, moving on into a writing workshop approach, and analysis of the various purposes for which we write. Later classes will tie all those ideas together, into the creation, editing, and sharing of the pieces generated along the way. Each class will begin with a quick-write and sharing of that writing then a short lecture on the topic of that particular week, often involving examples of written works. Assignments will then be given and the balance of the time devoted to assistance on assignments and/or the sharing of current or previous works.

The Library looks forward to helping your young writers learn and grow, both in language skills and creatively as well! Again, the classes will be Fridays, September 18th through December 18th, Thanksgiving Friday excluded, for young writers in the 5th to 8th-grade range. The class will be conducted through the Zoom meeting app, with the initial Zoom meeting ID 922 0250 4036. To enroll for the course, please e-mail the Little Falls Public Library at littlefalls@midyork.org and if you have further questions, please check out the Library’s Facebook page or by phone at 315-823-1542. We look forward to helping the local community’s creative young minds reach their great potential!

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Casinos allowed to reopen with limited capacity next week https://mylittlefalls.com/casinos-allowed-to-reopen-with-limited-capacity-next-week/ https://mylittlefalls.com/casinos-allowed-to-reopen-with-limited-capacity-next-week/#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2020 09:00:16 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28412 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced casinos and video lottery terminal facilities will be allowed to reopen starting September 9 with a 25 percent occupancy limit. All venues that choose to […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced casinos and video lottery terminal facilities will be allowed to reopen starting September 9 with a 25 percent occupancy limit. All venues that choose to reopen will be subject to strict safety protocols, including strict enforcement of face coverings except when eating or drinking, social distancing, additional staff to control occupancy, traffic flow, and seating to avoid crowding and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. Casinos must also have enhanced air filtration, ventilation, and purification standards in place in order to open. 

“New Yorkers have done an extraordinary job – we flattened the curve in a way that no expert thought was possible,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’ve made the determination that we can safely reopen casinos with enhanced air filtration and strict safety protocols including mandatory masks and social distancing. This is good news and the right next step in our data-driven phased reopening which is working.”

Casinos must leave six feet of distance between operating machines. No table games will be allowed unless and until casinos put in place physical barriers between players and the Gaming Commission approves those barriers. No beverage or food service will be allowed on the gaming floor. The State Gaming Commission will be deployed to monitor casinos and ensure strict enforcement of these measures.

Update on Coronavirus in NY

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 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. 

“From day one, New Yorkers have come together to defeat COVID, changing their behaviors, wearing masks, washing their hands often and socially distancing. New York has gone 27 straight days with an infection rate below one percent, even as we continued to reopen, which is no easy feat,” Governor Cuomo said. “Overall, our numbers are good news – but even as our numbers remain stable, we cannot become complacent. We have to stay vigilant. We have come this far together, and we will get to the other side of this nightmare together, as long as we stay New York tough.”

Western NY SWAT Team Testing Effort

The Governor also announced the results of the State’s testing SWAT Team’s focused testing effort in Western New York over the past five days. A total of 6,385 tests were performed at the 8 sites with results delivered in 15 minutes. A total of 266 positive cases were identified, for a positivity rate of 4.1%. Contact tracing efforts in partnership with local health departments are ongoing.  

The results include:

  • City of Buffalo: 5.9% 
  • Chautauqua County: 4.5%
  • Niagara County: 2.8%
  • Erie County not including City of Buffalo: 2.3%

To ensure continued availability of rapid result testing over the next weeks throughout Western New York, Governor Cuomo directed the State Department of Health to lend for use over the next weeks 20 rapid result testing machines to local health departments in WNY, and provide each department with an initial allotment of test kits, enabling more than 8,500 additional rapid tests to be administered over the next weeks. The test results are delivered in 15 minutes, allowing contact tracing efforts to begin immediately. 

The machines will be distributed on loan from NYS DOH as follows to support continued focused testing efforts over next several weeks:

  • Cattaraugus: 750 tests, 3 rapid result testing machines 
  • Allegany: 500 tests, 2 rapid result testing machines 
  • Niagara: 2,250 tests, 5 rapid result testing machines 
  • Chautauqua: 1,000 tests, 4 rapid result testing machines 
  • Erie: 4,000 tests, 6 rapid result testing machines 

The Governor also reminded Western New York residents that there are 86 existing testing sites currently operating in Western New York where COVID testing can be scheduled. The sites are listed at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

  • Allegany: 8 testing sites
  • Cattaraugus: 5 testing sites
  • Chautauqua: 7 testing sites
  • Erie: 51 testing sites
  • Niagara: 15 testing sites

SLA Violations 

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 898 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 7 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below: 

  • Brooklyn – 2 
  • Manhattan – 1 
  • Suffolk – 4

Today’s Numbers

Today’s data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Patient Hospitalization – 430 (-15)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 81
  • Hospital Counties – 32
  • Number ICU – 117 (+0)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 61 (+0)
  • Total Discharges – 75,255 (+52)
  • Deaths – 7
  • Total Deaths – 25,343

Of the 88,981 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 889, or 0.99 percent, were positive. The Governor also confirmed 889 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 437,107 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 437,107 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 319 cases in Herkimer County with 10 deaths.

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Practical Home Upgrades to Improve Function and Ambiance https://mylittlefalls.com/practical-home-upgrades-to-improve-function-and-ambiance/ https://mylittlefalls.com/practical-home-upgrades-to-improve-function-and-ambiance/#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2020 09:00:09 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28427 (Family Features) Homeowners tackling interior upgrades often focus their attention on two of the most-used rooms the in the house: the kitchen and bathroom. Tailoring these rooms to your personal […]

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(Family Features) Homeowners tackling interior upgrades often focus their attention on two of the most-used rooms the in the house: the kitchen and bathroom. Tailoring these rooms to your personal preferences may enhance your enjoyment of the space, but most experts recommend thinking long term for the biggest return on your investment.

Kitchen Considerations

As the hub of activity for many households, the kitchen is a space that commands efficient, functional design. Aside from the practical issue of losing access to the space while it’s under construction, there’s another important challenge for homeowners to consider when tackling a kitchen remodel: for maximum return on your investment, avoid making choices that are too trendy or personal.

Design trends come and go, so while a contemporary update is almost always a good idea, many design experts recommend sticking with classic looks and styles that have broad appeal, especially for big ticket (and big price tag) elements like cabinetry. Save your flair for aspects like the backsplash tile or wall color, which can be relatively easily changed.

Another area to give special attention is the overall ambiance of the room, which is largely influenced by the light from natural and electric sources. For a room that needs brightening, skylights are a smart option because they free up wall space for more storage and cabinets while adding abundant natural light.

However, natural light from above isn’t the only advantage of adding skylights. Some models, such as a Velux solar-powered, fresh-air skylight, can be opened with a remote control to bring fresh air inside, which helps keep the kitchen fresh and rids indoor air of pollutants from daily activities like cooking and cleaning.

Skylights can be ordered with light-filtering or room-darkening blinds, which give homeowners maximum control over the exact amount of light they want. Plus, solar-powered blinds come in over 75 colors and patterns for customizable design options that allow you to truly make the space your own.

Be sure to ask whether the line you’re considering qualifies for a federal tax credit. Solar-powered skylights and blinds are eligible for a 26% federal tax credit on product and installation if purchased and installed by the end of 2020. The credit decreases to 22% in 2021.

A Better Bathroom

In the bathroom, modern upgrades are also a smart investment. However, many experts recommend considering needs far into the future.

Universal design is especially relevant in the bathroom, where simple adjustments can provide added accessibility as you age, and these updates can flow seamlessly into the design. This means considering a vanity with a raised counter height and a taller toilet base, which can add stylish enjoyment no matter your age. Other features like a zero-entry shower deliver high-demand design and safety simultaneously.

Outside of accessibility-oriented updates, upgrading your fixtures, fresh paint and contemporary tile can go a long way toward transforming a bathroom. If you find your space is still in need of a boost, a skylight may be the answer. Natural light can be that last touch to bring your space from just OK to perfect, and skylights in the bathroom allow homeowners to maximize their natural light without losing any privacy.

In a space like the bathroom, where ventilation is a top concern, a choice like Velux No Leak Solar-Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights provide natural light as well as fresh air ventilation to make the environment healthier. They help rid indoor air of bacteria, volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide.

Explore more design ideas to enhance your kitchen and bathroom spaces at whyskylights.com.

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Little Falls YMCA reopens https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-ymca-reopens/ https://mylittlefalls.com/little-falls-ymca-reopens/#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2020 18:53:39 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28423 From the Little Falls YMCA: After receiving guidance & permission from NYS to reopen our facilities starting August 24th we put measures in place to ensure a safe environment for […]

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From the Little Falls YMCA: After receiving guidance & permission from NYS to reopen our facilities starting August 24th we put measures in place to ensure a safe environment for ALL patrons and staff. We resumed services with a “soft reopening” on Aug 24th. As required, we scheduled an inspection of both facilities by our local Herkimer County Public Health Department Officials within 14 days of our opening. I am pleased to inform you that those inspections were completed today and WE ARE IN COMPLIANCE!

We have posted guidance and protocols in each program area throughout the facility and we ask for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe. Welcome back! We will now begin phasing in our full program schedule as permitted. For details or questions call 315-823-1740.

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Local resident gets show at Erie Canal Museum https://mylittlefalls.com/local-resident-gets-show-at-erie-canal-museum/ https://mylittlefalls.com/local-resident-gets-show-at-erie-canal-museum/#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2020 09:00:53 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28386 An Erie Canal Odyssey: The Photographs of Frank Forte opens in the Erie Canal Museum Link Gallery Tuesday, September 15. In this exhibit, award-winning photographer Frank Forte shares 10 multi-image […]

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An Erie Canal Odyssey: The Photographs of Frank Forte opens in the Erie Canal Museum Link Gallery Tuesday, September 15. In this exhibit, award-winning photographer Frank Forte shares 10 multi-image panels that depict communities, structures, boats, people, and activities along the canals of New York State.

About a year ago, Forte started photographing parts of the canal system. During that time he traveled from the Champlain Canal to the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. This exhibit depicts the first part of his self-commissioned mission to visit and photograph New York’s entire canal system.

Frank Forte is a commercial photographer from Little Falls, New York, who has his business in Utica. His work covers a wide variety of subjects including landscapes, historic places, landmarks, and special events. His picture of the tugboat Erie won first place in the Classic Canals category of the 2019 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor photo contest. He has exhibited pictures at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Art Festival, the Edith Barrett Fine Arts Gallery at Utica College, and the Gannett Art Gallery at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. National publications including Hot Rod magazine and Camaro Performers magazine have featured his auto and motorcycle pictures. Forte has also done photography work for new construction projects at Colgate University, Hamilton College, and Mohawk Valley Community College. From 2006 to 2013, he served as the photographer for the Syracuse Nationals, the largest vehicle show in the Northeast.

An Erie Canal Odyssey will be on display at the Museum through December 31. Be sure to visit us and view these stunning photographs.

The Erie Canal Museum is partially funded by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

If you would like to view the exhibit, you will need to call ahead for reservations at 315-471-0593.  Groups of up to 10 will be permitted.  The museum is open  Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm.  Their website is www.eriecanalmuseum.org.


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Ease Into Education https://mylittlefalls.com/ease-into-education/ https://mylittlefalls.com/ease-into-education/#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2020 09:00:36 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28396 (Family Features) If there’s one constant this year, it’s change. With another school year comes even more change, but you can help your family make a smooth transition with some […]

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(Family Features) If there’s one constant this year, it’s change. With another school year comes even more change, but you can help your family make a smooth transition with some planning and preparation.

Allow time for adjustments. After months of later bedtimes and laid-back schedules, kids and parents alike need a little time to adjust to a new mindset. Start gradually dialing back bedtime and scheduling time for educational activities and lunchtime a few weeks before school begins. This gives you plenty of time to work out any glitches while avoiding the resistance and disruption that more abrupt changes can bring.

Map out a visual guide. Especially after spending more time at home, having everyone headed in different directions may feel a bit overwhelming. This may be particularly true if your school model requires non-traditional scheduling or if you’re making a return to a more rigorous extracurricular activity schedule. For younger kids and those who learn better by seeing than hearing, a visual representation can help illustrate how schedules will be changing. Color coding by person or activity can help everyone understand who should be where and when.

Make evenings easier. A household with school-age kids is seemingly bustling all the time, but evenings are often especially busy with activities, homework and other commitments competing for attention. Gathering everyone around the table for a meal may be a challenge, so when you do succeed, give yourself permission to shave time where you can. For example, keeping disposable tableware on-hand lets you skip the cleanup on nights you don’t want to do dishes and spend more time assisting with science projects and cheering on athletic teams. Premium options like Chinet Classic White plates are strong enough for the heaviest, messiest meals so you don’t have to worry about spills and leaks.

Set a positive tone. Transitions happen more easily when the destination is exciting and appealing. Help kids get excited about a return to school by talking about what they’re looking forward to and offering reassurance about their concerns. Allow kids to put a personal touch on supplies they’ll be excited to use, such as a new backpack or headphones for online learning. Put simply, model positivity for students to mirror as they head into a new school year.

Spend family time together. At the end of each day, once everyone is done with school and work, make some time for a physical activity the whole family can participate in. Whether it’s a walk around the neighborhood to get some fresh air or a game of tag or soccer in the backyard, getting active together can be an easy way to spend time winding down and bonding.

Look for more inspiration to ease your family’s return to learning at MyChinet.com.

Enjoy More Convenient Mornings

How you begin each day sets the tone for the hours that follow. Put yourself on course for a successful, stress-free day by eliminating hassles and introducing some tricks to make each morning as convenient as possible.

Find a routine that works: Numerous parenting experts recommend routines for children, but they’re beneficial for grownups, too. A regular routine takes the guesswork out of what comes next so you can go through the motions of getting ready before your brain is fully engaged. There’s no perfect order for getting things done, just find what works best for your family. With a little trial and error, you can create a system that gives you peace of mind that every box gets checked before the family scatters in different directions each morning.

Wake up prepared: Even the best routines sometimes go awry, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and minimize the impact. Using the evening to ensure each student has everything he or she needs for the next school day eliminates a lot of commotion in the morning. Designate a place for school items, whether it’s a hook or spot by the door for backpacks or a cubby near the home school space. Use the same approach to select and lay out clothes for everyone before bed.

Rev up all your senses: Creating positive energy can be a whole-body experience. Add some upbeat music, throw open the blinds and get that coffee brewing. Signaling to your senses that it’s time to take on a new day can help you shake off any lingering drowsiness and shift into a more productive mode. It’s an approach that is both practical and fun, so you’re setting a positive tone for the whole family.

Take your java on the go: It’s not always realistic to sit and savor your first cup of coffee, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your morning energy burst. Many experts suggest avoiding coffee on an empty stomach, so taking it on the go and using your limited time to grab a bite to eat is a better alternative. Brew your cup and go with an option like the Chinet Comfort Cup insulated hot cup, which has double-layer insulation and an easy fit snap-and-go lid to make taking your coffee on the road (or around the block on a morning walk) convenient and comfortable.

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Alpine Rehabilitation & Nursing Center plans Relay for Life Golf Tournament https://mylittlefalls.com/alpine-rehabilitation-nursing-center-plans-relay-for-life-golf-tournament/ https://mylittlefalls.com/alpine-rehabilitation-nursing-center-plans-relay-for-life-golf-tournament/#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2020 09:00:28 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28400 by Dave Warner COVID 19 has taken away the normal fund-raising activities that the Alpine Rehabilitation & Nursing Center would hold in order to raise money for the Relay for […]

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by Dave Warner

COVID 19 has taken away the normal fund-raising activities that the Alpine Rehabilitation & Nursing Center would hold in order to raise money for the Relay for Life. So, this year, they’re having to get creative to meet their fund-raising goals.

According to Casey Bayes, Assistant Administrator of the facility, “Over the years, we’ve increased the amount that we’ve raised each year for Relay for Life. We started in 2017 just doing bottle drives and collecting change. That year we raised almost $600. In 2018 we did Chinese auctions and raised $1,800, and last year, we started the chicken dinners and we raised almost $2,000.”

In 2020 though, the pandemic has limited their fundraising to under $100 to date, so they decided to get creative and hold a golf tournament.

“There’s going to be nine teams and it’s going to be a best-ball tournament. Hopefully, every team will have one good golfer,” she said.

They plan on having a light breakfast in the morning and a chicken BBQ afterward. During the tournament, there will be a cart going around the course giving out free beer, and she said, “Who doesn’t like that in the morning?”

They’re also having golf shirts made up so that every golfer that participates, will get one for free, sponsored by Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations. Owner Dan Enea said, “We’re looking forward to raising some money for Relay, along with Alpine and we’re hoping that people take part in it. We want to have a perfect turnout.”

Enea said, “I deal with so many people that battle cancer. I thought it would be a great opportunity to help out in a different way, other than dealing with people during their difficult time when they, unfortunately, have to use my services. I’m glad to be able to help out.”

Since they can’t have a regular kissing booth on the course, they’re going to have a doggie kissing booth. “We can’t have a people kissing booth with COVID, so I was trying to think of some fun things to do while everyone is out there, so I thought once everyone has a couple of beers, they’ll want to kiss our Alpine mascot, Sammy,” said Bayes.

They have signed up sponsors for each hole, but are still looking for golfers to fill out the teams. Each sponsor will be able to have a table at their hole and they can give out anything from Jello shots to marketing items, says Bayes.

“I’ve golfed on the Little Falls Municipal Golf Course on a Saturday morning when the BBQ has been going and let me tell you, it smells good the whole time you’re on the course,” she stated.

For more information email cbayes@alpinerehab.net

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Absentee ballot portal now open https://mylittlefalls.com/absentee-ballot-portal-now-open/ https://mylittlefalls.com/absentee-ballot-portal-now-open/#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2020 09:00:57 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28371 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of New York’s absentee ballot portal where voters can directly request an absentee ballot for the upcoming November 3rd election. The Governor acted by Executive Order to allow […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the launch of New York’s absentee ballot portal where voters can directly request an absentee ballot for the upcoming November 3rd election. The Governor acted by Executive Order to allow any voter concerned about risk or exposure to COVID during the ongoing pandemic to request an absentee ballot. 

“As the November election approaches we know that many voters feel vulnerable in the midst of this pandemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “In line with the sweeping reforms we have implemented to make it easier for New Yorkers to exercise their right to vote, today we launch the online portal through which every registered voter concerned about COVID-19 can obtain an absentee ballot. Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and we want each and every voter to feel safe and secure in the exercise of voting.”  

Last month, Governor Cuomo signed into law sweeping election reforms that will make it easier for New Yorkers to vote and be counted in November. These new measures Include allowing absentee ballot applications to be submitted to the Board of Elections immediately, allowing a voter to get an absentee ballot due to risk or fear of illness including COVID-19, and ensuring all absentee ballots postmarked on or before Election Day or received by the Board of Elections without a postmark on the day after the Election will be counted. Ballots with a postmark demonstrating that they were mailed on or before Election Day will be counted if received by November 10.    

The Governor also issued an executive order to bolster and support New Yorkers’ right to vote. The order requires county boards of elections to take concrete steps to inform voters of upcoming deadlines, be prepared for upcoming elections, and help ensure absentee ballots can be used in all elections.

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What mural do you want to see in Canal Place? https://mylittlefalls.com/what-mural-do-you-want-to-see-in-canal-place/ https://mylittlefalls.com/what-mural-do-you-want-to-see-in-canal-place/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2020 09:00:48 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28344 by Dave Warner If you had a chance to vote on what a 670 square foot mural would look like on the north wall of Canal Side Inn, which one […]

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by Dave Warner

If you had a chance to vote on what a 670 square foot mural would look like on the north wall of Canal Side Inn, which one would you vote for? The original 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.

According to Marica Bellico-Brodock with Rock City Development, “The idea is to make Canal Place more appealing but to also get feedback from people who live in town or are from Little Falls, but moved away and still care about Little Falls. It will help us decide which one would better represent Canal Place.”

Elias Saifan, who painted each of the sample murals says that Mural 1 is a style he calls Hyper-Hymn. “It’s kind of like a dance of inspiration. It’s a schematica of color, it’s very floaty and I’m working with curved lines. In comparison to Mural 2, which is more specifically geometric and has more depth of field to it. These abstract shapes are floating, but it has movement. It has more depth.”

“Mural 3, is in-between both. It has both a two and a three-dimensional feel to it. This was the original study for the mural. It’s like an urbanscape with the architectural lines as well,” he stated.

For those people who can’t come to the city but want to vote on the project, you can take the poll below. For those people who want to see the pieces in person, you can go to the Art Door Gallery in Canal Place and cast your vote. When you do, you will receive a coupon to get a free regular cup of coffee, hot or iced at the Cafe at Stone Mill, across the street.

Click on each image to see a larger version of it.


This poll is now closed. Click on the graphic below for the final results.


Here’s the video that kicked off the GoFundMe campaign to raise money to paint the mural.

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Medicare Savings Program https://mylittlefalls.com/medicare-savings-program/ https://mylittlefalls.com/medicare-savings-program/#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2020 09:00:19 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28375 The Medicare Savings Program offers a variety of possible savings and relief for lower-income older adults by offsetting the costs associated with Medicare. The Medicare Savings Program (MSP) can pay […]

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The Medicare Savings Program offers a variety of possible savings and relief for lower-income older adults by offsetting the costs associated with Medicare. The Medicare Savings Program (MSP) can pay the monthly premium for Medicare (which is currently $144.60 a month). An additional benefit of the Medicare Savings Program is an automatic enrollment into Extra Help for Medicare Part D. Extra Help is a program to help people with limited income and resources pay Medicare prescription drug program costs, like premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance. Below are the income and resource guidelines under the Medicare Savings Program.

Individual              Couples                     Resource Limit                      Couple Resource Limit
$1,456/mo            $1,960/mo                None                                       None

Call Herkimer County Office for the Aging at 315-867-1371 for an application. Find us at herkimercounty.org. Click on services/departments, then Office for the Aging. Please like us on Facebook. Type in the search bar “Herkimer County Office for the Aging” and give us a like!

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Senior Meals 09/03/2020 – 09/09/2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-09-03-2020-09-09-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-09-03-2020-09-09-2020/#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2020 09:00:14 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28378 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:

Sep 03: Ham and cheese pasta salad, cottage cheese, tomato, and cucumber salad, banana.

Sep 04: Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, Brussels sprouts, cookie.

Sep 07: Closed for Labor Day.

Sep 08: Fiesta chicken, seasoned rice, Japanese blend vegetables, pears.

Sep 09: Shepherd’s pie with mashed potatoes and corn, cookie.

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 calls on FCC to reverse course and protect customers from costly Spectrum data caps https://mylittlefalls.com/brindisi-calls-on-fcc-to-reverse-course-and-protect-customers-from-costly-spectrum-data-caps/ https://mylittlefalls.com/brindisi-calls-on-fcc-to-reverse-course-and-protect-customers-from-costly-spectrum-data-caps/#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2020 08:30:16 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28368 After blowing the whistle on Spectrum’s attempts to implement costly data caps, U.S. Congressman Anthony Brindisi took new action today on behalf of Spectrum customers. Brindisi called on the Federal […]

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After blowing the whistle on Spectrum’s attempts to implement costly data caps, U.S. Congressman Anthony Brindisi took new action today on behalf of Spectrum customers. Brindisi called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stop rolling over for Spectrum and instead defend customers from Spectrum data caps.

On August 14, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down two of the four commitments Spectrum made to the FCC when it merged with Time Warner Cable. Shockingly, the FCC did not even argue the case, and the Court reached this decision because of “the FCC’s refusal to defend on the merits.”

“The FCC’s complete disregard for Spectrum customers is appalling,” Brindisi said. “They rolled over in court, but now they must stand up to Spectrum and say ‘no’ to costly data caps. The American people need the FCC to be a watchdog, not a lapdog.”

Brindisi submitted comments to the FCC calling on them to keep the prohibition on data caps in place. Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, has claimed that they have no intention of instituting data caps, despite asking the FCC for permission to do so. The FCC will make its decision on data caps in the coming weeks.

“The claims by Charter that they would not institute data caps, but only want the option to do so, should be met with intense skepticism,” Brindisi wrote to the FCC. “Their stance is like a teenager asking for his father’s credit card number, but promising that he would never use it. The fact that Charter is asking for permission to use data caps indicates that they intend to implement them.”

In Congress, Brindisi has held Spectrum’s feet to the fire. The first bill he introduced, the Transparency for Cable Consumers Act, would provide better oversight of cable and internet providers and hold companies accountable that are fined by a state Public Service Commission like Spectrum. In November, Brindisi slammed the cable company in a district-wide opinion piece outlining his dogged efforts to hold the cable company accountable regardless of the consequences in Washington.

Last month, Brindisi revealed the results of his first-of-its-kind broadband survey. The survey showed NY-22 has the slowest internet in New York state.

Brindisi’s full letter to the FCC is below: 

Dear Chairman Pai and Commissioners O’Rielly, Carr, Rosenworcel, and Starks,

Thank you for announcing an additional comment period for the petition filed by Charter Communications (Charter) to sunset two conditions of its merger agreement on May 18, 2021. The FCC’s decision in this matter is especially important in light of the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision in Competitive Enterprise Institute v. FCC. I once again strongly urge the FCC to reject Charter’s request and require them to abide by the terms of the merger for the full seven years.

While I disagree with the Court’s decision, I respect their judgement in this case. However, I was dismayed to see that the reason why the Court vacated two of the four merger conditions was “the FCC’s refusal to defend on the merits.” The FCC is the nation’s top telecommunications regulator. As such, you should be the public’s foremost advocate while you pursue the goal of universal service. When the Court was prepared to consider the FCC’s basic power to protect the public interest when approving telecom mergers, the FCC rolled over and mounted no defense.

Now the dispute over the use of data caps rests entirely with the FCC. The claims by Charter that they would not institute data caps, but only want the option to do so, should be met with intense skepticism. Their stance is like a teenager asking for his father’s credit card number, but promising that he would never use it. The fact that Charter is asking for permission to use data caps indicates that they intend to implement them. 

I also hope that the FCC will consider the current realities facing American families when considering Charter’s request. With schools reopening with distance learning and millions of Americans still working from home, it would be disastrous to allow Charter to institute data caps on their customers as early as next year. No family should be forced to cut an extra check to their Internet Service Provider just because their child needs to attend class. With millions of households making sacrifices in the middle of a global pandemic, Americans need our support. The FCC must stand on the side of American families, not with corporate behemoths trying to raise their bills. 

Given Charter’s record and the current realities facing our nation’s families, I once again ask that the FCC reject Charter’s request to terminate the terms of their merger. The FCC should require Charter to continue to abide by the merger agreement for the full seven years. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this matter.

Sincerely,

 

Anthony Brindisi
Member of Congress

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Michael A. “Mike” McCumber 1965 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/michael-a-mike-mccumber-1965-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/michael-a-mike-mccumber-1965-2020/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 22:19:48 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28381 Michael A. “Mike” McCumber, age 54, of Church Street, entered into eternal rest on Monday evening, August 31, 2020 at Siegenthaler Center, New Hartford, New York. Michael was born on […]

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Michael A. “Mike” McCumber

Michael A. “Mike” McCumber, age 54, of Church Street, entered into eternal rest on Monday evening, August 31, 2020 at Siegenthaler Center, New Hartford, New York.

Michael was born on December 25, 1965, in Little Falls, son of the late Roger D. and Carol A. (Konik) McCumber and educated in Little Falls Schools, graduating with the class of 1984. He attended Herkimer County Community College’s Radio and Broadcasting program. Michael spent his working career employed with local businesses including, Ann Street Deli, Ann Street Liquors, and most recently the Copper Moose Restaurant, all of Little Falls. It was hard to forget the charming smile and exceptional service he provided to his customers. He was also employed at one time with Denny’s in Herkimer and the Mohawk Station Restaurant. In his earlier years, he worked for WLFH Radio.

Mike loved golfing, playing darts, and was an avid movie/DVD collector. He was a gentle, friendly, caring man who greeted people in a kind manner and took a personal interest making them feel at ease and in a friendly frame of mind. Mike was a man of integrity laced with humor and an overall wonderful man. He was a great son, brother, and father, loved those he cared about equally, and gave them his time and support. Above all, Mike enjoyed the cherished times spent with his grandchildren. They were the core of his life and he was so proud of them. He will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate enough to know him.

Survivors include his beloved family; his daughter, Kaylin Scanlon and Vinnie Grainer of Little Falls; his son, Andrew Scanlon of Stillwater; daughter, Alexa McCumber of Canastota; sisters, Colleen Polenski and fiance Louis Lamb of Schuyler, Dawn Reed, and husband Christopher of Georgia and Gail McCumber of Albany; brother, Roger McCumber Jr. of Little Falls; his grandchildren, Taylor, Jordan, Colin, and Derek; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Connor McCumber.

Michael and the McCumber family’s care has been entrusted to Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (corner of Bidleman Road) between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours at the funeral home, on Saturday, September 5, 2020, from 1-3 p.m and also invited to his funeral service commencing at 3 pm at the funeral home with The Rev. Joseph A. Famulare, Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Mask’s will be be required at the funeral home and COVID-19 procedures will be observed. Cremation will take place following the services with burial to take place at the convenience of the family with his beloved parents in Rural Park Cemetery, Inghams Mills.

Mike’s family is eternally grateful and offer their deepest gratitude to Dr. James Leonardo and nurses (his caring and skilled team) at Bassett Cancer Center, along with the nurses and staff at Siegenthaler Center for their kindness and compassion. The Hospice Team is a true blessing from God. The family would also like to thank Terry Scanlon for her caring support and loving dedication offered to Mike throughout his illness. Kindly consider a contribution to the Michael McCumber memorial fund in his memory; envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. Please visit www.mohawkvalleyfunerals.com to add to his online tribute page. Rest in peace Mike.

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New state guidance for agritourism business announced https://mylittlefalls.com/new-state-guidance-for-agritourism-business-announced/ https://mylittlefalls.com/new-state-guidance-for-agritourism-business-announced/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 19:21:47 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28364 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new state guidance for agritourism businesses as New York State enters the Fall season. The businesses, which include corn mazes, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new state guidance for agritourism businesses as New York State enters the Fall season. The businesses, which include corn mazes, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations, hayrides and haunted houses, are considered low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment and are permitted to operate under New York’s NY Forward guidance. New Yorkers can also visit the State’s farmers’ markets and craft beverage trails, which have remained open under State guidance, supporting agriculture and tourism in the state.  

“New York State’s amazing outdoor attractions and recreational opportunities are a boon for families and communities during the fall season each year, and we want New Yorkers to be able to enjoy this time with their family responsibly and safely,” Governor Cuomo said. “The new guidance announced today will ensure that these businesses can open to the public, allowing families to enjoy their favorite fall activities while providing a boost for our farming communities and local economies.”

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, “As one of the nation’s top agricultural states, New York traditionally comes together in the fall to celebrate the harvest—from apples to grapes to pumpkins. This year, while things may not look exactly the same on your favorite farm, I am happy to say we can still celebrate agriculture’s bounty and the many family-friendly activities that go with it. With this new guidance, we hope New Yorkers will be able to enjoy some of the best of New York agriculture in a safe and socially distanced manner.”  

The businesses that can reopen are subject to Low-Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment and Public Transportation guidance. Guidance includes, but is not limited to:

Corn Mazes – permitted consistent with Low-Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:

  • Reduced capacity
  • Face coverings required
  • Social distance maintained between individuals/parties

Hayrides – permitted consistent with Public Transportation guidance and the following conditions:

  • Mandatory face coverings
  • Social distance required between individuals/parties
  • Frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, cleaned and sanitized between rides

Pick-Your-Own Fruit/Vegetables Operations – permitted consistent with Low-Risk Outdoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:

  • Reduced capacity
  • Face coverings required
  • Social distance maintained between individuals/parties.

Haunted Houses – permitted consistent with Low-Risk Indoor Arts and Entertainment guidance and the following conditions:

  • Reduced capacity
  • Face coverings required
  • Social distance maintained between individuals/parties

Petting zoos are not permitted.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has issued a full slate of guidelines for the agricultural industry, including guidance for farmers’ markets and for its food and beverage producers. All guidance can be found at https://agriculture.ny.gov/coronavirus.

Two States Added to Travel Advisory

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo also announced two additional states—Alaska and Montana—meet the metrics to qualify for New York State’s COVID-19 travel advisory. No areas have been removed. The advisory requires individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

New York State’s infection rate has been below 1 percent for 25 straight days. The number of patients in ICUs remained at 109, the lowest number since March 15. 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 we continue to pursue a phased, data driven reopening, the number of areas that remain on New York’s travel advisory is a stark reminder of the continued extent of the COVID-19 crisis throughout the nation,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our ability to protect our state and fight the virus begins with what we do here at home, and that’s why it’s so important that New Yorkers wear masks, socially distance and wash their hands, and why local governments need to enforce state guidance. Everyone stay safe and be New York Tough, and we will get through this together.”

The full, updated travel advisory list is below:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wisconsin

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,073 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 3 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Manhattan – 2
  • Nassau – 1

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization 432 (+14)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 64
  • Hospital Counties 31
  • Number ICU 109 (+0)
  • Number ICU with Intubation 54 (+3)
  • Total Discharges 75,142 (+42)
  • Deaths – 3
  • Total Deaths – 25,331

Of the 76,997 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 754, or 0.98 percent, were positive. The Governor also confirmed 754 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 435,510 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 435,510 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 317 cases in Herkimer County with 10 deaths.

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Brindisi announces push to recruit, hire, train more cops https://mylittlefalls.com/brindisi-announces-push-to-recruit-hire-train-more-cops/ https://mylittlefalls.com/brindisi-announces-push-to-recruit-hire-train-more-cops/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 09:00:43 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28334 Announcing a national push to recruit, hire, train and fund more community beat cops on the streets of NY-22 and in communities across the country, U.S. Congressman Anthony Brindisi pushed […]

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Announcing a national push to recruit, hire, train and fund more community beat cops on the streets of NY-22 and in communities across the country, U.S. Congressman Anthony Brindisi pushed a plan today to double the federal funding for the Department of Justice (DOJ) COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) Hiring Program (CHP). The plan is a national effort.

In 2020, the program awarded 596 grants to hire 2,731 police officers at police departments across the nation, according to Justice Department statistics.

Brindisi said that last year Congress allocated $350 million to the COPS CHP grant program that allows communities across the country to expense the hire of community beat cops and officers to the federal government, among other efforts, BUT that this allocation was before COVID-19. Brindisi says COVID-19’s body blow to local budgets, looming retirements and new ideas on what’s best for individual communities demands a doubling—to $700 million—for the entire federal pot so that cities and towns across America will have access to the funds they’ll soon need.

“We have a three-pronged crisis right now that is going to demand a surge in federal COPS grant funds to give police departments the tools, training and teams they’ll need to serve and protect,” said Congressman Brindisi. “COVID-19 has decimated local budgets in my district and in districts across the country, retirements in police departments also loom and filling those positions will require dollars. Even more, many communities are now conceiving what their own departments will look like in the future, and we have to help them fund that process.”

“This plan will help local police departments recruit, hire and train more officers by doubling the federal funding allocated for community policing initiatives that save lives and ensure the highest standards in public safety prevail,” he added.

According to the Department of Justice, the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) Program is a competitive solicitation, open to all state and local law enforcement agencies. Approximately $350 million in funding was available for FY 2020 CHP.

The federal CHP dollars provides funding to hire and re-hire entry-level career law enforcement officers in order to preserve jobs, increase community policing capacities, and support crime prevention efforts.

According to the Department of Justice CHP criteria:

Funding under this program may be used to do the following:

  • Hire new officers
  • Rehire officers (laid off as a result of budget reductions)
  • Rehire officers (at the time of application, currently scheduled to be laid off as a result of budget reductions)

Highlights for this year’s COPS Hiring Program:

  • Funds as many positions as possible for successful applicants
  • Provides 75 percent of the approved entry-level salaries and fringe benefits of each newly hired and/or rehired full-time officer, up to $125,000 per officer position, over the three year (36 month) grant period
  • Requires applicants to identify specific crimes, problems or focus areas (like community policing) and explain how CHP funding will be used to implement those community-policing approaches to that problem/focus area.

Brindisi said to accomplish this funding effort he will add an amendment into the upcoming House Continuing Resolution (CR) bill that seeks to double the Department of Justice funds allocated to this grant program. If he is unable to garner immediate support within the next few weeks, he will work to add this amendment into another “must-pass” spending bill. Brindisi says he expects his idea to garner bipartisan support.

“We support Congressman Brindisi’s call to increase these critical funds,” said Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol. “Anthony’s always had our backs in Washington and this call to action will help keep our communities safe.”

“This strategy here is that by using a must-pass spending bill, we can work on a bipartisan level to either pass the doubled amount of the COPS funds or another negotiated number that at least funds the challenges I am seeing amid COVID-19, with local budget hardships and new community policing ideas in cities in towns across the country,” Brindisi added.

“Part of my job is ensuring that our area has access to federal dollars amid change, COVID-19 struggles and budget crisis—and this plan helps communities hire cops, protect citizens and make any changes they might want to serve and protect,” Brindisi said. “It’s all going to cost money.

Across NY-22, COPS funds have been a critical tool for local police departments since 1994. The City of Binghamton just received $250,000 of COPS funds in June. One major award for Utica was in 2009, when the city secured over $400,000 to hire new community beat police officers. This effort saved taxpayer funds and played a major role in a reduction of crime.

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Get Curious About Your Cat’s Health https://mylittlefalls.com/get-curious-about-your-cats-health/ https://mylittlefalls.com/get-curious-about-your-cats-health/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 09:00:42 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28319 (Family Features) Adopting and fostering pets continues to trend as people across the nation add furry friends to their families for company during these unprecedented times. However, building a bond […]

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(Family Features) Adopting and fostering pets continues to trend as people across the nation add furry friends to their families for company during these unprecedented times. However, building a bond is just the first step to pet ownership; curiosity and care for your pet’s health lasts its entire life.

Strong bonds with pets are among the more positive outcomes of being in quarantine. Nearly 40% of people agree they couldn’t have made it through the quarantine without their pets, according to a survey by Royal Canin. However, of the more than 90 million cats in United States households, more than half do not receive a yearly veterinary exam, according to the American Pet Products Association. 

Cats are typically stoic, so if they are giving obvious indications of not feeling well, they need to be examined promptly. However, it’s not always obvious that something is affecting your cat’s health, and in the context of a pandemic, it may not be clear how to address concerns.

In honor of its annual #Cat2Vet campaign, which aims to improve the lives of cats by encouraging owners to schedule regular veterinary checkups, the experts at Royal Canin offer these tips for becoming more curious about your cat’s health.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Potential health signals

If your cat is otherwise acting normal, there may be a few hints that he or she isn’t actually feeling well. Watch for weight loss, changes in appetite or water intake, coughing or sneezing, acting lethargic, vomiting, changes in stool quality and more or less urine in the litter box.

If there’s anything unusual going on with your cat, ask your vet if you have concerns. The staff at your clinic can help you determine if a visit is necessary.

Accessing veterinary care

Many clinics offer curbside services where pet owners stay outside instead of entering the clinic. You can tell your veterinarian about your concerns over the phone while he or she examines your cat.

Another option is mobile veterinary services, which are available in many areas. Mobile services can be utilized for routine visits, sick visits, hospice visits or other specialized care. Emergency clinics and specialty hospitals are also open if needed as veterinarian clinics are considered essential businesses.

Some veterinarians are also offering telehealth services for pet owners. In addition, Royal Canin offers cat owners free access to Ask.Vet’s chat service. The service provides access to licensed veterinarians from the safety of your home 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply sign up at Ask.Vet or text “chatnow” to 67076 to be connected with a veterinarian who can answer health-related questions.

Preparing for a visit

Especially for cats who are not accustomed to regular vet visits, a trip when they’re already feeling unwell can be stressful. Consider these tips to help ease the experience:

  • Rather than keeping the cat carrier hidden away, make it accessible for your cat to get familiar and comfortable with the way it looks and smells.
  • Make daily time for activities like brushing and nail trims that help desensitize your cat to being touched.
  • Use pheromone wipes and sprays to help relax your cat and reduce stress before the trip.
  • Play calming music at an appropriate volume to help calm cats at home and in the car on the way to the vet.

Join the conversation about feline health and share why you take your cat to the vet annually by using #Cat2Vet on social media, and visit RoyalCanin.com/cathealth to learn more and enter to win a prize pack to prep your cat’s next vet visit.

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State reports new lows in ICU Patients and COVID deaths https://mylittlefalls.com/state-reports-new-lows-in-icu-patients-and-covid-deaths/ https://mylittlefalls.com/state-reports-new-lows-in-icu-patients-and-covid-deaths/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 19:04:26 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28330 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU patients have dropped to new lows. Hospitalizations dropped to 418, a new low since March 16, and the number […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU patients have dropped to new lows. Hospitalizations dropped to 418, a new low since March 16, and the number of patients in ICUs dropped to 109, a new low since March 15. Yesterday, one person was reported to have died from COVID-19 in New York State, which is the lowest single-day death toll. No deaths were reported in New York City. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive, and many other helpful data points are always available at forward.ny.gov.

“Yesterday we had the lowest number hospitalized and the lowest number in the ICU since this crisis began. One New Yorker passed away and that New Yorker’s family is in our thoughts and prayers, but we should pause a moment on that fact. There was a time when we were going through this crisis when we literally had hundreds of people dying every day,” Governor Cuomo said.“And I asked New Yorkers to understand the facts and to act responsibly and I said that what the future holds is determined by what New Yorkers do. Together we did flatten the curve and we saved lives.”

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,110 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 5 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Queens – 5

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 418 (-11)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 29
  • Hospital Counties – 32
  • Number ICU – 109 (-3)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 51 (+4)
  • Total Discharges – 75,100 (+38)
  • Deaths – 1
  • Total Deaths – 25,328

Of the 66,241 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 656, or 0.99 percent, were positive. The Governor also confirmed 656 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 434,756 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 434,756 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 310 cases in Herkimer County with 10 deaths.

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Be disaster-ready https://mylittlefalls.com/be-disaster-ready-2/ https://mylittlefalls.com/be-disaster-ready-2/#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 10:24:26 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28315 A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward September is National Preparedness Month.  Here in New York, we have many recent reminders about why it is vital […]

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

September is National Preparedness Month.  Here in New York, we have many recent reminders about why it is vital to be ready for both natural and man-made disasters.

Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and Superstorm Sandy were not that long ago and are still fresh in the minds of New Yorkers.  Many area communities suffered through those devastating storms and have worked extremely hard to rebuild (with work still ongoing in some places). Other unnamed storms hit our region regularly, displaying the raw power Mother Nature can harness.  Of course, we have all learned about the challenges associated with a global pandemic as we continue to contend with COVID-19.

I have worked closely with others in state government to bring needed resources to our communities to help bounce back from weather-related destruction.  Targeted grants for homeowners and businesses, appliance replacement rebate programs, and, most importantly, state assistance to cover the local share of public disaster response and recovery costs are just a few examples of our recent recovery efforts.

New York State also has taken a proactive approach to rebuilding – providing flood mitigation grants to help storm-ravaged communities reconstruct flood-stricken areas and shore up streams and waterways to better withstand future severe weather events.  These grants will help make sure homes and businesses are protected for years to come without burdening local governments and taxpayers.

It is crucial that we take steps before severe weather strikes to prepare for all possible outcomes.  I have worked to advance initiatives that focus on strengthening our infrastructure, improving our emergency response capabilities, and enhancing our capacity to rebuild.

We are also approaching the anniversary of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history – September 11th.  Since that fateful date in 2001, we have made great strides in areas of national security and defense.  We have also worked tremendously hard at the federal, state, and local levels to upgrade our emergency preparedness as we ready ourselves for potential man-made and natural disasters.

While our first responders are extremely important to disaster preparation, everyone can play a role.  All Americans should take steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces, and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

Over the last few years, I have co-sponsored several Civilian Preparedness Training programs to help everyone be better prepared in case a disaster strikes.  The free training sessions, directed by the New York National Guard, last about two hours and provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Each family in attendance receives a NYS Disaster Preparedness Backpack containing essential items to store in their homes.  The specialized training, along with the backpacks, will help New Yorkers be the most-trained and best-prepared citizens in the country.  At this time, in-person training sessions have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, on-line training is available at www.prepare.ny.gov.

The New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services website is another terrific resource.   It includes links to the disaster training program and serves as a comprehensive clearinghouse of safety and preparedness information from a variety of state and federal agencies.  I would encourage you to bookmark the site, www.dhses.ny.gov, and visit it often for regular updates before, during, and after a disaster.  You should also remember the simple four-step formula to preparedness: make a plan; prepare a kit; be informed; get involved.

Another great resource is the website https://www.ready.gov/.  Ready is a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.  The website is filled with helpful items including a link to COVID-19 specific sites.

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Conversion to cashless tolling on track for end of 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/conversion-to-cashless-tolling-on-track-for-end-of-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/conversion-to-cashless-tolling-on-track-for-end-of-2020/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2020 09:00:48 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28309 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the final of 70 steel gantries has been erected ahead of the Thruway’s conversion to cashless tolling system-wide by the end of 2020. The gantry […]

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the final of 70 steel gantries has been erected ahead of the Thruway’s conversion to cashless tolling system-wide by the end of 2020. The gantry located on I-90 at exit 42 (Geneva) is the final gantry to be installed, marking another significant milestone in the $355 million project. The installation of gantries at 21 over the main highway and 34 on the entrance/exit ramp tolling locations was completed on time and on budget and is part of the first phase of the project to convert the Thruway to cashless tolling. 

“This project is transforming New York’s transportation system by improving driving experiences, expediting traffic flow, and improving air quality in areas surrounding toll plazas,” Governor Cuomo said. “With upgrades like this, we are ushering in a new modern era for traveling across this state which will benefit motorists for decades to come.”

Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said, “The Thruway Authority is making incredible progress with the historic conversion to cashless tolling on the ticketed system which will benefit millions of motorists who travel the Thruway every year. As the project continues, we’re on schedule for the system to go live by the end of 2020, ushering in a new era of transportation on the Thruway.”

Crews are now installing cashless tolling equipment on the gantries, which include state-of-the-art sensors and cameras that read E-ZPass tags and take license plate images. There will be more than 2,000 state-of-the-art cameras affixed to the gantries when completed. The equipment is not currently operational as the system will go live all at once by the end of 2020. 

The gantries installed over the mainline highway range from 58 feet to 150 feet in length by 23 feet in height and weighing between 25,000 and 104,000 pounds. Gantries installed over the entrance/exit ramps range from 48 feet to 94 feet in length by 23 feet in height and weighing between 33,000 and 74,000 pounds. Gantries were fabricated utilizing approximately 3.5 million pounds of 100 percent American-made steel and hundreds of New York workers in accordance to the “New York Buy American” Act at LMC Industrial Contractors Inc. in Livingston County. 

As Governor Cuomo first announced in his 2018 State of the State address, the $355 million investment will transform and modernize the Thruway system for the approximately 267 million motorists that travel the superhighway each year.

Motorists are encouraged to sign up for E-ZPass, which is the most convenient way to pay tolls on the Thruway. E-ZPass tags are sold at retail locations across the state and motorists can also sign up online. For additional information on how cashless tolling works and tips on how to pay bills on time, visit the Thruway Authority’s website at thruway.ny.gov/cashless. 

Additionally, the Thruway Authority launched a webpage dedicated to the project and its developments. One of the many features on the webpage is the Interactive Map. Motorists can view where the gantries are installed along the system and the progress made at each location. The webpage also features a FAQ section, project gallery, and traffic information.

In June 2019, Governor Cuomo announced Cashless Tolling Constructors, LLC (CTC) was awarded the contract to install cashless tolling across the entire Thruway ticketed system by the end of 2020. CTC is a consortium of contractors that is performing work in each of the four Thruway Maintenance Divisions; New York, Albany, Syracuse, and Buffalo. A workforce of more than 800 staff is spread along the I-87 and I-90 corridors, spanning 18 counties. 

When cashless tolling is operational on the Thruway’s ticketed system and all toll booths are removed, motorists will drive seamlessly under gantries so vehicles no longer have to stop to pay tolls.  Vehicles with E-ZPass tags are automatically charged and vehicles without E-ZPass tags will have their license plate image captured and a toll bill mailed to the registered owner.  As part of the Design-Build project requirements, the switchover to cashless tolling will take place simultaneously system-wide by the end of 2020. 

Following the conversion to cashless tolling, the existing toll plazas and barriers will be removed in phases. During the deconstruction phase, drivers will continue to travel through existing toll lanes at reduced speeds without stopping until the booths are removed and road reconfigurations are complete. Drivers will be required to use caution around the toll plazas during this time, as it will be an active construction zone. The posted speed limit when traveling through the toll lanes will be 20 MPH.

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Ludmila Stehnach 1926 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/ludmila-stehnach-1926-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/ludmila-stehnach-1926-2020/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2020 12:28:00 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28312 Little Falls – Ludmila (Klinskaya) Stehnach, 93, of Little Falls, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 25th at St. Johnsville Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, St. Johnsville. At the time […]

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Ludmila (Klinskaya) Stehnach

Little Falls – Ludmila (Klinskaya) Stehnach, 93, of Little Falls, NY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 25th at St. Johnsville Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, St. Johnsville. At the time of her passing, Ludmila was at peace in the company of her loved ones who have preceded her and was prepared to be with God. Mrs. Stehnach was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church of East Herkimer, NY.

She was born on October 9, 1926, in St. Petersburg, Russia, the daughter of the late Ivan Ivonovich Klinskaya and Helena Danilova Klinskaya. She also had an older sister Vayla. Shortly after Ludmila’s birth, the family moved to her parents’ home town of Melitopol, Ukraine. It was in Melitopol that Ludmila became a well-known and accomplished singer and stage performer. During her childhood, the city of Melitopol and Ludmila’s family suffered the onset of WW2 losing her mother when she was 14, having her father conscripted into the Red Army, and seeing her sister taken away to a forced labor camp in Germany. During the war, Ludmila survived essentially as an orphaned teenager, always moving away from Russian and German combat areas. At the end of WW2, she found safety in Innsbruck, Austria where she saw American troops for the first time. Ludmila existed as a Displaced Person in post-WW2 Germany, unable to return to her home and not knowing if any of her known family members survived.

In 1952, she met, her future husband, U.S. Army Captain Michael N. Stehanch, in Munich, Germany, and married on November 8, 1953 at St. Niklas Orthodox Church in Stuttgart, Germany. They came to the United States in the fall of 1954 with their daughter Peggy and resided in Dolgeville, NY until moving to Little Falls, NY with Peggy and their son John in 1965. In 1963, Ludmila and her family returned to Russia to reunite with her father, sister, and other family who survived WW2.

Ludmila is survived by her daughter, Peggy (Stehnach) Sabelnik of Trenton, NJ, son John and wife, Norma, of Little Falls, NY; seven grandchildren, Christina, Paul, Gregory, Ted, Valentina, Michael, and Eric; seven great-grandchildren and her very dear friend Philip Brienze. Also, residing in Melitopol, Ukraine, nieces Leena and Nephew Kolya.

There are no calling hours. Her funeral will be held on Saturday, August 29th at 11:00 AM in Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, East Herkimer, NY with Fr. Vasil Dubee, officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cemetery, East Herkimer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 305 Main Rd. East Herkimer, NY 13350.

Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Ludmila’s online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com

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1,222 tickets already issued for “Operation Hardhat” https://mylittlefalls.com/1222-tickets-already-issued-for-operation-hardhat/ https://mylittlefalls.com/1222-tickets-already-issued-for-operation-hardhat/#respond Sat, 29 Aug 2020 09:00:57 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28300 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Police have already issued 1,222 tickets during Operation Hardhat, an initiative between State Police, the New York State Department of […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Police have already issued 1,222 tickets during Operation Hardhat, an initiative between State Police, the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Thruway Authority, to crack down on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving when encountering construction, maintenance, and emergency operations along state highways. With at least three months left in the construction season, this total already surpasses the 1,048 tickets issued by State Troopers during all of 2019.  

“Through Operation Hardhat, we continue to aggressively crackdown on work zone violators who put our highway workers in harm’s way,” Governor Cuomo said.  “Essential transportation projects and ongoing maintenance activities to keep our highways safe are underway across New York State, and for the safety of our highway workers everyone is obligated to follow the speed limit in work zones and eliminate distractions on the road.”  

Already in 2020, New York State Police have conducted 37 separate details at DOT and Thruway-operated work zones beginning in July that are expected to continue through November. A total of 1,222 tickets have been issued, including:

  • Speeding – 432
  • Seatbelts – 112
  • Cell Phone – 192
  • Move Over – 68
  • Failure to Obey Flagger – 2
  • Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device – 10
  • DWI – 1
  • Unsafe lane change – 2
  • Other violations – 403

Additional “Operation Hardhat” enforcement details are currently being scheduled with State Troopers patrolling active highway work zones throughout at locations along interstates and other state highways where maintenance and construction activities are underway.

Under “Operation Hardhat” State Troopers are present within the work zones, dressed as highway maintenance workers, to identify motorists who disobey flagging personnel, speed through the work zone, or violate the state’s Move Over Law, which applies to both emergency and maintenance vehicles.

Additionally, the State Department of Transportation has already partnered with five local law enforcement agencies on separate “Operation Hardhat” initiatives in 2020, including the Utica Police Department, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, and the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office.  Separately, these operations have resulted in 180 tickets issued to motorists, including tickets for speeding, seatbelt violations, cell phone/electronic device use, expired inspections, among other violations.

Motorists are reminded to Move Over a lane, if safely possible, or slow down significantly whenever encountering roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber, or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones.

Motorists are urged to slow down and drive responsibly in work zones. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

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DEC Announces Opening of Canada Goose Seasons and New Waterfowl Hunter Registration System https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-announces-opening-of-canada-goose-seasons-and-new-waterfowl-hunter-registration-system/ https://mylittlefalls.com/dec-announces-opening-of-canada-goose-seasons-and-new-waterfowl-hunter-registration-system/#respond Sat, 29 Aug 2020 09:00:29 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28287 Photo by Dave Warner – Canada Geese take flight off of Spruce Lake in Little Falls. Canada Goose Hunting Season to Open Sept. 1 through Most of New York State […]

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Photo by Dave Warner – Canada Geese take flight off of Spruce Lake in Little Falls.

Canada Goose Hunting Season to Open Sept. 1 through Most of New York State

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that Canada goose hunting season opens Tuesday, Sept. 1, throughout most of the state. In addition, for the first time and for the 2020-2021 hunting season, DEC has incorporated the Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration into the DEC Automated Licensing System (DECALS) licensing system.

“New York’s resident Canada goose population remains above our population goal throughout the state,” said Commissioner Seggos. “The state’s goose hunters are partners in DEC’s efforts to manage the resident goose population and reduce their negative impacts on property owners and public health. September goose seasons provide hunters with an excellent and early opportunity to get out and pursue resident geese before most other hunting seasons begin.”

“Resident” Canada geese are those that do not migrate significant distances to breed in northern Canada. Typically, resident geese are the birds commonly associated with nuisance situations in urban and rural areas. Over the past 25 years, New York’s estimated resident Canada geese population has grown from 80,000 birds in 1995, to more than 360,000 today.

As the resident goose population has grown, season lengths and bag limits have been liberalized in an effort to reduce or stabilize their numbers. For more information on the differences between migratory and resident geese and how these birds are managed, read the article “Canada Geese in New York-Residents or Visitors?” in the August 2019, issue of DEC’s Conservationist magazine.

The September Canada goose season occurs in all goose hunting zones except the Western Long Island zone. All upstate areas open Sept. 1, and run through Sept. 25. Canada goose seasons in the Central and Eastern Long Island zones begin on the Tuesday following the Labor Day holiday (Sept. 8, 2020) and run through Sept. 30. In the Western Long Island zone, the season opens on Oct. 10.

The September season includes liberal bag limits (eight to 15 birds per day, depending on zone), extended shooting hours, and other special regulations to maximize hunter success. Additional information about waterfowl hunting regulations, season dates, hunting area boundaries, and bag limits can be found on DEC’s website.

License Requirements

To participate in the September Canada goose hunting season, hunters must:

  • Possess a 2020-2021 hunting license (now on sale at all license issuing agents and many town halls and sporting goods stores);
  • Be registered for the 2020-2021 New York Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP). See below for details; and
  • All hunters 16 years of age or older must have a 2020-2021 federal duck stamp signed across the face of the stamp in ink.

For a list of ways to purchase a hunting license, visit DEC’s website. To register with HIP visit DEC’s webpage.

New HIP Registration Process

New this year to the DECALS licensing system, the HIP registration links a hunter’s HIP number to their licensing profile and allows the hunter to log-in and retrieve their HIP number in the event it is misplaced. The transition will greatly improve data quality, which in turn will improve estimates of hunter participation and harvest.

HIP is a federal legal requirement that began in 1991. Anyone who hunts migratory game birds, including woodcock, must have proof of participation whenever they go afield. Failure to carry proof is a violation equal to hunting without a license. HIP provides the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) with a national registry of migratory game bird hunters from which they can select participants for harvest surveys. Only a small percentage of HIP participants will be selected for harvest surveys, which will be mailed to them by the USFWS. This information helps USFWS and DEC monitor the harvest of migratory game birds and is used to establish annual hunting regulations.

To register for HIP, log-in to DEC’s online licensing website and complete the below steps.

Those not already registered in the new online licensing system will first need to register:

  • Choose the ‘sign up’ option and enter date of birth and DEC customer ID number (from a previous or current hunting license or backtag) or Driver’s License number; and
  • Create a Username and Password.

For new account holder and return customers, follow the steps below to register for HIP:

  • Log in and navigate to the ‘Buy License’ line at the top of the web page;
  • Those holding an existing hunting license (or those in the process of purchasing a new hunting license), will be given the option of ‘purchasing’ a HIP registration for $0; and
  • When proceeding to checkout, customer will be prompted to answer a series of questions pertaining to their migratory game bird hunting activities last year. This includes the approximate number of each of the following birds harvested last season (woodcock, ducks, geese, brant, rails, snipe, coots, gallinule, and sea ducks [scoters, eiders, and long-tailed ducks]).

Following the completed checkout process, the customer can access their HIP number by returning to their customer profile page and clicking on the ‘Game Harvest and HIP’ tab in the left-hand column and the dropdown arrow next to their HIP item to view their number, which proves participation in HIP. Hunters are required to carry this number with them in some form while migratory game bird hunting.

Customers unable to register for HIP through DEC’s online system or encounter problems may contact the DECALS licensing hotline (1-866-933-2257) and talk to a representative to assist with the registration process.

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Road Work Report for the Week Beginning August 31, 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-august-31-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/road-work-report-for-the-week-beginning-august-31-2020/#respond Sat, 29 Aug 2020 09:00:05 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28307 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 Herkimer: (D#264168) South Washington Street bridge over the Mohawk River. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to the installation of containment system for bridge painting, and blasting.

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 with a signed speed limit reduction from 45 MPH to 30 MPH, due to work on the bridge over the West Canada Creek.

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 guiderail removal and installation along with drainage work.

Town of German Flatts & Columbia: (D#264203) Route 28 between the Otsego County line and Route 168. Motorists will encounter lane and shoulder closures in both directions due to drainage work and guiderail removal/installation work.

City of Little Falls: Route 167 at Canalway Trail. Motorists may encounter short duration lane closures due to milling and paving of the Canalway Trail.

City of Little Falls: Route 5s at Lock E18 access road. Motorist may encounter short duration lane closures due to milling and paving of the Lock E18 access road.

Village of Dolgeville: Route 26 bridge over the East Canada Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to bridge inspections.

Village of Richfield Springs: (D#263893) 167 between the Otsego County Line and Casler Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

Town of Schuyler: (D#264266) Route 5 between Windsor Circle and Elmwood Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to Drainage work,

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. The contractor crews will be installing new drainage between Genesee and Lower Genesee Streets, north side this will require daily lane closures. The contractors will be completing the installation of new drainage on Broad Street this work will also require daily lane closures. There will be daily lane closures on Route 5S/Oriskany Street east and west bound from Broad Street to Cornelia Street. John Street between Route 5S/Oriskany Street and Broad Street will have daily lane closures. Burchard Lane and Hotel Street will be temporarily closed to through traffic with local business access only. Washington and Seneca Streets may be closed for paving operations but not at the same time. Root Street access to Route 5S west bound will continue to remain open. 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 lane closure on North Genesee Street southbound between
Wurz and Lee 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 right lane and shoulder closures on Route 12 south bound at merge Route 49 east ramp to I-790 south due to pavement cleaning. Motorists will encounter lane closures on Route 49 east to I-790 south due to paving operations. Motorists will encounter full stoppages on Route 12 during night-time work hours due to overhead sign replacement.

Town of Deerfield: (D#264001) Route 12 over Doyle Road. Motorists will encounter long term lane closures in both directions due to approach slab repairs.

Town of New Hartford, Town of Paris: (D#264127) Route 8 between Kellogg Road and Pinnacle Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to approach reconstruction, paving shoulder & repair work with a speed limit reduction of 45MPH. Motorists will encounter shoulder closures on Kellogg Road under the Route 8 bridge due to bridge pier work as well as shoulder closures on Elm Street under Route 8 due to structural lifting operations.

Town of Vernon: (D#264088) Route 5 bridge over the Sconondoa Creek. Motorists will encounter lane closures with new traffic patterns as necessary between Verona Street and Tannery Lane due to pavement milling and bridge deck repairs. Pavement marking will be modified while operations continue and are completed.

Town of Boonville: (D#264171) Route 12 bridge over Mill Creek. Motorists will encounter temporary lane closures on Route 12 northbound and southbound, North of the East Schuyler Street intersection due to equipment mobilization and material deliveries.

Town of Trenton: (D#264259) Route 365 between Prospect Road and the Herkimer County line Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to shoulder reconstruction & ditching operations.

Town of New Hartford: Route 8 and Route 840. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to overhead sign inspections.

City of Utica: Genesee Street bridge over Harbor Lock Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to bridge inspections.

City of Rome: Route 26 bridge over Martin Street. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to bridge inspections.

Hamlet of Otter Lake: (D#263925) Route 28 between Teddy Bear Lane and Lake View Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions due to roadside grading.

Village of Boonville: (D#263893) Route 294 between the Lewis County Like and the Boonville Fairgrounds. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment

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 drainage work, radius reconstruction, excavation and installation of pedestrian and traffic signal foundations.

Town of Hamilton: (D#264266) Route 12 between the Madison / Chenango County line and Cranston Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to Guide Rail Installation.

Town of Cazenovia: (D#263893) Route 13 between the Town of Cazenovia and Chittenango Falls Park. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

FULTON COUNTY

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 with a signed speed limit reduction from 45 MPH to 30 MPH, 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 Lassellsville: (D#263893) Route 29 between Lassellsville and Route 10a. Motorists will encounter an Eastbound lane closure with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

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 sign installation.

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 over Cleveland Ave. Traffic on Route 30 will be open to traffic in both directions. Temporary signals remain on Erie Street for alternating traffic in both directions.

City of Amsterdam: (D#264031) Route 30 north bound over Route 67. Motorists will encounter a full ramp closure with a signed detour in place 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 Charleston, Town of Glen: (D#264189) Route 30A between the Montgomery County line to the Village of Fultonville. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations from the Schoharie County Line and Reynolds Road.

Town of St. Johnsville: (D#263947) Route 5 between Kennedy Road and Mill Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with a lane shift due to culver repairs.

Town of Palatine: (D#263893) Route 10 between the Town of Palatine and the Fulton/Montgomery County Line. Motorists will encounter a southbound lane closure with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

HAMILTON COUNTY

Hamlet of Eagle Bay to Hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake: (D#263869) Route 28 between The Town of Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due paving operations, Installation of New Project Guiderail, Install Shoulder Backup, Establishing Turf & Punchlist Work.

Town of Indian Lake: Route 30 between Lewey Lake Camp Site Road and Griffin Road. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to paving operations.

Town of Arietta: (D#263893) Route 10 between 29a and Route 8. Motorists will encounter lane closures in both directions with flaggers in place due to topsoil and turf establishment.

*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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ALBANY, N.Y. —New York State United Teachers — joined by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, local educators and others — today called on the state to update Department of Health school reopening guidelines to make mandatory the wearing of masks at all times indoors during the school day, except for appropriate break periods and in cases of medical accommodation.

In a letter to state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, the union cited ongoing concerns with school reopening plans across the state and the disparate mask policies that exist among school districts. NYSUT urged the state to look to scientific research showing the efficacy of masks and recent guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics that recommends the universal use of face coverings. The union also cited a recent change in Pennsylvania guidance to make the use of masks mandatory at all times during the school day.

“Unfortunately, as the beginning of the school year nears and districts continue working out their reopening plans with parents and teachers, we are seeing disparate mask policies that are not leaving parents or educators confident in the safety of their district’s plans,” the letter states. “In reviewing individual reopening plans with educators in the field, it’s clear that numerous plans do not go far enough in their mask mandates to ensure the safety of students and educators.”

The full letter can be read here.

“The governor has said — and we agree — that parents and educators must be confident in their school district’s reopening plan in order for this to work,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “As we hear of disparate mask procedures and other issues in reopening plans across the state, it’s clear that the state must step in. Making masks mandatory at all times is one step toward helping address the reservations that still exist regarding reopening school buildings.”

“We are still fighting a global pandemic, and masks are key to protecting others around us,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said. “That is why they must be central to reopening schools. It’s part of creating confidence in parents, students and school staff by utilizing all the appropriate public health safeguards to prevent the spread of virus in schools. This is not a question of either/or — masks or social distancing when inside schools. To protect the health and safety of everyone in the school community, it’s both/and until the risks from the coronavirus are contained.”

“While our district has adopted a ‘masks on the move’ policy, such as when students are in the hallways, in the classroom, masks will not be required,” said Diane Vanyo, president of the Argyle Teachers Association in the Capital Region. “We have raised numerous concerns with the district about this policy, which we fear will lead to students and teachers coming in and out of confined rooms where masks have not been worn all day. But with no movement on the local level, state action is exactly what we need to ensure we have the safest environment possible for our students and for our staff.”

“Simply put, making it mandatory that masks be worn throughout the school day would make me feel all the more confident that sending my children back to their classrooms is a safe option,” said Brandon Johnson, a parent of a fifth grader and eighth-grader and an educator in Horseheads in the Southern Tier. “As a parent, I don’t feel the district has taken adequate steps to address this concern. It’s time the state stepped in and made this policy simple for every district statewide.”

“The science is clear that masks are among the most effective ways we can reduce the spread of this virus,” said Dr. Jana Shaw, a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. “It’s essential that schools do everything in their power to help keep children and adults safe in school buildings so they can focus on their education in a healthy environment. Strong mask policies have helped us get the virus under control in New York, so it only makes sense that schools would follow a uniform mandatory mask guideline across the state.”

“Masks throughout the school day with social distancing in the classrooms is not only appropriate based on the available science, but it is the best way to protect students, teachers and staff during this pandemic,” said Dr. Ken Spaeth, chief of occupational and environmental medicine for Northwell Health on Long Island.

As NYSUT has said throughout the school reopening process this summer, health and safety must be at the forefront. A recent poll of NYSUT members showed that 81 percent believe the health and safety of students and staff should be the deciding factor in reopening schools.

In addition to revising statewide guidelines regarding the use of masks, the union continues to advocate for a statewide policy for closing school buildings in which there is a positive COVID-19 case for 14 days, and clear protocols for how testing, contact tracing and quarantining will be performed in schools.

NYSUT has been clear that if steps are not taken that instill confidence in individual school reopening plans, if there are any questions about safety or if any district’s plan is missing any details, that district must begin the year with remote learning.

“Educators and parents agree: School districts need to err on the side of caution,” Pallotta said. “Safety must continue to be the top priority.”

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

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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, which is a key ingredient in Honey Matcha Popcorn, 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. Mix in some dried herbs like basil and parsley to create this Popcorn Con Pesto.

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.

Honey Matcha Popcorn

Yield: 12 cups

12 cups unsalted, unbuttered popped popcorn

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder

1/2teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 300 F.

Line large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Place popped popcorn in large mixing bowl.

In small saucepan over medium heat, melt together butter, honey, matcha powder and salt, stirring until dissolved. Pour over popcorn; toss to combine. Spread onto baking sheet. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake, stirring occasionally, 25-30 minutes, or until popcorn is dry. Let cool completely before serving.

Tip: Matcha powder can be found in the tea and coffee aisle at supermarkets.

Popcorn Con Pesto

Yield: 5 quarts

5 quarts popped popcorn

1/2 cup butter

1 tablespoon dried basil leaves, crushed

1 teaspoon dried parsley, crushed

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup pine nuts (optional)

Place popped popcorn in large bowl and keep warm.

In small saucepan, melt butter; add basil, parsley, garlic, Parmesan cheese and nuts, if using.

Stir to blend.

Pour over popped popcorn, stirring well.

Note: Dried thyme or oregano, or combination of ingredients, may be used in place of basil.

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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Cancer service program and Little Falls Hospital offering free mobile screenings https://mylittlefalls.com/cancer-service-program-and-little-falls-hospital-offering-free-mobile-screenings/ https://mylittlefalls.com/cancer-service-program-and-little-falls-hospital-offering-free-mobile-screenings/#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2020 09:00:22 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28291 DOLGEVILLE, NY – The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties are collaborating with the Bassett Healthcare Network mobile coach offering free mammograms, breast exams, […]

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DOLGEVILLE, NY – The Cancer Services Program of Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Oneida, Herkimer, and Madison Counties are collaborating with the Bassett Healthcare Network mobile coach offering free mammograms, breast exams, pap test and pelvic exams to uninsured and underinsured women 40 and older.

The mobile screening coach will be at Little Falls Hospital’s Dolgeville Primary Care Center, 36 Slawson Street, Dolgeville, on Thursday, September 17th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Colorectal Cancer Screening take-home kits will be also offered to the uninsured and underinsured men and women 50 years and older. For more information, or to enroll for a free appointment call 1-888-345-0225.

About New York State Cancer Services Program
The Cancer Service Program (CSP) provides breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings, and diagnostic services at NO COST to women and men who: live in New York State, do not have health insurance, have health insurance with a cost-share that may prevent a person from obtaining screening and/or diagnostic services, meet income eligibility requirements, meet the age requirements.

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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0.95 Percent of Yesterday’s COVID-19 Tests were Positive

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests has been less than 1 percent for 20 straight days. 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.

“We’re closely monitoring the state’s COVID-19 data every day, and the continued 20-day streak with an infection rate below 1 percent is good news. However, I urge New Yorkers not to get complacent, particularly as we move into the fall season,” Governor Cuomo said. “COVID-19 is still a real threat, and it’s the actions each of us take—wearing masks, socially distancing and washing our hands—that make the difference in our ability to fight this virus. Congratulations to New Yorkers—stay with it and stay New York Tough.”

Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,092 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 2 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday’s observed violations is below:

  • Queens – 2

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 490 (-2)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 73
  • Hospital Counties – 32
  • Number ICU – 126 (-10)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 52 (-2)
  • Total Discharges – 74,850 (+59)
  • Deaths 4
  • Total Deaths – 25,309

Of the 83,437 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 791, or 0.95 percent, were positive. The Governor also confirmed 791 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 432,131 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 432,131 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 307 cases in Herkimer County with 8 deaths.

Guidance issued for infection rates on college campuses

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo also issued guidance for infection rates on college campuses and mitigation actions schools must take when the infection rate rises above certain levels. The guidance comes following reports of students at large gatherings, and experiences in other states with clusters developing with return to in-person classes.

“We’ve seen troubling reports of students congregating on college campuses, so we are setting a threshold that says if colleges have 100 cases or if the number of cases equal 5 percent of their population or more, they must go to remote learning for two weeks, at which time we will reassess the situation,” Governor Cuomo said. “We should anticipate clusters and that’s what we’re seeing. Be prepared for it, get ahead of it.” 

Schools must return to remote learning with limited on-campus activity when that threshold is reached for a two-week period. If after two weeks, the local health department finds the college has demonstrated that it cannot contain the number of cases, then they could continue to require remote learning, or impose other mitigation measures in consultation with the State Department of Health. During that time, athletic activities and other extracurricular activities must be suspended, and dining hall options must move to take-out only.

If clusters of positive cases emerge on particular areas of a campus while still below 5 percent or under 100 students, but strain the college’s ability to isolate and contact trace, the college must return to 100 percent distance learning with limited on-campus activity. The local department of health or State Department of Health may order colleges to suspend on-campus activities upon a finding of the college’s inability to control the outbreak, even under the metric.

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Where I Wander – Plentiful Pollinators https://mylittlefalls.com/where-i-wander-plentiful-pollinators/ https://mylittlefalls.com/where-i-wander-plentiful-pollinators/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 09:00:49 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28272 Story and photographs by Joan Herrmann Whereiwander… Even though I have been enjoying, learning, and appreciating the meadow for about twenty-five years, I am always amazed at how it is […]

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Story and photographs by Joan Herrmann

Photo by Joan Herrmann – Getting Water To Cool Workers

Whereiwander… Even though I have been enjoying, learning, and appreciating the meadow for about twenty-five years, I am always amazed at how it is never the same and is always evolving. From season to season, month to month, and even day to day there is always something new to discover, something I overlooked on my last walk around or through it. Once again the pollinators this summer are remarkably plentiful and so are many of our native flowers like Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) which is a member of the Mint Family. A mint family member is easily identified by their square as opposed to rounded stems. In addition to the pale lilac-colored bergamot many species of native Goldenrods are blooming too. These heavy pollen laden plants are extremely important to numerous pollinators such as moths, butterflies, flies, wasps, and bees.

Honey bees are always welcome in the meadow. I would love to have beehives too, but we have numerous critters that would love the beehives and its content mostly especially the black bears. We even remove our bird feeders nightly until we are assured those critters have hibernated. European honey bees (Apis mellifera) were introduced to North American in 1622 brought by colonists to Jamestown. I have learned that honey bees have an estimated sixteen billion dollar economic impact in North America. The majority of honey bees live in man-made hives and many hives are trucked to specific locations to pollinate crops such as alfalfa, apples, blueberries, cranberries, asparagus, beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins and many, many more.

Photo by Joan Herrmann – Honey Bee Carrying Pollen

Although the bees live in a hive they may travel many miles to obtain food. Our meadow is especially significant to local honey bees for the fact that the meadow has numerous plants of the same species. For the bees, this is very important because once a bee learns the structure of a flower and the positioning of its pollen-bearing anthers and the position of the nectaries; as it saves them time and effort when they return to the same site and flowers and enhances the cross-fertilization of the plant. The anther is the male pollen-producing structure. Most pollen is heavy and sticky and cannot be dispersed by the wind. The pollen sticks to the honey bees body and some will fall off when it visits another similar flower; often landing on the stigma (the top of the pistil/female structure) traveling down the pistil to unite with an ovule (egg). Once it has been fertilized the plant can now produce fruit and seeds.

A honey bee may fly as much as twelve miles in a day to pollinate thousands of flowers. A colony may contain tens of thousands of bees. Their activities are organized using an intricate communication system which uses both pheromones (a body chemical used as a sign) and also a “bee dance”. An Austrian Ethologist (one who studies animal behavior) named Karl von Frisch was able to determine that a bee, returning to the hive, is able to communicate with the other bees in the hive. The bee dance gives directions and approximate distance to the nectar/pollen-bearing flowers. Beekeepers refer to the movements as the “Waggle Dance”.

Photo by Joan Herrmann – Older Worker Bee With Battered Wings

The honey bee hive is home to the queen, worker bees (females) and drones (males), The queen will mate with several of the drones which will increase the genetic diversity of her eggs. After mating known as the “Nuptial Flight,” the queen will spend the rest of her life (three to five years) laying eggs within the hive. Honey bees like most insects have a complete metamorphosis; the four stages including egg, larva, pupa, and adult. All four stages may be found occurring simultaneously throughout the year in a honey beehive. The queen will deposit one egg into each hexagonal (six-sided) cell which is made of beeswax and is known as honeycomb. The honeycomb is also used to store honey and pollen. Once the eggs have hatched the larvae is fed by the “nurse bees”. The nurse bees are young adult worker bees that are about ten days old. They produce “royal jelly” which is a secretion from a gland on their head, which is fed to the newly hatched larvae. They will continue to feed the larvae and royal jelly mixed with pollen and honey for another six days until the larvae is ready to pupa. The pupal stage will last about two weeks at which time they will enclose (emerge from pupal case) as an adult bee. The process from egg to adult for a worker bee takes twenty-one days and twenty-four days for a drone bee.

Photo by Joan Herrmann – Worker Bees

In addition to caring for the larvae, the nurse worker bees (from one day old to ten days old) also clean the hive and build comb cells. At age sixteen days to twenty days, they begin receiving nectar and pollen from the older worker bees and store it. At twenty-one days old they leave the hive and begin to forage for nectar and pollen. All of the worker bees are infertile females. Worker bees are also responsible for keeping the hive temperature constant, especially in the brood area; the birthing area for both eggs and larvae. Brood cells are cleaned to the satisfaction of the queen or cleaned again. The workers are also responsible for repairing old cells and keeping the entire hive in good condition; by applying a coating of a resinous substance obtained from balsam and poplar trees called propolis. When combined with their own enzymes the propolis has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Some workers are in charge of removing dead bees and failed larvae. Others bring water into the hive to spread on the backs of the workers which do the fanning to reduce the water content from the nectar to make it into the honey consistency. The life span of worker honey bees is about one hundred and twenty-two to one hundred and fifty-two days.

The queen and the worker bees have stinger body parts which are used only when necessary to defend the hive or themselves. A honey bee stinger is barbed and the bee will usually die after stinging a human or large mammal. The stinger and venom sac can still deliver venom as they are torn from the bee’s body when it flies away after using it. Removal of the stinger must be done quickly from your body.

There is so much more to be learned about these fascinating insects. Your local library or bookstores offer many excellent books.


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 jmhphoto8442@gmail.com

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Tedisco: It’s an “Embarrassment” that Feds Must Step in to Get Facts on NYS Nursing Home Deaths https://mylittlefalls.com/tedisco-its-an-embarrassment-that-feds-must-step-in-to-get-facts-on-nys-nursing-home-deaths/ https://mylittlefalls.com/tedisco-its-an-embarrassment-that-feds-must-step-in-to-get-facts-on-nys-nursing-home-deaths/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 09:00:34 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28284 Statement from Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville) “The Governor and state Health Commissioner Zucker sat next to each other every day for nearly six months during the COVID-19 crisis saying that […]

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

“The Governor and state Health Commissioner Zucker sat next to each other every day for nearly six months during the COVID-19 crisis saying that we should ‘follow the science.’ To follow the science, we need unbiased facts and figures, regardless of whether that data could be potentially embarrassing to the Cuomo Administration.”

“How many people contracted COVID-19 while in a state-regulated nursing home and died and what was the time period?”

“How did this happen, and what were all the factors that occurred that made the spread like ‘fire through dry grass’?”

“What steps must we take to prevent such an immense tragedy from happening again?”

“Because of the Administration’s continued obfuscation and refusal to provide the public with full transparency on this situation, we still have many more questions about what went wrong then we have answers.”

“It’s an embarrassment that the U.S. Justice Department must now step in to obtain the records of how many people died of COVID-19 in New York State-regulated nursing homes.”

“The Majority Chairs of the appropriate legislative committees should not just talk and talk about the need to get information from the New York State Department of Health and hospitals. The question — they have subpoena power — why don’t they use it?”

“The loved ones of the thousands of New Yorkers who lost their lives deserve a measure of closure and we need to plan to protect people if a second wave hits.”

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Rain and strong wind possible today https://mylittlefalls.com/rain-and-strong-wind-possible-today/ https://mylittlefalls.com/rain-and-strong-wind-possible-today/#comments Thu, 27 Aug 2020 09:00:11 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28280 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed state agencies to prepare and pre-deploy emergency response assets as heavy rains and severe thunderstorms are forecast to impact New York on Thursday through […]

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed state agencies to prepare and pre-deploy emergency response assets as heavy rains and severe thunderstorms are forecast to impact New York on Thursday through this weekend. As humidity begins to return on Thursday, there will be an increased chance of scattered severe thunderstorms statewide, especially in the eastern portion of the state where localized downpours and wind gusts of up to 60 mph are possible.

As the weekend approaches, a storm system will move over the Great Lakes and enter New York from the west and bring the possibility of rain across much of upstate New York beginning Friday night into Saturday. Simultaneously, the remnants of Hurricane Laura will continue to move east toward the Mid-Atlantic coast, which may lead to heavy rainfall in the lower Mid-Hudson, New York City and Long Island Regions. Governor Cuomo is urging New Yorkers to ensure their households and families are prepared for the storm, and to continue monitoring local weather forecasts for the most up-to-date information.

“Our emergency response teams are monitoring these storms around the clock and we’re urging New Yorkers to be prepared for severe weather starting Thursday and limit any unnecessary travel,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are tracking Hurricane Laura, as well, as it approaches Texas and Louisiana and could potentially bring heavy rains to New York late in the weekend.”

While the National Weather Service has yet to issue any watches, warnings, or advisories associated with this storm for New York, this may change as more information concerning the exact path comes to light this weekend. New Yorkers can view the complete listing of these notices, as well as access the latest forecasts, by visiting the National Weather Service website here.

Safety Tips

If traveling during heavy rain, please drive with care and keep these safety tips in mind:

  • DO NOT attempt to drive over a flooded road. Turn around and go another way.
  • DO NOT underestimate the destructive power of fast-moving water. Two feet of fast-moving flood water will float your car. Water moving at two miles per hour can sweep cars off a road or bridge.
  • Leave early to avoid being marooned on flooded roads.
  • Follow recommended routes. DO NOT ignore emergency detours to view flooded areas.
  • As you travel, monitor NOAA Weather Radio and local radio broadcasts for the latest information.
  • Watch for washed-out roads, earth-slides, broken water or sewer mains, loose or downed electrical wires, and falling or fallen objects.
  • Watch for areas where rivers or streams may suddenly rise and flood, such as highway dips, bridges, and low areas.
  • If you are in your car and water begins to rise rapidly around you, abandon the vehicle immediately.

Prepare for flooding and severe weather:

  • Know the county in which you live and the names of nearby cities. Severe weather warnings are issued on a county basis.
  • Learn the safest route from your home or business to high, safe ground should you have to leave in a hurry.
  • Develop and practice a ‘family escape’ plan and identify a meeting place if family members become separated.
  • Make an itemized list of all valuables including furnishings, clothing and other personal property. Keep the list in a safe place.
  • Stockpile emergency supplies of canned food, medicine and first aid supplies and drinking water. Store drinking water in clean, closed containers
  • Plan what to do with your pets.
  • Have a portable radio, flashlights, extra batteries and emergency cooking equipment available.
  • Keep your automobile fueled. If electric power is cut off, gasoline stations may not be able to pump fuel for several days. Have a small disaster supply kit in the trunk of your car.
  • Find out how many feet your property is above and below possible flood levels. When predicted flood levels are broadcast, you can determine if you may be flooded.
  • Keep materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber handy for emergency waterproofing.
  • Have disaster supplies on hand, including:
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
      • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
        • First aid kit and manual
          • Emergency food and water
            • Non-electric can opener
              • Essential medicines
                • Checkbook, cash, credit cards, ATM cards

If experiencing a power outage, New Yorkers should:

  • Turn off or disconnect major appliances and other equipment, e.g., computers, in case of a momentary power surge that can damage these devices. Keep one light turned on so you know when power returns. Consider using surge protectors wherever you use electronic equipment.
  • Call your utility provider to notify them of the outage and listen to local broadcasts for official information. For a list of utilities in NYS visit the New York State Department of Public Service Check to see if your neighbors have power. Check on people with access or functional needs.
  • Use only flashlights for emergency lighting – candles pose the risk of fire.
  • Keep refrigerators and freezer doors closed – most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for approximately four (4) hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours.
  • Do not use a charcoal grill indoors and do not use a gas stove for heat – they could give off harmful levels of carbon monoxide.
  • In cold weather, stay warm by dressing in layers and minimizing time spent outdoors. Be aware of cold stress symptoms (i.e., hypothermia) and seek proper medical attention if symptoms appear.
  • If you are in a tall building, take the stairs and move to the lowest level of the building. If trapped in an elevator, wait for assistance. Do not attempt to force the doors open. Remain patient – there is plenty of air and the interior of the elevator is designed for passenger safety.
  • Remember to provide fresh, cool water for your pets.
  • Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion and dangerous driving conditions. If you must drive during a blackout, remember to obey the 4-way stop rule at intersections with non-functioning traffic signals.
  • Remember that equipment such as automated teller machines (ATMs) and elevators may not be working.

For more safety tips, visit the DHSES website at www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/index.cfm.

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by Dave Warner

Often referred to as an outdoor gym, Moss Island is a popular place with local rock climbers due to its wide range of very easy to very hard climbs. Each weekend, you find a large number of people out there practicing their sport. It became an island when the canal locks were built so boats could avoid the 40-foot falls.

Greg Boyer and his wife have been coming here for more than 20 years. “We like to call it our outdoor gym because it’s very easy to set up top ropes, so it makes it very safe, but at the same time, there’s just a tremendous number of climbs here. Climbs that go from very easy to climbs that professionals like Lynn Hill would make.”

Hill earned the title of a living legend in 1993 when she became the first person, male or female to free climb what is known as the nose on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.

Boyer says that there are anywhere between 130 and 140 different climbs along the rock face. “There’s a little bit for everybody which makes it a lot of fun,” he said.

He stated that besides being a very beautiful spot, it’s very social as well. “The pandemic has not helped that, but before that, it would not be uncommon to have a ton of ropes set up. We always used to say the Little Falls ethic was that if you had a rope set up on a climb, you shared that rope with everybody.”

“A good day in Little Falls is where you would come and not have to set up a rope at all. You would just climb on everybody else’s rope. People would bring BBQs and just have a wonderful weekend hanging out along the canal,” Boyer stated.

Carlton Perfetti Maricle knows the island well and has talked about it in the past. “I use Moss Island for training. If you can climb there, you can basically climb anywhere. It’s hard climbing. There are only about six easy climbs there. We rank the difficulty of climbs with numbers on a scale up to 15. Most of the climbs on Moss Island are from 5-8 to 5-10,” he said.

“They are top-roped, but some of them are underrated. Some that are a 5-8 are probably a 5-10 somewhere else. That’s why I said if you can climb here, you can probably climb anywhere,” stated Maricle.

For Maricle, it’s a real surprise that such climbing opportunities exist right in his back yard. “A lot of people come through here and stop just to climb. I’ve met people from Australia, New Zealand, and of course, all of Europe, right here in Little Falls. They’re usually going someplace else, but they’ll stop here to climb.”

Maricle went on to say that one of the most famous female climbers in the world, Lynn Hill, has climbed Moss Island. “There is a climb named after her here because she couldn’t do it. A guy from Britain happened to be visiting here and he eventually climbed it,” stated Maricle. “It’s probably a 5-12 climb.”

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Senior Meals 08/27/2020 – 09/02/2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-08-27-2020-09-02-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/senior-meals-08-27-2020-09-02-2020/#respond Wed, 26 Aug 2020 09:00:19 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28244 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:

Aug 27: Roast pork with gravy, sweet potato casserole, cauliflower, watermelon.

Aug 28: Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, Brussels sprouts, cookie.

Aug 31: Omelet, sausage, hash browns, muffin, Mandarin oranges.

Sep 01: Stuffed shells, Italian blend vegetables, garlic roll, sherbet.

Sep 02: BBQ chicken, baked beans, green beans almondine, pudding parfait.

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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Census response rate lackluster in the area https://mylittlefalls.com/census-response-rate-lackluster-in-the-area/ https://mylittlefalls.com/census-response-rate-lackluster-in-the-area/#respond Wed, 26 Aug 2020 09:00:17 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28263 by Dave Warner According to census workers, response to the current census has been less than what they would like to see for the state of New York. The City […]

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by Dave Warner

According to census workers, response to the current census has been less than what they would like to see for the state of New York. The City of Little Falls has had a response rate of 53.6% and the Town of Little Falls is at 69.2% as of August 23, 2020.

You can check the numbers yourself by looking at the Response Rate Map and the Rankings Dashboard.

Many programs, organizations, etc. rely on funding that is awarded based on population, and in the U.S., a community’s population is determined by a census count every 10 years. With less than 54% of the City of Little Falls residents having participated in the 2020 Census that is taking place now, it may leave programs that help families in our community in jeopardy of being cut or underfunded.

Some of those programs are:

  • SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.
  • The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches to children each school day. Participating institutions receive cash subsidies from the USDA for each reimbursable meal served.
  • The School Breakfast provides reimbursement to states to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions.
  • Title 1 Grants to Local Educational Agencies provides financial assistance to local educational agencies for children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
  • Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting the development of the whole child.
  • Section 8 Housing Payment Programs assist low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing.
  • Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income families and individuals pay the cost of heating their homes.
  • PELL Grants help students who display exceptional financial need to pay for college.

The Census is also how Congressional districts are determined. In 2010, NY State lost congressional seats.

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the importance of responding to the 2020 Census and the importance of census data. That’s because your response helps shape decisions about how billions of dollars in federal funds flow into communities each year for the next 10 years for critical services. Like health care clinics. And hospitals. And emergency services like EMTs and fire departments. Emergency situations like COVID-19 illustrate just how important it is to respond to the census.

Census facts:

  • It’s quick and easy to fill out online or over the phone;
  • It’s not too late to participate, the deadline is September 30;
  • Answers are safe, secure and confidential; your private information is never published and your answers cannot be used against you by any government agency or court; and
  • It’s available in 13 different languages.

To complete the Census, visit www.my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 from 7 am to 2 am EST, or visit the Language Support page for help in additional languages.

Take a few minutes to fill out your 2020 Census today, which can impact our community for the next 10 years. And then spread the word. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors why you participated in the 2020 Census and why they should, too.

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Family Foods with a Weight Loss Focus https://mylittlefalls.com/family-foods-with-a-weight-loss-focus-2/ https://mylittlefalls.com/family-foods-with-a-weight-loss-focus-2/#respond Wed, 26 Aug 2020 09:00:00 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28247 (Family Features) Losing weight and focusing on a healthful diet may lead you back to the same tried-and-true tricks, however, conventional wisdom doesn’t always pay dividends. Some eating plans may […]

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(Family Features) Losing weight and focusing on a healthful diet may lead you back to the same tried-and-true tricks, however, conventional wisdom doesn’t always pay dividends. Some eating plans may offer up new twists to help you and your family eat meals you enjoy without forgoing your health 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 Pot Roast Tacos with Chimichurri, Cheesy Ground Beef Skillet and Chili Loaded Baked Potato can help you take part in the program while enjoying time with loved ones at the family table.

Learn more about the diet and book at joelmarion.com.

Pot Roast Tacos with Chimichurri

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM”

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Servings: 8

Chimichurri:

1 1/2 cups fresh Italian parsley

1 cup fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons green onion, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, chopped

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Tacos:

3 cups chuck roast, slow cooked and chopped

8 yellow corn tortillas (6 inches)

1 ripe avocado, pitted and sliced

4 radishes, sliced

1/4 cup queso fresco, crumbled

To make chimichurri: In food processor, combine parsley, cilantro, onion and garlic until chopped. Add olive oil, lemon juice, water, salt and red pepper; process until fully combined.

To assemble tacos: In medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook chopped chuck roast 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in 1/2 cup chimichurri. In grill pan, char tortillas then fill evenly with meat, avocado, radishes and queso fresco. Serve with remaining chimichurri.

Nutritional information per serving: 410 calories; 24 g fat; 12 g carbohydrates; 366 mg sodium; 2 g fiber; 41 g protein; 1 g sugar.

Chili Loaded Baked Potato

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM”

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Servings: 6

6 sweet potatoes (8 ounces each)

nonstick cooking spray

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 pounds ground chuck

2 yellow onions, diced

2 tablespoons garlic, minced

3 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons ground cumin

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 cups low-sodium beef broth

1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 can (15 ounces) butter beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 Anaheim chile, minced

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

1/4 cup red onion, minced

Heat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheet or pan with parchment paper. Rinse and scrub sweet potatoes; pat dry with paper towel and pierce several times with fork or knife. Place in prepared pan. Lightly spray sweet potatoes with nonstick cooking spray and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake 45 minutes- 1 hour until tender when poked.

In pot, heat olive oil. Saute chuck until fully cooked. Drain fat and return to pot; add onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika and cayenne pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and saute until onions are soft, about 10 minutes, stirring often.

Add broth, crushed tomatoes and vinegar to pot. Increase heat to high and bring to boil. Reduce to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes. Add butter beans, cilantro and chile; cook 5 minutes. Season with sea salt.

Split potatoes lengthwise; fluff flesh with fork. Top evenly with chili, yogurt, cilantro leaves and red onion.

Nutritional information per serving: 573 calories; 10 g fat; 58 g carbohydrates; 588 mg sodium; 11 g fiber; 25 g protein; 12 g sugar.

Cheesy Ground Beef Skillet

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM”

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 38 minutes

Servings: 6

1 3/4 cups water

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup white rice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound extra-lean ground beef

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup fresh parsley, minced

In saucepan over high heat, bring water to boil. Add salt and rice; stir once then cover pot and reduce to low heat 18 minutes.

In large skillet, heat olive oil. Stir in ground beef. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly and no longer pink. Drain and discard excess grease. Mix in onion and garlic; cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add bell pepper, oregano, basil, red pepper, sea salt and black pepper; cook and stir until bell pepper is tender, about 5 minutes.

Stir in cooked rice, tomato sauce and kidney beans. Reduce heat and cover until vegetables are tender, about 8 minutes. Remove pan from heat, sprinkle cheese over top and garnish with parsley.

Nutritional information per serving: 399 calories: 14 g fat; 36 g carbohydrates; 816 mg sodium; 4 g fiber; 30 g protein; 3 g sugar.

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Anna Hooper 1922 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/anna-hooper-1922-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/anna-hooper-1922-2020/#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 11:49:01 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28233 LITTLE FALLS – Anna Hooper, 97, passed away on Saturday morning, August 22, 2020, at Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Little Falls, New York. She was born on September 20, […]

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Anna Hooper

LITTLE FALLS – Anna Hooper, 97, passed away on Saturday morning, August 22, 2020, at Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Little Falls, New York.

She was born on September 20, 1922, in Little Falls, a daughter to the late Frank and Agnes (Luznas) Mazilewski, and attended Little Falls schools, as well as St. Mary’s Academy. Anna worked with Salada, Redco Foods, in the cafeteria. She also held various other jobs in Little Falls and retired to Florida. She was a member of the Holy Family Parish. On April 29, 1944, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Hooper, in St. Mary’s Church, Little Falls. Anna was fond of crocheting, and homemaking in general, particularly cooking wonderful pies and pastries.

Anna was blessed with two children who survive, Sharon Guile and her husband, Duane, of Mohawk and Renee Johnson and her husband, Jim, of Sun City West, Arizona. Her husband, Lloyd, lives at Valley Residential Assisted Living, in East Herkimer NY. She has grandchildren, Shelley Samsel and her husband, Tom and Jonathan Moore, and his wife, Crystal; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Meeter and her husband, Jordan, Brent Sloma, and Bryant Russell; and a great-great-granddaughter, Aubrey Meeter.

She was predeceased by her grandsons, Dennis Guile, in 2000 and Wyatt Rocks-Moore, in 2018; and her great-grandson, Justin Samsel, in 2019.

Funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020, at the convenience of the family, at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Herkimer, with graveside services to be offered by Fr. Brian Slezak. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations in memory of Anna to Holy Family Parish Church, 763 E. Main St., Little Falls, NY 13365.

Sincere appreciation is extended to Valley Residential Assisted Living, in East Herkimer, NY, and to the Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in Little Falls, NY for all the genuine loving care.

Arrangements are with the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 West Monroe Street, in Little Falls, Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea, and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 823-2424.

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James M. Bucenec 1946 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/james-m-bucenec-1946-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/james-m-bucenec-1946-2020/#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 10:16:07 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28230 Mr. James M. Bucenec, 74, of Little Falls, New York passed away Thursday, August 20, 2020, in his home, with his loving family by his side, following a battle of […]

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James M. Bucenec

Mr. James M. Bucenec, 74, of Little Falls, New York passed away Thursday, August 20, 2020, in his home, with his loving family by his side, following a battle of Kidney disease.

Born on February 19, 1946, in Little Falls, NY, he was the son of Steven and Herberta Brown Bucenec both predeceasing him along with his brother, Jay. He attended Little Falls schools and was a lifetime area resident.
He started his working career with HP Snyder manufacturing and later worked in the final assembly for Remington Arms retiring in 2002, after 35 years of service.

Jim was a member of the Polish Community Home, Elks Lodge #42 BPOE in Little Falls, the Dolgeville Rod & Gun Club, and was of Baptist faith. He was an avid NY Giants fan and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and gardening.

James is survived by his sons, Richard Bucenec (Michelle) of Fairport, NY, Jeffrey Bucenec (Heather Lawson) of Little Falls, NY; daughter, Lori Martin (Bill Babula) of New Hartford, NY; grandchildren, Zachary and Joshua Martin, Matthew, Colin, Blake Bucenec, and Alice Bucenec; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 29,2020, at 1:30 PM at Little Falls Church Street Cemetery with Chris Wintermute officiating.

Contributions in memory of Mr. James M. Bucenec may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 16 Jackson Street, Little Falls, NY 13365.

Arrangements are being handled by Chapman-Moser Funeral Home of Little Falls.

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Another producer looking at filming in Little Falls https://mylittlefalls.com/another-producer-looking-at-filming-in-little-falls/ https://mylittlefalls.com/another-producer-looking-at-filming-in-little-falls/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2020 09:00:47 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28206 An aerial view of the location on Spruce Lake where they intend on filming ‘The Cabin’. by Dave Warner Another movie producer is taking a hard look at producing his […]

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An aerial view of the location on Spruce Lake where they intend on filming ‘The Cabin’.

by Dave Warner

Another movie producer is taking a hard look at producing his film in Little  Falls. The Cabin, by Casey Baker, is about James, who seemingly has it all: the girl, the house in the city, and the fancy job. After being named CEO of his company, James goes away for a weekend and comes back to find his office romance scandal has been leaked and he must resign immediately. He loses everything, so he goes up to his family’s cabin.

Little does James know that going up to the cabin will bring back more painful memories than he bargained for. His father is there, and both he and James are forced to face the demons they’ve carefully hidden away for so long.

Rob Mayes, known for ‘Thor, Ragnarok’ & ‘Mistresses’ is set to play James and Robin Curtis, known for her roles in the ‘Star Trek’ franchise, will play Marge. Elizabeth Blake-Thomas, a British award-winning filmmaker and philanthropist based in Los Angeles will direct.

Baker has a background in business, negotiating contracts for the defense industry, and sort of fell into the film industry. He’s from the central New York area but left when he was 18 years old with the intention of never coming back.

“I came back to the area while I was negotiating contracts for corporate America and because my mother got sick with early-onset Alzheimer’s. I wanted to spend as much time with her as possible,” he said.

He has always been a big film fan and was interested in writing. “In December of 2014, I went to the movie theater and I saw the film Wild with Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.  That true story of mother/daughter inspired me to put my personal mother/son story down on paper.  I chose to do it in the form of a screenplay.”

Baker ended up teaching himself how to write a screenplay. “You go to Barnes & Noble and buy a book called ‘How to Write a Screenplay’ and you think you know what you’re doing,” he stated. “When you have someone review it, you realize how awful it is.”

He kept at it though, trying to get it right, while writing twenty-nine different drafts. He finally found a great mentor named John Collee from Australia that took him under his wing. “He’s a very accomplished screenwriter. He helped me out and sent me on my way, and that’s when doors started opening.”

From that, his first movie was born. “I was so passionate about the way it was going to be told that I opened up my own film production company, and I started teaching myself and learning about producing. So now I’m a writer and a producer, and I’m marching forward with various projects of all sizes, but starting out small because I’m just getting my feet wet,” he said.

He says that you have to be persistent and have thick skin to make it in the film industry. “A lot of people have connections, a famous last name or a lot of money. Or, they went to university for this type of thing, so it’s unusual to start the way I have.”

“I think it takes just one passion project to get things going and as soon as the doors start opening, you just have to walk through them to see what you get.”

Baker feels that not only is Little Falls a great location for The Cabin, but he’s also looking at shooting another movie in the area as well, one that is a semi-autobiographical mother/son story that he wrote. Exterior shots and foliage could be shot as early as this fall for the second film. “Because The Cabin is going to be such a quick shoot, probably one week of prep and a two-week shoot, we’ll do that one first. Elizabeth (my director) uses her own crew and she’s able to turn around these small films like nothing.”

Elizabeth Blake-Thomas, who originally came up with the script idea said, “We all love shooting somewhere different. The vibe of the film was always very wintery. I’m a filmmaker that likes to make things that are a bit controversial, but they are conversation starters. They are coming from a different place because I feel as a filmmaker I have a responsibility to get these stories out there.”

She says that she dreamt of this story. “It was an older chap that has this incident when he was younger, his brother died, and this whole movie came into my mind crystal clear. I wrote it down as an LGBTQ story, but I didn’t have a name for it to start with, I was just telling the story.”

Blake-Thomas came up with the first version, but then ran into Baker in Toronto and asked him if he would like to write it. “We’ve gone back and forth with ideas and I think we’re on the third or fourth draft now, and it’s really been honed and he understands the elements that I wanted to get across with the characters,” she stated.

“I like it when people go to watch something that’s not all fast and furious, where people really get to know characters and they take their time in understanding the film. I want people to be able to grow with this and understand it and feel the tension between the characters,” said Blake-Thomas.

She said that Baker has been working very hard to find the exact location for the film. “I need the lake to be there, I need to shoot it in winter, it’s a really sensory overload type of movie because you need to have an understanding of how cold it is, and you want them to feel the fire and want them to understand what it was like for them not having a relationship.”

“Every family has a dark secret and this is what I want the audience to feel. We want to go from the very bright feel of New York City to this cabin and have a haunting feel. It was very crucial for me,” stated Blake-Thomas.

She said that with cast and crew, there will be about twenty people coming in to create a very emotive story. “I think that suits Little Falls very well. I even love the name, Little Falls. I don’t know what the rules are, but I’d love to incorporate that in the actual name of the place.”

Right now, they are doing the groundwork to see what costs are going to be up here and they are still trying to raise $300,000 for the movie. “I think Little Falls has everything that we need, and I’d be happy to make it by the end of the year,” she said.

Baker also believes the City is perfect for the film. “The majority of the film will be shot there (Spruce Lake), but we do have other locations that would be necessary and I thought Little Falls would be perfect. We need a funeral home, a bar, we need a small market, and then the outside, your Main Street? It almost has a Western look to it.”

“I think this film has potential. It’s a drama, and there’s a bit of fresh air in there, with the supporting role of Marge, played by Robin Curtis. She’s kind of that light airy character that you need in a drama to carry it through. A lot of times, a film like this is the kind that film festivals like,” he said. “I really think it will be good on the festival circuit, but you never know.”

“I think there’s a chance for Elizabeth to pull a performance out of them (the actors) that will get a lot of attention,” said Baker.

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Stay vigilant against ID theft https://mylittlefalls.com/stay-vigilant-against-id-theft-2/ https://mylittlefalls.com/stay-vigilant-against-id-theft-2/#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 09:00:39 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28210 A Column of News & Comment by Senator James L. Seward  Have you ever received a phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS demanding you pay back […]

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

Have you ever received a phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS demanding you pay back taxes?  Maybe you have received an email saying a bank account has been compromised and needs immediate attention.  Perhaps you have received a call offering to fix a virus on your computer, if only you will allow the caller access.  These scenarios are the basis of popular scams, intended to steal your money and your identity.

Identity theft, America’s fastest-growing crime, is a violation of privacy that can have terrible consequences for unsuspecting victims.  It is truly the dark side of the electronic age.  The Federal Trade Commission estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year.  In fact, the actual number of identity theft victims and their total losses are impossible to pin down because many are unaware that they have been victimized.

While it is a difficult process to restore your reputation, the unfortunate reality is that identity thieves require very little information to destroy your credit and tarnish your good name.  A piece of personal information (your Social Security number, credit card number, date of birth, address) is all it takes to run up credit card balances, write bad checks, take out loans, receive government benefits and ruin your credit rating.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are utilizing online services and opening themselves up to potential fraud.  According to the Office of the New York Attorney General, there are multiple reports of scammers attempting to use concern about the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for phishing (e.g. an attempt to get an individual to click a link in order to steal passwords, install malware, or otherwise gain access to sensitive information). Individuals should remain vigilant when receiving emails or text messages claiming to have information about COVID-19 – especially from unfamiliar sources.  You can read more about potential scams on the attorney general website at https://ag.ny.gov/coronavirus#cpt.

In recent years, I have helped strengthen New York State’s laws to stop identity thieves.  Scam artists are constantly devising new ways to skirt the law and it is important that we do all we can legislatively to protect innocent individuals.

A law that protects children from identity thieves is one deterrent.  Child identity theft is a particularly egregious problem because it may go undetected for years until the child applies for student loans, other forms of credit, or even a job.  The new law helps stop identity thieves from victimizing children by requiring credit agencies to place a credit record freeze on the account of a minor when requested by a parent or guardian.

Several other laws adopted in recent years prohibit the sale of your telephone records, require businesses and government agencies to notify you when your information is compromised, and mandate the proper disposal of records containing private information.

Even with these laws, there is no substitute for vigilance.  Protect your computer password(s) and only use secure lines to transmit financial information via the internet.  Guard your mail and trash against theft.  There are additional steps you can take to minimize the risk of identity theft, including:

  • Don’t give out personal information by phone, mail, or over the Internet unless you initiate the contact or know who you’re dealing with;
  • Shred or otherwise completely destroy charge card receipts, outdated credit cards, insurance forms, medical statements, banking information, credit offers, and other statements containing personal information;
  • Every year, order copies of your credit report from the three major credit-reporting agencies at www.annualcreditreport.com.

New York State law also gives you another weapon in the fight against identity theft.  The “Security Freeze Law” prevents your credit information from being released without your consent.  With a “freeze,” outside parties are unable to view your credit files without your approval.

Additional information regarding identity theft is available through the New York Department of State’s website atwww.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection.

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Cuomo announces lower-risk school sports may begin September 21 https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-announces-lower-risk-school-sports-may-begin-september-21/ https://mylittlefalls.com/cuomo-announces-lower-risk-school-sports-may-begin-september-21/#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2020 18:44:20 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28225 Sports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced lower-risk, school-sponsored sports in all regions may begin to practice and play beginning September 21st. However, travel for practice or play will be […]

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Sports

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced lower-risk, school-sponsored sports in all regions may begin to practice and play beginning September 21st. However, travel for practice or play will be prohibited outside of the school’s region or contiguous regions or counties until October 19th. For the fall sports season, lower- and moderate-risk sports include tennis, soccer, cross country, field hockey, and swimming.

Higher-risk sports, including those with full physical contact, may begin to practice on September 21st but cannot play until a later date or December 31st. In accordance with the Department of Health’s guidance for sports and recreation during the COVID-19 public health emergency, practices for higher-risk sports are limited to individual or group, no- to low-contact training. Higher-risk sports include football, wrestling, rugby, hockey, and volleyball.

“The State has done a lot of research on how we can safely have our students participate in school sports and get the exercise they need, and the guidance we developed will allow lower-risk sports to begin practicing and playing next month,” Governor Cuomo said. “We are approaching youth sports as we have approached everything else in our phased reopening – teams are not allowed to compete outside a school’s region or contiguous region for the time being until we can gauge the effects.”

Schools must follow the Department’s guidance for the conduct of their school sports. Schools will have to limit the capacity of indoor facilities to no more than 50 percent occupancy and limit spectators to no more than two spectators per player, in addition to implementing social distancing and face coverings.

Voting

The Governor also issued an executive order to bolster and support New Yorkers’ right to vote. The order requires county boards of elections to take concrete steps to inform voters of upcoming deadlines, be prepared for upcoming elections and help ensure absentee ballots can be used in all elections. On August 20, Governor Cuomo signed into law sweeping election reforms that will make it easier for New Yorkers to vote and be counted in November.

“This election is going to be one of the most critical in modern history. It will be controversial. You already hear the statements questioning the vote, and the accuracy of the vote, and mail-in ballots. We want to make sure that every vote is counted; every voice is heard and that it’s fair and right and accurate,” Governor Cuomo said. “I’m issuing today’s executive order because we want boards of elections to count votes efficiently and we want them to get it right, but we want it done in a timely manner. We don’t want to hear after-the-fact excuses.”

The executive order requires county boards of elections to take the following actions:

  1. Send a mailing outlining all deadlines for voters by Tuesday, September 8.
  2. Send staffing plans and needs to the New York State Board of Elections by September 20 so BOE can assist in ensuring adequate coverage.
  3. Adopt a uniform clarified envelope for absentee ballots and require counties to use it.
  4. Count votes faster: require all objections to be made by the county board in real-time, make sure that boards are ready to count votes, and reconcile affidavit and absentee ballots by 48 hours after elections.
  5. Provide an option for New Yorkers to vote absentee in village, town, and special district elections.

Today’s COVID News

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new record-low COVID-19 test positivity rate of 0.66 percent. 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 announced the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and New York City Health + Hospitals will set up new testing sites at JFK and LaGuardia Airports to limit the spread of COVID-19 from visitors coming from out of state.

“Over the past couple of weeks, our infection rate has stayed below one percent. Congratulations to New Yorkers for their hard work in getting us to this point, but we must keep up that work and continue wearing our masks and socially distancing,” Governor Cuomo said.Our progress shows that this virus responds to science, not politics. It’s a function of medicine and science and biology and should be treated that way.”

This weekend, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 3,964 establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 34 establishments that were not in compliance with state requirements. A county breakdown of this weekend’s observed violations is below:

  • Bronx – 6
  • Brooklyn – 10
  • Manhattan 8
  • Queens 5
  • Nassau – 4
  • Suffolk – 1

Today’s data is summarized briefly below:

  • Patient Hospitalization – 482 (+10)
  • Patients Newly Admitted56
  • Hospital Counties – 32
  • Number ICU – 120 (+10)
  • Number ICU with Intubation – 54 (+4)
  • Total Discharges – 74,684 (+44)
  • Deaths – 7
  • Total Deaths – 25,295

Of the 62,031 test results reported to New York State yesterday, 408, or 0.66 percent, were positive. The Governor also confirmed 408 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 430,145 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 430,145 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, there were 301 cases in Herkimer County with 8 deaths.

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Diane Louise (Kovac) Stocking 1953 – 2020 https://mylittlefalls.com/diane-louise-kovac-stocking-1953-2020/ https://mylittlefalls.com/diane-louise-kovac-stocking-1953-2020/#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2020 17:34:29 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28222 Mrs. Diane Louise (Kovac) Stocking, age 66, went to the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on August 19, 2020, in Utica. The suffering and pain she experienced during […]

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Diane Louise (Kovac) Stocking

Mrs. Diane Louise (Kovac) Stocking, age 66, went to the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on August 19, 2020, in Utica. The suffering and pain she experienced during a decades-long battle with MS is over and she is free and at peace.

Born October 16, 1953, at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, Diane was the daughter of the late Martin Thomas and Louise Jane (Hawver) Kovac of Mohawk. She attended Fisher Elementary and Mohawk Junior/Senior High School. After high school, Diane attended Herkimer County Community College where she received her AA and was elected to Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges. In 1986, Diane received her BA from the University of Maryland, Munich.

Diane joined the United States Army on 26 October 1976. She served as a 91G2O, Behavioral Sciences Specialist. As a 91G, counselor, she served in Social Work Services at Walter Reed Hospital and then transferred to Germany. Diane continued working as a counselor in Social Work Services and, later, at a Community Drug and Alcohol Center in the 1st Armored Division in Ansbach and Fürth, Germany. Counseling and helping others was her lifelong passion. Diane obtained the rank of SP5 (Specialist 5, E-5) and was discharged from the Army on October 25, 1980.

On October 28, 1980, Diane married Lonnie Eugene Stocking in Mohawk and began her life as a devoted and loving Army wife and mother. She was fiercely devoted to her family and friends. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, cross-stitch, singing and dancing, and laughing.

Diane was predeceased by her father, Martin Kovac and by her maternal and paternal grandparents, John and Susanna Kovac and Harry and Edith Hawver. Besides her husband Lonnie at home, she is survived by her mother Louise (Hawver) Williams (Mohawk), her son, Aaron John and Sonia Stocking (Little Falls), her daughter, Heather Louise Stocking and her husband Danny Zerott (Richfield, MN), her brothers Mark Thomas Kovac (North Pole, AK) and Edward Scott Kovac (Mohawk). Diane is also survived by her grandchildren, Jeanette Diaz, Julie and Katherine Velazquez, Adrian, and Lucas Aaron Stocking and by numerous nephews and cousins along with her aunt Evelyn (Kovac) Sweet of Mohawk.

Our family will celebrate Diane’s life with memorial calling hours/visitation from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, 27 August 27, 2020, Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations “The Veteran and Family Memorial Care Choice”, 7507 NY-5 (corner of Bidleman Road) Little Falls, 315-508-5131. Face masks must be worn and COVID 19 procedures will be followed. Interment will be Friday, 28 August at 9 AM from Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery; 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville, NY. Members of the US Army will offer military honors. To offer condolences to the Stocking family, please visit the funeral home website at mohawkvalleyfunerals.com.

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Spoken word finds a home in Little Falls https://mylittlefalls.com/spoken-word-finds-a-home-in-little-falls/ https://mylittlefalls.com/spoken-word-finds-a-home-in-little-falls/#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2020 09:00:52 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28138 by Dave Warner She was born in California and raised on Long Island, but now she’s in Little Falls and making her mark in the world of art and poetry. […]

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by Dave Warner

She was born in California and raised on Long Island, but now she’s in Little Falls and making her mark in the world of art and poetry. Natasha Bender’s mother was a single mom until she was about 7 1/2 and she traveled a lot for work. “I actually joke that I fell in love with my dad before my mom did,” she said. “She was always trying to set him up with her girlfriend.”

“She settled down with him, had four children, and I spent my time growing up in Long Island, but I always had an affinity for California,” she said.

At 27 she was working with a national company and was able to request a transfer to the San Diego office. She spent six years out there, had a daughter, but wanted to come back to Long Island to be closer to family. “Wanting to come back, but not be sucked back into that negative vortex of energy that exists in Long Island, I thought – where can I land that’s within a five-hour radius?”

She said that she searched everywhere that you can imagine, and no place quite felt like home. “I didn’t want to be lost in a metropolis, but I also didn’t want to be in a very rural area without the amenities that I’m used to. I wanted to have a grocery store, a drug store, and a movie theater. The things that make life more comfortable,” she stated.

She said that she came across a website that showcased the Canal Celebration and as soon as she saw the photographs of the event, it just resonated with her. She said, “This is it, this is it. This is what I’ve been looking for.”

So, site unseen, she contacted a real estate agent and started looking for a house in Little Falls. She moved here just before Christmas in 2014 and closed on her house in February of 2015.

The first couple of years in the City, she was a stay at home mom. “I really wanted to make sure that I gave my daughter a different experience growing up. I wanted her to always have me around and I didn’t want to miss any important events in her childhood,” she said.

Once her daughter was in kindergarten, she went to work as a legal secretary for Malone and Malone on Main Street.

However, Bender has always been a writer, ever since she was a child. “I’ve been fascinated by it since I was 2 1/2 years old. I started teaching myself by taking my mother’s magazines and copying the writing verbatim from them. I’ve always had a love and a passion for art and language and culture. My artform always translated into poetry.”

She said that she’s always kept a journal and has written poetry in it. In junior and senior high school, she would sit in the bay windows of her house and just write for hours. “It wasn’t until this year that I took my craft into spoken word. In January I joined the Utica Poets Society and finally took the leap of really sharing my art form with the world,” she stated.

She said that was a great first leap for her because she was able to connect with other poets in the area and started doing open mic events.

For the video (below), she had gone to see her brother in Long Island. “We were just putzing around in the basement and he had written a piece and was getting ready to record his spoken word and it just happened so divinely because the same afternoon I had been putzing around with a piece. I literally wrote the first stanza in five minutes and then we tried recording it.”

They tried making a video, but it didn’t feel finished to her, so she wrote two more stanzas for it. “We then recorded it and it was very impromptu.”

She said, “Now my brother and I are collaborating and we are working on a passion project where we basically want to engage the niche community of the spoken word and we want to develop a social media platform where we can encourage and support a new dimension of spoken word art form. We’re currently working on that right now.”

She said that once it is ready, they will be posting video content on a regular basis, which is going to be a lot of work. “I think it’s worth it because it’s something that we’re so passionate about and its something where we both love to travel, so we’re thinking that if we can do a lot of destination videos, and be thinking outside the box, we’ll be able to relate our spoken word to the environment and open up a new avenue for artists to see how we can collaborate and create this new genre of spoken word.”

Her brother is more on the technical side, even though he is a poet himself, but he wants to create tutorials on how to put together videos like the one his sister is in. “He wants to explain the lighting, and the sound and the video production. How to record on a phone and how to monetize it in a way so that if you want that extra content you can pay a small fee to subscribe to us to get that expertise,” she stated.

“For me, I’m going to be taping on my phone for now,” she said. “We just want to inspire, empower, and create a new dimension to spoken word art. We want to create a space where people can come to be supported, and to be involved in an engaged community and to be involved in an artistic community.”


The Struggle of Light

Darkness tried to swallow her,
His desire so strong,
Her soul- his fuel.
Always made the object of his affection,
For the heat of her flame draws darkness close,
His cold paws clawing at her vapors,
Barely scratching her before she is whisked away.
Irritated, he wonders why she always manages an escape.

The aroma of her wax dripped candle fills the night sky:
Thick, warm, earthy, mysterious.
Gasping for oxygen –
Yet every time hope seems lost,
A warm breeze blows upon her,
Igniting her fire,
Whispering to her not to give up –
Trimming her wick,
And shielding her from the storms of darkness. For even when she burned so dimly,
Her breath slowing,
Her light tinkering,
She kept melting,
Stayed on her caretaker’s tender touch.
For she knew that her fire was greater
Than the darkness that tried to swallow her.

She blows in the wind,
And is not snuffed out.
She dances in wild harmony
With the flames placed beside her.
Together they are strong,
Together, they are beautiful.
Your eyes have never beheld the glory
Of their purest form energy.
Each one having escaped the reach of darkness,
And now brighter than ever
They sing their songs with outstretched arms,
The more they gather,
The farther darkness flees
Until all is calm,
And they have joined as one-
Ever loving and being consumed in love.

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Member Guest tournament draws crowd at Muni https://mylittlefalls.com/member-guest-tournament-draws-crowd-at-muni/ https://mylittlefalls.com/member-guest-tournament-draws-crowd-at-muni/#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2020 09:00:20 +0000 https://mylittlefalls.com/?p=28201 by Dave Warner The 11th Annual Member Guest Tournament brought a crowd of golfers out at the Little Falls Municipal Golf Course. Clubhouse manager Nick Regan said that Tom Wind […]

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The 11th Annual Member Guest Tournament brought a crowd of golfers out at the Little Falls Municipal Golf Course. Clubhouse manager Nick Regan said that Tom Wind and Martin Regan became two-time champions, with staggering back 9’s on both Saturday and Sunday.

Dave Beers and John Bills came in second, while Dan Korce and Chad Giuney took 3rd. There were 32 teams and 64 golfers that participated in the tournament.

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(Family Features) When it comes to back-to-school season, whether students are heading back to the classroom or learning from home, one of the biggest challenges for busy parents remains the same: how to serve up delicious homemade meals the whole family will love. With the right preparation and ingredients on-hand, parents can easily pass the test.

One ingredient to consider adding to your shopping list is Mrs. T’s Pierogies. Found in the frozen food aisle, they are stuffed with creamy mashed potatoes, cheesy goodness and other big, bold flavors. Available in 14 varieties, including mini and full size, they can be boiled, baked, sauteed and even grilled, making them a versatile addition to your favorite everyday meals, apps, sides and snacks.

If you’re looking for fun ways to spend more quality time with your family this back-to-school season, try getting everyone involved in the kitchen while prepping tasty recipes like Pierogy Taco Casserole or Mini Pierogy Mac ’n’ Cheese Skillet.

Visit mrstspierogies.com to find more back-to-school recipes.

Pierogy Taco Casserole

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

1 tablespoon olive oil, divided

1 box Mrs. T’s Classic Onion Pierogies

1 red pepper, diced

1 cup corn, drained and rinsed

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend

1/4 cup diced tomatoes

1/4 cup diced red onions

1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped

Preheat broiler to high heat.

In large skillet over medium heat, add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and saute pierogies until golden brown, about 8 minutes per side.

Remove pierogies and add remaining olive oil. Saute red peppers, corn, black beans, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.

Spread red peppers, corn and beans into square baking dish. Nestle in pierogies. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.

Melt cheese under broiler about 2 minutes.

Top with tomatoes, onions and cilantro before serving.

Mini Pierogy Mac ’n’ Cheese Skillet

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 box Mrs. T’s Mini 4 Cheese Medley Pierogies

2 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated

1 cup broccoli florets

1 small red pepper, diced

1 small yellow squash, diced

1 tablespoon flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

1 ounce cream cheese, cubed

1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese

In large skillet over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute pierogies until golden brown, about 6 minutes per side. Remove pierogies from pan.

Add remaining olive oil to skillet. Saute white parts of scallions over medium-high heat until fragrant and translucent, about 2 minutes.

Add broccoli, peppers and squash. Cook 5-8 minutes until tender but still crisp.

Remove veggies from pan.

In same skillet, whisk flour, salt, pepper and heavy cream. Simmer until thickened, about 2-3 minutes. Add cream cheese, stirring until melted.

Remove skillet from heat. Stir in cheddar cheese until sauce is melted and smooth. Add pierogies and veggies back to pan, gently stirring until coated.

Top with green scallions before serving.

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