Irene a year later: Country Strong Sunday, Schoharie observance Tuesday


A pair of events will mark the one-year anniversary of the 500-year flood known as Hurricane Irene.
Sunday, from 2-9pm, Schoharie Area Long Term (SALT) will host "Country Strong" at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds.
"Country Strong" will feature plenty of fun for those impacted by Irene-including those who reached out to help.
There will be a bounce house, exhibits, face painting, food vendors, entertainment by Rodfatha, more than 30 crafters and artisans, music, dance demonstrations, and an outdoor movie.
The event will kick off at 2pm with a press conference outlining the accomplishments of the past year and the challenges ahead.
Speakers will include local officials.
Then, on Tuesday, the Schoharie Promotional Association will hold an observance in the County Courtyard at 6pm.
"A Year Ago, Then and Now" will be a chance for music and reflection.
Speakers will include Assemblyman Pete Lopez, Schoharie Supervisor Gene Milone, Ed August and Josh DeBartolo.
Afterwards, all are invited to join in a ribbon-cutting across the street at J. Lacy's Hair Salon, the latest business to reopen in the village.