NextEra solar goes online in Sharon

5/24/2024

Somewhere someone was popping the champagne.
Just not in the Town of Sharon.
“I’m just so tired of it all. I’m just exhausted. It’s taken so much time. It’s always something.”
That was Supervisor Sandy Manko’s take Friday on word she’d gotten—left in a voicemail—just two days before that the 50-MW NextEra solar project, under discussion, and then construction, since 2016, had quietly gone online and was powering energy back to the grid.
As of Saturday.
May 11.
“They were probably too afraid to make a big deal of it,” Ms. Manko said.
NextEra’s Communications manager, Sara Cassidy, said in an email Thursday the 16th that the project is now oper ...

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Middleburgh honors fallen NYC detective

5/24/2024

In a show of red, white, and blue—especially blue—Middleburgh turned out Saturday to say thank you to someone who made the world a better place:
31 year-old Jonathan Diller, a New York City police officer killed during a routine traffic stop on March 24.
Detective Diller was the son of Steve and Angelica Diller of Middleburgh; his memorial service closed down Route 145 and 30 as family, friends, and fellow cops turned out to pay their respects against a background of American and Thin Blue Line flags.
Sheriff’s Deputy William Claus on his Quarter horse, Zip, led a line of cars and marchers into Timothy Murphy Park, where Detective Diller was remembered for his sense of ...

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School budget: all but Jefferson say yes

5/24/2024

School budgets received voter approval in all Times-Journal area school districts except Jefferson.
In Jefferson, voters rejected the proposed $8.1 million budget 100-96.
Voters approved a bus purchase, 106-89, and the establishment of a capital reserve fund, 98-97.
Frederick Blumberg won a five-year term on the school board, receiving 134 votes. Phoebe Schreiner received 47, and write-in candidates Luke Van Cleef, 15.
Cobleskill-Richmondville voters overwhelmingly approved the $47.1 million budget, 543-130.
Incumbents Aimee Yorke and Dominga Lent were re-elected to the school board with 434 and 352 votes, respectively. Challengers Paige Bulmer received 2 ...

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Long-distance walker hiking for Joshua Project

5/24/2024

Jason Pelton is using his feet to raise money for the Joshua Project.
Mr. Pelton, who lives in Broome Center, is hiking a section of the Finger Lakes Trail, and donors can contribute a lump sum or make a per-mile pledge.
Mr. Pelton started May 18 and will continue until May 27, covering 95 miles.
The Joshua Project, which depends heavily on donations, aids needy Schoharie County families with food, furniture and other goods.
In addition, the Joshua Project is raising money for its new building on Route 145 in East Cobleskill.
Donations for Mr. Pelton’s hike can be dropped off at the offertory basket at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Middleburgh or online ...

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Sharon Springs hears who its NY Forward winner$ are

5/24/2024

And the winner is…
…all of the Village of Sharon Springs.
After a wait that went on longer than expected, the state named the Mohawk Valley’s 17 “transformational” projects as part of the first-ever NY Forward grants.
The Villages of Springs and Dolgeville were each awarded $2.25 million; the Village of Cooperstown was awarded $4.5 million.
With the help of consultants, each of the communities developed a list of possible projects, forwarding them to the state for consideration last fall.
And then they waited and waited and waited.
Sharon Springs Mayor Denise Kelly said Tuesday’s news came as a surprise—and she’s thrilled.
“All of these projec ...

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