New Woodstock Library
The New Woodstock Free Library will be closed from Sunday, February 9 through Monday, February 17 for renovations. The library will reopen on Tuesday, February 18.
An introductory Digital Photography Class will be taught by expert photographer Jerry Weimar at the New Woodstock Free Library on Saturdays in March from 9am–12noon, with a 15 minute break. The class is free and open to the public. (see the calendar for more information)
New Woodstock Free Library
(315) 662-3134 Fax: (315) 662-3096
New Woodstock Historical Society Meetings 3rd Monday each month 7:30 p.m. (May – Sept at the Depot, Oct – Apr at the New Woodstock Library)
Madison County Office for the Aging – Our mission is to advocate, assist, and provide services that enrich the quality of life and promote the independence and dignity of older individuals and their families.
Madison County History
Matthew Urtz, Madison County, NY Historian
There are lots of fun and exciting events this fall throughout Madison County. Do not forget to check out our website www.madisoncountynyhistory.com and if you want an up to the minute listing of everything happening now and in the future become a fan of Madison County NY History on Facebook.
On Wednesday March 5th from 10 am to 12 pm NYS Archives Regional Advisory Officer Dr. Suzanne Etherington will present “Preservation of Historical Records, Part II” at the Cazenovia Public Library. The workshop will touch on topics such as how archival records are stored, and how they are handled, and key elements in prolonging their lives. Participants may bring examples of records needing preservation for an open discussion period. Seating is limited and registration is required. To register please visit the New York State Archives, click on the workshop page and follow the directions. The class is free and open to the public. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday March 6th from 1:30 to 3:30 the Oriskany Museum will host part two of a five part class entitled “Creating a 21st Century Family Album: Telling Your Story. Instructor Tammy Hoffman will work with you on your album and combine what’s old and what’s possible. Supplies will be purchased on at the first class. There is a $30 fee for the class. To register or for more information please call the museum from Wednesday through Saturday 736-7529.
On Saturday March 8th from 2 pm to 4 pm the Peterboro Community Center will host their annual Gerrit Smith Birthday party. Norman K. Dann, PhD will describe Smith andPeterboro during the year 1864 in correlation with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Smithfield Community Association will present on its developing focus and direction and stewards from the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark will present on the upcoming calendar of PeterboroHeritage programs. This event is free and open to the public. Light refresments will be served. For more information please visit www.gerritsmith.org.
On Saturday March 8th at 2 pm the Oneida Public Library hosts noted railroad historian and author John Taibi. John will present “The Empire Corridor: High-speed rail looms upstate.” Taibi will explore the proposed high-speed railway from New York City to Buffalo that will zoom through Oneida and central New York at speeds of up to 175 miles per hour. John will showcase the plans and engineering that goes into the development of this train as well as the costs associated with it. For more information please call 315-363-3050.
On Saturday March 8th and Sunday March 9th from 10:30 am until noon and 12:30 to 2 pmLL Bean will host a Snowshoeing Discovery Course on the grounds of the Lorenzo State Historic Site. Expert instructors will lead you on a guided trek through the grounds (weather permitting). A $20 fee is charged but includes all the gear, equipment and instruction. For more information please call 1-888-615-9967.
On Monday March 10th at 7 pm the Canastota Canal Town Museum and the Canastota Public Library will host a presentation by Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz entitled “The Contribution of Madison County Women to History” at the Canastota Public Library. In honor of women’s history month Urtz will showcase Madison County’s history of progressive women who worked to better the world they lived in. The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the talk. For more information please call 315-697-7030.
On Tuesday March 11th at 7 pm the Hamilton Public Library will host a presentation by the Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz entitled “The Contribution of Madison County Women to History.” In honor of women’s history month Urtz will showcase Madison County’s history of progressive women who worked to better the world they lived in. The talk is free and open to the public. The friends of the library will provide light refreshments immediately following the talk. For more information please call 315-824-3060.
On Wednesday March 13th from 1:30 to 3:30 the Oriskany Museum will host part three of a five part class entitled “Creating a 21st Century Family Album: Telling Your Story. Instructor Tammy Hoffman will work with you on your album and combine what’s old and what’s possible. Supplies will be purchased on at the first class. There is a $30 fee for the class. To register or for more information please call the museum from Wednesday through Saturday 736-7529.
On Friday March 14th at 6:30 pm the Morrisville Public Library welcomes local historian Sue Greenhagen who will present a history of the Loomis Gang. Greenhagen will share the stories of one of the region’s most notorious crime families through the eyes of then local SherriffBonney. There may be some special guests along for the ride as well. There is no charge for this event. For more information please call 315-684-9130.
On Sunday March 16th from 2 pm to 4 pm the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host “Women on the Canal,” a presentation by Pamela Vittorio. Using first-hand accounts from travelers’ journals, historical newspaper interviews and reports, presenter Pamela Vittorio takes you behind the crimson curtain and inside the world of the women who worked and traveled on the Erie Canal during the 19th and early 20th centuries. For more information please visitwww.clcbm.org.
On Sunday March 16th from 2 pm to 4 pm the Camillus Canal Society presents “Haudenosaunee History Post European Contact” by Janet Conners at the Camillus Town Hall. Conners was a 4th grade teacher for 33 years in Lafayette and has become a student ofHaudenosaunee culture and history. There is no charge for this event. For more information please call 315-391-7020.
On Wednesday March 20th from 1:30 to 3:30 the Oriskany Museum will host part four of a five part class entitled “Creating a 21st Century Family Album: Telling Your Story. Instructor Tammy Hoffman will work with you on your album and combine what’s old and what’s possible. Supplies will be purchased on at the first class. There is a $30 fee for the class. To register or for more information please call the museum from Wednesday through Saturday 736-7529.
On Wednesday March 27th from 1:30 to 3:30 the Oriskany Museum will host the final part of a five part class entitled “Creating a 21st Century Family Album: Telling Your Story. Instructor Tammy Hoffman will work with you on your album and combine what’s old and what’s possible. Supplies will be purchased on at the first class. There is a $30 fee for the class. To register or for more information please call the museum from Wednesday through Saturday 736-7529.
On Monday April 7th at 7 pm the Canastota Canal Town Museum and the Canastota Public Library will host a presentation on local railroad historian John Taibi entitled “The People who worked the Railroad.” Taibi is the author of over 20 publications dealing with central New York railroads. The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served immediately following the talk. For more information please call 315-697-7030.
On Friday April 11th at 6:30 pm the Morrisville Public Library will host “Scandals of Madison County Part I” by Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz. The talk will focus on early scandals that rocked the local area. The event is free and open to the public. For more information please call 315-684-9130.
On Friday April 25th the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum will host its annual Canal Clean Sweep. More information to come.
Peterboro Heritage Programs
The Peterboro Mercantile, a community heritage shop, the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark (GSENHL), and the National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF) are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 pm beginning Saturday, May 19 and ending Sunday September 23, for special events and tours, and by appointment. The GSENHL is a site on the National Park Service Network to Freedom (national Underground Railroad trail) and both sites are on the Heritage NY Underground Railroad Trail, a program of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Adult admission is three dollars. Students and 2013 Stewards are free. The projects are recruiting volunteers for the 2013 season.
For more information and the check updates on programs:
The 20th Annual Peterboro Civil War Weekend opens at 10 am on Saturday, June 9 and closes at 4 pm on Sunday June 10. Civil War military and domestic encampments with sutlers, exhibits, Civil War roundtables, programs, skirmishes, entertainment, book-signings, children’s games, musical programs, reenactor units, town displays, and lectures have expanded to include newly developed historical interpretations. The Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department will barbeque chicken on Saturday.
Don’t Get Stuck: Syringes and Recyclables Don’t Mix
There are 19 people working at the Madison County ARC Recycling center on Buyea Road. Every day, they must be on the lookout for recycled items containing used hypodermic needles. Why?Because some of the residents of Madison County are not putting their used syringes in the proper biohazard containers.
Madison County, the Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation and the employees of the ARC Recycling Center are asking that you do the responsible thing: place all used syringes in bright red biohazard containers.
There are a host of reasons to keep syringes or sharps out of recyclables; the first and foremost reason is the possibility of injury to those who work in the ARC Recycling center and those in the trash collection business. All of these people are at risk if used syringes are placed in your recyclables rather than being placed in a free biohazard container.
DO NOT place syringes in everyday plastic bottles. Use the red biohazard containers.
The bright red biohazard containers are FREE for the asking at all pharmacies in Madison County – all one has to do is ask and they will be handed a free container. For more than 15 years, Madison County has provided the biohazard containers to area pharmacies in an effort to keep used syringes out of recyclable containers destined for the recycling center where they have the potential of injuring or infecting one of the workers.
Remember, sharps and recycling don’t mix – they should never be placed in recyclable containers.
For more information please call the Madison County Dept. of Solid Waste at 361-8408
Also of Note from our friends at the Madison County Landfill…
Free Disposal of Waste Motor Oil
Residents can now dispose of waste motor oil for free at the Buyea Rd. Landfill site in the Town of Lincoln and at the transfer stations located in Cazenovia, Hamilton and Sullivan.
A policy change, rescinding the $2.65 fee to dispose of up to two gallons of waste oil became effective immediately when the Board of Supervisors approved the resolution on March 8, 2011.
The Department of Solid Waste is using all of the waste motor oil being collected on site and at the transfer stations to heat the Madison County Landfill Operations/Maintenance building, explained James A. Zecca, director.
Regarding the Changing Face of Electronic Recycling
New State requirements for E-Waste recycling and disposal went into effect April 1, 2011.
The New York State E-waste law will change the way all electronics manufacturers do business and will also change the way residents are required to recycle electronic waste.
The new collection site for all Madison County e-waste and Central New York is located at LOJO Technology, 327 Farrier Ave., in Oneida, NY a subsidiary of Madison Cortland ARC in cooperation with the Madison County Department of Solid Waste and Sanitation. There will be no charge for any E-waste recycled at this facility.
The new E-Waste Collection facility will open for business Monday, April 18, 2011. Hours of operation will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on the first Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.
To make the transition to the new electronics collection system as easy as possible, Madison County will continue to act as a collection site for televisions and computer monitors. The Countywill continue to charge one punch on the punch card system for televisions and computer monitors dropped off at any of the four transfer stations. This fee is to cover the transportationand handling costs.
The following is a list of electronics that will be accepted, for free, at the new collection facility at LOJO Technology at 327 Farrier Ave. in Oneida.
Computers; televisions, small scale servers, computer peripherals, monitors, electronic keyboards and mice or similar pointing devices, fax machines, scanners, printers, VCRs, DVRs, Portable Digital Music Players, DVD Players, Digital Converter Boxes, Cable or Satellite Receivers, Electronic or Video Game Consoles. Also accepted are: cell phones, cash registers, typewriters, PDA’s, digital cameras, telephones and stereo equipment.
Questions on the new electronics program can be answered by calling the Recycling Hot Line at 1-800-721-2208 or the Madison-Cortland ARC at 363-3014.
The new state law will eventually prohibit the disposal of electronic waste in New York State by all consumers; beginning January 1, 2012 for businesses and municipalities and January 1, 2015 for individuals and households, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).
PUBLIC INFORMATION & SERVICES DEPT
PO Box 635, Wampsville, NY 13163
SHARON A. DRISCOLL
Public Information Officer
The need is great. You can make a real difference in a child’s life. Become A Youth Mentor.
If you love young people and enjoy a volunteer experience with meaningful results, Youth Mentoring is for you!!
The basic commitment is to meet with a local youth for one hour per week for 18 months.
Youth range in age from 10 – 14 years old. These are crucial years for young people to develop the social and academic skills needed for a successful life. There are 50 youth waiting for mentors in Madison County.
You receive complete support from Community Action Partnership.
Many young people just need a helping hand from a caring adult other than parents or teachers.
Could this be you?? Call JoAnne Morak at CAP 697-3588 for details.
Tell her RSVP sent you!!
Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association
Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association is opening a Thrift Shoppe on Route 20 west of Bouckville. We are looking for volunteers to staff the store which will be open Friday and Saturday 10am – 4pm. Any interested persons should contact Barb Smith at email@example.com or call 697-9840.
Volunteering at From the Ground Up (FTGU) Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc.
FTGU is a therapeutic horsemanship program for people with special needs. The program offers specially designed lessons for children and adults with personal challenges to find strength and independence through the power of the horse.
Recently moved to New Woodstock (former Mystic Mt. facility) The program seeks volunteers with stable / horse experience to help maintain horses and get ready for the spring season when they will ramp up with a full program. If anyone who would like to help with the horse program please call Mary Bartlett at 684-3001 Ext. 103. Thanks!
Like Horses and the Outdoors?? Here’s a Chance to Be Part of an Empowering Program!!
Markets / Sales
Open Farm Day will be held on Saturday, July 28th between 10am and 4pm. 39 farms and 4 farmers’ markets will be open to the public. This is a wonderful chance for you, your family and your friends to travel around the County, tour the farms, sample some homegrown products, pet animals and learn first-hand the diversity of Madison County Agriculture. This year, the Buy Local prize for visiting 3 or more farms is a Madison County bumper sticker. Each of the 4 regions of Madison County on the map and Cornell Cooperative Extension will have their own custom bumper sticker—collect them all! You can earn bumper stickers by visiting 3 stamps in one region OR by having one stamp from 3 different regions. When your day has come to an end and you have received 3 stamps or more, fill out the survey on the back of the Stamp Card and hand it in to the tour guide at your final stop. The tour guide will exchange your card for one of the special Buy Local bumper stickers. All you need is an Open Farm Day passport and a cooler (for all the goodies to take back home).
This year, Price Chopper is printing 20,000 full-page brightly colored Open Farm Day Passports. These will be available at 10 Price Chopper locations in CNY, mailed directly to 14,000 homes in Madison County as well as distributed to key locations in Onondaga, Oneida and Madison Counties.
New this year to Open Farm Day is the 4-H Youth Fair & CCE Open House. Visit and celebrate the 4-H youth program and see what they’re up to in 2012. The fair will feature animal exhibitions, pony rides and a petting zoo, as well as lots of activities for the whole family including a scavenger hunt! CCE will be hosting a pulled pork BBQ, sponsored by the Morrisville Lyons Club.
Open Farm Day is sure to be a fun and exciting event for all as well as a great way to celebrate the bounty of locally produced products and Madison County farmers. For more information on Open Farm Day participants and the availability of Passports please visit: www.MadisonCountyAgriculture.com – or “Like” AED on Facebook to keep up-to-date on the latest Open Farm Day news.
Open Farm Day would not be possible without the support of our sponsors: Price Chopper Grocery Store, Cazenovia Equipment Company, Madfoods.com, Gorman Foundation, Farm Credit East,CaroVail, Chiobani, WMCR, Gifford Foundation, Plank Road Magazine, Farm Bureau Madison County, Empire Brewery, Colgate Inn, Upstate Institute at Colgate University, Organic Valley, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Obreza Trucking and Romagnoli’s Tree Farm.
Want to help out at Open Farm Day?? Volunteers are needed
Open Farm Day Volunteers Have fun and help a local farmer!
Volunteers are needed to staff an informational table at a local farm participating in Open Farm Day. Share the excitement of this great program by actively participating in open farm day. Duties include: welcoming participants, stamping passports, and providing information about locally grown foods and Cornell Cooperative Extension programs. Two hour shifts are available so you can help out, then visit a few farms yourself. Each volunteer will receive a complimentary Buy Local cap and bag as our thanks for your help.
Sign up now! Call Lindsey McDonnell at 684-3001 Ext 125
PIES PIES PIES
Do you have an invitation and need something to bring?
Do you like pies but hate to make them?
Then purchase a pie (or several pies) and support programs and services offered to senior citizens by Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc
10” frozen pies that can stay frozen for up to 6 months
Pies are available year round for $8.00 each
Pies available: Dutch Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Red Raspberry, Pumpkin, Banana Cream, Boston Cream, Chocolate Cream, & Coconut Cream
(in some cases sugar free is available—please call 697-5700 for details)
Pies can be picked up between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Monday – Friday at the Madison County Office for the Aging, Inc
138 Dominic Bruno Blvd, Canastota, NY 13032
Or at a SNACK Site near you (on the days they are open)
Give us a call at 697-5700 to order
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The purpose of the Opportunity Shop located at 128 E. Center Street in Canastota is to provide low income families with good, serviceable clothing at a minimum cost. Household goods and furniture in limited amounts are also available. Though intended primarily for low income families, more working families are coming to the thrift shop because the items are more affordable and the shop is more convenient than going to the malls. The clothing offered in the shop is donated. Fire and other emergency victims are provided with clothing, bedding, furniture and household items at no cost. The shop is run by volunteers under the guidance of the Canastota Committee for Human Development. The board is responsible for setting goals, approving new programs, authorizing large or unusual expenditures and supporting on-going relief to the needy. The Opportunity Shop is open to the public 9 am – 3 pm Monday through Friday. Volunteers are needed to help in the shop and at the adjoining food pantry. Most volunteers work in two – four hour shifts. With the winter months approaching, new volunteers are needed when some ‘snow bird’ volunteers go away for the winter. Anyone wishing to help out at the Opportunity Shop, please call 697-3140 between 9am – 3pm Monday – Friday.
Chenango Water Exercise Group Offers Ongoing Classes
All classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 – 11:45 AM at the Lineberry Pool at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.
Aquatic exercise can increase circulation, heart rate and respiratory rate while decreasing blood pressure and sensitivity of nerve endings and creating a redistribution of blood flow. CWEG’s program is also excellent for reduction of pain and muscle spasms, increase in range of motion, achieving relief from various physical symptoms, and preoperative preparation and post operative recovery. Our programs are highly recommended by several physicians in the area. Call CWEG at 228-7621 for more information.
Bone Builders Exercise Program
The Bone Builders Exercise Program is a FREE weekly exercise group for persons aged 50+ and is designed to help prevent and alleviate osteoporosis and improve balance, strength and general fitness. Participants practice weight training, balance and stretching exercises. The program is based on research conducted by Tufts University. The Bone Builders exercise sessions are led by trained RSVP volunteers. Call us at 684-3001 extension 115 for more information about attending a session or becoming a leader.
Class locations and times:
Bridgeport, United Methodist Church, Mondays & Thursdays 10:00 am
Canastota, Canastota Library, Tuesdays 1:00 pm
Cazenovia, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Mondays & Thursdays 10:00 am
Chittenango, Town of Sullivan Parks and Recreation, Thursdays 10:00 am DeRuyter, American Legion Post, Tuesdays 10:30 am
Hamilton, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Wednesdays 10:00 am
Morrisville, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Mondays 10:00 am
Oneida, Oneida Recreation Center, Thursdays 10:00 am
Health Care Help for the Uninsured/Underinsured
Wendy Hunt, Program Manager for the Cancer Services Program of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties
For many people in this economy, something simple like preventive healthcare is overlooked if they do not have health insurance, or if their health insurance is inadequate. The Cancer Services Program of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties may be able to help men and women, ages 40 and older, get routine health screenings at no cost to them. The Cancer Services Program (CSP) is funded by a grant from the NYS Department of Health, and works with select providers in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties to offer routine breast and cervical cancer screenings to uninsured/underinsured women ages 4o and older, and colon cancer screenings to uninsured/underinsured men and women ages 50 and older. CSP funds pay for routine breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings, as well as most diagnostic services for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer. If someone is diagnosed with one of these cancers, there may be treatment funds available through the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program. While the CSP does not currently reimburse providers for prostate cancer screening, an uninsured man that is diagnosed with prostate cancer through one of our providers may also be eligible for treatment funds through the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program. Please call us at 315-798-5248, or 1-800-541-0151, ext. 5248 for more information and to see if you qualify for this valuable service. The application process is quite simple, and is done right over the phone. There is no need to provide income documents or other documents for eligibility.
Free Clinic Opens in Oneida
The First-even free clinic in Madison County has its official opening Dec 1. Located in the Northside Shopping Plaza, the clinic will be open Wednesday evenings from 4-8 pm and will provide basic medical care to uninsured adults. The clinic is a partnership between Community Action Partnership, the Gorman Foundation and Dr. Rathika Martyn. The center needs volunteer doctors, nurses and clerical staff to ensure its success. To volunteer or learn more, please contact Sandy Conroy, Clinic Coordinator at (315) 684-7862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s some news from our friends at Madison County Office for the Aging (OFA)
Office for Aging Opens Food Cupboard
Madison County residents aged 60+ can come to the Office for the Aging and get food items with enough food for 2-3 days. The amount and type of food varies from month to month but is usually canned goods and dry staples. Also, OFA staff can let seniors know about additional programs and services that may help them budget their limited income so they can better afford the necessities. The new food cupboard is located at the Office for the Aging, 138 Dominic Bruno Blvd in Canastota. Open Monday thru Friday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. If you need more information, contact OFA at 697-5700.
Caregiver Resource Center
“Caregiving” helping an older person stay as independent as possible, is both a rewarding and stressful experience. Many caregivers are part of the “sandwich generation”, meaning they are caring for a parent as well as children, This juggling of home, family and career demands sometimes causes physical, emotional and financial costs. The Caregiver Resource Center at OFA can help. The center provides resources on care giving issues. Individual and group support is available. Contact OFA at 697-5700 for more info.
OFA needs Volunteer Drivers
Do You Like To Drive? Can you find just two hours a week or month to take an older person in your community to a doctor’s appointment? The Madison County Office for the Aging Senior Transportation Program may be for you! Most seniors rely on family for transportation, yet many do not have anyone available to help and turn to OFA for assistance. A little volunteering goes a long way when you help out with the OFA Senior Transportation Program. There is mileage reimbursement, plus the knowledge that you are helping a senior maintain their independence and health!! If you are interested in helping this important program, please call Connie Brown at 697-5743. Tell her RSVP sent you!!
S.K.I.T. - Seniors Keeping In Touch
S.K.I.T. is a program to designed to help support the homebound and their caregivers. It provides regularly scheduled phone contact for seniors that builds trusting relationships. The process allows more people to age in their home and in a familiar place. Calls are made to people throughout Madison County who want a friendly conversation. The program and service is completely free. Telephone calls are made to each registered person, up to five days a week, Monday through Friday. The calls are made between 9 am and noon. The S.K.I.T. program provides social telephone calls and regular check-in to seniors who enjoy phone calls and connecting with others. S.K.I.T. serves as an added link between Madison County’s senior citizens and public and private services that are available in the area. It is a free service sponsored by RSVP and Cazenovia Senior Services providing a telephone reassurance program for Madison County’s senior citizens. To register or for more information call RSVP at 684-3001.
Notice – Food Assistance Available
If you are a Madison County resident and wish to find out if you or someone you know is eligible for the food stamp benefit, please contact Jodee Osborn at the Community Action Partnership Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) at 697-3588 Ext 34 for a free and private prescreening. CAP can also assist individuals with the application process at a location convenient for you throughout Madison County.
That’s all for today folks. Remember if you have an item for the E-Newsletter, send me an email at email@example.com .
Mary Bartlett, Director
RSVP of Madison County