Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Warming Up on Rt 30

When Helderberg Stove & Fireplace arrived on Rt 30 in Middleburgh, owners Joe Haile and John Conwell were just in time to get ahead of the cold winter weather.  You can stop by their roasty, toasty showroom or visit on  They will be happy to show you around. 
  In addition to a variety of stoves, they have pellets, and carry accessories including repair kits.  You can even schedule service calls!  At this time of year, that warm glow from a wood, pellet, gas, or multi-fuel unit is cozy and welcoming. 

Since opening day, October 5th, 2012,  they have established hours at 4pm to7pm Tuesdays through Fridays, but on the weekends they are open 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and 10am to 2pm on Sundays.
As members of the new Middleburgh Area Business Association, they are participating in the First Holiday Shopping promotion tied in to the "Miracle on Main Street" events.  When this stove was sold, Shannon Conwell helped fill out shopping coupons for their customer's chance to win a prize in the drawing.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Veteran's Day 2012

On a pleasant Sunday afternoon, Middleburgh gathered to commemorate Veteran's Day.  Members of the VFW, including the Ladies Auxiliary, participated in the ceremony.  The flag was raised, a prayer was offered, words were read about the commitment our armed services gave to the country, acknowledgment was given about the debt we owe for that service, and a wreath was laid at the memorial.
Members of the VFW got together for a group photo at the conclusion of the ceremony and invited everyone to join them at the Middleburgh Diner for coffee.

Monday, November 12, 2012

SALT's Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Coming this month from SALT: It is for the entire county and will be held at the Days Inn and Suites Schoharie, 160 Holiday Way, Schoharie, NY 12157. To RSVP for the dinner, to donate, or to volunteer, please call the Office for the Aging at 295-2001, Monday - Friday 8 am - 5pm. Volunteers are needed on Wednesday, November 21, in preparation of the meal on Thursday. The meal is the 25th Annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner

When: Nov. 22, 2012—1:00 PM
Where: Days Inn, Schoharie, NY
(Former Holiday Inn Express)

Storm Aid's Next Event

The flood recovery group Storm Aid is holding its next event soon. It will be the Fabulous Fifties .Saturday, November 17th 5:00—9:00p.m at the Scotia Diner 114 Mohawk Avenue Scotia, NY 12302 (518) 372-9776 The Area’s Only 50’s Retro Diner! Admission: $15 Donation (Includes 50’s Style meal) Thank you for your support!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Rt 30 Welcomes the Natl Bank of Coxsackie


The National Bank of Coxsackie opened its newest branch here on Nov 3, 2012.  Gathered outside are, Asst VP Joseph Sinski, Assemblyman Pete Lopez, Bank President James Warren, Sr VP Mark Maraglio, Bank VP Donald Gardner, and Marketing Communications Manager Nicole Nazi.

Inside the bank, Pete Lopez spoke with Jim Warren and Joe Sinski, welcoming them to this area.  Some other branches of the National Bank of Coxsackie, in Greene County, are also in the assemblyman's wide-ranging district.

NYS Senator Jim Seward was on hand, talking with Jim Warren and Mark Maraglio. The bank president said he had been familiar with Middleburgh for years and, after studying the demographics of the area, it seemed to be a good fit for the bank. 

 Mr. Warren went on to say that it is the people who make a community, not the buildings. Senator Seward commented that the National Bank of Coxsackie is a great community bank and would be here for many years.

The bank lobby was very welcoming, festively decorated, and offered a variety of refreshments.  There were many bank employees on hand to answer any questions and several new accounts were opened. During the course of the day, the bank was visited by many residents and local officials.

Middleburgh Mayor Matt Avitabile said it was a step of economic progress for the community.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was scheduled for 1pm, with bank personnel and local officials participating in the moment.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

On the Lookout for Horses

The twenty horses lost in Hurricane Irene have still not been found. They had been lost near Breakabeen after a fence broke in the storm. If you see them (and it looks like they may be near Fulton) call Leland Neff at 827-8767.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Luck and Preparation

The morning after Hurricane Sandy hit the Schoharie Valley, this was a view of the Schoharie Creek from Middleburgh.  The Creek was at its banks, and potentially threatening farmland.  As we have learned since then, 527 National Grid Customers in our area lost power, but by comparison, that wasn't too bad, compared to the more than 8 million who lost power all over the East Coast.  There are few communities that can sympathize more genuinely for New Jersey, New York City, and Long Island than Middleburgh and Schoharie after the devastation we suffered from Hurricane Irene and tropical storm Lee just over a year ago.
The Gilboa Dam was only a few feet below flood stage as Hurricane Sandy approached.  It was through the diligent efforts of our assemblyman, Pete Lopez, that an unprecedent action was taken --- to release water through the Shandaken Tunnel to lower the level at the Gilboa Dam.  The heart of Schoharie Valley was spared this time, through luck and through preparation.  Hopefully we won't have to face this again any time soon.