Area news in brief

Area residents

earn degrees

UTICA – Area residents received degrees at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s spring commencement.

They are: Matthew Wilday of Broadalbin, bachelor’s in business administration; Daniel Perez Jordan of Dolgeville, bachelor’s in psychology; Daniel Hornbeck of Gloversville, bachelor’s in electrical engineering technology; Matthew Wilday of Broadalbin, bachelor’s in business administration.

Strawberry festival

set for Saturday

MAYFIELD – The Mayfield Historical Society will hold its annual Strawberry Festival at the Rice Homestead, 328 Riceville Road, on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Strawberry shortcake, ice cream and beverages will be served. There will be music by Gary VanSlyke, tours of the home and weaving demonstrations.

The festival marks the opening of the Rice Homestead for the season. The donation cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children younger than 8, according to a news release.

The Rice Homestead will be open for tours Wednesdays and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. throughout the summer, the news release said.

Stead graduates

from Northeastern

BROADALBIN – Courtney Stead, the daughter of Donna and Jon Stead of Broadalbin, graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in bio-medical physics (pre-med) from Northeastern University in Boston on May 8.

Stead is currently employed as a clinical research coordinator at the Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She plans to attend medical school in 2016, a news release said.

Stead is a 2011 graduate of Broadalbin-Perth High School.

Sitterly named

to dean’s list

ALBANY – Jacob N. Sitterly, the son of Justin and Julie Sitterly of Northville, was named to the dean’s list of distinguished students for the spring semester at the University of Albany.

Sitterly, who has completed his freshman year, is attending the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, where he is an intern this summer, a news release said.

Rabies clinic

set in Canajoharie

CANAJOHARIE – There will be a rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets on Saturday at the Canajoharie Fire Department, 75 Erie Blvd., from 9 to 11 a.m.

Rabies vaccines are offered free at the clinic to Montgomery County residents but is open to everyone.

A $10 donation is requested to help defray program costs, a news release said. Other vaccines will be available at an additional fee, according to a news release.

For more information about rabies, call Montgomery County Public Health at 853-3531.

Area residents

on dean’s list

NEW PALTZ – Area residents were named to the dean’s list at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

They are William Keller of Gloversville, Alysha Kennedy of Gloversville, Meagan Sweeney of Gloversville, Abigail Nares of Gloversville, Monica Rouse of Hagaman, Autumn DeGoski of Johnstown, Allison Lysiak of Johnstown and Mary Ryan of Northville, a news release said.

Dean’s list designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade-point average in a semester with a full-time course load, according to the news release.

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Ligon graduates

from St. John

ROCHESTER – Nathaniel Ligon, the son of Paul and Jennifer Ligon of Gloversville, recently graduated from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, Monroe County, with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. He was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester with a 3.7 grade-point average.

Upon graduation, he accepted an inside sales position with the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball team, a news release said.

Concerts set

in Canajoharie

CANAJOHARIE – The following Music on Main Street free concerts will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on the lawn of NBT Bank, 24 Church St.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

The rain location is the Arkell Auditorium at the Canajoharie High School.

July 7: Ameranouche.

July 14: Professor Louie and the Cromatix.

July 17: Harold Ford – a tribute to Johnny Cash.

July 21: Storm Front – The Billy Joel Tribute Band.

July 28: Easy Money Big Band.

Aug. 4: The Bill Jacobs Ensemble.

Aug. 11: The Murali Coryell Band.

The Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature, a news release said.

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to help shelter

FULTONVILLE – Hummingbird Hills Winery will have a fundraiser at the winery on June 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter.

The event is free.

There will be a raffle, free wine tastings, free food and beverages. A portion of sales will go to the shelter. All raffle money raised will go to the shelter.

Representatives from the shelter will be at the winery with animals who need homes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The winery is seeking raffle table donations. Call 875-6919 to help. The winery is located at 1442 Burtonville Road.

Rabies clinic

set for Saturday

FULTONVILLE – A rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and ferrets will take place Saturday at the Fultonville Animal Hospital, VanWagenen Drive, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The veterinarian administration fee is $10 per rabies vaccine. Other vaccines will be available at an additional fee.

Glove plans

‘Clue’ musical

GLOVERSVILLE – The Glove Performing Arts Center, 42 N. Main St., will present “Clue the Musical,” directed by Andrew Higgs with musical direction by Alyssa Rizzo, June 19 to 27 at 8 p.m. and June 21 at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students.

Tickets are available by calling 773-8255, Ext.25. Tickets also are available on the website,, Mohawk Harvest Co-Op on Main Street or at the door.

The cast includes: Mr. Boddy is played by Michael Ciaravella; Mrs. Peacock, Charity Buckbee; Professor Plum, Sonny Duross; Colonel Mustard, Bryan Cerny; Miss Scarlet, Chynna Bleyl; Mrs. White, Mark Joseph Peek; Mr. Green, Brandon Degroot; and Detective, Heather Geier.

The crew includes: choreographer, Andrew Higgs; producer, Marc Norton (Glove Theatre); vocal coach, Wendy Adamkoski-Boltash; stage manager, Heather Geier; costumer, Kelsey Norton; oversized props carpenter, Christopher Davila; queen, Chivon Davila; and friend of the arts, Kyle Adriance.

HealthLink plans

parenting program

GLOVERSVILLE – HealthLink Littauer announced a new program titled “Infant Care & Parenting” will be held Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Birthing Center at Littauer, 99 E. State St.

“Babies aren’t delivered with instruction manuals,” Christine Ney, certified childbirth educator of the Birthing Center At Littauer, said in a news release. “Come learn parenting basics including how to calm a fussy infant, sleep patterns, feeding, sick child care, keeping them safe, and much more.”

The 90-minute class is free and open to new and expectant parents.

To attend, call HealthLink Littauer at 736-1120.

Blood drive

set for June 12

AMSTERDAM – American Red Cross will have a blood drive June 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hill & Markes, 1997 Route 5S.

Garvine named

to dean’s list

SEARCY, Ark. – Johnstown resident Brittany Garvine, a senior social work major at Harding University, is among more than 1,200 university students included on the dean’s list during the spring semester.

To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average.

Craig named

to dean’s list

CONWAY, S.C. – Allison Craig, a senior majoring in health promotion from Fonda, was among approximately 1,800 students at Coastal Carolina University who made the spring dean’s list.

To qualify for the dean’s list, upperclassmen must earn a 3.5 grade-point average.

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Hurd named

to dean’s list

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Fort Plain resident Caitlin Hurd, a freshman voice performance major at Bob Jones University, was among approximately 830 Bob Jones University students named to the spring dean’s list.

The dean’s list recognizes students who earn a 3.0 to 3.74 grade-point average.

District offers

summer meals

GLOVERSVILLE – For the second consecutive year, the Gloversville Enlarged School District will offer free meals during the summer for all children ages 18 and younger through the Summer Food Service Program.

As part of the program, breakfast and lunch will be provided free at Gloversville Middle School, 234 Lincoln St., on weekdays beginning July 6 and ending Aug. 14.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The free meals are available to anyone 18 and younger who visits GMS during the allotted times. There is no income requirement, and participants do not have to be Gloversville residents, according to a news release.

The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Those interested in receiving more information should contact Teal Carpenter at 775-5708.

Edinburg society

plans meeting

EDINBURG – On June 16 at 7 p.m., the Edinburg Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road.

Retired reading teacher, author and historian Marty Podskoch will discuss his latest book, “Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport and Guide to the North Country.”

People can send their recipes and stories for the group’s new cookbook. Send recipes and family stories, a memory, funny story or tender moment to Andrea Blackwood, 4 Morris Road, Edinburg, NY 12134, or email them to

The society continues to raise money for the restoration and maintenance of the Copeland Historic Site. A donation of $25 will purchase a share certificate for yourself, as a gift, in honor of a loved one or in memory of a loved one. Upon receipt of your donation, a certificate will be sent to the recipient you request and the name will be posted in the Copeland Covered Bridge. Send your request to the Edinburg Historical Society, P.O. Box 801, Northville, NY 12134.

All meetings and programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Maria Spaeth, president, at or 863-7063.


plans river day

FORT HUNTER – The Environmental Clearinghouse will hold their second annual Day along the River on Saturday at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a guided canoe and kayak paddle along the Schoharie Creek & Mohawk River led by John Naple, Friends of Schoharie Crossing.

The event will continue with a guided one-hour nature walk at 11:30 a.m. and a guided one- hour bicycle ride at 1 p.m.

The nature walk will be approximately 1 1/2 miles and the bicycle ride will be approximately 7 miles.

State Department of Environmental Conservation Mohawk River Basin staff will be on hand during the event demonstrating water quality monitoring and fish identification.

All events begin and end at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Boat Launch on Dufel Road, off Route 5S.

All activities are free. You must provide your own bicycles, canoes or kayaks.

Life jackets are required for the canoe and kayak outing and helmets are required for the bicycle tour. For information, contact ECOS at 370-4125 or visit the Environmental Clearinghouse Facebook page.

Bleecker society

to meet Monday

BLEECKER – The June meeting of the Bleecker Historical Society will be held on Monday at 6:45 p.m. at the Town Hall on County Highway 112.

Percy Daniels, fourth generation resident of Bleecker, will share family memories and stories from over the years.

For more information, call 725-6784.

Workshop set

at Transitions

GLOVERSVILLE – Transitions, a supportive apprenticeship program designed to advance college and career success for high school graduates and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, learning differences and medical impairments, will host “Understanding and Supporting Students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: Practical Interventions for the Classroom, Workplace and Planning for Future Success.”

The workshop will be presented by Dr. Dean Mooney, a psychologist and the founder of Maple Leaf Clinic, on June 24.

Mooney will give an overview of nonverbal learning disabilities and how this diagnosis can affect a student in the classroom setting, at home and at work, according to a news release.

There will be a question-and- answer session after the presentation.

For more information and to register, visit

Transitions is located at 2736 Route 30.