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February 8, 2012

SUNY Cobleskill carpentry course to aid in rebuilding after Irene, Lee storms

Interest in learning carpentry skills was so strong that a class offered by SUNY Cobleskill filled quickly and has a waiting list for the next offering.

Some communities and residences in Schoharie County were devastated from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last year.

Anita Wright, director of the Office of Professional and Continuing Education at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, said staff discussions about recovery and rebuilding identified a need for a course on carpentry and someone to teach it.

The 12 slots in the class quickly were taken, and 20 people asked to be included on a waiting list, Wright said. The course has potential to help in rebuilding communities and job training, she said, and SUNY Cobleskill may offer it again.

The nine-week course begins this week, costs $875 and is offered on nights and Saturdays.

David Moak, training coordinator for Region 3 of the Empire State Carpenters Apprenticeship Committee, is teaching the course, and students may be eligible to join the union as a second-year apprentice, the release said.

For more information, call the PACE office at (518) 255-5528.

Local manufacturer's product shown overseas

Medical Coaches Inc. of Oneonta and WAISCO Medical & Scientific Solutions, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, displayed "one of the most-complex mobile medical units ever built by Medical Coaches" at the Arab Health Show last month, a media release said.

The show was in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from Jan. 23 to 26, the release from PRWEB said.

The 53-foot medical trailer is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Co., which manages 12 hospitals, 2,644 licensed beds and more than 40 primary health clinics. The unit has a dental suite, blood laboratory, patient screening area and an X-ray facility.

"The roof of the medical trailer is protected with a specialized ceramic coating, the same used on the space shuttle, to reflect 99 percent of the radiant heat it comes in contact with, to help control the interior temperatures in the intense Middle Eastern heat," Richard Mattice, vice president of engineering at Medical Coaches, said in the release.

The highly specialized medical trailer displayed at the 2012 Arab Health Show is one of three trailers that covers the U.A.E., delivering health care screening to residents in urban areas and the remote parts of the country.

Schoharie County Chamber to move office

The Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce installed officers at a recent meeting, a media release said.

The chamber's collaboration with the Carlisle Fire Department and the department's Flood Bucks program has generated nearly $10,000 for businesses, the release said, and having lost an office in Middleburgh to the flooding, the Chamber will move into offices at Kintz Plastics Inc. at 143 Caverns Road in Howes Cave this month, the release said.

At a Jan. 26 meeting, officers installed were Georgia VanDyke, Gobblers Knob Family Fun Park, president; Scott Ferguson, PuroClean Services, first vice president; Patrick Coffey, Schoharie Chapter NYSARC Inc., second vice president; Denise Lloyd, NY Life Insurance treasurer; and Frank Privitera, Fenimore Asset Management/FAM Funds, secretary. Directors also were elected.

The Chamber will hold its annual dinner meeting at the Best Western Inn of Cobleskill on March 15. For reservations and more information, call the Chamber at (518) 827-3900 or visit

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, email details to or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.

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