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December 18, 2012

Cheers and Jeers

The Daily Star

---- — To Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, winners of the 21st season of “The Amazing Race.”

The couple own the Beekman Farm in Sharon Springs and also star in the show, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys” on the Cooking Channel.

They went into the finale, which aired Dec. 9, as the underdogs, not winning a single leg of 25,000-mile, nine-country endurance test across three continents.

But they finished first in the leg that mattered most and collected the $1 million prize. 

The couple, who have been together for 14 years, paid off the mortgage on the farm and are planning to move their business, Beekman 1802, across the street into Sharon Springs’ former village hall.

Also for the first time in five years, the couple will soon live together full-time, as Kilmer-Purcell plans to move to Sharon Springs. They plan to marry this spring.

It’s always good to see local people succeed. We congratulate them on their victory.


To SUNY Delhi Associate Professor Allen Wachter, who has been selected as a Fulbright specialist by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Wachter is director of the State University College of Technology at Delhi’s bachelor’s degree program in veterinary technology management. He received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University in 1981. 

As a Fulbright specialist, Wachter will be matched with an overseas academic institution that has requested assistance via the Fulbright Commission or through U.S. embassies.

Wachter is being considered for two projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The first is to develop a veterinary technician program at the University of Namibia. The second is to teach large-animal management to veterinary science students at Mekelle University in Ethiopia. The final project selection will be based on a review by Wachter’s peers and by FSB. 

Wachter has received a wonderful honor, and we wish him success in whichever project is chosen.


To people who abandon their pets.

Senior Scene columnist Elaine Kniskern recently told the story of a cat that had been abandoned by its owners when they moved. 

And Saturday, Dec. 8, a male mastiff was found with bowls of food and water on Frank Slawson Road in Franklin by Julia VanSteenburg, animal control officer for the village. 

Animals that are used to being taken care of by humans can’t fend for themselves in the wild.

Ideally, people who get a pet will keep it for life. However, if for some reason the care cannot be continued, finding it a home or a shelter that will take it is vital. Pets shouldn’t be left behind or by the side of the road. People must remember pets are part of the family. 

And if you are looking for a pet to care for for life, look at your local shelter.