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May 18, 2013

New website highlights all Schoharie offers

By Mark Boshnack Reporter's Notebook
The Daily Star

---- — ABC Creative Group recently refreshed Schoharie County’s tourism website, www.upstatevacations.com, with cutting-edge and mobile-friendly updates. The Schoharie County Planning and Development domain directs tourists to numerous destinations in the county, inviting them to find “Something Unexpected,” according to a media release.

“We are proud to launch this site to promote all the great things that Schoharie County has to offer,” says ABC Owner and Creative Director Travis Bort. “Since most travelers do not pay attention to what county they’re in, we focused more on the ‘areas’ within Schoharie that may be more familiar to travelers. We concentrated on the quaint towns and villages in each area of the county.”

The website update coincides with the ABC-created “Something Unexpected” tourism campaign. Users can use an interactive map discover all the unique places within the county and use a complete listing to find accommodations, activities and dining.

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The Regatta Music Festival moves into its fourth year, with a great lineup of local and regional bands performing on May 27 from 2 p.m. at 11 p.m. at the General Clinton Canoe Regatta in Bainbridge, according to a media release.

This year’s featured band, from Bainbridge, is the Woodshed Prophets. They bring their unique blend of rock, country and blues to the stage at 7:30 p.m. and will play until the fireworks at 10 p.m. They willl play a short set afterwards. Opening the festival is a band out of Endicott, Prelude the Ruin, that plays progressive similar to Tool and Chevelle. Opening for them is their side project Sad Sorry, which takes the state at 2 p.m.

Highline anchors the afternoon set, taking the stage from 4:30 - 7 p.m., with “80’s & 90’s rock tossed into a blender and turned on high, according to the media release

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On May 4, more than 150 fifth- and sixth-grade girls from eleven area school districts participated in the annual Women Helping Girls Make Choices program held at SUNY Oneonta, according to a media release from DCMO BOCES.

The program is free for districts as it is funded entirely with outside support. Supporters and a partnership with the Secondary Education Department at SUNY Oneonta have helped sustain the program.

The program goals are to encourage and increase young girl’s interest in academics by creating a link to real world careers, exposing them to positive role models, addressing career planning and decision-making, and providing them with positive peer interaction.

This year’s event provided twelve professional women as mentors covering six different career clusters. Mentors this year included: Jennifer Imperato, an Oneonta police officer; Eileen Bozollo, a project engineer at the Lockheed Martin Corporation; Mary Driver an engineering manager at Lockheed; Stephanie Yungk, a project engineer at Lockheed; Terry Emmitt, a professional engineer; Cindy Lehr a civil engineer at Jett Industries; Jo Ann Wormuth, the personnel/regional certification officer at DCMO BOCES and a fitness/pilates instructor; Shannon Stockdale, an insurance agent and partner at the GBR Agency; Paula Bagley, a civil engineer for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Paula A. Brown, a constituent services representative for Rep. Chris Gibson; and Tiffany Bennett, a kindergarten teacher at Delaware Academy Central School at Delhi.

This annual event is coordinated through DCMO BOCES Enrichment Services and SUNY Oneonta’s Secondary Education Department.

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Answers to your gardening questions are just a phone call away, according to a media release from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties. Master gardener volunteers answer numerous questions about plants, tree and lawn care, vegetable and flower gardening, and home and garden pest management practices for county residents. Master gardeners are available at 547-2536 extension 228 or by email at mastergardener-otsego@cornell.edu. If no one is immediately available, the agency will respond to voice messages.

Mark Boshnack is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at mboshnack@thedailystar.com.