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September 7, 2013

Holiday Inn to host free fun for philatelists

The Tri-County Stamp Club of Sidney and the Leatherstocking Stamp Club of Cooperstown are co-sponsoring a stamp and postcard show at the Holiday Inn in Oneonta on Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Collectible stamps and postcards will be for sale by area dealers including: Ed Bailey Stamps of Syracuse; Reid Stamps of Callicoon the dealers of the Delancey Stamp Club and John Carney of Oneonta will be be selling stamps and postcards.

The clubs will have welcome tables as well as their own respective areas sharing expertise and answering questions about the hobby of stamp collecting. Free stamps will be provided to all junior collectors under 16. Both clubs are looking for potential members.

The Tri-County Club meets 10 times a year in Sidney at the Civic Center while the Leatherstocking Club meets 10 times a year at the Tillapaugh Funeral home in Cooperstown. The Cooperstown club was first organized in 1935 and has participated in numerous first day ceremonies in honor of baseball and other events in the region. A stamp club was organized in 1934 in Sidney, but it wasn’t reorganized until 1947 as the Tri-County Stamp Club. Both groups are members of the American Philatelic Society and the Federation of Central NY Philatelic Societies.    

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The EngageNY website is a source of information about the state’s efforts to implement the Common Core curriculum. New York is one of more than 40 states engaged in adopting a common curriculum. One of the resources on the group’s website, engageny.org, is the parent’s backpack guide to some of the changes for students in prekindergarten through fifth grade in English Language Arts and math, the first two subjects being addressed.

The English changes include children reading more nonfiction in each grade level. Look for students to have more reading assignments based on real-life events, such as biographies, articles and historical stories, and try to make reading non-fiction fun and exciting for your children. Reading more nonfiction texts will help children learn about the world.

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