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September 7, 2013

Holiday Inn to host free fun for philatelists

By Mark Boshnack
The Daily Star

---- — 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.    


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,, 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.

“Look for your kids to bring home more fact-based books about the world. Know what non-fiction books are grade level appropriate and make sure your children have access to such books,” the site says. Another shift is children will have an increased academic vocabulary: “Look for assignments that stretch your child’s vocabulary. Read often to babies, toddlers, preschoolers and children.”

In math, “your child will work more deeply in fewer topics, which will ensure full understanding.” Look for assignments that require students to show their work and explain how they arrived at an answer. Parents should know what concepts are important for you child based on their grade level and spend time working on those concepts.

Another shift calls for students to understand why the math works and be asked to talk about and prove their understanding They might have assignments that focus on memorizing and mastering basic math facts, which are important for success in more advanced math problems. One way to help children know and memorize basic math facts is to ask your child to “do the math” that pops up in daily life.


Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County is offering help in identifying and eradicating invasive species in the area. According to its website: “Recent increases in global trade, including trade in ornamental plants, have created new opportunities for the spread of non-native species.”

The agency is working with the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership to develop an early detection and rapid response system in the region. Research has shown that is the best strategy is dealing with the problem calls for eradicating species before they become established.

Information and free identification services toward this goal are available from the agency. Anyone who thinks they’ve found an invasive species is asked to contact the agency at 865-6531 or email If e-mailing photos, close-ups are helpful with white or neutral background.

Mark Boshnack is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at