A celebration of 4-H and Cornell Cooperative Extension was the highlight of a very brief meeting of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Delhi Supervisor and Deputy Chairman Mark Tuthill chaired the meeting at 111 Main Street in Delhi in the absence of Chairwoman Tina Mole. Tuthill explained Mole was attending a disciplinary hearing for Social Services Commissioner Dana Scuderi-Hunter at a different county building.

Jeanne Darling, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County, was joined by members of her staff in narrating a slideshow that highlighted CCE activities in the county during the past year. The slideshow was based on the agency’s annual report, copies of which were provided to each supervisor. 

Corinne Tompkins, director of 4-H Camp Shankitunk, reported attendance at the camp was up this year, aided by 200 scholarships funded by various individuals and charitable organizations.

“That’s huge,” she said. “It shows us the need that’s here in the county.”

Presentations were also given on CCE’s farm business support and the Volunteer Master Gardener program.

Looking ahead, Darling said, state Sen. Jen Metzger, D-Rosendale, will participate in a series of agricultural events on Nov. 13, including a reception and dinner in Walton. Metzger, whose 42nd Senate District includes part of Delaware County, is the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee.

Darling said the event will include a panel of local farmers, who will talk about the future of farming in the region. Agriculture-related businesses and agencies are expected to participate, she said.

“Our goal is really to work with all our patrons in agriculture,” she said.

After the presentation, the board adopted a resolution declaring Oct. 5 through 11 as “Cornell Cooperative Extension Week and National 4-H Week in Delaware County.”

In other business, the board:

• Made budget amendments to accommodate a grant of $22,818 from the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. According to the board resolution, the money will be used to purchase furniture for the multi-purpose room and emergency operations center at the Public Safety Building in Delhi;

• Approved the sale of four parcels property acquired through foreclosure for unpaid taxes.


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