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Putnam Valley cheerleading champions celebrated in Albany

<p>Assemblyman Matt Slater (R,C-Yorktown) and Sen. Rob Rolison invited the Putnam County cheerleading team to Albany yesterday to celebrate their 2023 NYS Championship win. The Putnam Valley Tigers, on November 5, 2023, won their first-ever state championship in Binghamton and were led by their head coach Kelly Wilson, Captain Cameron and principal of Putnam Valley High School Matt Mellow.</p><p>&nbsp;“As a community, we are inspired by their accomplishment and commitment. I want to give huge congratulations to the team, coaches, parents and Putnam Valley community on this historic win. We were honored to celebrate them here in Albany and we can’t wait to continue to cheer them on this year,” said Slater.</p><p>&nbsp;“Congratulations to the Tigers on their well-deserved championship. Along with my friend and colleague Assemblyman Matt Slater, I was thrilled to celebrate our champions in both chambers of the state Legislature. This stunning achievement not only brings pride to our community, but it inspires others to follow in the footsteps of these scholar-athletes. Thanks to the guidance and vision of Coach Kelly Wilson and the dedication and talent of her team, I'm confident Putnam Valley can continue its winning ways in 2024 and beyond,” said Sen. Rob Rolison.</p><p>&nbsp;“It was an honor to join Senator Rolison, Assemblyman Slater, and the Tigers to celebrate their historic championship in Albany this week. Section 1 has some of the finest athletes in the entire state, and I’m proud to represent Putnam Valley and communities like it across the Hudson Valley,” said Congressman Mike Lawler.</p><p>&nbsp;<em>Assemblyman Matt Slater represents the 94th Assembly District, which includes parts of Putnam and Westchester counties, including the towns of Kent, Patterson, Putnam Valley, Carmel, Southeast, Somers and Yorktown, as well as the village of Brewster.</em></p><p>(Photo: <em>Assemblyman Matt Slater (R,C-Yorktown) on Tuesday, Feb. 27 with the 2023 NYS&nbsp;Cheerleading Champions.)</em></p><p><em>Photo provided by Office of Assemblyman Matt Slater</em></p>

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Alexa Argueta of Brewster Awarded Fall 2023 Dean's Letter of Commendation

<p>Alexa Argueta of Brewster has been awarded the Fall 2023 Dean's Letter of Commendation.</p><p>The Dean's Letter of Commendation at the University at Albany recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of part-time undergraduate students.</p><p>To qualify for the Dean's Letter of Commendation, students must earn a grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher in their first semester of study and a GPA of <a href="3.50" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">3.50</a> or higher in subsequent semesters.</p><p><strong><em>About the University at Albany</em></strong></p><p><em>The University at Albany is one of the most diverse public research institutions in the nation and a national leader in educational equity and social mobility. As a Carnegie-classified R1 institution, UAlbany faculty and students are advancing our understanding of the world in fields like artificial intelligence, atmospheric and environmental sciences, business, education, public health, social sciences, criminal justice, humanities, emergency preparedness, engineering, public administration, and social welfare. Our courses are taught by an accomplished roster of faculty experts with student success at the center of everything we do. Through our parallel commitments to academic excellence, scientific discovery, and service to community, UAlbany molds bright, curious, and engaged leaders and launches great careers.</em></p>

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Brewster Residents Named To SUNY Delhi Dean's List

<p>SUNY Delhi announces its dean's list for the Fall 2023 semester, a recognition of academic achievement for students who enrolled in six or more credits and earned a 3.5 or higher grade-point average for the semester.</p><p><strong>Joseph Anfuso of Brewster, NY, who is pursuing a an associate in Plumbing and Refrigeration.</strong></p><p><strong>Jacob Hitchcock of Brewster, NY, who is pursuing a an associate in Welding Technology..</strong></p><p><strong>Michael Triolo of Brewster, NY, who is pursuing a an associate in Plumbing and Refrigeration.</strong></p><p>SUNY Delhi's hands-on approach to teaching and learning includes over 60 academic programs in specialized areas, including applied technologies, nursing, hospitality, veterinary sciences, applied sciences, business, and liberal arts and sciences. SUNY Delhi offers certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees in a combination of on-campus and online settings.</p><p>Enrolling over 3,000 students, SUNY Delhi is a member of the State University of New York. For more information about SUNY Delhi, call 607-746-4000 or visit&nbsp;<a href="http://email.readme.readmedia.com/ss/c/_1GGmx1PDbidlWXLCKF1t0cMTWaTfgBQ20ccdOS_3m0/43u/0hYuYnSMScqFPp0EDQBw9g/h1/VvzPdL2Xl-MwL9IhzbRQnhPQNWKSfrqedcKtTHoSfiQ" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">delhi.edu</a>.</p>

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Learn to Create Video Games With Putnam 4-H

<p><strong>4-H Magic 101 Winter 2024&nbsp;</strong></p><p>This 4-week program will provide a hands-on opportunity for youth to build confidence and develop communication and social skills while exploring the art of magic and illusion.&nbsp;</p><p>Participants will each take part in a magic show during the final class.&nbsp;</p><p>EVENT DETAILS Friday evenings March 1, 8, 15 and 22 6:45 -8:00pm Brewster, NY&nbsp;</p><p>REGISTRATION DETAILS Open to ANY Youth ages 5-10 (Must attend with parent) $30.00 (non-refundable) Register online at: <a href="cceputnamcounty.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">cceputnamcounty.org</a></p><p><br></p><p>All Participants must be a current Putnam 4-H Member or join Putnam 4-H for the 2023-2024 year.&nbsp;</p><p>Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protect. Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities&nbsp;</p><p>SCAN TO REGISTER!&nbsp;</p><p><a href="cceputnamcounty.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">cceputnamcounty.org</a> (845) 278 - 6738&nbsp;</p>

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Hat Tricks Pound Watertown 5-1, Take Two of Three

<p>The Hat Tricks netted five first-period goals, two on the power play, en route to a 5-1 thumping of Watertown Sunday to take the weekend series two games to one.&nbsp;</p><p>In the final two games of the weekend, the Hat Tricks notched seven power-play goals and outscored the Wolves 12-3.</p><p>On Sunday, Hat Tricks netminder Liam Murray made 31 saves on 32 shots while Danbury chased Watertown’s starter for the second straight night.</p><p>At 10:33 of the first period, the Hat Tricks continued their recent success on the power play. Forward John Scully tapped a rebound past Watertown’s netminder Spencer Kozlowski for the game’s first goal. Just over a minute later, with the Hat Tricks still on the power play, defenseman Josh Labelle ripped a shot from the right point inside the near post to give Danbury a two-goal lead. The Hat Tricks were far from done. Three minutes later, forward Nick DiNicola got behind the defense and beat Kozlowski over the blocker to extend the advantage to three. With less than two minutes left in the first period, forward Daniel McKitrick, who had three assists Saturday, received a cross-slot feed from Jonny Ruiz and snapped home Danbury’s fourth goal of the night. Just over a minute later, Danbury finished up their first-period domination with another DiNicola goal where he nudged the puck off Kozlowski’s skate and over the goal line.</p><p>The scoring cooled off until Watertown got its first goal of the night with less than two minutes left in the second. At 18:04, defenseman Noah Doyle cut the Hat Tricks’ lead to four. Murray stopped 14 of 15 shots and Watertown’s replacement goalie, Eloi Bouchard saved all 12 of the shots he faced.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p>The third period yielded no goals by either side and secured the Hat Tricks’ second consecutive road victory.</p><p>The Hat Tricks begin a nine-game homestand Friday night against Elmira. The puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.</p><p>The Hat Tricks are more than midway through their regular season Cup defense and we still want you to be a part of it! Season and single-game tickets are still available for purchase. Partial season packages can save fans up to 30% and include benefits such as FREE parking and season passes to the Danbury NAHL/NA3HL Hat Tricks games. Call Herm Sorcher at (973) 713-7547 to secure yours today or press&nbsp;<a href="https://www.danburyhattricks.com/tickets" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>&nbsp;to learn more. To buy single-game tickets press&nbsp;<a href="https://www.tixr.com/groups/danburyarena/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>here</strong></a>.</p><p>To stay up to date on all things Danbury Hat Tricks hockey, go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.danburyhattricks.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>www.danburyhattricks.com</strong></a>&nbsp;and follow the team on&nbsp;<a href="https://linktr.ee/danbury.hattricks" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><strong>social media</strong></a>.</p>

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Tompkins Corners Welcomes Kateri Kosek To The Poets’ Corner

<p>Tompkins Corners will welcome Kateri Kosek to the Poets’ Corner on Sunday, March 10th, at 3:00 pm. She is the author of American Eclipse, winner of the Three Mile Harbor Press Poetry Prize, and a chapbook, Vernal (Split Rock Press). Her poetry and essays have appeared in</p><p>Orion, Terrain, Catamaran, Creative Nonfiction, Briar Cliff Review, and Northern Woodlands Magazine.&nbsp;</p><p>“Kosek’s poems succeed at combining beauty and waste, celebrating the world’s lushness and simultaneously knowing the part we play in its devastation. These poems mark the seasons of nature and out-of-season anomalies. In recording the small, recognizable moments, they act as a center of gravity to an off-kilter existence.” — Sarah Sousa, author of See the Wolf and Split the Crow.</p><p>Kateri holds an MFA from Western CT State University. She has been a resident at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Tallgrass Artist Residency in Kansas. She grew up in the Hudson Valley, lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, teaches college English, and freelances for Berkshire Magazine and The Berkshire Edge. She serves on the Center for Northern Woodlands Education board and recently wrote the text for a book on nature art.</p><p>Following Kateri’s reading will be an open mic. Registration will be available on-site on the day of the reading. All writers are welcome! The suggested donation is&nbsp;$10. Tickets may be purchased&nbsp;at the door.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>This event is funded, in part, by Poets &amp; Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.&nbsp;</p><p>Tompkins Corners Cultural Center is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization located in the historic church at 729 Peekskill Hollow Rd. in Putnam Valley, New York. Events include concerts, plays, visual arts exhibits and classes,&nbsp;historical talks, family events, Poets’ Corner Open Mics, and a Farmers Market all summer long.&nbsp;Visit our website -<a href="https://tompkinscorners.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4932579ce706f2fa630477d09&amp;id=d7f9da09f1&amp;e=6cc18515cd" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">&nbsp;TompkinsCorners.org</a>, our&nbsp;<a href="https://tompkinscorners.us10.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4932579ce706f2fa630477d09&amp;id=35b1a74e60&amp;e=6cc18515cd" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">TCCC Facebook Page</a>, or email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:info@tompkinscorners.org" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">info@tompkinscorners.org</a>.</p>

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Green Chimneys Announces New CEO, Kristin Dionne

<p>Green Chimneys Board of Directors appoints long-time member of the agency management team as Chief Executive Officer.</p><p>Kristin Dionne has been announced as Chief Executive Officer of Green Chimneys. Stepping into this prominent role in the service of children and families, she is only the fourth individual in the agency’s 76-year history to lead the organization founded by visionary Dr. Samuel “Rollo” Ross. Kristin Dionne’s 30-year career has been dedicated to the nonprofit sector. She joined Green Chimneys in 2007 as director of development, working directly with Dr. Ross to ensure a robust fund development strategy and a growing donor base. Dionne soon joined the organization’s management team and was later promoted to associate executive director of development, and managing director of The Friends of Green Chimneys. She was tapped to serve as Interim Executive Director in June 2023, assuming oversight of all agency operations and growth for the 800-person organization.</p><p>Dionne has the unique distinction of having worked closely with each of Green Chimneys’ previous chief executives. Her institutional knowledge, depth of nonprofit experience, and sound management skills have played a vital role in framing Green Chimneys’ vision and mission and in developing strategy, support, and resources for the organization. Throughout her tenure, Ms. Dionne has built strong relationships within the surrounding community, among industry peers and with agency stakeholders, leading her staff in raising millions of dollars in private and public funding to support vital programming for the children, families, and animal partners in Green Chimneys care.</p><p><br></p><p>“Green Chimneys’ 76 years of operation is a testament to its strength, adaptability and constant course for success, and Kristin Dionne has had a critical role in this.” said Board President Bob Vetere. “Her 16-year tenure and her experience working directly with each of our former leaders – Dr. Samuel Ross, Joe Whalen and Dr. Ed Placke – adds to this foundation. This is an exciting next phase for Green Chimneys.”</p><p>Prior to joining Green Chimneys, Dionne served as associate executive director of Hartley House, a settlement house and social services organization in New York City, where she oversaw strategy, program development and evaluation, and identification and acquisition of resources for all organizational offerings. She began her career as a program manager for Habitat for Humanity, working with its national and international entities to advocate for and build affordable housing through coordination with local businesses, government agencies, and volunteers. She later served as annual fund manager for Food Lifeline in Seattle, WA, raising awareness and funding to provide food to families in need throughout western Washington State.</p><p>Dionne has a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies in the Great Books from St. Anselm College, and holds Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Social Work from Marywood University. She also holds a Certificate of Non-Profit Management from Columbia University School of Business. She resides in Dutchess County with her family.</p><p>(Photo provided by Green Chimneys)</p>

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