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Upcoming Events - 02/27/2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Updated: 7:04 PM

-- State of the county address is scheduled for Feb. 28

FONDA -- The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a breakfast presentation, the State of Montgomery County, featuring Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort, on Friday, Feb. 28, at 8 a.m. at The Winner's Circle, 3293 Route 5.

The event is sponsored by C.T. Male Associates and is open to chamber members, their employees, and to the public.

Tickets are $20 for chamber members and their employees, $25 for future chamber members.

A buffet breakfast will be served.

Interested persons should call the chamber for reservations at (518) 725-0641 or e-mail:

-- Rally for fair funding at CHS Feb. 28

CANAJOHARIE -- Are you concerned about the future of Canajoharie’s students? Do you think they should have the same opportunities as every other student across the state?

Then please come show your support -- while wearing your black and gold -- for fair school funding at a Help Us Win rally from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the auditorium at Canajoharie High School. 

Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara are confirmed to attend and district leaders want the community’s support too.

The event features information about school funding, eliminating the Gap Elimination Adjustment (G.E.A), and performances by student musical groups. Child care and fresh refreshments will also be provided.

Canajoharie Superintendent Deborah Grimshaw said the district wants to move beyond financial scarcity so it can “move education forward and enable students to be well prepared for their future.” District leaders have been working with staff and community members to advocate for school funding equity and eliminate the GEA.

 “Our advocacy efforts continue to be about eliminating the GEA completely,” said Grimshaw. “In order for us provide our students the education they deserve for their futures, it’s essential we receive all of our aid.”

The GEA is the state policy of deducting aid originally allocated to a district. It was first introduced in 2010 as a way for state leaders to close the state budget deficit. It did so by spreading the funding shortfall around to all school districts through a reduction to the overall Foundation Aid due to schools. Despite New York’s anticipated surplus, the Governor’s budget continues the GEA for the 2014-2015 school year. The GEA loss for Canajoharie in the Gov.’s proposed budget is $459,672.

The agenda for the evening will include the following: Why are we here?; student presentations: representing each building; What do we want the legislature to do?; What will we do with the additional funding?; comments from elected officials; and questions and answers.

-- 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff to be held March 1

CANAJOHARIE -- The Van Alstyne Homestead Society, 42 Moyer St., will present the 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff on March 1, from Noon to 4 p.m. Locals, from mayors to principals, will compete with chili recipes, with prizes awarded for best traditional and most creative chili. Judging will commence at 2 p.m. Music will be provided by the Jan Chronkhite Quartet featuring Jan Chronkhite on saxophone, Bill Brust on drums, Ira Meltzer on grand piano and Laurie Stewart providing vocals. T-shirts will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefitting Fort Plain flood victims. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at the Fort Plain Plain Food Co-Op and the MVC Tourist Center, Canajoharie. For more information call (518) 673-4186.

-- Hot Soup Fundraiser to benefit Fort Plain Flood Recovery March 1

GLEN -- Soups, stews, and chili will be on the menu at a Hot Soup Sampler Fundraiser to benefit Fort Plain Flood Recovery on Saturday, March 1, from 4-7 p.m. (unless soup is gone before) at the Glen Firehouse on Auriesville Road. The event is sponsored jointly by the Glen Reformed Church and the Glen Volunteer Fire Department. More than 15 soups will be featured in addition to a bake sale. Early diners get the best selection of soups. Tickets are available at the door. $7 adult; $4 children 6-12 years. For more information, call 922-6624 or see the Soup Sampler Fundraiser page on Facebook.

-- OESJ Dream Team vs. Harlem Rockets on March 6

ST. JOHNSVILLE -- The Oppenheim-Ephratah St. Johnsville Dream Team will face off against the Harlem Rockets on Thursday, March 6, at 6 p.m. The event, held at the OESJ High School, will be sponsored by the Oppenheim-Ephratah St. Johnsville Class of 2014. Tickets are $10 advance sale to the general public, $8 for students and seniors; $12 at the door for the general public, $10 at the door for students and seniors.

-- Our Lady of Hope to hold Ham Dinner March 16

FORT PLAIN -- Our Lady of Hope Catholic Community Church will sponsor a Ham Dinner on Sunday, March 16, at the Church Hall on Reid Street in Fort Plain.  Dinner will be served home-style from noon to 4 p.m. Take-outs will be available.  The menu will include baked ham with raisin sauce, mashed potatoes, baked beans, French kraut, rolls, homemade desserts and hot or cold beverages.. 

Tickets are priced at $8 advanced sale and $9 at the door for adults. Price for children ages 5 to 12 is $4 and children under age 5 will be served free. Tickets may be purchased after the weekend liturgies, at the church office during office hours (Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and at the door. Home delivery is available in Canajoharie, Fort Plain and St Johnsville. To arrange for this service, call 332-2270.


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