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Schoharie native completes basic training

Timothy Smith, Jr. - Joint Hometown News Service

Courtesy: Joint Hometown News Service

For immediate release:

Air Force Airman Timothy J. Smith Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Smith is the son of Robin Messick and Timothy Smith of Schenectady.

     He is a 2012 graduate of Schoharie High School.

Surprise! Harsh winter helps, not hurts, some invasive species

Not only have the Emerald Ash Borers, Asian Longhorned Beetles and ticks adapted to winter, but some may actually benefit from it.  The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid will likely be affected by more cold and snow this year, however.

Cold weather hurting maple syrup season

Many people are waiting for the weather to get warmer, but some in the maple syrup industry say the prolonged cold is killing their season.

Normally, it’s time for producers to start collecting sap, but in many cases the trees are still frozen and can’t even be tapped.

Even if the taps are in, the sap doesn’t run if the temperature stays below freezing all day.

Ideal conditions are above freezing temperatures during the day and below freezing at night.

Once the sap starts flowing, it takes about 50 gallons to make one gallon of maple syrup.  

TVHS students studying fastest bus routes for new home

Tech Valley High School is moving to a new home next year.

The school which is currently located in East Greenbush is moving to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany.

Students are helping determine the fastest bus routes.

Freshman are using computers and geometric calculations to help determine some of the bus routes.

After three weeks, students will present their findings.

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Capital Region students face off in creative thinking competition

CLIFTON PARK – Student teams from Albany, Schoharie, Schenectady and Saratoga counties are facing off in a test of creativity.

Close to 600 students will be at Shenendehowa High School on Saturday for a day-long competition.

The Odyssey of the Mind Tournament challenges students in K-12 to come up with original and imaginative solutions to open-ended problems.

The students from 15 local districts are hoping to represent Region 7 at the Odyssey of the Mind 2014 World Finals.

The 83 teams come from Bethlehem, Brighter Choices, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Duanesburg, Middleburg, Mohonsen, Schoharie, Scotia-Glenville, Shen, South Colonie, Albany Academies and Voorheeseville.

Summit man found in home with no heat, suffering from hypothermia

The Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office is reminding everyone to check on their elderly neighbors when the temperatures drop.

A 76-year-old man from Mud Lake Road in Summit is in serious condition with hypothermia, frostbite and dehydration.

Emergency crews responded to the home around 12:15 Tuesday afternoon, when a concerned neighbor called.

Crews say snow was blocking the entrance to the home, and there was no heat inside.

The man was taken to Cobleskill Regional Hospital.

Men accused of causing $18,000 in damage to Schoharie County church

Justin Pethick (left) and Roger Graham (right) - New York State Police

CENTRAL BRIDGE - Two men are accused of ransacking a church, as police say they searched for items to steal. The total cost of the damage is estimated at around $18,000.

The arrests come after a month long investigation.

Police say Roger Graham, 18, and Justin Pethick, 26, stole $160 and two backpacks from a boy scout troop using a storage room at the church.

Pethick is also accused of stealing tobacco and cigarettes from Apple Food and Grocery where he worked. He also faces a charge for marijuana possession.

Both men were sent to the Schoharie County Jail.