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90-year-old CEO keeps Middleburgh phone company buzzing

When it comes to phone service, you are probably familiar with Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.

However, there is an independent phone company in the area that is giving the big boys a run for their money – and it’s run by a 90-year-old CEO.

Scharfenberger ordained Albany's 10th Roman Catholic bishop

Bishop Edward Scharfenber smiles after being installed as the leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. -

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger of New York City has been ordained as the 10th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Albany.

Hundreds of white-robed priests and bishops from across New York and New England attended the Ordination Mass at the gothic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception near Albany's capitol complex Thursday afternoon.

Scharfenberger was appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop Howard Hubbard, who was the longest-tenured bishop of a single diocese in the nation when he resigned on Oct. 31, when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 75. He served 37 years.

Scharfenberger, who is 65, has held a number of parish and administrative positions in New York City.

The Albany diocese has about 330,000 parishioners in 14 counties.

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Richmondville native completes basic training

Courtesy: Joint Hometown News Service

For immediate release:

Army Pfc. Alex J. Prescott has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.  Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Prescott is the son of Philip Prescott of Richomondville.

Schoharie to join other communities in volunteer recognition

More than 1,000 mayors and town supervisors will honor local volunteers on April 1.

Among them – leaders from Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery, Mayor Avitabile from Middleburgh and Mayor Holmes from Cobleskill.

A luncheon for salt volunteers will be held at Middleburgh Reformed Church at noon that day.

More information on the National Day of Recognition for Volunteers can be found here.

Schoharie Jr./Sr. High names valedictorian and <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">salutatorian</span>

Congratulations to this year’s top students at Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School.

Sophie Connor of Howe’s Cave is valedictorian and Lauren Archer of Sloansville is salutatorian.

Connor is currently attending a physics and engineering at RPI. She plans to go to Dartmouth College in the fall.

Archer is planning to attend SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

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.

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.