Cullman Community Day will be held this Saturday in Sidney, with a variety of activities planned, mostly at Keith Clark Park.    Cullman director Amy Williams explains:


(Amy Williams 7-22-14)


The public is invited to attend and participate; more information is available at 563-7529.


State residents will vote on the $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act in November, for improvements to high-speed Internet connections, classroom technology, security systems and pre-K construction. Governor Cuomo set up a commission to look at how to spend the money and set up meetings to gather ideas if the bond is approved. The bond would also pay for training of school staff to use the various new technologies.


New York ranks among the top 5 states for children’s health, according to the Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report looks at recent trends that compare data from 2005 to 2012; New York showed improvement in all 8 categories of health and education for children. The number of children who didn’t graduate from high school in 4 years fell from 33% in 1990 to 22% in 2012. The number of teen births dropped & the number of children in high-poverty areas remained stable at 17%. The number of children in single parent families rose by 24% from 1990 to 2012.


State Police at Norwich arrested 47-year-old Tom Connelly of New Berlin for 2nd degree Harassment following a dispute on South Main Street in New Berlin.  An investigation determined he punched and shoved the victim during a dispute.  Connelly was arraigned in Town of New Berlin Court and sent to the Chenango County Jail on $500.00 bail.  An order of protection was issued by the court against Connelly.


The state labor department released unemployment statistics for the month of June.  State wide, the rate dropped 1/10th the 6.6%, locally, Chenango county’s rate was at 5.6%, Delaware county at 6.3% & Otsego county’s rate was at 5.3% in June.


Delaware county fair organizers are looking for participants to sign up quickly for this year’s County fair Pageant.  Pageant coordinator Stacy Dibble comments:


(Stacy Dibble 7-22-14)


The fair’s website is Delaware county fair.org, the phone number for more information is 287-9228.  The Delaware county fair begins on august 11th in Walton.


The State Association of Realtors released its June home sale information. Across the state, new listings were up 11% compared to June 2013. The number of sales was down 6%, median sale price down 3% and total number of homes for sale down 2%. Locally, in Broome County, new listings were up 19%, the number of sales was down 11%. In Delaware County, new listings were up 21%, the number of sales was down 13%  & in Chenango County, new listings were up 305 and the number of sales closed was down 38%.


The National Committee for Quality Assurance said UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital’s UHS Primary Care offices in Oxford, Sherburne and Sidney received recognition from the Patient-Centered Medical Home program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. UHS Primary Care in Norwich was the first of the hospital’s primary care sites to receive the recognition in 2012. The recognition is based on a model of care and service delivery that encourages partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians to improve the quality and efficiency of care.


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