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Cooperative Extension welcomes Liz Callahan

Cooperative Extension welcomes Liz Callahan as new Executive Director

Cooperstown resident Liz Callahan will bring her more than 25 years of experience in leading non-profit organizations in the region when she steps in as Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties (CCE SO) on April 12.

“Cornell Cooperative Extension is all about community resilience,” Ms. Callahan said in a conversation with The Freeman’s Journal / Hometown Oneonta. “The entire staff has a deep commitment to help families, farms, and individuals find answers that will work for them. The healthier our smaller units – our families, for instance – the healthier the communities will be.”

CCE SO, affiliated with Cornell University as part of the national land grant university system, is a non-profit community education agency. CCE helps preserve the region’s agricultural heritage, protect ecological infrastructure, support families, and provide youth opportunities for community service and research-based education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Ms. Callahan grew up in Western New York, where she participated in 4-H, served as a VISTA volunteer, and moved to Cooperstown in 1991 to pursue her Master’s in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

“Cooperative Extension is so much bigger than its visible role in 4-H,” she said. “The resources we have aren’t solidly defined with sharp corners. We’re focused on figuring out what communities need; that’s something that will be different in the rural and less rural parts of our counties.”

“Using the talents of the professional staff we have on hand and the resources of the Extension system, I know we can provide practical and constructive responses,” she said.

CCE SO’s remit spans a spectrum addressing the needs of long-established family farms to start-up agricultural endeavors, from professional gardeners to home hobbyists, from families needing

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Annual Ice Harvest Goes Online 02-04-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Annual Ice Harvest Goes Online

14-19eventspageICE HARVEST – 7 p.m. Hanford Ice Harvest goes online. Presenting ‘Winter’s Coolest Crop: Ice Harvesting History and Culture’ with staff Liz Callahan, Andrew Robichaud, assistant professor of History whose in-progress book is a history of the ice trade in North America. They will also discuss the annual festival celebrates this community tradition. Free, registration required. Presented by Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org

After Hiatus, HPARB Revives Preservation Awards

10 PROPERTY OWNERS HONORED

After Hiatus, Village HPARB

Revives Preservation Awards

After a hiatus of several years, the Village of Cooperstown’s Historical Preservation & Architectural Review Board revived its annual Preservation Awards and presented 10 in Village Hall’s Ballroom this evening. Honorees, from right, are: William and Kathryn Dystra, 17 Elm St.; Perry and Cathy Ferrara, Railroad Inn; Luke and Lynae Ann Wycoff, 36 Delaware St.; Bill and Deb LeCates, 87 Chestnut St.; Rev. Joe Perdue, standing, First Baptist Church; Karen Crissmann, seated, 9 Pine Blvd.; Michael Bottiggi, standing, CVS store manager; Veronica Gil Seaver, sitting, 160 Main St., and Teresa Drerup, standing, 18 Cooper Lane. The Dystras, Wycoffs, Lecates, Karen Crissman, and Drerup and husband Kurt Ofer were cited for Thoughtful Rehabilitation; the Ferraras for Sensitive Accessibility Improvements; Perdue and Seaver for Window Restoration, and CVS for Sensitive New Construction. HPARB chair Liz Callahan emceed after a welcome by Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Experts Advise CGP Class On Funding Of Non-Profits

Experts Advise CGP Class

On Funding Of Non-Profits

Alan Donovan, who has helped and advised numerous non-profits since retiring as SUNY Oneonta president a decade ago, addresses the final session of Professor Brian Alexander’s Museum Management class today at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies. Other experts on the panel were Liz Callahan, left, director of the Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith, and Ellen Pope, Otsego 2000 executive director. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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