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
New York State is 50th in the nation for hospice utilization, and I wish I knew why.
I believe most people know about hospice. It is a service that helps and supports those with life-limiting conditions to address their symptomatic needs. Additionally, hospice supports the patient families, including bereavement care after the patient passes. New York has a hospice utilization of 30 percent, meaning only 30 percent of those who qualify for hospice die with the hospice service. And for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, it’s free. All of the services, prescriptions; emergency room visits; if necessary, hospitalizations; all covered by Medicare and Medicaid as well as by many commercial insurances.
The benefit is also good for six months or more of improved quality of life, not for the last days or hours. The word Hospice itself has a negative connotation, that is one of several reasons Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care changed our name to Helios Care.
SCHOHARIE – President Trump today appointed Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-Schoharie, whose district includes Cherry Valley, Roseboom, Decatur and Worcester in Otsego County, as regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The region he oversees includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He succeeds Judith Enck, the Obama appointee.
Lopez was elected to the Assembly in 2007, and currently serves on the Committee on Environmental Conservation. He considered running for Congress last year, after U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, announced his retirement, but later withdrew.