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Carlton Clay, founder and trumpeter with Catskill Brass, has a distinguished record teaching music and is currently employed as Professor of Music emeritus at SUNY Oneonta (a 47-year career) and has taught at Colgate University and Hartwick College, as well. He is President and Music Director of Catskill Conservatory and is the Principal Trumpet with the Catskill Symphony and the Clinton Symphony orchestras. 

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Van Hornesville Veterans

We celebrated our Van Hornesville veterans in a ceremony in the park.

L to R: Tim Flynn, Emil Ziala, and Ron Klump. Thank you for your service!

Wiltse Hill Bridge to be replaced

If you have been following this story, you know that the NY State Department of Transportation has deemed the bridge at the bottom of Wiltse Hill to be in need of an upgrade. The new bridge would be wider and higher, a benefit for flood control (the State considers the existing structure a culvert, not a bridge -- who knew?), as well as traffic safety (the existing bridge is narrow and does not allow for two-way traffic). The work is slated to begin next summer. If you have questions, please contact Herkimer County Highway Dept.

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New Streetlights!

After much study, the Streetlight Committee is excited to present its findings on replacing the iconic streetlights that have served Van Hornesville for a century. The lanterns have been designed by a Vermont Metal fabricator, maintaining the nostalgic, authentic feel of the originals. The cedar poles will be replaced with metal ones. The new lights will honor our past as one of the first villages in the country to have electric streetlights, celebrating 100 years of light here in Van Hornesville.

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Donation to the Food Pantry

Chef Dana Wilson presents a check for $218 to Beverly Guilfoyle and the Van Hornesville Food Pantry. The donation comes from proceeds from a recent dinner that preceded the production of "Aladdin" at the Owen D. Young School.

Stream Cleaning along Otsquago Creek
July 30 & 31 and August 4, 5, & 6.  8-10 am

For three days over the Fourth of July weekend, work crews picked up trash and litter in the creek bed and attacked the invasive plants along the Otsquago's banks. The cleaning project has been ongoing for the past three or so years, based on recommendations made by the NY Department of Environmental Conservation. Some species, in particular Knotweed and  Burdock are crowding out important native species like Milkweed, that are hosts for butterflies and other beneficial insects. Team leaders Marion Roach Smith and Lori Wrench guided volunteers in the removal of the invasive plants, improving both the habitat and the appearance of the stream bed. Good work!  Come join us for the

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