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Community looks to future after flood

Celebration of area’s recovery Sunday

By Bethany Bump   Published 9:01 pm, Friday, August 26, 2016

Middleburgh

What kind of future would you envision for your community five years after a devastating flood rips it apart?

That’s what the Schoharie Area Long Term Development is asking residents of the Schoharie Valley to consider Sunday afternoon at a celebration to commemorate five years of recovery since the historic flooding of 2011 from Tropical Storm Irene inundated the valley and other parts of upstate New York — gutting homes, businesses and community facilities.

The celebration will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Timothy Murphy Park pavilion in Middleburgh, just past the bridge near the village on Route 30.

The event’s theme — “What is your dream for Schoharie County?” — is also the topic of a community art project spearheaded by SALT that asks residents to share their dreams and desires for the region’s future on chalk “dream” boards. The boards, currently located at various locations around the county, will be on display at the Sunday event.

Residents both young and old will be asked Sunday to draw their dreams for the county using paper and pastels, and display them around the pavilion.

State and local leaders will deliver speeches at the event, including state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Assemblyman Pete Lopez and SALT Executive Director Sarah Goodrich. Former Schoharie Recovery Inc. Director Josh DeBartolo will deliver a keynote address. SALT board chair Elaine Berg will present gifts to Pastor Sherri Meyer-Veen and the Ball, Barber and Putnam families to honor their dedication to the county and visions for the future.

Live music will be provided by Roland Vinyard, also known as the Bard Rocks.

The event is sponsored by SUNY Cobleskill and Stewart’s Shops. Lucky Clover Creations and Valley Beverages will provide refreshments.

bbump@timesunion.com518-454-5387@bethanybump

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