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“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”  Alan Watts, philosopher

 There have been a lot of changes at SALT lately. We said goodbye to four VISTA volunteers last week after they had served with us for a full year. It is always hard to bid farewell to people who have become an integrated and vital part of the SALT family. They each contributed in many ways with their talents and ideas, their enthusiasm, and their energy to help us serve the people in the Schoharie area. Because they committed themselves to our mission, they will be missed. We are extremely grateful for their service and wish each of them well in their next adventures.

That was last Friday. Monday we welcomed three new VISTA volunteers! It is an exciting time as these individuals begin their year-long journey as part of the SALT team. In the few days that they have been with us we can already feel their commitment, their enthusiasm for what will be developed this year, and their desire to contribute to the renewal of the Schoharie Creek basin.

While change is often hard, Alan Watts’s quote is right… plunging into the changes at SALT we increase the opportunities for the whole organization to increase our impact. Our vision does not change: to have the Schoharie Creek Basin and surrounding communities be vibrant, thriving resilient, and sustainable. The way we move toward the mission may change or be refreshed, as different people lend their energy to the work. The core staff feels a sense of excitement as we interact with the new VISTA volunteers. And their presence is already reigniting our passion to continue moving the area forward toward the vision. Or as Watts puts it, to “join the dance” of renewed commitment.

Friday, March 6, 2015 6th is National Dress in Blue Day in honor of colorectal cancer awareness month. Wear something blue to bring attention to this preventable cancer and spread the word about lifesaving screening.

Colorectal cancer – cancer that begins in the colon or rectum – is one of the most common cancers among New Yorkers. It is estimated that one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime.  “Each year in New York State, more than 10,000 people develop cancer of the colon and rectum, and nearly 3,500 New Yorkers die from this disease,” says Peg Johnson, Southern Tier Cancer Services Program. Schedule your screening today.

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