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CGCC to participate in Innovations Conference

HUDSON — The League for Innovation in the Community College, an international nonprofit organization that cultivates innovation in the community college environment, invited Dr. Nicole Childrose, Associate Professor of History, to be a presenter at the upcoming Innovations Conference in March on the topic, “Overcoming Hurdles to Virtual Learning with the Student Passport Experience”.

In light of the global pandemic — and the pivot to virtual classes in spring 2020 — Dr. Childrose collaborated with Dr. Stacey Hills, Assistant Professor of Business, to develop a “passport experience” entitled Ready, Set, Go . . . Online that will enable Columbia-Greene Community College students to learn online more effectively.

During the session, Dr. Childrose will demonstrate how Ready, Set, Go . . . Online helps students overcome such learning barriers as navigating Learning Management System platforms including Blackboard and Collaborate, posting assignments and discussions, interacting with the instructor, and understanding feedback and grading. She also will encourage conference participants to consider how revamping existing technology might enhance student success in the virtual classroom.

“Dr. Hills and I could not be more proud that our collaborative work has been selected to share at this prestigious conference,” Dr. Childrose commented. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the current pandemic, the annual conference will be hosted online.

Organization seeking project suggestions

SOUTH SALEM — Hudson Center for Community and Environment is a local non-profit organization focused on creating equitable, healthy Hudson Valley communities and natural spaces. We are seeking to further environmental justice efforts through engaging in projects that help to revitalize under served neighborhoods and towns, such as building community gardens and open spaces, cleaning up polluted and degraded areas, and refurbishing buildings and other structures. If you would like to suggest such a project, contact us at

Stream project funding available for Ashokan Watershed

SHOKAN — The Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program is now accepting applications for stream management projects in the Ashokan Reservoir watershed.

Eligible applicants include local, county, state or federal government agencies; 501(c)3 organizations; and secondary school districts, colleges, or universities. For-profit organizations are only eligible to apply for research, assessment, and monitoring projects.

Funding is available for projects that improve water quality and stream stability, public stream infrastructure, stream access and recreation, flood hazard mitigation, and public knowledge about stream stewardship.

Applications are due by March 10. For more information and application materials, visit the website

This is the first of three grant funding rounds in 2021. The AWSMP will announce the next funding round in June 2021.

Funding for the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Implementation grant program is provided by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and administered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County. The AWSMP is a collaboration between the agencies and the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District.

For more information, contact the AWSMP at 845-688-3047.

Free homebuyer seminar

KINGSTON — Ulster Savings Bank and the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region would like to invite the public to a FREE Virtual Homebuyer Seminar at 10 a.m. Feb. 24.

This informational seminar will provide details on mortgage options available for homebuyers. Ulster Savings Bank’s Mortgage Trainer and Business Services Manager David Friedman (NMLS- 404771) is the presenter. He has been in the mortgage industry for over 25 years and has done homebuyer seminars for hundreds of clients in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, and Westchester counties in that time.

The seminar will cover the many critical steps to owning your own home. Discussion topics will include the following: Steps in getting pre-qualified; Credit scores and why they are important; Documentation needed to apply; Low down payment options; Choosing the right lender; What to expect during the buying process. Participants in this seminar will receive a $750 Homebuyer Credit* when they submit their qualifying home purchase application. Sign-up today at

Navigating Grants Webinar

SYRACUSE — A webinar on Navigating Grants for Urban Agriculture in New York State is set for March 3. Learn from federal, state and non-profit grant making experts on the steps to apply for competitive funding opportunities in urban agriculture projects. Topics will include navigating grant websites, writing tips and examples of successful grant applications. The event will take place noon-1:30 p.m. March 3. This webinar is free however pre-registration is required for this event. Registration is available at

If you need an accommodation to participate in this webinar, contact Lynnette Wright at 315-477-6309, or, by March 1. You may also contact Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

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