Donations are needed for BackPack Food Program

Kendra Elliot
Posted 2/7/19

Non perishable food donations are needed on a weekly basis, to assist children in need in the Highland Central School District. Monetary contributions can be made directly to the account with the …

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Donations are needed for BackPack Food Program


Non perishable food donations are needed on a weekly basis, to assist children in need in the Highland Central School District. Monetary contributions can be made directly to the account with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

Food donations can be dropped off at First United Methodist Church, 57 Vineyard Ave, Highland.

Call 691-2284 if you have any further questions.

2019 Highland Music Boosters Rewards Reception

The Highland Music Boosters 2019 Rewards Reception will be held on February 7 and is open to the public. This reception is a great opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate our Recognition Award recipients, as well as students (grades 4-12) that will be participating in the All-County Festivals and/or NYSSMA.

Please come for an evening of celebration, student performances, “noteworthy” news and more.

Mixed Monday Yoga

Mixed Monday Yoga is held at the Highland Public Library on every other Monday beginning at 5:30 p.m. join Mixed Monday Yoga.

This is Yoga for those who wish to enjoy a moderate workout. It is for those who already have a basic knowledge of yoga and want a more than gentle class but something different than a “power” class. Ideal for those who have completed Comprehensive Intro to Yoga. Kripalu certified instructor Catrine Moore would like to offer a donation class.

Catrine is an RN with over 30 yrs. of mental health and substance abuse experience and has been teaching Hatha Yoga at Marist College for over 7 yrs. as a 1 credit PE course. Students are required to bring their own mats. Cost is $5 per person.

These classes are standalone and not part of a yoga series. Patrons must register for each class they plan to attend, and may do so one week prior to the class by registering online or calling the library. Upcoming Mixed Monday Yoga Dates are: Feb 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8.

HCSD Transportation Team

Members of our Highland Central School District (HCSD) Transportation team have hearts as huge as their big yellow busses. Bus drivers have a unique perspective into the lives of the children they transport, and during the holiday season, this generous group of professionals took action to fill some needs they were seeing.

Drivers Christine Sorbello, Mike Gerard, and Stacy Booth all individually coordinated efforts to help make things a little easier for families in need of some extra support.

Sorbello, a driver for 17 years, spearheaded the Stuff the Bus initiative, which collects food items to support the District’s BackPack Program, which discreetly provides food for children to take home over the long weekend or holiday breaks.

Gerard, a driver for 23 years, focused his efforts on making the holidays brighter for three families in need. He selflessly donated monetary gift cards and presents to ensure these children and their families had a happy holiday.

Stacy Booth, a driver for four years, makes beautiful handmade therapeutic dolls. This year she thoughtfully donated one of her creations to a homeless child.

The entire Transportation team of drivers and their support staff banded together to donate $350 to a family, as well as contribute many non-perishable food items, once again showing that their dedication to the students of HCSD is so much more than a pickup and drop off each day.

Hot Chocolate Cake Recipe

A delicious dessert recipe, to eat and enjoy served warm for these cold winter days!


• 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus extra for coating

• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

• 1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for dusting

• 10 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

• 4 large eggs

• 1 large egg yolk

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 cup mini marshmallows

• 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375° F. Generously butter, flour, and sugar eight 6-ounce coffee cups or mugs made of ovenproof stoneware. Wipe the rims clean.

Step 2

Place the 8 tablespoons of butter and the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water and melt, stirring once or twice until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.

Step 3

Using a handheld mixer, beat the eggs, yolk, vanilla, salt, and 1/2 cup sugar at the highest speed until the volume doubles and the mixture becomes foamy, about 5 minutes. Stir the 3 tablespoons of flour into the chocolate, then gradually add it to the egg mixture, beating on low until it’s fully incorporated.

Step 4

Ladle the batter into each cup until it’s about 1/2 inch from the rim. Bake until the cakes puff and begin to crack but the centers are still a bit runny, 13 to 17 minutes. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with marshmallows, then return to oven for 2 to 4 minutes, until the marshmallow tops begin to crisp. Remove from oven; let cool about 5 minutes. Sift the cocoa on top.

Highland Public Library Events

Please remember, many of the activities require pre-registration, which you can be done by visiting the web site highlandlibrary.org or by calling 691-2275 ext. 10.

Childrens Programs:

• February 14 6:30 p.m. Valentines Day Dream Time Story Time

Bring your teddy bear and come in for Valentines Day stories and craft.

• February 21, 6 p.m. Family Lego Night Extravaganza

Join us for an hour of Lego mania, fun for all ages! Registration suggested. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

• February 28, 6:30 p.m. Bark and a Book. Gaila, the Goldendoodle, is a therapy dog who is a great listener. Come practice reading to Gaila today! Registration is required.

Teen & Tween Programs:

• February 11, 3 p.m. Community Service: Valentines Day Card

Come make a Pokemon or Harry Potter themed Valentine’s Day Card or create your own design! Participants will earn one hour of community service for attending. Space is limited and registration is required!

• February 13, 5 p.m. Teen Anti-Valentines Day Movie

Let’s not celebrate Valentine’s day together! Feel free to wear clothes as black as your heart. We’ll be watching a perfect anti-valentine’s day flick- The Meg! Film is rated PG-13.

Adult Programs:

• February 11, 1 p.m., Library For All

A disability should not prevent anyone from using the services of the library. Library For All is an adaptive program designed for the needs of adults with developmental, intellectual, physical and cognitive disabilities. Join us for various games, crafts and activities.

• February 12, 5:30 Adult Stamping for Fun Valentine Cards

This month we will create 3 Valentine cards at the Highland Library’s main branch. This class is limited to 8 adults. Registration is required. For more information about this craft call the library at 691-2275 ext. 206.

More Important Dates to Remember:

• February 9 - SubZero Heroes

• February 9 - Defensive Driving at Highland Public Library

• February 15 -17 HCSD CLOSED

• February 20 - Hospice informational session at Highland Public Library

As always, any and all news is welcome, as are photos. Do you have a special accomplishment, birthday, anniversary or great news you can’t wait to share about yourself, family or business/organization? You can reach me at mrskendraelliot@gmail.com or give me a call at 706-9582.


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