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ABC Nursery School: Closed, ASEP is openABC Preschool (Reynolds Rd): ClosedAcademy at Rensselaer Education Ctr: Closed, Regents PostponedAcademy of the Holy Names: ClosedAccess Transportation, Inc.: Closed, Closed to all transportation except DialysisAchievements & Kids Express Mplwood: ClosedAchievements St Kateri Tekakwitha: ClosedAchievements and Kids Express TBGC: ClosedAdams-Cheshire Regional SD: ClosedAdirondack Community College: Closed, All day and evening classes are cancelled.Adirondack Enrichment: ClosedAesthetic Science Institute: Closed, No Day ClassesAlbany City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedAlbany College of Pharmacy: Delayed Until NoonAlbany Community Charter School: ClosedAlbany JCC Early Childhood Ctr: Delayed 3 Hrs, open at 10 AMAlbany Law School: Delayed Until Noon, No Morning Classes, Classes will start at Noon Saff report at Noon Essential personnel only.Albany Leadership Charter High: Closed, Regents PostponedAlbany Pine Bush Discovery Center: Delayed Until Noon, No Morning Classes, PB Pups program cancelledAlbany Public Library: Delayed, All locations open at noonAll Saints Catholic Academy Albany: ClosedAmbleside School: ClosedAmsterdam City SD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Reschedule Global History and ELA to Wednesday Jan 25 at 12:30PMAmsterdam Head Start: Closed, Staff reportAn Nur Islamic School: ClosedAndes CSD: ClosedArgyle CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedArlington SD: ClosedArts Center of the Capital Region: Delayed 3 Hrs, No AM Pgm, No Morning ClassesAugustine Classical Academy: ClosedAustin's School of Spa Technology: Closed, Closed Staff to report 10amAverill Park CSD: Closed, Regents Exams PostponedAverill Park Pre School: ClosedBArT Charter Public School: ClosedBallston Spa CSD: ClosedBelanger School of Nursing: ClosedBennington County Head Start: ClosedBennington County Meals: Delayed, No home deliveries Bennington site open All other sites closedBennington Early Childhood Ctr: Closed, /wrap-around care openBerkshire Christian School (Lenox): ClosedBerkshire Community College: Closed, Day classes canceled. Evening classes to be decided by 3pm., Berkshire Community College day classes have been canceled. Decision about evening classes will be made by 3 p.m.Berkshire Country Day School: ClosedBerkshire County Head Start@Conte: Closed, No AM Head StartBerkshire Hills Regional SD: Delayed 2 HrsBerlin CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedBerne-Knox-Westerlo CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Budget Advisory Mtg. 6:00Best Fitness (Albany): Delayed, No Morning Classes, No morning classes kids club closed Club is open, No morning classes today, kids club is closed. Check back later for afternoon classes.Best Fitness (Schenectady): Delayed, No Morning Classes, classes are canceled kids club closed Club is open, All morning classes canceled. Kids club is closed. Check back later for afternoon classesBethel Full Gospel Church: Closed, No AM prayer mtgBethlehem CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedBethlehem Children's School: ClosedBishop Maginn HS: ClosedBlessed Sacrament School: ClosedBluebirds' Nest Preschool: ClosedBolton CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedBoys & Girls Clubs (Albany): Closed, No Aft-Sch Pgm, No PM ActivitiesBright Beginnings Daycare Center: Closed, ChestertownBright Horizons Adult Day Care: Closed, Beltrone site open, No transportationBrighter Choice Charter Schools: ClosedBrite Beginnings Day Care & Dev Ctr: ClosedBroadalbin-Perth CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, All district and building Offices closed.Brown School: Closed, No PLUS progamBrunswick (Brittonkill) CSD: ClosedBrunswick Center Services: Delayed 2 HrsBrunswick Children's Academy: ClosedBrunswick Community Library: ClosedBryant & Stratton College PSC: Delayed, No Morning Classes, Morning classes cancelled Staff report at 9:30 am PSC Classes start at 10am, All classes starting before noon at Albany, Malta and Wolf Rd are cancelled. PSC Insurance Classes will start at 10 am. All staff report at 9:30 am. Burnt Hills United Methodist Chruch: ClosedBurnt Hills-Ballston Lake CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Due to power outage all offices closed staff do not report. BOE mtg cancelled.Butterfly Dreams Daycare: ClosedCCV (Bennington): Delayed 2 Hrs, No Morning Classes, no 9am appointmentsCEO Head Start (Rensselaer County): Closed, ALL CEO sites and programs closed.CNW School of Massage: Closed, : no classes, no clinicCOARC Adult Transportation: Open, Staff Rpt, No TransCairo-Durham CSD: Closed, Regemts/Exams Rescheduled See website or letterCaldwell Presbyterian Preschool: ClosedCaldwell-Lake George Library: ClosedCambridge CSD: Closed, Todays scheduled Regents Exams will be given Weds., Local exams given on FridayCamp Fun Spot: Delayed, Opening at 8amCanajoharie CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Check website for Regents scheduleCap Dist Ctr for Indp (Albany): Delayed Until 10aCapital Milestones Child Care: ClosedCapital Reg Career & Tech (Albany): Closed, No AM BOCES, No PM BOCESCapital Region Language Center: Delayed, No AM classes in both locations. No ESL. Check by 3 for evening update.Carol Lawrence School Of Dance: ClosedCatholic Central HS: ClosedCatholic Charities Meal & Med Trans: Closed, Catholic Charities MOW's, Dayhaven,Friendship Cafe's Medical Trans ClosedCatskill CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedCatskill Mt. Christian Academy: ClosedCenter For Early Learning: ClosedCentral Berkshire Regional SD: ClosedCharlotte Valley CSD: ClosedChatham CSD: Closed, Regents & BOE Mtg PostponedChatham Kids Club: ClosedChestertown Head Start Center: ClosedChild Time Childcare (Clifton Pk): Delayed 1 HrChildhood Friends Inc.: ClosedChildren's Place at the Plaza: Delayed Until 9a, All staff report at 9:00 amChrist Church Preschool (GF): ClosedChrist Our Light Catholic Church: Closed, No Daily Mass or Faith Formation. Offices ClosedChrist the King Church: Closed, No 9:00 a.m. Daily Mass. Parish Offices are closed No AdorationChrist the King Early Childhood Ctr: ClosedChristian Brothers Academy: Closed, Regents PostponedCircle Of Friends (Delmar): Closed, Day care closed, Closed no wrap around program.Circle of Friends (Ravena): ClosedClarksburg Elementary: ClosedClifton Park Nursery School: ClosedClifton Pk-Halfmoon Public Library: Delayed 3 Hrs, No preschool programsClover Patch Pre-School (Glenville): ClosedCloverpatch (Albany): ClosedCobleskill Campus Child Care Center: ClosedCobleskill-Richmondville CSD: Closed, Offices will open at 10 am, Regents Exams postponed to tomorrow. For more information on exam schedule, check school website.Cohoes City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedCohoes Community Center, Inc.: Delayed Until 9a, Daycare opens 9:30 Snow Day Care 9:30 Pool opens 9:30, Center opens at 9am. Daycare will open at 9:30, snow day care will open at 9:30. Pool opens at 9:30Cohoes Senior Citizens Center: Closed, All center meals and programs cancelledCollege of Saint Rose: Closed, No Day or Evening Classes Offices ClosedColonie Senior Transportation: ClosedColonie Youth Centers: Closed, No BSP/ASPColumbia Christian Academy: ClosedColumbia Co Nutrition Pg (Philmont): Closed, Staff ReportColumbia County WIC Program: Closed, Valatie and Hudson closed, Catskill is openColumbia Cty Healthcare Consortium: Open, Staff Rpt, No TransColumbia-Greene Comm College: Closed, Day and Evening Classes Cancelled and College is ClosedCommunity Inclusion Project: Delayed 2 HrsCommunity Library Cobleskill, NY: ClosedCommunity Work & Independence, Inc.: Open, No TransportationCooperstown CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedCorinth CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedCornerstone Community Church (Troy): Closed, The Food Pantry is Closed; Tonight's Council Meeting is cancelled.Corpus Christi Church: Open, All Classes CancelledCoxsackie-Athens CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Details:Website or Facebook, Go to www.cacsd.org for more detailsCrandall Public Library: ClosedCrossFit Schenectady: Delayed, No Morning ClassesCrossroads Center for Children: Closed, Day Care closed, Board Meeting postponedCrown Point CSD: ClosedDay Nursery (S Glens Falls): ClosedDiscovery Place Learning Center: ClosedDoane Stuart School: ClosedDolgeville CSD: ClosedDoors of Hope: ClosedDreamLand Daycare: ClosedDuanesburg CSD: Closed, Closed. Board Mtg Canceled.EOC (Capital District): Closed, Day and evening classes cancelled. Staff to report at noon.Early Childhood Learning Ctr: ClosedEarly Childhood Education Center: Closed, all sites closedEarly Childhood Education Ctr-Troy: ClosedEast Greenbush CSD: ClosedEast Greenbush Community Library: Delayed Until 1pEco Baby Daycare & Preschool: ClosedEddy Senior Care: Open, No TransportationEdinburg Common SD: Closed, 12 month staff dont reportEmma L. Miller Memorial School: ClosedEmma Willard School: Closed, No Morning Classes, No Evening ClassesExecutive Woods Childcare: Delayed 2 HrsFaith Bible Academy: ClosedFarmhouse Nursery School: ClosedFarmington River Regional SD: Closed, No TransportationFirst Friends Nursery School: ClosedFonda-Fultonville CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedFoothills United Methodist Church: Closed, Food Pantry is also closedFort Ann CSD: Closed, No After Sch EventsFort Edward UFSD: Closed, No After Sch Events, Regents PostponedFort Plain CSD: Closed, ELA Regents will be Wed at 12:00, Other exams will be given FridayFranklin County Technical SD: Delayed 2 HrsFulton County Office for Aging: Open, No Transportation, No Social Adult Day Care No Home Delivered Meals Meal Sites ClosedFulton-Montgomery CC: Closed, Classes CancelledGabriel Abbott Memorial School: Closed, No A.M. DaycareGalway CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedGalway Public Library: Delayed 2 Hrs, No Morning ClassesGateway Community Industries: Closed, No Transportation, Gateway Community is open Transportation is cancelled Senior Meals cancelled, Gateway Community Industries is open, transportation is cancelled. Staff report. , Ulster County office of the aging home delivered meals servicce and congregated sites are cancelled for today. , PROS is cancelled. Staff Report.George Washington School: ClosedGermantown CSD: Closed, All Offices are closedGilboa-Conesville CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedGirls Incorporated (Albany): Closed, No Aft-Sch PgmGirls Incorporated (Schenectady): Closed, No Aft-Sch PgmGlens Falls City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedGlens Falls Common SD: ClosedGlens Falls Head Start Center: ClosedGloversville City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedGood Ground Christian School: ClosedGood Shepherd Lutheran (G. Falls): Closed, Office closed No evening ConfirmationGrace Christian School: ClosedGrand Gorge Head Start: ClosedGranville CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedGrapeville Christian School: ClosedGreen Island UFSD: Closed, Regents PostponedGreen Tech High Charter School: Closed, No After Sch Events, Regents PostponedGreenberg Child Care Center: ClosedGreenbush Child Caring: ClosedGreene County Nutrition Program: ClosedGreene County Transit: ClosedGreene County YMCA: Open, No Morning ClassesGreenville CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedGreenwich CSD: ClosedGrowing Up Right at the C.D.C.: ClosedGuilderland CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Special meeting of BOE still planned for 7 pmGuilderland Martial Arts: Closed, No child care check back for PM classesGuilderland Public Library: Delayed 2 HrsGuilderland Senior Programs: Closed, No Transportation, No Lunch ProgramHFM BOCES Adult Literacy: Closed, ALZ Closed GLZ Closed, All programs are closed today for staff and students.HFM Career & Tech Center: Closed, Campus closed, All offices closed, No staff reportHVCC: Delayed, No Morning Classes, College is closed until 12:00 noonHadley-Luzerne CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedHancock Regional SD: ClosedHansel & Gretel Nursery School: ClosedHappy Kids Day Care Center: ClosedHarmony Kids: Delayed 2 Hrs, Doors will open at 9:00 am Staff arrive at 8:45 am.Hartford CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedHawthorne Valley School: ClosedHead Start - Adams: Closed, No AM Head StartHead Start - Lee: Closed, No AM Head StartHead Start @ Becket/Washington: Closed, No AM Head StartHead Start @ Johnson - North Adams: Open, No AM Head Start, No Transportation, Childcare OpenHead Start @ Meadow Lane Pittsfield: Open, No AM Head Start, No Transportation, Childcare OpenHead Start @ Muddy Brook - GB: Open, No AM Head Start, No Transportation, Childcare OpenHebrew Academy - Capital District: ClosedHelderberg Christian School: ClosedHelping Hands Pre-School: ClosedHenry Johnson Charter School: ClosedHerkimer CSD: ClosedHoly Spirit School (East G'Bush): Closed, Sports practices canceled Board meeting postponedHometown Health Center: Delayed Until 9aHoosic Valley CSD: ClosedHoosick Falls CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedHope 7 Community Center: Open, at 8:30amHopeClub: Closed, All programs and groups are cancelled for today.Horace J. Inman Senior Center: ClosedHousatonic Academy: ClosedHudson City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedHudson Day Care Center: ClosedHudson Falls CSD: Closed, All Regents/Midterms will be rescheduledHunter-Tannersville CSD: ClosedIchabod Crane (Kinderhook) CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedImmaculate Conception (Glenville): Closed, Afternoon Faith Formation Classes CancelledIndian Lake CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedJefferson CSD: Closed, Exams PostponedJohn Paolo's (Balston Spa): ClosedJohn Paolo's (Latham): ClosedJohnsburg CSD: ClosedJohnstown City SD: Closed, District Closed.Jubilee Child Day Care Center: ClosedKIPP: Tech Valley Charter School: Closed, Middle and primary schools closedKid Kampus: ClosedKiddie Academy II: Closed, Latham CenterKiddie Academy of Albany: ClosedKidsFirst Childcare Center: ClosedKim's Kids Daycare: ClosedKinderhof Waldorf School: Delayed 2 HrsKinderhook Memorial Library: Delayed 2 Hrs, Opening at noon.Kingsbury Seventh-day Adventist Sch: ClosedKingston City SD: Closed, Kingston City SD is closedLa Salle Institute (Troy): ClosedLake George CSD: ClosedLake Pleasant CSD: ClosedLakeside Nursery School: ClosedLanesborough Regional SD: ClosedLangan School: ClosedLansingburgh CSD: ClosedLatham Christian Academy: ClosedLearning To Know Educational Center: Delayed 2 HrsLee Public Schools: ClosedLenox Public Schools: ClosedLexington Center Fulton Co ARC: Open, No TransportationLiberty Ent/ Montgomery Co. ARC: Open, No TransportationLife Kids Before/ After School: ClosedLifeSong Inc (Saratoga): ClosedLifeSong Inc (Schenectady): ClosedLifeSong Inc. (Albany): ClosedLifeSong Inc. (Rensselaer): ClosedLil Peeps Preschool: Delayed, No Transportation, Open at 10am Lil' Lambs Christian Daycare Inc.: Closed, No Staff MeetingLittle Feet Daycare Center: ClosedLittle Tot Nursery School: ClosedLiving Res DCOP (Albany): ClosedLiving Res DCOP (Rensselaer): ClosedLiving Res DCOP (Saratoga): ClosedLiving Res DCOP (Schenectady): ClosedLong Lake CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedLoudonville Christian School: Closed, Today's exams postponed until Friday. Maimonides Hebrew Day School: ClosedMalta Montessori School: ClosedManchester Elementary & Middle: ClosedMargaretville CSD: ClosedMaria College: Open, All day and evening classes cancelled.Marybeth's School Of Driving: Closed, All Lessons Cancelled, all lessons cancelledMass. College of Liberal Arts: Delayed 3 Hrs, MCLA will open at 11:00Mater Christi School: ClosedMayfield CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedMeals of Montgomery County: ClosedMeals on Wheels (Albany): Closed, No Transportation, all Senior Services and Cohoes Senior Center Programs are closedMechanicville City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedMechanicville-Stillwater Elks: Open, Bingo CanceledMekeel Christian Academy: Closed, Regents PostponedMemorial Hospital Nursing School: ClosedMenands UFSD: ClosedMettawee Community School: ClosedMiddleburgh CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedMildred Elley (Albany): Closed, No Day Classes, Staff report at 10Mildred Elley (Pittsfield): Closed, No Day Classes, Staff report at 10amMilford CSD: ClosedMillbrook CSD: ClosedMillview: ClosedMinerva CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedModern Welding School: ClosedMohawk Trail Regional SD: ClosedMohonasen CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedMontessori School (Schenectady): ClosedMontgomery County Office for Aging: ClosedMoreau Community Center, Inc: ClosedMorning Star Learning Center: Closed, A day with your child todayMother Teresa Academy: ClosedMount Greylock Regional SD: ClosedMountain Road School: ClosedMountainside Christian Academy: ClosedMrs. Puddle Duck's Childcare: Delayed 2 Hrs, Opening at 9:00 amMt Moriah Academy: ClosedMyers Education Center: Closed, 12-month Office on 2 hour delay, Open House rescheduled for Jan 31N. Greenbush Little Red School: ClosedNeil Hellman Day Treatment: Closed, Regents PostponedNew Choices Recovery Center: Closed, Community Counseling Closed No Impaired Driving ProgramNew Lebanon CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedNew Paltz CSD: ClosedNew School Of Radio & TV: ClosedNewcomb CSD: ClosedNewmeadow at Malta: Closed, Parent Training Postponed.Newmeadow at Queensbury: ClosedNiskayuna CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Board meeting moved to 2/1Niskayuna Community Day Care Center: ClosedNorth Adams Public Schools: ClosedNorth Colonie CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, School, district offices closedNorth Warren CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedNortheast Parent & Child Society: Open, Staff Rpt, No TransNortheastern Baptist College: ClosedNorthern Berkshire Voc SD: ClosedNorthshire Day School: ClosedNorthville CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Building/Office ClosedNotre Dame-Bishop Gibbons: ClosedNursery School College of St Rose: ClosedO.K. Kids, Inc.: ClosedOak Hill School: ClosedOakwood Christian School: ClosedOhav Shalom Nursery School: Closed, Ohav Shalom Nursery closed Beginnings program closedOnteora CSD: ClosedOppenheim-Ephratah-St Johnsville SD: Closed, Regents postponedOrlo School of Hair Design: ClosedOtsego Area Occupational Center: Closed, Regents PostponedOur Lady Queen of Peace (Rotterdam): Open, No Faith Formation ClassesOur Lady of Mt Carmel (Amsterdam): Closed, Senior Citizens Mtg for Tues at 1 pm canceledOur Lady of Victory Early Childhood: ClosedOur Savior's Lutheran School: ClosedOur World Montessori: ClosedOwen D. Young CSD: ClosedPal's Childcare & Education Center: Delayed Until 9aPark Avenue Nursery School: ClosedParsons Early Head Start Day Care: ClosedParsons Early Learning Center: ClosedPember Library and Museum: ClosedPerth Bible Christian Academy: ClosedPine Cobble School: ClosedPine Plains CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedPineview Comm Church Pre-School: ClosedPittsfield Public Schools: ClosedPooh's Corner Child Care Ctr: ClosedPoughkeepsie City School District: Closed, Regents Postponed, Please check website for Regents Exam scheduled for today.Prospect Center: ClosedPumpkin Patch (Albany): ClosedPutnam CSD: ClosedQueensbury UFSD: Closed, Regents PostponedQuestar III BOCES - Sarah's Sisters: ClosedQuestar III Catskill Academy: Closed, Regents PostponedQuestar III Columbia-Green Ed Ctr: Closed, Regents Postponed, GED Exams Postponed, TASC (GED) Postponed until Wednesday, January 25 at 2:30 PMQuestar III Rensselaer Academy: ClosedQuestar III Rensselaer Edu Ctr: Closed, QIII New Vision is closedQuestar III Sackett Educational Ctr: Closed, Regents PostponedRPI: Open, 8AM classes are cancelled. Classes resume at 10am. Shuttle will begin at 9:30., 8:00AM classes are cancelled; Classes resume at 10:00AM;Liberal leave in effect;shuttle will begin at 9:30AM.Rainbow Express Children's Center: Open, No TransportationRavena-Coeymans-Selkirk CSD: Closed, Exams Postponed, Regents Postponed, Exams moved to FridayRed Hook CSD: ClosedRedemption Christian Academy: ClosedRensselaer City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedRensselaer Public Library: Closed, Classes CancelledRhinebeck CSD: ClosedRichmond Consolidated: Delayed 2 HrsRight Way Driving Center, Inc.: Closed, All driving lessons & road tests cancelled. 5 Hr Course is on at 4pm., All, Driving lessons and Road Tests are cancelled for today. Please call the office to reschedule. The 5 Hr Course at Colvin Ave is running as scheduled at 4pm today.RiverRun Community Montessori: ClosedRiverside Enterprises: Delayed 2 HrsRobert C. Parker School: ClosedRoeliff Jansen Community Library: ClosedRoman Catholic Diocese of Albany: Delayed 2 HrsRoots and Wings Montessori: ClosedRosa Venerini Early Childhood Cente: ClosedRoxbury CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Check our web page for exam updatesRutland Southwest SU: ClosedSUNY Cobleskill: Closed, Classes are cancelled for the entire day, Classes are cancelled for the entire daySUNY Delhi: Delayed, Classes will begin at 11 amSUNY New Paltz: Delayed 3 Hrs, Classes that begin before 11 am are cancelled, Classes that begin before 11:00 a.m. are cancelled. Class that begin at 11:00 a.m. or later will meet. Offices will open at 10:45 a.m.SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury: Closed, No Morning Classes, No Evening Classes, All classes are cancelled for today due to weather.SW Vermont Career Dev Ctr: ClosedSacred Heart School (Bennington): ClosedSacred Heart School (Troy): Closed, TSL is closedSage Colleges (Troy & Albany): Closed, No Day ClassesSalem CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedSamaritan Hospital Nursing School: ClosedSaratoga Academy Arts & Science: ClosedSaratoga Bridges: Open, No TransportationSaratoga Central Catholic HS: Closed, Regents PostponedSaratoga County Arts Council: Closed, No Morning Classes, No Evening ClassesSaratoga County Senior Meals: ClosedSaratoga Independent School: ClosedSaratoga Springs City SD: Closed, Regents Postponed, Building Offices Open at 10AMSaratoga Springs Public Library: Delayed 2 HrsSaugerties CSD: ClosedSchalmont CSD: Closed, Regents Postponed Office Staff Report at 10AMSchenectady City SD: Closed, Exams Postponed, Regents Postponed, Regents exams rescheduledSchenectady Co Comm College: Delayed, Classes & events cancelled until 11 am. College open for other business., Daytime classes and events at SCCC have been cancelled until 11:00 a.m. The college is open for the conduct of other business and will resume classes and events at 11:00 a.m. Schenectady County ARC: Closed, Staff ReportSchenectady Jewish CC: Delayed, Will open at 7 amSchenectady Jewish CC Day Care: Delayed, Snow Day Program for Early Childhood and School Age Children will open at 8:30Schenevus CSD: ClosedSchodack CSD: ClosedSchoharie CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedSchoharie Career and Technical Scho: ClosedSchoharie County ARC: Closed, Day Services staff please report to a residenceSchoharie County Com. Action Prg.: ClosedSchoharie County Meals Program: ClosedSchoharie Cty Child Dvp Cobleskill: Closed, No AM Pre-K, No AM Head Start, HS & EHS closedSchoharie Cty HeadStart (Schoharie): Closed, No AM Head Start, HS & EHS closedSchonowe Preschool: Delayed Until 9:30a, Daycare opening 930amSchool's Out, Inc.: ClosedSchroon Lake CSD: ClosedSchuylerville CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedScotia-Glenville CSD: Closed, Regents postponed until WednesdaySenior Projects of Ravena: ClosedShaftsbury Early Childhood Center: Delayed, No Transportation, Open at 10amSharon Springs CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedShenendehowa CSD: Closed, Regents PostponedShooting Stars Nursery & After Sch.: Closed, Afterschool opens at 12pmSkidmore Early Childhood Center: ClosedSmall World Nursery School: ClosedSouth Colonie CSD: Closed, No After Sch Events, Exams Postponed, Exams Postponed until Friday 1/27 at same time., All exams postponed until Friday 1/27 at the same scheduled time.South Glens Falls CSD: Closed, Regents Exams PostponedSouth Kortright CSD: ClosedSouthern Adirondack Edu Ctr: Closed, 12 month office on 2 hour delaySouthern Berkshire Regional SD: Delayed 2 Hrs, No AM Pre-SchoolSouthern Vermont College: ClosedSouthwest Vermont SU: ClosedSpa Christian School: ClosedSpotted Zebra Learning Center: ClosedSt Ambrose School: ClosedSt Anne Institute: Delayed 1-1/2 Hrs, Staff Report, Exams Given, No Transportation, No school for day serviceSt Catherine's May School: ClosedSt Clement's Regional Catholic Sch: ClosedSt Edward's Church: ClosedSt George's School: ClosedSt Gregory School: ClosedSt Jude the Apostle School: ClosedSt Kateri Tekakwitha School: ClosedSt Madeleine Sophie Pre-School: Closed, Open House PostponedSt Madeleine Sophie School: Closed, Open House PostponedSt Mary's Academy (Hoosick Falls): ClosedSt Mary's Church (Crescent): Closed, FF Classes cancelled No evening activitiesSt Mary's Institute ES (Amsterdam): ClosedSt Mary's School (Ballston Spa): Closed, No Extended Day ProgramSt Mary's School (Waterford): ClosedSt Mary's-St Alphonsus Rgnl Cath: ClosedSt Mary's/St Alphonsus Noah's Ark: ClosedSt Matthew Lutheran School (Albany): ClosedSt Paul's Childhood Center: ClosedSt Pius X School: ClosedSt Stephen's Pre-K Acad (Delmar): Closed, No AM Pre-School, No After-School ProgramsSt Thomas the Apostle School: ClosedStamford CSD: ClosedStepping Stone Pre & DCC (Albany): ClosedStillwater CSD: Closed, Regents Exams CancelledStory Place Preschool: ClosedStorybook Academy: ClosedSullivan BOCES: ClosedSummit Afterschool Care: Open, Open at 9:00 a.m.Sunderland Elementary: ClosedSunnyside Center Day Care: Closed, No Aft-Sch PgmSunshine Kids Corner: Delayed 2 Hrs, Opening at 9AMSusan Odell Taylor School: ClosedSusan Sanford School of Dance: ClosedTLC Christian Day Care: ClosedTaconic Hills CSD: ClosedTech Valley High School: ClosedTemple Israel Nursery and Day Care: ClosedTendercare Child Center (Albany): ClosedTendercare Child Center (Selkirk): ClosedThe Albany Academies (AA & AAG): ClosedThe Beagle School: Closed, No AM Pre-School, No PM Pre-SchoolThe Dance Studio: Closed, Classes CancelledThe Dorset School: ClosedThe Downtown School: ClosedThe Hyde Collection: ClosedThe Kid's Place Preschool: ClosedThe King's School: ClosedThe Richards Library: ClosedTiny Tots Early Learning Center: ClosedTown of Ballston Community Library: ClosedToyland Day Nursery: ClosedTri-Village Nursery School: ClosedTrinity Nursery and Day Care Center: ClosedTroy Boys & Girls Club: ClosedTroy City SD: Closed, Regents PostponedTroy Prep: ClosedTroy Public Library: Delayed 3 Hrs, The library will open at 12 pm today.Truthville Christian Academy: ClosedTutor Time (East Greenbush): Delayed 1 HrTutor Time (Troy): Delayed 1 HrTwin Valley Elementary School: ClosedTwin Valley Middle High School: ClosedUMC Daycare Norton Hill: Closed, No AM Pre-K, No PM Pre-K, No Afterschool programUlster County Community College: Closed, No Day Classes, Employee code is OrangeUlster-Greene ARC (Catskill): Open, No TransportationUlster-Greene ARC (Kingston): Open, No Transportation, Training Center is closed.Union Missionary Baptist Church: Closed, No PM ActivitiesUnity Sunshine Program: Closed, Classes Cancelled, All programs closed. 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Millay's home offers insight on lifestyle of free-spirited poet

Millay's home offers insight on lifestyle of free-spirited poet

Edna St. Vincent Millay never had to go looking for excitement. It usually came to her, which may ex
Millay's home offers insight on lifestyle of free-spirited poet
Home and garden tours are offered at Edna St. Vincent Millay’s home, Steepletop, through mid-October. (Bill Buell/Gazette reporter)
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Edna St. Vincent Millay never had to go looking for excitement. It usually came to her, which may explain why, in her 30s, she chose to live just outside the sleepy little hamlet of Austerlitz in eastern Columbia County.

Her home, named Steepletop, is a 19th century farmhouse nestled among the hills of the Taconic Range less than a mile west of the Massachusetts border. It was there the free-spirited poet, playwright and feminist went to do her work and to party with her husband, Eugen Boissevain, and her many friends, colleagues and lovers. As Millay wrote of herself, “I burn the candle at both ends.”

Millay’s life (1892-1950) and her career (which included a Pulitzer prize in 1923) are well chronicled at Steepletop, which is owned and operated by the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society. Peter Bergman is the executive director of the site, which has been open and offering house and garden tours for four years, usually between Memorial Day weekend and the second weekend in October.

“She was like a rock star who would go on tour across the country and read her poetry and sell out places like the Hollywood Bowl,” Bergman said of Millay. “She was a celebrity, the ‘love poet’ of the 20th century. I love her work and the free-spiritedness of her life. She’s a very likable character.”

Millay died suddenly of a heart attack in 1950 after living at Steepletop for 25 years. Her sister, actress Norma Millay Ellis and her husband, Charles Ellis, moved into the place and maintained the home as a shrine to Millay, leaving much of the house unchanged. When Norma died in 1986, Elizabeth Barnett, Millay’s literary executor, took over Steepletop and found Millay’s wardrobe and much of her other belongings apparently unmoved since the day she died. Barnett and Norma Millay created the Millay Society in 1974, three years after the home was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Part-time workers and volunteers have maintained the property since then, and when the National Endowment for the Arts presented the Millay Society with a grant for $20,000 in 2008, Steepletop was opened to the public for tours. Across East Hill Road from Steepletop is another building that serves as a visitor center and exhibit gallery. Currently on display is “Millay’s Family Tree: The Roots of Genius.”

“All the bios on Millay have had a certain control level on them in terms of information, and Norma would have had you believe that all the talent in their family came from their mother’s side,” said Bergman. “But I’ve spent a year researching her family and it’s a fascinating group of people. Her great-grandfather on her father’s side came over from Ireland, himself a renown poet and songwriter.”

Family ties

Millay was born in Rockland, Maine, to Cora Lounella Buzzelle and Henry Tollman Millay. Cora was a nurse and Henry a schoolteacher, but their marriage didn’t last and Cora and her three daughters (Edna, Norma and Kathleen) traveled throughout Maine, often in tough circumstances, before landing in Camden. There, Millay went to high school and began writing the poetry that would bring her worldwide fame. Introduced to Shakespeare and Milton by her mother, Millay was a smart student, and while she started college late, she eventually went to Vassar College — paid for by a wealthy art patron who heard Millay’s poetry — and graduated in 1917.

“Edna was very young when she first made her mark,” said Judith Barlow, who edited “Plays By American Women” and wrote “Women Writers of the Provincetown Players.” “She was definitely a prodigy and was already quite famous for her poetry when she started writing plays. Like her sister, she also acted.”

A retired UAlbany English professor, Barlow met Norma when she was working on her book projects.

“Norma was very much interested in keeping the flame of her sister alive,” said Barlow. “I met her when she was in her 80s and then again when she was in her early 90s. She was still very sharp, and she was also very protective of her sister. She could be quite acerbic.”

A strong will and independent streak were things Buzzelle installed in all of her daughters. Norma Millay acted throughout the New York City area and the Northeast, earning seven different credits on Broadway between 1924 and 1940. Kathleen, the youngest sister, was a poet and novelist but never as successful as her older sisters, suffering from depression and alcoholism before passing away in 1947.

Edna Millay, who insisted her friends call her Vincent, was eager to begin her adult life after graduating from Vassar and moved to Greenwich Village in pursuit of a writing career. She used Nancy Boyd as a pseudonym for much of her magazine work, and in 1919, her anti-war play, “Aria da Capo,” was staged at the Provincetown Playhouse in New York City with Norma in the starring role. Her 1920 collection of poems, “A Few Figs From Thistles,” was controversial because of the book’s theme of female sexuality and feminism. Then, in 1923, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry with “The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver,” a collection whose title piece is about a young boy and his widowed mother living in a small house in abject poverty.

“Millay was remarkably good with the sonnet, and she wrote poems that were alive and available to the public,” said Skidmore professor April Bernard, whose 2012 novel, “Miss Fuller,” dramatized the life of 19th century female journalist Margaret Fuller. “She had a wonderful sense of drama and she used simple language that had strong dramatic and lyrical effect. Her work wasn’t hard to understand, and that’s why she had such a popular audience.”

Captivating character

According to Bernard, Millay enjoyed the same kind of popularity afforded Robert Frost, who won his first of four Pulitzers in 1924.

“In her lectures she created this character, much like Robert Frost,” said Bernard. “They were the first show-boaters of poetry. Frost was the gritty, cranky and wise old man, and Millay would wear this long black cape on her lecture circuit with her beautiful red, golden hair over her shoulders. She was like a performance artist, and she was a huge hit. She was very appealing.”

Millay was small in stature, standing just over 5-feet tall and weighing about 95 pounds.

“I think she may have doubted her beauty, but she never doubted the power of her looks,” said Bergman. “She wrote that her hair wasn’t quite the vibrant red it was supposed to be, and she felt that her eyes were a little weak. But she captivated the imagination and admiration of people right up until the end. She never lost that.”

In 1925, two years into her marriage with Boissevain, they moved to Steepletop. The marriage was a good one, according to Bergman, but also a bit unique. Millay, who freely admitted she was bisexual, reportedly had a number of lovers after she was married and actually invited one of them to live with her.

“Eugen did whatever he could to keep Millay happy and content enough so that she could write at least one great poem a year,” said Bergman. “In 1928 she fell in love with a younger man and wanted him to come and live with her, so she asked her husband to move out of the bedroom, and he obliged.”

The affair didn’t last, but the marriage did until Boissevain died of lung cancer in 1949. There were other lovers, and according to Bergman, it’s OK to discuss Millay’s private life when evaluating her poetry.

“All the stories about her kind of factor into her work,” said Bergman. “She rarely told anyone who she was writing about, but her lovers are there in her work. Like I said, she was the great ‘love poet’ of the 20th century, so it’s impossible not to talk about her personal life.”

Steepletop, named by Millay after a wildflower that grew on the property, was built in 1892, coincidentally the same year that Millay was born. Along with the house tour, visitors can roam through Millay’s gardens and check out her swimming pool and small writing cabin. There are also nature trails on the 200-acre property, which was 700 acres when Millay bought it from the widow Bailey and her 13 children.

“There is still a lot of renovation work to be done,” said Bergman. “Not all of the rooms are open to the public, but the ones that are almost exactly like they were when Millay lived here.”

The tour includes Millay’s library, where she studied and did research before heading out to the cabin to write, and a display of the collection of Russian shower puppets she bought on her honeymoon cruise in May 1924. The mission of the Millay Society, which now calls itself the Millay Renascence, is “to illuminate the life and writings of Edna St. Vincent Millay and to preserve and interpret the character of Steepletop, her home and gardens, places where nature inspires the creative spirit.”

“I was afraid when I got involved in this seven years ago all of her fans would be in their 70s and getting older,” said Bergman. “But every generation seems to discover her. Her poetry is about universal matters that everyone experiences.”

On July 14 at 3 p.m., Steepletop will host a free presentation by the Connecticut Free Poet Collective, and on Aug. 11 at 4 p.m., a theatrical performance based on Millay’s book, “Fatal Interview,” will be staged. Tickets are $10.

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