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CCAL Awarded $20,000 Grant


Senator James Seward secured a Special Legislative Grant through the NY State Education Department for CCAL.  Initiated by President Alice Cannistra’s inquiry to the Senator’s office regarding available funding for adult education programs, the $20,000 windfall was far beyond any expectations.

Alice was surprised and delighted to learn of the generous funding “which will help enhance our ability to expand CCAL’s offerings”.  Senator Seward announced the grant at CCAL’s Annual Meeting on October 16th in Morris Hall and The Daily Star wrote an article about CCAL in its October 18th edition.

A Grants Advisory Committee has been formed to gather ideas for the disbursement of these funds and to oversee all financial aspects included in the process.  Committee members are Treasurer Olive Crews, Secretary Lillian Mathisen, Denise Brandow, Lori Wolverton and President Alice Cannistra.

Any creative suggestions regarding the utilization of this funding can be directed to any committee member.

Holiday Open House


Pictures from Christmas Party 2016


All CCAL members are cordially invited to celebrate the holiday season at our first ever Holiday Open House on Sunday, December 11th from 2-4 p.m. at Rowe House. 

Join us for a celebration of friendship, camaraderie and seasonal joy. A variety of tasty goodies will be served.  Mark your calendars now so you won’t miss the fun!

Thayer Trip is a Go

The Thayer Hotel trip is a GO

We have met the minimum number to book the lunch at the Thayer Hotel. There is still plenty of room so join us on this trip!

April 29, 2016 Update – only 12 seats left. Hurry up before there is none left.


Thayer Trip update

Urgent Upcoming Trip Request:

A big thank you to all who have sent your reservation to me. However, I need to make a non-refundable deposit to the Thayer Hotel and I do not have the minimum 30 people to do this trip.
Please, if you are going and will send a check let me know asap. Those of you who have already signed up, please spread the word.  I need about 9 more people.
I hope we can fill the bus like we did on the last trip. By June we should be able to enjoy the nice weather while visiting the house and gardens of Boscobel, along with a fabulous buffet lunch at the famous Thayer hotel in West Point.
Click here for more information about the trip

June 18 Thayer Hotel & Boscobel Trip

Note: CCAL will put an ad in the paper for this trip but I want to make sure CCAL members and friends have first choice on taking this trip before we do this.

Facilitator’s Lunch 2016


Annual Facilitator’s  Lunch

When: Monday May 23rd at 12 pm 

Where: 1st United Methodist Church : on the corner of Chestnut and Church Streets Oneonta, NY

Choice of Entree: Chicken Salad OR Broccoli Quiche

Contact Carol Goodrich
179 Piermott Lane
Hartwick, NY 13348
before May 13th if you are interested in attending.

SPRING TEA ~ March 20th

SPRING TEA ~ March 20th

The Spring Tea will be held in Craven Lounge, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta on Sunday, March 20th from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  The Summer-Fall catalog with an amazing 64 new courses will be introduced.  Join us for light refreshments and hear the facilitators describe their courses.  Bring a friend who might be interested in joining CCAL.

Open to the public – everyone is welcome!


Hugh MacDougall teaches 30th class

Hugh MacDougall teaches 30th class

Hugh MacDougall taught “The Pilgrims of the Mayflower, 1620”,  his 30th class for CCAL!  Thank you, Hugh, for sharing your knowledge, time and expertise with us over these many years.  We are very grateful and can’t wait for your next course!Hugh M2 9-'15