School Summer News
Welcome summer! We hope everyone is
having a safe and enjoyable start to your summer vacation. All
students who will be in grades 1-8 in the fall at CCS are challenged
to complete 10 hours of IXL Math practice during this summer break.
That’s around 1 hour of practice a week to help maintain your math
skills. Information about the challenge and student login
information is available on our website. Those students completing
the challenge will receive a free small Frekey’s cone with a choice
of topping! Students who will be entering grades 5-8 also have
a summer reading requirement so be sure to start your reading this
There will be two opportunities in July for parents and
community members to meet and discuss their vision of a Chichester
Central School graduate. Please come to school for lemonade
and cookies on Thursday, July 13, from 5:30-6:30 PM or for coffee
and donuts on Tuesday, July 18 from 8-9 AM and join in on this
Check our school’s website for more details on any
of these opportunities or call the main office at 798-5651 for
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Out Of Your Attic Thrift
Submitted By Carol Hendee
The Attic once again is
having Christmas in July! This Sat. July 15th from 9:00 to
3:00 in the parking lot. Bargains galore! Need the space for
storage, so Christmas items will be sold at rock bottom prices.
We need to start collecting for the Backpack Program. We need
supplies: 3x5 index cards; crayons; #2 pencils; hand sanitizer
(small individual bottles) small packages of tissues; rulers; glue;
scissors; erasers and if anyone has a list of what kind of note
paper/books are needed for elementary and middle school, please let
We are located on Rte 28 North in the plaza just before
the Pittsfield line, next to Parker’s Family Restaurant. Mon.
8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat 10-4. 247-7191.
Chichester Town Library
The first scheduled activity for the Summer Reading Program
is this afternoon at 3:30 p.m., when local author and illustrator,
Professor Cookie, will read her book, The Lie. Hope to
see the kids there!
The July Down Under Used Book sale will be
this Saturday, July 15th from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. We don’t always
have the exact book you may be looking for, but we have a great
selection to choose from. Find a new author, or try a new
genre: the land of stories and information knows few boundaries.
The Evening Book Club will be meeting on Wednesday, July 19th, at 7
p.m. The discussion for this meeting will center on The Wright
Brothers, by David McCullough.
A basket class is scheduled in two
weeks on July 24th. This project will be a large Farmers’
Market basket with a Williamsburg handle. The base is
approximately 10” x 10”, while the top is about 14” x 14”. The
cost will be $21. Participants will need to bring an old kitchen
towel, strong shears, clip clothespins, a pencil, tape measure and a
flat head screwdriver. Please call the library at 798-5613 to
sign up. The last day for sign-up will be on July 21st.
TDS Advises Customers To
Protect Files From Ransomware Attacks
TDS Telecom (TDS®) advises
its customers to protect their computers and files from all
cyberattacks, especially following two recent ransomware attacks,
Petya and WannaCry.
Late June, “Petya” originated in the Ukraine
and spread to at least 65 countries. The attack spread rapidly
through networks that use Microsoft Windows. It was similar to last
month’s ransomware attack, WannaCry ransomware. This attack affected
thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. Due to the number
of companies and individuals hit by this attack, many companies were
forced to temporarily shut down.
How ransomware works: a criminal
takes over your computer. They encrypt your files and give you
instructions to retrieve them. Usually, you have two choices. You
can pay the money or send the ransomware link to friends (in hopes
they fall for the scam). If they pay the ransom, your files get
decrypted, typically for free — but at the cost of your friends.
Ransomware is not the only type of cyberattack that affects one’s
computer or files. Other forms include malware and phishing.
“It’s this variety of attacks that makes it so necessary for
consumers and businesses to secure their computer,” says Kevin Hess,
executive vice president at TDS. “No one wants to become the next
cyber victim. Just as ransomware has become effective and lucrative
for criminals, it has become extremely costly to the innocent
victims. Consumers must be cautious.”
To help, TDS offers
customers four tips to ward off becoming a cyber victim:
your computer updated. Ensure your computer is always up-to-date;
especially the computer’s operating system. The best way to do this
is to set your computer to auto update (Instructions for Mac,
instructions for Windows). Note: The Windows vulnerability that let
WannaCry in had been patched months earlier—but many organizations
and individuals hadn’t updated their systems.
Back up your files
remotely or externally. Back them up to the cloud or an external
hard drive. It never hurts to have a second copy of your files.
Plus, should you become victim of a ransomware attack, your computer
breaks or is stolen, you’ll have access to all your files without
missing a beat.
Don’t open unknown or suspicious email
attachments. If the sender is unfamiliar to you — don’t click to
open a link or attached file. Even if you know the sender, if the
attachment or link seems odd or is unexpected — think twice before
clicking. Ransomware is most prevalent in PDF files or Microsoft
Office documents so be aware when opening all attachments.
antivirus software. One of the best ways to avoid viruses,
ransomware, spam, and other rapidly evolving forms of malware is to
run up-to-date antivirus protections.
these steps will add layers of protection for your computer and your
files,” according to Hess.
Ruth (Mobbs) Bara
(Mobbs) Bara, 69 years old, of Chichester, died at home Wednesday,
June 28, after a battle with diabetes and cancer.
She was the
daughter of Richard and Helen Mobbs. She leaves behind two brothers,
Michael, of Chichester, and Robert of Oakland, CA; four children,
Timothy and Richard of Chichester, Kathy, of Bradford, and Carrie of
Concord; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
services were planned.