Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Love of Working Hard Sustains Long Term “Lucky” Connection

Lucky Dog Farm and Store, was aptly named by owners Richard and Holly Giles when they saw their shelter rescue dogs happily bounce around their newly acquired farm in 2000. “What lucky dogs they are” Holly exclaimed as they watched them appreciate their new surroundings.  And the word “lucky” can be used to describe the people whose lives have been touched by this business, from workers, to customers, to community members. 
 One individual, David Nichols has been with Lucky Dog almost since its inception. Janet Stoop, employee at The Arc of Delaware County shared that “David is a person who loves work. He seeks out work wherever he can and works very hard!”  And Richard Giles shared that it’s been good to see David grow over the 14 years he has worked on Lucky Dog farm.  “He’s good, steady help. He’s taken responsibility and has become independent in his work. He has a really good ability to switch from job to job quickly.”

David Nichols and Kalain Joslin working the fields.
With over 45 acres dedicated to crop production David is kept very busy helping to weed, cultivate,  stake, and tie the many varieties of organic vegetables grown on the farm including beans, tomatoes, corn, beets, peas, and leafy greens. He is involved in the growing process from seedling to harvest and enjoys seeing the beautiful produce that is sold at farm markets in Margaretville, Callicoon, and NYC as well as at restaurants and retail stores.   When asked what part of the work he favors most, David shared, “I like to do the weeding!” With David’s enthusiasm and enjoyment of the work he accomplishes, it has been a satisfying and mutually rewarding partnership between Lucky Dog Farm and David.

Richard Giles, Owner and David Nichols at Lucky Dog Farm greenhouse.

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Arc of Delaware Helps Students Along Career Path

Several Delaware County High School graduates have chosen college fields of study that will prepare them for a career benefiting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Thirteen students (one from each Delaware County school district) were awarded scholarships from The Arc of Delaware County. The Schools made selections based not only on each student’s scholastic abilities, but also on their proven desire to help others as demonstrated by services they provided to their community or school.

The 2014 recipients of The Arc Delaware County Scholarship include: Jennifer Andrews, Andes; Brittany Kopp, Charlotte Valley; Tyler Cumpston, Delaware Academy; Kaitlyn Wingerter, Deposit; Chyanne Gransbury, Downsville; Lynndon Huyck, Franklin; Caitlyn Wormuth, Hancock; Kaitlin Short, Margaretville; Ian O’Brien, Roxbury; Josiah Clarke, Sidney; Kayla Rose Quigley, South Kortright; Ashley Tait, Stamford; and Sarah Layton, Walton.

For more information about The Arc of Delaware County and career opportunities, visit or call (607) 865-7126.