GREATER MAYWOOD RURAL COMMUNITY SERVICES,                                               founded 2010




Physical Address
10770 County Route 23,
Sidney Center, New York  13839

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Mailing Address
PO Box 218
Sidney Center, New York 13839


Mission statement:  “Building and Serving a more vibrant Rural Community in the Western Catskill Mountains and in the World…”

Strengthening and growing our Community by serving its social and community needs.  Offering programs and services for farmers, seniors, families, children, and second home-owners.”  Caring for rural beauty and ecology.  Serving small providers and entrepreneurs.

Art, theater, music  and  culture.  Linking rural communities around the world as valuable treasures of people, food, and nature—the family of Man.  All races, all religions, all creeds – true Community!



C. Peter Cordes                                                               Chair of Board

Member, Town Board,  Sidney,  New York.

Carol A. Bennett                                                               Vice  Chair

Owner, Covered Bridge Center, Unadilla, New York


Amanda Heaney-Smith                                                 Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer

Paul Muratore                                                                    Fundraiser

Member; Sidney ZBA, Sidney, New York

Rochelle Knapp                                                                Assistant Treasurer

Sidney Federal Credit Union, Loan Officer

Alice Welch                                                                         Secretary

Hilton Corporation Comptroller   (re’t)



Frances Wood, Esq.  28 Townsend Street, Walton, New York   13856

Accounting Firm

Gruver,  Zweifel  & Scott, LLP, Certified Public Accountants,

Board Committees:

Structure                                                             J. Pete  Cordes, Sidney Town Board

Program                                                               Carol Bennett, Covered Bridge Gardens

Fund Raising                                                       David Cornwell, Ogden Real Estate

Public Relations                                                  Jessica Farrell,  Artist


A Not-for-Profit Charity (501 c3), Incorporated in State of New York.

Donations made payable to ‘Greater Maywood Rural Community Services, Inc’ may be sent on our behalf to THE SIDNEY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, 42 Union Street, Sidney New York, 13836. Att:  R. Knapp.  Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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GREATER MAYWOOD RURAL COMMUNITY SERVICES,INC  is revitalizing  the former Sidney Center Elementary School as a COMMUNITY CENTER.

Our NEW SCHOOLHOUSE CENTER sits on nearly nine acres of land along Route 23 in the scenic Western Catskills.  The school was built in 1954 in the rural Hamlet of Sidney Center (population 1,000) to educate children from the surrounding area.

The complex was updated and renovated in 2003 at a cost of nearly 3 million dollars, but decline of students in the area forced the school to close its doors in 2006.  Greater Maywood reopened this pristine facility on a bright, sunny day in the summer of 2011!





Our Fund Raising  History:  ‘old fashioned heart-felt methods’

Breakfasts, Bake sales, Dinners, Brunches, Art Sales, Solicitations, passing-the hat., letter writing, pay-pal etc.

Since inception we have raised over $35,000

Grant proposals have been submitted to:  The Roxbury Arts Council (2)

Gifts have been donated by the LOWES Corporation.

Join us:  Our membership roster stands at 105 at present.