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‘Community Heroes’ Saluted As 3-Year Recognition Ends

‘Community Heroes’ Saluted

As 3-Year Recognition Ends

Artist Janet Wentworth Erickson’s Dream
Honors 37 With 51 Portraits, Photographs
A Hartwick College colleague, Phil Young, praises Harry Bradshaw Matthews as an inspiration to many at this evening’s “Community Heroes in Portraiture” reception at SUNY Oneonta’s Martin-Mullen Gallery. The three-year recognition program was envisioned by artist Janet Wentworth Erickson, right, as a way to honor “unsung heroes” in Otsego and Delaware counties.   She enlisted student photographers and artists in the effort, including, from left, Anna Graziosi and Zena Ballas. The three-year cycle began in 2014 with a similar reception at The Fenimore Art Museum. Portraits on the wall depict some of this year’s honorees, from left, Carleton Clay, Ben Guenther and Dr. Matthews. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CLICK HERE FOR SLIDE SHOW OF ‘COMMUNITY HEROES’

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SUNY Opens New Physical Science Building

SUNY President Cuts Ribbon

On Renovated Science Building

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski cut the ribbon Wednesday afternoon on the renovated, state-of-the-art Physical Science Building, assisted by Provost Jim Mackin, left, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.  “This building will help our students not only be consumers of knowledge, but producers of it,” said Kleniewski.  Behind them are, from left, Chuck Rodriguez, Vanket Sharma, Fran and Albert Read, John Hall, Nicole Pereira, Tatiana Boba,William Holt and Assistant VP for Facilities Tom Rathbone, who has been overseeing the systematic renovations of the original 1960s-era buildings.  Tours were then given of the buildings and its classrooms, many of which feature glass observation walls to fit with the “Science On Display” theme of the building. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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BAGWELL, RAINES, ‘PUDGE’ IN HALL OF FAME THIS YEAR

BAGWELL, RAINES, ‘PUDGE’

IN HALL OF FAME THIS YEAR

Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson announces on the MLB Network that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez will be inducted in July into the Hall of Plaques in Cooperstown.  (Screenshot from MLB Network)

COOPERSTOWN – Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson announced a few moments ago on the MLB Network that three retired Major Leaguers will be inducted into the Hall of Plaques this July in Cooperstown:

  • Jeff Bagwell, produced more than 100 RBIs in eight of 15 seasons with Astros. Finished career with 449 homeruns, more than any other Astros player.
  • Tim Raines, scored 808 runs in a 20-year career, fifth highest in MLB history, and was one of the most productive lead-off hitters in the game.
  • Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is considered one of the best defensive catchers of all time.

WATCH CONTINUING COVERAGE ON MLB NETWORK

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Focus Names ‘Ambassador’ Devoted To Resident Care

Focus Names ‘Ambassador’

Devoted To Resident Care

Misty Dygert

INDEX – To “assure the highest quality care,” Focus Rehab & Nursing Center today announced it has created and filled the new position of “Resident Ambassador.”

“The role of the Ambassador is to ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction,” said Jeff Emhof, Focus administrator. “The Ambassador collaborates with all departments and staff so that every resident’s question or concern is immediately addressed.

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Cooperstown Celebrates MLK With Candle Light Vigil, History

Cooperstown Celebrates MLK

With Candlelight Vigil, History

Rev. Elsie Rhodes, First Presbyterian Church, lights the candle of Omonike Akinyemi and daughter Simone Sprague as the gathered sing “We Shall Overcome” while closing out a celebration in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this evening. 250 people filled the sanctuary where a history of slavery and civil rights in Cooperstown was given along with hymns, inspirations and poetry. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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‘I Have A Dream’ Rendering Highpoint Of MLK Gathering

‘I Have A Dream’ Rendering

Highpoint Of MLK Gathering

At right, Reginald Brunson, Hobart, delivers an impassioned rendering of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech at this afternoon’s MLK Day commemoration organized by the NAACP, Oneonta Chapter, at the First Presbyterian “Red Door” Church at Main Street and Walling Avenue.  Above, D.J. Wood sings Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” accompanied by Gennero Falco on piano and Sadiq Abdushahid on drums.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Hundreds Bid Farewell To Autumn Cafe Owners

Hundreds Bid Farewell

To Autumn Cafe Owners

Though Oneonta’s Autumn Cafe closed after today’s Sunday brunch, the doors and taps remained open as hundreds of patrons, past employees, friends and family filled the downtown landmark to bid farewell to co-owners Tim Johnson and Andy Resney, who are retiring after 37 years.  (Tim is behind wife Nancy, who is wearing the pink hat, and Andy is next to her, in plaid shirt).   The operation has been sold to Wayne and Rebecca Carrington, who currently operate the B-Side Ballroom. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Sing A Song Of Broadway To Offer Musical Review

Sing A Song Of Broadway 

To Perform Hits At Elks

Stephen Wilkins, a guest singer from New York City, today rehearses “Free At Last” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Big River,” for Sing A Song Of Broadway & Co.’s “Once More With Feeling” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Oneonta Elks Club. Area talent will join Wilkins in performing more than 20 songs, from “Hello Dolly”, “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Gypsy” and other Broadway hits. Cost is $15, $10 for students and $5 ages 10 and under. Reception with cast follows the show.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Faso Invites Bobby Walker To Attend Trump Inaugural

Faso Invites Bobby Walker

To Attend Trump Inaugural

Editor’s Note: If you’re attending the Trump inauguration, alert Jim Kevlin at 547-6103, or e-mail jimk@allotsego.com

By EMILY MURPHY • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Congressman Faso and Bobby Walker during the recently completed campaign.

COOPERSTOWN – Bobby Walker, the Cooperstown Central School senior who chairs the Otsego County Young Republicans, has received a ticket from U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, to attend Donald J. Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.

Walker had served as a volunteer in Faso’s just-completed Congressional campaign, where he defeated Democrat Zephyr Teachout Nov. 8 to succeed retiring Congressman Chris Gibson.

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Traffic Steady 90 Minutes At Crankshaw’s Reception
NEW CCS SUPERINTENDENT WELCOMED

Traffic Steady 90 Minutes

At Crankshaw’s Reception

Lucy Hayes, 10, right, takes advantage of this evening’s welcome reception to get know the man who will be overseeing her education for the foreseeable future, Dr. William Crankshaw, new Cooperstown Central School superintendent.  The reception line to meet Crankshaw, who joined CCS Tuesday, Jan. 3, was continuous for the full 90 minutes of this evening’s event.  With Lucy are dad Tim, a SUNY Oneonta administrator who is also a member of the CCS Board of Education, sister Madison, 12 (but she’s turning 13 tomorrow), and mom Lindsay.  (In the background is Sydney Scalici.)  At right, Crankshaw, who resigned as Remsen Rotary Club president, had a chance to chat this evening with Marge Landers, Cooperstown Rotary President.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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