State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is introduced to Broome County Sheriff David Harder, right, by DOT Regional Director Jack Williams before the start of yesterday’s State Police Troop “C” Memorial Day Service at troop headquarters in Sidney. In left photo, former Station Manager of Troop “C” Marc Barbara, now serving with Troop “D”, marches in formation during the ceremony. Those honored were Troopers Covel Pierce and Timothy Pratt, and Investigator Paul Stuewer. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Sandy Mathes, who as CEO of Otsego Now revolutionized economic development in Otsego County over the past three years, has resigned. He gave the 90-day notice required by his contract, the Otsego Now board learned this morning.
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COOPERSTOWN – Dr. Umair Iqbal, in his second year of training at Bassett Hospital, has won the 2017 E. Donnall Thomas Award for research linking fainting spells to blood clots in the lungs.
“More than 40 percent of patients who are evaluated in the emergency room with fainting are discharged with an unknown cause,” said Iqbal, whose research project competed with nine others for the award. “Syncope (passing out) is sometimes the first symptom of acute pulmonary embolism, and this diagnosis should be immediately considered in all of these patients.”
Onlookers held their breaths as Eastman Associates’ Mike French uses his excavator to delicately lift the bell from the wobbling remains of the Milford United Methodist Church’s bell tower during today’s demolition. French removed two walls of the tower to expose the bell well enough to grab it. As it was lifted out over the rubble, it rang three times, the chimes echoing across the valley. Those in attendance cheered and applauded as the bell was placed safely on the ground. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hartwick College’s 86th Graduation
At Oneonta Site Sends Off Class of ’17
Hartwick College senior Demi Manesis, top photo, who was honored at an Otsego County Chamber Intern Of The Year for her work with the Oneonta Fire Department, rings her replica of the Yager Hall bell given to each graduate, and was today at the conclusion of the college’s 86th commencement on Oneonta’s Oyaron Hill. (The college traces its history to 1797 and John Christopher Hartwick’s founding of Hartwick Seminary). At right, Wendell Frye, professor of German and the college’s oldest professor , receives the Margaret B. Bunn Award for Outstanding Teaching from college President Margaret Drugovich. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, Greater Oneonta Historical Society Executive Director Bob Brzozowski, developer Seth Clark and Destination Oneonta’s Rachel Jessup were all named this evening to the Steering Committee to update the city’s comprehensive master plan.
“This is the group that will facilitate the update to the 2007 comprehensive plan, incorporating the City’s vision, addressing the railyards and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative,” said Mayor Gary Herzig.
OTEGO – SUNY Oneonta professor Cathy Nardi has announced her intention to run for the District 3 seat on the Otsego County Board, challenging board chair Kathy Clark.
“I want to be the voice of reason in a climate of chaos,” she said.
Nardi, an Otego resident, would be representing Laurens and Otego. Her platform includes environmental issues, access to education and economic development, including developing tourism in her district, to help fight poverty.