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They’re The Tops, Oscar Avers As Winning Businesses Toasted

They’re The Tops, Oscar Avers

As Winning Businesses Toasted

A life-size Oscar looks on approvingly at this evening’s honorees at the Otsego County Chamber’s 18th annual Banquet & Celebration of Small Business, now underway at The Otesaga. Center right, Springbrook President Patricia Kennedy and Finance Committee chair Bill Mirabito accepted the Breakthrough Award. Center left, Barbara Roberts and Joan Fox accepted the Small Business Award on behalf of their Keller Williams realty network.   Hartwick College’s Allison Homler, left, and SUNY Oneonta’s Matthew Coville, right, were Interns of the Year.  A new format – an evening of networking – was tested this year:  The awards were presented first, then the 250 guests went through a buffet line and circulated, introducing themselves of other guests, chatting and snacking.  The big Oscar was created by Ian Austin of Oneonta for the Fox Hospital’s recent annual gala, but is now making the circuit of the season’s social events.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Shane Smith’s Legacy Honored At Job Corps

Shane Smith’s Legacy

Honored At Job Corps

Wife Debbie Smith and son Sean lift the cover on a memorial marker today in honor of the late Shane Smith, who started the overhead line program at the Oneonta Job Corps.  At right is Job Corps Director Chris Kuhn. In honor of his contribution to the school and his students, the all-weather training dome, located in the Sweeney Smart Grid Training Complex, was christened the Shane Smith Memorial Dome. A memorial area around was created in-house by the Underground Residential Distribution Advanced Training Class, while the plaque and stone were made by the tile setters.  Smith died at age 69 April 10 in Norwich.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Oneonta Heights Cuts Ribbon On Latest Housing Complex

Oneonta Heights Cuts Ribbon

On $15.9M Housing Complex

Cutting the ribbon on this afternoon’s grand opening of Housing Visions’ latest apartment complex, Oneonta Heights, are, from left, Darren Scott of New York State Homes & Community Renewal; state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford; Rebecca Newman, Housing Visions president/CEO; Mayor Gary Herzig; tenants Christina, Romello, and Jayda Drayton and Wesley Hunter, Jim Wright and Czhaira Simpauco; Ben Lockwood, Housing Visions, and Andrew D’Agostino, Community Preservation Corps. The $15.9 million complex features 60 units for families and seniors and even has its own bus route. “This is the first step in addressing our housing problem.” said Mayor Herzig.  “Seventy five percent of families in Oneonta pay over 30 percent of their income on housing, and that is not sustainable.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Cooperstown Elementary Honors Veterans

Cooperstown Elementary 

Pupils Honor Veterans

Cooperstown Veterans’ Club Presidennt David Sanford leads the Color Guard through the Cooperstown Elementary Gymnasium this afternoon during a Veterans Day ceremony.    The pupils presented a program of songs and reading honors the local veterans. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Arrangements Abound At Annual Garden Club Meeting

Arrangements Abound At

Garden Club Annual Meeting

Bob Opalecky, Oneonta, left, helps Gary Buman, Otego, former owner of Gary’s Flowers, display a freshly made flower arrangement this evening at St. James Episcopal Church, Oneonta, during a demonstration at the Oneonta Federated Garden Club’s annual meeting. All the creations were auctioned off at the end of the event. After Thanksgiving, the club will be hosting the Greens Workshop at St. James Nov. 27-30 in preparation of its annual Greens Sale & Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 1. The public is welcome. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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CCS Forward Airlifted From Crash, Recovering

CCS Forward Airlifted

From Crash, Recovering

Julie Ford

COOPERSTOWN – CCS basketball star Julie Ford is recovering at home after she was airlifted to Albany from an accident scene last Friday.

According to Nate Reigel, State Police public information officer, Ford was driving the car southbound on Wiley Town Road around noon when she hit a patch of black ice and slid 100 feet before striking a tree on the northbound shoulder.

Ford was “in and out of consciousness” at the scene, and her sister, Abby, a passenger, called 911, according to a Facebook post made by their mother, Amy Hurtubise Ford.

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OCCB Salutes Veterans With Free Concert

Veterans Enjoy OCCB’s Salute

Veterans, families and friends gathered to enjoy selections of historical patriotic music performed this afternoon by the  Oneonta Community Concert Band at it’s 17th annual Salute To Veterans Concert at the Foxcare Center.  Above, local veterans Tony Drago, Army, and John Brooks, Air Corps, applaud as the band finishes “Hail To The Spirit of Liberty” by John Philip Sousa. At right, Gretchen Becker, Walton, on tuba, and percussionists Ben Wendrow, Oneonta, and Dave Geasey, Oneonta, perform “The Official West Point March” by Philip Egner. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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CAA Holiday Show Brings Festive Crowd To 22 Main

CAA Holiday Show Brings

Festive Crowd To 22 Main

Denise Page-LaCava of Cooperstown examines offerings at the Cooperstown Art Association’s Holiday Show & Sale, always a hit with seekers of Christmas presents.  As you can tell from the gaps, it was a buying crowd that packed the gallery at 22 Main this evening for the opening reception.  Shelves will be restocked and the sale continues through Dec. 23.  At right, Garrett Cadwallader of Oneonta, himself an artist – a musician – who said he is drawn to work crafted from nature, examines carved wooden bowls among the offerings.  (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)

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