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Common Council Approves Naming Finn Terminal

Common Council Approves

Naming Terminal For Dennis Finn

Mayor Gary Herzig hugs Ruth Allen, life partner of Dennis Finn, following the Common Council vote to name the “Finn Terminal” at the Oneonta Municipal Airport. “Dennis was a true friend of the city,” said Herzig. “But the airport was his true passion. It’s an honor for us to be able to memorialize Dennis this way.” During Finn’s memorial service on Saturday, June 24, Mayor Herzig will read a proclamation and a memorial tree will be planted at the site. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Pride Community Holds Vigil

Pride Community Holds

Vigil For Trans Lives

Above: Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould, head of the Gender Wellness Center in Oneonta, leans her head against that of Dakota Davis, Oneonta, during a candle lit vigil at First United Methodist Church in Oneontathis evening. The vigil was held in memory of Kendra Adams, a trans woman who was found murdered at a construction site in Ithaca on June 13th. “Her family has asked that she not be remembered as a person murdered, but remember her as the girl who accepted everyone.” said event organizer Elayne Mosher Campoli, right, with daughter Amelia. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 13 trans women of color murdered in the U.S. The names of the victims and the circumstances of their deaths were read aloud before candles were lit in their memory. Rev. Rebecca Drebert of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bainbridge, a trans woman herself, spoke on the importance of rejecting messages of hate and violence and believing love will win out. “I reject the idea that this type of violence is part of God’s plan.” she said, “The relationship that God wants with us is with our deepest, truest identity. We have all been wounded, and we need healing.” Other speakers included Rev. Teressa Sivers of First United Methodist in Oneonta,  Council member Michelle Osterhoudt, Oneonta, 10th grader Sadie Lincoln, Laurens, who read a piece she wrote called ’15 Lessons I Learned Before 15′, and musical performance by Leah Echstein, Oneonta, and others. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Basset Cancer Institute Celebrates 300 Survivors

Basset Cancer Institute

Celebrates 300 Survivors

John Parks Sr. and Wanetta Daniels, both cancer survivors, were among the more than 300 individuals who came together from throughout central New York for a Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration put on by the Bassett Cancer Institute June 4 at The Otesaga in Cooperstown. The annual event  was a sellout again as cancer survivors and their guests joined in the celebration of survivorship with the cancer treatment team and other staff who help patients navigate the emotional and physical challenges a cancer diagnosis entails. The Bassett Cancer Institute offers a nationally accredited, multidisciplinary team approach to cancer care. Since nearly all forms of cancer call for more than one type of therapy, Bassett’s medical, radiation and surgical oncologists work together as an even larger team focused on the needs of individual patients.
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Clark Sports Center Re-opens, Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Clark Sports Center Re-opens,

Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Before the doors even opened this morning, people were gathering outside the doors of the Clark in anticipation of the grand re-opening of the sports complex which had spent the two years undergoing extensive renovations.  Above, Gunter Weldon, Cooperstown, gets a leg up from Adventure Staff member Steph Talaia-Murray on the rock-climbing wall during the grand re-opening of the Clark Sports Center this morning. Right:  Staff member Peg Wilson, Dr. Rodman Carter and wife Imogene congratulate board chair Jane Forbes Clark on the state-of-the-art sports center. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Lizabeth Shannon Announces County Board Run

Lizabeth Shannon

Announces County Board Run

ONEONTA – Former Seventh Ward Council member  Lizabeth Shannon has announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination for the Otsego County Board of Representatives in the 14th District.

Shannon graduated from Oneonta High School in 1979 and Philadelphia University in 1984, relocating back to her hometown in 2003.  From 2008-11, she served as the Council member for the Seventh Ward and was a co-founder of Oneonta’s successful Fabulous First Friday cultural events.

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Florists & Artists Combine In CANO Show

Florists & Artists Combine

In Annual CANO Show

Isabelle Niles and Diane Nash, Oneonta, enjoy the art and flower arrangements at CANO’s annual Art In Bloom show. Members of the Oneonta Federated Garden Club interpreted artwork from CANO’s “Resist!”-themed Mansion Show into floral masterworks. to compliment corresponding artwork. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Happy 50th Birthday To Greater Plains Elementary!

Happy 50th Birthday

Greater Plains Elementary!

Students Celebrate By Stocking Time Capsule

Greater Plains Elementary celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this afternoon at an assembly where students could put items of their choice in a time capsule. Above, Scarlett Gelbsman and Sunny Privitera, fourth graders at Greater Plains Elementary, present Principal Nancy Osborn with a book about reasons they love their school. Students from each grade contributed to the capsule by adding items that ranged from the traditional, (photos, letters to their future selves, lists of current prices, current baseball stats), to the informative, (reports on recent fads like fidget spinners and ‘dabbing’ and bottle flipping) and a bit of unusual (a bag of Cheetos). The time capsule will be kept inside the school since they do not want it accidentally dug up by planned future construction. They plan t re-open it in 50 years. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Bassett Promotes Dr. LeCates To Vice President For Quality

Bassett Promotes Dr. LeCates

To Vice President For Quality

Dr. LeCates

COOPERSTOWN – Dr. William LeCates, Bassett Hospital medical director, has taken on the additional title of vice president of medical affairs, President & CEO Vance Brown announced today.

In his new role, LeCates will oversee the Care Management & Clinical Excellence program, including “quality management, clinical effectiveness, infection control, risk management, accreditation and regulatory readiness,” Brown said.

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Cooperstown’s Katz Joins Coalition Of U.S. Mayor Vs. Global Warming

Cooperstown’s Katz Joins Coalition

Of U.S. Mayor Vs. Global Warming

Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz

COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown announced today that Mayor Jeff Katz has joined Climate Mayors (aka, Mayors National Climate Action Agenda, or MNCAA), a network of nearly 300 U.S. mayors representing over 60 million Americans.

Climate Mayors are working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policy making.

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Lieutenant Governor Tours Fenimore’s Skating Exhibit

Lieutenant Governor Tours

Fenimore’s Skating Exhibit

Fenimore Museum President Paul D’Ambrosio points out highlights of “The Art of Figure Skating: The Dick Button Collection,” to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul during her visit to Cooperstown yesterday.  She also viewed “Andrew Wyeth at 100: A Family Remembrance,” and the Thaw Collection of Native American Art.
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