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RoboKronos Founder To Retire, Honored By Team

RoboKronos Honors

Departing Founder

Paul Agoglia, center right, is applauded by members of the FIRST Robotics Team as Skip Copperwheat presents him with an award in recognition to his founding, mentoring and leading of the RoboKronos Team 4203. The award came after Agoglia announced that he would be retiring from leading the team at the end of the school year. Agoglia, founded the robotics group through 4H in 2007 and by 2011, the team had gained sponsors and become and official FIRST Robotics team. The team, comprised of 19 students and mentors, continues to enjoy popularity and and go to competitions. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Art For Music’s Sake

Art For Music’s Sake

Paintings, jewelry and more from the art collection of Dorothy Caswell was auctioned off this afternoon at CANO to benefit the Catskill Choral Society. Here, Andy Puritz acts as auctioneer as Bhala Jones, Gallery Director at CANO, shows off a necklace up for grabs. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Helmsley Trust CIO Hewsenian SUNY Commencement Speaker

Helmsley Trust CIO Hewsenian

SUNY Commencement Speaker

Roz Hewsenian

ONEONTA – SUNY Oneonta alumna Rosalind “Roz” M. Hewsenian, chief investment officer for The Helmsley Trust, will return to her alma mater to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at SUNY Oneonta’s 128th commencement  Saturday, May 13.

A member of the Class of 1975, Hewsenian came to SUNY Oneonta as a first-generation college student pursuing a degree in elementary education. She attended Pace University, receiving an MBA in finance in 1979.

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Creative Kids, Crafts At Crayon Carnival

Creative Kids, Crafts

At Crayon Carnival

COOPERSTOWN – Kids and their families enjoyed a day of fun at the Cooperstown Central School District PTA’s annual Crayon Carnival, held this afternoon in the middle school gym.  Above, Gillian Spencer, Cooperstown, helps Avni Pattel and Meara Foster decorate flower posts with beads and paint at the station hosted by the Cooperstown Farmer’s Market and Carefree Gardens. Right, Peter Doyle, Worcester, displays his architect skills as he builds a tower from blocks at the Oneonta World of Learning station. The annual event also featured International tables. a cupcake contest, games, fortune telling and a reptile show.   (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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McDonalds Manager Named Outstanding Manager

Southside McDonald’s Manager

Wins Top Honors For Restaurant

John Crotts, manager at the Southside McDonald’s, holds his latest (of seven!) Outstanding General Manager award for his work at the restaurant. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – John Crotts, General Manager of the McDonald’s on Southside, knows that it’s all about service with a smile.

“I enjoy my job,” he said. “We have a good time here.”

And last week, Crotts was once again given the McDonald’s Outstanding Restaurant Managers award for the Philadelphia Region, which spans from Pennsylvania to Watertown, as well as parts of New Jersey and Delaware. “It goes to the top 10 percent of General Managers across 14,000 restaurants nationwide,” he said. “It’s really nice to get.”

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Oneonta Schools Propose $22 Million Upgrade

Oneonta Schools Propose

$22 Million Upgrade

Energy, Track and Classroom Space A Priority, Says Yelich
The Oneonta Board of Education called a special meeting tonight to hear a presentation by Superintendent. Joseph Yelich about the proposed $22 million upgrades to the schools, including energy effiency, classroom and athletic field rennovations. From left, Amy Burnsworth, Darren Gaisford, Eileen Lishansky, district clerk, Jamie Reynolds, board president, Bill Grau, board VP and Susan Kurkowski. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – New boilers, turf for the athletic fields and a completely new design of the arts, music, technology and family sciences classrooms are just part of a $22 million dollar upgrade to be put before the voters on May 16.

“So many projects we do are inside the walls, where no one can see them,” said Superintendent Joseph Yelich during a special Board of Education meeting called tonight at the former Center Street School. “But so many of these projects will really change the feel of the whole school.”

Among the most significant of the 48 proposed projects is the $1.8 million upgrade to art, music, technology and family sciences classroom spaces in the middle and high school. “Right now, so much of what we have is tucked in little closets and notches done in an aftermath effort,” said Yelich. “But this will give up state-of-the-art classrooms with the ability to offer 3D printing, animation and media spaces, blueprint drawing. These are tangible classroom benefits.”

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Home Sweet Home!

Home Sweet Home! 

Oneonta Heights Now Accepting Applications
Courtney Moteyunas, Housing Visions regional property manager, shows Christina Drayton, Jesse Hunter and their children, Jayda, Romello and Wesley, around their future home at Oneonta Heights, where an open house is ongoing until 3 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Christina Drayton and her family got their first tour of their new apartment today as Housing Visions hosted an open house of its latest housing project, Oneonta Heights at 4 Monroe Ave.

“I am in love with it,” said Drayton. “The kids have already picked out their rooms.”

The Heights, part of Housing Visions’ 60 new units of affordable housing, will feature eight townhouse-style apartments with three bedrooms each, scheduled to open in April. “How many people get to say they’ve moved into a brand-new apartment?” said Courtney Moteyunas, assets manager for the Syracuse-based company. “These apartments have a really upscale feel for affordable housing.”

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Harrison, Mattice Honored For Storm Stella Service

Harrison, Mattice

Given Key To The City

Mayor Gary Herzig, center, stands with City Engineer Greg Mattice, left, and Public Service Supervisor Larry Harrison, right, who were each awarded a Key to the City for their tireless efforts in keeping the city safe during Winter Storm Stella. (Ian Austin/AllOtsego.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – For their tireless efforts in clearing Oneonta streets and sidewalks during Winter Storm Stella, Mayor Gary Herzig awarded Public Service Superintendent Larry Harrison and City Engineer Greg Mattice each with a Key to the City during Common Council this evening.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the work that DPW and the city engineer did,” said Herzig. “They provided exceptional public service to the people of Oneonta. I’ve had emails, phone calls and letters thanking us for a job well done, but the real congratulations go to the people who’ve worked so hard.”

As Stella raged over Otsego County on Tuesday, March 15, dumping as much as two inches of a snow an hour, Harrison’s crew of 11 worked a 14 hour shift to clear the streets for emergency crews.

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GOP Endorses Ruffles As County Treasurer

GOP Endorses Ruffles

As County Treasurer

Democrat Crowell Supports His Deputy, Too

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Allen Ruffles, right, when County Treasurer Dan Crowell announced his appointment as deputy treasurer last August. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

MILFORD – The Otsego County Republican Committee over the weekend unanimously endorsed Allen Ruffles, Democratic treasurer Dan Crowell’s deputy, for county treasurer.

“We are very pleased to have a candidate of this caliber,” said GOP County Chair Vince Casale.  “Allen’s experience is second to none. He will be a great candidate and certainly a tremendous asset to our county as our treasurer.”

The endorsement, made at a Saturday morning meeting at The Elm Inn, means Ruffles’ name will appear on the Republican ballot line in November.

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SLIDE SHOW: Prayers of Solidarity

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OF SERVICE AFTER CHURCH FIRE 

Prayers of Solidarity

Mom Logan Schultes, now living in Otego, was raised in the Milford United Methodist congregation, and brought her family to this morning service in the wake of last Sunday’s fire. With her is husband Philip, dad Lorin Campbell, and daughters Macie, 9 months, and Cellie, 2 1/2. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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