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New Nurses, Expanded Services Part of Dan Ayres’ Hospice Goals

New Nurses, Expanded Services

Part of Dan Ayres’ Hospice Goals

Dan Ayres, Executive Director, Catskill Hospice and Palliative Care, welcomes visitors to the organization’s new consolidated offices on Main Street during a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Jan. 11. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Tammy Christman, an employee at Hospice, gives tours during the open house.

ONEONTA– With new offices, grief counseling, new nurses and early intervention, after just one year at Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Dan Ayres is already looking to steer the at-home care provider toward new heights.

“We currently serve roughly 120 patients across Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties, but really, we’d like to reach at least 130 to 140 patients,” said Ayres.

Succeeding 25 year president and CEO Lola Rathbone, Ayres took over the position in Jan. 2017. Ayres first order of business was to create one central location for Catskill Area Hospice to operate out of.

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All Ideas On the Table At Comprehensive Plan Open House

Bike Trails To Candy Store,

Open House Covers Gamut

Brenda Korthauer, wife of City Manager George Korthauer, posts a suggestion on the wall of the CANO gallery at the Wilber Mansion during the Open House for the Comprehensive Plan. “We’ve done this before,” she said. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mayor Gary Herzig and Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, discuss Short-Term Rentals, one of the hotly debated topics at the Open House.

ONEONTA – Bike trails, a candy shop, blade signs and more winter recreation were all suggestions made during the Comprehensive Plan committee’s open house in the CANO galleries at the Wilber Mansion earlier this evening.

“To build a good community, we need input from everyone,” said Ethan Gaddy, an Elan Planning community planner. “This sort of forum works because it’s a non-threatening way to make your voice heard without having to stand up in a meeting or fill out a form online.”

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SUNY Oneonta Cuts Ribbon On Welcome-Center Building

SUNY Oneonta Cuts Ribbon

On Welcome-Center Building

SUNY President Nancy Kleniewski, assisted by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Director of Admissions Karen Brown, cut the ribbon yesterday at the official opening of the campus’ Welcome Center, photo at right.  The building, across from the Hunt Union, hosts the Admissions & Recruitment Office, and will be an information center for prospective students and the parents, and the starting point of their visits to campus. (Jared Stanley photos for SUNY Oneonta)

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Hall Of Fame Honors Black Inductees On MLK Day

Black Inductees Honored

By Hall On MLK Jr. Day

Standing next to a statue of Buck O’Neil, Cooperstown resident John Rankin explains why O’Neil was an important figure in baseball:  Hel was a star first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues, and eventually went on to become the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball. After his death in 2006, The Hall Of Fame created the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award to honor those that have made a significant impact on the game. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Spirit Of MLK Lives On At St. Mary’s Celebration

Spirit Of MLK Lives On

At St. Mary’s Celebration

Reginald Brunson, Hobart, delivers his 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 St. Mary’s Church this afternoon. At Right, Mayor Gary Herzig takes to the podium to read a Oneonta City Proclamation, remarking “Fifty years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we find ourselves withe a President who is a racist. I feel that this is the time where every community, no matter how small, needs to speak out and do what is right.”  The annual celebration featured a large selection of talents with music from LadyJam, DJ Wooden, St. Mary’s Choir, Eight Is Enough, and the Steve Fabrizio Jazz Ensemble as well as keynote speaker Dr. Luvelle Brown, superintendent of Ithaca Public Schools, Gary Stevens,  and remarks from NYS Attory General Eric Schneiderman to name a few. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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60 Say ‘Happy 100th’ To Homer Osterhoudt

60 Say ‘Happy 100th’

To Homer Osterhoudt

Sixty friends, family and well-wishers are gathered at this hour – and until 4 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 21, Elm St. – to celebrate the 100th birthday of Homer Osterhoudt, retired mailman, square dancer for decades, and the man who has attended all but a handful of Hall of Fame Inductions, certainly a record.  Here, before digging into a slice of birthday cake, the guest of honor pauses with son Darrell and daughter-in-law Priscilla of Springfield, Va., and their daughter, Dana Roesener, of Springfield, Mo., for a family portrait.  Born in Oneonta and raised in Phoenix Mills, Homer operated a cement mixer during the construction of the Baseball Hall in 1937-39.  Lately, he’s been residing at Woodside Hall.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Focus Resident Marks 102nd

Focus Resident Marks 102nd

Elizabeth Golding celebrated her 102nd birthday this afternoon in the Focus at Otsego auditorium.  Celebrating with her are Activity Aide Maribeth Laird, left, and Unit Secretary Stacy Wilsey.

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Hospice Cuts Ribbon On New Office

Hospice Cuts Ribbon

On New Office

With Otsego Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Ann Heegan to his right, and Catskill Area Hospice President Dan Ayres and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig to his left, Hospice board member Les Grummons cuts the ceremonial ribbon on Hospice’s new office located on River Street in Oneonta. Catskill Area Hospice consolidated it’s six local offices into one centralized office building to help improve the efficiency of the at-home healthcare provider’s operations. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO)

 

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Oneonta Wedding Expo Fills Foothills

Oneonta Wedding Expo

Fills Foothills’ Atrium

With friend Tracy Ross of Sidney Center looking on, Milford’s Deanie Lord, left, models a wedding gown on the runway during Oneonta’s annual Bridal Expo at the Foothills  Performing Arts Center. The center was filled with the area’s top wedding vendors, including catering services, venues, photographers, DJs and florists, which attracted dozens of soon-to-be brides and their bridesmaids, as they planned for the big day. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Bliss Appointments Reflect ‘Continuity’ 

COUNTY BOARD REORGANIZES

Bliss: Appointments

Aim At ‘Continuity’ 

Meg Kennedy Emerges With New Status

As Chairman Of Both Administration, IGA

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick/Milford/New Lisbon, presides at this morning’s reorganizational meeting. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – She went into today’s reorganizational meeting of the Otsego County Board of Representatives already with the greatest clout under the weighted voting system.

But Meg Kennedy’s rising stature was quickly affirmed.

She was nominated and elected temporary chair of the reorganizational meeting, presiding over the transition of the chairmanship from Kathy Clark, R-Otego, to David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield.

And she emerged from the morning’s decision-making as chair of the Administration Committee – Ways & Means, through which all resolutions must flow before getting to the floor of the monthly county board meeting.

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