Volunteers Taylor Knox, a SUNY Oneonta senior, and Brenda Korthauer, above, cheer as a slot machine, donated by Marc and Elaine Bresee, delivers a jingling prize, setting off a bidding war at this evening’s Benefit Auction, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s major annual fundraiser. Inset right, Alan Michael Rubin, attending the event at the Qualilty Inn with dad Al and mom Michelle, signals his $560 bid and wins the apparatus, all for the good cause. Other items up for auction included a weekend getaway at a Lake George camp and a lamp with a stained-glass shade, courtesy of stained-glass artist Doug Halberg. After a 10-year hiatus, Kevin Herrick of Lettis Auctions, who has rejoined the GOHS board, was the auctioneer. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Paul G. Swinko, CFO at Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, has been named Bassett Healthcare Network corporate chief financial officer, President/CEO Bill Streck announced today.
Swinko comes to Bassett from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey where he has served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Hershey Medical Center and Vice President of Finance for Penn State Health. He will be starting in January.
ONEONTA – Sculptor Dr. Stefanie Rocknak, the Hartwick College professor of philosopher, was awarded the $5,000 Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society.
The annual award is presented to a figurative or realist sculptor who has demonstrated a commitment to sculpting and outstanding ability in his or her body of work.
With 100 years since the end of World War I, and 99 since President Woodrow Wilson commemorated the event with Armistice Day, veterans gathered today at Veterans Memorial Walkway in Neahwa Park in observance of Veterans’ Day. Above, Wayne Gregory, Oneonta, plays ‘Taps” as a worn American Flag is ceremoniously retired and burned during the ceremony. Inset at right, Oneonta Legion Commander Gary Ballard and Tom McMillen, front, lead the rifle detail, Jim Williams, Conesville, Bertie White, Oneonta, Terry Harkenreader, Oneonta, and Perry Martin, Hell’s Hollow, along with members of the Color Guard Gary Walters, Oneonta, and Barry Townsend, Oneonta, down the Memorial Walkway. “A Veteran’s character is shaped by their experiences,” said Ballard, ” A veteran stands for something greater than themselves. On this day we remind ourselves how these men and women set aside their civilian pursuits to serve their nations’ cause. Defending the freedoms of mankind and preserving our precious American Heritage.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Leading the Cooperstown Vets’ Club contingent at this morning’s Veterans’ Day Parade, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, are, from left, John Aurelio, David Sanford, Tim Moakler and Jack Henson. The parade – units included the CCS Marching Band and the Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department – proceeded up Main Street and down Pine Boulevard to the Doughboy Statue, across Lake Street from The Otesaga. Inset, Dr. Ted Peters, the retired Bassett researcher, a former submariner who is among the village’s most venerable veterans, attended, as he has for more than a half-century now. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The McHarghue siblings of East Worcester – from left, Lucas, 2; Amber 10 , and Aiden, 11 – create gingerbread houses today at Southside Mall, instructed by SUNY Delhi students in Associated Professor Julee Miller’s prize-winning culinary arts program. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Dr. Jim LaCava, in top photo, admires a paintings among dozens, plus pottery, jewelry, scarves and winter fashions at the Cooperstown Art Association’s Holiday Show & Sale, a centerpiece of Christmas shopping in Cooperstown. Inset, Eileen Anania admires the signature green and purple glaze on her own pottery on display at the show, which continues until Dec. 23. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown Graduate Program Director Gretchen Sorin briefs a packed house a few minutes ago on “Driving While Black,” portions of which are being screened for the first time at Glimmerglass Film Days, which began last evening and runs through Monday. With her is Ric Burns, Ken Burns’ brother, who is producing the film for PBS. It is based on Sorin’s 2009 thesis on “The Green Book,” a guide for black tourists and travelers during the Jim Crow Era. At right in inset photo is Otsego 2000 Executive Director Ellen Pope, an organizer of the annual event. Today’s crowd filled all 126 seats in The Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, and folding chairs lined the aisles and across the front of the room. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com