Above, Bryan Stevenson, author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”, presents this years’ Mills Distinguished Lecture at the SUNY Alumni Field House this evening. Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson spoke on ways he thought we could go about changing the world. “Our capacity to change our world is waiting for us with the poor and excluded.” he said. “We cannot get to where we want to go if we are unwilling to change our narrative.” He went to highlight the importance of telling the truth, staying hopeful and be willing to talk about things that are uncomfortable and inconvenient. At right: David Brenner, Sid Parisian and Deb Parisian sit enraptured in the audience. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The hundreds of people turned out in the fields of Campbell Rd in Cherry Valley today at the annual Kite Fest where dozens of colorful kites of all shapes and sizes filled the sky. Above, Marieanne Coursen, Edmeston, flies a kite with her enthralled granddaughter Laurelye Tafel, New Berlin. At right, Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate for the NY-19th Congressional District who made an appearance at the event, shakes hands with Ginger Heitz, Cooperstown, and Kat Chiba, Cherry Valley. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The Lambros Arena was packed with cheering students this evening watching their classmates compete in various challenges for a chance to win big money and big prizes during the sixth annual Hartwick Hawk Night Fever event. Above, freshman Lamar Flood and Alex Guillaume strain with the rest of their team as they face off against sophomores in a tug-of-war contest. At right, Cassandra Robatelle preforms a kicking hand stand during a dance competition, of which she took first place. Originally created to build hype before a game, the event has turned into an evening of fun and games celebrating the students and their school spirit. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
By CATHY NARDI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – An ordinary citizen risked injury to help the city’s police chief in a dangerous situation, and tonight Common Council said thanks.
Franklin Weideck, Wells Bridge, was attending the Hometown Fourth of July celebration in Neahwa Park when he saw Police Chief Douglas Brenner on the ground struggling to control a violent suspect.
“I was aware of an individual who seemed to have a little bit too much to drink,” Brenner said. “I wandered off of the beaten path to keep an eye on him. I saw people around this guy. He had fallen and he had gotten up and tried to sit on a rail and fell off of that and bloodied his nose.”
Charles and Martha Bremer of Otego, center, pause for a family photo with daughters Lara, left, and Karin, right, and granddaughter Alix, after a Q&A following the opening reception of the Bremer Family Show on Sunday. Each artists in their own way, the show marks the first time the family has shown works together, from photography and jewelry, to graphic design and weaving. The Bremer Family Show is up through Sept. 29 at The Bright Hill Press & Literary Center in Treadwell. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta’s Mark Spaziani, Rick Rogers and Ross Rogers – The Roundhouse Rockers – gave an evening of live music started this afternoon at the second annual Play It Forward event at the Oneonta Vets Club. This seven-hour jam session features live music, a chicken BBQ and raffles, with 100 percent of all funds donated to the American Legion Legacy Run. At right, Oneonta native Sandy Ross shares a kiss on the dance floor with her new husband Robb; the two married this morning. The couple, who flew up from Florida, co-created the event with Sandy’s sister Carla Balnis, and in lieu of a reception, decided to invite family and friends to attend the event and donate to the cause. Musicians from Florida, NYC, Utica and Oneonta will keep you rocking until 10 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)