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Mills Distinguished Lecture Hosts Author Bryan Stevenson

Mills Distinguished Lecture

Hosts Author Bryan Stevenson

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)

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Sunny Skies & Hungry Neighbors at 2nd Annual Community Dinner

Sunny Skies & Hungry Neighbors

at 2nd Annual Community Dinner

After helping set up the tables on Dietz St. for the Community Dinner, OJCA volunteers Tevin Jones, left, and Aliyah Johnson, right, sit down to enjoy some of the food brought by the guests. Perfect weather, live music, face painting and good company made the event an enjoyable time. The event, hosted by Destination Oneonta, is now in it’s second year. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Kite Fest Flies High Over Cherry Valley

Kite Fest Flies High

Over Cherry Valley

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)

 

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School Spirit Soars At Hartwick Hawk Night

School Spirit Soars

At Hartwick Hawk Night

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)

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Man Honored For Aiding Chief Brenner in July 4th Fight

Man Honored For Aiding

Police Chief In Fight On 4th

Franklin Weideck, Wells Bridge, receives a certificate of commendation and a commemorative law enforcement medallion from Police Chief Doug Brenner during tonight’s Common Council meeting. Weindeck came to Brenner’s rescue after an intoxicated man began to attack him during the Fourth of July festivities. (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.”

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Family Of Artists Share First Group Show

Otego Family Of Artists

Puts On First Group Show

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)

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Workin’ On The Railroad

Eagle Scout Directing Repair

Of Milford Miniature RR Loop

Troop 1254 Boy Scout Rudy Bohm, Fly Creek, hammers a piece of rebar into the ground as he repairs railroad track today at the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad depot in Milford. As part of his Eagle Scout service project, Bohm will coordinate a project that will revamp the track, which was built 20 years ago for a miniature train that the historic railroad company owns. When it is complete, the goal will be to get the miniature train running once again, and to then offer rides to kids in Milford’s Wilber Park. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Pay It Forward Event Underway At Legion

Play It Forward Event

Underway At Legion

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)

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Under Sunny Skies, Harvest Fest Booms

Under Sunny Skies,

Harvest Fest Booms

Defying all predictions of rain, the 40th annual Harvest Festival at The Farmers’ Museum is attracting a big crowd under sunny skies. The food booths were busy around The Green, with Hannah Decker, 10, of Burlington (with cousin Charlie Decker, 3) partaking of the popular sweet corn. Lower left, Luis Reitz, Richfield Springs, shows off his prize-winning Mr. B at the Parade of Champions. Lower right, Chris Lawson of Unadilla (an operating room technician at Oneonta’s Fox Hospital) shares a laugh with a customer of his fine woodworking offerings.  The Festival continues until 5 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Exhibits, Lectures Mark Research Library’s 50th

Exhibits, Lectures Mark

Research Library’s 50th

Alex Dickson, Fly Creek, a former volunteer at The Fenimore Research Library, examines a local atlas at today’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the fieldstone library building’s completion in 1968. At right is Fenimore President Paul D’Ambrosio, chatting with Bruce MacLeish, a former librarian there. Behind them is Wayne Wright of Oneonta, retired library director, who delivered the keynote address. Activities continue until 4 p.m., when James Fenimore Cooper’s 229th birthday will be celebrated with cake. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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