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‘Recovery Friendly Oneonta’ Supporters Address Council

‘Recovery Friendly Oneonta’

Supporters Address Council

Julie Dostal, Executive Director at LEAF, stands before Common Council this evening to stress the importance of having Oneonta be a community that embraces and supports those in recovery. Members of Catholic Charities, FOR-DO, The Chamber of Commerce as well as Chief Doug Brenner and Council member Melissa Nicosia spoke in strong support of the resolution. Originally Common Council had planned to vote on a resolution to have Oneonta become a ‘Recovery Friendly’ community, but removed it from the agenda due t some public confusion. “Some people had concerns that Oneonta being labeled ‘a recovery community’ would have a negative impact and draw more addicts. ” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “This isn’t about a label or a name on Oneonta. It us about recognizing successes and pulling together to solve a problem. The resolution was a vision statement, a vision I believe in.” We went on to say that they felt they had not been clear on the what the vision was and therefore decided to remove it from the vote until they had. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HOF Inductee Tim Raines Tours Pathfinder Village

HOF Inductee Tim Raines

Tours Pathfinder Village

Paul Landers, CEO of Pathfinder Village, gives a tour of the grounds and facilities to Hall of Fame Inductee Tim Raines, who was on site today as part of his participation in the 35th annual Otesaga Seniors Open Tournament on Wednesday. During the tour, Raines played kickball with 50 of the residents and even took time to sign some baseballs. “They knew all about me!” remarked a surprised Raines, “They really did their homework on me an my career.” While visits by Hall of Famers is not new, this marks the first year one has been a newly inducted star. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.Com)
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Maple Street Park Celebrates 25 Years

Maple Street Park

Celebrates 25 Years

Holding his newborn son Levi, Brian Arenella tells the story of how, as a 15 year old Boy Scout, helped turn an abandoned lot into the Maple Street Park for his Eagle Scout project. With help from the Oneonta Federated Garden Club and the city, the park has flourished over 25 years and was celebrated with a dedication this afternoon. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Craft Lovers Flock To Cooperstown Artisan Festival

Craft Lovers Flock To

Cooperstown Artisan Festival

Anna Fredriksen, Utah, Stacey Grady and Amanda Chase, both of Cooperstown, look through stationary by Laura Bremer at Paper Wolf Designs during the first Cooperstown Artisan Festival, going on today and tomorrow on the lawn of the Otsego County offices. Also ongoing throughout the weekend is the Cooperstown Art Association’s Art on the Lawn festival at 22 Main Street. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Glorious Glow

Glorious Glow

Dave Markowitz and Nick Scheren, both of the Town of Maryland, inflate their panther balloon as part of the balloon glow during the opening evening of the Susquehanna Balloon Festival in Neahwa Park. The fun continues tomorrow with balloon rides, live music and more in the park. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Jody Zakrevsky Hired As Otsego Now CEO
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Jody Zakrevsky Hired

As Otsego Now CEO

By LIBBY CUDMORE • www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Jody Zakrevsky, the former executive director of the Amsterdam IDA, has joined Otsego Now as the full-time CEO.

Zakrevsky, who joined the Amsterdam IDA in 2011, oversaw the development of The Edson Street Industrial Park, which includes tenants such as Losurdo Foods, Washburns Ice Cream/Refrigerated Lines, Mohawk Signs, Town & County Bridge and Rail, Bush Carpentry & Millwork and Northeast Riggers.

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Happy Retirement Frances Wright!

Happy Retirement

Frances Wright!

Frances Wright, right, said goodbye to her Otsego County Office of the Aging coworkers as she retired from her position as director after 17 years. With her are, from left to right, Alicia Chase, Monica Stepp, Glenn Linsenbardt, Jim Lee Morris, Dick Hamilton, Donna Mateunas and Angela DeDominicis. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Detective Sgt. Witzenburg Top Choice As OPT Lieutenant

Detective Sgt. Witzenburg

Top Choice As OPT Lieutenant

Detective Sgt. Christopher Witzenburg will be recommended to Common Council for appointment as the new Lieutenant of the Oneonta Police Department.

ONEONTA – Detective Sgt. Christopher J. Witzenburg will be recommended to a Common Council vote as Chief Doug Brenner’s top choice for Lieutenant during their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“He’s a natural choice,” said Brenner.  “We work very well together and have through our entire career.”

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Local Artifacts Showcased At Sunday Series Finale

Local Artifacts Showcased

At Swart-Wilcox Sunday Series

Above, Len Pudelka, Oneonta, a former history professor at Hartwick, gives the final Sunday Series talk of the season on the lawn on the Swart-Wilcox House  this afternoon. His talk was on the local skirmishes in the surrounding area during the Revolutionary War. At right, Helen Rees, Oneonta holds a stone weight that Natives used for net fishing in the area. The artifact, and others like it, are part of a collection found in the fields around the Swart-Wilcox House in the 1950’s by Emerson Horth.  He later donated the collection to the Swart-Wilcox House museum where it remains on display. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Be Positive Festival Kicks Off In Cooperstown
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Community Dance To Cap

Activities In Cooperstown

Cooperstown sisters Dana and Kristen Leonard, center, stand with their mother Mary, left, as they listen to their father Brent talk about the small beginnings of the prospering Origins Cafe at The First Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. The talk kicked off a series of talks and events as part of the Be Positive Festival, held throughout the day at The Farmers’ Market building, Templeton Hall and First Presbyterian Church. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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