Could it be? Who crossed Honoring 9/11 Heroes 5K in third place this morning in Fly Creek but young John Luke Raymond, 11, of Cooperstown, top photo, who reports he’s been running since age 2. His father, veteran runner John Raymond, the Bassett urologist, squeaked by in second place, some 20 seconds ahead of his son, whose time was 23:54. Inset is Frank Wilsey, who also won the first Heroes 5K in 2015. The goal of the annual event, sponsored by the Fly Creek Fire Department and its EMS, is “Run, Volunteer, Donate, Cheer – but most of all, Honor.” Today’s event marked the 17th anniversary of the felling of the Twin Towers. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
There were plenty of tears and cheers this morning as children headed off to the first day of school in Oneonta. Above, Jackson Latham wears his best end of summer scowl as mom Christina gives his brother Aaden a goodbye kiss alongside sister Kay as they are dropped off at Greater Plains Elementary. At left, Giana Dionisio holds a sign celebrating her first day of 1st grade. At right, Ari Aiyemo helps her kids Ethan and Eden find their way to class (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
After last evening’s rainy start to the 10th annual Susquehanna Balloon Fest, crowds flocked to the event this afternoon for fun and games. Above, Kaler Carpenter emerges from the ever popular dunk tank thanks to Oneonta’s Melissa Schulte and Sarah Wilson. At left, Claire Smith, Oneonta, takes a spin on the mechanical bull. Visitors can also browse a wider variety of vendors, enjoy live music, magic and more. The balloons are set to glow at 8pm, with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
With classes set to begin Monday, freshmen at Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta gathered to take part in traditions old and new. Top left: At Hartwick College, the Class of ’22 all signed the Founders’ Way First Walk banner, carried by President Dr. Margaret Drugovich, center, Emma Dias, Swansea, Mass., left, and Toby Santoro of Calicoon, right. Founders’ Way, a cross-campus pedestrian walkway, was part of last year’s $66 million in campus improvements. The class will graduate on the college’s 225th anniversary and are ushering in this new college tradition. Top right: Incoming SUNY President Barbara Jean Morris leads incoming freshmen in the traditional “Pass Trough The Pillars” walk with school mascot Red. Incoming SUNY students have been welcomed by this tradition for over 125 years; the pillar are originally from Old Main, the college’s first building at the top of Maple Street that was demolished in the 1970s. The tradition is brought full circle as the seniors exit through the pillars the opposite way upon graduation, signifying the next chapter of their lives.
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Fans are already streaming into the Sixth Ward Booster Club field to sample goodies at the food truck festival and claim their spot for tonight’s ZZ Top concert to benefit Catskill Area Hospice. Above, Bob Deeb, Franklin, gets his tickets at the gate from event volunteer Craig Gelbsman and Ellen Shufelt, both of Oneonta, before entering the event area. At right, Emily and Sam Ackerman show off their salt and vinegar fries and “sin burger” from one of the many food trucks on site. Many craft brews from the area are also on site in the tasting tent. The evening’s events include a food demonstration from BBQ Pitmaster Myron Mixon, Magic by Jim Snack, and music by The Summit before ZZ Top hits the stage at 9 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)