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Oneonta Polls See Good Turn Out

Oneonta Polls

See Good Turnout

Abbey Koutnik, Oneonta, right, gets her voting ballot from Election Inspectors Louise Sandoli and Marty Becker at Foothills this afternoon for County and Town races. Polls will remain open until 9 p.m. this evening. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Students Join Neighbors In Cleaning 3rd Ward

Students Join Neighbors

In Cleaning 3rd Ward

Taane Pegg, President of Phi Si fraternity, left, and SUNY Alumni Wayne Baker, were out with their fellow students and Councilman Dave Rissberger, center, cleaning the streets of the 3rd ward from garbage during the annual 3rd Ward Clean-Up. Volunteers met at the Alpha Omega Pi sorority house where they had coffee, hot chocolate, donuts and baked goods from Laure Zimniewitz before hitting the streets this morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Flashover Training Helps OFD Build Intuition

Flashover Training

Helps OFD Build Intuition

Oneonta firemen Don Tubia and Richard Knapp, rear, listen to Jeff Dygert, a state fire instructor, former Fire Chief and current City Manager from Auburn, who stands next to the smoking remains of a fireman’s coat and a melted helmet, pulled from a fire inside a burn container at a two day flash-over simulator in Neahwa Park. The training is put on by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs and is given to fire departments at the County’s request. Firefighters are put in a specialized multi-level container where they are subjected to fire that can reach temperatures of 1400 degrees. The purpose of the training is to help the firemen be keenly aware of their surroundings equipment in extreme situations to build intuition about when to leave a situation and knowing the limits of themselves and their equipment. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Foxcare Gala Enjoys ‘Night At The Oscars’

Foxcare Gala Enjoys

‘Night At The Oscars’

Al Rubin and wife Adina dancing the night away at the 27th annual Foxcare Gala held at the Foxcare Gala this evening. The theme this year was ‘Night at The Oscars’ and local stars got to walk the red carpet, get their photo with an Oscar, as well as enjoy fine dining and dancing. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Youth Food Movement On Center Stage Today

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Youth Food Movement

On Center Stage Today

Young Farmers, Restauraters Keynote

Annual Farmers’ Museum Ag Forum

The Leonard sisters, Dana, left, and Kristen, in top photo, co-founders of Origins Cafe on Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown, and local exponents of the Youth Food Movement, organized the keynote panel at today’s “Celebration of Our Agricultural Community,” The Farmers’ Museum annual “Conference on Food & Farming,” which continues throughout the day at the Louis C. Jones Center.  Free, and public welcome.  The movement’s goal, as Dana put it, is to explore “the moral implications of what we’re eating” – in nutrition, justice and the fate of the Earth.  More practically, she added, “do any of these moral implications matter if the food doesn’t taste good?”  The two-pronged message was reflected in presentations by organic farmer Jesse Pascale, Rock Hill Farm, Mohawk, Ian Robb of Turtle Tree Seeds, Copake, Cooperstown Farmers’ Market Manager Shannon Kirch and others.  Hannah Savio, an educator with WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms), told how one farmer explained why she got involved in the movement:  “It gives me hope.”  State Ag & Markets Commissioner Richard Ball, inset at left, who farms in the Schoharie Valley and runs the Carrot Barn near Middleburgh, began the morning with a “Report from Albany.”  He spoke about “Taste NY” stores, the closest on Exit 13 of the Thruway, on efforts to educate elementary students in growing vegetables, and – most current – the New York Grown & Certified program, which promotes family farms’ produce that is nutritious and is growing on conditions of good nutrient management.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com_

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Veterans Donate ‘Self Help’ Kits To Cooperstown Police

Veterans Donate ‘Self Help’

Kits To Cooperstown Police

The local chapter of the Nam Knights group donated eight “self help” kits to the Cooperstown Police this morning. The kits, which cost $80 apiece, contain a tactical tourniquet and quik-clot tactical gauze in case an officer suffers a severe injury while on duty. Pictured, from left, Grant Coates, Paul Hauptmann, Don Pagano, Joe Borawa, Police Chief Mike Covet, Officer Kevin Barrows, Dennis Dailey, Harold Southworth, Mike Alvin, and Bob Ennist. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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On 500th Anniversary Of Reformation, Debate

On 500th Anniversary

Of Reformation, Debate

With the 500th anniversary of what many consider the start of the Protestant Reformation coming this Tuesday, the Rev. Paul Messner, pastor of the Otsego County Lutheran Parishes, during an ecumenical discussion at St. James Episcopal Church, Oneonta, this evening, describes a century of attempted reconciliations after Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 theses on the door of the Cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany, in 1517.   About 70 people attended the discussion, which followed a screening of the 2003 movie, “Luther,” starring Joseph Fiennes.  The 30-Years War (1618-48), ended efforts at reconciliation, said Messner, “and we didn’t talk to each other for 400 years.”  At center, Father David Mickiewicz, pastor, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Oneonta, likened what happened then to the rigidity evident in today’s political debate, with no one willing to give the other side any credit.  At left is the Rev. Vicky Hunter, St. James’ deacon and wife of the pastor, the Rev. Kenneth Hunter. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Gilbert Gottfried Headlines Taste Of Foothills Event

Gilbert Gottfried Headlines

Taste Of Foothills Fundraiser

Comic legend Gilbert Gottfried drew plenty of laughs as he headlined the annual Taste of Foothills fundraiser, held earlier this evening. Gottfried, who performed on “Saturday Night Live” and “Hollywood Squares,” as well as the films “Beverly Hills Cop 2,” “Aladdin” and “Problem Child,” did a wide selection of his classic material as part of the dinner-and-show fundraiser for the performing arts center. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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