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Schuermann Tops Scalici In School Board Balloting

Schuermann Tops Scalici

In School Board Balloting

Matt Schuermann

COOPERSTOWN – Matt Schuermann will join the CCS Board of Education after today’s voting.

School board President Marcy Birch led the balloting with 433 votes, followed closely by Schuermann with 419.  Tony Scalici, a 24-year-veteran, received 364, and Nancy Areliusson, 149.  The four were competing for three seats.

The school budget, library budget and school-bus lease were all approved in today’s balloting.

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Oneonta Turns Out For School Board Elections

Oneonta Turns Out For

School Board Elections

Oneonta’s Molly Swain and Bud Perone go to cast their votes in the Oneonta School Board Elections in the Foothills Atrium this afternoon. On the ballot are re-elections for board members and the approval of the $39,442,416 budget. Polls will remain open unto 9pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Morris Vietnam Veteran In Senate Hall Of Fame

Morris Vietnam Veteran

In Senate Hall Of Fame

Seward Hails McMillen For ‘Superior Bravery’
Vietnam Veteran Tom McMillen of Morris is surrounded by friends and wellwishers, including Senator Seward, third from left, after being inducted this morning into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. (Jeff Bishop photo)

ALBANY – Thomas McMillen of Morris was inducted today into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, was on hand to pay tribute.

“Tom displayed superior bravery and courage while serving our nation,” said Seward.  “His two tours in Vietnam – first as an infantry platoon commander and later as a helicopter pilot – highlighted a rare skill set and demonstrated his desire to put country first.  He was a gifted leader who took on new, demanding challenges throughout his military career and excelled at every turn.

“Our country is better because of Thomas McMillen.”

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Kleniewski Recognized At Her Final SUNY Graduation

Class of ’18, Dr. Kleniewski

Bid SUNY A Fond Farewell

At the conclusion of this morning’s first commencement ceremony at SUNY Oneonta, Patrick Brown, left, applauds as Professor Craig Bielert, at podium, presents college President Nancy Kleiniewski with a large bouquet of flowers from her staff and colleagues in gratitude for her decade of service. Inset at right, commencement speaker Charles Bogosta, who received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from his alma mater, urges the class of 2018:  “Put yourselves out there and take chances.  Do that and you will realize nothing is impossible.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)Save

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Mother Celebrated With Tea, Original Music At Hyde Hall

Mother Celebrated With Tea,

Original Music At Hyde Hall

Mr. and Mrs. George Clarke (Gary and Abbey Koutnik of Oneonta), inset at left, greet arrivals at today’s Mother’s Day Tea at the Hyde Hall National Historic Landmark, north of Cooperstown on Otsego Lake.  Above, in the mansion’s restored drawing room, violinist Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz introduces an interlude of a Musicians of Ma’alwyck performance of sheet music found in the Hyde Hall archives from the mansion’s early years.   The tea, which has become a local tradition, had attracted 150 attendees by 1:30, Executive Director Jon Maney reported.  The celebration continues until 3.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Drop-Off Point For Proper Flag Disposal Set Up Locally, Part Of Statewide Effort

Drop-Off Point For Proper Flag Disposal

Set Up Locally, Part Of Statewide Effort

Senator Seward hands off a used American flag to at the OGS Building Manager Jeremy Jasper at the Homer Folks Facility in Oneonta.

ONEONTA – With Memorial Day around the corner, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today took advantage of the Office of General Services drop-off location at the Homer Folks Facility to properly retire a used American flag.

He encourages others to do the same.

“The Stars and Stripes represent the sacrifices made by our service members in defense of our rights and freedoms,” said Senator Seward. “I appreciate the service being provided by OGS to collect worn flags for their proper, respectful retirement.”

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ONEONTA BLOOMS

ONEONTA BLOOMS

Two weeks after the last snowfall, the pear trees are in bloom in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza. Andrew Winters Bell plays his guitar against a backdrop of white flowers. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Primal Fitness Celebrates Grand Opening

Primal Fitness Celebrates

Their Grand Opening

Dan Wyant, Danny Lapin, Sara Joyner, Joe Vallette, Monika Vallette, Denny Allen, Treei Youngs, Amanda Brandas, Melissa Moore, Nicole Rothernberger, Jenni Critti-LeBeau, Lindsey Rumenapp, Patrice Doxtader, Dylan Wright and Phuong Nguyen prepare to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Primal Revolution Fitness this morning at 144 Roundhouse Road in Oneonta. “We have workouts that are scalable for every fitness level. We have triatheletes and beginners in their 60’s!” said Monika Vallette, who co-ownes the gym with Amanda Brandas and Nicole Rothenberger. “We want to help make everyone into happier, healthier versions of themselves through Crossfit.” said Brandas, “There is a real community aspect here. Everyone is supportive and pushes each other.” Rothenberger added “We start and finish the workout together. That way no one is left behind. That just started happening, it comes with the camaraderie.” At right, Jeff Joyner, President of Fox Hospital, gets into his routine climbing the rope. The gym, which opened in the beginning of March, already has plans to expand to accommodate a larger workout rig and more floor space for their growing membership. The gym is open 5am-9pm.

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Parade Opens CYB Season

BIG JOB, Little Players

The littlest team, Coach Matt Hazzard’s Price Chopper, got a big job this morning, carrying the lead banner in the Little League Parade into the CYB Field in Hartwick  hamlet.   It took a little while to get the hang of it, but the players then successful led their fellow athletes into the season.  From right are Lily Vilacky, brothers Connor and Landon Van Buren, Paxton Hazzard, Graham Schiellack, Joe Conti and Carter Coleman.  At the field, players sang the National Anthem and former coach Dave Pearlman, left, threw in the first pitch.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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