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Bassett Names Ronette Wiley To New Post Of Hospital COO

Bassett Names Ronette Wiley

To New Post Of Hospital COO

Ronette Wiley

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare Network today announced the appointment of Ronette Wiley as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Cooperstown medical center.

Since 2008, she has been vice president of performance improvement and care coordination, and chief compliance Officer. She also served as interim administrator for hospital operations in 2015-16 during the search for the Bassett Healthcare Network COO.

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Jennifer Fila New Chief Of SUNY Oneonta Police

Jennifer Fila New Chief

Of SUNY Oneonta Police

Jennifer Fila

ONEONTA – Following a national search, SUNY Oneonta has selected Jennifer Fila to serve as the college’s next University Police Department chief, the college

Fila, who will begin on July 12, has more than 19 years of policing experience, most recently with the University Police Department SUNY Albany, most recently as deputy chief.

A search committee reviewed nearly 70 applications, conducted several telephone interviews and narrowed down the candidate pool to four finalists.

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Music In The Park

Music In The Park

Under the direction of Renee Prins, Oneonta, left, The Oneonta Historic Band, a subdivision of OCCB, plays “Zacatecas”, a Mexican March during their outdoor concert this afternoon in lower Huntington Park. The concert was made possible by generous funding from the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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300 Celebrate Oneonta’s 1st Pridefest

A FIRST FOR COUNTY, TOO

300 Celebrate

First Pridefest

Over 300 people, some from as far away as New York City, gathered in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza this morning to kick off Oneonta’s first Pridefest. After speeches, songs and honoring the dead, the revelers paraded down to the large pavilion in Neahwa Park for an afternoon of family fun activities. There was live music, carnival games, Zumba, vendors, singers and, of course, a drag race. Above, members of the Oneonta High School Rainbow Connection – Caroline Bagby and Dakota Davis – sit in the front row as Lilly Bola, left, a drag queen from Binghamton who will be attending SUNY Oneonta in the fall, welcomes the crowd to the event. At right: MacGuire Benton, Cooperstown, marches along Main Street with friends in the parade to Neahwa Park. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Festival Of Cats Locates New Homes For Strays
NEW IDEA AT ANIMAL SHELTER

Festival Of Cats Locates

New Homes For Strays

Ari Ajakh, left, and Lily Vilacky, top photo, both of Cooperstown, are a little leery of the kittens available at Saturday afternoon’s Festival of Cats at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary. Because this is the kitten time of year, the shelter was overloaded, and Executive Director Stacie Haynes came up with the idea of waiving the adoption fee to find as many homes as possible for the strays. Hot dogs and other goodies added to the attraction. At right, the Fauths of Oneonta – mom Kristin and daughter Juliana – are tempted to take a kitten home, as Charlotte DeGarmo of Jefferson looks on. The shelter serves all Otsego County. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Ruff Ride

Ruff Ride

K-9 Units Training Over Cooperstown

If you’ve noticed an unusual amount of air traffic over Cooperstown today, you have been witnessing the training of NY State’s newest K-9 units! 14 dogs and their handlers, including Atiba Celestine and dog Raya, above, were on site at the helipad across from the Clark Sports Center this morning. to acclimate their dogs to being in and around helicopters. After each dog and handler were securely placed in the helicopter they flown around at different heights to get the dog used to flight. After this, the dogs and handlers will be released into the field to finish the final nine weeks of their schooling. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
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Leatherstocking Group Team Wins Bassett Golf Tournament

Leatherstocking Group Team

Wins Bassett Golf Tournament

The Leatherstocking Group team – from left, Matt Hazzard, Scott Whiteman, Sean Nelen and Matt Schuermann – won first-place gross at the 20th annual KeyBank Bassett Medical Center Invitational May 30, at The Otesaga’s par-72 Leatherstocking Golf Course.  The tournament raised $100,00 for The Friends of Bassett Annual Fund, to be Baused for initiatives across Bassett’s eight-county service area.
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Airport Commission: Name Terminal For Dennis Finn

Airport Commission To City:

Name Terminal For Dennis Finn

Jeff Back, a longtime friend and fellow Airport Commission member with Dennis Finn, announces the commission’s recommendation to name the airport terminal in Finn’s honor. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Council member Dave Rissberger, Third Ward, will take the recommendation to the Operations, Planning and Evaluation committee that he chairs.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM

ONEONTA – During public comment at this evening’s Common Council meeting, city Airport Commissioner Jeff Back laid out his case for naming the Oneonta Municipal Airport terminal  in memory of the late Dennis Finn.

“Dennis was a valued founding member of the airport commission,” he said. “His involvement with the airport goes back to it’s construction and pre-dates the original dedication ceremony in 1966. His commitment, daily efforts and never-ending promotion of airport activities have been a strong contributor to the renovation of airport facilities, airport awareness and increased community involvement.

“It is the unanimous recommendation of the airport commission that the airport’s main terminal be named in his honor.”

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Council To Vote Tonight On Miller Park Sculptures

Council To Vote Tonight

On Miller Park Sculptures

Oneonta Common Council will vote tonight on accepting a $5,000 gift from Al Cleinman to purchase two sculptures from Dale Rogers’ “Spring Awakening” series, to be installed in Miller Park this summer. In addition, the vote will approve spending $3,500 from the Community Landscaping Fund towards the purchase, for a total of $8,500. Cleinman personally picked the pieces, in memory of the late mayor Dick Miller, who died unexpectedly Oct. 25, 2014. “He saw these pieces as a perfect representation of Life Enjoyed” said Mayor Gary Herzig.

 

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