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Rain Can’t Steal Thunder Of CCS Graduation

Rain Can’t Steal Thunder

Of Cooperstown Graduation

On the lawn of the Fenimore Art Museum this afternoon, graduates at the 138th Commencement of Cooperstown Central School may have arrived in the rain, but they left in the sun. A passing afternoon storm had students and onlookers holding their breath, but, as the rain came down and umbrellas went up, it became clear the show would go on. Applause came when clouds eventually cleared and the sun came out in time for the issuing of diplomas. Above, Maria Noto flashes a smile as she and her fellow classmates stand in the rain during the processional. Below, the crowd cheers as caps and spirits soar into sunny skies  as the CCS Class of ’17 are announced as being officially graduated. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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For Second Year In Row, Bassett Receives Statewide Quality Award

For Second Year In Row, Bassett

Receives Statewide Quality Award

BOLTON LANDING – For a second year in a row, Bassett Hospital received a Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety from HANYS, the Healthcare Association of New York State, meeting at The Sagamore resort here.

“This year, Bassett was recognized for its highly successful work to improve outcomes of patients living with diabetes and hypertension,” President/CEO Vance Brown and COO Ronette Wiley said in a statement.

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Inside, Outside The Otesaga, Roger Stone Stirs Reactions

Inside, Outside The Otesaga,

Roger Stone Stirs Reactions

Veteran Republican consultant Roger Stone, top photo, left, shares insights with, from right, Otsego County Republican chairman Vince Casale, Lynne Krogh and Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. last evening at the annual county Republican Dinner at The Otesaga.  Stone, who has recently published “The Making of The American President 2016,” said the Netflix movie based on the book has caused a spike in sales.  Controversial dating back to his days as an operative for President Richard M. Nixon, as well as his friendship with President Trump, Stone’s appearance also stirred a protest across Lake Street from the resort hotel, led by Maguire Benton, president of the Otsego County Young Democrats, in photo at left.  With him are Toni McGrath, right, and Anita Pratt, both of Delmar, where they belong to a “huddle,” a group seeking to apply lessons learned at the Women’s March in Washington in January.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Basset Cancer Institute Celebrates 300 Survivors

Basset Cancer Institute

Celebrates 300 Survivors

John Parks Sr. and Wanetta Daniels, both cancer survivors, were among the more than 300 individuals who came together from throughout central New York for a Cancer Survivor’s Day Celebration put on by the Bassett Cancer Institute June 4 at The Otesaga in Cooperstown. The annual event  was a sellout again as cancer survivors and their guests joined in the celebration of survivorship with the cancer treatment team and other staff who help patients navigate the emotional and physical challenges a cancer diagnosis entails. The Bassett Cancer Institute offers a nationally accredited, multidisciplinary team approach to cancer care. Since nearly all forms of cancer call for more than one type of therapy, Bassett’s medical, radiation and surgical oncologists work together as an even larger team focused on the needs of individual patients.
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Mary Joan ‘MJ’ Kevlin, 59; Co-Publisher Of Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta
IN MEMORIAM

Mary Joan ‘MJ’ Kevlin, 59;

Co-Publisher Of Newspapers

MJ Kevlin and Kyla.

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Joan “MJ” Kevlin, co-publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and www.AllOTSEGO.com for the past 11 years, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.  She was 59, and had been struggling with cancer since October 2014.

MJ was born on April 19, 1958, in Endwell, to Joseph W. and Joan (Gaffney) Simmons, and was raised in Lafayette Hill, Pa.  She graduated from La Salle University in 1979 and received a master’s in historic preservation planning from Cornell University in 1981.

As a planner for Jefferson County in Watertown, she met her future husband, Jim, who was an editor at The Watertown Daily Times.  They married on June 25, 1983, at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

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Clark Sports Center Re-opens, Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Clark Sports Center Re-opens,

Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Before the doors even opened this morning, people were gathering outside the doors of the Clark in anticipation of the grand re-opening of the sports complex which had spent the two years undergoing extensive renovations.  Above, Gunter Weldon, Cooperstown, gets a leg up from Adventure Staff member Steph Talaia-Murray on the rock-climbing wall during the grand re-opening of the Clark Sports Center this morning. Right:  Staff member Peg Wilson, Dr. Rodman Carter and wife Imogene congratulate board chair Jane Forbes Clark on the state-of-the-art sports center. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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CORRECTION ‘Arts On Ice’ Activities In July, Not This Weekend

CORRECTION

‘Arts On Ice’ Activities In July, Not This Weekend

COOPERSTOWN – The “Arts On Ice” activities detailed on the AllOTSEGO.life section front in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal will not happen this weekend, but in July.

Here is the link to the “Arts On Ice” gala:

http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/art-on-ice

Here is link to the related forum:

http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/Fenimore-On-Ice

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Bassett Promotes Dr. LeCates To Vice President For Quality

Bassett Promotes Dr. LeCates

To Vice President For Quality

Dr. LeCates

COOPERSTOWN – Dr. William LeCates, Bassett Hospital medical director, has taken on the additional title of vice president of medical affairs, President & CEO Vance Brown announced today.

In his new role, LeCates will oversee the Care Management & Clinical Excellence program, including “quality management, clinical effectiveness, infection control, risk management, accreditation and regulatory readiness,” Brown said.

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47,000 Solar Panels Planned At Former Morris Dairy Farm

47,000 Solar Panels

Aimed At Dairy Farm

A national solar-power company has leased land on Route 51 north of the Village of Morris and hopes to installed 48,000 solar panels there by November. Residents are torn between a desire for renewable energy and the impact on the viewshed. This, and much more, in this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands now.
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