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 Esther C. Brooks, 88, Dietician; Husband Director Of Clark Gym
IN MEMORIAM

 Esther C. Brooks, 88, Dietician;

Husband Director Of Clark Gym 

Esther C. Brooks

COOPERSTOWN – Esther C. Brooks, 88, former CCS cafeteria manager whose late husband was Clark Sports Center director, died early Sunday morning, Sept. 10, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.

Born Esther Claire Kent on Aug. 24, 1929, in Lawrence, Mass., she was a daughter of Charles Francis Kent and Clara Mary née Balfour Kent.

After graduating from high school, Esther attended Simmons College in Boston, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She then attended Russell Sage College in Troy, earning a master’s Community Health Education.

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‘Recovery Friendly Oneonta’ Supporters Address Council

‘Recovery Friendly Oneonta’

Supporters Address Council

Julie Dostal, Executive Director at LEAF, stands before Common Council this evening to stress the importance of having Oneonta be a community that embraces and supports those in recovery. Members of Catholic Charities, FOR-DO, The Chamber of Commerce as well as Chief Doug Brenner and Council member Melissa Nicosia spoke in strong support of the resolution. Originally Common Council had planned to vote on a resolution to have Oneonta become a ‘Recovery Friendly’ community, but removed it from the agenda due t some public confusion. “Some people had concerns that Oneonta being labeled ‘a recovery community’ would have a negative impact and draw more addicts. ” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “This isn’t about a label or a name on Oneonta. It us about recognizing successes and pulling together to solve a problem. The resolution was a vision statement, a vision I believe in.” We went on to say that they felt they had not been clear on the what the vision was and therefore decided to remove it from the vote until they had. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Dostal ‘Drive, Devotion’ Cited At State Capitol Ceremonies
SEWARD’S 2017 ‘WOMAN OF DISTINCTION’

Dostal ‘Drive, Devotion’ Cited

At State Capitol Ceremonies

Julie Dostal and Senator Seward pause outside the state Senate chambers this afternoon, where “Women of Distinction” ceremonies were held. (Jeff Bishop photo)

ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, praised 2017 “Woman of Distinction” Julie Dostal for her “drive and devotion” this afternoon at state Capitol ceremonies.

Dostal, executive director of LEAF, the Oneonta-based drug-fighting agency, was among “Women of Distinction” from across the state who are designated annually by their state senatros.

“Julie Dostal has made it her life’s work to help others and it has been my privilege to partner with her on a number of occasions,” Seward declared. “Her drive and devotion are remarkable and the community at large is the beneficiary of her ongoing efforts.”

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 4

Discover The Outdoors

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OTSEGO OUTDOORS – 4:30 p.m. Learn how you can connect with nature year round. The go on a bike ride, hike, or do some paddling on Gilbert Lake. Includes refreshments. Glibert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd., Laurens. Info, www.otsego2000.org/2017/04/27/launching-otsego-outdoors/

LOCAL HISTORY – 7 p.m. “Lose the Battle, Win the War: Women’s Fight to Vote in Cooperstown,” a presentation with the League of Women Voters exploring the movement in Otsego County that lead to women gaining the right to vote across New York State 100 years ago. Christ Church Parish Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/LWVoftheCooperstownArea/

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‘Blue Skies’ Shines At CANO

‘Blue Skies’ Shines At CANO

Ryan Alsheimer, left, and William Cream, both of Oneonta, admire “Big Blue” by Birte Jorgensen at LEAF’s annual Poetry & Art Contest that opened at CANO in Oneonta’s Wilber Mansion this evening. The piece won the Motif Award for best representation of the theme “Blue Skies Smilin’ At Me.” The show will also be opening at The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown on May 4. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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After 3 Overdoses, Police Fear ‘Bad Batch’ Heroin

After 3 Heroin Overdoses,

Police Warn Of ‘Bad Batch’

Oneonta Common Council gasped tonight when Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner told them of a young woman who overdosed in the Fox Hospital bathroom while her boyfriend was being treated for his overdose. They were two of three heroin ODs on Friday night, prompting concerns that a “bad batch” could be on the streets. (Ian Austin/AllOtsego.com)

ONEONTA – With three heroin overdoses on Friday, March 17, police are concerned that heroin laced with fentanyl or other narcotics may be on the streets of Oneonta.

“The first call we got, a young man was already blue and his girlfriend was doing CPR on him,” said Acting Police Chief Doug Brenner. “Officer Luke Harvey was able to administer Narcan, and he began to wake up.”

It was the first time an officer had used Narcan to revive an overdose victim, and Brenner was pleased that their efforts were successful.

The man was transported to Fox Hospital by ambulance and his girlfriend rode with him. But police soon got another call from the hospital. “While the doctors were treating him, the girlfriend went into the bathroom and overdosed,” said Brenner.

A third overdose call came in that same night, and the EMS squad transported him to the hospital as well.

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LEAF Unveils ‘Shawna Has A Secret’ Interactive Experience

LEAF’s  ‘Shawna Has Secret’

Unveiled To Oneonta Rotary

Chris Kuhn, Justine Roefs, Kathleen Schofield and Sarah Patterson look for evidence of drug use in LEAF’s “Shawna Has A Secret” interactive experience that debuted at the Oneonta Rotary this afternoon. The program challenges adults to find over 30 drug-related items in a seemingly innocent bedroom-setting display that is followed by an information session on what to look for, where to look, and how to approach a child you suspect of using drugs. Groups or individuals interested in using this demonstration, contact LEAF at 432.0090 to set up a presentation.
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Guenther, Covert Honored At Annual Recovery Dinner

Guenther, Covert Honored

At Annual Recovery Dinner

Five Star Subaru proprietor Ben Guenther, left, receives LEAF's 2016 Sioussat Award from Julie Dostal, LEAF executive director, at last evening’s annual Recovery Dinner at the Holiday Inn/Southside in Oneonta. At right, Cooperstown Police Chief Michael Covert receives and annual Amethyst Award from Kelly Liner, executive director of FORDO, the Friends of Recovery for Delaware & Otsego Counties. (Tara Barnwell/AllOTSEGO.com)
Five Star Subaru proprietor Ben Guenther, left, receives LEAF’s 2016 Sioussat Award from Julie Dostal, LEAF executive director, at last evening’s annual Recovery Dinner at the Holiday Inn/Southside in Oneonta. At right, Cooperstown Police Chief Michael Covert receives and annual Amethyst Award from Kelly Liner, executive director of FORDO, the Friends of Recovery for Delaware & Otsego Counties.   Five Star has co-sponsored such LEAF events at the TUFF eNUFF obstacle-course race, and Covert has pioneered PAARI in Otsego County.    Pioneered in Gloucester, Mass., the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative, encourages addicts to turn in their “kit” without fear of arrest, and to immediately enter rehab.   (Tara Barnwell/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Runners Tackle Tuff e’Nuff On New Gilbert Course

Runners Tackle Tuff e’Nuff

On New Gilbert Lake Course

Samantha Mills, left, Jefferson, and Samantha Scholze, Stamford, crawl through a dumpster full of water and mud as they near the finish line of the Tuff e' Nuff. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Samantha Mills, left, Jefferson, and Samantha Scholze, Stamford, crawl through a dumpster full of water and mud as they near the finish line of this year’s Tuff e’ Nuff at Gilbert Lake. Many familiar obstacles, and some new surprises, dotted the trails of state park, making this year’s 5K seem like a whole new experience.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Holiday Colors

Holiday Colors

Montana Miller and Elizabeth Cleveland, Oneonta, emerge from a cloud of orange smoke as they pass a color station in the 1st LEAF color Run, held throughout Neawah Park this morning before the parade.
Montana Miller and Elizabeth Cleveland, both of Oneonta, emerge from a cloud of orange smoke as they pass a color station at the first LEAF Color Run this morning in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park prior to the city’s Fourth of July parade down Main Street.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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