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OJCA Honors Community Partner 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

OJC Adds Community Friends

To 2018 Hall of Fame Class

From right: Qimane Williams, Bob the Bulldog, and Chris Kuhn, Director of the Oneonta Job Corps Academy, stand with the 2018 inductees into the OJCA Community partner Hall of Fame Inductees Ian Austin, The Oneonta Teen Center and Hometown Oneonta, Betty Lee, NAACP and Human Rights Commission, Kaler Carpenter, Club Odyssey, Jeanette Mulford, Days For Girls, Vanessa Pellegrino, NY Goat Yoga, and Alan Donovan, Friends of Oneonta Municipal Airport and GOHS. The six were honored for their support and involvement with the OJCA students in a brief ceremony before the start of the 5th annual community softball game between Oneonta Job Corps Academy and The Family Resource Network, this evening at Damaschke Field. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 17

Revamped Clark

Sports Center Opens

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OPENING DAY – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a coffee reception 8-10 a.m., and checkout the what’s new at The Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com

COLOR RUN/WALK – 10 a.m. Take a 5K run/walk through the village of Cooperstown and 4 color splash stations as you complete the course. Supports the American Heart Association. Begins/Ends, Cooperstown Central School. Info, cooperstown5kcolorrunwalk.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=6993

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Community Vigil Planned To Honor Victims Of Gun Violence

Vigil To Honor Gun-Violence Victims

ONEONTA – A candlelight vigil to honor victims in the latest acts of gun violence, including Philando Castile, Alton Sterling and Dallas police officers, is planned at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in Muller Plaza.

“The focus of the vigil will be to mourn the recent unnecessary loss of lives of police officers and young black men and to respect their memory,” said NAACP leader Regina Betts. “We stand with loved ones, friends and colleagues affected by violence.  We decry social injustices, especially racism, and seek  reconciliation and understand with those we somehow fear, resent or threaten.”

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NAACP Speaker Leroy Gadsden Encourages, ‘Know Your Rights’

NAACP Speaker Leroy Gadsden

Tells Citizens, ‘Know Your Rights’

Lee Fisher, President of the Oneonta chapter of the NAACP, introduces Leroy Gadsden, B.S., J.D., at SUNY Oneonta's Center for Multicultural Experiences Gadsden's interactive program "Know Your Rights, 2015", dealt with police stops and civil rights. "We like and respect police officers. They do a hard job where they may not come home at night." said Gadsden, "Only about 9-10% of cops are bad and they ruin it for the rest. It is up to us to know our rights and hold them accountable for their actions and professionalism." (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Lee Fisher, president of the Oneonta chapter of the NAACP, introduces Leroy Gadsden, B.S., J.D., before Gadsden’s interactive program, “Know Your Rights, 2015.”  The program, presented this evening at SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Multicultural Experiences, dealt with police stops and civil rights. “We like and respect police officers. They do a hard job where they may not come home at night.” said Gadsden, “Only about 9-10 percent of cops are bad and they ruin it for the rest. It is up to us to know our rights and hold them accountable for their actions and professionalism.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

 

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Rain Stops as Locals, Spiritual Leaders Hold Candle Light Vigil For Charleston Victims

Rain Stops as Locals, Spiritual Leaders Hold Candle Light Vigil For Charleston Victims

Even the rain stopped for a moment today as Trynati Donato, Stamford, lit candles for each of the victims of the Emmanuel AME Church shooting as her uncle Lee Fisher, head of local NAACP,  addressed the crowd gathered in Muller Plaza for a candle light vigil on Sunday. "When you see people of all races embracing and supporting of the city of Charleston, NC, how do we capture the spirit of the moments throughout this land not just for yesterday or for today, but for the days to come long after the cameras and reporters are gone?" said Fisher in his speech, "Nine lives were taken from us, but we who stay behind remember how evil tries to win, but we know love can defeat anything." (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Even the rain stopped for a moment today as Trynati Donato, Stamford, lit candles for each of the victims of the Emmanuel AME Church shooting as her uncle Lee Fisher, head of local NAACP, addressed the crowd gathered in Muller Plaza for a candle light vigil on Sunday.
“When you see people of all races embracing and supporting of the city of Charleston, NC, how do we capture the spirit of the moments throughout this land not just for yesterday or for today, but for the days to come long after the cameras and reporters are gone?” said Fisher in his speech, “Nine lives were taken from us, but we who stay behind remember how evil tries to win, but we know love can defeat anything.” (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
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MLK Honored with Song and Speeches

Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Celebrated With Songs, Speeches

Line Christensen and Robin Seletsky play " O Mary Don't You Weep, Don't You Mourn" while the the MLK Chorus; TJ Wooden, Lee Fisher, Yolanda Sharpe and Denise Michaelson provide vocals  during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday celebration at the Elm Park Methodist Church on Sunday. The event was sponsored by the Oneonta area branch of the NAACP and the City of Oneonta Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights.
Line Christensen and Robin Seletsky play  “O Mary Don’t You Weep, Don’t You Mourn” while the the MLK Chorus – TJ Wooden, Lee Fisher, Yolanda Sharpe and Denise Michaelson – provide vocals during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday celebration at the Elm Park Methodist Church on Sunday. The event was sponsored by the Oneonta area branch of the NAACP and the City of Oneonta Commission on Community Relations & Human Rights.  (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
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