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Oneonta High School

Oneonta Graduates Lauded For Care & Compassion

OHS Class of ’18 Lauded

For Care & Compassion

Leroy Williams, Jr. embraces one of his teachers, Kelly Tavarone, as the Oneonta High School Class of 2018 exits the auditorium following the 149th annual Commencement at the high school’s Belden Auditorium at this afternoon. The graduates, lauded by Principal Tom Brindley, right,  for their caring and compassionate nature, had an unheard of number fights during the school year: zero. “This is a group that cares about each other, looks out for each other and cheer each other on,” Brindley remarked. “(They) are a friendly smile on a bad day. What you do does not compare to who you are.” It was also announced that Brindley is being promoted to assistant superintendent, a new position.   “I consider it a privilege to graduate with you.” he said. Brindley’s successor will be his assistant principal, Anne Wolstenholme. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com

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Delany Ruston Screens Her Film ‘Screenagers’ At OHS

Delany Ruston Screens Her

Film ‘Screenagers’ At OHS

Documentary film maker Delany Ruston talks to parents and teachers who gathered in the OHS Beldin Auditorium this evening for a free screening of her film “ScreenAgers: Growing Up In The Digital”. The documentary deals with how her personal struggles with her teenage daughter are part of a much larger problem of addiction in young people today and how we can take action to correct it in our families. In a talk following the film, Ruston stressed the importance of boundaries like limited time per day and not having screens in the bedroom. She also spoke about success with short, weekly conversations tech talks with her family that help create mindfulness by discussing what is effective vs. not effective about technology. For more ideas and frequently asked questions you can visit screenagersmovie.com. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 8

Meet Adoptable Cats & Dogs

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ADOPTION DAY – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come meet some adorable cats, kittens, & dogs, learn about volunteer & adoption opportunities. Bassett Hall Auditorium, 31 Beaver St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

FILM SCREENING – 6 – 8 p.m. Showing of “Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age,” introduced by filmaker & pediatrician Delaney Ruston, M.D. who will moderate a thoughtful and considerate discussion following. Belden Auditorium, Oneonta Senior High School, 130 East St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8200 or visit www.oneontacsd.org

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Frank Gallucci, 86, Taught 33 Years In Oneonta Schools
IN MEMORIAM

Frank Gallucci, 86, Taught

33 Years In Oneonta Schools

Frank Gallucci

ONEONTA – Frank Gallucci, 86, a 33-year Oneonta High School history teacher, and one of the last people to have taught both at Academy Street and the new campus on East Street, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Frank was born on Jan. 13, 1932, in Oneonta to John and Raffaella Gallucci. He attended city schools and graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950.

Upon graduation, Frank went to work for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad as an agent telegrapher. In 1952, during the Korean War, Frank joined the Army and served in the 8174th Army Signal Corp in Sendai and Tokyo, Japan. Frank was honorably discharged in 1954 with the rank of corporal.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 15

Love The Life You Live

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WELLNESS EXPO – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Love the Life you Live expo features a fashion show, 25+ local vendors, & a presentation from the fabulous Beekman Boys. Meet your neighbors and find your path to a better tomorrow. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit www.facebook.com/thefamilyserviceassociation/

SUMMER CONCERTS – 4 p.m. The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival kicks off with concert “Death and the Maiden” featuring the American string quartet and Linda Chesis on flute. The program features peices by Schubert, Debussy, and Griffes. Tickets, $25. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. Call 877-666-7421 or visit www.cooperstownmusicfest.org

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 13

Continuing The Battle

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FIGHT WALK – 6 p.m. – Midnight. Enter to raise awareness and money for local families battling cancer. Features food, activities, music. Entry, $15. Field House, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3310 or visit suny.oneonta.edu/csrc/oh-fight-walk

OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate the opening of exhibits “In Motion,” featuring works by Christopher Murray and Akira Nitsu, and the solo exhibit “Possum’s Persimmon Picnic” by Mary Lou Ganio. Cooperstown Art Association. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

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400 Join March For Our Lives

400 Rally, Supporting

‘March For Our Lives’

Over 400 people marched from Oneonta High School to Muller Plaza this morning as they took part in the national March For Our Lives protest for tougher gun legislation. Above, Caroline Bagby, a OHS senior and recent recipient of the Women’s Trailblazer Award, delivers an impassioned speech to those gathered in the plaza. Numerous people spoke including Mayor Gary Herzig, Assembly candidate Daniel Buttermann, Abbey Koutnik and others. At right, county Representative Danny Lapin, D-City of Oneonta, holds his sign high as the crowd marches down East Street during the first leg of the march. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta, CCS Students Join National School Walkout

Oneonta, CCS Students

Join National Walkout

Maya Rouggly, Dandre Thomas and Raven Sunderland joined two dozen students outside OHS this morning to hold signs and protest gun violence as part of the National Walkout Day in support of the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO,com)

By IAN AUSTIN & PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

From left, CCS seniors Emily Manzer, Mary Iversen, and junior Nicole Lionetti console each other as they honor the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Fla. (Parker Fisher/AllOTSEGO.com)

Abbey Goulding didn’t mince words this morning when it came to telling her fellow Oneonta High School students how she felt about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on the one-month anniversary of the shooting that left 17 dead.

“Kids who should have been standing up on stage like this one in the spring, wearing the cap and gown are now lying in caskets under the ground because our government couldn’t control the weapons in America or the people getting a hold of them,” said Goulding. “So now it’s our time to be their voices that they lost too soon.”

Oneonta and Cooperstown high school students joined thousands of students across the United States in demonstrations to supporting the victims of the school gun violence.

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Whooping Cough Confirmed At Oneonta High School

Whooping Cough Confirmed

At Oneonta High School

ONEONTA – Parents of Oneonta High School students have been notified that the district has confirmed cases of pertussis (whooping cough) at the high school.

Officials at the high school were notified by the school nurse, who also reported the cases to the Otsego County Health Department.

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‘A Christmas Carol’ This Weekend At OHS

‘A Christmas Carol’

This Weekend At OHS

The Ghosts of Christmas Past (Ella Pawkett) Future (David Lincoln) and Present (Mikhail Griffiths) loom over Scrooge (Katie Capra) in hopes of saving her soul in Oneonta High School’s production of Charles Dickens’ immortal tale, “A Christmas Carol,” adapted for the stage by Lynn Stevens. The show runs 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in the Belden Auditorium. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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