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Mills Distinguished Lecture Hosts Author Bryan Stevenson

Include ‘Poor, Excluded,’

Mills’ Lecturer Exhorts

Bryan Stevenson, above, author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” presents this year’s Mills Distinguished Lecture at the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Field House this evening. Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson spoke on ways the audience might go about changing the world. “Our capacity to change our world is waiting for us with the poor and excluded.” he said. “We cannot get to where we want to go if we are unwilling to change our narrative.” He went to highlight the importance of telling the truth and staying hopeful and to be willing to talk about things that are uncomfortable and inconvenient. At right: David Brenner,  a College Council member, and Sid and Deb Parisian sit enraptured. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Dick Lohrman, 89, Franklin; CEO Of Local Insurance Co.
IN MEMORIAM

Dick Lohrman, 89, Franklin;

CEO Of Local Insurance Co.

Dick Lohrman

FRANKLIN – Richard “Dick” Frederick Lohrman, 89, formerly of Franklin, past CEO/secretary of the Otsego County Farmers Cooperative Insurance Co., passed away in his residence at St. James Manor on Sept. 22, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was born in Corinth, Saratoga County.  He was the only child of Richard F. Lohrman and Martha A. (Balitz) Lohrman.

He was a 1947 graduate of Syracuse Central High School and a 1952 graduate of Hartwick College. While attending college, Richard served as a sergeant in the 108th Medical Division of the Army National Guard.

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Robert H. Wood, 85, City Teacher Active In Oneonta Community Life
IN MEMORIAM

Robert H. Wood, 85, City Teacher

Active In Oneonta Community Life

Robert H. Wood

ONEONTA – Robert H. Wood, 86, a career teacher in Oneonta schools, community leader and father of Town Supervisor Bob Wood, passed away Sept. 21, 2018, at Fox Hospital.

Bob was born Nov. 8, 1931 in Buffalo, the fifth child of Grace and Harold Wood. He married Constance Kavanaugh Aug. 21, 1953 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Buffalo and they shared 65 happy years.

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Rites Friday For Robert H. Wood, Supervisor’s Father, At St. James

Rites Friday For Robert H. Wood,

Supervisor’s Father, At St. James

ONEONTA – Robert H. Wood, 86, the father of Town Supervisor Bob Wood, passed away Sept. 21, 2018.  The complete obituary will follow.

A funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at St. James Episcopal Church, 305 Main St., Oneonta, with the Father Kenneth Hunter officiating.  Inurnment will follow at the St. James Church Columbarium.

Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Sunny Skies & Hungry Neighbors at 2nd Annual Community Dinner

Sunny Skies & Hungry Neighbors

at 2nd Annual Community Dinner

After helping set up the tables on Dietz St. for the Community Dinner, OJCA volunteers Tevin Jones, left, and Aliyah Johnson, right, sit down to enjoy some of the food brought by the guests. Perfect weather, live music, face painting and good company made the event an enjoyable time. The event, hosted by Destination Oneonta, is now in it’s second year. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Anita Marie McChesney, 56; Devoted Nature Photographer Helped Run In Family Business
IN MEMORIAM

Anita Marie McChesney, 56;

Devoted Nature Photographer

Helped Run Family’s Business

Anita Marie McChesney

PORTLANDVILLE – Anita Marie McChesney, 56, Portlandville, devoted to operating her family’s business, Mount Vision Garden Center, while becoming dedicated nature photographer, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Albany Medical Center following her struggle with breast cancer.

Anita was born May 14, 1962, in Oneonta. Shortly thereafter, her parents moved to New Jersey where she spent the first 15 years of her life. The family then moved to Mount Vision, where they established the Mount Vision Garden Center.

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School Spirit Soars At Hartwick Hawk Night

School Spirit Soars

At Hartwick Hawk Night

The Lambros Arena was packed with cheering students this evening watching their classmates compete in various challenges for a chance to win big money and big prizes during the sixth annual Hartwick Hawk Night Fever event. Above, freshman Lamar Flood and Alex Guillaume strain with the rest of their team as they face off against sophomores in a tug-of-war contest. At right, Cassandra Robatelle preforms a kicking hand stand during a dance competition, of which she took first place. Originally created to build hype before a game, the event has turned into an evening of fun and games celebrating the students and their school spirit. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Fire Commissioner Votes To Dissolve; Town To Sue

BULLETIN

Fire Commissioners Vote

To Dissolve; Town To Sue

ONEONTA – At an “emergency meeting” tonight, the Town of Oneonta Board of Fire Commissioners voted to dissolve itself and the fire district served by the city’s Oneonta Fire Department.

However, Town Supervisor Bob Wood, who was present in the packed meeting in Elm Park United Methodist Church, said the Town of Oneonta will sue to allow 12 to 15 months for an orderly transition.

CHECK BACK LATER THIS EVENING FOR FULL STORY
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Developer Briefs Sixth Ward On Plans For 65 Apartments

Developer Briefs Sixth Ward

On Plans For 65 Apartments

By CATHY NARDI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

A Capital District developer is looking to build a 65-apartment complex in the wooded lot at West Broadway and Duane Street in the Sixth Ward. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

ONEONTA – With so many housing opportunities gobbled-up by college students who pay by the room, Rehabilitation Support Services of Altamont has concluded Oneonta needs more affordable apartments.

Rehabilitation Support Services took the first step toward meeting that need Wednesday night, appearing before the city Planning Commission and Sixth Ward neighbors to outline a plan to eventually bring 64 affordable apartments here.

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Chamber To Honor 2 Small Businesses At Otesaga Banquet

Chamber To Honor

2 Small Businesses

At Gala At Otesaga

Directive, Reuse Center, 2 Interns Lauded

ONEONTA – The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce today announced the award winners who will be honored at its annual Small Business Banquet Thursday, Oct. 11, at The Otesaga Resort Hotel.

Directive, a website and online marketing firm, will be the 19th annual Small Business of the Year.  The Otsego Reuse Center will be the Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Breakthrough Business of the  Year.

Two interns – one from Hartwick College; one from SUNY Oneonta – will also be honored.

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