$230K CDBG Application Albany-Bound
By PARKER FISH • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – The audience filled the seats and spilled out into the hallway as the Common Council again debated, then approved Nick’s Diner’s application for a $230,000 CDBG grant.
The vote enables Nick’s prospective owner Rodney Thorsland’s to submit the application to Albany for its approval.
Thorsland’s request has been hotly debated in the past three Common Council meetings, with several community members speaking against the proposed grant at the past two Common Council meetings.
“As a businessman who has invested one and a half million dollars of my own money in local business, I find it personally offensive that the city would even consider supporting giving a grant to a business that is not unique to the community in any way,” Dr. Eric Dohner, who operated New York Skin & Vein, said this evening.
State University of New York Chancellor Dr. Kristina M. Johnson visited SUNY Oneonta this morning, and answered questions in front of a large audience in the Welcome Center. Johnson, who was scheduled to visit in April but had to cancel, revealed that a she had suffered a 3rd degree heart blockage which prevented her from making the trip to Oneonta in the spring. Johnson joked about the issue, saying that the pacemaker that she received was invented by a SUNY student. “So I’m thrilled to be here in Oneonta, but I’m also just thrilled to be alive, and its all thanks to the SUNY system,” she said. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Richard L. Collins, 88, a former D&H stationmaster and dispatcher, passed away July 14, 2018, at his home.
He was born Aug. 27, 1929, and Central Bridge, the son of Leland and Frances (Neville) Collins. He married Jean Duham on July 15, 1950, in Glen Cove. She predeceased him on Sept. 27, 2012.
LAURENS – JoAnn Gravelin, 70, of Laurens, office manager at Rent-A-Wreck until her retirement, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.
JoAnn was born on April 7, 1948, daughter of the late Benjamin and Marian (Harris) Keator. JoAnn married her high school sweetheart, David Gravelin, on April 22, 1967, in Laurens.
JoAnn loved to cook, garden and have family gatherings during the holidays. Her family was always her first priority, and she had a deep passion caring for them.
Tim Miller won the Men’s Club Championship Scratch Division at the Oneonta Country Club today, and Dick Miller, right, took top honors in the Men’s Club Champion Net Division, according to Derek Walbridge, assistant pro. Click on links below for complete results.
Michael H. Seigel, 83; Chaired
SUNY Psychology Department
ONEONTA – Michael H. Siegel, 84, who chaired SUNY Oneonta’s Psychology Department for almost three decades, passed away July 6, 2018. He had lived in Oneonta and Unadilla.
He retired in 2002 after 28 years as department chair, becoming professor emeritus. A research psychologist rather than a clinician, his original area of expertise was color vision, but expanded to include perception generally and memory.
ONEONTA – The Huntington Memorial Library director will ask Common Council Tuesday for a resolution supporting its $500,000 plan to make the park around the park more welcoming and used by the public.
The plan, first outlined last November, includes an overlook, a tented pavilion/entertainment venue, an arboretum, a children’s garden (where children can play or garden), a picnic area, new plantings and a “formalized” sledding slope.