Vigorous applause interrupted SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski’s remarks at the final Community Breakfast she will be hosting for leaders in business and government this morning at Morris Hall. In her comments, Kleniewski, who is retiring at the end of this academic years thanked supporters and highlighted accomplishments SUNY has enjoyed during her time as president: The college’s endowment has risen to $55 million, a record for SUNY’s comprehensive colleges, allowing one in six students to receive financial aid through the Access To School Excellence Program. She instituted The Common Read, saw two new buildings rise and 11 others rehabbed, worked with OPT to provide more efficient transport for students, created a student thrift store, as well as contributing to the Oneonta community economically, partnered with volunteer organization and hosted Head Start Program. City officials, Senator Jim Seward, teachers, friends, supporters and community members turned out this morning. Hall. At right, Paul Patterson and wife Sarah applaud Kleniewski’s accomplishments at the conclusion of the breakfast. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Zell Allen Butler, 74, of Oneonta, an electrical contractor who for many years owned and operated Zell Butler Contractors Inc. in West Hartford, Conn., passed away Thursday, Sept.14, 2017, at the VA Hospital, Albany.
He was born July 8, 1943, in Herkimer the son of the late Zell and Edith Louise (Yule) Butler.
Speakers at the first Oneonta TEDx Talk, above, bringing a national phenomenon to the City of the Hills, recognize applause from attendees at the end of this afternoon’s program at Foothills. From left are retired SUNY philosophy professor Ashok Malhotra; Green Earth proprietor Dean Roberts, Core Energy leadership coach Bill Berthel, Bainbridge, Westchester Symphonic Winds conductor Curt Ebersole, Australian tennis coach Emma Doyle, LEAF Executive Director Julie Dostal, and Sara Elbert and Sohail Zandi, proprietors of Brushland Eating House, the Bovina restaurant. The 100 attendees – the number was limited by the national Ted Talks organization until Oneonta has a track record, also brainstormed on Oneonta’s challenges and opportunities, identifying outmigration of young people and lack of good jobs as key problems. TEDx Talks, the local version, is now planning TEDx Oneonta Women on Nov. 2, Dan Buttermann, who chaired the organizing committee and emceed today, announced at the end of the afternoon. In photo at left, Butterman gets a congratulatory hug from wife Ana Laura. Hartwick College, NYCM and the Otsego County Chamber were major sponsors. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Above, James Santic and wife Susan, Sidney Center, and Natalie Raymond and sister Hailey carry the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention banner at the at the annual “Out Of The Darkness” Walk for suicide prevention at the Moose Lodge in Oneonta this morning, the final day of National Suicide Prevention Week. Family and friends gathered to remember loved ones with photos, speeches and music before walking from West Broadway to River Street and back in support for each other. At right, as the names of the dead are read aloud, a balloon is released by their family in their honor. Lydia Soule, sister Rebekah, and mother Amy, Harpersfield, front, and Aaron Vergari and wife Anna, Oneonta, rear, watch as the balloons drift heavenward. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – It is with a heavy heart that the family of Lucas Dale Rothenberger share the sadness of his passing on Sept. 6, 2017. Born Nov. 1, 1988, he was 28.
He was a loving son, brother, father and friend.
Lucas will forever be remembered for his generous heart, gentle soul, and playful smile.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta.
ONEONTA – Matthew Lee Bowman, 48, a computer systems administrator who attended Oneonta schools and received his bachelor’s from SUNY Oneonta, passed away Aug. 20, 2017, in his home in Clifton Park.
He was born May 12, 1969, in Tacoma, Wash., and was adopted by John F. and Margaret M. (Mahnken) Bowman. Matt grew up in a military family, traveling the world. After his father retired, his family returned to Central New York.