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Airport Host Soiree, Honors Organizations

Airport Host Chamber Soiree,

Honors Otsego Organizations

Oneonta Job Corp Academy Director Chris Kuhn accepts the NBT Bank Quality of Life Award from NBT Bank Regional Executive and Senior Vice President Jamie Reynolds at the first ever Otsego Chamber of Commerce Summer Soiree this evening. The Soiree was held on the tarmac at the Oneonta Municipal Airport, and celebrated the continued work by Oneonta Job Corp Academy and the Otsego County Conservation Association, who received the NBT Insurance Agency Environmental Stewardship Award. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Council Approves Nick’s Application

City Council OKs

Nick’s Diner Plan

$230K CDBG Application Albany-Bound

With daughter Amiley and wife Sheena tearfully hugging him, Rodney Thorsland celebrates the approval of his CDBG grant application, moving him one step closer to solidifying the $230,000 grant. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta’s Eric Dohner spoke out in opposition to Thorsland’s grant application, saying that he was “personally offended” by the application.

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.

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SUNY Chancellor Visits Oneonta Campus

SUNY Chancellor Pays

Visit To Oneonta Campus

Dr. Johnson is seen talking with new SUNY Oneonta President Dr. Barbara Jean Morris. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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)

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Hungarian Refugees Return to Oneonta For Thanks

Hungarian Refugees Return

To Roots At Shue Homestead

Julias Bartfai, Ontario, looks through old newspaper clippings and photos with Marie Shue, Oneonta this evening where he and his family came to visit for a BBQ. The Shue’s home, located on Parish Avenue, was formally the home of the Bartfais, who, after fleeing the Hungarian Revolution in 1957, were brought to Oneonta after being sponsored by the Oneonta Rotary Club. Despite the Bartfais not speaking English upon their arrival, Rotarians were able to set them up with a place to live and a job at Coddington’s Florist. Of the Bartfais family were Alex, Julie, Jeff, John and Julius, who were joined by Doug and Grace Coddington, Bill and Marie Shue and Rotarian Sam Koury. “People don’t always do things to be thanked.” said Julias, “But the people who helped my parents, Mr. Clifford and Mr. Green, they had a profound effect on my life. And to them I say ‘thank you’.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Autumn Cafe Cuts Ribbon On Deck Bar

Autumn Cafe Cuts

Ribbon On Deck Bar

After reopening The Autumn Cafe in January, the Carrington family cut the ribbon on the newly renovated outdoor bar on the back deck of the restaurant this afternoon. “It’s all still a work in progress right now,” said owner Wayne Carrington. “But you can see the general direction that we’re headed in.” From left, Judy Carrington, Rebecca Carrington, Dorthy Carrington, Wayne Carrington, Rachael Lutz Jessup, Michelle Catan, and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Young Artists Entertain Cooperstown Rotary

Young Artists Perform

For Cooperstown Rotary

Singing Juliet’s Waltz, Alyssa Martin of Greensboro, N.C., represented the Glimmerglass Young Artists Program at today’s Rotary luncheon at The Otesaga. Ben Schaefer of Des Moines, Iowa, sang Figaro from “The Barber of Seville.” Kyle Naig, also of Des Moines, accompanied on piano for both.  Listening Rotarians at the table in front of Martin include, from left, Marge Landers, Irene Fassett, Hugh McDougall, Mike Otis and the Rev. Dane Boston.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Seward Delivers Funding To OFO To Combat Domestic Violence

Seward Delivers Funding 

To Fight Domestic Violence

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announces funding for Opportunities for Otsego’s domestic-violence prevention program at OFO’s West Broadway headquarters Monday afternoon.   With him, from left, are OFO Crisis Intervention Director Will Rivera, Catholic Charities Executive Director Lynn Glueckert, Delaware Opportunities Executive Director Shelly Bartow and OFO CEO Dan Maskin. OFO and Catholic Charities of Otsego and Schoharie counties will receive $15,000 each, and $7,000 each goes to Delaware Opportunities and Liberty Resources (Chenango County). “These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need,” said Seward, “We are fortunate to have so many local organizations providing help to vulnerable individuals, and I am pleased to assist them in their efforts to make our communities safer. These agencies are lifelines and, in many cases, are all that stand between a domestic violence victim and further harm.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Vintage Tractors On Display At Swart Wilcox Open House

Vintage Tractors On Display

At Swart Wilcox Open House

John Keahey, West Oneonta, stands beside his 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee Anniversary Edition tractor, on display on the the lawn of the Swart Wilcox House Museum during their Open House this afternoon. Also on site was his 1950 John Deer B, which he has owned his whole life. “We used to plow with a horse and wagon!” said Keahey, “We could not wait to get a tractor.” He had it restored in 2014 by Brian Van Buren in Roseboom. “I traded a John Deer Elevated Scraper for three paint jobs.” said Keahey, “He did such a good job, the look and run better than they did new!” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Artists & Art Lovers Meet At 23rd Stagecoach Run

Artists & Art Lovers Meet

At 23rd Stagecoach Run

Richard Birkett, Otego, shows off his unique fantasy clocks to Meaddows Ryan, Ossining, on the first day of the 23rd annual Stagecoach Run Art Art Festival in Treadwell. Over 70 local artists are featured in this self-guided open studio tour at 25 locations throughout Treadwell and Franklin. The event continues today 10am-5pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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