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SUNY Gathers To Mourn Loss Of Daniel William Michaels

SUNY Gathers To Mourn Loss

Of Daniel William Michaels

Above, Nearly 600 Students and staff of SUNY Oneonta gathered in the Hunt Union Ballroom this evening for a tearful Memorial Service for Daniel William Michaels, 18, who passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 3rd. At right, friends of Daniel find in each other as they look at his photo at the close of the evening. Pastor Peter Derway of Catholic Campus Ministries led the memorial that included readings from friends and fraternity brothers.  “He will always be in each of us.” said Derway, “If you look around you can still see signs of him, and it’s okay to acknowledge he is still around.” Following the service, students wrote memories and condolences that were collected in a large cross to be given to the family at a later date. To date, more that $17,000 has been raised for a scholarship in his name. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Cooperstown’s Naomi Wager Stars in ‘Annie’

Cooperstown’s Naomi Wager

To Star In Orpheus’ ‘Annie’

Naomi Wagner, Cooperstown, who plays Annie in Orpheus Theater’s upcoming production of “Annie”, rehearses the song “N.Y.C” along side Casey Thomas, Oneonta, who plays Oliver “Daddy’ Warbucks at SUNY’s Goodrich Theater this evening. The show, which features 41 cast members from around the area, runs December 15-16 at 7:30pm with a matinee on Dec 17 at 2pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Colleges Head Into The Streets For Day Of Service

Colleges Go ‘Into Streets

For Annual Day Of Service

SUNY Oneonta students Alyssa LaMantia, right, and Rachel Drabczyk, clear the grounds of the historic Swart Wilcox House, Oneonta’s oldest, during annual “Into The Street” activities today, organized by the college’s Center for Social Responsibility & Community. Students, raked, painted, planted, organized, carried, scraped and cleaned at various locations across Oneonta and beyond.  The center’s director, Linda Drake, reported 600 students participated this year on 45 projects.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Jesse McCartney On The OH fest Stage

Jesse McCartney

Headlines OH-Fest

The Throwback Time Machine, top, described as a “video dance party that transports the audience back in time to the beginnings of pop music and takes them through its evolution right up to the present day,” plays for throngs of cheering concertgoers in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park last evening during the 12th annual OH-Fest, a spring celebration co-sponsored by SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College.  Time Machine warmed up the crowd for the main event: Jesse McCartney, the actor and singer.   Before the event, Mayor Gary Herzig took to the stage welcoming the attendees to the concert and thank them for being a part of Oneonta’s diversity. He also reminded them to please be respectful of the community as they ventured home after the revelry has ended. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Cold Can’t Stop OH-Fest Fun

Cold Can’t Stop OH-Fest Fun

Justin Babbino, front man for the band Secret Beaches at SUNY, sings to the crowds filling downtown Oneonta streets for OHFest XII this afternoon. The festivities continue tonight in Neahwa Park with The Throwback Time Machine, winner of the OH- Factor 2017 and headliner Jesse McCartney. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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YMCA Sparklers Dazzle At Gymnastics Competition

YMCA Sparklers Dazzle

At Gymnastics Competition

Lily Stalter, member of the Oneonta Family YMCA Sparklers gymnastics team, preforms her routine on the beam for in front of her team, coaches and judges this morning at the New York State YMCA Gymnastics Championships at the SUNY Alumni Field House. The competition continues through the day as well at Sunday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Allstadt Lectures On Fossil Fuels Vs. Renewables At SUNY

Allstadt Lectures At SUNY:

Shift To Renewable Energy

Retired Mobil executive vice president Lou Allstadt, now a fossil-fuels foe and Cooperstown village trustee, addresses a SUNY Oneonta this afternoon during “Green Dragon Week” on the need to shift to renewable energies. Through production, transmission and final use, 60 percent of the energy in fossil fuels dissipates, he said.  Easily accessible fossil-fuel reserves are dwindling, he said, and the U.S. should follow the examples of China and India, which are accelerating the shift to more more environmentally friendly wind and solar power. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Hundreds Walk For A Cure At SUNY

Hundreds Walk For Cure

At SUNY Oneonta ‘Relay’

Cancer survivors Nelson Wells, Moira Beach and caregiver Sue Hawley, all of Oneonta, above, applaud in appreciation as over 1,100 walked at the at the ninth annual Relay For Life in the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Field House.  The event had already collected $23,000 from preregisters, and has raised over $270,000 to date for the he American Cancer Society. Participants enjoyed live music from bands and DJs, games, food and guest speakers like twice Assembly candidate John Salka, Bridgewater, left, who lost his daughter Emily to brain cancer. “It’s important to not lose hope, and to give support to those in need.” said Salka, “Sooner or later we will have a  cure for cancer.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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SUNY Hosts Dialogue Between City Leaders, Students

Jobs Corps Students Share

Instances Of Discrimination

Mayor Gary Herzig talks with Oneonta Job Corps student Iyana Pierre at Operation Safe Spaces Oneonta Thursday evening at SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Multicultural Experiences. The event was a chance for students to open dialogues with city leaders, including Acting Police Chief Douglas Brenner, Common Council members, the local NAACP chapter, the city Commission on Community Relations & Human Rights, and businesspeople on issues of feeling safe and empowerment. “I have been followed in Walmart.” said Pierre. “I have had places refuse to deliver pizza to us because we are at Job Corps. and other students I have talked to have experienced the same thing.” Fellow student Asaskia Thomas said, “We don;t know who to talk to about these things, so we go to another person of color and talk among ourselves. We even have clubs to empower us because we feel powerless.”  Local NAACP President Lee Fisher said, “We can talk among ourselves all we want, but taking action is the most important. We are all in this together. We have to feel it and know it and come together to get things done.” Herzig added “We’re not going to say there is no racism here, but we work very hard to counteract that by helping you and giving you a resource network.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 27

It’s Movie Night At Y Pool

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COOPERTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL BEGINS!!!

MOVIE NIGHT – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Float with you friends in the pool while enjoying a movie. Root bear floats will be served afterward. Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org

HISTORY EXHIBITION – Noon-4 p.m.. “Oneonta’s Trolley Line: The Southern New York Railway.” Greater Oneonta Historical Society, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Info, www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm#More

FUNDRAISER – 4:30-6:30 p.m. Brooks Chicken dinner to support the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Tickets $10. Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River St, Cooperstown. Info, susquehannaanimalshelter.org/brooks-chicken-dinner-fundraiser/

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