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)
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)
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)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 27
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/