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Jessica M. Gaston, 33; Edmeston Native Working In Banking

IN MEMORIAM: Jessica M. Gaston, 33;

Edmeston Native Working In Banking

Jessica M. Gaston and her beloved Rottweiler, Shiva.

EDMESTON – Jessica M. Gaston, 33, of Utica, an athlete and accomplished singer while attending Edmeston Central School, passed away unexpectedly in Utica, where she was working for Bank of America.

Jessica was born on Jan. 1, 1984 in Norwich,  the daughter of William L. and Tammy M. Martin Gaston Jr.

She is survived by her parents William L. Jr and Tammy M. Martin Gaston of Edmeston, sister April Gaston of NJ, brother William L. Gaston III of Edmeston, nieces Saffiyah, Zainab, and Rose, nephews Mohammed, and Riley. Also surviving are many aunts uncles and cousins.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JUNE 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JUNE 27

Train To Save A Life

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NARCAN TRAINING – 3-4 p.m. Free training to administer NARCAN. Leave with a free kit and a certificate. FORDO, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. www.friendsofrecoverydo.org/events call 607.267.4435 or e-mail kyle@friendsofrecoverydo.org

3-D DESIGN WORKSHOP – 3:30-5 p.m. Come tinker with your designs for 3-D printing. Create your own Fidget Spinner. Ages 8+. $4 material fee to print your spinner. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. hmloneonta.org/calendar/

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BASSETT, ONEIDA STUDY JOINTURE

BASSETT, ONEIDA

STUDY UNIFYING

2-Year ‘Memorandum Of Understanding’

Signed, After Which Decision Will Be Made

By JIM KEVLIN • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

Dr. Vance Brown

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare is looking to bring Oneida Healthcare  into the Cooperstown-based network as a “full member” at the end of a two-year agreement reached this month, Bassett President/CEO Vance Brown reported today in a letter to employees.

“Under the terms of the two-year agreement (signed Dec. 9), OHC will remain an independent organization governed by its current board,” Brown wrote.  However, “if the initial working relationship proves beneficial for both organizations, it would be both parties’ ambition to bring Oneida Healthcare into BHN as a full member.”

The Bassett CEO calls Oneida Healthcare “an ideal partner,” as it is financially sound and has a 101-bed acute-care hospital on Genesee Street in the City of Oneida, “just down the road from Bassett’s primary care clinic in that city.”

Here is the full text of the memorandum of understanding:

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 13

CCS High School Winter Concert

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We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.

HIGH SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT – 7:30-9 p.m.. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org

SANTA’S SECRETS – 2 p.m. Learn the Secres of Santa’s Cooperstown Cottage with Santa. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, (607)547-0600.

LEGAL AID SOCIETY – 10 a.m. Board meeting of the Legal Aid Society of Mid-new York, Inc. 268 Genesee St., Utica. Info, maria.gregorka@lasmny.org or call (315)793-7057 or visit www.lasmny.org

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Father Of Nanotechnology Is Accused Of Bid-Rigging
KEY PLAYER IN REGION’S FUTURE

Father Of Nanotechnology

Is Accused Of Bid-Rigging

Alain Kaloyeros
Alain Kaloyeros

ALBANY – Alain Kaloyeros, the now suspended  president/CEO of SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, pleaded not guilty in Albany City Court today after he was arraigned on the three felony charges for alleged bid-rigging of development projects in Albany as well as central and western New York, the Times Union of Albany reports.

He, along with high-ranking members of the Cuomo Administration and private businesspeople in criminal complaints unsealed yesterday by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District.

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McCurry Communicates Calm, Universal Joy
PHOTOGRAPHY REVIEW

McCurry Communicates

Calm, Universal Joy

Ian Austin examines "Mahout Reads with his Elephant," shot by Frank McCurry in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2010. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)
Ian Austin examines “Mahout Reads with his Elephant,” shot by Frank McCurry in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2010. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

PHOTO EXHIBIT: “Reflections on The World Through His Lens: Steve McCurry Photographs,” Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, Utica, through Dec. 31.

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

"Sharbat Gula," McCurry's most icon portrait looks back at Austin, eye to eye.
“Sharbat Gula,” McCurry’s most icon portrait looks back at Austin, eye to eye.

UTICA – Even if his name doesn’t ring a bell, it is unlikely you have not seen McCurry’s work. Many of the 60 works, spanning three decades of work over six continents, will be easily recognized. Entering the exhibit you are met by the penetrating gaze of his most famous photo,  of Sharbat Gula, or, as the world first knew her, “Afghan Girl”.

After she appeared on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic, her photo became as iconic and recognizable as the Mona Lisa. It is considered the most famous portrait in the world, and with good reason. Standing before this piece, you feel like it is not only looking at you, it is looking into you.

Her eyes fixed in an expression that seems to change from fearful, to predatory, to vulnerable and beyond. The color of the eyes mirror the green of her shirt and the wall behind her is contrasted by her red shawl. It is a perfect photograph. It captures the moment that two cultures, alien and strange to each other, are locked in observing the other for the first time. And, like all great art, it makes us reflect and question ourselves and our place in the world.

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