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First Baptist Wins Landmarks Grant

$2K Aimed At Better Drainage

First Baptist Wins

Landmarks Grant

The seating in Cooperstown’s First Baptist Church, build in 1889, is laid out in the “Akron Plan” popular in the 1880s.

COOPERSTOWN – First Baptist Church of Cooperstown has received a $2,000 grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, one of 23 Sacred Sites Grants throughout the state totaling $256,000 that were announced today.

The money will be used for site drainage improvements, the announcement said.

First Baptist Church, constructed in 1889, was designed by Utica-based architect Melvin H. Hubbard, and is one of six historic churches in the village, including Templeton Hall, the former Unitarian-Universalist Church.

Clark $300k Grant Sets Up ‘Hospital Suite’ At Hartwick

Clark $300k Grant Sets Up

‘Hospital Suite’ At Hartwick

Assistant Professor Dana Plank instructs Briann Lehman, ’18, in the new Hospital Suite Simulation Unit set up in Smith Hall. (Hartwick College photo)

ONEONTA – Hartwick College has received a $300,000 grant from The Clark Foundation to help fund a new Hospital Suite Simulation Unit for the college’s Nursing Department. The new equipment will be located in repurposed space in Smith Hall.

The grant will enable the college to better prepare its nursing students to enter the field, and grow the department by another 10 students. This is the fourth such award from the foundation since 2011.

Milford Fightfighters Awarded $120,000 For 18 New Air Packs

Milford Fightfighters Awarded

$120,000 For 18 New Air Packs

MILFORD – The Village of Milford fire department has been awarded $120,000 to replace its aging air packs, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced today.

The money is provided by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistant to Firefighters’ Grant Program.

Second Assistant Fire Chief Damon West said the department’s SCBAs (self-contained breathing apparatuses) are 15 years old and cost $7,000 a piece to replace.  He said the grant will allow the department to buy $18,000 of the devices.

Fox Awarded $500,000 Grant To Study Transgender Health

Fox Awarded $500,000 Grant

To Study Transgender Health

Results May Make Oneonta Center of New Specialty
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The teams consists of, from left, P.A. Villa, Dr. Woolner-Wise, the Drs. Wolf-Gould, and Dr. Georgeson.

ONEONTA – Five practitioners from Fox Hospital’s Gender Wellness Center in Oneonta have been awarded $500,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program to study establishing a Transgender Center for Excellence within the Bassett Network.

This is part of a national program to improve health and reduce disparities in wellness and longevity across the United States.

Drs. Carolyn and Christopher Wolf-Gould, Dr. Diane Georgeson, physician assistant Tania Villa, and Justine Woolner-Wise, LCSW, are among the first cohort of 25 fellows nationally selected through a competitive process for the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program.

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