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Alumni Field House

Drago Honored At Veteran’s Concert

10TH DIVISION BAND PLAYS HERE

Dean Of Oneonta

WWII Vets, Drago

Honored At Concert

Gene Schmidt, organizer of this afternoon’s 10th Mountain Division Jazz Band concert, shakes hand with World War II veteran Tony Drago, Oneonta, after Drago was honored with a surprise mayoral proclamation preceding this afternoon’s performance in the SUNY Alumni Field House. At 97, Drago is among the city’s oldest surviving veterans.  At right, soloist Sgt. Michelle Dykes, stationed Fort Drum near Watertown,  sings while accompanied by Specialist Derrick on tuba. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Symphony Sets Fundraising Record!

AL RUBIN WINS COMPETITION

CSO Conductor Contest

Raises Record $46,321

Al Rubin, president, A&D Transport Services, which provides taxi and medical transport services in Central New York and the Southern Tier, took the honor of leading the The Catskill Symphony Orchestra in ‘Stars And Stripes Forever’ during this year’s Guest Conductor Competition at the SUNY Alumni Field House this evening. At right, Libby Cudmore, Managing Editor of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and AllOTSEGO.com, challenged the audience to help her write the headline “Symphony Raises Record Amount” and they delivered, bringing in $46,321 by the evening’s end. Also in the competition was Cindy Donaldson, choral music director for Oneonta Middle School, director of First Presbyterian Church Choir and conductor of the Catskill Choral Society Children and Youth Choir. Laura Dohner, executive director of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, said, “Not only was it the most money we have raised, it was the closest competition we’ve had on record.”(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Mills Distinguished Lecture Hosts Author Bryan Stevenson

Include ‘Poor, Excluded,’

Mills’ Lecturer Exhorts

Bryan Stevenson, above, author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” presents this year’s Mills Distinguished Lecture at the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Field House this evening. Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson spoke on ways the audience might go about changing the world. “Our capacity to change our world is waiting for us with the poor and excluded.” he said. “We cannot get to where we want to go if we are unwilling to change our narrative.” He went to highlight the importance of telling the truth and staying hopeful and to be willing to talk about things that are uncomfortable and inconvenient. At right: David Brenner,  a College Council member, and Sid and Deb Parisian sit enraptured. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Lecture By Author ‘Just Mercy:

A Story Of Justice & Redemption’

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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Presenting this years Mills Distinguished Lecture, Bryan Stevenson is author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” describing the early years of Stevenson’s legal practice after founding Equal Justice Initiative to represent the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children and the injustice he and his clients encountered in our Justice system. Free, open to public. Alumni Field House, Dewar Arena, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2644191

PUBLIC SPEAKING – 5:30 p.m. Practice public speaking with the toastmasters. All welcome. The White House Building, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1466 or e-mail b.fischer@fenimoreart.org.

Margot Lee Shetterly

Author Margot Lee Shetterly:

‘Look For Your Hidden Figures’

Above, Neil and Linda Riddell, Oneonta, sit enraptured as they and the rest of the audience listen to Margot Lee Shetterly, right, whose “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Us Win the Space Race,” became a hit movie this summer.  She was the guest lecturer at the 2017 Mills Distinguished Lecture at the Alumni Field House this evening. Shetterly spoke on how she came to know the lives of these women, how she was able to bring their story to light and how continues to inspire her and a new generation. (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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SUNY Shares Ishmael Beah’s Story With High School Students

SUNY Shares Ishmael Beah’s

Story With High School Students

1,200 high school students from Otsego, Schoharie and Delaware counties were at the SUNY Alumni field house this morning to hear author and human rights activist Ishmael Beah speak about his book "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier," this year's Common Read selection. Beah gave the Mills Distinguished lecture last night. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
1,200 high school students from Otsego, Schoharie and Delaware counties were at the SUNY Alumni field house this morning to hear author and human rights activist Ishmael Beah speak about his book “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” this year’s Common Read selection. Beah gave the Mills Distinguished lecture last night. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
SUNY Hosts 13th Annual Relay For Life at Field House

SUNY Hosts 13th Annual Relay For Life

at Field House

The SUNY Alumni Field House hosted the annual Relay For Life last night, which, at 11pm, had made over $51,000 dollars. Seen here are members of Team Mimi, which was formed three weeks ago to honor the late Jackie Ruff who had worked at SUNY. Under the leadership of Laurie Emmett they have started a peer lead support group for people living with Cancer and their families on the 3rd Wed. of every month at the Hunt Union. From left: Ethan Lowe, Otego, Elaine Lowe, Otego, Moira Beach, Oneonta, Diane Loveland, Otego, Laura Emmett, Maryland, Judi McWherter, Oneonta, Rachael Price, Oneonta, Kate Bronk, Oneonta, and Natalia Allen, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
The SUNY Alumni Field House hosted the annual Relay For Life last night, which, at 11pm, had made over $51,000 dollars. Seen here are members of Team Mimi, which was formed three weeks ago to honor the late Jackie Ruff who had worked at SUNY. Under the leadership of Laurie Emmett they have started a peer lead support group for people living with Cancer and their families on the 3rd Wed. of every month at the Hunt Union. From left: Ethan Lowe, Otego, Elaine Lowe, Otego, Moira Beach, Oneonta, Diane Loveland, Otego, Laura Emmett, Maryland, Judi McWherter, Oneonta, Rachael Price, Oneonta, Kate Bronk, Oneonta, and Natalia Allen, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
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