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Alumni Weekend

Flynn & Miller Take Crown At Homecoming

OHS ALUMNI WEEKEND 2019

Flynn, Miller Crowned

At Homecoming Game

Jack Flynn and Francis Miller beam at the applauding crowds after they were crowned this year’s King and Queen of Homecoming during the Homecoming game halftime. The OHS Yellowjackets fell to the Norwich Purple Tornadoes 48-0. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Coroner Hurley, Basketball Star Ruff Named To OHS Wall, Hall

OHS ALUMNI WEEKEND 2019

Coroner Jim Hurley,

Hoop Star Mariah Ruff

Named To OHS Wall, Hall

Vince Foti, top, stands behind the 2019 inductees into the Oneonta Alumni Association’s Wall of Distinction and the Athletic Hall Of Fame following the Induction Ceremony at Belden Auditorium this afternoon at Oneonta High School. From left are Thomas Sturiale, ’53, Dr. Allie Terry-Fritsch, ’92, Mariah Ruff, ’14, Willie McCarthy, ’86, PAtrick Delaney, ’62, Rosalee Vroman (representing her late husband Richard Vroman, ’55,) Al Scheer, George Whetmore (representing friend Herb Greene, ’47, who could not attend) and James Hurley, ’53. Geoffrey Smith, ’65, one of the original founders of the Alumni Association, was named the Alumni of the Year. Alumni weekend continues at 3 p.m. as the Oneonta Yellow Jackets face off against Norwich during the homecoming game. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Welcome OHS Alumni!
Friends, Classmates Reunited At Alumni Banquet 

Welcome OHS Alumni!

Nick Lambros ’55 and Gay Lamonica Kelsey ’55, right, tell Nancy Wayman ’69, a story about being in homeroom together at Oneonta High School and getting kicked out of chemistry lab one day because they couldn’t stop laughing. The three joined hundreds of OHS alumni reuniting and swapping stories Friday night in the Armory, which included a dinner and beverages. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com
OHS Alumni Tee Off Weekend Of Celebrations
OHS ALUMNI WEEKEND 2018

Annual Gathering Starts

At Oneonta Country Club

Some 135 OHS Alumni, top, pose on the Oneonta Country Club’s putting green before this morning’s start of the annual Alumni Golf Tournament, which begins the annual weekend of reunion celebrations. Players have a chance to win loads of prizes including a 2019 Chevy Cruze if they get a hole-in-one! At right, as the sun comes out, Jim Sandoli, ’63, lines up a shot as son Jim Jr., ’02, and Phil Meagley, ’63, look on. Awards will be given out around 2:30 p.m. The Alumni Banquet is this evening at the Asa C. Allison Building.  Annual Wall of Fame inductions are Saturday morning at the high school, followed by the homecoming game in the afternoon.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Ahead of OHS Athletic Hall Induction, GOHS Honors Carl Delberta

Ahead of Athletic Hall Induction,

GOHS Honors Carl Delberta

Jennifer Delberta adjusts a boxing robe belonging to her grandfather Carl Delberta in a display of his boxing memorabilia soon to be on display at Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Delberta, founder of the Oneonta Boys and Girl’s Club, will join Geoff Bean, ’03, Terry Deery, ’68, George McGurl, ’67 and the 2002 Boys Track team in the Athletic Hall of Fame, while Everett Baroni, the 2018 Alumni of Distinction,leads Harold Anderson, ’48, Howard Canfield, ’32, Maryann Corrao Feree, ’72 and Diane Georgeson, ’75 on the Wall of Distinction. The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 6. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
OHS Alumni Gathering Sets New Record
OHS 2016 ALUMNI WEEKEND

Record Turnout At Armory

Over 70 years of OHS Alumni filled the gym of the Asa C. Allison Building for the annual gathering. This year 648 people attended, making it the largest alumni gathering on record. The class of 1966 had the biggest showing for their 50th anniversary. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Over 70 years of OHS Alumni filled the gym of the Asa C. Allison Building – the Armory – for the annual gathering. This year, 648 people attended, making it the largest alumni gathering on record. The Class of 1966 had the biggest showing for its 50th anniversary. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneontan Wins Pit Run 10K

Oneontan Wins Pit Run 10K 

For the first time in several years, an Oneontan won the PIT Run 10K. Matthew Pohren, seen here moments after crossing the finish line with a time of 34:19, is congratulated by State Trooper Tim McQuaid, Binghamton, who was the pacer vehicle for the race. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
For the first time in several years, an Oneontan has won the Pit Run 10K. Matthew Pohren, seen here moments after crossing the finish line with a time of 34:19, is congratulated by State Trooper Tim McQuaid, Binghamton, who was the pacer vehicle for the race. Nearly 900 participants took place in the 22nd Annual Pit Run in remembrance of Ricky J. “Pit” Parisian, a state trooper who lost his life while stopping an armed robbery in 1994.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
470 Alumni Meet, Share Memories at Banquet as Alumni Weekend Continues
REUNION WEEKEND ’15

At Banquet, 470 OHS Alumni

Take Stroll Down Memory Lane

Anne Laboda, class of '81, talks with Bud Perrone, her former Russian History teacher in high school and John Higgins, who was her principal when she went to Valley View elementary. They were among over 470 Oneonta Alumni who attended the banquet at the Asa C. Allison building Friday evening where classmate from the 40's -the 80's mingled and caught up with each other as OHS Alumni weekend continues. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Anne Laboda,  ’81, talks with Bud Pirone, center, her former Russian History teacher and later OHS principal, and John Higgins, who was her principal when she attended Valley View elementary. She was among over 470 Oneonta alumni who attended the banquet at the Asa C. Allison former Armory building Friday evening, where classmates from the ’40s through ’80s mingled and caught up with each other as OHS Alumni Weekend continues. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Planning Reunions Revived School Spirit

Planning Reunions Revived School Spirit

By LIBBY CUDMORE • HOMETOWN ONEONTA

Edition of Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

Recruited by Madolyn O. Palmer to the OHS Alumni Association, Kathy Moore Hewlett reconnected with her latent school spirit.
Recruited by Madolyn O. Palmer to the OHS Alumni Association, Kathy Moore Hewlett reconnected with her latent school spirit.

Getting active in the OHS Alumni Association was a chance for Kathy Hewlett to experience high school all over again.

“I feel like I missed a lot, graduating early,” she said. “This is a way of redeeming myself.”

Hewlett – Kathy Moore when she graduated in 1974 – is this year’s Alumni of the Year, to be fully recognized during the upcoming Alumni Weekend, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 3-5.

She graduated in January 1974 after doubling up in her junior year on history and home economics, with the latter discipline being particularly practical in the years that followed.

“When I was working for the alumni association at SUNY, we were setting up one of their diners and I noticed the silverware wasn’t set properly,” she said. “My home economics teacher, Enid Carter, that was her reunion, so I reset every single place!” she said. “I knew she’d be proud!”

After graduation, Hewlett devoted her time to being a mother and wife. She and her husband Dick have been married 37 years and have three children and a bevy of grandchildren. They live in Otego, where they operate a farm and a greenhouse, and she has worked for SUNY Oneonta for the past 16 years, first in the alumni office, then admissions, and now at the information desk at the Hunt Union.

In 2008, Hewlett returned to school to pursue a degree in history with a minor in Women & Gender Studies. “I’m taking a break right now,” she said. “Being a grandmother comes first.”

At the urging of Madolyn O. Palmer, an alumni association founder (and Common Council member), Hewlett joined the alumni association 10 years ago and set about reviving their newsletter. “It was mostly reminiscing,” she said. “We started changing it to include ‘Class Notes,’ about where alumni were living, what they were doing, announcements about their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren!” Sometimes it was difficult to find a person who had lost touch with the school and everyone they had attended it with, but we always managed to find a way and everyone we spoke to was thrilled to be involved.

The newsletter, modeled on the ones Hewlett put together while working at SUNY Oneonta, also included photos of alumni and nomination forms for the Wall of Distinction and the Athletic Hall of Fame. “The older alumni especially love the newsletter,” she said. “So many of them live so far away, and they love reminiscing.”

She also served as the secretary for six years, but stepped down when she started school.

And though she serves on the Wall of Distinction selection committee, she was “floored” when they read her name as the Alumni of the Year. “I had never, in my wildest dreams, considered myself worthy.”

Palmer has a different take: “She’s long overdue.”

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