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Arc Otsego

Friends Remember Harold Ray, Who Reached for the Stars

Friends Remember Harold Ray,

A Man Who Reached for the Stars

More than two dozen friends of Harold Ray, The Arc Otsego’s inaugural recipient of its Reach for the Stars Award in 2016, remembered him during a memorial today at Arc’s  Lower River Street campus, with tears, laughter and admiration for his passionate advocacy for rights of the disabled. Mr. Ray passed away on Jan. 26, 2019, at age 75. Pictured are his close friends, Joe Pagillo, left, Vicky Marino in back, Ray Morgan, right, and Ben Vernooy, in front. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
Harold Ray, 75; Honored For Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

IN MEMORIAM

Harold Ray, 75; Honored For

Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

Harold Ray

ONEONTA – Harold Ray, formerly of Oneonta, the inaugural recipient of The Arc Otsego’s Reach for the Stars Award in 2016, formerly of Oneonta, passed away on Jan. 26, 2019, at his nephew’s home in Oxford.

The award honored Harold – known to many as a dapper gentleman, always dressed in his suit and tie – for overcoming obstacles in his life and continuing to strive to help others.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17

SUNY Oneonta Slam Poetry

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POETRY SLAM – 8 – 10:30 p.m. Open mic open to 10 students followed by featured slam poet Hanif Abdurraqib, author of poetry collection ‘The Crown Ain’t Worth Much,’ essayist, cultural critic from Columbus Ohio. Free, open to public. Waterfront room, Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2674946

HEATSMART LAUNCH – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Launch event of Heatsmart Otsego, featuring guest speaker Jay Egg, discussing basics of Geothermal energy, how far it can go toward renewable energy future, more. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/heat-smart-otsego-launch-event/

Pamela Stewart, 62; Residential Aide At Local Institutions

IN MEMORIAM: Pamela Stewart, 62;

Residential Aide At Local Institutions

HARTWICK – Pamela J. Stewart, 62, a residential aide at The Meadows, Arc and Springbook, passed away peacefully Tuesday night, Aug. 14, 2018, with family by her side at her home on Buchanan Drive in Hartwick following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born July 2, 1956, in New Berlin, a daughter of Franklin Jay and Wanda L. (McLean) Stewart.  After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1974, she attended college.

ARC Otsego Opens Otsego ReUse Center

ARC Otsego Opens

Otsego ReUse Center

Pat Knuth, Executive director of the Arc Otsego, Liz Shannon, Otsego County District 14 representative, Karen Sullivan, Otsego County, Bill Hardy, manager of Otsego ReUse Center, Ryan Eldred, assistant and Otsego ReUse Center, Barbara Ann Hegan, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Wolf, Otsego Chamber board member, and Darcy Dibble, CFO of the ARC, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of their location on Duane Street in Oneonta this morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Pat Knuth examines a selection of door and dresser fixtures.

ONEONTA – ARC Otsego celebrated the grand opening of their Otsego ReUse Center on Duane Street this morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of their location. Betty Li set up in the old Bresees’ warehouse, ReUse acts as a collection station for usable items that were destined for the landfill.

“Since our soft opening in November, we have already kept over fourteen tons of usable items out of our landfills.” remarked Pat Knuth, executive director of Arc Otsego.

“We have lots of people drop off great stuff!” said Bill Hardy, manager of the location. “Local contractors, Carpet Plus, Scholet furniture, Lowes, G&I Homes, SUNY Oneonta, they have all donated things here which we sell at a fraction of their original cost!”

The ARC plans to purchase the building from Mark Bresee in the fall and are currently looking for support to help with the purchase.The Otsego ReUse Center is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.

 

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13

Auction Action Discussion

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GALLERY TALK – 3:30 p.m. Discuss the enigmatic works of the late David Byrd with guest curators. Free admission. Refreshments available. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. Call (607)547-5327 or visit www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown/

CAREER FAIR – 2-7 p.m. See what jobs are available at Arc Otsego, 35 Academy St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-8595 or visit www.facebook.com/arcotsego/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUG. 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUG. 25

Classics From Broadway

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STARSTRUCK – 7:30 p.m. Local teens perform classic Broadway hits from plays like Annie, Wicked, Matilda, more in Starstruck Summer Cabaret. Tickets, $15. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call (607) 432-9392 or visit www.orpheustheatre.org

ART RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening reception for the Fine Art invitational exhibit showing the work of Upstate New York artisans working in wood and the Solo Exhibition in Watercolor by Patrice Downes Centore. Cooperstown Art Association. www.cooperstownart.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 27

Community Concert In The Park

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SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – 7 p.m. Presenting “Oneonta Community Concert Band” at the Bandstand, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. www.oneonta.ny.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/summer-concert-series/

ART EXHIBITION – 5-7 p.m. The Arc Otsego’s 13th Annual Voice! exhibit celebrates Artists with Developmental Disabilities. Reception includes live music, refreshment, and art for sale. $1,500 prize will be awarded and guests can cast their vote for the People’s Choice award. Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta. Call (607)432-8595 or visit www.facebook.com/arcotsego/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 12

Oneonta Outlaws Home Game

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HOME GAME – 7 p.m. The Oneonta Outlaws vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. Damaschke Field, Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaoutlaws.com/teams/default.asp?u=ONEONTAOUTLAWS&s=baseball&p=home

TALKING OPERA – 7 p.m. Kevin Miller, a Glimmerglass Festival Principal Coach/Accompanist, will lead a program focusing on the great American opera “Porgy and Bess.” Christ Church Parish Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown.

ARC On A Roll At 3rd Annual Bowl-A-Thon

ARC Otsego On A Roll At

3rd Annual Bowl-A-Thon

Troy Thompson, Oneonta, a customer service rep at ARC Otsego, sends his bowling ball down the lane at the third annual ARC Bowl-A Thon this afternoon at Holiday Lanes, Southside Oneonta. In rear, caregiver Sue Barnes, left, and house manager Geoff Simmons, help Nicholas Cosica ready his throw. Guests enjoyed food, raffles, a silent auction and door prizes. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 29

Showing ‘Citizenfour’

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FILM SERIES – 5:45 p.m. “Citizenfour.” Includes a vegetarian meal and childcare. No charge. RSVP requested. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, uuso@uuso.org, (607)432-3491 or visit uuso.org

INFORMATION SESSION – 5-7 p.m. For individuals with developmental disabilities and their families looking to have more choice in their support and services, Cynthia Spann and Vanessa Smith present about Self-Direction. The Arc Otsego, 35 Academy St., Oneonta. Info/register, Marty Kuhn, (607)267-3210 or email kuhnm@arcotsego.org or visit www.facebook.com/arcotsego/

RED DRAGON READING SERIES – 8 p.m. Marc Kelly Smith, the founder of the Poetry Slam. Free, all welcome. SUNY Oneonta. Info, www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/reddragonreading/reddragonreadingseries.asp or call (607) 436-3446.

Arc Receives $900,000 Grant To Upgrade Training Building

Arc Receives $900,000 Grant

To Upgrade Training Building

art-otsego-logoONEONTA – The Arc Otsego has been awarded $873,000 from Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program awards announced last week by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, grant to modernize 102 Browne St., which houses the agency’s employment services division.

The program provides site-based pre-vocational services to 78 people with developmental disabilities through the operation of a light manufacturing facility that includes packaging, assembly and fulfillment services for local businesses.

Lynette Marie Dibble, 63; Former Village Clerk Worked For Arc Otsego

IN MEMORIAM:  Lynette Marie Dibble, 63;

Former Village Clerk Worked For Arc Otsego

HARTWICK – Lynette Marie Dibble, 63, a former Richfield Springs village clerk and a community service provider for Arc Otsego, passed away peacefully on a beautiful Fall Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23, 2016, with her two sons and closest friends by her side.

She was born Oct. 31, 1952, in the Town of New Berlin, a daughter of the late Stanley G. and Lolita V. (Mead) Clark.  She graduated from Cooperstown Central School, Class of 1970.

Supporters ‘Catch The Glow’ at ARC Bowl-a-thon

Supporters ‘Catch The Glow’

At Second ARC Bowl-a-thon

James Straney, Oneonta, sets up his throw at the 2nd annual Catch The Glow Bowl-a-thon at Holiday Lanes this afternoon. The event, Hosted by The ARC Otsego, had 17 teams who raised money for the Helping Hands Fund, which helps to cover unexpected costs by those receiving ARC Otsego services. Lanes were sponsored by local businesses and individuals. Glow necklaces, door prizes and silent auction kept the place buzzing til close. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
James Straney, Oneonta, sets up his throw at the 2nd annual “Catch The Glow” Bowl-a-thon at Holiday Lanes this afternoon. The event, Hosted by The ARC Otsego, had 17 teams that raised money for the Helping Hands Fund, which helps to cover unexpected costs by those receiving ARC Otsego services. Lanes were sponsored by local businesses and individuals. Glow necklaces, door prizes and silent auction kept the place buzzing til close. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Felicia Weaver Arc’s Top Employee Of 2015

Felicia Weaver Arc’s Top Employee Of 2015

Felicia Weaver, left, receives Arc's Employee of 2015 Award from Executive Director Pat Knuth.
Felicia Weaver, left, receives Arc’s Employee of 2015 Award from Executive Director Pat Knuth.

ONEONTA – The Arc Otsego has named Felicia Weaver, RN/Residential Services, as the 2015 Arc Otsego Employee of the Year.  Weaver and the Arc Otsego 2015 Employees of the Month were honored Wednesday at a luncheon at Brooks BBQ.

“Felicia’s work ethic embodies The Arc Otsego mission, vision and values,” said Executive Director Patricia Knuth in announcing Weaver’s selection.  “Felicia supports people to be as healthy as they can so they can participate in goals and objectives to lead a full and fulfilling life, she establishes that people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities deserve the same health care as any other person and she clearly demonstrates that each person, employee or person receiving services, makes unique contributions to the community in which they live.”

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