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Gaylord Dillingham

Ground Broken, And $2M Raised, For New Shelter

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Ground Broken,

And $2M Raised,

For New Shelter

With Success, ‘Shelter Us’ Finds $3M

Will Be Needed, And Sets New Target

Turning golden shovels at today’s noontime groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna SPCA animal shelter on Route 28 at Index are, from left, “Shelter Us” committee member Anne Laing, benefactress Ann Vitullo, benefactress Jane Forbes Clark, “Shelter Us” campaign chair Gaylord Dillingham and shelter Executive Director Stacie Hayes. Behind them, from left, are volunteer Sue Leonard, and board members Peter Gould, Kathy Clarkson and Corey Moffat. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Better Exchange Thrift Store Manager Sara Lucas sets up panels showing artist’s renderings of the prospective animal shelter, on view for the first time today.

INDEX – There was plenty of good news, high spirits and benefactors aplenty at today’s groundbreaking on the new Susquehanna SPCA shelter on Route 28.  Plus a new goal to strive for.

First, it was announced the $250,000 matching grant from Staffworks President Anita Vitullo has been met, contributing $500,000 total to the $2 million original goal.

Second, it was announced the $2 million goal has been met, but also that an expanding vision has required a new goal — $3 million – with four years to meet the new target.

“We’re here to do it once and to do it right,” Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes declared in announcing the new goal to an upbeat and applauding crowd.

What Are Litterers Thinking When They Toss Beer Cans?
from GAYLORD DILLINGHAM

What Are Litterers Thinking

When They Toss Beer Cans?

To The Editor:

Although I understand that I am not alone in my annoyance and frustration over the never-ending problem of litter around Lake Otsego, it also puzzles me that anyone would cavalierly hurl a Budweiser can or McDonald’s wrapper out a car window without the slightest regard to consequence.

Maybe they think:

  • When snow melts so do all cans, bottles and plastic wrappers.
  • Garbage of all kinds, particularly that which is not biodegradable, enhances and beautifies the landscape.
  • There are people hired by the government who will clean up whatever I leave by the side of the road, or
  • Who cares what the community I live in looks like?

Like countless other local citizens, I care enough about the problem of litter to periodically stop my car, pick up cans and bottles, and put it into the recycling bin or trash.

But without everyone doing their part, particularly with their own garbage, it is a losing battle.

Please do your part to keep Glimmerglass beautiful.

GAYLORD DILLINGHAM

Springfield Center

 

SSPCA Benefactor Offers $250K, But We Must Match It

SSPCA Benefactor

Offers $250K Match

For New Donations

Public Share Would Put $2 Million

‘Shelter Us’ Target Within Reach

Susquehanna SPCA benefactor and Staffworks President Anita Vitullo, Clinton, above center, poses with SSPCA board members after announcing a few minutes ago that, dollar-for-dollar, she will match forthcoming donations to the “Shelter Us” fund drive up to $250,000.  If fully realized, Vitullo’s contribution will bring the $2 million drive to build a new animal shelter to $1.75 million, only $250,000 short of its $2 million.  Posing with her after the announcement at the current shelter in Hartwick Seminary are, from left, Jill Basile, Oneonta; Shannon Stockdale, Maryland; board Chairman Gaylord Dillingham, Springfield; Merilyn Gould, Morris; Executive Director Stacie Haynes, and Peter Gould, Morris.  Inset, after introducing Vitullo, Haynes hugs her as the benefactor prepares to make the announcement.  The new state-of-the-art shelter will be located on Route 28 next to St. Mary’s Cemetery.  More details in this week’s Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta, on newsstand tomorrow afternoon.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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