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Hometown 4th of July

Streaker Steals Show At 4th Of July Baseball Game

Streaker Steals Show At

4th Of July Baseball Game

County Rep. Danny Lapin snapped this picture of the streaker at the Oneonta Outlaws game on Thursday, July 4 and posted it to his Facebook page.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Exclusive

ONEONTA – Fans of the Oneonta Outlaws got more than extra innings when a streaker ran across the outfield during a break in the game for the 4th of July fireworks.

“We got a call on the radio that there was a naked man running across Damaschke Field,” said Police Chief Doug Brenner. “One of our guys asked for a description, and the caller said, ‘It’s a guy with no clothes on!'”

Oneonta Enjoys A Colorful 4th of July


Colors Abound

At Oneonta’s 4th

Dr. Joe Rufrano barrels through a cloud of color during the annual Color Run that kicked off today’s annual Hometown Fourth of July celebration in Neahwa Park.  The celebration continued with a parade at noon, followed with live music, food, vendors, bounce houses, demonstrations, and more. Fireworks will follow this evening night. (Ian Austin/
Delgado In Oneonta For 4th of July Festivities

Delgado In Oneonta

For July 4th Festivities

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado meets with Carla Nordstrom, a democratic activist from Seeds of Change, during Oneonta’s Hometown 4th of July celebration in Neahwa Park this afternoon. With him are Mayor Gary Herzig and Police Chief Doug Brenner. The city was one of three stops on Delgado’s first day campaigning following his primary win on Tuesday, July 26. (Parker Fish/


ONEONTA – There are 163 towns in the 19th Congressional District, many of them with fireworks, parades and other events celebrating Independence Day.  And Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate for Congress, chose to spend his Fourth of July in Oneonta.

“Oneonta is a wonderful place,” he said. “I have a responsibility to touch every part of the district, to meet with people and listen to them.”

Color Run Fun Starts Oneonta 4th Festivities

Color Run Fun Starts

Oneonta 4th Festivities

Sabrina Beckerink and Mica Halleran, Oneonta, run past Abby Lederman, Oneonta, who douses them in blue powder during the Color Run, held this morning in Neahwa Park as part of the city’s annual Hometown 4th of July festivities. The fun continues with a parade at noon, followed by music, games and more in Neahwa park, an Outlaws baseball game and fireworks at dusk. (Ian Austin/
New SUNY President Named Parade Grand Marshal

SUNY President’s 1st Duty:

4th Parade Grand Marshal

Barbara Jean Morris

ONEONTA – As she begins her new job today, SUNY Oneonta’s news president, Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, has already assumed her first civic assignment: She will be Grand Marshal of the city’s Hometown Fourth of July parade this Wednesday.

The parade marks the first public event for the new president, who arrived on campus last week to begin her tenure as SUNY Oneonta’s eighth president.

Morris, the former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., is the college’s second female president – after Nancy Kleniewski, who completed her 10-year tenure June 22 – and proud of her Native American ties.

Police Assured A Fun, Safe Hometown 4th

Police Assured A Fun,

Safe Hometown 4th

Facebook Threat Investigated,

Deemed “Not Credible” By FBI

Fireworks, as seen over Neahwa Park this evening, closed out the Hometown 4th of July festivities. (Ian Austin/
Fireworks over Neahwa Park closed out the Hometown 4th of July festivities. (Ian Austin/

ONEONTA – With extra patrols on hand and monitoring by the State Police, the Oneonta Police Department helped assure that the Hometown 4th of July was a safe and celebratory time for all.

On Thursday, June 30, Matthias Czako, Georgia, posted on Facebook claiming that Oneonta’s 4th of July event in Neahwa Park would be a target of domestic terrorism.  “We had people calling, messaging us on Facebook asking us if we had seen the post,” said police Lt. Douglas Brenner. “We contacted the FBI and Homeland Security, and they talked with the person who posted it.  He wasn’t making a threat, he thought he was warning us.”

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