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Hometown People Feb 28 Mar 01 2019

Hometown People:

Feb. 28 –  Mar. 01, 2019

Table Rock Bouldering Cuts Ribbon On Adventure

Jennifer Hill/HOMETOWN ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig heralds Table Rock Bouldering as “a business that is exactly right for Oneonta,” at the Market Street rock climbing venue’s ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, Feb. 25. Standing next to the mayor are, from left, proprietor Jay Shultis, Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce president, and manager Luke Malone. In back, Eamon Connors demonstrates his gravity-defying climbing abilities.


HOLOQUIST ON LIST: Jennica M. Holoquist, Oneonta, has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the fall 2018 semester. She is majoring in Psychology.

MANCUSO LAUDED: Logan J. Mancuso, Oneonta, is on the Fall 2018 Dean’s List at St. Lawrence University. He is a member of the Class of 2019 and is majoring in neuroscience.

After 40 Years Town Clerk Is Retiring

WEST ONEONTA – Cheryl Shackelton, Oneonta town clerk for the last 40 years, has announced her retirement effective May 29, 2019.
“This will be an enormous loss for the town,” said Town Supervisor Bob Wood this afternoon. “Cheryl’s experience and organization skills will be very difficult to replace. “Her personality perfectly fit the role of town clerk,” he said.
The town board will be actively seeking someone to fill the position until after this year’s election cycle. Interested parties should contact either the clerk’s office or the supervisor at 607-432-2900.
The salary has been set at $32,000-$40,000. Wood said he’s trying to get the word out as soon as possible, since the election calendar has been moved up and petitions have to be circulated this week, so there’s a need to find a qualified person quickly who would also be interested in running for election in November.
The clerk’s position involves the issuance of dog, marriage, hunting and fishing licenses, death certificates, handicap permits and organizing correspondence to the town and attending board meetings and taking minutes.
The clerk is also the records management officer.

OHS Tenor Slated To Perform With All-Eastern Choir

ONEONTA – Zen Lavin, an OHS senior, has been selected to perform as a tenor with 300 vocalists as part of the mixed chorus at the 2019 NAFME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles on Sunday, April 7 in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh on Sunday, April 7.
Zen, with the help of OHS Choir Director Megan Dyer, will prepare to perform vocal music with the ensemble under choral conductor and composer Rollo Dillworth from Temple University.




Hometown People: Feb 21 22 2019

Hometown People: Feb. 21-22, 2019

3 From Otsego Appointed To Family Planning Board


Gretchen Hodgdon, M.D, Tim Parsons and Jeanne Payne, MSN, MBA, CNS have been named to the 2019 Board of Directors for Family Planning of South Central New York.
The local, independent nonprofit organization provides high quality, affordable reproductive health care and sexuality education in Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties.
All medical care at the agency’s five local health centers — Binghamton, Norwich, Oneonta, Sidney and Walton — is overseen by a Board Certified Gynecologist. Medical services may be free or on a sliding fee scale.

HOMETOWN People Jan 30 2019

Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2019

Winter Fest At Gilbert Lake Means Winter Fun

With snow left over from Winter Storm Harper, there was plenty of winter to be enjoyed at the annual Winterfest at Glibert Lake on Saturday, Oct. 26. Above, OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley, left, talks with Kathryn Daily, Oneonta, as he leads a snowshoeing tour around Gilbert Lake. Below, Tami-Lee Volgari, Oneonta, sleds down a hill with her daughter Eama-Lee



OFO Selects 2019 Board of Directors

ONEONTA – Sita Fey has been named as the president of the Opportunities for Otsego Board of Directors for 2019.
In addition to Fey, Bryce Fredrick was elected vice president, Dr. Benjamin Friedell was elected secretary and David Merzig was elected treasurer.
Members at Large include Katie Bottger, Dan Butterman, Fanny Clements, Alan Donovan, Catarinna Ferrara, Lynn Kent, Melinda Murdock, Tim Parsons, Lisa Samols, Erin Seeley, Ana Vendemmia, and Lorrie Wolverton.
The Board of Directors sets policy for the organization and gives guidance to senior staff in assisting low income people in Otsego County.

THREE ON TOP: Mary Catella, Oneonta, was named to the Dean’s List at Cazenovia College.
Also on the list were:
• Gloria Banks, Oneonta
• Eliya Pickwick, Maryland.
WHEELER LAUDED: Kyla Wheeler, Oneonta, has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester.


Jim Kevlin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA – Jeff Wanke of Oneonta, a popular and helpful manager at Cooperstown’s Price Chopper, is back on the job Wednesday, Jan. 23 receiving congratulations from well wishers after a medical leave.


Security-Guard’s Death Prompts Bassett To Give Away CO Detectors

COOPERSTOWN – Having lost one of their own – Wade Bostwick, a Milford resident and well-liked security guard who died Saturday, Nov. 24, a victim of carbon-monoxide poison – the Bassett Hospital community is taking steps to prevent it from happening again.
Working with Kidde, the fire-safety products manufacturer, the healthcare network has arranged to provide carbon-monoxide detectors free to anyone who might need one, Executive Vice President & COO Ronette Wiley announced.
Department heads will be coordinating distribution in the next few weeks.
Since Bostwick’s passing, “We have had a number of patients who have required treatment for this,” said Wiley in a message to employees. “With our bitter cold and snow, this is the time of the year where there is an increased danger.”
She pointed out carbon monoxide “is an odorless and colorless gas that can build up indoors and poison people and animals who unknowingly breathe it in. This gas comes from fumes produced when fuel is burned in lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces.”


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