[Editor’s note: Last week, we published a letter from Ln Alessi about her daughter, Vincenza, a 2012 Cooperstown Central School graduate who received a bone marrow transplant. This is an update to that letter.]
“Scary news today, the transplant didn’t take,” Ln Allesi posted on Facebook last week. “We are praying for strength and wisdom.”
With that, Cooperstown Central teachers Jennifer Pindar and Rebecca Sciallo jumped into action to help Vincenza find a matching donor.
The Middlefield Town Democrats will sponsor a candidates meet-and-greet from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 1, at 190 Ottoway Road. Tents will be up in case of rain.
“The ice cream social will be an occasion to meet Democratic candidates for Middlefield offices in an open, natural setting,” Owen Weikert, chair of Middlefield Democrats, said. “We welcome family, friends and neighbors. We’ll have live music, too!”
Among those present will be David Karl, a write-in candidate for town supervisor. Karl was the director of engineering at Bassett Hospital. Other candidates present will be two residents running to be members on the town board. Peggy Leon, an earlier successful write-in candidate, is seeking re-election. Joining Leon on the ballot is Jennifer Pindar, a local high school teacher and girls’ soccer coach. Incumbent Highway Superintendent Brendan Kraham is seeking re-election. Arthur Weinstock, a former business executive who works at the Baseball Hall of Fame, is the candidate for Town Clerk.Charlie Varney, a former respiratory therapist and current local busines owner with deep roots in the community, is the candidate for Otsego County Board of Representatives.
Organizers ask residents to RSVP with numbers attending at www.tinycurl.com/MiddlefieldDems.
For more than 15 years Cooperstown High School history teacher Jennifer Pindar has loved leading student groups on educational trips abroad, a tradition she will continue after the coronavirus pandemic canceled last year’s trip.
In 2022, Pindar will lead a student trip to London, Belgium and Amsterdam. The destinations were agreed on in consultation with educational travel company World Strides. Along with Pindar, students will be accompanied by tour guides from World Strides and parents and teachers who agree to chaperone. The school is not involved in this trip.
The itinerary includes Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and other attractions. Students will also take excursions around Brussels and Bruges in Belgium. In Amsterdam, highlights will include visits to the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.