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Recovery Run Virtual This Year, But Family Still Gathers To Reflect

Recovery Run Virtual This Year,

But Family Gathers To Reflect

Cathy Rothenberger, left, runs with granddaughters Addison, front, and Piper, left, in Neahwa Park marking the start of the 2020 Rothenberger Road to Recovery Run, in memory of her son Lucas. The race, organized by Friends of Recovery of Delaware-Otsego has gone virtual this year, allowing people from across the country to compete for the highest cumulative distance now through September 30. Friends and family gathered for a small ceremony this morning in solidarity to share memories and show support for community members struggling with addiction. “If people have the opportunity to open up, it helps relieve some of the pain.” said Cathy Rothenberger, as she stood with husband Dale. “There are resources and committed members of this community who can help you. We are a society of helping people and I hop that people can take advantage of that.”(Ian Austin/

Juneteenth Attendees Encouraged To ‘Speak Out’ Against Injustice

Juneteenth Attendees Told

‘Speak Out’ Against Injustice

Michelle Osterhoudt, former Oneonta City teacher and Common Council member, told the crowd gathered in Neahwa Park that as recently as two weeks ago, she was called a racial slur while out in the city with her daughter. “When you see an act of hatred, you need to speak out,” she said. “Because when you don’t, you allow that injustice to happen.” Osterhoudt was on hand to speak as part of the Juneteenth celebration, which brought art, dance, music and speakers to the park to celebrate the anniversary of the final emancipation of slaves in Galveston, Texas, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. (Libby Cudmore/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Celebrate Civil Rights, Learn How To Improve 06-19-20

First Juneteenth, Celebrate

155 Years Since End Of Slavery


CELEBRATE – 5 – 8 p.m. Celebrate our progress since the official end of slavery with food, music and art. Also, learn about all the work that still needs to be done. Please wear a mask & practice social distancing. Includes speakers at 6 with candlelight vigil at 7:45 p.m. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Visit for info.

Up, Up And Away!

Up, Up And AWAY!

Balloon Fest Begins In Neahwa Park

Dave Markowitz, Town of Maryland, and Ben Wagoner, Bristol, sit inside the basket of the Wild Ride balloon surrounded by crew members Stephanie Douglas, Gofftown, Michael Butler, Cooperstown, Nick Scherer, Schenevus, and Beth McGown, Cooperstown,  as they illuminate the hot air balloon during tonight’s balloon glow in Neahwa Park. At right, Savannah Wilson, Morris, and Emily Leonard, Pittsfleld, enjoy one of the inflatable attractions from the New York Bounce House. The festivities continue Saturday with the second annuall Rothenberger Run, live music, face painting, vendors, hot air balloons and more. (Ian Austin/

OPEC: Oneonta Dog Park A Possibility

OPEC: Oneonta Dog Park

A Possibility in Neahwa

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Here’s a photo from Wikipedia of a typical dog park.

ONEONTA – It’s not just dogs that will benefit from the proposed Oneonta dog park.

“There are a lot of dog lovers in Oneonta,” said Common Council member Michele Frazier, First Ward. “People who love dogs meet each other at dog parks, it fosters community.”

The dog park, which has been proposed several times over the past few years, was once again brought to the table during the city’s Operations, Planning and Evaluations Committee meeting on Monday, Aug. 26.

Pups Parade For Superheroes In Ripped Jeans

Pups Parade In Neahwa For

Superheroes In Ripped Jeans

Rich and Janine Rosener rest with their puppy, Derby, alongside  Karen Bazan and Snickers, Liz Hall and Pongo, and Marietta Maben and Tinker following the Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans’ walk-a-thon in Neahwa Park earlier this afternoon. The $1,325 raised from pledges from the walkers will go toward paying for the building of the Super Heroes new animal shelter.  (Jennifer Hill/
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