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Friends Gather In Memory

Of Student Who Passed Away

Hundreds of students gathered in the President’s Garden outside of SUNY Oneonta’s Milne Library this evening to share their memories of Nicholas Stagnitta, 20, of Patchogue, who died by suicide on Saturday, Aug 25. Above, two of his ZBT fraternity brothers Kevin Middleton and Sam Campolo comfort each other after speaking about Nick. “He encouraged me to feel worthy in my own life.” said Middleton. “I couldn’t have asked for a better friend.” Speakers all remarked on his compassion, love and his ability to lift up and bring out the best in those around him. Rabbi Meir Rubashkin, right, also offered words of comfort: “If you are not forgotten, you are not gone. We speak about his spirit, his smile; that is his soul. His impact and his life will live on through us all.” Students and staff will be wearing blue and yellow ribbons on Friday in support of Nicholas’ family and friends. (Ian Austin/

Bookout Breaks Easter Egg Hunt Record

Big Hearts, Big Numbers

At Bookout Easter Egg Hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bookout Funeral Home broke it’s previous attendance record this morning as 93 children and their families came to enjoy the festivities. Children could search for candy-filled eggs in four different rooms, enjoy tasty treats and enter for and chance to win prizes. Above, Kayleigh Deloge, left, and Jordan-Lynn Bordieri, right, Oneonta dig for eggs in the balloon room. At right,  Connor Stokes, left, Oneonta, stands with his friend Patrick Grace who he presented with a new bike during the raffle. “His bike was falling apart and I knew he needed a new one. I put my tickets in to win the bike and I said if I won, I would give it to him.” (Ian Austin/

Past, Present & Future Of Urban Renewal Focus of GOHS Panel

Urban Renewal, City Planning

Focus of GOHS Panel Talk

Keynote speakers SUNY President Nancy Kleniewski and Mayor Gary Herzig listen as Hartwick College Prof. Carly Ficano her remarks during a panel discussion on trends in urban renewal policies past and present held this afternoon at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. “Oneonta needs to consider how it looks to the outside world.” said Ficano, “We need to consider what we have to offer in order to bring new people and businesses to the area.” The panel discussed various trends that arose in the the 60’s and 70’s and how their effects are still felt and seen today in current and future urban planning for the City of Oneonta. (Ian Austin/
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