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Hartwick Christens New Field After Wright Benefactors


Hartwick Christens Field

After College Benefactors

During Hartwick College’s True Blue Weekend, the Hartwick Hawks football team Saturday played its first game in the newly re-done Wright Stadium. At half-time, Hartwick President Margaret Drugovich, middle, officially re-named the field after college benefactors Clyde and Millie Wright.   Drugovich is seen with, from left, the Wrights’ son Brian,  Special Counsel, Howard & Kattell, the Binghamton law firm; Hartwick lacrosse player Tim Watson, Swoop, Brian Wright’s wife Josie, board chair David Long, and lacrosse player Rachel Hedden, underneath the new sign at the entrance to the field. The sign will eventually spin so it will read “The Clyde” during boys games, and “The Millie” during girls games. (Ian Austin/
Oneonta Celebrates Diversity As Pridefest Returns

2nd Pride Day Features

Parade, Entertainment

Hundreds of LBGTQ and their friends, family and allies took to the streets of Oneonta on Saturday to celebrate during the second annual Pridefest. The event, hosted by the Otsego Pride Alliance, included a rally in Neahwa Park honoring Rev. Theresa Sivers and Rev. Craig Schwalenberg for their support in the movement. Above, Oneonta’s Fiona Maloney, Caroline Bagby and Kate White march along Main Street during the parade. At right, Reese Cash, Oneonta, gets her photo taken with drag queen Janyra as festivities in the park kicked off with live music, The Catskill Puppet Theater, the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus, a drag show, Cosmic Karma Fire and more. “I did not anticipate how much this event meant to people.” said event organizer Elayne Mosher Campoli, “We feel valued and respected in our identities. The reaction to Pridefest has been overwhelmingly positive.” (Ian Austin/



Volunteers Do $70k In Service During Into The Streets

Volunteers Do $70k In Service

During Into The Streets

Ethan Stortecky, Treyvon Johnson, Lauren Weaver and Michelle Hansen clean up cigarette butts and other garbage from in front of Cynthia Marsh’s First People mural on Chestnut Street Extension as part of the 18th annual Into The Streets event. The event is put on by SUNY Oneonta students who, together with other volunteers from JobCORPS and citizens did over $70,000 worth of service around the city. Locations included the YMCA, Friends of Recovery, CANO, The Lord’s Table, Main Street and more. (Ian Austin/
Seniors Tour The Bright Side Of Oneonta

Nader Towers Seniors Tour

The Bright Side Of Oneonta

For the second year in a row, seniors of Nader Towers enjoyed a free tour of Oneonta’s Christmas lights this evening courtesy of Carla Balnis and Oneonta Public Transit. The bus toured the streets from East End to West End enjoying holiday light displays while Oneonta’s DJ Wooden and Judy Pitel, above, led the riders in singing Christmas songs. When the bus reached 10 Tilley Ave, home owner John Hayen, (seen at right withWooden), boarded and wished everyone a Merry Christmas and to tell them his light count has reached 30,100! Riders then made their way back to Nader Towers where they enjoyed pizzas and drinks donated by Pizza 23 West in West Oneonta. (Ian Austin/

Art, Music, & Sales Fill Oneonta Weekend

Downtown Sales Kick Off

Arts And Music Weekend

Stephanie Walls, Cherry Valley and Tom Driscoll, Roseboom, browse through the shoe sale selections at McLaughlan’s Shoes in Oneonta on Friday afternoon. Deals at this and other downtown businesses can be found throughout the weekend as part of the annual Sidewalk Sale, now partnered with The City Of The Hills Arts & Music Festival, which runs tomorrow 10am-4pm. (Ian Austin/




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