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Oneonta Job Corps

Job Corps Honors Fallen Hero Heller

Job Corps Honors

Fallen Hero Heller

Chris Kuhn, Director of the Oneonta Job Corps Academy, addresses family, friends and firefighters gathered in ‘the octagon,’ a hallway interchange on the third floor of Oneonta Job Corps named in honor of the late John D. Heller, who lost his life in December rescuing his fiancee and their nephews from the Walling Street arson. “We love him and we miss him.” said Kuhn. “It is our hope that when people walk through this space they will see his story and be inspired.” Members of the Oneonta Fire Department were present, as well as Mayor Gary Herzig, who remarked “This intersection was always full of life, it is only fitting it should be named after him.” At right, Heller’s fianceé Amber Roe speaks beneath his photo. “This is where we met. We spent a lot of time here talking and it was here fell in love.” Photos and stories of Heller’s life and sacrifice, along with his helmet signed by loved ones, are now on display in the John D. Heller Memorial. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Job Corps Host Blood Drive To Honor John Heller

Job Corps Host Blood Drive

To Honor Fatal-Fire Victim

John D. Heller

ONEONTA – A community blood drive will be held in honor of John Heller, the former firefighter and Life Skill Supervisor who was killed in the Walling Street arson last December.

The community drive will be held 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 in the gym at the Oneonta Job Corps, 21 Homer Folks Ave, with the dedication of the John Heller memorial on the third floor octagon at 2 p.m.

Delgado Tours Job Corps, Airport, Even Flies Drone

Delgado Tours Job Corps,

Airport, Even Flies Drone

Congressman Antonio Delgado, R-19, pauses for a photo op this afternoon at Oneonta Job Corps’ Robert B. Sweeney Smart Grid Advanced Training Yard. He observed the new class of Overhead Line students climbing – see them on the poles? – and talked to a graduate who is leaving with five others to start his new job as a lineman at Rocky Mountain Fiber Plus in Connecticut. Delgado then visited the Drone Pilot Class at Oneonta Airport, even trying his hand flying a drone.  With Delgado in this photo are, from left, Bill Renwick, Kimberley McIntyre, Israel Delgado, Barbara Torrey, John Patrick Baptista, Dave Simmons, Steve Brown, Amy Fleury, Jacob Martetin and Tracie Hunt. Crouching in front is Andy Guerrero Reynoso.
Sharon E. Spencer, 67; Worked At Hampshire House, Job Corps

IN MEMORIAM: Sharon E. Spencer, 67;

Worked At Hampshire House, Job Corps

ONEONTA – Sharon E. Spencer, 67, an administrator at Hampshire House during part of her 17 years on Oneonta, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

She also worked as a career mentor for Job Corps and a healthcare administrator for Hampshire House. She found both roles challenging but rewarding.

Outlaws Owner Gifts Damaschke Field Print To City Hall

Outlaws Owner Gives Print

Of  Damaschke Field To City 

At the top of tonight’s meeting, Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing presents Common Council with a drone photo of Damaschke Field, taken last September by Oneonta Job Corps’ first drone program’s students. “This is something you’ll hopefully put up at City Hall someplace,” he said. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
John D. Heller, 38, Died Saving Fiancé, 4 Nephews
IN MEMORIAM

John D. Heller, 38, Died

Saving Fiancé, 4 Nephews

John D. Heller

ONEONTA – John D. Heller, 38, of Oneonta, gave his life saving the love of his life and fiancé, Amber Roe and his four precious nephews on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018.

He was born Sept. 22, 1980, in Oneonta, the son of John R. and Gayle (Eggler) Heller.
John graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 2000. He attended Herkimer Community College.

John was a Life Skills supervisor at Oneonta Job Corps Academy. He was well loved and respected by both his coworkers and his students.  He was a former Oneonta firefighter.

Chamber To Honor Job Corps, OCCA

Chamber To Honor

Job Corps, OCCA

Awards Planned At ‘Summer Soiree’

ONEONTA – Oneonta Job Corps and the OCCA (Otsego County Conservation Association) are recipients of the Otsego Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 “Sustainable Success” Awards, it was announced today.

The award winners will be honored at the chamber’s Summer Soiree Thursday, July 19, at Oneonta Municipal Airport, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Shane Smith’s Legacy Honored At Job Corps

Shane Smith’s Legacy

Honored At Job Corps

Wife Debbie Smith and son Sean lift the cover on a memorial marker today in honor of the late Shane Smith, who started the overhead line program at the Oneonta Job Corps.  At right is Job Corps Director Chris Kuhn. In honor of his contribution to the school and his students, the all-weather training dome, located in the Sweeney Smart Grid Training Complex, was christened the Shane Smith Memorial Dome. A memorial area around was created in-house by the Underground Residential Distribution Advanced Training Class, while the plaque and stone were made by the tile setters.  Smith died at age 69 April 10 in Norwich.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOV. 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOV. 9

Kick Off Glimmerglass Film Days

14-19eventspage OPENING RECEPTION – 7:30-9:15 p.m. Celebrate the beginning of Glimmerglass Film Days. Meet filmmakers, artists, experts in their fields. Includes the companion exhibition “On Arrival.” Village Hall Ballroom, Cooperstown. Visit www.glimmerglassfilmdays.org/films-events/opening-party2017

HISTORY PROGRAM – 6:30 p.m. John Bowers, the Director of Marketing at Hyde Hall, presents “Lights of Hyde Hall.” Kinney Memorial Library, Co. Hwy. 11, Hartwick. www.facebook.com/OtsegoIsHistory/ or call Deb Mackenzie @ (607)293-6635 or Harriett Geywits @ (315)858-2575

A Good Day For Ducks

A Good Day For Ducks

Blake Stensland, Gilbertsville, and Kristen Winn, Morris, dump two bins of ducks into the Mill Race during the last heat of the Duck Derby in Neahwa Park this afternoon. The event, sponsored by Oneonta Job Corps, and hosted by The Family Resource Network was raising funds for the Legacy Resource Fund, which helps parents of children with disabilities cover costs not covered by insurance. The even today raised almost $1,500 towards the fund. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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John D. Cook, 57; Oneonta Job Corps Security Guard

IN MEMORIAM: John D. Cook, 57;

Oneonta Job Corps Security Guard

John D. Cook

ONEONTA – John D. Cook, Jr., 57, a security guard at Oneonta Job Corps for several years, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Fox Hospital.

He was born Aug. 9, 1959, in Portsmouth, N.H., the son of John D. Cook, Sr. and Joan (Bennett) Cook.

John loved his motorcycle, working on vehicles and fishing and boating.

Girl Reported Missing From Oneonta Job Corps

Girl Reported Missing

From Oneonta Job Corps

Delany Ramos
Delany Ramos

ONEONTA – A 16-year-old girl is believed to have run away from the Oneonta Job Corps Academy early this morning and may be headed towards Rochester, according to state police.

Delany Ramos, a  student at Job Corps, was reported missing to police this morning.  She is Hispanic, about 5 feet tall, medium build and blonde hair.  It is unknown what she was wearing.

Anyone who has seen her or has information on her disappearance is asked to please call the New York State Police at (607) 432-3212.

OJC, Partners Screen Film On Bullying Consequences

OJC, Partners Screen Film

On Bullying Consequences

Oneonta Job Corps Academy last evening hosted a screening of the Netflix movie “Audrie & Daisy,” which focuses on the tragic consequences surrounding two sexual assault cases involving high school students, at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. As part of Job Corps Youth 2 Youth Partners in Peace national initiative, the screening was a joint effort with Opportunities For Otsego, SUNY Oneonta and Oneonta police. The movie asks viewers to take an honest look at how sexual assault and bullying, especially cyber-bullying on social media, can ruin lives and tear communities apart. "It was a night to take our heads out of the sand, open our eyes, and start the conversation on how we’re going to address these serious issues," said OJC Director Chris Kuhn.  Representing the participating partners are, from left, Jessica Scanlon, OFO sexual educator; Police Chief Dennis Nayor, OJB Business & Community Liaison Adina Feliu, Police Lt. Douglas Brenner; OFO Victim Resource Coordinator Danica Sessions, and OJC Residential Manager Kathleen Feeney.
Oneonta Job Corps Academy last evening hosted a screening of the Netflix movie “Audrie & Daisy,” which focuses on the tragic consequences surrounding two sexual assault cases involving high school students, at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. As part of Job Corps Youth 2 Youth Partners in Peace national initiative, the screening was a joint effort with Opportunities For Otsego, SUNY Oneonta and Oneonta police. The movie asks viewers to take an honest look at how sexual assault and bullying, especially cyber-bullying on social media, can ruin lives and tear communities apart. “It was a night to take our heads out of the sand, open our eyes, and start the conversation on how we’re going to address these serious issues,” said OJC Director Chris Kuhn.  Representing the participating partners are, from left, Jessica Scanlon, OFO sexual educator; Police Chief Dennis Nayor, OJB Business & Community Liaison Adina Feliu, Police Lt. Douglas Brenner; OFO Victim Resource Coordinator Danica Sessions, and OJC Residential Manager Kathleen Feeney.
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