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City Awards $52,600 To 4 Local Businesses

City Awards $52,600

To 4 Local Businesses

ONEONTA — Microenterprise grants totalling $52,600 were awarded this afternoon to four city businesses:  Shakedown Street Share Your Wear Online Store; Noah’s World; Wolfhound Studios and Sunrise Catering, Inc.

The money is for equipment and working capital costs.

“I congratulate the recipients of this current round of microenterprise funding,” stated Mayor Gary  Herzig. “These grants will help strengthen the city’s small business community.”

Harry Lampman, 71

IN MEMORIAM

Harry Lampman, 71

May 14, 1949 – Feb. 10, 2021

Harry Lampman

ONEONTA – Harry Lampman, 71, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday morning, Feb. 10, 2021.

Harry was born in Albany, the son of the late Harry and Jeanette Lampman Hansen. He was also predeceased by his stepfather, Wilbur Hansen.

Harry attended Bugbee School in Oneonta, graduated from Oneonta High School in 1967, attended Clarkson University and SUNY Oneonta, and got his masters in Theoretical Mathematics from SUNY Albany.

Patrick ‘Pat’ A. Foti,  85, Twin Brother, Oneonta Native, UAlbany Administrator

IN MEMORIAM

Patrick A. Foti, 85; Oneontan, 

Twin Brother, SUNY Administrator

Patrick A. Foti

SCHENECTADY – Patrick “Pat” Anthony Foti, 85, a career-long teacher in the Capitol District and SUNY Albany administrator, passed away on Feb. 15, 2021, following a long battle with cancer.

Pat was born on Aug. 29, 1935, in Oneonta, the twin son of Italian immigrants, Giovanni and Gabrelena (Cologero) Foti.  Survivors include his brother, Vincent F. Foti, Sr., of Oneonta, the retired SUNY Oneonta dean.

Faith, family and friends were at the center of Pat’s life. Pat worked in the family business, Foti’s Italian Bakery, on River Street, through elementary, high school and college. Throughout the rest of his life he found the aroma of fresh bread baking intoxicating and nostalgic.

Carla Jean Simonds, 69 Jan. 8, 1952- Jan. 12, 2021

IN MEMORIAM

Carla Jean Simonds, 69

Jan. 8, 1952- Jan. 12, 2021

Carla Simonds

ONEONTA – Carla Jean Simonds, 69, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 13, 2021, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown.

She was born Jan. 8, 1952, in Oneonta, the daughter of Clifford and Letha (Beers) Hulbert.

Carla married Paul Simonds on Oct. 14, 1972, at the First United Methodist Church, Oneonta.

She worked as an LPN at the Oneonta Nursing Home for many years and later for Otsego County Public Health.  She also worked as a Private Duty Nurse for many families in the area.

Appointments Available Now: BU and SUNY Poly

COVID VACCINATION CENTRAL

Appointments Available

Now: BU and SUNY Poly

Click Here For ‘Am I Eligible’ App

Editor’s Note:  www.AllOTSEGO.com will seek to keep you up to date on the availability of vaccinations against COVID-19.  We will strive to update our information at noon daily.

As of noon today, there are now four  New York State special sites still accepting appointments in Potsdam, Syracuse, Johnson City and Utica.

According to the NYS website, “The Federal Government determines how much vaccine New York State receives and has given New York approximately 250,000 vaccines per week for over 7 million people who are eligible – as a result, supply is very limited.

Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments – please contact the provider of your choice to schedule a vaccine appointment.”

Appointments Available: Syracuse Special State Site

COVID VACCINATION CENTRAL

Appointments Available:

Syracuse Special State Site

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Editor’s Note:  www.AllOTSEGO.com will seek to keep you up to date on the availability of vaccinations against COVID-19.  We will strive to update our information at noon daily.

As of noon today, the only two  New York State special sites still accepting appointments from citizens 65 and over is in Potsdam and Syracuse.

According to the NYS website, “The Federal Government determines how much vaccine New York State receives and has given New York approximately 250,000 vaccines per week for over 7 million people who are eligible – as a result, supply is very limited.

Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments – please contact the provider of your choice to schedule a vaccine appointment.”

Federal Program: C-19 Vaccine Distribution Expands As Of Today

COVID VACCINATION CENTRAL

U.S Expands C-19

Vaccine As Of Today

Click Here For ‘Am I Eligible’ App

Editor’s Note:  www.AllOTSEGO.com will seek to keep you up to date on the availability of vaccinations against COVID-19.  We will strive to update our information at noon daily.

As of noon today, the only New York State special site still accepting appointments from citizens 65 and over is in Potsdam.

According to the NYS website, “The Federal Government determines how much vaccine New York State receives and has given New York approximately 250,000 vaccines per week for over 7 million people who are eligible – as a result, supply is very limited.

Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments – please contact the provider of your choice to schedule a vaccine appointment.”

CVS: Additional Sites Available, Fully Booked

COVID VACCINATION CENTRAL

CVS: Additional Sites

Available, Fully Booked

Click Here For ‘Am I Eligible’ App

Editor’s Note:  www.AllOTSEGO.com will seek to keep you up to date on the availability of vaccinations against COVID-19.  We will strive to update our information at noon daily.

As of noon today, the only New York State special site still accepting appointments from citizens 65 and over is in Potsdam.

According to the NYS website, “The Federal Government determines how much vaccine New York State receives and has given New York approximately 250,000 vaccines per week for over 7 million people who are eligible – as a result, supply is very limited.

Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments – please contact the provider of your choice to schedule a vaccine appointment.”

OFFICIAL OBITUARY: Albert ‘Sam’ Nader, 101, Mainstay Of Oneonta’s Government, Civic Life

IN MEMORIAM

Albert ‘Sam’ Nader, 101,

Mainstay Of Oneonta’s

Government, Civic Life

Official Obituary Details His Life;
Memorial Service Due In Summer
Sam Nader, former Oneonta mayor and owner of the local Yankee minor league franchise, poses with his beloved Damaschke Field in the background.

ONEONTA – Albert S. “Sam” Nader passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at his home as he wished, surrounded by members of his family.

He was born on July 8, 1919, in Oneonta, the son of Elias Andrew Nader and Rose Rajah Nader (Nassar). He was one of six Nader children. Sam Nader spent nearly his entire life in Oneonta. He was a proud lifelong resident of the 6th Ward and became an integral member of the community.

He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1938, where he excelled as a lefthanded pitcher. Mr. Nader attended Bates College and later Hartwick College and played baseball at both institutions. As World War II approached, Mr. Nader began working for the Scintilla Magneto division of the Bendix Corp. in Sidney.

IN REMEMBRANCE: Sam Nader’s Century: ‘Mr. Oneonta’  Turns 100

REPRINTED FROM JULY 2019

Sam Nader’s Century:

‘Mr. Oneonta’ Turns 100

Remember Mayor Who Brought Yankees Here

George Steinbrenner, on leaving baseball, wrote Sam Nader, “They say, ‘All good things must come to an end.’ That will never apply to our friendship, I pray.” (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO,.com)

Editor’s Note:  In remembrance of “Mr. Oneonta,” who passed away yesterday, here is “Sam Nader’s Century,” a profile of the beloved former mayor and baseball entrepreneur that appeared on his 100th birthday in July 2019.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Sam Nader’s life is one great story after another.

Sam’s pal Ted Williams played golf, too.

Here’s a favorite one, about playing golf at the Oneonta Country Club with Hall of Famers Bobby Doerr and the legendary Ted Williams, and the club champion at the time.

Sam played one of the best 18 holes of his life.

“Bobby had a 76 – 3 under par,” Nader, who will turn 100 on July 8, recalled the other day.  “I was 4 over par.  We took them for 10 bucks.”

Ted Williams was so incensed, he broke five clubs – a golf club set – over his knee.  (The Red Sox legend was working for Shakespeare, the quality golf-club maker, so he made good.)

With a laugh, Sam continued: Every time he would see Bobby Doerr and a Hall of Fame event in Cooperstown, the former Oneonta mayor and owner of the Oneonta Yankees would say, “Let’s go up to see Ted and see if he remembers.”

SAM NADER, ONEONTA ICON, DIES AT AGE 101

BULLETIN

SAM NADER,

ONEONTA ICON,

DIES AT AGE 101

On his 100th birthday in July 2019,  Sam Nader tells wellwishers toasting him at his 100th birthday party at his 95 River St. home, “May you all live to be 100!” Daughter Alice O’Conner hold the microphone. From left are Claire Borthwick, Rick Follett, Sam’s sister Jemele, Mark Boshnack, Ellen Sielig-Boshnack, Sherie Rubin, Carol Follett, Alice, the city’s first lady Connie Herzig and sportwriter John Fox. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Sam Nader,  the beloved former mayor who brought the New York Yankees organization to Damaschke Field in the 1960, has died.

“Oneonta lost a giant of our community today at 101 years young,” said Mayor Gary Herzig this morning in announcing Nader’s passing yesterday.  “While he was best known for his contributions of baseball, our airport (named for him), affordable housing, I88, and downtown revitalization, I had the honor to get to know him as a warm, humble, generous man – a wonderful listener who made whomever he was with feel valued.

“My heart goes out to his children Alice, Suzanne, and John and the entire Nader family. Sam – you will be truly missed.”

Nine-Member OPD Deficit May Complicate Implementation Of CAB Recommendations

Nine-Member OPD Deficit May Complicate

Implementation Of CAB Recommendations

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Following the murder of George Floyd in May of last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo instructed the implementation of Community Advisory Boards to help reform police departments across the state.

The Oneonta CAB consists of four subcommittees: What Functions Should the Police Perform, Employing Smart and Effective Policing Standards and Strategies, Fostering Community Oriented Leadership, Culture and Accountability and Recruiting and Supporting Excellent Personnel. 

With the input of community members, these committees are in the process of compiling recommendations for OPD reform – among them: redirecting funds, redirecting various calls, the continuation of the board after April and its assistance with potential hires and other items, better-utilizing community resources and, perhaps most widely discusses, a clear path for community members to issue complaints and/or compliments. 

Recommendations are due to the CAB on March 22 for finalization and ultimate submission to the governor’s office in April. Collectively among the committees, dozens of pages have been written. 

New State Site With Available Appointments

COVID VACCINATION CENTRAL

New State Site With

Available Appointments

Click Here For ‘Am I Eligible’ App

Editor’s Note:  www.AllOTSEGO.com will seek to keep you up to date on the availability of vaccinations against COVID-19.  We will strive to update our information at noon daily.

As of noon today, the two New York State special sites still accepting appointments from citizens 65 and over is in Potsdam and South Ozone Park

According to the NYS website, “The Federal Government determines how much vaccine New York State receives and has given New York approximately 250,000 vaccines per week for over 7 million people who are eligible – as a result, supply is very limited.

Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments – please contact the provider of your choice to schedule a vaccine appointment.”

PAT PIDGEON RETIRING AS CHIEF OF OFD

HIS FAMILY FOUGHT D&H BLAST

PAT PIDGEON

RETIRING AS

CHIEF OF OFD

Fire Chief Pat Pidgeon addresses a public hearing in 2015. (AllOTSEGO.com file photo)

ONEONTA – Oneonta Fire Chief Patrick W. Pidgeon, the ninth member of his family to served in the OFD is retiring, effective March 25.

Chief Pidgeon joined the City of Oneonta Fire Department in 1985 as a call firefighter.

In his 36 years with the city, he served as a firefighter, crew leader, fire captain and eventually was promoted to fire chief, a position he has held since 2010.

Throughout his career, he has served in a variety of assignments including training, emergency medical services, fire prevention, and emergency management.

Game-Playing Lishansky Family Audition For GSN’s Family Feud

‘Game-Playing’ Lishansky Family

Auditions For GSN’s Family Feud

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – The Lishansky family of West Oneonta will be virtually auditioning for GSN’s hit game show, Family Feud, on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at noon.

The family, who has been practicing for the show with question cards every day since they landed the audition, is “excited” for the opportunity.

“In COVID times, this is a happy note,” matriarch Eileen Lishansky said of the socially distanced format for auditioning. “We’re a game-playing family; this gives us something to look forward to.”

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