News of Otsego County


Village Board Approves Girl Scouts’ Inclusive Vision

Cherry Valley Board OKs

Girl Scouts’ Inclusive Vision

Girl Scouts, Bailey Thayer (left) and Zola Palmer (right) following their meeting with Parkitects.


CHERRY VALLEY – Girl Scouts, Bailey Thayer and Zola Palmer are making a difference in their community.

When brainstorming service project ideas, the fourth and fifth-grade juniors suggested improving the village playground behind the Cherry Valley Community Center – formerly the Cherry Valley School – by adding more equipment.

Specifically, Zola is excited to add spinners to the current equipment. “I like to spin,” she said.

Bailey is looking forward to adding a handicapped swing to the mix. “There are not many in the area, and we have kids in our school that are disabled and are wheelchair-bound.  I think it would be nice to have options locally for them to play on a playground,” she said.

Playground Rising At OFO Emergency Housing

OFO Emergency Housing

Receives New Playground

Steve Prichardt, left, enlists the help of Alan Little in leveling the marks for a ladder rung on a new children’s playground they are helping construct at the Opportunities For Otsego Emergency Housing building in Oneonta this afternoon. At right, the newly installed climbing wall is kid-tested and approved by Alexis Chan. The project is part of the Community Outreach Project put on by first Baptist Church. The new playground features a jungle gym, slide, climbing wall, rope ladder, see-saw and more. The site is also getting a cement slab poured so occupants have a place for a BBQ. The Community Outreach project is at work at other locations around town as well, including building a deck at the Oneonta World of Learning, making a Deck at Crossroads and re-painting city fire hydrants. (Ian Austin/

Chief Russo Playground Unveiled

Y’s Frank Russo Unveils Playground

In Memory Of Dad, Former Fire Chief

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russo 2Oneonta Family Y Executive Director Frank Russo, in top photo, is embraced by Jim Sawyer, former Crew 36 OFD firefighter, after he announced the opening of the Francis “Cootie” Russo Jr. playground on Scramling Avenue in memory of his father, a retired city fire chief who passed away last July.  Firefighter Shane Mattice looks on. “I have a huge family.” said the son. “I have my family, my Sixth Ward family and my firefighting family. And they all helped make this possible.”  At right, Mayor Dick Miller congratulates Russo, who led a fundraising drive to make the playground possible. (Ian Austin/

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