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Rich Murphy

Oneonta Little Leaguers Honor Rich, Pat Murphy

 Oneonta Little Leaguers

Honor Rich, Pat Murphy

Up Country Photo Little League team members – from left, Logan Tamming, Alex Casola, Nikola Buzzy, Caelen Legg, Matthew Layman, Ethan Tamming and Leylani Wiltshire cheer and chant their way into the Doc Knapp Little League Field this morning in Oneonta’s Sixth Ward after marching down River Street to opening day ceremonies.  There, the recently completed Richard Murphy Little League Field was rededicated in honor of Murphy and his wife, Pat, who coached and volunteered with the league for 28 years.  “He loved the game,” said the wife. “For him it was simple:  Teach the rules, develop a love for (baseball) and have fun doing it.” She repeated his coaching mantra, “See the ball; be the ball.”   Murphy, a retired educator who also represented the Town of Oneonta on the county Board of Representatives, passed away last August after a long battle with cancer.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Over 1000 Runners Take To Streets In 23rd Annual PIT Run

Over 1,000 Runners 

In 23rd Annual Pit Run

In front, Nicole Vanhoesen, Elbridge, and members of the SUNY Oneonta Wrestling team James Bethel, Andrew Werther, Dakota Inman and Nicholas Heck take off beneath the American flag at at the start of the 23rd annual PIT run this morning. Also pictured are Robb Munro, Delhi, and Ryan Keator, Delhi. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Among the 1,000 participants in today’s 23rd annual Pit Run in Oneonta included, from left, Nicole Vanhoesen, Elbridge, near Syracuse, and members of the SUNY Oneonta Wrestling team James Bethel, Andrew Werther, Dakota Inman and Nicholas Heck, who take off beneath the American flag at at the Main Street viaduct.  Also pictured are Robb Munro, Delhi, and Ryan Keator, Delhi.  The race is held in remembrance of fallen State Trooper Ricky Parisian, and also marks the end of OHS Alumni Weekend. A special dedication of the Inspirational Mile of the race was made in the memory of Rich Murphy.   The 10K winner was Figadu Teteri, an Ethiopian runner now living in New York City.  The 5K winner was Keith Toombs of Oneonta.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
DiNapoli At Democratic Fete Where Rich Murphy Honored

DiNapoli At Democratic Fete

Where Rich Murphy Honored

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli chats with former county Rep. Rich Murphy, D-Oneonta, left, after arriving at the Henry J. Nicols Democratic Party Dinner a few minutes ago at the Country Inn & Suites, Hartwick Seminary. DiNapoli is the keynote speaker; Murphy is the guest of honor. Others, from left, are Murphy's wife Nancy, and former Oneonta mayors John Nader and Kim Muller. In the background is Andrew Stammel, the attorney and Oneonta Town Board member who is running for Murphy's former seat, now held by Republican Janet Quakenbush. The Jedediah Peck dinner was renamed this year in honor of Nicols, son of a former county chairman, who died of AIDS contracted from a blood transfusion in the 1980s while still a teen-ager. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, center, chats with former county Rep. Rich Murphy, D-Oneonta, left, after arriving at the Henry J. Nicols Democratic Party Dinner a few minutes ago at the Country Inn & Suites, Hartwick Seminary. DiNapoli is the keynote speaker; Murphy is the guest of honor. Others, from left, are Murphy’s wife Patricia, and former Oneonta mayors John Nader and Kim Muller. In the background is Andrew Stammel, the attorney and Oneonta Town Board member who is running for Murphy’s former seat, now held by Republican Janet Quakenbush. The Jedediah Peck dinner was renamed this year in honor of Nicols, son of a former county chairman, who died of AIDS contracted from a blood transfusion in the 1980s. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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