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Angelena F. Richards, 98 January 22, 1923 – November 19, 2021.

In Memoriam

Angelena F. Richards, 98

January 22, 1923 – November 19, 2021.

Angelena F. Richards

ONEONTA – Angelena F. Richards, 98, passed away November 19, 2021.

She was born in Oneonta on January 22, 1923 to John and Lena (Cologero) Foti.

Ange spent the early years of her life working aside her parents and siblings at the family bakery.  She graduated from St. Mary’s School in June 1937 and from Oneonta High School June 1941.

She was employed by the New York Telephone Company for 33 years, at the Mica Plant for 3 years and was a teacher’s aide at Center Street and Riverside Schools for 25 years.

Apple Trees Planted For Arbor Day Event

Apple Trees Planted

For Arbor Day Event

Riverside 6th graders Anlye White and Kya Whitbeck, help shovel dirt around an apple tree held by arborist Fred Hathaway, during the annual Arbor Day celebration At Riverside School this morning. This year, the students helped plant 2 apple trees, a cortland and a macintosh, on the lawn near the historic Swart Wilcox House. Judy Pangman read a proclamation from Mayor Gary Herzig, and afterwards 250 Douglas Fir seedlings were handed out to students as they returned to class.(Ian Austin/
Sounds of the Season

Sounds Of Season

Riverside Students Celebrate Tradition

Friends and family gathered to enjoy sounds of the season as music teacher Domnick D’Imperio, center, directs a group of Riverside Elementary first graders singing holiday songs in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza earlier this morning. This is the 17th year Riverside first-graders have sung carols at Community Bank and Ruffino’s, but with the latter business now closed, they moved to the plaza. After singing, the children enjoyed a walking tour of the gingerbread houses in business windows before returning to class. (Ian Austin/
Tree’s Company

Tree’s Company

City, Students Plant

Tree For Arbor Day

In honor of Arbor Day, fourth graders from Riverside Elementary School joined Mayor Gary Herzig and other City of Oneonta officials to plant a birch tree on the lawn of the Swart Wilcox House this morning. Above, Yussef Pomero and Joe Jarmillo grab shovels and take their turn in helping to shovel the dirt around the 10 year-old tree that was supplied by Asbury Gardens. “This is the first birch tree we’ve planted in 32 years of planting.” said City Engineer Jim Hawver, ‘They are a nice hearty tree and we like to plant different types of trees in different locations so we have more of a variety.” Before the Mayor read an Arbor Day proclamation, the students spoke with the Mayor about the importance of having trees. “These are the young people who will take care of these trees.” said Herzig, “This is the first year the kids helped. We wanted them to understand the value of them. We walk down the street and see them all the time and we take them for granted. This is a chance to have them recognize how important they are and how to better care for them.” Afterwards, Craig Vollmer of FORECOM, right, gave a demonstration on inoculating Ash trees against the emerald ash borer, a small insect whose larvae has invested the trees since their first appearance in Detroit fifteen ago. “We are injecting the trees with an insecticide that is absorbed into the trees.” explained Vollmer. “The injection is good for about two to four years.and contains the best pesticide on the market. You can treat a tree several times for the same cost as it would take to remove an already infested tree.” The City has already made the investment to inoculate  87 other Ash trees throughout the city. “It’s better to be proactive that reactive.” said Hawver. (Ian Austin/

OPD & OFD Help Students Celebrate Seuss’s Birthday

OPD, OFD Help Students

Celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday

Oneonta fireman Josh Rumenapp and his wife, Officer Lindsay Rumenapp, read to fourth graders at Riverside Elementary today, Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The students were allowed to ask them questions about their line of work before enjoying some birthday sweets. This is the second year the departments have had them come in and read to the children. (Ian Austin/
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