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The Fast And The Flurries

The Fast And The Flurries

Mary Matis and Amy Trombecker, Sharon Springs, run with their dogs Tate, Ryker and Fonzie in today’s Cider Run 5K/10K race at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, which was marked by unseasonably cold temperatures, wind and snow. Proceeds for the event go to help fund the Susquehanna Valley SPCA. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Hometown People: Mar. 07 08 2019

Hometown People:  Mar. 07 – 08, 2019

OHS Junior

Mahala Johnson Selected

For ‘Students Inside

Albany’ Program

ONEONTA – Mahala Johnson, an 11th grader from Oneonta High School, has been chosen to attend this year’s Students Inside Albany program, sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of the Oneonta Area.
This 19th annual Students Inside Albany program will take place from May 19-22, and will bring 60 students from across the state to Albany to get a first-hand education about their state government.
A program of the LWV of New York State Education Foundation, Inc., it is designed to increase high school students’ awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide information about the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.

To BEIRUT and BACK

Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.life  – Betty Steele, top, gives Snowy something he hasn’t had in a while: a kiss. Center, Bethoven gives an affectionate lick to foster dad Ian Laschell, with foster mom Wendy. Bottom, Stacie Haynes, who got back from Beirut at 9:30 Tuesday, March 4, worked until past midnight getting the 13 rescued dogs settled at the SSPCA Shelter

To BEIRUT and BACK

On Mission Of Mercy, SSPCA Duo Rescues 13 Dogs

By LIBBY CUDMORE

HARTWICK SEMINARY – It was a long day for everyone.
After 30 hours of travel, first by plane, then by van from JFK to Cooperstown, the 13 dogs Stacie Haynes and Sarah Haddad rescued from an uncertain fate in Beirut, Lebanon, were more stressed than usual.
“In Beirut, people throw rocks at these dogs, they hit them, they scream ‘go away,’” said Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director. “They’re not used to humans being loving, and on top of that, they’ve been in a crate for all this time.”
But waiting for them in Cooperstown were the SPCA volunteers and foster families anxious to meet their new companions.

Hometown People: Feb. 14-15, 2019  

Hometown People: Feb. 14-15, 2019

Voting Now Open For CSO Conductor Contest  

Al Rubin, president, A&D Taxi, choral director Cindy Donaldson and Libby Cudmore, managing editor of the Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOTSEGO.com, have all been announced as the competitors in this year’s Catskill Symphony Orchestra conductor contest.
One dollar equals one vote, and whoever raises the most money in the competition will win a chance to conduct the CSO in “Stars and Stripes Forever” during the Cabaret Concert, featuring the Sultans of String, on Saturday, March 9 at the Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta.

Oneonta YMCA Appoints Escher

Oneonta –  The Oneonta YMCA has appointed Bob Escher as the Team Leader/Friends of the Y. “The Y is a very special place,” said Escher.

Locals Freemans Journal Feb 14 -15

Locals – Feb 14 – 15, 2019

SURVIVORS SOUGHT FOR RELAY FOR LIFE DINNER

Jennifer Mickle, co-chair of the annual Relay For Life in Milford, and Dorothy Welsh, helped host at the warming tent at Lakefront Park over the Winter Carnival weekend. They’re looking for cancer survivors to attend the dinner the afternoon before the relay starts on Saturday, May 18. If interested, call Mickle at (607) 287-5386

Al Rubin, Donaldson, Libby Cudmore Vie

ONEONTA – Al Rubin, president, A&D Taxi, choral director Cindy Donaldson and Libby Cudmore, managing editor of the Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOTSEGO.com, have all been announced as the competitors in this year’s Catskill Symphony Orchestra conductor contest.
One dollar equals one vote, and whoever raises the most money in the competition will win a chance to conduct the CSO in “Stars and Stripes Forever” during the Cabaret Concert, featuring the Sultans of String, on Saturday, March 9 at the Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta.
To vote, go to WWW.CatskillSymphony.net and click on the “Meet Your Conductors” banner.

 

Susquehanna SPCA Seeks Foster For Puppies, Mom

Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal – Jasmine nurses her puppies at the Susquehanna SPCA. The shelter is looking for a foster family to care for the dogs until they’re old enough to be adopted.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – A surrendered dog gave birth to six puppies overnight at the Susquehanna SPCA, and now the shelter is looking for a foster family to take in the mother, Jasmine, and her brood until the puppies are old enough to be adopted out.
According to Becca Daly, communications coordinator, the ideal foster would be a quiet home, with no other pets or young children, and would be able to bring the dogs back to the shelter as necessary for medical appointments and checkups.
Daly said the dogs, including Jasmine, are all in good health and will be available for adoption after the puppies are weaned, usually 8-10 weeks.
Executive Director Stacie Haynes said that the owners did not tell them Jasmine was pregnant when they surrendered her last week, and when she came in this morning, she found the new puppies.
To volunteer, call (607) 547-8111 ext 100.

 

TWO ON LIST:

Christian Alexander amd Natalie Johnson, both of Cooperstown, were named to the Fall 2019 Dean’s List at SUNY Purchase. Alexander is studying Journalism, Johnson is studying Anthropology.

 

Animal Shelter, Sheriff, D.A. Join In Task Force Vs. Animal Cruelty

Animal Shelter,

Sheriff, D.A. Join

In Task Force Vs. Animal Cruelty

By LIBBY CUDMORE

The three partners in the Animal Cruelty Task Force are, from left, District Attorney John Muehl, SSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes and Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr.
Sheriff Devlin, Haynes and D.A. Muehl review task force agreement.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Stacie Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director, won’t be caught off guard by animal cruelty.
“What always scares me about these cases is that they went unnoticed for so long before they blew up,” she said. “These animals were suffering. We needed something to prevent that suffering and get them help sooner.”
To work to that goal, Haynes partnered with Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. and District Attorney John Muehl to begin assembly a task force dedicated to combating animal cruelty in the county.
“We’ve talked about it for a while,” said Devlin when the task force was announced Friday, Feb. 1. “We want to get additional officers and local law enforcement trained.”

Susquehanna SPCA Raises Over $95K In ‘Save A Life’ Campaign

Susquehanna SPCA
Raises Over $95K In
‘Save A Life’ Campaign

 

COOPERSTOWN

Staffworks founder Anita Vitullo, left, presents Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, with a check for more than $95,000 at the end of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign. With Haynes are Becca Daley, SSPCA communications coordinator and Alicia Dicks, director of the Community Foundation.

Raising more than $75,000 in donations as part of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter was one of the top performers of the fund drive, receiving an additional $10,000 towards their capital project on top of the $10,000 in matching funding for a total of $95,949.
“We didn’t raise the most, but Anita felt like we did so well as newcomers that she gave us an extra $10,000 anyways!” said Stacie Haynes, Susquehanna SPCA executive director.
In December, Staffworks founder Anita Vitullo announced the campaign, which aimed to match up to $10,000 in donations for animal advocacy organizations around the state, in December.
“I’m so honored to be in a community that rallied the way they did,” said Haynes. “The difference this money can make is amazing.”

 

 

 

FUNDRAISING DRIVE OVER $1 MILLION

FUNDRAISING DRIVE OVER $1 MILLION

Site Bought For New Shelter

INDEX – Just six weeks old, the $2 million “Shelter Us” fund drive passed the halfway mark in recent days, giving the Susquehanna SPCA confidence to buy land for its new headquarters.

Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com – SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes, with puppy Zero,  and board Chair Gaylord Dillingham look over new site.

The SPCA has closed the deal on two acres of land at 5088-5082 Route 28, CPA Judith Brown’s former office and the building next door.

“We’re finalizing everything withour construction management team.  We are planning to break ground early in the spring,” said SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes.

As for the money raised, “We had a goal of $1 million by the end of 2018,” said Haynes. “And we’ve raised more than that.”

That includes the $500,000 from the state, as well as pledges and gifts, one amounting to $300,000. “We’ve had some amazing people come forward,” she said.

The $1 million raised doesn’t include the $59,945.92 raised through the Staffworks Save-a-Life campaign, which promised to match up to $10,000 in donations, as of Dec. 28.

Stacie Haynes Latest ‘Citizen’ To Win Everyone’s Appreciation

Editorial for December 28, 2018

Stacie Haynes
Latest ‘Citizen’ To Win
Everyone’s Appreciation

In early 2015, when the credentials of Hometown Oneonta/The Freeman’s Journal “20 Under 40” honorees were published in this newspaper, Stacie Haynes – one of the 20 – called to say how impressed she was by everyone’s accomplishments.
“I’m not worthy,” she said.

The Freeman’s Journal file photo – When streets needed cleaning during the record Cal Ripken Jr. induction, Citizen of 2007 Carol B. Waller got to work.

It was explained to her that an independent panel of community leaders from Oneonta and Cooperstown had convened, reviewed nominations from the public, and chosen the 20 as among the most promising young people in Otsego County.
The newspaper’s editors hadn’t made the selection and, under the guidelines, had no standing to add or remove anyone.
This year, though, Stacie Haynes, now executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, more than proved the “20 Under 40” judges’ confidence.

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