How can we debate the issues of our Democracy in a civil way, particularly in the current atmosphere? Today, that was the question before “A User’s Guide For Local Democracy,” a morning of presentations and discussion in Springbrook’s Family Center, organized by the Cooperstown and Oneonta chapters of the League of Women Voters. Tom Pullyblank, above, Catholic Charities director of Planning & Mediation Services, outlined discussion circles – literally, chairs in a circle – and how a moderator can assist a group in reaching a consensus. CGP Professor Will Walker, seated at left, detailed how open-ended questioning has helped his students elicit valuable and detailed oral histories across cultures. He also introduced students Georgia LeMair and Kirbie Sondreal, seated to his left, who have used Walker’s methods to develop community conversations: In Cooperstown, for instance, on Women’s Suffrage and the Centennial of the 19th Amendment. Inset is the New York State’s executive director, Laura Ladd Biermann, who conducted a training session on keeping debates on topic. “The moderator is in charge,” she said. “If it gets out of line, you’re the one who has to bring them into line.” Cooperstown’s Maureen Murray and Oneonta’s Steve Londner organized the program. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
WORKSHOP – 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. The League of Women Voters hosts a “User’s Guide for Local Democracy” workshop. Free, pre-registration required. Springbrook Family Engagement Center, Rt 28, Milford. Info, registration, (607) 547-2853, www.LWVoneonta.org.
MILFORD CENTER – Oneonta and Cooperstown’s League of Women Voters chapters are planning “A User’s Guide for Local Democracy: Skill Building for Active Organizations and Individuals,” 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Springbrook’s Family Engagement Center on Route 28.
Panelists will include Laura Ladd Bierman, executive director the League of Women Voters of New York State.
The workshop is designed to build attendees’ skills and confidence in planning and holding successful public and organizational events and meetings, according to a press release. “We will look at ways to be more effective in listening to divergent opinions, and contending with stridency, in the search for meaningful consensus,” the release said.
ONEONTA – The Springbrook Scorpions are looking for players to join their 2019 Special Olympics basketball team during tryouts Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 28-30
The Springbrook Special Olympics Program is open to individuals who are 8-years-old and older, have been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures, or face significant learning or vocational challenges resulting from cognitive delays that require specially-designed instruction. Athletes do not need to receive services from Springbrook in order to participate.
KITE FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All day outdoor kite fly for all. Includes Rev Riders Team Performances, Fighter Kite Battles, more. Admission, $5/adult. Campbell Road, Cherry Valley. 607-264-3080 or visit www.facebook.com/cherryvalleyartworks/
BLOCK PARTY – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Benefit for Family Resource Network features free hot dogs, vendors, children’s activities, opportunity to dunk Pastor Paul, 3 tries/$1, Noon – 12:30 p.m. Bring friends, meet more. Atonement Lutheran Church parking lot, 1 Center St., Oneonta. 607-432-6852.
HARTWICK – Pamela J. Stewart, 62, a residential aide at The Meadows, Arc and Springbook, passed away peacefully Tuesday night, Aug. 14, 2018, with family by her side at her home on Buchanan Drive in Hartwick following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born July 2, 1956, in New Berlin, a daughter of Franklin Jay and Wanda L. (McLean) Stewart. After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1974, she attended college.
Dr. Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz vice president for regional engagement, presents “County Manager v. County Executive” to a full house at Springbrook’s new Family Engagement Center this morning. The 45-minute presentation, moderated by Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, outlined the pros and cons of both governmental structures, as well as ideas for how the Otsego County Board of Representatives might begin the process of considering new management models for the county. At right, incoming county Rep. Danny Lapin, D-City of Oneonta, asks what resources might be available to the county board for further study. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
PRESENTATION – 8 a.m. Gerald Benjamin presents “County manager or County Executive” followed by Q&A session with the leading figures from across our county’s political spectrum. Family Engagement Center, Springbrook, on Rt. 28, Milford Center. Call 607-547-6103 to RSVP or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PREVIEW PARTY – 5-7 p.m. Enjoy holiday treats, drinks, and a good browse through the creations of students and guests for the Holiday Marketplace. The Smithy Clay Studio, 1 Otsego Court, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8671 or visit www.smithyarts.org
MILFORD – An Oneonta man was arrested after state police received a tip that a Springbrook employee was stealing from the company.
Michael G. Graziano, 34, Oneonta, was arrested after police were advised of theft at Springbrook’s Milford campus. An investigation determined that Graziano had allegedly falsified business records from January to September 2017 to steal over $7,000 in pay.