News of Otsego County


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/
Survivors MarchTo ‘Take Back The Night’

Survivors, Supporters

‘Take Back The Night’

Carrying the “Take Back The Night” banner, Michaela Watts, left, and Taylor Trombley, members of the Opportunities for Otsego’s  Violence Intervention Program, led a group of students from the SUNY Oneonta campus to Hartwick College during the annual Take Back The Night march this evening. The crowd gathered to hear the stories of survivors at both campuses before continuing on to Muller Plaza in downtown Oneonta, where they closed out the night with affirmations of solidarity, pizza and music from the Cooperstown band, Hanzolo. At right, Frankie Graham, Oneonta, a representative of the Otsego Pride Alliance, spoke to those gathered in Muller Plaza: “I am a survivor, and I am here to say how important it is to tell our stories. I know the terror of the event and I know the fear of being outed. But we here at OPA are here to listen and support. You do not have to get through it alone. Know there is a safe space in this town where people will listen and believe you.” (Ian Austin/

School Spirit Soars At Hartwick Hawk Night

School Spirit Soars

At Hartwick Hawk Night

The Lambros Arena was packed with cheering students this evening watching their classmates compete in various challenges for a chance to win big money and big prizes during the sixth annual Hartwick Hawk Night Fever event. Above, freshman Lamar Flood and Alex Guillaume strain with the rest of their team as they face off against sophomores in a tug-of-war contest. At right, Cassandra Robatelle preforms a kicking hand stand during a dance competition, of which she took first place. Originally created to build hype before a game, the event has turned into an evening of fun and games celebrating the students and their school spirit. (Ian Austin/

OHS Seniors Enjoy Dancing, Games On Prom Night

Seniors Enjoy Games,

Dancing At OHS Prom

The OHS Class of ’18 celebrated its Senior Prom last night in the Foothills Atrium, where they danced and enjoyed food and photo booths. Above, Nate Southwick and his date Kirsten Lester sway on the dance floor among their classmates to one of the evening’s slow songs. Later, students headed to the OHS Cafeteria where they played games of chance to win a wide selection of prizes and money. At right, Christian Holoquist and Danielle Basdekis, left, as they deal cards to Jada Fisher and Christina Mattocks. (Ian Austin/


Volunteers Do $70k In Service During Into The Streets

Volunteers Do $70k In Service

During Into The Streets

Ethan Stortecky, Treyvon Johnson, Lauren Weaver and Michelle Hansen clean up cigarette butts and other garbage from in front of Cynthia Marsh’s First People mural on Chestnut Street Extension as part of the 18th annual Into The Streets event. The event is put on by SUNY Oneonta students who, together with other volunteers from JobCORPS and citizens did over $70,000 worth of service around the city. Locations included the YMCA, Friends of Recovery, CANO, The Lord’s Table, Main Street and more. (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/

Students Join Neighbors In Cleaning 3rd Ward

Students Join Neighbors

In Cleaning 3rd Ward

Taane Pegg, President of Phi Si fraternity, left, and SUNY Alumni Wayne Baker, were out with their fellow students and Councilman Dave Rissberger, center, cleaning the streets of the 3rd ward from garbage during the annual 3rd Ward Clean-Up. Volunteers met at the Alpha Omega Pi sorority house where they had coffee, hot chocolate, donuts and baked goods from Laure Zimniewitz before hitting the streets this morning. (Ian Austin/



Fabulous Car Show And Brownies


FABULOUS FRIDAY – 5-8 p.m. Enjoy a Car Show by Wahl to Wahl Auto and delicious brownies by the Oneonta History Center ($1.50/brownie). Main Street, Oneonta. Call (607)432-2941 or visit

CARRIAGE HOUSE ART STUDIO EXHIBIT – 5-8 p.m. Opening reception for the art show exhibiting the pieces created in the camps and classes of the art studio. CANO, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call (607)432-2070 or visit

Happy 50th Birthday To Greater Plains Elementary!

Happy 50th Birthday

Greater Plains Elementary!

Students Celebrate By Stocking Time Capsule

Greater Plains Elementary celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this afternoon at an assembly where students could put items of their choice in a time capsule. Above, Scarlett Gelbsman and Sunny Privitera, fourth graders at Greater Plains Elementary, present Principal Nancy Osborn with a book about reasons they love their school. Students from each grade contributed to the capsule by adding items that ranged from the traditional, (photos, letters to their future selves, lists of current prices, current baseball stats), to the informative, (reports on recent fads like fidget spinners and ‘dabbing’ and bottle flipping) and a bit of unusual (a bag of Cheetos). The time capsule will be kept inside the school since they do not want it accidentally dug up by planned future construction. They plan t re-open it in 50 years. (Ian Austin/



CCS Art & Music Night


K-12 ART & MUSIC NIGHT – 5-7 p.m. An exhibit of the art by Cooperstown students. The library will also be open with a craft program for children and a preview of the Library’s Summer Program. Cooperstown Art Association. Info,

EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening the Lake Exhibit by the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Free and open to the public. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. Info,


History Day Presentations


HISTORY DAY – All Day. Students from the Catskill region of NYS compete to see who has created the best History Day Project and continue on to the Statewide competition. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Info,

SPRING DINNER – 6 p.m. Roast Pork dinner. Individual seating only, reservations required. Take-out available, ready for pick-up by 5:45 p.m. Middlefield Baptist Church. Info, call Dorothy @ (607)547-9093 or Sue @ (607)264-8042

OJCA ‘Kicks B****’ At Health Fair

Job Corps ‘Kicks B****’

On Smoke-Free Campus

Lisa Luysic, Oneonta Family YMCA PiYo instructor, helps Oneonta Job Corps students Ramero Morris, Dwight Gordon and Vidmary Soto work on their flexibility and balance at the Health Fair this afternoon at the OJCA Campus on West Street. The event, held on National Kick B**** Day, celebrated OJCA’s first 100 days as a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. The event featured presentations and tabling by Fox Hospital, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the state Department of Health, the American Cancer Society, and the Oneonta Fire Department as well as an array of activities and door prizes. (Ian Austin/


CANO Benefit Auction


ART AUCTION – 1-4 p.m. Bid for artwork from the collection of Dorothy Caswell. Benefit for the Catskill Choral Society. Auction begins at 2 p.m. final bids at 3:30 p.m. Wine and hors d’ourves served by Dietz & Wall Wines. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info,

SUGARING-OFF SUNDAY – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Historical and contemporary maple sugaring demonstrations with a pancake breakfast and fun activities for kids. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. Info,

NATURE WALK – 2 p.m. Educator and naturalist George Steele leads a stroll to discover what animals have survived winter and which birds are present. SUNY Onoenta College Camp, 1 mile from the intersection of Bugbee Rd. and East St. Info, (607)436-3455

SUNY Hosts Dialogue Between City Leaders, Students

Jobs Corps Students Share

Instances Of Discrimination

Mayor Gary Herzig talks with Oneonta Job Corps student Iyana Pierre at Operation Safe Spaces Oneonta Thursday evening at SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Multicultural Experiences. The event was a chance for students to open dialogues with city leaders, including Acting Police Chief Douglas Brenner, Common Council members, the local NAACP chapter, the city Commission on Community Relations & Human Rights, and businesspeople on issues of feeling safe and empowerment. “I have been followed in Walmart.” said Pierre. “I have had places refuse to deliver pizza to us because we are at Job Corps. and other students I have talked to have experienced the same thing.” Fellow student Asaskia Thomas said, “We don;t know who to talk to about these things, so we go to another person of color and talk among ourselves. We even have clubs to empower us because we feel powerless.”  Local NAACP President Lee Fisher said, “We can talk among ourselves all we want, but taking action is the most important. We are all in this together. We have to feel it and know it and come together to get things done.” Herzig added “We’re not going to say there is no racism here, but we work very hard to counteract that by helping you and giving you a resource network.” (Ian Austin/
Class Of 2020 Passes Through SUNY Pillars

Class Of 2020 Passes

Through SUNY Pillars

Pass through the Pillars is a campus tradition at SUNY Oneonta, where incoming freshman gather the night before classes begin to pass through the pillars of Old Main. This evening 1500 students of the class of 2020 passes through the pillars and into their first year of college. George Kaywood, class of '70 addressed the 1,500 incoming students, telling them "to expect the unexpected." "I came here in 1967 expecting to be an athlete." said Kaywood. "Two days later I walked into the WONY radio station and I have been doing that ever since." His immensely popular radio website,, has 130 channels and reaches 4000 cities around the world. "The lessons you learn here, in and out of the classroom, will shape your professional and personal lives." (Ian Austin/
Passing through “The Pillars” — the pillars from Old Main, the original college building — brought 1,500 incoming freshman from the SUNY Oneonta Class of 2020 to the quad this evening, the night before classes begin.   “Expect the unexpected,” George Kaywood, Class of ’70, Distinguished Alumnus and owner of Radio George LLC, an innovative, 130-channel,  Internet-based station in Kansas City that reaches 4,000 cities worldwide.  “I came here in 1967 expecting to be an athlete.  Two days later I walked into the WONY radio station and I have been doing that ever since.”   “The lessons you learn here, in and out of the classroom, will shape your professional and personal lives.” (Ian Austin/


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