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News Briefs: June 2, 2023

News Briefs: June 2, 2023

NYCON, Scriven Extend Deadline for Mini-Grant Applications

ONEONTAThe New York Council of Nonprofits has extended the deadline for its 2023 Otsego County Mini-Grant Program to Monday, June 5. The focus of this effort is to measurably improve the governance and management of qualifying Otsego County 501c3 charitable nonprofits. Initiated in 2004, the program is made possible with underwriting from The Scriven Foundation.The Mini-Grant Program is an important resource for local nonprofits facing significant challenges or striving to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of organizational management, governance, and/or program services. “The foundation is proud to support this program as we recognize how important it is that our local nonprofits have access to high-quality advice and training as they seek to fully serve their clients and communities,” said Jane Forbes Clark, president of The Scriven Foundation. There is a total of $50,000.00 of grant funds available, with grant awards ranging from $500.00 to $2,500.00 per nonprofit applicant. Grants will be awarded competitively to qualifying nonprofits with approved project activities. It is recommended that applicants review the 2023 grant criteria before applying, at The grant application can be accessed at announcements will be made between June 1 and July 1. 

Universities Establish Oneonta Inclusive Business Award

Universities Establish Oneonta Inclusive Business Award


SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College honored five organizations with the inaugural Oneonta Inclusive Business Award at a ceremony on May 9. Students, faculty and staff from both colleges were invited to vote for their choices from a pool of 18 businesses nominated by campus-wide surveys. In order to be nominated, a business had to provide “exceptional service to diverse populations, treat customers with utmost respect and civility, and go above and beyond in meeting the needs of its diverse customers,” a release said.

News Briefs: May 9, 2023

News Briefs: May 9, 2023

Earlville Opera House Announces Grant Program

EARLVILLE—The Earlville Opera House announced the allocation of $195,000.00 in cultural funding to 54 non-profit organizations and artists through the 2023 Broome, Chenango and Otsego Statewide Community Regrants Program. The New York State Council on the Arts established the SCR (previously known as Decentralization) Program in 1977 to foster the continued development of local cultural resources responsive to community need. SCR serves all of New York State’s 62 counties, including areas that are geographically isolated, economically disadvantaged and ethnically diverse. The EOH is one of 26 SCR sites across the state. The basic principle of SCR regrant funding is local decision-making using a peer panel grant evaluation process. The SCR program offers grant support up to $5,000.00 for Community Arts and Arts Education projects and $2,500.00 for Individual Artist Commissions. Twenty-one grant recipients are based in Otsego County.

News Briefs: May 8, 2023

News Briefs: May 8, 2023


Oneonta Daytime EMT Class Scheduled

ONEONTA—The Otsego County Office of Emergency Services has announced a new daytime EMT class in Oneonta. The initial session will be held on Tuesday, May 9, with later classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays. Times and locations to be announced. For more information or to register, contact or (607) 547-4328.

Exeter Man Arrested for Unlawful Imprisonment, Assault, More

EXETER—The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tyler A. Rose, 26, of Exeter, on April 30 following an investigation of a reported assault. Deputies were dispatched to the West Exeter Fire Department after fire personnel located an adult victim with serious physical injuries. The victim was taken to the trauma center at Bassett Medical Center with multiple fractures, lacerations and contusions. Interviews revealed that they had been unlawfully held captive at the defendant’s residence for a number of days while the defendant subjected them to continuous assaults with a variety of tools and implements. Investigators secured a search warrant and discovered evidence relating to the charges at the defendant’s residence. Rose was taken into custody.

Sports Snippets: May 8, 2023

Sports Snippets: May 8, 2023


Oneonta Lacrosse Teams Fall to New Paltz

ONEONTA—SUNY Oneonta men’s and women’s lacrosse each dropped a game against New Paltz on April 26. Coincidentally, both games ended 14-13 after New Paltz scored in overtime. The Oneonta women secured the sixth seed in the upcoming SUNYAC tournament. The men have one regular-season game remaining.

Red Dragons Baseball Drops Shootout to Cobleskill

COBLESKILL—The SUNY Oneonta baseball team made five errors and fell to Cobleskill in a 17-15 slugfest on April 26. The Red Dragons were up 7-0 going into the bottom of the second, but gave up three runs before freshman Martin Thorsland struck out the final batter. Cobleskill took the lead in the sixth inning and Oneonta was unable to recover. Senior Jake Barrett hit two home runs and drove in five runners. Sophomore Anthony Foglia went 2-for-2 with three runs, five RBI and a walk.

CV-S/SS Softball Defeats Stamford/Jefferson

CHERRY VALLEY—The combined Cherry Valley-Springfield/Sharon Springs softball team defeated Stamford/Jefferson 21-12 on Wednesday, April 26. Mia Dubben struck out eight for CV-S/SS. Lexi Dygert went 3-for-5 at the plate, including a home run and four RBI.

‘Evil Dead: The Musical’ To Be Performed Next Week at SUNY O
Back row, from left: Victoriana Alfonso (assistant director), Marissa Marinick (Linda), Olivia Racer (assistant stage manager), Eleanor Glover (assistant stage manager), Jahlil ‘Jay’ Holland (Ed), Tyler Belle-Robinson (Jake), Kiara Pipino (director), Michael Krulder (Ash), Angie Delgado (Shelly), Katelyn Litwak (stage manager), Juan Cirilo (Moose/Prof. Knowby), Brian Gershowitz (Scotty); Front row: Riley Bowen (Cheryl, choreographer), Brianna Whittemore (Annie); up above the stage: Tim Iversen (music director). (Photo provided)
On Stage: Performing Arts at Our Oneonta Campuses
by Rachel Frick Cardelle

‘Evil Dead: The Musical’ To Be Performed Next Week at SUNY O


The last theater show for the spring semester at SUNY O is a little hard to categorize. Is it a musical? Is it a horror show? Is it a comedy? Well, yes, yes, AND yes, it is.

During the first rehearsal I attended of “Evil Dead: The Musical”—book and lyrics by George Reinblatt with music by Christopher Bond, Frank Cipolla, Melissa Morris, and George Reinblatt—I got to enjoy a musical comedy horror show unlike any other theater I have experienced!

I wasn’t the only audience member at that rehearsal who enjoyed myself. Hal Luftig, a SUNY Oneonta alumnus and a Broadway show producer, sat just a row behind me and could not stop laughing. (That’s saying a lot, given Hal has won five Tony awards and two Olivier awards, for shows like “Kinky Boots,” “Evita,” and “West Side Story” to name a few, and is currently producing “The Life of Pi” on Broadway.)

Sports Snippets: April 13, 2023

Sports Snippets: April 13, 2023

SUNY Oneonta Baseball Sweeps Canton, Sets Program Record

ONEONTA—The SUNY Oneonta baseball team defeated SUNY Canton in a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 28. The Red Dragons won game one comfortably, 7-2, and held on for a 6-5 nail-biter in game two. Senior Jake Barrett went 2-for-4 in the first game with two runs and two RBI. Freshman Martin Thorsland, of the Town of Maryland, struck out seven batters in 4.0 innings. The sweep gave Oneonta its 12th consecutive win, breaking an 11-game program record from 2011.

SUNY Oneonta Baseball Falls to Vassar, Ends Historic Win Streak

ONEONTA—SUNY Oneonta’ baseball team lost 8-3 to Vassar on Saturday, April 1, ending the Red Dragons’ program record 13-game winning streak. The score was 3-2 Oneonta at the end of the fifth inning. The Brewers scored twice in the sixth inning and four more times in the seventh. Oneonta avenged their loss on Sunday, shutting out the Brewers 2-0 in Poughkeepsie. Oneonta’s 13 consecutive wins surpassed the previous program record of 11 consecutive wins, set in 2011.

On Stage: SUNY Thespians Ready for Stagings of ‘boom’ Starting Thursday
ON STAGE: Performing Arts at Our Oneonta Campuses
by Rachel Frick Cardelle

SUNY Thespians Ready for Stagings of ‘boom’ Starting Thursday

One of the benefits to living near a college that I have always appreciated has been the affordable access a college campus gives me to theater, music and dance performances. Living in Oneonta proves my point, for despite its small size there are abundant opportunities to see performing arts. I have noticed, though, that while the productions at both SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College are terrific, it can be difficult to know what is being offered unless one is on the campuses frequently. I will use this space to let the community know what is coming up in the performing arts on our two campuses and give you a peek behind the production scenes.

Sports Snippets 03/30/2023

Sports Snippets

March 30, 2023

Compiled by Wriley Nelson

CCS Softball Opens Season with 11-1 Win Over Sidney

COOPERSTOWN—The Cooperstown Central School softball team defeated Sidney 11-1 in their non-league season opener on Wednesday, March 29. According to the team Twitter page, senior Dani Seamon pitched a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts and went 4-for-4 at bat. Freshman Katie Crippen scored three runs.

Locals: 03/30/2023

Locals: People & Businesses
In the News 03/30/2023

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PROMISING POWERS: Maya Powers of Worcester was one of several students recently recognized by the Pi of New York chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Elmira College. The Pi of New York chapter held its annual induction and banquet with nine newly-elected members of high scholarly attainment. Prizes were also awarded to five outstanding juniors and six promising sophomores, including Powers, a member of Elmira College’s Class of 2025. Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most distinguished of all the academic honorary societies, promotes, recognizes, and honors scholarly achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776, and the Pi of New York chapter at Elmira College was established in 1940. Powers is pictured above with her parents, Cherie and Tim.

DECEMBER DEGREE: Cooperstown Central School alum Wriley Hamilton Nelson graduated from Hamilton College in December 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a minor in economics.

EXCELLING AT EXCELLUS: Kelli Lasher has been named regional director sales for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s Central New York and Utica/North Country regions. In this new role, she will be responsible for sales and retention efforts for key and strategic commercial accounts. Lasher earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Utica College of Syracuse University and is a recognized Certified Community Leader graduate from Leadership Greater Syracuse. Lasher also sits on the Regional Advisory Board for Junior Achievement of Central Upstate New York. She and her family currently reside in Central New York.

DEAN’S DUO: Sam F. Ficano of Oneonta and Emrys C. Odell of Cooperstown have been named to Clark University’s Fall 2022 Dean’s List with first honors and second honors, respectively. Founded in 1887, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Students must have a GPA of 3.8 or above for first honors or a GPA between 3.50 and 3.79 for second honors.

QUALIFYING QUARTET: Four local students earned Fall 2022 Dean’s List honors at Le Moyne College: Sara Brean, a freshman political science major from West Edmeston; Maria Farrell, a junior biology major from Oneonta; Ethan Lowe, a senior risk management and insurance major from Otego; and Meredith Smithling, a junior marketing and business analytics major from Oneonta. To make the list, students achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above.

HAPPY AT HAMILTON: Phoebe Smith of Dillon, Colorado, granddaughter of Gilbert and Elinor Vincent of Cooperstown, has been named to the Hamilton College Dean’s List for the 2022 fall semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, Smith, Class of 2026, was required to carry a course load of four or more graded credits throughout the semester and earned an average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.

SUNY STANDOUTS: Nearly 300 SUNY Oneonta students completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree following the fall 2022 semester. The following local graduates were honored and recognized during Fall Commencement, held December 11 in the Dewar Arena of the Alumni Field House— Noelle Palmatier, Hartwick; Kaitlyn Worden, Laurens; Montanna Armstrong, Davenport; Alexander Segina, Mount Vision; Shyanne Carreras, Alexander Ceacareanu, Abigail Hubbard, Adrianna Newell, Bethany Peters, Samantha Ruisi, Max Tannenbaum, and Reece Thorsland, Oneonta; Nicole Connolly, Richfield Springs; Samantha Flood, Richmondville; Leonard Larson and Matthew Williams, Sidney; Adrienne Matheson, Unadilla; Naomi Scott of Worcester.

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BURGEONING BUSINESS: Coopers-town-based Paperkite has been named to “Inc.” magazine’s list of fastest growing private companies in the Northeast. Ranked number 160, Paperkite joins a regional list representing the most successful companies within the Northeast economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Paperkite is a digital marketing and creative studio, as well as a certified woman-owned business, led by CEO Susan Green (shown above). Established in 2009, the company has grown from a two-person shop to a full-service digital marketing agency that handles all aspects of the consumer experience, from brand development to multi-channel marketing campaigns. Since 2019, Paperkite has invested heavily in its digital marketing division, doubling its staff, expanding into new markets, and embracing emerging digital marketing channels. “I’m honored to be a part of this impressive list of businesses. This accomplishment is truly a testament to the talent and hard work of our entire Paperkite team. We have grown so much during our 14 years as a business, and it’s gratifying to be recognized for our efforts,” said Green. From 2019-2021, the companies on this list had an average growth rate of 450 percent.

DEAN’S LIST DESIGNEES: An impressive group of students hailing from Otsego and surrounding counties are among those named to SUNY Delhi’s Fall 2022 Dean’s List. Local students who enrolled in six or more credits and earned a 3.5 or higher grade-point average for the semester include: Raven Brown; Burlington Flats; Eugene Yeboah, Cooperstown; Shaelah Butler, Dominick Dalton, and Dylan Waid, Davenport; Morgan Manchester, East Worcester; Madison Bolton, Garrattsville; Mason Hovick, Hartwick; Travis Bookhout, Laurens; Dylan Brundege, Alexis Stanford, and Andrew White, Maryland; Jonah Mathieson, Mount Vision; Sierra Snell, New Berlin; Tara Austin, Lucas Breakey, Reginal Dessources, Erika Ferguson, Molly Germain, Ethan Grant, Marcos Hernandez, Marisa Kanai, Emma Knudson, Taylor Lopez, Claudia Luey, Catherine Lusins, David Marvel, Logan Monroe, Kelsey Morgan, Liliana Ortiz, Rachel Ouimet-Edson, Gregory Pickhardt, Tyeshia Stevens, Zosia Thibault, and Jacob Weiner, Oneonta; Emma Cusimano and Chris Jones, Otego; Patrick Twomey, Richfield Springs; Jennifer Johnson, Hannah Osborne, Anthony Poliseno and Owen Schneider, Schenevus; Ryan Cole and Julia Obeada, Sidney; Aidan Cutting, Isabel Horan, Emma Lobdell, and Maggie Washburn, Unadilla; Kaylan Ogden, West Oneonta; and Krystal Utter, Worcester.

TUFTS TALENTS: Four area students were named to the Dean’s List at Tufts University for the fall 2022 semester. They are: Stephen Albright of Mount Vision, Class of 2025; Audrey Dutcher of Cooperstown, Class of 2025; William Friedman of Cooperstown, Class of 2023; and Finn Hall of Oneonta, Class of 2023. Tufts University has campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, Massachusetts, and in Talloires, France. Dean’s List honors require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.

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ANTHROPOLOGIC ART: Six SUNY Oneonta students from several anthropology courses—including Jacob Lyons of Morris—have their work featured as part of the “Unessays” exhibit in the Anthropology Teaching Gallery. In lieu of writing a final paper, the students created physical displays of their topics in paleoanthropology and the anthropology of death, reproduction, sexes, and gender. Lyons completed the paleoanthropology program during the spring 2022 semester. His project, shown below, explores paleolithic cave art by recreating the style of “Cueva de las Manos” in Argentina using duck cloth, pine frame and a putty made from plaster and pulverized paper.

DESERVING OF DEAN’S LIST: Two local students were named to the Dean’s List at Hamilton College for the 2022 fall semester. Aben Carrington of Oneonta, a senior majoring in physics, is a graduate of Oneonta High School. Piper Seamon of Cooperstown, a junior majoring in psychology, is a graduate of Cooperstown Central School. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must have carried a course load of four or more graded credits throughout the semester and earned an average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.

SPRING STUDIES: Kenneth Dukes of Oneonta has enrolled at SUNY Delhi for the spring 2023 semester, where he will pursue a degree in physical education studies. SUNY Delhi’s hands-on approach to teaching and learning includes over 60 academic programs in specialized areas, including applied technologies, nursing, hospitality, veterinary sciences, applied sciences, business, and liberal arts and sciences.

EMMANUEL EXCELLENCE: Surya Daniel of Cooperstown has made Emmanuel College’s Dean’s List for the fall 2022 semester. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, Emmanuel students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester. Emmanuel College is a co-educational, residential institution with a 17-acre campus in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts’ educational, scientific, cultural and medical communities.

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TRIOTA TAPPED: Morgan Kelly of Fly Creek has been inducted into the Elmira College Chapter of Iota Iota Iota (or Triota), the National Women’s Honor Society. Triota strives to maintain the feminist values central to women’s studies: egalitarianism, inclusiveness, and a celebration of the diversity of women’s experiences. The featured speaker for the 2023 induction ceremony was Sarah Grossman, director of communications and content strategy at Elmira College. In her keynote address, Grossman encouraged students to identify their core values so that, as they go out to make career and life decisions, they can communicate who they are and align themselves with people and organizations that share those values. “When I started my college journey, feminism was a bad word. I knew many women who believed in the ideals but wouldn’t call themselves feminists. But that is thankfully changing and this is an exciting time. Culturally we’re exploring many new concepts and at times it will be messy. But if you know your values, you can make choices that will be right for you. Enjoy this journey and good luck with your endeavors.”

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CUDA CARES: Herkimer College has appointed Kasper A. Cuda to the position of grant administrator. Cuda will oversee the college’s participation in the Health CARES Consortium, an initiative funded through the United States Department of Labor’s Strengthening Community Colleges grant program. The Health CARES Consortium is led by Onondaga Community College and includes 11 SUNY community colleges, including Herkimer College. CARES stands for “Career, Acceleration, Retention + Employment Support.” The goal of the consortium project is to increase the healthcare and social assistance workforce in New York State. Cuda most recently was a teaching assistant for biology at Clarkson University. She was previously employed at the Utica Chamber of Commerce where she gained experience in event planning, public relations, marketing, and social media. Cuda, of Herkimer, holds a master’s degree in health administration from Utica University and two bachelor’s degrees from Clarkson University—one in biomolecular science with a minor in biology, and the other in chemistry.

BATES’ BEST: Elizabeth Patrick of Cooperstown was named to the Dean’s List at Bates College for the fall semester ending in December 2022. This is a distinction earned by students whose grade point average is 3.92 or higher. Patrick, the daughter of James K. Patrick and Stephanie S. Patrick, is a graduate of Waring School. She is a senior at Bates majoring in psychology and minoring in mathematics. Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates College—located in Lewiston, Maine—prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world.

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In Memoriam Roger A Boulay 1959-2023
In Memoriam

Roger A. Boulay


Roger A. Boulay

ONEONTA—Roger A. Boulay, 64, passed away at home with his wife, Amy, by his side on March 25, 2023.

He was born on February 23, 1959 in Heidelberg, Germany, the son of Gilbert and Erna (Prinzl) Boulay.

Roger graduated from Unatego Central School, Class of 1977, and from SUNY Oneonta, Class of 1982.  He was proud of his German heritage, and the best-spent year of his life was as a Rotary Club exchange student after high school in Germany.

Roger’s entire working career was in farm equipment, starting in 1975 at his family’s business, Catskill Tractor, which transitioned in 2003 to White’s Farm Supply.


Evening Of Comedy
At SUNY Oneonta

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COLLEGE COMEDY—9-10 p.m. Join Mary Santora for an evening of slightly dark, incredibly quick, observational style comedy drawn from real life experiences. It’s a storytelling driven ride with audience interaction and more. Hunt Union Waterfront, SUNY Oneonta. (607) 436-3012 or visit

BLOOD DRIVE—1-6 p.m. Save up to three lives with the American Red Cross. Clark Sports Center, 124 County Highway 52, Cooperstown. Register at

TAX PREP—6-8 p.m. Get ready for tax season with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Hartwick college accounting students certified by the IRS, with their professor, will be available to provide one-on-one assistance in preparing individual tax returns. Either in person or online. Held at the Golisago Hall, 2nd Floor, Hartwick College, Oneonta. (607) 431-4338 or visit


View Human Rights
Film ‘And Still I Sing’

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HUMAN RIGHTS—9-11 p.m. Enjoy a screening of “And Still I Sing,” as seen at the 2023 Human Rights Film Festival, about Afghan pop star and activist Aryana Sayeed as she mentors women in the show “Afghan Star,” and the story of two contestants poised to become the first female winners just as the Taliban takes over, putting their careers and lives in jeopardy.  Free, open to all. Hunt Union Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta. (607) 436-3012 or visit

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