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News of Otsego County

the family service association

Editorial: What Lies Beneath

Editorial

What Lies Beneath

When one looks about and takes in the bustling commercial activity of Otsego County during the busy tourist season and anticipates the impending return of the thousands of college students who keep things humming through the “off-season,” one feels confident that Otsego County has a healthy, perhaps even vibrant, economy. And while that may be true, beneath the shiny veneer of commercial success lies a dark reality.

Otsego County, like many of its neighbors, has a poverty problem. According to statistics published by Opportunities for Otsego, Inc., a community action agency actively fighting a local “War on Poverty” since 1966, the poverty rate in Otsego County stood at 13.3 percent as of the census of 2020. Of families with a female head of household and children present, a jaw-dropping 39 percent live in poverty. And in a measurement known as the ALICE threshold, which measures households that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, 29.2 percent of all Otsego County households live below that threshold.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18

Developing, Improving

Communication Skills

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LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Michael Burns, artistic director for the Mopco Improv Theater, presents on how communication skills can be developed, improved. Free, open to the public. Anderson Theater, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4790 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/artistic-director-burns-deliver-hartwicks-oconnor-chair-lecture/

PARENTING WORKSHOP – 6-8 p.m. 2-dy, “Kids in the Middle” workshop for single parents/caregivers, co-parenters, children involved in their lives. Includes childcare, refreshments. Continued 10/25. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Register, 607-432-2870 or visit www.facebook.com/thefamilyserviceassociation/

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