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HILL: Reporter Give Thanks To Retired Editor

Reporter Give Thanks

To Retired Editor

To the Editor:

I need to add my own praise for Jim Kevlin. I moved to Otsego County in July 2018, had never lived in New York State or worked as a breaking news reporter before, and I was 52 years old – not exactly at the most agile stage of life. Yet Jim hired me in Nov. 2018 and I was there for almost a year. It was stressful, but it was also one of the most fun and interesting years of my life.

Jim and Libby Cudmore, then-managing editor, sent me on amazing assignments. I got to report on an American Ninja Warrior from Oneonta, bison who escaped from their ranch, two rescued piglets at the SSPCA, and writer Erica Jong. I got to learn about this area quickly and aspects of it I would probably never have known.

Jim was such a good mentor to me. He always gave me the background to a story that I, as a newbie, needed. He tried mightily to teach me how to take decent photographs since I was a novice at that, too. I often took way too long to write. Given we had looming deadlines, Jim was patient with me although a few times he’d bark, “Hill, why aren’t you finished yet?” in his best editor voice.

All he needed was a cigar although since I now work for Tobacco-Free Communities, I’m glad he didn’t have one.

Mostly, Jim was such a nice man. He treated people who came in to talk to him with dignity. And I enjoyed his sense of humor. I loved that he’d say, “This story could be a hot potato!”

And now that I have overwritten yet another piece for this paper, I will end with congratulating Jim and Sylvia on their retirement and their next fun adventure. Thank you, Jim, for letting me meet and write about people who make this area good and interesting to live in.

Jennifer Hill

Tobacco Free Communities Moves To Downtown Oneonta

Tobacco Free Communities

Moves To Downtown Oneonta

Tobacco Free Communities of Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie (TFC-DOS) cut the ribbon Wednesday on its new offices at 151-153 Main St., the former Stevens Hardware.  Front row, from left, are TFC-DOS Director Judy Rightmyer, Community Engagement Coordinator Jennifer Hill, Program Specialist Barbara Doyle, Youth Engagement Coordinator Chris Bradley, LEAF’s Executive Director Julie Dostal, and Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Ann Heegan. Back row, from left, the Chamber’s Director of Special Events Kathryn Dailey; Alan Cleinman of Cleinman Performance Partners; LEAF Prevention Specialist Carol Mandigo; County Rep. Clark Oliver, D-11; and Oneonta Common Council member Mark Drnek, Ward 8.  Dostal, Cleinman, and Mandigo advocated for Oneonta’s tobacco-free parks ordinance in 2017.
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