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USDA Assistant Secretary  Due At Hartwick Ag Forum

USDA Assistant Secretary 

Due At Hartwick Ag Forum

USDA Assistant Secretary Anne Hazlett

ONEONTA – The USDA assistant secretary for rural development, Anne Hazlett, will join Congressman John Faso, R-19, and a panel of local VIPs on a panel at a Rural Prosperity Forum 9-11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel House.

The roundtable will serve as an opportunity to discuss partnerships that have been developed to overcome challenges in rural areas and explore best practices to build and support community economic development.

The public is welcome to attend. For seating purposes, RSVP to Lisa Iannello at 607-431-4061 or IannelloL@hartwick.edu

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Seward’s Proclamation Raises Profile Of ‘2nd Chance Month’

Seward’s Proclamation Raises

Profile Of ‘2nd Chance Month’

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, presents a state Senate proclamation recognizing “Second Chance Month” to Ameen Aswad, executive director, Jail Ministry of Otsego County Executive Director Ameen Aswad, county Director of Community Services Susan Matt, and county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr.  “Once individuals have paid their debt to society, they will be returning to our communities and we all have a stake in their successful reintegration,” Seward said today. “Second Chance Month is an opportunity to recognize and support those who want to make an honest effort at a new life.” Second Chance Month is a national movement aimed at bringing awareness to the stigma and barriers those coming out of prison or jail face.

 

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Dennis R. Hill, 68; Butternuts Highway Superintendent

IN MEMORIAM: Dennis R. Hill, 68;

Butternuts Highway Superintendent

Dennis R. Hill

GILBERTSVILLE – Dennis R. Hill, 68, of Gilbertsville, the Town of Butternuts highway superintendent, passed away at his home on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Dennis was born in Sidney, the son of Robert and Esther (Lamphere) Hill.

He enjoyed being a member of the Gilbertsville Rod & Gun Club and was a previous member of the Gilbertsville Fire Department.

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$1.25M Gift Underwrites Entrepreneurship Center

$1.25M Gift Underwrites

Entrepreneurship Center

Hartwick College Announces Alumni’s Donation

ONEONTA – Hartwick College today announced a $1.25 million gift pledge from Tim Herbert and Sally Griffiths Herbert, Class of ’88, to support a new Center for Collaboration & Innovation.

The center, to be named the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation in honor of the donors, will include a Makerspace, E-Hub (for entrepreneurship hub) and fabrication lab.

The gift will enable Hartwick to begin recruitment of a director of innovation, who will oversee the center’s development.

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Stillman’s Ramsey Clark Documentary Recognized At Boston, Oxford Festivals

Stillman’s Ramsey Clark Film

Recognized In Boston, Oxford 

Joseph C. Stillman of Oneonta (seen here with Frank Serpico) has won the Boston International Film Festival’s Indie Spec Best Cinematography Award for “Citizen Clark: A Life of Principle,” a documentary on the life of former U.S. Attorney General and human rights activist Ramsey Clark. The film was one of nine documentaries chosen from 3,500 entries to air at the festival April 12 in Cambridge, Mass. “Citizen Clark,” shot by Stillman and cinematographer Peter Matthes, was shot in 22 states and three foreign countries over six years. It is also the U.S. selection at the Oxford International Film Festival in Great Britain, and will make its U.K. festival premiere there May 12.
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Joseph A. Eccles, 73; Retired To County From Long Island

IN MEMORIAL: Joseph A. Eccles, 73;

Retired To County From Long Island

COOPERSTOWN – Joseph A. Eccles, 73, who retired to the Cooperstown area after 30 years with UPS, died Tuesday April 17, 2018 at Bassett Hospital in the company of his loving family.

Born in Glen Cove, L.I., he grew up in Glen Head and graduated from North Shore High School in the Class of 1962. He enlisted in the Army in 1965, serving his country until 1971. He married Ellen Wapniarski in Westbury in 1987. They moved to the Cooperstown area in 2000, residing on Route 80, Town of Otsego.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 19

‘To Grow A Farmer’ Exhibit

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OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Exhibit “To Grow A Farmer,” a photographic essay of farming families in upstate New York. Project Space Gallery, Fine Arts Center, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3456 or visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1977291

WRITERS SALON – 7:30 – 9 p.m. Present your writing at the open mic then enjoy a reading by the featured author John Verdon, author of the Dave Gurney series of mystery thrillers – international bestsellers. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/writers-salon-john-verdon/?instance_id=978

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EXCLUSIVE! Photos, Details Of Distressed Farmstead Near Garrattsville

EXCLUSIVE!

Photos, Details Of Distressed

Farmstead Near Garrattsville

Only Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal had a reporter/photographer at the scene over the weekend as sheriff’s deputies and local veterinarians sorted out what to do with more than 100 distressed animals discovered on a farm near Garrattsville. Exclusive photos and details in this week’s newspapers, on newsstands this afternoon.
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

Author On Ecology

& Human Rights

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READING SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Sandra Steingraber, acclaimed ecologist & author exploring links between human rights & the environment, shares her writings for the Red Dragon Reading series. Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3446 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/reddragonreading/reddragonreadingseries.asp

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tour the exhibit “Edward Weston: Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist” with Arts in Education coordinator and photographer Kevin Gray. Cost, $30 non-members. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/event/weston

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 17

Oral Histories Of Hawai’i

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READING SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Christine Kitano, author of 2 poetry collection including “Who You: The Issei” a collection of oral histories about first generation immigrants in Hawai’i, shares her writings for the Red Dragon Reading series. Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3446 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/reddragonreading/reddragonreadingseries.asp

ART STUDIO – 3:30 p.m. Young artists and their families are invited to explore basic art techniques, from acrylics to water colors. All welcome. Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie. Call 518-673-2314 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar

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