Otsego County’s COVID-19 case count is on the rise according to the Department of Health. There’s been 20 new cases since last Friday with 12 cases in the past two days. Officials say with the delta variant it is more important than ever to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
SUNY Oneonta’s 2021 Mills Distinguished Lecture will feature author Dashka Slater who wrote “The 57 Bus”, which recounts an assault on a municipal bus in Oakland, California, and how it affected its perpetrator and victim, both teens. The lecture is set for Oct. 18 in the Hunt Union ballroom.
The Chenango County Fair makes its return for 2021. According to the Evening Sun the 174th annual event taking place Aug. 11 through Aug. 15 is a day shorter than in the past to allow for more setup time. The opening day fireman’s parade is also on a new route this year.
New York allocates $35 million to help expand employment opportunities for restaurant workers and provide relief to COVID-impacted restaurants. Qualifying businesses are eligible for a tax credit of $5,000 per new worker hired, up-to $50,000 per busines. Owners will need to demonstrate COVID-19 related losses and show proof of hiring at least one full-time worker.
A new state law prohibits schools and school districts from filing any type of lawsuit against parents or guardians for unpaid meal fees. Officials say while legal action is infrequent the new law provides additional protection for students and families who might otherwise be made to choose between going to court or going hungry.
Hartwick College is recognized for efforts to promote wellness and safety. The Campus Prevention Network gave Hartwick its Seal of Prevention for programs tied to student safety, well-being, and inclusion. College officials say they work to get out ahead of pertinent wellness issues that can have a negative impact on a student’s holistic Hartwick experience.
A Norwich man out on parole for a 2016 attempted robbery is in trouble again after being charged with a stabbing last weekend. According to the Evening Sun Gregory Frank Huzinec Jr.. is now facing felony attempted robbery and assault charges. Huzinec was apprehended on Thursday and prosecutors say additional charges may be filed.
Baseball Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark announced that Craig Biggio, Tom Glavine and Ken Griffey Jr. have been elected to the hall’s Board of Directors. The Board also denied Curt Schilling’s request to be removed from the 2022 Hall of Fame ballot.
Hyde Hall in Cooperstown receives a state grant from the Park and Trail Partnership Grants program. The money will go to design, fabricate, and install four interpretive and educational panels that introduce visitors to Hyde Hall’s history and offer a general welcome and orientation to the site. $900,000 in grants were awarded statewide.
Victims of human trafficking can now recover actual, compensatory and punitive damages or other appropriate relief under a new state law. It also extends the statute of limitations from 10 years of victimization to 15 years. If the victim was a minor then the statute can be modified to begin at the age of majority.