Archives for August 2016

Susquehanna Balloon Glow Fest this weekend

Balloons will be part of Labor Day Weekend thanks to the Susquehanna Balloon Glow Festival 2016 at Neahwa Park.

The festival kicks off Friday night with balloon rides and launches beginning at 6pm and there will also be live entertainment.

On Saturday there will of course be more balloon rides, but also car shows, puppet shows and other live entertainment.

Search Balloon Glow Fest on Facebook for more information.

New rules for medical marijuana

The New York Department of Health announced its new plans for medical marijuana prescription and distribution.

Soon nurse practitioners – in addition to doctors – will be able to prescribe the non-smokable form of cannabis – and consideration is being made on allowing chronic pain as a condition eligible for medical marijuana.

The state also is looking at allowing more dispensaries and permitting them to make deliveries for those who are home bound.

Officials say around 7,000 state residents are on medical marijuana.

Brookwood Point’s future becomes clearer

The ownership picture for Brookwood Point just became a little clearer now that Otsego Land Trust secured interim funding insuring it will continue to operate the property for the next 7 years.

Chairman Harry Levine says donors pledged nearly a quarter million dollars so OLT can keep the property available to the public.

The property ownership development is a complete reversal of what happened last year, when OLT tried to sell off half of the 22 acre property as a way to keep the other half.

There were no acceptable purchase offers tendered.

OLT will hold community meetings about the future of Brookwood Point September 29 and October 25 at Templeton Hall in Cooperstown.

M-E Team to be honored at State Fair

Praise continues to pour in for the Maine-Endwell team after their defeat Sunday of South Korea to win the Little League World Series.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared Thursday as “Champions Day” at the New York State Fair in honor of the team, which will be congratulated for its victory at a special ceremony on Chevy Court.

The Governor’s office says free Fair tickets available to members of the Maine-Endwell community to take part in the celebration.

Bainbridge Republican Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch says this victory is a testament to the quality and character of the players, coaches and parents involved with this team.

Crouch adds it shows that when a community works together like this, amazing achievements are possible, and they made all of us proud.

127th SUNY Oneonta Red Day celebration

SUNY Oneonta’s annual Red Day celebration is set for Friday and there is a full day of activities planned, including the alumni lunch and a fireworks show.

The Luncheon is at 12:30pm in the newly renovated Center for Multicultural Experiences at Lee Hall and reservations are required.

The 127th annual celebration includes an invitation-only reception honoring the college’s Alumni of Distinction.

At 9pm the fireworks show will commence and the viewing location will be outside the Hunt College Union on the track at the All College Field.

Oneonta youngster honored by Police & Fire departments

A youngster was honored by the Oneonta Police and Fire Departments for his heroism when his cousin – who was babysitting him – suffered a medical emergency.

Amari Champen called 9-1-1 to get help and dispatchers said he remained extremely calm and gave them all the information they needed to send help.

And when that help arrived, Amari flagged down the first responders so they knew where she was.

Police Chief Dennis Nayor along with Fire Chief Patrick Pidgeon gave Amari certificates honoring his actions and Mayor Gary Herzig gave him an official City of Oneonta pin.

Amari’s family attended the ceremony along with the officers and medics who responded to the call on August 21.

Rollie Fingers back to Cooperstown

Pro Baseball Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers is coming back to Cooperstown – this time to play golf.

Fingers will serve as the celebrity host for the 34th Annual Otesaga Hotel Seniors Open and Pro-Am Golf Tournament September 6 through 9 at the Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown.

This is Fingers second appearance at the Pro-Am playing with nearly 100 top pros from around the country who are expected to compete in the three-day Seniors Open Tournament.

Proceeds benefit Pathfinder Village, a residential community dedicated to children and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

Center for Donation and Transplant’s “Friendraiser” tonight

The B Side Ballroom and Supper Club is the place tonight for a meet and greet with the Center for Donation and Transplant (CDT), a non-profit organ procurement organization.

The event titled the “Friendraiser” is to raise awareness about organ and tissue donation in New York State by getting current and interested volunteers together with CDT staff in a relaxed, fun setting.

The “Friendraiser” is at the B Side Ballroom and Supper Club on Clinton Plaza Drive in Oneonta and begins at 6pm.

Hamden accident sends driver to hospital

A driver was airlifted to the hospital after the car he was driving left a road in Hamden then rolled over.

Fire investigators say when medics arrived on the scene of the crash along Route 10 the motorist was trapped in the vehicle, which resulted in a call for crews with gear to get him out of the car.

According to a Delhi Fire spokesperson the driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police say he was the only occupant of the vehicle.

O’Connor Hospital Golf Invitational set for next month

Mark your calendar for September 21 – that’s the day of the tenth annual O’Connor Hospital Golf Invitational at The College Golf Course in Delhi.

The Invitational provides participants with a day of golf on a premier par-72 course, with 144 golfers hitting the links at one of the area’s top-rated courses.

Proceeds benefit O’Connor Hospital’s expansion of Bassett Healthcare Network’s primary care centers and the O’Connor Hospital Annual Fund.

Spots are still available at $140 each of $560 for a foursome.