Archives for April 2017

Delaware County Relay For Life is Saturday

Delaware County’s 15th annual Relay For Life is Saturday at the Delaware Academy and Central School at Delhi track,

Gates open at 10 a.m. and the opening ceremony will start at 11 a.m. with activities running until 10:00 p.m.

Since its inception in 2003, Delaware County Relay participants have raised more than $1.5 million for the American Cancer Society to help cancer patients and to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, get well, find cures and fight back.

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SUNY Oneonta “Into the Streets” is Saturday

SUNY Oneonta students are teaming up Saturday with community volunteers in Otsego and Delaware Counties for “Into the Streets,” the annual day of service sponsored by SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community.

Activities begin at 9:00 a.m. with a kickoff at SUNY Oneonta’s Chase Gymnasium then teams of SUNY Oneonta students will travel to assigned sites where they will spend up to six hours in volunteer activities such as painting, cleaning and landscaping at over 40 different sites.

The Center says more than 20 percent of the SUNY Oneonta student body participates in community service activities.

“Stomping Grounds” Coming to Town

The Glimmerglass Festival is presenting the world-premiere hip-hop opera Stomping Grounds, a show written entirely in verse blending hip-hop, spoken word and opera.

There will be performances on May 8 at the SUNY Oneonta Center for Multicultural Experiences, a performance May 10 at the Cooperstown Farmers Market, one May 11 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Three performances are planned at Glimmerglass in August.

A.O. Fox Hospital Goes Electronic

Cooperstown’s A.O. Fox Hospital has adopted a new electronic health record system which is identical to the systems in place at all other Bassett Healthcare Network locations.

According to a news release this now connects all six hospitals in the Bassett Healthcare Network as well as the outpatient health centers across the network’s eight-county service region.

Bassett says the benefit to having a single patient record is improved care coordination, health care delivery, medication safety and an enhanced patient experience.

Truck Wreck On Route 17

A semi truck accident Thursday on State Route 17 in Delaware County resulted in the truck spilling its load and traffic being restricted while the mess was cleaned up.

Authorities say it happened around 4:30 a.m. when the truck went over an embankment and rolled over with some of the cargo ending up on State Route 17.

It took around two hours to get the scene clear and State Police are investigating the cause of the accident.

Burn Ban Violator Arrested

A man is charged with violating the state’s burn ban after he was caught setting illegal fires at a Delaware County property.

Police say they saw smoke coming from a barn at an Elk Creek Road address in Meredity on April 18 and an investigation found Richard Guiles of Smyrna had lit two piles of wood then left the area.

Guiles was arrested Wednesday and issued tickets to appear in Town of Meredith court on a date to be scheduled.

Cuomo Signs Clean Water Infrastructure Act

New York state is investing $2.5 billion in drinking water infrastructure, clean water infrastructure and water quality protection.

On Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Clean Water Infrastructure Act which includes over $1.5 billion in grants for water infrastructure improvements and creates a $75 million rebate program to give homeowners and small businesses an incentive to replace and upgrade aging septic systems.

$110 million is dedicated to ‘green’ infrastructure projects for source water protection including land acquisition.

Cooperstown Clarifies Immigration Stance

Village of Cooperstown lawmakers passed a resolution stating local law enforcement will cooperate with federal immigration operations but will not do the work of immigration policing.

Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz tells a Utica TV station the Village adopted the resolution to be in front of a possible issue where local police agencies could be told to act as immigration enforcement agents.

Katz says the resolution does not mean Cooperstown is becoming a so-called sanctuary city.

Herzig Running for Re-Election

Mayor Gary Herzig announced on Tuesday he will seek re-election in November.

In a memo addressed to the members of the city council and department heads along with commissioners and board members, Herzig says teamwork, passion for the community and willingness to go above and beyond has resulted in a lot of achievements for the city but the work is just beginning.

Herzig’s only opponent currently is Hometown Deli owner Don Scanlon.

Arbor Day Celebration Today

The City of Oneonta’s Arbor Day celebration is today at the Maple Street Park on Maple Street and State Street.

The tree planting will take place at 11:00 a.m. and the event is open to the public.

The City has been recognized as a Tree City USA Community for the 31st year and in New York there are only 16 municipalities that have been in the program longer that the City of Oneonta.