Archives for February 2018

New Leadership At The United Way of Delaware And Otsego Counties

The United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties has a new Executive Director. Kimberly Lorraine has over 25 years experience in nonprofit management and for the last 10 years was Operations Director for Community Action Partnership in Madison County. Lorraine officially started her new role last December and secured a 3-year grant award from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services enabling the charitty to bring together area businesses and individuals interested in volunteering together with nonprofit agencies that need their help.

Delaware County IDA Creating Business Hub

A former Andes hotel will have new life promoting new business development in Delaware County. According to a news release from the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency a purchase is being completed of the former Andel Inn on state Route 28. The agency says it plans to convert the property into what’s described as an agricultural business incubator which businesses can use for bringing new products to market. The sale is expected to close in the next 30 days.

Pietraface Wins National Honor

SUNY Oneonta Professor Emeritus Bill Pietraface is awarded the Robert L. Payton Award for Voluntary Service by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The annual award goes to an individual who demonstrates leadership in advancement programs, furtherance of the philanthropic tradition, and public articulation of needs, goals and issues in education. Pietraface is a a retired SUNY Oneonta biology professor and former chair of the biology department.

Future BHOFer Visits Cooperstown

A member of the 2018 Baseball Hall Fame class paid a visit to Cooperstown on Tuesday. Former Cleveland Indians slugger Jim Thome and his wife Andrea visited the Hall for Thome’s pre-induction orientation session where the family goes over the logistics for induction weekend and to take a white-glove tour of the hall which left Thome speechless and at times in tears. Thome and Vladimir Guerrero, Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, Jack Morris, and Alan Trammell will officially be inducted on July 29.

Oneonta Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting On Thursday

The fourth scheduled meeting of the City of Oneonta Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee is scheduled for Thursday, at the City Hall Common Council Chambers beginning at 7:00 p.m. On the agenda for discussion is the recently completed Oneonta Housing and Parking Studies and a summary of the feedback received at the Jan. 19 public engagement meeting which was held at the CANO galleries in the Wilber Mansion. The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

Cooperstown Animal Shelter Gets State Grant

The Susquehanna SPCA in Cooperstown is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund. The money will go toward building a new facility on adjacent land to decrease the flooding risk and to allow for the addition of an adoption counseling area.. 14 shelters statewide received grants totalling $5 million. In a statement Senator James Seward said he is thrilled that the Susquehanna SPCA’s well-deserving project is among the select few that will receive state backing.

NYS Sheriff’s Assn. Heading To Albany To Lobby For SROs

Next month the New York State Sheriffs Association will take a trip to the state capitol to lobby lawmakers for funding to put at least one armed School Resource Officer in every single school in the state. The sheriffs will be in Albany on March 6. Last week the association sent a letter to state lawmakers asking for the SROs saying that they hoped legislators who allocate millions to protect judges can find money to protect students who are most vulnerable.

Bainbridge-Guilford SD Holding Safety Forum

The Bainbridge-Guilford School District is holding a safety forum this evening at the Junior-Senior High School auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is a result of the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as well as a threat made against the district last week. District administrators along with board of education members and law enforcement will discuss these events and what plans are in place to keep children safe. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Hartwick O’Connor Lecture To Focus On Mental Illness

The Hartwick College Department of Nursing will present the 2018 O’Connor Chair Lecture on Wednesday, March 14 in Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the College campus. This year will feature a panel of four distinguished speakers offering unique perspectives on the topic of “Combating the Stigma of Mental Illness.” The lecture which begins at 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. For more information on the O’Connor Chair Lecture, contact Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities Jane Bachman at (607) 431-4790.

Oneonta Rotary Club Offering Grants

The Oneonta Rotary Club announces the availability of a limited number of small grants, typically in the $100-$250 range, to fund projects that support the mission of Rotary. Projects may be local, national or international in scope. Requests for funding local projects that benefit youth, education, health, the environment and
quality of life are especially welcome. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed during the third week of each month. The fiscal year ends June 30th. To request an application, contact or visit to download a copy.