The State University of New York loosens masking policies to align with new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which calls for fully vaccinated people not having to wear masks outdoors unless they’re in a crowded setting. So far SUNY officials haven’t decided if student vaccination will be mandatory for returning students in the fall but according to Chancellor Jim Malatras a mandate may not be needed if enough get a vaccine on their own.
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The Arc Otsego announces the retirement of Executive Director Patricia Knuth. Pat started her career with The Arc Otsego in November of 1986. and became Executive Director in 2015, She is credited with making many positive changes within the community, including expansion of residential, day and employment opportunities to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If you would like to send your own notes of congratulations to Pat, mail it to The Arc Otsego, PO Box 490, Oneonta, NY 13820.
An Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputy who was injured in the line of duty is given the 2019 Deputy of the Year award. In May of 2019 Deputy James Mateunas was pursing a suspect in a domestic vioolence incident when the suspect hit Mateunas’ cruiser with so much force that it went 200 feet before coming to rest. The suspect was killed in the collision. Mateunas is still recovering from his injuries.
On Sunday a group of students and community members will gather at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown to show their support for Asian-Americans and protest the recent increase in violence against those individuals. The event called the “Otsego Solidarity Rally for Asian Americans” will be held at 2:00 p.m. A number of digtnataries will speak plus officials will talk about what to do if a hate crime is seen including how to intervene.
The SUNY Oneonta chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, International Business Honor Society inducted 27 students and 3 faculty in a virtual ceremony held last Friday. Beta Gamma Sigma is an international business honor society that has more than 830,000 members and 600 chapters throughout more than 190 countries worldwide. Students in the top 10 percent of baccalaureate programs and top 20 percent of graduate programs are eligible for this invitation.
UHS Chenango Memorial hospital is partering with the Awestruck Tap Room in Sidney for a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic taking place today from 10:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. The clinic will have the Moderna vaccine so it is open to those 18 and over. A second dose will be available at the same location on May 27. If you want to reserve a spot call the Tap Room at (607) 232-1143.
State Senator Peter Oberacker voted in favor of ending three COVID-19 directives put in place by the governor. Among those is a measure requiring patrons to purchase food with a drink at restaurants and bars.
Oberacker says residents and businesses have certainly done their part during COVID-19 and it is time to start reopening and rebuilding the economy.
There’s a sign thief in the town of Sharon and police are looking for tips to catch this individual. According to the Times Journal more than 2 dozen signs have disappeared over the last 2 weeks from one end of town to the other. In some cases the thief couldn’t detach the sign from the post so those were taken too. There’s reports of stolen signs in the town of Cherry Valley and the Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
SUNY Oneonta’s A.J. Read Science Discovery Center is hosting the last trivia night of the semester via online teleconference on May 3. You can play on a team of 2-5 people or play solo. Virtual teams can work together via text or messenger, and team captains will record answers and submit those to the quiz-masters. The winners will receive gift cards to Stewart’s or restaurants in town. The link is posted on Campus Connection.
A domestic abuse incident on Monday lands a Unadilla man in jail on multiple felony charges. Police say Randy Deese got into an argument with the victim and things escalated to the point where Deese choked the victim then sexually forced himself on them. The victim reported the incident on Tuesday and Deese was found in the City of Liberty. He was booked into the Otsego County Jail on $50,000 cash bail with his next court appearance scheduled in May.