Almost 100 Cooperstown folks participated in a vigil this evening in front of Cooperstown Baptist Church on Elm Street in protest to the separation of children, perhaps as many as 2,000, from families attempting to cross the Southern border from Mexico. Participating pastors, at right, included, from right, the Rev. Joe Perdue, Cooperstown Baptist, who hosted the gathering; the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, First Presybeterian; the Rev. Tom LeBeau, Cooperstown Methodist; Randy Velez, a Roman Catholic deacon, and the Rev. Ladonna Clark, who is associated with the Presbyterian Church. In sequence, the pastors read an “Open Letter to Donald Trump” authored by a Unitarian Universalist minister in Wisconsin, the Rev. Amy Petrie Shaw. In part, it said, “There must never again be internment camps, concentration camps or forced detention camps by any other name on American soil or under American control.” While unable to attend, the Revs. Kyle Grennen, Grace Episcopal, Springfield Center, and Sharon Rankins-Burd, Fly Creek and Schuyler Lake Methodist churches, also signed the document. The gathering then marched to First Presbyterian, where a worship service followed. Some attendees contributed packages of diapers intended for the youngsters taken from their families. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 23
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy Embi Esti, intercontinental fusion band incorporating Afrobeat, North African, Romani traditions in soulful music. The Star Theater, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley. Call 607-264-3080 or visit www.facebook.com/cherryvalleyartworks/
GRADUATION – 10:30 a.m. Seniors graduate. Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School District, 693 St. Hwy. 51, Gilbertsville. Call 607-783-2207 or visit www.gmucsd.org
Editor’s Note: Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal went to press Tuesday, June 19, and any further political letters regarding the Tuesday, June 26, Democratic primary received through next Monday will be published on www.allotsego.com. Please e-mail them to email@example.com The polls will be open noon-9 p.m. next Tuesday across Otsego County.
FLY CREEK – Dennis Alfred Tallman, 76, former proprietor of Tallman Tree Service and president of the Friends of Bassett, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
The Office of the Burial of the Dead with the Holy Eucharist (Rite I) will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at Christ Church, Cooperstown, with the Rev’d Dane E. Boston, rector, officiating.
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Centers Healthcare has advised the local Family Council it will scale back its April 1 increase in the “private payer” rate at its local nursing home (the former Focus) from $510 to $410 a day, Family Council chair Betsy Hayes has reported in an e-mail.
She said Aharon Lantzitsky, Centers division president, had just called her: “He wanted to assure me that Centers listened to our concerns and acted accordingly. I thanked him for listening to us and responding. I said the new fee seems a bit high but will wait to see what the community response is.”
OTEGO – Terry Charles Stevens, Pine Bush, passed away June 3, 2018, at home.
He was born on June 9, 1948, in Otego, the son of Clara and Charles Stevens. He graduated from Unatego High School.
The OHS Class of ’18 celebrated its Senior Prom last night in the Foothills Atrium, where they danced and enjoyed food and photo booths. Above, Nate Southwick and his date Kirsten Lester sway on the dance floor among their classmates to one of the evening’s slow songs. Later, students headed to the OHS Cafeteria where they played games of chance to win a wide selection of prizes and money. At right, Christian Holoquist and Danielle Basdekis, left, as they deal cards to Jada Fisher and Christina Mattocks. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – With two standing ovations, a few tears shed and the unveiling of her official portrait, retired college president Dr. Nancy Kleniewski said goodbye to SUNY Oneonta during a reception held this evening at the college.
“After working for 37 years, it’s going to be a little weird,” she said. “I looked at my July calendar and for the first time, there’s nothing on it.”
Kleniewski teared up as she talked about the 10 years she spent at the college. “This is a day of mixed emotion,” she said. “I’m proud of what we’ve done together and how we’ve made this campus better and more welcoming. And I’m sad to be leaving. The people here really care about the students.”