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Milford Grads Begin Next Step

Milford Grads Begin Next Step

Milford Central School Class of 2018 Valedictorian Loren Harmon precesses down the center aisle after receiving his diploma. Harmon, and his 26 classmates were the center of attention, as proud parents, grandparents, and community members showed up to recognize Milford’s newest graduates. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Dozens March To Protest Seizing Children At Border

Dozens March To Protest

Seizing Children At Border

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)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 23

Intercontinental Soulful Music

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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

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MURPHY: Collier Can Be Our Voice In Difficult Times

POLITICAL LETTER

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 jimk@allotsego.com   The polls will be open noon-9 p.m. next Tuesday across Otsego County.

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Rites Planned For Dennis Tallman, Businessman, Community Leader

Rites Planned For Dennis Tallman,

Businessman, Community Leader

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.

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Centers Cuts Rate From $510 to $410

Centers Cuts Rate

From $510 to $410

Nursing Home Fee Affects ‘Private Payers’

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Otsego Manor, which was sold to Focus in 2014, has been owned by Centers Healthcare since January. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

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.”

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OHS Seniors Enjoy Dancing, Games On Prom Night

Seniors Enjoy Games,

Dancing At OHS Prom

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)

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Oneonta Rotary Puts Ladies In Power

Ladies At Helm Of Oneonta Rotary 

The Oneonta Rotary Club this evening inducted its president for the 2018-019 year:  Cindy Struckle, the Oneonta City School District’s data manager.  With her election, the club’s officers are all women for the first time in its 96-year history. From left are Treasurer Lorre Allen,  Struckle, Vice President Lynne Sessions, and Secretary Catrina McKissick. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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SUNY Oneonta Bids Farewell To Dr. Nancy Kleniewski

SUNY Oneonta Bids Fond

Farewell To Dr. Kleniewski

Retired Oneonta Mayor David Brenner, left, applauds Dr. Nancy Kleniewski as she approaches the podium to give her farewell remarks after 10 years as president of SUNY Oneonta. (Parker Fish/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.”

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