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A giddy Ben Guenther, right, of Five Star Subaru, the inspiration behind the concert, gives Lightfoot fan Huemac Garcia a hug.

Folk-singing legend Gordon Lightfoot filled the main theater at Oneonta’s Foothills Performing & Civic Center for the first time in its history Thursday, March 31.  An additional 75 seats were added to the 625 attached seats to bring the total to 700.   Bassist Rick Haynes is at center, and Terry Clements, right, is lead guitarist.  Proceeds helped pay for permanent acoustic curtains.

Oneonta’s Abigael Puritz’ head of hair was a show-stopper.  She attended with brother Jacob and sister Eliza, as well as parents Andrew and Joan.
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First-year coach Matt Miller gives his stars an atta-girl courtside in Liverpool.
Jacque Shencavitz whoops for joy when the girls tie it up.   She’s flanked by mom Sandi and dad Stan.

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SUNY Oneonta University Police Chief Barton Ingersoll poses with two new recruits, Lucas S. Hoague, left, and Brian J. Cetnar.  Hoague was the class’ platoon leader. In the audience was Cetnar’s twin brother, Jim, from Fulton.
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Dr. Eric Dohner presents Foothills Executive Director Janet Hurley-Quackenbush with the proceeds from a silent auction at an event he hosted at the performing arts center.  The check was passed on to Geneen Nelson, right, to benefit the Oneonta Family Services Association.

Thad DeMulder, RealtyUSA regional vice president, briefs his Oneonta staff Wednesday, March 9, at Morey’s, a few days after their office at 447 Main St. was gutted by fire.  DeMulder advised them he is seeking temporary offices in the city for the local staff, then intends to rebuild on the same site.  Clockwise from DeMulder are agents Sharon Teator, Bob Krizanek, Bonni Canavan, Joe Feola, Carol Olsen, Adam Karns, Frank Woodcock, Jim Mead, local manager Brad Vohs and Tracy Vervalin.  The local office has 20 agents in all.

Joel Diaz was on the Union team, representing the dorms.
The Dragons team, representing sports teams, included Cary Fried, left, and Elizabeth Flamman, both swimmers.
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The Badra Bahlya Dellydancing troupe added exotic and mysterious flare to Carnevale of Animals Mardi Gras Masquerade Party at My Father’s Place Saturday evening, March 12.  Dancers included Caroline Huxtable, Leslie Palmerter, Jo Boring, Barb Sanders, Jenny Mannion, Jennifer Butler and Erica Jones.
Meanwhile, downtown,  Brenda Flemming, dressed in a home-made Mardi Gras hat, buddies up to Mardi Gras King Logan Hazard and Queen Debra Brennesholtz  at the Orpheus Theatre’s Mardi Gras celebration and fundraiser at St. Mary’s Church Hall.
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Oneonta Varsity Basketball Teams, 2011

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Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump, 2011

OHS student Theresa DiMartin shivers as she prepares to take the plunge at her first Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump Saturday, Feb. 19, across the lake from the Red Carpet Motel.  Organized for the 16th year by Jamie and Brenda Waters, Milford, the plunge raised more than $78,000 to benefit eight youngsters fighting serious diseases, as well as Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care and a local church.

OHS art teacher Kirsten Jennings plows through the 37-degree water.

OHS classmate Brianna Georgia, right, joins DiMartin in her first jump.
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YMCA's Daddy Daughter Dance, 2011

Paul Dahm, Oneonta, reties daughter Casie’s wrist corsage after spinning her around the dance floor.

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“Switzerland,” by Michelle MacNaught, 2011

“Switzerland,” by Michelle MacNaught of Delancey, is in an art display that runs through Feb. 28 at The Gallery at Leilani’s, 205 Main St.  MacNaught is in her  junior year at SUNY Purchase, studying printmaking.  She has studied under Murray Zimiles and Casey Hooper, along with sculptor Philip Listengart and artist Len Stokes.  She interned locally at the Tree of Life Foundry, making TEFI waxes to be cast in bronze, designed by Ernst Niezvestny for the Russian TV awards.  This is Michelle’s second gallery show.

Bresee’s Department Store, 2011

The final piece of the Wall Street side of the former Bresee’s Department Store topples at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 28.  Todd Cleveland operates the backhoe, as Matthew Handy hoses down the dust.  The Otsego County Economic Development Office has sent out RFPs (requests for proposals), and renovation of the Bresee’s Main Street side may begin as soon as this spring.

Oneonta First Night, 2010 - 2011

Twistin’ and shoutin’ to Skip West’s music at Oneonta World of Learning’s pre-parade party at 148 Main St. are, from left, Caid Faurot, Malena Scimica and Rowan and Sophia Swatling.

Sgt. Richard McVinney was the parade’s grand marshall.  The 2002 OHS grad recently returned from seven months in Afghanistan and is assigned to Hunter Army Airfield, Atlanta.  He is the son of Richard and Kathleen McVinney.

Toting Foothills’ “Building the Dream” banner are, from left, Kasey Pajersjki, Alana Berrios, Mikaela Mazerolle, Bryn Quackenbush and C.J. Johnson.

12-foot-tall Pocahontas was among the dozen puppets that marched down Main Street to adoring throngs during the Imagine Oneonta! First Night Parade Friday, Dec. 31.  Bookhout Funeral Home had stored them in a garage out back when First Night celebrations lapsed three years ago.  They were refurbished for the appearance.
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State Of State, 2010 : Photos By Jim Kelvin

Wilber Bank hosted the event, and attendees included, from left, ExecutiveVice President Joe Sutaris, new bank President Jim Mack, Community Banks President/CEOMark E. Tryniski and Jeff Lord, senior vice president and president of the Southern Tier region.

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, expresses optimism that renewedGOP control of the upper chamber in Albany will promote bipartisanship. He is flanked by Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, left, and Wilber’s Sutaris.

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski tells the Otsego CountyChamber’s annual State of the State luncheon Monday, Jan. 1,“In the next decade, economic revitalization is going to come from higher education.” A record 144 people attended, a who’s who of the county business community.

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