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On the Bright Side

December 31, 2012

NASCAR championship among year's brightest moments


Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge, who live in Sharon Springs and star in a reality television show about their life on a historic farm there, have already begun reaping the benefits of their big win. The couple, who plan to marry in the spring, have used their winnings to pay off the mortgage on their farm and relocate to the village permanently. 

They downplayed any deeper meaning their victory had in advancing gay rights.

“I think what’s great is that the show shows us as just another couple competing on the race and our strengths that come from a 14-year relationship, just like anyone,” Kilmer-Purcell said.

6. ‘Music Man’ takes show on the road to Oman

For a local elementary school student, performing with the Glimmerglass Opera is potentially thrilling enough. But to travel with the company to the Middle Eastern country of Oman was something different altogether. 

Henry Wager, a fourth-grader at Cooperstown Elementary School, said he was “really, really excited” to travel with the Glimmerglass Festival’s production of “The Music Man” to Muscat, Oman. 

“There’s supposed to be a lot of camels just walking around,” Henry said.

Henry was joined on the trip by 10-year-old Aria Maholchic of Norwich, whose mother, Jamie, said performing with the opera had been a great education for the aptly named young woman. 

7. Area girl has novel published

Fourteen-year-old Megan Brown of Greene High School became a published author in 2012 when her debut novel, “Witch Wars,” hit the shelves. 

Brown’s young-adult fantasy novel was published by Open Door Publishers of Ballston Spa and brought the young writer to Oneonta for a book signing at the Green Toad Bookstore. 

Brown told The Daily Star that she is full of ideas for future novels. 

“The ideas just come to me, and then I have to develop them,” she said. “My imagination is off the wall. And I’m very picky about the way things are phrased.”

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