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March 8, 2010

My Turn: Making Main Street Oneonta the best that it can be


Who says there isn’t anything to do around here?

To top that off, the volunteers of Main Street Oneonta try to make all of this more fun. We are best known for our events downtown that include the Cruise-In’s, Sidewalk Sale Festival, Downtown 101 and Halloween trickor- treating.

Our holiday events include the gingerbread contest, Santa parade and the tree-lighting ceremony.

However, as an organization, we strive for continual improvement. Some of our goals for this year include teaming with the city and the county to move forward with the result of the branding study, the installation of an informational kiosk for downtown and better signage for merchants whose locations are not directly on Main Street.

We’re hoping to bring back to life an “artwalk” in conjunction with entertainment in Muller Plaza _ something we’re calling “First Friday.”

And, in hopes of bringing our organization up to the next level, we have brought Maggie Barnes, former director of community affairs for A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, on board with the help of our friends at Otsego County. What a great addition to our current leadership and membership.

One of my favorite quotes is by George Bernard Shaw, which reads, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.”

I believe this is a philosophy that is instilled in many of the people who live and work in Oneonta, but especially in all of the people who are part of Main Street Oneonta. That’s the key to what makes Oneonta such a great place to be. Thank you to everyone who helps us be successful as an organization. We would not be who we are without our dedicated volunteers and leaders.

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