The letter to Dr. Hager said in part:
“I am sure you will be interested to know that W. Edwin Long of your staff has been granted a state service award for outstanding work in his field.
“Only two or three people are selected each year for this citation. It comes only after devoted years of service in New York State.”
Mr. Colone said, “I have since had the occasion … since I have been on the Board to have the people in Albany voice their wonderful estimate of Shorty.”
Mr. Long is Director of Health, Physical Education and Recreation for the Oneonta school system, a post he has held since 1956.
Dr. Hager said Mr. Long has spent “about 35 years” of service in Oneonta, varying his duties among such items as a “successful” period as basketball coach; a member of the Municipal Parks Commission; the Recreation Commission, and before 1956, Director of Physical Education and Athletics.