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April 30, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cheers

To organizers of the eighth annual OH-Fest on Saturday.

The event had a smooth return to Neahwa Park after a year absence.

“All in all, things went well,” Oneonta Police Chief Dennis Nayor said Sunday, with no arrests or major incidents reported.

Students from State University College at Oneonta and Hartwick College worked with the city Common Council and public safety officials this academic year to meet stipulations for having a concert in the park in the eighth annual OH-Fest. The concert last year was held at  SUNY Oneonta after the city raised concerns about crowd control at the 2011 concert.

Chip Holmes, Eighth Ward member of the Common Council who worked with OH-Fest organizers, said from his observations, the carnival on Main Street was a “wonderful event” and concerts in the park attracted a “nice crowd.”

It’s always good to see the colleges and community work together. And we’re glad the event returned to the park without incident, and hope the trend continues.

 

To Kevin Rous, second assistant chief at the Edmeston Volunteer Fire Department, who is in the process of getting a demolition derby car ready to smash at the Otsego County Fair this summer.

He said the money raised will go to the families of the two firefighters shot in Webster, and to the family of an Owego firefighter who lost his life after falling through a floor.

The West Burlington man said because the two incidents happened kind of close to home it really got him thinking about what he could do to help show appreciation for the men who lost their lives.

Rous said he plans to send letters to local fire departments to seek sponsorship money, but is open to any business or individual who would be interested.

We applaud Rous for his unusual fundraiser, and we thank him for his service and his effort to help others.

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