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April 8, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers and Jeers

To SUNY Cobleskill and other dining establishments across New York that have pledged to use more locally sourced food in their meals.

The State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill was one of more than 100 restaurants that recently took the Pride of NY Pledge, a commitment to increase the sourcing, marketing and education of New York state-grown and made products. The pledge is part of the Taste NY initiative.

Jeff Weissinger, director of dining services at SUNY Cobleskill, said the five dining establishments on campus, as well off-campus restaurant Coby’s Cafe, pledged to continue to use as many locally produced agricultural products as possible, including those from the college farm. This year, 25 percent of the college’s total food budget was spent locally, Weissinger said, and next year the college is hoping to raise that percentage to 35.

There are many economic and environmental benefits for using locally raised food. We applaud SUNY Cobleskill and others for embracing the local food movement.


To Trooper Timothy West Jr. for assisting a woman in the birth of her baby.

West, based at the state police station in Oneonta, responded to a Delaware County 911 report of a childbirth in progress at about 11 p.m. March 18. The call had come from a car pulled off on the shoulder of state Highway 28 in North Franklin.

West noticed the woman was quite far into labor. Using the training he received on the job, West assisted in the delivery and wrapped the baby in a blanket before turning the care of the infant and mother over to the Franklin emergency medical services and fire department squads.

We thank West for putting his knowledge to use and helping the unidentified woman in her time of need.


To the city of Oneonta on its decision regarding the traffic signal at the intersection of Center and Church streets.

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