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February 26, 2013

Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta organizers of OH-Fest for working with the city of Oneonta to bring the annual concert back to Neahwa Park.

While past shows had been in the park, last year saw the music moved to the State University College at Oneonta campus.

Incidents at the 2011 concert, featuring rapper Pitbull, caused by a large, rowdy crowd, seemed to sour the collaboration between the schools and the city.

It is good to see all sides making an effort to bring back an important and entertaining option that allows students and community members to interact. The downtown carnival, another outstanding community event organized by students, will once again be a part of OH-Fest, too.

As part of the agreement with the city, the college agreed to hire private security for the event, which downtown promotion group Main Street Oneonta has stepped up to help fund.

This allows the police department to better protect the community rather than focusing on crowd control.

To Arthur and Joy Miller of Burlington Flats for pledging their time and efforts to help their son’s Army medical unit in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Jared Miller is part of the 691st Forward Surgical Team, an Army Reserve unit based in Utica. The group has been serving in Afghanistan since October.

Upon hearing their son and his unit no longer received hot breakfasts, the couple began sending boxes of oatmeal, Pop Tarts, pancake mix, jelly and more to Afghanistan.

Each week for about six weeks, box after box, the Millers have been sending care packages from home to feed their son and his fellow service men and women.

In addition to the Millers, mention should be made of those at New York Central Mutual Insurance Co. who donate breakfast items and ship the boxes to the front.

To Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, for joining with other college and university leaders in support of gun-control legislation.

She signed an open letter by the College Presidents for Gun Safety, which included support for measures and issues related to background checks, mental health care, semi-automatic weapons, safety standards for storage and keeping guns inaccessible to children.

Drugovich made clear that this is not about political party, but about protecting the places of learning for our children and young adults.

In the wake the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., it is a smart move for school leaders to assess security measures, such as continuing the ban on weapons possession on college campuses.