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July 23, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To Joanne Krut for helping make a dream come true.

With help from the Yankees, Krut arranged for Gary Doherty to be able spend the day meeting players and watching the team play.

Doherty, 24, who has cerebral palsy, is of normal intelligence but is in a body “that doesn’t work well for him,” said his mother, Diane. He cannot stand, walk or use his hands, she said, and he lives in a group home in West Oneonta. He has difficulty speaking, though has “truly wonderful” facial expressions when happy, she said.

In March and April, Krut said, she and her daughter bought enough gasoline from Hess stations to qualify for four tickets to a Yankees game. Krut said she took a chance and wrote to the Yankees organization to ask if there might be special arrangements or considerations for Doherty.

Krut, a Mount Vision resident, said she met Doherty when he attended Gilbertsville-Mount Upton School, where she was a bus monitor. She stayed in touch with the family.

Gerrit Bakhuizen, Doherty’s aide, teacher and companion, and Bakhuizen’s wife, Nancy, made the foursome for the trip.

Krut’s selflessness and caring is wonderful, and we applaud her and the Yankees.

 

To local colleges’ partnerships with performing arts organizations that bring quality performances to the area.

The State University College at Oneonta is hosting the New York Summer Music Festival, a six-week intensive camp for musicians ages 11 to 25. The close to 500 students are taught by well-respected musicians, and the students, faculty and staff perform in more than 50 concerts per summer, all of which are free and open to the public.

The State University College of Technology at Delhi is the site of the New York State Summer School of the Arts, where 30 students from across the state study with members of the Circle East Theatre Company of New York City. During the school, the college hosted a three-day festival that included several free performances open to the public. The series included a one-man show by John Astin, perhaps known best at Gomez Addams in the 1960s television show “The Addams Family.”

Those opportunities highlight another benefit of having the colleges in our area.

 

To New York being selected as one of the four pilot states to serve Greek-style yogurt in schools.

As Sen. Charles Schumer said, the state selection is an “excellent match.” It is the largest Greek yogurt producer in the nation, with companies such as Chobani. The program is designed to test the cost-effectiveness of purchasing Greek yogurt as part of the National School Lunch Program.

The selection is a boon to the state, dairy producers, and possibly local workers. Local students will also be offered another nutritious alternative during school meals.