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February 12, 2013

In our opinion: Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To local faith communities and other organizations that tied into the Super Bowl for their fundraising efforts.

The Community Arts Network of Oneonta held its ninth annual Chili Bowl, a fundraiser that featured restaurants submitting concoctions for a contest. The event at the Wilber Mansion featured the sale of bowls for guests to taste several different kinds of chili. Funds raised will be used to support restoring Wilber Mansion and art education scholarships. 

In a nationwide effort, faith communities host the Souper Bowl of Caring on Super Bowl Sunday to collect contributions to support food sites and feeding programs in their areas. 

According to the Hunger Coalition of Otsego County, the Souper Bowl of Caring was started in 1990 by a youth group in Columbia, S.C., to collect money and canned food for the needy at a time with people gathered for a national sporting event. The Hunger Coalition also encouraged people gathering for Super Bowl parties in public and private settings to collect money to support the 24 food sites throughout the county.  

We’re glad to see creative efforts like those to help important organizations in our communities.

To the city of Oneonta for looking at ways to improve the city’s parks. 

The Oneonta Parks and Recreation Commission met late last month with representatives from the LA Group of Saratoga Springs to discuss revisions of the city’s Parks Master Plan, including Neahwa and nearby Catella Park.

Some proposals have been walkways through the parks, a redesign of the entrance to Neahwa Park from Market Street, a water-spray park and a dog park, city officials said. More comments from the public will be sought, House said, and more meetings will be held.

The city parks are a great asset to the area, and we applaud officials for looking to the public for input on improvements. We encourage residents to let the city know what they would like to see in their parks.

To Schoharie Area Long Term for its impressive work rebuilding the community since Hurricane Irene swept through the area almost a year and a half ago.

In recognition of its hard work, the organization hosted the Rev. Joseph Chu, associate program director of Lutheran Disaster Response; the Rev. David L. Myers, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships; and Zachary Wolgemuth, associate director of Brethren Disaster Ministries, on Tuesday. The three visitors met with SALT staff and board members, and toured the area to learn more about the group’s accomplishments and goals. 

We’ve been impressed with SALT’s work since its founding. We’re happy to see it getting the recognition it is due.