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August 27, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cheers

The Daily Star

---- — To Sam Nader for being a first-class inductee of the New York-Penn League Hall of Fame. 

The Hall of Fame is in the second year of a three-phase process designed to establish an honor roll for those who have made significant contributions to the oldest continuously operated Single-A league in professional baseball. 

Nader, 94, was one of five league personnel and team officials inducted earlier this month before the NY-Penn’s 2013 All-Star Game at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn., home of the team that once played in Oneonta.

The first class of the Hall will be completed in 2014 with the third phase, which will honor individuals who will be nominated and voted upon by NY-Penn teams. The Hall will then have annual elections of those nominated and voted upon by member teams.

Nader was part of a group that brought professional baseball to Oneonta, starting with a Red Sox-affiliated team in 1966. In 1967, Oneonta began a 32-year Yankees affiliation. That ended in 1999 when the Tigers came to town. Nader and his late partner Sid Levine sold the team in 2008, and the new owners moved it to Connecticut in 2010.

Nader has done so much for baseball in Oneonta and the region. He is well-deserving of the honor.


To the naming of the theater at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in honor of the Bettiol family.

A plaque beside the main entry door to the theater reads: “Dedicated to the Bettiol Family, Eugene Sr. and Elizabeth Bettiol, Eugene Jr. Bettiol and Family, Jan Laytham and Family, Jaci Bettiol and Family, for their vision and commitment to the Foothills PAC’s mission, 2013.”

The Bettiols were supporters from the start. Businessman Arnie Drogen, a Foothills board vice president, said he remembered when Eugene Bettiol Jr. called with an invitation from him and his father to be involved in the creation of a performing arts center in Oneonta.

The family has continued to support the center even through family challenges, including the death of Bettiol Jr. from cancer in 2003, and financial challenges to the center as well.

We’re glad to see the Bettiol family recognized for its commitment to the growing arts community in Oneonta.


To Albert Lepera and Richard Hall for returning a lost horse to its 5-year-old owner. 

The men found the 8-year-old horse about six miles from its home.  

“The two of them made a little girl very happy today,” said Melinda Memoli, whose daughter, Gabriella, had received the horse, named Spirit, two weeks before as a present.

We thank Lepera and Hall for making sure the horse was returned and making Gabriella happy.