This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:
Area residents shared tips for dealing with depression and anxiety during the holidays in Monday’s Daily Star. Kate Hewlett of Oneonta, who coordinates the Peer Alliance League support group, said holidays can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones, but that help is out there for those who are struggling.
In local sports, Dylan Shaffer’s layup with less than a minute left broke a tie and helped the host school to a 57-54 boys basketball victory over Gilboa in the championship game of the Margaretville Tournament on Saturday.
Facing a local crisis, police officials and social workers are joining forces in Delaware County to combat rising heroin use.
“I never thought in my wildest dreams that we would see something like that in Delaware County,” Delaware County Undersherriff Craig Dumond said. “We can’t pretend it’s not here. It’s here.”
In local sports, Kyle Moorby scored 14 points and Josh Davi finished with 13 to help visiting Davenport to a 52-40 non-league boys basketball victory over Delhi on Monday.
Two local Catholic leaders praised Time Magazine’s pick of Pope Francis as its Person of the Year, noting that the pontiff is bringing the church into a new era.
“He is the right person for the right time,” said the Rev. David Mickiewicz, priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta. “He is throwing everyone off-kilter.”
In local sports, a balanced squad from Schenevus ran its record to 6-0 with a 54-26 Tri-Valley League girls basketball victory at Worcester on Tuesday.
Despite laying off all its temporary workers and switching to eight-hour shifts and news that Whole Foods will stop carrying its products, Chobani’s growth is continuing, a company representative said Wednesday. The yogurt company will launch its first Super Bowl commercial in 2014
In local sports, Unatego rallied to win Wednesday night’s non-league dual meet against Cooperstown after dropping the first four matches. The Spartans won 10 of the final 11 bouts for a 60-21 victory that pushed their record to 3-0 this season.
Orlando, the guide dog that tried to save a blind New York City man from falling onto the subway tracks in Harlem on Tuesday, grew up in Cooperstown.
The black Labrador was feted by media nationwide this week after he tried to stop his owner, 61-year-old Cecil Williams, from falling, then came to the man’s aid as a subway train approached. The dog was trained by the Livermore family of Cooperstown from 2004-06.
In local sports, Franklin senior Jordan Beers scored her 2,000th point in a 56-44 Tri-Valley League victory over Milford on Thursday to high praise from her coach.
“She’s been the face of Franklin basketball for the last (six) years,” coach Mike Dutcher said. “As good a basketball player as she is, she’s 10 times better as a person.”