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June 21, 2014

Week in Review: Summit puts focus on science, jobs

The Daily Star

---- — This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:


Fast-food workers hired with no experience start at minimum wage, a local manager in Oneonta said Sunday, and experience might result in a small boost for starting pay. Jessica Gallagher, a manager at Taco Bell, said though as a manager she earns more than $8 an hour, the current minimum wage in New York state, an increase might have a positive impact on her earnings, as well, she said.

In sports: Dorien Feggins and Carnel Chandler picked a fine time to play defense Saturday at Hartwick College. Feggins and Chandler each scored on interception returns, leading Oneonta City to a 27-0 Northeastern Football Alliance thumping of the visiting Utica YardDawgs for the Stallions’ first victory of the season.


Allegations have surfaced regarding alleged improper expenditures with a credit card controlled by the political campaign of state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, with the ensuing probe focused on his former campaign aide, Otsego County Rep. Betty Anne Schwerd, according to several government sources.

In sports: Franklin junior Joe Terrano got the job done for Oneonta Post 259 on Monday. Terrano struck out one and walked none in a seven-hitter at Norwich High, leading the Green Wave to a 7-2 Legion baseball victory over the host Chenango Hellcats.


A 35-year-old Walton man, identified by authorities as the man who killed two Siberian Huskies last winter, has been indicted on two felony counts and four misdemeanor charges, Delaware District Attorney Richard Northrup Jr. said Tuesday.

Also: Mosul. Falluja. Tal Afar. To most Americans, those cities are abstract places in a faraway land called Iraq. But for local veterans of the Iraq conflict, they are among the places where they and their buddies had to be wary of roadside bombs and sniper fire while they worked to bring stability to a land torn for centuries by ethnic warfare.

In sports: Taylor Jones went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run Tuesday, but the Oneonta Outlaws fell, 7-4, to the Sherrill Silversmiths in a New York Collegiate Baseball League game at Damaschke Field.


Area business owners and managers joined educators Wednesday to find a formula for matching students with STEM jobs of the future. Elements of the equation include classroom instruction, mentoring, job shadowing, degree programs, internships, and more, according to speakers and participants at a Workforce/Education Summit in Oneonta on Wednesday.

Also: Cooperstown now has a little more evidence to back up its claim to being “America’s most perfect village.” For a second year in a row, Fodor’s Travel, one of the world’s largest producers of English language travel and tourism information, has published a list on its website of America’s 10 best small towns. This year, Cooperstown made it.

In sports: There’s nothing wrong with second place, especially when hundreds of thousands of people are trying to finish first. Fly Creek resident Christopher Ubner earned a runner-up finish in his age-group Saturday during Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run Mets Team Championship at Citi Field.


The planners of the proposed Constitution Pipeline advised federal regulators Thursday that they don’t believe their plan to blast bedrock during construction of the project would disturb bald eagles nesting several hundred yards from the pathway of the natural gas transmission system.

In sports: Catcher Kyle Brennan hit his first home run of the New York Collegiate Baseball League season Thursday, helping the Oneonta Outlaws to a 4-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader at Cortland. The Crush responded with a 5-0 triumph in the second game to remain relevant in the race for second place in the Eastern Division.