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March 9, 2013

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The skills are an important asset for the department, Police Chief Dennis Nayor said, and before the two officers attended the program, he was the only one in the department with such training.


Nominations for the seventh annual Trailblazer Award, presented by the city’s Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights and Community Relations, are due March 25.

The Trailblazer Award recognizes a woman in the Oneonta area who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in her field or in the community and thereby has enhanced the visibility and stature of women, a media release from the city said.

Recognition will be presented in one or more of seven categories — human and community service, unsung advocate or social action, young leader, entrepreneurship, career achievement, the arts, or athletics.

Nomination requirements and forms are available at the Oneonta City Clerk’s Office in City Hall at 258 Main St. or online at

Margery Merzig, former Oneonta alderman, who has worn several hats in public service, was awarded the Women’s History Month Trailblazer Award last year. 

Previous winners were Tracey Ranieri, who won the inaugural award in 2007; Kate O’Donnell and Molly Swain who shared the award in 2008; Cheri Albrecht in 2009; Norma Lee Havens in 2010; and Doreen Sosa in 2011. 

The Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights, established as a public body by the Oneonta Common Council, encourages individuals and groups to promote tolerance and goodwill. The commission meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. 

For more information, call Joyce Miller, chairwoman of the commission, or City Clerk James Koury at 432-6450 or by email at


Fifteen athletes walked through the doors of Cooperstown CrossFit on Feb. 16 for a fundraising workout, a media release said. 

The “Hope for Kenya” initiative focuses on raising money for school construction, and nutritional and sanitation projects in an impoverished region in Kenya, the release said, and is sponsored by the fitness company and its affiliates. The local affiliate opened in August.

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