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February 4, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To the ongoing efforts to benefit Relay for Life.

Efforts to raise funds to benefit the American Cancer Society have started strong this year. 

The Delaware County Relay for Life held its first Team Captains meeting last week, and Otsego County’s is next week.

There have also been several team fundraising events this year, including a Zumbathon held Jan. 25 in Laurens, for Robin’s Angels. And the donations are already rolling in.

As of Friday, the Relay website showed more than $4,500 pledged for the Delaware County Relay in Delhi on April 25 and 26. That amount doesn’t include the $520 raised at the Zumbathon. More than $4,000 has been pledged at the SUNY Oneonta/Hartwick College event on March 7 and 8. The May event in Cooperstown shows more than $2,500 pledged, as does the Chenango County event in Norwich in July. The event in Bainbridge on May 4 and 5 shows the most pledged so far — more than $11,000.

Local Relays have raised millions over the years to help fight cancer, and it looks like we’re off to a great start in 2014. 

 

To events held across the area to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The annual program sponsored by the Oneonta Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the City of Oneonta Commission on Community Relations & Human Rights featured a variety of speakers and musical performances. The event, held Jan. 19, celebrated King’s and Nelson Mandela’s impacts on our world.

The “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Reflection on Service: Stories of Hurricane Irene” program was held Jan. 20 in Middleburgh to collect and record stories from Hurricane Irene and the following recovery effort.  The event, sponsored by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery, the New York Folklore Society and AmeriCorps VISTA, focused on King’s emphasis on community service.

Each of the local college also held events, including lectures, discussions, games and video, to reflect on  numerous aspects of King’s legacy.

We thank the organizers and participants in those events. It’s important on national holidays to take time to reflect on why the holiday exists.

  

To OWL for finding its winter home.

The Oneonta World of Learning, which until recently billed itself a children’s museum without walls, found a home on Main Street in Oneonta, at least through April.

It began five years ago with three parents, who each chipped in $10 and started hosting learning activities for all children.

“Having tangible walls for OWL has been a goal for years,” OWL Board member Caitlyn Davey. “So, the board developed a plan to make it a reality. With the help and donations of others, it’s happening.” 

Future contributions to OWL will determine if the space can be rented after April. 

We hope the donations continue, as OWL is a wonderful resource.