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April 1, 2014

In Our Opinion: Cheers

The Daily Star

---- — To the Walton Theatre on its centennial.

The historic theater kicked off its 100-year celebration with an open house on Saturday.

Andrea Paternoster, chairwoman for the Walton Theatre Preservation Association, said the event marked the beginning of a yearlong celebration, with several events in the works to reflect upon the history of the structure.

“It’s a beautiful old building,” Paternoster said. “Around 1985, I went inside and looked around, and was horrified by how far downhill it had been allowed to go. That’s when the village named what was then called the Walton Theatre Restoration Committee,” to restore the hall to its former glory.

“It was a challenge,” she said of the committee’s work, “but it’s a joyful thing to be doing.”

Paternoster said five other local organizations, in addition to the Preservation Association, are working together to keep the Walton Theatre vibrant — Rehabilitation Support Service, Music on the Delaware, Delaware River Stage Company, the Walton Village Board and a recent addition of a group called “Our Bleeding Hearts.”

We thank those organizations and all involved in helping preserve this piece of history.


To the Blendos Summer Leagues for creating a place for women to play competitive basketball.

“I really want to make this a community event, involving as many people as I can,” said Camden Palmeter of Oneonta, who launched the Blendos league after the Oneonta Sun League faded out of existence.

He said he has been reaching out to high school guidance counselors throughout the region to let them know Blendos Summer Leagues will offer competition this summer for women at least 18 years old.

At least four teams are now expected to play, and there is still room for more players, he said. A single team roster typically consists of up to 12 players, but if individual players don’t have their own team, Palmeter said, he can assign them to a squad.

All too often adult sports leagues focus on men. We’re thankful to Palmeter for giving women a place to play. 


To the transformation of the former Bresee’s building.

An open house was held March 19 at the building, now known as Klugo’s Parkview Place, on Main Street in Oneonta.

It was the first time that the 12 apartments on the top three floors of the building had been seen by the public. Tenants started to move in March 21. Two of the three commercial spaces on the first floor of the building were occupied last year. A ribbon cutting was held for that phase of the project in October.

Bresee’s Department Store was the centerpiece of downtown Oneonta for decades, until its decline in the 1990s.

It’s good to see a landmark building that stood vacant and decaying for so long return to vibrancy.