To local athletes who participated in state tournaments this winter.
Unatego senior Kevin Thayer won the Division II state wrestling title at 152 pounds.
Other wrestlers who made states were Chris Cirigliano and Mark Viviano of Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton; Dylan Wood and Mike Beers of Walton; Mikey Boyle of Cooperstown; and Codie Nichols, Leland Slawson and Ryan Marszal of Unatego.
Oneonta High freshman Emily Loucks made an appearance at states for girls bowling.
And three of our girls basketball teams made it to states. Cooperstown and Franklin reached the quarterfinals, and Oneonta made it to the semifinals.
We congratulate them all on a great year.
To gun show operators who have agreed to follow stricter regulations developed to close the so-called “gun show loophole.”
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that his office has reached agreements with 23 gun show operators across the state to follow the “Model Gun Show Procedures” developed by his office.
Midstate Arms Collectors & Shooters Club Inc., which hosts annual gun shows in Oneonta, Sidney and Unadilla, is one of them.
The Model Procedures go beyond the requirements of the state’s Gun Show Law. A key provision in the rules requires that all guns that private sellers bring to the shows are tagged, then checked later to determine if they were sold and a background check was done on the buyer.
We applaud the operators for agreeing to common-sense steps to help limit illegal gun sales.
To continued funding for rain and river gauges in the area.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has earmarked $215,000 to continue operating stream and river gauges in the Susquehanna River Basin to help forecast flooding.
The National Weather Service uses stream gauges to provide flood forecasting and warning information about potential natural disasters.
The cost of the gauges is miniscule compared to the potential to save lives the gauges offer.
We hope permanent funding can be found to keep these valuable resources operating.
The Otsego County Conservation Association for signing on with Cornell University to represent Cornell’s Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project.
The RAPP program will take agricultural plastics and convert them for use in sidewalk pavers, plastic lumber, oil and other products. The program aims to provide mobile compaction equipment for use on farms and in rural areas to make storage easier.
Otsego County users of film or rigid plastics in agriculture — including livestock farmers, landscapers, producers of maple syrup and horticultural crops — can call OCCA Program Director Travis Sauerwald at 282-4087 to learn more about the RAPP program and how to participate locally.
We thank OCCA for taking the lead on this effort, and we encourage farmers to take part.