To Baldwin Night, which recognized the Rev. Ken Baldwin and his wife, Nancy, at a recent Oneonta Outlaws game.
Organized by Outlaws manager Steve Pindar and Oneonta Mayor Richard Miller, the event was put together when Miller learned that the Baldwins would be leaving Oneonta for the Rochester area in early July.
Miller said he has developed a friendship over the years with Ken Baldwin as they worked to keep a baseball team in Oneonta and in various capacities at Foothills. He knew that other organizations might want to do their own thing for the couple, but “this was a chance for a community-wide event.”
Miller had plenty of help putting the event together, and it’s not surprising. The list of organizations supported by the Baldwins is too long to include here. Certainly Ken Baldwin made his mark on the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, for which he was a tireless cheerleader in the best possible sense of the word.
Anyone who has ever read one of the retired reverend’s letters to the editor in this newspaper knows that Ken Baldwin is, among many other things, an optimist. He always found something to celebrate and to praise. He rejoiced in simple things, like the changing seasons or the start of baseball each year at Damaschke Field. But he also drew insightful parallels between national and global events, and local happenings. And it was always done with a boundless, genuine optimism.
There is no doubt that the Baldwins will be missed by the Oneonta community. We wish them all the best as they join their family in Fairport.
To the restoration of $90 million for state programs for the developmentally disabled.
When news came back in March that the state budget included deep cuts to the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities, the situation looked grim.
Area service providers warned that the tight budget would most definitely be felt at the local level. Lynne Sessions of The Arc Otsego, which provides services to people with developmental disabilities, pointed out that a drop in services might force some people into institutions.
Paul C. Landers, president and chief executive officer at Pathfinder Village, expressed hope that the state would find another solution.
“This is not the right way for the state to meet its budget challenges,” he told The Daily Star in March. “Hopefully they will come up with a better way.”
Fortunately, Landers got his wish. The Assembly and Senate were unanimous in their approval of the bill, which fully restores the $90 million.
The Associated Press described several Assembly members as being in tears as Harvey Weisenberg of Long Island made an impassioned speech about how much the cuts would hurt children.
A cynic might wonder why this conversation didn’t happen three months ago. We’re just happy the money is back where it belongs.