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Opinion

April 16, 2013

In our opinion: Cheers

To participants in “Canstruction” at the Southside Mall in Oneonta last week.

Six teams used food cans to create well-known structures and items in a competition that ultimately benefited local food banks.

Canstruction _ and its efforts to fight hunger — was founded in 1992 and has expanded into more than 200 cities worldwide, the organization’s website said.

Locally, the project started three years ago and is sponsored by the Center for Social Responsibility and Community at the State University College at Oneonta.

Teams raised money to purchase cans appropriate to the sculpture they planned to build. Participants had to use cans with original labels, and no glue or other materials could be used that would affect the cans during construction.

The “Canstruction” displays were taken down Sunday and more than 4,000 cans were given to the 22 food pantries in Otsego County.

It’s good to see such creativity in our community. That the construction materials will help those in need makes the event even more meaningful.

 

To state funding to help establish a a school-based health center at Richfield Springs Central School

Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, announced that $150,000 in funding to help establish the clinic, which would be operated by Bassett Healthcare, had been included in the budget recently approved by the state Legislature.

The $150,000 in state funding will provide about half of the money needed to establish a school-based health program in the Richfield Springs Central School. Upon securing the remaining funds needed, Bassett would then have to apply for state approval for the program and recruit providers to staff the clinic. According to the release, it is hoped a program could be established by the fall of 2014.

School-based health centers fill a void in many rural communities. We’re glad to see this center move a step closer to reality.

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