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April 23, 2013

In Our Opinion: Cheers

The Daily Star

---- — To Carol Blazina on being elected president at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in Oneonta on April 8.

Blazina, former vice president of public affairs at the State University College at Oneonta, said she will place emphasis on fundraising, children’s programs and reaching out to the community.

Blazina succeeds Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller in the unpaid position. Miller stepped in as president in December 2010 when Foothills was struggling with financial and leadership issues.

The nonprofit organization is “basically financially sound,” she said, and is “working hard to diminish bank loans.”

“With the support from individuals, businesses, banks, foundations and community financial support, Foothills will continue to be the arts and civic center well into the future,’’ Blazina said in an email.

Blazina served the community well in her role at SUNY Oneonta. We feel she will do a wonderful job leading Foothills as well.


To those who will be honored Saturday with awards from Opportunities for Otsego for their work and accomplishments in the community.

SUNY Oneonta earned the annual Community Partnership Award, which is presented to an individual or organization that “has made a significant contribution to the community that positively affects low-income people and shows leadership in promoting healthy lives and thriving families,” OFO said in a media release.

Katherine Booan, a senior at Cooperstown High School, will receive its Youth Award. Booan has an “integral role in the student-run leadership program at her school,” the organization said in its press release, praising her for “volunteering her time and energy for a multitude of school-sponsored events and community service projects.”

Poletta Louis, a financial aid counselor at the Utica School of Commerce and a youth coordinator at the Assembly of God Church in Oneonta, will receive OFO’s Personal Achievement Award. Louis arrived in Oneonta as a teenager from the Virgin Islands and “effectively utilized the small amount of assistance which she received to enable her and her family, to give back to her community and country,” according to a media release.

We applaud the award winners and thank them all for their contributions to their communities.


To the monthly “Theology on Tap” meetings held at Council Rock Brewery.

The meetings are organized by the Rev. Mark Michael, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Cooperstown, and his wife, the Rev. Allison Michael of Zion St. John’s Lutheran Church in Seward. They are a way to connect with people in a relaxed and informal setting, the Michaels said, and spark conversations that can be as deep or light as the participants want to make them.

Many people many not feel comfortable in a house of worship. This program gives them and others a chance to discuss issues of faith in an informal setting.