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September 25, 2012

In Our Opinion: Cheers

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The Daily Star

---- — To Otsego County’s 15th annual Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Sept. 15.

Officials said more than 400 vehicles dropped off materials from an estimated 440 households at the Meadows Office Complex in the town of Middlefield.

Items collected included pesticides, lubricants, paint, cleaning chemicals and solvents. A significant amount of flammable liquids, corrosive materials and solid pesticide materials was collected, officials said in a media release.

For the fourth year, pharmaceuticals and medications were collected free of charge under supervision of state Department of Environmental Conservation officers. Officers from the county sheriff’s department transported about 300 pounds of medicine to Oswego County for incineration. 

Not everything collected that day went to waste. About 430 gallons of latex paint were collected to be re-mixed by Golden Artist Colors of Chenango County for distribution to local nonprofits. Agencies interested in obtaining the recycled paint can call the county Planning Department at 547-4225.

This is a wonderful annual event that offers residents a chance to get rid of unwanted and potentially dangerous materials from their homes.

To the ninth annual Legacy Run, held Sept. 8 and sponsored by the American Legion Riders from Oneonta Post 259.

About 75 riders participated in the run. Severe weather was forecast and organizers cut all but one stop out of the ride.

The run was again led by local fire departments from West Oneonta, West Laurens and Pittsfield, and East Meredith Fire Department prepared the barbecue chicken for the event.

The event raised $5,075 for the American Legacy Scholarship Fund, a national fund created by the American Legion for scholarships for children of service men and women who have lost their lives since Sept. 11, 2001.

We applaud the organizers and participants for working through the adversity of bad weather, and for raising money for a great cause.

To officials at the State University College at Geneseo, for suspending its women’s volleyball team after allegations of hazing came to light.

Six freshman players reported being blindfolded, tied up and fed large quantities of vodka during a “party” thrown by their upperclasswoman teammates.

One student said she passed out on the lawn and was left there by her teammates. A passerby rescued her.

“The next thing I remember was waking up in the hospital at around 5 a.m. with tubes and IVs coming out of me,” the 18-year-old from Rochester told police, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. “My doctor told me that the BAC was .266 and they were concerned that I wasn’t going to live.”

The college has sent a clear message about hazing, which is that it will carry serious consequences. We hope the message gets through.