To Marie Bruni for her 30 years of service to the Oneonta community.
Bruni, director of the Huntington Memorial Library, announced she plans to retire once a replacement is found.
In her three decades at the library, she ushered in its digital age, converting the paper card catalog to a computer-based system. The library also offers classes in downloading digital and audio books and using ebook readers.
The library had no science fiction section, local history room or children’s programs when she started.
Now, Huntington regularly hosts classes on genealogy research, using the New York State History Room at the library as a resource. There are also numerous weekly programs offered, most geared toward children.
“My fondest memories are of the children’s programs,” Bruni said. She added that her philosophy is that a child encouraged to use a library will grow up to use and support libraries.
We appreciate all she has done. Former Mayor David Brenner put it best: “The community has been very fortunate to have someone of her caliber all these years.”
We wish Bruni well in her retirement.
To another public servant who recently announced his plans to retire.
Maj. Kevin Molinari, commander of the New York State Police Troop C, will officially retire June 25, and his last day at the post will be Wednesday.
“In retrospect, I could not imagine doing anything else,” said the 60-year-old Oneonta High School alumnus.
Molinari graduated from the New York State Police Academy in 1979, and his first permanent assignment was in Norwich. He was then transferred to Oneonta.
He rose up through the ranks, at one point being stationed in Westchester. On weekends, he would return to Oneonta, where his wife and two children were living.
He came back to Troop C in 1989, was promoted to captain and was transferred to Troop C headquarters in Sidney in 1992. He was then named zone commander in Oneonta in 1994 and became major in 2006.
In his retirement, he said he plans to volunteer, take part in outdoor activities, travel and “enjoy life.”
And after more than 30 years of protecting the community, he deserves it.
To the Oneida Indian Nation for donating $10,000 to Cooperstown Central School.
The check is to help defray the cost for new uniforms when the name CCS Hawkeyes becomes effective on July 1. The Redskins name was retired, effective June 30.
Oneida Representative Ray Halbritter praised the students who pushed to oust the district’s nickname, which many found offensive to Native Americans. He called the students “thoughtful, inclusive, courteous” and “respectful.”
One concern over the change was the cost to the taxpayers. This donation helps alleviate some of those concerns.
We’re glad to see the Oneida Indian Nation support this change.