The “Northern Hospitality” I have received this past year has pleasantly surprised me. Everyone I have met has been genuinely inviting and gracious. I would swear that I have moved down South because I have felt “Southern Hospitality” this past year in our upstate New York.
Being new to the area, I think I have a fresh perspective on our communities. I have been blessed over the last 30 years, working and traveling all over our great country from sea to shining sea. What a beautiful area we live in, with our rolling hills and mountains. We are so fortunate to have national tourist destinations such as the Baseball Hall of Fame and the baseball camps that bring visitors every year.
We are blessed with a multitude of houses of worship and to be a robust area for the arts. Our chambers of commerce and multiple other civic organizations throughout our coverage area are actively engaged with their members and the communities.
The history of our area is amazing, and I keep learning things daily, such as that Unadilla is where Boy Scout Troop No. 1 was founded in 1910 and still is active today.
We are centrally located and can take advantage of such metro areas as Boston, New York City and Philadelphia in only a few hours by car or train, but yet we have the high quality of rural life. We are very fortunate to have such fine colleges as Hartwick and SUNY Oneonta, Delhi and Cobleskill in our area. I recently met with the presidents of Hartwick and SUNY Oneonta and was enlightened and impressed by both organizations.
We have an engaged citizenry in our area; this is evident with our many letter-to-the-editor submissions and online comments at thedailystar.com. It was also clear from the many community/event meetings I have attended over the last year.