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Reporter's Notebook

March 15, 2014

A footnote that warms your heart

A Maryland woman whose house had fallen below 47 degrees received a heart- and house-warming gesture from a kind stranger after her heating and financial struggles were expressed in a March 6 article of The Daily Star.

The day after the article was published, an anonymous local woman called The Daily Star with one request: “I want to help that woman on the front page. I want to pay for her propane tank to be filled.”

Linda Riley, 59, is on disability and had received funding from the Home Energy Assistance Program, but her propane tank was empty after a hard winter, she had no money to have it refilled and her HEAP funds were cut off. Riley said her propane supply ran out near the end of February.

Riley was surprised to receive the propane, she said, adding that she was “very thankful” for the woman’s gesture and is keeping her house at 60 degrees to conserve the newly refreshed resources.

Students from the State University College at Oneonta and Hartwick College banded together to raise more than $51,649 for the American Cancer Society during a Relay for Life event at SUNY Oneonta’s Alumni Field House.

According to a SUNY Oneonta media release, more than 1,300 team members took turns turns walking laps around the field house from 6 p.m. March 7 to 6 a.m. March 8.

The event was organized by the Colleges Against Cancer student groups at both colleges, with help from SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community, the release said. Students organized and held numerous fundraisers to drum up money for the event, such as a “Hoops for Hope” basketball toss.

During the event, walkers were entertained by live student bands, including SUNY Music Madness winner Somewhere Up There, and the competition’s runner-up, Hello, Seattle, as well as games and contests including a Guitar Hero contest, Kan Jam tournament and three-legged relay race.

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