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Reporter's Notebook

June 2, 2012

Kids had to spell words in contest that my spell check didn't recognize


Food donations continued to be made weeks after a fundraising event, Fashion for Food, in April, an organizer said recently.

About 40 students with faculty from the State University College at Oneonta and three local businesses to organize the fashion show at the Elk's Club in Oneonta on April 15. Admission was by donation of nonperishable food items or a contribution in cash or by check, and contributions benefited St. Mary's Church Food Pantry in Oneonta.

Local businesses supporting the show were clothing store Transitions Boutique, Edward Teleky Jewelers and Barbara Ungerland's Arbonne International, a seller of cosmetics. The show also was a service-learning project for the college students.

About 20 people attended the show, which raised about $180, Rolana Starr Hobb, a professor in the human ecology department at SUNY Oneonta, said recently. Easter and scheduling issues were factors leading to numbers below hoped-for totals, she said, but the overall project was a valuable learning experience in organizing, presenting and promoting an event.

And interest was generated to organize the event next year, with some changes, including having the show on campus, Hobb said.

The outdoor swimming season has arrived.

Frank Russo, executive director of the Oneonta Family YMCA, has issued a reminder to children and adults about safe practices in and around water.

The Oneonta Family Y, in recognition of National Water Safety Month in May, recommended:

* Only swim when and where a lifeguard is on duty.

* If multiple adults are in the vicinity of swimming activity, name one as a designated "water watcher" so everyone knows who is "on duty."

* Adults with children who are non-swimmers or beginning level swimmers should be in the water within arm's reach of the youngster.

* Inexperienced swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

* Children and adults shouldn't engage in breath-holding activities in the water.

The Oneonta Y offers swim programs for a variety of skills and ages. For more information, call 432-0010.

Denise Richardson can be reached at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213, or at

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