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Reporter's Notebook

April 20, 2013

New direction for land-grant education

Among those in Albany earlier this month to celebrate the Cornell land-grant legacy at the state Department of Education was the 4-H FIRST Robotics team from Otsego County, according to a media release.

They were on hand to show how the RoboKronos Robot represents the new generation of Land Grant education. 4-H Robotics provides a practical way to meet the need for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education for today’s youth.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego County’s 4-H Youth Development program collaborates with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the Oneonta City School District to offer the program.

The 2013 team members are: Aaron Earle-Richardson, Adam Agoglia, Benji Blacklock, Charlotte McKane, Chase Thomas, Chris Carvin Jr., Chris Lentner, David DePauw, David Tannenbaum, Dylan Davidson, Eric Kleszczewski, Gavin Smith, Griffin Rule, Jerry Li, John Scott, Julia Pawlikowska, Linda Zheng, Logan Mancuso, Logan Pettit and Matthew Bitzer.

This year’s mentors are: Paul Agoglia, Gary Segal, Charles King, Bruce VanBuren, Barbara Agoglia, Alex Jean-Charles, Brett Israelsen, Leslie Davidson and Dave Davidson.

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The city of Norwich and Chenango County Emergency Management offices recently announced the release of a new smartphone app designed as a one-stop resource for emergency preparedness and response.

Available for iPhone and Android phones, the app is free and available in the respective App Stores by simply searching “Norwich” or “Chenango.”

“We live in an increasingly mobile society, and reaching people when they are not home or in front of their computers becomes a growing challenge,” city of Norwich Emergency Management Director A. Wesley Jones said. “We designed this app to be a one-stop resource for the public to get information.”

Jones notes this is the first such app in the state and one of only a few nationwide with an emergency preparedness application.

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