Alumni at Unatego tapped for induction

WELLS BRIDGE — The Unatego Hall of Distinction Committee has selected Steve Hall and Aaron Foster to be honored for induction on Saturday, Jan. 11, during the Dan Wickham Wrestling Tournament at Unatego Junior-Senior High School.

According to a media release, Hall, a 1983 gradate, was a high school wrestler and football player.

He continued wrestling in college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and following a career as a mechanical engineer he returned to serve as head wrestling coach. 

Foster, a Wells Bridge native and 2010 graduate, has had a career in music. He has a long history of playing in bands, has produced two albums and several singles. He received his first guitar as a Christmas present at the age of 10. Foster, who especially enjoys bluegrass music, minored in bluegrass, old time and country music studies at East Tennessee State University. He also played guitar in the ETSU Bluegrass Pride band.

A 5:30 p.m. reception in the high school board room will be followed by the induction ceremony at 6 p.m. in the gym.

The event is open to the public. 

Presentation to be on energy mandate

COOPERSTOWN — Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown will present “Bennett Sandler: New York’s New Climate Bill” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, in the ballroom at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown. Sandler is the director of Heat Smart Otsego, a community outreach project of the Otsego County Conservation Association created in 2018.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act into law last July, putting the state on a path to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 and net zero emissions in all sectors of the economy.

According to a media release, Heat Smart Otsego was designed to educate home and business owners about renewable, clean heating and cooling technologies, including air and ground source heat pumps, and to connect building owners with pre-vetted, local installers.

Sandler’s presentation will cover heat pumps and modern wood burning appliance basics; how those systems work, how much they may save, how safe they are in homes and the environmental benefits.

He will also present data on energy savings based on local clean heating and cooling system installations.

Sandler will also report on local and state initiatives to speed up the transition to clean heating and cooling systems.

Attendees may register for a free energy audit or to have a Heat Smart Otsego installer partner visit their home/business for a free site visit to determine costs for conversion to clean thermal.

The program is free, open to the public.

Email Sandler at campaigndirector@occainfo.org or visit www.heatsmartotsego.org for more information.

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