The Creating Rural Opportunities Partnership program celebrated nominees and recipients of the fifth annual Loretta McCormick After-School Achievement Awards in ceremonies at schools in Otsego, Delaware and Greene counties recently.

Laurens Central School student participant Dominick Bolster, Charlotte Valley Central School peer leader Faelynn Mickel and Milford Central School site coordinator Jennifer Dutcher received the award named for the program’s former director.

The CROP program is described as a grant-funded consortium of 14 rural upstate school districts that provide after school programming. 


The O’Connor Center for Community Engagement at SUNY Delhi recently recognized more than 60 students for their outstanding commitment to community service. The following local students were among them.

Olivia Possemato of Bainbridge was named a Community Champion, which recognizes upper-level students who have been active in service projects throughout the entire academic year.

Jordan Kasian of Otego was named a Leader of Merit: Certificate, which recognizes seniors graduating with 50 to 99 hours of service.

Tyler Matott of Sherburne was named a Leader of Merit: Associate, which recognizes seniors graduating with hours of service from 100 to 200 hours.

David Howard of Unadilla was named a Leader of Merit: Bachelor’s, which recognizes seniors graduating with hours of service from 201 to 300 hours.

Kayla Wood of Schenevus was named a Leader of Excellence: Associate, which recognizes seniors graduating with 201 to 300 hours of service.


Bailee M. Hymers of East Meredith received the Dr. Stephen L. Heater Leadership Award given to a Misericordia University graduating occupational student who exemplifies the qualities of leadership modeled by Heater, including creativity, dynamic vision and exceptional conceptual skills.

According to a media release, Hymers has participated in various activities within and outside of her major over the past five years, assuming leadership roles such as orientation coordinator, Campus Ministry team leader and member of the Misericordia Student Occupational Therapy Association, as well as secretary for the university’s Occupational Therapy International Club. She has also participated in numerous university service trips to locations including Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Texas, Florida, New York and Ohio, where she took formal and informal leadership roles serving the underprivileged.

She has accepted a position with Mercy Volunteer Corps, where she will advocate for the role of occupational therapy while working with individuals experiencing homelessness.


Justin Clark of Burlington, a student at Alfred State College — School of Applied Technology, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in automotive refinishing technology at the SkillsUSA Championships, a national showcase of career and technical education held June 26-27 in Louisville, Kentucky.


Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group David H. Long of Nantucket, Massachusetts, became chair of Hartwick College’s Board of Trustees on July 1. Long, a 1983 graduate, succeeds Francis D. Landrey, board chair since 2013. Long served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 2002 until 2011, was presented with an honorary degree by the college in 2014 and rejoined the board in 2016. He was elected vice chair in 2018.


The inaugural Yard of the Month award was presented by the Delhi Beautification Committee to James Hickey of 8 Orchard St. in Delhi. A Yard of the Month sign will remain in Hickey’s yard until the end of July when a new yard will be singled out for recognition. Hickey’s yard features an abundance of flowers and greenery. According to a media release, it is hoped that the program motivates property owners to spruce up their yards.


Two area college students will receive $1,500 scholarships from Farm Credit East, an agricultural lending cooperative with an office outside Cooperstown.

Rileigh Mumbulo of Edmeston is majoring in agricultural engineering technology at attends SUNY Morrisville. She hopes to diversify her family’s eighth-generation dairy farm.

Megan Wilmot of Cherry Valley is majoring in animal science at Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of a career as a large animal veterinarian.


Three Walton Central School juniors, Kathlyn Bakker, Tianna Gladstone and Brenden McCormack, were nominated and selected to receive the George H. Ball Community Achievement Award from Keuka College.

The award is a scholarship worth $40,000 over four years of undergraduate study at Keuka. The scholarship will be awarded if the student decides to attend Keuka.

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