To Diana Torta and local VFW posts and auxiliary group for saving a school project to support the troops.

When Afton Central School sixth-grade teacher Cynthia Covey learned her spring project to have her 42 students write letters and send packages to the troops wouldn’t receive school funding, she was concerned it might not occur.

But Torta, a reading consultant, was able to find the $500 needed to cover the cost of shipping the packages, thanks to the Afton Memorial VFW Post 3529 and its men’s and women’s auxiliaries, and Sidney VFW Post 7914 and its women’s auxiliary.

The school did provide funds to mail letters seeking donations from local businesses.

“I thought it was a valuable lesson,” Torta said. The project teaches students letter-writing and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, she said. It also shows soldiers that they’re appreciated.

We agree. We thank Torta and the members of the Sidney and Afton VFW posts for helping keep the project alive.


To the installation of a prescription drug drop box in Delaware County.

The county’s first drug take-back collection box, donated to the county by Mallinckrodt’s Hobart plant, is in the front lobby of the Sheriff’s Office and Public Safety Building on Phoebe Lane in Delhi.

The secure box is available for use 24 hours a day. Needles and liquid medicine are not to be discarded in the box.

Keeping unused prescription drugs is unsafe because of the danger of accidental ingestion or theft. Also, medicine should never be flushed down the toilet or thrown away because it could harm people, animals or the environment.

In late February, a drug drop-off box was unveiled in the Oneonta police station.

We’re glad to see there is a way to safely dispose of unneeded medicine in Delaware County, and we hope more drop-off locations can be found across the area.


To the high school seniors and their teachers honored in the 11th annual Scholar Recognition Banquet on May 7.

The banquet recognized 41 students from public, private and parochial secondary schools in the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego and Otsego Northern Catskills Boards of Cooperative Educational Services areas. 

Students were chosen by their schools on the basis of scholarship, leadership and service to their communities. Each student nominates a teacher who has influenced his or her education, said Stacie Haynes, DCMO BOCES’ coordinator of enrichment services. Those teachers were also honored.

The banquet gives the community an opportunity to honor students for their achievements and is a way to showcase the impact teachers have on the lives of their students. 

Those honored should be proud of their accomplishments. 

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