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Frank LaMonica turns 100 - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 15, page A-3.

Frank "Diz" LaMonica was in Common Council chambers Tuesday, Jan 4th, where Mayor Dick Miller issued a proclamation honoring his 100th Birthday.
Frank's 100th Birthday Dinner - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 16, cover.
State of the City Address - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, Vol.3, number 17, page A-4.

Mayor Dick Miller delivrs his first State of the City speech Thursday, Jan. 18th, in Common Council Chambers, flanked by City Clerk Jim Koury, left, and City Attorny David Merzig.
Grummons Funeral Home - Featured in Hometown Oneonta's 'Get to Know Us' section of Vol. 3, No. 18, page C-19.
The Morgan McReynolds Group - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol. 3, no.
'Get To Know Us' section, page C-16
Edward Jones - Featured in Hometown Oneonta's 'Get to Know Us' section of Vol. 3, No. 18, page C-19.
JoAnnne Nappi of Nappi Tiles - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol. 3, no.
'Get To Know Us' section, page C-12
Bye Bresee's - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol. 3, no. , cover.
Bresee's Signature Wall St. sign was removed Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.
Bresees Sign to be saved and restored - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol. 3, no. page A-6.
The Sign is several times Rick Eastman's height.
Little Delaware Youth Ensemble - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, No. 19, cover.

Collin Gill added a touch of rock-star flare as he plays the electric violin in a foot-tapping solo of 'Toss the Feathers", an Irish traditional that ended the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble's winter concert Sunday, Jan. 30th in Hartwick College's Anderson Arts Center. Julie Signitzer directed.
Parisians receive Award of Distinction - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, No. 19, page A-2.

Oneonta's Parisian family has been chosen for St. Mary's School's Distinguished Partners in Education for 2011. The award was presented Tuesday, Feb. 1, to Al Parisian at the Fox Nursning Home with family members who braved the snowstorm to attend. Left to right are son-in-law David Courrie, daughter Janice Courrie, daughter-in-law Deb Parisian, and sons Steve and Mark "Sid" Parisian.
Zambello Advises SUNY singers - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, No. 19, page A-3.

Francesca Zambello, the new Glimmerglass Festival director, discusses her international opera experience after teaching a Master Class at SUNY Oneonta Wed., Jan 26th.
At left is SUNY Oneonta's Drew Kahal. Students Megan Harrington, Chelsea Riegal and Alexandra Schleuderer sang for Zambello
Bresee's Finale: Dust to Dust - The final piece of the Wall St. side of the former Bresee's Department Store topples at 11am on Friday, Jan. 8th. Todd Cleveland operates the backhoe, as Matthew Handy hoses down the dust. The Otsego County Economic Development Office has sent our RFPs (reguests for proposals), and renovation of the Bresee's Main St. side may begin as early as this spring.
Chili Bowl - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, No 20, cover.

The Yellow Deli's Joseph Riley ladles out his establishment's entry, which won both First Place and People's Choice prizes at UCCCA's Chili Bowl Sunday, Feb. 6th.
Ron Garan gets down to Earth with local pupils - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol.3, no 20, page

"How did you get chosen for the mission?" Gaylen Thompson of Greater Plains Elementary asks astronaut Ron Garan during a closed-circut national conversation Tuesday, Feb. 8, at SUNY Oneonta's hunt Union.
Astronaut Colonel Ron Garan at SUNY
Beardoff: John Ryan - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol.3, no.21, cover.

John Ryan of Oneonta spun an impressive yarn for the Beardoff championship, held Friday, Feb. 11, at the Autumn Cafe.
Beardoff: Brian and Lisa - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol.3, no.21, page A-2.

Beardoff just for men? Lisa Ryther, right, (who also created felt Beardoff buttons) donned a beard to compete with hubby Brian Ryther.
Breadoff: Morgan being Judged - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol.3, no.21, page A-2.

Morgan Powell, left, is scroutinized by SUNY Oneonta student (and Beardoff Judges) Amanda Fannin, center, and Stephanie Kromhout, a Hartwick student, during the Friday, Feb. 10th contest at the Autumn Cafe.
Volcanic Blast Chicken Wing Contest - Feature in The Freeman's Journal, vol. 203, no. 7, page A-7.

Otesaga Executive Chef Michael Gregory serves hot wings to Cooperstown's Catorina Buchanan at the Volcanic Blast Chicken Wing Contest Sunday afternoon at the Vet's Club.
Valentine's Day with The Sweet Adelaides - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol.3, no.21, page A-2.

Kay Sanford arranged with the City of the Hills' Sweet Adelaides to surprise his wife Sue, with a singing Valentine as she entered the Family YMCA at 9am on Monday, Feb. 14th, for their exercise class. The Sanfords, at center, are flanked by singers, from left, Flora Beth Cunningham, Pat Ashe, Joy Sanders, Karen Adolfson, Liz Moeller and Jan McGrath.
Yellow Deli 1st Birthday - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol. 3, No. 22, page A-2.

The Merrymakers preform at The Yellow Deli's first anniversary celebration Thursday, Feb. 17th, at Main and Chestnut. Hanan Lapados (child, lower right) takes a break from drumming to watch Ethan Campbell play the hammered dulcimer. Behind them from left are Noah Dlebere on violin, Eliyoni Campbell on Bass, and Matz Campbell on guitar. Yellow Deli customers were also treated to desserts on the house.
Polar Bear Jump: - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, No. 22, cover.

OHS Art Teacher Kirsten Jennings plows through the 37 degree waters.
Polar Bear Jump: Kurtis, Kelly, Chris and Jim - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, No.22, cover.

Coatless, shirtless, and shoeless Kurtis Breed, Kelly Miller, Chris Lott and Jim Seymore, all on Oneonta, await their turn to jump.
Polar Bear Jump: - Featured in The Freeman's Journal, Vol. 203, No. 8, cover.

Madeline Zenir, Cherry Valley, takes her first plunge shortly after her friend, Mataiah Waters. Together, the girls raised $1,325 in pledges.
Polar Bear Jump: - Featured in The Freeman's Journal, vol 203, No. 8, cover.

Milford's Danny Priest shouts his defiance at the wind at the 16th annual Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump saturday, Feb. 19th. It snowed, and the wind chill was 12 below zero.
Polar Bear Jump: - Featured in The Freeman's Journal, vol 203, no.8, cover.

Milford's Steve Meade does a backflip into 37 degree water. The event, organized by Jamie and Brenda Waters, Milford, since 1994, raised more than $78,000 to benefit eight stricken children, The Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative care, and a local church.
Goodbye to Butts - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol. 3, No. 22, cover.

Dan Pope of Davenport sweeps out what remains of L.P. Butt's familiar front window on Market St. as demolition began on the 127 yr. old business, which closed at the end of 2010. Pope works for Pierce Excavation, West Oneonta, which is doing the Job.
The A Team - For Arts - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol. 3, no. 23, page A-10.

Kellie Place, co-director of the New York Summer Music Festival and a realitor with Century 21 Chesser Reality, meets with members of the Oneonta Arts Task Force, which she is chairing. With her, from left, are Michelle Miller, Diana Stanley-King, Kathy Tobiassen, Diane Miller, Doug Hallberg and Duncan Smith. Not pictured are Kris Laguna, Gark Koutnik, Pam Strother, and Marcel Smith.
Smells like snow - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, No. 23, cover.

With the heavy rains Monday, Feb.28th, it was hard to believe that just three days before 10-12 inches of snow snarled Otsego County, causing snowmen to pop up in downtown Oneonta.
Girls Sectionals: Wolfpack - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 23, cover.

Lady Yellowjackets Dani Nicosia charges down the court with a pack of Warriors on her heels.
OHS Varsity Cheerleaders leap - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, No. 23, page A-7.

The OHS Varsity Cheerleaders warm up the crowd during a break in the action of the Section 4, Class B semifinals Saturday, March 26th, as post season play began in earnest. The Lady Yellowjackets, heading for the state finals for the third year, defeated Chenengo Valley decisively, 66-46. The Girls were playing Lansing Tuesday evening, March 1st.
Girls Semi-Finals: Erin and Sienna - Featured in Hoemtown Oneonta, vol. 3, no. 23, cover.

OHS Lady Yellowjacket Erin Wolstenholme (front) is ready to assist teammate Sienna Wisse (32), pursued by Chenengo Valley Warriors during the Section 4, Class B semi-finals Saturday, Feb. 26th, as post-season play began. The Yellowjackets beat Chenengo Valley, 66-46, and were schedualed to play Lansing Tuesday, March 1st.
Girls semi-Finals: Dani evades Kate - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 23, page A-7.

Yellowjacket Dani Nicosia neatly evades Kate Bigart of the Chenego Valley Warriors during the second half of the match. Dani and Sienna Wisse were high scorers, with 15 points each.
OHS Lady Yellowjackets Basketball Team - Fatured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 23, page A-3.

Coaches Matt miller (black) and Paige Harris (blue, left) with the victorious team. Top down, L-R: Jenn Dilello, Sienna Weiss, Erin Wolstenholme, Natalie Vanderlaan-Meyering, Kelsey Baker, Minnie Webster, Roxy Harris, Mariah Ruff, Hayley Dower, Dani Nicosia and Brianna Haines.

OHS Boys Semi-Finals: Ryan stuffs it - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, Vol. 3, no. 23, page A-7.

In the Boys game against the Windsor Black Knights, Ryan MOhan of the Yellowjackets made it all the way down the court pursued only by Ryan McMurray, to stuff the ball for the score. OHS won 63-42.
Varsity Cheerleaders - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, Vol. 3, no. 23, page A-7.

Members of the OHS Varsity Cheerleaders hurl Sophie McCarthy into the air. Below are: Curstin Hoag, Ashley Goeble, Abby Rhodenas, Mellissa Flathmann, Ashley Delello and Chelsea Carr.
OHS Boys Semi-Finals: Ryan - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, Vol. 3, no. 23, cover.

The Yellowjackets boys team also launched post-season play that afternoon and here Ryan Mohan sinks a basket on his way to his 15-point lead-scorer status. At right are teaammates Jacob VanDuesen and Dan Baker. Oneonta won, 63-42, over Windsor.
OHS Yellowjackets Boys Basketball Team - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, Vol. 3, no. 23, page A-3.

Top Row L-R: Alec Picinik, Mike Calkins, Bryan Stilson, Jacob VanDeusen, assistant Coach Brad Zeh and Coach Jerry Mackey.
Bottom row: Bryce Wooden, Kevin Burns, Ryan Mahon, David Wright, Dan Baker, Aaron Foreman, and Ryne Rivino.
Cancer institute Opening: Ribbon Cutting - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol. 3, no. 23, page A-8.

Dr. Yoshiro Matsuo, Basset Healthcare hematologist and oncologist, snips the ribbon that opened the Bassett Cancer Institute's new site in the Foxcare Center on Route 7, east of Oneonta. From left are Bassett's Vice President Frank Panzerella, Dr. James Leonardo, who will be treating patients at the clinic, Michael Bone, Dr. Charles Hyman, Bassett's chief of medecine, at the Monday, Feb. 28th ceremony.
Cancer institute Opening: Waiting Room - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol. 3, no. 23, page A-8.

Balloons decorating the new waiting room during the opening.
Cancer institute Opening: Treatment Room - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol. 3, no. 23, page A-8.

The new Bassett Cancer Treatment center facility.
Hutman House - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol. 3, no. 23, page A-8.

Norma Hutman's home on 540 Main st. has been sealed with plywood since the fatal fire. Below, annonymous flowers have been placed in memory.
Mardi Gras: - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, vol. 3, no. 24, page A-2.

The Badra Bahlya Bellydancing troupe added exotic and mysterious flare to the Carnevale of Animals Mardi Gras Masquerade Party at My Father's Place Saturday evening, March 12th. Dancers incluude Caroline Huxtable, Leslie Palmateer, Jo Boring, Barb Sanders, Jenny Mannion, Jennifer Butler and Erica Jones.
Mardi Gras: Orpheus Royalty 2011 - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, vol. 3, no. 24, page A-2.

Meanwhile, downtown, Brenda Flemming, dressed in a home-made Mardi Gras hat, buddies up to Mardi Gras King Logan Hazard and Queen Debra Brennensholtz at the Orphenus Theatre's Mardi GRas celebration and fundraiser at St. Mary's.
Mardi Gras: Comic Karma Fire - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, vol. 3, no. 24, cover.

Greg LaBlanc, head of Cosmic Karma Fire and the Body Alternative, spews forth flames during MSO's first Fire and Ice Mardi Gras Celebration Tuesday, March 8th, in Muller Plaza. And that's the fun part; now, Lent.
Go Green Fashion: Record Dress - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol.3, no. 29 cover.
Rose Field, a senior from Laurens (left) stands next to her creation, a dress made from 45-rpm records and 8-track and VHS tape, which is worn by Jackie Browell, also of Laurens, in the "Go Green Fashion Show' Saturday, April 9th, at OCCA's Earth Festival in Milford.
Go Green Fashion: Paper and Plastic
Milford High School students Gabby Sickler, left, who is in a dress made completely out of carpet padding, stands with Madi Martin(right), designer of both these dresses, who is wearing a dress constructed completely out of newspapers.
OHS preforms Oklahoma! - The OHS Drama Club will present Oaklahoma on April
Lester Howe Returns as a Robot - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 29, page A-13.

Lester Howe once again greets visitors.
Little League: Alexandra Loucks - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, vol.3, no. 32, cover.

Alexandra Loucks sings the National Anthem as Oneonta Little League held opening ceremonies Saturday, April 30th, at Doc Knapp Field.
Little League: Rich Murphy Honored - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, vol.3, no. 32, cover.

Rich Murphy, coach of the Wilber Bank Little League team for 25 years, was presented with Wilber Memorabilia as the financial institution transitioned to Community Bank.
OH Fest: Allie Baker Climbing - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, vol.3, no. 32, cover.

Oneonta's Allie Baker has the climbing skills of a spider-monkey as she scales a giant Moai head provided by Fly-By-Night Entertainment in Muller Plaza during OH Fest Saturday, April 30th, which brought hundreds of revelers downtown and into Neawah Park for music and fun.
Developer Wins Contract to redo Bresees' - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, Vol. 3, no. 32, page A-2.

Elise Johnson-Schmidt, the architect for Klugo Enterprises, Cortland, tells Common Council of plans to rehab Bresee's into apartments and commercial spaces. From left are Alderman Kevin Honde, Lizbeth Shannon, and Madolyn Palmer, Mayor Dick Miller, and Alderman Michael Lynch, Jr., and Paul Robinson.
Ian Austin, photographer - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, Vol. 3, no. 32, page A-3.

The Hometown Oneonta paper has added photographer Ian Austin to its editorial efforts.
Libby Cudmore, Reporter - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, Vol. 3, no. 32, page A-3.

The Hometown Oneonta paper has added reporter Libby Cudmore to it's editorial efforts.
Doreen Sosa is the Tops - Featured in Hometown Oneonta, Vol. 3, no. 32, page A-3.

Doreen Sosa, a recently retired Center Street School teacher, had no idea she was receiving the Trailblazer Award for Career Achievement for 2011 when she was invited to City Hall on Tuesday night, May 3rd.
Students who came to see their former teacher honored are, from left, Nate Kuhlmann (grade 3), Lennon Gelbsmann, (grade 4), and Emily Kuhlmann (grade 6).
Peanuts and Crackerjack - Featured in Hoemtown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 32, page A7.

Dylan Wade, Bradley Jacobs, Dayne Bissel-Smith, Ryan Miller, Logan Monroe and Reisen Sheldon of the 6th Ward Athletic Club sprint across Doc Knapp field as the team was introduced on Saturday, May 2, during the opening day ceremonies.
Peanuts and Crackerjack: Royal Group - Featured in Hoemtown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 32, page A7.

Pals on the Royal Group team watch the festivities. From left, they are Matt Searo, Jordan Goble, Brandon Gregory, and Tyler Bruce of Oneonta.
Peanuts and Crackerjack: Teams Line Up - Featured in Hoemtown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 32, page A7.

Oneonta Little League teams line up on the third base line at Doc Knapp Field as each team and its players are introduced to a crowd of families and fans Saturday, April 30, 2011, during opening ceremonies.
Peanuts and Crackerjack: Sisters - Featured in Hoemtown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 32, page A7.

Kiraki Gillespie (of the Police team) hold her sister Nolana Gillespie (of the Benson Agency team and named after Nolan Ryan) after opening ceremonies.
Hartwick Hill Run: Farmer and Pig - Featured in Hometown Oneonta vol 3, no. 33.

Finish Line at Last! Andy Richardson, dressed as a farmer,hoists his rake in celebration as he and his friend Patty Jacob (dressed as a pig) cross the finish line of the Hartwick Hill Run on Saturday.
Hartwick Hill Run: Home Stretch
Nursing Awards: Hallie and Meagan - Megan Holbrook, who recently completed the nursing program at SUNY Delhi (on Right), shakes hands with Fox Hospital President John Remillard, who presents her with the Susan Remillard Scholarship (named after his late wife) (on left), while joined by fellow scholarship winner Hallie

Goldberger, also a graduate of the SUNY Delhi RN Department.
Nurse of Excellence winners Robin Davis and Lisa Hunter - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol.3, no. 33.

Robin Davis, who won the Lisa Hunter, RN Nurse of Excellence Award and Tammy Swift, receiver of the Barbara Strickland, LPN Nurse of excellence award.
Earth Ball - featured in Hometown Oneonta, vol.3, no. 33...

Despite wind and overcast skies, this group of youngsters and their families came together in Neawah Park on Sat. afternoon to play with a giant inflatable globe of the Earth. The event, organized by Ben Guenther, owner of 5 star Subaru in Oneonta, put out a call for youngsters to take part in the filming of a commercial he is making that promotes awareness of taking care of our planet.
Tree Planting Ceremony - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol.3, no. 33, page 3.

At a small dedication Ceremony on Friday, Members of the City Environmental Board planted a Norway Maple along Wilcox Ave, near the Swart Wilcox House in Oneonta in observance of Arbor Day. Mike Lynch, the 4th Ward Alderman was there representing Mayor Nader. Next to him are Dale Burrington(City of Oneonta Environmental Board), Eric Burton (City of Oneonta Engineering Dept.), and David Hutchinson (City of Oneonta Environmental Board).
Jared does The Worm - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 34, page 2.
Trombonist Ethan Sypress - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 34, page 2.
Lori Kelly, director of Mineville - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. 3, no. 34, page 2.
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Hartwick Graduation: Students applaud
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Frankenstein 1930 - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. No.
Shasta Flock: Cameron - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. No.
Shasta Flock Crowd Surfing - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. No.
Nutcracker: Mice - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. No.
Nutcracker Chinese Dance
Nutcracker Russin Dance
Nutcracker Dip
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McCoy's Honey House - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. No.
The Artisan's Guild - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. No.
Candle Light Evening at The Farmers Museum - Featured in Hometown Oneonta Vol. No.
Joe Sullivan back from x-Country bike trip
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Press Photos 2011

Photos that were taken for the Hometown Oneonta and the Freeman's Journal newspapers.

Ian Austin
Illustration, Puppets, Costumes, Set painting, Photography and more Oneonta, NY