To the organizers and volunteers of the many community Thanksgiving dinners.
Alana Shaw from Davenport, who attended the free Community Thanksgiving dinner at the Elks Club in Oneonta on Thursday, perfectly described the kindness and generosity of many in our area: “They are so willing — such a willingness to serve others. It just touches me.”
The event at the Elks Club — sponsored by St. Mary’s Church and the Lord’s Table in Oneonta — served a record 640 meals, clearly showing a need to help many at the holidays and a thirst for a feeling of community and family. More than 100 people volunteered their time and talents to serve the dinner, deliver meals to those who could not leave their homes, and did other tasks. Not only did the meal feed hundreds on Thanksgiving, but also those who utilize the Lord’s Table, a local feeding program.
Other free community dinners were held at the Delhi Fire Hall, the Days Inn in Schoharie and the First Congregational Church in Walton.
To the Oneonta girls soccer team, for making it to the Class B state final against Greece Odyssey. Although the Yellowjackets lost, 3-1, the team pushed its opponents to overtime.
The Yellowjackets finished the season with a record of 18 wins, three losses and one tie. They’ve won back-to-back Southern Tier Athletic Conference and sectional titles.
Senior sweeper Shelby Cleaveland said it well when praising her teammates and pivotal member, head coach Jerry Mackey: “Since my freshman year, we’ve gotten better every year. Mr. Mackey is the man. I’ll never forget him. This is the best we’ve ever had. We played the last day of the soccer season, and that’s exactly what we wanted to do.”
To recent alleged illegal and out-of-season deer hunting.
Stamford residents Daniel Brill, Matthew Jaquish and Jonathan Brill, and Harpersfield resident Kurt Eckert Jr. were charged with a total of 85 violations, according to a media release by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
With incidents allegedly dating back to 2011, the DEC investigation found 11 deer were taken illegally, with eight being shot at night from Sept. 3 to 24. Two of the deer were illegally taken during the 2011 hunting season, the DEC report said.
While these four are innocent until proved guilty, anyone who does this sort of thing is only giving local hunters a bad name. The actions of those who break the law reflect badly on the great majority of hunters who follow the rules. The DEC has made hunting regulations for a reason: To allow deer hunting to be a safe and useful exercise for food and to help control the deer population. Deer hunting also draws tourism dollars to our forests and lands, while helping to feed local families all year.
If you notice suspicious hunting behavior, report it to the DEC hotline at (877) 457-5680.