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An Evening on Otsego Lake to Benefit Opportunities for Otsego.
Take in the sights and sounds of beautiful Otsego Lake with friends and colleagues; old and new.
The Glimmerglass Queen will set off towards the sunset at 7:00PM sharp.  The evening includes a cash bar and variety of hors d'oeuvres prepared by the Lake Front Restaurant. 
For more information or to reserve your seat, email or visit

* Seating is limited to 50 people *
Daniel Maskin, CEO
A Message from the CEO
On July 24, 2014 Congressman Paul Ryan released his plan for poverty, "Expanding Opportunity in America." Congress releases some sort of plan about poverty every year but this year it peaked my interest for two reasons: One, it was released on the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty and; two the Executive Director of the National Community Foundation met with Congressman Ryan on the day the report was released to see what role Community Action Agencies could play if all or part of these recommendations were to become law. It was at his encouragement that I read it.

On the positive side, the plan encourages innovation, creates incentives for the poor and identifies key areas for change. There is a clearer understanding of the issues the poor face every day.
On the other hand it also has some problems. It calls for an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to increase the tax credit itself to childless citizens. That's a good thing. It's just not clear how the expansion will be paid for. 

The plan calls for the 12 major anti-poverty programs (SNAP, LIHEAP, HUD, etc) to be consolidated and block granted to states. But states have a poor track record when it comes to administering block grants designed to reduce poverty. Block grants can also easily have funds cut as OFO had witnessed recently with the Sequester.

Innovation and incentives are built in largely around employment, but it does not address the fact that there are still two job applicants in this country for every job opening. And it does not address a $3 increase in the minimum wage which would single-handedly move many people out of poverty.
Nonetheless it's good when there is national debate on poverty. Let's not settle for the last 50 years as being lackluster. Community Action Agencies and Head Start programs have done great and innovative things in the past 50 years despite dwindling resources and will continue the good fight!
Beginning in 1992, the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program has provided WIC families with coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables from designated Farmers’ Markets within the State of New York. The program was designed to provide increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables for  as well as support local produce farmers.
This year, WIC families received $24 in coupons good from the day they receive them until November 30, 2014.  The coupons can be used to purchase fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables and herbs only and cannot be used at free standing road side stands. 
Farmer's Markets operate in several communities in Otsego County including  Cooperstown, Morris, Oneonta, and Richfield Springs.  For information on all Farmer’s Markets across New York State, visit
Tummy Time
Between naps and nighttime, an infant can spend as many as 15 hours a day on their back. To balance that out, infants need to spend some time lying on their stomach when they are awake.  Daily “tummy time” promotes neck and core strength and helps infants master important motor milestones, such as rolling over, pulling up, and crawling.  Infants who aren’t exposed to tummy time are at risk for motor skill delays and developing flat spots on the head.
Building Healthy Families is seeking donations of new or handmade receiving blankets to distribute to program participants to encourage tummy time.  Anyone interested in donating tummy time blankets should contact Treena Halstead, BHF Manager at

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