ONEONTA, N.Y. (WBNG) — The City of Oneonta has released a schedule for public meetings during the week of April 20. The city says that the meetings listed above have been canceled or altered due to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order. Several meetings for the week of April 20 have been canceled, but the City of Oneonta will be holding a meeting online that people can attend. Tuesday, April 21 – Common Council – 7:00 p.m. Available for livestream at www.youtube.com/cityofoneonta or by using these call-in details:Phone Number: 1(646) 558-8658Meeting ID: 821 5270 3563Meeting Audio PIN: N/A, simply enter # againMeeting password: 487206#Wednesday, April 22 – Civil Service Commission – CANCELLEDThursday, April 23 – Board of Examining Plumbers – CANCELEDThursday, April 23 – Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights The schedule and cancellations are as follows: For more information go to the Oneonta City Clerk’s website.
Scott said once he stepped foot on Army’s campus, the decision to become a Black Knight was much easier . “I felt like it was time and it was the right decision, so I wanted to get it off my back,” said Scott. “He was very real about everything and saying it’s not easy but he thinks it’s worth it and especially a guy from Section IV, texting him helped a lot,” said Scott. For now, Scott gets to enjoy his senior season while watching his future team enjoy being one of the top teams in the country. Attending Army brings Scott the opportunity to serve his country after graduation. He didn’t have that on his mind until West Point gave him an offer. “Chenango Forks is a great community everyone is very supportive,” said Scott. “So I’ve loved growing up here and playing football here, I’ve been very lucky.” “I have to serve for five years after and then you get stationed past off your class rank, so say I graduated top ten in the class they get to choose where you go,” he said. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) – One week ago Chenango Forks running back Lucas Scott committed to play football at United States Military Academy West Point. The decision was highly anticipated in his football rich community, Chenango Forks. “The campus was beautiful, they play really good football and just having West Point on your resume when you graduate I feel like that sets you up really good in life to get a great job and be very successful,” he said. Scott is the first Section IV football player to attend army since Maine-Endwell running back Darnell Woolfolk, who graduated just two years ago. “Tbe able to play on ESPN, Army-Navy game 4 times, I mean that is one of the craziest games in all of football,” said Scott. “So it’s a big plus for me and to be able to watch yourself on ESPN one day is going to be pretty awesome.”
For now, Topa is looking toward the 2021 season and solidifying his role as a MLB pitcher for years to come. Fast forward seven months and the season ended with Topa on the mound at Dodger Stadium, pitching in the team’s biggest game of the season. “Besides the COVID stuff and the testing everyday and all that, just being around the team and having that opportunity to get on a playoff roster and make an impact hopefully just propels into next year,” he said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – When the 2020 Major League Baseball season began in July, Justin Topa had not been invited to the Milwaukee Brewers alternate site. “It was something that was huge for my career for sure to get that opportunity to prove what I can do and that I can pitch in the big leagues and get guys out,” he said. Since the season ended last week, Topa said he hasn’t completely soaked in what he was able to accomplish this season. “Right now it’s recharge the batteries, get into offseason mode and keep working hard,” he said. “With that lineup, I was a little starstruck to see those guys, especially (Clayton) Kershaw throwing game two and guys like (Cody) Bellinger and Justin Turner,” said Topa. “It’s been crazy to go on Twitter and see a bunch of people posting and just all the love and support to this point has been unbelievable,” he said. In game one of the Wild Card Series with the Brewers trailing by one run, the Chenango Valley graduate pitched two shutout innings to keep his team in the game. Through it all, Topa’s especially thankful for the supporters who have been in his corner since day one. “To go to the playoffs and play a team like the Dodgers, you couldn’t write it any better,” said Topa. In a season he wasn’t projected to be on the team, Topa became one of the Brewers most reliable relievers. The right handed pitcher finished the season with a 2.35 era. Topa’s performance caught the eye of baseball fans who may not have known his name beforehand.
“There are 4 astronauts who have come from this area. Eileen Collins grew up in Elmira, Dan Berskowitz grew up in Vestal, the two of those have since retired. Doug Welock grew up in Windsor, and Doug Hurley grew up right here in Apalachin and he was a part of the Demo-2 crew mission,” Deskur said. This flight will mark the first for SpaceX since their rockets were certified to carry astronauts. Deskur also said Kopernik has been able to provide opportunities for kids at their summer camps to speak directly with astronauts on the Space Station through ham radio. The Kopernik Observatory and Science Center in Vestal say they are excited for the launch, as it presents an opportunity for them on the ground to communicate with those up on the Space Station. “The whole point is to give people the opportunity to ask them questions and get excited about learning and hopefully get some kids who are out on the Kopernick science park to maybe become one of the first people to walk on Mars, we don’t know,” Deskur said. He says the long-term hope is to get people on Mars. The observatory was able to speak with one of the astronauts who is going on this current mission when they were in space 6 years ago. The SpaceX mission was initially going to launch Saturday, but has been postponed to launch on Sunday instead. Dervay serves as the Flight Surgeon, and says there are multiple connections that we have here on Earth to space. Kopernik director Drew Deskur told 12 News the four astronauts will head to space aboard a SpaceX rocket, but Johnson City High School Graduate, Dr. Joseph Dervay, is helping the astronauts stay healthy while on the way. (WBNG) — NASA is preparing to launch four people to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX rocket, and a Johnson City native is going to make a big impact.