The Bassett Healthcare Network Board of Directors elected Douglas Hastings as the board’s new chair during the annual meeting held July 16 in Cooperstown. Hastings succeeds Ralph H. Meyer who completed his term as board chair.

According to a media release, Hastings, a board member and chair of the board’s quality oversight committee, is chair emeritus in the Washington office of the national law firm Epstein Becker Green, where he specialized in health care law. He and his wife, Ginny, have a home on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. Meyer is the former CEO of the Guthrie health system and will remain on the board.

Board members Jane Forbes Clark of Cooperstown, Kevin Moore of Weston, Connecticut, and John Bullis of Little Falls were re-elected to three-year terms.


The Creating Rural Opportunities Partnership program celebrated nominees and recipients of the fifth annual Loretta McCormick After-School Achievement Awards in ceremonies at schools in Otsego, Delaware and Greene counties recently.

Laurens Central School student participant Dominick Bolster and Milford Central School site coordinator Jennifer Dutcher received the award named for the program’s former director.

The CROP program is described as a grant-funded consortium of 14 rural upstate school districts that provide after school programming. 


Cooperstown Elementary School teacher Anne Reis was selected by the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Tsongas Industrial History Center, a partnership of Lowell National Historical Park and the UMass Lowell College of Education, to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Workshop for Teachers, “Social Movements and Reform in Industrializing America: The Lowell Experience” at Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, Massachusetts.

According to a media release, Reis was one of 36 summer scholars selected from an applicant group of 199 teachers from around the United States. Historic sites were used to address central themes and issues in American history, government, literature, art, music and related subjects in the humanities.

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