Oneonta declares June 9 ‘Transverse Myelitis Awareness Day’



Oneonta Mayor Darryl Ray presents a plaque to Oneonta resident Daniel Robertson (shown with mother, Darlene), underscoring his battle with Transverse Myelitis and establishing June 9 as an awareness day for the disease.

Oneonta Mayor Darryl Ray presents a plaque to Oneonta resident Daniel Robertson (shown with mother, Darlene), underscoring his battle with Transverse Myelitis and establishing June 9 as an awareness day for the disease.

With Daniel Robertson and his mother Darlene present, Oneonta Mayor Darryl Ray read a proclamation declaring June 9, 2011, “Transverse Myelitis Awareness Day.” Robertson, who suffers from the malady, and his mother have sought to inform the public and healthcare providers of the illness, which afflicts between three and four persons in each million.

In declaring the day, Ray and his council praised mother and son for their determination. Ray also presented a plaque to the son, recognizing his battle.

In addition, the council recognized Francis Frengel and the Amaryllis Club for their beautification efforts at the parking island near the Oneonta Utilities Board office. Frengel thanked the city fathers for providing assistance to the club. The island includes a bench, butterfly-attracting bushes, and other plantings.

In other action, councilors agreed to advertise hiring a firefighter to replace retiring officer Royce Cloud. Hal Buckelew, Mark Gargus, Ross Norris, and Danny Robinson joined Ray for the May 24 session, missing Tim McNair, absent on family matters. The council holds its regular meetings the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall.