Fifty community members take part in OV project

SOUTH OTSELIC – Nearly 50 people came out on Saturday to take part in an open house remembering the late 80s protests to keep a low level hazardous waste facility from being located in the South Otselic area.

Community members from South Otselic, Pharsalia, Lincklaen, Pitcher and beyond attended a meeting at the Otselic Valley High School on Saturday morning, organized by OV’s communications class. Many of those in attendance brought photos, buttons and tee shirts depicting the fight and reminisced about the roles they played and the common goals that brought them together.

“This is a history that needs to be told,” communications instructor Michael Foor-Pessin told the crowd. “Today is about your personal stories more than the tee shirts and buttons,” Foor-Pessin said explaining that students were equipped with camcorders and audio recording equipment and would be teaming up with participants for one-on-one interviews. “We want to hear the personal stories that can only be told in person.” The class plans to write a research paper and create a documentary from the information they gather.

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