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Pathfinder Village to host Family Weekend with Torch Relay, Fireworks and More!

07/19/2012 - Pathfinder Village, in support of Olympic athletes everywhere, will organize a special cycle relay from Cooperstown to Edmeston on Friday, July 27, to coincide with the opening of the 30th Summer Olympiad in London. The relay is just one of many activities planned for the Village's Family Weekend, which will culminate with a public fireworks display on Saturday night.

The 16-mile trek will start at Doubleday Field as part of the Cooperstown Hawkeye's Pathfinder Village Night. During the game against the Elmira Pioneers, an Olympic-style torch will be lit at home plate, commencing the relay with Tim O'Shea, captain of the Chobani-Syracuse Cycling Team. Other riders cycling along New York State Route 80 to Pathfinder will include Village Chief Executive Officer Paul Landers, Mike Millea of NYCM Insurance, recent college graduate Brock Bell of Cooperstown, and Jacob Tomlins, an Edmeston Central School student. The relay is sponsored by NYCM Insurance, Edmeston.

The relay will also include partially sighted athlete Staci Mannella and her coach, Kim Seevers, representing the Adaptive Sports Foundation Program at Windham Mountain. Once the torch arrives at Pathfinder, it will be handed to Pathfinder School student Lee Oliver, who will lead residents and guests in a procession to light a cauldron near Route 80 at about 5:45 p.m. Area residents are encouraged to cheer the cyclists as they head west along the torch relay route.

"Family Weekend is an opportunity for Pathfinder to celebrate 'community,' and with the Olympic Games starting on the evening of the 27th, we thought a cycling torch would be fitting," said Mr. Landers. "We purposely engaged the local community to take part … students, business leaders, athletes with disabilities. This ride will be a symbol of ability and unity, and will remind all of us of the important contributions of Village residents and other people with disabilities to our local and global communities."

On Saturday, events will get underway with the official rededication of The Village Commons Building, which includes a new Vocational Center and the new Button Greenhouse, a spacious growing environment named in memory of local farmer Leslie Button by his descendants, the Eugene and Gloria Cole Family of Edmeston. The new addition will greatly enhance resident programs, work and training opportunities, and received additional support from The Roger L. Kresge Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Francis G. Rodgers, and the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust.

Following the ribbon cutting, a full schedule of educational and recreational activities will be hosted at Pathfinder Village for residents, their families, donors and friends. For a complete schedule of the day's events, visit the Village website at www.pathfindervillage.org. To register for educational workshops or for further information, please call Vickie Looker at (607) 965-8377, ext. 112.

Starting on Saturday at 7 p.m., a formal celebration with resident skits and to recognize employees will be held at the Village's gym. Then activities will move to the nearby Pavilion for a performance by The Blues Manuever, a well-known regional jazz band; this performance is sponsored in part by the American Heart Association, Greater Utica Chapter, as part of its Healthy Communities program. This concert is free and the public is cordially invited. Family Weekend will conclude with a fireworks display at nightfall, sponsored by Federated-Clover Investments of Rochester.

Pathfinder Village is a planned private, residential community devoted to supporting men, women, and children who have Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Through quality residential, educational, vocational, and recreational programs, individuals grow towards fulfillment and independence, while giving back to local communities. More information is available at Pathfinder Village's fan page on the popular social networking site, Facebook.

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