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Hager Celebration Dinner is July 8

June 14, 2011

Hager Celebration Dinner is July 8

COOPERSTOWN: On Friday, July 8, the Otsego County Conservation Association will host a dinner honoring Susanna and Lou Hager at The Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown.

This event recognizes the important role played by the Hagers as co-chairs of OCCA’s successful Otsego Lake Challenge Campaign and as long-time stewards of Otsego Lake.

Thanks to the Susanna and Lou Hager Matching Challenge Grant, the Hagers were integral in the success of the Lake Challenge. Since 2008, Lake Challenge funds have supported more than $300,000 in major Otsego Lake and Upper Susquehanna Watershed initiatives, including the septic system management plan, zebra mussel control, boat inspections, interns for lake research, riparian buffers, walleye stocking to control the invasive alewife, barnyard water management projects, lake monitoring, and public education.

“Dinner proceeds will be invested in the continuation of these essential efforts to protect water quality in 2010 and beyond,” said OCCA Executive Director Erik Miller. “What began in 2007 with the initial investment of the Lake Challenge supporters has swelled to become the most comprehensive water quality programming in the entire Upper Susquehanna Watershed, impacting the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay.”

An Honorary Host Committee has been formed to commemorate the achievements of the Lake Challenge, to celebrate the Hagers and to recognize the roles of these individuals as well in moving Lake Challenge programs forward. The Honorary Host Committee is: Jane F. Clark, Bruce Hall, Greg Hall, Richard L. Hanna, Alice and Chris Holbrook, Vicky Lentz, J. Michael Moffat, Jim and Stephanie Patrick, Mr. and Mrs. William D. Schrack III, T. Gunter Smith, and Sissy and Byron Thomas Jr.

Otsego County’s oldest environmental conservation organization, OCCA is a private, non-profit membership group dedicated to promoting the enjoyment and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit

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