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Caitlin (Dwyer) Jewitt ’06, PhD, reunited with her Hartwick College professor Laurel Elder ahead of Jewitt’s presentation of the college’s annual Rude Lecture, titled “Primary Rules and the 2020 Presidential Nomination” Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Struck By Car, Injured, Victim In Coma Dies


Storke LLC of Springwater, Livingston County, is seeking to lease 3,000 acres in the West Laurens area for a solar farm that would feed energy into this nearby Marcy South 765Kv line for transport to New York City.



pril Johnson, 32, Oneonta, the woman who was struck by a car on the Lettis Highway on Monday, Dec. 30 has died, according to Police Chief Doug Brenner. She had been hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit at Albany Medical Center since the accident; Brenner said, and died Saturday, Jan. 11 without having ever regained conciousness. No additional charges will be filed against the driver, David Shafer, 41, Otsego, who was ticketed at the scene for aggravated unlicensed operation.


►ANTHONY GERMAN, the retired general of the state’s National Guard, announced today he has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination to run against Democratic Congressman Antonio Delgado in the 19th District. ►SENATOR JIM SEWARD has issued a petition, seeking to marshal support for overturning or amending the new bail reforms. ►DEVIN castillo, 19, WALTON was arrested and charged with DWI after a crash in Sidney, and was later charged with damaging the Walmart craft aisle two days previous.



torke LLC, a renewableenergy company based in Springwater, south of Rochester, is offering as much as $1,000 per acre per year for West Laurens

neighbors to lease their land to the company for a 3,000-acre solar farm. “At 3,000 acres, the project would be one of the largest in New York State,” said James Denn, state Public Service Commission spokesman. That’s the equivalent of 4.6 square miles, or more than two miles by two miles.

Korthauer Makes History: Departs On Own Schedule By JIM KEVLIN ONEONTA

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And the idea is that the power produced will be fed into the New York Power Authority’s Marcy South 765Kv lines, which cross Route 23 near there, and carried directly to New York City. “It’s going to tie into the Marcy South Power line,” said Bill Martin, who has signed a contract leasPlease See SOLAR, A3

eorge Korthauer has made history: He is the first Oneonta COOPERSTOWN city manager to largely serve out his contract and depart on his own tacie Haynes couldn’t terms. believe the size of After announcing his retirement the check Staffworks The Freeman’s Journal Monday, Jan. 13, he’s leaving office founder Anita Vitullo handed Korthauer and on Feb. 7, a few months before the Herzig at recent her. Please See KORTHAUER, A3 Council meeting. “I just about fell out of


Austin Sears 72, Dies; Ran Cooperstown Theatre Fest

my chair,” the Susquehanna SPCA executive direcBy JIM KEVLIN tor said. “Last year we got $95,000 and I was nervous that we wouldn’t beat that!” The Save-a-Life campaign COOPERSTOWN offers shelters a matching doustin nation of up to $10,000, and Sears, this year, Vitullo added some 72, extra incentives – an extra creator, Please See VITULLO, B4 manager and actor at the Cooperstown Summer Theatre FesSears an interview. tival for three Under the terms of the decades, exited life’s stage on transaction, announced in a Dec. 17, 2019, in New York Thursday, Jan. 9, press release, Norwood will acquire City. “We met in 1979,” his wife “all outstanding shares” in Margarita said in an interUpstate, which will merge view this week. “The Please See BANK, A3 Please See SEARS, B5


Pennsylvania Firm Buying Bank Of Cooperstown COOPERSTOWN


he Bank of Cooperstown is in the process of being acquired in an $80 million transaction by Norwood Financial Corp. of Honesdale,

Pa., which has signed a “definitive merger agreement” to buy Upstate New York Bancorp, the local bank’s parent company.

If the sale goes forward as anticipated, Bank of Cooperstown President Scott White and his staff will remain in place in the Cooperstown and Oneonta branches, Upstate President R. Michael Briggs said in



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Solar Company Offers $1,000 An Acre For Farmland Around West Laurens SOLAR/From A3 ing his 240-acre property on Fox Hill Road to Storke. He is a member of the Laurens Board of Assessment Review and former town board member. “They explained the situation to us and I listened to the proposal, but I didn’t sign it at the time,” he said. After reflecting on the financial possibilities, though, he did sign. “Personally, I hope this goes through,” he said in an interview. “This would be a chance for landowners to make some money to put in their pocket.” Ryan Storke, a SUNY Morrisville graduate who worked for John Deere before co-founding Storke Renewables, said he hopes the West Laurens community sees how the project can benefit them. Currently, the company’s land agents are seeking “to establish if local landowners and the local community are interested in such a project in their town,” said Storke. “And, if that is the case, we’d like to go to the local community and share with them similar projects we’ve done.” One such project, which appears to mirror the plan here, is in the towns of Concord and Sardinia, near Geneseo, where Storke has partnered with EDF Renewables, a French renewable energy company, to produce as much as 350 megawatts. Typically, each megawatt

produces enough to power 350 homes in the Northeast, meaning the ConcordSardinia project Ryan Storke could produce enough power to fill the needs of 120,000 homes. “The ‘Genesee Road Solar Energy Center’ would be a 350-megawatt project, … with a final project size of 2,500 acres,” said Max Borsuk, editor at the Springville Journal, the local weekly newspaper there. According to Martin, Storke needs commitment on 80 percent of 3,000 acres before it moves forward. “The last I’d heard is that, of the 3,000 acres, they had 2,100,” he said. That’s about 70 percent. According to county Rep. Danny Lapin, D-Oneonta, a circuit-riding planner for the OCCA, the project is large enough to fall under the state’s Article 10 permitting process. “It’s a big test for the county’s willingness to accept these kinds of facilities,” he said. Denn confirmed: “Article 10 provides a unified review and approval process for electric generating facilities in New York State that are 25 MW or greater, including renewable energy projects such as solar farms.” A high-powered siting board would oversee project approval, Denn said. It

Korthauer Makes History, Departs On Own Schedule KORTHAUER/From A1 August expiration of his three-year contract, but before the iciest and snowiest month of February is well underway. First off, he and wife Brenda “are planning to visit friends in Florida,” then heading out to Denver to visit a new grandson before settling back in the home they maintain in Petoskey, Mich., where he retired as city manager after 25 years. The first city manager, Mike Long, former Poughkeepsie city manager, started on Oct. 1, 2012, and departed in May 2014. His successor, Cortland County Manager Martin Murphy, was hired Sept. 4, 2014, and departed in less than a year, on July 17, 2015. Korthauer, 66 then, 69 now, was hired May 16, 2017. His annual salary was $110,000 for each year in his contract. His contract runs until August, but – with six new Common Council members of eight sworn in Jan. 2 – Korthauer said leaving now will permit the new Council members “to appoint a city manager of their own choosing early on.” Mayor Gary Herzig said there are “outstanding candidates” now working in City Hall, and he expects in-house applicants for the top job. Korthauer agreed. Deputy Mayor David Rissberger said, “People in City Hall like him. He was a nice guy. He was very knowledgeable. I think he’s gotten us over the hump of getting used to having day-today management.” Korthauer was selfeffacing, minimizing any accomplishment. But he went on to describe a major restructuring that occurred during his administration. He has combined all public service functions under City Manager Greg Mattice. Previously, the water treatment plant, the wastetreatment plant and Streets & Facilities had operated independently. “We’re working to consolidate, to streamline the operation,” he said. He agreed with Rissberger that getting people comfort-

able with the now 8-year-old system was a top priority. “The city manager form of government was new to Oneonta,” said Korthauer. “I’ve had a lot of experience in that system.” His role was “merely working to further establishing the council-manager form of government.” In contrast, he recalled that his first job, as an assistant city manager in Illinois, was in the first city in the country to adopt the city-manager form. A city-manager system was long-accepted in Petoskey at the time he was hired. Herzig said his first step will be to discuss the hiring of the fourth city manager with the Common Council in toto, but was unsure if he’ll be ready to do so by the next meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 21. He said, “I will lead the council in the search,” but said “it’s premature” to get into particulars now. “We’ve just learned about George’s resignation this past week. It is something that will be done with our council. The first step is to talk to the entire group together.” Asked if he would seek changes in the City Charter governing the city manager’s role, as he did last time, he was unsure, but said, “Whatever our policies state, whether it’s policy in the City Charter or city code of city ordinance, none should be carved in stone. All should be periodically assessed as times change and needs change… Practice demonstrates what works best.” Asked about what he’ll seek in the next city manager, Herzig said: “There are many things. You need a person to lead. To set priorities. In addition to municipal experience, you need someone to understand the pulse of the community. “You need someone who is an excellent communicator. And you need someone who is able to implement a vision that is developed by elected officials. You need to oversee a staff of 125 people in way you can make that vision a reality. “Obviously,” he said. “That’s all a very tall order.”

would be headed by the Department of Public Service chair, James Rhodes, who was president/CEO of NYSERDA – the state Energy Research & Development Authority – before Governor Cuomo put him in charge of the PSC in 2017. The siting board also includes the heads of the DEC, the state Health Department, NYSERDA and Economic Development, plus two West Laurens residents, Denn said. Storke’s application fee will be $1,000 per MW of capacity, up to $400,000, for the siting board to hire expert witnesses, consultants and

lawyers. The siting board has 60 days to determine if the application is complete, then it would set a public hearing. County Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, who chairs the county Energy Task Force, wasn’t aware of the project, but said she would be interested in knowing how it might benefit the county. However, if Otsego County can obtain an allocation of the West Laurens power, and the local grid can handle it, “It would be a big step forward in achieving a higher proportion of our electricity from renewables, which is a goal for the state,” she said.

Cooperstown Bank Sold BANK/From A1 into Norwood. However, Norwood will maintain the brand names of Upstate’s two entities, the Bank of Cooperstown as well as the Bank of the Finger Lakes, which has been the current company’s headquarters. The Finger Lakes president, Jeffrey E. Franklin, will also remain in place. Obtaining the Bank of Cooperstown units makes particular sense to Norwood since it bought the Bank of Walton in 2016, which has six branches in Delaware County, including one as close to Otsego County as Franklin. “It was a very important part of the decision,” said Briggs, who has a consultant agreement with the new owner. Before the agreement is finalized – by the begin-

ning of the third quarter, in June – shareholders in both companies must approve it. All Upstate shareholders may trade their shares for Norwood shares, or for cash, and may receive a cash dividend when the transaction is complete. “The price contemplated is well above the most recent trades in the stock,” Briggs said. The local bank was initiated a decade ago by Bob O’Neill, a retired Wall Street financier who maintains a home in Cooperstown. An Oneonta branch was opened in 2014. Local people on the USNY Bancorp board include Michael Moffatt, Cooperstown, Blue Mingo proprietor; Jeff Haggerty of Haggerty Ace Hardware, Cooperstown; Steve Smith of G&S Construction, Fly Creek.



THURSDAY, January 16, 2020

With Expertise, Even Temperament, George Korthauer Cracked Code


hanks, George. Oneonta City Manager George Korthauer – Oneonta’s first successful city manager – announced Monday, Jan. 13, that he’s heading off into a well-earned retirement. He should go with all our thanks and best wishes. He proved that even the City of Oneonta – feisty, argumentative, proud of its heritage, sure of its opinions – can eventually come to terms with a professional from out

of town, and benefiting from what, in this case, he had to offer. • Commenting on Korthauer’s pending Feb. 7 departure, Mayor Gary Herzig cited “a wealth of knowledge regarding municipal equipment,” which sounds like faint praise. But Deputy Mayor David Rissberger put some meat on those bones: Retired from 25 years as city manager in Petoskey, in Michigan’s lake-effect zone, Korthauer

George Korthauer

knew about snow removal, advising the use of more effective attachments on city snow plows, and instituting alternate-parking on some streets to ease plowing. Used to dealing with freeze, thaw, freeze, thaw, he introduced the “Pothole Killer,” developed by, yes, Patch Management Inc. of Bucks County, Pa., which has a device that pounds a specially developed aggregate into potholes, extending the life of repairs. Most of all, though, “people in

City Hall liked him,” said Rissberger. “He was a nice guy. He was very knowledgeable. I think he’s gotten us over the hump of getting used to having day-to-day management.” • That speaks to it. Low-key experience and amiability allowed folks in City Hall to relax and, little by little, finally accept that things are going to be different. After Mayor Dick Miller’s hardPlease See EDITORIAL, A5



Job #1: Halt Outmigration, Then Deficit, Bail Reform

Now, Foothills Major Economic Driver


he 2020 New York in charge in Albany raised State legislative sestaxes and fees by more sion got its official than $4.6 billion. They start a few days ago with the also eliminated the popular governor’s State of the State property tax relief checks address. While the govfor seniors and homeowners. ernor mentioned a This year won’t few ideas I can back, be any better. for the most part, We are already he glossed over or facing a $6 billion completely ignored deficit that can be some of the toughest traced to rising challenges facing our Medicaid costs state. and overspending New York State in last year’s state is losing population budget. Unfortuat an alarming rate. nately, the govJIM According to the ernor’s message U.S. Census Bureau, SEWARD did not offer any New York lost more remedies to these people than any other state fiscal concerns. in 2019, the second straight The governor was also year we have held that dubi- silent on the so-called bail ous distinction. reforms that officially beI have pointed to this came law on Jan. 1. Under concern in the past, and the changes, there are dozwhile the governor has ens of serious crimes that no blamed the weather for our longer require bail, allowing outmigration, that’s not the alleged perpetrators to return real problem. Taxes are too to our communities with no high, the cost of living conconsequences. tinues to go up, and unworkSince the law took hold, able government regulations dozens of suspects have are discouraging business been released back on the growth. streets, leaving us more vulIn 2019, the Democrats Please See SEWARD, A6


s I start my sixth year as the director of Foothills I’d like to thank the Oneonta community and the entire region for their support again in 2019. I am proud to report that we hosted 314 events which included everything from the Grand Oneonta Opera, a Vet’s tribute with Jerrod Niemann, a Rolling Stones tribute, Tusk- a Fleetwood Mac tribute, the Oneonta Concert Association, the Ornament holiday show, The Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour, Mario the Magician, a Wedding Expo, the Tri-Cities Opera for children, live broadcasts of the Met Opera, the Bolshoi Ballet and local dance companies, Orpheus, Star Struck Players, Bigger Boat and Stuff of Dreams theater groups, our BILL annual October YOUNGS fundraiser, a health expo, First Night, SUNY Oneonta alumni events, Little Delaware Youth Ensemble, weddings, private parties, business and organizational conferences, job fairs, high school proms, Red Cross blood drives, and we’re the local voting location. The list goes on! Believe it or not, we did all of this with only three fulltime employees!! Geoff Doyle (Operations Manager),

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Jennifer Kemper, West Oneonta, and Cathi Wiltsey, Oneonta, bewitch the audience with their High Kicks & Broomsticks dance troupe during First Night, the New Year’s Eve celebration and signaled an end to a successful year for the Foothills Performing Arts Center.

Shane LoBuglio (Facilities Manager) and Alicia Hanrahan (Event Coordinator). A very big Thank You to them! Also, please keep in mind, Foothills

is funded solely by donations, event sponsorships and facility rentals. We are very fortunate to have so many loyal supporters. We thank you all. But what the businessman inside of me is most proud of is the 27,000 attendees who walked through our doors for those events. What a boost to the local economy! While we are busy fulfilling our mission as a center for the arts; we feel we have also become a major economic driver for the city and the region. Imagine what those 27,000 people spent while in the area on hotel rooms, restaurants, books stores, gift shops, etc. Many business people have told me they see a positive impact each time we host an event. That makes us very proud! A stronger community can only help us in our goal to achieve our mission. I feel we are starting to be recognized for that vital role we play in the city and region. We are continuing this trend in 2020. We are excited to say that several months’ weekends are already booked! We also have several exciting projects we are working on… stay tuned! Thank you all for your support. PLEASE spread the word: YOUR Foothills is making a difference in our community. Please show your support by buying tickets, making a donation or just by spreading a good word!! Bill Youngs is director of the Foothills Performing Arts Center.



or too long, our criminal justice system has allowed those with the means to grease the wheels of justice, leaving those without to


Legalizing Dope Daffy. He Ought To Know

languish. “Last year, we took much needed steps to reform our broken system by updating our discovery laws and reforming speedy trial provisions. We ended the use of cash bail for lower level offenses because our criminal justice system must work for everyone – not just those who can afford it. “By implementing this system, everyone is treated the same. This removes the potential bias of judges or prosecutors, which could result in defendants being treated unfairly.”

To the Editor: I have been smoking marijuana off (now) and on (then) for 54 years. I can tell you four things: 1. It makes you a bit daffy, then hungry, then daffy again. Did I mention hungry? 2. You can smoke dope and play NY HOUSE SPEAKER CARL HEASTIE the electric guitar like a hero, but not Doubling Down in Opening Day Remarks to Assembly drive a car 3. Alcohol is worse than dope, but



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would outweigh the economic benefits. With New York State already billions in the red on Medicaid, I don’t see how legalizing dope is such a great idea. Better to keep it illegal, home grown, untaxed, un-corporate and darkly illicit. Where God and Willy Nelson intended it to be. CHIP NORTHRUP Cooperstown


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that’s the pot calling the keg black 4. I forget the fourth thing, but it was really far out, man. Until there is an accurate, on-thespot test for weed in the bloodstream, and a stiff fine for Driving While Stoned (DWS), legalization will lead to increased traffic accidents, ER admissions and nacho sales. Unless it is taxed out the whazoo, the cost to the health care system


Heartache In The Heartland

f you took a bet when I was born it chines, no gutter cleaner, no hay baler. wouldn’t have been for success. No burly sons to share the work. Worse My parents had moved to yet – no capital to modernize. Upstate New York five years before I We lived on a hillside farm where was born so my Dad could crop fields brimmed with follow his dream. He wanted rocks. Each spring Dad towed a farm like the one he left in a drag (sort of a raft) to pile Northern Ireland as A teenon the leftovers the last glacier ager fleeing “the troubles” in dropped. After that he got out 1926. A farm of green fields a grinder which spread seeds with horses pulling plows. for crops. And I trudged up Living in a little lane with all the hillside at noontime each of those other McReynolds, I day with his lunch while he think. He dragged my Brookslumped under a tree. lyn born Mom to what she Four miles away was a tiny ERNA MORGAN saw as a primitive world. village with a creamery which McREYNOLDS My parents carried me took our hundred-weight milk home to a farmhouse with no cans. Made butter there and put running hot water, leaks in the roof, the rest on a train to be bottled or made cracks in the plaster walls, no central into cottage cheese and cheese. As a heating. Our barn didn’t have any little kid I learned how to get into those A bleak Gilbertsville area modern touches either. Exposed pipes cans to scrape the cream off the top farmstead in an etching by that froze every time the temperature – not knowing that Dad’s milk check dropped, no automatic milking maPlease See ERNA, A6 Frank Eckmair (1930-2012). • MORE LETTERS, A5, A6


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Compiled by Tom Heitz and SHARON STUART, with resources courtesy of The Fenimore Art Museum Research Library

150 Years Ago

Increase of Crime – The attention of the public is properly becoming aroused to the alarming and terrible frequency of high crimes. One can scarcely take up a paper but what contains an account of some fresh murder or robbery, or more likely both. The time is within the memory of those who are yet considered young when a single murder would thrill the whole land and become the theme of general comment. Lately, it has become the exception when the news of a day does not contain an item of a life unlawfully taken. The frequency of capital crimes can be explained by the infrequency of capital punishment. It is safe to say that we hear of at least five murders to one execution. In many states capital punishment has been abolished. In others, it is well-nigh impossible to find a jury that will convict even the most atrocious murderer – and if convicted, the chances are that political influences will obtain a pardon. Our cities are filled with native and foreign “dangerous” persons – murderous robbers, pickpockets, thieves, burglars, by profession. They are known to the police as such. Should not all such characters be transported, on sufficient evidence against them, to some penal colony? January 1870

three-floor wing will improve the already fine facilities for library patrons, he said. “It’s my opinion that this library is one of the finest assets our city has and we should be aware of it, and appreciate it.” A three-professor team will teach a course in “Great Issues of Modern Man” at Hartwick College starting with the fall semester 1960. The first of a projected series of inter-disciplinary courses, the “Great Issues” class will be taught by Dr. Forest W. Miller of the Biology Department, Dr. Herman Keiter of the Religion Department and Dr. William Coker of the Music Department. The course will be limited to 15 students, all seniors chosen from the top level of various departments. January 1960

80 Years Ago

40 Years Ago

The Oneonta Rape Crisis Center Network has reports of at least 10 times as many rapes in and around Oneonta as the city police do. Tallying records for 19 months the network has been active, the organization counted 24 rape calls, all but one in the area, plus 11 others reported through other sources, such as “Project 85.” City police reported one case in 1978 and no more than one or two in 1979. In one 1979 case, an Oneonta State student was arrested. Members of the crisis network’s advisory board say the incidence of rape here is proportionately as high as in much larger cities. According to publicity director Margaret Hathaway, the organization released “statistics to make people aware that rapes occur at a much greater rate than most of us suspected.” City Police Chief Joseph De Salvatore said he is not surprised at the discrepancies. “It’s entirely possible. They’re not reported to us.” He guessed the department has had less than five reports last year. January 1980

125 Years Ago

Local: The four children of W.A. Hunter of Oneonta have just had a handsome windfall of about $7,000 each from the estate of their great-grandfather, the late Hoadley B. Ives of New Haven, Connecticut. Henry White of Gilbertsville sold to New York parties recently a bill of furs which included two thousand skunk skins, seven hundred muskrat skins and fox, coon and mink skins enough to run the number over three thousand skins in all. The gross sum paid for them was about $1,700. Irving J. Pruyn of Oneonta has purchased of Ella Layman her entire real estate interests in the town which comprise the old Jared Goodyear estate and contains over thirty acres of land. The property has been in the possession of the Goodyear family for about 70 years. January 1895

100 Years Ago

National Prohibition: When the clock strikes 12 tonight (January 16, 1920) its boom will not only announce the coming of a new day, but also of the going into full force and effect of the Volsted Act, the stringent regulations of which have been loudly denounced by the “wets” and as generously applauded by the “drys” who, without doubt, constitute the larger population of the country. In Oneonta, which has been bone-dry for a long period, it will hardly cause a ripple. But, in many cities the provisions of the law will occasion a great deal of concern. The greatest concern in Oneonta is the provision of the law relative to the sale of

January 1940 liquor under strict supervision and only on prescription of physicians by druggists. Some Oneonta druggists state that under no circumstances would they again engage in the sale of liquors. Others have said they have had the matter under consideration. According to Charles R. O’Connor, federal prohibition director for the State of New York, a jurisdiction such as Oneonta that has been entirely dry previously, will remain entirely so, regardless of the provisions of the federal law allowing for the prescription of liquor for patients by physicians allowing for provision by druggists. January 1920

60 Years Ago

Mayor James Georgeson yesterday urged Oneonta residents to attend the open house at Huntington Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Mayor Georgeson, who has already toured the new wing, said “Oneonta is fortunate in having such an excellent library – one that compares favorably with libraries in large cities.” The recent addition of the


if I was OK. At least eight other drivers paused or stopped during the half hour or so I was stuck there to do the same. One of them, a young man named Eddie Bello, who lived up the road from where I got stuck, not only stopped, but called a tow truck for me, and most importantly, stayed with his headlights shining on my car until the tow truck arrived so drivers could see it. Joe, the tow truck driver from Chuck’s Towing, got my car out in 10 minutes; neither car nor I was damaged. I now have had my first New York Upstate Winter Experience, which included the not so good and the great aspects. I got stuck, but the good, caring people of Otsego County were there to help. Now that I’ve been christened a Real Upstate New Yorker, I’m going to get snow tires put on the car. JENNIFER HILL Oneonta

Oneonta police are investigating two recent burglaries reported on the Hartwick College campus. A student in Holmes Hall reported that someone stole his laptop computer valued at $1,300 between 7:25 a.m. and 7:35 a.m. Friday. Another burglary was reported at Wilder Hall sometime over the holiday break. A student reported that someone entered his room and stole 100 compact discs valued at $1,500, a Toshiba Satellite laptop computer valued at $2,000 and a $150 Canon 35mm camera. There were no signs of forced entry. January 2000

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“Martin Luther King, Jr. just had a way of speaking that got to your heart,” Lee Fisher, president of Oneonta’s chapter of the NAACP said at that organization’s celebration of Martin Luther King Day at Temple Beth El on Sunday. January 2010


How Nice. To Live In A Place Where People Do Care. Here!

To the Editor: I’m writing to express my gratitude for living in a place that has such good, caring people. I have lived in Oneonta, Otsego County, and Upstate New York only for a year and a half. Wednesday night, Jan. 8, I was driving to Richfield Springs that evening, heading to the Food Co-op to give a presentation. With the snow pouring down at times and blowing up onto the roads – and my windshield -- from fields, I was driving as slowly and as carefully as I could. But on NY-28, about 6.5 miles from RS, the snow was coming down so fast and furious that I could not see where I was on the road. I ended up sliding (fortunately) slowly into a (fortunately) shallow ditch on the left. My car was stuck in there at about a 45-degree angle. A driver and his wife immediately stopped to see

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Rising To The Fly

ishermen understand why the brook trout they catch are often smaller than the brown trout they catch. It’s because the brown trout are more discerning about “rising to the fly” and thus falling victim to the fishermen’s net, while brook trout are prone to rise to the first fly they see. There is a lesson there for all of us with regards to how we cast our votes. It is natural to rise to the sound bites that offer promise or free stuff, even though common sense tells us it isn’t really MIKE free. Someone has to pay for it, but we tell ourselves ZAGATA that’s OK as long as it isn’t us. But, are we kidding ourselves? If not us, who? Recently I watched a news clip featuring presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren where she stated that, if elected president, she would create as much relief (public financial assistance) for as many people as possible as fast as she could. That is a very attractive “fly” and represents the approach of the other

Democratic candidates as well. Translated into financial terms, that means she would increase our taxes and/or increase the national debt without doing the things that increase our economy and allow us to pay for those social programs. We would pay for those social programs with higher taxes and more debt – and we pay annual interest on that debt. Contrast that approach with that of our sitting President, a Republican, who believes in creating jobs via growing our economy. That means giving more people the opportunity to have a job, shed the stigma of poverty, and growing the tax base while lowering individual taxes and reducing, not growing, the national debt. The contrast is stark. To quote an old adage, “give a man a fish and feed him for a day; give him a fishing pole (job) and feed him for life.” Like the brook trout, we are seeing many seemingly attractive flies cast upon the water by the candidates. Are we going to rise to the first one or are we going to take the time to weigh the

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consequences of the various alternatives using the information we have learned from life’s lessons? A case in point is the push to continue on the trend being forced on us by the Left to pursue socialism. Please See ZAGATA, A6

EDITORIAL: Professional Manager Can Work. George Proved It EDITORIAL/From A4 driving administration squeezed out the first city manager, Mike Long, and after second City Manager Martin Murphy’s hard-driving personality put him at odds with too many people, Korthauer was a relief. Oneonta was the first local governmental entity – outside public schools – to hire a professional manager, (although the Village of Cooperstown briefly tried it in the 1990s, an experience everyone there seems willing to leave forgotten.)

Since, Cooperstown revived the village administrator job, providing a contrast to Oneonta: Village Clerk Teri Barown got the job. It was a different job from Korthauer’s, but both had expertise. Neither he nor she is a table-pounder. She’s a local girl, which gave her some instant cred, but the right local person isn’t always available. • But the City of Oneonta continued to struggle. When the County of Otsego was considering a professional manager last year,

dubious onlookers pointed to the City of the Hills’ travails. As the county now begins the search process on its first administrator, there are lessons that can be drawn from George, and Teri too. Local is good, if the right person can be found locally. The Oneonta job description may be over-credentialed, required an import, but the county appears to have avoided that trap. Temperament is huge – the professional has to win over an array of constantly changing elected

officials. Expertise and experience are huge too, and Korthauer’s won him the credibility Barown was granted. • George Korthauer was 66 when hired in May 2017, is 69 now, so this wasn’t expected to be a 20year deal. With a house in Petoskey and grandkids in Denver, he and wife, the lively Brenda, are responding to different pulls now; you can understand why they’re ready to leave a few months before his

contract expires. The point is, his job is done. That’s particularly the case, since he’s readied his department heads to aspire to succeed him. Herzig expects applications from the ranks. Mayor Miller was known to say when an initiative was nearing its end, “You have largely fulfilled your commitment.” He likely would have said something like that to George Korthauer. Let’s go a step further: Well done. Farewell. And God speed., OTSEGO COUNTY’S DAILY NEWSPAPER/ONLINE


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7-7 Split Calls For Power-Sharing, Cooperation To the Editor: Every New Year brings change to the Otsego County Board. It has been interesting reading different opinions about our recent changes. To me, the selection of a chair and new vice chair from the same party caucus does not indicate a move away from the welcome bipartisan collegiality of the last term. Both leaders won the bi-partisan support of their peers because they have shown themselves to be thoughtful and hardworking Reps who

For Lighting Up Our Christmas – Thanks Letter to the Editor: The 2019 Great Otsego Light Trail would like to thank all who participated in the trail this year. You made our holidays much brighter with a total of 18 displays! You are all delightful and your displays were a joy for all! We would also like to thank our community partners: AllOtsego. com, The LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, WZOZ 103.1 FM, and CNY News. We’ll see you next year! JULIE DOSTAL Light Trail coordinator

get along well with their colleagues. After his re-appointment, Chairman Bliss showed through his committee assignments that he understands that a 7-7 partisan split calls for powersharing and cooperation between the parties. Democrats are well represented in the new assignments, chairing two of the standing committees and one of the special committees. Democrats also hold a numeric majority on three standing committees and one special committee. I expect the bi-partisan cooperation will continue, as it should. It’s important for me to express my thanks and appreciation to Chairman Bliss, who has entrusted me with the chairmanship of the Health & Education Committee for the third consecutive year. The importance of this standing committee is sometimes overlooked, perhaps because the folks it represents often don’t have the loudest voices: our senior citizens; children and adults with special needs; people dealing with physical and mental health issues or addiction; struggling farmers; and yes, even our deceased neighbors. The committee oversees a budget of over $15 million and supervises about 80 employees; the work touches all residents of our county. At times,

the public may only be aware of these departments when a crisis arises. Instead, we should all consistently tout the good work that our department heads and their staff are doing to keep our county safe, healthy, and thriving. One example of this good news is the approximately 90-percent reduction in drug overdose deaths over the past couple years. This turnaround has come about in part because of the coordinated and strategic efforts of these folks to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery. If you see any of the hard-working people contributing to the health and wellbeing of our county, please offer them a word of thanks. Most of these quiet heroes do not seek the spotlight but instead stay focused on their service to our community. While the work isn’t glamorous, it is important and improves all of our lives. It is my hope in the New Year that the county board follows the examples of these employees and continues to eschew political grandstanding or divisive partisan issues. There is important work to do and I expect we will work together collaboratively to deliver common sense results for our deserving constituents. ANDREW STAMMEL County Representative Town of Oneonta

Benefits Of Natural Gas Aren’t Fossil-Fuel Fiction To the Editor: Bob Eklund (“Praise For Fracking? Let’s call It Fossil-Fuel Fiction,” Jan. 23, 2020) and I are opposing veterans of the Gas Wars and almost friends. The environmental and economic benefits of gas are NOT fiction. The EPA reports CO2 emissions peaked in 2007 as gas replaced coal in electric power generation. By 2017 emissions dropped 28 percent to 30-year lows. Emissions fell another 2.1 percent last year, mainly due to an 18 percent drop in coal generation. Coal power is now back to 1975 levels. Gas did it. By replacing coal in electric plants, fracked gas (and oil) has stimulated our industry and our general economy while keeping prices low. Our population and GDP has grown enormously yet emissions keep dropping. No other industrial economy has that record.

The U.S.A. produces 14 percent of global emissions. The other 86 percent lies elsewhere. Coal-fired China pumps out more CO2 than the U.S. and the EU combined. China “promises” to peak in 2030. However, according to the Global Energy Monitor, there are plans for increased capacity equal to current EU output of 150 gigawatts. That will mean building one coalfired generator per week for 10 years, 500 of the 700 already planned. And we’re not even talking of what will be happening in India, Indonesia, and Africa. In the meantime, in our little corner of the world, Andrew Cuomo slams the door on gas in the name of environmental purity. He perverts the SEQR process in order to stop the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline that would deliver cheap Pennsylvania gas to New York and New England.

He extorts electric companies with the threat of franchise suspension. Note National Grid. He raises the cost of electricity through subsidies and mandates favoring high-cost renewables. He controls the agencies that withhold the permits. It’s no great mystery that NYSEG requests a 27 percent rate increase. And … that’s only the beginning. So while Cuomo diddles in “small ball” environmental politics, Vladimir Putin builds pipelines. He has two 800-mile pipelines under the Baltic Sea serving Germany. Germany remains dependent on “brown” coal to backstop its renewables program. With electricity rates triple those in the U.S.A., it needs gas for price and environmental reasons. Last month Putin opened the 1,800-mile Power of Siberia Pipeline to Northern China. The

Power of Siberia Pipeline will eventually pump 38 billion cubic meters of gas by 2025. That’s the equivalent of Brazil’s annual gas consumption. If the U.S.A. experience is any predictor, this will knock quite a few of China’s coal generators off the grid because … gas beats coal in price and emissions. So I have a question for Mr. Eklund: which energy model is better for the global environment (and the individual’s pocketbook) – Andrew Cuomo’s or Vladimir Putin’s? Give me a call, Bob. I’m in the book. I’d like to point out four or five other errors in your Letter but the ghosts of the poets tell me to stick to one theme. That theme is – GAS WORKS. For the immediate good of our environment. For our collective and personal economics. For our country as a whole. DICK DOWNEY Otego

ERNA: Library Card, Book Gave Little Girl Confidence ERNA/From A4 depended on how much fat the milk had. He had no capital, three young girls, the wrong dream and no sons to help him. While he milked by hand, others used machines. He piled hay on a wagon while prosperous farmers used hay balers. Clinging to the wrong dream. No capital to modernize. Bad luck when cows died screaming with rabies. His own injuries. The good deed helping a neighbor landed him in bed for weeks with a back injury. Then blood poisoning and finally felled by emphysema. He lost three farms. He lost pride. Failed to support his wife. She had to go to work in those Ozzie and Harriet days when women were supposed to stay home cooking and cleaning with a clean, freshly ironed apron tied around her trim waist. A good job was a union one at a local factory. But with men home from the war – Rosie the Riveter was out of work. Sometimes the factory needed more workers – they hired women. But women didn’t stay long. Bosses said women worked for pocket money – men supported families. What about that young girl tackling the world? Afraid but doing it anyway. In the country, joining 4-H was a big deal. Hard to do if you didn’t have money because you had to pay dues. I can’t remember how I did it – but I got into 4-H. Girls learned to cook and sew. We were only going to be wives, secretaries or maybe teachers or nurses. I needed to sew anyway – we couldn’t afford store-

hand accounts from individuals crediting their time in jail for helping them turn their lives around. Drug addicts, who received help to overcome substance abuse, are among those opposing the bail law reforms. Albany County District Attorney David Soares made this exact point while testifying about this law last year: “I also need to point out the possible impact on drug courts. The way drug courts work right now is that defendants are held on bail and given the option of drug court or jail. If everyone gets presumptive release on drug cases, nobody will go to drug court. “We need to carefully examine how we treat drug crimes under any new bail proposal. I know I don’t have to tell you how bad the opioid crisis

ZAGATA/From A5 Those of us over 50 have seen first-hand that communism and socialism have failed the people governed under their paradigms. Today’s young people haven’t, with the exception of Venezuela, had that opportunity. To them that “fly” appears attractive. As fly fishermen know, presentation is everything! Then it’s just a matter of setting the hook and landing the “fish.” As an example, let’s talk is in our state. Drug courts around about free college tuition. have been very successful in helping It looks very attractive to individuals get the services they need someone about to enter and stay clean.” college even though tuition, I voted against the reforms last year itself, only represents part and co-sponsor several bills to repeal of the cost. the changes entirely or amend the Historically, a student measures to, at the very least, allow entered college, got a judicial discretion in domestic violence part-time job and took cases or where public safety is in out a student loan. After jeopardy. graduating, that student To date, Senate Democrats have got a job and part of their shown no willingness to correct income was used to pay the mistakes in their ill-conceived back that loan. Once it was bail reforms. In fact, on the first fully paid, normally within working day of the legislative session five years, he or she could an amendment brought by Senate take the monthly amount Republicans to repeal the bail reform that formerly went to pay laws was voted down with every down the loan and use it for Democrat voting against the measure. something else – it became

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SEWARD: So Far, Democrats Don’t Admit Bail-Reform Mistake SEWARD/From A4 nerable than ever. These are not petty criminals, but individuals charged with serious offenses – like manslaughter, stalking, sex trafficking, child assault, and domestic violence crimes. Many are repeat offenders who pose a clear and present danger to the public, but thanks to the Democrats’ new law, a judge may no longer even consider “dangerousness” as a criteria in determining whether an individual should be held or set free. Many of these individuals quickly committed new crimes, further endangering the public and exhausting police resources. There have been a host of real life examples, including several right here in the 51st Senate District. I have also read a number of first-

bought clothes. If you sewed well you could go to the county fair where farmers and their wives showed off their skills and livestock. If you were a young girl you wore your creation. Judges inspected everything. Now that was scary. You know I am a perfectionist. I wanted a blue ribbon. My first year I sported an apron and carried potholders stuffed with milk filters. By the time I was 10 it got even scarier. I still wanted a blue ribbon. But I was awkward wearing my hot pink chubby size 16. Judges lifting my skirt, showing my legs to inspect my hem. How could I do this right? Fortunately I could read and I had a library card. I trekked the mile to the village to take out a book to teach me how to stand and walk. I did everything the book said – I even balanced books on my head and got a blue ribbon! Terrified but I had what counted – a blue ribbon. Today even with fewer farms dotting our hills and valleys, farmers go to county and state fairs to show off their produce, their pies, pickles, quilting and especially their livestock. Want to see a small piece of what upstate NY was 50 years ago? Go to a county fair. Walk around. See remnants of a way of life mainly gone. • for only 99¢per week!

a windfall. Contrast that with the new paradigm of “free” education. That same student would go to college and maybe get a part-time job, but wouldn’t need to take out a student loan – at least not for the tuition portion of their college education. Following graduation there would be no loan to pay off. Hurrah! But is that person really ahead? As a result of everyone getting a “free” education subsidized by the government, the government will be faced with having to raise more money – and it does that by raising taxes. In reality, that student will be faced with higher taxes, not for the five years it would have taken to pay off the student loan, but for life. Was it really a good deal or was it in the “presentation” without evaluation? Mike Zagata, a DEC commissioner in the Pataki Administration and former environmental executive with Fortune 500 companies, lives in West Davenport.


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Julia Hernandez, Oneonta, examines gowns at Rainbow End’s “Bag O’Bargains” sale, following the wellattended annual Wedding Expo Sunday, Jan. 12, at Foothills Performing Arts Center.

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elebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with songs from the Civil Rights movement, speeches from Mayor Gary Herzig and NY Attorney General Letitia James and the recitation of King’s immortal “I Have A Dream” speech. 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info (607) 432-4102. • In honor of Dr. King, the Baseball Hall of LIBBY Fame will give special CUDMORE guided tours featuring Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Jackie Robinson, others who emulate and embody Dr. King’s bravery, service & humanitarianism. 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. (607) 547-7200. • The annual Cabin Fever film series opens with showing of the Oscar-nominated Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman’ (R, 2019). Free, donations accepted. Friday, Jan. 17. 6:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. film. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Info (607) 547-1400. • Kids can learn the fun of bowling with instructors Gus Lampo, professional bowler and Art Rigas, long-time high school bowling coach. Cost, $10/child for shoes & 3 games. Thru 3/28. 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, Holiday Lanes, 5198 St. Hwy. 23, Oneonta. Info (607) 287-2540. • Author Tom Travisano presents illustrated discussion of his travels exploring life of Elizabeth Bishop, the subject of his new book ‘Elizabeth Bishop: Her Artistic Development.’ 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Info (607) 432-1980.

Lynn Briggs, right, owner of Batter Up, The Cooperstown Cake Company, cuts slices of cake alongside her assistant Kayla Banner, Hartwick, at Foothills’ Wedding Expo.

Brides Pack Foothills Wedding Expo – Then, Bargains Galore “But there were a lot of people waiting!” And it was worth ONEONTA the wait. The bridal shop was fter the packed offering its first “Bag Foothills WedO’Bargains” sale as ding Expo 2020 part of Marry Mingle Sunday, Jan. 12, Linda Franklin’s Isabel Kagen After-Party to the Hover arrived at Rain- and Angela Moore look Foothills event. bow’s End Weddings & at Farmers’ Museum The rules were simple More to find more than wedding offerings. – buy a tote bag two dozen brides waitfor $5 at the annual ing for her in the parking lot. Wedding Expo, and at the party “We didn’t know how many everything you can fit inside is $99. people would be here,” she said. Please See BRIDES, B3 By LIBBY CUDMORE


Pine Apple Cheese Still Gives Milford Bragging Rights Unique Delicacy Heralded Far And Wide For Decades By LIBBY CUDMORE MILFORD


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Local historian Jim Havener examines two models of Milford’s once-famous Pine Apple Cheese displayed at the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center.

n the Town of Milford website lies one line of historical mystery: “Home of the Once Famous Pine Apple Cheese.” Not pineapple-flavored cheese. Not cottage cheese with pineapple. Pine Apple Cheese. “Pine Apple Cheese was an aged, mild cheddar that was wrapped in a crocheted bag and sprayed with an orange shellac,”

Once a Milford claim to fame, Pine Apple Cheese is still a fond local memory.

said Jim Havener, a Milford historian. “But when you unwrapped it, it looked just like a pineapple.” In addition to running the Please See CHEESE, B3


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Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday that honors the United States’ famous civil-rights activist. In 1963, Dr. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech before a quarter million people during the peaceful march on Washington, D.C. He then became the youngest man, at 35, to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. He continued fighting for civil rights and against poverty until an assassin’s bullet ended his life on April 4, 1968.






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►Thursday, Jan. 16 HISTORY – 1:15 p.m. Presentation “History On Ice” by Liz Callahan of Hanford Mills. Learn past, present ice harvesting. Cooperstown Senior Center, behind St. Mary’s Church, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown. HISTORY – 7 p.m. Tim Duerden presents ‘A Photographic Tour of Early 20th Century Franklin.’ Franklin Free Library, 334 Main St., Franklin. 607-829-2941. CLASSIC FLIX – 7 p.m. Showing ‘True Grit’ (1969). Tickets, $6/person. Walton Theater, 30 Gardiner Pl., Walton. 607-865-6688.

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Tap.” Cost, $3/person. Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta. FILM SERIES – 6:30 p.m. Cabin Fever film series opens with ‘Rocketman’ (2019) Dir. Dexter Fletcher. Free, donations accepted. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607547-1400. THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Orpheus Theater presents Frozen Jr. Cost, $15/person. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-432-1800. PRESENTATION – 7:30 p.m. Hear from Kathryn Davino on amazing birds on Heron Island & Lamington National Park from 2018 trip to Australia. Free, open to public. Refreshments served. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-397-3815.

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BIRD COUNT – 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Participate in Statewide waterfowl count with Delaware-Otsego Audubon society. Count & identify area waterfowl to aid management for coming year. Call Andy Mason to volunteer 607-652-2162. WINTER LIVING – 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Annual event includes horse-drawn sleigh ride, snowshoe hike, human bird feeders, demonstrations by environmental conservation officers, live music, maple sugar treats, vendors, more. Rogers Environmental Education Center, 2721 St. Rt. 80, Sherburne. 607-674-4733. TUBING – 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Have fun tubing down a hillside. Tubes provided. Cost, $5/person. Warming hut with hot cocoa, snacks available for sale. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Co. Rt. 31, Cooperstown. 607-547-8662.



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BOWLING LEAGUE – 1 - 3 p.m. Bring the kids to have fund & learn to bowl with instructor Gus Lampo, professional bowler, Art Rigas, long-time high school bowling coach. Cost, $10/child for shoes & 3 games. Thru 3/28. Holiday Lanes, 5198 St. Hwy. 23, Oneonta. 607-287-2540. AUTHOR READING – 2 - 3:30 p.m. Author Tom Travisano presents illustrated discussion of his travels exploring life of Elizabeth Bishop, the subject of his new book ‘Elizabeth Bishop: Her Artistic Development.’ Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-432-1980. FILM – 6:30 & 9 p.m. Presenting “Zombieland: Double Tap.” See Friday Listing. THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Orpheus Theater presents Frozen Jr. See Friday Listing.

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►MONday, January 20 Dr. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. DAY CELEBRATION – 9 a.m. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with guided tours featuring Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Jackie Robinson, others who emulate Dr. King’s service & humanitarianism. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200. HISTORY – 2 - 4 p.m. View archival photographs of past community notables, historic views of the town. Edmeston Museum, 1 North St., Edmeston. E-mail CELEBRATION – 6:30 p.m. Interfaith worship service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8401. DOCUMENTARY – 7 - 9 p.m. Showing ‘King In The Wilderness’ depicting the final chapters of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he deals with criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. Discussion to follow. Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta. COMEDY – 9 - 10 p.m. Enjoy performance by Jonathan Burns, known for his flexibility, curiosity, and goofiness. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta.


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Slide down a hillside on a tube. See Saturday Listing. FILM – 1, 6:30 & 9 p.m. Presenting “Zombieland: Double Tap.” See Friday Listing. CELEBRATION 2 - 4 p.m. Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with NAACP featuring songs from the Civil Rights movement, speech from Gary Herzig, NY Attorney General Letitia James, the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, more. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. BOOK LECTURE – 2 p.m. Local author T.M. Bradshaw presents ‘Ned Buntline: So Much Larger Than Life’ detailin OtsegO COunty ing the colorful, outrageous, ofttimes legendary adventures of an American paradox to start Hobart Winter Respite Lecture Series. Free, open to public. Refreshments served. Liberty Rocks Books LLC, 678 Main St., Hobart. 607-538-

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►Tuesday, January 21 BOOKMOBILE – Check out the mobile library. 9:30-9:50 a.m. Town Hall, 3966 NY-23, West Oneonta. 10:10-10:50 a.m. Little Lambs Children Center, 383 Co Rd 11, Oneonta. 12:20-12:45 p.m. Methodist Church, 811 Co Rd 26, Fly Creek. 1:15-1:35 p.m. Methodist Church, 2343 NY-205, Mt Vision. 2:10-2:30 p.m. Firehouse, 116 County Rd 4, Wells Bridge. or call 607-723-8236

►Wednesday, Jan. 22 SOUP TO GO – 4 - 5 p.m. Stop by for free, homemade soup with neighbors. No age, socio-economic, or church membership requirement. Just because we’re neighbors. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-6552. INTERNATIONAL NIGHT – 5:30 - 9 p.m. Enjoy 3-course international-themed dinner. Experience flavors from around the world. This week, try food from Russia. Cost, $20/person. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 607-547-9931.

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CHORAL SOCIETY will hold auditions Thursday, January 23 between 5 and 6:30 pm at at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 12 Ford Avenue, Oneonta for our spring concert led by G. Roberts Kolb. All voices are welcome and tenors and basses are always needed. Sight reading not required. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7 to 9:30 pm at Unitarian Universalist Society in Oneonta. ATSKILL

To schedule an audition, please phone 607 431-6060, option 2 Bringing the hills alive with music for over four decades.

BOOKMOBILE – Check out the mobile library. 10-10:30 a.m. Schenevus Valley Lodge, 4 Main Street, Schenevus. 10:45-11:30 a.m. Fire Station, 1812 County Highway 34, Westford. 12:30-1 p.m. a.m. First Christian Church, 1160 State Highway 165, South Valley. 1:15-2 p.m. a.m. Town Hall, 3717 County Highway 35, Middlefield. or call 607-723-8236 SERVICES – 1:30 p.m. Learn about program & services provided by the Department for Aging. Coopersrtown Senior Center, behind St. Mary’s Church, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown. EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 5 - 7 p.m. Celebrate exhibit ‘Catching Light: 3 Glass Artists’ on show through 3/20. Featuring works by Halvorson, Fred Tschida and David Wilson who use different techniques. Includes artist talk at 6, refreshments, live music by SUNY Oneonta Jazz Ensemble. Free, open to public. Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2445.

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Wedding Expo Jammed, Then Brides Head Out To Seek Bargains Galore BRIDES/From B1 “If you can get a wedding dress in there, it’s yours!� said Rainbow End’s owner Norah Doyle. “The bags are big, so you really can fit a lot in there.� Seventy-five wedding dresses were placed on the bag-eligible rack, as well as dresses for bridesmaids and mothers-of-the-bride. There were also prom and other formal gowns, and tuxedos, shoes, veils, and jewelry. “I was inspired by other bridal shops in my network,� said Doyle. “Someone had done it as a Black Friday special, but I thought it would be perfect for after the wedding show, and I asked if I could steal her idea!� Additionally, more than 100 gowns not eligible for the bag sale were marked down to $99-$199. “It’s a great way to clear out inventory and make room for the new designs,� she said. Within the first half-hour of

the Wedding Expo, Doyle had already sold a dozen bags, and by the end of the show, had almost sold out. “We had such a positive reaction at Foothills,� she said. “I didn’t know how many bags to bring, but I only came back with five.� The annual Wedding Expo drew more than Ian Austin/ 200 registered Oneonta’s Ajare Malcom and Anesh Doyle of King’s Kakery Pastery Shop in brides and their Oneonta, put out cupcakes for guests at wedding parties to the Rainbow’s End After-Party. the atrium. “There were a whole bunch And some vendors were even of new vendors and looking ahead to after the Big Day. venues,� said Geoff Doyle, opera“Keller Williams called and asked tions manager. “Ailish Floral, if it made sense for them to set up August Lodge, Stonewall Events a table,� he said. “They said that and Creekside Station were all after you get married, the next big new this year.�


step is to buy a house and have a baby, and they wanted to be the buy-the-house part!� And the brides were all-toohappy to show off their packing skills in an unspoken contest to see who could get the most for their money. “I found five bridesmaid’s dresses, a rehearsal dinner dress, a tiara, jewelry, a cake cutter and a ring bearer pillow!� said Emily West, a bride-to-be from Franklin. “I had ordered a ring bearer pillow online, but the order got cancelled.� Though she had already purchased her wedding dress from Rainbow’s End, Missy White still had a few things to pick up for her big day. “I got a veil, a headband and a cake cutter, as well as my rehearsal dress, three dresses for other weddings and events,� she said. “I’m planning ahead!� Other brides, who had already bought their wedding gowns,

stocked up on accessories. “I bought a party dress, padded hangers for my bridesmaids’ dresses, slippers and necklaces,� said Marisa Gray. “We went to the expo first, and it’s a really nice chance to spend time with my future mother-in-law.� “This is such a great shop,� added her future Mother-in-Law, Ann Marie Deforest. And some brides didn’t stop at one bag. “I’ve got six dresses over two bags,� said Caitlin Cole. “Plus my veil and a belt.� The event also featured food, games, a selfie station and models showing off some of this year’s new gowns – in case you didn’t find your dress on the racks. But if you missed out, worry not – Doyle plans to hold another one. “People had a really good time,� she said. “It takes awhile to restock, but who knows – maybe I’ll have the next one on Black Friday!�

‘There Were Hundreds Of Cheese Factories, But None Like Pine Apple Cheese’ CHEESE/From A1 Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta, Havener travels the state collecting images for The Farmers’ Museum’s Ploughline photo collection. “In over 20,000 images, this is the only really distinctive cheese factory I’ve come across,� he said. In 1903, businessman Oscar Weatherly and his son-in-law, Stuart Haight, purchased the building between the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad and what is now the Cooperstown Brewing Company, and dubbed it the Haight Cheese Company. “It was already a butter factory owned by David Wilber,� Havener said. “So not only was he very involved in establishing banking and funding for

Oscar Weatherly examines 18-ounce Pine Apple Cheese “large gems� in 1905 in the shellac room of his Milford cheese-making plant.

these projects, he was also instrumental in building the railroad that they used.� It was a community effort. In addition to employing the men of Milford in the factory,

Weatherly and Haight used the railroad next door to bring in milk from the local dairy farmers. And they hired women to crochet the bags that gave the cheese its distinctive

pineapple-patterned look before the railroad was then used to ship the cheeses to market. “It was really a community-based business,� said Havener. “It was the heyday of dairy, so farmers would bring their milk to be processed, and I imagine a woman could knit a couple dozen bags a day,� And she would have to. At its peak, the plant produced 500 cheeses a day, in sizes ranging from “Little Gem� to the 18-ounce “Large Gem� to “Family Sized,� but all of them were labelled “fancy.� Two of those bags – wrapped around prop cheeses – are on display at the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center, home of the Milford Historical Society,

along with interior and exterior photos of the plant. Word of the “Princess of Cheeses,� as it was called, spread. One 1907 photo shows a room of more than 100 hanging cheeses ready for shipping. “This is only a few of the cheese,� the caption says, “but you get the idea of it.� “Milford soldiers stationed overseas in World War I reported that they would open their rations and find a Pine Apple Cheese,� said Havener. “How it got to the trenches of France is a really interesting aspect to the story.� In addition to the Pine Apple Cheese, Haight also made cream cheese, Neufchatel and American cheese, as well as selling “grated cheese in bottles,� according to one

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By Raising $236,000 In 2019, Shelter Receives Another $30,000 From Benefactor VITULLO/From A1 $10,000 for every $100,000 raised, with a maximum of $20,000. In all, the animal shelter raised $236,420, making it eligible to receive a total $30,000. “People care so much and they really stepped up,” she said. “We had three ways people could donate; to the Emergency Medical Fund we set up after we got Zoe, the Save-a-Life fund and our Capital Campaign.” In thanks for everything that Vitullo has done for the shelter, Haynes announced the Welcome & Adoption Center will be named for the Staffworks founder.

“Anita alone has helped us leverage an incredible amount of money,” said Haynes. Last December, Vitullo offered a $10,000 matching grant, which spurred $75,000 in donations, and at the awards presentation in January 2019, she gave an additional $10,000 “high performers” grant to the shelter. Vitullo’s generosity continued. In April, she announced the “Shelter Us” campaign, which would match contributions up to $250,000, adding $500,000 to the coffers. “These sorts of financial contributions make a huge differ-



Legal nOtice Otsego County GOP Caucus The Republican Electors of the Village of Cooperstown will meet at 25 Chestnut St, Cooperstown, NY on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 9AM for the purpose of nominating candidates for the Village Election to be held on March 18, 2020 and to transact such business as may properly come before said caucus. Nominations for three positions will be made as follows: Mayor – Two-Year Term Trustee – Three-year term Trustee – Three-year term 1LegalJan.16 Legal nOtice Notice of Formation of The LyonsDen LLC. Filed with SSNY on 01/13/20. Office: Otsego County. SSNY designated as agent for process & shall mail copy to 256 Littlewood Rd, Morris, NY 13808. Purpose: Any lawful. 6LegalFeb.20 Legal nOtice Supplemental Summons and Notice of Object of Action Supreme Court Of The State Of New York County Of Otsego Action to Foreclose a Mortgage Index #: EF2019-789 Mortgaged Premises: 2547 County Highway 22 Richfield Springs, NY 13439 SBL #: 25.13 - 1 - 23.02 24.00 The Money Source Inc Plaintiff, vs Jake P. Hilts, Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Katie Jolivert, Jean Jolivert If Living, And If He/ She Be Dead, Any And All Persons Unknown To Plaintiff, Claiming, Or Who May Claim To Have An Interest In, Or General Or Specific Lien Upon The Real Property Described In This Action; Such Unknown Persons Being Herein Generally Described And Intended To Be

Included In Wife, Widow, Husband, Widower, Heirs At Law, Next Of Kin, Descendants, Executors, Administrators, Devisees, Legatees, Creditors, Trustees, Committees, Lienors, And Assignees Of Such Deceased, Any And All Persons Deriving Interest In Or Lien Upon, Or Title To Said Real Property By, Through Or Under Them, Or Either Of Them, And Their Respective Wives, Widows, Husbands, Widowers, Heirs At Law, Next Of Kin, Descendants, Executors, Administrators, Devisees, Legatees, Creditors, Trustees, Committees, Lienors, And Assigns, All Of Whom And Whose Names, Except As Stated,Are Unknown To Plaintiff, Paul Spencer, Thomas C. Knapp, Clifford Reed & Sons, Inc., People Of The State Of New York, United States Of America Acting Through The IRS, John Doe (Those unknown tenants, occupants, persons or corporations or their heirs, distributees, executors, administrators, trustees, guardians, assignees, creditors or successors claiming an interest in the mortgaged premises.) Defendant(s). To the Above named Defendant: You are hereby summoned to answer the Complaint in this action, and to serve a copy of your answer, or, if the Complaint is not served with this Supplemental Summons, to serve a notice of appearance, on the Plaintiff(s) attorney(s) within twenty days after the service of this Supplemental Summons, exclusive of the day of service (or within 30 days after the service is complete if this Supplemental Summons is not personally delivered to you within the State of New York). In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the Complaint. The Attorney for Plaintiff has an office for business in the County of Erie. Trial to be held in the County of Otsego. The basis of the venue designated above is the location of the Mortgaged Premises. TO Jean Jolivert, Defendant In this Action. The foregoing Supplemental Summons is served upon you by publication, pursuant to an order


of HON. Michael V. Coccoma of the Supreme Court Of The State Of New York, dated the Ninth day of January, 2020 and filed with the Complaint in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Otsego, in the City of Cooperstown. The object of this action is to foreclose a mortgage upon the premises described below, dated April 11, 2017, executed by Jake P. Hilts to secure the sum of $265,735.00. The Mortgage was recorded at Instrument Number 2017-1681 in the Office of the Otsego County Clerk on April 11, 2017. The mortgage was subsequently assigned by an assignment executed March 29, 2019 and recorded on April 3, 2019, in the Office of the Otsego County Clerk at Instrument Number 2019-1454; The property in question is described as follows: 2547 COUNTY HIGHWAY 22, RICHFIELD SPRINGS, NY 13439 NOTICE YOU ARE IN DANGER OF LOSING YOUR HOME If you do not respond to this summons and complaint by serving a copy of the answer on the attorney for the mortgage company who filed this foreclosure proceeding against you and filing the answer with the court, a default judgment may be entered and you can lose your home. Speak to an attorney or go to the court where your case is pending for further information on how to answer the summons and protect your property. Sending a payment to your mortgage company will not stop this foreclosure action. YOU MUST RESPOND BY SERVING A COPY OF THE ANSWER ON THE ATTORNEY FOR THE PLAINTIFF (MORTGAGE COMPANY) AND FILING THE ANSWER WITH THE COURT. DATED: January 10, 2020 Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney(s) For Plaintiff(s) 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 The law firm of Gross Polowy, LLC and the attorneys whom it employs are debt collectors who are attempting to collect a debt. Any information obtained by them will be used for that

ence,” Haynes said. Although the SQSPCA’s original goal was $2 million, additions to the planned project have pushed the fundraising goal to $5 million, of which they now have $3.3 million. “We’ve had a lot of support, and we’re so grateful,” said Haynes. “But it’s always challenging. We’re trying to raise money for our capital campaign, but also we need to raise funds for our annual operations, keeping the lights and heat on and the animals fed.” Additionally, changes to the design and location of the shelter have added costs. “We changed



purpose. 4LegalFeb.6

Legal nOtice Notice of Formation of FURVENT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the NY Secretary of State on 1/6/20. The office of the LLC is to be located in Otsego County. The Secretary of State has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon it to: The LLC, PO Box 21, Gilbertsville, NY 13776. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful act. 6LegalFeb.20 Legal nOtice NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids will be received as set forth in instructions to bidders until 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at the NYSDOT, Contract Management Bureau, 50 Wolf Rd, 1st Floor, Suite 1CM, Albany, NY 12232 and will be publicly opened and read. Bids may also be submitted via the internet using A certified cashier’s check payable to the NYSDOT for the sum specified in the proposal or a bid bond, form CONR 391, representing 5% of the bid total, must accompany each bid. NYSDOT reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Electronic documents and Amendments are posted to doing-business/opportunities/const-notices. The Contractor is responsible for ensuring that all Amendments are incorporated into its bid. To receive notification of Amendments via e-mail you must submit a request to be placed on the Planholders List at const-planholder. Amendments may have been issued prior to your placement on the Planholders list. NYS Finance Law restricts communication with NYSDOT on procurements and contact can only be made with designated persons. Contact with non-designated persons or other involved Agencies will be considered


a serious matter and may result in disqualification. Contact Robert Kitchen (518)457-2124. Contracts with 0% Goals are generally single operation contracts, where subcontracting is not expected, and may present direct bidding opportunities for Small Business Firms, including, but not limited to D/W/MBEs. The New York State Department of Transportation, in accordance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federallyassisted programs of the Department of Transportation and Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 200, Title IV Program and Related Statutes, as amended, issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all who respond to a written Department solicitation, request for proposal or invitation for bid that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability/handicap and income status in consideration for an award.

the location of the shelter and decided to build a new thrift store,” she said. “And we’re adding a community room.” The community room was inspired by both necessity and generosity. “We’ve had kids who, for their birthdays, instead of presents, ask people to donate to the shelter,” she said. “And they want to have their parties here or just sit and visit with the animals, and we don’t have a space.” Similarly, staff meetings and trainings are held in the lobby of the cramped former motorcycle shop. “We want people to be able to


$20,000.00), Goals: DBE: 0.00% 2LegalJan.23 Legal nOtice Notice of Formation of 36 GROVE STREET, LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 11/26/19. Office: Otsego County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o Bondi Iovino & Fusco, 1055 Franklin Avenue, Suite 206, Garden City, NY 11530. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 6LegalFeb.13 Legal nOtice NOTICE TO BIDDERS

Please call (518)457-2124 if a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the letting.

Sealed bids will be received as set forth in instructions to bidders until 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, February 06, 2020 at the NYSDOT, Contract Management Bureau, 50 Wolf Rd, 1st Floor, Suite 1CM, Albany, NY 12232 and will be publicly opened and read. Bids may also be submitted via the internet using A certified cashier’s check payable to the NYSDOT for the sum specified in the proposal or a bid bond, form CONR 391, representing 5% of the bid total, must accompany each bid. NYSDOT reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Electronic documents and Amendments are posted to doing-business/opportunities/const-notices. The Contractor is responsible for ensuring that all Amendments are incorporated into its bid. To receive notification of Amendments via e-mail you must submit a request to be placed on the Planholders List at const-planholder. Amendments may have been issued prior to your placement on the Planholders list.

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NYS Finance Law restricts communication with NYSDOT on procurements and contact can only be made with designated persons. Contact with non-designated persons or other involved Agencies will be considered a serious matter and may result in disqualification. Contact Robert Kitchen (518)457-2124.



Contracts with 0% Goals are generally single operation contracts, where subcontracting is not expected, and may present direct bidding opportunities for Small Business Firms, including, but not limited to D/W/MBEs. The New York State Department of Transportation, in accordance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federallyassisted programs of the Department of Transportation and Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 200, Title IV Program and Related Statutes, as amended, issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all who respond to a written Department solicitation, request for proposal or invitation for bid that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability/handicap and income status in consideration for an award. BIDDERS SHOULD BE ADVISED THAT AWARD OF THESE CONTRACTS MAY BE CONTINGENT UPON THE PASSAGE OF A BUDGET APPROPRIATION BILL BY THE LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. Please call (518)457-2124 if a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the letting. Region 09: New York State Department of Transportation 44 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY, 13901 D264150, PIN 9TBP20, FA Proj Z240-9TBP-203, Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga Cos., Bridge Painting 2020 for Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga Counties, Bid Deposit: 5% of Bid (~ $125,000.00), Goals: DBE: 3.00% 2LegalJan.16 Legal nOtice

come here and for us to be able to show our appreciation,” she said. Haynes anticipates a March groundbreaking for the new shelter, and is in conversations with several people and organizations about possible campaigns. But she also encourages anyone who wants to donate to feel free to come by the shelter and drop off a donation in person. “We love it when people come and bring donations directly,” she said. “That way we can show them behind-the-scenes, so that when we build the new one, they’ll be able to see the difference.


Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company, (LLC) Name: COOPERSTOWN CASITAS LLC Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 11/25/2019. Office Location: Otsego County. SSNY designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: P.O. Box 1251, Cooperstown, NY 13326 Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 6LegalFeb.6 Legal nOtice Notice of Formation of Exile On Main Street, LLC Notice of formation of Exile On Main Street, LLC, a limited liability company (the “LLC”). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (the “SSNY”) on 12/17/19. Office location: Otsego County. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC, upon whom process against it may be served. The SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to the LLC, 53 Dietz Street, Oneonta, New York 13820. Purposes: any lawful activity. 6LegalJan.30 Legal nOtice Notice of Qualification of BK COFFEE ASSOCIATES, LLC Appl. for Auth. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/09/19. Office location: Otsego County. LLC formed in New Jersey (NJ) on 07/31/19. Princ. office of LLC: 178 Old River Rd., Edgewater, NJ 07020. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to William D. Callas at the princ. office of the LLC. Cert. of Form. filed with State Treasurer, State of NJ Div. of Revenue, 33 W. State St., 5th Fl., Trenton, NJ 08608-1214. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 6LegalJan.23 Legal nOtice Notice of Formation of


BEEKMAN WOODS LLC. Art/Org filed 10/7/19. Ofc loc Otsego Cty. SSNY desig. agent for svc/proc & shall mail to 24 Andrea Ln, W Sayville, NY 11796. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 6LegalJan23 Legal nOtice Notice of Formation of BUTTERNUT COTTAGE LLC, Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 12/09/2019. Office loc: Otsego County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1577 County Highway 16, Burlington Flats, NY 13315. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. 6LegalJan.23 Legal nOtice Notice of Formation of a NY Limited Liability Company Name: LINCOLN HOPKINS LLC Articles of Organization filing date with Secretary of State (SSNY) was 11 December 2019. Office location: Otsego County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and SSNY shall mail copy of process to 689 Beaver Meadow Rd, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Purpose is to engage in any and all business activities permitted under NYS laws. 6LegalJan.23 Legal nOtice Notice of Formation of M.E.B Records LLC Articles Of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY on 12/03/19 Office in Otsego County Secretary of State of NY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. Secretary of State of NY shall mail copy of process to the LLC at 19 Ford Avenue suite D, Oneonta, NY 13820. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 6LegalJan.16

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IN MEMORIAM Deacon Thomas O’Connell, 84; Served Oneonta’s St. Mary’s Church ONEONTA – Deacon Thomas P. O’Connell, 84, who served at churches in Oneonta and Cooperstown, died Jan 4, 2020 at Bassett Hospital, in Cooperstown. He was born on December 23, 1935 in Astoria, the son of Michael and Lillian (West) O’Connell. After graduating from St. John’s University 1960, and Siena College (Masters) 1963, he taught at Christian Brothers Academy (19601963), Wappingers Central School (1963-1970), and SUNY Delhi (1970-1995). At Delhi he taught English

and Philosophy and in 1977 received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 1996-2000 he taught Theology and was the department chair at Bishop McGuinness High School in Winston-Salem, N.C. He also served on the Board of Education for the Delaware Academy Central School District. In 1976 he was ordained a Catholic deacon in the Albany diocese. He served as deacon at St. Peter’s Church (Delhi), St. Mary’s (Oneonta & Cooperstown), and St. Leo’s (WinstonSalem). He also preached

or lectured at various other area churches. Born and raised in “The Big Apple”, he nevertheDeacon less truly Thomas P. enjoyed his O’Connell “Thoreau Experience” living close to nature in his beloved hills of Delaware County. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Katherine (Schuller) O’Connell; their four children, Eileen (Paul) Keating of Ithaca, Gregory

(Vicky) O’Connell of Delhi, Kristen (Tom) Ford of Ithaca , and John (Michelle) O’Connell of Wallingford, Conn.; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; a brother Michael; a sisterin-law, Eileen Walker; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Kathleen; and his brother Patrick. A funeral Mass was held Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. Mary’s Church, 39 with Rev. David Mickiewicz officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home.

Fredrick L. Hall Sr., 86; Founded Roofing Company ONEONTA – Fredrick L. Hall Sr., 86, who founded the F L Hall and Son roofing business, passed away peacefully on January 5, 2020 at AO Fox Hospital in Oneonta, NY. He was surrounded by his family. Fred was born July 1, 1933 in Westford, the oldest son of Oliver (Pete) Hall and Dorothy (Norton) Hall. He attended school in Norwich and Oneonta. Fred married Lillian Williams on December 16, 1949. Known as a hard worker Fred learned the roofing trade while working with his father.

He did a stint at Scintilla in Sidney while starting what would become F L Hall and Son in 1957. Together with his family, he ran the F L Hall and Son roofing business and the family farm. One of his favorite pastimes was to watch his Herefords out in the pasture. In his later years, he could often be seen stacking wood, mowing the grass with his Kubota and weed-whacking the fence lines with his Gator nearby. Fred is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 70 years, Lillian, and

his children: Pamela (Bill) Sands of Sidney; Donna (Don) Decker of Laurens; Fred Jr. (Andrea) Hall of Mt. Vision; Penelope Timer of Mt. Vision; and Wendy Cleaveland of Oneonta. Grandchildren Tony (Vicki), John (Annemarrie), Donald (Chris), David, Dennis (Stephanie), Casey, Jennifer (Marilyn), Crystal, Cami and Shelby. Also surviving are eight greatgrandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Fred is also survived by his sister Doris (Charles) Brooks of Norwich, niece Linda (Steve) Winston

and brother John Pearson, all of Norwich. He is also survived by a special cousin, Dean Roberts of Schenevus, as well as several in-laws and cousins. Fred was predeceased by his parents Oliver (Edith) Hall, Dorothy (Wilford) Pearson, and brother Robert. Funeral Services will be private at the family’s convenience. Committal will be in the Elk Creek Cemetery in Maryland. Arrangements are entrusted to the Bookhout Funeral Home

Lorana R. Wong, 89; LPN At Fox Hospital ONEONTA Lorana is survived – Lorana R. Wong, by her daughter, 89, a nurse at Fox Mimi and Jim Hospital for nearly Fitzgerald of NJ; two decades, passed her son Robert away on Tuesday, Wong of Oneonta; Jan. 7, 2020 at her son, John Wong Chestnut Park Rehab of Glens Falls; her and Nursing. daughter Lisa and She was born Jeff Gershman of Lorana on Sept. 22, 1930 Ohio; daughter in Wong in Central Islip, law, Darlene Wong; Long Island, the daughter grandchildren, Kayla and of Winthrop and Ruth Tyler Southard, AJ Wong, (Fleming) Reid. She married JT Wong, Sarah- and Dr. Swee Chee Wong on David Carter, Jonathan Aug. 4, 1959, in Geneseo. and Lauralynn Combe, He predeceased her on and Andrew and Sian March 4, 2012. Combe; and eight great Moving to Oneonta in grandchildren. 1971, Lorana was employed She was also predeceased for 18 years as an LPN at by her brother, Donald Reid. Fox Hospital. She was very Arrangements are active in the Fox Hospital entrusted to the Lester R. Ladies Auxiliary. Grummons Funeral Home.

Evelyn Strong, 79; Secretary At Fox Hospital For 40 Years ONEONTA – Evelyn Strong, 79, who worked at Fox Hospital for 40 years, passed away, Monday, January 13, 2020 at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta. She was born on Nov. 23, 1940 in Maryland; the daughter of Seward and Ethel (Watson) Houghton. Evelyn is survived by her significant other Victor Chicorelli, daughters, Betty (Robert) Krajcovic of Otego and Brenda (Mike) Davis, Oneonta, son Robert (Lori) Strong of St. Augustine,

Fla, four grandchildren, Catherine, Terry (Cindy), Jeffrey (Kristina), Melissa (Nate) and eight great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz Street in Oneonta with the Rev. Judith A. Thistle, officiating. A calling hour will be held from 12:30 p.m. until the service time. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home

Austin Sears, 72; Founded Leatherstocking Theatre Grandma loved her farm, her family, and playing her old guitar. Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home will take the time to find out what made your loved one special. Whether it’s finding just the right flowers, or finding a musician to play her favorite tunes on her old guitar, we’ll do what’s necessary to make her service as unique as she was.

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SEARS/From A1 40 years I knew him, it was all Cooperstown. It was all theater. That was his life. That’s what he talked about and did every day – looking for actors, soliciting scripts.” The curtain went up on July 6, 1984, inside the renovated barn on West Lake Road about a mile south of Glimmerglass Opera. The performance, Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,” played to a packed house. At the end, it poured, and cars got stuck in the mud looking to exit. “Kirn’s was coming back and forth to pull cars out,” Maggie said. The operation – an Equity company, featuring unionized professionals – continued as the Theatre Festival, then as the Cooperstown Summer Theatre & Music Festival, (bringing Linda Chesis to Cooperstown for the first time; she later spun off the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, which continues today.) In the final years, the Leatherstocking Theatre Company performed there. The Austins finally closed its doors in 2013. “When you’re on the outside looking in, you don’t realize how much work is involved,” Austin said in an interview at that time. A season included 72 performances – two matinees, five evening shows a week, “on a hand-to-mouth budget,” the founder said. “I found him so congenial,” recalled Sam Goodyear, who acted for Sears at the summer festival, and later contracted with him to use the facility for the Leatherstocking Theatre Company. “He was such a sweet-hearted person, with an amazing wry sense of humor. He was a total delight to work with, on stage and off.” Austin Sears was born on Nov. 2, 1947, in New York City, to Bernard Horatio Sears, an ivory and ostrich merchant, and the former Gustava N. Pototska. He was raised in the city, receiving his B.A. from

City College of New York’s Theater Department, then a master’s in film from Columbia. Then he immediately “became an actor. And that’s all he did,” said his wife, the former Margarita Malinova, a concert pianist whom he met in 1979. The couple had a son, Will, an Olympic skating contender, who died of a cardiac malfunction at age 20 while training in 2002. Early on, Sears performed in London at such famous venues as the Drury Lane Theatre (as Hillary McKenzie, “The Boiling Oil Machine,” 1969) and the New Vic (Dr. Seward in “Dracula,” 1973.) In 1974, he played the title role in the National Shakespeare Company’s “Hamlet,” and played King Arthur in national tours of “Camelot” in 1979 and 1983. In 1979, he made his film debut in Universal’s “Running,” a sports drama starring Michael Douglas, and later played FBI Agent Jones in “Prince of the City,” Warner Brothers, 1981.” In 1977, he had played Luke O’Hare in the PBS series, “Best of Families.” Soon after they were married, Maggie Sears recalled, the couple began

looking for a suitable barn to convert to a summer theater. Her husband had played Hamlet in a National Repertory Theater Production at Cooperstown High School, and he loved baseball. Coming to scout out Cooperstown, they drove along Route 7, then Route 28 on a “golden day. Everything was a golden color,” and they were entranced. In the summer of 1983, the young couple rented a house in the Otsego Golf Course community at the north end of Otsego Lake. It was then they discovered the barn on Drs. Cam and Mary Goodwin’s 100acre property. Ed Johnson, a realtor and well-known primitive painter, was realtor. Dennis Murray, newspaperman turned contractor and Maureen’s husband, worked with Sears to develop and implement

the renovation. Years of hard work – and fun – followed. In the 2013 interview, the couple recalled the stage’s original golden curtain, eaten by raccoons over the winter. Against expectations, “Dracula” was “a total flop.” But “No Sex, Please. We Are British,” was a sellout. Renting a house on Richfield Springs’ James Street one summer to lodge actors, neighbors complained of thespians frolicking au natural on the grounds. Mrs. Sears said her husband died of a longtime chronic condition. Not wanting to trouble friends during the holiday season, her husband received a private ceremony. At a later date, she plans to place a monument in “Will’s Garden,” and his remains will join his son’s there, a few steps from the center of his life and career. A service will be held at that time.

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MLS#122696 $199,000 Village Victorian Extraordinaire! 2,500 sq ft home plus 2-story chestnut barn, private backyard, covered porch, swimming pool w/deck. Call Kathy Fistrowicz @ 607-267-2683 (cell)

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MLS#124662 $49,000 Don’t Pay Rent! Low taxes ! Seller owned for over 52 years. Roof, boiler and water heater are under 12 years old. Move in now! Call George (Rod) Sluyter @ 315-520-6512 (cell)


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(8694) Enticing 3-BR, 3-bath pond-front home boasts luxuriant garden, spacious yard, stocked pond, fireplace and fine master suite. Gracious LR, family room, newer windows, Pergo flooring, country kitchen, laundry room. 2-car garage, patio. A gem with much to love! Cooperstown Schools.

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(8629) 3-BR farmhouse-style ranch on a lovely rural 15.90 acres w/romantic gardens, hills view. Formal DR, fireplace, gracious LR, original mill work, wood flooring. Country kitchen, main-level laundry. Garage, metal roof, enclosed porch, barn, 2-BR guest house, fencing. Edmeston Schools.

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A Cooperstown Classic! This centrally located, 5-BR, 2½-bath home has much to offer. Spacious light-filled rooms, gorgeous hardwood floors and even a summer screen porch overlooking the backyard. New roof in 2018. Home sits on an oversized lot. Walk to everything this quaint Village has to offer. Call us today to make an appointment to see this beauty! MLS#124462 $379,000 PRoPERty DEtails —73.76 acres —Private well and septic

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right across from one of the Public Access points on Goodyear Lake. Cottage features spacious front porch, working wood-burning fireplace, period kitchen and fully remodeled bathroom. Home sits on a nice level lot w/deeded lake access. Brand new roof in 2019. Purchase today and enjoy lake life by the summer.

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Hometown Oneonta 01-16-20  

The e-edition of the Hometown Oneonta for January 16, 2020.

Hometown Oneonta 01-16-20  

The e-edition of the Hometown Oneonta for January 16, 2020.