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City of The Hills Erna Morgan McReynolds Presenting At U.N. Forum


t’s been clear Financial Advisers. around here for On July 4, 2015, her some time now team-building prowthat Erna Morgan ess was feature in a McReynolds, manBarron’s cover story, aging director of “Financial Advisers: wealth management 3 Winning Teams.” Morgan at Morgan Stanley’s Erna But Tuesday, Dec. McReynolds Oneonta office, is at 6, she did herself one the top of her field. better, speaking at the Every year since 2008, United Nation’s New York she appeared on Barron’s City headquarters on a list of the Top 100 Women Please See U.N., A3





Sofia Kurban brought daughter Iliana, 2, and son Rafael, 4, to join hundreds of Oneontans for the annual Community Christmas Treelighting Thursday, Dec. 1, in Muller Plaza. For a slide show, visit



Herzig Hopes $3M Coming From Cuomo


ayor Gary Herzig is hoping $3 million to allow construction to begin in the spring on the city’s Food Hub at Market and Chestnut will be among the CFAs Governor Cuomo plans to announce Thursday, Dec. 8, at The Egg in Albany. CFAs – Consolidated Funding Applications – are the vehicles for economicdevelopment grants through the Cuomo Administration. To hear about the $3 million, plus funding for other city projects, check in by noon Thursday at


City School Enrollment Most Stable By JIM KEVLIN


NC BOCES’ annual projections based on “live births” in the past school year show enrollments will decline in all its 19 school districts – except Oneonta’s. Based on “live births” data, Oneonta High School can expect 15 percent more students 12 years from now. The county’s second-biggest high school,

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Cooperstown Central, can expect a drop of 34 percent. “In projecting demographically, institutions – two colleges and a hospital – tend to give a district stability,” said ONC BOCES Superintendent Nick Savin, referring to SUNY Oneonta, Hartwick College Please See DATA, A7

After 5 Months On Lam, Missing Cat Back Home


PUBLIC BRIEFING: A “public engagement meeting” of the city’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative Local Planning Committee is planned at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Foothills, where specific projects being considered will be detailed. Public comment welcome.

Sabrina is back in the arms of Randy and Joanne Fritz after months at large. Ian Austin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA

JOINS CITY HALL: Judy Pangman, a Lamont By LIBBY CUDMORE Engineers senior planner, has joined City Hall as director of community development, EMMONS succeeding Bill Kerbin. ive months after she escaped from her cat THE DARKEST... Days carrier outside of the will be getting longer at 5:44 Oneonta Veterinary Hospia.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21.


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County Wealth Manager Talks At U.N. Forum U.N./From A1 a panel, “The Business Case for Women’s Leadership in Public Institutions,” at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York City. “Imagine how honored I am,” Morgan McReynolds said when reached by telephone in New York. The panel was part of an afternoon of presentations and discussions organized by the U.N. Initiative on Global Gender Equality and NYU’s Women’s Initiative. McReynolds appeared on the panel with Marika Morris from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, author of “Women’s Leadership Matters,” a study of women leaders in Canadian government, and Kwellin Ellingrud, a partner in McKinsey & Co., the national consulting firm. The panel was preceded by remarks from U.N. ambassadors and envoys from Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, as well Randi Davis, director of the U.N. Development Programme’s gender team. “What we’re doing this evening is to try to bring experience from the private sector to public institutions,” Pelle Lutkin, a U.N. policy specialist, explained earlier in the day. “In particular, what are the positive outcomes of having women leaders in public institutions.” For her part, McReynolds, who was interviewed by the afternoon’s organizers before her selection, said she believes Morgan Stanley’s research seeking to determine how gender equity impacts the bottom line was of particular interest. “They’ve discovered, or learned in their analytics, that companies with women at the top tend to be less volatile,” she said. “… Women tend to plan. They tend to seek advisers. They tend to have less confidence.” On the other hand, the research is finding men are more willing to take risks. Still, questions remain. For instance, when McReynolds went through Morgan Stanley’s training 30 years ago, half the class was women, but only 16 percent of women were among the “survivors”; that proportion has remained consistent until today, she said. “I’m the only representative from the corporate world,” she said. “And I don’t think they knew that I would have, essentially, academic research to support my statements.”

After 5 Months, Cat Back Home CAT/From A1 found Oct. 26 in the backyard of Sharon Emerson’s house near the Farmhouse Restaurant in Emmons, nearly two miles from where she went missing. On May 12, Fritz was taking 3-year old Sabrina and another cat to the vet’s. “I set down her carrier, and it came apart,” he said. “She went scrambling up Cemetery Hill Road, and that was the last we saw of her.” He placed an ad in this paper and hung fliers around the area, warning people that she was missing, but very shy and shouldn’t be approached. Several calls came in spotting the wandering feline, but Fritz was unsuccessful in tracking her down. But on Sept. 11, Emerson called to say she had seen Sabrina in her backyard. “I just happened to look out the window and see her sitting in my yard,” said Emerson. “I had cut out her picture, and I recognized her pattern. I called to her, but she took off through the fence.” She called Randy Fritz, who came over and set a Save-AHeart trap twice, catching only two skunks. Emerson didn’t give up, putting out food daily, and she finally spotted Sabrina running by the fence.” Randy found a small trail under the fence, and put out the trap. Later that afternoon, he went back. “And there she was in the trap!” he said. During her time in the wild, Sabrina lost just over 2 pounds and lost part of her tail, which had been broken when she was a stray kitten. She was also treated for worms, and has since recovered from her injuries. “She’s not really a lap cat, but she’s stayed indoors since she came home,” he said.





Winning Idea For Democrats: Natural Gas For Amphenol


hink globally, act locally,” sounds great, but the global agenda doesn’t always match the local one, nor must it. A case in point is the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth going on locally since the Nov. 8 election of Donald Trump. Saturday, Nov. 19, post-election, Melinda Hardin of Cooperstown brought together what she described as “people who are concerned that some of the issues they hold really dear are going to go down the tube – like climate change, environmental regulations, women’s rights in general, and women’s health in particular.” The outcome, seconded by Democratic County chair Richard Abbate of Cooperstown, was: Rebuild the party from the ground up – town-board seat by town-board seat, then win a county Board of Representatives’ majority, then reclaim the 19th District Congressional seat from John Faso. That idea packed the county Democratic committee meeting Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Cooperstown Village Hall. But any fresh direction was quickly shattered by the anti-gas orthodoxy. According to Abbate, the question was asked: Should local Democrats write a letter to the governor either supporting, or opposing, the county board letter asking Cuomo to allow the 123mile Constitution Pipeline to go forward? The discussion became so heated that former Otsego Town Board member Julie Huntsman declared,


Democrat County Chair Richard Abbate Wednesday, Nov. 30. packed the room with party faithful (including, next to Abbate, Oneonta’s Andrew Stammel and Dan Buttermann). But an effort to rethink the issue of natural gas exploded any suggestion of new approaches.

if Democrats retreat on opposition to natural gas, she would leave the party, and she stormed out of the room, Abbate said. In a straw poll, committee members then supported, 20-2, to continue opposition to the Constitution Pipeline. • That’s global thinking. Locally, however, the burning question is: Can enough natural gas be found to ensure the future of Amphenol’s plant in Sidney? It contains the region’s last 700 mid-

dle-class-supporting manufacturing jobs, jobs that have underlaid Oneonta’s economy for a century. (Unsympathetic, Stop the Pipeline leaders say: Get tourism jobs.) Instead, the local Democrats’ best minds have been energetically fighting, not just the Constitution, but the compressor station on a pipeline proposed through Minden, wherever that is. That intellectual energy would be better used relieving local pain: too few good jobs and subsequent outmigration.

Constitution gas would supply the East Coast and be shipped overseas. But there’s a less-global alternative that would save Amphenol: simply expand NYSEG’s 37-mile line from Norwich to Sidney, then dead-end it at Oneonta, where major institutions like Fox and SUNY Oneonta are being forced to burn more expensive fuel oil every time there’s a cold snap. The global threat from natural gas is leakage at the well heads in places like North Dakota, not a

state-of-the-art line from Norwich to Oneonta. The NYSEG gas is needed now, but the project isn’t due to start for 5-10 years. If Democrats talk Cuomo into fast-tracking it – or turning the franchise over to someone like Mirabito’s Leatherstocking Gas Corp. – they would be local heroes, maybe electable, even in Unadilla. And any impact on global warming overall is negligible. You’re welcome. • Another old saw needs a fresh look: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Sure. In a democracy, though, the small group’s ideas must connect with a large group of citizens. The Trumpistas recognized “economic insecurity” as the issue of the year; and that small group beat the Republican and Democratic establishments. So local Democrats have a choice. Do they want to win town offices, seize a majority on the county board, reclaim the Congressional seat? Or do they want to save the world? The choice: purity or relevance. For now, ensure Amphenol’s future. Then go out into the countryside and talk to people. There are burning issues that would revive the party locally. It just isn’t a compressor station in Minden. NEXT WEEK: A winning idea for Republicans.


Lesson To Learn: How Rhetoric Trumps Reason To the Editor, Tom Morgan makes several excellent points in last week’s editions, how discontented voters were with the “establishment” and frustrated by a dysfunctional government. A year ago I was also fed up with incumbents, regardless which side of the aisle they were on, and promised to vote for new blood. Of course that’s only half of the problem. If only our representatives considered more of our future and less of their own. Did the election provide teachers with an opportunity to have students think through contemporary topics in civics class? Darn right, and Tom’s helpful list of questions provides a meaningful approach. And

I would add, the school psychologists should also get into the mix because there is much to consider from that perspective, too. When you get right down to it, voters didn’t vote for Trump, they voted against Clinton. Granted, both candidates had their faults, and voters were left to decide which of the lesser evils to choose. Surprisingly, they went with the one who has absolutely no track record, believing he could do what he said he would do even without explanation for how – no evidence – just promises. The psychology of this alone is worth consideration. Ask yourself why. I did by asking several “Trumpers” what they liked Please See FLEISHER, A6


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Resist New President’s Excesses, While Addressing Real Grievances To the Editor: Many community members are stunned and confused by the election. How could this have happened? How could a brash, vulgar, and politically inexperienced real estate developer who has made misogynistic and racist comments be elected president of the United States? Some historical background might be useful. Since the 1970s, economic policy in the United States has increasingly favored the rich at the expense of the middle and lower classes. By the 1990s, both Republicans and Democrats were solidly behind what came to be known as globalization, a series of trade agreements backed up by deregulation, tax breaks and corporate subsidies at home. A flood of jobs went overseas, and a relatively small group – the notorious one percent – became ultra-rich.

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To the Editor: We are very fortunate to have MacGuire Benton stepping up to chair the Otsego County Young Democrats. I A larger group of clients, executives, pro- am sure the new chairman fessionals, consultants, developers, techniwill continue the success of cians and specialists also did very well by the past two chairpersons, adapting to the new economy, especially in Aidan Macaluso and Maria its still-expanding health, tech and internet Noto, in attracting young sectors. But as traditional jobs migrated men and women into the overseas or were automated, the Democratic Party. one-time vast American middle MacGuire is a proven class dependent on manufacturing leader who has shown the imploded. Small businesses were willingness and understandalso hit hard as big-box retailers ing of the issues, and the and internet companies offering desire to lead his fellow cheap imports wiped out many students, and bring all sides mom-and-pop operations. together on important issues Many of the dispossessed were facing our community. I am white Americans rooted in tradilooking forward to worktional values. At the same time, a movement ing with him and the Young for social justice for minorities ignored the Democrats in fighting for problems of the dispossessed and even ridi- the issues facing our county, culed (“rednecks,” “yahoos”) their cultural state and country. values. RICHARD ABBATE Perhaps most important, the dispossessed Cooperstown Please See KUZMINSKI, A6


Imagining Smalltown Life, Long Ago From Far Away


uring my mother’s last illness – she’d already had one mastectomy – my sisters Janet and Gita and I would get home from school and lie on her bed. Our parents’ room was a cool, air-conditioned refuge from the tropics outside, and she would read to us out loud from whatever she was reading. Michener’s “Hawaii,” for one, although she skipped over the spicy parts, and Conrad Richter’s trilogy, “The Awakening Land” – “The Trees,” “The Fields” and “The Town.” Maybe it was in “The Town” – or was it a dream, as so many memories of decades ago are turning out to be? – where the mother raised turkeys, hoping to add to the family income at Thanksgiving. When it came, the price was so low she decided not to sell the

Rita Thabault marries Jim Kevlin, her “cute Irish boy.”

birds. Soon, the kids were swapping turkey sandwiches in their lunch buckets for anything else.

Living overseas, turkey was a oncea-year treat, delicious and rare. Imagine, turkey sandwiches every day? Heaven, we kids would think. Mom was raised in Winooski, Vt., one of 11 children of the French-Canadian doctor, and so much sounded heavenly from half the globe away. During the Depression, her little brother Wilfrid coming home barefoot from grammar school: He had given away his shoes to a classmate. Or serious Paul, later an Augustinian, balancing on a rail with a box of clams he was bringing home for the family’s dinner, only to spill it all on the tracks. Oh, my, we kids would think, and laugh hilariously. Or, the day after school let out, Mémère moving the four brothers and Please See 100TH, A5







125 Years Ago

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150 Years Ago

News Items. The tunnel on the Albany & Susquehanna Railroad will be finished on the first of June next. It will be 2,200 feet long, the longest tunnel in the State. Nearly 1,500 feet are already finished, leaving only 700 feet to dispose of. This is the most expensive bit of work on the road. Old John Bell is out on a deer hunting expedition, has stopped drinking whiskey excessively, and is in very good health. John Thomas, a carpenter of Franklin, Pennsylvania, having fallen heir to $30,000 went on a grand spree, and died of delirium tremens. The Normal Schools – The Commissioners have announced their decision as to the location of the four new Normal Schools – one at Potsdam with a proviso that if certain terms are not fulfilled then the same offer goes to Plattsburgh; another at Cortland, but in case of failure to comply, etc., the offer goes to Homer; a third to Fredonia, but in case of failure to comply, the same to go to Buffalo, if the sum of $100,000 be raised; a fourth at Brockport – in case of failure – to Geneva. December 1866

100 Years Ago

The students of the Oneonta High School, who have been rehearsing under the direction of Miss Ruth Thomas, will present the play “Katy Did,” by Gladys Ruth Bridgemen at the Woman’s Club Auditorium on Friday evening. The play is an interesting contrast of bygone days with those of the present. The scene of the play is in a room of the ancestral home of Katherine Bradford in 1774 at Madame LaGrae’s Seminary. The time of the prologue and epilogue is in the spring of 1916. Members of the cast are: Jonathan Edwards Bradford – Damon Getman; Richard Pendleton – Earl Clapp; Lloyd Evermonde – Crosby Seybolt; Madame Cecilia LaGrae – Jane Gorton; Anne Rideout – Elizabeth Brownell; Penelope Taylor – Mary Lauren; Hope Winthrop – Kathleen Van Cleft; Stephen and Marie, children of Madame – Willard Tarbox and Beatrice Suffern; Margaret Calhoun – Dorothea 100TH/From A4 seven sisters down to the camp on Malletts Bay for the summer – swimming, fishing, dreaming until the day before school started again. Pépère would drive the buckboard down from town every evening, but – with emergencies common – never stayed the night. She never saw her father in anything but a shirt, tie and three-piece suit. An undergrad at UVM, Mom and sister Lucille would walk home through snow drifts in the late afternoon. Seeing their father driving down the hill toward them from Mary Fletcher, they would wave their arms furiously. But, preoccupied, he would always drive right by. Her stories of small-town life, the American ideal imagined from far away, eventually brought me to Otsego County, to The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, fulfilling a lifelong dream – how wonderful! – of owning a newspaper in a country town. Mom intended to teach and, after graduating in 1939, got a job in a tworoom school – near Bellows Falls, I think. She didn’t enjoy maintaining discipline, and after one semester moved in with sister Bea and her husband Ran in New York City, joining Hoffman- LaRoche as a lab chemist in Clifton, N.J. After The War, she met a “cute Irish boy,” she wrote home to her parents. They married in 1949. Janet followed, then me, then Gita in 1955 in Mexico City – by then, my father was working overseas for Colgate Palmolive. Later, her brothers and

Glasgow; and Katherine Pendleton – Aurelius Trauger. December 1916

80 Years Ago

Oneonta stores are breaking in inexperienced help for what they expect will be the prize holiday rush of recent years. Most of the stores have exhausted reserve employee lists and from now until Christmas their staffs will be augmented. Not only are chain stores going to employ scores of extra help this year, but they will distribute hundreds of dollars in Christmas bonuses to regular employees. Some of the clerks will receive from one to two and-a-half week’s extra salary, according to their length of service. Chain stores planning to distribute a bonus this year include the W.T. Grant Co., F.W. Woolworth, S.S. Kresge, J.C. Penney and Newberry’s. Preparing for the year’s wind-up the Oneonta Department Store will employ over 25 new clerks to augment the regular staff of 80 men and women, according to F.H. Bresee. December 1936

60 Years Ago

George Taylor of Stamford was guest speaker at “Farmers’ Night” at the Franklin Rotary Club. He spoke on “Individualism is Collective.” Since World War I, there has been more and more combining of everything, away from individualism,” Mr. Taylor said. “This is illustrated by the automobile production, mass efforts and productions in other lines, the super-state, the centralization of schools where all directives for the organization originate in an all-powerful State Education Department,” he continued. “All this takes away from the local taxpayer and citizen who has less and less to say and more and more to pay. Collectivism is threatening the individual farmer, especially the small farmer who is being gradually pushed out. The results of this growth of individualism being collective are apparent.” Mr. Taylor offered no conclusions or solutions. Franklin Rotary President E. Carroll Johnson announced that Truman Teed will

entertain the Rotary at the next meeting by showing slides taken while in the service in Europe. December 1956

40 Years Ago

Oneonta School District officials are defending their ban on the use of so-called “success cards” which are handed out by teachers to students who have done outstanding work in the classroom. Leaders of the Oneonta Teachers Association (OTA) which sponsors the program said they were designed to be “another form of communication between parents and teachers,” and were not designed as “a form of advertising the OTA. School Superintendent Edward S. Onody and attorney Joseph T. Pondolfino, Jr., said the cards could not be allowed in school because it is important to differentiate teachers acting in their capacity as teachers and in their capacity as union members. December 1976

20 Years Ago

More than 1,500 Otschodela Council Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and their adult leaders participated in the recent “Scouting for Food Drive.” The drive netted more than 48,000 food and supply items for area food banks. The project involved Scout Troops and Packs in 42 different communities in Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties going door-to-door with requests for food donations. December 1996

10 Years Ago

SUCO students want to save the stock of goldfish in the Hunt Union pond. Recently, SUCO workers partially emptied the 8-9 foot-deep pond to repair a fountain and an overfill drain. Students believe the Hunt Union pond fish are former pets freed from dormitory fish bowls. A goldfish discussion group on the networking site Facebook.com formed last week with the goal of saving the fish had acquired 324 posts by Monday. December 2006 December 1891

Imagining Smalltown Life, Long Ago From Far Away sisters would always tell us, “Rita was our favorite.” She was fun. She was kind. She was loving. We kids could understand that. During years in the Far East, she would let families living in huts down the street get water from our outside faucets, and a line of Tamil women would form daily. She volunteered at an orphanage for Chinese girls, and one year hosted a Christmas party. When the girls left, they cried, and mom cried into the evening, so heartbroken Pop forbid her from doing it again. (Husbands could do that sort of thing in those days.) The ex-pat community was social, and she and Pop would be out several nights a week. I remember her in tight, Thai silk dresses, stiletto heels, heading out for an evening, Pop looking very smart in his tailored suits. Today, Chanel No. 5 still brings her memory vividly back. She came home starved from her first nine-course Chinese banquet; the only utensils were chopsticks. Never again: The next day, she had dis-assembled my sisters’ plastic dolls and,

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chopsticks in hand, was moving the little arms and legs from here to there, and there to here. The trouble started young, with a cataract operation in the early 1960s; she was hospitalized for a week, her head held immobile between two cinderblocks while her eye recovered. Then, glasses with Coke-bottle lenses. Then, the prosthesis, which she made out to be a bit of a joke to us kids, bouncing it like a beanbag. When cancer returned, Pop asked for a temporary assignment back in New York City, so Mom would be near family in those final months. It was denied, he resigned and we all headed back to Jersey, starting school at Our Lady of the Valley that September. She died on Nov. 11, 1965. There was an open casket. In our minds, my sisters and I understood she was gone. But hearts deceive. Years later, in a dream, I

was walking on a sidewalk in London and there she was, vivid as ever, on the other side. She looked at me calmly, kindly, then continued on her way. “Mom,” I called out, “Mom,” and ran after her as she turned and walked into an Underground station, looking at me as she descended, step by step. I plummeted down the stairs behind her, only to be greeted by a locked iron gate. Shaking it, I cried,

“Mom, Mom.” Waking up, I knew it was over. But was it? Decades have passed now, a half-century and more. Still, as people who have lost parents, or spouses, or children know – eventually, everyone does – life is never the same, and the memories and pain, suppressed, are always there, waiting to be evoked by a vagrant occurrence. After Thanksgiving, sitting in the dark on the

red-eye back from San Francisco – M.J. and I, celebrating with both sons, John and Joe, and with our first grandchild, John and Meg’s Kyla, were thinking ahead, not back – came the jolt: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, would be Rita Thabault Kevlin’s 100th birthday. Happy birthday, Mom. Of course, I’ll never forget you. Jim Kevlin is editor and publisher of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal.

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KUZMINSKI/From A4 classes also lost their political voice. The major political parties were captured by the ultra-rich who were increasingly able to buy political influence through campaign contributions, lobbying, revolvingdoor jobs, think tanks, political committees and media consolidation. Labor unions, the old bastion of political clout for wageearners, were busted. Politicians less and less represented their constituents; instead they more and more served the interests of their big-money contributors, without whose support they would not likely be reelected. In spite of complaints about money in politics and related abuses, many people, especially those on the winning side of globalization and the new economy, were happy enough with the status quo and assumed that “democracy” as they understood it was still working. They were blinded-sided on Election Day. Trump represents something entirely new in American politics: A demagogue rich enough to do an end run around the corporate-government oligarchy so painstakingly constructed by the globalists. He handily defeated both the Republican and Democratic party establishments and the donor class funding them by appealing directly to the dispossessed voters. The usual vetting process for national politicians was thrown out the window. As usual, the ultra-rich – from George Soros on the left to the Koch brothers on the right and the big corporations in between – continued to operate behind the scenes, supporting some candidates and blocking others, while pushing their political agendas. Instead of funding a politician

to do his bidding, Trump broke the mold by running himself. He is not likely to be the last ultra-rich oligarchic to do so. The unprecedented nature of Trump’s victory has created enormous uncertainty. Much of that uncertainty has been filled with fear. What will this man do? He is not beholden to the powers that be as were his predecessors. He is limited only by the structural constraints of government embodied in constitutional procedures, and by the kind of people he can mobilize to help him govern. His erratic and offensive comments – his often daily tweeting – charge up his base, but drive his opponents crazy. Some liberals and moderate conservatives continue to see Trump as “unfit to be president,” indeed as evil incarnate, another Hitler. They are willing, it seems, to subvert the system in order to stop him, whether it’s Jill Stein’s recount efforts or the attempt to get electors not to vote for Trump. Some folks say that the Constitution is dead and that we’re in a state of war. But going after Trump at any cost may be the best way to get the worse result. Any attempt to take away his election victory at this point would almost certainly destroy what’s left of our political system. What is important here is who will be the first to break the rules, or trash the Constitution. Trump has broken the rules of civility, to be sure, but not yet the rule of law. When the Southern states seceded from the Union, Lincoln didn’t go after them preemptively. He knew that would destroy the rule of law. He waited for them to be the first to cross the line – which they did when they fired on Fort Sumter. Trump’s critics today, like it or not, should exercise

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Cooperstown Central school board president. “We’ve been anticipating that. We don’t panic, but we certainly look at it.” While, as in many local districts, enrollment has been trending down, the CCS board has found “live births” data – a snapshot – doesn’t always bear out, Russo said. “We do have more moving in and out of the district because of Bassett,” she continued. “Sometimes, we had something like 36 live births, but we ended up with a class of 15 more than that.” Still, declining enrollment is always on school board members’ minds as they look ahead. “It’s the issue of rural schools,” Russo said. “That why we’ve had discussions about regionalization and things like that. But no one wants to lose their elementary school, because it’s what makes the community.” Shortterm, the challenge is one of management, as class size fluctuates. This year, for instance, the CCS freshman class (84) is the biggest; the smallest class is second grade (55), and the administration adjusts accordingly. For instance, fourth grade was dropped from four to three sections this year; third grade was raised from two sections to three. Teachers have recognized they need to be flexible, and the flexibility allows the school districts to ensure job security, she said. At for Yelich, he’s adjusting for challenges of growth. “The trend that we’ve seen: the kids are coming to us with significant levels of need … That means we have to have related services, personnel – we’ve got to have the help to make sure all grades are the best we can make them.”

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‘We’re Going To Remember This Day For The Rest Of Our Lives’ OUR TREE/From B1 million viewers watching on TV, up from 8 million in 2015. From their spot on 5th Avenue, Heidi Hofbauer-Buzzy and daughter Michaela watched the famous Saks 5th Avenue light show. “These windows are unbelievable!” said Heidi. On the scene, singer Tori Kelly kicked off the night with a spirited rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming To Town,” and the show continued with live performances by Sarah McLaughlin, Neil Diamond, the Penatonix and the Harlem Gospel Choir. “These brave people and performers are braving the rain to be

here tonight!” said NBC Today Show anchor Hoda Kotb, to huge applause. Several of the performances, including Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, The Rockettes and Jordan Smith, were taped ahead of time. But TV crews worked diligently to recreate the sets on the small stage in the concourse, so that when cameras panned over the audience, the stage would match. There was even a short video about the tree, detailing its journey from the Eichlers’ yard at 72 Country Club Road all the way to 30 Rockefeller Plaza. “It’s leaving

country life for the big city,” said the narrator. The Eichlers were treated like royalty, with dinner at the legendary Del Frisco’s steakhouse and plenty of entertainment before the ceremony. “Angie and Ava went to see the Rockettes,” said Graig. “Mike Bagliardo and I went up to the observation deck at the Top of the Rock.” It had been drizzling all evening, but around 8:15 p.m. the pouring rain began. It didn’t dampen the Christmas spirit. “They’re drowning our tree!” joked Linda Rae-Nichols of Oneonta. The rain lasted about 15 min-

utes. At 9 p.m., there was a drumroll, some flashbulbs from the tree, and then McKinnon, Baldwin (with his 3-year-old daughter Carmen on his hip) and Mayor Bill de Blasio pushed the button to light up the tree. “That was worth standing in the rain for,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “It made Oneonta proud.” At home, 75 people gathered at the Foothills Performing Arts Center to watch the show. “It was a really nice event,” said Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood, who was there. “It was an entertaining show, and the tree looked great.” The Eichlers’ Norway spruce tree was discovered by Master

Gardener Erik Pauze as he was driving between Andes and Morris to look at trees submitted for consideration by Rockefeller Center. On Thursday, Nov. 10, 200 people gathered to watch the tree cut down and loaded onto a flatbed truck. It arrived in New York City on the 12th and was strung with five miles of LED lights by Bill Kramer, brother-in-law of Oneonta Assistant Fire Chief Jim Maloney. It’s the second-largest tree to ever stand in Rockefeller Center, and at 14 tons, is the heaviest. “It was beautiful,” said Angie at the end of the ceremony. “We’re going to remember this day for the rest of our lives,”

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In SpIrItual preparatIon for the feaSt of ChrIStmaS the Sacrament of reconciliation (Confession) Communal PenanCe liturgy Wednesday, December 14, Noon and 6:30 pm (2 opportunities) individual Confessions Tuesday, December 20, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

mass Schedule for the Solemnity of Christmas Christmas eve Saturday, December 24, 7:30 pm Christmas day Sunday, December 25, 8:30 am and 10:30 am Please note that this schedule is different from the ordinary Sunday schedule.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO Friday, December 9

COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 3-6 p.m. Christmas Cottage, Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Info, https://cooperstownchamber.org/santas-house-incooperstown/ GAME NIGHT – 5-10 p.m. Family board game night. Serenity Hobbies, 254 Main St, Oneonta. Info, http://serenityhobbies.com/ CHRISTMAS PARADE – 6 p.m. Includes floats, music, and holiday-dressed walkers followed by the dedication of a memorial wreath and then a tree lighting and caroling at NBT Bank. There will also be a reception. Sharon Springs Central School, 514 US-20, Sharon Springs. Info, http://sharonspringschamber. com/events/ or call (518)8605513. FILM SCREENING – 6:30 p.m. “The Accountant” starring Ben Affleck. Admission, $3. Also 9 p.m. Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info, (607) 436-3730 or email huinfo@oneonta.edu THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Orpheus Theater presents the “Wizard of Oz.” Part of the ‘Orpheus Ascending’ fundraising and volunteering campaign. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine

pkwy, Oneonta. Info, http://www. orpheustheatre.org/

Saturday, December 10

COOP FARMERS MARKET – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Pioneer Alley (behind Key Bank), rain or shine. Info, (607) 547-6195, www. otsego2000.org BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – 911 a.m. Open to public. Reservations required. Call Rost 7832104, Laura 783-2452. Grange Hall, 7 Bloom St., Gilbertsville. ONEONTA SANTA – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Muller Plaza, Main St., Oneonta. WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday drink. Savory spices blended with sweet cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Info, 1-800505-6455, flycreekcidermill.com DAR MEETING – 10 a.m. Daughters of the American Revolution meeting with speaker Audrey Murray, Co-Director of the Cooperstown Food Bank. Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 46 River St., Cooperstown. SOUTHSIDE MALL SANTA – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Southside Mall, 5006 State Highway 23, Oneonta. CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Victorian themed holiday festival. Includes events throughout da: a clown show, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and “Mistletoe Moustache” humorous operetta. The Roseboro, Main St, Sharon Springs. Info, http://sha-


ronspringschamber.com/victorian-holiday-celebration-sharonsprings/ NSDAR MEETING – 1 p.m. Regular meeting followed by

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INE MOSS A/K/A KATHY MOSS, LIZABETH ROSE SHOVE, SUSAN PHILLIPPE, GARY SHOVE, JR. A/K/A GARY L. SHOVE, JR. A/K/A GARY LEE SHOVE, JR., ARTHUR WILLIAM ROOD, JR., NANETTE LYNN GRAY, Defendants. _______________ _______________ ___________________ __________________ To the above named Defendants: 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 summons, to serve a notice of appearance on the Plaintiff’s attorneys within thirty days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. 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.


This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. The foregoing summons is served upon you by publication pursuant to an order of Honorable Michael V. Coccoma, Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, signed the 20th day of October, 2016, at Cooperstown, New York. Section 300.00 Block: 3 Lot: 65.01 ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND situate in the Town of Oneonta, County of Otsego, New York and is more fully described as follows: BEGINNING at a maple tree on the north bounds of Southside Drive, which point is 243.80 feet +/- west of the property line dividing the lands of Galasso and Sutch; thence, along the bounds of Southside Drive N 76° 31” W a distance of 137.76 feet to a point; thence, along the bounds of Southside Drive N 69° 28’ W a distance of 65.04 feet to a point; thence, along the bounds of Southside Drive a distance of 0.89 feet to a point; thence, N 42° 40” E a distance of 124 feet to a point; thence S. 74° 08’ E a distance of 203.76 feet to a point; thence, S 42° 40’ W a distance of 125 feet to the point and place of beginning. Subject to easement, covenants, and restriction of record. These premises are also known as 419 Southside Drive A/ K/A 420 Southside Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820. WOODS OVIATT GILMAN LLP Attorney for Plaintiff 700 Crossroads Building 2 State Street Rochester, NY 14614 4LegalDec.8


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Saturday, December 10

SANTA TRAIN – 2-4:30 p.m. Afternoon train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpers with holiday music, goodies and refreshments. Tickets $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 for children (3-12), under 3 free. Weekends through Dec. 17., reservations required, seating limited. Boarding Milford Depot, 136 East Main St., Milford. Info, reservations, (607) 432-2429. OPERA – 12:55 p.m. “L’Amour de Loin.” The Met streaming live in HD. Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Cost $18/seniors, $20/adults, 10/students. Season pass $200. Box Office: (607) 431-2080, http://foothillspac. org/index.php/shows/metropolitan-opera-in-hd/ COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 15 p.m. (See Friday listing for details) THEATER – 2 p.m. Orpheus Theater presents the “Wizard of Oz.” (See Friday listing for details) CANDLELIGHT EVENING – 3-7 p.m. Participate in a beloved holiday tradition. The museum is decorated with greenery and candles with wagon rides, a

dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol”, arts & crafts for the kids, visits with Saint Nicholas, complimentary wassail, a bonfire on the Tavern Green, and Caroling by the Catskill Chamber Singers. The Farmers Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www. farmersmuseum.org/CandlelightEvening LASAGNA DINNER – 4-7 p.m. Presented by Franklin Central School Senior Class. $8 per adult, $5 per child. School Auditorium, 26 Institute St., Franklin. Info, http://www.franklincsd.org/ FILM SCREENING – 6:30 p.m., 9 p.m. shows. “The Accountant” starring Ben Affleck. (See Friday listing for details) THEATER – 7 p.m. Orpheus Theater presents the “Wizard of Oz.” (See Friday listing for details)

Sunday, December 11

WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fly Creek Cider Mill. (See Saturday listing for details) CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sharon Springs. (See

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Saturday listing for details) SOUTHSIDE MALL SANTA – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (See Saturday listing for details) SOUP! – 11 a.m.-2 p.m., “Second Sunday Soup,” serving homemade hot soup every 2nd Sunday of month. Takeout available. All welcome, donations appreciated. At the Polly House (next to the Fire House), Schuyler Lake. COOKIEPALOOZA – 1-3 p.m. Mix and match as many cookies as you want to support the Hartwick Fire Department and EMS. $5 for a dozen cookies. Hartwick Community Center, 450 Cty. Rd. 11, Hartwick. Info, Caren Kelsey, (607)293-7530 YULETIDE CELEBRATION – 1-4 p.m. Hunt for the Yule log and then settle in for an afternoon of arts and crafts for the whole family. SUNY Oneonta College Camp, off upper East St., Oneonta. one mile from intersection of Bugbee Rd. and East St., Oneonta. Info, 436-3455 COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 1-4 p.m. (See Friday listing for details) FILM SCREENING – 1 p.m. “The Accountant” starring Ben Affleck. (See Friday listing for details) FILM SERIES –2 p.m. “The Little Princess” (1939). Fenimore Art Museum auditorium, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown fenimoreartmuseum.org/fenimore/films THEATER – 2 p.m. Orpheus Theater presents the “Wizard of Oz.” (See Friday listing for details) SANTA TRAIN – 2-4:30 p.m. Milford (See Saturday listing for details). CONCERT – 3 p.m. “Christmas in the Catskills: Songs of the Season” the winter concert of the Catskill Chamber Singers. Unitarian Universalist Church, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, Emma Kirsch (607)433-0999, or visit http://www.catskillchambersingers.com/ DAVES FLICK PICK’S – 5-7 p.m. Presents “Spotlight” 2015 Academy award winner for best picture depicting the Boston Globes investigation of the Catholic Church. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St.,

Cooperstown, Info, http://www. villagelibraryofcooperstown. org/calendar FILM SERIES –6:30 p.m. “Indie Lens Pop-up Film Screening: Meet the Patels.” Fenimore Art Museum auditorium, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown fenimoreartmuseum.org/fenimore/films

Monday, December 12


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HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE – 4-6 p.m. Opening reception showcasing The Smithy Clay Studio Artists & Visiting Ceramicists. Exhibit thru 12/23. The Smithy, 1 Otsego Court, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-8671 or visit http:// www.smithyarts.org/


Tuesday, December 13,

FCAHS LUNCHEON – 11:30 a.m. Fly Creek Methodist Church, 811 Co Rd 26, Fly Creek. Info, http://www.fcahs.org/ KNITTING GROUP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown, http://www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar SANTA’S SECRETS – 2 p.m. Learn the Secrets of Santa’s Cooperstown Cottage with Santa. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, (607)5470600. COOKIES & COLORING – 67:30 p.m. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, http://hmloneonta.org/ PTA MEETING – 7-8 p.m. Elementary Library Media Center, 21 Walnut St, Cooperstown. Info, http://www.cooperstowncs. org/elementary-school/ HIGH SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT – 7:30-9 p.m.. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, http://www.cooperstowncs.org/

Wednesday, December 14

Chenango Arts Council located in Norwich, NY, seeks a Decentralization (New York State Council of the Arts NYSCA- DEC) Coordinator responsible for the management of the DEC Program in relation to all NYSCA guidelines and application forms. This position reports to the Executive Director and includes: implementing DEC tri-county outreach, marketing and legislative notifications, applicant seminars, technical assistance, panel facilitation, annual county cultural plan, final reports, and fulfillment of NYSCA procedural and guideline requirements. Salary commensurate to experience. To apply email: alecia.oneill@chenangoarts.org. Please place DEC GRANTS POSITION in the subject line.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT The Chenango Arts Council located in Norwich, NY, seeks an Administrative Assistant to provide support for the Executive Director, Administrative Staff, and the Board of Trustees. Qualified applicant will have: successful experience in a professional office environment with similar job responsibilities; excellent organizational ability; effective verbal and written communication skills; demonstrated ability to use PC office applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, etc.; knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office and Google apps; valid driver’s license and availability of personal vehicle to accommodate occasional errands, weekly trips to bank, and monthly trip to post office bulk mail facility; and, availability to work occasional evening and weekend special events. Salary commensurate with experience. To apply: email: alecia.oneill@chenangoarts.org. Place ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT in subject line.


CHILDREN’S STORY HOUR – 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, http://www. villagelibraryofcooperstown.

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City Manager

Oneonta’s next City Manager has an opportunity to work with a dedicated governing body, a talented management team, and an engaged citizenry. The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer, is hired by the Mayor and Common Council members, and is responsible for the overall day-to-day operations. Legislative power of the City of Oneonta is vested in the Common Council. The Mayor, who is elected to a fouryear term, presides over the Council. The eight councilmembers, who serve four-year terms, represent the ward in which they reside. Oneonta’s total FY2016 budget is $21,517,480, with a general fund budget of $15,421,050.


The City of Oneonta also has a rolling five-year capital plan.


Requirements for the position are a master’s degree in public administration and at least three years’ successful experience in a responsible executive position in government administration, or any equivalent training or combination of experience and training in municipal government. Preferred qualifications include an ICMA-CM, experience in a council-manager government, strong financial management, and a track record of success with grants, intergovernmental relations, economic revitalization, and business and civic engagement. Experience in a college town is preferred but not required. Residency is required by the charter for all officers, including the City Manager. The charter also allows the Council to waive this, if desired.

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Friday, december 9, 2016


IN MEMORIAM Adrian M. Shrodo, 51, Laurens Stone Mason LAURENS – Calling hours are Saturday, Dec. 10, for Adrian M. Shrodo, 51, proprietor of Stix-N-Stones masonry, who died on Nov. 26, 2016, at his home in Laurens. Adrian was born in Norwich, England and moved to the United States when he was two years old. Adrian was self-employed at Stix-N-Stones and had taught himself the art and construction of dry stone walls. His skillful and imaginative work can be

seen throughout the local area and will remain for many years to come as his legacy. He was also recently employed at Baillie Lumber in Sherburne. He loved animals (particularly English bulldogs), motorcycles, skiing, rock music, the color blue, and English chocolate, and he was proud of all of the members of his family. He is survived by his parents and step parents: Fiona Dejardin and her husband, Terry Slade of Schenevus;

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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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Our Chapel comfortably seats over 200. George M. Tillapaugh (1888-1913) · Revo and Anna Tillapaugh (1913-1958) George G. and Marjorie Tillapaugh (1935-1988) · Martin H. Tillapaugh (1988-Present)

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Stanley Shrodo and his wife, Virginia of Bridgewater, NJ; his brother, Neil Shrodo and his wife, Trish and their daughter, Joy of Galloway, NJ; his sister, Pamela Cohen and her partner, Michael Orrick and Pam’s son, Matthew of Bridgewater, NJ; his brother, Ben Macey and his wife, Annie and their children, Lilah, Summer & Chip of Somerville NJ; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is also survived by his faithful dog Stella. He was predeceased by his brother, Matthew Shrodo. Calling hours and a brief eulogy will be held 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Heller & Skinner Funeral Home, 155 Main St. in Worcester. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to either, Catholic Charities, 176 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820 or an ASPCA of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Heller & Skinner Funeral Home, Worcester.

Beatrice B. Loftus, 80; Music Teacher MOUNT VISION – Beatrice Bensink Loftus, 80, a music teacher for more than a half-century and longtime member of the Laurens Central school Beatrice board, Loftus passed away suddenly on No. 30, 2016, at Bassett Hospital. She was born Aug. 17, 1936, in Corry, Pa., the daughter of George and Lucille (Carroll) Bensink. Bea graduated in 1960 from Mansfield State Teachers College. A teacher for 50 years, she directed many musicals and concerts throughout her tenure. Most recently, she was the music director and council member at the Elm Park United Methodist Church in Oneonta. She is survived by her daughters and their families – Kindra, Jesse, Jordyn, Loryne and Mya Knapp of West Laurens; Kellisue, Jeffrey, Jonah and Ginger Friedman of North Hampton, N.H., and Kim Loftus and Tim Dobler of Mount Vision; her brother and sister-in-law, Gerald and Jenny Bensink and their family; her former husband and dear friend, William Loftus and his wife, Rene, of Fredonia. The funeral was held Monday, Dec. 5, at the Elm Park United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donna Martin officiating. Interment was in the Mount Vision Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Beatrice Loftus Scholarship Fund, c/o Bank of Cooperstown, 34 Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. Arrangements are entrusted to the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home.

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Hometown Oneonta 12-9-16  

E-edition of the Hometown Oneonta, December 9, 2016.