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Brother Finds Brother On ‘Wall That Heals’

MEMORIES REKINDLE TEARS

Brother Finds Brother

On ‘Wall That Heals’

John Hartner of the Oneonta Vets’ Club, top photo, helps Angelo Solvin of Margaretville look for his brother Louis’ name on “The Wall That Heals,” the replica of Washington D.C.’s Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. that arrived at Oneonta’s Neahwa Park today.  Angelo was in the Fifth Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg in 1959-64.  Louis was killed by a sniper’s bullet in Vietnam in 1968.  Angelo Solvin found the name and, in lower photo is consoled by Hartner. The wall may be viewed 24 hours a day through 4 p.m. on Monday, Memorial Day.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Paints Picture Of ‘Revitalized’ Oneonta

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Paints Picture Of ‘Revitalized’ Oneonta

Most of the imposing blocks from Oneonta’s Victorian heyday survive, and the Cuomo Administration is looking to bring back much of the bustle seen here when the city was a railroad hub.

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), outlined what the City of Oneonta plans to do with $14 million received so far from the Cuomo Administration to revitalize the Victorian-era downtown.  Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was at Foothills last Friday to outlined the half-dozen key projects chosen for funding.

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Doris L. Miller, 88, Oneonta; Criss-Crossed United States With Husband

IN MEMORIAM:  Doris L. Miller, 88, Oneonta;

Criss-Crossed United States With Husband

ONEONTA – Doris L. Miller, 88, passed away May 23, 2017 at the Bridgewater Rehabilitation in Binghamton.

She was born July 15, 1928, in Oneonta, the daughter of Fred and Nellie (Sargeant) Leonard.  Doris grew up in Laurens where she graduated from Laurens Central School.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 26

Local Food At The Regatta

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TASTE OF THE REGATTA – 6 p.m. Taste the products of local producers before the canoe regatta. General Clinton Canoe Regatta Park, Bainbridge. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2017/5/26/2nd-annual-taste-of-regatta

OPENING RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening “8×10: Recent Paintings by Edward McDaniel, Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club Fine Arts Exhibition, and the 26th Annual Essential Art Regional Juried Art show. Cooperstown Art Association. Info, www.cooperstownart.com

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Wall That Heals Arrives At Park

Wall That Heals

Arrives In County

County Rep. Len Carson, R-Oneonta, commander of the Oneonta Vets’ Club, left, Gene Schmidt of Unadilla, the Vietnam-era veteran who arranged for “The Wall That Heals” to come to Oneonta,  center, and Barry Townsend, whose brother’s name is on the wall, were present at Neahwa Park this morning at the replica of the Vietnam War Monument in The Mall arrived in Oneonta this morning.  After being set up, the Wall will be opening for public viewing, 24 hours a day, until 4 p.m. Memorial Day.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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MATHES, WHO REVITALIZED IDA, LEAVING

READ RESIGNATION LETTER

MATHES, WHO

REVITALIZED

IDA, LEAVING

Mayor Gary Herzig seeks assurances that Otsego Now will maintain its commitment to Oneonta’s DRI and the redevelopment of the D&H yards. Otsego Now board chair, Devin Morgan, sought to reassure the mayor. From left are Sandy Mathes, Morgan, Herzig and departing COO Elizabeth Horvath. Board member Sarah Harvey has her back to the camera. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

3rd Resignation Creates

Crisis For Otsego Now

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.allotsego.com

Bob Hanft was diplomatic about his resignation from the Otsego Now board. Jim Salisbury, right, was more blunt.

ONEONTA – The coup is complete.

Sandy Mathes, who revolutionized economic development in Otsego County in the past three years, has given the 90-day notice required by his contract, and will be departing as CEO of the Otsego Now organization he created by summer’s end.

As if to punctuate the end of an era, Bob Hanft of Pierstown, who chaired what was then the county IDA when Mathes was brought aboard in January 2014, and veteran board member Jim Salisbury of Otego, announced they are leaving the Otsego Now board.

Hanft, the retired J.P. Morgan managing director, was typically diplomatic, thanking his colleagues for “a great seven years,” and adding, “We always said this thing is a marathon, and it is.”

But Salisbury, a retired banker, was blunt.  “I’m done with this organization. ’Bye.”

New board member Cheryl Robinson, who chaired the board’s recently formed Reorganization Committee that proposed replacing Mathes with a full-time executive, moved to abolish the committee.  “Our mission is done,” she said.

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Mathes Resigns At Otsego Now

BULLETIN

Mathes Resigns

At Otsego Now

ONEONTA – Sandy Mathes, who as CEO of Otsego Now revolutionized economic development in Otsego County over the past three years, has resigned.  He gave the 90-day notice required by his contract, the Otsego Now board learned this morning.

DEVELOPING STORY; CHECK BACK FOR DETAILS

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Oneontan Joins Cooperstown Police

Oneontan Joins Cooperstown Police

Steve Lansing of Oneonta is sworn in as a Cooperstown police officer by Village Manager Teri Barown. Behind Officer Lansing is his father, Robert, and Police Chief Michael Covert. Seated are Mayor Jeff Katz, right, and Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, left. The swearing-in happened Monday at the Village Board’s monthly meeting.  Lansing is a graduate of SUNY Albany, where he majored in human biology and minored in psychology, and ran cross-country.   He graduated from OHS, where he lettered in cross-country and track & field all four years, as the team won four championships in a row; he was also elected vice president of the OHS Student Council.    (Jim Dean photo)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 25

Practice Public Speaking

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TOASTMASTERS – 6:15-7:30 p.m. Come practice your public speaking in a supportive environment. The Green Earth, 4 Market St., Oneonta. Info, oneonta.toastmastersclubs.org

ROPES COURSE – 4-7 p.m. Open to the community. Free for members, $20 non-members. Meet in the Main Lobby, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com/adventure/schedule-and-rules/index.php#outing-schedule

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