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Chief Covert Is Back On Job After Successful Hip Surgery

Chief Covert Is Back On Job

After Successful Hip Surgery

Looking 10 years younger and 20 pounds lighter, Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert today completed his first week back on the job after undergoing successful hip surgery. “I feel great,” he said.  After living with an increasingly aching hip for a decade, he added, “I should have done it a long time ago.” Officer Jim Kelman, right, was officer in charge during the chief’s absence. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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American Splendor

 American Splendor

If you were paying attention to the tree line of the Clark Farm as you came into Cooperstown this afternoon, you may have spotted this bald eagle flying around looking for it’s next meal. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 24

‘Colony Collapse’ 

Presented By SUNY O

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Last Day to register for the MuniSkies workshop with the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. Info, bit.ly/SmartAndDigital

SUNY THEATER – 8 p.m. Theater department production of “Colony Collapse.” Hamblin Theater, Fine Arts Building, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info, oneonta.edu/academics/theatre/

LIFEGUARDING – 1-3:30 p.m. Have fun in the pool and learn about water safety and lifeguarding. 11-14 year olds. Members $35, non-members $50. Oneonta YMCA, 20 – 26 Ford Avenue, Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org

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Man Arrested After Car Arson

Man Arrested

After Car Arson

Jonathan Delgado

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested after police and fire investigators allege he set his neighbor’s car on fire earlier this afternoon.

Jonathan Delgado, 31, was arrested after the police and fire department were dispatched to the report of a vehicle fire in the area of 41 Burnside Avenue.  First responders arrived at the scene to find a red 2009 Subaru Forester, belonging to a neighborhood resident, fully engulfed in flames.  The Oneonta Fire Department extinguished the blaze as police officers conducted a neighborhood canvass and located Delgado, who was detained during the early stages of the investigation.

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Raymond L. Tallman Jr., 62; Ran Christmas Tree Farm In Decatur

IN MEMORIAM: Ray Tallman, 62;

Ran Christmas Tree Farm In Decatur

Raymand L. Tallman Jr.

DECATUR – Raymond L. Tallman, Jr, 62, who ran Tallman Trees, his family’s Christmas tree business, passed away Feb. 19, 2017, at home after a short illness, with his wife and daughter by his side.

He was born to Raymond L. and Ada (Weiman) Tallman on Sept. 10, 1954 in Canal Zone, Panama, where his father was stationed in the Army.   The Tallman family moved to Decatur in 1959.

Ray graduated from Worcester Central School in 1972.  He attended Utah State University,  Syracuse University and  Paul Smith’s College, where he graduated with a degree in forestry.

He married Linda Chase on August 27, 1988, in Warnerville.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 23

Hike A Winter Wonderland

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KIDS HIKE – 10 a.m.-Noon. Jeff Handley leads a hike through “Winter Wonderland” at Riddell State Park to learn about the life of a forest in the past, present, and future. Free. Registration preferred. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/get-the-kids-out/ or call Jeff @ (607)547-4488

CIVIL RIGHTS DISCUSSION – 6-7 p.m. “Racial Profiling: A Panel Discussion,” hosted by the Black Student Alliance Interest Group. Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, Harry Matthews Matthewsh@hartwick.edu

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

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Anti-Trump Activists Divert Anger At Faso

2018 RACE ALREADY JOINED

Anti-Trump Activists

Divert Anger At Faso

Sustainable Otsego moderator Adrian Kuzminski, seated against far wall, addresses some 75 local anti-Trump activitist who gathered at Brewery Ommegang last Thursday, looking for ways to collaborate. To the right of Kuzminski is Cooperstown Trustee Lou Allstadt, the climate change activitist, and former county rep. Ed Lentz, Garrattsville. (Jim Dean photo)

Grass-Roots Organizations Form,

Collaborate Around 19th District

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM

John Faso at the Otsego County Chamber annual banquet last March.

With the 2016 campaign just over, the 2018 campaign in Otsego County’s 19th Congressional District is already starting.

Multiple grass-roots groups in Otsego County that have sprung up since Donald Trump’s election as president Nov. 8 are planning to rally with perhaps “several thousand” of like-minded people at Congressman John Faso’s Kinderhook office this weekend.

Shortterm, the goal is to convince the 19th District congressman to, one, host “town hall meetings” in each of the counties in the district, and, two, to work to assure central guarantees in the Affordable Care Act.

“I do feel strongly: We need to find some way to work with Faso, because he can do a lot of damage in these two years,” said Pam Kline of Indivisible CD19 NY, which is reaching across the 19th District to bring activists to Kinderhook.

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Here’s The Latest Study On Oneonta Innovation District

Here’s The Latest Study On

Oneonta Innovation District

Editor’s Note: At recent public meetings in Oneonta – the latest being Tuesday night Common Council meeting — people have said they are unclear about the Mohawk Valley Food & Beverage Innovation District planned at the site of the former Oneonta Ford building. This is the most current feasibility survey issued last month by Karen Karp & Partners, the consultant on the project, which includes artist’s renderings and floor plans. Keep checking back to www.allotsego.com for information on Oneonta’s downtown projects.

HERE’S THE LATEST FEASIBILITY STUDY

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Grass-Roots Activists Unite In 19th Congressional District

Grass-Roots Activists Unite

In 19th Congressional District

Local grass-roots group opposed to the Trump Administration are popping up across Otsego County — in Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Oneonta and the Butternut Valley – and 75 people met the other day with Sustainable Otsego moderator Adrian Kuzminski, who offered his organization’s well-populated Listserve and Facebook page to help them communicate. Similar ferment is happening across the 19th Congressional District, with Pam Kline, Town of Livingston, seeking to bring them together under in an organization called Indivisible CD19. One of the first focuses is a rally planned for 2:30 p.m. this Saturday in front of Congressman John Faso’s Kinderhook office. Get the particulars in both the Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal newspapers, on newsstands this aftertnoon.
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Douglas S. Rhyde, 84; ‘Mayor Of The Fly Creek Valley,’ Mason

IN MEMORIAM: Douglas S. Rhyde, 84;

‘Mayor Of The Fly Creek Valley,’ Mason

Douglas S. Rhyde, “Mayor of Fly Creek Valley”

FLY CREEK VALLEY – Douglas Schuyler Rhyde, known as “The Mayor of Fly Creek Valley,” passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 19, 2017, at Syracuse VA Medical Center. He was 84.

Born July 21, 1932, in Walton, Doug was a son of Rufus J. and Esther E. (Pope) Rhyde. He first attended a one-room schoolhouse and then school in Richfield Springs.

Doug joined the Army on Nov. 5, 1953, serving during the Korean War. He transferred to the Army Reserve on his discharge on Nov. 4, 1955, serving until October 1961.

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