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Oneonta’s County Candidates Debate Jobs, Solar, Wifi, More

Oneonta’s County Candidates

Debate Jobs, Solar, Broadband

Oneonta candidates running for Otsego County Board of Representatives this evening discussed issues at a League of Women Voters debate at SUNY Oneonta’s Morris Hall.  From left are county Rep. Craig Gelbsman and his challenger, Adrienne Martini, District 12; county Rep. Len Carson and his challenger, Danny Lapin, District 13;  and Liz Shannon and Wilson Wells, running to succeed county Rep. Kay Stuligross, who is retiring in District 14. The increasing opioid problem, initiating economic development, getting countywide Broadband, county budget management and the supporting of the arts and theater venues. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Village Trustees Continue Talk of Tourist Accommodations

Mayor Foresees Fewer

Tourist-Housing Options

Village Trustees Jim Dean and Cindy Falk discuss the impacts of the proposed sunset clause in the new tourist accommodation laws. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – With the deadline for tourist-accommodation permits nearing and a moratorium in its fifth month, Mayor Jeff Katz updated the Village Board, saying he foresees tighter regulations on housing for visitors to the village.

“Clearly, the future is going to be where tourist accommodations in the village are harder to come by,” said Katz. “We’re not saying you can’t have tourist accommodations, but we’re working on bolstering the definition of owner, occupancy and owner-occupancy.”

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Oneonta’s County Rep Candidates Debate This Evening At Morris Hall

Oneonta’s County Rep Candidates

Debate This Evening At Morris Hall

ONEONTA – Six candidates from Oneonta running for the Otsego County Board of Representatives will debate at 7 this evening at SUNY Onenta’s Morris Hall. They are:

  • District 12  (Wards 3 & 4):   Craig Gelbsman and Adrienne Martini
  • District 13  (Wards 5 & 6):   Leonard Carson, Jr. and Danny Lapin
  • District 14  (Wards 7 & 8):   Lizabeth Shannon and Wilson Wells

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCT. 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCT. 24

Printing In 3-D

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TINKERING TUESDAY – 3:30-5 p.m. Draw or design Fidget Spinner to be 3-D printed. Material fee $2. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call (607)432-1980.

KNITTING GROUP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

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Constance Wallace, 91; Chemist Later Worked At Bassett Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Constance Wallace, 91;

Chemist Later Worked At Bassett Hospital

Constance A. Wallace

COOPERSTOWN – Word has been received that Constance (Armitage) Wallace, 91, a chemist, passed away Nov. 7, 2016, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born on Feb. 12, 1925, in Cooperstown, daughter of Madelyn Montigel and Henry Raymond Armitage, Sr. She graduated from Cooperstown High School in 1942 and from MIddlebury College in 1946.

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Families Flock To Mall-o-Ween

Costumes on Parade

at Mall-O-Ween

Donni Hildebrandt, Oneonta, and husband Rob (obscured) walk with their sons Oliver, front, and Jackson, who were dressed as a moon with UFO and a rocket ship at Malloween this afternoon at the Southside Mall. The halls were filled with all manner of ghost and goblins as trick-or-treaters received Halloween candy from stores throughout the mall. Games and cookie decorating was supplied buy Maurices and an annual costume Contest was hosted by sisters from Lamda Theta Alpha. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Julie Ann Attridge, 25, Richfield Springs

IN MEMORIAM: Julie Ann Attridge, 25

Julie Ann Attridge

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Julie Ann Attridge, 25, of Levittown, Pa, formerly of Richfield Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

She was born Sept. 11, 1992, in Cooperstown a daughter to Carol Ann the late Christopher C. Attridge. Julie was raised and educated locally, graduating from Richfield Springs High School. She attended Herkimer County Community College and Mohawk Valley Community College.

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Ghostly Haunts Toured As Hallow’s Eve Nears

Ghostly Haunts Toured

As Hallow’s Eve Nears

With Halloween arriving Oct. 31, thrill-seekers filled tours of local ghostly haunts over the weekend. In top photo, Hyde Hall interpreter John Henry Aborn discusses unexplained happenings, premature deaths and curses uttered at the National Historic Mansion on Otsego Lake as “Hyde and Shriek” tours began at dusk Saturday. Later that evening, (inset photo at right), Linda Smith of Oneonta, flanked by brother Roger, left, and husband Geoff, examines  documentation of deadly happenings outside the blacksmith shop at The Farmers’ Museum during “Things That Go Bump In the Night,” lantern tours featuring a terrifying finale.  Both sold-out happenings will be repeated next weekend, so get your reservations early by calling Hyde Hall at 547-5098, extension 6, and The Farmers’ at 547-1450.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Edwin S. Baxter, 93, Exeter; WWII Veteran, SUNY Professor
IN MEMORIAM

Edwin S. Baxter, 93, Exeter;

WWII Veteran, SUNY Professor

Edwin S. Baxter

EXETER CENTER – Edwin S. Baxter Jr, 93, of Exeter Center, a World War II veteran and retired SUNY Oneonta professor, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at his residence in Cooperstown.

Edwin was born in Sayre, Pa., on Sept. 4, 1924, the son of the late Edwin S. Baxter Sr and Edith Van Wormer Baxter. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, the former Priscilla La Forest Baxter of Exeter Center, in 2009.

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Alexa A. Stanton, 68; Retired 35-Year Teacher, Dairy Farmer

IN MEMORIAM: Alexa A. Stanton, 68;

Retired 35-Year Teacher, Dairy Farmer

Alexa A. Stanton

NEW BERLIN – Alexa A. Stanton, 68, a 34-year elementary teacher at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School,  passed away on Wednesday Oct. 18, 2017 in Albany, surrounded by her loving family.

Alexa was born on July 27, 1949 in Walton, the daughter of the late Stilson and Dorothy Constable Tweedie. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Michelle Stanton.

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