COOPERSTOWN MAYOR RETIRING
COOPERSTOWN – Jeff Katz, mayor of Cooperstown for the past six years – in many ways a transformational mayor – today said he won’t run for a fourth two-year term in village elections in March.
“I’ve been mayor for six years, trustee for seven before then,” he said in an interview with The Freeman’s Journal. “Thirteen years is a pretty longtime to do this. And they were pretty intense years. I feel it’s time.”
Prior to his election in 2012, Katz served as a village trustee for seven years. He and his family moved to the village in 2003.
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www. AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – A SUNY Oneonta student is under arrest for first-degree attempted murder after police allege that he had stabbed his girlfriend in the off-campus apartment they shared.
Julian D. VanCourt-Wels, 20, Schenectady, was arrested after police responded to a 911 call of a stabbing at 30 Maple St., Apartment 2, in Oneonta. According to Police Chief Doug Brenner, police found a female victim sitting on the couch, bleeding profusely from several apparent stab wounds.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DEC. 11
COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE – 1-6 p.m. Make a lifesaving donation at The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearchList.jsp?zipSponsor=foothillsallotsego
BOOK CLUB – 1-2 p.m. Discuss crime fiction novels by Sue Grafton and/or John LeCarre. Suggested reading includes “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” “The Honorable Schoolboy,” and “Smiley’s People.” Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
Mourners filled Foothills’ Bettiol Theater Sunday to say goodbye to Eugene A. Bettiol, Sr., the foremost developer of Southside, who passed away Saturday, Dec. 2, at age 85. Speakers included state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, Bettiol’s lawyer Joseph Pondolfino, former county judge Jeannie Scarzafava, and Gene’s grandchildren. Music was provided by John Thompson. At right, Huemac Garcia and wife Suzanne give their condolences to Betty Bettiol, Gene’s widow, in the receiving line following the service. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Foster Lloyd Brown, SUNY Oneonta professor and best-selling college textbook author, passed away Dec. 1, 2017, at Albany Medical Center, of complications following heart surgery. He was 86.
He was born May 26, 1931, in Wheeling, W.Va., the eldest of three children of Durward B. Brown, a Methodist minister, and Dorothy Rine Brown, an author. Upon graduation from Shinnston High School in 1949, he served in the Navy.
Degrees included a bachelor’s in botany from West Virginia University; a master’s in plant physiology, also from WVU; and a doctorate in statistics from Cornell University, with post-doctoral research at the Imperial College London.
His co-authored book, “Statistical Concepts,” published by Harper & Row, became the world’s best-selling paperback textbook on statistics, according to the publisher.