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Experts Advise CGP Class On Funding Of Non-Profits

Experts Advise CGP Class

On Funding Of Non-Profits

Alan Donovan, who has helped and advised numerous non-profits since retiring as SUNY Oneonta president a decade ago, addresses the final session of Professor Bryan Morse’s Museum Management class today at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies. Other experts on the panel were Liz Callahan, left, director of the Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith, and Ellen Pope, Otsego 2000 executive director. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Give The Gift Of Life At Foothills Blood Drive

Give The Gift Of Life

At Foothills Blood Drive

Fawn Houghton, Schenevus, is prepped to give blood by a Red Cross nurse at Foothills Performing Arts Center this afternoon. “I have a rare blood type, so when I donate I do doubles.” said Houghton. The blood drive, sponsored by Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, will continue through 6 p.m. today.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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KATZ WON’T RUN AGAIN

 

COOPERSTOWN MAYOR RETIRING

KATZ WON’T

RUN AGAIN

Mayor Katz speaks at last week’s announcement of a $250,000 state grant for Wi-Fi hotspots downtown. (Park Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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.

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SUNY Student Arrested For Attempted Murder

SUNY Student Arrested

For Attempted Murder

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www. AllOTSEGO.com

Jordan Vancourt-Wels

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.

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Seward Announces Grant for Cooperstown Chamber
$100,000 FOR VISITORS CENTER

Seward Announces Grant

For Cooperstown Chamber

Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matt Hazzard addresses an audience gathered at the theater in the Fenimore Art Museum, with Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford, looking on. Seward announced a $100,000 State Grant for the Chamber of Commerce to help renovate the Visitor’s Center on Chestnut Street. Hazzard hopes to have some renovations completed by the beginning of the upcoming tourist season, but is aiming to have all of the renovations completed by the end of 2018. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DEC. 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, DEC. 11

Save A Life, Make A Donation

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/

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Friends, Family Honor Gene Bettiol’s Legacy

Friends, Family Honor

Gene Bettiol’s Legacy

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)

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IN MEMORIAM: Foster Lloyd Brown, 86; Author, SUNY Professor

IN MEMORIAM

Foster Lloyd Brown, 86;

Author, SUNY Professor

Foster L. Brown

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.

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Locals Gather to Carol Around Goodyear Lake

Locals Gather to Carol

Around Goodyear Lake

Carolers gathered on a hay wagon on Saturday night at Goodyear Lake. The carolers rode around the lake singing holiday tunes to their friends and neighbors on the lake. Jamie Waters, pictured at center in blue, and his wife Brenda have been organizing the annual community event for four years as a way to bring community members together. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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