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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAR.25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAR. 25

Creating Natural Remedies

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WORKSHOP – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn about plants and how to create natural remedies from your spice rack or what’s in your backyard. Registration required. Cost, members $40, non-members $50, juniors $30. Materials included. In the Creamery Classroom, The Farmers’ Museum. Info, (607) 547-1461, www.farmersmuseum.org/programs/%5Bfield_program_type-raw%5D/americana_academy_workshop_balms_salves

PLAY READING – 6:30 p.m. Reading of “SAPE” by local playwright Karen Butler. Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, 5798 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

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McDonalds Manager Named Outstanding Manager

Southside McDonald’s Manager

Wins Top Honors For Restaurant

John Crotts, manager at the Southside McDonald’s, holds his latest (of seven!) Outstanding General Manager award for his work at the restaurant. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – John Crotts, General Manager of the McDonald’s on Southside, knows that it’s all about service with a smile.

“I enjoy my job,” he said. “We have a good time here.”

And last week, Crotts was once again given the McDonald’s Outstanding Restaurant Managers award for the Philadelphia Region, which spans from Pennsylvania to Watertown, as well as parts of New Jersey and Delaware. “It goes to the top 10 percent of General Managers across 14,000 restaurants nationwide,” he said. “It’s really nice to get.”

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Oneonta Schools Propose $22 Million Upgrade

Oneonta Schools Propose

$22 Million Upgrade

Energy, Track and Classroom Space A Priority, Says Yelich
The Oneonta Board of Education called a special meeting tonight to hear a presentation by Superintendent. Joseph Yelich about the proposed $22 million upgrades to the schools, including energy effiency, classroom and athletic field rennovations. From left, Amy Burnsworth, Darren Gaisford, Eileen Lishansky, district clerk, Jamie Reynolds, board president, Bill Grau, board VP and Susan Kurkowski. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – New boilers, turf for the athletic fields and a completely new design of the arts, music, technology and family sciences classrooms are just part of a $22 million dollar upgrade to be put before the voters on May 16.

“So many projects we do are inside the walls, where no one can see them,” said Superintendent Joseph Yelich during a special Board of Education meeting called tonight at the former Center Street School. “But so many of these projects will really change the feel of the whole school.”

Among the most significant of the 48 proposed projects is the $1.8 million upgrade to art, music, technology and family sciences classroom spaces in the middle and high school. “Right now, so much of what we have is tucked in little closets and notches done in an aftermath effort,” said Yelich. “But this will give up state-of-the-art classrooms with the ability to offer 3D printing, animation and media spaces, blueprint drawing. These are tangible classroom benefits.”

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Montanna Wilber, 69; Army Veteran Retired From Post Office

IN MEMORIAM:  Montanna Wilber, 69;

Army Veteran Retired From Post Office

MERIDALE – Oneonta native Montanna Fay Wilber, Sr., 69, of Meridale, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

Born on Aug. 18, 1947 in Oneonta, he was the son of the late Leland J. and Hazel (Stilson) Wilber.

Mr. Wilber proudly served in the Army from 1965 to 1968.

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Helen Tabor Halbert, 75; Active In Business, Grange
IN MEMORIAM

Helen Tabor Halbert, 75;

Active In Business, Grange

Helen Taylor Halbert

GILBERTSVILLE – Helen Tabor Halbert, secretary to top executives and an officer in the state Grange, passed from this earthly life in the quietness of her Gilbertsville home that she loved so much in the early evening hours on March 20, 2017. Her struggle with cancer the past year ended with her husband, sister-in-law and pastor by her side.

Born on June 5, 1941, in Schenevus to parents Howard and Bertha (Graham) Tabor, Helen Marie was the fourth of four children. She graduated from Cherry Valley Central School, Class of 1959.

After meeting through a Grange talent contest, their courtship was off and running leading to her marriage to Roger J. Halbert of Gilbertsville on Sept. 29, 1979,  at the Presbyterian Church.

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Janna Wiedemann, 66, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Janna Wiedemann, 66, Oneonta

ONEONTA – Janna Darlene Wiedemann, 66, of Oneonta passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 20, 2017, at Fox Hospital.

She was born Aug. 17, 1950, in Port Jervis, the daughter of the late George Earl and Janna (Lange) Cummings.

For several years, Janna was a greeter at Walmart.

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J. Mason Reynolds, 90; Fortune 500 Executive

IN MEMORIAM

J. Mason Reynolds, 90;

Fortune 500 Executive

From Scintilla, Career Took Him Worldwide

J. Mason “Mace” Reynolds

COOPERSTOWN – J. Mason “Mace” Reynolds passed on, with his wife and children beside him, in Stuart, Florida on March 14, 2017.  He was 90.

A thoroughly gregarious man of exuberance, business acumen, impeccable honesty, and generous spirit, Mr. Reynolds was utterly devoted to Rhea, his wife of 68 years, their three children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Reynolds retired from Allied-Signal, Inc. in 1989, where he had served for eight years as head of the corporation’s worldwide automotive operations.  Allied-Signal Automotive was then a major OEM supplier of automobile and truck components, with such brand names as Bendix, Fram, Autolite and Garrett.

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Key Economic Developer Visits D&H Yards As Closing Nears

Key Economic Developer Visits

D&H Yards As Closing Nears

Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes, left, shows Pete Fonta, Norfolk Southern’s industrial development manager for the region, around Oneonta’s D&H yards this morning.  The railroad, which bought Canadian Pacific’s railroad holdings in 2016, is considered to have a more proactive approach to developing business along its tracks than its predecessor.  At this morning’s Otsego Now meeting, counsel reported the IDA’s purchase of the yards should be complete in the next few days.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAR. 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAR. 24

Learn Financial Skills

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FINANCE WORKSHOP – 5-9 p.m. Learn how to manage a budget and file your taxes and more real life necessities with professor Charlene Deno. Includes free food and door prizes. Ages 18-21. Free admission. Club Odyssey, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/ClubOdysseyOneonta/

SOUP & PIE BENEFIT – 4:30-6:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious dinner of homemade soups and pie. Includes a chinese auction. Donation, $7.50 adult, $5 children. To benefit the Richfield Springs Community Center, 6 Ann St., Richfield Springs. Info, www.richfieldzone.org/ or call 858-3200

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BASSETT CEO SEES $5M CUTS IN AHCA

BASSETT CEO SEES

$5M CUTS IN AHCA

Patients, Economy Will Suffer, He Says

Dr. Vance Brown

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare could lose $5 million a year in funding under the American Health Care Act that Congress is scheduled to act on this evening, according to Dr. Vance Brown, the system’s president/CEO.

Referring to a state Health Department analysis released yesterday, Dr. Brown said “that loss may be understated, as the analysis … was limited to hospital-based inpatient and outpatient services. It does not take into account Bassett’s non-hospital based regional clinics.”

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