Bonnie Laido of Oneonta, top photo, with her husband, retired dentist Bill Laido, at her side, places a bid as a three-way contest nears its climax this evening at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s annual fundraising auction at the Holiday Inn Southside. She was vying with fellow Oneontan Linda Smith – seen at right with her grandson, a picture of anticipation – and Kevin Dwyer of Laurens for John Pontius’ offer of a day in his box at the Saratoga Race Track during next August’s season, topped with cocktails at the famous Siro’s Restaurant; then John would drive the winners back to Oneonta. Auctioneer Chuck D’Imperio set the value at $250, but the three bidders breezed right by that – $300, $400, $500, $600, when Dwyer dropped out of the contest. Linda Smith bid $610, Bonnie Laido $620, Linda $630, Bonnie $640. “$640, going once,” intoned D’Imperio. “$640, going twice! $640!!!” he declared, bringing down his gavel. And the Laidos are off to the races. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – You could almost hear his former constituents’ sighs of relief to hear former Congressman Chris Gibson being, well, just Chris Gibson at a book-signing for his new book, “Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream” this evening at Black Oak Books in Southside Mall, Oneonta.
During remarks to the gathering, an attendee praised Gibson for promising to retire after three terms, and then doing so. As a military man (a retired colonel), he replied, “What we say is what we mean. When you are in combat, you have to keep your word.”
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 18
Give the gift of Christmas to children in need. To participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program CLICK HERE!
OPERA – 12:55 p.m. See Ades’ “The Exterminating Angels” streaming live from The Met. Tickets, $20/adult. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org/index.php/shows/metropolitan-opera-in-hd/
CRAFT SHOW – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See over 100 crafters and artists, find unique gifts for the holiday and win prizes. FoxCare Center, 1 Foxcare Dr., Oneonta.
Informational Meeting Turns Stormy
As Attendees Object To Truck Traffic
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
MILFORD – In an open forum intended to educate the general public, XNG co-founder and Vice President Matt Smith faced an angry general public that wanted nothing to do with the cavalcade of trucks the company is sending across Otsego County daily.
“This is just a waste of my time,” said Hartwick resident Dan Rowley, one of several residents unable to get their questions answered as the gathering in the Milford Central School auditorium.
As he signaled Wednesday afternoon that he would do, U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, today joined 12 Republicans and 192 Democrats – 205 in all – in voting against his party’s $1.5 trillion tax-cut bill.
Enough members of the Republican majority – 227 – voted aye to pass the bill. The U.S. Senate is preparing its own version of tax reform, and the versions will have to be reconciled before becoming law.
ONEONTA – Elizabeth Huddleston “Sue” Avery, 98, who worked for newspapers and publishing in the New York metropolitan area and locally, passed away Nov. 9, 2017.
She was born Dec. 30, 1919, in Greenwich, Conn., to Thomas Oakley Woolf II and Judith Griffen Woolf. She was a 1938 graduate of Greenwich Academy.
She was a reporter for the Greenwich Time daily newspaper and worked as editor and proofreader thereafter, latterly for McGraw-Hill Book Company and Cambridge University Press.
GARRATTSVILLE – Richard Cook Hilary, a Sidney native, award-winning educator and retired principal at Long Island schools, passed away on Nov. 13, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.
Richard was born in Sidney to Beatrice and Francis Hilary. He attended Sidney schools and, later, SUNY Cortland.
He was a principal in the Southold Schools on Long Island for over 30 years and touched the lives of many students.
Local Folks Paying Less Per Capita
Than Any County In New York State
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – County Treasurer Dan Crowell, who at age 42 is retiring at year’s end after eight years in the job, delivered a tentative 2018 budget to the county Board of Representatives this afternoon that increases the tax levy by $7,591.
Yes, $7,591 to $11,400,175, or a .07 percent increase. That’s 1/70th of a cent on the dollar.
He also released the latest state data as part of budget packet that shows every man, woman and child is paying $200 per capita, less than any county in New York State. (There’s a lag: the figures are from 2015, but are updated annually in the county budget material.)