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Day At Saratoga Runs Up Bidding At GOHS Auction

Day At Saratoga Runs Up

Bidding At GOHS Auction

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)

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Salvation Army Bellringers On Job

Salvation Army Bellringers On Job

Martha Modinger, left, and Megan Short of the Unatego Central School Honor Society were bell-ringing for the Salvation Army this evening outside JC Penney at Southside Mall. Why? “We just love to,” said Megan.   The Salvation Army’s foremost fundraising event of the year continue until just before Christmas.  (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)
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Former Congressman Gibson Draws Fans To Book-Signing

Former Congressman Gibson

Draws Fans To Book-Signing

Retired 19th District congressman Chris Gibson signs a copy of his new book, “Rally Point,” for Dean Beams of Schenevus. Looking on are Bill Glockler, Middlefield, three times Gibson’s Otsego County campaign manager, and his wife Laurie. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Gibson signs a book for Tyler Gregory after praising the Franklin Central junior for his commitment to tending the formerly decrepit Ouelette Cemetery. With Tyler is mom Laura.

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.”

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 18

‘The Exterminating Angels’

Streaming At Foothills

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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.

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VP To Crowd: XNG Intends To Continue

VP To Crowd: XNG

Intends To Continue

Informational Meeting Turns Stormy

As Attendees Object To Truck Traffic

“You’re ruining people’s lilves,” Dan Rowley of Hartwick told XNG Vice President Matt Smith at an informational hearing on the “virtual pipeline” this evening at Milford Central School. (Parker Fish/www.AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Hartwick’s John Niedzialkowski, who lives on Route 205, asked why XNG trucks can’t be routed on four-lane highways instead of local roads.
XNG’s Matt Smith addresses the audience.

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.

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As Pledged, Faso Votes Nay On Republican Tax-Cut Bill

As Pledged, Faso Votes Nay

On Republican Tax-Cut Bill

Congressman
John Faso

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.

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Elizabeth ‘Sue’ Avery, 98; Worked In Publishing In NYC And Locally

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth ‘Sue’ Avery, 98;

Worked In Publishing In NYC And Locally

Elizabeth “Sue” Avery

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.

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Richard C. Hilary, Garrattsville, Principal At Long Island Schools

IN MEMORIAM: Richard C. Hilary;

Principal At Long Island Schools

Richard C. Hilary

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.

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They’re The Tops, Oscar Avers As Winning Businesses Toasted

They’re The Tops, Oscar Avers

As Winning Businesses Toasted

A life-size Oscar looks on approvingly at this evening’s honorees at the Otsego County Chamber’s 18th annual Banquet & Celebration of Small Business, now underway at The Otesaga. Center right, Springbrook President Patricia Kennedy and Finance Committee chair Bill Mirabito accepted the Breakthrough Award. Center left, Barbara Roberts and Joan Fox accepted the Small Business Award on behalf of their Keller Williams realty network.   Hartwick College’s Allison Homler, left, and SUNY Oneonta’s Matthew Coville, right, were Interns of the Year.  A new format – an evening of networking – was tested this year:  The awards were presented first, then the 250 guests went through a buffet line and circulated, introducing themselves of other guests, chatting and snacking.  The big Oscar was created by Ian Austin of Oneonta for the Fox Hospital’s recent annual gala, but is now making the circuit of the season’s social events.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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CROWELL ISSUES ’18 BUDGET WITH MINISCULE HIKE

CLICK TO SEE 2018 BUDGET

CROWELL ISSUES

’18 BUDGET WITH

MINISCULE HIKE

Local Folks Paying Less Per Capita

Than Any County In New York State

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Dan Crowell

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.)

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