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Are Compressed-Gas Trucks Anything To Worry About?

Are Compressed-Gas Trucks

Anything To Worry About?

If you’ve seen trucks marked “XNG, Extra Natural Gas,” going up and down your road in recent weeks, it may be travelling between a well in the fracking district in Northeastern Pennsylvania and a processing plant in Little Falls. Anti-fracking activists are concerned what they call “bomb trucks” may represent a danger to towns and drivers along the route through Otsego County. Read this week’s exclusive report in Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.  Also, from the Hall of Fame Classic to the General Clinton Canoe Regatta, there are a ton of activities this weekend.  Let our Happenin’ Otsego calendar help you plan what to do.
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Hartwick Pair Dumped Garbage In New Lisbon, DEC Is Reporting

Hartwick Pair Dumped Garbage

In New Lisbon, DEC Charges

HARTWICK – The discovery of an illegal garbage pile in New Lisbon has led to charges against two Hartwick residents, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reported today.

Devan Hazen, 19, and Tara Baker, 20, were both ticketed with misdemeanor charges of unlawful disposal of more than 10 cubic yards of solid waste.

When the garbage pile was discovered, conservation officers dug through the garbage until they found an envelope with an address on it.  When Officer Timothy Card visited the address and interviewed the resident, he learned that a garbage removal service had recently completed a job at the home.

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Bill Schraft, 83; Worked For Best Brands, Bugbee

IN MEMORIAM: Bill Schraft, 83;

Worked For Best Brands, Bugbee

OTEGO – William “Bill” H. Schraft, 83 of Otego, passed away at his home on May 17, 2017, after a short battle with cancer.  He was surrounded by family and his devoted dog Midnight.

Bill was born on Nov. 2, 1933, in Oneonta, to William H. Schraft, Sr. and Sophie (Kovatchich).  He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1952, then spent two years in the Army. Bill worked for Best Brands Beverage as a truck driver and later as a salesman. He retired from SUNY Oneonta’s Bugbee Day Care,  where he worked as a custodian and bus driver.

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Doctor Wins Donnall Prize For Linking Fainting, Clots

Doctor Wins Donnall Prize

For Linking Fainting, Clots

Dr. Umair Iqbal explains his research poster to research Jennifer Amsden during E. Donnall Thomas Day at Bassett Hospital.

COOPERSTOWN – Dr. Umair Iqbal, in his second year of training at Bassett Hospital, has won the 2017 E. Donnall Thomas Award for research linking fainting spells to blood clots in the lungs.

“More than 40 percent of patients who are evaluated in the emergency room with fainting are discharged with an unknown cause,” said Iqbal, whose research project competed with nine others for the award. “Syncope (passing out) is sometimes the first symptom of acute pulmonary embolism, and this diagnosis should be immediately considered in all of these patients.”

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Safe And Sound

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Bell Plucked From Milford Church Tower

Onlookers held their breaths as Eastman Associates’ Mike French uses his excavator to delicately lift the bell from the wobbling remains of the Milford United Methodist Church’s bell tower during today’s demolition. French removed two walls of the tower to expose the bell well enough to grab it. As it was lifted out over the rubble, it rang three times,  the chimes echoing across the valley. Those in attendance cheered and applauded as the bell was placed safely on the ground. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Milford Church Coming Down

Milford Church

Coming Down

Fire Gutted Structure March 12

An Eastman Associates demolition crew this morning began flattening the remains of the Milford United Methodist Church gutted by fire on March 12. After taking down the main building, plans are to topple the tower on the bed of rubble, so the bell may be retrieved, according to Bill Triolo, church trustee, who was watching the demolition.   In photo, Mike French of Unadilla drives the excavator, Mike Sherlock of Cooperstown hoses down rubble to prevent asbestos from getting airborne. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Village Of Milford Considering Short-Term Rentals Moratorium
PUBLIC HEARING AT 6:30 MONDAY

Village Of Milford Considering

Short-Term Rentals Moratorium

MILFORD – Reflecting the same concerns debated in Cooperstown in recent weeks, the Village of Milford is planning a hearing on a temporary moratorium on short-term rentals at 6:30 p.m. Monday the 22nd in the Village Office, 64 South Main St.

The village is not opposed to short-term rentals during the summer to Dreams Park families and other visitors, said Mayor Brian Pokorny.  However, he added, residents have asked that the matter be looked into to ensure the community remains in balance.

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Double Vision

Double Vision

Andy Baugnet, the photographer who freelances nationally from his base in the Town of Middlefield, captured a rare double-rainbow after last Monday’s thunderstorms roared through Otsego County.
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BFS Deploys Buoys For Summer, But Flashing Lights Found Lacking

BFS Deploys Buoys For Summer,

But Flashing Lights Found Lacking

The two buoy lights in the lower right survived for 10 years, Lord said; the rest wore out in a year.

COOPERSTOWN – It means summer isn’t far behind.

Volunteer Divers Pat McCormack, Lee Ferrara, Bjorn Eilertsen, and Sarah Coney deployed no-wake zone buoys (NWZBs) and retrieved the over-winter spar buoys this morning, according to Paul Lord, who oversees the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field State diving team.

All NWZBs are deployed except for the Four Mile Point East and Five Mile Point Buoys, Lord reported.  The Five-Mile Point NWZB is entangled with the BFS monitoring equipment.  A carefully planned dive will be executed to disentangle the two systems once lights are in hand, he said.  The Four-Mile Point East NWZB is also awaiting a light.

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