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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 24

Reading With A Medium

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MEDIUMSHIP READINGS – 6-8 p.m. Bring Questions, connect with Loved Ones. Fee, $25. At Darlinghill Farm Retreat, 404 Ed Herman Rd., Westford, RSVP storyducey@gmail.com or call (607)638-5111

THEOLOGY SEMINARS – 6:30-9 p.m. The Hartwick Seminary Summer institute of Theology begins. Cost, $45. Hartwick College Oneonta. View www.parksidelutheran.org/HSIT_Brochure2017.pdf or e-mail prpaul_theoinst@hotmail.com

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Kyle W. Bronson, 28, Cooperstown; Leaves Daughter, 2nd Due Any Day
IN MEMORIAM

Kyle W. Bronson, 28, Cooperstown;

Leaves Daughter, 2nd Due Any Day

Kyle W. Bronson

COOPERSTOWN – Kyle Willard Bronson, beloved father, son, and friend to many, died tragically Tuesday, July 18, 2017, as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on County Highway 11 in the Town of Hartwick.  He was 28.

Born Jan. 19, 1989, at Bassett Hospital, Kyle was a son of Michael J. Bronson, Sr., and Patricia Mower Bronson.

Raised in Cooperstown, he graduated from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 2008.  For the past seven years he had been employed as a residential counselor at Springbrook, where he was very well-respected and liked by the staff and residents alike.

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Painting Rocks!

Painting Rocks!

Michael Morton, general sales manager at Country Club Nissan, stops in to see how his wife, Jessica (holding son Colton), is doing over-seeing her Oneonta Rocks community painting day hosted at the Nissan dealership this afternoon. Painting are Michael Keenan, Oneonta, Eileen Mugford, Oneonta; Xander Roefs and mom Justine, Oneonta, and daughter Rynn.  In left photo, Madison Coberly, South Kortright, works on her psychedelically patterned rock. Attendees could bring their own rocks but others were supplied as well as the paint, brushes and varnish. Once dried, artists could take their creations to hide out in the community as part of the Oneonta Rocks chapter of the Kindness Project. If you see a rock, or find one, post it to the Facebook group, then re-hide it for others to discover! (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 23

Opening The Hyde Hall Art Show

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OPENING RECEPTION – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hyde Hall’s Bicentennial art show featuring artists renderings of their favorite aspect of Hyde Hall, opens with a reception. The exhibit will continue thru October 6. Kent Center, Hyde Hall, Cooperstown. hydehall.org/call-to-artists/

KITE FESTIVAL – All Day. Come fly a kite with the NY Kite Enthusiasts. Includes food, vendors, and professional kite flyers to help get your kite in the air. Edgewood Mountain, 216 Crow Hill Rd., Laurens.

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Insure Crops Brewers Need, Senator Schumer Says Here

Minority Leader Visits Hartwick

Insure Crops Brewers Need,

Senator Schumer Says Here

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is introduced at Hartwick College today by Dr. Michael Tannenbaum, provost & vice president of academic affairs.

ONEONTA – At Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, today announced he is asking the USDA to approve a specialized crop insurance to protect farmers growing crops for the state’s expanding farm breweries.

“It is imperative that the USDA takes the necessary steps towards offering the malt barley endorsement (MBE) throughout these (44 Upstate) counties to provide further protection for our growers while continuing to promote the businesses that rely on this important crop,” Schumer said in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that was released here today.

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Joe Ruffino Bids Farewell To 47 Years of Pizza Making
‘THIS BIRD HAS BEEN SET FREE’

Joe Ruffino Bids Farewell

To 45 Years of Pizza Making

Joe Ruffino’s Restaurant & Pizzeria has closed on Oneonta’s Main Street after 45 years.
Joe Ruffino Jr.

ONEONTA – Joe Ruffino Jr. announced to his customers on his website today that, after 45 years of the “daily grind” of making pizza – since age 7 – and running a business in Upstate New York, he has closed Joe Ruffino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant at 222 Main St.

“I have known for a while that I couldn’t maintain that work ethic forever,” he said.  “No one is in the bullpen ready to relieve me … Now it’s time for my wife and I to move forward to a new beginning.  It may seem like my wings have been clipped, but in reality this bird has been set free.”

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 22

Deowongo Island Picnic

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DEOWONGO ISLAND DAY – Noon-3 p.m. Paddle to the island for a picnic that includes live music, food, and a kayak raffle. Or ride the ferry from Bakers Beach, 8114 State Highway 28, Richfield Springs. www.facebook.com/OtsegoLandTrust/

PAINTING PARTY – Noon-7 p.m. Paint the Turning point. FORDO will provide pizza, soda, and a FORDO shirt to volunteers. The Turning Point, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Call (607)267-4435 or visit www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Recovery-of-Delaware-and-Otsego-Counties-Inc-FOR-DO-134786876605003/

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Zoomobile Brings Animals To Huntington Library

Snakes To Ferrets, Zoomobile

Bring Animals To Huntington

Abby Johnston, Oneonta, and her mother Kate get up close and personal with Indy the Milk Snake as the Zoomobile visited The Huntington Memorial Library this afternoon. In addition to the snake, speakers Ian Jensen and Mike Kuntz from the Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton, brought a turtle, a ferret and an owl. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Springbrook Cuts Ribbon On Facility For Families

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon

On Facility For Families

Thomas Maggs, president of Springbrook’s Board of Directors, addresses the donors, residents, families, and staff yesterday who gathered to celebrate the opening of the organization’s new Family Engagement Center. The center provides a place for residents and their families, who often visit from afar, to meet, and for visitors to stay.  The building is visible to passersby on Route 28, Milford Center. (Luke Moran photo)
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EX-UNDERSHERIFF ADMITS STEALING, SELLING FIREARMS

PROSECUTOR: 73 GUNS TAKEN

EX-UNDERSHERIFF

ADMITS STEALING,

SELLING FIREARMS

Retired Officer Bruce Carroll

Pleads Guilty, Fined $10,000

COOPERSTOWN – Former Otsego County Undersheriff A. Bruce Carroll, 75, Town of Maryland, is facing five years’ probation after pleading guilty in federal court to possession of stolen firearms and sale of a stolen firearm, Sheriff Richard J. Devlin announced in a press release a few minutes ago.

In addition, Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy on July 9 fined Carroll $10,000 and ordered him to perform 150 hours of community service, according to an announcement from Acting U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith released by Devlin.

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