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Pioneer Returns To Parallel But Not All Residents Are Pleased

Pioneer Returns To Parallel But

Not All Residents Are Pleased

With a public hearing scheduled this evening on the proposed return to parallel parking on lower Pioneer St. in the village of Cooperstown, village resident Celia Oxley, a resident of Pioneer Street, spoke up this evening at the Board of Trustees meeting in support of the diagonal parking that the village had originally proposed near her house. Oxley is one of very few in the neighborhood who supported the diagonal parking layout. Oxley’s neighbors, Rick Hulse and Tony Casale both urged the board to return to parallel parking in front of their houses. Ultimately, Oxley’s testimonial was too little too late, as the trustees voted to restore parallel parking on Pioneer Street. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Mills Distinguished Lecture Hosts Author Bryan Stevenson

Mills Distinguished Lecture

Hosts Author Bryan Stevenson

Above, Bryan Stevenson, author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”, presents this years’ Mills Distinguished Lecture at the SUNY Alumni Field House this evening. Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson spoke on ways he thought we could go about changing the world. “Our capacity to change our world is waiting for us with the poor and excluded.” he said. “We cannot get to where we want to go if we are unwilling to change our narrative.” He went to highlight the importance of telling the truth, staying hopeful and be willing to talk about things that are uncomfortable and inconvenient. At right: David Brenner, Sid Parisian and Deb Parisian sit enraptured in the audience. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Suspected Fla. Slaying Victim Returned For Oneonta Burial

Suspected Fla. Slaying Victim

Returned For Oneonta Burial

A celebration of life memorial service for Michael D. Shaver, whose body was recovered in March 2017 behind his Florida home, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the First United Presbyterian Church, Walling Ave., Oneonta NY 13820. He will be placed at rest with his paternal grandfather, Alfred W. Shaver, at Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
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Dick Lohrman, 89, Franklin; CEO Of Local Insurance Co.
IN MEMORIAM

Dick Lohrman, 89, Franklin;

CEO Of Local Insurance Co.

Dick Lohrman

FRANKLIN – Richard “Dick” Frederick Lohrman, 89, formerly of Franklin, past CEO/secretary of the Otsego County Farmers Cooperative Insurance Co., passed away in his residence at St. James Manor on Sept. 22, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was born in Corinth, Saratoga County.  He was the only child of Richard F. Lohrman and Martha A. (Balitz) Lohrman.

He was a 1947 graduate of Syracuse Central High School and a 1952 graduate of Hartwick College. While attending college, Richard served as a sergeant in the 108th Medical Division of the Army National Guard.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Memorial Concert ‘Musical Moods’

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MEMORIAL CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Performance of “Musical Moods – Meditative to Manic” with Timothy Perry and Margaret (Pej) Reitz, performing on clarinet and piano. Free, open to public. RM 201 Fine Arts Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3419.

BOOK CLUB – 6 – 7 p.m. Discuss novel ‘Eleni’ by Nicholas Gage. Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit www.facebook.com/Richfield-Springs-Public-Library-1068210423236404/

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Focus Pleads Guilty, Fined $5k For Crimes

CORPORATION HAS DAY IN COURT

Focus Pleads Guilty,

Fined $5k For Crimes

Otsego County Judge John Lambert goes over a copy of a plea agreement between CCRN LLC and the state Attorney General’s Office with Attorney Richard S. Harrow, representing CCRN LLC, which operated the Focus nursing home in the town of Otsego. The corporation pleaded guilty this morning to one count of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled individual, a Class E felony. The maximum fine under this type of felony is $5,000, which Lambert ordered the corporation to pay.  Focus’ top executive, Joseph Zupnik and Daniel Herman, pleaded guilty to a related count Sept. 12 in Otsego Town Court and face $1 million fine, community service and a banning from the nursing-home industry when they appear for sentencing Oct. 10 in the Fly Creek town court.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Robert H. Wood, 85, City Teacher Active In Oneonta Community Life
IN MEMORIAM

Robert H. Wood, 85, City Teacher

Active In Oneonta Community Life

Robert H. Wood

ONEONTA – Robert H. Wood, 86, a career teacher in Oneonta schools, community leader and father of Town Supervisor Bob Wood, passed away Sept. 21, 2018, at Fox Hospital.

Bob was born Nov. 8, 1931 in Buffalo, the fifth child of Grace and Harold Wood. He married Constance Kavanaugh Aug. 21, 1953 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Buffalo and they shared 65 happy years.

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Oneonta Airport Wins Grant For Snow-Plowing Equipment

Oneonta Airport Wins Grant

For Snow-Plowing Equipment

ONEONTA – An allocation of $225,000 in federal funding will allow Oneonta Municipal Airport to buy new snow-removal equipment, U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer, the minority leader, and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced

The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Lecture By Author ‘Just Mercy:

A Story Of Justice & Redemption’

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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Presenting this years Mills Distinguished Lecture, Bryan Stevenson is author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” describing the early years of Stevenson’s legal practice after founding Equal Justice Initiative to represent the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children and the injustice he and his clients encountered in our Justice system. Free, open to public. Alumni Field House, Dewar Arena, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2644191

PUBLIC SPEAKING – 5:30 p.m. Practice public speaking with the toastmasters. All welcome. The White House Building, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1466 or e-mail b.fischer@fenimoreart.org.

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Rites Friday For Robert H. Wood, Supervisor’s Father, At St. James

Rites Friday For Robert H. Wood,

Supervisor’s Father, At St. James

ONEONTA – Robert H. Wood, 86, the father of Town Supervisor Bob Wood, passed away Sept. 21, 2018.  The complete obituary will follow.

A funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at St. James Episcopal Church, 305 Main St., Oneonta, with the Father Kenneth Hunter officiating.  Inurnment will follow at the St. James Church Columbarium.

Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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