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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOV. 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOV. 17

Tribute Concert To Fleetwood Mac

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CONCERT – 7-9 p.m. Tusk, one of the nations top tribute bands, perform Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits. Cost, $20. Followed by the 70s Dance Party 9 p.m.-Midnight. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-316-2870 or visit foothillspac.org

BENEFIT AUCTION – 5:30 p.m. Great items up for sale to benefit the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Bring items to sell, or bid on interesting items for auction. Holiday Inn, 5206 NY-23, Oneonta. www.oneontahistory.org or call (607)432-0960.

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Forum On XNG Trucks At 6 Tonight In Milford

Forum On XNG Trucks

At 6 Tonight In Milford

MILFORD –  XNG, the state Department of Transportation, State Police and the Otsego County Office of Emergency Services will be represented this evening 6-8 p.m. at Milford Central School on the “virtual pipeline” of trucks crossing the county.

Sponsored by county government, the public is welcome.

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Angel Tree Program

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Angel Tree Program

Accepts Contributions 

Celebrate The Spirit Of Christmas!Salvation Army And AllOTSEGO Angel Tree Christmas - Celebrate The Spirit Of Christmas

The AllOTSEGO newspapers, The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, are joining with The Salvation Army to make a joyful Christmas for area families through its Angel Tree Program.

This tradition dates back to 1921 with the creation of The Freeman’s Journal Christmas Fund by Editor & Publisher Rowan D. Spraker Sr. as a way for neighbors to help others enjoy a happy holiday. This week marks the 96th year of this community tradition, partnering this year with The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army has gathered Christmas wish lists grouped by family which can be seen below.

Embrace one individual or an entire family. Every gift is appreciated. Shop by yourself or with friends and colleagues. The more the merrier! Gifts should be both new and unwrapped (price tags removed please), and received no later than Dec. 14 (to allow the elves time for wrapping and loading). Gifts may be dropped off at the newspaper offices at 21 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Chapel, 25 River St., Oneonta.

Here are the items that are needed (crossed out families and individuals have found a benefactor):

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George Mravlja Jr., 48; Lifelong Farmer Supported Ag Programs

IN MEMORIAM: George Mravlja Jr., 48;

Lifelong Farmer Supported Ag Programs

George P. Mravlja, Jr.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – George P. Mravlja, Jr., 48, a lifelong dairy farmer, passed away suddenly Nov. 14, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born Jan. 4, 1969, in Cobleskill, the son of George and Elizabeth (Medved) Mravlja.
George grew up in Worcester on the family farm, a calling her pursued.  He graduated from Worcester Central School.

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Rebounding, Nardi To Explore Run Against Seward In 2018

Rebounding, Nardi To Explore

Running Against Seward In ’18

‘I Had A Lot Of Fun, Did A Lot Of Good,’ Democrat Says

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cathy Nardi at the end of today’s count.

COOPERSTOWN – Rebounding from her narrow loss in Republican-dominated District 3, Democratic newcomer Cathy Nardi said today she is forming an “exploratory committee” to consider challenging incumbent Jim Seward, R-Milford, in the state Senate’s 51st District next November.

“I really had a lot of fun and I think I did a lot of good,” said Nardi, who came within eight votes of defeating county board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego/Laurens.  With absent ballots counted today, the final tally was 561-543 for Clark, a lead a mere 10 votes could have shifted.

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Absentees Affirm ‘Reform Coalition’ Can Take Control

Absentees Affirm

‘Reform Coalition’

Can Take Control

But Republican Chairman Declares:

GOP Will Construct Working Majority

Democrat Danny Lapin, left, the new county board representative from District 13, City of Oneonta, and Republican Len Carson shook hands after today’s tallies were announced. In the middle is Maguire Benton, former Otsego County Young Democrats chair. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Today’s count of absentee ballots confirmed the Nov. 7 election results:  A bipartisan “Reform Coalition” can control the Otsego County Board of Representatives after Jan. 1, if like-minded Republicans and Democrats continue to find common ground.

At the end of an afternoon-long recount, with Lynn Krogh, a partner in Casale Associates, representing the GOP, and Richard Sternberg the Democrats:

  • The current county board chair, Kathy Clark, maintained a narrow District 3 edge against Democratic newcomer Cathy Nardi in Otego/Laurens, 561 to 543.
  • In District 13, the City of Oneonta’s Wards 5 & 6, newcomer Danny Lapin, age 29, a Democrat, kept his lead against Republican incumbent Len Carson. The final tally was 252-247.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOV. 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOV. 16

Pies For The Holidays

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PIE NIGHT – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Make mini pies with either apple, blueberry, or pumpkin filling. Make your own or to donate. Participants are also encouraged to bring other items to donate. Please RSVP by 11/14. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0001 or visit www.facebook.com/Family-Resource-Network-Teen-Scene-116757338406071/

VISITING WRITERS – 7 p.m. Professor Bradley J. Fest, The Shape of Things, and Poet Chelsea Jacobson kick off the colleges Visiting Writers Series. Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4911 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/poet-bradley-fest-open-hartwick-visiting-writers-series/

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BULLETIN: Clark 561, Nardi, 543

BULLETIN:

Clark 561, Nardi, 543

COOPERSTOWN – With all absentee ballots counted, republican incumbent Kathy Clark has won her District 3 seat on the Otsego County Board of Representitives over challenger Cathy Nardi, 561-543. Further results coming shortly.

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Underwood Faces 20 Years In Slaying

Now 26, He’ll Emerge At 46

Underwood Facing

20 Years In Slaying

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

OPD Officers Lindsay Rumenapp and Edmund Donley had a grim New Year’s Day, investigating a slaying. (www.AllOTSEGO.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Joshua Underwood, 26, will reenter society at age 46 after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter yesterday in a death in the wee hours of New Year’s Day in Oneonta.

Joshua Underwood

The plea in the death of Mark Morrison, 52, was entered before county Judge Brian Burns as the deadline – yesterday – for two plea options was running out, District Attorney John Muehl said today.

Muehl said he offered Underwood and his lawyer, Public Defender Bruce Maxson, two options:  second-degree murder, 15 years to life, or first-degree manslaughter at a firm 20 years.   Underwood chose the “determinant” sentence, the D.A. said.

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