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Beatrice ‘Betty’ Ford, 98; N.J. Native Great-Grandmother Of Three

IN MEMORIAM:  Beatrice ‘Betty’ Ford, 98;

N.J. Native Great-Grandmother Of Three

UNADILLA – Beatrice W. “Betty” Ford, 98, a longtime resident of Unadilla and great-grandmother of three, passed away on Sat. Sept. 15, 2018 at the Fox Nursing Home.

Betty was born on Oct. 23, 1919, in Newark, N.J., the only child of William and Margurrite Williams.

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Katz Says Delgado Interested In ‘Bettering Our Lives,’ Not Donors’

Katz Says Delgado Interested In

‘Bettering Our Lives,’ Not Donors’

COOPERSTOWN – Former Cooperstown mayor Jeff Katz today endorsed Antonio Delgado for Congress in New York’s 19th District, the Delgado campaign announced.

Delgado is facing incumbent Republican John Faso, R-Kinderhook, and former “Law & Order: SVU” star Diane Neal, an independent, in the Nov. 6 election.

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Wild Cooperstown

Wild Cooperstown

No, his eyes weren’t failing him. That was one big porcupine that Oneonta’s Dave Rees spotted on a Nelson Avenue porch as he headed into Cooperstown this morning. Even in a country town, that was a bit of a novelty. (David Rees photo)
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Wayne Brownell, 66; Machinist, Contractor Worked In Pa.

IN MEMORIAM: Wayne Brownell, 66;

Machinist, Contractor Worked In Pa.

EDMESTON – Wayne Brownell, 66, a machinist and contractor who ended his career working for a fracking company in Pennsylvania, passed away on Sept. 11, 2018, at his home in Edmeston.

Wayne was born on May 11, 1952, in New Berlin,  the son of Max JR and Bernice Brownell. He spent most of his childhood in the New Berlin area. Wayne attended New Berlin and South New Berlin schools.

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SVU Actress Diane Neal Back On 19th CD Ballot

SVU Actress Diane Neal

Back On 19th CD Ballot

Diane Neal

Diane Neal, Casey Novack on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” is back on the 19th Congressional District ballot in the Nov. 6 general election, AP is reporting.

Last month, the state Board of Elections rejected enough of Neal’s petitions that she lost her listing; today, a state Supreme Court judge reversed that decision.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

Red Dragon Reading Series Opens

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READING SERIES – 7:30 – 9 p.m. Join the Red Dragons for reading by Bradley J. Fest and Julie Suarez Hayes. CME Great Room, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2720355

AUTHOR PRESENTATION – 7 – 8 p.m. Noted author David Pietrusza discusses latest book “TR’s Last War: Theodore Roosevelt, The Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy.” Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

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Mary (Hebbard) Monroe, 84, Oneonta; Co-Owner Of Bookhout Funeral Home
IN MEMORIAM

Mary (Hebbard) Monroe, 84, Oneonta;

Co-Owner Of Bookhout Funeral Home

ONEONTA – A graveside service for Mary (Hebbard) Monroe is 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Glenwood Cemetery in Oneonta.  Mrs. Monroe died Friday, Sept. 7, at Fox Nursing Home, nine days short of her 85th birthday, from complications of COPD.

She was predeceased on Oct. 7, 2016, by her husband David Monroe; the couple co-owned Bookhout Funeral Home.

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Steven Mednansky, 89; Korean Era Veteran, Amphenol Retiree

IN MEMORIAM: Steven Mednansky, 89;

Korean Era Veteran, Amphenol Retiree

LAURENS – Steven Mednansky, 89, of Laurens, a Korean Era veteran and Amphenol retiree, passed away on September 13, 2018 at his home.

He was born on Aug. 18, 1929, in Burlington, Conn., a son of the late Paul and Eva (Kovacovic) Mednansky. He was a graduate of Laurens Central School.

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Harriet Hegeman, 95; Survivors Include Oneonta Attorney

IN MEMORIAM: Harriet Hegeman, 95;

Survivors Include Oneonta Attorney

CLAVERACK – Harriet B. Hegeman of Claverack, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, 2018, at Columbia Memorial Hospital, in the gentle embrace of her daughter and son-in-law. She was 95.

Survivors include Oneonta attorney Thomas Hegeman, a stepson.

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