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Irving ‘Buster’ Jensen, 93; Dairy Farmer Was Active In Community Life

IN MEMORIAM: Irving ‘Buster’ Jensen, 93;

 Farmer Active In Gilbertsville Community 

GILBERTSVILLE – Irving “Buster” Chris Jensen, 93, a farmer who served on  the Gilbertsville school board, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City.

Irving was born the son of the late Jens Christian and Anna (Truelsen) Jensen in Hartwick.

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Ethel Joan Vetter, 78; Nurse, Fire Department Auxiliary President

IN MEMORIAM: Ethel Joan Vetter, 78;

Nurse, Fire Department Auxiliary President

COOPERSTOWN – Ethel Joan Vetter, 78, a nurse and past president of the Cooperstown Fire Department Auxiliary, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at her Pink Street home surrounded by her loving family.

Born Sept. 15, 1939, in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of George and Estell (Jochim) Hoffman. She graduated from PS 119, Queens; Richmond Hill High School, Queens; and Lutheran Medical Center School of Nursing, Brooklyn, in 1961, as a Registered Nurse.

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 ‘Ozzie’ McMorris II, 86, Otego; Village Official, Avid Firefighter
IN MEMORIAM

 ‘Ozzie’ McMorris II, 86, Otego;

Village Official, Avid Firefighter

OTEGO – Elbert Osborne “Ozzie” McMorris II, 86, longtime fire chief here and an avid firefighter recognized as Otsego County Fireman of the Year in 1999, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.

He was born July 13, 1931, in Oneonta, a son of the late Elbert and Leona B. (Boyes) McMorris.

On June 17, 1962, Ozzie married Marjorie Downie in Otego. They celebrated their 55th anniversary this year.

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SEWARD BRINGS $250M TO REDO HISTORY CENTER

SEWARD BRINGS

$250K TO REDO

HISTORY CENTER

GOHS Board Member Bill Pietraface presents Senator Seward with a commemorative statuette reflecting Oneonta’s love of baseball and proximity to Cooperstown, and praises him for “hitting a 250-grand slam.” (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Grant Will Largely Complete

15 Years OF GOHS Strivings

Applauding Senator Seward’s announcement are, from left, GOHS member Wayne Wright, the retired NYSHA library director, GOHS President Corinne Bresee Smith, past president John Carney, and Carney’s daughter Caralee.

ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, this afternoon joined Greater Oneonta Historical Society officers in announcing a $250,000 state grant to largely complete the renovations of the second and third floors of the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St.

The history center, Seward said, “is a showcase for the city’s past and a key component of the downtown revitalization taking place in Oneonta.”

In thanking the senator, GOHS President Corinne Bresee Smith expressed her organization’s gratitude, calling him “a native son of Oneonta (who) knows the value of our past and is invested in the vitality of our future.”

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPT. 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPT. 22

Open Mic At The Library

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OPEN MIC NIGHT – 6-8 p.m. Present your music, stories, poetry. Bring your own original work or the work of an artist you admire. Or enjoy the show. Cooperstown Village Library. Call (607) 547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Meet & Greet with the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Jim Havener will discuss books, his bookstore, how the program shaped his career. The Green Toad Bookstore, 198 Main St., Oneonta. Call (607) 433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/

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Jane Marie McMahon, 91; Reporter Retired Locally
IN MEMORIAM

Jane Marie McMahon, 91;

Reporter Retired Locally

Jane Marie McMahon

DELMAR – Jane Marie McMahon, 91, who spent 11 years in Westville after retiring there in 1990 from a reporting and writing career downstate, died Sept. 19 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s in Albany after a yearlong illness.

She was born in the Bronx, the daughter of William A. and Fawn Shine, and raised in Hawthorne, White Plains and Briarcliff, Westchester County.

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Goodbye To All That!

Goodbye – For Now!

Cooperstown’s Eric Pierce must have been among the last people to see the flagpole standing at Main and Pioneer. He snapped this on the way to work shortly before 8 a.m. today.   Communication wires under the intersection required its removal as part of Pioneer Street reconstruction, but the Village Board may make a decision on a new, taller one Monday.  
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPT. 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPT. 21

The Life Of Bees

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HONEY BEES – 6:30 p.m. “Insight into the Life of the Honey Bee” by John and Diana Armstrong of Richfield Springs hosted by the Garden Club of Richfield Springs at Lighthouse Fellowship Center, Richfield Springs Bible Church, 19 Church St., Richfield Springs. Call (607)547-5648.

ORAL HISTORY – 7 p.m. Members of the Pittsfield Historical Society present and discuss collecting oral histories. Cooperstown Graduate program ends the night with the oral histories of Hartwick residents. Kinney Memorial Library, Hartwick. Visit www.facebook.com/Kinney-Memorial-Library-826941007399746/

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CVS Might Be Looking At November Opening

CVS Might Be Looking

At November Opening

Word is circulating in the Chestnut and Beaver street neighborhood that the new CVS may be opening as soon as early November. Originally, the plan was to shift operations from the downtown Cooperstown store to the new drive-thru store at the south end of the village by next March. In recent weeks, construction activity has stepped up at the new site, with crews working well beyond the usual 7-3 shift. In the past week, the roof structure has been completed, and final shingling was underway today.  No one was available this afternoon at the company’s Rhode Island headquarters for comment.  (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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Callahan Murder Trial No Slam Dunk, D.A. Says

Callahan Conviction Was

No Slam Dunk, D.A. Says

Trying a murder case 17 years after the event didn’t guarantee success, Otsego County District Attorney John M. Muehl says in an exclusive interview with Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. But new information – of a conversation Casey Callahan initiated with friends four months before the slaying of his wife, and testimony from the wife’s psychiatrist – were keys to Muehl making his case. Foremost, the prosecutor said, Callahan had talked too much. For details of this story and more, read this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands this afternoon.
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