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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24

History Of Canals

In Young America

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HISTORY SERIES – 6 p.m. Presentation “Who Wore It Better? The Trials of Progress and the Wise “Future Face of America”” discussing efforts by DeWitt Clinton and President George Washington to make internal improvements in the young country, specifically their efforts to build the Erie Canal, Potomac Company Canal Project. Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie. 518-673-2314 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar

TEEN WRITERS – 4 p.m. Monthly program where teens participate in writing prompts, share ideas, work with others. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/

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Louis R. Kilts, 74; Oneontan Worked In Maintenance

IN MEMORIAM: Louis R. Kilts, 74;

Oneontan Worked In Maintenance

MOHAWK – Louis R. Kilts, 74, of Mohawk, an Oneonta native who leaves several survivors in Otsego County, died Friday Oct. 12, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

Louis was born on Jan. 28, 1944, in Oneonta to Earl R. Kilts and Lilian Anderson Kilts. He worked in maintenance throughout his life.

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Final Mural’s Unveiling Due At Oneonta History Center

Final Mural’s Unveiling Due

At Oneonta History Center

AllOTSEGO.com Managing Editor Libby Cudmore and photographer Ian Austin were models for Brown’s Hardware. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

ONEONTA – Wilber Bank, the last of the Dietz Street murals depicting the five historic occupants of the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., will be unveiled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

Wilber Bank’s first location in Oneonta was in the southwest corner of the first floor of Walter  Brown’s hardware store in the building now owned by the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. After a fire in David Wilber’s bank in Milford, his friend Walter Brown offered space in his business.

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DEVLIN READS LETTER TAKING SON OFF HOOK

CLICK TO SEE DEPUTY RASO’S LETTER

DEVLIN READS

LETTER TAKING

SON OFF HOOK

Fernandez Uses Expletive

As Rancorous Debate Ends

Before this evening’s debate began before an SRO crowd in The Fenimore Museum auditorium, Sheriff Devlin, left, and his challenger, Bob Fernandez, stood as far apart from each other as the stage’s size allowed. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

While Devlin maintained a serious demeanor, Fernandez grinned and winked at audience members.

COOPERSTOWN – County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., ended this evening’s rowdy League of Women Voters’ debate in the packed Fenimore Museum Auditorium with a blockbuster.

Having faced criticism from his challenger, retired state trooper Bob Fernandez, on how Devlin handled the case of his prison-guard son, Ros, the sheriff read a letter in which a recently departing deputy exonerated the younger man:

“As I leave for another opportunity, I feel I must clear the air on an alleged incident that occurred on Jan. 5, 2017,” Devlin read from a sheet of paper that bore the signature of a James Raso.  “I was in the room when this incident allegedly occurred.  At no time did Ros Devlin make any statements that have been alleged.”

Asked about the Raso letter as the debate broke up a couple of minutes later, Fernandez answered, “B*** S***.”  He went on to say that the letter could have been extracted under pressure, in exchange for a good reference, and noted it wasn’t given under oath.

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Seward Lists Achievements; St. George Introduces Self

Seward Lists Achievements;

St. George Introduces Self

In opening remarks in this evening’s state Senate debate that followed the sheriff’s race one, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, focused on the multiple grants obtained for projects in Oneonta, Cooperstown and beyond, and how Republicans in the state Legislature blocked $1 billion in new taxes in the Senate and $20 billion in the House. A relative newcomer in a district served by Seward since 1986, the Democratic challenger, Joyce St. George of the Margaretville area in southern Delaware County, spoke of her business experience and successful efforts to found a food bank. The debate is ongoing at this hour in The Fenimore Museum auditorium in Cooperstown.   Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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As Crowd Rebels, League Threatens To Call Off Debate

BULLETIN

As Crowd Rebels,

League Threatens

To Call Off Debate

At least twice, League of Women Voters’ officials threatened to halt this evening’s debate between county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr., and retired state trooper Bob Fernandez as a rowdy SRO audience applauded against instructions and Fernandez repeatedly declined to followed the debate rules and time constraints.  When League organizers chided the audience, it responded with catcalls.  Here, when moderator Barbara Heim challenged audience members to take over if they thought they could do a better job, Tom Leiber of Cooperstown, a high school pal of Fernandez, jumped up and offered to do so.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CHECK BACK THIS EVENING FOR FULL REPORT

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23

Red Dragon Readings Continue

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READING SERIES – 7:30 – 9 p.m. Red Dragon Reading Series presents Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, author of “Blue Talk and Love,” which tells the stories of girls, women of color navigating daily urban life. Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2761939

FILM SCREENING – 6 – 8 p.m. Join Library, MVPHP and the Otsego County Department of Health view watch SMACKED! a documentary about addiction, recovery in Otsego County. Followed by panel discussion. 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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4 Pigs Found In Shed On Morris Dirt Road

SHELTER TEAM TO THE RESCUE

4 Pigs Found In Shed

On Morris Dirt Road

With crushed apples, two of four pigs rescued this afternoon are tempted out of a trailer into the Susquehanna Animal Shelter by Director Stacie Hayes and Alex McMillan, of the Leatherstocking Veterinary Services, New Berlin. The pigs were rescued after the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department notified the shelter that the emaciated animals were being kept in a shed without food or water, covered in mud and feces. The animals will be kept at the shelter for the time being, until a pig rescue organization can pick them up. (Libby Cudmore & Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Kitty Oliver, 92; Leaves Many Friends In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Kitty Oliver, 92;

Leaves Many Friends In Oneonta

Kitty Oliver

ONEONTA – Kitty Oliver, 92, passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at St. Margaret’s Care Home in Hawick, Scotland, leaving many friends behind in Oneonta.

She was born Jan. 6, 1925, in Hawick, Scotland.  She was an outstanding athlete in her youth and was a high school track and field champion.  Her brother, Bill McLaren, was the men’s champion the same year.  He went on to become an internationally renowned TV sports commentator.

In her later years, she became heavily involved in local arts and volunteer work.

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