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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 16

Butternut Valley Summer Harvest Fest

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HARVEST FEST – 3 – 6 p.m. Celebrate Summer Harvest featuring Farmers Market, Live Music, kids zoomobile, more. Free admission, food. Guy Rathbun Park (behind firehouse), 117 Main St., Morris. Visit butternutvalleyalliance.org

CABARET – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Join the Guilty Pleasure Cabaret for a fun, all-levels, dance class sure to get you sweating. Combines elements of Jazz, Hip Hop, fitness, stiletto heals to bring out your inner diva, build confidence, find your fierce. Bring water, active wear, sneakers. Cost, $15/adult. THE CHURCH, 2381 NY-205, Mount Vision. 607-638-5119 or visit www.upsi-ny.com/upcoming-events-news/

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OCCA Executive Orzetti Lake Association’s ‘Citizen’

OCCA Executive Orzetti

Lake Association’s ‘Citizen’

At the Otsego Lake Association’s 25th annual meeting Saturday at the Glimmerglass Festival, Paul H. Lord, Biological Field Station dive master, left, congratulates Master Scuba Diver Dale E. Webster, who received the OLA’s 2018 Diver Commendation Award.  In the center is Leslie Orzetti, executive director, Otsego County Conservation Association, who received the Lake Citizen Award.  The program, “Winter on Otsego Lake,” was presented by Tom Heitz.  (Paul Donnelly photos for AllOTSEGO.com)
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Constance Gallup, Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Constance Gallup, Oneonta

ONEONTA – Constance Gallup passed away Aug. 7, 2018 after a lengthy battle.

She will be missed by her family Kim Nelson, Priscilla Davis, Joanne and William Fisher, Bunnie and Jack Hand.  Her many friends including Sue, Levi, Karen, Diane, Gary and notably Mary Peterson will also miss her dearly.  Not one to forget a birthday or a phone call, Connie loved her nephews and nieces.

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Dog Killed in Ford Avenue Blaze

Dog Killed in Ford Avenue Fire

Crews battled the Ford Avenue blaze for an hour, but the homeowner’s dog was killed in the fire. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – A dog was killed in a fire that engulfed a home at 89 Ford Avenue earlier this evening.

The Oneonta Fire Department was dispatched to the home at 5:45 p.m. after a 911 call. “You could see the smoke from Main Street,” said Fire Chief Pat Pidgeon.

When they arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed. “Flames were rolling out the front porch windows and onto the porch roof, into the upper floors,” said Capt. Brad Smith.

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HOUSE FIRE ON FORD AVENUE

HOUSE FIRE AT

89 FORD AVENUE

Fire crews from the Oneonta and Sidney Fire Departments are on the scene of a house fire at 89 Ford Avenue in Oneonta. Though the fire has been contained, when crews responded to the call at 5:45 p.m., the black smoke could be seen from the bottom of Ford Avenue and the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire, and the cause is still unknown. Mutual Aid is being provided by Worcester, Franklin, Schenevus and Otego fire departments, with. Laurens on standby for the OFD. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

This Is A Developing Story,

Please Check Back For Details

 

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Charles Briscoll, 83; Former Partner In S&S Liquor Store

IN MEMORIAM: Charles Briscoll, 83;

Former Partner In S&S Liquor Store

ONEONTA – Charles Briscoll, 83, partner in a former Southside Mall liquor store, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at Fox Hospital.

He was born Aug. 25, 1934. He attended Oneonta High School, then joined the Armed Services.

Returning home, he was a jeweler at Gallin’s Jewelry, then a liquor salesman before partnering with his daughter, Sharon, in S&S Liquors in Southside Mall.  (She now runs Best Wine & Spirits.)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

Tour History Of Oneonta Revitalization

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WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Downtown Revitalization Then & Now along Main & Market Streets with Gary Wickham & Bob Brzozowski. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

ART CLASS – 3 – 4 p.m. Entertaining class for kids to learn Mask Making based on Thaw Gallery Yup’ik masks. Free. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

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Barbara Novko, 86, Of Laurens; Mother Of 9 Children

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Novko, 86,

Of Laurens; Mother Of 7 Children

Barbara K. Novko

LAURENS – Barbara Katharine Novko, 86, who raised seven  children, passed away, Aug. 13, 2018 at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.

She was born Dec. 19, 1931, in Albany, the daughter of Arthur and Katharine (Carey) Hutson.

Barbara graduated from Holy Names Academy in Albany.  She held several jobs during her lifetime, her most treasured was being a mother and grandmother.

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VanCourt-Wels Pleads Guilty To Assault

SUNY Student Pleads Guilty 

To Stabbing Girlfriend In Face

Appearing in Otsego County Court before Judge Brian Burns, Julian VanCourt-Wels accepted a plea deal this morning from the District Attorney’s office, pleading guilty to assault in the first degree, a class B violent felony. In December, VanCourt-Wels stabbed his girlfriend in the face multiple times at their Maple Street apartment in Oneonta. Vancourt-Wels will serve ten years in a New York State correctional facility for the crime as part of the plea deal. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Russians Play On Divisions, Post’s Timberg Tells Crowd

Russians Play On Divisions,

Post’s Timberg Tells Crowd

Russians meddlers in the 2016 U.S. elections played up racial, ethnic and other divisions among Americans, recirculating articles from major newspapers that highlighted those issues, the Washington Post’s Craig Timberg, who summers near Cherry Valley, told an SRO crowd this evening in Cooperstown Village Hall.  A Pulitzer Prize winner, Timberg said many details about the Russian’s interference and its extent are still unclear to reporters – 20 at the Washington Post – who are working on the story full time.  Here he fields a question from Patty MacLeish of Cooperstown.  Timberg, son-in-law of Ed and Joan Badgley of Cooperstown, spoke on the topic, “Russian Disinformation: Will it Happen Again?”  The talk was sponsored by the Friends of the Village Library.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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