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SEWARD BRINGS $250M TO REDO HISTORY CENTER

SEWARD BRINGS

$250M 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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Vote On Replacement Flagpole May Come Monday, Falk Says
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Vote On Replacement Flagpole

May Come Monday, Falk Says

The cars in this vintage postcard suggest a flagpole at Pioneer and Main has been a Cooperstown fixture at least going back to the 1940s.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Trustee Falk

COOPERSTOWN – Village Trustee Cindy Falk, Streets Committee chair, said a few minutes ago she hopes to have a motion for a new flagpole at Main and Pioneer ready for approval by the Village Board at its monthly meeting on Monday.

DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling is exploring the options and will be making a recommendation, Falk said.  She estimated a new pole alone will cost about $3,000, and wants to make sure there’s a sufficient base to allow better illumination when the flag flies at night.

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William H. Zoeller, 92, Cooperstown; Developed Lake Front Hotel, Marina
IN MEMORIAM

William  Zoeller, 92, Cooperstown;

Owned Lake Front Hotel, Marina

COOPERSTOWN – William Henry Zoeller, owner of Lake Front Hotel and Cooperstown Marine, passed away Sunday evening, Sept. 17, 2017, at his home in Lakeland Shores surrounded by his family. He was 92.

Born March 10, 1925, in Ozone Park, Queens, Bill was the only child of Michael G. and Lena P. (Schreiner) Zoeller.

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Landmark Flagpole Goes – At Least For A While

OPTIONS BEING STUDIED

Landmark Flagpole Goes

– At Least For A While

Cooperstonians won’t be giving take-a-left-at-THE-flagpole directions, at least for the while.  Delaware Engineering crews removed the landmark flagpole at Main and Pioneer this morning, part of the $1.2 million reconstruction of Pioneer Street between Church and Lake.  Mayor Jeff Katz said the intent is to replace it – but with what and how soon is still up in the air.  Katz said there is money for a new installation in the TEP (the federal Transportation Enhancement Project for Main Street scheduled for next year), but if it’s not too expensive, Village Hall may go ahead and replace it now.  “If we can do it now, we’ll do it now,” he said, adding that DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling is looking into the cost now.  The current flagpole has been in place since 2007, when a truck taking a turn knocked over a bigger, more sturdy one.
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