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Oneida County’s Salka Plans 3rd Run At Magee

Madison County’s Salka

Plans 3rd Run At Magee

John Salka shakes hands with Bobby Walker, chairman of the Otsego County Young Republicans, at the 2016 Election Day Cooperstown Rotary Breakfast. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

BROOKFIELD – Republican John Salka,  Town of Brookfield supervisor, today announced he will launch a third bid this year against Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, for the 121st District seat.

“We won 19 towns in 2016, up from a single township in 2014,” he said, “and now seek the majority to win the assembly district!  Nearly 25,000 voters approved of our message in the last campaign, and we have gained considerable name recognition through the 121st district.”

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IN MEMORIAM John Kirk Clemens, 77; Led Leadership Institute

IN MEMORIAM

John Kirk Clemens, 77;

Led Leadership Institute

John K. Clemens

ONEONTA – John Kirk Clemens, Hartwick College professor emeritus of business administration, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 8, from complications due to Alzheimer’s’ disease.

John began his professorial career at Hartwick College in 1980. In addition to teaching, a passion he held throughout his 34-year career, he established the Hartwick Humanities in Management Institute as a result of receiving a substantial grant from the Kellogg Foundation to fund the creation of a leadership development program and complete a library of 100 leadership cases. These cases were used at Hartwick, at other universities and in corporate training programs nationwide. He wrote in refereed journals, as well as articles for the national business press. He co-authored four books.

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Man Arrested After Car Hits Milford Home

Man Arrested After Car

Runs Into Milford Home

A car crashed through the Jones’ family home in Milford early Sunday morning. (Photo Contributed by Tammy Jones)

MILFORD – A 63-yearold Fort Plain man was arrested and charged with DWI after he drove his car into the kitchen of Tammy and Barry Jones

According to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, Ray Agard was operating a car traveling north on State Highway 28 when he lost control of the vehicle and exited the right shoulder, striking a snow bank. His vehicle continued off the roadway before coming to rest in the Jones home at 124 North Main Street in Milford.

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Leatherstocking Corp. Team Signals End To General Store

Leatherstocking Corp. Team

Signals End To General Store

Lyman Townsend, left, the Leatherstocking Corp.’s director of maintenance, directs the removal of the former Cooperstown General Store sign from the front of 32 Main St., at the end of last week, in a photo submitted over the weekend. Nothing has been announced on the future of the building, which is attached to the Hall of Fame.
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Hall Of Fame Honors Black Inductees On MLK Day

Black Inductees Honored

By Hall On MLK Jr. Day

Standing next to a statue of Buck O’Neil, Cooperstown resident John Rankin explains why O’Neil was an important figure in baseball:  Hel was a star first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues, and eventually went on to become the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball. After his death in 2006, The Hall Of Fame created the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award to honor those that have made a significant impact on the game. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Thomas W. Eklund, 70; Vietnam Vet Built Cabinets, Homes, More

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas W. Eklund, 70;

Vietnam Vet Built Cabinets, Homes, More

Thomas W. Eklund

MARYLAND – Thomas W. Eklund, 70, whose creativity ranged from building houses and cabinets to building guitars, passed away at home after a long struggle with cancer on Jan. 13, 2018.

Thomas was born on Dec. 5, 1947 in Stamford, son of Robert and Pauline Eklund. Tom grew up in Davenport and graduated from Stamford Central School.  He then attended drafting school prior to joining the Navy and serving during the Vietnam War.

Thomas married Deborah Ingalls in 1999.

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Spirit Of MLK Lives On At St. Mary’s Celebration

Spirit Of MLK Lives On

At St. Mary’s Celebration

Reginald Brunson, Hobart, delivers his rendering of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech at this afternoon’s MLK Day commemoration organized by the NAACP, Oneonta Chapter, at the St. Mary’s Church this afternoon. At Right, Mayor Gary Herzig takes to the podium to read a Oneonta City Proclamation, remarking “Fifty years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we find ourselves withe a President who is a racist. I feel that this is the time where every community, no matter how small, needs to speak out and do what is right.”  The annual celebration featured a large selection of talents with music from LadyJam, DJ Wooden, St. Mary’s Choir, Eight Is Enough, and the Steve Fabrizio Jazz Ensemble as well as keynote speaker Dr. Luvelle Brown, superintendent of Ithaca Public Schools, Gary Stevens,  and remarks from NYS Attory General Eric Schneiderman to name a few. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JAN. 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JAN. 15

Museum Tours For MLK Day

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MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY – Visit www.thekingcenter.org/meaning-king-holiday to learn more.

CELEBRATION – 9 a.m. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the museum. Features guided tours, opportunity to learn about Jackie Robinson & Roberto Clemente. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/node/15910?date=0

FILM & DISCUSSION – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Showing civil rights film “Martin Luther King, I Have A Dream,” with Harry Bradshaw Matthews as facilitator. Location TBA. Call 607-431-4428 or visit www.hartwick.edu/campus-life/intercultural-affairs/

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60 Say ‘Happy 100th’ To Homer Osterhoudt

60 Say ‘Happy 100th’

To Homer Osterhoudt

Sixty friends, family and well-wishers are gathered at this hour – and until 4 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 21, Elm St. – to celebrate the 100th birthday of Homer Osterhoudt, retired mailman, square dancer for decades, and the man who has attended all but a handful of Hall of Fame Inductions, certainly a record.  Here, before digging into a slice of birthday cake, the guest of honor pauses with son Darrell and daughter-in-law Priscilla of Springfield, Va., and their daughter, Dana Roesener, of Springfield, Mo., for a family portrait.  Born in Oneonta and raised in Phoenix Mills, Homer operated a cement mixer during the construction of the Baseball Hall in 1937-39.  Lately, he’s been residing at Woodside Hall.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Car Crashes Through Jones Family Home

Car Crashes Into

Jones Family Home

A car crashed through the Jones’ family home in Milford early this morning. (Photo Contributed by Tammy Jones)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Russ Jones shows the damage to the outside of his parents’ house on Route 28 in Milford. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

MILFORD – Tammy and Barry Jones were awoken at 1 this morning by a loud crash in the kitchen of their home on Route 28 in Milford.

“It was a rude awakening,” said Tammy. “There was a car right in front of our dishwasher.”

According to Tammy, the driver of the car first tried to back out, then asked them to help him leave. “Then he asked if he could use our bathroom,” she said. “And I called 911.”

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