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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

Writers Open Mic

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WRITERS SALON – 7:30 p.m. Begin with Open Mic session followed by presentation by poetry, fiction author George Hovis. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/writers-salon-george-hovis/?instance_id=1042

OPENING RECEPTION – 7 – 9 p.m. Celebrate opening new business with complimentary champaign & hors devours. Henry March Gallery, 83 Main St., Cooperstown. E-mail info@henrymarch.com or visit www.facebook.com/henrymarchgallery/

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Fire-Sprinkler Reg Excludes All But One Business, Owner Reports

Fire-Sprinkler Reg Excludes All

But One Business, Owner Reports

By CATHY NARDI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Bernie Zeh tells Common Council a new fire-safety regulation has damaged his business by excluding all but one local company.  Liz Rose of Peter Clark Rentals, left, seconded Zeh’s concerns.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – During last evening’s Common Council, Bernie Zeh Jr. petitioned Council to hear his grievance.

Zeh said his business, ABM Fire Equipment, Hartwick Seminary,  is suffering unfairly due to a recent regulation that requires fire-sprinkler inspectors to obtain a Level II inspectors certificate from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering and Technologies (NICET).

“We were not notified of this change,” Zeh said.

Common Council passed the new code at a January 2016 meeting.

“It wasn’t until August 2017, when a customer called us to say the city would not accept our report that we were even made aware that there had been a change,” said Zeh.

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Salvation Army Bell Ringers Sought For Christmas 2018

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Sought For Christmas 2018

ONEONTA – The Salvation Army is taking applications for bell ringers for the 2018 Red Kettle Campaign, which has a $57,000 goal.

The campaign starts on Saturday, Nov. 10. and concludes Monday, Dec. 24.

There will be a Bell Ringer Orientation Meeting at noon Monday, Nov. 5 at The Salvation Army, 25 River St., Oneonta.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17

SUNY Oneonta Slam Poetry

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POETRY SLAM – 8 – 10:30 p.m. Open mic open to 10 students followed by featured slam poet Hanif Abdurraqib, author of poetry collection ‘The Crown Ain’t Worth Much,’ essayist, cultural critic from Columbus Ohio. Free, open to public. Waterfront room, Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2674946

HEATSMART LAUNCH – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Launch event of Heatsmart Otsego, featuring guest speaker Jay Egg, discussing basics of Geothermal energy, how far it can go toward renewable energy future, more. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/heat-smart-otsego-launch-event/

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Artspace Plans 3-Day Oneonta Exploration

Artspace Plans 3-Day

Oneonta Exploration

 Tours, Multiple Public Meetings Planned

 ONEONTA – Artspace, which is considering creating affordable spaces for artists and creative businesses in Center City, will be holding “stakeholder meetings: in Oneonta next week.

The visit, exploring the feasibility of a live-work building, including the Oneonta Ford site,  will include a tour of the DRI area, meetings with local artists and businesspeople, and end with a community meeting preceded by performances of local dance groups, musicians and artists.

Here’s the schedule:

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Seward Delivers $1M For Hartwick Upgrade

Seward Delivers $1M

For Hartwick Upgrade

Senator Seward discusses water-system improvements wiith Town Supervisor Robert O’Brien, and Town Board member Chris Briggs. (Jeff Bishop photo)

HARTWICK – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today joined Town of Hartwick officials to announce a $1 million state grant to fund major upgrades to the town’s water system.  The full cost of improvements will be $1.35 million.

“This state grant will help ensure that the upgrades will take place without a major rate hike or tax increase for those who rely on the system,” Seward said.

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Steven F. Koberlein, 39; Unadilla Man Fought Battle Against Cancer

IN MEMORIAM: Steven F. Koberlein, 39;

Unadilla Man Fought Battle Against Cancer

Steve Koberlein

UNADILLA – Steven F. Koberlein, 39, knowns to friends and family as the “Big Dog”, passed away on Oct. 13, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A Unadilla native, he was born June 26, 1979, in Sidney to George and Barbara (Bell) Koberlein. He was a 1998 graduate of the Unatego Junior/Senior High School. For the last 17 years he was employed by Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney.

He lived a rich and endearing life by these tenets: Behave humbly. Give Generously. Dress modestly. Love Sincerely.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16

Presenting Local Folk Artist

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COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 2 p.m. Marjorie Landers and Her Folk Art. Learn how Marjorie Landers began her career in folk art, see examples of her work, enjoy refreshments after presentation. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-0600 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/

BOOK CLUB – 6 p.m. Social Justice Book Club discusses “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption’ by Bryan Stevenson, who also presented this years Mills Distinguished Lecture at SUNY Oneonta. The Green Toad Book Store, 198 Main St., Oneonta. 607-433-8898 or visit hwww.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/

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OFO Wins $3M To Provide Legal Help To Abuse Victims

OFO Wins $3M To Provide

Legal Help To Abuse Victims

Dan Maskin

ONEONTA – Opportunities for Otsego has received a $3 million grant to hire attorneys who will support crime victims with civil legal matters, such as divorce, custody, immigration and financial issues, OFO CEO Dan Maskin announced a few minutes ago.

Administered by the state Office of Victim Services (OVS), the federally funded grant will provide $600,000 annually for each of the next five years so its Violence Intervention Program can provide free legal help to its clients.

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Custom Electronics Wins Grant To Build Batteries, Add Jobs

Custom Electronics

Wins Grant To Build

Batteries, Add Jobs

ONEONTA – The State of New York has approved a $750,000 grant to help Custom Electronics manufacture a new product line of smart batteries for use in disaster recovery, hospitals and the entertainment field, Otsego Now announced today.

The total project cost is $2.2 million, and is expected to create 50 jobs at the plant at 87 Browne St., Town of Oneonta.

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