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Friends, Family Honor Gene Bettiol’s Legacy

Friends, Family Honor

Gene Bettiol’s Legacy

Mourner’s filled the Bettiol Theater to say goodbye to Eugene Bettiol, Sr., the foremost developer of Southside, who passed away Saturday Dec. 2 at age 85. Speakers included State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, Joseph Pondolfino, Jeanie Scarzafava, and Gene’s grandchildren. Music was provided by John Thompson. At right, Huemac Garcia and wife Suzanne give their condolences to Betty Bettiol, Gene’s widow in the receiving line following the service. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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IN MEMORIAM: Foster Lloyd Brown, 86; Author, SUNY Professor

IN MEMORIAM:

Foster Lloyd Brown, 86;

Author, SUNY Professor

Foster L. Brown

ONEONTA – Foster Lloyd Brown, SUNY Oneonta professor and best-selling college textbook author, passed away Dec. 1, 2017, at Albany Medical Center, of complications following heart surgery. He was 86.

He was born May 26, 1931, in Wheeling, W.Va., the eldest of three children of Durward B. Brown, a Methodist minister, and Dorothy Rine Brown, an author. Upon graduation from Shinnston High School in 1949, he served in the Navy.

Degrees included a bachelor’s in botany from West Virginia University; a master’s in plant physiology, also from WVU; and a doctorate in statistics from Cornell University, with post-doctoral research at the Imperial College London.

His co-authored book, “Statistical Concepts,” published by Harper & Row, became the world’s best-selling paperback textbook on statistics, according to the publisher.

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Locals Gather to Carol Around Goodyear Lake

Locals Gather to Carol

Around Goodyear Lake

Carolers gathered on a hay wagon on Saturday night at Goodyear Lake. The carolers rode around the lake singing holiday tunes to their friends and neighbors on the lake. Jamie Waters, pictured at center in blue, and his wife Brenda have been organizing the annual community event for four years as a way to bring community members together. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Wassail Warms As Snow Falls On Candlelight Evening

Wassail Warms As Snow Falls

At Candlelight Evening

Tulip Bailey and Julia McCrea, Cooperstown, serve wassail to Amanda Smith, Albany, during this evening’s Candle Light Evening at The Farmer’s Museum. As snow began to fall, families from around the region strolled through the warmly lit streets where they enjoyed caroling, live music, horse rides, bonfires, and more.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 10

Holiday Open House & Food Drive

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OPEN HOUSE – 3-5 p.m. Holiday event featuring baked goods, refreshments, a performance by Gerry Falco, Steve Fabrizio & Friends. Also collecting non-perishable items for the food pantry & Susquehanna Animal Shelter. St. James Manor, 9 St. James Pl., Oneonta. Call 607-436-9974 or visit www.facebook.com/St-James-Manor-Retirement-Community-394485027409541/

MEET & GREET – 3-5 p.m. Congressional Candidate Patrick Ryan presents a brief outline of his positions, followed by Q&A session, followed by a meet&greet with the public. Free, space limited. Village Hall Ballroom, Cooperstown. RSVP, 607-547-7011 or e-mail melindaghardin@gmail.com

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Helen ‘Hedy’ Warncke, 90; Worked At Greater Plains, SUNY Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM:  Helen ‘Hedy’ Warncke, 90;

Worked At Greater Plains, SUNY Oneonta

ONEONTA – Helen “Hedy” M. Warncke, 90, a retired educator, died Dec. 8, 2017, in Oneonta.

She was born in 1927 in Stroudsburg, Pa., the daughter of Carl and Esther Ainpac.

She worked in the Media Center at Greater Plains Elementary School and at the Instructional Resource Center in the Technical Services Area at SUNY Oneonta, retiring in 1994.

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Angel Tree Hosts Xmas Party For Kids

Youngsters Make Crafts

For Family’s Presents

Laurie Layman, Cherry Valley, right, and Jackie Graves, Oneonta, left, helps Jaden Lee, Oneonta, front, make a star-shaped yarn ornament at the volunteer with Jail Ministries of Otsego County’s third annual Angel Tree Christmas Party at St. Mary’s in Oneonta this afternoon. The event, for children who have an incarcerated parent, features tables of crafts for youngsters to make for their families, a gift selection table, free mittens and scarves, Bible teachings and holiday cookies. Seventeen local organizations participated. Each family that attended was given a $50 food voucher for a turkey with all the trimmings. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Previews ‘County Manager v. County Exec’

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Previews ‘County Manager v. County Exec’

“County Manager v. County Executive” will be held in Springbrook’s new Family Engagement Center.

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), previewed Thursday’s presentation by Dr. Gerald Benjamin, “County Manager v. County Executive.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO WAMC REPORT
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Alexandrina Fonseca, 101; Was Seamstress In Baystate For Many Years

IN MEMORIAM: Alexandrina Fonseca, 101;

Was Seamstress In Baystate For Many Years

ONEONTA – Alexandrina Fonseca, 101, for many years a seamstress in New Bedford, Mass., who moved here to be near family, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at A.O. Fox Nursing Home.

She was born Aug. 14, 1916, in New Bedford, Mass., the daughter of Edward and Alexandrina (Aguiar) Vieira.

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