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John ‘Jack’ Gardner, 72; Taught Communications At SUNY Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: John ‘Jack’ Gardner, 72;

Taught Communications At SUNY Oneonta

Jack Gardner

ONEONTA –  John “Jack” Gardner, 72, who spent his career in SUNY Oneonta’s Speech & Communications department, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, after a long battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones.

Jack was born in Donora, Pa., and graduated from Monongahela Valley Catholic, Class of 1963. He received degrees from St. Vincent College, Pittsburgh State University and Penn State, before moving with his family to Oneonta to join SUNY Oneonta.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB.23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB.23

Boat Night At The Y

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FLOAT NIGHT – 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Make a boat with the family and race it in the pool. All supplies provided. All welcome if accompanied by a YMCA member. Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0010 or visit www.oneontaymca.org/upcoming-events.html

THEATER – 7:30 p.m. SUNY Oneonta Theater dept. presents “Barefoot in the Park,” a romantic comedy about a newlywed couples emerging life in NYC. Admission, $5/person. Hamblin Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Visit connect.oneonta.edu/event/1163087

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Bob Hanft Due To Receive Hartwick Honorary Degree

Bob Hanft Due To Receive

Hartwick Honorary Degree

Bob Hanft

ONEONTA – Bob Hanft ’69 of Cooperstown, ’69, former chair of the Hartwick College trustees and an Otsego County community leader, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree at the 2018 Commencement at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19, on Elmore Field.

Also at the graduation, Trustee Virginia (Ginny) Elwell ’77 will receive a honorary doctor of laws degree, and Linda Reckhow Thomson ’72, Ph.D., M.S.N., will be awarded the President’s Award for Liberal Arts in Practice.

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Dorothy May Bolton, 90; Employed 3 Decades At Edmeston Central

IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy May Bolton, 90;

Employed 3 Decades At Edmeston Central

BURLINGTON – Dorothy May Benjamin Bolton, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who worked at Edmeston Central School for three decades, passed away Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018 in Cooperstown.

Dorothy was born Sept. 18, 1927, in Burlington, the daughter of the late Murray and Florence Stickles Benjamin.  She was predeceased by her loving husband of 35 years, Bruce.

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Tenney Stands By Statement: ‘Many Mass Murderers Dems’

Tenney Stands By Statement:

‘Many Mass Murderers Dems’

Local Congressman Attacks ‘Anti-Gun Liberal Elitists’
Representative Tenney

Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, whose 22nd District dips down into the Otsego County towns of Richfield and Springfield, is standing by her guns that “so many” mass murderers “end up being Democrats.”

She issued this statement today after her remarks in a Wednesday radio interview came under criticism:

“I am fed up with the media and liberals attempting to politicize tragedies and demonize law-abiding gun owners and conservative Americans every time there is a horrible tragedy.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB.22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB.22

Showing ‘Punch Drunk Love’

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FILM SOCIETY – 7 – 8:40 p.m. The Film Society of Cooperstown presents, for its premier event, “Punch Drunk Love” which follows an emotionally unstable business man whose mundane life radically changes when he falls in love. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

READING SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Red Dragon reading series presents writer & actor David Mills, reading from “Talking to the Bones,” the first poetic work on New York’s African American Burial Ground, the Oldest & largest slave cemetery in America. Lee Hall, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-2571 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/english/reddragonreading/reddragonreadingseries.asp

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How Does Jumping Into Icy Goodyear Lake Feel?

How Does Jumping Into

Icy Goodyear Lake Feel?

Haven’t you asked yourself that question? This year, reporter Parker Fish took one for the team, taking part in the Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump and returning safely to share his experience with the rest of us landlubbers. Also in this week’s Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, Managing Editor Libby Cudmore and her husband, photographer Ian Austin, took a side trip to Oneonta Falls during a trip to Portland, Ore., expecting a pristine vista; instead, they found 42,000 charred acres that burned last September. Read their report from the scene. And much more exclusive material in the week’s newspapers, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Cooperstown Bat Company Featured On ESPN Segment At Astros’ Camp

Cooperstown Bat Company

Featured On ESPN Segment

Jose Altuve
Sal Paolantonio

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – A Cooperstown Bat Company bat thrilled Houston Astro Jose Altuve early today, and by 9 a.m. the Cooperstown company’s products were being praised on ESPN Sports Center.

As Bat Company owner Tim Haney described it in a call from Florida a few minutes ago, he was at Astros’ batting practice and asked Altuve if he’d like to try one of the Cooperstown bats.

“He took it over to the batting cage,” said Tim.  “All of a sudden he went right to the batting machine, which was throwing pitches at 90 miles an hour.”

“It was a little nerve-racking,” said the local businessman, who is visiting spring-training camps to get MLB players to try his wares.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.21

Winter Scavenger Hunt

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SCAVENGER HUNT – 10 – 11:30 a.m. Get the kids out enjoy the winter wonderland with OCCA. Riddell State Park, Riddell Rd., Davenport. Call 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/get-the-kids-out-winter-scavenger-hunt/

HISTORY SEMINAR – 6 – 7 p.m. “Roots Seminar: A PowerPoint Event Honoring Black And Hispanic Military Heroes And Heroines.” Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4428 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-celebrate-african-american-history-month/

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Two Arrested For Making Threats Against Schools

Two Arrested For Making

Threats Against Schools

O’Day

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

FRANKLIN – A 21 year old man was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats against Franklin Central School, just days after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. left 17 dead.

Aiden M. O’Day, Otego, was arrested by State Police Sunday, Feb. 18 after he allegedly made terroristic threats against Franklin Central School. Day was arrested without incident, and the investigation determined that there was no danger to the school or public.  O’Day was arraigned in the Otego Town Court and remanded to the Otego County Jail.

We cooperated with law enforcement during the investigation, and we are grateful to the New York State Police for the swift action in making the arrest,” wrote Superintendent Brad Zillox. “Please know that the district is taking any threat seriously and will not hesitate to take action as needed. We ask that everyone be extremely mindful and cautious regarding their comments and/or communications.”

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