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Brose, Tarbell Take First At Fatty Bumpo

Brose, Tarbell Take First

At Fatty Bumpo Race

Getting a quick start at the beginning of the race, Andrew Gracey established a big lead during the first lap of the third annual Fatty Bumpo bicycle race at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. Taylor Brose took first in the men’s division, and Tamara Tarbell took first in the women’s division. Gracey came just short of the podium, finishing in fourth place. (Parker Fish/
Mothers And Sons Fill Foothills For Shamrock Swing

Mothers And Sons Fill Foothills

For Shamrock Swing

Oneonta’s Matthew Rubin, 10, dances with his mother and his younger brother Luca Rubin, 8, during Oneonta’s third annual Shamrock Swing Mother Son Dance at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. Tickets were sold out ahead of the event, and the dance floor was packed with young men dressed to impress as they danced the night away with their mothers. (Parker Fish/

St. Patrick’s Day Benefit Buffet


BREW & STEW – Noon – 5 p.m. St. Patrick’s day Brew and Irish Stew Buffet in support of the Oneonta Outlaws. Tickets on sale at The Shipping Room. Cost, $25/person. Damaschke Field Clubhouse, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-6326 or visit

PLAY READING – 4 – 6 p.m. Presenting “Miz MacQuillin” a new work by Central New York Playwright John Paul Porter. Feedback welcome. Admission by donation. Next reading, 3/17. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1400 or visit

OHS Recognized On SADD 20th

OHS Recognized On SADD 20th

County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin presents SADD “Strides for Safety” certificates to Oneonta School Superintendent Joe Yelich and SADD Adviser Cathy J. Lynch during a visit today to talk to Oneonta High School students. SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, is marking its 20th anniversary. Locally SADD sponsors such fundraisers as a 5K walk/run and a health fair, with proceeds going to alcohol- and drug-free after-prom parties and educational programs that discourage drinking.

Mother Son Dance


SHAMROCK SWING – 6 – 9 p.m. Mother’s and Sons, enjoy dinner, dancing, activities, and win prizes. Cost, $65/couple. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. call 607-431-2080 or visit

CHAMBER ENSEMBLE – 7:30 p.m. The Capital Trio performs works by Dvorak & Haydn. Free, open to the public. Anderson Theater, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4000 or visit

With ‘Shakin’ The Family Tree’ Philharmonic Celebrates Diversity

With ‘Shakin’ The Family Tree,’

Philharmonic Celebrates Diversity

The Fly Creek Philharmonic troupe – including Gary Kuch, Chris Kjolhede and Bill Hayes, clustered in center – polish their skills at last evening’s dress rehearsal in preparation for 8 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church. This year’s theme is “Shakin’ The Family Tree,” a celebration of diversity. Tickets available at Riverwood in Cooperstown and Fly Creek General Store. (Tara Barnwell/
Trammell Tours Hall Ahead Of July Induction

Alan Trammell Undergoes

Hall Of Fame Orientation

Detroit Tigers Shortstop Alan Trammell, a six-time all-star, four-time Golden Glove winner, three-time Silver Slugger, and 1984 World Series MVP, signs the spot where his plaque will be placed after his July 29 induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, where he went through his pre-induction orientation today.   “For an individual accomplishment, it really doesn’t get much better than this,” said Trammell. “I’m a proud, proud person, and I’m very honored to go in wearing the old english ‘D’.”  Trammell, who spent his entire career playing for Detroit, will be pictured wearing the Tigers cap on his Hall of Fame Plaque.  (Parker Fish/


Bone Found In Florida May Belong To Missing Laurens Man

Police Suspect Bones In Florida

Belong To Missing Laurens Man

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Michael Shaver

LAURENS – Police believe that human remains found buried underneath a fire pit in the backyard of a Lake County, Florida, home may belong to a Laurens man last seen in 2015.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Michael Shaver, 36, was reported missing in February by a close friend who said that no one had heard from Shaver since October 2015.  All activity in his bank account stopped at that time, too.

When sheriff’s Deputies went to the Shavers’ home on Feb. 16, his wife, Laurie Shaver, 35, also told them she had not seen or heard from him since 2015.  She allowed deputies to search the home, but as they walked with her to the backyard, they noticed a large depression in the back yard and noted that there was a fresh layer of concrete, the newspaper reported.

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