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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 19

Jazz Concert In Neahwa

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CONCERT SERIES – 7 – 8 p.m. Chris Wolf-Gould Jazz Ensemble performs in Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Visit www.destinationoneonta.com/events/

FIREMANS CARNIVAL – 6 p.m. – Midnight. Features rides, Elk Creek Sky Divers at 6:30 to kick off the festivities, live music by the Jason Wicks Band. Free Parking/admission. Rt. 7, Schenevus. Visit www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/schenevus-firemans-carnival-2018

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Council Approves Nick’s Application

Council Approves

Nick’s Application

Application Headed To Albany For Final Approval
With daughter Amiley and wife Sheena tearfully hugging him, Rodney Thorsland celebrates the approval of his CDBG grant application, moving him one step closer to solidifying the $230,000 grant. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta’s Eric Dohner spoke out in opposition to Thorsland’s grant application, saying that he was “personally offended” by the application.

ONEONTA – The audience filled the seats and spilled out into the hallway as the Oneonta Common Council determined the fate of Nick’s Diner on Chestnut Street this evening. The council ultimately voted to approve prospective owner Rodney Thorsland’s grant application, allowing him to send the application to Albany, where the state will decide whether or not to fund his $230,000 Community Development Block Grant application.

Thorsland’s request has been hotly debated in the past three Common Council meetings, with many community members speaking out in opposition of the proposed grant.

“As a businessman who has invested one and a half million dollars of my own money in local business, I find it personally offensive that the city would even consider supporting giving a grant to a business that is not unique to the community in any way,” said Eric Dohner, Oneonta. “These 15 full-time equivalent jobs are only going to be minimum wage. They’re not going to draw anybody to the city, and they’re not going to keep young people who are looking for a career in the city.”

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

Tour Oneonta’s Downtown

Revitalization Then & Now

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WALKING TOUR – 7 – 8 p.m. Bob Brzozowski & Gary Wickham lead walking tour, “Downtown Revitalization Then & Now” through Main & Market Streets. Learn urban renewal plans of 1970s to today’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). Admission by Donation. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta 607-432-0960 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaHistory/

TOWN HALL – 7 p.m. Meeting features Antonio Delgado (Running for Congress), Joyce St. George (Running for State Senate), & Chad McEvoy (Running for State Assembly). Sponsored by Sustainable Otsego. Free, open to the public. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.

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SUNY Chancellor Visits Oneonta Campus

SUNY Chancellor Pays

Visit To Oneonta Campus

Dr. Johnson is seen talking with new SUNY Oneonta President Dr. Barbara Jean Morris. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

State University of New York Chancellor Dr. Kristina M. Johnson visited SUNY Oneonta this morning, and answered questions in front of a large audience in the Welcome Center. Johnson, who was scheduled to visit in April but had to cancel, revealed that a she had suffered a 3rd degree heart blockage which prevented her from making the trip to Oneonta in the spring. Johnson joked about the issue, saying that the pacemaker that she received was invented by a SUNY student. “So I’m thrilled to be here in Oneonta, but I’m also just thrilled to be alive, and its all thanks to the SUNY system,” she said. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Hungarian Refugees Return to Oneonta For Thanks

Hungarian Refugees Return

To Roots At Shue Homestead

Julias Bartfai, Ontario, looks through old newspaper clippings and photos with Marie Shue, Oneonta this evening where he and his family came to visit for a BBQ. The Shue’s home, located on Parish Avenue, was formally the home of the Bartfais, who, after fleeing the Hungarian Revolution in 1957, were brought to Oneonta after being sponsored by the Oneonta Rotary Club. Despite the Bartfais not speaking English upon their arrival, Rotarians were able to set them up with a place to live and a job at Coddington’s Florist. Of the Bartfais family were Alex, Julie, Jeff, John and Julius, who were joined by Doug and Grace Coddington, Bill and Marie Shue and Rotarian Sam Koury. “People don’t always do things to be thanked.” said Julias, “But the people who helped my parents, Mr. Clifford and Mr. Green, they had a profound effect on my life. And to them I say ‘thank you’.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 17

Big Band Jazz Concert

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CONCERT – 7 p.m. Leatherstocking Jazz, 16 piece Big Band of local music teachers, professionals, students perform classic, contemporary jazz. Lake Front Park, Cooperstown. 607-547-5256 or visit richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

WORKSHOP – 4 – 5 p.m. Children hand stuff an elephant, wish on a star, name their elephant, dress it, listen to a story, and sing songs. Ages 4+. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/youth-programs/

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Virginia Mae Ethington, 95; From One-Room School To Nursing Career

IN MEMORIAM:  Virginia Mae Ethington, 95;

From One-Room School To Nursing Career

CHERRY VALLEY – Virginia Mae (Oliver) Ethington, 95, who rose from a one-room schoolhouse to Syracuse University and a nursing career, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Centers Health Care in Cooperstown.

Born on Feb. 13, 1923, in Summit, she was the daughter of James and Hilda (Sperbeck) Oliver.

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Richard L. Collins, 88; Retired D&H Stationmaster, Dispatcher

IN MEMORIAM: Richard L. Collins, 88;

Retired D&H Stationmaster, Dispatcher

ONEONTA – Richard L. Collins, 88, a former D&H stationmaster and dispatcher, passed away July 14, 2018, at his home.

He was born Aug. 27, 1929, and Central Bridge, the son of Leland and Frances (Neville) Collins.  He married Jean Duham on July 15, 1950, in Glen Cove.   She predeceased him on Sept. 27, 2012.

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Clean-Up Underway After Thunderstorm

Clean-Up Underway

After Thunderstorm

The whirring sound of the village’s “Bandit Intimidator” wood chipper is being heard throughout Cooperstown today, as crews, including Assistant DPW Superintendent Chris Satriano, above, finish the cleanup after Saturday’s thunderstorm.  Heavy rains and wind struck shortly before 6 p.m. for only a minute or two, but wreaked outsized damage. Among the homes narrowly escaping serious damage is Celia Lamb’s on Linden Avenue, inset. The storm knocked over an oak slightly to the north of the house, leveraged up the sidewalk, but beyond that even missed a birdhouse in its path. “We were very fortunate,” Mrs. Lamb said. “It missed the house, it missed the car and it missed the trailer” that a tenant rents. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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JoAnn K. Gravelin, 70; Office Manager At Oneonta Rent-A-Wreck

IN MEMORIAM: JoAnn K. Gravelin, 70;

Office Manager At Oneonta Rent-A-Wreck

JoAnn Gravelin

LAURENS – JoAnn Gravelin, 70, of Laurens, office manager at Rent-A-Wreck until her retirement, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

JoAnn was born on April 7, 1948, daughter of the late Benjamin and Marian (Harris) Keator. JoAnn married her high school sweetheart, David Gravelin, on April 22, 1967, in Laurens.

JoAnn loved to cook, garden and have family gatherings during the holidays. Her family was always her first priority, and she had a deep passion caring for them.

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