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Troop C Invites Public To 100th Celebration

Troop C Invites Public

To 100th Celebration

Click on image for details of all the events at the Troop C centennial celebration.

UNADILLA – Maj. William McEvoy, the Troop C commander, today issued an invitation for the public to help celebrate the New York State Police’s 100 years of service by attending the Centennial Open House 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Unadilla Barracks.

This is a family-oriented event, featuring demonstrations by K-9, Helicopter Rescue, Underwater Recovery Team (SCUBA), Special Operations Response Team (SORT), the Centennial Mounted Unit, and more.

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DC Marketing Seeks Approval For Digital Billboard Downtown

DC Marketing Seeks Approval

For Digital Billboard Downtown

ONEONTA – DC Marketing, which has two digital billboards next to I-88, is seeking permission for a third at 76-78 Main St., according to the city Zoning Board of Appeals agenda released this afternoon.

DC Marketing’s proprietor, Len Carson, will appear before the ZBA at 7 p.m. this coming Monday in City Hall, seeking a variance to allow installation of a 200-square-foot digital billboard in place of a 200-square-foot non-conforming vinyl billboard.

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Gerald L. Wood, 86; Assistant Wilber Bank Vice President

IN MEMORIAM: Gerald L. Wood, 86;

Assistant Wilber Bank Vice President

ONEONTA – Gerald L. Wood, 86, who started in the mailroom at Wilber National Bank in 1948 and rose to assistant vice president by the time of his retirement in 1993, passed away peacefully today, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

He was born Feb. 13, 1931, in Oneonta, the son of the late Elmer J. and Laura R. (Wright) Wood, and graduated from Oneonta High School with the Class of 1948.

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Historical Farmhouse Razed In Cooperstown Neighborhood

Historical Farmhouse Razed

In Cooperstown Neighborhood

The proprietor of Scott Ubner Excavating of Fly Creek demolishes the 19th century farmhouse at the end of Cooperstown’s Delaware Street today, where Josh Edmonds of Simple Integrity contractors plans to erect a new house. The village Zoning Board of Appeals required Edmonds, who razed another house two years ago on nearby Walnut Street, to find an independent consultant to prove the building was unsalvagable before allowing the demolition to go forward.   The property – as are all properties around Otsego Lake – is in the Glimmerglass National Historic District. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPT. 23

Country Blues Concert

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CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Presenting Jerron“Blind Boy” Paxton the most sensational newcomer to blues. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Call (607) 547-8401 or visit cooperstownconcertseries.org/jerron-blind-boy-paxton-92317-at-cooperstown-first-presbyterian-church/

ENVIRONMENT – 6 p.m. Wildlife Pathologist Ward Stone presents a talk on environmental stewardship and activism. Begins with a potluck, followed by the talk, ending with Q&A. The Star Theater, Old Village hall, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley. Call (607)264-3099 or visit www.eventbrite.com/e/wildlife-pathologist-ward-stone-talk-tickets-37473656716?aff=es2

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Chamber Welcomes Cricket To Southside Mall

AT&T Cell Phone Store

Welcomed To Southside

The ribbon was cut this afternoon on a new AT&T Cricket cell phone store in the Panera building at Southside Mall.  Participating are, from left, Mall Manager Luisa Montanti, Kasondra Hughes, Otsego Chamber of Commerce member services coordinator, Cricket sales reps Katelyn Knapp and Lawrence Knight, Joe Lazzaro from operations, and Lisa Gelormini from human resources. A grand opening celebration continues into this evening.  Stop by for a slice of cake.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Ruth Swart, 95, Golfer In N.J.; Thanksgiving Home Resident

IN MEMORIAM: Ruth Swart, 95, Golfer

In N.J.; Thanksgiving Home Resident

Ruth L. Swart

COOPERSTOWN – Ruth Louise Swart, 95, of Tryon, N.C., an avid and talented golfer in her younger years who later resided at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning Sept. 3, 2017.

Born in Orange, N.J., and raised in Hackensack, Ruth was the daughter of Herman Edward Martini and Edith Elizabeth Arliss.

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Irving ‘Buster’ Jensen, 93; Dairy Farmer Was Active In Community Life

IN MEMORIAM: Irving ‘Buster’ Jensen, 93;

 Farmer Active In Gilbertsville Community 

GILBERTSVILLE – Irving “Buster” Chris Jensen, 93, a farmer who served on  the Gilbertsville school board, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City.

Irving was born the son of the late Jens Christian and Anna (Truelsen) Jensen in Hartwick.

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Ethel Joan Vetter, 78; Nurse, Fire Department Auxiliary President

IN MEMORIAM: Ethel Joan Vetter, 78;

Nurse, Fire Dept. Auxiliary President

COOPERSTOWN – Ethel Joan Vetter, 78, a nurse and past president of the Cooperstown Fire Department Auxiliary, died peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at her Pink Street home surrounded by her loving family.

Born Sept. 15, 1939, in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of George and Estell (Jochim) Hoffman. She graduated from PS 119, Queens; Richmond Hill High School, Queens; and Lutheran Medical Center School of Nursing, Brooklyn, in 1961, as a Registered Nurse.

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 ‘Ozzie’ McMorris II, 86, Otego; Village Official, Avid Firefighter
IN MEMORIAM

 ‘Ozzie’ McMorris II, 86, Otego;

Village Official, Avid Firefighter

OTEGO – Elbert Osborne “Ozzie” McMorris II, 86, longtime fire chief here and an avid firefighter recognized as Otsego County Fireman of the Year in 1999, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.

He was born July 13, 1931, in Oneonta, a son of the late Elbert and Leona B. (Boyes) McMorris.

On June 17, 1962, Ozzie married Marjorie Downie in Otego. They celebrated their 55th anniversary this year.

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