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Town Acts To Keep Fire District In Place

Town Acts To Keep

Fire District In Place

Wood Seeks Time To Figure Out Next Step

Bob Wood

ONEONTA – The Town of Oneonta will appear before state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Cooperstown seeking to delay the dissolution of the town fire district until Dec. 31, 2019.

After the town Board of Fire Commissioners voted Sept. 20 to abruptly dissolve, the town needs time to adjust, said Supervisor Bob Wood.  “If different commissioners were elected (the second Tuesday in December) things might change,” he said.  “Or, it would allow us adequate time to create a district.”

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Lauren’s ‘Florida’ In Top 10 For Award, Sarah Still Among Top U.S. Contenders

Lauren’s ‘Florida’ In Top 10 For Award,

Sarah Still Among Top U.S. Contenders

The sisters were featured in Vogue magazine in advance of the Rio Olympics, where Sarah competed. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – It’s been quite a week for the Groff family of Cooperstown, mom Jeannine reports.

  • Novelist Lauren Groff’s short-story collection, “Florida,” advanced to the top 10 candidates for this year’s National Book Award in the fiction category. Lauren’s “Fates and Furies,” hailed by President Obama as his favorite book of 2015, made the top 10 list that year.
  • Her sister, Olympian Sarah Groff, finished as first American women in fourth place at the Kona Ironman/Ironwoman Championships.  The first four women to place yesterday all beat the prior course record.

The sisters are children of Jeannine and Dr. Gerald Groff.

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Walton Woman Killed Crossing Unlit Route 23

Walton Woman

Killed Crossing

Unlit Route 23

Struck By Car In Section Where

Town, City Plan Safety Measures

ONEONTA –  A Walton woman was strucked by car and killed attempting to cross Route 23 near Lettis Highway in Southside Oneonta yesterday afternoon, state police reported today.

The victim was identified as Katy Doughty, 45, who was crossing the busy road at 8:18 p.m.  when was was struck by an eastbound car.    The driver was not identified.

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Wanda J. Johns, 84; With Husband, Ran Farm, Businesses

IN MEMORIAM: Wanda J. Johns, 84;

With Husband, Ran Farm, Businesses

EAST WORCESTER – Wanda A. Johns, 84, he worked at her husband’s side on a number of business ventures, including farming, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Fox Hospital in Oneonta.

She was born Feb. 15, 1934, in Coxsackie, daughter of Maurice and Cynthia (Butler) Barnes.  She married Howard Johns on June 30, 1951, in Schenevus.   Self-employed as a wholesale egg dealer, meat cutter, and cattle dealer and hauler, he predeceased her in 2013.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, OCTOBER 15

History Of Work – The Night Shift

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HISTORY PRESENTATION – 7 – 8:30 p.m. “Working the Night Shift: Life After Dark in the Ancient World” presented by archaeologist Dr. April Nowell on how night work differed in history from blacksmiths, hunters, agriculturalists, poets, rebellion leaders, navigators, more. A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2011 or visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2839174

WRITERS EVENING – 7 p.m. Local writers present works in progress followed by moderated Q&A session. New writers welcome to supportive community. Stamford Village Library, 117 Main St., Stamford. 607-326-7908 or visit roxburyartsgroup.org/2017/03/15/october-15-writers-evening/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14

Fall For Fall Concert

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CONCERT – 3:30 p.m. Sunday Fall for Fall Concert featuring Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble performing Yosemite Autumn, City Rain, more. Free, open to public. Refreshments served. St. James Retirement Community, 9 St. James Pl., Oneonta. 607-436-9974 or visit www.stjamesmanor.com

PANCAKE BREAKFAST – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Annual breakfast with Fly Creek Area Historical Society features, sausage, home-fries, eggs, biscuits, sausage, gravy, grits, more. Suggested donation, $8/adult. Old Grange Building, 210 Cemetery Rd., Fly Creek. 607-547-1275.

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New, Old Jaws-Of-Life Compared At Richfield Springs FD Reception

New, Old Jaws-Of-Life Compared

At Richfield Springs FD Reception

Volunteer Firefighter Mark Elderkin contrasts the old multi-part Jaws-of-Life and the new one-piece battery operated one, much easier to use, at the opening house underway now at the Richfield Springs Volunteer Fire Department.  (Cindy Klemm photo)
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Daffodil Bulbs Fly Off Farmers’ Market Shelf

Daffodil Bulbs Fly Off

Farmers’ Market Shelf

Oneonta Federated Garden Club member Laurie Zimniewicz, center, hands a sack of daffodil bulbs to Mark Davies this morning at the Oneonta Farmers’ Market. The bulbs, 2,000 in total, were imported from England, and were given out free to anyone who wanted them in hopes of brightening City of the Hills when the bulbs bloom next spring. “It is going excellent!” said Zimniewicz, “We thought we would have to come back next week, but it looks like we will give them all out in one day!”   At left is Phyllis Gunther, who is working with Zimniewicz on the project. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Brzozowski Named Recipient Of Annual GOHS Morris Prize

Brzozowski Named Recipient

Of Annual GOHS Morris Prize

Brzozowski

ONEONTA – Robert Brzozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director and past president, will receive the GOHS’ 18th annual Albert E. Morris Award for contributions to local history on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Bob Brzozowski and his family moved to Oneonta in 1996 from Milwaukee, where he was active in Historic Milwaukee, Inc. The Bachman-Brzozowski family joined GOHS in 2000.

In January 2003 the late Sally Mullen named him to a vacancy on the Board of Trustees.  In October 2003, he was elected president of the board and served in that capacity for five of the next six years.

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