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Dog Killed in Ford Avenue Blaze

Dog Killed in Ford Avenue Fire

Crews battled the Ford Avenue blaze for an hour, but the homeowner’s dog was killed in the fire. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – A dog was killed in a fire that engulfed a home at 89 Ford Avenue earlier this evening.

The Oneonta Fire Department was dispatched to the home at 5:45 p.m. after a 911 call. “You could see the smoke from Main Street,” said Fire Chief Pat Pidgeon.

When they arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed. “Flames were rolling out the front porch windows and onto the porch roof, into the upper floors,” said Capt. Brad Smith.

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HOUSE FIRE ON FORD AVENUE

HOUSE FIRE AT

89 FORD AVENUE

Fire crews from the Oneonta and Sidney Fire Departments are on the scene of a house fire at 89 Ford Avenue in Oneonta. Though the fire has been contained, when crews responded to the call at 5:45 p.m., the black smoke could be seen from the bottom of Ford Avenue and the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire, and the cause is still unknown. Mutual Aid is being provided by Worcester, Franklin, Schenevus and Otego fire departments, with. Laurens on standby for the OFD. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

This Is A Developing Story,

Please Check Back For Details

 

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Charles Driscoll, 83; Former Partner In S&S Liquor Store

IN MEMORIAM: Charles Driscoll, 83;

Former Partner In S&S Liquor Store

ONEONTA – Charles Driscoll, 83, partner in a former Southside Mall liquor store, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at Fox Hospital.

He was born Aug. 25, 1934. He attended Oneonta High School, then joined the Armed Services.

Returning home, he was a jeweler at Gallin’s Jewelry, then a liquor salesman before partnering with his daughter, Sharon, in S&S Liquors in Southside Mall.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

Tour History Of Oneonta Revitalization

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WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Downtown Revitalization Then & Now along Main & Market Streets with Gary Wickham & Bob Brzozowski. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

ART CLASS – 3 – 4 p.m. Entertaining class for kids to learn Mask Making based on Thaw Gallery Yup’ik masks. Free. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

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Barbara Novko, 86, Of Laurens; Mother Of 9 Children

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Novko, 86,

Of Laurens; Mother Of 9 Children

Barbara K. Novko

LAURENS – Barbara Katharine Novko, 86, who raised nine children, passed away, Aug. 13, 2018 at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.

She was born Dec. 19, 1931, in Albany, the daughter of Arthur and Katharine (Carey) Hutson.

Barbara graduated from Holy Names Academy in Albany.  She held several jobs during her lifetime, her most treasured was being a mother and grandmother.

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VanCourt-Wels Pleads Guilty To Assault

SUNY Student Pleads Guilty 

To Stabbing Girlfriend In Face

Appearing in Otsego County Court before Judge Brian Burns, Julian VanCourt-Wels accepted a plea deal this morning from the District Attorney’s office, pleading guilty to assault in the first degree, a class B violent felony. In December, VanCourt-Wels stabbed his girlfriend in the face multiple times at their Maple Street apartment in Oneonta. Vancourt-Wels will serve ten years in a New York State correctional facility for the crime as part of the plea deal. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Russians Play On Divisions, Post’s Timberg Tells Crowd

Russians Play On Divisions,

Post’s Timberg Tells Crowd

Russians meddlers in the 2016 U.S. elections played up racial, ethnic and other divisions among Americans, recirculating articles from major newspapers that highlighted those issues, the Washington Post’s Craig Timberg, who summers near Cherry Valley, told an SRO crowd this evening in Cooperstown Village Hall.  A Pulitzer Prize winner, Timberg said many details about the Russian’s interference and its extent are still unclear to reporters – 20 at the Washington Post – who are working on the story full time.  Here he fields a question from Patty MacLeish of Cooperstown.  Timberg, son-in-law of Ed and Joan Badgley of Cooperstown, spoke on the topic, “Russian Disinformation: Will it Happen Again?”  The talk was sponsored by the Friends of the Village Library.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Locals Tells Trump Just What They Think
PRESIDENT IN CENTRAL NEW YORK

Locals Tell Trump

What They Think

Among Otsego Countians offering their opinions to President Trump during his visit to Utica this afternoon were, from left, Sydney Waller, Deb Dickinson and Paula DiPerna, all of Cooperstown. Adrian Kuzminski, who accompanied them, said the crowd was generally “good humored.” He estimated the gathering at the Utica State Office Building at about 1,000. One vintage crowd member told him, “It reminds me of VJ Day!” (Adrian Kuzminski photo)
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1,000s Demonstrate Awaiting Trump Arrival
PRESIDENT IN CENTRAL NEW YORK

1,000s Demonstrate

Awaiting Trump Arrival

Awaiting President Trump in downtown Utica, members of “Indivisible Mohawk Valley” speak to a large crowd in the plaza of the State Office Building. The President’s arrival in the city brought out 1,000s of demonstrators, both in support and opposition of to the president. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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