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Focus Pleads Guilty, Fined $5k For Crimes

Focus Pleads Guilty,

Fined $5k For Crimes

Otsego County Judge John Lambert goes over a copy of a plea agreement between CCRN LLC and the New York State Attorney General with Attorney Richard S. Harrow, representing CCRN LLC, which operated the Focus nursing home in the town of Otsego. The corporation pleaded guilty this morning to one count of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled individual, a class E felony. The max fine under this type of felony is $5,000, which Lambert ordered the corporation to pay. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Robert H. Wood, 85, City Teacher Active In Oneonta Community Life
IN MEMORIAM

Robert H. Wood, 85, City Teacher

Active In Oneonta Community Life

Robert H. Wood

ONEONTA – Robert H. Wood, 86, a career teacher in Oneonta schools, community leader and father of Town Supervisor Bob Wood, passed away Sept. 21, 2018, at Fox Hospital.

Bob was born Nov. 8, 1931 in Buffalo, the fifth child of Grace and Harold Wood. He married Constance Kavanaugh Aug. 21, 1953 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Buffalo and they shared 65 happy years.

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Oneonta Airport Wins Grant For Snow-Plowing Equipment

Oneonta Airport Wins Grant

For Snow-Plowing Equipment

ONEONTA – An allocation of $225,000 in federal funding will allow Oneonta Municipal Airport to buy new snow-removal equipment, U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer, the minority leader, and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced

The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Lecture By Author ‘Just Mercy:

A Story Of Justice & Redemption’

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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Presenting this years Mills Distinguished Lecture, Bryan Stevenson is author of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” describing the early years of Stevenson’s legal practice after founding Equal Justice Initiative to represent the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children and the injustice he and his clients encountered in our Justice system. Free, open to public. Alumni Field House, Dewar Arena, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/2644191

PUBLIC SPEAKING – 5:30 p.m. Practice public speaking with the toastmasters. All welcome. The White House Building, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1466 or e-mail b.fischer@fenimoreart.org.

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Rites Friday For Robert H. Wood, Supervisor’s Father, At St. James

Rites Friday For Robert H. Wood,

Supervisor’s Father, At St. James

ONEONTA – Robert H. Wood, 86, the father of Town Supervisor Bob Wood, passed away Sept. 21, 2018.  The complete obituary will follow.

A funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at St. James Episcopal Church, 305 Main St., Oneonta, with the Father Kenneth Hunter officiating.  Inurnment will follow at the St. James Church Columbarium.

Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Sunny Skies & Hungry Neighbors at 2nd Annual Community Dinner

Sunny Skies & Hungry Neighbors

at 2nd Annual Community Dinner

After helping set up the tables on Dietz St. for the Community Dinner, OJCA volunteers Tevin Jones, left, and Aliyah Johnson, right, sit down to enjoy some of the food brought by the guests. Perfect weather, live music, face painting and good company made the event an enjoyable time. The event, hosted by Destination Oneonta, is now in it’s second year. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Robert W. Huddleston, 87; Career Diplomat To Be Buried In Roseboom

IN MEMORIAM: Robert W. Huddleston, 87;

Career Diplomat To Be Buried In Roseboom

ROSEBOOM – Robert Webb Huddleston, 87, a career diplomat who summered here when a teenager with his maternal grandmother, Inez E. Webb, passed away Sept. 11, 2018, in Santa Fe, N.M.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Roseboom Cemetery, with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by members of the state Military Forces Honor Guard and local veterans.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Animal Shelter Fundraiser

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MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER – 6 – 8 p.m. Celebrate wonderful life of Dr. Gahleb with wife Jill, Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Cost, $100/person includes 2 drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction. RSVP by 9/20. Veranda, The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 607-547-8111 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

BENEFIT 5K/MILE – 9 a.m. Run/walk in Mindful Mile & Fight Hunger 5K to benefit the Riverside Back Pack Program, providing Oneonta school children food over the weekend. Registration from 8-8:45 a.m. Cost day-of, $25 for 5K, $15 for Mile. Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3337 or visit oneonta.sodexomyway.com/explore/mindful_mile

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Kite Fest Flies High Over Cherry Valley

Kite Fest Flies High

Over Cherry Valley

The hundreds of people turned out in the fields of Campbell Rd in Cherry Valley today at the annual Kite Fest  where dozens of colorful kites of all shapes and sizes filled the sky. Above, Marieanne Coursen, Edmeston, flies a kite with her enthralled granddaughter Laurelye Tafel, New Berlin. At right, Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate for the NY-19th Congressional District who made an appearance at the event, shakes hands with Ginger Heitz, Cooperstown, and Kat Chiba, Cherry Valley.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Anita Marie McChesney, 56; Devoted Nature Photographer Helped Run In Family Business
IN MEMORIAM

Anita Marie McChesney, 56;

Devoted Nature Photographer

Helped Run Family’s Business

Anita Marie McChesney

PORTLANDVILLE – Anita Marie McChesney, 56, Portlandville, devoted to operating her family’s business, Mount Vision Garden Center, while becoming dedicated nature photographer, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Albany Medical Center following her struggle with breast cancer.

Anita was born May 14, 1962, in Oneonta. Shortly thereafter, her parents moved to New Jersey where she spent the first 15 years of her life. The family then moved to Mount Vision, where they established the Mount Vision Garden Center.

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