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Goodbye To All That!

Goodbye To All That!

Cooperstown’s Eric Pierce must have been among the last people to see the flagpole standing at Main and Pioneer. He snapped this on the way to work shortly before 8 a.m. today.
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPT. 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPT. 21

The Life Of Bees

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HONEY BEES – 6:30 p.m. “Insight into the Life of the Honey Bee” by John and Diana Armstrong of Richfield Springs hosted by the Garden Club of Richfield Springs at Lighthouse Fellowship Center, Richfield Springs Bible Church, 19 Church St., Richfield Springs. Call (607)547-5648.

ORAL HISTORY – 7 p.m. Members of the Pittsfield Historical Society present and discuss collecting oral histories. Cooperstown Graduate program ends the night with the oral histories of Hartwick residents. Kinney Memorial Library, Hartwick. Visit www.facebook.com/Kinney-Memorial-Library-826941007399746/

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CVS Might Be Looking At November Opening

CVS Might Be Looking

At November Opening

Word is circulating in the Chestnut and Beaver street neighborhood that the new CVS may be opening as soon as early November. Originally, the plan was to shift operations from the downtown Cooperstown store to the new drive-thru store at the south end of the village by next March. In recent weeks, construction activity has stepped up at the new site, with crews working well beyond the usual 7-3 shift. In the past week, the roof structure has been completed, and final shingling was underway today.  No one was available this afternoon at the company’s Rhode Island headquarters for comment.  (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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Callahan Murder Trial No Slam Dunk, D.A. Says

Callahan Conviction Was

No Slam Dunk, D.A. Says

Trying a murder case 17 years after the event didn’t guarantee success, Otsego County District Attorney John M. Muehl says in an exclusive interview with Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. But new information – of a conversation Casey Callahan initiated with friends four months before the slaying of his wife, and testimony from the wife’s psychiatrist – were keys to Muehl making his case. Foremost, the prosecutor said, Callahan had talked too much. For details of this story and more, read this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Vote On Replacement Flagpole May Come Monday, Falk Says
UNDERGROUND WIRES LED TO FELLING

Vote On Replacement Flagpole

May Come Monday, Falk Says

The cars in this vintage postcard suggest a flagpole at Pioneer and Main has been a Cooperstown fixture at least going back to the 1940s.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Trustee Falk

COOPERSTOWN – Village Trustee Cindy Falk, Streets Committee chair, said a few minutes ago she hopes to have a motion for a new flagpole at Main and Pioneer ready for approval by the Village Board at its monthly meeting on Monday.

DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling is exploring the options and will be making a recommendation, Falk said.  She estimated a new pole alone will cost about $3,000, and wants to make sure there’s a sufficient base to allow better illumination when the flag flies at night.

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William H. Zoeller, 92, Cooperstown; Developed Lake Front Hotel, Marina
IN MEMORIAM

William  Zoeller, 92, Cooperstown;

Owned Lake Front Hotel, Marina

COOPERSTOWN – William Henry Zoeller, owner of Lake Front Hotel and Cooperstown Marine, passed away Sunday evening, Sept. 17, 2017, at his home in Lakeland Shores surrounded by his family. He was 92.

Born March 10, 1925, in Ozone Park, Queens, Bill was the only child of Michael G. and Lena P. (Schreiner) Zoeller.

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Landmark Flagpole Goes – At Least For A While

OPTIONS BEING STUDIED

Landmark Flagpole Goes

– At Least For A While

Cooperstonians won’t be giving take-a-left-at-THE-flagpole directions, at least for the while.  Delaware Engineering crews removed the landmark flagpole at Main and Pioneer this morning, part of the $1.2 million reconstruction of Pioneer Street between Church and Lake.  Mayor Jeff Katz said the intent is to replace it – but with what and how soon is still up in the air.  Katz said there is money for a new installation in the TEP (the federal Transportation Enhancement Project for Main Street scheduled for next year), but if it’s not too expensive, Village Hall may go ahead and replace it now.  “If we can do it now, we’ll do it now,” he said, adding that DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling is looking into the cost now.  The current flagpole has been in place since 2007, when a truck taking a turn knocked over a bigger, more sturdy one.
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Foxes, Skunks Concern Center City Neighbors

Foxes, Skunks Concern

Center City Neighbors

Patricia Crow asked Common Council to consider hiring a wildlife expert after she saw a fox running loose in her Center City neighborhood (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Police Chief Doug Brenner warned that if citizens see a sick animal not to approach it, but to instead call police or the DEC.

ONEONTA – Patricia Crow, 14 Myrtle Ave, told Oneonta Common Council that she spotted a fox near her home in Center City on Thursday, Sept. 14.

“I clearly sighted a fox traveling across my neighbor’s back yard.” she said. “Never in my nearly 70 years have I seen a fox in Center City.”

Though she warned that foxes were “not safe for the citizens of Oneonta,” The Humane Society says that foxes are not considered dangerous and are generally scared of humans, especially if they make a loud noise. Dogs and adult cats are generally safe from foxes, but kittens, rabbits and other small animals could be considered prey and should be kept inside.

However, Police Chief Doug Brenner says there has been an “uptick” in sick animals, namely skunks, including four in one week. “These animals were not well,” he said. “They were rolling in the street.”

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Seward Joins Hartwick College, Teaching Politics At Alma Mater

Seward Teaches Poli-Sci

Class At His Alma Mater

Senator Seward drives home a point during a New York State politics class he’s teaching this semester at Hartwick College, his alma mater. (David Lubell/Hartwick College)

ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is teaching where he once learned.

The senator, who received his degree from Hartwick College in 1973 and an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1999, has returned to his alma mater this semester as an adjunct professor of political science.

Seward is teaching “New York State Politics & Policy” for 20 students, drawing on three decades of experience in the state Senate.  Prior to that, he served as an aide to state representatives, and was the youngest chairman of the county Republican Committee.

When college President Margaret Drugovich invited him to teach a course, “I couldn’t say yes fast enough,” said Seward.  He is also keeping office hours on campus once a week.

FOR FULL DETAILS, SEE THIS WEEK’S EDITION
OF HOMETOWN ONEONTA, FREEMAN’S JOURNAL
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20

Fun With The

Doubleday Dancers

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SQUARE DANCE – 7:30 p.m. The Doubleday Dancers invite the community to a free introduction to Modern Western Square Dancing. Have fun, meet new people, exercise. Dress casual, wear comfortable shoes. Cooperstown Elementary School. Call (607)264-8128, (607)547-8665, (607)264-3000.

DISCUSSION – 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. “Latinax Women in Politics. Discussion.” Hosted by the Women’s Center, Room 507, Dewar Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call (607)431-4031 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-college-celebrates-latinohispanic-heritage-month/

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