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Young GOP Chair Bobby Walker Meets Mnuchin At Inauguration

Young GOP Chair Bobby Walker

Meets Mnuchin At Inauguration

Bobby Walker of Cooperstown, chair of the Otsego County Young Republicans, snaps a selfie with Steven Mnuchin, President Trump’s commerce secretary, who he met at Friday’s Inauguration in Washington D.C. (More photos from Walker in upcoming edition of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta.)
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Otsego County Women Marching On The Mall

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Otsego County Women

Marching On The Mall

Oneonta’s former mayor Kim Muller, left, a member of the state Democratic Committee, ran into U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, R-NY, this morning on the National Mall, where women (and men) from all over the country are gathering for the Women’s March on the Washington, to express concern about how President Donald Trump will handle women’s health, environmental and civic rights issues. (Keep checking back with www.allotsego.com, where photos will be uploaded as they arrived from the Nation’s Capital and local protests.)

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Homer Osterhoudt Cclebrates 99th

Homer Osterhoudt Celebrates 99th

Homer Osterhoudt celebrates his 99th birthday this past Tuesday at Woodside Hall, Cooperstown, with two of his pals, Gene Young, left, and Dick Sliter, the First Baptist Church interim pastor. Homer, one of the last surviving baseball fans who attended the first Baseball Hall of Fame induction in 1939, spent his career as a mailman, walking 10 miles a day along village streets.
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Casales View Inauguration From Newseum Penthouse

Casales View Inauguration

From Newseum Penthouse

With the Capitol in the background, Tony and Theresa Casale of Cooperstown pause for a photo on the top floor of The Newseum, the vantage point on the Trump inauguration of 650 New York Repubicans.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Retired assemblyman Tony Casale and wife Theresa had some of the best seats at Donald J. Trump’s inauguration this morning:  With 650 other New Yorkers on the eighth-floor, the penthouse floor, of The Newseum, three short blocks from the activities at the U.S. Capitol.

“I could walk a few steps and look down at the Inaugural Parade,” Casale, who is senior adviser to Ed Cox, chairman of the New York State Republican Committee, said a few minutes ago from Washington D.C.  He was among the hosts of today’s event.

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County GOP Chair Vince Casale Witnesses Trump Swearing-In

County GOP Chair Vince Casale

Witnesses Trump Swearing-In

Vince Casale, who chairs the Otsego County Republican Committee, sent this image of President Trump’s inaugural from his vantage point this morning in front of the steps to the U.S. Capitol. (Readers, send images from the inaugural to jimk@allotsego.com so they may be posted at www.allotsego.com)
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Chief Of Cardiology McNulty Leaves Bassett Hospital Today

Chief Of Cardiology McNulty

Leaves Bassett Hospital Today

Dr. Patrick McNulty

COOPERSTOWN – Today is Dr. Patrick McNulty’s last as chief of Bassett Hospital’s Cardiology Division.

“Pat has tirelessly built a premier cardiac program. Under Pat’s stewardship, the size of the division has increased by several-fold,” Drs. Charles Hyman and Steven Heneghan, respective chief of the medical staff and chief of clinical services, in a statement.

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A&D Transport Gives $500 In Free Ride Vouchers To United Way

A&D Transportation Donates

$500 In Vouchers To United Way

Al Rubin, owner of A&D Transportation Services, this morning donated $500 in ride vouchers to United Way of Delaware & Otsego Counties.   With him are United Way Executive Director Sue Kurkowski, left, Teri Basdekis, secretary of the board.   “Transportation is a huge issue in rural areas like ours.” said Kurkowski. “I have had a dozen calls in the last several days from people needing rides to hospitals or the Department of Social services. This program allows us to coordinate rides and save money.”  Said Rubin, “$500 can help a lot of people. This is not a one time donation. I want this to be a continuing program and I encourage other organizations to donate as well. This is just one more dimension of assisting in this sharing economy.”  Anyone in need of a ride can call 211, or, the United Way office at 607-432-8006. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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TOO-HOT FLAMES REQUIRED AERIAL LADDER

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TOO-HOT FLAMES

REQUIRED AERIAL

Blaze Leaves 11 Laurens Residents Homeless

Chief Justin Hill of the Laurens Fire Department this morning surveys the scene of the Thursday afternoon fire in the Village of Laurens. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

LAURENS – It took off like a house on fire.

“I got called in at 4:30,” Fire Chief Justin Hill recounted today, the morning after flames ripped through a village home at dusk Thursday afternoon.  “I was driving from West Oneonta and I could already see the column of smoke.”

Ten fire departments were called to help battle the blaze that gutted three apartments at 39 Main St., across the street from the fire department.

“The fire started on the second floor in the rear,” said Hill, surveying the smoking ruins. “The layout of the building made it very difficult to attack the fire. We entered through the back door but there was so much fire in the stairs we couldn’t get up them.  That’s when we knew we had to go at it from the exterior.”

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‘Community Heroes’ Saluted As 3-Year Recognition Ends

‘Community Heroes’ Saluted

As 3-Year Recognition Ends

Artist Janet Wentworth Erickson’s Dream
Honors 37 With 51 Portraits, Photographs
A Hartwick College colleague, Phil Young, praises Harry Bradshaw Matthews as an inspiration to many at this evening’s “Community Heroes in Portraiture” reception at SUNY Oneonta’s Martin-Mullen Gallery. The three-year recognition program was envisioned by artist Janet Wentworth Erickson, right, as a way to honor “unsung heroes” in Otsego and Delaware counties.   She enlisted student photographers and artists in the effort, including, from left, Anna Graziosi and Zena Ballas. The three-year cycle began in 2014 with a similar reception at The Fenimore Art Museum. Portraits on the wall depict some of this year’s honorees, from left, Carleton Clay, Ben Guenther and Dr. Matthews. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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SUNY Opens New Physical Science Building

SUNY President Cuts Ribbon

On Renovated Science Building

SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski cut the ribbon Wednesday afternoon on the renovated, state-of-the-art Physical Science Building, assisted by Provost Jim Mackin, left, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.  “This building will help our students not only be consumers of knowledge, but producers of it,” said Kleniewski.  Behind them are, from left, Chuck Rodriguez, Vanket Sharma, Fran and Albert Read, John Hall, Nicole Pereira, Tatiana Boba,William Holt and Assistant VP for Facilities Tom Rathbone, who has been overseeing the systematic renovations of the original 1960s-era buildings.  Tours were then given of the buildings and its classrooms, many of which feature glass observation walls to fit with the “Science On Display” theme of the building. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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