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Chief Covert Is Back On Job After Successful Hip Surgery

Chief Covert Is Back On Job

After Successful Hip Surgery

Looking 10 years younger and 20 pounds lighter, Cooperstown Police Chief Mike Covert today completed his first week back on the job after undergoing successful hip surgery. “I feel great,” he said.  After living with an increasingly aching hip for a decade, he added, “I should have done it a long time ago.” Officer Jim Kelman, right, was officer in charge during the chief’s absence. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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What Now? ‘Activism 101’ Aims To Show New Way In Trump Era

What Now?  ‘Activism 101’ Aims

To Show New Way In Trump Era

A panel discussion wraps up “Activism 101,” featuring consultant Leslie Berliant of Savor the Success, a consultancy for women entrepreneurs.  The workshop this afternoon at Oneonta’s Unitarian Universalist Church sought to help participants channel energies released by the Jan. 21 Women’s March in Washington D.C. (and related local marches in Oneonta and Cooperstown).    Jessica Carroll, a Standing Rock anti-pipeline activist, right, makes a point as other panelists prepare to add their inputs.  From left are Berliant, Laurie Zimniewicz, a community leader; Deb Marcus, executive director, Family Planning of South Central New York; Colleen Blalock, who helped organize the local march; and Shinique Smith and Jordan Skeete of SUNY Oneonta’s Divine Leaders, an organization that seeks self-empowerment and social justice.  More than 100 community members participated.    (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.c0m)

 

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3-Decade Trolley Heyday Lures 75 To History Center

3-Decade Trolley Heyday

Lures 75 To History Center

Greater Oneonta Historical Society Executive Director Bob Brozowski, top photo, left, welcomes a standing-room-only crowd to rail historian Jim Loudon’s  “The Otsego Trolley Line” lecture this afternoon at the History Center.  Loudon (inset photo) recounted how the Oneonta & Otego Valley Railroad, founded in 1897, expanded to Hartwick, Cooperstown, Richfield Springs and, eventually, Mohawk, in a financially troubled 36-year history before, as the Southern NY Railroad, it finally collapsed in 1933, victim of the ever-more-popular automobile.   Loudon is author of “Leatherstocking Rails: A History of Railroading Along the Upper Susquehanna” and other books on local history. Seated in the foreground in top photo are Steve Judd, left, and Ron Barton, who recalled, as boys on Oneonta’s West End, clambering over an abandoned Climax brand locomotive on boyhood adventures.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Bassett Names Scott Bonderoff President Of O’Connor Hospital

Bassett Names Scott Bonderoff

President Of O’Connor Hospital

Scott Bonderoff

COOPERTOWN – The Bassett Healthcare Network trustees today named Scott Bonderoff president of O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, effective Monday.

He succeeds Dr. Carlton Rule, who is leaving the Bassett system at month’s end.

Bonderoff has been with Bassett Healthcare since 2001 – since 2010 as vice president of patient services & ancillary support at Bassett Hospital. He was chosen from among a dozen internal and external candidates the selection committee considered during its search over the last several weeks.

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Hartwick Hosts Guest Artists In New Gallery Show

Nachmias, Garfinkel Show At Hartwick

At an opening this afternoon, Hartwick students Arantza Orengo, Gabriella Davila and Hali VanValkenburg look at a three-dimensional cast paper and woodcut work by artist Stewart Nachmias, who shares a show with artist Gloria Garfinkel at Hartwick College’s Foreman Gallery. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., other times by appointment. The show runs through March 22nd. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Food Hub Big Question At Foothills DRI Forum

 ‘What’s A Food Hub?’

Citizens Ask At Forum

Concept Needs Clarifying, Mayor Herzig Says

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig clarifies some of the questions many still have about the $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding during a forum organized by Seth Clark of Peter Clark Student Rentals . “There was a good turnout, but some misinformation mixed in,” said Herzig. Among the biggest questions were the proposed “food hub” and money for existing businesses. “People weren’t aware that we have $3 million allocated to help existing businesses,” he said. “and the big issue became clear to me that people are struggling to understand what the ‘food hub’ is, which means we haven’t done as good a job as we can of explaining it. We need to find a way to provide people with greater detail about what it all means.” (Photo courtesy Jim Dean)
REVIEW POWER POINT ON ONEONTA FOOD HUB
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Colbert Welcomes Saunders: ‘My Favorite Living Author’

Colbert Welcomes Saunders:

‘My Favorite Living Author’

Stephen Colbert welcomes Oneonta’s George Saunders as “quite possibly my favorite living author” on last night’s “Late Show” on CBS. Saunders has begun a 20-city book tour since Tuesday’s publication of his first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo.”
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Winter Storm Orson Hits Area, More Snow Expected

Winter Storm Orson Hits;

More Snow Due Tonight

Matt Miller slings snow out of his drive way this afternoon as he tried to stay ahead of winter storm Orson‘s snow that blanketed our area this morning. “This is the fifth time I’ve been out here today!” Miller remarked. Snow showers are expected through tomorrow and a No Roadside Parking order is in effect so crews can continue to clear travel routes.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com
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Bassett Honors The Mays At First Valentine’s Soiree

Bassett Honors The Mays 

At First Valentine’s Soiree

Joshua Truman, Friends of Bassett executive director, top photo, right, presents a framed program of the first Valentine’s Soiree to guests of honor Dr. John May and his wife Amanda Saturday at The Otesaga. John May is the recently retired longtime director of NYCAMH (the New York Center of Agricultural Medicine & Health); Amanda May was a Friends fundraiser on several key campaigns.   The Soiree replaces the New Year’s Eve Gala as the Friends’ main annual fundraiser. After dinner, partygoers like Bassett surgeon Bob Moglia and wife Maureen, inset photo, danced the evening away. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Roots Brewing Co. Hosts OWL Fundraiser

Roots Brewing Co.

Hosts OWL Fundraiser

The Board of The Oneonta World of Learning (OWL), Amy Pondolfino, Rachel Rissberger, Elayne Mosher-Campoli, Caitlyn Davey, Aaron Sorensen and Caroline Cooper invite you down to Roots Brewing Co. this evening for a OWL fundraiser. There is a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and lots of games for the whole family! A portion of all drinks sold will go toward finalizing OWL’s new home at the Fortin House at Fortin Park.  Auction ends at 9pm, event goes until 10pm.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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