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 ‘Ozzie’ McMorris II, 86, Otego; Village Official, Avid Firefighter
IN MEMORIAM

 ‘Ozzie’ McMorris II, 86, Otego;

Village Official, Avid Firefighter

OTEGO – Elbert Osborne “Ozzie” McMorris II, 86, longtime fire chief here and an avid firefighter recognized as Otsego County Fireman of the Year in 1999, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.

He was born July 13, 1931, in Oneonta, a son of the late Elbert and Leona B. (Boyes) McMorris.

On June 17, 1962, Ozzie married Marjorie Downie in Otego. They celebrated their 55th anniversary this year.

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SEWARD BRINGS $250M TO REDO HISTORY CENTER

SEWARD BRINGS

$250K TO REDO

HISTORY CENTER

GOHS Board Member Bill Pietraface presents Senator Seward with a commemorative statuette reflecting Oneonta’s love of baseball and proximity to Cooperstown, and praises him for “hitting a 250-grand slam.” (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Grant Will Largely Complete

15 Years OF GOHS Strivings

Applauding Senator Seward’s announcement are, from left, GOHS member Wayne Wright, the retired NYSHA library director, GOHS President Corinne Bresee Smith, past president John Carney, and Carney’s daughter Caralee.

ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, this afternoon joined Greater Oneonta Historical Society officers in announcing a $250,000 state grant to largely complete the renovations of the second and third floors of the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St.

The history center, Seward said, “is a showcase for the city’s past and a key component of the downtown revitalization taking place in Oneonta.”

In thanking the senator, GOHS President Corinne Bresee Smith expressed her organization’s gratitude, calling him “a native son of Oneonta (who) knows the value of our past and is invested in the vitality of our future.”

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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.

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Lumberfest Cuts With The Best

Lumberfest Cuts With Best

Above, Billy Adams, Owego, cuts through a log like butter with his custom-made chainsaw during the Hot Saw Competition at Wightman Lumber in Portlandville this afternoon as part of the 1st annual Lumberfest Lumberjack Festival. At right, professional cooper Bob Allers, Deansboro, demonstrates hoop making for barrels and drinking mugs.  The lumber yard partnered with the New York State Lumberyard Association to put on the event.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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History Comes Alive At 39th Harvest Festival

History Comes Alive

At 39th Harvest Festival

At The Farmers’ Museum’s Lippitt House, Debra Decker, Roseboom, top photo, demonstrates traditional bread-making to Cooperstown native James Vineyard and daughter Olivia during the 39th annual Harvest Festival today and Sunday.  At right, baby Lilly Zumpano, Utica,  pets some of the sheep with her cousin Olivia Zumpano, Saratoga Springs. The event , which also features demonstrations in boat carving, dancing, wagon rides, rock painting and more, runs through Sunday afternoon. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Spirits In The Sky

Out Of The Darkness’ Walk

Remembers Loved Ones Lost 

Above,  James Santic and wife Susan, Sidney Center, and Natalie Raymond and sister Hailey carry the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  banner at the at the annual “Out Of The Darkness” Walk for suicide prevention at the Moose Lodge in Oneonta this morning, the final day of National Suicide Prevention Week. Family and friends gathered to remember loved ones with photos, speeches and music before walking from West Broadway to River Street and back in support for each other. At right, as the names of the dead are read aloud, a balloon is released by their family in their honor.  Lydia Soule, sister Rebekah, and mother Amy, Harpersfield, front,  and Aaron Vergari and wife Anna, Oneonta, rear, watch as the balloons drift heavenward. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Ride ‘Em, Cooperstown Cowgirl!

Ride ‘Em!

Cooperstown Cowgirl Competes

Cooperstown’s own Krista Curpier, 20, races around a barrel during the Saturday Night Showdown rodeo at Damaschke Field. Despite some chilly weather, the stands were full for an evening of bull riding, team roping and even a couple rounds of steer wrestling by the American Professional Rodeo Association (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Worshipers Fill Front Lawn Celebrating St. Mary’s 150th

Worshippers Fill Front Lawn

To Celebrate St. Mary’s 150th

Under smiling skies, the congregation of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church in Cooperstown marked the parish’s 150th anniversary today with a commemorative mass on the lawn of the Elm Street church and social gathering to follow. In top photo, the Rev. John P. Rosson, pastor, surrounded by the current confirmation class, blesses the offerings. Lower left, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, presents a state Senate proclamation to Edna Chase, who chaired the organizing committee. Lower right, parishioner Madeline Sansevere sings the “Ave Maria” during communion. Brian Wrubleski of Mel’s at 22 catered the luncheon, which featured steak with blueberry sauce and other delicacies. Father Rosson also announced the parish’s new colors, light blue, in honor of the Blessed Virgin, and yellow. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Otsego Democrats Gather At Foothills Dinner

Otsego County Democrats

Gather For Foothills Dinner

Above, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, along side Rich Abbate, Otsego County Democratic Chairman, addresses the democrats gathered at the annual Henry Nichols Democratic Dinner held at Foothills on Saturday evening. Local representatives were able to network and meet upcoming candidates while enjoying a prime rib dinner from Mel’s at 22 in Cooperstown. At left, guest of honor Jeff Katz, Mayor of Cooperstown, was the recognized for his work and leadership as an Otsego County Democrat. He is seated next to guest speaker Sabrina Ty, the president and CEO of the New York State Environmental Corporation. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Back To The 80’s At Foothills Dance Party

Back To The 1980s

At Foothills Dance Party

James Straney, Oneonta Front, pulls out his Michael Jackson moves on the dace floor at the Back To The 80’s Dance Party on Friday night at Foothills where Steve Dillon kept the crowd hopping to their favorite songs of the decade. He is joined by Deanie Lord, Milford, Elma Rosario, Cooperstown, Dody Lindberg, Worchester, and James Hill, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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