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Hungarian Refugees Return to Oneonta For Thanks

Hungarian Refugees Return

To Roots At Shue Homestead

Julias Bartfai, Ontario, looks through old newspaper clippings and photos with Marie Shue, Oneonta this evening where he and his family came to visit for a BBQ. The Shue’s home, located on Parish Avenue, was formally the home of the Bartfais, who, after fleeing the Hungarian Revolution in 1957, were brought to Oneonta after being sponsored by the Oneonta Rotary Club. Despite the Bartfais not speaking English upon their arrival, Rotarians were able to set them up with a place to live and a job at Coddington’s Florist. Of the Bartfais family were Alex, Julie, Jeff, John and Julius, who were joined by Doug and Grace Coddington, Bill and Marie Shue and Rotarian Sam Koury. “People don’t always do things to be thanked.” said Julias, “But the people who helped my parents, Mr. Clifford and Mr. Green, they had a profound effect on my life. And to them I say ‘thank you’.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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17 Millionth Fan Enters Into Hall

17 Millionth Fan

Enters Into Hall

Sergio Arias of Lompoc, Calif., smiles with surprise a few minutes ago as Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark advises him he is the 17 millionth fan to pass through the turnstile at 25 Main St. At right, Arias, wife Amber, and children Gabi, 11, Noah, 9, and Aubrey, 6 pose with Miss Clark for the official portrait. She then presented the honoree with a lifetime Hall of Fame membership and other gifts. Arias – he is a Yankee fan; his son a Dodger fan – is visiting Cooperstown for the first time.  The Hall has been open since 1939; lately, a million fans visit Baseball’s Mecca every three years.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Mancini Named New Oneonta Fire Captain

Mancini Named New

Oneonta Fire Captain

Michael Mancini, a member of the Oneonta Fire Department since 1995, was named as the department’s new Fire Captain on Tuesday, July 10. As captain, Mancini will supervise one of four crews of six in the station and joins fellow Captains Jeff Pidgeon, Robert LaTourette Jr. and Brad Smith, who he graduated with from The Academy of Fire Science in 1996. He was hired prior to his graduation by the OFD in 1995. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Seward Delivers Funding To OFO To Combat Domestic Violence

Seward Delivers Funding 

To Fight Domestic Violence

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, announces funding for Opportunities for Otsego’s domestic-violence prevention program at OFO’s West Broadway headquarters Monday afternoon.   With him, from left, are OFO Crisis Intervention Director Will Rivera, Catholic Charities Executive Director Lynn Glueckert, Delaware Opportunities Executive Director Shelly Bartow and OFO CEO Dan Maskin. OFO and Catholic Charities of Otsego and Schoharie counties will receive $15,000 each, and $7,000 each goes to Delaware Opportunities and Liberty Resources (Chenango County). “These community programs provide vital services for those in dire need,” said Seward, “We are fortunate to have so many local organizations providing help to vulnerable individuals, and I am pleased to assist them in their efforts to make our communities safer. These agencies are lifelines and, in many cases, are all that stand between a domestic violence victim and further harm.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Vintage Tractors On Display At Swart Wilcox Open House

Vintage Tractors On Display

At Swart Wilcox Open House

John Keahey, West Oneonta, stands beside his 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee Anniversary Edition tractor, on display on the the lawn of the Swart Wilcox House Museum during their Open House this afternoon. Also on site was his 1950 John Deer B, which he has owned his whole life. “We used to plow with a horse and wagon!” said Keahey, “We could not wait to get a tractor.” He had it restored in 2014 by Brian Van Buren in Roseboom. “I traded a John Deer Elevated Scraper for three paint jobs.” said Keahey, “He did such a good job, the look and run better than they did new!” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Young Handlers Gather, Tweak, Manicure Animals
71ST JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW

Young Handlers Gather,

Tweak, Manicure Animals

Sophia Lesko, Cooperstown, isn’t just one of CCS’ top four scholars this year: She’s a junior livestock handler, with an entry in the 71st Junior Livestock Show; a new minutes ago, she had just finished giving her winter heifer a final haircut in preparation for competition that begins tomorrow at Iroquois Farm, on Route 33 south of Cooperstown.  Inset photo, Jessica Zuill, Davenport, with the help of her uncle, John Kostbar, Town of Maryland, makes it official by putting up the sign on her Southdown sheep Baked Beans’ pen.  An ice cream social, open to the public, begins at 7 this evening; another highpoint is the Parade of Champions at 3 p.m. Tuesday.  Monday, stop by and watch the judging.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Middlefield Community Day Mixes Fun, Food, Arts, Crafts

Middlefield Community Day

Mixes Fun, Food, Arts, Crafts

Bob Jorgensen of Middlefield Center, foreground, top photo, discusses his antique tractor collection, on display until 4 p.m. today at the 45th annual Middlefield Community Day at the Middlefield Historical Society headquarters in the old schoolhouse. Listening are John Reynolds, Middlefield Center, left, and Mike Jorgensen. Inset photo, Irene Fassett, East Springfield, tickles the ivories as keyboardist for the Small Town Big Band; to her left are clarinetists Arnie Jungkind, Springfield Center, and Ed Badgley, Cooperstown. The event also features tours of the school house, vendors selling honey, arts & crafts and more, and a Chinese auction. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Artists & Art Lovers Meet At 23rd Stagecoach Run

Artists & Art Lovers Meet

At 23rd Stagecoach Run

Richard Birkett, Otego, shows off his unique fantasy clocks to Meaddows Ryan, Ossining, on the first day of the 23rd annual Stagecoach Run Art Art Festival in Treadwell. Over 70 local artists are featured in this self-guided open studio tour at 25 locations throughout Treadwell and Franklin. The event continues today 10am-5pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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70-Plus Units Defy 94 Degrees Of Heat

104TH SPRINGFIELD CENTER PARADE

70-Plus Units Defy

94 Degrees Of Heat

Girl Scout Hannah Sheldon of Springfield Center captures the spirit of the holiday at today’s 104th Springfield Center Fourth of July Parade, which marched down Main Street in 94-degree heat.  Hannah is with Troop 967, Springfield Center.  At right,  Springfield Center’s Loretta Fish attended her hometown’s Fourth of July Parade for the 30th time today; she posed with son Alex Dowd, 8. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Delgado In Oneonta For 4th of July Festivities

Delgado In Oneonta

For July 4th Festivities

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado meets with Carla Nordstrom, a democratic activist from Seeds of Change, during Oneonta’s Hometown 4th of July celebration in Neahwa Park this afternoon. With him are Mayor Gary Herzig and Police Chief Doug Brenner. The city was one of three stops on Delgado’s first day campaigning following his primary win on Tuesday, July 26. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – There are 163 towns in the 19th Congressional District, many of them with fireworks, parades and other events celebrating Independence Day.  And Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate for Congress, chose to spend his Fourth of July in Oneonta.

“Oneonta is a wonderful place,” he said. “I have a responsibility to touch every part of the district, to meet with people and listen to them.”

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