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This Old House

This Old House

Swart-Wilcox House Celebrates 210th Birthday

Fran Bliven, Linda-Rae Nichols, Linda Reese, Debby Clough, Yolanda Sharpe, Ann Shultz and Joan Kollgaard sing ‘Happy Birthday’ in front of the Swart Wilcox House this afternoon where the Friends of the Swart-Wilcox House celebrated the 30th anniversary of the organization and the 210th year the house has stood. Built in 1807, the Swart-Wilcox house Oneonta’s oldest standing structure. It was occupied by the Swart and Wilcox families for 103 years, until it was closed in 1970. The City of Oneonta bought the house in 1976, but it wasn’t until 1987 that four school teachers approached the city about rehabbing the site and turning it into a historic destination. Speakers detailed the history of the house’s occupants and it’s extensive restoration, highlighting the corn crib, wall paper and flooring. At right, Debby Clough, one of the founding members of the organization, and Milly Parish, cut an intricately detailed cake made by Barbara Clark of Otego, to serve to the guests. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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NAACP Picnic Offers More For Kids

NAACP Picnic Offers

More For Children

Since 1994, the NAACP has held it’s annual Community Picnic in the park where the public can come and enjoy burgers and hot dogs right off the grill, roasted corn on the cob, baked beans, desserts and more in the Neahwa Park large pavilion this afternoon. In addition to food, this year the NAACP included more for young people including ice cream donated by Stewarts, free face painting, and wooden craft projects donated from Home Depot. Above, grill master Robert Davis kept the hamburgers and hot dogs coming off the grill as patrons load up their plates. Right, Alecia Haynes shows off her rainbow face paint courtesy of Hafsa Mohammad. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Destination Oneonta Crowns Oneonta Wing King

Destination Oneonta Crowns

Oneonta Chicken Wing King

The title of Oneonta’s Best Chicken Wings was on on the line tonight during as judges Doug Brenner, Janet Hurley-Quackenbush, Aron Fried, Barbara Ann Heegan and Randy Mowers put taste to the test as they sampled chicken wings from sixteen area eateries. Here, destination Oneonta’s Katrina Van Zandt and Rachel Jessup stand with a plate of wings and the Prize Chicken trophy before the announcement of the winners; 1st: Nina’s, 2nd: Doblers and 3rd: Jay’s place. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Heller’s ‘Suffragettes’ Take Point At CANO Opening

Heller’s ‘Suffragettes’ Takes

Point At CANO Opening

Cary Brunswick and wife Susan, Oneonta, admire the portraits of famous suffragettes created by Susan Heller, Cooperstown, for her new show “NYS Suffragettes – Centennial Anniversary that opened at CANO this evening. Each portrait was reproduced as a lithograph by Tim Sheesley of Corridor Press in Otego. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Council Officially Appoints Doug Brenner As Police Chief

Council Officially Appoints

Doug Brenner As Police Chief

Mayor Gary Herzig, right, congratulates Doug Brenner after Common Council officially voted to appoint him as Chief of the Oneonta Police Department. “I feel the most important public office one can hold is that of Public Safety,” said Herzig, “and that is why I felt it was important to do a thorough search for this position. I am more than confident that he is the person for the job and I am proud to recommend him.” After the motion was passed, a grinning Brenner was applauded by council members and city officials on his appointment which officially begins tomorrow. “It feels good to put this to rest,” said Brenner, “It will be nice to be able to move forward and focus my time on other projects.” While a Lieutenant has not officially been named, the Chief says they are in the process of searching. Doug Brenner will officially be sworn in as Chief on Saturday at 9am in Council chambers. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Constituents Denounce Faso-Collins AHCA Amendment To County Board
KJOLHEDE: VULNERABLE WOULD BE HURT

County Board Pulls Motion

Backing Faso’s AHCA Move

At this morning’s county board meeting, Dr. Chris Kjolhede argues, successfully, that a resolution supporting an initiative by Congressman Faso could harm Bassett’s School-Based Health Program.  The resolution was withdrawn.
Oneonta’s Gena Keel holds a protest sign aloft before speaking against the Faso-Collins amendment.

COOPERSTOWN – After hearing objections from the public, the county Board of Representatives this morning pulled a resolution that would have supported U.S. Rep. John Faso’s amendment requiring the State of New York to absorb any additional costs of federal Medicaid cuts, rather than passing them along to counties.

Constituents were lined up out into the hallway outside the County Board’s chamber on the second floor of the county Office Building as Dr. Chris Kjolhede, co-director of Bassett’s School-Based Health Program, suggested the so-called Faso-Collins amendment, by making the Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) more palatable, is threatening the county’s most vulnerable citizens.

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Fireworks Finalize Family Fourth Festivities

Fireworks Finalize

Family 4th Festivities

The skies lit up with the fabulous fireworks display as the Hometown Fourth of July Festival came to a close this evening in Neahwa Park. Enjoying the finale were Doug Armstrong, above, as well as Bruce Von Holtz, Amanda Calkins, daughter Emma Collins, and Keshia Genzardi seen at left. Afterwards, the Mopar Cams kept the after-party hopping as Greg Lee, right, and the rest of the Cosmic Karma Fire Spinners entertained the crowds with their fiery antics. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Stagecoach Run Art Festival Showcases Local Talents

Stagecoach Run Art Festival

Showcases Local Talents

Artist Joseph Kurhajec, Treadwell, shows William Austin some of his new artwork made from pieces of quilts at the Treadwell Museum of Fine Art and Annex in Treadwell as part of the annual Stagecoach Run Art Festival. Now in its 22nd year, the event features artwork from 68 local artists spread across 23 venues throughout Franklin and Treadwell. The event runs through 5pm. Sunday. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Mitchell Hotaling Promoted To Village DPW Supervisor

Mitchell Hotaling Promoted

To Village DPW Superintendent

Mitch Hotaling is at his desk in Village Hall today, his first as DPW superintendent. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Mitchell Hotaling, village street superintendent since 2015 and a 13-year village employee, began work today as public works superintendent.

The Village Board made the appointed at its Monday meeting.  He succeeds Brian Clancy, who joined Delaware Engineering.

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