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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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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 20

Explore The Taste Of Wine

With Sommelier Chad Douglas

14-19eventspageWINE TASTING – 6 p.m. Join Sommelier Chad Douglass for this monthly class. This month’s theme is the Year of the Rooster and will be ringing in the Chinese new year. The Otesaga, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. Info, www.otesaga.com/events

BLOOD DRIVE – 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Bassett Hall Auditorium, intersection of Beaver and Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Appointments, RedCrossBlood.org or call (607)547-3701

OPEN MIC – 5-9 p.m. Come perform yourself or support those who do. Sing up for a time slot on facebook. Club Odyssey, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/ClubOdysseyOneonta/

FILM – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Showing “Arrival.” Cost $3. Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Info, oneonta.collegiatelink.net/events

THEATER – 8 p.m. Stuff of Dreams presents “Never Too Late.” Tickets @ Green Toad Book store or by calling (607)432-5407. Cost $15 adult, $12 senior and students, and $10 children 12 and under. Production Center of Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta.

FILM – 9-11 p.m. Showing “Arrival.” Cost $3. Red Dragon Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Info, oneonta.collegiatelink.net/events

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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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Cuomo Envoy Details Investments Upstate

STATE OF STATE IN ONEONTA

Cuomo Envoy Details

Investments Upstate

With Governor Cuomo’s six-stop statewide tour to deliver his State of the State speech complete, his commissioners today fanned out to New York’s smaller cities to give slide shows and answer the questions of local audiences, as RoAnn Destito, state Office of General Services commissioner, did for 50 elected officials, businesspeople and SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski and her team members at Foothills in Oneonta this afternoon.  Listening, top photo, are, from left, Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood, and Common Council members David Rissberger and Melissa Nicosia.  In photo at left, Mayor Gary Herzig listens to the presentation, in which the $10 million in state Downtown Revitalization Initiative money to Oneonta was mentioned several times.  Behind Herzig are County Rep. Andrew Marietta, D-Cooperstown/Otsego, left, and Oneonta Family Y Executive Director Frank Russo.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Gelbsman Assumes Chair Of Admin Without Incident
CHALLENGE TO ‘PAST PRACTICE’ AT END

Gelbsman Assumes Chair

Of Admin Without Incident

Without incident, county Rep. Craig Gelbsman, R-Oneonta, assumed the helm of the county Board of Representatives’ key Administration Committee this morning, signalling an end to questions raised about the board chair appointing committee chairs, at least for this year.  When two of the board’s committees – Health & Education and Performance Review – convenes in the past several days, members voted for their committee chairs.  That occurred after county Rep. David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Middlefield, observed the board chair appointing committee chairs is not provided for in the board’s bylaws, and thus must be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order.  Bliss said Robert’s Rules call for committees to elect their own chairs, but County Attorney Ellen Coccoma e-mailed an opinion to reps saying her reading of the latest edition gives the appointing officer authority to appoint chairs.  She also reportedly said “past practice” rules.  The initiative may have been motivated, in part, by board chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, removing Len Carson, R-Oneonta, from his Public Safety Committee chairmanship after he challenged her for board chair at the reorganization meeting on Jan. 4.  Gelbsman is flanked by Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla, right, and Brian Pokorny, county IT director. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 19

‘Local Heroes’ Exhibit

Opening Reception

 

14-19eventspageART RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Meet the artists behind the “Local Heroes” exhibit. Project Space Gallery, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info, www.oneonta.edu/academics/art/gallery/gallery.html

PICKLEBALL – Noon-2 p.m. Come learn the sport. Gymn floor, Clark Sports Center, 124 Cty. Hwy. 52, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com

CONSERVATION MEETING – 12:30-3:30 p.m. Discussion of manure spreading strategies to reduce nutrient runoff. A must for farmers spreading or storing manure this winter. Otsego County Meadows Complex, 140 Ct. Hwy. 33W. RSVP by 1/12, (607)547-8337 ext. 4. or email weaverb@otsegosoilandwater.com

AUDITIONS – 3-6:30 p.m. Catskill Choral Society opens auditions for new members and potential Dox Apprentices. Unitarian Universalist Church, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 431-6060 to schedule and appointment.

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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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South Carolina Man Accused Of DWI, Driving Wrong Way On Interstate 88

South Carolina Man Accused Of DWI,

Driving Wrong Way On Interstate 88

OTEGO – Anthony S. Ascanio, 30, of Mooresville, N.C., is due to appear in Town of Otego court tomorrow after he was arrested on Jan. 11 for driving the wrong way on Interstate 88, the county Sheriff’s Department announced today.

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BAGWELL, RAINES, ‘PUDGE’ IN HALL OF FAME THIS YEAR

BAGWELL, RAINES, ‘PUDGE’

IN HALL OF FAME THIS YEAR

Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson announces on the MLB Network that Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez will be inducted in July into the Hall of Plaques in Cooperstown.  (Screenshot from MLB Network)

COOPERSTOWN – Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson announced a few moments ago on the MLB Network that three retired Major Leaguers will be inducted into the Hall of Plaques this July in Cooperstown:

  • Jeff Bagwell, produced more than 100 RBIs in eight of 15 seasons with Astros. Finished career with 449 homeruns, more than any other Astros player.
  • Tim Raines, scored 808 runs in a 20-year career, fifth highest in MLB history, and was one of the most productive lead-off hitters in the game.
  • Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is considered one of the best defensive catchers of all time.

WATCH CONTINUING COVERAGE ON MLB NETWORK

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