Blaze Leaves 11 Laurens Residents Homeless
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.”
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JAN. 20
WINE 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
‘Community Heroes’ Saluted
As 3-Year Recognition Ends
Artist Janet Wentworth Erickson’s Dream
Honors 37 With 51 Portraits, Photographs
STATE OF STATE IN ONEONTA
Cuomo Envoy Details
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)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 19
ART 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 email@example.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.
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.
BAGWELL, RAINES, ‘PUDGE’
IN HALL OF FAME THIS YEAR
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.