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Sister, Stranger Worked Together After Crash

Younger Sister Came

To Her Elder’s Rescue

Julie Ford’s car hit a patch of black ice and sent her and her sister, Abby, into a tree on Saturday morning.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Even though she herself was suffering from a concussion, Abby Ford was able to call 911 following the Saturday crash that left her sister, Julie, the driver, injured and in and out of consciousness.

“Abby managed to dial 911,” said their mother, Amy. “It’s a miracle they were able to get the call through. Wiley Town Road never has cell service.”

A stranger, later identified as Dennis Brassaw, Cooperstown, was also driving down the road and stopped to wait with the girls until state troopers and EMS arrived. “We’re so grateful to him,” said Amy. “I went to the site of the accident today, and he was there and introduced himself.”

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Shane Smith’s Legacy Honored At Job Corps

Shane Smith’s Legacy

Honored At Job Corps

Wife Debbie Smith and son Sean lift the cover on a memorial marker today in honor of the late Shane Smith, who started the overhead line program at the Oneonta Job Corps.  At right is Job Corps Director Chris Kuhn. In honor of his contribution to the school and his students, the all-weather training dome, located in the Sweeney Smart Grid Training Complex, was christened the Shane Smith Memorial Dome. A memorial area around was created in-house by the Underground Residential Distribution Advanced Training Class, while the plaque and stone were made by the tile setters.  Smith died at age 69 April 10 in Norwich.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Oneonta Heights Cuts Ribbon On Latest Housing Complex

Oneonta Heights Cuts Ribbon

On $15.9M Housing Complex

Cutting the ribbon on this afternoon’s grand opening of Housing Visions’ latest apartment complex, Oneonta Heights, are, from left, Darren Scott of New York State Homes & Community Renewal; state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford; Rebecca Newman, Housing Visions president/CEO; Mayor Gary Herzig; tenants Christina, Romello, and Jayda Drayton and Wesley Hunter, Jim Wright and Czhaira Simpauco; Ben Lockwood, Housing Visions, and Andrew D’Agostino, Community Preservation Corps. The $15.9 million complex features 60 units for families and seniors and even has its own bus route. “This is the first step in addressing our housing problem.” said Mayor Herzig.  “Seventy five percent of families in Oneonta pay over 30 percent of their income on housing, and that is not sustainable.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15

When Susan B.

Anthony Came To Town

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FCAHS MEETING – 7 p.m. Tom Heitz presents “The Strong-Minded Women Are Coming,” about Susan B. Anthony’s visit to Cooperstown to meet the women and male supporters interested in forming a Woman’s Rights Committee and the reaction of local citizens. Fly Creek Area Historical Society, 210 Cemetery Rd, Fly Creek. fcahs.org

LECTURE SERIES – 6:30-8 p.m. Learn the what, why, and how of reduce, reuse, recycle with featured speakers Karen Sullivan, Karey Foster, Bob Sutherland. Free, registration required. Mohican Farm, 7207 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-4488 or e-mail programdirector@occainfo.org or visit occainfo.org/calendar/be-informed-lecture-series-the-what-why-and-how-of-reduce-reuse-and-recycle/

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Cooperstown Elementary Honors Veterans

Cooperstown Elementary 

Pupils Honor Veterans

Cooperstown Veterans’ Club Presidennt David Sanford leads the Color Guard through the Cooperstown Elementary Gymnasium this afternoon during a Veterans Day ceremony.    The pupils presented a program of songs and reading honors the local veterans. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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James Maddalone, 57; Firefighter, On Bainbridge Town Board

IN MEMORIAM: James Maddalone, 57;

Firefighter, On Bainbridge Town Board

James A. Maddalone

BAINBRIDGE – James A. Maddalone, 57, a dedicated firefighter currently serving on the Bainbridge Town Board, passed away Nov. 10, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, with his family by his side.

He was born on Aug. 7, 1960, in Sidney, the son of Joseph and Carole (Delello) Maddalone, and graduated from Sidney High School with the Class of 1968.  He immediately became an electrician apprentice at Amphenol, where he worked for 40 years.

He loved politics and served on the Bainbridge Planning Board for almost 10 years before joining the town board, where he was serving his second term.

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Arrangements Abound At Annual Garden Club Meeting

Arrangements Abound At

Garden Club Annual Meeting

Bob Opalecky, Oneonta, left, helps Gary Buman, Otego, former owner of Gary’s Flowers, display a freshly made flower arrangement this evening at St. James Episcopal Church, Oneonta, during a demonstration at the Oneonta Federated Garden Club’s annual meeting. All the creations were auctioned off at the end of the event. After Thanksgiving, the club will be hosting the Greens Workshop at St. James Nov. 27-30 in preparation of its annual Greens Sale & Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 1. The public is welcome. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Mary R. Wright, 93; Pioneer In Hospitality
IN MEMORIAM

Mary R. Wright, 93;

Pioneer In Hospitality

Mary R. Wright

COOPERSTOWN – Mary R. Wright, who lit many new trails for women during her 60 years in hospitality as one of the first women hired to manage a hotel, chair a collegiate hospitality program, and start her own consulting practice, died on Nov. 8, 2017, at her home in Cooperstown. She was 93.

Born July 1, 1924, in Syracuse, she was the only child of Roy Lafayette Wright, who was born in Siloam, and Syracuse-born Laura M. Newman Wright Barnard.

Raised in Herkimer, Miss Wright was introduced to Otsego County as a junior in high school when her father arranged a summer job for her as a carhop at Ye Olde Dutch Mill in Emmons.  Intrigued by the business, she took to waiting on tables the following summer and, on graduating from Herkimer High School, enrolled in Cornell University’s hospitality management program. One of only five women among the 100 students in her first year-class, she gave no thought to Cornell’s male-dominated classes.

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CCS Forward Airlifted From Crash, Recovering

CCS Forward Airlifted

From Crash, Recovering

Julie Ford

COOPERSTOWN – CCS basketball star Julie Ford is recovering at home after she was airlifted to Albany from an accident scene last Friday.

According to Nate Reigel, State Police public information officer, Ford was driving the car southbound on Wiley Town Road around noon when she hit a patch of black ice and slid 100 feet before striking a tree on the northbound shoulder.

Ford was “in and out of consciousness” at the scene, and her sister, Abby, a passenger, called 911, according to a Facebook post made by their mother, Amy Hurtubise Ford.

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