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Foxes, Skunks Concern Center City Neighbors

Foxes, Skunks Concern

Center City Neighbors

Patricia Crow asked Common Council to consider hiring a wildlife expert after she saw a fox running loose in her Center City neighborhood (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Police Chief Doug Brenner warned that if citizens see a sick animal not to approach it, but to instead call police or the DEC.

ONEONTA – Patricia Crow, 14 Myrtle Ave, told Oneonta Common Council that she spotted a fox near her home in Center City on Thursday, Sept. 14.

“I clearly sighted a fox traveling across my neighbor’s back yard.” she said. “Never in my nearly 70 years have I seen a fox in Center City.”

Though she warned that foxes were “not safe for the citizens of Oneonta,” The Humane Society says that foxes are not considered dangerous and are generally scared of humans, especially if they make a loud noise. Dogs and adult cats are generally safe from foxes, but kittens, rabbits and other small animals could be considered prey and should be kept inside.

However, Police Chief Doug Brenner says there has been an “uptick” in sick animals, namely skunks, including four in one week. “These animals were not well,” he said. “They were rolling in the street.”

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Seward Joins Hartwick College, Teaching Politics At Alma Mater

Seward Teaches Poli-Sci

Class At His Alma Mater

Senator Seward drives home a point during a New York State politics class he’s teaching this semester at Hartwick College, his alma mater. (David Lubell/Hartwick College)

ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, is teaching where he once learned.

The senator, who received his degree from Hartwick College in 1973 and an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1999, has returned to his alma mater this semester as an adjunct professor of political science.

Seward is teaching “New York State Politics & Policy” for 20 students, drawing on three decades of experience in the state Senate.  Prior to that, he served as an aide to state representatives, and was the youngest chairman of the county Republican Committee.

When college President Margaret Drugovich invited him to teach a course, “I couldn’t say yes fast enough,” said Seward.  He is also keeping office hours on campus once a week.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 20

Fun With The

Doubleday Dancers

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SQUARE DANCE – 7:30 p.m. The Doubleday Dancers invite the community to a free introduction to Modern Western Square Dancing. Have fun, meet new people, exercise. Dress casual, wear comfortable shoes. Cooperstown Elementary School. Call (607)264-8128, (607)547-8665, (607)264-3000.

DISCUSSION – 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. “Latinax Women in Politics. Discussion.” Hosted by the Women’s Center, Room 507, Dewar Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call (607)431-4031 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-college-celebrates-latinohispanic-heritage-month/

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Jack Donaldson, 80; Survivors Include Daughter In Otego

IN MEMORIAM: Jack Donaldson, 80;

Survivors Include Daughter In Otego

Jack Donaldson

ONEONTA – Jackey Jo “Jack” Donaldson, 80, of Lake Placid, Fla., passed away suddenly on Wednesday afternoon Sept. 13, 2017, at Tampa General Hospital.

Survivors include a daughter, Cynthia, in Otego, choir director at First Presbyterian Church, Oneonta.

Jack was born on June 11, 1937, in Confidence, Iowa, to Edith (Brown) and Jack Donaldson. He attended Corydon High School and graduated with the Class of 1955.

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Betty J. Wellman, 92; 50-Year Boy Scout Council Employee

IN MEMORIAM: Betty J. Wellman, 92;

50-Year Boy Scout Council Employee

Betty Jane Wellman

LAURENS – Betty J. Wellman, 92, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Chestnut Park Nursing Home, Oneonta, after a long battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. During the last days she had the comfort and support of her family by her side.

She was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Cooperstown, the daughter of the late Norman Kent and Adeline Theodora Murphy. She grew up in Pierstown, and later moved to Laurens. She was a graduate of the Laurens Central School as salutatorian, Class of 1942. She then attended the Utica Business School.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, SEPT. 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, SEPT. 19

Herb Farm On The Hill

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THE GATHERING PLACE – 2 p.m. Kathryn Mollach presents the History of Tanner Hill Herb Farm. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Call (607)547-0600 ext. 101 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/

RESEARCH LAB – 5:15-7 p.m. “Reclaiming Roots Through Family Research.” Hands-on research lab and dinner. Bring laptop. Registration required. Chesebro Room, Dewar Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call (607)431-4031 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-college-celebrates-latinohispanic-heritage-month/

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Accused Killers Plead ‘Not Guilty’ in Chenango County Court

Accused Killers Plead Not Guilty

In Chenango County Courtroom

Represented by Public Defender John Cameron, James Brower entered a “not guilty” plea in Chenango County Court this morning. (Pool Photo by Tyler Murphy/Evening Sun)
Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding also entered a not guilty plea.

NORWICH – James Brower and Tobias Rundstrom-Wooding, both accused of murdering 11-year old Jacelyn O’Connor, each entered “not guilty” pleas during their arraignments in Chenango County Court, according to WKTV.

The two, who are a couple, allegedly smothered Jacelyn to death in the act of raping her in their home during the early morning hours of July 30. They were indicted in Chenango County Court last week.

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Harvest Fest Gate May Break Record

2,000 ATTENDED SATURDAY

Harvest Fest Gate

May Break Record

Mira Miler-O’Connor, 7, of Cooperstown, (in lime T-shirt, top photo) was among the youngsters delighting at Dickens the Clown’s juggling fiery sticks – and, from time to time, dropping a few – today at The Farmers’ Museum’s 39th annual Harvest Festival, which wrapped up at 4 p.m. Museum officials said 2,000 people attended Saturday, close to a record, and today’s sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80s drew local a similar gate, with local attendees and others from the Capitol Region to Syracuse.  Traffic was lining West Lake Road, at right, all the way to the village line. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Zell Allen Butler, 74; Electrical Contractor Retired To Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM:  Zell Allen Butler, 74;

Electrical Contractor Retired In Oneonta

ONEONTA – Zell Allen Butler, 74, of Oneonta, an electrical contractor who for many years owned and operated Zell Butler Contractors Inc. in West Hartford, Conn., passed away Thursday, Sept.14, 2017, at the VA Hospital, Albany.

He was born July 8, 1943, in Herkimer the son of the late Zell and Edith Louise (Yule) Butler.

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