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Emily W. Thorn, 96; Worked At Cooperstown Academy, CCS

IN MEMORIAM: Emily W. Thorn, 96;

Worked At Cooperstown Academy, CCS

Emily W. Thorn

HARTWICK – Emily Weir Thorn, 96, a Native Daughter of Cooperstown who worked at Cooperstown Central School and Bassett Hospital, passed away Wednesday night, Dec. 20, 2017, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.

She was born Aug. 19, 1921, in Adams to Bower F. and Clara (Cleaver) Weir. When Emily was only 2-years-old her mom died of tuberculosis.

In 1925, the family moved to Fly Creek, where Emily attended a one-room country school. She later attended school in Cooperstown, and graduated with the Class of 1939.

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Maverick Johnson Is Bassett’s 1,000th Baby of 2017

Maverick James Johnson 

1,000th Baby At Bassett 

Maverick James Johnson, seen here with mom, Paula Waffle and nurse Jessica Barrett, was the 1,000th baby born this year at the Bassett Birthing Center.

COOPERSTOWN – Parents Paula Waffle, Eric Johnson and the staff at the Bassett Birthing Center welcomed Maverick James Johnson, the 1,000th baby born at the center in 2017, on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Maverick was born at 3:57 p.m. Tuesday, weighing 8 lbs, 10 oz, 21 inches long. Though born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, he was able to stay at the birthing center for the first few days of his care, rather than being transported to Albany.

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Cooperstown Police Seek Larceny Suspect

Cooperstown Police

Seek Larceny Suspect

Police believe this woman stole a purse from the lobby of the clinic at Bassett Hospital.

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown police are looking for tips on a woman who allegedly stole a purse from the outpatient clinic building of Bassett Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The victim was sitting in the lobby near the pharmacy between 2:45-3:15 p.m. and left her purse on the bench. The suspect, described as a white female with dark hair, wearing a black coat and white pants, sat down next to the purse and took it when she left the clinic building.

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Jacquelyn Mortensen, 86; Operated Carousel At Farmer’s Museum

IN MEMORIAM: Jacquelyn Mortensen, 86;

Operated Carousel At Farmers’ Museum

Jacquelyn Mortensen

VAN HORNESVILLE – Jacquelyn P. Mortensen, 86, who operated the Empire State Carousel at The Farmers’ Museum for 25 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon Nov. 16, 2017, at her home on Summit Hill Road, with her family by her side.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1931, in Hartford, Conn., a daughter of the late David and Anna Egenton Parsons. Jacquelyn was raised and educated in Hartford.

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Bassett Splits Duties Of CEO, President

Bassett Splits Duties

Of CEO, President

Dr. Brown Will Run Network;

New Hospital President Sought

Vance Brown is focusing his efforts on overseeing the Bassett Healthcare Network.

COOPERSTOWN – The Bassett Healthcare Network today announced it is breaking off the responsibilities of Bassett Hospital president from those of network CEO after the network board adopted an “active parent” model of management on Jan. 1.

Dr. Vance M. Brown, who has held both positions, said will remain as network CEO, and that Dr. William LeCates, medical director and VP of medical affairs, will become deputy president of the hospital while a transition team recruits a president.

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Faso, LeCates Discuss Doing More For Veterans At Bassett

Faso, LeCates Discuss Doing

More For Veterans At Bassett

Congressman John Faso, R-19, center left, and Dr. William LeCates, Bassett Hospital medical director, center right, discuss ways the Cooperstown hospital might better serve veterans when they met this morning at a veterans’ resource fair organized by the congressman’s office at Foothills in Oneonta.  With them are the county board’s chair, Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and vice chair Ed Frazier, R-Unadilla. Shortterm, LeCates, a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard who has served in the Middle East, agreed to be a point of contact at Bassett for county Veterans Director Jack Henson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Bassett Proposes Parking Garage

Bassett Proposes

Parking Garage

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Hospital proposed adding 350 parking spaces, including an underground parking garage, during a meeting with neighbors, Mayor Jeff Katz and Village Trustees in the Clark Auditorium last night.

“This came about after years and years of conversation, thought and public comment,” said Katz. “If this goes through, that will be more parking than Doubleday and the business district combined.”

Proposed as a three-part plan, the project would begin with 145 spaces in a surface parking lot on Riverside Drive, cul-de-sac off of Susquehanna Avenue.  Bassett owns three houses on the property, which would be demolished.

An additional 200 spaces in an underground lot would be built into the hillside, making the structure will be concealed and unobtrusive. “Having it underground will really lessen the aesthetic impact to the village,” said Katz.

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‘Eclipse Baby’ Born At Bassett

‘Eclipse Baby’ Born At Bassett

Katherine Monroe, Salisbury Center, holds Lincoln David Monroe, one of four babies born at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown during yesterday’s eclipse. Born at 1:56 p.m., Lincoln was born closest to when the moon crossed the sun’s path in Otsego County. (Nicolas Murphy/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUG. 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUG. 12

Tour County Farms

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FAMILY FARM DAY – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit local farms in Otsego and Schoharie counties and bring home a cooler of farm fresh goods. Call (518) 234-4303, ext. 119 or visit FamilyFarmDay.org

CLOSING CONCERT – 8 p.m. End the season with an exploration of feminine sovereignty through dance, song, and text by Laura Carelss, dancer, choreographer, and actress, in the World Premier of “She Wolves.” Tickets, $15 adults, $12 youth, seniors, and veterans. The Church, at the decommissioned Baptist Church, 2381 St. Hwy. 205, Mount Vision. www.upsi-ny.com/upcoming-events-news/

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