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First ’18 Storm Lighter Here Than Elsewhere

First ’18 Storm Lighter

Here Than Elsewhere

Still, It’s Colder Than Usual, Mattice Says,

And More Snowfall Predicted For Sunday

Ron Jex, Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, wields a big shovel, but snowfall in the village was far less than points south, according to Weather Observer Dave Mattice. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Otego’s Tanner Gainsford, with dad Mark, were snowblowing Barbara Cimko’s sidewalks and driveway this morning in Oneonta’s Greater Plains neighborhood.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

It may have a surprise, but it shouldn’t have been, according to National Weather Service weather Dave Mattice of Oneonta.

Mid-November snows are not unusual, he said a few minutes ago, just as Cooperstown DPW chief Mitch Hotaling declared the village snow emergency, originally due to last until this evening, at an end.

“This is definitely not the most snow we’ve had in November,” said Mattice.  “I remember a Thanksgiving snow, riding a snowmobile up Chestnut Street all the way to East Street.”

If anything, Otsego County got it easy in the overnight storm.  “We were spared,” Mattice said.  “Hancock got 12-13 inches. I only got 5 inches” at his Oneonta home.  In Cooperstown, it appeared 6-8 inches had fallen.

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250 Dine, Get Home Before Storm Strikes

250 Dine, Get Home

Before Storm Strikes

CCS Seniors Surya Daniel and Jack Odell chat with Bill Sanford of Westville, one of the last-to-leave diners at this evening’s traditional Senior Citizen Community Dinner in the Cooperstown Junior/Senior High School cafeteria. Sponsored by the school’s Leo Club, the dinner hosted 250 citizens, according to Wayne Moakler, an organizer. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Snow Emergency Begins At 8 For Village Of Cooperstown

Snow Emergency Begins At 8

For Village Of Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown is issuing a Snow Emergency effective AT 8 p.m. this evening through 6 p.m. Friday, DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling announced.

There is to be no parking on village streets during this time. Parking will be available in the Doubleday Parking Lot.

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Penn State Health Exec New Bassett Network CFO

Penn State Health Exec

New Bassett Network CFO

Paul Swinko

COOPERSTOWN – Paul G. Swinko, CFO at Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania, has been named Bassett Healthcare Network corporate chief financial officer, President/CEO Bill Streck announced today.

Swinko comes to Bassett from Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey where he has served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Hershey Medical Center and Vice President of Finance for Penn State Health.  He will be starting in January.

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1st New Cooperstown Home In Years Being Constructed

1st New Cooperstown Home

In Years Being Constructed

Josh Edmonds’ Simple Integrity contractors this week began construction of a new home at 45 Delaware St., Cooperstown. It is the first single-family home built in the village in years, perhaps since Robin and Fred Schneider bought the Landmark Inn and built a home for themselves behind it. The farmhouse on the property was demolished in September 2017. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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See This Week’s Front Pages

EXCLUSIVE!

XNG Moves Most Rigs Out Of County

Candidate Delgado, Gibson Conferred

Carleigh Understudy For ‘Cher’ Role

Judge Burns’ Book Advises Parents

New Renderings Of DD Field Plans

Bobcat Attack Leaves 8 Hens Dead

EDITORIAL: Delgado For President

All these stories and more in this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands through Otsego County this afternoon.
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Third-Base Line Of Future Ready For HARB Review

Third-Base Line Of Future

Ready For H-PARB Review

Saratoga Associates, the Village of Cooperstown’s architect in the $4 million redevelopment of Doubleday Field, have provided Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh with these rendering in time for the 5 p.m. Tuesday meeting of the Historic Preservation & Architectural Review Board.  The H-PARB would have to issue a demolition permit for the project to move forward, and there are other step before ground is broken, Tillapaugh said. The current third-based bleachers, which, determined unsafe, have been cordoned off for years, would be replaced with the new structure, which that includes modern bleachers, restrooms, offices and a third-floor meeting space suitable for wedding receptions and other gatherings.  The hope is to at least begin renovations, and perhaps complete them, during 1919, the 100th anniversary of the fabled ballpark, which for decades was considered to be the Birthplace of Baseball.

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For 100th Time, Veterans Remember World War I

For 100th Time, Veterans

Remember World War I

Leading the Cooperstown Vets’ Club contingent at this morning’s Veterans’ Day Parade, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, are, from left, John Aurelio, David Sanford, Tim Moakler and Jack Henson.  The parade – units included the CCS Marching Band and the Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department – proceeded up Main Street and down Pine Boulevard to the Doughboy Statue, across Lake Street from The Otesaga.  Inset, Dr. Ted Peters, the retired Bassett researcher, a former submariner who is among the village’s most venerable veterans, attended, as he has for more than a half-century now.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Salvation Army Bellringers On The Job, More Needed

Salvation Army Bellringers

On The Job, More Needed

Groups, Clubs, Individual Welcome To Volunteer
At Southside Mall’s main entrance, Dakota Hitt, 11, of Milford, poses with veteran Salvation Army bellringers Robert Glover and Vera Stewart, who has been manning kettles for 20 years now. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta’s Lee Kopf makes his contribution at South Mall’s main entrance.

ONEONTA – The Oneonta Salvation Army kicked off its 2018 Red Kettle Campaign today.  The campaign will continue through Dec. 24.

The fundraising goal is $57,000, said Maj. Sharon Harford, the local commanding officer.  The funds raised will help with Christmas assistance, but also the Army’s 2019 operating budget.

More bellringers are needed to help with the campaign, and groups, clubs, families and individuals are welcome.  Call 432-5960 to volunteer.

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Sorin’s ‘Driving While Black’ Packs Fenimore Auditorium

Sorin’s ‘Driving While Black’

Packs Fenimore Auditorium

Cooperstown Graduate Program Director Gretchen Sorin briefs a packed house a few minutes ago on “Driving While Black,” portions of which are being screened for the first time at Glimmerglass Film Days, which began last evening and runs through Monday.  With her is Ric Burns, Ken Burns’ brother, who is producing the film for PBS.  It is based on Sorin’s 2009 thesis on “The Green Book,” a guide for black tourists and travelers during the Jim Crow Era.   At right in inset photo is Otsego 2000 Executive Director Ellen Pope, an organizer of the annual event.  Today’s crowd filled all 126 seats in The Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, and folding chairs lined the aisles and across the front of the room.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com

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