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Pioneer Returns To Parallel But Not All Residents Are Pleased

Pioneer Returns To Parallel But

Not All Residents Are Pleased

With a public hearing scheduled this evening on the proposed return to parallel parking on lower Pioneer St. in the village of Cooperstown, village resident Celia Oxley, a resident of Pioneer Street, spoke up this evening at the Board of Trustees meeting in support of the diagonal parking that the village had originally proposed near her house. Oxley is one of very few in the neighborhood who supported the diagonal parking layout. Oxley’s neighbors, Rick Hulse and Tony Casale both urged the board to return to parallel parking in front of their houses. Ultimately, Oxley’s testimonial was too little too late, as the trustees voted to restore parallel parking on Pioneer Street. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Focus Pleads Guilty, Fined $5k For Crimes

CORPORATION HAS DAY IN COURT

Focus Pleads Guilty,

Fined $5k For Crimes

Otsego County Judge John Lambert goes over a copy of a plea agreement between CCRN LLC and the state Attorney General’s Office with Attorney Richard S. Harrow, representing CCRN LLC, which operated the Focus nursing home in the town of Otsego. The corporation pleaded guilty this morning to one count of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled individual, a Class E felony. The maximum fine under this type of felony is $5,000, which Lambert ordered the corporation to pay.  Focus’ top executive, Joseph Zupnik and Daniel Herman, pleaded guilty to a related count Sept. 12 in Otsego Town Court and face $1 million fine, community service and a banning from the nursing-home industry when they appear for sentencing Oct. 10 in the Fly Creek town court.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Chamber To Honor 2 Small Businesses At Otesaga Banquet

Chamber To Honor

2 Small Businesses

At Gala At Otesaga

Directive, Reuse Center, 2 Interns Lauded

ONEONTA – The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce today announced the award winners who will be honored at its annual Small Business Banquet Thursday, Oct. 11, at The Otesaga Resort Hotel.

Directive, a website and online marketing firm, will be the 19th annual Small Business of the Year.  The Otsego Reuse Center will be the Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield Breakthrough Business of the  Year.

Two interns – one from Hartwick College; one from SUNY Oneonta – will also be honored.

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Katz Says Delgado Interested In ‘Bettering Our Lives,’ Not Donors’

Katz Says Delgado Interested In

‘Bettering Our Lives,’ Not Donors’

COOPERSTOWN – Former Cooperstown mayor Jeff Katz today endorsed Antonio Delgado for Congress in New York’s 19th District, the Delgado campaign announced.

Delgado is facing incumbent Republican John Faso, R-Kinderhook, and former “Law & Order: SVU” star Diane Neal, an independent, in the Nov. 6 election.

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Wild Cooperstown

Wild Cooperstown

No, his eyes weren’t failing him. That was one big porcupine that Oneonta’s Dave Rees spotted on a Nelson Avenue porch as he headed into Cooperstown this morning. Even in a country town, that was a bit of a novelty. (David Rees photo)
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Workin’ On The Railroad

Eagle Scout Directing Repair

Of Milford Miniature RR Loop

Troop 1254 Boy Scout Rudy Bohm, Fly Creek, hammers a piece of rebar into the ground as he repairs railroad track today at the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad depot in Milford. As part of his Eagle Scout service project, Bohm will coordinate a project that will revamp the track, which was built 20 years ago for a miniature train that the historic railroad company owns. When it is complete, the goal will be to get the miniature train running once again, and to then offer rides to kids in Milford’s Wilber Park. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Under Sunny Skies, Harvest Fest Booms

Under Sunny Skies,

Harvest Fest Booms

Defying all predictions of rain, the 40th annual Harvest Festival at The Farmers’ Museum is attracting a big crowd under sunny skies. The food booths were busy around The Green, with Hannah Decker, 10, of Burlington (with cousin Charlie Decker, 3) partaking of the popular sweet corn. Lower left, Luis Reitz, Richfield Springs, shows off his prize-winning Mr. B at the Parade of Champions. Lower right, Chris Lawson of Unadilla (an operating room technician at Oneonta’s Fox Hospital) shares a laugh with a customer of his fine woodworking offerings.  The Festival continues until 5 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Exhibits, Lectures Mark Research Library’s 50th

Exhibits, Lectures Mark

Research Library’s 50th

Alex Dickson, Fly Creek, a former volunteer at The Fenimore Research Library, examines a local atlas at today’s 50th anniversary commemoration of the fieldstone library building’s completion in 1968. At right is Fenimore President Paul D’Ambrosio, chatting with Bruce MacLeish, a former librarian there. Behind them is Wayne Wright of Oneonta, retired library director, who delivered the keynote address. Activities continue until 4 p.m., when James Fenimore Cooper’s 229th birthday will be celebrated with cake. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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BRAKING AIDS® Ride Departs, Bound For Grant’s Tomb Finale

BRAKING AIDS® Ride Departs,

Bound For Grant’s Tomb Finale

The 150 bicyclists on the 2018 BRAKING AIDS® Ride depart from Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, bound for finishing ceremonies at Grant’s Tomb in Manhattan Sunday afternoon. Their first stop was Chalybeate Springs in Sharon Springs, then it was on to the Albany Hilton this evening. Tomorrow, the ride goes through the Catskills to an Ellenville resort, before heading into New York City. This is the seventh annual BRAKING AIDS® Ride, which has been raising more than $1/4 million annually toward the fights against AIDS. (Photo courtesy Clark Sports Center)
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