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County Celebrates Outgoing Treasurer Crowell

County Celebrates Outgoing

Treasurer Crowell

Otsego County employees and friends and family of outgoing Treasurer Dan Crowell gathered in the county boardroom to bid farewell to Crowell, as his tenure as County Treasurer comes to an end. With cookies, cake, punch, and friendly smiles all around, good times were had by all in attendance. From left (top row) Aleks Andreic, Hank Schecher, Kathy Clark, Dave Bliss, Pete Oberacker, Dan Crowell, Allen Ruffles, Rich Brimmer, Bill Mason, Ellen Coccoma, Jenna Utter, Karen Sullivan, David Fraser, (bottom row) Wendy Lichtman, Claudia Harris, Erica O’Brien, Lisa Wilcox, Mieko Rowley, George Darling, Mary McCoy, Erik Scrivener, and Melanie Fabiano. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Want Zinn Brilliants? Get Them Now

Want Zinn Brilliants? Get Them Now

If you want to get Zinn Brilliants for your tree this Christmas, time is running out: The Rigby family, which fabricate the shiny ornaments based on a 19th century Victorian pattern, is selling them from their home at 73 Elm St., Cooperstown, until 4 p.m. today, then 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This year, they’ve moved the shop into the front room of their renovated Victorian mansion, an extra draw for would-be shoppers. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Expanded Stewarts Offers New Services

Expanded Stewarts

Offers New Services

After opening the new 500 square foot addition to the existing Stewart’s Shop on Chestnut street in Cooperstown last week, customers can find a wide variety of new foods that were not previously available at the convenient store. Made to order subs and wraps, as well as hot soups are just some of the new foods made available with the new addition. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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View ‘County Manager v. County Exec’ Presentation, Now Posted On Youtube

View ‘County Manager v. County Exec’

Presentation, Now Posted On YouTube

Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz vice president/regional engagement, talks about how a Suffolk County executive ran on a plank of buying development rights in that quickly suburbanizing community; he won, then implemented the program. He was speaking this morning on the topic, “County Manager v. County Executive,” this morning at Springbrook’s new Family Engagement Center. Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, left, moderated the session, which was sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Otsego and Cooperstown chambers of commerce, and the AllOTSEGO newspapers, Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal.
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County Reps, 100 Attendees Consider County’s Future

County Reps, 100 Attendees

Consider County’s Future

Dr. Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz vice president for regional engagement, presents “County Manager v. County Executive” to a full house at Springbrook’s new Family Engagement Center this morning. The 45-minute presentation, moderated by Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, outlined the pros and cons of both governmental structures, as well as ideas for how the Otsego County Board of Representatives might begin the process of considering new management models for the county. At right, incoming county Rep. Danny Lapin, D-City of Oneonta, asks what resources might be available to the county board for further study. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Ommegang, Springbrook, YMCA Among Winners Of Otsego CFAs

CUOMO GRANTS TOTAL $4M LOCALLY

Ommegang, YMCA Among

Otsego Winners Of CFAs

Otsego County attendees today as Governor Cuomo announced $750 million in economic-development grants statewide included state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, second from right; County Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, sixth from right, and Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz, fifth from left. In all, Otsego County received funding for 15 projects, ranging from $525,000 to Ommegang for the expansion of its hospitality center, to Springbrook for training, and to the Oneonta Family Y for renovations to the first and third floors.  The big winner was the Village of Cooperstown, which received $1 million, the largest grant, for its sewage-plant reconstruction.  In all, the county received $4 million, down from last year’s $7 million, which was a record.
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Costas Wins Frick Award For Broadcast Excellence

Costas Wins Frick Award

For Broadcast Excellence

Bob Costas

COOPERSTOWN – Bob Costas, a star of NBC Sports since the early 1960s and a presence at Hall of Fame Inductions for decades, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Hall’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.

 Costas will be recognized during the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 28, as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2018. Costas becomes the 42nd winner of the Frick Award, as he earned the highest point total in a vote conducted by the Hall of Fame’s 15-member Frick Award Committee.

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Arrests Made in Connection to Train Fire

Arrests Made In Railcar Fire

Russell Jones, a member of Milford’s Volunteer Fire Department, douses flames from a train car fire in Milford on Oct. 3. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

MILFORD – Two juveniles have been arrested and charged with setting fire to an antique box car at the Milford Train Depot in early October.

Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. announced the arrests after a two month long investigation, and said that more arrests are expected in the coming days. Devlin stated that both suspects are local residents.

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Akron Beacon-Journal Writer Ocker To Receive Spink Award At Induction

Akron Beacon-Journal Writer Ocker

To Receive Spink Award At Induction

COOPERSTOWN – Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Cleveland Indians for 33 seasons, was elected the 2018 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing”  in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, it was announced today.

He will receive the award during the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend July 27-30, 2018, in Cooperstown.

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Cooperstown’s Naomi Wager Stars in ‘Annie’

Cooperstown’s Naomi Wager

To Star In Orpheus’ ‘Annie’

Naomi Wagner, Cooperstown, who plays Annie in Orpheus Theater’s upcoming production of “Annie”, rehearses the song “N.Y.C” along side Casey Thomas, Oneonta, who plays Oliver “Daddy’ Warbucks at SUNY’s Goodrich Theater this evening. The show, which features 41 cast members from around the area, runs December 15-16 at 7:30pm with a matinee on Dec 17 at 2pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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