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‘Team Fetterman’ Welcomes Judge

‘Team Fetterman’

Welcomes Judge

Lamberts Become 1st Father-Son Pair

In Cooperstown’s Most Honored Ranks

Other members of “Team Fetterman” joined the latest honoree, county Judge John Lambert, after today’s luncheon at The Otesaga. Front row, from left, are Mark Rathbun, Jack Vineyard, Pat Hazzard, Frank Miosek, Lambert, Bobby Hall, Ted Kantorowski, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, Dave Adsit, Brenda Jaeger and Bruce Andrews.  Second row, from left, Mike Perrino, Ed Hazzard, Bud Lippitt, Dave Bliss, Sharkey Nagelschmidt, Bob Snyder and Ted Spencer.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

John Lambert and Jane Forbes Clark pose for photographs today after she presented him with the Fetterman Award.

COOPERSTOWN – It was a lesson in the right attitude.

County Judge John Lambert, honored as the latest recipient of the Clark Sports Center’s Fetterman Award today at an Otesaga luncheon, was able to relate a first-hand story about Patrick Fetterman, a fabled director of the Clark Gym.

It was at a Biddy Basketball Tournament in St. Johnsville more than three decades ago.  Lambert was in sixth grade; Fetterman was coaching, when one of the Cooperstown players made everyone’s concern explicit:  “They’re cheating with the clock,” he said.

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Missing Woman Found

Missing Woman Found

PIERSTOWN – The elderly woman reported missing yesterday in the Town of Otsego has been located, state police report.  Belle L. Lord, 89, was found in good condition and is with family.

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Woman With Dementia Missing From Pierstown

Woman With Dementia

Missing From Pierstown

Belle Lord

COOPERSTOWN – State police are looking for a  elderly woman in Pierstown who has dementia.  

Belle L. Lord, 89, left a residence on Sunset Ridge Road, Town of Otsego, around 10:30 a.m. today, in her vehicle, a silver 2008 Toyota Solara convertible with a black top, troopers report.  The vehicle is bearing North Carolina plates with the registration BHL 7498.

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James H. ‘Giff’ Gifford, 87; Managed New York City DEP Office In Gilboa

IN MEMORIAM:  James H. ‘Giff’ Gifford, 87;

Managed New York City DEP Office In Gilboa

James “Giff” Gifford

HARPERSFIELD – James H. “Giff” Gifford, 87, of Harpersfield, retired office manager of New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection office in Gilboa, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at Robinson Terrace in Stamford.

Survivors include a daughter in Cooperstown.

Born of March 5, 1931 in Gloversville, James was the son of the late Ira and Marion (Playford) Gifford.

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Focus Execs Fined $1K Each, 250 Hours Community Service

2 Focus Execs Fined

$1K Each, 250 Hours

Of Community Service

Zupnik, Herman Split $1M State Fine

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Herman
Zupnik

FLY CREEK – The president and another top executive of Focus Otsego were fined $1,000 each and sentenced to 250 hours of community service each at 12:55 p.m. today in Otsego Town Court here.

Joseph Zupnik, the president, and financial officer Daniel Herman appeared before Town Justice Gary Kuch in a hearing that lasted about an hour.

Attorney Kathleen Boland from the state Attorney General’s Office said the two men will also split a $1 million fine imposed by her office.

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17 Bound For Ommegang, But Tragedy Intervened

17 Bound For Ommegang,

But Tragedy Intervened

COOPERSTOWN – Brewery Ommegang has confirmed it was the destination for the 17 members of the birthday party who were killed in the Schoharie limo crash that claimed 20 lives on Saturday, Oct. 6.

“As names of the victims have been released by the media, we learned that a member of the party did have a reservation at the brewery for Saturday at noon,” the Brewery said in a statement on its Facebook page.

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Rescued Lhasa Apsos Up For Adoption Tuesday

26 Rescued Lhasa Apsos

Up For Adoption Tuesday

Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, gives a kiss to Penny, one of the 53 Lhasa Apso puppies surrendered from a hoarding situation in Milford last Tuesday.  Twenty-six of the dogs will be available for adoption starting tomorrow at noon.  The shelter has received “hundreds” of calls from people seeking to adopt the little dogs; depending on the number of qualified potential owners who show up tomorrow, the Shelter may conduct a raffle, the director said. With limited space at the shelter, the other dogs were taken to shelters in Delhi, Sidney and Broome County to be placed for adoption there. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Suds Pile Up On Lake Front, But Don’t Worry, Expert Says

DEAD ALGAE WILL DISSIPATE

Suds Pile Up On Lake Front,

But Don’t Worry, Expert Says

Al Lascovski, in pickup, and Chris Grady edge their pontoon boat through foot-thick suds this afternoon at the boat launch in Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park. The suds spurred some calls, but what’s happening is actually a natural phenomenon, explained Matt Albright, Biological Field Station assistant to the director. At this time of year, algae in the water dies and begins to decompose, creating the suds-like froth. Depending on the wind, it can pile up, as it did last year in the vicinity of Kingfisher Tower. Not to worry: It will dissipate over the next several days,  Albright said. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Cheerful Crowd Warms To Cooptoberfest Beat

Cheerful Crowd Warms

To Cooptoberfest’s Beat

To the beat of Oneonta’s Roundhouse Rockers (Mark Spaziani on lead guitar), the fifth annual Cooptoberfest beer-tasting crowd is warming up at this hour under the tent in the Doubleday Field parking lot. From 5 p.m. on, a $45 ticket opens the door to an evening of beer tasting, courtesy of micro-breweries from around the region. At right, with President Doug Campbell and Innovation Manager Justin Forsythe manning the table, Brewery Ommegang – the event’s prime sponsor – is ready for what’s in store.  New this year is Eat Drink Cooperstown, local food vendors.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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