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Eugene R. Smith, 72; Vietnam Veteran, Longtime Firefighter

IN MEMORIAM: Eugene R. Smith, 72;

Vietnam Veteran, Longtime Firefighter

Eugene R. Smith Sr.

TODDSVILLE – Eugene R. Smith, 72, of Toddsville, a Vietnam veteran and longtime member of Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary, and passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2017, at home in his favorite recliner surrounded by his family.

Gene – or Bobby, as he was affectionately known by family and friends – was born June 9, 1945, in Cooperstown, a son of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith.

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Ruth Swart, 95, Golfer In N.J.; Thanksgiving Home Resident

IN MEMORIAM: Ruth Swart, 95, Golfer

In N.J.; Thanksgiving Home Resident

Ruth L. Swart

COOPERSTOWN – Ruth Louise Swart, 95, of Tryon, N.C., an avid and talented golfer in her younger years who later resided at the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning Sept. 3, 2017.

Born in Orange, N.J., and raised in Hackensack, Ruth was the daughter of Herman Edward Martini and Edith Elizabeth Arliss.

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For Bringing Integrity, Dignity To Game, Rachel Robinson Cited
INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

For Bringing Integrity, Dignity

To Game, Rachel Robinson Cited

Rachel Robinson expresses her thanks on receiving the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Buck O’Neil Award at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown this afternoon. The widow of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color line, and a philanthropist and ambassador of the game in her own right, was recognized for integrity, dignity and elevating the sport.  O’Neil, who died in 2006, founded the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., and was part of the movement that led to the inclusion of Negro League players into the Cooperstown Hall.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Bassett Names Ronette Wiley To New Post Of Hospital COO

Bassett Names Ronette Wiley

To New Post Of Hospital COO

Ronette Wiley

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare Network today announced the appointment of Ronette Wiley as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Cooperstown medical center.

Since 2008, she has been vice president of performance improvement and care coordination, and chief compliance Officer. She also served as interim administrator for hospital operations in 2015-16 during the search for the Bassett Healthcare Network COO.

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Are Compressed-Gas Trucks Anything To Worry About?

Are Compressed-Gas Trucks

Anything To Worry About?

If you’ve seen trucks marked “XNG, Extra Natural Gas,” going up and down your road in recent weeks, it may be travelling between a well in the fracking district in Northeastern Pennsylvania and a processing plant in Little Falls. Anti-fracking activists are concerned what they call “bomb trucks” may represent a danger to towns and drivers along the route through Otsego County. Read this week’s exclusive report in Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.  Also, from the Hall of Fame Classic to the General Clinton Canoe Regatta, there are a ton of activities this weekend.  Let our Happenin’ Otsego calendar help you plan what to do.
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100 Audience Members Seek Ways To Protect Obamacare

100 Audience Members Seek

Ways To Protect Obamacare

Lou Allstadt of Cooperstown, the former Mobil executive vice president, now a supporter of shifting from fossil fuels to alternatives, discusses how to best approach lobbying Congress, as he did in enlisting former U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson to advance a forward-looking environmental mission statement. Allstadt was one of three presenters before an audience of 100 at Coopertown’s Templeton Hall Thursday evening seeking ways to influence the national debate in favor of preserving the Affordable Care Act. Sarah Bormann, a staffer for Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica, discussed how best to approach legislators – when to call, e-mail and rally. Georgia Whitney of Cooperstown, drawing on personal experience, spoke about the negative impacts of white privilege on everybody else. Antoinette Kuzminski, who organized this meeting and former Bassett CEO Bill Streck’s PowerPoint the week before, said she is planning a third program on the single-payer approach. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Hundreds Remember C.J. Hebert In Vigil At Cooperstown Central

Hundreds Remember C.J. Hebert

In Vigil At Cooperstown Central

CCS student Julian Robinson recalls how Superintendent of Schools C.J. Hebert helped him feel welcome when he moved to town three years ago. Hebert died Sunday in an ATV accident. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
At a vigil by the flagpole at Cooperstown Central School that ended a few minutes ago, CCS student Julian Robinson recalls how Superintendent of Schools C.J. Hebert helped him feel welcome when he moved to town three years ago. Hebert died Sunday in an ATV accident. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

SLIDE SHOW: AFFECTION FOR HEBERT AT VIGIL

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Flag Lowered For C.J. Hebert

Flag Lowered For Superintendent

The flag at Main and Pioneer in downtown Cooperstown was lowered this morning to half-staff in remembrance of CCS Superintendent of Schools C.J. Hebert, who died in a four-wheeler accident on Sunday In Schoharie County. (AllOTSEGO.com)
The flag at Main and Pioneer in downtown Cooperstown was lowered this morning to half-staff in remembrance of CCS Superintendent of Schools C.J. Hebert, who died in a four-wheeler accident on Sunday In Schoharie County. (AllOTSEGO.com)
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OFFICER CHARGED WITH SHOPLIFTING

OFFICER CHARGED

WITH SHOPLIFTING

Case Focuses On $56,000 In Memorabilia

Turner
Turner

COOPERSTOWN – Ian R. Turner, a former Cooperstown police parking enforcement officer, was arraigned this morning at Otsego Town Court on charges that he allegedly stole $56,077 worth of sports memorabilia from Paterno Brothers Sports over the summer.

Appearing before Town Justice  Gary Kuch in Fly Creek, Turner was charged with grand larceny, second degree, a felony violation.  He plead not guilty, and was represented by public defender James P. Ferrari.

Sports cards were recovered from his home, person and car, according to Investigator Mike Ten Eyck of the Otsego County District Attorney’s office.

If convicted, Turner faces up to 15 years in prison and a maximum $5,000 fine.   He was released on his own recognizance and will reappear in court Nov. 18.

He resigned from the force in October.

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New Boat-Washing Station Expected At Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park By ’16

New Boat-Washing Station Expected

At Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park In ’16

Paul Lord, an Otsego Lake Association board member from the Town of Otsego, reports a boat-washing station, aimed at preventing invasive species from entering Glimmerglass' waters, will be functioning in Cooperstown's Lakefront Park by next May.  The apparatus, which will be next to the park's restrooms on Fish Road, will be connected with the village's wastewater system to speed up the process of filling and emptying a portable pool.  Also at the meeting, held on the porch of the Otsego Golf Course clubhouse at the lake's north end, also including a report on historic structures around the lake by CGP Professors Cindy Falk and Will Walker,.  Tim Pokorny, a biologist at SUNY Oneonta's Biological Field Station, reported that zebra mussels have made the lake's waters so clear that alewives, introduced illegally into the lake in 1985, can now be seen by their natural predators and have all but disappeared, allowing native fish -- trout, smelt and whitefish -- to rebound strongly.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Paul Lord, an Otsego Lake Association board member from the Town of Otsego, reports a new boat-washing station, aimed at preventing invasive species from entering Glimmerglass’ waters, will be functioning in Cooperstown’s Lakefront Park by next May. The apparatus, which will be next to the park’s restrooms on Fish Road, will be connected with the village’s wastewater system to speed up a process that now involves filling and emptying a portable pool. Also at the meeting, held on the porch of the Otsego Golf Course clubhouse at the lake’s north end, there was a report on historic structures around the lake by CGP Professors Cindy Falk and Will Walker. Tim Pokorny, a biologist at SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station, reported that zebra mussels have made the lake’s waters so clear that alewives, introduced illegally into the lake in 1985, can now be seen by their natural predators and have all but disappeared, allowing native fish – trout, smelt and whitefish – to rebound strongly. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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