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Freeman’s Journal

Stars & Bars Controversy Leads, But There’s More

Stars & Bars Controversy

Leads, But There’s More

It seems the controversy between county fair boards and protesters against vending Stars & Bars amid the dairy contests will continue for a while, with neither side willing to bend. But, In Hometown Oneonta, you can also read about OPT Director Paul Patterson’s retirement, and City Hall trying to pick up where Otsego Now has faltered in seeking key CFAs. In the Freeman’s Journal, there’s a dispute over county board ballots in the Cooperstown/Town of Otsego district, and a Be Positive Festival is being planned to help people overcome the malaise resulting from national politics.  Also, local folks are headed to see next week’s total eclipse of the sun.
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11-Year-Old’s Murder Has County Reeling

11-Year-Old’s Murder

Has County Reeling

Revelations in the murder of 11-year-old Morris girl continue to surface. Get up to date in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, and follow day-to-day developments on www.AllOTSEGO.com. Hometown and The Freeman’s are on newsstands through Otsego County Wednesday afternoons.
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At Induction, Lots Of Fun – And Lots Of Security, Too

At Induction, Lots Of Fun

– And Lots Of Security, Too

Oneontans and Cooperstown folks at this year’s Hall of Fame Induction may be interested in knowing what all the police security was about: Find out in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta. Also, see how many of your friends you see on the “Otsego County at Induction” photo page. That’s not all: SUNY Oneonta’s Biological Field Station is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and Director Bill Harman said Otsego Lake’s degredation has been halted. Both newspapers on newsstands now.
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INDUCTION IS HERE! But There’s Much More

INDUCTION IS HERE!

But There’s Much More

In this week’s “Induction 2017” Special Edition, get an inside look at former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who will be inducted, and Rachel Robinson, widow of the legendary player who broke the MLB color line, who will receive the Buck O’Neil Award, two highlights of the weekend’s activities. But there’s much more: Court papers give an in-depth look at why a retired Otsego County undersheriff took 73 firearms home that should have been destroyed, and why he escaped without jail time. And reporter Libby Cudmore and photographer Ian Austin tour Damaschke Field, learning why Outlaws owner Gary Laing believes the grandstand must. This and much more in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Relive ‘Fenimore On Ice’, Weekend With Olympians

Revisit ‘Fenimore On Ice’

With Dorothy Hamill, More

Skating fans and the curious from around Otsego County were drawn to The Fenimore and Farmers’ museums over the weekend to meet Olympic Gold Medalists Dorothy Hamill, Dick Button and JoJo Starbuck, and watch Ice Dance International perform on Glice, an artificial rink. The weekend was a highpoint of the museum’s season, which features “The Art of Figure Skating Through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection,” a first-time display that runs through Dec. 31. If you missed it, numerous photos and Libby Cudmore’s report in this week’s Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta – on newsstands this afternoon – will take you there.
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Mary Joan ‘MJ’ Kevlin, 59; Co-Publisher Of Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta
IN MEMORIAM

Mary Joan ‘MJ’ Kevlin, 59;

Co-Publisher Of Newspapers

MJ Kevlin and Kyla.

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Joan “MJ” Kevlin, co-publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and www.AllOTSEGO.com for the past 11 years, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.  She was 59, and had been struggling with cancer since October 2014.

MJ was born on April 19, 1958, in Endwell, to Joseph W. and Joan (Gaffney) Simmons, and was raised in Lafayette Hill, Pa.  She graduated from La Salle University in 1979 and received a master’s in historic preservation planning from Cornell University in 1981.

As a planner for Jefferson County in Watertown, she met her future husband, Jim, who was an editor at The Watertown Daily Times.  They married on June 25, 1983, at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

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47,000 Solar Panels Planned At Former Morris Dairy Farm

47,000 Solar Panels

Aimed At Dairy Farm

A national solar-power company has leased land on Route 51 north of the Village of Morris and hopes to installed 48,000 solar panels there by November. Residents are torn between a desire for renewable energy and the impact on the viewshed. This, and much more, in this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands now.
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With Mathes Going, Now What? This Week, Question Explored

As Mathes Goes, Now What?

This Week, Question Explored

With the county’s economic developer, Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes, departing at summer’s end,, the question is, now what? Question explored in Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal this week, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Chamber Cheers 1st Hall Of Famers

ON 100TH BIRTHDAY

Chamber Cheers

1st Hall Of Famers

8 Venerable Businesses Honored

Inducted in the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s first Hall of Fame class this evening are, from left, Marc and Sherrie Kingsley, and Mary Ann Bez and – one place to the right – Mike Jerome (Inn at Cooperstown), Jim Miles, Jane Forbes Clark and Val Paige (The Otesaga and The Clark Sports Center), Jim and M.J. Kevlin (The Freeman’s Journal), Robert Makofske, Dave Adsit and Bill Adsit (Church & Scott Pharmacy), Claire Satriano and Diana Pearson (Mohican Flowers), John Bower and Jon Maney (Hyde Hall), and Bill and Brenda Michaels (Fly Creek Cider Mill).   More than 200 members attended the celebration in the Hall of Plaques, which marked the 100th anniversary – to the day – of the Cooperstown Chamber’s founding.   Baseball Hall President Jeff Idelson welcomed the honorees, and Chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard and President Danielle Henrici emceed.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Celebrants raise a champagne toast in the Hall of Plaque to the first inductees in the Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. In the front row, from left, are Baseball Hall of Fame spokesman Jon Shestakofsky, Stephanie Hazzard, Greg Bergene and Matt Schuermann, Chamber vice president.
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In Cooperstown, Moratorium; In Oneonta, Mayor Runs Again

In Cooperstown, Moratorium;

In Oneonta, Mayor Runs Again

In Hometown Oneonta, Mayor Herzig is running again, downtown landlord Seth Clark has seen the light on the city’s $14 million DRI, and much more. In Cooperstown, a moratorium is likely on Dreams Park housing, a Cooperstown Bat outbuilding burned in Hartwick hamlet, and much more. Both newspapers on newsstands this afternoon.

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