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Freeman’s Journal

County Manager Idea Quickly Gains Traction

County Manager Idea

Quickly Gains Traction

The first formal discussion about hiring a county manager for Otsego County government was held Tuesday, Feb. 13, and the idea surfaced to get the question on the ballot by the Nov. 7 election. The county board’s IGA committee scheduled another meeting on just this topic for 9 a.m. Feb. 27. Read exclusive report in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. Also, read an exclusive report on the interest of ArtSpace, a national arts-related developer, to creating a site in Oneonta that provides housing for artists AND studio space. In The Freeman’s, find out about the new owners of the venerable Spurbeck’s Grocery, which reopened Monday.
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Surprise Shakes Up Race For Cooperstown Mayor

Surprise Shakes Up Race

For Cooperstown Mayor

What was shaping up to be an uncontested election this March 20  in the Village of Cooperstown was set on its head Tuesday night, as a Republican candidate emerged for mayor and the GOP caucus also nominated two businessmen for the Village Board. Lots of other news, too, including the Oneonta Vets’ Club deciding not to have a Superbowl party this Sunday to protest NFL players “taking a knee.”  Plus much more.  Pick up a copy of Hometown Oneonta or The Freeman’s Journal at newsstands across Otsego County Wednesday afternoon.
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FIND WINTER CARNIVAL MEDALLION, WIN $500

FIND WINTER CARNIVAL

MEDALLION, WIN $500

1st Clue In This Week’s Freeman’s Journal,

Hometown Oneonta, On Newsstands Today

First Clue in the Cooperstown Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt is in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands this afternoon.  Find medallion and win $500.  But there’s much more, including preview of this evening’s Hall of Fame Class of 2018 announcement and an exclusive interview with Barbara Morris, next president of SUNY Oneonta.
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From Downtown Hotel, To Bunker And A Birth

From Downtown Hotel,

To Bunker And A Birth

…are just two of many offerings in this week’s Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal. In the first, entrepreneur Perry Ferraro and his partners are again discussing a hotel in downtown Cooperstown. Second, “Big Chuck”‘s daughter, nine months pregnant, was hurried to a bunker during the missile scare in Hawaii last week, but there’s a happy ending. Pick up the papers – there’s much more.
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Autumn Cafe Reopens After Year-Long Hiatus

Autumn Cafe Reopens

After Year-Long Hiatus

The Autumn Cafe, which introduced organic delicacies to Oneonta – and where Yoko Ono and son Sean Lennon used to lunch – has reopened after it was sold and closed for renovations for a year. But there’s much more in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, from an assessment of Gene Thaw, whose Native American art collection reinvented The Fenimore Art Museum, to a report on how Dave Bliss’ election to County Board chair is being greeted at the county courthouse, to an exploration of early-adopting local drone flyers, to attorney Susan Lettis’ wedding notice.  On newsstands this afternoon.
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What If Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Wed Here?

What If Meghan Markle,

Prince Harry Wed Here?

Managing Editor Libby Cudmore explored that very question, and you might be interested to discover Otsego County offerings fit for royalty. Her story sets the stage for this weekend’s annual Wedding Expo, noon-3 p.m. Sunday at Foothills, an always lively happening at a dreary time of year. Also, read about the icy weather, Senator Seward’s plans for a third “Seward Summit,” and Vera Talevi’s proposal to make Cooperstown “Flag Village USA,” all in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal, on newstands across the county.
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Check ‘Wish Book’ Twice For Local Christmas Gifts

Check ‘Wish Book’ Twice

For Local Christmas Gifts

The 2017 “Wish Book” has been inserted into this week’s copies of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, arriving today and tomorrow in your mailboxes and available on local newsstands. In addition to local Christmas gift ideas, the Wish Book includes an original holiday story by Libby Cudmore. Advertising Director & General Manager Tara Barnwell inspects an early copy.  (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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Expert To Inform County On ‘Manager or Executive’

Expert To Inform County

On ‘Manager or Executive’

With the Otsego County Board of Representatives certain to discuss whether to adopt a county-manager or county-executive form of government, a foremost expert in such issues, Dr. Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz vice president/regional engagement, will be in the county Thursday, Dec. 14, to speak on the topic, “County Manager or County Executive.” The public is invited to the presentation and discussion, planned in Springbrook’s new Family Engagement Center. Details in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta… and much more, on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.
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EXCLUSIVE REPORT: RAILCARS RUN AWAY

EXCLUSIVE REPORT:

RAILCARS RUN AWAY

Three railcars broke loose from a siding at Cooperstown Junction Saturday afternoon and, 20 tons apiece, trundled across Route 7, closing the highway for five hours. Exclusive details in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta. Plus much more, including Milford Methodists’ first service in their new church since the March 12 fire, and an exclusive report from Hudson, where the six candidates for the seat held by U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, held their first forum after this year’s local elections.
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TIME OF TRANSITION — front pages

TIME OF TRANSITION

Cooperstown General Store Closes,

Ommegang Turns 20, Much More

The Cooperstown General Store is closing as CVS is about to move out of the downtown. Tom Rathbone is retiring from SUNY Oneonta after overseeing $140 million in renovations over the Kleniewski Era. Famed Oneonta novelist George Booker wins the $66,000 Man Booker Prize. And, revisit the day America’s foremost Nazi spoke at Old Main. And much more in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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