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Freeman’s Journal

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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CHRISTOPHER’S BURNS; LOCAL EYES CONGRESS

CHRISTOPHER’S BURNS;

LOCAL EYES CONGRESS

An end and a beginning. As Oneonta began to absorb the loss of Christopher’s Restaurant and its Adirondack-style décor, including Kevin Costner’s jacket from “Dances With Wolves,” a new entry came – seemingly out of nowhere – into the political picture. Sue Sullivan completed high school in Cooperstown after her parents bought the Mount Otsego ski slope in 1980. The niece of SUNY Oneonta’s retired librarian, Janet Potter, and former Hartwick Town Supervisor Mary Balcom, she pursued a career in hospital administration in the Hudson Valley and is now one of a half-dozen Democrats interested in challenge U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, in November 2018.  Also, “Big Chuck’s” latest and much more in this week’s Hometown Oneontas and Freeman’s Journals, on the newsstands this afternoon.
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From Oneonta Panhandling, To Clark Sports Center Debut

From Oneonta Panhandling,

To Clark Sports Center Debut

From panhandling in downtown Oneonta, to the passing of a world-famous sitar player, to the reopening of the Clark Sports Center after 18 months of renovations, Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal this week cover of range of news across Otsego County. Find the newspapers on newsstands this afternoon.
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Otsego County Survived ‘Storm Of The Century’

Otsego County Survived

‘Storm Of The Century’

31.6 inches and still falling, David Mattice, Oneonta’s National Weather Service observer, was reporting at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening after snow had been falling at 2 inches an hour for more than half a day. That added up to the biggest snowfall here so far this winter, and a record-setter for March 14s past. Details in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Grass-Roots Activists Unite In 19th Congressional District

Grass-Roots Activists Unite

In 19th Congressional District

Local grass-roots group opposed to the Trump Administration are popping up across Otsego County — in Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Oneonta and the Butternut Valley – and 75 people met the other day with Sustainable Otsego moderator Adrian Kuzminski, who offered his organization’s well-populated Listserve and Facebook page to help them communicate. Similar ferment is happening across the 19th Congressional District, with Pam Kline, Town of Livingston, seeking to bring them together under in an organization called Indivisible CD19. One of the first focuses is a rally planned for 2:30 p.m. this Saturday in front of Congressman John Faso’s Kinderhook office. Get the particulars in both the Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal newspapers, on newsstands this aftertnoon.
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COOPERSTOWN CHAMBER ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME

COOPERSTOWN CHAMBER

ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME

COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce is announcing its first entries in its Hall of Fame.  Bruce Markusen is in the process of announcing eight winners:

  1. Church & Scott Pharmacy
  2.  The Clark Sports Center
  3. Fly Creek Cider Mill
  4. The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
  5. Hyde Hall
  6. The Inn at Cooperstown
  7.  Mohican Flowers
  8. The Otesaga

The eight winners will be honored at a reception in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Hall of Plaques in April, part of the Cooperstown Chamber’s celebration of its 100th anniversary.

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