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Freeman’s Journal

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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Exclusive Stories Abound In Your Local Newspapers

Exclusive Stories Abound

In Your Local Newspapers

Friends and readers, you’re in for a treat this week, with Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal filled with exclusive stories you can’t find anywhere else. Reporter Libby Cudmore takes you to Troop C’s 100th birthday, stroll on Hartwick College’s new Founders’ Way with President Drugovich, review Frances Brooks’ life well lived as she and her husband built one of the county’s most successful enterprises. And there’s much more, on how local vets are coming to grips with NFL players “taking a knee,” to a deer wandering in to Cooperstown’s Price Chopper, to the intricacies of the in-fighting over the town-city fire contract negotiations. All in this week’s Hometown and Freeman’s, on newsstands across Otsego County Wednesday afternoon.  Don’t miss them.

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‘Hidden Figures’ Author Packs Dewar, Inspires Full House

‘Hidden Figures’ Author Fills

Dewar, Inspires Full House

Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the best-selling “Hidden Figures,” which became a movie nominated for three Oscars, told a full house at SUNY Oneonta’s Dewar Arena Monday evening that, raised reading about mammoth figures like Martin Luther King, she wanted to write about characters regular folks could relate to. Exclusive story in this week’s Hometown Oneonta.  In Cooperstown, The Freeman’s Journal reports, the felled downtown flagpole now seems secure for another generation. A Freeman’s Journal exclusive. Both newspapers arrived on local newsstands this afternoon.
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Callahan Murder Trial No Slam Dunk, D.A. Says

Callahan Conviction Was

No Slam Dunk, D.A. Says

Trying a murder case 17 years after the event didn’t guarantee success, Otsego County District Attorney John M. Muehl says in an exclusive interview with Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. But new information – of a conversation Casey Callahan initiated with friends four months before the slaying of his wife, and testimony from the wife’s psychiatrist – were keys to Muehl making his case. Foremost, the prosecutor said, Callahan had talked too much. For details of this story and more, read this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Gavel-to-Gavel Reports On Rare Murder Trial

EXCLUSIVE!

Gavel-to-Gavel Reports

On Rare Murder Trial

Get up to date on the murder trial of a Goodyear Lake man in the 2000 death of his wife through exclusive gavel-to-gavel reporting by our reporters, Parker Fish and Libby Cudmore. Then, continue to follow daily developments at www.AllOTSEGO.com, with updates at midday and after court closes for the day.  Also in this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, available on newsstands this afternoon, read arguments to Common Council in favor of naming Oneonta a “Recovery Friendly Community,” plus our editorial opinion.  And see exclusive photos from the 150th anniversary celebration at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church in Cooperstown.
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Neighbors Report Back From ‘Path Of Totality’

Neighbors Report Back

From ‘Path Of Totality’

Eclipse enthusiasts from Oneonta, Cooperstown and across Otsego County headed for the “path of totality” to observe the Monday, Aug. 21, the lunar-solar phenomenon. Read about what they saw in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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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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