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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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TRAGEDY EVOKES HOLIDAY SADNESS

TRAGEDY EVOKES

HOLIDAY SADNESS

At a time when most of us are preparing for a Christmas celebration surrounded by loved ones, a tragedy occurred in Laurens, with the son of a family charged in the shooting deaths of his parents. Original reporting and photographs appear in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. On the editorial page, learn about the questions posed by Dr. Gerald Benjamin’s presentation, “County Manager v. County Executive.” And in theAllOTSEGO.life section, catch up with the Hayen family of Tilley Avenue, Oneonta, which last year decorated their house with more holiday lights than Clark Griswold accomplished in the 1989 movie, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” This and more in this week’s editions, on newsstands across Otsego County this afternoon.
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Gene Bettiol, Developer Of Southside, Dies At 85

Gene Bettiol, Developer

Of Southside, Dies At 85

Eugene A. Bettiol Sr., 85, who almost single-handedly created Southside Oneonta, the foremost shopping district for 50 miles in every direction, passed away Saturday in Albany Medical Center. A private man, very little has been written about him until now. In this week’s editions, available on newsstands this afternoon, his vitality, entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishment are explored.
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‘Happy Christmas!’ Calendar Begins In This Week’s Papers

‘Happy Christmas!’ Calendar

Begins In This Week’s Papers

Lots of news, from former Oneonta Mayor Kim Muller’s prospective elevation to county Democratic chair to folk artist Lavern Kelley’s entry into the Library of Congress. But this edition also marks the beginning of this year’s “Happy Christmas” calendar – with 53 (count ’em, 53) holiday-related events listed in the next 10 days. Get in the spirit of the season, and here’s home. Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal will be on newsstands this afternoon around the county.
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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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