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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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Are Compressed-Gas Trucks Anything To Worry About?

Are Compressed-Gas Trucks

Anything To Worry About?

If you’ve seen trucks marked “XNG, Extra Natural Gas,” going up and down your road in recent weeks, it may be travelling between a well in the fracking district in Northeastern Pennsylvania and a processing plant in Little Falls. Anti-fracking activists are concerned what they call “bomb trucks” may represent a danger to towns and drivers along the route through Otsego County. Read this week’s exclusive report in Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.  Also, from the Hall of Fame Classic to the General Clinton Canoe Regatta, there are a ton of activities this weekend.  Let our Happenin’ Otsego calendar help you plan what to do.
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New Oneonta Manager; New Cooperstown Virus

New Oneonta Manager;

New Cooperstown Virus

With much enthusiasm, Oneonta Common Council unanimously voted to hire George Korthauer, a city manager with 25 years’ experience in Petoskey, Mich., as its chief executive. Meanwhile, a computer virus shut down Otsego County government’s communications before it was foiled by the IT Department. And much more … in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands today.
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Learn Who May Be Next Congressman

Learn Who May Be

Next Congressman

Exclusively in Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, read about who may be Otsego County’s next congressmen. Six contenders for the Democratic nod to run against U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, in November 2018 met with 80 of the party faithful at Oneonta’s Sixth Ward Athletic Club Sunday afternoon. Ours was the only reporter there. And there’s much more, from a quickly staged celebration of the Oneonta Post Office’s 200th anniversary, to reporting on the last meeting of the 95-year-old Cooperstown Women’s Club. Both papers on newsstands this afternoon.
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LEAF’s Julie Dostal Honored, As Are Cooperstown ‘Great 8’

LEAF’s Julie Dostal Honored,

As Are Cooperstown ‘Great 8’

Oneonta’s Julie Dostal will be honored next Tuesday at the state Capitol as a Senate “Woman of Distinction,” while the Cooperstown Chamber in recent days honored eight standout businesses on its 100th anniversary. Plus Oneonta Theatre threatened, Is Cooperstown a “sanctuary”? … and much more in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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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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SENSE OF THE MEETING: RESOLVE FIRE CONTRACT

SENSE OF THE MEETING:

RESOLVE FIRE CONTRACT

At a packed and fiery meeting at Oneonta’s Elm Park Methodist Church last evening, townsfolk pleaded and demanded that the Town of Oneonta Board of Fire Commissioners reach an agreement with City Hall and assure professional firefighting protection for the town into the future. It appeared unclear if the commissioners are will to do that. And so much more in Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal: Why did Focus fail? What’s going to happen to Otego Elementary? How quickly can the D&H yards development plans be fast-tracked? Both newspapers are on newsstands in Oneonta, Cooperstown and stops in between 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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Tiny Decatur, 3 Other Towns Pave Way For $20M Award

Tiny Decatur, 3 Other Towns

Pave Way For $20M Award

Four small towns in Otsego County’s southeast – Decatur, Maryland, Westford and Worcester – have been looking for the past year and a half at a possible merger. The resulting municipality would be the second-most populous in the county after the City of Oneonta, and have three times more square miles than Middlefield, the county’s largest town today. The Cuomo Administration  is intrigued, and the four towns’ foresight puts the county in a competition for a $20 million state prize. This and much more in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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