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Hometown Oneonta

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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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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Oneonta Writer’s Novel Leads NYT Book Review
GEORGE SAUNDERS BOOK HAILED

Oneonta Writer’s Novel

Leads NYT Book Review

George Saunders, the internationally hailed short-story writer who has been living quietly in Oneonta for years, published his first novel Tuesday to great acclaim.  Sunday, “Lincoln in the Bardo” was hailed on the front page of the New York Times Book Review, where the most important books are introduced to the world. Hometown Oneonta & Freeman”s Journal reporter Libbi Cudmore obtained an interview with Saunders from San Francisco hours before he was due to appear on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”  And the author of “Tenth of December” said he began to write “Lincoln in the Bardo” in his backyard in Oneonta in 2013. Get all the details, plus much more, in this week’s newspapers, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Worshipful & Worried Americans Go To D.C.

Worshipful & Worried,

Americans Go To D.C.

In recent days, both fans of Donald Trump and people worried about his policies descended on Washington D.C. to partake in Inaugural celebrations or protest possible policies. Learn what happened through the eyewitness reports of your Otsego County neighbors in this week’s Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands today around Otsego County.

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OTSEGO WOMEN READY TO MARCH

OTSEGO WOMEN

READY TO MARCH

It was hard to find too many Otsego Countians heading to Washington D.C. to cheer Donald Trump into the presidency. But women across the county are aflame at the prospect of a Trump Administration. From Oneonta alone, 110 women have chartered two buses to the Women’s March on Washington planned Saturday, Jan. 21. A sympathy march is planned from Oneonta’s Muller Plaza at 1 p.m. that same day, and a vigil outside the county courthouse in Cooperstown at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon. And, as always, much more in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands around the county this afternoon.

 

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