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Early Shoppers Flock To Holiday Bazaars

Early Shoppers Flock

To Holiday Bazaars

Whether you went to the Foxcare Center, The Unitarian Universalist Church, or first United Methodist, the place to be today was shopping at many of the holiday bazaars throughout town for that special gift. Above, at the Mandy’s Tees booth, Arlene and Watty George, Arkville present Mary Knapp, Oneonta, with her freshly made heat-press sweater at the craft fair at the Foxcare Center. At right, Janet Frankl and Mary Konstantine stand at the First United Methodist Holiday Bazaar with a table full of cookies they were selling to raise money for the 1st United Methodist Women’s missions locally and abroad. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Slot Machine Stirs Up Bidding War At Auction

Slot Machine Stirs Up

Bidding War At Auction

Volunteers Taylor Knox, a SUNY Oneonta senior, and Brenda Korthauer, above, cheer as a slot machine, donated by Marc and Elaine Bresee, delivers a jingling prize, setting off a bidding war at this evening’s Benefit Auction, the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s major annual fundraiser.  Inset right, Alan Michael Rubin, attending the event at the Qualilty Inn with dad Al and mom Michelle, signals his $560 bid and wins the apparatus, all for the good cause. Other items up for auction included a weekend getaway at a Lake George camp and a lamp with a stained-glass shade, courtesy of stained-glass artist Doug Halberg.  After a 10-year hiatus, Kevin Herrick of Lettis Auctions, who has rejoined the GOHS board, was the auctioneer. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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First ’18 Storm Lighter Here Than Elsewhere

First ’18 Storm Lighter

Here Than Elsewhere

Still, It’s Colder Than Usual, Mattice Says,

And More Snowfall Predicted For Sunday

Ron Jex, Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, wields a big shovel, but snowfall in the village was far less than points south, according to Weather Observer Dave Mattice. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Otego’s Tanner Gainsford, with dad Mark, were snowblowing Barbara Cimko’s sidewalks and driveway this morning in Oneonta’s Greater Plains neighborhood.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

It may have a surprise, but it shouldn’t have been, according to National Weather Service weather Dave Mattice of Oneonta.

Mid-November snows are not unusual, he said a few minutes ago, just as Cooperstown DPW chief Mitch Hotaling declared the village snow emergency, originally due to last until this evening, at an end.

“This is definitely not the most snow we’ve had in November,” said Mattice.  “I remember a Thanksgiving snow, riding a snowmobile up Chestnut Street all the way to East Street.”

If anything, Otsego County got it easy in the overnight storm.  “We were spared,” Mattice said.  “Hancock got 12-13 inches. I only got 5 inches” at his Oneonta home.  In Cooperstown, it appeared 6-8 inches had fallen.

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With Snow Due, City Hall Allows Parking In Deck

With Snow Due, City Hall

Allowing Parking In Deck

ONEONTA – In anticipation of the predicted snowfall, the City of Oneonta is lifting parking regulations in the parking garage and other municipal lots.

Drivers are reminded that anytime there is more than 2 1/2″ of snowfall, vehicles must be removed from city streets or they are subject to ticketing and/or towing at the vehicle owners expense.

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Dog Park, Housing Top Comprehensive Plan

Dog Park, Housing

Top Comprehensive Plan

Council member Russ Southard, Sixth Ward, converses with Mayor Gary Herzig and GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski about the future of Oneonta as a second open house was held to gather community input on the city’s Comprehensive Plan earlier this evening. Curated recommendations, including a dog park, green-energy initiatives, increased moderate and low-income housing, as well as enhanced arts and recreation offerings, were put forth for visitors to support with check-marks and sticky notes.  The study will also be available online through the city’s website, and once the feedback is gathered, the Steering Committee will compile the results to take to Common Council, who will take a vote. Herzig anticipates action on the final plan will begin in early 2019. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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See This Week’s Front Pages

EXCLUSIVE!

XNG Moves Most Rigs Out Of County

Candidate Delgado, Gibson Conferred

Carleigh Understudy For ‘Cher’ Role

Judge Burns’ Book Advises Parents

New Renderings Of DD Field Plans

Bobcat Attack Leaves 8 Hens Dead

EDITORIAL: Delgado For President

All these stories and more in this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands through Otsego County this afternoon.
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Brin R. Mileski, 83; Telephone Lineman, Rail Enthusiast

IN MEMORIAM: Brin R. Mileski, 83;

Telephone Lineman, Rail Enthusiast

ONEONTA – Brin R. Mileski, 83, a career lineman with Bell Telephone and a railroad enthusiast, died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2018 at the state Veterans Home in Oxford.

He was born Feb. 23, 1935 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. to Alfred and Dorothy Meleski.  In 1952, his family moved to Syracuse.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 1953.  After three years of active duty, he returned to civilian life but remained in the Reserves until 1961.

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Leon Kalmus, 91, Long-Time Surveyor In City, Local Democratic Leader, Dies

IN MEMORIAM: Leon Kalmus, Oneonta;

Surveyor, Democratic Leader, Dies At 91

ONEONTA – Leon Kalmus, 91, of Oneonta, a surveyor in Oneonta for decades who was also active in local Democratic politics, passed away on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at Fox Nursing.

At his request there will be no calling hours or service.  Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home of Oneonta.

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Hartwick Sculptor Wins Prestigious Art Grant

Hartwick Sculptor Wins

Prestigious Arts Grant

Sculptor Stefanie Rocknak carves “Gut Check,” a statue of Edgar Allen Poe that went on display at the Sculptor’s Guild in Brooklyn in April 2015. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Sculptor Dr. Stefanie Rocknak, the Hartwick College professor of philosopher,  was awarded the $5,000 Alex J. Ettl Grant from the National Sculpture Society.

The annual award is presented to a figurative or realist sculptor who has demonstrated a commitment to sculpting and outstanding ability in his or her body of work.

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