Over 100 people gathered in Muller Plaza this evening to rally in solidarity in response to the violence in Charlottesville, VA. and to denounce white supremacy. The gathering was organized by Craig Schwalenburg of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta. After an invocation by Schwalenburg, the mic was available for anyone to use to share their thoughts and experiences. Above, Christina Hunt Wood, above, Delhi, tells the crowd of her recent experiences at the Delaware County Fair when her protest group approached the Fair Board about banning the sale of Confederate flags, they were barred from the fairgrounds. The crowd closed the evening by singing “This Little Light of Mine.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Common Council is set to vote Tuesday on naming Michele Frazier to the First Ward council seat vacated by Paul van der Sommen’s resignation. Van der Sommen moved to Florida.
Frazier, a realtor with the Benson Agency, sits on the Oneonta World of Learning board and teaches in the SUNY Delhi Liberal Arts Department. If appointed, she will serve a term through Dec. 31.
SCHOHARIE – Funeral services are Tuesday, Aug. 15, for Andrew Harold German, 80, a businessman, Army veteran and father of the adjutant general of the New York State National Guard. He died at his home on Aug. 9, 2017.
Andrew was born on May 14, 1937, in Roxbury, the son of Melvin and Angie (Hinkley) German.
He served in the Army from 1955 to 1964 as a paratrooper in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division, spending time in Germany and Lebanon.
ONEONTA – Ernest L. “Ernie” “The Colonel” Sanders, 74, of Oneonta passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Fox Hospital.
He was born March 10, 1943, in Oneonta the son of the late Leonard and Esther (Hall) Sanders, and graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1961. On Oct. 4, 1980, Ernie married Laura Conklin in Oneonta.
For many years he was a trackman and foreman for the D&H Railroad and later the Canadian Pacific. He retired at age 60 in 2003.
Ernie enjoyed fishing, gardening and building stone walls and, in his younger years, working on old cars. He was a good story teller and would always joke about his unpublished book of facts. His favorite pastime was watching NASCAR and his favorite driver was Mark Martin.
ONEONTA – Alyssa F. Jones, missing since Friday, July 28, was located yesterday afternoon at the Trailways Bus Station in the City of Oneonta in good health, according to state police.
The teen had been reported missing following the Bunga Wiz music festival in Laurens, but was considered a runaway at the time. Oneonta Police are conducting an interview into her whereabouts during the time she was missing.
ONEONTA – James Lee Hawver, 75, an Oneonta native, Otsego County official and firefighting specialist who served as fire chief of the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, passed away Friday, July 21, at the Cape Fear Hospice Care Center in Shallotte, the North Carolina community where he had been living.
He was born at Fox Hospital on Nov. 24, 1941, to Francis Alfred and Kathryn May (Cargill) Hawver.
ONEONTA – An Oneonta teen has been missing since the Bunga Wiz music festival in Laurens.
Alyssa F. Jones, 16, was last seen at 10 p.m. Friday, July 28 at 10 p.m. at the music festival. She is a black female who is 5′ 01″ with a muscular build. She was last seen wearing pink shorts, a gray tank top and flip flops, and has not updated her Facebook page or been in contact with family since the concert.
ONEONTA – S. Richard Thorn, 93, a World War II veteran and avid golfer who hit three holes in one in 40 years playing the game and won a local championship, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at Fox Nursing Home.
He was born on May 19, 1924, in Westford, the son of Kent and Carolyn (Roberts) Thorn. He married Doris Ketchum in 1955. She predeceased him on June 6, 2001.
A 1941 graduate of Schenevus Central School, Richard grew up in Westford and Milford. He attended Albany Business School.