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Common Council Approves Naming Finn Terminal

Common Council Approves

Naming Terminal For Dennis Finn

Mayor Gary Herzig hugs Ruth Allen, life partner of Dennis Finn, following the Common Council vote to name the “Finn Terminal” at the Oneonta Municipal Airport. “Dennis was a true friend of the city,” said Herzig. “But the airport was his true passion. It’s an honor for us to be able to memorialize Dennis this way.” During Finn’s memorial service on Saturday, June 24, Mayor Herzig will read a proclamation and a memorial tree will be planted at the site. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Pride Community Holds Vigil

Pride Community Holds

Vigil For Trans Lives

Above: Dr. Carolyn Wolf-Gould, head of the Gender Wellness Center in Oneonta, leans her head against that of Dakota Davis, Oneonta, during a candle lit vigil at First United Methodist Church in Oneontathis evening. The vigil was held in memory of Kendra Adams, a trans woman who was found murdered at a construction site in Ithaca on June 13th. “Her family has asked that she not be remembered as a person murdered, but remember her as the girl who accepted everyone.” said event organizer Elayne Mosher Campoli, right, with daughter Amelia. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 13 trans women of color murdered in the U.S. The names of the victims and the circumstances of their deaths were read aloud before candles were lit in their memory. Rev. Rebecca Drebert of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Bainbridge, a trans woman herself, spoke on the importance of rejecting messages of hate and violence and believing love will win out. “I reject the idea that this type of violence is part of God’s plan.” she said, “The relationship that God wants with us is with our deepest, truest identity. We have all been wounded, and we need healing.” Other speakers included Rev. Teressa Sivers of First United Methodist in Oneonta,  Council member Michelle Osterhoudt, Oneonta, 10th grader Sadie Lincoln, Laurens, who read a piece she wrote called ’15 Lessons I Learned Before 15′, and musical performance by Leah Echstein, Oneonta, and others. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Mary Joan ‘MJ’ Kevlin, 59; Co-Publisher Of Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta
IN MEMORIAM

Mary Joan ‘MJ’ Kevlin, 59;

Co-Publisher Of Newspapers

MJ Kevlin and Kyla.

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Joan “MJ” Kevlin, co-publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and www.AllOTSEGO.com for the past 11 years, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.  She was 59, and had been struggling with cancer since October 2014.

MJ was born on April 19, 1958, in Endwell, to Joseph W. and Joan (Gaffney) Simmons, and was raised in Lafayette Hill, Pa.  She graduated from La Salle University in 1979 and received a master’s in historic preservation planning from Cornell University in 1981.

As a planner for Jefferson County in Watertown, she met her future husband, Jim, who was an editor at The Watertown Daily Times.  They married on June 25, 1983, at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

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Lizabeth Shannon Announces County Board Run

Lizabeth Shannon

Announces County Board Run

ONEONTA – Former Seventh Ward Council member  Lizabeth Shannon has announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination for the Otsego County Board of Representatives in the 14th District.

Shannon graduated from Oneonta High School in 1979 and Philadelphia University in 1984, relocating back to her hometown in 2003.  From 2008-11, she served as the Council member for the Seventh Ward and was a co-founder of Oneonta’s successful Fabulous First Friday cultural events.

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Florists & Artists Combine In CANO Show

Florists & Artists Combine

In Annual CANO Show

Isabelle Niles and Diane Nash, Oneonta, enjoy the art and flower arrangements at CANO’s annual Art In Bloom show. Members of the Oneonta Federated Garden Club interpreted artwork from CANO’s “Resist!”-themed Mansion Show into floral masterworks. to compliment corresponding artwork. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Happy 50th Birthday To Greater Plains Elementary!

Happy 50th Birthday

Greater Plains Elementary!

Students Celebrate By Stocking Time Capsule

Greater Plains Elementary celebrated it’s 50th anniversary this afternoon at an assembly where students could put items of their choice in a time capsule. Above, Scarlett Gelbsman and Sunny Privitera, fourth graders at Greater Plains Elementary, present Principal Nancy Osborn with a book about reasons they love their school. Students from each grade contributed to the capsule by adding items that ranged from the traditional, (photos, letters to their future selves, lists of current prices, current baseball stats), to the informative, (reports on recent fads like fidget spinners and ‘dabbing’ and bottle flipping) and a bit of unusual (a bag of Cheetos). The time capsule will be kept inside the school since they do not want it accidentally dug up by planned future construction. They plan t re-open it in 50 years. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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City Elks Commemorate Flag Day, As BPOE Lodges Have Since 1907

City Elks Commemorate Flag Day,

As BPOE Lodges Have Since 1907

Oneonta Vets Club Commander Len Carson, at right in top photo, and Adjutant Gary Ballard lower the flag at the end of last evening’s Flag Day commemoration at the Oneonta Elks Club.  At left, Fire Chief Pat Pigeon delivers remarks to the gathering on the lawn in front of the Chestnut Street facility.   Flag Day was created by the Benevolent Protect Order of Elks in 1907, and lodges nationally organize commemorations annually on July 14. (Linda Herring photo for www.AllOTSEGO.com)

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47,000 Solar Panels Planned At Former Morris Dairy Farm

47,000 Solar Panels

Aimed At Dairy Farm

A national solar-power company has leased land on Route 51 north of the Village of Morris and hopes to installed 48,000 solar panels there by November. Residents are torn between a desire for renewable energy and the impact on the viewshed. This, and much more, in this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands now.
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Man Arrested With 5K Worth of Cocaine

Man Arrested With

$5K Worth Of Cocaine

Oneonta Police seized bags of powder cocaine and more than $2,000 were seized during the arrest of Aaron Willey.
Aaron Willey

ONEONTA – An Oneonta man was arrested after police allegedly found him in possession of cocaine worth more than $5,000.

Aaron M. Willey, 31, was arrested Tuesday, June 13 after Oneonta City police, with the assistance of the state police and Department of Corrections, served a search warrant at his residence at 5106 State Highway 23, lot 82 in the Town of Oneonta. Police allegedly found 1.99 ounces of powder cocaine with a street value in excess of $5,000, as well as $2,472 in various denominations of US currency.

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In Memoriam: Kevin Burnsworth, 53; Golf Professional

IN MEMORIAM

Kevin J. Burnsworth, 53;

Golf Professional In Bay State

Kevin Burnsworth

ONEONTA – Kevin James Burnsworth, 53, son of Carole and Charles Burnsworth, died on June 2, 2017 in Lancaster, Mass. where he was working as a golf professional at Shaker Hills Country Club in Harvard, Mass.

Kevin was a standout athlete at Oneonta High School, earning nine varsity letters as captain of the school’s golf team, and played on the soccer and basketball teams. He also played as a pitcher for the American Legion team and once pitched a “No Hit” game. In 1982, as a senior at Oneonta High School, he won the New York State Golf Championship at Cornell University.

He attended Old Dominion University on a golf scholarship, and graduated in 1986. After qualifying for membership in the PGA of America, he worked as a golf professional at nine different courses, four of them as the head golf professional.

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