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Comedian Amy Schumer To Perform At Foothills

Comedian Amy Schumer

To Perform At Foothills

Comedian Amy Schumer, shown here as part of Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars” in 2015, will perform at Foothills on Tuesday. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

ONEONTA – Stand up comedian and “I Feel Pretty” star Amy Schumer announced that she will perform at Foothills on Tuesday, May 29.

According to New York Upstate, Schumer allegedly walked into Foothills on Friday and offered to perform. Tickets for the event at $20 and all proceeds will go to local charities.

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BASE Race Signals Big Weekend’s Start

BASE Race Signals

Big Weekend’s Start

The Hall of Fame’s BASE Race is underway at this hour through the streets of Cooperstown, signalling the start of busy Memorial Day Weekend 2018. The Hall of Fame Classic in historic Doubleday Field, featuring Major League players, beginning at 1:05. Monday, the 40-mile General Clinton Regatta departs Brookwood Point, Bainbridge bound, at 6 a.m.  Memorial Day parades begin in Cooperstown at 10:50 a.m. to a commemoration at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument at the county courthouse; in Oneonta, the parade begins at noon on Main Street, bound for a commemoration at Veterans Memorial Walkway in Neahwa Park.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Marilyn E. Baker, 65; Mother Lived In Oneonta All Her Life

IN MEMORIAM: Marilyn E. Baker, 65;

Mother Lived In Oneonta All Her Life

ONEONTA – Marilyn Elizabeth Baker, 65, passed away May 24, 2018, at Bassett Hospital, surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 28, 1952, in Oneonta, the daughter of Willard and Daurice Miller, and lived there all her life.

Marilyn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. She lived by her last name as she was known for her famous cookies. She was known as “Grandma” by many and loved to spoil her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, especially with the stuffed stockings at Christmas.

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Dr. Nancy J. Bachman, 61, Otego; Professor, Pioneering Researcher
IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Nancy J. Bachman, 61, Otego;

Professor, Pioneering Researcher

Nancy J. Bachman

OTEGO – Dr. Nancy Jane Bachman, 61, a reseacher and, more recently, SUNY Oneonta biology professor, passed away at home on May 22, 2018, after battling Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer.

Nancy was born in Walnut Creek, Calif., on April 24, 1957. She was the first of five children born to Muriel (née Fry) Bachman and Jack Bachman. Muriel was a teacher, homemaker and educational pioneer. Jack was a PhD researcher, professor and collegiate athletics coach.

Nancy was an active wife, sister, aunt, niece and cousin, supporting, loving and cheering her family with all her heart. 

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Susquehanna Valley Animal Shelter Receives 5 Star Donation

Susquehanna Animal Shelter

Receives Share Love Donation

As part of Subaru’s Share The Love program of community giving, Five Star Subaru today donated $9,822 to the Susquehanna Animal Shelter, which serves the county from Hartwick Seminary. Here, Five Star proprietor Ben Guenther presents a check to SAS board member Peter Gould, Executive Director Stacie Haynes, and board members Jill Basile and Merilyn Gould at the Oneonta car dealership. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Innovative Method Fills City Potholes

Modified Truck Fills City Potholes

David Parker is seen driving “The Pothole Killer,” a truck modified with a boom-arm that spreads a mixture of oil and stone over potholes. Parker drove the truck to Oneonta from the company’s main office in Fairless Hills, PA. to help city workers fill in potholes in Oneonta’s 6th Ward. According to city employee Matt Harper, the mixture is supposed to last 2-5 years before being replaced. The modified truck makes the job much quicker, taking only five minutes to fill in most potholes. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Eric J. Merwin, 20, Davenport; Soldier Dies In Motorcycle Crash
IN MEMORIAM

Eric J. Merwin, 20, Davenport;

Soldier Dies In Motorcycle Crash

Eric J. Merwin

DAVENPORT – Eric James Merwin, 20, of Davenport, died suddenly May 13, 2018, as the result of a motorcycle crash in El Paso, Texas, where he was stationed in the Army at Fort Bliss.

He was born Jan. 28, 1998, in Oneonta.  Eric attended the Northern Catskills Occupational Center in Grand Gorge and was a 2016 graduate of Charlotte Valley Central School. A private, he was assigned to the 2-13 Calvary Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bliss.

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Kathleen McClaine, 68; Oneonta Paralegal, Accomplished At Pool

IN MEMORIAM: Kathleen McClaine, 68;

Oneonta Paralegal, Accomplished At Pool

CHARLOTTEVILLE – Kathleen M. McClaine, a paralegal with an Oneonta firm for many years and an accomplished pool player, passed away Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2018, at Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing. She was 68 and lived in the Charlotteville area.

Born June 9, 1949, in Schenectady, Kathleen was the daughter of Merlin Francis and Catherine Mae (Howland) McClaine.

She was a paralegal with the Law Firm of Peter W. Hill, Esq. in Oneonta.

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ZZ Top Headlining Hospice Summer Festival

ZZ Top Band Headlining

Hospice Summer Festival

Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care announced that ’80s rock band ZZ Top, whose many hits included “Gimme All Your Loving,” will be headlining its annual benefit on the theme, “The Upstate Food Truck Festival,” on Aug. 25 at the Sixth Ward Booster Club Field in Oneonta. Tickets for the event will go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday. May 24, with proceeds going toward Hospice.   In photo are bassist Dusty Hill, guitarist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.
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Community Bank VP Urges Customers To Consult Local Branch

UPDATE: SCRANTON-SCAMMER PROBE

Consult Local Branch,

Anxious Customers Told

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Authorities say this ATM, located at Community Bank’s Southside Oneonta branch, had been compromised by a card-skimming device. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Community Bank customers concerned their confidential information may have been compromised by the Scranton ATM Scanner are being advised to call their local branches.

Bank Senior VP/Retail Banking Hal Wentworth said bank policy is not to discuss security breaches publicly, but added, “We are cooperating with law enforcement on this ongoing investigation.”

Community Bank follows Visa’s zero-liability policy, Wentworth said, “which protects our customers from fraud or unauthorized use of their accounts.”

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