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Dr. Ronald Brzenk; 41-Year Math Professor At Hartwick

IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Ronald Brzenk;

41-Year Math Professor At Hartwick

Ronald Brzenk, Ph.D.

ONEONTA – Dr. Ronald Brzenk, Ph.D., 68, who retired after 41 years as a Hartwick College mathematics professor, passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loved ones, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

Ron was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Karen Brzenk.

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Police: Man Pointed Loaded Shotgun At Girlfriend

Police: Man Pointed

Shotgun At Girlfriend

Steven Knauff

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police arrested a man following reports that he had pointed a loaded shotgun at his girlfriend during a dispute at their apartment on Main Street.

Steven J. Knauff, 35, was arrested Saturday evening after police responded to a call from 25 year old victim, who told them that earlier that evening, Knauff had allegedly pointed a loaded shotgun at her face. The victim was able to flee the apartment to a location on Chestnut Street, where she called police.

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Donors Give Their All (All Their Hair) At St. Baldrick Day Anti-Cancer Benefit

Donors Give All (All Their Hair)

At St. Baldrick Anti-Cancer Benefit

Danielle Spindler, Oneonta, gave her all – or rather, all her hair – to benefit research into stemming childhood cancer at the annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser Saturday at the Red Jug Pub in downtown Oneonta. Chris Thorington, Oneonta, wielded the clippers at the event. Spindler, the only women of the day to “Brave the Shave,” didn’t have the $20 base donation, but pub patrons pooled their money for her to make the cut. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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OPD Sergeant Fell Asleep At The Wheel; Crashed Car

Chief: Sergeant Fell

Asleep, Crashed SUV

ONEONTA – An OPD sergeant fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his police vehicle on Tuesday, Police Chief Doug Brenner confirmed today.

According to Brenner, Sgt. Eric Berger was driving on patrol on Chestnut Street in a marked Ford SUV around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when he fell asleep at the wheel; the SUV went up on the curb and struck a utility pole at Chestnut and Watkins.

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Denny’s Celebrates Remodel With Ribbon Cutting, Specials

Denny’s Celebrates Remodel

With Ribbon Cutting, Specials

From left: Benjamin Cruz, michelle Arnecke, Kimberly Simmons, Frank Aviles, Mae Van Alstyne-Davis, Kitty Cruz, Rita Strobeck, Abu Morshed, Jane Brown, Erica VanWarner, Aria Morsted, Sharon Teator, David Johnson, Mike Hall, Dustin Hummell and Paul Ferguson cut the ribbon at the Oneonta Denny’s during their Grand Slam celebration for the newly remodeled restaurant on Monday morning. Stop on in for specials that including the newly launched 3-course meals, or buy a mug and get free coffee for a month! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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NBT-Mang Insurance In Bank Financial Center

NBT-Mang Insurance

In Bank Financial Center

Now dubbed the NBT Financial Center, the ribbon was cut on the new offices of the NBT-Mang Insurance Agency, relocated from River Street to the NBT building at One Wall Street. Cutting the ribbon are NBT Vice President Jamie Reynolds and Tucker Lounsbury, NBT-Mang Insurance Agency president.  Others, from left, are Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, Otsego Chamber Board Chair Jim Potts, Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan and, at right, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.
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Oneonta Fire Commissioners Appoint Ron Peters

 Town Fire Board Declares

Quorum, Elects Ron Peters

Citing what some termed an obscure clause in state construction law, the two remaining members of the Town of Oneonta Fire District, chairman Fred Volpe and Johna Peachin, declared this evening they constitute a quorum on the five-member board, and elected Ron Peters, Peachin’s significant other, as the third member. The fire board was meeting at Elm Park Methodist Church. The three other commissioners had resigned, one – Don Lammana, citing “irreconcilable differences” with the rest of the board. Under most circumstances, two members of a five-member board would not constitute a quorum, and Town Supervisor Bob Wood and Mayor Gary Herzig had expressed hopes three new members might be elected to the fire board in December, opening the way for a possible end to stalled talks to keep the city’s professional Oneonta Fire Department providing fire-fighting services to the town. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Oneonta Fire Commissioners Meet Tonight

Oneonta Fire Commissioners

Meeting Planned For Tonight

ONEONTA – The remaining Town of Oneonta fire commissioners, Johna Peachin and Fred Volpe, will have the regularly scheduled meeting of the Oneonta Fire District tonight at the Elm Park Methodist Church at 6 p.m.

Additionally, former commissioner Don Lamanna’s resignation letter will be read at the Town of Oneonta Board Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

 

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Original Adirondack Furnishing ‘Sold!’ At Christopher’s Auction

Original Adirondack Furnishing

‘Sold!’ At Christopher’s Auction

Above, Ramona Schafsteck, Cherry Valley, with the help of friend Nancy Manganaro, detaches one of two decorative bears she bought yesterday as Brzostek’s Auction Service sold off the contents of the Adirondack-style Christoper’s Motel, many of the items hand-crafted. Adjacent Christopher’s Restaurant burned in April, and, according to talk at the auction, owner Marty Patton’s plan is to raze this structure, clearing a sizable parcel of coveted Southside Oneonta real estate for redevelopment. At right, auctioneer Ernest Brzostek, assistant by wife Martha, auctions off a room’s-worth of content at a time, for prices ranging from $200 for all the contents to $800-plus. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Centralized Arraignment  System Being Considered

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Centralized-Arraignment 

System Being Considered

County Attorney Ellen Coccoma, right, tells the Otsego County Board of Representatives at its Wednesday, Oct. 4, meeting she has convened a committee to explore the creation of a “central arraignment center,” probably in Oneonta, that would require people arrested after hours to be held at the county jail (or Oneonta lock-up) until 8 a.m. the following morning so they could be ensured the attendance of a public defender. She said the change is being studied because of a lawsuit and legislation passed by the state Legislature in the spring. Now, people arrested are taken to the nearest town justice; if the new concept goes forward, they would be held overnight at the county jail, pending arraignment the following morning. She briefed the reps because former county rep. Alex Shields of Richfield Springs, during “privilege of the floor,”  questioned a new law making the county jail available for this purpose.   State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, had the enabling legislation passed earlier this year. Many reps were hearing about this concept for the first time, but Coccoma said she planned to brief the county board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee when it meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the county office building. Coccoma’s briefing begins at 2:11:53 of the Youtube video.
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