The Unatego Central School Otego Repurposing Committee is asking district residents to complete a survey to help them make recommendations to the Unatego Board of Education as they make plans for the future of the Otego Elementary School.
The survey is available on line with a link on the district website at www.unatego.org and will be available until the end of January 2018.
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The first vow in physicians’ Hippocratic Oath is, “Do no harm.” It’s not a bad standard to apply across the board, and county board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego/Laurens, failed to meet it.
After standing at the podium on Jan. 10, 2014, with state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller to herald a new era of economic development in Otsego County, Clark withheld funding, withheld cooperation and hammered through appointments of directors hostile to the goals of what became Otsego Now.
On Thursday, May 25, 2017, she accomplished her goal. Otsego Now’s director, Sandy Mathes, was forced to resign, all the staff quit, and the most promising economic-development initiative in Upstate New York, which had garnered tens of millions of seed money for Otsego County’s renewal, collapsed.
When your high school graduate departs for a construction job in Florida or the Carolinas, or your college grad for the Silicon Valley or Seattle, thank Kathy Clark. Meanwhile, she’s up for reelection Nov. 7, and the citizens of her districts – Otego and Laurens – should vote her out.
ONEONTA – Jamie Potter, 61, longtime proprietor of Pie-in-the Sky, much beloved by SUNY and Hartwick college students for its ice cream and pancakes, and author of Marvis Frazier’s biography, passed away unexpected on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.
James W. Powers Jr. was born on Nov. 4, 1955.
He was and will always be the epitome of compassion, tolerance, perseverance and integrity to us and those who knew him. Inspired by his principled existence, we will aspire to continue our lives with the same level of love and conviction that he embraced, his family wrote in his obituary.
OTEGO – Elbert Osborne “Ozzie” McMorris II, 86, longtime fire chief here and an avid firefighter recognized as Otsego County Fireman of the Year in 1999, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Fox Nursing Home, Oneonta.
He was born July 13, 1931, in Oneonta, a son of the late Elbert and Leona B. (Boyes) McMorris.
On June 17, 1962, Ozzie married Marjorie Downie in Otego. They celebrated their 55th anniversary this year.
OTEGO – SUNY Oneonta professor Cathy Nardi has announced her intention to run for the District 3 seat on the Otsego County Board, challenging board chair Kathy Clark.
“I want to be the voice of reason in a climate of chaos,” she said.
Nardi, an Otego resident, would be representing Laurens and Otego. Her platform includes environmental issues, access to education and economic development, including developing tourism in her district, to help fight poverty.
DAVENPORT – Albert Schrag, 84, of Davenport, a former security guard at Homer Folks Hospital, passed away on April 30, 2017, at Bassett Hospital after battling a long illness.
Albert was born in Queens and spent most his career working as a New York City steamfitter. He also served as a fire commissioner of the North Merrick Fire Department. After retirement Al worked as a security guard the Oneonta TB hospital.
Albert loved music and loved to dance, he enjoyed the beauty of horses, and loved to watch western movies.