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Dustin N. Groat, 19; RSCS Graduate Died When Kayak Capsized In Lake
IN MEMORIAM

Dustin N. Groat, 19; RSCS Graduate

Died When Kayak Capsized In Lake

Dustin N. Groat

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Dustin Norman Groat, 19, of Richfield Springs, who passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018, when his kayak capsized on Canadarago Lake during a storm.

He was born on Feb. 2, 1999, in Cooperstown, the son of Eric Groat and Evelyn Seward, and graduated from Richfield Springs Central School, Class of 2017.

Dustin and his dad had a special connection and he loved spending time on the farm with him. His favorite place to be, and where he was happiest, was outside. Whether he was working on the farm, mowing lawns, or just hanging out with family. He enjoyed operating heavy farm equipment in the fields.

 

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Experts On Treating Dyslexia Explore Using Otego School

Experts On Treating Dyslexia

Explore Using Otego School

Jeremy Robbins, front, associate headmaster of The Kildonan School in Amenia, Dutchess County, tours the former Otego School Wednesday afternoon with Kildonan Business Manager Robin Caddy, Michelle Catan from the Small Business Center, Oneonta, and Kildonan Headmaster John Dunford. The Kildonan School is exclusively for students with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities, offering daily one-on-one language remediation and a college preparatory curriculum for students in Grades 2-12 and post-graduate.   The administrators were looking at the Otego building as a possible expansion site. “The community here prefers the building be used for educational purposes.” said Catan, “It would be a shame if this was anything other than a school.” Following the tour, Headmaster Kevin Pendergast remarked, “We love it! It is ideal for the programming that we want to bring. If this goes forward, we would want to keep the strong relationship with the community by letting them use the gym. We would also staff the facility with people from the area, should it all work out.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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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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Clifford Yager, 82; Operated Painting Company In Otego

IN MEMORIAM: Clifford Yager, 82;

Operated Painting Company In Otego

Clifford E. Yager

OTEGO – Clifford E. Yager, 82, who operated Clifford Yager Painting for many years, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018 at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Oneonta.

He was born Jan. 21, 1936, in Oneonta, the son of the late Clifford Yager and Elsie (Hungerford) Shumway.  Clifford served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.  He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing.

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County GOP Backs Devlin For 4th Term

County GOP Backs

Devlin For 4th Term

Fernandez Plans Primary Challenge

Bob Fernandez
Rich Devlin

MILFORD – The Otsego County Republican Committee endorsed county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. Saturday for a fourth term, according to county Chairman Vice Casale.

Casale said retired state trooper Bob Fernandez said he will circulate petitions to primary Devlin in a Sept. 10 primary.

The GOP chair said the secret ballot garnered 2-1 support for Devlin.  Fernandez said the actual count was 42-27.

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Unatego Residents’ Ideas Sought On School’s Reuse

Unatego Residents’ Ideas

Sought On School’s Reuse

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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Sandra Joan Markel, 78; Respiratory Therapist Loved Children

IN MEMORIAM: Sandra Joan Markel, 78;

Respiratory Therapist Loved Children

MILFORD – Sandra Joan Markel, 78, a respiratory therapist who particularly enjoyed working with children, passed away Nov. 12, 2017.

She was born November 21, 1938, in Oneonta, the daughter of Andrew and Beatrice (Crandall) Sabedra.

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Board Chair Clark Has Earned Defeat

EDITORIAL ENDORSEMENTS

Board Chair Clark

Has Earned Defeat

3 Key Allies Let County Down, Too

Editor’s Note: This is the editorial opinion of www.AllOTSEGO.com, Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal.  Letters to the editor on political topics received after 10 a.m. Tuesday will appear on www.AllOTSEGO.com; email letters to info@allotsego.com.  Polls will be open 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Otego and Laurens voters should deny county Rep. Kathy Clark, another term.

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.

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Jamie Potter, Pie-in-the-Sky Owner, Biographer Of Boxer Marvis Frazier
IN MEMORIAM

Jamie Potter, Pie-in-Sky Owner,

Boxer Marvis Frazier’s Biographer

Jamie Potter and former Golden Gloves Champ Marvis Frazier ham in up at Pie-in-the-Sky in 2012, shortly after the publication of “Meet Marvis Frazier: The Story of the Son of Smokin’s Joe.” Read AllOTSEGO.life article published at the time. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

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.

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 ‘Ozzie’ McMorris II, 86, Otego; Village Official, Avid Firefighter
IN MEMORIAM

 ‘Ozzie’ McMorris II, 86, Otego;

Village Official, Avid Firefighter

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.

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