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OHS Grad Brings Artifacts From Armory Back To City

OHS Grad Brings Artifacts

From Armory Back To City

Retired OHS Athletic Director Tony Drago, left, greets one of his former students, Courtney T. Burns, now director of the state Military Museum & Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs. Burns was in Oneonta Thursday and today installing “Oneonta’s Own: The State Militia & National Guard in Oneonta, 1812-2003,” the new exhibit at the Oneonta History Center.  It opened this afternoon and features artifacts from the city’s former Armory on Academy Street that were moved to the museum when the local facility was merged into one in Walton in 2003.  Drago reminded Burns that OHS, when it was located on Arsenal Street, had a rifle team that used to practice across the street at a range in the Armory’s basement.   Looking on is Art Torrey, GOHS board member.  The exhibit runs until the end of August.  (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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IT’S OVER Pioneer Street Paving Completed Today

IT’S OVER!

Pioneer Street Paving Completed Today

Gary Lewis Jr. of G. Vincentis, the Binghamton contractor, finishes rolling the asphalt in around the flagpole in downtown Cooperstown shortly after 1 p.m. today.  The crew then went up Pioneer Street to complete a strip at the Church Street intersection, completing the $2 million reconstruction of Pioneer, which began last fall after the tourist season ended, and started up again this spring.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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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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‘Friendship Bench’ Is Dedicated To CCS Teacher Aide Carol Krisch

‘Friendship Bench’ Is Dedicated

To CCS Teacher Aide Carol Krisch


A bench inscribed with “Come Sit, Make A Friend Or Two,” was dedicated this afternoon  at Cooperstown Elementary School in memory of Carol Ann Krisch, who suggested the idea to guidance counselor Christine McBrearty Hulse, lower left.  Krisch, a teacher aide  and monitor at the school for 16 years, passed away suddenly on Sept. 8, 2016, at her home in Fork Shop.  Recalling her childhood to McBrearty Hulse, the elementary school mainstay advised that if a child was having trouble making friends, he or she could sit on the bench and other children would offer their friendship.    The whole student body gathered in the playground behind the school to hear the dedication, that included comments by retired teacher Dibble and Bud Lippitt, phys-ed teacher and a relative.  Other relatives attending, lower right, included, from right, Tom and Kathy Redding, her sister and brother-in-law; cousin Barbara Kubis, Tommy Redding and his fiance, Dayna Vibbard, and baby Maddyn, 18 months, Krisch’s great-niece.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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E. Donnall Thomas Prize Awarded To Liver Researcher From Thailand

E. Donnall Thomas Prize Awarded

To Liver Researcher From Thailand

Karn Wijarnpreecha, MD, accepts the 2018 E. Donnall Thomas Research Day Outstanding Research Presentation Award from Anne M. Gadomski,  director, Research Institute.

COOPERSTOWN – Dr. Karn Wijarnpreecha, who is researching liver disease, has been awarded the E. Donnall Thomas Outstanding Research Day Presentation Award, named in honor the former Bassett physician who won the Nobel Prize.

Wijarnpreecha, who is completing his medical training at Bassett, is investigating possible links between nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease, scarring of the liver and low muscle mass, and whether any link is consistent across ethnicities.  If so, “interventions to strengthen muscle mass may reduce the burden of NAFLD and advanced fibrosis,” the researcher said.

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EXCLUSIVE! Centers Health Care Ups Daily Rate To $510 Rissberger Op-Ed: Move OH-Fest From Neahwa Tillapaugh Op-Ed: County Needs Cooperstown Oneonta Luxury Apartments Already Filled Memorial Day: 7 Brothers Served, Survived Rotarians’ County Convention Raised $250K
Seward Welcomes 4H Members

Seward Welcomes 4H Members

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, welcomes Otsego County 4-H Carson Guzy, left, of Cooperstown and Garrett Proskine, Gilbertsville, to the state Capitol in Albany during the 83rd annual 4-H Capital Days. “As a former 4-H member, I am pleased to see the program continuing to offer our young people a well-rounded education through core topics like agriculture, leadership and life skills and new offerings including robotics and engineering,” Seward said.
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Grandstand Theater Grand Re-Opening On Eve of Classic Game

Restored, Grandstand Theater

Re-Opening On Eve of Classic

The newly renovated Grandstand Theater will open on Friday, May 25, ahead of the Hall of Fame Classic game.
Jane Forbes Clark spoke to a packed house at the Grandstand Theater during a talk in January 2016. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – With new surround sound, a state-of-the-art projector and a brand-new film, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater is set for re-opening this weekend as part of the museum’s annual Classic Weekend.

“Baseball fans come to the Hall of Fame looking for that ‘wow’ moment, and the new “Generations of the Game” introductory film, shown in the beautifully renovated and state-of-the-art Grandstand Theater, sets the stage and delivers an emotional foundation for a memorable Museum experience,” said Jeff Idelson,  Hall of Fame president.

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