FRANKLIN – Richard “Dick” Frederick Lohrman, 89, formerly of Franklin, past CEO/secretary of the Otsego County Farmers Cooperative Insurance Co., passed away in his residence at St. James Manor on Sept. 22, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.
Richard was born in Corinth, Saratoga County. He was the only child of Richard F. Lohrman and Martha A. (Balitz) Lohrman.
He was a 1947 graduate of Syracuse Central High School and a 1952 graduate of Hartwick College. While attending college, Richard served as a sergeant in the 108th Medical Division of the Army National Guard.
ONEONTA – Robert H. Wood, 86, a career teacher in Oneonta schools, community leader and father of Town Supervisor Bob Wood, passed away Sept. 21, 2018, at Fox Hospital.
Bob was born Nov. 8, 1931 in Buffalo, the fifth child of Grace and Harold Wood. He married Constance Kavanaugh Aug. 21, 1953 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Buffalo and they shared 65 happy years.
ONEONTA – An allocation of $225,000 in federal funding will allow Oneonta Municipal Airport to buy new snow-removal equipment, U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer, the minority leader, and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced
The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
ONEONTA – Robert H. Wood, 86, the father of Town Supervisor Bob Wood, passed away Sept. 21, 2018. The complete obituary will follow.
A funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at St. James Episcopal Church, 305 Main St., Oneonta, with the Father Kenneth Hunter officiating. Inurnment will follow at the St. James Church Columbarium.
Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ROSEBOOM – Robert Webb Huddleston, 87, a career diplomat who summered here when a teenager with his maternal grandmother, Inez E. Webb, passed away Sept. 11, 2018, in Santa Fe, N.M.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Roseboom Cemetery, with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by members of the state Military Forces Honor Guard and local veterans.
PORTLANDVILLE – Anita Marie McChesney, 56, Portlandville, devoted to operating her family’s business, Mount Vision Garden Center, while becoming dedicated nature photographer, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at Albany Medical Center following her struggle with breast cancer.
Anita was born May 14, 1962, in Oneonta. Shortly thereafter, her parents moved to New Jersey where she spent the first 15 years of her life. The family then moved to Mount Vision, where they established the Mount Vision Garden Center.
WOOD VOWS TO SUE
For Now, Negotiations With City
For OFD Protection In Town Over
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – The Town of Oneonta Fire District is no more, (at least for now.)
As expected, Chairman Johna Peachin and her allies, Fire Commissioners Fred Volpe and Ron Peters, this evening voted for the dissolution, while the two new commissioners, Al Rubin and Michelle Catan, voted against.
Though no public comment was allowed – even Town Supervisor Bob Wood was denied an opportunity to answer a point the commissioners raised – more than 40 citizens crowded into the Sunday school classroom of the Elm Park United Methodist Church.
The vote ends more than two years of stalled negotiations after City Hall sought to raise the town Fire District’s payment for the services of the professional Oneonta Fire Department from $800,000 to $1.1 million.
ONEONTA – At an “emergency meeting” tonight, the Town of Oneonta Board of Fire Commissioners voted to dissolve itself and the fire district served by the city’s Oneonta Fire Department.
However, Town Supervisor Bob Wood, who was present in the packed meeting in Elm Park United Methodist Church, said the Town of Oneonta will sue to allow 12 to 15 months for an orderly transition.
CHECK BACK LATER THIS EVENING FOR FULL STORY
By CATHY NARDI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – With so many housing opportunities gobbled-up by college students who pay by the room, Rehabilitation Support Services of Altamont has concluded Oneonta needs more affordable apartments.
Rehabilitation Support Services took the first step toward meeting that need Wednesday night, appearing before the city Planning Commission and Sixth Ward neighbors to outline a plan to eventually bring 64 affordable apartments here.