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In Oneonta, Faso Explains Vote On GOP Tax-Cut Bill

In Oneonta, Faso Explains

Vote On GOP Tax-Cut Bill

Congressman John Faso, R-19, is at Otsego Now’s headquarters at 189 Main St., Oneonta, at this hour, discussing his vote against the Republican tax-cut bill in Congress last week. Participating are, from left, NBT Bank Regional Executive Jamie Reynolds, Country Club Automotive proprietor Tom Armao and Jeff Haggerty of Haggerty Ace Hardware, Cooperstown. With her back to the camera is Julie Dostal, LEAF executive director.  Faso issued a statement after the vote saying, while he supports simplifying the tax code, removing the SALT deduction for state and local taxes, as well as the mortgage-interest deduction will be too much of a burden on his 19th District constituents. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Chipper Jones, Jim Thome New On Hall 2018 Ballot

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome

New On Hall’s 2018 Ballot

Next, Baseball Writers Will Vote On Choice

COOPERSTOWN – The 2018 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot was released this morning and includes three possible first-ballot electees:

Braves prolific switch-hitting third baseman Chipper Jones, slugger Jim Thome, eighth all-time with 612 home runs, plus Omar Vizquel, the shortstop who played 24 seasons and won 11 Gold Gloves for six teams.

Other leading candidates include Trevor Hoffman, the reliever who holds the National League record with 601 saves, and Vladimir Guerrero, the outfielder who is one of the top Latin-American position players in Major League Baseball history.

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Wind, Chorus and College Unite for ‘Battle’

Wind, Chorus & College

Unite for ‘Battle Hymn’

The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, The Catskill Choral Society and the Hartwick College Choir join together under the direction of Scott Rabler, Oneonta, to perform “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Peter J. Wilhousky at the Fall 2017 Concert at First United Methodist this afternoon. This is the first time all three groups have performed together. At right, Dr. Chris Wolf-Gould on cello, Oneonta, prepares for his cue during “Russian Christmas Music” by Alfred Redd, which closed the event. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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XNG Exec, DOT, Local Officials Explain Trucks; Crowd Skeptical

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XNG Exec, DOT, Local Officials

Explain Trucks; Crowd Skeptical

In a video, XNG Vice President Matt Smith, inset, describes features of the trucks his company is using to carry natural gas fracked in Northeastern Pennsylvania across Otsego County to the Iroquois pipeline at Little Falls. The video records the informational meeting sponsored by Otsego County last Thursday at Milford Central School also included representatives of the state DOT and state police.  Residents who spoke at the evening’s end challenged the presentations. The video was made available by Bill Huston, Binghamton area, an activist against the “virtual pipeline.”
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Sol Center Named For John Scarzafava

SOL Center Renamed

For Atty. John Scarzafava

Nettie Jean Scarzafava, Oneonta, visits with long-time friend Marie Lusins, right, following this afternoon’s rededication of The Scarzafava SOL Center, 50 Dietz St., Oneonta, in memory of her husband John Scarzafava, the Oneonta attorney who died in June 2014. “I hesitated in naming it after my husband,” said Scarzafava,” but I had a dream, and in it I was on the other side speaking to John, and I woke and knew I had to do it.” The idea for an alternative wellness center came  30 years ago to Mrs. Scarzafava, herself a former county judge, and today the SOL (Sweetness Of Life) Center provides space to practitioners in acupuncture, massage therapy, grief counseling, hypnotherapy and Ayurvedic medicine from India, plus nutritionists, yoga instructors, bathing therapists and dance classes. “People tell me they love what these women are doing,” said Scarzafava, “It is important to have a place like this that supports men and women. If we build stronger women, we build stronger community.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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William E. Royce, 78, Businessman Founded Lightwalkers Church, Morris
IN MEMORIAM

William E. Royce, 78, Businessman

Started Lightwalkers Church, Morris

William E. Royce

MORRIS – William E. Royce, 78, who owned Royce International Eyewear and founded Lightwalkers Baptist Church, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 with his loving family by his side.

Bill was born on June 6, 1939 in Pittsfield, and raised by his mother Margaret Royce. He served in the Navy from 1956 to 1960 on the USS Wahoo as a radioman.

On March 23, 1961 Bill married the love of his life Marion (Haggerty), he and Marion lived in Morris for over 50 years, raising their children there.

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Jacquelyn Mortensen, 86; Operated Carousel At Farmer’s Museum

IN MEMORIAM: Jacquelyn Mortensen, 86;

Operated Carousel At Farmers’ Museum

Jacquelyn Mortensen

VAN HORNESVILLE – Jacquelyn P. Mortensen, 86, who operated the Empire State Carousel at The Farmers’ Museum for 25 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon Nov. 16, 2017, at her home on Summit Hill Road, with her family by her side.

She was born on Aug. 24, 1931, in Hartford, Conn., a daughter of the late David and Anna Egenton Parsons. Jacquelyn was raised and educated in Hartford.

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Day At Saratoga Runs Up Bidding At GOHS Auction

Day At Saratoga Runs Up

Bidding At GOHS Auction

Bonnie Lado of Oneonta, top photo, with her husband, retired dentist Bill Lado, at her side, places a bid as a three-way contest nears its climax this evening at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s annual fundraising auction at the Holiday Inn Southside.  She was vying with fellow Oneontan Linda Smith – seen at right with her grandson, a picture of anticipation – and Kevin Dwyer of Laurens for John Pontius’ offer of a day in his box at the Saratoga Race Track during next August’s season, topped with cocktails at the famous Siro’s Restaurant; then John would drive the winners back to Oneonta.  Auctioneer Chuck D’Imperio set the value at $250, but the three bidders breezed right by that – $300, $400, $500, $600, when Dwyer dropped out of the contest.   Linda Smith bid $610, Bonnie Lado $620, Linda $630, Bonnie $640.  “$640, going once,” intoned D’Imperio.  “$640, going twice!  $640!!!” he declared, bringing down his gavel.  And the Lados are off to the races.  (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)

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Salvation Army Bellringers On Job

Salvation Army Bellringers On Job

Martha Modinger, left, and Megan Short of the Unatego Central School Honor Society were bell-ringing for the Salvation Army this evening outside JC Penney at Southside Mall. Why? “We just love to,” said Megan.   The Salvation Army’s foremost fundraising event of the year continue until just before Christmas.  (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)
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Former Congressman Gibson Draws Fans To Book-Signing

Former Congressman Gibson

Draws Fans To Book-Signing

Retired 19th District congressman Chris Gibson signs a copy of his new book, “Rally Point,” for Dean Beams of Schenevus. Looking on are Bill Glockler, Middlefield, three times Gibson’s Otsego County campaign manager, and his wife Laurie. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Gibson signs a book for Tyler Gregory after praising the Franklin Central junior for his commitment to tending the formerly decrepit Ouelette Cemetery. With Tyler is mom Laura.

ONEONTA – You could almost hear his former constituents’ sighs of relief to hear former Congressman Chris Gibson being, well, just Chris Gibson at a book-signing for his new book, “Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream” this evening at Black Oak Books in Southside Mall, Oneonta.

During remarks to the gathering, an attendee praised Gibson for promising to retire after three terms, and then doing so.  As a military man (a retired colonel), he replied, “What we say is what we mean. When you are in combat, you have to keep your word.”

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