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Suspected Fla. Slaying Victim Returned For Oneonta Burial

Suspected Fla. Slaying Victim

Returned For Oneonta Burial

A celebration of life memorial service for Michael D. Shaver, whose body was recovered in March 2017 behind his Florida home, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the First United Presbyterian Church, Walling Ave., Oneonta NY 13820. He will be placed at rest with his paternal grandfather, Alfred W. Shaver, at Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
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Dick Lohrman, 89, Franklin; CEO Of Local Insurance Co.
IN MEMORIAM

Dick Lohrman, 89, Franklin;

CEO Of Local Insurance Co.

Dick Lohrman

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.

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Robert H. Wood, 85, City Teacher Active In Oneonta Community Life
IN MEMORIAM

Robert H. Wood, 85, City Teacher

Active In Oneonta Community Life

Robert H. Wood

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.

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Oneonta Airport Wins Grant For Snow-Plowing Equipment

Oneonta Airport Wins Grant

For Snow-Plowing Equipment

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).

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Rites Friday For Robert H. Wood, Supervisor’s Father, At St. James

Rites Friday For Robert H. Wood,

Supervisor’s Father, At St. James

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.

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Robert W. Huddleston, 87; Career Diplomat To Be Buried In Roseboom

IN MEMORIAM: Robert W. Huddleston, 87;

Career Diplomat To Be Buried In Roseboom

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.

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Anita Marie McChesney, 56; Devoted Nature Photographer Helped Run In Family Business
IN MEMORIAM

Anita Marie McChesney, 56;

Devoted Nature Photographer

Helped Run Family’s Business

Anita Marie McChesney

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.

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FIRE BOARD EXTINGUISHES FIRE BOARD

WOOD VOWS TO SUE

FIRE BOARD

EXTINGUISHES

FIRE BOARD

For Now, Negotiations With City

For OFD Protection In Town Over

Town fire commissioners, from front, Fred Volpe, Chairman Johna Peachin, Ron Peters and Al Rubin, engage in tense conversation in a packed room at Elm Park Methodist Church this evening before voting, 3-2, to dissolve the entity they represent, the Town of Oneonta Fire District.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“Every person here was willing to negotiate.” said Town board member Pat Jacob, “Don’t blow it up and make it terrible for the people who live here.”  Behind her is fellow board member Trish Riddell-Kent.

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.

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Fire Commissioner Votes To Dissolve; Town To Sue

BULLETIN

Fire Commissioners Vote

To Dissolve; Town To Sue

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
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Developer Briefs Sixth Ward On Plans For 65 Apartments

Developer Briefs Sixth Ward

On Plans For 65 Apartments

By CATHY NARDI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

A Capital District developer is looking to build a 65-apartment complex in the wooded lot at West Broadway and Duane Street in the Sixth Ward. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

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.

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