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Kyle W. Bronson, 28, Cooperstown; Leaves Daughter, 2nd Due Any Day
IN MEMORIAM

Kyle W. Bronson, 28, Cooperstown;

Leaves Daughter, 2nd Due Any Day

Kyle W. Bronson

COOPERSTOWN – Kyle Willard Bronson, beloved father, son, and friend to many, died tragically Tuesday, July 18, 2017, as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on County Highway 11 in the Town of Hartwick.  He was 28.

Born Jan. 19, 1989, at Bassett Hospital, Kyle was a son of Michael J. Bronson, Sr., and Patricia Mower Bronson.

Raised in Cooperstown, he graduated from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 2008.  For the past seven years he had been employed as a residential counselor at Springbrook, where he was very well-respected and liked by the staff and residents alike.

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Insure Crops Brewers Need, Senator Schumer Says Here

Minority Leader Visits Hartwick

Insure Crops Brewers Need,

Senator Schumer Says Here

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is introduced at Hartwick College today by Dr. Michael Tannenbaum, provost & vice president of academic affairs.

ONEONTA – At Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, today announced he is asking the USDA to approve a specialized crop insurance to protect farmers growing crops for the state’s expanding farm breweries.

“It is imperative that the USDA takes the necessary steps towards offering the malt barley endorsement (MBE) throughout these (44 Upstate) counties to provide further protection for our growers while continuing to promote the businesses that rely on this important crop,” Schumer said in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that was released here today.

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Joe Ruffino Bids Farewell To 47 Years of Pizza Making
‘THIS BIRD HAS BEEN SET FREE’

Joe Ruffino Bids Farewell

To 45 Years of Pizza Making

Joe Ruffino’s Restaurant & Pizzeria has closed on Oneonta’s Main Street after 45 years.
Joe Ruffino Jr.

ONEONTA – Joe Ruffino Jr. announced to his customers on his website today that, after 45 years of the “daily grind” of making pizza – since age 7 – and running a business in Upstate New York, he has closed Joe Ruffino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant at 222 Main St.

“I have known for a while that I couldn’t maintain that work ethic forever,” he said.  “No one is in the bullpen ready to relieve me … Now it’s time for my wife and I to move forward to a new beginning.  It may seem like my wings have been clipped, but in reality this bird has been set free.”

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Springbrook Cuts Ribbon On Facility For Families

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon

On Facility For Families

Thomas Maggs, president of Springbrook’s Board of Directors, addresses the donors, residents, families, and staff yesterday who gathered to celebrate the opening of the organization’s new Family Engagement Center. The center provides a place for residents and their families, who often visit from afar, to meet, and for visitors to stay.  The building is visible to passersby on Route 28, Milford Center. (Luke Moran photo)
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Boutique Hotel Opens Friday In Cooperstown
HISTORIC BUILDING RENOVATED

Boutique Hotel Opens

Friday In Cooperstown

All hands are on deck, including proprietor Perry Ferrara’s wife Cathy, foreground, as the Railroad Inn, the new boutique hotel at Railroad and Glen avenues, Cooperstown, prepares to welcome its first guests tomorrow evening.  Ferrara, in right photo with Cathy, said the first-floor rooms will be occupied Friday evening, and by next weekend – Hall of Fame Induction Weekend – all 22 rooms will be completed and filled.  Crews have been renovating the historic hops-storage facility since last October, which had been vacant since businessman Mike Manno bought the former Agway in 2009 and restored the exterior.  Ferrara, who has operated Cat Construction on Long Island for 30 years, said bringing the building back to life while preserving the historic ambiance has been a particularly satisfying part of this project.  Bob Holt,  at the registration desk, former manager of the Best Western in Harwtick Seminary, is managing the new hotel.  Helping Mrs. Ferrara in the top photo are, from left, friends Lorraine Banfield and Cathy DiResta, and Cassie Sawyer of Worcester.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Joan W. Atkins, 81; Teacher In Richfield, Schuyler Lake

IN MEMORIAM: Joan W. Atkins, 81;

Teacher In Richfield, Schuyler Lake

Joan W. Atkins

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Joan Willard Atkins, 81, a former teacher in Richfield Springs, passed away Monday July 17, 2017, in Cortland Regional Medical Center, with her family by her side.

She was born on Dec. 4, 1935, in Orchard Park, daughter of the late George E. and Florence Fisher Willard. Joan was raised in Orchard Park and was a graduate of Orchard Park High School. She received a bachelor’s in education at SUNY Cortland.

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Relive ‘Fenimore On Ice’, Weekend With Olympians

Revisit ‘Fenimore On Ice’

With Dorothy Hamill, More

Skating fans and the curious from around Otsego County were drawn to The Fenimore and Farmers’ museums over the weekend to meet Olympic Gold Medalists Dorothy Hamill, Dick Button and JoJo Starbuck, and watch Ice Dance International perform on Glice, an artificial rink. The weekend was a highpoint of the museum’s season, which features “The Art of Figure Skating Through the Ages: The Dick Button Collection,” a first-time display that runs through Dec. 31. If you missed it, numerous photos and Libby Cudmore’s report in this week’s Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta – on newsstands this afternoon – will take you there.
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Paperkite Cuts Ribbon On New Headquarters

Paperkite Cuts Ribbon

On New Headquarters

Anders Green, with the help of brothers Henrik and Al, cuts the ribbon on Paperkite’s new headquarters at 218 Main St., Cooperstown. The marketing/creative agency is operated by Anders’ mom, Susan Green, who stands behind him with dad Will. Others, from left, are Cooperstown Chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard, Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh, Art Director Jennifer Tesiero, Office Manager Veronica Pokorny with daughter Mariana, Megan Haggerty, Ali Harahan, Morgan Behnke, Katie Cotton and Elle Kenyon.
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BROOKFIELD COUPLE KILLED IN ACCIDENT

BROOKFIELD COUPLE

KILLED IN ACCIDENT

Van Driver, Plus Cooperstown Man,

Transported To Bassett With Injuries

The accident occurred in the Route 20 hamlet of Warren east of Richfield Springs.

WARREN – A Brookfield couple was pronounced dead at the scene of a three-vehicle accident Sunday afternoon after the motorcycle they were riding on ran into the back of a van, state police at Troop D, Oneida, report.

Killed were Douglas and Theresa Woolsey, 50 and 46 respectively.

The eastbound van was stopped on Route 20, attempting to turn left into a driveway in this hamlet, when the collision occurred.

The van’s driver, Jonathan A. Neitzey, 23, of Bowie, Md., was transported to Bassett Hospital with minor injuries.

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IN MEMORIAM: Wava H. Cuyler, 91; Taught In Oneonta Schools 28 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Wava H. Cuyler, 91;

Taught In Oneonta Schools 28 Years

Wava H. Cuyler

ONEONTA – Wava Hatcher Cuyler, 91, who taught Oneonta children for 28 years, retiring in 1984 from Center Street School, passed away after a brief illness on Thursday July 13, 2017 in Oneonta. She was surrounded by a host of loving family members.

Wava was born in Oneonta on April 7, 1926, to Marvin and Edna (Lowe) Hatcher. She was educated at Bugbee School, Oneonta High School, and the State Teachers College at Old Main. She married George William Cuyler, Jr. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 1944, at St. James’ Episcopal Church.

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