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Delgado, DiPerna Tilt Over Rap CD, How To Handle It

Delgado, DiPerna

Tilt Over Rap CD,

How To Handle It

Democratic Candidate Speaks

To Full House In Cooperstown

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado thanks Greta Green, 9, for asking a question about gun violence and school safety at the end of a forum this evening at Templeton Hall. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Delgado resisted answering questions about lyrics on a rap CD he produced in 2006, but Paula DiPerna, a former Congressional candidate herself, persisted.

COOPERSTOWN – Antonio Delgado was met with cheers and applause from 120 of the Democratic faithful – and a handful of Republicans – in Templeton Hall this evening.

Questions ranged from fracking to FERC and Social Security to Glass–Steagall.  A 9-year-old, Greta Green, who lives in Washington, D.C., but is visiting her grandmother, Cynthia Benjamin, in Garrattsville, asked about protecting children from gun violence.

“It hurts that a 9-year-old even asks that question,” he said.

But the question of the hour – the 19th District Congressional candidate’s former life as AD The Voice, a hip-hop performer in L.A. whose lyrics in his “Painfully Free” CD were liberally sprinkled with the N-word and epithets – was only touched on lightly during the formal part of the evening.

As the Q&A began, moderator Paula DiPerna advised the candidate she would be questioning him more closely later on the issue – Delgado’s rap career was reported on July 8 in the New York Post, and his Republican opponent, Congressman John Faso, issued a press release expressing “shock” at the “troubling and offensive lyrics” – and to be prepared.

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Virginia Mae Ethington, 95; From One-Room School To Nursing Career

IN MEMORIAM:  Virginia Mae Ethington, 95;

From One-Room School To Nursing Career

CHERRY VALLEY – Virginia Mae (Oliver) Ethington, 95, who rose from a one-room schoolhouse to Syracuse University and a nursing career, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Centers Health Care in Cooperstown.

Born on Feb. 13, 1923, in Summit, she was the daughter of James and Hilda (Sperbeck) Oliver.

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Richard L. Collins, 88; Retired D&H Stationmaster, Dispatcher

IN MEMORIAM: Richard L. Collins, 88;

Retired D&H Stationmaster, Dispatcher

ONEONTA – Richard L. Collins, 88, a former D&H stationmaster and dispatcher, passed away July 14, 2018, at his home.

He was born Aug. 27, 1929, and Central Bridge, the son of Leland and Frances (Neville) Collins.  He married Jean Duham on July 15, 1950, in Glen Cove.   She predeceased him on Sept. 27, 2012.

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Clean-Up Underway After Thunderstorm

Clean-Up Underway

After Thunderstorm

The whirring sound of the village’s “Bandit Intimidator” wood chipper is being heard throughout Cooperstown today, as crews, including Assistant DPW Superintendent Chris Satriano, above, finish the cleanup after Saturday’s thunderstorm.  Heavy rains and wind struck shortly before 6 p.m. for only a minute or two, but wreaked outsized damage. Among the homes narrowly escaping serious damage is Celia Lamb’s on Linden Avenue, inset. The storm knocked over an oak slightly to the north of the house, leveraged up the sidewalk, but beyond that even missed a birdhouse in its path. “We were very fortunate,” Mrs. Lamb said. “It missed the house, it missed the car and it missed the trailer” that a tenant rents. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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JoAnn K. Gravelin, 70; Office Manager At Oneonta Rent-A-Wreck

IN MEMORIAM: JoAnn K. Gravelin, 70;

Office Manager At Oneonta Rent-A-Wreck

JoAnn Gravelin

LAURENS – JoAnn Gravelin, 70, of Laurens, office manager at Rent-A-Wreck until her retirement, passed away peacefully on July 12, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

JoAnn was born on April 7, 1948, daughter of the late Benjamin and Marian (Harris) Keator. JoAnn married her high school sweetheart, David Gravelin, on April 22, 1967, in Laurens.

JoAnn loved to cook, garden and have family gatherings during the holidays. Her family was always her first priority, and she had a deep passion caring for them.

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Guru, Followers Mark Retreat House’s 10th

PHAKCHOK RINPOCHE IN COUNTY

Guru, Followers Mark

Retreat House’s 10th

Phakchok Rinpoche, the direct descendant of Taklung Kagyu, founder of Tibetan Buddhism, ministers to his followers this afternoon at his Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Meditation Center on Glimmerglen Road, outside of Cooperstown, at an open house marking the 10th anniversary of the retreat house’s founding.  The guru’s wife, Khandrola, is to his right; translator Oriane LaVole, to his left. The weekend-long celebration included local followers, as well as Tibetans from a center in Brooklyn. Today’s open house also featured a buffet of Tibetan specialities, including momos, inset photo – meat, onion and garlic dumplings considered a delicacy in the Himalayan country – according to Doris Motta, one of the retreat house managers. The guru, who has visited once or twice annually over the past decade, plans to be here for three weeks. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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TREES TOPPLE AS STORM HITS

TREES TOPPLE

AS STORM HITS

An outlier in a line of strong thunderstorms winged the Cooperstown area shortly before 6 this evening, toppling trees along River Road, Route 28 (near Kevin’s Ford) and in the village itself.  Here, Lordan and Lisa Bunch smile with relief, after a maple that snapped in their front yard at Beaver and Delaware streets  narrowly missed their house.  At left, firefighters confer after pushing a pine that snapped and fell across the bridge at Bowerstown (Route 33 and Murphy Hill Road) into Susquehanna Creek.  Within minutes, the sky had cleared and the sun was shining again.  The National Weather Service was expecting the storm to follow a line between Unadilla and Sanitaria Springs in Broome County. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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2 Millers Win Top Honors At Oneonta Country Club

2 Millers Win Top Honors

At Oneonta Country Club

Tim Miller won the Men’s Club Championship Scratch Division at the Oneonta Country Club today, and Dick Miller, right, took top honors in the Men’s Club Champion Net Division, according to Derek Walbridge, assistant pro.  Click on links below for complete results.

 

MEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SCRATCH
MEN’S CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP NET
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They’re EVERYWHERE!

They’re EVERYWHERE!

Here it is: Broad daylight, the middle of the afternoon. And a few minutes ago this doe crossed Glen Avenue (Route 28) in Cooperstown as if she owned the place. Her two fawns traipsed after her. Neighbors report having spotted this threesome various times in the past few days. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Michael H. Seigel, 83; Chaired SUNY Psychology Department
IN MEMORIAM

Michael H. Seigel, 83; Chaired

SUNY Psychology Department

Michael H. Siegel

ONEONTA – Michael H. Siegel, 84, who chaired SUNY Oneonta’s Psychology Department for almost three decades, passed away July 6, 2018.  He had lived in Oneonta and Unadilla.

He retired in 2002 after 28 years as department chair, becoming professor emeritus.  A research psychologist rather than a clinician, his original area of expertise was color vision, but expanded to include perception generally and memory.

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