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Wanda J. Johns, 84; With Husband, Ran Farm, Businesses

IN MEMORIAM: Wanda J. Johns, 84;

With Husband, Ran Farm, Businesses

EAST WORCESTER – Wanda A. Johns, 84, he worked at her husband’s side on a number of business ventures, including farming, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Fox Hospital in Oneonta.

She was born Feb. 15, 1934, in Coxsackie, daughter of Maurice and Cynthia (Butler) Barnes.  She married Howard Johns on June 30, 1951, in Schenevus.   Self-employed as a wholesale egg dealer, meat cutter, and cattle dealer and hauler, he predeceased her in 2013.

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New, Old Jaws-Of-Life Compared At Richfield Springs FD Reception

New, Old Jaws-Of-Life Compared

At Richfield Springs FD Reception

Volunteer Firefighter Mark Elderkin contrasts the old multi-part Jaws-of-Life and the new one-piece battery operated one, much easier to use, at the opening house underway now at the Richfield Springs Volunteer Fire Department.  (Cindy Klemm photo)
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Brzozowski Named Recipient Of Annual GOHS Morris Prize

Brzozowski Named Recipient

Of Annual GOHS Morris Prize

Brzozowski

ONEONTA – Robert Brzozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director and past president, will receive the GOHS’ 18th annual Albert E. Morris Award for contributions to local history on Sunday, Oct. 28.

Bob Brzozowski and his family moved to Oneonta in 1996 from Milwaukee, where he was active in Historic Milwaukee, Inc. The Bachman-Brzozowski family joined GOHS in 2000.

In January 2003 the late Sally Mullen named him to a vacancy on the Board of Trustees.  In October 2003, he was elected president of the board and served in that capacity for five of the next six years.

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Richfield Springs: Where It’s At For FD Open House, Turkey Dinner

Richfield Springs: Where It’s At

For FD Open House, Turkey Dinner

There’s not a whole lot going on around Otsego County today – one exception, Richfield Springs.   Here, runners lined up at Dyn’s Cider Mill at 9 for the Pete’s Sake benefit run.  The dining area was full of runners and the apple press was going full tilt.  Right now, an open house in underway at the Richfield Springs Volunteer Fire Department.  And at 4 p.m., a turkey dinner begins at the Church of Christ Uniting, Church Street.  (Cindy Klemm photo))
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Michael Swatling, 71; Pursued 50-Year Career In Logging

IN MEMORIAM: Michael Swatling, 71;

Pursued 50-Year Career In Logging

Michael K. Swatling

CHERRY VALLEY – Michael Kurth Swatling, 71, who pursued a 50-year career in logging, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

He was born Aug. 16, 1947, in Herkimer to Roy K. Swatling and Elizabeth M. (Schroeder) Swatling.

The Swatling family put down roots in Fly Creek in 1960, where Mike would eventually graduate high school, start his business and raise a family.

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Lonni Sue’s Artistic Journey Explored In Fenimore Exhibit

Lonni Sue’s Artistic Journey

Explored In Fenimore Exhibit

Pre-2007 works by Lonni Sue Johnson are examined by Todd Kenyon, Fenimore Art Museum director of communications. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Lonni Sue’s recent works are described as looser, but no less enticing, by the show’s local curator, Chris Rossi.

COOPERSTOWN – “Puzzles of the Brain,” an exhibit that traces the artistic development of Lonni Sue Johnson after she suffered brain damage,  will open tomorrow (Oct. 13) at The Fenimore Art Museum.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, except Mondays.

Lonni Sue created New Yorker covers and art for other national publications from her home outside Middlefield Center before being stricken with viral encephalitis in 2007.  While living locally she was an avid pilot, and published a column, “Aerial Perspective,” every other week in The Freeman’s Journal.

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Fox Hospital Moves Entrance For Renovation Of Usual Entry

Fox Hospital Moves Entrance

For Renovation Of Usual Entry

ONEONTA – Beginning Tuesday, Fox Hospital’s main entrance will shift to the Norton Avenue side of the building, across from Fox Nursing.  The usual main entrance, on Fourth Street, will be closed during a six-week renovation.

Patients requiring wheelchairs may enter the building through the Emergency Department on Main Street.

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189 Applaud Award Winners At Small Business Banquet

189 Applaud Award Winners

At Small Business Banquet

Almost 200 well-wishers turned out this evening to applaud honorees at the Otsego County Chamber’s 19th annual Banquet & Celebration of Small Business at The Otesaga. From left are Chamber board chair Nick Savin; Arc Otsego’s Pat Knuth and ReUse Center Manager Bill Hardy, who won the Breakthrough Award; Charlotte and Chris Chase of Directive, a 25-year-old computer services business, which won the Small Business Award; Hartwick College’s Kelsey Prest and SUNY Oneonta’s Emily Ahlqvist, Interns of the Year, and Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Edward Decker Ayers III; Cooperstown Native, Contractor In Texas

IN MEMORIAM: Edward Decker Ayers III;

Cooperstown Native, Contractor In Texas

Edward Decker Ayers III

COOPERSTOWN – Ayers II, Edward Decker Ayers III, 66 – Decker, as he was known by all – passed on to his next journey on Saturday, Sept. 15.  He left us after a long and tiresome illness.

A man of few words, he left a huge hole in all our hearts, and the knowledge that each of us was lucky for having been graced with his company as well as being included in his circle.

Born on July 6 5, 1952, in Cooperstown to Janet and Decker Ayers, he grew up in the idyllic setting of small town life with friends, family and loves that are still there today.

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Roger W. Newell, 70; Cooperstown Native Engineer In Texas

IN MEMORIAM: Roger W. Newell, 70;

Cooperstown Native Engineer In Texas

COOPERSTOWN – Roger William Newell, a native of Cooperstown who worked in Texas for four decades as an engineer, passed away Oct. 5, 2018, in Mesquite, Texas, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 70.

Born July 6, 1948, in Cooperstown, he was the son of Roger Gavin Newell and Edna Louise Bliss Newell.

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