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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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Council Support Sought To Upgrade Library Park

Council Support Sought

To Upgrade Library Park

Five acres for a park were part of financier Henry Huntington’s gift, including his mansion, that established Oneonta’s library a century ago.

ONEONTA – The Huntington Memorial Library director will ask Common Council Tuesday for a resolution supporting its $500,000 plan to make the park around the park more welcoming and used by the public.

The plan, first outlined last November,  includes an overlook, a tented pavilion/entertainment venue, an arboretum, a children’s garden (where children can play or garden), a picnic area, new plantings and a “formalized” sledding slope.

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ATV Driver Passed Ambulance, Tried To Flee, Troopers Report

ATV Driver Passed Ambulance,

Tried To Flee, Troopers Report

Joyce

UNADILLA – An ATV rider was issued more than a dozen tickets after he allegedly passed an ambulance with lights flashing along a solid yellow line, then tried to elude troopers who pursued him, according to a press release from Troop C, Sidney.

In the course of the chase, James T. Joyce, 24, Colesville, Broome County, the ATV almost hit a pedestrian, troopers alleged.

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17 Millionth Fan Enters Into Hall

17 Millionth Fan

Enters Into Hall

Sergio Arias of Lompoc, Calif., smiles with surprise a few minutes ago as Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark advises him he is the 17 millionth fan to pass through the turnstile at 25 Main St. At right, Arias, wife Amber, and children Gabi, 11, Noah, 9, and Aubrey, 6 pose with Miss Clark for the official portrait. She then presented the honoree with a lifetime Hall of Fame membership and other gifts. Arias – he is a Yankee fan; his son a Dodger fan – is visiting Cooperstown for the first time.  The Hall has been open since 1939; lately, a million fans visit Baseball’s Mecca every three years.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Esther Henley, 96; Noted Singer Helped Save Church

IN MEMORIAM: Esther Henley, 96;

Noted Singer Helped Save Church

MILFORD – Esther Henley, 96, a noted singer locally who was honored for her successful efforts to save the Milford Presbyterian Church (now the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center), died peacefully following a long illness.

Esther Henley was born to Barney and Minna Phillips. Her father was the town doctor, making house calls and having admitting privileges at Fox Hospital.

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Fire Destroys Cherry Valley Garage

Fire Destroys Garage

In Cherry Valley

CHERRY VALLEY – A structure fire destroyed a garage on County Highway 50 in Cherry Valley last night, according to Robert J. O’Brien, county 911 director.

The fire at 1697 County Highway 50 broke out around 8:45 p.m. and was fully involved by the time the Cherry Valley Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene. Mutual aid came from Springfield, Middlefield, South Minden and Sharon Springs. 

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Mancini Named New Oneonta Fire Captain

Mancini Named New

Oneonta Fire Captain

Michael Mancini, a member of the Oneonta Fire Department since 1995, was named as the department’s new Fire Captain on Tuesday, July 10. As captain, Mancini will supervise one of four crews of six in the station and joins fellow Captains Jeff Pidgeon, Robert LaTourette Jr. and Brad Smith, who he graduated with from The Academy of Fire Science in 1996. He was hired prior to his graduation by the OFD in 1995. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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‘It Sounded Like  5 Freight Trains’

‘It Sounded Like 

5 Freight Trains’

Neighbor Describes XNG Truck Crash

On Route 28 South Of Schuyler Lake

An XNG truck went off Route 28 between Route 16 south of Schuyler Lake and that hamlet. The road was closed for 12 hours. (Image courtesy WKTV)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM

SCHUYLER LAKE – Responding to the fourth XNG truck mishap since transports began in February, firefighters and emergency personnel blocked off several roads leading to a crash site near Schuyler Lake until 3 a.m. today, keeping some people from their homes for hours.

“We were up at the florists, and when we came back down, they had the road blocked off,” said Exeter resident Christine Allen, who lives less than half a mile from the crash site. “We couldn’t get to our house, so we went to Stewart’s and got a banana split.”

Allen was finally able to get back to her home later in the evening when responders let her through to get to her house. According to Allen, she heard a loud noise when crews released the gas from the trailer.

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XNG Truck Off Route 28

BULLETIN

XNG Truck

Off Route 28

SCHUYLER LAKE – An XNG truck is off Route 28 south of Schuyler Lake at this hour, at least the third or fourth since a “virtual pipeline” has been trucking natural gas from Northeast Pennsylvania to a Little Falls processing plant last February.

According to reports, the accident happened at 3 p.m.

Roadblocks  have been set up at the blinker in Schuyler Lake, and at Oaksville and Cattown, with tie-ups extending almost at far as Fly Creek.

Fire departments from Fly Creek, Schuyler Lake and Richfield Springs are at the scene, as well as New York State fire officials and representatives of XNG, the Boston-based company whose trucks are making some 80 trips a day through Otsego County.

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