Above, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, along side Rich Abbate, Otsego County Democratic Chairman, addresses the democrats gathered at the annual Henry Nichols Democratic Dinner held at Foothills on Saturday evening. Local representatives were able to network and meet upcoming candidates while enjoying a prime rib dinner from Mel’s at 22 in Cooperstown. At left, guest of honor Jeff Katz, Mayor of Cooperstown, was the recognized for his work and leadership as an Otsego County Democrat. He is seated next to guest speaker Sabrina Ty, the president and CEO of the New York State Environmental Corporation. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ENDOWMENT AT $54.7 MILLION
ONEONTA – In a report delivered to campus last week, SUNY Oneonta Vice President for College Advancement Paul J. Adamo announced that gifts and grants raised through the Division of College Advancement are on pace to exceed last year’s total by 24 percent.
The college raised more than $2.5 million through May 15 of the 2015 fiscal year. Commitments totaling over $3.1 million had been received through May 15 of this year. The 2016 fiscal year will close on June 30.
The donations helped raise the value of the college’s endowment to $54.7 million, the larget of the SUNY systems 13 comprehensive campuses.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 4
OTSEGO OUTDOORS – 4:30 p.m. Learn how you can connect with nature year round. The go on a bike ride, hike, or do some paddling on Gilbert Lake. Includes refreshments. Glibert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd., Laurens. Info, www.otsego2000.org/2017/04/27/launching-otsego-outdoors/
LOCAL HISTORY – 7 p.m. “Lose the Battle, Win the War: Women’s Fight to Vote in Cooperstown,” a presentation with the League of Women Voters exploring the movement in Otsego County that lead to women gaining the right to vote across New York State 100 years ago. Christ Church Parish Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/LWVoftheCooperstownArea/
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Rain, sleet and warmer temperatures may have made the rivers rise, but according to Robert O’Brien, Director of 911 Communications for the county, all roads in Otsego are clear and no flood warnings are in effect.
“We have seen an increase in requests for Fire Departments to respond to flooded basement calls,” he said. “But they’re very minor at this point. It is evident that through the hard work of our Town, Village, State and County Highway crews, issues with flooded roadways have been very minimal. At this point in time, we are not aware of any present or ongoing issues. ”
COOPERSTOWN – Responding to his Democratic counterpart a few moments ago, county Republican Committee Chairman Vince Casale said county treasurer candidate Allen Ruffles doesn’t want a Democratic cross-nomination.
“Mr. Ruffles has only sought the Republican nomination,” said Casale. “He has never reached out to the Democrats at all,” and he has no plans to do so now.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAR. 19
PROGRAM – 3 p.m. “Otsego County Hops – Our History, Our Future” with Al Bullard and Ian Porto. Village meeting room, Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar
SENIOR PLAY – 2 p.m. “Miss Nelson is Missing.” Admission, $10 adults, $5 student/senior citizens. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org
COUNTY BOARD V. SHERIFF DEVLIN
Investigation March 9
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County Board of Representatives voted unanimously this afternoon to launch investigation into the county Sheriff’s Department that “shall consider the conduct and performance of the official duties of the sheriff and other employees” of the department.
County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin immediately called the investigation “totally a political witchhunt.”
The resolution approved by the county board after a 45-minute executive session authorizes the board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee to look into “the matter of incidents regarding the treatment of inmates.”
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 23
KIDS HIKE – 10 a.m.-Noon. Jeff Handley leads a hike through “Winter Wonderland” at Riddell State Park to learn about the life of a forest in the past, present, and future. Free. Registration preferred. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/get-the-kids-out/ or call Jeff @ (607)547-4488
CIVIL RIGHTS DISCUSSION – 6-7 p.m. “Racial Profiling: A Panel Discussion,” hosted by the Black Student Alliance Interest Group. Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, Harry Matthews Matthewsh@hartwick.edu
TOASTMASTERS – 6:15-7:30 p.m. Come practice your public speaking in a supportive environment. The Green Earth, 4 Market St., Oneonta. Info, oneonta.toastmastersclubs.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22
Last Day to reserve for Chicken & Biscuit Dinner Theater, First United Methodist Church of Oneonta. 432-4102.
ICE FISHING WORKSHOP – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn to ice-fish with instructors from NYS Parks and the NYS DEC “I Fish NY” Program. Includes Gear and bait, a chance to win your own tackly, fish filleting demonstration, and a chance to learn about winter lake ecology. Glimmerglass State park, Cooperstown. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/get-hooked-ice-fishing
LIFEGUARDING – 1-3:30 p.m. Have fun in the pool and learn about water safety and lifeguarding. 11-14 year olds. Members $35, non-members $50. Oneonta YMCA, 20 – 26 Ford Avenue, Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org/
CLUBHOUSE – 6-8 p.m. Includes free food and give-aways. A judgement free zone where teens can relax with their friends. Richfield Springs Community Center, 6 Ann St., Richfield Springs. Info, Blake Stensland @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Jon Ramirez @ email@example.com or call the Family Resource Network @ (607)432-0001 or www.facebook.com/ClubhouseProject/