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Skating Royalty Dick Button Shows Collection At Fenimore
PEGGY FLEMING, DOROTHY HAMILL JOIN HIM

Skating Royalty Dick Button

Shows Collection At Fenimore

Beginning this Saturday, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Dick Button’s extensive skating-related collection of paintings, sculpture, photographs, artifacts, costumes and more will be on display in “The Art of Figure Skating Through the Ages” at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown.  A highpoint of the summer will be “Art on Ice,” the museum’s annual gala on Friday, July 14, when Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, JoJo Starbuck and other skating royalty will join Button, then participate in a panel discussion the morning after.  Details and much more in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, available on newsstands this afternoon.
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Man Stabbed For Intervening In Domestic Dispute, Police Say

Police: Man Stabbed For

Intervening In Domestic Dispute

Eddie Burns

ONEONTA – A Bronx man was arrested after allegedly stabbing another man who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute, according to police.

Eddie Burns, 53, Bronx, was arrested after Oneonta Police responded to a reported stabbing at 12 Division Street. Upon arrival, police found a 24 year old man bleeding from lacerations to his head and hand. He was transported by ambulance to Fox Hospital, and further interviews revealed that he had allegedly heard a male and female engaged in the domestic dispute.  During the dispute, he claimed he heard the female yelling “Get off me” and went to the apartment to confront Burns.

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HoF Inductee Bagwell Visits Where His Plaque Will Hang

HoF Inductee Bagwell Visits

Where His Plaque Will Hang

Incoming Baseball Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell  today is going through his pre-Induction walk-through of 25 Main St., Cooperstown, with wife Rachel.  HoF VP Eric Strohl conducts the tour.  He is considered one of the best trades every made: The relief pitcher who joined the Red Sox pitched just 22 games, while Bagwell went on to hit 449 home runs for the Houston Astros, helping his team to the World Series.  He will be inducted Sunday, July 30.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Jeff Bagwell

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Angry Townfolks Object To Annexation Idea

Angry Townfolks Object

To Annexation Talk

Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Council, gave a workshop on annexation in Council chambers this evening and was met by contentious remarks from residents of the Town of Oneonta, who object to the idea of the city annexing the airport and city water supply. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – A workshop to look at the process of annexing brought out a full house of Laurens and Town of Oneonta citizens who accused Common Council of planning to annex the Oneonta Municipal Airport and the city’s water supply.

“You must have some reason for holding this workshop,” said Bill Starna, the retired SUNY Oneonta anthropology professor. “Otherwise, are you just poking around in the dark?”

“There is no proposal here,” said Council Member Melissa Nicosia, Second Ward. “This is just something to learn. No one is talking about annexing any specific property.”

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Village Parking Restrictions Disadvantage Private Docks
LAKEFRONT PROPRIETORS OBJECT, SAYING…

Village Parking Restrictions

Disadvantage Private Docks

Alex Zoeller, a member of the family that, for decades, has owned the private docks at the foot of Fair Street, objects to new parking regulations at this evening’s Village Board meeting. His father Fred accompanied him. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – Parking regulations adopted by the Village Board last month put private docks at a competitive disadvantage to the public docks.

Alex Zoeller, a member of the family that owns docks at the foot of Fair Street, raised that contention at this evening’s Village Board meeting, objecting to a trustees’ decision last month allowing all-day parking on Fish Road, but reserving it for the cars of people who have their boats inspected before they launch.

The trustees didn’t respond to Zoeller’s inputs.

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Ex-Wife, Her Boyfriend, Suspect’s Target, DA Says

Ex-Wife, Her Boyfriend,

Suspect’s Target, DA Says

Baldwin

ONEONTA – The Cherry Valley man charged with hiring a hitman was looking to kill his estranged wife and her boyfriend, according to Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl.

Danny Baldwin, 56, was arrested Tuesday, March 21, on charges that he had allegedly paid a man $20,000 to murder his estranged wife, as well as her boyfriend. The man went to the State Police at Richfield Springs, and Baldwin was charged with Conspiracy in the second degree, a class B felony in the Town of Richfield court.

This afternoon, Baldwin’s case was transferred to Otsego County Court. No grand jury trial date has been set.

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Cooperstown, Oneonta Downtowns Ranked 2nd, 4th By Travel Adviser

Cooperstown, Oneonta Downtowns

Ranked 2nd, 4th By Travel Adviser

Onlyinyourstate.com has ranked Cooperstown’s downtown as second in the state on a list of “best. lively downtowns.” It reports, “Besides the obvious stop you’ll make at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, you’ll definitely want to dine at the Cooperstown Diner!”  Oneonta’s downtown was ranked fourth, cited for the former Red Caboose and O-H Fest.  Lake Placid is ranked first, Geneseo third.

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Helmsley Trust CIO Hewsenian SUNY Commencement Speaker

Helmsley Trust CIO Hewsenian

SUNY Commencement Speaker

Roz Hewsenian

ONEONTA – SUNY Oneonta alumna Rosalind “Roz” M. Hewsenian, chief investment officer for The Helmsley Trust, will return to her alma mater to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at SUNY Oneonta’s 128th commencement  Saturday, May 13.

A member of the Class of 1975, Hewsenian came to SUNY Oneonta as a first-generation college student pursuing a degree in elementary education. She attended Pace University, receiving an MBA in finance in 1979.

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Creative Kids, Crafts At Crayon Carnival

Creative Kids, Crafts

At Crayon Carnival

COOPERSTOWN – Kids and their families enjoyed a day of fun at the Cooperstown Central School District PTA’s annual Crayon Carnival, held this afternoon in the middle school gym.  Above, Gillian Spencer, Cooperstown, helps Avni Pattel and Meara Foster decorate flower posts with beads and paint at the station hosted by the Cooperstown Farmer’s Market and Carefree Gardens. Right, Peter Doyle, Worcester, displays his architect skills as he builds a tower from blocks at the Oneonta World of Learning station. The annual event also featured International tables. a cupcake contest, games, fortune telling and a reptile show.   (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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