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Kite Fest Flies High Over Cherry Valley

Kite Fest Flies High

Over Cherry Valley

The hundreds of people turned out in the fields of Campbell Rd in Cherry Valley today at the annual Kite Fest  where dozens of colorful kites of all shapes and sizes filled the sky. Above, Marieanne Coursen, Edmeston, flies a kite with her enthralled granddaughter Laurelye Tafel, New Berlin. At right, Antonio Delgado, the Democratic candidate for the NY-19th Congressional District who made an appearance at the event, shakes hands with Ginger Heitz, Cooperstown, and Kat Chiba, Cherry Valley.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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School Spirit Soars At Hartwick Hawk Night

School Spirit Soars

At Hartwick Hawk Night

The Lambros Arena was packed with cheering students this evening watching their classmates compete in various challenges for a chance to win big money and big prizes during the sixth annual Hartwick Hawk Night Fever event. Above, freshman Lamar Flood and Alex Guillaume strain with the rest of their team as they face off against sophomores in a tug-of-war contest. At right, Cassandra Robatelle preforms a kicking hand stand during a dance competition, of which she took first place. Originally created to build hype before a game, the event has turned into an evening of fun and games celebrating the students and their school spirit. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Dissolution Tabled

Will Fire District

Survive? A Stormy

Meeting; No Answer

Unable To Agree, Fire Commissioners

Table Dissolution.  But For How Long?

Hands go up around the room as Commissioner Michelle Catan asks by show of hands who would support a contract with the City of Oneonta. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Attorney Terry Hannigan explains to the crowd how the current fire contract is set up.  He said it takes advantage of town residents. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – The Town of Oneonta Fire District lives to see another day.

With a motion on the table to dissolve the fire district,  Fire Commission chair Johna Peachin moved to table it at the end of a stormy meeting this evening.

The tabling passed unanimously, delaying action on dissolving for now – but for how long?

The commission has been in negotiations with the city for over two years on renewing a fire contract that expired at the end of 2016; state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma imposed a two-year extension to allow coverage to continue while negotiations continues.

The contract enables the city’s professional Oneonta Fire Department to provide coverage to the town, primarily Southside and the east and west ends.

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Family Of Artists Share First Group Show

Otego Family Of Artists

Puts On First Group Show

Charles and Martha Bremer of Otego, center, pause for a family photo with daughters Lara, left, and Karin, right, and granddaughter Alix, after a Q&A following the opening reception of the Bremer Family Show on Sunday. Each artists in their own way, the show marks the first time the family has shown works together, from photography and jewelry, to graphic design and weaving.  The Bremer Family Show is up through Sept. 29 at The Bright Hill Press & Literary Center in Treadwell. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Workin’ On The Railroad

Eagle Scout Directing Repair

Of Milford Miniature RR Loop

Troop 1254 Boy Scout Rudy Bohm, Fly Creek, hammers a piece of rebar into the ground as he repairs railroad track today at the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad depot in Milford. As part of his Eagle Scout service project, Bohm will coordinate a project that will revamp the track, which was built 20 years ago for a miniature train that the historic railroad company owns. When it is complete, the goal will be to get the miniature train running once again, and to then offer rides to kids in Milford’s Wilber Park. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Milford Park Dedicated In Former Mayor’s Name

In Milford, Park’s Naming

Surprises Former Mayor

After serving as mayor for the Village of Milford for 20 years, Sabine Curry now serves as the manager of the Milford Farmers’ Market. Today, the village recognized her service by naming a new Milford Community Park at the village’s north end in her honor. The dedication was a surprise to Curry, who reacted with tears as the sign was unveiled. The newly dedicated Sabine Curry Outdoor Recreational Park is the village’s newest park, and has served as the home for the village farmers’ market which, under Curry’s management, opened this year.  At today’s noontime announcement are, from left, Assistant DPW  Chief John Muir, Village Clerk Kitty Ruling, Village DPW Chief  Paul Francis, Trustee Taylor Brose, Deputy Mayor Dave West, Sabine Curry, Mayor Brian Pokorny and Otsego County Sheriff (and village resident) Richard J. Devlin, Jr.  Inset, West hugs Curry after the announcement.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Pay It Forward Event Underway At Legion

Play It Forward Event

Underway At Legion

Oneonta’s Mark Spaziani, Rick Rogers and Ross Rogers – The Roundhouse Rockers – gave an evening of live music started this afternoon at the second annual Play It Forward event at the Oneonta Vets Club. This seven-hour jam session features live music, a chicken BBQ and raffles, with 100 percent of all funds donated to the American Legion Legacy Run. At right, Oneonta native Sandy Ross shares a kiss on the dance floor with her new husband Robb; the two married this morning. The couple, who flew up from Florida, co-created the event with Sandy’s sister Carla Balnis, and in lieu of a reception, decided to invite family and friends to attend the event and donate to the cause. Musicians from Florida, NYC, Utica and Oneonta will keep you rocking until 10 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Brooks Chicken, Laser Tag Bring Milford Together

Brooks Chicken, Laser Tag

Bring Milford Together

Milford Central School’s Jolene Chase serves Brooks’ chicken to Milford’s April Banks. Banks was one of dozens of village residents who turned out for the school’s second annual community BBQ, put on by the Milford Education Foundation and the Milford Central School Booster Club. The highlight of the event for many of the students was the laser tag put on by Adrenaline Zone. Pictured at right, Stone Phillips, above, and Censon McWaters, below, take cover during a competitive laser tag match. Their pink team won the match with Phillips being one of the last players standing. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Bassett Staff To Aide In Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

Bassett Team To Aid

In Puerto Rico Relief

Bassett Hospital is sending a four-volunteer team to Puerto Rico to help in the territory’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, which ravaged the island last September. Registered Nurse Anna Buell, left; Celeste Johns, the chief of psychiatry, center, and Johns’ husband Dr. Chris Kjolhede, pediatrician, are preparing to depart for the island of Vieques, just east of the main island.  The fourth member, RN Rachel Gaston, wasn’t available at a press briefing this morning.   The team will provide pediatric and general medical care, and PTSD counseling to locals who most likely haven’t had access to health care since the hurricane hit.  Two sister United Methodist churches – Fly Creek and Schuyler Lake’s – are also supporting the effort.   (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Parents Rejoice! It’s Back To School!

Parents Rejoice!

It’s Back To School!

There were plenty of tears and cheers this morning as children headed off to the first day of school in Oneonta. Above, Jackson Latham wears his best end of summer scowl as mom Christina gives his brother Aaden a goodbye kiss alongside sister Kay as they are dropped off at Greater Plains Elementary.  At left,  Giana Dionisio holds a sign celebrating her first day of 1st grade. At right, Ari Aiyemo helps her kids Ethan and Eden find their way to class (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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