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Richfield Springs

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

Railroad History Presentation

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FCAHS MEETING – 7 p.m. Meeting will be followed by a presentation by Jim Howarth on the “Early days of the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad.” Fly Creek Area Historical Society, 210 Cemetery Rd, Fly Creek. Info, fcahs.org

FILM SERIES – 5:45 p.m. “A Time of Burnt Oranges.” Includes a vegetarian meal and childcare. No charge. RSVP requested. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info @ uuso@uuso.org, call (607)432-3491, or visit uuso.org.

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Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Richfield

Police Investigating

Fatal Crash in Richfield

RICHFIELD – A Pennsylvania woman was killed on Route 20 in Richfield after her car drifted into the westbound lane and struck another car.

State Police allege that Jeanette M. Gilbeau, 47, Conneaut Lake, Penn., was driving a 2005 Nissan Murano eastbound as an escort vehicle for an oversize load when, for unknown reasons, she drifted into the westbound lane and struck a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado driven by John M. Templin, 37, Roseboom.

On April 17, 2017, at approx. 10:10 a.m., the New York State Police at Richfield Springs responded to an Otsego County 911 report of a two car motor vehicle accident on State Route 20, in the Town of Richfield, Otsego County.

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Elaine Matthews, 69; Raised 5 Children In Richfield Springs

IN MEMORIAM: Elaine Matthews, 69;

Raised 5 Children In Richfield Springs

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Elaine Thelma Matthews, 69, who worked as a health aide while raising five children here, passed away on Wednesday April 5, 2017, in Valley Health Services, Herkimer.

She was born on Oct. 26, 1947, in New Berlin, daughter of the late Walter H. Sr. and Neva M. Ray Loomis. A lifelong Richfield Springs resident, she was a graduate of Richfield Springs High School.

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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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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 22

Teen Hangout

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CLUBHOUSE PROJECT – 6-8 p.m. Teens 12-17 welcome for a night of fun friends, giveaways and free food. Meet new people and enjoy a substance-free night. The discussion this time will be on “Adulting.” Richfield Springs Community Center, 6 Ann St., Richfield Springs. Info, www.facebook.com/ClubhouseProject/ or call (607)432-0001 or email Blake at bstensland@familyrn.org

FAMILY NIGHT – 6-7:30 p.m. A special night of reading fun for elementary school children and their families. Cooperstown Village Library. Info, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

PARENTING WORKSHOP – 6-8 p.m. 2 day workshop for single parents, caregivers, co-parenters, and the children in their lives. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Register, Family Service Association, (607) 432-2870.

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Cherry Valley Man Charged With Murder Conspiracy

Police: Cherry Valley Man

Tried To Hire Hitman

Danny Baldwin

CHERRY VALLEY – A Cherry Valley man was arrested after police alleged he tried to hire someone to commit a murder on his behalf.

State Police at Richfield Springs believed Danny Baldwin, 56, tried to hire someone earlier this month to intentionally cause the death of another person.

He was arrested this afternoon and charged with Conspiracy in the second degree, a class B felony, and arraigned before Town of Richfield Judge James M. Marzeski and remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $250,000.00 cash bail or $500,000.00 property bond.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 8

Concert Celebrating

International Women

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MUSIC – 7:30 p.m. Concert “Honoring International Women Through Music.” Anderson Theater, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Info, www.hartwick.edu/campus-life/student-affairs/intercultural-affairs/ or contact Matthews at matthewsh@hartwick.edu or call (607)431-4428

FILM SERIES – 7 p.m. Winter Wednesday’s film series showing of “12 Years A Slave.” Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, foothillspac.org

CLUBHOUSE PROJECT – 6-8 p.m. Teens 12-17 welcome for a night of fun, friends, giveaways and free food. Meet new people and enjoy a substance-free night. The discussion will focus on “Adulting.” Unadilla Teen Center, 16 Watson St., Unadilla. Info, www.facebook.com/ClubhouseProject/ or call (607)432-0001 or email Blake at bstensland@familyrn.org

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Dorothy V. Harris; Centenarian Raised Four Children

IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy V. Harris;

Centenarian Raised Four Children

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Dorothy V. Harris, age 100, passed away Thursday evening, Feb. 23, 2017 in Bassett Hospital, with her family by her side.

Dorothy was born on Nov. 17, 1916, in Malone, daughter of John and Bessie Shutts Blume. She was raised in Malone and was a graduate of Franklin Academy there. In 1934 she was united in marriage to Winfield Harris in Malone. They we married for 55 years until his passing in February 1989.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22

Learn To Fish On Ice

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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 @ bstensland@familyrn.org or Jon Ramirez @ jramirez@familyrn.org or call the Family Resource Network @ (607)432-0001 or www.facebook.com/ClubhouseProject/

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ZBA Pledging Action On ‘Hotel’ In 62 Days

RICHFIELD SPRINGS HEARING OVER

ZBA Pledging Action

On ‘Hotel’ In 62 Days

Jeannette Pavlus was the only new citizen to testify at this evening’s ZBA hearing in Richfield Springs on a plan for homeless lodging at 155 Lake St. Addicts, in particular, she said, would face additional dangers being so far from a hospital.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Attorney Zamelis argues plans for homeless lodging on Lake Street should be reject because it fails to meet parking requirements.

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – After only three people testified this evening, the chairman of the village Zoning Board of Appeals declared the hearing closed on a homeless lodging proposed for the former Mielnicki’s Restaurant on Lake Street.

Bob Hazleton promised a decision on the 14-room proposal within 62 days, the statutory requirement.

But one of the three testifying was attorney Doug Zamelis of Springfield Center, representing neighbor Barbara Wahl-Shypski, and he simplified the issues into four words:  hotel, and parking, parking, parking.

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