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Schenevus

Stephanie K. Shultis, 48; Managed Family’s Polar Bear Restaurants

IN MEMORIAM: Stephanie K. Shultis, 48;

Managed Family’s Polar Bear Restaurants

Stephanie Shultis

SCHENEVUS – Stephanie K. Shultis Hurlburt, 48, a manager at her family’s Polar Bear restaurants, passed away September 7, 2017, after a courageous 10-year battle with thyroid cancer.

She was born May 9, 1969, in Oneonta, the daughter of Edmund G. and Beth A. (Wells) Shultis.

Stephanie grew up in Schenevus, graduating from Andrew S. Draper Central School, Class of 1987.

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Matthew L. Bowman, 48; Systems Administrator In Capitol District

IN MEMORIAM: Matthew L. Bowman, 48;

Systems Administrator In Capitol District

Matthew Bowman

ONEONTA – Matthew Lee Bowman, 48, a computer systems administrator who attended Oneonta schools and received his bachelor’s from SUNY Oneonta, passed away Aug. 20, 2017, in his home in Clifton Park.

He was born May 12, 1969, in Tacoma, Wash., and was adopted by John F. and Margaret M. (Mahnken) Bowman. Matt grew up in a military family, traveling the world. After his father retired, his family returned to Central New York.

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Questions Greet, Applause Affirms Mathes Appearance

BRIEFING IN SCHENEVUS

Questions Greet,

Applause Affirms

Mathes Appearance

Among 75 attendees reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of this evening’s briefing are, from right, Paul Smith, James Heaney and his son, Tom, and Victor Hansen. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

75 Attendees Provided Details

Of Hunt For Distribution Center

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.allotsego.com

In the Schenevus AMVETS this evenng, Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes forsees “a very positive economic stimulus.”

SCHENEVUS – “Welcome,” an audience member called out when Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes finished introducing the concept of a 250- to 600-job distribution center to a community whose commercial base dropped from 57 businesses to a handful in the last half-century.

Even with 90 minutes of sometimes probing questions that followed from the 75 citizens at the AMVETS this evening, the audience broke into applause when the presentation and Q&A came to an end.

“We will be as aggressive as we can to maximize the local benefits,” Mathes pledged at several points.

But he also referred to the uncertainty and strategic nature of what lies ahead for 600-resident Schenevus and the Town of Maryland (total population 1,897) over the next couple of years.

“It’s like making a sports team,” he said.  “You’ve got to make the cut.”

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Companies Knocking on Schenevus’ door

35 DISCUSS DISTRIBUTION CENTER

Oberacker: Already,

Companies Knocking

On Schenevus’ Door

Maryland Town Supervisor Harold Palmer, center, who presided this evening, said, “We’re in the baby stage and we’re hoping it grows.” He is flanked by Town Board members Scott Gaston, left, and Brian Bookhout. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

County Rep. Peter Oberacker tells constituents in Schenevus this evening: If we make it “shovel ready,” they will come.

SCHENEVUS – Since the news broke on AllOTSEGO.com Thursday, Jan. 26, companies seeking distribution-center sites have already begun calling county Rep. Peter Oberacker to express interest, he told the 35 people who packed the Maryland Town Board’s meeting room this evening.

“We’ve been contacted,” said Oberacker, the Republican who represents the towns of Maryland, Worcester, Westford and Decatur.  “Nobody’s committed, but we’ve been contacted.”

Still, he encouraged people not to get too excited yet about development of the 170-acre site on the east end of this hamlet at the I-88 exit, which could bring an estimated 250 to 500 jobs here.  “It’s not going to be all unicorns and rainbows,” he said.

But upbeat townspeople were having none of it at the lighthearted 90-minute meeting, where attendees eagerly blue-skied about what might be.

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Tells Of Distribution Center For Schenevus

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Tells Of Distribution Center For Schenevus

County Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, walks the 130 acres identified as a site for development of a 500-job distribution cetner. (AllOTSEGO.com)

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports on plans to develop 130 acres off the Schenevus exit to I-88 for Otsego County’s first just-in-time distribution center, which may yield up to 500 jobs.

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DISTRIBUTION CENTER EYED FOR SCHENEVUS

OTSEGO NOW OKs OPTION

DISTRIBUTION CENTER

EYED FOR SCHENEVUS

250-300 Jobs, Construction In 2018 Possible

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Otsego Now today took an option on 175 acres off Interstate 88’s Exit 18 at Schenevus, aiming to bring a 250-300 job distribution center there, perhaps as soon at 2018.

The Otsego Now board of directors unanimously approved the $3,000-per-year option, which will allow the SEQRA process – the state-mandated environmental review – to begin as soon at March 1.  The goal is to create a “shovel-ready site with an eye toward attracting Amazon or another mega-retailer planning distribution centers in the Northeast U.S.

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Robert J. Barton, 88; Farmer Helped Form Milk Cooperative

IN MEMORIAM: Robert J. Barton, 88;

Farmer Helped Form Milk Cooperative

Robert J. Barton
Robert J. Barton

SCHENEVUS – Robert J. Barton, 88, a dairy farmer and one of the organizers of the Schenevus-Elk Creek Milk Producers Cooperative in the 1980s, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, after suffering a heart attack.

The son of Iva and Ernest Barton, he was born on May 16, 1928. Bob spent his entire life in Schenevus, most of it working on the family farm.

Bob started his education in the local one-room school and graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central.  He received a bachelor’s in physical education from Ithaca College in 1951. He worked for three years at General Electric in Schenectady.

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Nicole J. Butzke, 25; Canisius Grad Began Career In Buffalo

IN MEMORIAM: Nicole J. Butzke, 25;

Canisius Grad Began Career In Buffalo

Nicole J. Butzke
Nicole J. Butzke

SCHENEVUS – Nicole J. Butzke, 25, who went to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2009 and remained to begin her working life, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.

She was born on March 28, 1991, in Cooperstown, the daughter of William and Kimberly (Wawrzynek) Butzke.

Nicole was an assistant manager at Enterprise Holdings in Buffalo, where she has resided for the past six years.

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Felicitas Rivera, 81; Retired Near Family In Schenevus

IN MEMORIAM: Felicitas Rivera, 81;

Retired Near Family In Schenevus

Felicitas
Felicitas Rivera

SCHENEVUS – Felicita Rivera, 81, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at Albany Medical Center.  She retired to Schenevus 15 years ago, near her daughter Dinah and son Barry.She was born on May 2, 1935 in Humacao, Puerto Rico; the daughter of Aureo and Petra (Sanchez) Jimenez.

In addition to her daughter and son, she is survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her brothers and sisters and her numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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TODAY’S I-88 PILEUP WORST IN MEMORY

SLIDE SHOW FROM CRASH SCENE

TODAY’S I-88 PILEUP

WORST IN MEMORY

By later afternoon, this was the scene: the Trailways bus, and three rigs sandwiched behind it. Six tow trucks from as far away as the Capitol District were painstakingly removing the wreckage. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
By later afternoon, this was the scene: the Trailways bus, and three rigs sandwiched behind it. Six tow trucks from as far away as the Capitol District were painstakingly removing the wreckage. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Bus, 3 Semis, 8 Cars Crash;

No Fatalities, But 8 Injured

By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

State Police Lt. Dan Larkin shows a media member around the scene.
State Police Lt. Dan Larkin shows a media member around the scene in the late afternoon, by which time everything was under control.

SCHENEVUS – Today’s bus, semis and multi-car pileup on I-88’s west bound lanes added up to the worst incident First Assistant Chief Paul Neske of the Schenevus Fire Department has seen on the four-lane in his 40 years as a firefighter.

Neske
Neske

“This is the stuff we hear about on the national news,” he said this evening at the fire district headquarters on Main Street.

Neske was in church when the first call came in at 11:51 a.m. – a single car had gone off I-88’s westbound lane.  He dispatched a fire engine and ambulance, and the team was soon reporting from the scene: A whiteout, “heavy traffic” and “weather conditions deteriorating.”

Meanwhile, the Worcester Emergency Squad had been called to two two-car crashes along the same stretch, according to squad’s chief, Sid Chase, who found “blizzard conditions,” high winds and “no visibility.”

But the worst was yet to come.

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