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The Freeman’s Journal

Gene Bettiol, Developer Of Southside, Dies At 85

Gene Bettiol, Developer

Of Southside, Dies At 85

Eugene A. Bettiol Sr., 85, who almost single-handedly created Southside Oneonta, the foremost shopping district for 50 miles in every direction, passed away Saturday in Albany Medical Center. A private man, very little has been written about him until now. In this week’s editions, available on newsstands this afternoon, his vitality, entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishment are explored.
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‘Reform Caucus’ Backed; Clark Ouster Suggested

ENDORSEMENT EDITORIALS

‘Reform Caucus’ Backed;

Clark Ouster Suggested

Endorsement editorials of candidates for the Otsego County Board of Representatives appear in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. One supports County Rep. Andrew Marietta and the bi-partisan “Reform Caucus” that is developing. A second recommended the removal of county board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego/Laurens, and her bloc of supporters. For details, your newspapers are available at newsstands in Greater Oneonta and the Cooperstown Area.
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Otsego County Invited To State Police 100th

Otsego County Invited

To State Police 100th

Birthday Activities Saturday In Sidney

Otsego and other counties in the Troop C territory have been invited to a 100th birthday recognition of the New York State Police from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the barracks in Sidney. Get all the details – from tours to K9 and helicopter demonstrations to McGruff the Crime Dog – in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. Also, get exclusive coverage of OHS Alumni Weekend in the Hometown, and read about sale of a Cooperstown institution, Spurbeck’s Grocery, in the Freeman’s, and much more. For sale on newsstands this afternoon.
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Oneonta First ‘Recovery City’? Cooperstown Roadwork Village

Oneonta First ‘Recovery City’?

Cooperstown Roadwork Village

Breaking news: LEAF’s Julie Dostal will be asking Common Council next Tuesday to declare Oneonta a ‘Recovery Community,” a place where everyone pitches in to move their neighbors away from the whole range of addictions.  Meanwhile in Cooperstown, merchants on Pioneer Street are bracing for a 90-day reconstruction of the road, sewerage and water pipes, which will limit their customers’ access.  And much more in The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, available on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.
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Arson, Politics, Skating Highlight News Of Week

Arson, Politics, Skating

Highlight News Of Week

Arson at the Milford United Methodist Church, Republicans and Democrats fielding full slates for the Nov. 7 county board elections, and much more – it was quite a week for news. This weekend, Dorothy Hammill and other skating superstars will be at The Fenimore and Farmers’ museums.  Read all about it in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Are Compressed-Gas Trucks Anything To Worry About?

Are Compressed-Gas Trucks

Anything To Worry About?

If you’ve seen trucks marked “XNG, Extra Natural Gas,” going up and down your road in recent weeks, it may be travelling between a well in the fracking district in Northeastern Pennsylvania and a processing plant in Little Falls. Anti-fracking activists are concerned what they call “bomb trucks” may represent a danger to towns and drivers along the route through Otsego County. Read this week’s exclusive report in Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.  Also, from the Hall of Fame Classic to the General Clinton Canoe Regatta, there are a ton of activities this weekend.  Let our Happenin’ Otsego calendar help you plan what to do.
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BEGINNING TODAY, VIEW COUNTY BOARD IN ACTION

CLICK HERE TO SEE PROCEEDINGS

BEGINNING TODAY, VIEW

COUNTY BOARD IN ACTION

County Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, reports on the proceedings of the Public Works Committee yesterday at the Otsego County Board of Representatives’ May meeting.  The board’s full meeting will be recorded monthly by www.allotsego.com and its sister publications and broadcast via www.Youtube.com  (From video by Karen Sullins)

MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER

TO:  Friends of www.allotsego.com, Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal

By clicking on the link at the top of this page, you will have a chance to participate in a piece – albeit, a small piece – of county history.

Beginning with yesterday’s meeting of the Otsego County Board of Representatives, the board’s monthly proceedings will be videotaped and made available to the public via www.allotsego.com

The county representatives have been discussing the idea for several months now.  Their sensible concerns – for instance, would viewers suspect censorship if any part of the meeting inadvertently wasn’t recorded? – made it clear that it would be better all-around if an independent entity would provide the service.

The three sister publications – our two newspapers, plus our website – seemed like the logical entities to pick up the challenge.  An Oneonta videographer, Karen Sullins, is making the recording and posting it on our behalf, with expressions of support from many of the representatives.

We’re new to this, and I assume the concept will evolve.  If we can come up with a cost-effective way to live-stream the proceedings in real time, we will do so.

Meanwhile, I welcome any feedback and advice that you, our readers, may have.

Best regards and happy viewing!

JIM KEVLIN • Editor & Publisher

www.allotsego.com • Hometown Oneonta • The Freeman’s Journal

(607) 547-6103 • jimk@allotsego.com

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LEAF’s Julie Dostal Honored, As Are Cooperstown ‘Great 8’

LEAF’s Julie Dostal Honored,

As Are Cooperstown ‘Great 8’

Oneonta’s Julie Dostal will be honored next Tuesday at the state Capitol as a Senate “Woman of Distinction,” while the Cooperstown Chamber in recent days honored eight standout businesses on its 100th anniversary. Plus Oneonta Theatre threatened, Is Cooperstown a “sanctuary”? … and much more in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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SENSE OF THE MEETING: RESOLVE FIRE CONTRACT

SENSE OF THE MEETING:

RESOLVE FIRE CONTRACT

At a packed and fiery meeting at Oneonta’s Elm Park Methodist Church last evening, townsfolk pleaded and demanded that the Town of Oneonta Board of Fire Commissioners reach an agreement with City Hall and assure professional firefighting protection for the town into the future. It appeared unclear if the commissioners are will to do that. And so much more in Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal: Why did Focus fail? What’s going to happen to Otego Elementary? How quickly can the D&H yards development plans be fast-tracked? Both newspapers are on newsstands in Oneonta, Cooperstown and stops in between this afternoon.
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Tiny Decatur, 3 Other Towns Pave Way For $20M Award

Tiny Decatur, 3 Other Towns

Pave Way For $20M Award

Four small towns in Otsego County’s southeast – Decatur, Maryland, Westford and Worcester – have been looking for the past year and a half at a possible merger. The resulting municipality would be the second-most populous in the county after the City of Oneonta, and have three times more square miles than Middlefield, the county’s largest town today. The Cuomo Administration  is intrigued, and the four towns’ foresight puts the county in a competition for a $20 million state prize. This and much more in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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