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The Freeman’s Journal

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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Clark Griswold Mark Beaten By Oneontans

HAYENS LIGHT 25,300 BULBS

Clark Griswold Mark

Beaten By Oneontans

Extra, Read All About It! After 26 years of striving, the Hayen family in Oneonta’s west end surpassed Clark Griswold’s record, lighting 25,300 bulbs on their Tilly Avenue home this season, 300 more than the Chevy Chase character in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” This, and much more in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands around the county this afternoon.
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Trump! Also, Oneonta Spruce, Coop Fossil-Fuel Tiff Featured

Trump! Also, Oneonta Spruce,

Coop Fossil-Fuel Tiff In News

Donald Trump won Otsego County as well as the nation, and the victory also put state Sen. Jim Seward and his allies in office. But a dust-up involving Cooperstown's removal of fossil fuels from the village portfolio and excitement about Oneonta's Rockefeller-Center-bound big spruce is continuing to generate excitement. And much more.
Donald Trump won Otsego County as well as the nation, and the victory also put state Sen. Jim Seward and his allies in office. But a dust-up involving Cooperstown’s removal of fossil-fuel stocks from a village pension portfolio also figures in this week’s newspapers, as did continuing excitement about Oneonta’s Rockefeller-Center-bound big spruce.  Also, Oneonta’s Hughes’ family received a couple of surprise reminders of the contributions the paterfamilias, the late Bill Hughes, made during World War II.

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Can It Be? 2 Signs That Economy May Rebound

Can It Be?  2 Signs That

Economy May Rebound

Two stories in The Freeman's Journal suggest the local economy may be on the rebound. One, Farm Credit East is proposing a 50-job office in a new building it hopes to build near Glimmerglass Opera. Two, an entrepreneur is looking to put a 22-room motel in a Cooperstown building that was renovated seven years ago and is still vacant. And, how about Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig going after $10 million to create jobs and housing in the city's historic downtown? All this and more in this week's newspapers.
Two stories in The Freeman’s Journal suggest the local economy may be on the rebound. One, Farm Credit East is proposing a 50-job office in a new building it hopes to build near Glimmerglass Opera. Two, an entrepreneur is looking to put a 22-room motel in a Cooperstown building that was renovated seven years ago and is still vacant. And, how about Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig going after $10 million to create jobs and housing in the city’s historic downtown? All this and more in this week’s newspapers.
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This week's edition of Hometown Oneonta reports on Tuesday's stormy Common Council meeting on student rowdiness.  In The Freeman's Journal, Cooperstown Village Trustee, chair of the Streets Committee, is interviewed on "the parking crisis" and what to do about it.
This week’s edition of Hometown Oneonta reports on Tuesday’s stormy Common Council meeting on student rowdiness. In The Freeman’s Journal, Cooperstown Village Trustee Cindy Falk, chair of the Streets Committee, is interviewed on “the parking crisis” and what to do about it.

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