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Winter Storm Warning In Effect Here Overnight


Winter Storm Warning

In Effect Here Overnight

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Otsego and other Central New York counties from 2 a.m. Friday until 8 a.m. Saturday.

Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches are predicted in the lower elevations, with 9 to 15 inches over the higher terrain.



Ichiro Suzuki Retiring, Spurring Suggestions Of Big 2025 Induction

Ichiro Suzuki Retiring,

Spurring Suggestions

Of Big 2025 Induction

He Would Be Japan’s First Hall-Of-Famer
Ichiro Suzuki announcing his retirement at the end of last night’s game at the Tokyo Dome, (13 hours behind Daylight Saving Time in Cooperstown)

COOPERSTOWN – If Dominicans have bolstered Hall of Fame Induction crowds in recent years, a similar boost may occur in 2025 from the other side of the globe.

After a 5-4 win over the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariner Ichiro Suzuki today announced he’s retiring, setting off predictions that after Mariano Rivera, a member of the Hall’s Class of 1919, the 45-year-old from Japan will be the Baseball Writers of America’s second unanimous pick for Induction into Cooperstown’s Hall of Plaques.

Pamela Kise, 61 ;Jersey  Native Settled In Pittsfield

IN MEMORIAM:  Pamela Kise, 61;

Jersey  Native Settled In Pittsfield

Pamela Kise

PITTSFIELD – Pamela Kise, 61, of Pittsfield, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019,  at Bassett Hospital.

Pam was born in Somerville, N.J., the daughter of Grace (Mercadante) and Richard Johnson. Pam married Roger Kise Sr. On Dec. 22, 1997, in Long Valley N.J.

In her spare time, Pam enjoyed going to yard sales, where she would often purchase items and resell them on eBay, collecting Wizard of Oz memorabilia, gardening and slow dancing. Above all things, she loved to spend time just being with her family.

Shirley  (Busse) Walrath, 76; Funeral Is Sunday Chef In Local Restaurants

IN MEMORIAM: Shirley  (Busse) Walrath, 76;

Funeral Sunday For Chef In Local Restaurants

COOPERSTOWN – Shirley M. (Busse) Walrath, 76, who cooked for years at the former TJ’s and other local restaurants and was a well-known figure on Main Street, died March 20, 2019.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 24, at Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.

5 Hartwick Profs TakeTo National Airwaves

5 Hartwick Profs Take

To National Airwaves

Beginning Monday, Local Researchers Will
Be Aired Daily On NPR’s ‘Academic Minute’

ONEONTA – Next week, when you here “The Academic Minute” on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” you may be hearing some familiar voices:  Hartwick College faculty will take to the air before a nationwide audience offering insight into what they do best.

President Margaret L. Drugovich, Chief Marketing Officer Monica Calzolari and Media Relations Manager David Lubdell have been talking about the idea since last year, said Lubdell.

Wayne R. Bennett, 53; Troy Native Lived In Burlington Flats

IN MEMORIAM: Wayne R. Bennett, 53;

Troy Native Lived In Burlington Flats

BURLINGTON FLATS – Wayne R. Bennett, 53, who owned a snack-food distribution business for more than 25 years, passed away unexpectedly on March 18, 2019, in Cooperstown .

Wayne was born on April 11, 1965, in Troy, the son of the late Richard R. and Patricia E. Collins Bennett.

Mike Mussina At Hall On Pre-Induction Tour

Mike Mussina At Hall

On Pre-Induction Tour

Mike “Moose” Mussina, former Oriole and Yankee pitcher – and, as of the upcoming July 21 Induction, one of the six newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame – signs the spot a few minutes ago where his bronze image will be installed in the Hall of Plaques.   Vice President of Exhibitions Eric Strohl, behind Mussina, gave the inductee a pre-Induction tour of the Hall today, the fourth of this year’s class.  Inset, Hall Digital Content Specialist Isabel Minasian records Mussina’s tour for 25 Main’s permanent archives.  A few moments before, Mussina, passing Frank Thomas’ plaque, recalled how the White Sox first baseman was responsible for his first loss.  “How about him?” Strohl asking as they approached Cal Ripken Jr.’s plaque, visible between the two men.  “I did OK against Junior,” Mussina said.  The inductee, 50, played 18 years for Baltimore and New York before retiring five years ago.  (Jim Kevlin/

Moon (Full) Over Main Street

Moon (Full) Over Main Street

If you haven’t seen tonight’s full moon, seen here (above) rising over Main Street, Cooperstown, go outside and take a look.  According to, this is called a “supermoon,” and coincides with the equinox – that’s today, the first day of spring.  The moon was actually “full” at 9:23 p.m., four minutes ago as of this writing.  Inset is the moon rising to above Otsego Hills (and Glimmerglass) shortly after 7 this evening.  (Jim Kevlin/

‘Nicky’ Smith, 91; ‘Mom’ To Many, She Sang Every Day

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Nicky’ Smith, 91;

‘Mom’ To Many, She Sang Every Day

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Gladys E. “Nicky” Smith, 91, died Monday, March 18, 2019 at Cooperstown Center surrounded by her loving family.

Born May 14, 1927, in Bridgewater, she was raised and lived most of her life in the Bridgewater, Sauquoit, Clayville and Van Hornsville area. She married Leland Smith in December 1944.

Nicky was a homemaker, cook, mother, wife, friend and “mom” to many. The Smiths were dairy farmers and their home and farm were the perfect place to raise their eight children.

‘Bomb Cyclone’ Unlikely Here, But Snow Predicted

‘Bomb Cyclone’ Unlikely

Here, But Snow Predicted

This Accuweather map shows how Upstate New York may fit into the regional picture.

Otsego County may avoid a “bomb cyclone” of drenching rain, coastal flooding and heavy interior snow that Accuweather is predicting for the Northeast at the end of the week, but local impacts may nonetheless be significant.’s service, Weather Underground, is predicting a Winter Storm Watch from Friday morning through Saturday morning, with heavy snow possible.

Marian G. Mullet, 91; Pathfinder Village’s Visionary Founder


Marian G. Mullet, 91;

Pathfinder Village’s

Visionary Founder

Marian G. Mullet, seen here with a Pathfinder Village resident, died March 17.

EDMESTON – Marian G. Mullet, 91, Pathfinder Village’s founding president & CEO, who worked tirelessly since the early 1960s on behalf of people with Down syndrome, died Sunday, March 17, 2019.  She would have turned 92 later this week.

Marian G. Mullet, 1927-2019

A registered nurse by training, a fund-raiser and builder by happenstance, Mrs. Mullet is recognized as the driving force behind the early growth of Pathfinder Village, Edmeston, an internationally renowned residential campus and services provider for people with developmental disabilities.

Mrs. Mullet and the Board of Directors in the late 1970s envisioned a community that would not only provide services and supports for people with Down syndrome, but also would create opportunities for personal growth, skills development, personal relationships and community inclusion.  Today, Pathfinder Village is considered a global leader in human services and supports over 200 individuals through person-centered community-based programs; it has a staff of over 200, and an annual budget of $11 million.

“When I first met Marian in 1982, I was unaware, though she may well have already decided, that I would be working on behalf of her beloved Pathfinder Village to this current day,” said William F. Streck of Cooperstown, president of the Pathfinder Village board and Bassett Hospital.

Diana I. Marlette, 95; Farm Wife Active In Community Life

IN MEMORIAM: Diana I. Marlette, 95;

Farm Wife Active In Community Life

Diana Marlette

MOUNT VISION – Diana Isabel Marlette, a kind and caring person, passed away peacefully March 19, 2019,  just 12 days before her 95th birthday, at her home in Mount Vision.

She was born in New Lisbon, a daughter of John K. Harrington and Agatha Telfer Harrington. She grew up on a farm where her grandparents were all within a two-mile radius. She was active in the 4-H Club which she continued as a leader of in her adult life.

After graduating from Hartwick High School in 1941, Diana studied Home Economics at Morrisville Agricultural & Technical College, graduating in 1943.

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