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Cooperstown Chamber Names New Director From Elmira Chamber

Cooperstown Chamber

Chooses New Director

From Elmira Chamber

Tara Burke To Succeed Matt Hazzard April 8,
Will Attend Annual Member Meeting March 28
Tara Burke

COOPERSTOWN – Tara Burke, director of communications and program development for the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce in Elmira, has been selected at Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director, effective April 8, it was announced today.

She plans to attend the annual meeting on March 28 at Brewery Ommegang, so members will get a first chance to meet her then.

Sunset On Otsego

Sunset On Otsego

Inspired by photographer Jeri Dobler’s “Moon Over Otsego,” Bill Miller of Arrowhead Point  sent along “Sunset On Otsego,” taken from the east side of Kingfisher Tower with his flying camera, a Phantom 4Pro.  He called himself a “hobbyist,” and says “I enjoy capturing our landmarks from different perspectives.”
2nd County Rep Runs For Common Council

2nd County Rep Runs

For Common Council

Scott Harrington Announces In 6th Ward

By JENNIFER HILL  • Special to

Scott Harrington will run for Common Council’s Ward 6 seat after Russell Southard decided not to seek re-election.

ONEONTA – Another former Otsego county rep, Scott Harrington, is running for Common Council in November.

He will seek the Sixth Ward seat, which Council member and Deputy Mayor Russell Southard has held for two terms.

Yesterday, Len Carso announced he would run for the Ward 5 seat, which Council member Dana Levinson is vacating at the end of the year.

Five of the Council’s eight members, all of whose terms are ending this year, are not seeking re-election. Earlier today, Mayor Gary Herzig said he didn’t know why so many of the current office holders decided not to run again.  Carson and Harrington are the only two Council candidates so far.

5 Common Council Members Won’t Run For Reelection In Fall

5 Common Council

Members Won’t Run

For Reelection In Fall

Mayor Herzig Says He Can’t Explain Exodus

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig confirmed this evening that five of the eight sitting Common Council members don’t plan to run again this fall.

Russ Southard, Melissa Nicosia, Dana Levinson, Michelle Osterhoudt and Joe Ficano are stepping aside.

Improvements Let ‘Special Monitoring’ To End At Centers

Improvements Let

‘Special Monitoring’

Be Lifted At Centers

Administrator Jeff Emhof ‘Excited’

Progress Recognized, Oversight Eased

As the Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing, the former county-owned Otsego Manor has achieved state recognition for improvements achieved since taking over the facility from Focus Healthcare. ( file photo)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing has achieved improvements that has allowed it to be “graduated” from a federal program that identified deficiencies in the local nursing home.

Administrator Jeff Emhof received a letter today from Sheila McGarvey, director of the state Health Department’s Division of Nursing Home Surveillance, notifying him the “Special Focus Facilities” designation has been lifted.

Friends Of Bassett’s Soirée Raises $170K For Arts In Healing

Friends Of Bassett’s

Soirée Raises $170K

For Arts In Healing

Artistic Engagement Found To Ease Stress
Attendees included Friends of Bassett President Jason Tabor with wife, Emily DeSantis, DO, and, at left, Friends’ Vice President Kate Johnson..

COOPERSTOWN – The more than 300 guests attending the Friends of Bassett’s third annual Valentine’s Soirée Feb. 9 at The Otesaga raised $170,000 for the hospital’s Arts in Healthcare program, the Friends announced today.

Arts In Healthcare aims to reduce stress and promote healing among patients, their families and providers through artistic engagement.

Flis and Andy Blum of Cooperstown were recognized for their commitment to Bassett Medical Center and the arts.

Sheriff Advises: Take Care Of Your Outstanding Warrants

Warrant Sweep Begins,

Sheriff Devlin Advises

If One’s Outstanding For YOU, Take Care Of It

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – A warrant round-up is about to begin, and county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin is advising anyone with an outstanding fine or citation to appear in person to avoid being arrested as the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office executes a warrant roundup.

In a posting on the department’s official Facebook page, Devlin said that the sheriff’s deputies will be seeking out people with warrants pending to clear up their records.

Patricia A. Hunter, 79; Schenevus Resident Served In Air Force

IN MEMORIAM:  Patricia A. Hunter, 79;

Schenevus Resident Served In Air Force

Patricia Hunter

SCHENEVUS – Patricia A. Hunter, 79, a lifelong resident except for service in the Air Force, passed away Feb. 20, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born Feb. 22, 1939, in Oneonta, the daughter of Clifford and Eva (Gabriel) Currie.

Pat married Hartley Hunter on June 28, 1958, in Albany. He predeceased her in May 2008.

Bombers On The Horizon!

Bombers On The Horizon!

Sam McKissik, an employee with AJ Sign Co., Burnt Hills, finishes attaching the sign for the forthcoming Bombers Burrito Bar on the outside of 219 Main St. in Oneonta earlier this afternoon. Two large cranes were needed for the installation but did not cause any traffic delays. Construction on the interior is still ongoing. (Ian Austin/
Richard White, 66; Cooperstown Native Dies In Berkshires

IN MEMORIAM: Richard White, 66;

Cooperstown Native Dies In Berkshires

Richard White

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown native Richard White, 66, of Stockbridge, Mass., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Richard was struggling with several health issues and died at home peacefully from heart failure.

Richard was born in Cooperstown, the son of Richard A. White and Barbara Hall. He graduated from Cooperstown Central School. He attended Menlo College in California and studied at many other colleges well into his adult life. He was in the military service in the Air Force within The States in the early ’70s.

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