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Magee’s $1M Assures Doubleday Renovation

Magee’s $1M Assures

Doubleday Renovation

Work To Start In 1919, Field’s Centennial

Artist’s rendering delineated the concept for Doubleday Field’s third-base, although the particular are expected to evolve before construction begins. (Courtesy Village of Cooperstown)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown today received a $1 million grant from Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, part of $5 million it has received so far to renovate Doubleday Field.

The $1 million from the retiring assemblyman can be added to another $1 million from state Sen. Jim Seward’s office last spring, then $3 million from Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Development Corp. as Induction Weekend 2018 began.

Another $800,000 is being sought from other sources, according to Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch.

Elwyn K. Sheldon, 77; Retired Union Contractor, Well Driller

IN MEMORIAM: Elwyn K. Sheldon, 77;

Retired Union Contractor, Well Driller

“Skip” Sheldon

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Elwyn K. “Skip” Sheldon, 77, of Division Street, a union contractor and well-driller, passed away peacefully on Monday Dec. 10, 2018 in his home.

Elwyn was born Feb. 11, 1941 in Herkimer, a son to the late Elwyn A. and Thelma Griffiths Sheldon. He was raised and educated in Richfield Springs.

Skip was a heavy equipment mechanic and a union contractor with Local 1249 IBEW. He also was in the well-drilling business for many years, retiring in 1995.

Ellen B. Brown, 95; Went From Normal School To SUNY

IN MEMORIAM: Ellen B. Brown, 95;

Went From Normal School To SUNY

ONEONTA – Ellen B. Brown, 95, who trained in the former Oneonta Normal School, then spent 21 years in SUNY Oneonta’s Educational Psychology Department, passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica.  Lately, she had been residing in Ilion.

Ellen was born March 27, 1923, in Oneonta, to the late Dan Clark and Adda (Mattice) Barlow Sr.

SUNY President Hosts Cookie Bake-Off

SUNY President Hosts

Christmas Cookie Bake-Off

SUNY Oneonta President Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, left, readies a tray of Double Double Chocolate Chip cookies for the oven as part of a staff-wide cookie bake-off held at SUNY this afternoon. But My Kitchen chef Donna Bond and Angie Eichler, Student Life, have their own entry coming out of the oven – Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies. The cookies will be blind taste-tested this afternoon and a winner announced. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Seward Hosts Reality Check Members

Seward Hosts Reality Check

Members of Realty Check and Advancing Tobacco Free Communities Delaware, Otsego & Schoharie Counties met with state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, in his Oneonta District Office. Standing behind the senator are, from left, Brea Fyfe (Oneonta Community Christian School), Jasmine Neill (Sharon Springs Central School), Ava Valetutto (Sharon Springs Central), Linda Wegner (ATFC-DOS Program director), Bonnie Peck (Reality Check Youth Engagement coordinator).
Faso Co-Sponsors Legislation To Close Limo Loophole

As Term Near End, Faso Aims

To Close Limousine Loophole

Rep. John Faso

With his term due to end in 20 days, U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19,  has co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to to close a legal loophole that may have contributed the 20-fatal crash two months ago in Schoharie County.

The loophole allows retrofitted limos, like the one in the crash, to avoid compliance with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations.

“The recent tragedy in Schoharie County, which took the lives of 20 people, must move the Congress to close this loophole and enact stricter rules on modified vehicles,” the outgoing congressman said.

Peter Molinari Jr., 72, Oneonta; Ran Palace Cigar, Rose & Laurel
IN MEMORIAM

Peter Molinari Jr., 72, Oneonta;

Ran Palace Cigar, Rose & Laurel

Peter Molinari, Jr.

ONEONTA – Peter Paul Molinari Jr., 72, former longtime owner of the landmark Palace Cigar on Main Street, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born on July 2, 1946, in Albany, the son of Peter Paul Sr. and Frances (Croshaw) Molinari.

Peter attended SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Albany, earning his bachelor’s degree in business.

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