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United Way Drive Aims To Help Needy Keep Warm

United Way Drive Aims

To Help Needy Keep Warm

United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties’ Volunteer Coordinator Valerie Adams, left and Executive Director Kimberly Lorraine (right) show the boxes, decorated by United Way volunteers, they will use to collect warm hats, gloves, mittens and scarves as well as non-perishable, instant food items for those in need through Thursday, Jan. 17. Volunteers will hang bags of the donated food and the clothing in trees in Huntington Park on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday Jan. 21. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – The season of giving may have officially ended, but United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties (UWDO) is continuing it with a “Keeping You Warm Inside and Out!” donation drive.

“The holidays when people donate a lot are over,” UWDO Volunteer Coordinator Valerie Adams, who is overseeing the drive, said. “But there are still people who are hungry and need warm clothing, and the end of January, beginning of February is our coldest time of the year.”

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, volunteers will tie ribbons around packets of food and warm clothing and hang them from trees in Huntington Park, inviting community members to take what they need.

Snow Due Tonight; With Big Blizzard Arriving Saturda

Snow Due Tonight;

With Big Blizzard

Arriving Saturday

Pennsylvania-To-New-England Storm

Will Romp Through Otsego County

Get ready, Otsego County.

The second of two storms this week will created dangerous blizzard conditions with a foot or more of snow forecast from northern Pennsylvania through Otsego County into northern New England this weekend, AccuWeather reported a few minutes ago.

A first storm, forecast to swing quickly from west to east spanning late tonight into Friday morning, will be more of a nuisance with up to a few inches of snow, the weather service said.

A much more dramatic, disruptive and dangerous storm will follow approximately 36 hours later from Saturday to Sunday. Errands should be completed before the storm hits, the forecasters advised.

Huntington Library To Undergo $200,000 Renovation

Oneonta Library To Get

$200,000 In Renovations

Work To Close Huntington For 3 Weeks

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Library Director Tina Winstead in the Community Room, which will be revamped with new carpeting and furniture as part of a $200,000 renovation, starting Tuesday, Jan. 22.

ONEONTA – The Huntington Library is about to get a little work done.

“The third floor is going to get a real facelift,” said Tina Winstead, Library Director.

The Huntington Memorial Library will be closed for three weeks starting Tuesday, Jan. 22 for considerable remodeling and reconstruction, including asbestos abatement, insulation upgrades and new furniture.

“It will get worse before it gets better,” she said. “but we think people will really like the results.”

The main affected area consists of the first floor entry or “computer” room and the two stories above it, which was built in 1959.


Renewable Energy & Economic

Development Panel Discussion


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – 7 – 9 p.m. Join panel to discuss Economic development, renewable energy possibilities, existing conservation/renewable energy programs, more with Karl Seeley professor of economics at Hartwick, Dan Butterman candidate for NYS Assembly district 121, Leslie Orzetti executive director Otsego County Conservation Association. Followed by Q&A session. Elm Park Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Visit

IN MEMORIAM: Joseph Marsh, 92, Worcester WWII Air Force Veteran, School Bus Mechanic

IN MEMORIAM: Joseph Marsh, 92, Worcester;

WWII Air Force Veteran, School Bus Mechanic

Joseph Marsh

WORCESTER – Joseph Marsh, 92, a World War II Air Force veteran and bus mechanic for Worcester Central School, died Jan. 15, 2019.   Born in Paterson, N.J., he was stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany.

He and his devoted wife, Dorothy (Duritzo) Marsh were married for 62 years until her death in April 2018; they moved to Worcester in 1957.

At first, he worked for Phillips Buick in Oneonta as an auto mechanic, then at Worcester Central School as the bus-garage mechanic and a bus driver for 23 years.

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