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Wednesday Sports Roundup: Unatego girls stay undefeated with win over B-G

Wednesday Sports Roundup:
Unatego girls
stay undefeated
with win over B-G

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Lilyanna Barnes and Jessica Patridge scored twice each as Unatego stayed undefeated in girls soccer with an 8-1 road win over Bainbridge-Guilford in a Midstate Athletic Conference match Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Tatum Codington had three assists and a goal for the Spartans, who also got a goal and an assist from Kylie Mussaw and a goal from Bailey McCoy.

Johnna Henderson scored for B-G.

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Schenevus, Worcester voters approve preliminary merger plan

Schenevus, Worcester voters
approve preliminary merger plan

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Voters in the school districts for Schenevus and Worcester gave tentative approval for a merger plan between the schools in dual votes Wednesday, Sept. 22.

In Schenevus Central School District, the vote was 339 in favor and 223 against. In Worcester Central School District, the vote was 327 in favor and 140 against.

The vote allows the merger to move to a binding referendum in December. If the December vote also passes in both districts, the merged district will begin operations July 1.

“We want to thank all the voters who came out today to weigh in on this very important issue,” Worcester Superintendent Tim Gonzales said in a media release.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ on Word Thursday 09-23-21

‘Random Acts of Kindness’ on Word Thursday


WORD THURSDAY – 7 p.m. Enjoy open mic from area writers before listening to presentation by Jennifer Finkle and the ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ writers. Random Acts is a journal project started in Andes Central School to document the kindness each person did for eachother. Suggested donation $3. Presented by Bright Hill Press & Literary Center. 607-829-5055 or visit

Tuesday Sports Roundup: Big comeback sends Franklin/Unatego past Milford/Laurens
Milford/Laurens’s Justin LaPilusa takes a shot as Franklin/Unatego’s Aiden Nolan and Connor Kulp give chase Tuesday. (Cheryl Clough).

Tuesday Sports Roundup:
Big comeback sends
Franklin/Unatego past Milford/Laurens

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Milford/Laurens boys soccer team jumped out to an early 2-0 first half lead over Franklin/Unatego, but couldn’t hold on, falling 4-2, in a Tri-Valley League game in Laurens on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Brock Mann sent a pass to Donta Sherwood who ran onto it and scored the game’s first goal 22 minutes into the match. With six minutes to go in the half, Mann setup teammate Justin LaPilusa to put M/L up, 2-0.

The second half wasn’t kind to M/L though as Franklin/Unatego took only eight minutes to score and cut the host’s lead to 2-1. Ten minutes later, Franklin/Unatego went on a three-goal spree in the span of two minutes. The last of the three goals came on a penalty kick where Matt Serrao beat M/L keeper Chase Long with a low shot to the left corner.

Serrao would finish the day with two goals, while Chase Birdsall and Braeden Johnson had the other goals for Franklin/Unatego and Jacob Kingsbury had two assists.

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Fully vaccinated students at SUNY Oneonta at 88%

Fully vaccinated students
at SUNY Oneonta at 88%

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

ONEONTA ⁠— COVID numbers for SUNY Oneonta have steadily improved with more students getting the vaccine.

Danielle McMullen, chief of staff at SUNY Oneonta, reported to the Common Council on Tuesday, Sept. 21, that 94% of students had at least one dose of the vaccine while 88% are fully vaccinated.

McMullen said SUNY Oneonta was doing “really well, when compared to other SUNY schools,” and credited the “strong messaging campaign” with the rising numbers of vaccinated students.

“Students came back to campus really wanting that in-person, robust experience,” McMullen said. There was a “spike (in COVID cases) that we anticipated” McMullen said who spoke of the erroneous notion that the vaccine is a “silver bullet” but they took a look at “a lot of data points including students social activity” and were able to make determinations on how they could improve their response.

McMullen called it a “testament of our campus coming together” and “being honest with the local community.”

Common Council holds public hearing on CABRC report

Common Council holds
public hearing on police report

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

ONEONTA — The Common Council held a public hearing for the long anticipated vote on the Community Advisory Board Review Committee report Tuesday, Sept. 21, created in response to former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s directive that police departments create a document of “best practices” by local law enforcement with input from the community.

Only two people spoke at the public hearing, both of whom were supportive of the council passing the report.

Daniel Driver said the report gave him “confidence in how hard the OPD works with few resources, but also cause for concern” and urged the council to consider more social services for those with mental health issues and addiction. He said that police officers were being put in a “untenable position where they have to arrest or interact with folks” who have some of those issues.

“There is a lot more to be done,” Driver said.

Steve Ludner offered “personal gratitude and thanks” for those who worked on CABRC and suggested the council “modify some of the wording” to make “clear that the Community Police Board will have options for community engagement.”

Hawkeyes stay undefeated with 4-1 win at Hamilton
Cooperstown players celebrate after sophomore midfielder Aidan Spencer, second from right, scored to put the Hawkeyes up 2-1 over Hamilton on Tuesday. (Greg Klein/

Hawkeyes stay undefeated
with 4-1 win at Hamilton

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HAMILTON — Luca Gardner-Olesen got his second hat trick in four days as Cooperstown broke open a close game with a flurry of second-half goals to win a Center State Conference Division III game, 4-1, against the host Knights.

Despite Cooperstown outshooting Hamilton, 36-4, and holding a 12-4 advantage on corner kicks, the game was tied with 20 minutes to go and the Knights had their best run of the game in the 10 minutes after Will Penoyer scored with 32:34 left to tie the score, 1-1. His shot hit the far post and bounced in, giving his teammates a lift that carried over to the middle part of the half.

“I know that goal was frustrating to us,” Cooperstown Coach Frank Miosek said, “because we started the half with six shots on goal that didn’t go in, and then they get one shot and it goes in off the post. There was nothing you can do about that.”

However, Miosek praised the stamina of his team, in particular the midfielders and defenders, whom he credited with wearing down Hamilton’s players.

“I thought our endurance was great tonight,” he said.

Aidan Spencer broke the tie game with 18:24 left by taking the ball into the box and then putting a move on Hamilton goalie John Hughes for the score.

Two minutes later, Gardner-Olesen scored his second goal of the game, on a cross from Ben Agostino. Agostino, a junior striker, set up the goal by hustling for a ball in the corner and then again near the goal line, before making a great cross for his first varsity assist.

Gardner-Olesen completed the hat trick with 3:38 left in the game on a pass from Liam Spencer.

Cooperstown goalie Finn Holohan had two saves, while Hughes had 16 for Hamilton.

“He had a great game for them,” Miosek said. “A lot of those saves looked like they were going to be goals.”

Cooperstown (7-0, 4-0) will host Frankfort-Schuyler at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 23.


Monday Sports Roundup: Unatego girls stay undefeated with big MAC win
Oneonta defender Dakoda Buzzy clears the ball as an Owego Free Apalachin player jumps to block it during Monday’s game in Oneonta. (Cheryl Clough).

Monday Sports Roundup:
Unatego girls
stay undefeated
with big MAC win

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Kylie Mussaw and Tatum Coddington each scored a goal and had two assists as Unatego won a home game in the Midstate Athletic Conference, 7-0, over Afton/Harpursville.

Julia Renwick, Alexa Lucia, Bailey McCoy, Sarah Ostrander and Anabel Rommer scored the other goals for the Spartans.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Autumn at the Farmers’ Museum 09-20-21

Autumn at the Farmers’ Museum


HARVEST CELEBRATION – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate the harvest season in 1800s style. walk around the historic village, learn from the historic interpreters and enjoy the activities fall activities from wagon rides, to corn shelling/grinding, and tinsmithing with the blacksmith, and more. Included with admission. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit

Saturday Sports Roundup: Coop boys, Milford girls advance to Chic Walshe finals vs. SK teams
Milford’s Lilly Cohn tries to get around Charlotte Valley defender Jenna Lubbers during the Chic Walshe opening round Saturday. (Cheryl Clough).

Saturday Sports Roundup:
Coop boys, Milford girls
advance to Chic Walshe
finals vs. SK teams

STAFF REPORT • Special to

DAVENPORT — Milford’s girls and Cooperstown’s boys each dominated host Charlotte Valley in opening round games of the Chic Walshe Tournament on Saturday, Sept 18.

Both teams will play South Kortright in the tournament finals Saturday, Sept. 25. The Rams advanced over Worcester in both games, but the Wolverines made it tough on SK. The SK girls won in overtime, 3-1, while the boys teams tied, 1-1, with the Rams advancing on penalty kicks, 4-3.

The Cooperstown boys advanced with a 6-1 win over the host Wildcats and then the Milford girls beat CV, 5-0.

The girls final is scheduled for 2 p.m. and the boys final for 4 p.m.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Golf for the Oneonta Theater 09-19-21

Golf for the Oneonta Theater


FUNDRAISER – 1 p.m. Fun golf tournament to support the Friends of the Oneonta Theater in their efforts to reopen the historic theater. Will feature 18 holes, a putting contest, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, more. Cost, $75/player. Oneonta Country Club, 9 Country Club Dr., Oneonta. 607-432-8950 or visit

Protesters against vaccine mandate march to A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta
Anti-vaccine protesters leaving Neahwa Park in Oneonta on Friday, Sept. 17. (Kevin Limit/AllOtsego).

Protesters against vaccine mandate march to A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

ONEONTA — Hundreds of protesters, along with Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, marched to A.O. Fox Hospital and through Main Street Friday, Sept. 17, to protest the vaccine mandate put in place for healthcare workers.

The protesters chanted slogans such as “stop the mandate” as they walked through downtown Oneonta towards the hospital. There were signs that said “unmask our children” and “protect our liberties.”

The vaccine mandate from Bassett Healthcare was in response to Gov. Kathy Hochul’s mandate that all healthcare workers should be vaccinated.

Prior to the march, the protesters rallied at Damaschke Field.

“I’m here to support the medical professionals and support their right to not have an injection they’re not confident,” Salka told “Last year they were heroes, this year they’re zeroes.”

Bat in Cooperstown tests positive for rabies

Bat in Cooperstown
tests positive for rabies

STAFF REPORT • Special to

A bat found in Cooperstown tested positive for rabies Thursday, Sept. 16, according to a media release from the Otsego County Department of Health.

There was no human exposure to the bat, according to the release.

For any questions, or to report a rabid animal, call the DOH at 607-547-4230.

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