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1st Detective ‘Talkie’ Begins Philo Film Series

1st Detective ‘Talkie’

Begins Philo Film Series

Fr. Kenneth Hunter welcomes viewers to the opening night of the Philo Vance film series at GOHS with a showing of “The Green Murder Case” from 1921. The film features William Powell (of ‘The Thin Man’ fame) during a turning point in his career, as Philo Vance. The film was also the first detective movie to feature audio dialogue as pictures moved away from the silent film era. Paul Jensen, right, a retired professor, was on hand to give a little background on Powell’s career before the start of the film. After reading an article in a Hometown Oneonta article about the local house owned by S.S. Van Dine, the creator of Philo Vance, Fr. Hunter felt inspired to create the film series to introduce more locals to this famous local author. The next film will be Tuesday, Oct 22, followed by third Oct 29.(Ian Austin/

Virginia Martindale, 93; 7 Offspring Survive Portlandville Resident

IN MEMORIAM:  Virginia Martindale, 93;

7 Offspring Survive Portlandville Resident

Virginia Martindale

PORTLANDVILLE – Virginia Winsor Martindale of Portlandville, 93, peacefully passed on Oct. 11, 2019, at Fox Nursing Home with loving family at her side.

Virginia was born on Oct. 16, 1925, in Oneonta, and was the daughter of Genevieve Deane Winsor and Gilbert Daniel Winsor.

She spent her childhood on the Winsor homestead in Portlandville, established in the mid-1800s.


Cardiff Giant 150th Birthday Bash


CELEBRATION – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Celebrate 150th birthday of Cardiff Giant. Pay $0.50 to see the giant, enjoy a GIANT cake, hear the stories of the hoax, enjoy a performance of the show, party like its 1869. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara J. Rankin, 74, Worked for Icelandair For 27 years

IN MEMORIAM: Barbara J. Rankin, 74;

She, Husband Retired To Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN – Barbara J. Rankin, 74, who worked for Icelandair for 27 years, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, October 12, 2019, at their home on Brooklyn Avenue in Cooperstown.

Born July 1, 1945, in Chippewa Falls, Wisc., Barbara was the only child of the Rev. Robert J. and Margaret (née Marohn) Koch. Her father and maternal and paternal grandfathers were Lutheran ministers, so it was only natural that Barbara was raised in the Lutheran faith and traditions.


Chuck D’Imperio Presents

 ‘Taste Of New York’ Stories


UPSTATE STORIES – 1:30 p.m. Local radio host Chuck D’Imperio will be sharing stories from best selling book “A Taste of Upstate New York,” which features 40 food favorites from across the upstate. Free, public welcome. St. James Manor, 9 St. James Place, Oneonta. 607-436-9974 or visit

Arthur C. Strong 91; Delivered Oil, Then Meals On Wheels

IN MEMORIAM:  Arthur C. Strong 91;

Delivered Oil, Then Meals On Wheels

Art Strong

MILFORD – Arthur C. Strong, 91, of Milford, passed away early Friday morning, Oct. 11, 2019, at his home in the Town of Westford.

He was born May 21, 1928, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta, a son of Milo and Florence (Wood) Strong.

Art attended kindergarten at the Bugbee School in Oneonta, then the Middlefield School No. 2 in Westville, and graduated from Milford Central School with the Class of 1946.

Erica Jong Will Headline Sharon Springs Poetry Fest

Erica Jong Will Headline

Sharon Springs Poetry Fest

Erica Jong will appear Friday and Saturday in Sharon Springs.

SHARON SPRINGS – Erica Jong, who became prominent for her 1973 novel, “Fear of Flying,” and novel attitudes toward female sexuality, is among the headliners at this week’s third annual Sharon Springs Poetry Festival Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at the Linkhart Hall Arts Center.

Jong will first appear at 7 p.m. Friday, at readings by all the participating poets in the Sharon Springs Central School Auditorium.

At 5 p.m. on Saturday is “Erica Jong in Conversation with Jean Hanff Korelitz,” described as an “intimate talk” that will explore “the author’s process and inspiration.”

Worcester Man Had Multiple Gunshot Wounds

‘Multiple Gunshot

Wounds’ Felled

Worcester Victim

Fifth Suspect – Fourth Juvenile – Held

For Burglary In Murder Investigation

Scott Heggelke, Captain of the Bureau of Criminal Investigators, Troop C, said that Kenneth Robinson was shot multiple times with long guns at his home in Worcester on Thursday. Five people, four of them juveniles, were arrested and charged, four with murder in the second degree and burglary in the first degree and one with burglary, first degree. (Ian Austin/


ONEONTA – State police confirmed today that Kenneth Robinson, 53, was shot multiple times with a “long gun” in the course of a robbery at his home on Head Road on Thursday, Oct. 10.

“The first responding troopers saw a man lying just inside his door,” said BCI Capt. Scott Heggelke, Troop C, in a 12:30 press conference at the State Police Oneonta Barracks. “The house was on fire, but the trooper pulled him outside, and it was obvious that he was the apparent victim of multiple gunshot wounds.”

With Percussion Heavy ‘Fanfare’, Conductor Watson Leads CSO


Standing Ovation Salutes

2nd Candidate’s Concert

Dr. Carolyn Watson, the second guest conductor hopeful for the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, took to the stage tonight in the Hunt Union Ballroom. Here she conducts Jennifer Higdon’s “Fanfare Ritmico.”  The first candidate, Silas Huff, performed in September; the third conductor, Maciej Żółtowski, will conduct the third concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16.   The next conductor will direct the CSO’s Cabaret concert next March.   (Ian Austin/
Red Jug Pub Raises Over $2000 For St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser

Red Jug Pub Raises $2,000+

For St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser

Nate McDonald, left, and Jared Jillson of the Crystal Palace Barber Shop in Oneonta, shave the head of Johnny Brown, Long Island, during the St. Baldrick’s event at the Red Jug Pub this afternoon. The event raises money to help fight childhood cancer.  Oneonta’s Red Jug Pub raised $2,000 before donations from the door were even counted. (Ian Austin/
Tractor Parade Highlight Of Farmers’ Museum Fest


Tractor Parade Highlight

Of Farmers’ Museum Fest

The first day of The Farmers’ Museum annual two-day Tractor Fest is winding down toward 5 o’clock, but the weekend’s highlight is yet to come: the tractor parade, which begins at noon Sunday on the museum grounds. Above, three members of the Central NY Antique Tractor Club, from left, Jim Price, Homer; Tom Bassett, Syracuse, and Duane Arnold, Kirkville, discuss the merits of Bassett’s relatively rare wide-front 1951 Case tractor, which he picked up a few years ago at a bean farm outside Erie, Pa.   The company made 130,000 of the narrow-front model, but only 4,900 of the wide-front ones ~ the front wheels lining up with the back ones allowed the machine to straddle rows of vegetables,  Inset, dad Tony Capraro of Laurens brought son Myles, 4 months old, to his first (but likely not his last) tractor fest, along with other members of the Capraro-Beers clan from the Laurens-Mount Vision area.   The fest is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Jim Kevlin/

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