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Landscape Art Fest On The Lake


ART EXHIBIT – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art By The Lake 12th annual juried art exhibit celebrating relationship between artists and landscape. Also features artist demonstrations, food by Origins Cafe, music, more. Lake front Lawn, Fenimore Art Museum, Coopersotwn. 607-547-1400 or visit

Margery Norris Armstrong, 85; Career-Long R.N. In Bassett ICU


Margery Norris Armstrong, 85;

R.N. Stalwart In Bassett’s ICU

Margery Norris Armstrong

MILFORD – Margery Norris Armstrong, R.N., who served for many years as head nurse of Bassett Hospital’s ICU, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Aug. 12, 2019, at her beloved home on Arnold Lake. She was 85.

Margery was born on November 25, 1933, in Carbondale, Pa., to William Melville Norris and Amy née Quinlan Norris of Wales, U.K., but spent most of her youth growing up in Oneonta.

Marge and her siblings were an adventurous group, easily recognized around town by their fiery red hair. She displayed an interest in science and math at an early age and was the first girl in her high school to take chemistry and physics. She began volunteering at Fox Hospital at age 14 and started working as an intern at Bassett Hospital in 1952 while a nursing student at Hartwick College.

Goal: Finish $9 Million Sewage-Treatment Plant By Jeter’s 2020 Induction

Goal: Finish $9 Million

Sewage-Treatment Plant

By Jeter’s 2020 Induction

Plaque At Site Will Commemorate

Ted Peters, Veteran Committee Chair

The contributions of Ted Peters, longtime chair of what’s now Cooperstown’s Board of Water & Sewer Commissioners, were recognized a few minutes ago at a groundbreaking on the village’s $9.1 million project to repair and upgade the water-treatment plant at the far end of CCS’ sports fields on the edge of the Susquehanna River. Because of Peters, a Harvard Ph.D. in biology and eminent Bassett Hospital researcher, the existing plant, dedicated on Sept. 6, 1969, and expected to last 25 years, has lasted 50, Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch told a gathering of village officials and others. State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, reminded the audience the project is on track to be completed in time for Yankee legend Derek Jeter’s Induction next July into the Baseball Hall of Fame. With perhaps a record number of people in town, residents can thus be assured no environmental mishap will occur when the eyes of the world are focused on the village, the senator said. In her remarks, Mayor Tillapaugh said Seward obtained $2 million for the project and with other state grants added up to $6 million of the total cost. The state Environmental Fund provided $3 million in a 30-year zero-interest loan to cover the rest, she said. Gathered around Peters are, from left, former mayor Jeff Katz, Village Trustees Richard Sternberg, Cindy Falk and MacGuire Benton; Senator Seward, Trustee Jim Dean, Plant Operator John Cankar, current Water & Sewer board chair Anders Bergfjord, Mayor Tillapaugh and Trustee Joe Membrino. (Jim Kevlin/
Kathleen Hungerford, 64; ‘Mom Away From Home’ To SUNY Students

IN MEMORIAM: Kathleen Hungerford, 64;

‘Mom Away From Home’ To SUNY Students

Katherine Hungerford

MORRIS – Kathleen L. Hungerford, 64, of Morris, a “mom away from home” for SUNY Oneonta students during 20 years working for the campus food service,  passed away unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, Aug. 13, with her fur babies by her side.

Kathy was born in Sidney, the daughter of Richard and Marion (Edwards) Tracy. Kathy graduated from Morris Central School in 1974. She lived in Otego for many years, before returning to her hometown of Morris in 2002. Kathy married Dale A. Hungerford on Aug. 1, 2009.

Mildred Wolny, 92; Owned Cherry Valley’s Friendly Store

IN MEMORIAM: Mildred Wolny, 92;

Owned Cherry Valley’s Friendly Store

CHERRY VALLEY – Mildred Wolny, 92, who operated the Friendly Corner Store here for 12 years, passed away on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Palatine Nursing Home.

Born in Brooklyn, in 1927, Mildred spent her early life with her family in Queens. She graduated from Newtown High School studying business and interned at Tiffany’s in Manhattan. She attended Barbizon School of Modeling and also modeled jewelry while at Tiffany’s.

Florence E. Kespert, 86; Sullivan County Native Resided At Plains

IN MEMORIAM: Florence E. Kespert, 86;

Sullivan County Native Resided At Plains

Florence Kespert

ONEONTA – Florence Emily Kespert, 86, who had lived the Plains at Parish Homestead for the past five years, passed away peacefully on Aug. 10, 2019, at Fox Hospital.

Florence was born on July 19, 1933, in White Sulphur Springs, Sullivan County.  She was the daughter of Dorothy and Leo Bryan. She graduated from Liberty High School.

On May 16, 1953, in Liberty, Florence married Harold Kespert. They settled down in Youngsville to raise their family. They were happily married for 51 years.

Delgado Focused On Job, Not Next Year’s Campaign


Delgado Focused On Job,

Not Next Year’s Campaign


With the 19th Congressional District election still 14 months away, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado declined to engage with Adjutant Gen. (ret.) Tony German, the Oneonta Republican who filed papers yesterday to challenge the freshman incumbent next year.

His press office issued this statement: “Congressman Delgado is focused on making life better for the people in our region, and working to find bipartisan solutions to lower health care costs, expand rural broadband and support family farmers and veterans. That’s why he has held 21 town halls across the district, and will continue to serve with accessibility, accountability and transparency.”

Lakeside Audience Savor Thornton Wilder Classic


Lakeside Audience Savors

Thornton Wilder Classic

On ladders (signifying the upstairs of their next-door homes), future sweethearts George Gibbs (Marcus Hudson) and Emily Webb (Maria Noto) kindle their relationship, chatting window to window. The scene last evening is from Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” being performed this month by the GlimmerGlobe Theatre at the Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheatre on Otsego Lake behind The Fenimore Art Museum. The seated girl is George’s sister Rebecca (Natalie Davis). In the foreground is Constable Warren (Tom Heitz) on his rounds. Performances are at 7 p.m. tomorrow, and subsequent Wednesdays and Fridays, Aug. 21, 23 and 29. In the play, the four are looking at the moon. And, as if on cue, the moon rose over Cooperstown. (Tara Barnwell/
Dennis C. Mang, 69; Worked At Remington, Bassett, ARC

IN MEMORIAM: Dennis C. Mang, 69;

Worked At Remington, Bassett, ARC

Dennis C. Mang

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Dennis C. Mang, 69, of Richfield Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Friday Aug. 9, 2019, in Cooperstown.

Dennis was born on Jan. 2, 1950 in Cooperstown, the son of the late Charles F. and Elsie Mae Cardarelli Mang. A lifetime resident of the area, Dennis attended Richfield Springs Central School before serving in the Air Force from 1969 to 1973.

Dennis was employed with CP, Remington Arms, Bassett Hospital, Sitrin Home and the ARC.

Bill Powers, 61, Oneonta; Carpenter, Merchandiser, Truck Driver, More

IN MEMORIAM:  Bill Powers, 61, Oneonta;

Carpenter, Merchandiser, Truck Driver, More

Bill Powers

ONEONTA – William Patrick Powers, 61, passed peacefully into the arms of his savior Jesus Christ on Aug. 12, 2019, at home, where he wanted to be.

He was born Oct. 21, 1957, in Oneonta, the son of William Joseph and Mary Jane (Campbell) Powers.

Bill was a lifelong Oneonta resident. He was a carpenter, merchandiser, truck driver and jack-of-all-trades. He was meticulous with his work, believing in taking your time and doing the job right the first time.

Richard A. Sager, 83; Navy Veteran, Professional Electrician

IN MEMORIAM: Richard A. Sager, 83;

Navy Veteran, Professional Electrician

Richard A. Sager

ONEONTA – Richard Allen Sager, 83, a Navy veteran and professional electrician, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at Robinson Terrace in Stamford.

Richard was born on April 9, 1936, in Newburgh, son of Edward and Theresa Sager and brother of Robert, Edward, Andy and John.

He served in the Navy from 1954 to 1958 and was an electrician for 31 years.

Oneonta General Set To Challenge Delgado In 19th


Oneonta General

Set To Challenge

Delgado In 19th

Recently Retired, Tony German

Commanded All State’s Forces

On his promotion to lead the state’s Air National Guard in 2015, General German paid a courtesy call to state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, his senator. The following March, Governor Cuomo named German the state 53rd adjutant general, in charge of all the state’s forces.

ONEONTA – An Oneontan, Maj. Gen. Anthony German, who retired as New York State’s top military officer Feb. 2, is planning to challenge freshman Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, in next year’s election, county Republican chairman Vince Casale confirmed a few minutes ago.

The Times Union is reporting that German planned to file his paperwork this morning with the state Board of Elections.

Raised in Schoharie County, German graduate from SUNY Oneonta (and also is a graduate of the Naval War College.)  While rising to the top of the state’s Air National Guard, and then to lead all 20,000 of New York military, Oneonta continued to be his home.

He and wife, Diana, raised four children here, Josh, Ben, Zach and Bekah.

Legion Honors Families With Blue Star Ceremony

Legion Honors 6 Families

With Blue Star Ceremony

Legion Commander Terry Harkenreader and Wayne Gregory, above, present a Blue Star flag to Roxanne Condon, Oneonta, in honor of her son Leaf Ericson, who is serving as a foreman in the Navy, as part of the Blue Star Ceremony.  Six area families were honored this evening at Oneonta’s American Legion Post 259. Originally started in 1917, the Blue Star Ceremony presents families with children serving in a branch of the military with an honorary flag to hang in their window. The tradition fell out of fashion during the Vietnam era, but has been regaining in popularity in recent years. This is the first time the Oneonta Legion has taken part in the ceremony. Inset at right, Ericka Ericson, Kim Lindberg and Lois Proctor listen as Gregory reads the history of the Blue Star flag. (Ian Austin/

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