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Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.

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.

Susquehanna SPCA Raises $95K In Staffworks ‘Save-a-Life’ Campaign

Susquehanna SPCA

Raises Over $95K In

‘Save A Life’ Campaign

Staffworks founder Anita Vitullo, left, presents Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, with a check for more than $95,000 at the end of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign. With Haynes are Becca Daley, SSPCA communications coordinator and Alicia Dicks, director of the Community Foundation.

COOPERSTOWN – Raising more than $75,000 in donations as part of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter was one of the top performers of the fund drive, receiving an additional $10,000 towards their capital project on top of the $10,000 in matching funding for a total of $95,949.

Laura Duncan-Bachanas; Registration Specialist At Bassett Hospital

IN MEMORIAM: Laura Duncan-Bachanas;

Registration Specialist At Bassett Hospital

Laura Duncan-Bachanas

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Laura J. Duncan-Bachanas, 39, of Bronner Street, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Bassett Hospital. She had the comfort of her loving family by her side at the time of passing.

Laura was born on Feb. 8, 1979, in Cooperstown.  She was raised by her mother Peggy Roberts Dziadik and her step-father Thomas Dziadik. A lifelong area resident, she was educated in Richfield Springs Schools and she had attended Herkimer County Community College.

For the last 12 years Laura was a registration specialist at Bassett Hospital.

Planning Board Sets Public Hearing On T-Mobile Key Bank Installation

Planning Board Sets Public Hearing

On T-Mobile Key Bank Installation

Cooperstown Planning Board member Joe Membrino, foreground, grills T-Mobile attorney Matthew Kerwin about a transmission installation proposed for the top of the Key Bank building.  Others, clockwise from lower right, are board members Richard Blabey, Membrino, David Perlman, chairman Gene Berman and Mikal Sky-Shroesbury, and Zoning Enforcement Officer Jane Gentile.  (Patrick Wager/

By PATRICK WAGER • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – The village Planning Board this afternoon set a public hearing for 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Village Hall on the proposed placement of a T-Mobile installation on the roof of the Main Street Key Bank building.

At today’s meeting, discussion covered the same issues reviewed by the Zoning Board of Appeals last.

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