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Coop Boys, Girls Win First Round Of Sectional Play


Coop Boys, Girls

Win First Round

Of Sectional Play

The Hawkeyes boys (71-20) and girls (61-40) varsity basketball teams won the first round of the Sectionals this evening in home games at Bursey Gym.  In top photo, Cooperstown’s Jack Lambert dribbles past Thousand Island defender Kyle  Byers; Hawkeye teammate Calvin Sandler watches.  At right, Coopertown’s Emilie Perez takes the ball to the basket against Mount Markham defenders Alexandria Congeleri and McKenzie Johnson. Perez scored 15 points and teammate Kate Trosset 21 as the Lady Hawkeyes improved to 16-5 on the year. (Cheryl Clough/

Sign of Spring?

Sign of Spring?

This afternoon, Ed Rowley snapped this rare sight looking east from County Highway 11 near Laurens.  “Never saw one during winter before,” he said.  It was an odd mid-February day generally, with temperatures in the mid-50s this afternoon, but dropping to 36 right now.  Saturday is predicted to be cloudy with a high of 25.  
Koutnik Votes No On Climate Pledge, Saying It’s Too Weak

Koutnik Votes ‘No’

On ‘Climate Pledge’

Draft As Too Weak

But SWECC Committee, 4-1, Forwards

Compromise Document To Full Board

The Solid Waste & Environmental Concerns Committee of the county Board of Representatives discusses on a “Climate Smart Community Pledge” resolution. County Reps. Keith McCarty, Meg Kennedy and Gary Koutnik, listen to County Planning Director Karen Sullivan.  At right is county Rep. Danny Lapin (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – Saying the language “was softened,” County board Vice Chair Gary Koutnik, D-Oneonta, today voted against sending a “Climate Smart Community Pledge” resolution, as revised, to the full board for action March 6.

However, his colleagues on the Solid Waste & Environmental Concerns Committee nonetheless agreed to forward the adjusted resolution, 4-1, for the full board’s consideration.

“The language did reduce the  sense of Climate Change being a crisis,” Koutnik said.  “My vote was largely a symbolic one, so it would be in the public record for future generations to see.”

SUNY Cobleskill, Brewer Hope To Make New Beer From Bottle In Ship’s Hold

SUNY Cobleskill, Brewer

Hope To Make New Beer

From Bottle In Ship’s Hold

Cork Popped Yesterday On 113-Year-Old Artifact

COBLESKILL – A 133-year-old bottle of beer from the shipwrecked SS Oregon was uncorked yesterday afternoon at Serious Brewing Co., Howes Cave, with the intent of duplicating it in a modern beern.

The project is a collaboration of Serious Brewing and SUNY Cobleskill.  If yeast can be extracted from the original beer in the college’s labs, Serious Brewing owner and head brewer Bill Felter intends to develop a new brew using the old yeast.

Oneonta’s Housing Problem Sparks Debate in Council Committee Meeting

Is Additional Affordable

Housing Needed In City?

Council Committee Asks

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Melissa Nicosia, left, who chairs Common Council’s Community Development Committee, and Council member Michelle Frazier question an OFO proposal for affordable housing. ( photo)

ONEONTA –  A $10,000 Opportunities for Otsego proposal to determine the need for low- and moderate-income housing in the city and how to fill it met skepticism from a Common Council committee last night.

Still, the Community Development Committee forwarded the proposal for discussion by the full Common Council, which next meets at 7 p.m. this coming Tuesday.

OFO Housing Director Audrey Benkenstein said her organization is seeking $5,000 from the city to match the $5,000 OFO would provide.  The idea is to underwrite “a process done by a facilitator” who would examine housing information and analysis done an Otsego County housing study just on Oneonta.

Tops To Home-Deliver Groceries From Cooperstown Commons Store

Tops To Home-Deliver Groceries

From Cooperstown Commons Store

Tops’ Cooperstown Commons store will begin home-delivery Feb. 28

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Top Friendly Markets announced today it will be expanding its same-day-delivery Instacart service to its Cooperstown Commons’ store, beginning Feb. 28.

This expansion to 10 new supermarkets brings the overall number of Tops stores with the Instacart program to 129, making it available fo 90 percent of Tops customers.

Tops initiated same-day home-delivery service in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse in November 2017.



Delgado Plans Open House To Launch Oneonta Office, As Well As Coop ‘Town Hall’

Delgado Plans Open House

To Launch Oneonta Office,

As Well As Coop ‘Town Hall’

Congressman Delgado greets Jason Tabor, Cooperstown, during a recent Oneonta meeting with Otsego Chamber members. ( photo)

WASHINGTON – In addition to his Monday Town Hall meeting in Cooperstown, U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, R-19th, will officially open his Otsego County office during a week-long “in-district work period,” his office announced today.

In all, he will conduct six “Town Halls” and focus on agricultural priorities in the 19th.

The new congressman will be in Oneonta 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at an open house in the new office on the fifth floor of 189 Main St.  The public is welcome.

Gregory L. Hext; Vietnam Vet Worked At Remington

IN MEMORIAM: Gregory L. Hext;

Vietnam Vet Worked At Remington

Greg Hext

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Gregory L. Hext, 74, a Vietnam veteran who worked for Remington Arms, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, Feb. 12, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

Greg was born Sept. 28, 1944, in Herkimer, a son to the late Gerald and Florence Price Hext.  He was raised in educated in Richfield Springs.

After high school, he served in the Navy during Vietnam.

 Seward, Salka Regret NYC’s Loss Of Amazon


 Seward, Salka Regret

NYC’s Loss Of Amazon


ONEONTA – Otsego County’s delegation in the state Legislature today expressed regret on news that Amazon has backed away from locating its second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens.

“This is a lost opportunity for New York State,” said state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.  “It is extremely unfortunate that a hostile political environment has resulted in the loss of 25,000 good paying jobs.  While I have been critical of the lack of transparency involved in the Amazon deal, I was ultimately supportive of the economic opportunities that were on our horizon.”

Kim J. Hughes Wiltsie, 62; Mother Of 4 Was Gilbertsville Valedictorian

IN MEMORIAM: Kim J. Hughes Wiltsie, 62;

Mother Of 4 Was Gilbertsville Valedictorian

Kim Wiltsie

OTEGO – Kim Joy Hughes Wiltsie, 62, lost her battle with pulmonary hypertension, high blood pressure, on Feb.13, 2019.

She was born in Ilion, to William and Ellinor Hughes.

Kim was a 1975 graduate of Gilbertsville Central School and class valedictorian.

She loved to read, travel and be with her family.

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