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Kathleen Marsala, 86; NYC Native Leaves Cooperstown Survivors

IN MEMORIAM:  Kathleen Marsala, 86;

NYC Native Leaves Cooperstown Survivors

COOPERSTOWN – Kathleen Marsala, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, passed away peacefully early Tuesday evening, Nov. 19, 2019, at her home in Cooperstown, surrounded by her family. She was 86.

Born Sept. 1, 1933, in Manhattan, Kathleen was one of 10 children of Richard and Ann (Sheridan) Grey.  On Oct. 21, 1950, Kathleen married the love of her life, Joseph J. Marsala, in a ceremony at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer in Manhattan.

SQSPCA Reports: Zoe’s Surgery Successful

Susquehanna SPCA Reports

Zoe’s Surgery Successful

Zoe has successfully come out of surgery, Stacie Haynes, executive director, SQSPCA, reported. (Photo courtesy New York State Police)

COOPERSTOWN – Zoe, the dog rescued from Exeter with a missing leg, has safely come through a surgery to remove a benign mass and amputate what remained of her leg.

“She keeps shocking everyone with how strong she can be,” said Stacie Haynes, executive director, Susquehanna SPCA. “We cannot thank you all enough for the love and support you have shown this truly incredible dog.”

Surgeons at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Hospital were able to fully remove the non-cancerous mass and successful amputate her leg. Zoe is still under sedation, and Haynes cautioned that the next 24 hours were critical, and vets would be watching her for a risk of bleeding.

“If we can get through the next 24 hours, things are looking good,” she said.

Council Member Michelle Osterhoudt Announces Resignation

TERM RUNS THROUGH DEC. 31

City Council Member

Osterhoudt Resigns

Michelle Osterhoudt

ONEONTA – Council member Michelle Osterhoudt, Fourth Ward, has announced she’s leaving Common Council Nov. 30, a month before her term expires, citing family obligations.

She didn’t run for a second term, and will be succeeded by fellow Democrat Kaytee Lipari Shue on Jan. 1.

“While I have enjoyed my position and truly love Oneonta and the Fourth Ward, it is clear that my obligations to my job and family have been in conflict with my position on Council,” she wrote in a statement. “I have decided to share this decision with the media first – so that the message comes from me.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21

Turkey Dinner For Senior Citizens

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

TURKEY DINNER – 5 – 6:30 p.m. Senior citizens are invited for delicious dinner sponsored by Lions Club, LEOs, CCS PTA. Take-out available. Cafeteria, Cooperstown High School. 607-547-2401.

SIP & SAIL LIQUOR LICENSE SUSPENDED

SIP & SAIL LIQUOR

LICENSE SUSPENDED

With 53 violations, including serving underage and failing to supervise patrons, the state Liquor Authority has suspended the liquor license of the Sip & Sail Tavern, effective immediately. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

A list of all 53 violations was taped to the bar’s door by SLA enforcement officers early this afternoon.

ONEONTA – With 53 violations, including selling alcohol to minors, employing unlicensed bouncers and failing to supervise patrons, the state Liquor Authority has suspended the liquor license of the Sip & Sail Tavern, effective immediately, following a Friday night raid where police seized more than 140 fake IDs.

“This licensee has displayed a disturbing indifference to the law by pursuing a business plan seemingly based on catering to minors,” said SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley. “The SLA will continue to take immediate action against bar owners who fail to take basic measures to ensure their patrons are of legal age, including checking IDs, training employees and obtaining scanners to spot fakes.”

FOUR INDICTED IN WORCESTER MURDER

Teens Will Be Tried As Adults In Dad’s Death

FOUR INDICTED IN

WORCESTER MURDER

Dylan Robinson, 15, is led into Otsego County Court, Cooperstown for a hearing in October. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – The Otsego County grand jury has indicted Dylan Robinson, 15, Alexander Borgreen, 16, Anais Soto, 15 and Nicolas Meridy, 32, for the murder of Dylan’s father Kenneth Robinson, 53, inside his Worcester home in October, District Attorney John Muehl announced this morning.

The three teens and Meridy were indicted on Murder, second degree, Burglary, first degree and Attempted Robbery, first degree.

Muehl has said they broke into the house with the intent of stealing marijuana and money and, in the course of that robbery, Dylan shot his father in the chest and the head.

Dog Park Stays In Budget, But Council Concerned About Spending

Dog Park Stays In Budget,

But Council Concerned

About $20M Spending

By JAMES CUMMINGS • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mayor Gary Herzig hopes that Common Council will approve the City’s $20 million budget in December. (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – The Neahwa Park dog park and new positions in fire and public works departments were among the items in the city’s $20 million 2020 budget, but with a deadline looming Council members decried the lack of time given to addressing the changes.

“This year’s budget is a very aggressive one,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “We give our Council members more time to discuss parking spaces than we do our budget.”

“It appears that there’s a lot more moving parts with this budget,” said Council member David Rissberger, Third Ward.

“This is the most confusing budget,” said outgoing Council member Melissa Nicosia, Second Ward. “I’m feeling overwhelmed by the information I’m being fed. I don’t want to have to go through this with a fine-toothed comb.”

Nellie M. Knorr, 92; Ran Excursion Railroad Downstate

IN MEMORIAM: Nellie M. Knorr, 92;

Ran Excursion Railroad Downstate

BURLINGTON FLATS – Nellie M. Knorr, 92, of Burlington Flats, who operated the Casey Jones Railroad in Rockland County with her husband, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Nellie was born on Oct. 26, 1927, in New City,  the daughter of the late John and Carrie Garrison Mackey. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband William H. Knorr in 1992, a son Dr. William Knorr, and a brother Richard Mackey.

Norma B. Ramsey, 97; Worked 25 Years At Preferred Mutual

IN MEMORIAM: Norma B. Ramsey, 97;

Worked 25 Years At Preferred Mutual

NEW BERLIN – Norma B. Ramsey, 97, of New Berlin, a quarter-century Preferred Mutual employee, passed away on Nov. 16, 2019 at Chase Nursing Home.

Norma was born on Sept. 18, 1922, in the Town of Burlington, the daughter of Ford & Carrie (Simmons) Bennett.  Her childhood was spent in the Burlington and Edmeston areas.  She was a 1939 graduate of Edmeston Central School.

George W. Kukulech, 90; Served Pittsfield As Councilman, Fireman

IN MEMORIAM: George W. Kukulech, 90;

Served Pittsfield As Councilman, Fireman

George Kukelech

NEW BERLIN – George W. Kukulech, 90, of New Berlin, Town of Pittsfield highway superintendent for seven years and a town board member and firefighter, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Orlando, Fla.

George was born on March 1, 1929, in Passaic, N.J., the son of the late Michael and Anna (Cocundy) Kukulech.

He married the love of his life, Beatrice M. Ritrovato on July 2, 1950.

George attended the Ketchum one-room schoolhouse from 1935 to 1940.

For 13 years he worked for the Town of Pittsfield, including superintendent for seven years, driving snowplows and constructing roads.

Alice A. Pier, 89; NYC Native Moved Here As Teenager

IN MEMORIAM: Alice A. Pier, 89;

NYC Native Moved Here As Teenager

Alice A. Pier

MILFORD — Alice A. Pier, 89, a New York City native who lived in Otsego County since her teenage years, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.

Alice was born on March 12, 1930, in New York City, the daughter of Michael and Marian Padula.

In her teenage years, Alice moved to the Schenevus area and was primarily an Otsego County resident thereafter (Hartwick and Milford).

Josephine Graham, 88; Worked At Smalley’s, Newberry’s, More

IN MEMORIAM: Josephine Graham, 88;

Worked At Smalley’s, Newberry’s, More

MILFORD — Josephine A. Graham, 88, of Division Street, Milford, who worked at Smalley’s Theatre, the original Newberry’s and other Cooperstown retail landmarks, passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

Born on Sept. 30, 1931, in Cooperstown, she was the daughter of Robert J. and Claudine (Smith) Wilber.

She attended the one-room schoolhouse in Bowerstown. After sixth grade she “graduated” to Cooperstown Central School.

County-Manager Plan Draws Few To Briefing

HEARING, VOTE DUE DEC. 4

County-Manager Plan

Draws Few To Briefing

The League of Women Voters’ moderator, above, greets attendees at this evening’s informational meeting on hiring a county manager, underway at this hour in Courtroom #1 at the county courthouse in Cooperstown.  A half-dozen members of the public attended, including Bill Waller, left, and Sydney Waller (not related), at right.  In the background are Village Trustee Jim Dean and Marie Ajello, Toddsville.  Inset, county Rep. Meg Kennedy, who chairs the committee that developed the county-manager proposal, introduces committee members, from left, county Reps. Andrew Marietta, Fly Creek; Liz Shannon, Oneonta; Peter Oberacker, Schenevus, and Michelle Farwell, Town of Butternuts.  A first briefing was held last Thursday in Oneonta.  The plan to create the $150,000-a-year job goes to public hearing at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the county board’s hearing room, 197 Main St., Cooperstown, followed by a county board vote.

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PALEVSKY WINS, COUNTY AFFIRMS

PROTECT RICHFIELD OUT

PALEVSKY WINS,

COUNTY AFFIRMS

Palevsky

RICHFIELD SPRING – Former supervisor Nick Palevsky has regained the Town of Richfield helm, according to county Republican Chairman Vince Casale.

Casale said today’s final count at the county Board of Elections was 366-355, giving Palevsky an 11-vote margin over independent David Simonds.

His victory means control of the town board passes from council members associated with Protect Richfield, which formed to resist the Monticello Hills Wind Farm and championed a comprehensive plan and zoning code that envisioned the town as consisting of farms and houses.

Along with incumbent Fred Eckler, who was reelected Nov. 5, and  newcomer Ed Bello Jr., it is likely the new Republican board will revisit the plan and zoning code that was approved by the Protect Richfield bloc in September.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

The Future Of Invasive

Species In Otsego County

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

BE INFORMED – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Learn about past, present, future of 2 invasive species in Otsego County. Research Specialist Holly Waterfield presents ‘A Decade of Zebra Mussels: Impacts & Challenges in Otsego Lake.’ Director of Ecological Research Institute Dr. Jonathan Rosenthal presents ‘Emerald Ash Borer: Current Status and the Way Forward.’ Free, open to public. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/be-informed-lecture-series-invasives-species-past-present-and-future/

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