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.
“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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/