News of Otsego County

Phyllis F. Mattison, 92; Active In Milford Center Baptist Church

IN MEMORIAM: Phyllis F. Mattison, 92;

Active In Milford Center Baptist Church

Phyllis Mattison

MILFORD – Phyllis F. Mattison, 92, who was active in Milford Center Community Bible Church, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Cooperstown Center where she resided.

She was born May 28, 1928, at Parshall Hospital in Oneonta, the daughter of Stuart A. and Ena M. (Dana) Foote.

Phyllis grew up in Otego and graduated from Otego Central School in 1945. She attended Rochester Institute of Technology, majoring in interior design.




After 27 Years Of Public Service, Veteran

Oneonta Supervisor To Serve Out His Term

Veteran Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood this morning began to tell friends and associates he plans to retire at the end of the year. His retirement will end 27 years in public service, including four years on the city’s Common Council (1991-95) and, since 2008, as supervisor of Otsego County’s largest town.  In an interview this morning, he said he plans to complete his public service on a high note, with completion of an $8+ million water system to service Southside and a $3+ million town highway garage.  As of today, he said, he has 299 days left on the job. (Jim Kevlin/



Finally, New Welcome Sign At Oneonta’s I-88 Entrance

Finally, New Welcome Sign

At Oneonta’s I-88 Entrance

A highway crew this morning erects a new “Welcome to Oneonta” sign on Lettis Highway at Interstate 88’s Exit 15. The sign sports Oneonta’s new logo, which emerged from the city’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). It replaces a sign that’s been there for decades and had fallen into decrepitude in recent years. (Ian Austin/
‘Welcome To Oneonta’ Sign Will Be Replaced

‘Welcome To Oneonta’

Sign Will Be Replaced

The deteriorating “Welcome to Oneonta” at I-88 at Lettis Highway – for years the first impression of first-time visitors to the city – will be replace tomorrow, Friday, March 5.  Work will begin at 7 a.m. and the job may be complete by 3:30 p.m.  Drivers are alerted to obey all temporary traffic control devices on the northbound lane.  Any questions, call the Department of Public Service at 432-2100 or visit ( file photo)
Maryland Historical Society Wins State Non-Profit Charter

Maryland NY Historical Society

Wins State Non-Profit Charter

SCHENEVUS – The state Education Department has granted the Town of Maryland Historical Society a charter as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the society announced today.

This means that the Town of Maryland Historical Society can officially be registered in New York State, fundraise through membership, collect historical items, and share the stories and history of the town and vicinity.

Schneiders Sell Landmark  To John Walker, CCS 1990

Schneiders Sell Landmark 

To John Walker, CCS 1990

Fred and Robin Schneider announced today that they have sold the Landmark Inn, 64 Chestnut St., Cooperstown to Cooperstown native John Walker, CCS Class of 1990. “After 8 wonderful years in Americas perfect village it is time to retire and set sail,” the Schneiders said. “Thank you all for your friendship and support.  We will miss this place. We leave with a full heart and know the Landmark Inn will continue to prosper under the careful attention of John and Keith.”  The sale was closed Wednesday afternoon, the Schneiders said. ( file photo)
József Kiss, Freedom Fighter, Achieved American Dream


 On your feet, Magyar, the homeland calls!
The time is here, now or never!
Shall we be slaves or free?
This is the question, choose your answer!

From the National Poem of Hungary, by Sándor Petöfi

Freedom Fighter József Kiss

Achieved American Dream

József Kiss

ONEONTA – Born at the start of World War II in a small rural settlement in eastern Hungary, József Kiss survived the front lines of German and Russian armies sleeping in an underground bunker at night with his family and neighbors.

Perhaps it is no wonder that he eventually become a Freedom Fighter in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, bravely joining with others in their attempt to establish democracy. The little boy that pointed at planes flying overhead and told his mother he would one day fly to America somehow knew that he was destined to leave his homeland.

Entrepreneur Kathleen Kiss Survived Husband By 5 Days


Entrepreneur Kathleen Kiss

Survived Husband By 5 Days

Couple Operated 2 Mobile Home Parks
Kathleen Kiss

DAVENPORT – Kathleen Márton Kiss (née Lídia) passed away in her home on Feb. 3, 2021. Her husband of 64 years, József Kiss, survived her by only five days.

Growing up in Socialist Hungary behind the Iron Curtain, Kathleen and her fiancé fled the country as refugees of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. After marrying in Austria, they flew to the United States with help from the Hungarian Reformed Protestant Church and began their new life on a farm in New York State.

Capitol Attack, Riot Resolutions Passed Routinely – Then, Oops!

Capitol Attack, Riot Resolutions

Passed Routinely – Then, Oops!

County Rep. Rick Brockway, R-West Laurens, top row, center, brought a moment of levity – and truth – to today’s county board meeting.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – After last month’s hour-long fiery debate at the county board meeting over resolutions expressing contrary views on the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, both resolutions went through routinely at today’s meeting as part of the consent agenda.

Well, almost.

County Rep. Rick Brockway, on Zoom from his West Laurens home, answered a question his wife was relaying to him from a caller.

“We didn’t pull either of them,” replied Brockway.  “They didn’t pull theirs, so we didn’t pull ours.”

“Rick, you’re not on mute,” one of his fellow Zoom meeting participants called out.

Citizen Review Board Among Ideas Suggested By Policing Task Force


Citizen Review Board

Among Ideas Suggested

By Policing Task Force

COOPERSTOWN – Recommendations ranged from “an outside entity to review complaints against officers” to “implicit bias awareness training,” as the county’s Law Enforcement Review Task Force reported this morning to the county Board of Representatives.

The public has until 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, to read the report and email comments to    The county reps will meet at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 25, to approve the report, which is due in Albany by April 1.

As Max Luxuriates, Stacey In Doghouse


As Max Luxuriates,

Stacie In Doghouse

Max, top photo, awaits a snack from Susquehanna Animal Shelter staffer Allison Hungerford this afternoon as, duded up with a tie, he relaxed in SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes’ office at the Hartwick Seminar facility.  Meanwhile, to dramatize Max’s plight, Haynes, inset right, spent the day in Max’s cage.   He’s been in the shelter 444 days, the longest of any of the residents there.  Today, the 5-year-old pit bull spent 444 minutes – 7 hours and 24 minutes – in the executive director’s office, and she in his kennel.  The shelter has been focused on getting its charges adopted as soon as possible.  While Max received treats, Stacie read a book and tried to ignore her barking neighbors.  To adopt a dog or cat, click here.  (Jim Kevlin/

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