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Styrofoam Recycling Begins At ReUse Center

Styrofoam Recycling

Begins At ReUse Center

Bill Hardy, the Otsego ReUse Center’s Manager, puts polystyrene blocks in the Center’s new foam recycling machine’s hopper. The hopper will grind up the polystyrene, send it through a rectangular chute. and eject it in dense two-inch blocks at a time – 30 pounds of polystyrene makes a single one-pound block!

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – Martha is here, and she’s going to make Otsego County cleaner.

Named for “avid recycler” Martha Clarvoe, an active committee member with OCCA,  Martha is the new polystyrene recycler, just installed at ARC Otsego’s ReUse Center.

“It takes 30 pounds of Styrofoam and condenses that into a four-foot cube,” Bill Hardy, the ReUse Center’s Manager, said.  “That means, all that Styrofoam will not be in landfills.”

The foam recycling machine crushes non-biodegradable polystyrene – commonly known as Styrofoam – and then repacks it into dense blocks, which can then be used to make picture frames, architectural molding, cement mixtures, and more.

Firefighter Delello Retires After 32 Years With OFD

Firefighter Delello Retires

After 32 Years With OFD

Jim Delello, a Critical Care Technician with the Oneonta Fire Department, finished his final shift at 8 a.m. this morning after 32 years with the OFD. (Ian Austin/

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to

ONEONTA – After 32 years with the Oneonta Fire Department, firefighter Jim Delello’s served his final tour of duty as a Critical Care Technician with the Oneonta Fire Department.

“You see people at their best and their worst,” he said. “It is gratifying to see the effect you have on people’s lives, and it’s good when you can see a positive outcome after a call.”

He began working with the department on Sept. 4, 1985, then came on as a full-time firefighter the following year. He was Union President for sixteen years, served on Mayor Dick Miller’s task force for the department and takes the roll of Crew Leader when the Captains are off.

But he chose to remain as a Critical Care Technician because he liked it so much. Whether he was out collecting money for Fill The Boot, or doing free blood pressure clinics for the community, he has enjoyed serving his community.

Davies, Shue Take Oneonta Democratic Primary



Davies, Shue

Romp To Win

Carolyn Cooper, with daughter, Mora, was the last person to vote in the Oneonta Common Council democratic primary at Foothills this evening. (Jennifer Hill/

ONEONTA – Mark Davies, Ward 2, and Kaytee Lipar Shue, Ward 4, will both appear on the Democratic ballot line for Oneonta Common Council this November after hammering opponents Seth Clark and Jerid Goss in today’s primary.

Both were endorsed by the city Democratic Committee.

Without write-ins counted, Davies received 95 votes to Clark’s five, and Shue got 49 votes to Goss’ 11. However, both Clark and Goss will run on the Republican and Independence lines in November.


Baseball Author Discusses

New Book At Hall Of Fame


AUTHOR SERIES – 1 p.m. Wayne Coffey discusses his new book, “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done: The ’69 Mets, New York City, and the Most Astounding Season in Baseball History” in the Bullpen Theatre. Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main St., Cooperstown. Info,, 607-547-7200.

Oneonta Common Council Hopefuls Head To Primaries

Common Council Hopefuls

Head To Oneonta Primaries

Richfield, Springfield, Laurens Polls Open Too
Volunteer Marge O’Mara, Oneonta, hands Lee Spering, Oneonta, his ballot for the Oneonta Common Council primary for Second and Fourth Ward representatives. The poling site will remain open until 9 p.m. this evening at Foothills Performing Arts Center.  Polls are also open until 9 p.m. for local races in the towns of Richfield, Laurens and Springfield, as well at the county board’s District 3, Laurens and Otego.  (Ian Austin/
Schenevus Central Allowed To Borrow Against Future Aid

Schenevus Central

Allowed To Borrow

Against Future Aid

Seward, Miller Sponsored Bill

To Save School, Cuomo Signs It

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo has signed legislation to stabilize Schenevus Central School’s finances by allowing it to borrow against future state aid, as much as $500,000 in the upcoming school year, and to put together a long-term financial plan for the district.

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and Assemblyman Brian Miller, the Republican who represents Schenevus, today announce the bill they sponsored has become law.  It also  establishes a long-term plan to stabilize the school district’s finances.

Of Hartwick’s RN Grads, 80% Already Have Jobs

Of Hartwick’s RN Grads,

80% Already Have Jobs

ONEONTA – Of the Class of 2019 nursing students who graduated last month from Hartwick College, 80 percent of those employed upon graduation were hired by the site at which they completed their practicum.

In other words, if a Hartwick nursing student trained at a facility, they were more often hired there after graduation than elsewhere, the college said in a press release issued yesterday.

Newly minted Hartwick nurses were hired at facilities including:

Development Pressures Bring Out Worried Citizens


Development Pressures

Bring Out Worried Citizens

Sherrie Kingsley, above, proprietor of  The Inn at Cooperstown with her husband, Marc (seated to her right), reads a three-page letter to the Village Board this evening raising concerns about impacts of The Grove, a 12-unit apartment complex developer Josh Edmonds is proposing at 10 Chestnut St., next to single-family homes on lower Chestnut and Pine Boulevard.  Several neighbors seconded Kingsley’s concerns. Others, including Bill Rigby, inset at right, opposed a PDD (a planned development district) that would allow expanded parking at New York Pizzeria, across Elm Street from his house.  On a third matter, Eric Olson, inset left, said loud music and noise emanating from the Pratt Hotel, a tavern across from his Pioneer Street home and business, is awakening him as late at 3 a.m. as much as three times a week; he calls police, to no avail.  Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch reassured the crowd that The Grove must go through several steps and public input before a decision is made.  Olson said he was looking for help from a 2001 noise ordinance; Tillapaugh advised him that a new law setting noise levels at an 80-decibel maximum may help him, but that devices to read noise levels has not yet arrived at Village Hall.  (Jim Kevlin/

Oneonta’s ‘Ninja Warrior’ Delayed By Stanley Cup

Oneonta’s ‘Ninja Warrior’

Delayed By Stanley Cup

Anthony Eardley’s Appearance Now July 1
The “American Ninja Warriors” episode featuring Oneonta’s Anthony Eardley has been delayed until July 1.

ONEONTA – Tonight’s screening of “American Ninja Warrior” at the Foothills Performing Center, with Oneonta’s own Anthony Eardley, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, at Foothills.

NBC canceled tonight’s “Warriors” episode to air the Stanley Cup finals.

The July 1 ANW episode, which will be shown on a big screen at the Foothills, will spotlight Anthony doing the obstacle course.  Viewers will get to see where Anthony lands next – if he makes it to the next qualifying level.

Trustees Will See Plan To Allow More Housing Within Village Limits

Trustees Will See Plan

To Allow More Housing

Within Village Limits

NY Pizza Parking, The Grove Apartments
Also On Village Board’s Agenda Tonight
Cindy Falk

COOPERSTOWN – A proposed revision to the Zoning Law that will allow two-family and apartment houses throughout the Village of Cooperstown will be presented to trustees for the first time tonight.

Also under discussion at the meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m at Village Hall, 22 Main St., will be a parking plan for New York Pizzeria at Elm and Main, and Josh Edmonds’ 12-apartment house, The Grove, proposed for 10 Chestnut St.

4 Candidates Vying In Oneonta Primary


4 Candidates Vying

In Oneonta Primary

Candidates in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Oneonta are, from left, Seth Clark and Mark Davies in Ward 2, and Jerid Goss and Kaytee Lipari Shue in Ward 4.

ONEONTA – Four candidates are vying for the Democratic nomination to two seats on Common Council in tomorrow’s primary election.  Polls will be open noon-9 p.m. at Foothills.  Click below for questionnaires provided by the four candidates:





Also, nominations will be decided in the towns of Laurens, Richfield and Spring, and in county board District 3.

Welcome, Summer!

Welcome, Summer!

Following Conductor Kerri Hogle’s signal, the Oneonta Community Concert Band opens its “Welcome to Summer” concert this afternoon with “The Star Spangled Banner” in the Wilber Park’s Pavilion. The band played a medley of favorite tunes, including “National Emblem March,” Glenn Miller swing music, and the hymn, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” Playing for the first time was 13-year-old saxophonist Cassandra Daum, visible in the back. Cassandra was asked to play at the last minute when the band had no one to play saxophone. “She was kind of nervous,” Cassandra’s grandmother, Shirley Bennett said. “She was playing with all of these professional musicians.”  (Jennifer Hill/
Saidy Toufic Maalouf, 72; Survivors Include Cooperstown Physician

IN MEMORIAM: Saidy Toufic Maalouf, 72;

Survivors Include Cooperstown Physician

COOPERSTOWN – Saidy Toufic Maalouf, a native of Lebanon currently residing in Cooperstown with her daughter and family, passed into eternal life Thursday evening, June 20, 2019, at her daughter’s home, surrounded by family. She was 72.

Born Aug. 15, 1946, in Hadath, Balbeck, Lebanon, she was a daughter of Toufic and Farida Maalouf.
On May 6, 1971, she married Gebrail “Gaby” Abou Zeidan in Ablah, Lebanon.

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