UNADILLA — Betty Joan King, 90, who with her husband ran the Country Motel here for 30 years, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.
Betty was born on Dec. 15, 1927, in Brooklyn, daughter of the late Harry and Marie (Geiger) Maguire. Betty was very proud of her education, attending PS 45 Elementary School in Brooklyn, and graduating from Our Lady of Wisdom Academy.
On March 26, 1950, she was married to Robert J. King in Cambria Heights.
SIDNEY – Calling hours are Monday for attorney Thomas G. O’Neil, former Sidney village mayor, Tri-Town Chamber president and president of the Sidney Hospital Board of Directors, who passed away July 29, 2016, at the state Veterans’ Home in Oxford. He would have been 100 on Oct. 25.
A lifelong Sidney resident, he attended Hartwick College, married Gertrude Keeler, earned his law degree at Albany Law School, and served as a Navy lieutenant during World War II, first in the Pacific and later as a member of the JAG.
Editor’s Note: This article recounting “Voice of Oneonta” Joe Campbell’s career in radio appeared on Jan. 14, 2011, in Hometown Oneonta. A legend in his adopted hometown, he passed away early Wednesday morning, March 6, 2019. An obituary and memory book are available from the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. Meanwhile, take a walk down Memory Lane.
By JIM KEVLIN
from HOMETOWN ONEONTA, (Jan 13, 2011)
ONEONTA – Spending a few hours with Joe Campbell is a “Sentimental Journey” indeed.
He’s immediately in character, and there are lots of them.
There he goes: “Jack Armstrong, all American boy,” he intones. “Wave the flag for Hudson High, boys.”
Then a commercial break for Armstrong’s sponsor, Wheaties: “Won’t you try Wheaties, the best breakfast found in the land?”
Then on to “Little Orphan Annie: She’s a little chatterbox, that gal with auburn locks.” At the key point, Sandy chimes in: “Arf, arf.”
At almost 84, Joe Campbell, “The Voice of Oneonta,” whose “Sentimental Journey” – spoofs of those old radio shows, plus Big Band favorites, aired for decades over WDOS-AM 730, Oneonta – still captivates.
SIDNEY – Bob Holt, retired Sidney Central School superintendent of buildings and grounds, then a school board member, stepped aboard the train in the sky for his final journey on May 28, 2019, following his unexpected passing.
Robert D. Holt, 67, was born in Camden, N.J., to Robert and Ethel Holt. He graduated from Lenape High School and Rutgers University.
Before moving to Sidney, he worked for the railroad in Pennsylvania. Not long after arriving in Sidney, he began to work for Sidney schools, rising to building and grounds superintendent, then serving a term on the school board.
WEST ONEONTA – Wayne L Russell, 72, who spent 37 years as a civil engineer with the state Department of Transportation, passed away peacefully at Fox Nursing Home Feb. 19, 2016.
He was born Nov. 12, 1943, in Delhi, the son of Lawrence and Georgia (Ruling) Russell. The family lived in Bloomville until his junior year in high school when they moved to Schenevus. After graduation from high school in 1961 he went on to receive an associates degree in engineering from SUNY Delhi, and they began his career with the DOT.
He met his wife Lela (Eller) in high school and, after starting his career, they were married in 1965. Wayne had many talents, interests and accomplishments. Chief among them was the loving upkeep repairs and remodeling of his home and gardens where the couple raised their two boys.
Editor’s Note: “Voice of Oneonta” Joseph P. Campbell’s son, Joe Jr., eulogized his father at a memorial service Saturday, July 27, at the Oneonta Elks Lodge. This is an excerpt.
By JOE CAMPBELL, Jr. • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Dad absolutely loved teaching, coaching, and radio broadcasting.
“Mr. C.” taught for 38 years, mostly in sixth grade at the Greater Plains Elementary School. Dad had the exquisite gift of making lifelong personal connections with each of his students by building on their interests. Many of those students are here with us today and kept in contact with Mr. C. through cards and phone calls. Dad loved this recognition, referring to teaching as the most rewarding career.
Mr. C.’s innovative use of puppets, song, and radio-drama production, including sound effects, made creative writing, social studies, and math come alive in his classroom by delighting students. Additionally he had corners in his classroom for poetry, weight lifting, and radio. Dad frequently said he was grateful to teach back in the day when teachers had more freedom. At home, dad connected with me by bringing his sixth-grade circuit box home when I was in kindergarten and that set me on my path to MIT.
Editor’s Note: Due to high interest in the presidential and other elections coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 8, the deadline for political Letters to the Editor has been extended for one week. Letters will now be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, to be published in the upcoming pre-election editions of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. Below is an example of one of 10 excellent letters from readers published in your newspapers this week. Click HERE to send a letter
Irritable, Aggressive? Sound Familiar?
To the Editor:
As we near the date of the election, some of us may be concerned about the mental state of our presidential candidates. Mental illnesses are categorized, defined, and described by the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual,” Fifth Edition, of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-5). This handbook is used by mental health treatment providers throughout the country to establish and standardize diagnoses.
Antisocial Personality Disorder is among the mental disorders described in DSM-5. It is a “pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others….” (DSM-5, p. 659). This disorder is indicated by: “Deceitfulness as indicated by repeated lying…or conning others for personal profit or pleasure… Irritability and aggressiveness… Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to…honor financial obligations… Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt (or) mistreated another” (ibid.).
Lacking Supply, Gas Supplier Shifts Focus To Pennsylvania
Editor’s Note: This “Spotlight Report” is reprinted from this week’s Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta. Pick up allotsego.com’s sister newspapers weekly for news, features and commentary about the Otsego County regional issues.
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to allotsego.com
The future of Amphenol Aerospace’s 1,000-job Sidney plant if the state rejects the Constitution Pipeline is “a relatively minor blip from the perspective of the people who have opposed the pipeline,” says Bob Nied, Richmondville, formerly on the Stop the Pipeline steering committee.
If approved, Stop the Pipeline adherents believe, the pipeline would damage tourism, preventing job growth in that sector, and depress property values, counter-balancing Amphenol’s economic benefits, Nied said.
But Glenn Nealis, director of the Delaware County Economic Development Department, takes another view. He pointed out that, with its $30 million annual payroll, there is no larger employer than Amphenol in his county or Otsego, and that it is on a par with Raymond Corp., the fork-lift manufacturer in Greene, Chenango County.
Natural gas for Amphenol is “very important,” said Nealis. “They were very clear during the negotiations to keep them here that that was a key consideration, one they estimated would save them $1 million a year.”