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7 HOMELESS AS 60 BATTLE ROUTE 28 FIRE

7 HOMELESS

AS 60 BATTLE

ROUTE 28 FIRE

Firefighter Derek West, in top photo, pours water on the remains of 4703 Route 28, Hartwick Seminary, from atop a Milford Volunteer Fire Department engine, assisted by his dad Damon and Wade Thayer.  Hartwick #2 Fire Chief David Bryant, the officer in charge at the scene, walks by the apparatus.  The fire was reported at 3:30 a.m. today, and more than a half-dozen departments responded, Bryant said.  Seven people were living in the home; no one is injured, and the Red Cross assisted the family, not yet officially identified, to find temporary lodging, he said.   The home, earlier photo inset, located directly across Route 28 from NBT Bank’s Cooperstown Commons’ office, was a total ruin.  In addition to Hartwick #2 and Milford, responding departments included Hartwick #1 from the hamlet, Cooperstown, Fly Creek and Mount Vision.  Schuyler Lake sent a pumper to assist.  Bryant, who estimated 60 firefighters were at the scene at the peak, said this fire is the worst his department has dealt with since the Milford United Methodist Church burned on March 12, 2016.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Crash Closed Route 166 After Motorcyclist Injured

 Crash Closed Route 166 After Motorcyclist Injured

CHERRY VALLEY – A Warnersville motorcyclist was flown by Life Net helicopter to Albany Medical Center after his southbound 2013 Kawasaki was struck from behind as it slowed to turn off Route 166 onto Route 33 at 3 p.m. Friday, the county Sheriff’s Department reports.

Route 166 was closed for about two hours.

The motorcyclist was Jason D. Wilber, 38. The driver of the delivery van that struck the bike was Todd J. Gould, 28, of Morris, deputies said.

View official press release of incident

Route 28 Bridge Rehab in 2017 May Close Road, Cause Detour
PUBLIC HEARING TUESDAY IN MILFORD

Route 28 Bridge Rehab in 2017

May Close Road, Cause Detour

dotMILFORD – The state Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will hold a public meeting Tuesday on plans to rehabilitate a Route 28 bridge just north of the Robert V. Riddell State Park and I-88.

Under consideration are plans to close the bridge completely during the 2017 construction, causing a six-minute detour via I-88, Exit 16 and Routes 7 and 992G.  Or temporary signals would allow single lane traffic to go back and forth.

The public information meeting will be Milford Central School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 7.

Traffic Signals Put On Route 28 For Road Work After Labor Day

Traffic Signals Put On Route 28

For Road Work After Labor Day

A DOT drew is auguring holes on each side of Route 28, south of Cooperstown, to install temporary traffic signals.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
A DOT drew is auguring holes on each side of Route 28, south of Cooperstown, to install temporary traffic signals. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Contractors for the state Department of Transportation today began installing temporary traffic signals on outer Glen Avenue (Route 28), in preparation for culvert work that will begin after Labor Day.

VP To Crowd: XNG Intends To Continue

VP To Crowd: XNG

Intends To Continue

Informational Meeting Turns Stormy

As Attendees Object To Truck Traffic

“You’re ruining people’s lilves,” Dan Rowley of Hartwick told XNG Vice President Matt Smith at an informational hearing on the “virtual pipeline” this evening at Milford Central School. (Parker Fish/www.AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Hartwick’s John Niedzialkowski, who lives on Route 205, asked why XNG trucks can’t be routed on four-lane highways instead of local roads.
XNG’s Matt Smith addresses the audience.

MILFORD – In an open forum intended to educate the general public, XNG co-founder and Vice President Matt Smith faced an angry general public that wanted nothing to do with the cavalcade of trucks the company is sending across Otsego County daily.

“This is just a waste of my time,” said Hartwick resident Dan Rowley, one of several residents unable to get their questions answered as the gathering in the Milford Central School auditorium.

Northbound Route Out Of Schenevus To Be Closed 2 Days For Culvert Work

Northbound Route Out Of Schenevus

To Be Closed 2 Days For Culvert Work

SCHENEVUS – The Otsego County Highway Department will be closing County Route 34, the main route north out of this community, the week of Aug. 28 to replace a large cross culvert, county Highway Superintendent Bill Mason announced.

The closing is approximately 2 1/2 miles north of State Route 7, Town of Maryland, at the Barton Farm.   Drivers can use Sperry Hollow Road, Stanley Roseboom Road, and Badeau Hill Road to circumvent the closure. Weather permitting, the work is expected to take no more than two days.

G.E Turbine Slows Route 20 Traffic

GE Turbine Slows

Route 20 Traffic

Wires are lifted to allow a Pennsylvania-bound GE turbine to crawl down Route 20 in East Springfield at noon today. (Fred Culbert/AllOTSEGO.com)

EAST SPRINGFIELD – A Pennsylvania-bound General Electric turbine is slowly making its away across the top of Otsego County this afternoon, causing traffic delays on Route 20.

According to WKTV, the 375,000-pound turbine is on the move from the GE plant in Schenectady to Jessup, Pa., where a power plant is under construction, a 225-mile route.

Seward Legislation Seeks To Name Route 205 In Honor Of Fallen Marine

Seward Legislation Seeks

To Name Route 205

In Honor Of Fallen Marine

Sergeant Winslow

Today the state Senate passed legislation, proposed by State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, to rename the Hamlet of Hartwick portion of Route 205 in honor of United States Marine Corps Sergeant John Kempe Winslow.

Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Seward.  “Sergeant Winslow made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive.”

Sergeant John Kempe Winslow was a life-long resident of Hartwick and a decorated Marine who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart during his first tour.  Tragically, Sergeant Winslow was killed in action on July 30, 1969.

OPT BUS SLIDES OFF ROUTE 28

OPT BUS SLIDES OFF ROUTE 28

HARTWICK SEMINARY – At this hour, a northbound Oneonta Public Transit bus has slid off Route 28 at the curve in front of Dog Wild in Hartwick Seminary.  Three other cars were reported off Route 28 between I-88 and Coopertown in the last half hour.

One-Injury Crash Clogs Route 28 At Rush Hour

One-Injury Crash Clogs

Route 28 At Rush Hour

Route 28 between Cooperstown and Fly Creek has been closed for the past 20 minutes after a northbound AllStar Taxi van ran into the back of a northbound tan Ford SUV that was turning left into the Haggerty Road subdivision.   The accident happened about 4:20 p.m., as Bassett Hospital employees were heading home for the day.   The Ford driver had pulled the vehicle into Haggerty Road but the taxi van, its front grill smashed, remained in the middle of Route 28.  One person, apparently the driver of the taxi van, was transported to Bassett by Fly Creek EMS.  Coopertown Medical Transport and Cooperstown EMS also had ambulances at the scene.  Village police, state police and deputy sheriffs were at the scene.   Cooperstown fire police were diverting traffic at Glen Avenue down Maple Street toward alternate routes.   Top photo is of van, looking back toward Cooperstown; photo at right is Ford parked along Haggerty Road.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Empty XNG Truck Flips On Rte. 205

DRIVER RATTLED, BUT UNHURT

Empty XNG Truck

Flips On Route 205

This is the kind of XNG truck that has been traversing Otsego County. The local trucks have the logo on the cab, but the trailers are plain white.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

TOWN OF BURLINGTON – An empty XNG truck en route south from the company’s Little Falls plant went off Route 205 about two miles south of Route 80 at 8:20 a.m. today, according to county Emergency Services Director Art Klinger.

The driver was shook-up, but was able to tell emergency personnel arriving at the scene that the tanker was empty, Klinger said.

“There was no release of gas at any time,” XNG Vice President Matt Smith emphasized in an email received a few moments ago.

Work On 2 Culverts Clogging Route 28

Work On 2 Culverts

Clogging Route 28

Coop-Fly Creek Tie-Ups End Dec. 1

Rush hour traffic backs up on Glen Avenue (Route 28) in Cooperstown at 4:30 today.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Rush hour traffic backs up on Glen Avenue (Route 28) in Cooperstown at 4:30 today. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – As, drivers on Route 28 between here and Fly Creek have noticed, the state Department of Transportation began work the day after Labor Day on a project that is clogging traffic both ways, particularly during rush hours.

The DOT is replacing two concrete box culverts, work that will continue until Dec. 1.

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