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)
SPRINGFIELD CENTER – The state Department of Transportation is planning to replace a culvert on West Lake Road just south of the Glimmerglass Festival, and is planning a public hearing next Wednesday at the Community Center in Springfield Center.
Plans may be viewed from 6:30 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 7.
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.
PUBLIC HEARING TUESDAY IN MILFORD
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.
WORCESTER – A $3.9 million replacement of the Route 7 Bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad in the Town of Worcester is complete, the state DOT announced today. The bridge, originally installed in 1941, connects Otsego and Schoharie counties.
Informational Meeting Turns Stormy
As Attendees Object To Truck Traffic
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
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.
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.
GE Turbine Slows
Route 20 Traffic
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.
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
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.
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)
DRIVER RATTLED, BUT UNHURT
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.
Coop-Fly Creek Tie-Ups End Dec. 1
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.