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Libby Cudmore

Staff writer for AllOTSEGO, as well as Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and Hometown Oneonta newspapers, serving the Otsego County region of Upstate New York, the #1 source of local news in its region.
Girl Scout Honors Late Methodist Ministers With Grave Medallions

Girl Scout Honors

 Methodist Ministers

With Grave Medallions

Amethyst Gardner, 17, fills dirt in around a brass medallion, which reads “United Methodist Pastor,” in front of the grave of Rev. William Bixby in the Riverside Cemetery. Gardner has planted a total of 12 medallions at graves of Methodist clergy for her Girl Scouts’ Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.  Oneonta’s First United Methodist Church, at which Gardner is a member, gave her the medallions and Gardner solicited in-kind donations of cement for making the concrete cylinders and brass rods for attaching the medallions to the top of them. “It’s a huge honor to achieve my goal of earning the Gold Award because I’m really connected to my faith,” Gardner said, who just graduated from Oneonta High School and will be starting at SUNY Oneonta in the fall. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
Developer: Artist Lofts Transform Downtowns

Tonight, Planning Commission Briefed

Developer: Artist Lofts

Transform Downtowns

Before a packed house, Ken Kearney, Parkview Development & Construction, explains how mixed-use, artist and middle-income housing his company built has transformed several Upstate cities, including Beacon and Peekskill. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special To AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Oneonta is the right place at the right time.

That was Hudson Valley developer Ken Kearney’s assessment to a packed Chambers in Tuesday’s Common Council meeting of the positive impact his proposed development, Lofts on Dietz Street, would have on Oneonta’s downtown.

With evidence of positive results from two recent developments with artist lofts and middle-income apartment in Peekskill and Poughkeepsie, Kearney’s prediction for a similar project in Oneonta carried weight.

“We built our Peekskill buildings in a blighted area with high poverty rate and crime,” he said. “No one walked there at any time of day. We were the first investment in about 50 years. When it opened last year, there were people walking up and down Main Street. A coffee shop and restaurant have opened up.”

Unadilla Woman In Critical Condition After Being Struck By Car

Unadilla Woman Hit

By Car, Hospitalized

In Critical Condition

UNADILLA – A 69-year-old Unadilla woman was critically injured Saturday when she was struck by a Jeep that drifted into the shoulder where she was walking,  Trooper Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer, reported.

Susan Haney was walking southbound on the east shoulder of County Route 4 when she was allegedly struck by a 2007 Jeep Patriot driven by Nicole L. Wilber, 34, Unadilla, who was driving north. According to police, the passenger-side headlight and mirror struck Haney, who was then thrown several feet onto the shoulder.

K-9 Team Joins Bassett Hospital Security Department

HUDSON ON THE JOB

K-9, Handler Join

Bassett’s Security

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Hudson and handler, Officer Meiser.

COOPERSTOWN – Hudson may just be a dog, but as part of Bassett Hospital’s first K-9 team, he has a lot of responsibilities.

The hospital announced the new security team today.

“The presence of a K-9 team is shown to be extremely effective in promoting safety,” said Harold Southworth, director of Public Safety and Transportation, who along with Andrew Zuk, manager of Security Operations, led the development of the K-9 program.

“Hudson is extremely intelligent and adaptable to the moment. His presence can immediately calm a highly charged situation, and he is an approachable, comforting distraction when called upon, such as for children in the emergency department.”

Three Dozen Line Streets In ‘Lights For Liberty’ Vigil
Placards Spell: End Concentration Camps

3 Dozen Line Oneonta Street

In ‘Lights For Liberty’ Vigil

Joining the nationwide “Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps,” nearly three dozen people – Mark Drnek, left, among them – lining Oneonta’s Dietz Street Friday evening near the corner with Main, singing “This Land Is Your Land,” with cars honking in approval as they drove by. They held candles, signs and letters spelling out “End Concentration Camps.”  Inset, Katie Boardman of Cooperstown, right, helped organize the vigil because “children cannot be in cages.”  John Maier, center in the plaid shirt, came to the vigil from Treadwell.  “I can’t believe there are concentration camps in the U.S. in my lifetime,” he said.  (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

Firefighters Resuscitate Cat After Oneonta Apartment Fire

Firefighters Resuscitate Cat

At Oneonta Apartment Fire

Oneonta fire fighters responded to a fire at the Mayrose Apartments on Lewis Avenue this evening. One resident, Matt Baker, was treated for smoke inhalation, and his cat, Oreo, was rescued from the fire and resuscitated with oxygen at the scene.

By JENNIFER HILL • Special To ALLOTSEGO.com

Oreo is resting comfortably after Oneonta Fire Captain Rob Latourette resuscitated her with oxygen.

ONEONTA – Oneonta firefighters were able to resuscitate a cat rescued from the fire in the Mayrose Apartment complex on Lewis Avenue this evening.

“She was pretty much dead when we found her,” said Capt. Rob Latourette. “I gave her oxygen and she revived quickly.”

The cat, named Oreo, is owned by Matt Baker, a resident of the apartment, was also treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Baker, 26, managed to rescue his three guinea pigs, which are in the care of a neighbor.

A second cat, a cream-colored female named Cheeseburger, was not located in the apartment, and is believed to have run out the door when the fire broke out and is still missing.

ALL ABOARD! Highlights From The 150th Anniversary of Milford Trains

ALL ABOARD!

Highlights From The 150th

Anniversary of Milford Trains

Bruce Hodges, president, Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society and founder Jim Loudon, invite you to join two days of fun celebrating Otsego County’s railroad history. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

MILFORD – The Cooperstown-Charlotte Valley Railroad celebrates 150 years with two days of train rides, talks, ice cream, music and more Saturday – Sunday, July 13-14.

  • 9 -11 a.m. Special Postal Cancellation by Milford Postmaster Judy Kessler @ Milford Depot
  • 10 – 11:30 a.m.: Steam powered Train Ride W. Big Hook Demo to Milepost 6 ($30/adult, $28/seniors, $25/kids, under 3 free)
  • 10 a.m. – Noon: Dixieland Band performs (tent in front of Milford Depot)
Oneonta’s Growth May Mean Stricter Laws on Short-Term Rentals

Oneonta’s Growth

May Mean Stricter Laws

On Short-Term Rentals

The Town of Oneonta Board is considering placing restrictions and fines on short-term rentals. Board members, from left, Randy Mowers, Patricia Jacobs, Sara Robinson, Town Clerk, Bob Wood, Town Supervisor, Rob Panasci, Town Attorney, Patricia Riddell Kent and Brett Holleran. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to ALLOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – As summer tourism booms, the Town of Oneonta might see a “mini urban renewal” – just so long as everyone is in compliance.

“We have the issue of bigger homes where there has to be family living in them,”  Joe Camarata, Planning Board Chair, told the Town of Oneonta Board.  “How do you police that?  I think we suggest they come into the code office or if they want to rent out 18 bedrooms that they ask for a zoning variance.”

Cows, Goats, Pigs, Oh My! At Junior Livestock Show

Cows, Goats, Pigs, Oh My!

At Junior Livestock Show

More than 250 kids presented 650 animals as part of The Farmers’ Museum’s 72nd annual Junior Livestock Show‘s Parade of Champions, showcasing the best of the best in livestock at the end of a weekend of trials and judging at the Iroquois Farm Showgrounds in Cooperstown. Above, Gus Mason, 14, holds Gummy Bear’s Grand Champion Jersey award and the Best Jersey Bred and Owned award . The Grand Champion silver plate award was made in memory of Howard Curry Ainslie by his family when he died in 1999.  Flanking Gummy Bear on the left is Howard Ainslie’s youngest daughter, Darcey Ainslie Schilling, and on the right, his granddaughter, Jennifer Griffith.  Harold Couse, Griffith’s father and husband of Howard’s daughter Carla Ainslie Couse, stands next to Gus, with family friend Addilee Lutz, 8.  At right, Farmers’ Museum board member David Bliss presents the Dairy Cup Best in Show award to Lance McClure and his cow, Jericho-Dairy Baracuda-ET. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

At Long Last, Bomber’s Burrito Bar Opens Its Doors!

Bomber’s Burrito Bar

Opens For Business!

With much anticipation, Bomber’s Burrito Bar on Main Street in Oneonta celebrated a soft opening this afternoon with a ribbon cutting. According to a sign on the door, the local branch of the Albany-based franchise will be open for business tomorrow, “pinky swear.” From left: Alan Sessions, CDO Workforce, Council member Dave Rissberger, third ward, Deb Marcus, president, Family Planning of South Central NY, Barbara Ann Heegan, President, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Charlie Hewitt, manager, owner John Hewitt, Jim Hewitt, manager, Mayor Gary Herzig and Jimmy Vann, owner of the Bomber’s franchise. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
All Welcome At Neahwa Park Free Lunch Program

All Welcome For Lunch

At Neahwa Park Pavilion

Volunteer Christy Houck makes up a tray of lunch at the Summer Food Service program as she gets a carton of milk from her son Josh, also a volunteer. The annual free lunch program, sponsored by Catholic Charities in partnership with the First United Presbyterian Church, offers a sandwich, fruit, vegetables and milk from Noon – 1 p.m. Monday – Friday, through Aug. 23 in the large pavilion at Neahwa Park. Now in it’s sixth year, the Summer Food Program has expanded to offer meals to children and their families, as well as the homeless, and has added programs from Huntington Library and Cornell Cooperative Extension. In addition, they are running buses to three of Oneonta’s mobile home parks to assist residents in accessing the meal program.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Herzig To Salka: Help Upstate Cities

TOWN HALL IN ONEONTA

Herzig To Salka:

Help Upstate Cities

Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, fields a questions from the audience as part of a Town Hall held tonight in Council Chambers. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to ALLOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Ask and you may receive.

“Cities like mine have maintained taxes at the state-mandated cap of two percent – even at zero percent, but  state aid to municipalities have not increased in 10 years,” said Mayor Gary Herzig during a Town Hall with Oneonta’s Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, in Council chambers this evening. “Why won’t the legislature not step up to and provide aid to cities who are fighting to renew their infrastructure, economic development, maintain services, attract new people and prevent people from leaving?”

Salka began his answer suggesting the lack of state aid increases to cities was because the legislature was controlled by “downstate interests,” legislators did not understand what Upstate New York needed, and the governor thought “there were too many towns and cities” and “wanted things big.”

Streaker Steals Show At 4th Of July Baseball Game

Streaker Steals Show At

4th Of July Baseball Game

County Rep. Danny Lapin snapped this picture of the streaker at the Oneonta Outlaws game on Thursday, July 4 and posted it to his Facebook page.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • AllOTSEGO.com Exclusive

ONEONTA – Fans of the Oneonta Outlaws got more than extra innings when a streaker ran across the outfield during a break in the game for the 4th of July fireworks.

“We got a call on the radio that there was a naked man running across Damaschke Field,” said Police Chief Doug Brenner. “One of our guys asked for a description, and the caller said, ‘It’s a guy with no clothes on!'”

Volunteers, Friends Turn Out For Hartwick Fire Co. 1 Reunion

HARTWICK COMMEMORATION

3 Founders Return

For 50th Anniversary

Of Firehouse, Squad

James Renwick, left, Donald C. Phillips and David Burch say the Pledge  at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the opening of the Hartwick Fire Department Company #1’s new building and formation of the Emergency Squad in 1969 during a celebration this afternoon. They were three of five people who volunteered their labor and time to make the new building happen and were at the original dedication on July 5, 1969. At that time, Mr. Renwick was Hartwick’s town supervisor and a volunteer firefighter; Mr. Phillips was one of the first members of the Emergency Squad; and Mr. Burch, who had just graduated from high school, volunteered his labor to help paint the building. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
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