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Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.

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.
Summer Fest Fun At Red Shed Brewery

Summer Fest Fun At

Red Shed Brewery

Patrick Squire, 27, and Courtney Burke, 25, of Edmeston, left, enjoy Red Shed’s libations at the brewery’s first annual Summer Fest while their puppy, Goose enjoys attention lavished on him by Cal Dingman, 9, of Grand Rapids, MI and 10-month old Hudson, with his mom, Caryn Davis of Ossining, in back. The fun continues today with brunch and trivia contest; for full schedule, click here.
Marilyn W. Gerowe, 67; ICU Nurse At Bassett


Marilyn W. Gerowe, 67;

ICU Nurse At Bassett

Marilyn W. Gerowe

ONEONTA – Marilyn W. Gerowe, 67, a former ICU nurse at Bassett Hospital, passed away at home with her family and friends at her side on August 1, 2019.

She was born Jan. 1, 1952 in Oneonta, the daughter of John H. Wells Sr. and Adelaide Cora (Escher) Wells.

Marilyn graduated from Oneonta High School, Class of 1970 and also SUNY Morrisville, earning an Associate’s degree in Nursing.

Art Abounds At City of the Hills Festival

Art, Culture Abound At

City of the Hills Festival

Sporting his “We’re Onta Something” shirt, Mayor Gary Herzig and First Lady Connie did some shopping at the City of the Hills Arts Festival, held this afternoon on Main Street in Oneonta. Warm weather and bright sunshine brought plenty of people downtown to visit the more than two dozen artisans and vendors who lined the streets for the annual festival, which also included music, readings and demonstrations, including Brenda Brooks of Studio BB in Goodyear Lake, right, who was busy painting a landscape next to her booth. “I had a lot on my walls, so I thought I’d sell some to buy more canvases!” she said.




Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks Arts, Reparations At Glimmerglass

Ta-Nehisi Coates Talks Arts,

Reparations At Glimmerglass

Teresa Miller, Senior Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer for The State University of New York shares questions with Ta-Nehisi Coates at The Glimmerglass Festival, August 2. (Karli Cadel/The Glimmerglass Festival)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Described as “the greatest essayist on race in America since James Baldwin,” Ta-Nehisi Coates did not mince words as he replied to pre-submitted questions read aloud by moderator Teresa Miller, SUNY system’s chief diversity officer, at The Glimmerglass Festival’s Alice Busch Opera Theater yesterday.

“A majority of Americans have deeply misunderstood how deep white supremacy runs in America,” he told the packed theater.  “We have never fully accepted black people; we don’t see them as more than second-class citizens.”  Coates said that lack of acceptance allowed us to see four Congresswomen of color and Baltimore as not truly American  when President Donald Trump attacked them, “a tactical move I compare to what Hitler did.”

Delgado Answers: Impeachment, Distilleries, Favorite Beer

Delgado Answers:

Impeachment, Distilleries,

Farmers, Favorite Beer

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Congressman Delgado

Calling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony last week “incredibly important” in an afternoon press conference call today, Rep. Antonio Delgado suggested he would support impeaching President Donald Trump if the president continued to “steamroll” the House’s investigations of him.

“I will weigh progress in our public hearings against the obstacles Trump is putting up,” Delgado said. “If that reaches an impasse, then we have to make a decision.”

Delgado’s statement indicated a shift from his emphasis on unity and impeachment being perceived as “a purely partisan political act” in his Oneonta town hall last Saturday, July 27.  But since then, more Democrats – both members of Congress and presidential candidates – have called for Mr. Trump’s impeachment.

Steven Doyle, 58, Oneonta; Hairdresser For Three Decades


Steven Doyle, 58, Oneonta;

Hairdresser For Three Decades

Steven Doyle

ONEONTA – Steven Doyle, 58, a locally-renown hairdresser, passed away suddenly on July 30, 2019.

He was born February 24, 1961 in Brooklyn, the son of Edward John Doyle and Annette A. (Sudano) Rao.

Steven grew up in Lindenhurst, moving to Oneonta when he was 15 years old and never left. He cut hair for over 35 years, most notably at Measure for Measure, which was originally his father, Ed Doyle’s business.  He then changed the salon to Hot Hair by Steven, which he owned and operated from his home.

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon On New Oneonta Clinic

Springbrook Cuts Ribbon

On New Oneonta Clinic

Springbrook CEO Patricia Kennedy gets help from one of the organization’s residents, Ken Goodrich in cutting the ribbon, officially opening Springbrook’s new clinic at 438 Main St., Oneonta. State Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford, told the 100-member audience before the ribbon-cutting that Ms. Kennedy convinced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to open a seventh Care Coordination Organization (CCO), an arm of the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities that partner with providers of services for individuals with developmental disabilities to help them receive Medicaid support and other efforts. From left to right: Frank Panzerella, COO, Bassett Medical Group, Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, Mayor Gary Herzig, Sen. James Seward, Kennedy, Goodrich, Springbrook COO Seth Haight, Springbrook residents Bryan Holt, Steve Nechis, and Brian Weeks, and Clinical Officer Kathy Ramiza. In back are Derek Jackson and Southern Tier Connect’s Executive Director, Meghann Andrews. (Jennifer Hill/


Cooperstown Man Arrested In Railroad Avenue Burglary

Cooperstown Man Arrested

In Railroad Avenue Burglary

The door to Upstate Companies was damaged during last night’s alleged burglary at 21 Railroad Avenue.  Ommegang’s business office, at the end of the hall, was also broken into. (Jim Kevlin/

COOPERSTOWN – A Cooperstown man was arrested hours after he allegedly broke into offices at 21 Railroad Ave. and stole items, including a computer and money.

Richard C. Abbate, 18, allegedly broke into the building after 11 p.m. last night and stole items from several offices, including a laptop from the Ommegang’s business office and meat from the Green Cow butcher shop.  He also allegedly took money from an office, and damaged several doors, including at Upstate Companies.

Police Investigating Break-In At 21 Railroad Avenue

Police Investigating

Break-In, Robbery

At 21 Railroad Ave.

At this hour, Cooperstown Police and the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department are investigating an overnight break-in at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown. According to witnesses, the staff of Duvel Moortgat arrived to find that their door handle had been tampered with and a laptop was missing; the door handle of the Law Guardian office was also broken off and the door to Upstate Companies was kicked in. The staff of the Hometown Oneonta/Freeman’s Journal/ was at their offices on the first floor until 11 p.m. last night, but told police they did not hear anything unusual. The building has been evacuated and is currently considered a crime scene. (Jim Kevlin/
Otsego Fair To Host Sensory-Friendly ‘Think Differently’ Day

Otsego Fair Hosting

Sensory-Friendly Day

To ‘Think Differently’ 

Otsego County Fair staff members Kelly Darragh and Joe Kolka sport the Think Differently shirts the staff will wear on Wednesday, a day dedicated to helping people with sensory sensitivities enjoy the fair.

MORRIS – Lisa Jones, manager, Otsego County Fair, wants to make sure everyone can enjoy the fun.

“During our annual meeting in Rochester, I heard about a fair that turned off their lights and sounds for people who have sensory sensitivities, and I knew we had to do it here,” she said. “I immediately brought it back to our board, and they agreed.”

On Wednesday, July 31, the fair will host their first “Think Differently Day,” where, from noon – 2 p.m., the midway will refrain from using music and sound, lights and overhead sound – including announcements – to make the fair more accessible to people with sensory sensitivities.

“I think this is a really cool thing that we’re able to do,” said Jones.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Planned For New Animal Shelter

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Planned For Animal Shelter

COOPERSTOWN – With adoptable animals, a pet photo booth and more, the Susquehanna SPCA will break ground on their new animal shelter building on Saturday, Aug,. 24

“We invite animal lovers, shelter supporters and volunteers from across the region to join us with their pets for an afternoon of fun as we celebrate this momentous occasion,” said SQSPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes. “If you’re not familiar with our work, this is also a great time to come learn about our organization and see us in action.”

At Roots Town Hall, Delgado Stresses Unity

At Roots Town Hall,

Delgado Stresses Unity

Congressman Antonio Delgado packed the house at a Town Hall at Roots, where he spoke about the “devastating” conditions at the detention centers at the border, concerns about election interference and stressed bipartisanship. (Ian Austin/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Delgado shakes hands with County Rep. Danny Lapin, D-Oneonta.

ONEONTA – Unity. Finding common ground. Bipartisanship.

These themes ran through U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado’s packed Town Hall meeting Saturday evening at Roots in downtown Oneonta – his 17th since being elected last November. When he was asked twice if he supported impeaching President Donald Trump, he said no both times.

“I can’t stand up here in this Town Hall and talk to you about how important it is to find common ground and bipartisanship…then say, rush to the first flames we can and stoke the division,” Delgado said.

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/
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/


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.”

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