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Treasures Abound At GOHS Auction

Treasures Abound

At 13th GOHS Auction

Hand-sewn quilts, sterling silver tea sets, maps, furniture and more were all up on the auction block at the 13th annual GOHS Auction held at the Quality Inn Friday evening. Above, Marcella Drago, left, and daughter-in-law Kathy Drago look over a Bible from 1847 that was part of the silent auction. At right, Grace Smith and Claire Smith show off some Hitchcock chairs to the crowd after the main auction got under way. (Ian Austin/



Veterans Day Tribute Concert


TRIBUTE CONCERT – 5:30 p.m. Celebrate our nations veterans with featured performer Jerrod Niemann. Features VIP veterans reception in Wright-Wilber Bank Atrium. Show begins at 7 p.m. Cost, $25 at door. Free to vets, active duty military personnel. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit

2 Informational Meetings Set On County Manager

2 Informational Meetings

Set On County Manager

One In Oneonta, Second In Cooperstown

The first of two informational meetings on creating a county manager for Otsego County is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Oneonta City Hall, county Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, who chairs the county board’s Administration Committee, announced today.

The second will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown.

The informational meetings will set the stage for the official public hearing, planned at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the start of the county board’s monthly meeting.  A vote may follow at that time.

Donald Mitchell, 29; Musician, Lyricist Raised In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM:  Donald Mitchell, 29;

Musician, Lyricist Raised In Oneonta

Don Mitchell

ONEONTA – Funeral services are Wednesday, Nov. 13, for Donald S. Mitchell, 29, of Oneonta, a musician and lyricist, earned his Heavenly reward Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

Born on Aug. 22, 1990, in Oneonta, to Sandra Layman and Donald Mitchell, Don was a beautiful baby and a shining star from the very beginning. He graduated from Oneonta High School, going on to work most recently at The Otesaga Hotel, of which he was very proud.

GOHS’ Annual Auction, Main Fundraiser, Tonight


GOHS’ Annual Auction,

Main Fundraiser, Tonight

GOHS members Liz Morley and Gary Wickham pause from setting up this evening’s auction to admire a particularly striking portrait among the items up for sale. Doors for the silent auction open at 5:15 at the Quality Inn, Route 23, Southside Oneonta, and the live auction begins at 6:30, with auctioneer Kevin Herrick wielding the gavel. Public welcome, and bidders in particular. Food, beverages for sale. (Jim Kevlin/
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against ‘Green Light’ Law

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit

Against ‘Green Light’ Law

Way Open For Illegal Immigrants To Drive

ALBANY — New York Attorney General Letitia James today hailed the U.S. District Court affirmation of the “Green Light” law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

The decision by Judge Elizabeth Wolford dismissed a lawsuit brought by Erie County Clerk Michael (Mickey) Kearns, and supported by 34 county clerks across the state, including Otsego County’s Kathy Sinnott Gardner.

Winter Of 2019-20 Arrives Here Early


Winter Of 2019-20

Arrives Here Early

An inch or so of snow fell on most of Otsego County today, from Richfield Springs’ Kinney Drugs to Oneonta, beginning  early this afternoon – and a month and two weeks ahead of the official arrival of winter. Temperatures are expected to drop into the teens overnight then rise into the upper 20s during partly sunny Friday. (Jim Kevlin/
Henrietta deVos, 91; Partner In Daughters & deVos Farm

IN MEMORIAM: Henrietta deVos, 91;

Partner In Daughters & deVos Farm

Henrietta deVos

WEST LAURENS – Henrietta deVos, 91, a Dutch native, trained seamstress and partner in the Daughters & deVos famr here, passed away at the Waterville Residential Care Center in Waterville, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

She was born on March 29, 1928, in Grou, Netherlands, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Alice (Zetsma) Poeze.  Henrietta married Harmen deVos on March 11, 1950, in Littlefalls, N.J., a blessed marriage of more than 59 years.

Bob Evans, 73, Worcester, Key Player In Oneonta Media Scene


Bob Evans, 73, Worcester, Played

Key Role In Oneonta Media Scene

Bob Evans

WORCESTER — Robert W. Evans, 73, a fixture on Oneonta’s media scene for four decades — in radio, TV and print — passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 5, 2019, at Fox Hospital.

Bob was born April 16, 1946, the youngest son of Eddie R. and Flora Evans. He was a lifelong resident of Worcester.  In 1963, Bob met Barbara Haskell in high school. They were married at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Worcester on Aug. 26, 1967. They were high school sweethearts for 52 years.

Bob began his career in advertising in 1969 at WDOS, Oneonta. He was instrumental in the implementation of the first FM radio station in Oneonta, WSRK. During his career in advertising sales, Bob worked in all aspects of media, radio, TV and print.

Double OK Buoys Lofts On Dietz Plan

Double-OK Buoys

Lofts On Dietz Plan

After City Council Approves Site Sale,

Planning Commission Backs Site Plan

City Planning Commission Chairman Anna Tomaino prepares to sign the SEQR “negative declaration” the commission approved after a review Wednesday night. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Mayor Gary Herzig emphasizes the potential benefits of the Lofts on Dietz. Behind him is Council member John Rafter.

ONEONTA — The Lofts are rising.

A day after Common Council, 7-1, authorized the sale of part of the Dietz Street parking lot to Kearney & Son Development for the 64-unit Lofts on Dietz, the city Planning Commission Wednesday evening unanimously approved the site plan application, clearing the way for the project to go forward.

Prior to discussion the plan’s particulars, the commission reviewed the SEQRA application, and authorized chairman Anna Tomaino to sign a “negative declaration.”  Under the state Environmental Quality Review Act, such a declaration finds the project will have minimal impact.

At Meeting, Schenevus Superintendent Urges Merger


At Packed Meeting,

Superintendent Says

Merger Is Best Option

Schenevus Superintendent Theresa Carlin presented three options – merging, tuition-out or dissolving – for the future of the school district tonight at a public meeting in the school’s gymnasium. (James Cummings/

By JAMES CUMMINGS • Special to

Hugh Gallagher’s three children attended Schenevus Central, and he stood up to support of merging with Worcester Central to get more state aid for both schools.

SCHENEVUS — With time and money running out, Schenevus Central School Superintendent Theresa Carlin gave parents three options for their district: Dissolve, tuition-out or merge.

“We cannot sustain ourselves as a K-12 district much longer,” she said at a presentation in the school gymnasium tonight. “Our number one solution is to merge with another district.

But families who came out to the meeting were divided on which of those three choices to make.

Doug Gulotty, a Schenevus resident and former Wilber Bank president who spent 17 years as a board member and whose wife teaches at the school, favors tuitioning-out. “The identity of the school matters,” Gulotty said. “I want everyone to keep an open mind.”

County Board Gives $230,000 To Fix Jailhouse Roof

County Board Allocates

$230K To Fix Jail Roof

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Even with $230,000 in emergency funding allocated by the Otsego County Board of Representatives to fix the leaking roof of the county’s Public Safety Building, it could still be six to eight weeks before inmates are returned to the jail.

“We have one estimate done and we’re waiting for another,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. “We’ve also asked the architect that’s working on some other projects at the jail to give us a price for expanding services.”

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