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/AllOTSEGO.com)
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 foothillspac.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BENEFIT AUCTION – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Find hundreds of items including jewelry, gift certificates, art, more available at live & silent auctions. Refreshments available. Support Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Quality Inn, 5206 NY-23, Oneonta. 607-433-2452 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
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.”
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.”