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‘Step Afrika’ Dance Performance



PERFORMANCE – 9 – 10:30 p.m. ‘Step Afrika’ performs dance that uses the human body as an instrument as practiced by traditionally African American fraternities, sororities and incorporates song, story telling, audience participation. Admission, $3/person. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta.

Jim Powers Runs For 122nd Assembly Seat

Jim Powers Runs For

122nd Assembly Seat

Former Otsego County Board Chairman

Seeks To Succeed Retiring Cliff Crouch

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Jim Powers

SOUTH NEW BERLIN – Republican Jim Powers, former Otsego County Board of Representatives chairman, announced this morning he’s running for state Assembly in the 122nd District to succeed Cllifford W. Crouch, Bainbridge, who is retiring.  Both are  career farmers.

“I enjoy public service and being able to help people with their problems,” and to do so “without raising taxes,” said Powers, who served 18 years on the county board.  As his most satisfying accomplishments, he points to initiating the withdrawal from MOSA, which he characterized as paying for not generating trash, and the county’s current 911 emergency system.

Siena Picks Chris Gibson As President


Siena Picks

Chris Gibson

As President

Otsego’s Former Congressman

Applies Leadership To Academe

Chris Gibson, Otsego County’s former congressman, addresses a full hall at Siena College yesterday after the decision to name him its new president was announced. (Siena College photo)

Otsego County’s former congressman, Chris Gibson ’86 Ph.D., will be Siena College’s new president, effective July 1, the Capital District college announced yesterday.  He will be formally inaugurated in the fall.

Dr. Gibson’s appointment – he is the first permanent lay leader at the Catholic institution – was approved unanimously by the College’s Board of Trustees in a special session.

“Siena played an instrumental role in shaping my values and ideals, and I am forever indebted to the faculty and staff, including the many friars who have been so influential in my life, said Gibson, who graduated from Siena in 1986 with a B.A. in history. “The connection I developed to the Franciscan tradition as an undergraduate inspired my personal calling to servant leadership. The Franciscan tradition sets Siena apart, and it will inform every decision as I work with the Siena community to advance the legacy of my predecessors and promote the mission of Siena College.”

Pathfinder Van Crashes; 7 Injured

Pathfinder Village

Van In Crash; 7 Hurt

At around 2:30 this afternoon, a van carrying Pathfinder Village residents collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Route 205 and 30 in the Town of Otsego. (Jim Kevlin/

COOPERSTOWN – A Pathfinder Village transport van was involved in accident in the Town of Otsego, Lori Grace, director of development at Pathfinder, confirmed a few minutes ago.

According to Rob O’Brien, Otsego County 911 operator, state police and and Cooperstown Fire Department responded to the scene of a two-car accident at the intersection of Route 205 and Route 80 in the Town of Otsego at 2:17 p.m. this afternoon.

Unatego Science Foundation Provides $8,000 To District

Unatego Science Foundation

Provides $8,000 To District

Dr. Jonathan Davis, president of the Unatego Science Foundation, this week presented Superintendent David Richards with an $8,000 check.  The foundation was created to provide the Unatego Central School District with financial resources for students and teachers.  Since its founding in 2008, it has donated more than $59,000.  Over $52,000 has been disbursed to date.  The funds have been used to purchase scientific equipment, materials and supplies; technology; software; curricular materials, and provide fellowships to deserving students from the district.  This past year, Foundation funds provided $500 scholarships to four Unatego students.
Soiree Honoring Dr. Dalton Raises $250,000 For Friends


Soiree Honoring Dr. Dalton

Raises $250,000 For Friends

Guests of honor at the fourth annual Valentine’s Soiree were Dr. Jim Dalton and wife Deb.

COOPERSTOWN – Last weekend’s Friends of Bassett fourth annual Valentine’s Soiree raised $250,000 to support medical education at Bassett Hospital, the Friends announced a few minutes ago.

More than 360 guests attended the Soiree at The Otesaga and paid tribute to Dr. James Dalton, the hospital’s director of Medical Education Dr. James Dalton, who retired from Prime Care last year after more than 30 years.

Franklin Man Charged With 41 Counts Of Animal Abuse

Faces 41 Counts of Cruelty, Abuse

Sheriff: Franklin Man

Trained Dogs To Fight


Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond, left, and Erin Insinga, shelter director, Delaware County Humane Society, announce the arrest of Nasir Asmat for 41 counts of animal abuse in training 20 dogs for fighting.

SIDNEY – A week after 20 dogs were rescued from a Franklin home “like something out of a horror film,” Nasir Azmat, 41, has been arrested and charged with 41 counts of animal fighting and cruelty charges.

Nasier Azmat

“I have a special place in my heart to defend the defenseless,” said Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond at this morning’s press conference. “I got to meet some of the beautiful souls of the Franklin, and it’s heartbreaking to see such innocent victims in these horrendous living conditions. And they were horrendous.”

One female pit bull that he saw, he reported, was used for breeding. “She just had this look of horror and abuse, even when you just reached out a hand to her,” he said. “It was awful.”

Trump, Cuomo Fail To Break ‘Trusted Traveler’ Deadlock

Trump, Cuomo Fail

To Break ‘Trusted

Traveler’ Deadlock

President Trump and Governor Cuomo were unable to break a deadlock over the “Trusted Traveler” program.

Governor Cuomo visited the White House yesterday but was unable to persuade President Trump to allow New Yorkers back in the federal “Trusted Travel” program.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told reporters that Cuomo and Trump held a “productive meeting.” He called the relationship between the state of New York and the federal government an important one but said it “has been made difficult by the unilateral actions of New York State regarding the sharing of critical security information with DHS.”

The Trump Administration announced it was curtailing the program in New York because the “Green Light” Law granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens and cut off federal access to state DMV records, preventing the U.S. Customs & Border Control Agency from properly vetting “Trusted Traveler” applicants.






Telling a story of military service and personal challenges overcome, Kyle Van De Water of Millbrook, Dutchess County, this evening won support of Otsego and Schoharie counties’  GOP executive committees to challenge Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19th, in the November elections. At left is Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-Schoharie, who is unchallenged for the Republican nomination in the 102nd District.  At right is Jan Bartow, Town of Middlefield committeeman; foreground is Steve Curry, City of Oneonta committeeman. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Ola Hawatmeh, founder of OLASTYLE in St. Louis who returned home to Poughkeepsie to run for Congress, said she plans to stay the course through a primary.

WORCESTER – Kyle Van De Water, a lawyer, Army veteran and father of three triplets – his daughter, challenged since her days in the womb, has undergone 30 operations in her 10 years – received the unanimous backing of the Otsego and Schoharie county Republican committees’ executive committees here this evening to challenge freshman Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, in this fall’s election.

The straw poll, while expressing the executive committees’ consensus, must still be affirmed by a meeting of the two full county committees.

Meeting at Worcester’s White House Inn, executive committee members heard from both Van De Water and the other Republican contender, Ola Hawatmeh, a Poughkeepsie native and successful fashion entrepreneur in St. Louis, Mo.

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