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Penny Marshall, Director of ‘A League of Their Own’ Dies at 75

‘League Of Own’ Director

Penny Marshall Dies At 75

Penny Marshall last visited the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002, posing next to the “A League of their Own” case. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame)

COOPERSTOWN – Penny Marshall, who directed the baseball classic “A League of Their Own” after taking inspiration from as Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit, died Monday night in her Hollywood Hills home  due to complications from diabetes, said Michelle Bega, a spokeswoman for the family.

Laura Moellering, Cooperstown, recalled that her mother,  Rita Meyer, a former shortstop for the Peoria Redwings with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, met Marshall when, in 1988, she attended the 50th reunion and unveiling of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s “Women in Baseball” display.



Scott W. Roland, 60, Maryland

IN MEMORIAM: Scott Roland, 60, Maryland

Scott W. Roland

SCHENEVUS – Scott W. Roland, 60, a Town of Maryland resident formerly of Niskayuna, died peacefully on Nov. 1, 2018.

A memorial gathering will take place on 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home in Oneonta, with a luncheon following.

State Doesn’t Approve Decompression Station

State Doesn’t Approve

Decompression Station

$3.9 Million Awarded County In 16 CFA Grants
State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, confers with Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch after Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the CFA grants this morning at The Egg in Albany. (Jeff Bishop photo)

The Cuomo Administration today announced its 2018 CFAs – the state’s economic development grants – and $3.5 million for a controversial gas decompression station in Oneonta’s Pony Farm commerce park wasn’t on the list.

Otsego County entities did receive 16 grants totalling $3.9 million.

Consultant: Save Oneonta Theatre, Let Foothills Help

Consultant: Save

Oneonta Theatre,

Let Foothills Help

Oneonta Theatre owner Tom Cormier, left, listens to consultant Duncan Webb’s presentation on future possibilities for his landmark property. (Jennifer Hill/

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Duncan Webb, founder of Webb Management Services, presented his findings on the future of the Oneonta Theatre and how it can be used to help revitalize the downtown. 

ONEONTA – The Oneonta Theatre is worth saving.

Duncan Webb, found of Webb Management Services, the premier consultant on revitalizing and managing historic theaters, told a gathered audience at Foothills that the 121 year old theater, now owned by Tom Cormier, was viable, and recommended that it be renovated and “aligned with the downtown” in helping to attract visitors who shop and stay in hotels in Oneonta.

But most notably, he said that the theater, once restored, should partner with the Foothills Performing Arts Center, rather than be in competition with it, and that Foothills should manage the theater’s operations. Additionally, he recommended that SUNY Oneonta partner with the theater to develop programs based around the college’s theater and music departments.




Ehmann To Succeed Tannenbaum

As College’s Top Academic Officer

Dr. William J. Ehmann

ONEONTA – Dr. William J. Ehmann will be Hartwick College’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs – the college’s top academic officer, President Margaret L. Drugovich announced this evening.

He succeeds Dr. Michael G. Tannenbaum, who is retiring after serving in the role for 10 years.

The appointment, effective July 1, 2019, concludes a four-month national search and brings Ehmann here from Marymount University in Arlington, Va., where he was also provost and vice president.  As an academic, Ehmann is extensively published in the fields of biology and geology.

Winter’s Official: No-Wake Buoys Removed Sunday From Otsego Lake

Winter’s Official: No-Wake Buoys

Removed Sunday From Otsego Lake

SUNY Oneonta undergrads Rachel Zeino and Jeanmarie Russell  completed the seasonal swap of non-wake-zone buoys for winter spar buoys yesterday at Springfield Landing.  They completed the task in snow sleet, rain and hail, Paul Lord, who leads the Biological Field Station diver team, reports.  This was the last no-wake zone buoy on Otsego Lake this year:  The buoy off Lakefront Park in Cooperstown was removed earlier in the day by BFS volunteer diver Pat McCormack and SUNY Oneonta grad student Sarah Coney.  (Paul Lord photos)

Lillian A. Timer, 99; Former Teacher Lived In Mount Vision

IN MEMORIAM: Lillian A. Timer, 99;

Former Teacher Lived In Mount Vision

Lillian Timer

MOUNT VISION – Lillian Timer, 99, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Oneonta.

Lillian was born on Nov. 30, 1919, in Middlefield, the daughter of Earl and Pearl (Chase) Alpaugh.  She was a graduate of Cherry Valley Central School and of Oneonta State College, Class of 1940.

On May 09, 1943, she married Edward Timer in Cherry Valley.  They lived in Laurens and moved to Mount Vision in 1950.

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