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Transplant ‘didn’t take’ so supporters launch search for new donor

Transplant ‘didn’t take’ so supporters launch
search for new donor

[Editor’s note: Last week, we published a letter from Ln Alessi about her daughter, Vincenza, a 2012 Cooperstown Central School graduate who received a bone marrow transplant. This is an update to that letter.]

“Scary news today, the transplant didn’t take,” Ln Allesi posted on Facebook last week. “We are praying for strength and wisdom.”

With that, Cooperstown Central teachers Jennifer Pindar and Rebecca Sciallo jumped into action to help Vincenza find a matching donor.

Otsego Assemblyman warns state’s Farm Wage panel against drop in overtime threshold

Assemblyman Chris Tague worries New York’s agriculture economy will suffer if the state’s Wage Board drops the overtime threshold for workers.

Otsego Assemblyman warns state’s Farm Wage panel against drop in overtime threshold

Otsego County farmers and their representatives wait anxiously as New York’s Department of Labor inches toward establishing its overtime work threshold for farm workers across the state — a decision that could come soon.

Assemblyman Chris Tague (R), whose district includes a broad swath of the county and a former dairy farmer himself, isn’t optimistic about the outcome.

“I was disappointed when I listened to Governor Hochul’s State of the State message last week,” he said. “When she started talking about increasing tax credits for farmers to offset operating costs, to me, that was a private message that the Wage Board will drop the overtime threshold.”

COVID update January 12

COVID update January 12

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

821  active cases

138  new cases

9 hospitalized

1  new deaths reported

16.8 percent  seven-day average percentage positive

Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.

 

SUNY opens test site, County seeks answers to Milford test delays

SUNY opens test site, County seeks answers to Milford test delays

Public Health Director Heidi Bond told the January 5 Otsego County Board of Representatives her office is pushing New York State to speed up delivery of results from its Milford COVID testing facility as virus cases in the county go “through the roof.”

“Results come back within six or seven days and it should only take two,” she said in a virtual address to the Board. “We’re pushing the state to push the contractor to rectify that.”

“We’re trying to move to where the County Department of Health notifies people of their test results,” she said of the Milford logjam.

Bassett’s Dr. LeCates ‘transitioning away’ from Network leadership

Bassett’s Dr. LeCates ‘transitioning away’
from Network leadership

Bassett Medical Center President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. William LeCates is moving on, announcing to colleagues today (January 12) his plans to transition away from his leadership role at Bassett Healthcare to pursue a new opportunity in New York City.

Bassett Healthcare Network Director of Marketing and Communications Angie Blair said Dr. LeCates will remain with Bassett as its Northern Region Executive through April 30, 2022, to ensure “continuity of leadership as we move forward.”

COVID update January 11

COVID update January 11

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

1,120  active cases

203  new cases

5  hospitalized

0  new deaths reported

15.6 percent  seven-day average percentage positive

Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.

 

In Memoriam Bernice Ann Cook Hopper, 57 April 19, 1964 – January 4, 2022

In Memoriam

Bernice Ann Cook Hopper, 57

April 19, 1964 – January 4, 2022

Bernice Ann Cook Hopper, 57, of Wells Bridge passed away unexpectedly on January 4, 2022 at her home.

Bernice was born on April 19, 1964 in Walton, NY the daughter of the late Dotty Cook. She was also predeceased by brothers Philip and Arnold, and grandmother Frances Cook.

Bernice graduated from Sidney Central School in 1982. It was about that time, she met Mark, the love of her life over a turtle in a parking lot. On June 19, 1999, they married. She worked many years for Laurie Signorelli as a nanny for Sofia and Sky.

Bernice was a rock for many family members and was loved dearly by them. She and Mark also had a love for dogs, leaving behind her puppy, Willow.

COVID update January 10

COVID update January 10

Covid-19 numbers continue to soar globally as the Omicron variant takes root, with New York and New Jersey leading the way in new testing positives. A top advisor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Dr. Jay Varma, said this in a Twitter post earlier today: “Um, we’ve never seen this before in NYC,” citing a doubling of positive test results over a three-day period.

Reports this afternoon show more than 70 players in the National Football League currently sidelined with Covid-19; around the world, officials fear new record daily hospitalization rates even if the variant causes less severe disease.

The latest information from the Otsego County Health Department shows:

959  active cases

92  new cases

6  hospitalized

1  new deaths reported

15.3 percent  seven-day average percentage positive

Otsego County and all of New York State remains under an indoor-mask mandate from Governor Kathy Hochul, with exceptions under certain conditions when proof of vaccination is required for entry to an indoor public facility. Read more about New York State’s mask requirement at this link.

In Memoriam Virginia Lee Ganio, 70 November 18, 1951 – January 7, 2022

In Memoriam

Virginia Lee Ganio, 70

November 18, 1951 – January 7, 2022

MT. VISION – Virginia Lee Ganio, 70, of Mt. Vision passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 at Bassett Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born November 18, 1951 in Cooperstown the daughter of the late Gino and Rosabel (Miller) Ganio.

Virginia graduated from Laurens Central School and went on to further her education and graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with a degree in Horticulture.

Having a loved of plants, Virginia owned and operated her own greenhouse “Ginny’s Place” in Mt. Vision for several years.

For 43 years she worked at Corning, Inc. as a machine operator and the stockroom clerk.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Local State of the State Presentation 01-11-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JANUARY 11

Local State of the State Presentation

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STATE OF THE STATE – 9:30 a.m. Join free virtual meeting to hear about what our legislators are working on in 2022. Free, pre-registration required. Presented by Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. 607-432-4500 or visit members.otsegocc.com/events/details/2022-state-of-the-state-virtual-meeting-with-keynote-antonio-delgado-500

In Memoriam Elizabeth J. Arnold, 70 December 1, 1951 – January 7, 2022

In Memoriam

Elizabeth J. Arnold, 70

December 1, 1951 – January 7, 2022

Elizabeth J. Arnold

ONEONTA – Elizabeth J. Arnold, 70, a life-long resident of the Oneonta area, died Friday morning, January 7, 2022, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.

She was born December 1, 1951, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, one of eight children of Charles and Rose E. (Sisson) Banks. She was raised on the Banks family farm in Oneonta.

In recent years she resided at Robynwood in Oneonta, until moving to Robinson Terrace Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stamford.

She will be remembered for always caring about others and for having a big heart.

In Memoriam Mary Lee Andrews, 86 October 7, 1935 – December 14, 2021

In Memoriam

Mary Lee Andrews, 86

October 7, 1935 – December 14, 2021

MIDDLETOWN – Mary Lee Andrews entered into rest on December 14th, 2021 after battling dementia for many years. She was 86 years old.

Mary was born and raised in Cooperstown, NY to Ernest Schidzick and Bernice Smith Schidzick. She attended Cooperstown High School, class of 1953.

She married Ronald C. Andrews on August 17th, 1957. They were married for 22 years until his passing in 1981.

Mary was a receptionist for many years at a local orthodontist before moving on to be employed at the family care division at Middletown Psychiatric Center. Upon her retirement, she remained active doing volunteer work in the Middletown area. She served with the Meals on Wheels program, the Middletown Paramount Theatre, and was an active member of the Middletown YMCA where she made many friends in the water aerobics classes.

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