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Tradition Revived At Swatling’s Store

Tradition Revived

At Swatling’s Store

Spurbeck’s proprietor Mike Swatling and his Aunt Kristi posed in front of a huge, beer-can-festooned wreath that has caused much comment since it was hung in the past couple of days. Before it became Cooley’s in 2003, the wreath would hang annually on the Bold Dragoon Tavern, 49 Pioneer St.  Kristi, who worked at the Dragoon, used to decorate it annually, and inherited it when the business changed hands. This is her nephew’s first Christmas season since buying the venerable Spurbeck’s, so his aunt dusted off the wreath and is launching a new tradition. Drive by Railroad and Leatherstocking and take a look. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown F.D. Hosts Kids At Christmas Party

Cooperstown F.D. Hosts

Kids At Christmas Party

Santa (Paul Bedworth) and Bob Cratchit (Bob Satriano) await the arrival of a couple of hundred youngsters Saturday afternoon at the Cooperstown fire hall on Chestnut. The firefighters annual Christmas party for local children also including county Correctional Officers Rich Mann and Lynda May, who were fingerprinting youngsters as part of the sheriff’s department Safe Children ID Program. (Patrick Wager/AllOTSEGO.com)

On Today, Cooperstown Native Recalls Work With George Bush

On Today, Cooperstown Native

Recalls Work With George Bush

Cooperstown native and NBC’s TODAY senior producer Karen Trosset, second from left in this photo from Kennebunkport, Maine, where President George H.W. Bush maintained a summer home, has worked on numerous projects with Jenna Bush Hager and the Bush family. In her own words, she remembers President George H.W. Bush.

CLICK HERE TO READ KAREN’S ACCOUNT

Nutcracker Dazzles On Opening Night

Nutcracker Dazzles

On Opening Night

The Fokine Ballet opened it’s 30th year this evening with it’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic “The Nutcracker”. Above, dancers Sabrina Blacklock, Zherlin Ndudi, Sarah Vesterfelt, Chase Vining,Bel Pickering, Micheal Wozniak, Hilary Reiter, Joseph Oster, Natalia Chersia and Patrick Lennon fill the stage during one of the final numbers. Below, guests of the Silberhouse party marvel at the mechanical soldier dolls (Sariah Vesterfelt and Juliana Fauth). Performances continue tomorrow at 1pm & 7pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Ethics Board Chair Kim Muller Resigns

SO FAR, NO CASES HEARD

Ethics Board Chair

Kim Muller Resigns

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Kim Muller

ONEONTA – A year and a month since it was revived and with no cases heard yet, the Otsego County Board of Ethics has suffered another setback.

Its chairman, Kim Muller, the former Oneonta mayor who recently stepped down at Otsego County Democratic chair, has advised county board Chair David Bliss, R-Cooperstown/Town of Middlefield, that she will depart when her term expired at the end of this month.

“My professional obligations are likely to become an impediment for scheduling Committee meetings moving forward,” she said in an e-mail to Bliss.

Merry And Bright

Merry & Bright

Tree Lighting Brings Out

Animals, Dancers, Food

Main Street was a flurry of activity as holiday revelers hit the streets to attend the annual Christmas Tree lighting this evening in Muller Plaza. Applause and cheers filed the air after a countdown by Mayor Gary Herzig, Town Supervisor Bob Wood and Santa Claus. Afterward,  Santa, seen above giving a high-five to Oneonta’s Avalon Hermann and her parents Brian and Loren, met with children in his holiday house to discuss their wish lists. Dancers Chase Vining and Sariha Vestefeld, right, and other members of the Fokine Ballet, could be seen twirling in windows throughout downtown promoting this weekend’s presentation of “The Nutcracker.” While children from local schools searched for their ornaments on the tree, local organizations served refreshments, sang carols, gave horse-drawn carriage rides, and gave out hand warmers.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

County Treasurer Deployed In 2019

County Treasurer

Deployed In 2019

Ruffles Called To Horn of Africa

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Allen Ruffles during recent county budget discussions.

COOPERSTOWN – Allen Ruffles, in his first year as county treasurer, has received word he will be deployed to the Horn of Africa early in 2019, perhaps for nine months.

As his predecessor Dan Crowell, he is in the Army Reserves, serving as an E5 sergeant in the 403rd Civil Affairs Delta Company.  Crowell was also deployed for nine months during his term as treasurer.

Ruffles deputy, Andrew Crisman, formerly a longtime banker with NBT Bank, would handle county treasurer duties in his boss’s absence.

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