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Ogden wins rematch in District Three; Hartwick positions to turn over

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Ogden wins rematch in District Three;
Hartwick positions to turn over

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Laurens resident Caitlin Ogden will get a rematch with Otsego County Rep. Rick Brockway in November to decide who will represent the county’s District Three, in Laurens and Otego, after handily winning a Democratic primary election Tuesday, June 22.

Ogden lead Jared Nepa, 117 to 21, after unofficial results were posted Tuesday night.

Brockway beat Ogden by about 150 votes in the 2019 Otsego County Board of Representatives elections.

Inmate’s death in Otsego County Jail being investigated as a suicide

Inmate’s death in
Otsego County Jail
being investigated as a suicide

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State officials are investigating the death of an inmate at the Otsego County Jail in the town of Middlefield on Saturday, June 19, according to a media release from Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin, Jr.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., correction officers found a male inmate unresponsive in his cell in what is believed to be a suicide attempt, according to the media release; Officers performed lifesaving measures, utilizing an automated external defibrillator and doing CPR until the arrival of first responders, who took over treatment.

The inmate was transported to Bassett Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1 p.m.

The NYS Commission of Correction as well as the NYS Attorney General’s Office is reviewing the death. The Sheriff’s Office is fully cooperating with the independent reviews, according to the media release.

“We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones,” the release said.


Robinson murder trial goes to jury, verdict expected Wednesday
Dylan Robinson, right, appeared in Otsego County Court on Monday, June 21, to face charges that he murdered his father, Kenneth Robinson in 2019. (Kevin Limiti/

Robinson murder trial
goes to jury,
verdict expected Wednesday

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

COOERSTOWN — The second day of the Dylan Robinson trial at the Otsego County Courthouse ended Tuesday, June 22, with jury deliberations, after the prosecution rested and the defense chose not to submit any evidence.

Robinson is accused of allegedly killing his father, Kenneth Robinson, and burning his house after a failed robbery attempt. He is charged with second-degree murder, burglary and attempted robbery in the first degree and third-degree arson.

Tuesday morning testimony began with Cory Robinson, 14, who testified that he remembered the night of Oct. 10, 2019 “because that’s the day my dad died.”

Cory Robinson, 12 at the time, was awoken by gunshots in the house.

He said that armed people came in his home wearing blue bandannas and he recognized two of them as his brother Dylan Robinson and Alexander Borggreen. Someone pointed a gun at him and asked for his phone, so he gave it to them.

Afterwards, he and his brother, Aiden, were told to put pillows up to their faces and walked a short distance from the house. They were told to walk back and found their home in flames.

He found Kenneth Robinson’s body when he came back to the house. “When I took the pillow off, I saw my dad,” Cory Robinson said.

Robinson murder trial begins with dramatic testimony

Robinson murder trial
begins with dramatic testimony

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – The trial of Dylan Robinson over the alleged murder of his father, Kenneth Robinson, at his Worcester home began Monday, June 21, at the Otsego County Courthouse.

Robinson is accused of attempting to rob his father of about $5,000 in marijuana and cash. Robinson was 15 at the time. Robinson and several other local teens were arrested several days after the murder, as was then 32-year-old Oneonta resident Nicolas Meridy.

Alexander Borggreen, then 16, Anais Soto, then 15, Alexis Lotterman, then 16 and Tatiana Febo, then 17, were also arrested.

All of the defendants with the exception of Robinson pled out; Febo and Lotterman had their cases moved to juvenile court.

The robbery apparently went badly, leading to a physical altercation. Kenneth Robinson suffered two fatal gunshot wounds, one to the head and one to the chest.

Afterwards, the defendants attempted to burn his house down to disguise the murder-robbery.

The first day of the trial was punctuated by a couple of dramatic moments, which mirrored the intensity of the crime itself.

“It’s a very simple case,” District Attorney John Muehl said in his opening statement. “A very straightforward case, very heartbreaking case and very sad.”

Hall: Tickets no longer needed for induction lawn seats

Hall: Tickets
no longer needed

for induction lawn seats

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Following last week’s announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that lifted significant COVID-19 restrictions, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced Monday, June 21, that tickets will not be needed for free lawn seating for the Wednesday, Sept. 8, induction ceremony.

The ceremony was rescheduled from its traditional last Sunday in July to an event at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in the town of Middlefield.

The event will celebrate the inductions of Class of 2020 members Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker and will be broadcast live exclusively on MLB Network.

Father’s Day summit: Horvaths reach peak of Denali, fundraising for Otsego Outdoors continues
Henry Horvath’s fundraising page shows his progress at Denali and in raising money for Otsego Outdoors.

Father’s Day summit:
Horvaths reach peak of Denali,
fundraising for Otsego Outdoors continues

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Otsego County residents Tim and Henry Horvath reached the summit of Denali over the weekend, about two weeks into their Alaskan journey, according to Ellen Pope of Otsego 2000.

“So excited to report that Henry and Tim reached the summit of Denali yesterday, on Father’s Day,” Pope said. “So far, they’ve raised ($2,275) for improving trails in Otsego County, with a goal of $5,000.”

Henry Horvath, 16, who will be a junior at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts in September, came up with the idea of the Denali climb, after spending his childhood watching his father take on outdoor challenges. Tim, a Cherry Valley native and the owner of Redpoint Design/Build, has climbed all over the world, including some of the highest peaks. He had climbed Denali twice before, reaching the summit successfully in 1999.

Missing Roseboom girl safe, back at home

Missing Roseboom girl safe,
back at home

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A missing teen from Roseboom, whom police had been looking for for the past few days, was located Saturday, June 19.

State Police say 14-year-old Anjelia Sturtevant was located Saturday morning after a 911 tip came in about her whereabouts.

Before being located, police said she was last seen at her home in Roseboom the night of Monday, June 14.

No other information about where she has been is being released.


Scriven Foundation, NYCON announce 2021 mini-grants for Otsego County nonprofits

Scriven Foundation, NYCON
announce 2021 mini-grants
for Otsego County nonprofits

STAFF REPORT • Special to

ONEONTA – The New York Council of Nonprofits announced Monday, June 21,that the 2021 Otsego County Mini-Grant Program awards for Otsego County nonprofits and their capacity building projects has opened for the year.

The program is intended to measurably improve the governance and management operations of qualifying Otsego County 501(c)3 charitable nonprofits, according to a media release.

Launched in 2004, this program is made possible with underwriting from The Scriven Foundation.

Tri-Valley spring All-Star teams announced
Schenevus senior pitcher Cassie Snyder prepares to pitch against Milford on Friday, May 21, in Schenevus. (Greg Klein/

Tri-Valley spring
All-Star teams announced

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2021 Tri-Valley League All-Stars

Track and Field

Girls: Jaelyn Jaquay, CV-S; Morgan Huff, CV-S; Marijke Kroon, CV-S; Kailey Barnes, CV-S; Mina Aramini, CV-S; Emily Stanley, Milford/Laurens; Sarah Munson, Milford/Laurens; Mariah Saggesse, Milford/Laurens; Jaiden Brodie, Milford/Laurens; Kyrah Andrades, Milford/Laurens; Laney Price, Milford/Laurens; Maddy Smith, Edmeston; Samantha Severing, Downsville; Amber Wyocff, Schenevus/Worcester; Hannah Sulas, Schenevus/Worcester; Shawna Whiteman, Schenevus/Worcester; Lilly Competiello, Schenevus/Worcester.

Boys: Oskar Webster, CV-S; Carter Stevens, Milford/Laurens; Riley Stevens, Milford/Laurens; Wendel Agustin, Milford/Laurens; Kyle Davis, Milford/Laurens; Ethan Jubar, Milford/Laurens; Cole Ruff, Franklin; Jeff Bullis, Franklin; Darren Panko, Richfield Springs; Gavin Brunner, Downsville; Tristan Reed, Downsville; Alaniz Ruiz, Downsville; Danny Aiello, Downsville; Zach Dertinger, Downsville; Andrew Goebel, Downsville; Andrew Ruiz, Downsville; Aaron Steel, Downsville.

Juneteenth celebrated in Neahwa Park
From left, Bruce Evans, Beverly Ivey and Valerie Denis dance in front of the stage in Neahwa Park during a Juneteenth celebration Saturday, June 19. (Kevin Limiti/

Juneteenth celebrated in Neahwa Park

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

ONEONTA – More than 100 people gathered at Neahwa Park on Saturday, June 19, to celebrate Juneteenth, a day that celebrates African-American emancipation.

There was additional cause for celebration Saturday since President Joe Biden signed a law this week making Juneteenth a national holiday.

With a DJ spinning music the entire time, it wasn’t unusual to see spontaneous dancing. Free hamburgers, hotdogs and beverages were also provided. There was face painting, a raffle and artwork.

The event appeared to attract a diverse group of people, both in terms of ethnicity and age. It was very much a family centric event.

Joanne Fisher, assistant secretary for the Oneonta NAACP, said celebrating Juneteenth in Oneonta for the second year in a row is a great idea because it helps people learn about each other and for Black Americans to reclaim parts of their history that are often forgotten or were untaught in schools.

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig, left, speaks with Poletta Louis, center, and Joanne Fisher. (Kevin Limiti/

“I think it’s the only way we’re gonna bridge the gap and learn each other’s value,” Fisher said. “History hasn’t told us everything.”

Fisher, originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, said she was not taught about slavery and Juneteenth in her school, and therefore she didn’t get a chance to learn about her own history.

Anita Hopson showed some of her grandmother’s items from West Africa. (Kevin Limiti/

Anita Hopson set up a tent to display old items brought from her grandparents that originated mainly in West Africa.  Some of the items included a jumping broom, used traditionally in marriages, sand paintings and others.

“‘I’m proud to have my family history,” Hopson said. She said she appreciated being given the chance to show these things to people who “don’t look like me.”

The Otsego Pride Alliance had a table at the event in which they put up photos of Black trans and LGBTQ members who were killed in violence across the country. They said they were there to support the Black community and promote equality.

Bertram Knight showcased some of his photographs, which he said were meant to convey the beauty of Black bodies.

“All the images are representations of black beauty,” Knight said, who was “looking for different ways to highlight and elevate differences in our communities.”

Photographs from Bertram Knight. (Kevin Limiti/

Aaron Smith, who moved to Oneonta from Alabama in January, said he was happy Juneteenth was being celebrated here.

“It’s good for me to be able to get out and celebrate Juneteenth,” Smith said. “(It) feels good to be learning about the community and celebrating our newest holiday.”

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig spoke before the entertainment began, quipping that it was nice to be out without masks.

However, Herzig said the last year was one of “needless tragedy, but one of reckoning and one of change.”

Herzig said the city of Oneonta recently “took a hard look in the mirror,” which was necessary for the community to become “better and better every year.”

Juneteenth is “a day for us to pause, a day for us to catch our breath and a day to celebrate,” Herzig said.

“Slavery may have ended, but its legacy has not,” Herzig said.

Herzig said it is only “through the richness of Black art and Black culture” that others can have a semblance of understanding the experience of Black Americans.

Herzig said he hoped the eventual artists lofts on Dietz Street would become the home of artists of color. 

“Black culture has enriched our lives,” Herzig said. “We are so much better because of the African-American culture.” 

Some of the entertainment included college students performing stepping dances, Jonathan Brown making a speech about how white supremacy not only hurts black people but also white people and the song “Speechless” from the new “Aladin” movie, performed by Ajare Malcolm.

Brown’s speech ended on a note that seemed to encapsulate the entire event. “Be truthful to our human experience,” Brown said. “Before we’re any race, we’re human.”

Ajare Malcolm performs ‘Speechless’ from the new ‘Aladdin’ movie. (Kevin Limiti/


Murder trial of Dylan Robinson set to begin Monday, June 21

Murder trial of Dylan Robinson
set to begin Monday, June 21

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The trial for Dylan Robinson in the 2019 shooting death of Kenneth Robinson is set for Monday, June 21, after the jury was selected between Tuesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 17.

Kenneth Robinson was shot to death and then his trailer was set on fire.

Dylan Robinson was 15 at that time. Several of his younger siblings were in the trailer at the time.

The trial had been scheduled to begin April 14, but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The AllOtsego Report podcast Episode 3: Championship Week

The AllOtsego Report podcast
Episode 3: Championship Week

Episode 3 of The AllOtsego Report podcast, Championship Week, answers the question of why an induction on a Wednesday in September, continues to talk about housing in Otsego County and recaps the final week of 2021 spring high school sports.

Click here to listen!

Pathfinder Village celebrates staff service
Pathfinder Village service honorees

Pathfinder Village celebrates staff service

STAFF REPORT • Special to

Pathfinder Village celebrated the service of its staff on Thursday, June 17.

Eight employees had five years of service each while 18 other employees had a combined 200 years of service.

In total, the employees had a combined service of 280 years for Pathfinder residents and students.

Pathfinder is an organization that supports those with Down Syndrome and other disabilities.

“Today, we’re going to take a moment and give thanks to you and be grateful for your efforts,” Paul Landers, CEO of Pathfinder Village said in a press release. “It is important that we acknowledge your milestone achievements as members of our ‘Five Plus Club’.”

Those honored included classroom aide, Patty Slosek, for 40 years, facilities manager Kris Tilbe for 35 years, Kathy Roberts for 25 years and others.

Pathfinder has been supporting those with Down Syndrome and other disabilities since 1980. It is an open access community dedicated to providing those who serve with a chance for an independent and fulfilling lifestyle.

The Old Badger: The joy of the old pavilion still makes people smile

The Old Badger

 The joy of the old pavilion
still makes people smile

Editor’s note: This column was first published May 4, 1977.

The Three Mile Point pavilion was a simple wooden platform with a peaked roof – not very handsome – not on my list for historic preservation; yet it has been enjoyed for decades as a spot for everything from Sunday School picnics to rock-around-the-clock parties.

Summer “natives,” tourists and fishermen appreciated it for years. I hope it will be replaced. (Ed. Note: the original pavilion had recently been destroyed by fire.)

There have been other simple wooden structures hereabouts, which afforded great and lasting pleasure to many people of Otsego.

Two of them were near the southeast end of the lake. They are gone now but not quite forgotten, the Thousand Steps and the Outlook at Prospect Rock.

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