PORTLANDVILLE – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today joined officials with the Goodyear Lake Association, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and the Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) to detail improvements at the universally accessible, enhanced cartop boat launch site along the Susquehanna River.
“Canoeists, kayakers, and others have always enjoyed paddling on Goodyear Lake and the Susquehanna River, and I was pleased to partner with local and state officials to develop this safe, environmentally sound access point,” said Seward.
COOPERSTOWN – The Village Board’s public hearing on whether to issue a special permit for a proposed downtown hotel will occur at 4 p.m. today in Village Hall, 22 Main St.
So far, the plan has been rejected by the Zoning Board of Appeals for exceeding a three-story height limit and by the Planning Board for failing to include a legal parking plan. The H-PARB (Historic & Architectural Review Board) declined to act on the application, saying it was incomplete.
A hotel is allowed in the village’s Business District, but only with a special permit issued by the Village Board. Mayor Jeff Katz said the trustees might consider issuing such a permit, but only if it contained provisions requiring the plan to receive approval from the other boards.
COOPERSTOWN – Calling hours are this afternoon for Julia Alexandra Levandowski, daughter, sister, granddaughter, a CCS honors graduate and LeMoyne undergraduate, who died unexpectedly in an early morning hours Thursday, May 21, 2015. She was 21.
A visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, when Julia’s family will be in attendance.
Born Nov. 10, 1993, at Bassett Hospital, Julia was a daughter of Kevin Dwayne Klix and Linda Chapman Levandowski. During the years she attended Cooperstown Central School she was on the swim team and played flute in the band. She graduated with Honors in the Class of 2011 and attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse.
Polls are open today until 9 p.m. in Oneonta, and 8 p.m. in Cooperstown – and in school districts around Otsego County and the state – to residents to vote on school budgets and elect school board candidates.
Oneonta voting is at Foothills Performing Arts Center; Cooperstown voting is at the high school.
CHERRY VALLEY – Police are investigating a fatal residential fire that occurred at approximately 3:45 a.m. today at 165 Hone Road in the Town of Cherry Valley, near the Otsego-Schoharie county line.
Three deceased subjects were located in the residence, according to the report on the state police media website. The manner and cause of death are pending and the investigation is continuing, the report said.
411.com identifies the home as occupied by the Lagasse family, but a neighbor said that family had moved out years ago. Lately, he said, it had been occupied by a family with children.
No official confirmation was available pending autopsies and further investigation. A trooper at the scene said it was unlikely any further information would be forthcoming until Friday.
State police from Richfield Springs, with the state Office of Fire Prevention & Control and the Otsego County Emergency Management Team, are investigating. Cherry Valley and Sharon Springs fire departments responded to the scene.
The home is about a mile south of Route 34A, which runs parallel south of Route 20 between Cherry Valley and Sharon Springs. There were no neighboring homes visible from the ruins, although there are three or four homes within a half-mile. The property is a couple of hundred yards from the Town of Sharon line.
This five-some (top photo) from Livonia Central School – from left, Patrick Mayo, Mikayla Fletcher, Zena Wronka, Aidan Sauter and Alex Flanagan – are among hundreds of high school students from around the state at the NYSHA museums in Cooperstown today to compete in the annual New York State History Day. Inset, Kyrstin Edwards, left, and Julianna Battaglia, both of Livingston Central, cool off with a frozen drink in front of The Farmers’ Museum Louis C. Jones Center. Judges are reviewing entries at this hour, with an awards ceremony to follow later this afternoon. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Pals from their Cooperstown Central days, Jacob Russell, left, and Patrick Dewey at this moment are running today’s Boston Marathon. Ed Rowley snapped this photo as they passed him and Judy Steiner, inset, this morning at the annual event. The marathoners surpassed their fundraising goal, $10,000, to benefit Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp in Ashford, Conn. College seniors Jacob is due to graduate from Harvard and Patrick from Edinboro in May.
COOPERSTOWN – A public hearing on a special permit required for CVS to build a 9,000-square-foot drive-thru pharmacy on the Cooperstown Motel site at Chestnut and Beaver will be convened at 6 p.m. today at 22 Main.