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Mayor Tillapaugh Honors Vets At Centers


Mayor Tillapaugh Honors

Vets At Cooperstown Center

Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh greets veteran George McCrea at a Veterans Day commemoration at The Cooperstown Center this afternoon. McCrea, formerly from Laurens, served in the Navy for four years and recalls when his ship, the USS Leyte, hit a whale. “It stopped the ship dead in the water – I couldn’t believe that,” he said. During his service in the late 1950s, his aircraft carrier was responsible for patrolling the northeast coast of the United States. (James Cummings/
On 11-11-11, We Remember


On 11-11-11,

We Remember

Framed in a flag held by Juliet Cunnington, CCS Marching Band Director Kerri Hogle, in top photo, directs the National Anthem at annual ceremonies next to Cooperstown’s Doughboy Statue today at 11-11-11, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, signifying the day and time of the Armistice that ended World War I.    In front of the statue, which commemorates local men who died in the Great War, are officers of the Cooperstown Vets’ Club, from left, Chaplain David Jackson, Commander John Famulare and Auxiliary President Mary Balcom.  Inset, Joan Clark, the Vets’ Club’s grand dame, sings “Oh say can you see…”  Next to her are Deb Green and her daughter, Meg Lindberg, and grandchildren Weston, 2, and Izzy, 8.  (Jim Kevlin/

First Winter Storm Is Possible Tonight


First Winter Storm

Is Possible Tonight

Forty days before winter official arrives, a snowstorm gathering strength in the central and southern Plains states is due to arrive in Western New York this afternoon and locally tonight, according to Accuweather.

Widespread snowfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are likely across the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast, with 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected from the Great Lakes into the interior New England.

‘You Have Arrived’ Signs Welcome You To Hartwick

‘You Have Arrived’ Signs

Welcome You To Hartwick

The welcome to Hartwick sign on entering the town from the south on Route 28 is one of a dozen erected in the past month. ( photo)
The signs are also highlighting the town’s hamlets. (Photo courtesy Town of Hartwick)

HARTWICK – As drivers have been noticing, the Town of Hartwick has posted 12 “You Have Arrived” signs at entry points to the community and its hamlets.

The signs are been raised entering the Route 28  business district, near Toddsville (Historic Mill Village), Hartwick Seminary (Home of the first Lutheran Seminary in America), and at the Hamlet of Hartwick at Routes 205 and 11.  The maroon colored detail dates back to the original “Hartwick Huskies” school colors.

The signs grew out of a collaboration between the town board, the highway department and the Hartwick Historical Society.   The project, from planning to installation, took many months but is now complete, Town Clerk Andrea Vasquez reports.

Ethics Complaint Targets Delgado Town Meetings

Ethics Complaint Targets

Delgado Town Meetings

Kingston Republican Files It, TU Reports

Congressman Delgado has held a number of Town Halls locally, including this one in July at Roots Brewing in Oneonta. (

An UIster County Republican has filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, saying he violated House rules by using footage from his Town Hall meetings in a campaign ad broadcast this month, the Times Union has been reporting over the weekend.

In his complaint, R. Bruce McLean of Kingston said the congressman used video footage of Town Halls paid for by official congressional funds in TV and social media ads, the newspaper reported.

According to the report, the House has rules requiring congressional funds only be used for official purposes, but in some instances campaign staff may be permitted to shoot photos and videos at official events. Social media and other promotions of campaign events are supposed to be strictly distinct.


OCCB Salute To Veterans Prompts Poem Recital

OCCB Salute To Veterans

Prompts Poem Recital

The Oneonta Community Concert Band, above, held its 18th annual Salute To Veterans Concert in the halls of the Foxcare Center this evening. One audience member, 90-year-old Leslie Collins, right, was so moved by their performance of “The Armed Forces Salute” by Bob Lowden, he approached director Andrew Pease to ask if he could recite the poem, “For The Fallen,” by Lawrence Binyon. Pease obliged. The poem, written in 1914,  is often recited at Remembrance Day events and has been claimed as a tribute to all casualties of World War I and all wars. (Ian Austin/

James H. Millea, 93; WWII Vet; Iowan Moved Family Here

IN MEMORIAM:  James H. Millea, 93;

WWII Vet; Iowan Moved Family Here

Jim Millea

HARTWICK — James Hilary Millea, 93, of Hartwick, died Saturday morning, Nov. 9, 2019, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Rolfe, Iowa, the eldest of 11 children – including three sets of twins – to Joseph Hilary Millea and Margaret Lillian née Flaherty Millea.

Raised in Iowa, he attended school up to the 11th grade, when at the age of 17 he left school, worked briefly on the railroad, then enlisted in the Navy on July 17, 1943.

Treasures Abound At GOHS Auction

Treasures Abound

At 13th GOHS Auction

Hand-sewn quilts, sterling silver tea sets, maps, furniture and more were all up on the auction block at the 13th annual GOHS Auction held at the Quality Inn Friday evening. Above, Marcella Drago, left, and daughter-in-law Kathy Drago look over a Bible from 1847 that was part of the silent auction. At right, Grace Smith and Claire Smith show off some Hitchcock chairs to the crowd after the main auction got under way. (Ian Austin/



Veterans Day Tribute Concert


TRIBUTE CONCERT – 5:30 p.m. Celebrate our nations veterans with featured performer Jerrod Niemann. Features VIP veterans reception in Wright-Wilber Bank Atrium. Show begins at 7 p.m. Cost, $25 at door. Free to vets, active duty military personnel. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit

2 Informational Meetings Set On County Manager

2 Informational Meetings

Set On County Manager

One In Oneonta, Second In Cooperstown

The first of two informational meetings on creating a county manager for Otsego County is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Oneonta City Hall, county Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, who chairs the county board’s Administration Committee, announced today.

The second will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Otsego County Courthouse in Cooperstown.

The informational meetings will set the stage for the official public hearing, planned at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the start of the county board’s monthly meeting.  A vote may follow at that time.

Donald Mitchell, 29; Musician, Lyricist Raised In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM:  Donald Mitchell, 29;

Musician, Lyricist Raised In Oneonta

Don Mitchell

ONEONTA – Funeral services are Wednesday, Nov. 13, for Donald S. Mitchell, 29, of Oneonta, a musician and lyricist, earned his Heavenly reward Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

Born on Aug. 22, 1990, in Oneonta, to Sandra Layman and Donald Mitchell, Don was a beautiful baby and a shining star from the very beginning. He graduated from Oneonta High School, going on to work most recently at The Otesaga Hotel, of which he was very proud.

GOHS’ Annual Auction, Main Fundraiser, Tonight


GOHS’ Annual Auction,

Main Fundraiser, Tonight

GOHS members Liz Morley and Gary Wickham pause from setting up this evening’s auction to admire a particularly striking portrait among the items up for sale. Doors for the silent auction open at 5:15 at the Quality Inn, Route 23, Southside Oneonta, and the live auction begins at 6:30, with auctioneer Kevin Herrick wielding the gavel. Public welcome, and bidders in particular. Food, beverages for sale. (Jim Kevlin/
Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against ‘Green Light’ Law

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit

Against ‘Green Light’ Law

Way Open For Illegal Immigrants To Drive

ALBANY — New York Attorney General Letitia James today hailed the U.S. District Court affirmation of the “Green Light” law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

The decision by Judge Elizabeth Wolford dismissed a lawsuit brought by Erie County Clerk Michael (Mickey) Kearns, and supported by 34 county clerks across the state, including Otsego County’s Kathy Sinnott Gardner.

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