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Sounds of the Season

Sounds Of Season

Riverside Students Celebrate Tradition

Friends and family gathered to enjoy sounds of the season as music teacher Domnick D’Imperio, center, directs a group of Riverside Elementary first graders singing holiday songs in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza earlier this morning. This is the 17th year Riverside first-graders have sung carols at Community Bank and Ruffino’s, but with the latter business now closed, they moved to the plaza. After singing, the children enjoyed a walking tour of the gingerbread houses in business windows before returning to class. (Ian Austin/
Town Board: Unanimous No On Compressor Station Grant

It’s Unanimous: Town Board

Rejects Gas Decompressor

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

ONEONTA – At the urging of Otsego 2000 and 40 people who showed up at its monthly meeting, the Oneonta Town Board last night unanimously voted to oppose a $3.5 million state grant application for a gas decompression station at Pony Farm.

“No member of the Town Board is in favor of the decompressor gas station,” declared Supervisor Bob Wood at the start of the meeting.

Community Told Child-Porn Arrest Just Tip Of Iceberg


Community Told

Child-Porn Arrest

Just Tip Of Iceberg

Expert: Someone Doing It 10-15 Miles

Away, But Just Hasn’t Been Caught Yet

A forum for parents and community members at Cooperstown Central School’s Sterling Auditorium drew 175 intently interested audience members this evening. Here, they listened Beth Coombe, chief prosecutor of the Justin Hobbie case for the U.S. Attorney’s Albany office. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Wendy Fical, program director, National Center of Missing & Exploited, paints a scary picture of child predation. She may be brought back for further consultation.

COOPERSTOWN – Cyberspace is a scary place.

“I’m very concerned about what I heard tonight,” grandmother Diane Koffer said during the Q&A that ended two hours of presentations and, at the end, intent public participation this evening in Cooperstown Central School’s Sterling Auditorium.

The reason the 175 people were there was to try and learn whether anything untoward had occurred at the school revolving around Justin Hobbie, the 13-year phys-ed teacher and coach arrested last Friday.  He was charged with receiving and distributing child pornography, some of it allegedly showing sexual acts between men and girls ranging from age 12 to as young as 3.

The question was not answered.  When Beth Coombe, the Albany-based U.S. Attorney’s prosecutor, was asked directly, she said: She can neither say Cooperstown children were involved, or that they were not involved.

Oneonta Man Arrested For Hanging Nazi Posters At SUNY

Oneonta Teen Arrested

For Putting Up Nazi Fliers

18-Year-Old Is Freshman At SUNY Purchase

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Gunnar Hassard

ONEONTA – An Oneonta teen was arrested and charged with a hate crime after allegedly posting as many as 16 pro-Nazi posters around the SUNY Purchase campus, where he’s a student.

Gunnar Hassard, 18, Oneonta, a freshman at SUNY Purchase, was arrested by University Police after he allegedly hung posters with Nazi imagery, including swastikas and images of Adolph Hitler.

Detention Hearing Rescheduled For CCS Gym Teacher

Detention Hearing Rescheduled

For Accused CCS Gym Teacher

COOPERSTOWN – Today’s detention hearing for Justin Hobbie, 41, the CCS phys-ed teacher facing child pornography charges, has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in U.S. District Court in Syracuse.

Though he was scheduled for this afternoon, his lawyer, Kimberly Zimmer, Syracuse, requested the adjournment, and Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks agreed to move it one week.

CCS Community Meeting at 6:30 Today;
Check Back This Evening For Details


Magee’s $1M Assures Doubleday Renovation

Magee’s $1M Assures

Doubleday Renovation

Work To Start In 2019, Field’s Centennial

Artist’s rendering delineated the concept for Doubleday Field’s third-base, although the particular are expected to evolve before construction begins. (Courtesy Village of Cooperstown)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown today received a $1 million grant from Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, part of $5 million it has received so far to renovate Doubleday Field.

The $1 million from the retiring assemblyman can be added to another $1 million from state Sen. Jim Seward’s office last spring, then $3 million from Governor Cuomo’s Empire State Development Corp. as Induction Weekend 2018 began.

Another $800,000 is being sought from other sources, according to Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch.

Elwyn K. Sheldon, 77; Retired Union Contractor, Well Driller

IN MEMORIAM: Elwyn K. Sheldon, 77;

Retired Union Contractor, Well Driller

“Skip” Sheldon

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Elwyn K. “Skip” Sheldon, 77, of Division Street, a union contractor and well-driller, passed away peacefully on Monday Dec. 10, 2018 in his home.

Elwyn was born Feb. 11, 1941 in Herkimer, a son to the late Elwyn A. and Thelma Griffiths Sheldon. He was raised and educated in Richfield Springs.

Skip was a heavy equipment mechanic and a union contractor with Local 1249 IBEW. He also was in the well-drilling business for many years, retiring in 1995.

Ellen B. Brown, 95; Went From Normal School To SUNY

IN MEMORIAM: Ellen B. Brown, 95;

Went From Normal School To SUNY

ONEONTA – Ellen B. Brown, 95, who trained in the former Oneonta Normal School, then spent 21 years in SUNY Oneonta’s Educational Psychology Department, passed away Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica.  Lately, she had been residing in Ilion.

Ellen was born March 27, 1923, in Oneonta, to the late Dan Clark and Adda (Mattice) Barlow Sr.

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