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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15

Showing ‘Yesterday: What If No One

Remembered The Beatles But You?’

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FILM SOCIETY – 7 p.m. Cooperstown film society presents ‘Yesterday: What if no one remembered the Beatles but you?’ (2019) with long time rock tour manager John Draper welcoming all to the third season of Film Society. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/FilmSocCoop/

SQSPCA Awarded $266K In Annual ‘Save-A-Life’ Campaign

SQSPCA Awarded $266K At

Annual ‘Save-A-Life’ Campaign

Staffworks founder Anita Vitullo, center, presents Stacie Haynes, left, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, with a check for more than $266,000, raised through Staffworks annual Save-A-Life campaign, at an awards ceremony held in Utica this afternoon. At left is Alexis Izzo, SQSPCA communications director. Vituallo pledged to match the first $10,000 a shelter raised, with an additional $10,000 for every additional $100,000 raised, up to $20,000. In all, the SQSPCA received $30,000 from Staffworks, raising $236,000 from donors.
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JANUARY 14

Rules Of The 2020 Primary Season

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MEMORIAL LECTURE – 7 p.m. Caitlin Jewitt (class of ‘06) presents Rude Memorial Lecture titled “The Primary Rules and the 2020 Presidential Nomination Contest.” Free, open to public. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4044 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-welcomes-jewitt-06-for-rude-memorial-lecture/

‘Outstanding’ City Hall Staff Might Now Apply To Succeed Korthauer

MAYOR HERZIG LOOKS AHEAD

‘Outstanding’ Staffers

May Submit Applications

To Succeed City Manager

City Manager Korthauer, foreground, and Mayor Herzig at a December Common Council meeting. (AllOTSEGO>com photo)

ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig said he “would not be surprised” to receive applications from within City Hall from department heads seeking to succeed Oneonta’s third city manager.

City Manager George Korthauer, whose resignation was announced this afternoon, helped assemble “a really outstanding team of department heads and staff,” Herzig said in an interview a few minutes ago.  “There are folks who have the expertise, have the dedication and have the willingness to work hard.”

The mayor said he only learned of Korthauer’s decision to retire on Friday, and that is is “too early” to predict how the search for a successor will proceed.

Frank ‘Skeeter’ Green, 91; Dairy Farmer Served On Many Area Boards

IN MEMORIAM: Frank ‘Skeeter’ Green, 91;

Dairy Farmer Served On Many Area Boards

Skeeter Green

WESTVILLE – Frank E. “Skeeter” Green, a life-long area resident, community leader and dairy farmer, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, Jan. 6, 2020, at his winter residence in Mesa, Ariz., with his wife, Margaret, by his side. He was 91.

Born Aug. 22, 1928, at Bassett Hospital, he was a son of Ambrose C. and Mildred Ottaway Green. After graduating from Milford High School, Class of 1945, he attended Cornell University, earning a two-year degree in agriculture.

On Sept. 3, 1949, Frank married Margaret Donnelly, a native of Binghamton, in a ceremony in Westville. Skeeter and Maggie settled on his family’s dairy farm, Oak Hill, where they raised their family.

Walton Man Charged With DWI, Walmart Vandalism

Walton Man Charged With

DWI, Walmart Vandalism

ONEONTA – One of the three men wanted for allegedly vandalizing the Walmart fabric aisle with craft paint was arrested and charged with DWI over the weekend, according to Trooper Aga Dembinska, public relations officer, Troop C.

Devin K. Castillo, 19, Walton was arrested in Sidney Center after troopers received a complaint of a car rolled over on Main Street in Sidney Center at 3:36 a.m. on Saturday, Jan 11. When troopers arrived, they saw that four cars had been damaged, as well as a utility pole.

3RD ONEONTA CITY MANAGER RESIGNS

FROM ARCHIVES: ‘HIGH HOPES

WELCOME MANAGER TO ONEONTA’

3RD ONEONTA CITY

MANAGER RESIGNS

George Korthauer Will Depart Feb. 7

George Korthauer

ONEONTA – Oneonta City Manager George Korthauer has submitted his resignation, effective Feb. 7, City Hall announced a few minutes ago.

Korthauer was hired in August 2017  as Oneonta’s third city manager. He previously served as the city manager of the lake resort city of Petoskey, Mich., for 25 years.

He is the first city manager to leave of his own accord since the city-manager form of government was adopted in 2011.  Mike Long, a former Poughkeepsie city manager, and Marty Murphy, Cortland County manager, were forced out.  Korthauer’s tenure has been largely uncontroversial.

Randall Taylor, 66; Louisiana Native, Union Electrician

IN MEMORIAM: Randall Taylor, 66;

Louisiana Native, Union Electrician

Randall D. Taylor

ROSEBOOM – Randall D Taylor, 66, of Roseboom, a union electrician, passed away Dec. 29, 2019, of cancer with his wife, Bea, at his side.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1953, in Baton Rouge, La., to Norman and Myrtle (McKey) Taylor.

He was a member of IBEW 995. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, David (Julie) Taylor; a daughter, Jennifer (Ruark) Chick, and a son, Chad (Jennifer) Taylor. Also, several nieces and nephews, 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Senator Seward’s Petition Urges Bail-Reform Change

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Senator Seward’s Petition

Urges Bail-Reform Change

Senator Seward

ONEONTA – Since “bail reform” took effect Jan. 1, dozens of criminals have been released, only to commit additional crimes.

That has prompted state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, to issue a petition, seeking to marshal support for overturning or amending the law.

“I voted against the so-called reforms and co-sponsor several bills to repeal of amend the law,” he said. “To date, the Senate Democrats have shown no willingness to correct their mistakes.”

250 Attend Foothills  Wedding Expo, After Party

250 Attend Foothills

 Wedding Expo, After Party

Over 250 brides, grooms and their families came to the 2019 Bridal Expo this afternoon in the atrium of Foothills Performing Arts Center. Guest like Danielle Dobitsch and Tim Maguire, Walton, at right, sampled cake, BBQ and hors d’oeuvres as they spoke with DJ’s, wedding vendors, photographers and more. Afterwards, brides like Marisa Gray, above, Unadilla, who was spending some quality time with her future mother-in-law Ann Marie DeForest, made her way to the Rainbow’s End After Party to try on dresses and partake in the Bag o’ Bargains event, where they could fill a bag with as much wedding attire as possible for only $100. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com

Postcards-a-Plenty  At Sunday Flea Market

Postcards Aplenty

At Sunday Flea Market

GOHS Executive Director Bob Brzozowski, Oneonta, peruses vintage postcards and papers at a booth at the Second Sunday Flea Market this morning at the Quality Inn. Whether you are on the hunt for a piece of history or looking for a new piece of art for the walls or you just like to look, you can stop by the show until 2 p.m. today. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Crafts For a Good Cause At The Farmers’ Museum

Crafts For Good Cause

At Farmers’ Museum

Dean Johnson, 5, Milford, and mom Emily smother a pine cone with peanut butter and seeds as a homemade bird feeder at the weekly arts and crafts workshop at The Farmer’s Museum this morning. “We came with some friends last year and he really enjoyed it. We decided to come back because it’s a fun winter activity,” said mom. This month’s theme was animals and participants had the option to donate to the Susquehanna SPCA. (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)
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