ONEONTA – Attention, Oneonta: The Lofts on Dietz are coming.
Common Council will vote Tuesday on making Parkview Development & Construction, Inc., a father and son development team from the Hudson Valley, Ken and Sean Kearney, the “preferred developer” on a local version of Artspace – 40 lofts for artists and another 26 middle-income apartments – planned for the Dietz Street parking lot.
All 66 units in the four-story building are “affordable,” Mayor Gary Herzig emphasized a few minutes ago, adding, “I’m very excited about this.” If all goes as planned, a ground-breaking could occur next summer.
“This really kick-starts transforming downtown Oneonta,” he said.
HARTWICK SEMINARY – When it comes to taking care of animals, Stacie Haynes never gives up.
“Stacie approached me multiple times about fundraising,” said Anita Vitullo, Staffworks president and Susquehanna SPCA benefactress. “She was tenacious! But I was happy to help.”
On Tuesday, April 30, Vitullo and Haynes announced a $250,000 gift to the $2 million “Shelter Us” campaign to build a new expanded shelter building on the lot across from Smith Ford on Route 28, south of Cooperstown.
But there’s a catch.
“This gift is a challenge grant,” said Haynes. “Through Oct. 1, any grant given to us will be matched. If you give $5, she’ll give $5, and we get $10. And if we can generate $250,000 in donations, we get $500,000 towards our capital campaign.”
Donations can be made online, by mail or, ideally, in person. “We love when people stop in to bring a donation and tell their stories,” said Haynes. “And then when they come visit in our new building, they can see the difference their donation made.”
The new shelter will have a surgical suite, separate entrances for adoptions and surrenders, and rooms where potential families can meet and play with animals to find the best fit for their pet.
Susquehanna SPCA benefactor and Staffworks President Anita Vitullo, Clinton, above center, poses with SSPCA board members after announcing a few minutes ago that, dollar-for-dollar, she will match forthcoming donations to the “Shelter Us” fund drive up to $250,000. If fully realized, Vitullo’s contribution will bring the $2 million drive to build a new animal shelter to $1.75 million, only $250,000 short of its $2 million. Posing with her after the announcement at the current shelter in Hartwick Seminary are, from left, Jill Basile, Oneonta; Shannon Stockdale, Maryland; board Chairman Gaylord Dillingham, Springfield; Merilyn Gould, Morris; Executive Director Stacie Haynes, and Peter Gould, Morris. Inset, after introducing Vitullo, Haynes hugs her as the benefactor prepares to make the announcement. The new state-of-the-art shelter will be located on Route 28 next to St. Mary’s Cemetery. More details in this week’s Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta, on newsstand tomorrow afternoon. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – Kim Millisor, 82, who modeled poolside at the Otesaga in the 1960s, died peacefully in her sleep on May 11, 2016.
Born in Albany on March 11, 1934, Kim moved to Columbus, Ohio and attended Ohio State University where she met her future husband, Jim Millisor. During their 62 years of marriage, they moved 27 times, ending up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where they raised their family.
COOPERSTOWN – A funeral mass is planned for William Rohan Kraham, 94, a decorated bomber pilot during the D-Day invasion who then pursued a legal career specializing in aviation, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church.
Interment will follow in the Kraham family plot at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index.
Mr. Kraham, a Cooperstown native and longtime resident of Gaithersburg, Md., died of heart failure on Feb. 23, 2018, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, St. Mary’s County, Md.
COOPERSTOWN – Village Trustee Cindy Falk foresees a “pocket oasis in the downtown” when the work now underway in Pioneer Park is done.
Beginning last week, a trench is being dug to create a foundation for a bike rack and bike repair station, and a final plan for the whole park is now being prepared by landscape architect Michael Haas of Delta Engineering, Endwell.
But, as part of the $2 million federal grant to be implemented next year, the final park should include a space for gatherings and performances, a drinking fountain with bottle-filling station, a cobblestone surface and new plantings.
ONEONTA – The family is inviting friends Charlotte Lunn Georgeson to a time of memory and celebration of her life 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Oneonta Country Club.
A lifelong resident of Oneonta and widow of former Mayor Jim Georgeson, Charlotte died Sept. 12 at Focus Otsego in Cooperstown.
She was born July 13, 1927, the daughter of Dorothy Hanks and William H. Lunn, Sr. A 1944 graduate of OHS, Charlotte attended Connecticut College for Women in New London, and in 1949 earned a bachelor of science degree from Cornell University. After a brief career in hotel management in Washington, D.C, she returned to Oneonta, where she married her husband in 1951.
SCHOHARIE – Within days of the Oct. 6 limo crash that killed 20 people in the parking lot of the Apple Barrel Country Store, memorials began to spring up.
“There were 20 crosses, and wooden deer that John and Anita Borst built,” said Josh Loden, Apple Barrel director of operations. “The people Matt (Coons) worked out with built a cross, and people who came to pay their respects would sign it.”
Now Loden and the Reflections Memorial Foundation are raising money to install a permanent memorial to the crash victims, who were en route to Brewery Ommegang when the modified 2001 Ford Excursion limousine they were riding in plowed into a parked car in the Apple Barrel parking lot before crashing into the ravine.
ONEONTA – A funeral mass for Carol A. Blazina, 70, the retired SUNY Oneonta vice president/communications, is being planned for 10:15 a.m. Monday, June 22, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Bookhouse Funeral Home announced.
She passed away on June 2, 2015, after a year-long battle with stomach cancer.
Carol was born on July 29, 1944 to Mary and H. Enrico Blazina in New York City’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood where friends and neighbors helped each other to get by, no matter what was needed. It formed her approach to a life that would forevermore revolve around helping others.
COOPERSTOWN – A celebration of life for Steven J. D’Esposito, 65, is planned at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Main Street B&B. Steve passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 27, 2015, at Bassett Hospital.
He leaves behind his wife, Patti, owner of Rose & Thistle B&B.
He was born Aug. 3, 1949, in Mountain Lakes, N.J. He attended Paul Smiths College, but soon joined his family’s restaurants, where he worked most of his life. They included Neil’s and Suds in New York’s financial district, and Neil’s New York, a dinner-theater and catering enterprise in Mountain Lakes.
The hospitality business was in his blood and he enjoyed it immensely, evidenced in his love of cooking.