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Robert C. Stiefel, 93; WWII Veteran, SUNY Oneonta Retiree

IN MEMORIAM:  Robert C. Stiefel, 93;

WWII Veteran, SUNY Oneonta Retiree

Robert C. Stiefel

ONEONTA – Robert C. Stiefel, 93, a World War II veteran and SUNY Oneonta retiree, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at the Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Bob was born on June 14, 1924, in Oneonta, the son of Charles and Mabel (Moon) Stiefel.

He served his country in the Army during World War II, (1943-1945), the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

1,000 Babies In Line For Their First Books

1,000 Babies In Line

For Their First Books

Ronald Warner and Krista Spooner-Warner, of Fultonville, with their son Conlee, receive a hand-sewn tote and children’s book from Barbara Potter, who initiated the project on behalf of the Four County Library System and Better World Books. Looking on is Catherine Lane, a registered nurse in the Bassett Birthing Center.

COOPERSTOWN – Five local libraries and Better World Books (BWB), with a grant from the Four County Library System, will provide the parents of 1,000 babies born at Bassett Hospital with their new baby’s first book and a hand-sewn tote to carry it home in.

Barbara Potter, who works at Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick, pulled the project together. She pooled funds from the Springfield, Cherry Valley, Huntington (Oneonta), Cooperstown (Friends of the Library) and Kinney libraries to buy material to make the totes and reached out to BWB. When BWB learned of the initiative, it offered to donate all 1,000 books.

Faso Makes Three Stops On Oneonta Business Tour

Faso Visits Noah’s World,

Toonie Moonie In Oneonta

Congressman John Faso, R-19, above, meets with the owner’s of Noah’s World in Oneonta, Sheila Andreic and husband Aleksandar, during a visit to Oneonta today.  “The congressman … wanted to learn about initiatives in our county that focus on early learning and development.” said Barbara Ann Heegan, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce president. “I immediately thought of Noah’s World. They provide an excellent service for … parents who work struggle to find affordable, quality childcare.”   He then went next door to tour the production floor of Toonie Moonie Organics with owner Kim Condon, inset, seen overlooking their kitchen. (Ian Austin/

IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Kenneth Baldwin, 95; Veteran, Hospital Chaplain

Rev. Kenneth Baldwin, 95;

WWII Veteran, Fox Chaplain

Rev. Kenneth Baldwin

ONEONTA – The Rev. Kenneth R. Baldwin, 95, retired United Methodist Church pastor, World War II veteran and Fox Hospital chaplain during his retirement in Oneonta, passed away on Aug. 27, 2018.

Ken was the son of the late Bert and Mae (Clifford) Baldwin of Fayetteville, and was born in Syracuse on June 26, 1923.  In 1940, he met the love of his life, Nancy Hall, at a youth camp in Charlotte, Vt.    World War II lengthened their courtship, but Ken and Nancy were married in 1948 and shared 70 years of happy marriage.  They enjoyed dancing well into Ken’s nineties, often to the applause of onlookers.


Frank J. Kranitz, 92, Richfield;

WWI Vet Owned Lake-n-Pines

Frank Kranitz

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Frank Joseph Kranitz, 92, a World War II veteran and former owner of Lake-n-Pines Motel on Otsego Lake, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, Nov. 12, 2018, at the Saint Johnsville Rehabilitation Center, Montgomery County.

He was born on Oct. 12, 1926, in Woodside, Queens, son of the late Joseph and Mary Tones Kranitz. Frank was raised in Queens where he graduated high school.
After graduation, he enlisted in the Army during World War II.
He served as a rifleman in central Europe and fought at the Battle of the Bulge.
He was the recipient of the Occupation Medal of ETO, EAME Campaign Medal, one Bronze Battle Star, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged on April 27, 1947, attaining the rank of private first class.
On Sept. 12, 1965, he married the former Geraldine Hauser in Saint Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church in Cooperstown.
For 28 years, Mr. Kranitz owned and operated the Lake-n-Pines Motel, retiring in 1992.
Frank had a strong sense of community and was a member of Hugick, Purcell & Shepard American Legion Post No. 616, Richfield Springs and the Blind Veterans Association. He was a member and Past Master of Otsego Lodge No. 138 Free and Accepted Masons, a Past Excellent of the Royal Arch Masons No. 26, Zayrrah Shrine, Otsego Commandery No. 76 Knights Templar, Kentucky Colonel and Honorary citizen of Louisville, Ky., as well as a member of Buechel Lodge No. 896 Free and Accepted Masons in Louisville, Ky.
To all who knew him they will never forget a kind, gentle and caring gentleman with an unforgettable smile. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and family, especially his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving him are his devoted wife of 53 years, Geraldine; a son, Frank Kranitz and his wife, Joyce of Richfield Springs; two daughters and their husbands, Geraldine and Timothy Krull of Saint Mary’s, Pa., Linda and William Collins of Warren; 10 grandchildren, Cassandra, Cheryl, Phillip, Claire, Katie, Matthew, Christine, Thomas, Katy and John; three great-grandchildren; two nieces; and five nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Joseph Kranitz; and a sister, Martha Kranitz.
Calling hours for Mr. Kranitz will be 4 to 7 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 15, in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James Street; Richfield Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at Saint Joseph the Worker R.C. Church, Richfield Springs with Father Silvastar Sarihaddula, Pastor officiating.
Interment with military honors will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Richfield Springs.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Richfield Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Members of Otsego Lodge No. 138 F&AM; are asked to meet at the funeral home on Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. for ritualistic services.

Frank J. Kranitz, 92, Richfield; WWII Vet Ran Lake-In-Pines

Frank J. Kranitz, 92, Richfield;

WWII Vet Owned Lake-In-Pines

Frank Kranitz

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Frank Joseph Kranitz, 92, World War II veteran and owner of the Lake-n-Pines Motel on Otsego Lake for many years, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, Nov. 12, 2018, at the Saint Johnsville Rehabilitation Center in Montgomery County.

He was born on Oct. 12, 1926, in Woodside, Queens, son of the late Joseph and Mary Tones Kranitz. Frank was raised in Queens where he graduated high school.

After graduation, he answered the call of his country by enlisting in the Army during World War II.

‘Trusted Traveler’ Revocations Aside, ‘Green Light’ Bad Law


‘Trusted Traveler’

Revocations Aside,

‘Green Light’ Bad Law

The second hijacked smashes into the World Trade Center’s South Tower on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The 19 hijackers had 30 driver’s licenses from five states. Reforms that followed to increase inter-agency communications are threatened by New York State’s new “Green Light” Law, Acting Deputy Homeland Security Director Ken Cuccinelli says.

On Sept. 11, 2001, the 19 terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon, or crashed in Schwenksville, Pa., had 30 driver’s licenses among them that allowed them to gain access to and hijack the four jets.

Nineteen licenses were from Florida, eight from Virginia, one each from Arizona and Maryland, plus two from California that were issued to two “watchlisted” participants.

None were from our state’s DMV, but if such a national catastrophe were to occur again, it could be different.

Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli referenced that last Thursday, Feb. 10, in answering reporters’ questions on his department’s decision to exclude New Yorkers from four “Trusted Traveler” programs after the passage of the state’s “Green Light” Law, which prohibits state law enforcement agencies from sharing routine DMV data with immigration agencies.

The programs give pre-approved travelers and trucking companies no-wait entry in to the U.S. The decision means 80,000
New Yorkers who have applied for the status won’t be approved, and 175,000 already approved will lose their status as their five-year passes expire.

“It was embarrassing to us in Virginia, that (many) of the 9/11 terrorists used Virginia driver’s licenses to help accomplish their evil mission, and we set about to fix that, and we did fix that,” said Cuccinelli.

Cuccinelli fielded reporters’ questions on removing New Yorkers from “Trusted Traveler” eligibility.

New York is “one of the other targets of 9/11 that is walking backwards, quite intentionally, … to bar the sharing of law-enforce-
ment-relevant information like vehicle registration, matching driver’s licenses to identifications, and critically, criminal records that are kept up to date and DMV databases.”

As stated here before, the “Green Light” legislation, granting a legal document to people who are in the U.S. illegally, is illogical on its face, evident to the 62 percent of New Yorkers who opposed it in a Siena Poll.

Plus, the Democratic majority folded it into the vote on the state budget, avoiding public hearings and on-the-floor discussion where the benefits and deficits would have become clear.

The law forced county clerks who run DMV offices, like Otsego’s Kathy Sinnot Gardner, to disobey either state law or federal law, contrary to their oath of office: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States AND the Constitution of the State of New York.” (Emphasis added.)

Since DMV applications are automatically forwarded to the state Board of Elections, where they are processed routinely, the “Green Light” at least gives an amber to voter fraud.

The law in place, the DMV and state Division of Criminal Justice Service then ordered local police to sign a “pledge” not to share any related information with federal agencies; obdurate police would be denied access to DMV records, essential to ensure someone stopped for speeding isn’t wanted for shooting a cop downstate.

County Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr., called that “blackmail,” reported Joe Mahoney, Albany correspondent for Plattsburgh’s, Niagara Falls’ and other Upstate papers, who broke the story statewide. “I signed the agreement with displeasure because it would really affect our officers here if we were not to have access to this data,” Devlin told Mahoney.

All this just isn’t right.

Supporters of the “Green Light” Law argue that because of the vast number of illegal immigrants in New York State – in 2014 there were 4.4 million in New York State, an estimated 22 percent of the population – this is a necessary safety measure, ensuring they pass the driver’s test and have insurance.

Still, to anyone who watched the World Trade Center towers collapse, visited the chilling 911 Memorial & Museum in New York City’s financial district, or listened to Cuccinelli the other afternoon, the justification rings hollow. Should every law be repealed if it’s flouted? Should any?

The answer to illegal immigration is much larger than the “Green Light” Law, requiring well-regulated borders and likely a humane path to citizenship for otherwise law-abiding immigrants. (A massive expulsion would be a human rights disaster.) But that’s a separate discussion.

Democrats have characterized Homeland Security’s decision as a reprisal by the Trump Administration: In his State of the Nation speech the night before it came down, the president singled out California and New York State as states where “sanctuary” communities are putting the law-abiding general public at risk.

But with Monday the 10th’s announcement of action against the state of New Jersey and the county that includes Seattle, Wash., it appears to be part of a larger push-back against the whole concept of “sanctuaries” – one that’s long overdue.

In New York State, according to the Center for Immigrant Studies, the cities of New York City and Ithaca, and five counties, are sanctuaries. However, that doesn’t include Cooperstown, where a Village Board resolution from 2017 declares village police won’t cooperate with ICE investigations that may occur locally; now, it may make sense for the trustees to withdraw that ill-considered resolution.

Whether reprisal or prudent governance, the right course is clear: The “Green Light” Law should be repealed on the merits. That the state’s economy will now suffer and hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers face travel delays are an added impetus for the state Legislature to do the right thing.

Instead of rethinking where we are and returning to a more sensible course, state Attorney General Letitia James, also on Monday, filed suit accusing the Trump Administration of using “our nation’s security as a political weapon.” Rather, is New York State simply risking our nation’s security to ride an ideological hobby horse?

As for the governor, he said “more than a dozen states – including red states – (have) similar laws.” He knows better. While other states grant licenses to undocumented immigrants, they didn’t include the most objectionable provision: barring cooperation with federal agencies. Washington State is considering that clause, but now may change its mind.

Contrary, it seems, to county clerks and sheriffs, the governor and attorney general are entitled to their own opinions. Neither is up for reelection in November, but the state Legislature is: 62 percent of voters should hold their representatives accountable on this issue. Turn off the “Green Light.”

In Memoriam: Paul Timothy Kuhn, 83 March 14, 1938 – June 2, 2021

In Memoriam

Paul Timothy Kuhn, 83
March 14, 1938 –
June 2, 2021

COOPERSTOWN – Born March 14, 1938, in Glen Cove, Paul was the second son born to George and Helen Kuhn, teachers in the Glen Cove School District.

Paul graduated from St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Glen Cove in June 1952 and then attended Chaminade High School in Mineola until graduation in June 1956. Paul then went on to Villanova’s College of Engineering, earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1960. Paul would be a lifelong Wildcats fan.

Upon graduation Paul began his military service with the U.S. Army, training at the Fort Holabird, MD U.S. Army Intelligence School. Paul became a Special Agent Staff Sergeant assigned to West Point Academy. It was during this time Paul met and married Jocelyn Shanahan, and they had three children. Discharged in 1964 Paul went to work the next day for the Insurance Company of North America. Starting as a claims investigator in Garden City Paul continued working for INA for over 30 years, until his retirement as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Services for CIGNA. While working in Philadelphia Paul met and married Mary Margaret Polley on June 20, 1986, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

It was then that Paul and Mary Margaret moved to Cooperstown and began a whole new phase of life. Paul had loved Cooperstown since he first arrived with his family for the summer of 1945. Paul’s parents worked at Camp Chenango and Camp Otsego each summer, so Paul and young George attended Camp. Paul continued as a camp counselor until he entered the Army. To him Otsego Lake was the most beautiful place on earth.

COVID? It Could Have Been Worse


COVID? It Could Have Been Worse

Editor’s Note: The COVID-19 pandemic has Albert Colone, founding president of the former National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, musing about the immigrant experience, when times were REALLY tough. This is the first of two columns on the immigrant experience of his grandparents, Frank and Lucia (Valentini) Colone.


COVID-19, which hit America hard starting in early 2020, turned our worlds upside down. I haven’t been able to hug my grandchildren since early February 2020 on my last visit with them. So here we are hunkered down, adhering to the virus protocols, playing it safe and staying healthy.

So, what do you do to maintain your sanity?

I reflect on stories surrounding the trials and tribulations of my ancestors to understand the struggles they plowed through in their lives.

Remember, they were handicapped by not having all of today’s quality-of-life assets, no cell phones, computers, the luxuries of travel from automobiles to airplanes, prepared foods, safe housing, money and all of assets that we enjoy, and perhaps take for granted, today.

Do you hear where I’m going with this? Let me share with you some of the storied struggles of the early lives of my grandfather and grandmother.

CUOMO: ‘Fundamentals That Attracted Amazon Here Remain’

CUOMO: ‘Fundamentals

That Attracted

Amazon Here Remain’

Editor’s Note: Governor Cuomo issued this statement after Amazon announced Thursday, Feb. 14, it is backing out of the 27,000-job HQ2 planned for Long Island City.

Amazon chose to come to New York because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business.
We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good-paying jobs for our state and nearly $30
billion dollars in new revenue to fund transit improvements, new housing, schools and countless other quality of life improvements.

Arthur Wannamaker,91; WWII Veteran Moved To County In 1950s

IN MEMORIAM: Arthur Wannamaker,91;

WWII Veteran Moved To County In 1950s

CHERRY VALLEY – Arthur Adam Wannamaker, a World War II veteran who moved from Long Island to Cherry Valley in the 1950s, died Dec. 13, 2018. He was 91.

Born March 28, 1927, in Springfield, Long Island, to Charles Wannamaker and Wilhelmina H. Shriefer. He grew up in Brooklyn, and at the Wartburg Orphans Farm School in Mount Vernon.

STATE OF CITY: ‘We’re Onta Something,’ Mayor Declares


‘We’re Onta Something,’

Mayor Declares

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig delivers his 2019 State of the City address Tuesday, March 5, at Foothills Performing Arts Center.

Editor’s Note: This is the text of Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig’s 2019 State of the City address, delivered Tuesday, March 5, at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. He also announced $2.3 million in grants through the city/state Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

During the past year, some have questioned whether we have lost some of our momentum in revitalizing and reinventing the City of Oneonta. I want you to know that the answer to that is absolutely “no.”
We have been taking the time to go about this process the right way. We have engaged the entire community in the planning process, and we have been listening.
Literally, hundreds of people – residents; business and property owners; member of our boards and commissions; committee and focus group volunteers, our truly dedicated city staff, and our Common Council members – have participated and enthusiastically contributed their energy, their ideas and their aspirations to create a blueprint for a new Oneonta.

BOUND VOLUMES: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

BOUND VOLUMES: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

In the case of Sturges vs. Crowninshield – the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court dated February 25, is summarized as follows: “Discharges under state insolvent laws, exempt the body of the debtor from imprisonment. But his property, subsequently acquired, is liable to his creditors; or, in other words, the contract is discharged as to the person, but not as to the future state of the party.” It is further decided, that until Congress acts upon the subject, the states may pass insolvent or bankrupt laws, which, however, can have no other effect that is above stated; but may be beneficial in putting an end to the partial dispositions of property, which now operate so severely upon the great mass of creditors of those who fail among us. This is all that has yet been decided upon this interesting subject. Gentlemen of the profession will perceive that many points remain for discussion.”
March 15, 1819

Advertisement: Blacksmithing – Those who want their Horses well shod, or their axes new-laid, or other edge tools made or repaired, are respectfully invited to call at Badger’s Fly Creek Machine Shop, who has on hand the best materials, and has employed Mr. E. Wentworth, whose experience as a Shoer is well known, and who can remedy the defects in the feet of horses which have come from bad shoeing and otherwise. Please give us a trial. Fly Creek, March 1, 1844.
March 11, 1844

Mr. H.F. Phinney, after having appealed from the present location of the railroad line and terminus in this village, has gracefully yielded to an adverse decision; and, as an evidence of his good will and hearty cooperation in the work in which we are all interested, has released the right-of-way through his entire property, embracing the Lough Farm and the Seminary grounds, to the company, free of charge. This is one evidence among others that Mr. Phinney is not making his investments in this village from purely selfish and personal motives, but that he has a higher view than some minds comprehend of the obligations resting upon men of wealth in the discharge of their stewardship.
March 12, 1869

Former Store An Eyesore, Please Help Cooperstown


Former Store An Eyesore,

Please Help Cooperstown

Editor’s Note: Bill Waller of Cooperstown sent this letter Monday, April 22, to Kevin Hourican, president, CVS, in Woonsocket, R.I., about the two-year vacancy of the company’s downtown Cooperstown store.

Dear Mr. Hourican,

I am writing to inform you of a situation with one of your properties located in Cooperstown, New York. You recently constructed a new CVS store in our Village and vacated your former location on our Main Street. It is my understanding that you are continuing with your lease on this abandoned property through September, 2019.

Bill Waller included these photos of the former CVS at 100 Main St. in his letter to company President Kevin Hourican.

While we have welcomed you into our community and admire and support your new location, your former store has become an eyesore right on our quaint Main Street. Our Main Street has recently undergone a massive renovation, adding pavers, rain gardens and new foliage; all to complement the small town atmosphere for which Cooperstown is world famous.

And the world will be here in force this July and throughout the summer to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame and attend the annual Induction Ceremony, this year starring the only unanimously elected inductee, Mariano Rivera. While our average Induction Weekend attendance is always in the tens of thousands, this year we are predicting record-setting visitors. Our previous one-day record was about 82,000.

In addition, we have families attending our summer-long Little League-age weekly baseball tournaments at the Cooperstown Dreams Park. That venue brings about 100 Little League teams and their families each week to watch their children play baseball.

There are also other weekly baseball tournament venues in the area that, all totaled, including the world renowned Glimmerglass
Opera Festival, The Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum bring almost 1 million people to our streets.

As the attached photos show, your former store, well-known as “the old CVS store” is an eyesore right in the center of our Main Street business district. With the interior lights constantly on, passersby are treated to the interior of an abandoned store. Last summer you allowed the Glimmerglass Opera use the building for scenery construction, but the windows and frontage remain as seen today.


Music Of West Africa


WORLD MUSIC – 8 p.m. – Contemporary West African music performed by world-renowned vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sona Jobarteh at West Kortright Center. $28 Non-members($32 day of); $24 Members ($28 day of); $10 under 19; free 8 and under. 49 W Kortright Church Rd, East Meredith. Info, (607) 278-5454,

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