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News of Otsego County

11-03-22

New Arrival: Oaklynn Mae Dorman

New Arrival

COOPERSTOWN—Amber Rose Spear and James Paul Dorman welcomed daughter Oaklynn Mae Dorman to the world on November 3, 2022. Oaklynn Mae was born at 11:30 a.m. at the Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. (Photo provided)
Golisano Center Celebrates 10-year Anniversary

Golisano Center Celebrates
10-year Anniversary

By Ted Mebust
A crowd of students, visitors and staff attended the recent Golisano celebration. (Photo by Luke Moran)

Springbrook’s Tom Golisano Center for Autism celebrated its 10-year anniversary this past Thursday, marking a decade since the expansion of its Oneonta campus. The event offered tours of the facilities, trolley rides provided by Leatherstocking Trolley Company, a parade of students and staff, and a dinner for all in attendance.

“It’s wonderful to have our donors here to remind us all what a difference this center has made in providing the highest level of support possible to our students,” remarked Patricia Kennedy, Springbrook’s chief executive, addressing the crowd at a private reception. The event lasted from 1:30-6:30 p.m.

BECKERT: Vote! Please Help Save Our Country
Letter from Bruce Beckert

Vote! Please Help
Save Our Country

This election is like none other in our time. It will either cement the global elite’s plan for our country or start us back on a path that will ultimately save this country so our grandchildren can have a lifestyle of freedom and opportunity that we have been so blessed with.

The Democrats have gotten used to swaying liberal Republicans, buying key elections with global elites’ dollars or just stealing elections. They have worked our judicial system, our media and the mind of some, so they can pull off most of their tricks. If patriotic Republicans don’t achieve wide margins we will see more elections stolen. Contrary to what many liberals think, a successful Democratic midterm election will lead to a country we will not recognize or be able to reverse. Democrats want a one-party system of government which will end our democracy, our way of life and the principles that have propelled us to the greatest power in the world.

MARCI: Zeldin Coalition Will Save NY
Letter from James Marci

Zeldin Coalition Will Save NY

I love New York. It’s the tourism slogan here in the Empire State, but I do truly have a love for this place. New York is my home, it’s where I’ve been brought up, and I feel as though I have a loyalty to protect it. New York is my home and fellow New Yorkers are my family. It’s because I have this strong connection to our state that I feel a deep sense of despondency when I hear my fellow New Yorker say that they are giving up on New York and leaving for supposedly greener grass.

WHELAN: ‘I Want My Republican Party Back’
Letter from Mary Anne Whelan

‘I Want My Republican Party Back’

To the Editor:

I am writing as a Registered Republican and in protest of Stefanik’s representation of our party.  She is a person who consistently misrepresents herself, just as she does the results of the past Presidential election. This is a person who said that Pence, the honorable Vice-president during the Trump administration, did the wrong thing by certifying the clear results of the Electoral College and the popular vote. Which means that in her view he should have helped overthrow the lawful and constitutionally based process, to keep Trump in power.

Court Honors Local NAACP Leaders

Court Honors
Local NAACP Leaders

By Ted Mebust
Lee and Joanne Fisher receive a standing ovation from Otsego County judicial officials. From left are Lee Fisher, Joanne Fisher, Brian Burns, Eugene Faughnan, John Lambert, Michael Getman, Porter Kirkwood, Tony Walters and Mark Masler. (Ted Mebust/AllOtsego.com)

Lee and Joanne Fisher, founding members of Oneonta’s chapter of the NAACP, were honored with a portrait on Friday, October 28 at the Otsego County Court Annex Building in Cooperstown. The portrait was commissioned to honor their service to the causes of justice and equality for nearly three decades with the organization. In attendance were judges and court officials from across the state, with Supreme Court Justice Brian Burns, Director of New York State Unified Court System Tony Walters and 6th Judicial District Chief Executive Porter Kirkwood speaking positively about their interactions with the Fishers over the years.

Submariner Scalici’s Seminal Saga
Anthony Scalici was inspired by friends and family to write his book.

Submariner Scalici’s Seminal Saga

by TED MEBUST

Local school board member and Vietnam War veteran Anthony Scalici published his first book this year, a memoir titled “Seasick Submariner: The Lure of Ocean Adventure from Old Staten Island to the U.S. Navy.” Told through a series of vignettes, Scalici recounts impactful moments as a son of Staten Island (before the Verrazano Bridge), an avid fisherman and a naval sonar technician.

Recalling conversations with his immigrant grandparents and explorations along the island, Scalici described a colorful childhood.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Is November 12-20

Hunger and Homelessness
Awareness Week Is November 12-20

By DAN MASKIN

November 12 through 20 is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Reliable estimates show that over 550 thousand people in the United States are homeless. In Otsego County, the number of homeless people has been on the rise for the last two years. Code Blue and the homeless that we encounter on Main Street are yearlong topics of discussion between local governments, non-profits, and law enforcement. But it’s equally important to know that the majority of homeless people in our community live in inadequate housing, are doubled up with family or friends or are temporarily homeless.

Positively Stunning

Positively Stunning

Photo by Mindy Baker

With the guidance of head librarian Mindy Baker, Richfield Springs Public Library has created a Positivity Rock Garden. Thanks to a generous donation of colorful aggregate from Ruby Lake Glass and assistance from students at Richfield Springs Central School, the library’s eye-catching Positivity Rock Garden will inspire and lift the spirits of residents and visitors to the community. The rock garden surrounds a tree on the grounds of the library and the large painted rocks of the garden bear quotes from famous authors and classic novels. Ruby Lake Glass colorful aggregates fill the center of the garden and act not only as a visual treat but as a sensory element, allowing individuals to run their fingers through the rocks to change the colors. Check it out before the snow flies and add your own painted rock to the collection

Political Candidates Speak Out: Backgrounds, Goals Explained – Otsego County Sheriff

Political Candidates Speak Out:
Backgrounds, Goals Explained

Meet the Candidate for Otsego County Sheriff for Election Day, November 8, 2022

Publisher’s Note: We sent out an e-mail asking the candidates for the major political races next week to share information about themselves, so our readers can get to know them a little better. Every candidate had the opportunity to return their answers. We asked them:

A. Please tell us about yourself.
B. If you were elected to office, what are your top priorities and why?

We have run these answers over the last few weeks, in hopes this will help in your decision-making process on Tuesday, November 8. Please get out and vote!

Richard Devlin Jr., Republican party

RICHARD DEVLIN JR.—REP

Political Candidates Speak Out: Backgrounds, Goals Explained – Congressional District 19

Political Candidates Speak Out:
Backgrounds, Goals Explained

Meet a Candidate for Congress, District 19, for Election Day, November 8, 2022

Publisher’s Note: We sent out an e-mail asking the candidates for the major political races next week to share information about themselves, so our readers can get to know them a little better. Every candidate had the opportunity to return their answers. We asked them:

A. Please tell us about yourself.
B. If you were elected to office, what are your top priorities and why?

We have run these answers over the last few weeks, in hopes this will help in your decision-making process on Tuesday, November 8. Please get out and vote!

Josh Riley, Democratic/Working Families Party

JOSH RILEY—DEM, WFP

Political Candidates Speak Out: Backgrounds, Goals Explained – State Senate, 51st District

Political Candidates Speak Out:
Backgrounds, Goals Explained

Meet a Candidate for New York State Senate, 51st District, for Election Day, November 8, 2022

Publisher’s Note: We sent out an e-mail asking the candidates for the major political races next week to share information about themselves, so our readers can get to know them a little better. Every candidate had the opportunity to return their answers. We asked them:

A. Please tell us about yourself.
B. If you were elected to office, what are your top priorities and why?

We have run these answers over the last few weeks, in hopes this will help in your decision-making process on Tuesday, November 8. Please get out and vote!

Peter Oberacker, Republican/Conservative parties

PETER OBERACKER—REP, CON

Best Bets: 11-03-22

What’s Fun in Otsego County: Best Bets

Former Oneonta resident Arjun Verma is returning to the area from San Francisco for a sitar concert on Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta.

Arjun Verma began learning sitar at age 5 from his father, the late Roop Verma, an internationally performing sitarist who had studied with Maestros Ali Akbar Khan and Ravi Shankar. Hailed by “The New York Times” as a “fine sitarist,” Arjun shares the jewels of his cultural heritage in a manner that is fresh, modern, and relevant, while maintaining a high standard of traditional integrity. His performance repertoire has stretched the limits of the sitar as an instrument, and his recording and composing work has adapted Indian classical music effectively for TV, opera, and documentary film.

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Welcome to the Neighborhood

Jessica Mileto, Joan Fox, Jaclyn Flynn, Christine Reilly, Linda Flynn, Reagan Flynn, Jennifer Flynn, Ryder Flynn and Ellen Tillapaugh celebrate the opening of Cooperstown’s newest realty office.

The newest branch of Keller Williams Realty opened recently on upper Main Street in Cooperstown. Linda Flynn, real estate agent and owner, said, “I’ve been in real estate for years, and recently just got back into the business. I did a deep dive into all of the real estate companies in our area and Keller Williams was the perfect match for me.”

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