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THIS WEEK April 23-24, 2020
This Week — Feb. 6-7, 2020

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Feb. 6-7, 2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig delivers his fifth Stae of the City speech Tuesay, Feb. 5, to a full Common Council chambers in City Hall. A period of intensive planning is over, Herzig said, and he outlined a list of major downtown projects that will get underway this year. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

D.A. Expecting 50% Dip In Prosecutions

700-Plus Fans Sign Petition To Save CCS Football

Seward Invites DOT Chief To Lettis Crash Scene

2020 Winter Carnival Features Mac, Cheese, More

Salka Plans Local Rally Against Bail Reforms

THE JOB SCENE

Help Custom Electronics Power The Future

Big Job At Bassett: Keeping Many Jobs Full

Expert: More, Higher Paying Manufacturing Jobs

SUNY Plans To Make 100 Hires This Year

EDITORIAL

Good News, Jobs Aplenty; Bad News, No Housing

Are Fossil Fuels Part Of Climate-Change Answer

COLUMNS

HERZIG STATE OF CITY: 2020 Year Of Action

BENNETT: Acquittal Emboldens Trump, For Now

FOSSIL FUELS: Stanford Says, Recapture CO2

LETTERS to the EDITOR

STAMMEL: ‘Sanctuary’ May Kill Golden Goose

WILCOX: Gunmen More Scary Than G-Men

MOSS: Sandy Hook Memories Still Resonate

SUMMERS: Save The Birds, Scrap  The Panels

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Feb. 6, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Feb. 7, 2020

IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Howard Joseph, 94; Practiced Podiatry For 50 Years

William ‘Bill’ Truscott, 74; After Farming, Lived Out West

Connie Quackenbush, 80; Worked At Fox Hospital

Henry A. Prager, 84; Ran Excavating Company For 50 Years

William Aris Mixon Jr., 81; High-End NYC Retailer, Hotelier 

Mary E. Kinney, 81; Mount Vision Women Dies In Florida

Mary Jane Belrose, 75; County Office For Aging Social Worker

Audrie L. Knapp, 97; Retired New York City Graphic Artist

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO

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MEG KENNEDY CITIZEN OF YEAR

ON NEWSSTANDS TODAY

MEG KENNEDY

CITIZEN OF YEAR

Representative Shepherded In

Professional Management, More

County Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick/Milford/New Lisbon, has been named Citizen of the Year for 2019 by www.AllOTSEGO.com, The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, for her role is leading creation of a county administrator position. She also led the formation of the county Energy Task Force, and became the first Otsego county representative in history named to the board of directors of the New York State Association of Counties. More in this week’s Freeman’s and Hometown, available now at Cooperstown and Oneonta supermarkets, and on all newsstands this afternoon.
The Christmas Message Gospel of St. Luke

The Christmas Message

Gospel of St. Luke

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Madonna & Child
Giovanni Battisti Salvi
1609-1685

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;

Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2
King James Version

Libby Found Love, Work, Heartbreak — And Home

MANAGING EDITOR MARKS 10TH

Libby Found Love, Work,

Heartbreak — And Home

Editor’s Note: What a decade! Her friends and colleagues celebrated Manager Editor Libby Cudmore’s 10th anniversary among us on production day, Tuesday, Dec. 10, and agreed to write this memoir.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

Libby Cudmore with Mascot Goodie at the 2013 Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

There’s a lot for Ian and I to celebrate in December. Our families do Christmas, Yule and Hanukkah, our original anniversary, the New Year’s Eve to cap it all off.

But this December, I realized that I had another anniversary to celebrate – 10 years with the Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and, most recently, AllOTSEGO.com. It’s the longest I’ve ever stayed with a job, but in 10 years, I’ve realized that it’s more than than a job – it’s a way to give back to a community that has welcomed me so graciously.

When I moved to Oneonta in May 2007, I wasn’t sure if I would stay. This was my husband’s hometown, after all, but I wasn’t sure that there was a place for me yet. But that changed when Jim Kevlin hired me as a freelance reporter in April 2009.

My first story was about a bridal fashion show at SUNY. My second was an interview with Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, who was playing at the now-defunct Oneonta Theatre, then re-opened and full of promise.

I was hired full-time that December, Monday the 14th,  given a desk and the business cards I’ve been passing out ever since. If you look in your drawer, chances are you have one. If it was before 2017, it said “Reporter.” Since then, it has said “Managing Editor.”

Our new reporter, James Cummings, asked me: What’s the favorite story you ever written? How do you even pick?

But a few come to mind: getting to travel to Oneonta, Ala., and see the similarities (and a few differences) between our cities, and declaring actor Cuyle Carvin “Oneonta’s Heartthrob.” As an obsessive music fan, I still get giddy knowing that, at any time, I can pick up the phone and call Greg Harris, president of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for comment.

I love being able to support the good deeds at the Susquehanna SPCA, see the rise and revitalization of the Milford Methodist Church, to be a first-hand witness to all of the change in Oneonta as the DRI gets underway. I absolute agree that we’re “Onta Something.”

Of course, there has been plenty of heartache too. The sudden death of Mayor Dick Miller was when I felt it the most profoundly. I was tasked with not only covering the tragedy, but also processing my own grief privately. I had seen Dick that Thursday evening at the Future for Oneonta Foundation reception. He gave me one of those sideways handshakes I knew so well, the quick “how ya’ doin’” in passing. We’d had our disagreements over the years – par for the course in both our professions – but I respected and enjoyed him immensely, and still miss him.

The murder of 11-year-old Jacelyn O’Connor still haunts me. I’ve written about far too many brutal deaths in our county, but in some ways, I’m honored to do so, because I task myself not with writing about the killer, but letting my readers know who the victim was to their family, their friends, their community. They’re stories I wish that I didn’t have to write, but I am always honored when I get to speak with survivors like Jennifer Kirkpatrick and Erika Heller, to be trusted with their loved ones’ legacies.

I am always in awe of the support that the people of Otsego County continue to bless me with. From the packed house at the Green Toad for the launch of my debut novel, “The Big Rewind,” to the votes that came in for my guest conductor bid at the Catskill Symphony Orchestra’s cabaret concert. Many of you were there to cheer when Ian proposed to me in the 2013 Halloween parade, and some of you came to our wedding in 2015.

But you have also been with me in the darkest times to. In 2017, we lost MJ Kevlin, my dear friend and mentor. The outpouring of love and support from all of you was overwhelming, and if I didn’t thank you then, consider this a much delayed appreciation for the kindness you showed me, the grief we shared.

Recently someone asked me where I was from. For the first time in my life, I didn’t reply “Oklahoma City,” where I was born, or generic “Upstate New York” to compensate for a hometown I don’t particularly associate myself with. “Oneonta,” I answered without hesitation.

I didn’t grow up here. But if home is where you hang your hat (and, as you know, I wear many of them) then it stands to reason that your hometown is the town where your home is located – and thus, your hat hangs.

Writing for the Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOTSEGO.com has made me feel more a part of this community here than any career I thought I would have. Every week you welcome me into your home and your lives, you call me with good stories about graduations and strange collections and upcoming meetings, you allow me to lament with you when you send in obituaries and when we stand at the scenes of loss. It’s a position I do not take lightly, and I pledge to continue to my best to tell your stories accurately and honestly.

I’ve lived in a lot of places and I’ve traveled internationally and cross-country. But when I come off I-88 and turn onto the Lettis Highway, whether after a few days or a few weeks away, I always get the same feeling as the lights of Main Street greet me.

Welcome home.

Libby Cudmore Feted On 10th Anniversary

COLLEAGUES HERALD EDITOR

Libby Cudmore Feted

On 10th Anniversary

Libby Cudmore, managing editor Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOTSEGO.com, cuts a 10th anniversary cake a few minutes ago at Iron String Press’ headquarters.  Celebrating with her are, from left, Advertising Consultant Thom Rhodes, Editor/Publisher Jim Kevlin, Advertising Director & General Manager Tara Barnwell, Photographer Ian Austin (Libby’s husband), and Office Manager Larissa Ryan.   Libby, a SUNY Binghamton graduate with a master’s from the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, published her first novel, “The Big Rewind,” (William Morrow, 2016), while pursuing her duties here.  In remarks, Kevlin noted, “Libby’s energy, enthusiasm and talent have allowed us to continue expanding our reach and aspirations.  Thank you — and well done!”  (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)
THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS, April 18-19, 2019

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THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

April 18-19, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

HOW SWEET IT IS! Jacob Russell raises his fist in triumph after he and Patrick Dewey completed the Boston Marathon Monday in 3:28:53, in the top 30 percent of runners overall. The two are running pals from their Cooperstown Central days. Jacob is graduating from Harvard next month, and Patrick from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. (Max Prager photo/Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com)

OTSEGO CHAMBER’S 

BEST of the BEST

LES GRUMMONS, Distinguished Citizen

PATHFINDER VILLAGE, Distinguished Business

FRONT PAGE

2 Oneontas Dip Toe Into Geothermal

Bassett Doctor Leads Top MD Association

Russell, Dewey In Top 30% In Boston Marathon

B&B Owner Drowns As Car Runs Into Lake

New CSO Executive Seasoned On Opera Stage

Main Street Finale Adds Futuristic Trash Cans

Doubleday Redo Scales Back 3rd-Base Pavilion

4-Year Maximum Sentence In Girl’s Death

EDITORIAL 

Brainy, Creative Execs Secure County Future

COLUMNS

KUZMINSKI: Guaranteed National Income?

FROM EPA: Say, What IS Geothermal?

Why Notre Dame Matter, via Wikipedia

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

PERDUE: Church Programs Serve Kids, Moms

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: April 18, 2019

HOMETOWN History: April 19, 2019

IN MEMORIAM

John Smirk, 75; Cooperstown B&B Owner

Donald Hill, 79; Expert In Southern Music

Douglas Silvernail, 78; Worked For Jeweler

Susan Schultes, 70; School Nurse, EMT Captain

PEOPLE

Emphemera Abounds, And Much More

CCS Grad Pioneers Ear Procedure

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO

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this weeks newspaper Mar 14 – 15 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

6-foot-8 sophomore John Kennedy sinks a free throw for the Hawkeyes.

FRONT PAGE

CCS Basketball: FINAL 4 AWAITS

Plan ‘Transformative,’ But Details Still Fuzzy

Final Sale Packs McLaughlin’s

DiPerna, Back At Vatican: World Working Together On Climate Without U.S.

2nd Time Around, Climate-Smart Idea Wins County’s OK

Deputy Promoted to County Roads Chief

 

CITY OF THE HILLS: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

EDITORIAL 

Herzig: Act Today, Look To Tomorrow

Please, County Reps And Trustees: Get Chief Covert Help He Needs

COLUMNS

Zagata: Where’s $93 Trillion Coming From To Pay Bill For A Green New Deal?

Casale: Anti-Amazon Forces Alive – In Oneonta

Youngs: With 321 Events During ’18, Foothills Buoying Downtown

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Be Failing, But Tom Seaver’s Victories Immortal

Apply ‘Golden Rule’ To Global-Warming Issues

Cooperstown Can Have It All – Classical Music, Talk Radio – On WSKG

Support Early Voting, Seward, Salka Asked

League: No Contest, But Exercise Your Right To Vote

Trustee Dewey Outlines Credentials, Asks For Vote

 

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

HOMETOWN History: Mar. 14 – 15, 2019

ALLOTSEGO.LIFE

20 Years On Southside, Piers Also Mark Mega-Store’s Fifth Year

Reducing Fires, Department Makes Village Better Place To Do Business

Happening Otsego:  Funky Philharmonic, Corned Beef Supper And Mom-Son Swing

IN MEMORIAM

Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Lord, 77; Ceramist With Milford, Oneonta Studios

Elizabeth Anne Broten, 30; Beloved Daughter Loved Reading

Dorothy Miller, 96; Retired From Mehan Insurance

Martin R. Patton Sr., 89; Entrepreneur; Restaurant, Realty Investor

John Simonds, 90; Retired From D&H

 PEOPLE

Hometown People – March 14 -15, 2019

LOCALS – March 14 -15, 2019

LOCAL BASKETBALL TEAMS

CCS Boys BasketballFinal Four Bound!

DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS

 

 

 

 

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS Feb 28 – Mar 01 2019

 

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Feb. 28 – Mar. 01, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Father and son were all smiles after a victory takes them once again to the semi-finals.

FRONT PAGE

OHS Boys Head Into Tournament

Dad John Coaches, Son Jack Plays, As Hawkeyes Look Toward Finals

Koutnik Set To Retire As Season Starts

This Nasty Little Parasite Is Meaningful

Dog-Rescue Mission Sends SSPCA Director To Beirut

Council Candidates Announce In A Rush

Trustees Intensify Noise Law Push

CITY OF THE HILLS: Feb. 28-Mar. 01, 2019

COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND: Feb. 28-Mar. o1, 2019

EDITORIAL 

Congressman Emerging As Moderate, Balanced

County Board Committee Adjusts Policy To Affirm Public, Press Have Rights

Lower Taxes, More Broadband Would Help Keep Upstate Folks Here

COLUMNS

Something Like ‘Green New Deal’ Essential, But Impact On Personal Freedom Worrisome

New Home, New History

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Goal: Doing All We Can To Reduce Dependence On Fossil Fuels

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Feb. 28 – Mar. 01, 2019

HOMETOWN History: Feb, 28 –  Mar. 1, 2019

ALLOTSEGO.LIFE

While Others Dream, Kosmers Have Lived Energy-Efficiently For Decade

Stores May Come, Go, Southside Mall Endures

Happening Otsego: Soup, Pancakes And Adopt a Furry Friend At SSPCA

IN MEMORIAM

Irene Harlem, 86, Oneonta; Wife Of Supreme Court Judge

John Chambers, 82; Ran Family Livestock Auction

Richard White, 66, CCS Football Star, Wrestler

David P. Eckberg, 78; From Navy, Had Life-Long Love Of Sea

 PEOPLE

Hometown People: Feb. 28 –  Mar. 01, 2019

Locals: Feb. 28 – Mar. 01, 2019

LOCAL BASKETBALL TEAMS

Good Luck Hawkeyes!

Good Luck Yellowjackets!

DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS

 

 

 

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS Feb 21-22 2019

 

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Feb. 21-22, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal & HOMETOWN ONEONTA  – Karen Katz applauds Congressman Delgado’s arrival, flanked by her husband, former mayor Jeff, and Otsego 2000’s Ellen Pope. In the foreground is Randy Velez, Catholic deacon.

FRONT PAGE

Marijuana Shops? County Must Decide Issue

Hearty Applause Greets Freshman Congressman

For $3M, Theater Can Reopen In Collaboration With Foothills

Farmers’ Market In Chamber Hall Of Fame

Work Starts On County’s Energy Plan

With Gas Aplenty, Andela Predicting Jobs For Richfield

CITY OF THE HILLS: Feb. 21-22, 2019

COOPERSTOWN AND AROUND: Feb. 21-22, 2019

EDITORIAL 

What’s the Matter with Upstate?

CUOMO: ‘Fundamentals That Attracted Amazon Here Remain’

COLUMNS

Statistics Here And Nationally Indicate: Heroin Tide Is Ebbing

Until Available 24/7, Renewable Energy Not Ready For Prime Time

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 On Energy Future, State Must Pick  Right Side Of Scale

Plea To Biological Field Station: End Pesticide Use

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES – Feb. 21 – 22, 2019

HOMETOWN History – Feb 21-22 2019

ALLOTSEGO.LIFE

Monument Planned For 20 Killed In Limousine Crash

After Decades Breaking Otsego Lake Ice, HEAT!

Happenin’ Otsego: Dog-Shelter Fundraising, Plus Theater

IN MEMORIAM

Graham Duncan, WWII Veteran, Poet, Professor

Scott Sorensen, 86; Worked At Boys & Girls Club

Edward V. Lynch, 47; Air Force Vet Loved Music

Corinne Hillman, 98; Teacher, Cooperstown Cotillion Mainstay

Gregory L. Hext, 74; Vietnam Vet, Worked For Remington

 PEOPLE

Polar Bear Jump: Warm Hearts – Cold Everything Else

Hometown People: Feb. 21-22, 2019

Locals: Feb. 21-22, 2019

DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS

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THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Jan. 17-18, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

For perhaps one of the final times, Margaret and Mark in the backseat of one of Cooperstown Medical Tranport’s 12 ambulances.

FRONT PAGE

Longest Shutdown Has Little Impact Here

2 Historic Markers Ready For MLK Day

Goodyear Polar Jump To Aid 2 Volunteers

Known For Opera, She’s Praised For Book

20 Inches Of Snow On Way This Weekend

EDITORIAL 

Andela, Red Shed Show Entrepreneurial Mettle

COLUMNS

SEWARD:  Democrats Shutting Out GOP Voices

‘Uxurious’ Misread Suffragette’s Fateful Visit

Which Appliance Should We Be Afraid Of Next?

Digital Infrastructure  Allows Competition With Big Tech

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Renewables, Maybe Not Answer Today, Are Wave Of The Future

HISTORY COLUMNS

HOMETOWN History

BOUND VOLUMES

ALLOTSEGO.LIFE

From Single Van, Cooperstown Couple Built Three-County Ambulance Service

Milford 5th-Graders Study Trout By Raising Trout

Brides Aplenty at Foothills

‘Citizen Clark’ Film, Basketball Tourney, Art For The SPCA

IN MEMORIAM

Roger B. Sullivan, 68; SUNY Oneonta Asst. VP/Enrollment

Barbara Means, 87, Oneonta; Artist, World Traveler

Sandee H. Alpern, 71, Cooperstown; Spinner, Weaver, Potter, Teacher

Edward Van Beers, 84; Operated Pittsfield Plumbing & Heating

 PEOPLE

Senate Resolution Gives Fallen Hero Liberty Medal

SUNY Students Study Sea Life Of Japanese Isles

At Noah’s World. The Queen of the Dance

Mebust Leading New Committee Of Village Dems

Let it Snow…And Snow And Snow AND SNOW!

DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS

‘Summer Dreams’ To Serve Tourists – And Rest Of Us

‘Summer Dreams’

To Serve Tourists

– And Rest Of Us

A new “Summer Dreams” publication, aimed at serving Otsego County’s summer visitors and the rest of us who partake of the county’s summer offerings, will appear in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal.  New editions will appear weekly through Labor Day.

A new weekly publication, “Summer Dreams,” aimed at highlighting Greater Cooperstown and Oneonta’s summer offerings, will appear in this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal.

In addition to reaching 13,000 households in our regular weekly distribution, an additional 2,000 copies are being printed and made available to tourists and youth-baseball-park participants.  The 13,000 distribution is already the largest print footprint in the county, and this will be enhanced to 15,000, according to Editor/Publisher Jim Kevlin.

Beginning today, the new publication will also be posted on www.allotsego.com, where it will be accessible to 40,000 weekly visitors, and promoted on the allotsego Facebook page, where more than 20,000 visitors participate weekly.

“Information about happenings in Otsego County will be useful, of course, to all of us looking to have some fun.  But ‘Summer Dreams’ is also a powerful vehicle for advertisers looking to connect with customers and potential new customers,” Kevlin said.

If you are interested in advertising in “Summer Dreams”, call 607-547-6103 and ask for Tara Barnwell or Thom Rhodes, or e-mail them at tarab@allotsego.com or thomr@allotsego.com.

 

Faso Medicaid Exemption Decried At County Board
VIDEO SHOWS JULY MEETING

Faso Medicaid Exemption

Decried To County Board

Richard Sternberg, the Cooperstown trustee and retired physician, who has been recruiting candidates to run for Otsego County offices in the fall, objects to a resolution supporting the Faso-Collins amendment, which would require the State of New York to pay for any Medicaid shortfalls, not counties like Otsego. After hearing dissent at its July meeting last Wednesday, the county board withdrew the resolution. (from videotape by Karen Sullins)

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