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Local Publishing Company Under New Ownership

Local Publishing Company
Under New Ownership

Tara Barnwell promoted to publisher;
Greg Klein named editor;
ownership remains In local hands

Tara Barnwell today succeeds Jim Kevlin as publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and www.AllOTSEGO.com. (Larissa Ryan/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – As of Friday, April 16, Iron String Press, Inc, publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and www.allotsego.com is under new ownership.

Tara Barnwell, general manager of Iron String Press, becomes president and publisher and actor-writer Greg Klein becomes editor of the company’s print and digital news and entertainment sources, succeeding Jim Kevlin.

Kevlin after 15 years as editor, publisher and president of Iron String Press and its media family, has retired.

With the new ownership, Iron String Press remains the only locally owned and locally focused news and entertainment operation in Otsego County.

A full story will appear in this week’s print editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta.

Chrystal Savage Named To Managing Editor Post

Chrystal Savage Named

To Managing Editor Post

Savage
Cudmore

With the first edition of 2021, Chrystal Savage, former editor of SUNY Oneonta’s State Times newspaper, will assume the duties of managing editor of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and www.AllOTSEGO.com.

Savage succeeds Libby Cudmore, who is joining Hartwick College as a Writer for Young Audiences, working across the college’s publications, social media platforms and the new FlightPath program, which helps students identify and work towards career goals while exploring major and course options.

“Libby has made a huge contribution to the development of our newspapers and website over the past 10 years,” said Editor & Publisher Jim Kevlin. “She’s a good friend and colleague to all of us here. We’re sorry to see her go, but wish her continuing success and happiness in her new endeavor.

“Meanwhile, we’ve been lucky to find Chrystal, who is familiar with Oneonta and Cooperstown, and experienced in reporting and producing a newspaper,” he said. “We’re excited about the skills she’s bringing to our operation.”

A Delhi native, Chrystal graduated from Delaware Academy Central School District at Delhi, and majored in English and General Human Ecology at SUNY Oneonta, graduating magna cum laude in May.

As editor of the States Times, she discovered a love of journalism. She has also freelanced for Catskill Country and other magazines, and reported for The Reporter, based in Delhi.

A native of Cobleskill, Libby is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and received a Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program. In 2016, her critically reviewed debut novel, “The Big Rewind,” was published by William Morrow.

Libby’s husband, Ian Austin, will continue as photographer for the newspapers and website.

Heidi Bond Named Citizen Of The Year

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Heidi Bond Named

Citizen Of The Year

Heidi Bond, who led Otsego County’s fight against COVID-19, has been named Citizen of the Year by Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and www.AllOTSEGO.com. Get the full story in either newspaper, which are being delivered now and will be available on newsstands throughout Otsego County by the end of the afternoon.
Pastor Sylvia, Jim Kevlin Wed At Lakeside Service

Pastor Sylvia, Jim Kevlin

Wed At Lakeside Service

Sylvia Elizabeth Barrett and James C. Kevlin were married Saturday, July 11, 2020, on the porch at Hyde Hall, overlooking Otsego Lake.

The Rev. Teressa Sivers, pastor, St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Ithaca, and former pastor of First United Methodist Church, Oneonta, performed the ceremony.

The bride was given away by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. Cindy Seward was the matron of honor. The best man was Matthew Lacey, Exton, Pa.

The bride is pastor of Milford Methodist Church. The groom is editor & publisher of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and www.AllOTSEGO.com.

The couple met in December 2017, when the groom interviewed the bride, who was rebuilding the Milford church after a fire, for the newspapers’ 2017 Citizen of the Year profile.

The bridal party, limited by NY Forward regulations, also included Anne Lacey, sister of the groom’s late wife, Mary Joan, who was co-publisher of the media company.

The bride, a native of Fareham, England, and graduate of York University, was a minister in Calgary, Alberta, before moving to The States. The groom, a native of East Orange, N.J., and Colgate University graduate, has spent his career in newspapers, moving to Otsego County in 2006 when he and M.J. bought The Freeman’s Journal.

The couple has four children: Jennifer Findlay and John Gerrard, Calgary; John C. Kevlin of Oakland, Calif., and Joseph J. Kevlin of Tempe, Ariz., who were unable to attend due to travel restrictions.

A luncheon, with social distancing in place, followed at The Otesaga.

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

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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!

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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!

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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

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