UNADILLA – Steven F. Koberlein, 39, knowns to friends and family as the “Big Dog”, passed away on Oct. 13, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.
A Unadilla native, he was born June 26, 1979, in Sidney to George and Barbara (Bell) Koberlein. He was a 1998 graduate of the Unatego Junior/Senior High School. For the last 17 years he was employed by Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney.
He lived a rich and endearing life by these tenets: Behave humbly. Give Generously. Dress modestly. Love Sincerely.
ONEONTA – Neomia Smith (Lemon) was born in 1933 to Viola (Boyd) and Norman Lemon in Dorchester County, S.C. Neomia was the oldest of eight siblings. She learned at the early age of 12 to cook for her entire family and also helped alongside her siblings to tend the family gardens. Cooking and gardening would end up being her most cherished pastimes during her lifetime.
Neomia had three children from two marriages, Olretha Fleming (Roberts), Clement Roberts (predeceased 2001) and Christopher Smith.
Neomia was an avid reader of various genres, enjoyed berry picking, canning, as well as had a love and a natural talent for cultivating all things that grow on the land as well as caring for the animals and birds that shared it.
BAINBRIDGE – James A. Maddalone, 57, a dedicated firefighter currently serving on the Bainbridge Town Board, passed away Nov. 10, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, with his family by his side.
He was born on Aug. 7, 1960, in Sidney, the son of Joseph and Carole (Delello) Maddalone, and graduated from Sidney High School with the Class of 1968. He immediately became an electrician apprentice at Amphenol, where he worked for 40 years.
He loved politics and served on the Bainbridge Planning Board for almost 10 years before joining the town board, where he was serving his second term.
ONEONTA – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, today joined community, labor and business leaders from across the state to announce the launch of New Yorkers for Affordable Energy, a coalition supporting access to natural gas for manufacturing, power production, transportation and home heating.
“As I talk with business owners and prospective employers, the high cost of energy is always a top concern. Job creators weigh this issue greatly when deciding whether or not to come here, stay here, or grow here” said the senator. “We need reliable, affordable, clean energy to meet the needs of our current businesses and prepare for expansion. Natural gas needs to be an option.”
ONEONTA – Gordon A. Daley, Sr., 91, an Amphenol retiree who served in the occupation of Japan after World War II, passed away Nov. 26, 2016 at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center after a lengthy illness.
Gordon was born Feb. 7, 1925 in Oxford, the son of Leo and Edna (McMullen) Daley. He married Beverly Baker on Aug. 16, 1946 at Elm Park United Methodist Church in Oneonta.
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Clearly, Stop the Pipeline has dominated the debate about the Constitution Pipeline since January 2013, when “Alternate M,” the route through Otsego County, was rejected.
There was parity before that: The Otsego County Board of Representatives’ chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and her then-ally, county Rep. Linda Rowinski, D-Oneonta, had marshaled colleagues behind the effort to win the pipeline and garner an estimated $13 million in property taxes for towns and school districts along the route.
Since, the route through Delaware County has been mired in debate, some of it smacking of hysteria, from Stop the Pipeline and its allies. Whether as a result or not, the state Public Service Commission is taking its time coming to a decision. Pipeline construction was supposed to begin in the spring, and is still awaiting the go-ahead.
Lacking Supply, Gas Supplier Shifts Focus To Pennsylvania
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By JIM KEVLIN • Special to allotsego.com
The future of Amphenol Aerospace’s 1,000-job Sidney plant if the state rejects the Constitution Pipeline is “a relatively minor blip from the perspective of the people who have opposed the pipeline,” says Bob Nied, Richmondville, formerly on the Stop the Pipeline steering committee.
If approved, Stop the Pipeline adherents believe, the pipeline would damage tourism, preventing job growth in that sector, and depress property values, counter-balancing Amphenol’s economic benefits, Nied said.
But Glenn Nealis, director of the Delaware County Economic Development Department, takes another view. He pointed out that, with its $30 million annual payroll, there is no larger employer than Amphenol in his county or Otsego, and that it is on a par with Raymond Corp., the fork-lift manufacturer in Greene, Chenango County.
Natural gas for Amphenol is “very important,” said Nealis. “They were very clear during the negotiations to keep them here that that was a key consideration, one they estimated would save them $1 million a year.”