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John J. Pohli, 75 June 26, 1946 – October 7, 2021

In Memoriam

John J. Pohli, 75

June 26, 1946 – October 7, 2021

John J. Pohli

OTEGO – John J. Pohli, a lifelong area resident, passed away Thursday afternoon, October 7, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 75.

Born June 26, 1946, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, John was a son of John J. and Margaret (Sorocco) Pohli. After graduating from high school, he attended Mohawk Valley Community College where he earned an associate’s degree in electrical technology. For 30 years he was employed with NYSEG, and retired as an electrical supervisor in 1990.

On September 2, 1966, John married Lillian J. Pearce in Oneonta. They enjoyed living in their log cabin in the countryside of Otego.

Richard Frederick Smith August 21, 1943 – September 13, 2021
Richard Frederick Smith

In Memoriam

Richard Frederick Smith

August 21, 1943 – September 13, 2021

OAKSVILLE – Richard Frederick Smith, Jr., a life-long area resident and long-time employee of Remington Arms, passed away following a lengthy illness Monday afternoon, September 13, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 78.

Born August 21, 1943, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, he was one of four children of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith. He attended Cooperstown schools and was a member of the Cooperstown High School Class of 1961.

On March 17, 1962, Dick married Patricia Ann Edwards in a ceremony at the Cooperstown Methodist Church, and they went on to enjoy a total of 60 wonderful years together.

Following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father, Dick proudly served his country with the United States Army from 1962 until 1968. Upon receiving his honorable discharge from the military, he returned to the Cooperstown area, and was employed for 34 years with Remington Arms in Ilion, first as a forend sander and then as an inspector.

Stephen James Pawlowski Feb. 4, 1976 – Jun. 19, 2021

In Memoriam

Stephen James Pawlowski, 45

Feb. 4, 1976 – Jun. 19, 2021

Stephen J. Pawlowski

COOPERSTOWN – Stephen James Pawlowski, 45, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 19, 2021.

He was born February 4, 1976, in Mount Kisco, the youngest of six children of Walter and Roberta (Stiles) Pawlowski. He attended school in Somers, until the 9th grade, when he and his family moved to Mooresville, North Carolina. After graduating from Iredell High School, he attended North Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in forestry. He later attended Binghamton University where he received a degree in nursing, and then graduated from the University of Scranton where he completed the nurse anesthesia program. Since moving to Cooperstown in 2011, Stephen has worked as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at Bassett Medical Center.

Since 2010 Stephen had been serving his country in the US Army Reserves as a Captain.

Charlotte Perry Koniuto, 80 Sept. 29, 1940 – Jun. 13, 2021

In Memoriam

Charlotte Perry Koniuto, 80

Sept. 29, 1940 – Jun. 13, 2021

MILFORD – Charlotte Perry Koniuto, who served as the Otsego County Clerk and was an active member of the Republican Party, passed away unexpectedly late Sunday night, June 13, 2021, at Basset Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was 80.

Born Charlotte Jean Perry September 29, 1940, at home in the Town of Minden near Canajoharie, she was a daughter of Melvin David Perry, Sr. and Dorothy (Madison) Perry.

In 1950 Charlotte and her family moved to the Cooperstown area, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse in Bowerstown until it consolidated with Cooperstown Central School. After graduating from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1958, she attended the University at Buffalo, and then returned to Cooperstown to work for the next seven years for Attorney Robert C. Tennant.

Dolgeville Couple Parents To First Bassett Baby Of  ’21

Dolgeville Couple Parents

To First Bassett Baby Of  ’21

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Allan Cotton

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County has welcomed the area’s first baby of the new year. 

‘Allan Cotton, son of Mallory Diederichs and Scott Cotton of Dolgeville, was born – a week early –  at 9:31 a.m. New Year’s Day at Bassett Hospital.

Allan weighs 9 pounds, 3 ounces and is 22 inches long.

Allan has four siblings: Michael, 12, and Karman, 3, at home and two older siblings, Zachary in Missouri, and Michaela in North Carolina.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Cooperstown Reflects Series ‘On Racism In Healthcare’ 10-28-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28

Cooperstown Reflects Series

‘On Racism In Healthcare’

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COOPERSTOWN REFLECTS – 7 p.m. Join panel on Zoom to for ‘Cooperstown Reflects on Racism and Healthcare’ discussion with Reggie Knight, Spine Care Institute; Dr. Subashini Daniel, Attending Surgeon, Cardiac Surgery; Dr. Jim Dalton, Director of Medical Education, Bassett Healthcare; Vince Solomon, Psychiatric Social Worker; and Candice Shannon, Social Psychologist/Sociologist. Presented by Cooperstown Village Library. Visit fovl.eventbrite.com to register.

VOTE – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Early Voting open. Meadows Office Complex, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Visit www.otsegocounty.com/departments/board_of_elections/index.php for info.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15

Showing ‘Yesterday: What If No One

Remembered The Beatles But You?’

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FILM SOCIETY – 7 p.m. Cooperstown film society presents ‘Yesterday: What if no one remembered the Beatles but you?’ (2019) with long time rock tour manager John Draper welcoming all to the third season of Film Society. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/FilmSocCoop/

COOPERSTOWN MAN REPORTED MISSING

ONEONTA MAN

REPORTED MISSING

Chester S. Kucharski

COOPERSTOWN – A “vulnerable adult” was reported missing after he was last seen leaving Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown in January.

Chester S. Kucharski Jr, 67, Oneonta, was last seen leaving Bassett around 3:50 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. He was reported as a missing vulnerable adult and the Police Department is attempting to check his welfare.

He is 5’11, 150lbs, Gray Hair, Hazel Eyes. Police say he had been evicted from his residence in Oneonta and had been transported to Bassett Hospital. He was discharged from the hospital and has not been seen since.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Community Potluck Dinner

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HARVEST SUPPER – 4 – 7 p.m. Community potluck supper to celebrate autumn. Bring a dish to pass, tableware, beverages, enjoy meal with friends. Features live music by Stoddard Hollow String Band, games for kids on library lawn. Main St. between River & Fair St., Cooperstown. E-mail kristen mgriger@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/GrowingCommunityCooperstown/

BENEFIT BREAKFAST – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pancake breakfast, raffles to support Corena Martin, who has worked as Laurens School Nurse and volunteered with Laurens Fire & Emergency Departments, as she battles deals with health problems. Laurens Central School, 55 Main St., Laurens. 607-432-2050 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegonyfirewire/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Explore World Of Fiber

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FIBER ARTS FEST – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore world of natural fibers through demonstrations, exhibits, hands-on-activities showing how they’re harvested, processed, transformed to wearable, utilitarian, and decorative items. Included with admission, $12/adult. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/fiber-weekend

GARLIC FEST – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Features locally grown garlic for planting or cooking. Sample products like cheese, honey, garlic recipes, more from local vendors. Free parking, admission. Sunnycrest Orchards, 7869 St. Rt. 10, Sharon Springs. 518-284-2256 or visit www.facebook.com/Sunnycrest-Orchards-Farm-Market-and-Greenhouses-174470682568232/

Bassett Staff To Aide In Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

Bassett Team To Aid

In Puerto Rico Relief

Bassett Hospital is sending a four-volunteer team to Puerto Rico to help in the territory’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, which ravaged the island last September. Registered Nurse Anna Buell, left; Celeste Johns, the chief of psychiatry, center, and Johns’ husband Dr. Chris Kjolhede, pediatrician, are preparing to depart for the island of Vieques, just east of the main island.  The fourth member, RN Rachel Gaston, wasn’t available at a press briefing this morning.   The team will provide pediatric and general medical care, and PTSD counseling to locals who most likely haven’t had access to health care since the hurricane hit.  Two sister United Methodist churches – Fly Creek and Schuyler Lake’s – are also supporting the effort.   (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 12

Advocate For Animals

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POSTPONED DUE TO WINTER WEATHER: “Take Action for Animals: Animal Legislation & Advocacy,” with Libby Post. Learn how you can be an advocate for companion animals. The Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

FUNDRAISER – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fashion in Action to benefit the Ninash foundation, promoting literacy to children around the world. Hunt Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1663471

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29

Walk For Hurricane Relief

14-19eventspage Give the gift of Christmas to children in need. To participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program CLICK HERE!

HURRICANE RELIEF – 6-9 p.m. Walk to raise money for Hurricane victims. Admission, $3. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1622705

LECTURE SERIES – 12:20 p.m. Dr. Elena Chernyak presents “Intimate Partner Violence in The Former Soviet Union Societies: Risk Markers and Protective Factors.” Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4865 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwicks-chernyak-present-next-faculty-lecture/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8

Scrabble With Friends

14-19eventspage SCRABBLE & POTLUCK – 6-9 p.m. Bring a dish to share and enjoy a game of scrabble with friends. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call (607) 432-3491 or visit uuso.org

BOOK SIGNING – 6:15-7:15 p.m. Enjoy a book signing and reading of “Her Rocky Mountain Hero” by Jennifer D. Bokal. The Green Toad Bookstore, 198 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 11

History At The Hall

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HYDE HALL VIGNETTES – 6-9 p.m. Explore Clark family history through live vignettes. 1 hour tours, depart once every hour. Cost, $15. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Cooperstown. hydehall.org/event/explore-hyde-hall-history-with-live-vignettes/

LAKEFRONT CONCERT – 7 p.m. Cooperstown Community Band celebrates 156 years of patriotic marches, Broadway show tunes, dixieland, jazz, themes and other favorites. Bandstand in the Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

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