News of Otsego County


People Over 71 To Get Vaccine, Governor Says

People Over 75

To Get Vaccine,

Governor Says

Bassett Says Second Round Will Be

Done In Pharmacies, Doctors’ Offices

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – With the Bassett Healthcare Network reporting this evening that it has administered 80 percent of COVID-19 vaccines it  has received so far, Governor Cuomo announced this afternoon that the program is being expanded beyond 1A eligible New Yorkers to 1B.

• 1B includes teachers and schools employees, police and firefighters (first responders), public-safety workers, public transit workers and people over 75.

• The 1A category, nearing completion, encompasses healthcare workers, from doctors and nurses to local health department workers who are administering the vaccines.

Dolgeville Couple Parents To First Bassett Baby Of  ’21

Dolgeville Couple Parents

To First Bassett Baby Of  ’21


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: Tour Art Exhibit By Lantern Light 10-21-20

Tour Art Exhibit By Lantern Light


ART IN THE DARK – 6:30 p.m. Tour museums galleries of folk art & fine art by Lantern Light with guides. Learn some of the mysterious, melancholy, untold stories behind the pieces & discover secrets with ultra-violet light. Limited to 8/tour. Cost, $14/non-member. Masks, pre-registration required. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit

Bassett, Fox Allowed To Do Elective Surgery

Bassett, Fox Allowed

To Do Elective Surgery

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Medical Center and Fox Hospital in Oneonta have been given the go-ahead to resume elective surgeries (outpatient) and non-urgent outpatient procedures, it was confirmed today.

A news conference is planned at 10:30 a.m. next Tuesday, May 12, to outline plans for resumption of those services.

Elective surgeries were put on hold after Governor Cuomo’s emergency declaration Friday, March 13, as Bassett and Fox reorganized to focus on the anticipated challenges from COVID-19.

Bassett: Fewer Testing Positive For Coronavirus

Bassett: Fewer

Testing Positive

For Coronavirus

6 Percent Affirmative, Down

From 10 Percent A Week Ago


COOPERSTOWN – Things are heading in the right direction.

Bassett Healthcare Network is seeing fewer positive tests for coronavirus in its eight-county region, Network spokeswoman Karen Huxtable-Hooker said today.

“We have been seeing some numbers trend down,” she said in an email.

Bassett Ready If NYS Sends Patients Here

Locals ‘Prioritized,’ Spokesman Says

Bassett Ready

If NYS Sends

Patients Here

Systems Adds 120 Beds,

Raising Capacity To 300

By LIZZIE COOPER • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – Could Bassett Healthcare Network see an influx of COVID-19 patients from downstate?  It’s possible.

In his briefing Friday, Governor Cuomo told reporters he is very concerned about finding hospital beds for all those who may be sickened by the Coronavirus.

 “We have lower numbers in Upstate, so we are coordinating the downstate need with Upstate hospital beds,” he said. “It could be a person comes in from New York City, but we have a hospital bed in Albany, and if that’s what it gets to that’s what it gets to. If we have a hospital bed with a ventilator anywhere in the state I would be happy.”

400 Called Hotline Over Weekend, 200 More Connect Today

One Non-Local Patient Treated At Bassett

400 Called Hotline

Over Weekend, 200+

More Connect Today

Many Just Have Colds, Others

Directed To Visit Testing Tents


COOPERSTOWN – Hundreds of people had called Bassett Healthcare Network’s coronavirus hotline by this evening, according to hospital spokeswoman Karen Huxtable-Hooker.

Four hundred called over the weekend after a 24-hour hotline, 607-547-5555, was announced Friday.  And more 200 called today, Huxtable-Hooker said.

One out-of-county patient infected with the coronavirus continues under treatment at Bassett.  No in-county cases have yet developed, county board Chair Dave Bliss said this morning.

2 Virus Cases, Surface Locally, Governor Reports

2 Virus Cases

Surface Locally,

Governor Reports

Bassett Plans Press Briefing Today

CDC images of coronavurus

COOPERSTOWN – Governor Cuomo revealed yesterday that the coronavirus is surfacing locally, with one case each in Herkimer and Delaware counties.

Locally, calls started coming last evening of one, perhaps two cases being treated at Bassett Hospital.  However, the hospital is declining to confirm any cases.

A press conference on the matter is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. today, and more details may be available at that time.

Meanwhile, if you have information on the outbreak, please alert our reporters at 607-547-6103, email, or text 607-643-2514


Benefit Concert To Support

Emergency Shelter Program


PERFORMANCE – 7 – 10 p.m. Support Emergency Shelter program by Opportunities for Otsego while enjoying evening of music by Steve Fabrizio Band. Features light hors d’oeuvres, raffles, cash bar. Cost, $25 at door. B Side Ballroom, 1 Clinton Plaza Dr., Oneonta. 607-433-8000 or visit

Drug Take-Back Yields 225 lbs. In Castoff Rxs

Drug Take-Back Yields

225 lbs. In Castoff Rxs

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Hospital’s Drug Take-Back campaign in April yielded 225 pounds of unwanted, expired and unused prescription medicines that were dropped off at three locations, the hospital announced today.

Drug Take-Back was designed to encourage people to clean out their medicine cabinets, and drop-off points were set up at Bassett in Coopertown, O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, and FoxCare Pharmacy in Oneonta.

Toss Old, Unused PrescriptionsDuring Drug Take Back Week

Toss Old, Unused Prescriptions

During Drug Take Back Week

COOPERSTOWN – Bassett Healthcare Network is encouraging people to get rid of unused prescriptions at its three pharmacies during Drug Take Back Week, April 22-27.

The disposal kiosks are available at Bassett, Foxcare and O’Connor pharmacies to help people avoid prescription misuse and help stem addictions tied to over-the-counter or controlled medication. These excess prescriptions can be managed easier with the help of pharmacy software development by SmartexLab or others, the software can enable alerts for expiring medications, as well as if the destruction of any stock needs to be carried out. A deployment of this type of software could decrease medicine waste greatly.

Main Street Goes Blue For Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Main Street Goes Blue For

Colorectal Cancer Awareness

Cali Riese, West Oneonta, a public education and community outreach specialist with the Bassett Medical Center, left, talks with Tracy Baker, Cooperstown, about the importance of colon cancer screenings at their Colon Cancer Awareness Celebration on Friday afternoon in Oneonta. “Otsego County’s colon cancer screening rate is below the state average.” said Riese, “Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths and 60% of those could have been prevented from screening.” Visitors could enjoy light refreshment, try their hand at a corn hole game, view the large inflatable colon, and sign up for free take-home screening kits. (Ian Austin/
HOMETOWN People Jan 30 2019

Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2019

Winter Fest At Gilbert Lake Means Winter Fun

With snow left over from Winter Storm Harper, there was plenty of winter to be enjoyed at the annual Winterfest at Glibert Lake on Saturday, Oct. 26. Above, OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley, left, talks with Kathryn Daily, Oneonta, as he leads a snowshoeing tour around Gilbert Lake. Below, Tami-Lee Volgari, Oneonta, sleds down a hill with her daughter Eama-Lee



OFO Selects 2019 Board of Directors

ONEONTA – Sita Fey has been named as the president of the Opportunities for Otsego Board of Directors for 2019.
In addition to Fey, Bryce Fredrick was elected vice president, Dr. Benjamin Friedell was elected secretary and David Merzig was elected treasurer.
Members at Large include Katie Bottger, Dan Butterman, Fanny Clements, Alan Donovan, Catarinna Ferrara, Lynn Kent, Melinda Murdock, Tim Parsons, Lisa Samols, Erin Seeley, Ana Vendemmia, and Lorrie Wolverton.
The Board of Directors sets policy for the organization and gives guidance to senior staff in assisting low income people in Otsego County.

THREE ON TOP: Mary Catella, Oneonta, was named to the Dean’s List at Cazenovia College.
Also on the list were:
• Gloria Banks, Oneonta
• Eliya Pickwick, Maryland.
WHEELER LAUDED: Kyla Wheeler, Oneonta, has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2018 semester.


Jim Kevlin/HOMETOWN ONEONTA – Jeff Wanke of Oneonta, a popular and helpful manager at Cooperstown’s Price Chopper, is back on the job Wednesday, Jan. 23 receiving congratulations from well wishers after a medical leave.


Security-Guard’s Death Prompts Bassett To Give Away CO Detectors

COOPERSTOWN – Having lost one of their own – Wade Bostwick, a Milford resident and well-liked security guard who died Saturday, Nov. 24, a victim of carbon-monoxide poison – the Bassett Hospital community is taking steps to prevent it from happening again.
Working with Kidde, the fire-safety products manufacturer, the healthcare network has arranged to provide carbon-monoxide detectors free to anyone who might need one, Executive Vice President & COO Ronette Wiley announced.
Department heads will be coordinating distribution in the next few weeks.
Since Bostwick’s passing, “We have had a number of patients who have required treatment for this,” said Wiley in a message to employees. “With our bitter cold and snow, this is the time of the year where there is an increased danger.”
She pointed out carbon monoxide “is an odorless and colorless gas that can build up indoors and poison people and animals who unknowingly breathe it in. This gas comes from fumes produced when fuel is burned in lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, and furnaces.”



Performance Of Sophocles ‘Antigone’


SHAKESPEARE – 7 p.m. Hartwick Theater Arts Department presents production of “Antigone” by American Shakespeare Center. Reservations required. Slade Theater, Yager Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4227 or visit

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – 12:30 p.m. Lecture “Seen and Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham” with Kevin Gray, Manager of Arts Education & photographer. Cost, $30/non-member. Study Center, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit


Forests Of Otsego County


FOREST WALK – 9 – 11 a.m. Trek through John W. Chase Memorial Forest with Forest Technician Joe Sweeney. Learn about sustainable forest management, pests, invasive species, multi-use land management. Free, open to public. Pre-registration preferred. Meet at intersection of Middlefield, Van Cleef and Pearsall Roads, Middlefield. 607-547-4488 or visit

POETRY SLAM – 8 – 10:30 p.m. Open mic open to 10 students followed by featured slam poet Caroline Harvey, performance poet, punk folk theater artist, educator, social justice advocate and has been featured on HBOs Def Poetry. Free, open to public. Waterfront room, Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit

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