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Gail (Davi) Tallman, 69; ‘Navy Wife’ Active In Local Veterans Club

IN MEMORIAM: Gail (Davi) Tallman, 69;

‘Navy Wife’ Active In Local Veterans Club

COOPERSTOWN – Gail Nicolina (Davi) Tallman, 69, entered through the gates of heaven on Aug. 25, 2019, after a long and valiant battle with Chronic Lymphomatic Leukemia.

Gail was born on Oct. 10, 1949, in Brooklyn, the daughter of Frank Sr. and Gloria (Russo) Davi. A graduate of Worcester Central High School, Class of 1968, Gail thereafter met and married the “love of her life,” William (Bill) Tallman, on July 25, 1970, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church. Bill and Gail recently celebrated their 49th Anniversary.

Seward Appointed Top Republican On Finance Committee

Seward Appointed

Top Republican On

Finance Committee

Newly In Minority, Senator

Vows He’ll Fight For Upstate

In September 2015, Senator Seward brought then-newly minted Majority Leader John Flanagan of Long Island to The Otesaga to confer with key community leaders. Clockwise from front are Tunnicliff Inn proprietor Frank Leo, Hall of Fame Vice President Ken Meifert, Otsego Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, retired assemblyman Tony Casale, Bassett Hospital’s then-president Vance Brown, Flanagan, Seward, Springbrook President Patricia Kennedy, Community Bank’s Joe Sutaris, and Bank of Cooperstown President Scott White.  (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

ONEONTA – Otsego County’s state senator, Jim Seward, R-Milford, today announced he has been named ranking Republican member of the Senate Finance Committee by the Republican leader, John Flanagan.

With Seward on the committee, “Our budget priorities will be widely known and well-articulated, and we will stand up for taxpayers at every turn,” Flanagan said in announcing the appointment.

Jone Robinson, 92; Homemaker With An Artist’s Spirit

IN MEMORIAM: Jone Robinson, 92;

Homemaker With An Artist’s Spirit

Jone M. Robinson

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Jone M. Robinson, 92, a homemaker with an artist’s spirit, died Nov. 28, 2017, in Johnson City with her family by her said.

Her favorite mantras were “ever onward” and “God is good.”

She was born on March 26, 1925, in Buffalo, daughter of the late William and Maybelle (Printup) Green.  She was educated at the Thomas Indian School on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Erie County, and later attended and graduated from Richfield Springs Central School. She furthered her education at SUNY Albany.

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