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Susquehanna SPCA Raises $95K In Staffworks ‘Save-a-Life’ Campaign

Susquehanna SPCA

Raises Over $95K In

‘Save A Life’ Campaign

Staffworks founder Anita Vitullo, left, presents Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA, with a check for more than $95,000 at the end of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign. With Haynes are Becca Daley, SSPCA communications coordinator and Alicia Dicks, director of the Community Foundation.

COOPERSTOWN – Raising more than $75,000 in donations as part of the Staffworks “Save a Life” campaign, the Susquehanna Animal Shelter was one of the top performers of the fund drive, receiving an additional $10,000 towards their capital project on top of the $10,000 in matching funding for a total of $95,949.

Planning Board Sets Public Hearing On T-Mobile Key Bank Installation

Planning Board Sets Public Hearing

On T-Mobile Key Bank Installation

Cooperstown Planning Board member Joe Membrino, foreground, grills T-Mobile attorney Matthew Kerwin about a transmission installation proposed for the top of the Key Bank building.  Others, clockwise from lower right, are board members Richard Blabey, Membrino, David Perlman, chairman Gene Berman and Mikal Sky-Shroesbury, and Zoning Enforcement Officer Jane Gentile.  (Patrick Wager/

By PATRICK WAGER • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – The village Planning Board this afternoon set a public hearing for 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Village Hall on the proposed placement of a T-Mobile installation on the roof of the Main Street Key Bank building.

At today’s meeting, discussion covered the same issues reviewed by the Zoning Board of Appeals last.

20 Inches of Snow Could Befall County This Weekend

20 Inches Of Snow

Predicted For County

Over This Weekend

ONEONTA – As much as 20 inches of snow could fall on Otsego County this weekend, according to Accuweather.

The strong snowstorm is predicted to start in the Midwest and sweep up central Pennsylvania and into central New York by Thursday or Friday. Though snow will start on Friday and continue on Saturday, the majority of the snow will fall on Sunday. Snow is also predicted through the rest of next week.

Weather services such as are cautioning that predictions could change, with the snowstorm not being as severe as currently predicted.

Historic Markers Ready For MLK Jr. Day 2019


Historic Markers Ready

For MLK Jr. Day 2019

Local historian Tom Heitz admires two state historical markers – commemorating New York State’s 1827 emancipation of slaves and Susan B. Anthony’s 1855 speech in Cooperstown. Forty CCAL students from Oneonta and Cooperstown will get a first look at the markers at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday), when Heitz lectures on slavery in Otsego County at First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown.  The markers, which will be installed in front of the church in the spring, will also be on view at the church’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration service at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.  The CCAL is the Center for Continuing Adult Learning in Oneonta.  (Jim Kevlin /
Bobby Walker Runs To Lead State’s College Republicans

Bobby Walker Runs To Lead

State’s College Republicans

Bobby Walker and Chris Tague give the thumbs-up after Walker’s effort helped Tague win the 102nd Assembly District seat.

COOPERSTOWN – CCS grad Bobby Walker, now a student at SUNY Albany, is running for state chairman of the New York Federation of College Republicans.

A Cooperstown native, founder of the Otsego County Young Republicans, and recently director of social media for Republican Marc Molinaro’s gubernatorial, race, he has served the federal as executive director, and is running on the Restore NYFCR ticket.

30 Accidents Reported Overnight; No Serious Injuries

Slick Roads Cause 30 Crashes;

No Serious Injuries Reported

Joining people all over Otsego County, Linda Parmalee clears 4 inches of snow that fell overnight from her Glen Avenue home, Cooperstown. (Jim Kevlin/

COOPERSTOWN – Snow and slippery roads caused 30 car accidents overnight throughout the county, according to Robert O’Brien, Director of E-911 Communications.

Though no serious injuries were reported, O’Brien said that Fire and EMS teams responded to seven of the motor vehicle accidents.

Flurries are expected today, but no accumulation, according to the National Weather Service.

Leading National Ambulance Service Is Acquiring CMT

Leading National

Ambulance Service

Is Acquiring CMT

Margaret McGown, Mark Zeek Ran

Cooperstown Company For 38 Years

Margaret McGown nad Mark Zeek of Cooperstown today sold Cooperstown Medical Transport, which they’ve been operatiing 38 years. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

The distinctive Cooperstown Medical Transport ambulances are familiar sights in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties.

COOPERSTOWN – Owners Margaret McGown and Mark Zeek today announced the sale of Cooperstown Medical Transport to AMR (American Medical Response), which employs 28,000 emergency medical personnel in 40 states and Washington, D.C.

An asset-purchase agreement has been signed, and the sale is expected to be complete by the end of March, pending final approval by the Susquehanna Regional EMS Council, covering Chenango County, and the Adirondack/Appalachian EMS council, which covers Otsego and Delaware counties.

In a press release, AMR said it will transition employees and customers to the new entity between now and then.

Betsy Hayes, 70, Toddsville; Focus Family Council Chair

Betsy Hayes, 70, Toddsville;

Focus Family Council Chair

Betsy Hayes

COOPERSTOWN – M.E. “Betsy” Hayes, 70, Toddsville, long active in public health initiatives, and most recently in the news as president of the Centers at Cooperstown (former Focus) Family Council, passed away on Jan. 2, 2019, from complications of a recent illness.

Born in Plainfield, N.J., Betsy cherished the memories of her early childhood in the South Jersey town of Delanco, moved to metropolitan Cranford, N.J., in middle school, and obtained a BSN degree from Keuka College.

Doris Irene Clapp, 74; Survivors Include Cooperstown Daughter

IN MEMORIAM: Doris Irene Clapp, 74;

Survivors Include Cooperstown Daughter

COLUMBUS – Doris Irene Clapp, 74, Town of Columbus, passed away on Jan. 2, 2019, at her home.  Survivors include a daughter in Cooperstown.

Doris was born on July 25, 1944 in Delhi, the daughter of Halbert and Hazel (Oliver) Davis.  Her childhood was spent in the New Berlin area where she attended New Berlin Central School.

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