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Ed Bello

HILL: How Nice. To Live In A Place Where People Do Care. Here!
LETTER from JENNIFER HILL

How Nice. To Live In A Place

Where People Do Care. Here!

To the Editor:

I’m writing to express my gratitude for living in a place that has such good, caring people. I have lived in Oneonta, Otsego County, and Upstate New York only for a year and a half.

Wednesday night, Jan. 8, I was driving to Richfield Springs that evening, heading to the Food Co-op to give a presentation. With the snow pouring down at times and blowing up onto the roads – and my windshield — from fields, I was driving as slowly and as carefully as I could. But on NY-28, about 6.5 miles from RS, the snow was coming down so fast and furious that I could not see where I was on the road. I ended up sliding (fortunately) slowly into a (fortunately) shallow ditch on the left. My car was stuck in there at about a 45-degree angle.

A driver and his wife immediately stopped to see if I was OK. At least eight other drivers paused or stopped during the half hour or so I was stuck there to do the same. One of them, a young man named Eddie Bello, who lived up the road from where I got stuck, not only stopped, but called a tow truck for me, and most importantly, stayed with his headlights shining on my car until the tow truck arrived so drivers could see it. Joe, the tow truck driver from Chuck’s Towing, got my car out in 10 minutes; neither car nor I was damaged.

I now have had my first New York Upstate Winter Experience, which included the not so good and the great aspects. I got stuck, but the good, caring people of Otsego County were there to help. Now that I’ve been christened a Real Upstate New Yorker, I’m going to get snow tires put on the car.

JENNIFER HILL
Oneonta

Absentee Ballot Count Affirms Richfield Tally

2019 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

Absentee Ballot Count

Affirms Palevsky’s Win

Palevsky

COOPERSTOWN – The absentee ballot count affirms the Town of Richfield votes of June 25, the day of the Republican primary there.

The final count has Nick Palevsky with 179, defeating David Simonds, 168, to succeed Town Supervisor Paul Palumbo when he retires at the end of the year.

It also confirms Fred Eckler with 225 and Edward Bello with 208, knocking incumbent Kane Seamon, with 168, off the Republican ballot.

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