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2 Focus Executives Face Fines, Service, But Escape Prison

2 Focus Executives

Face Fines, Service,

But No Jail Time

7 of 8 Counts Dismissed, Including

One Involving Death Of Civic Leader

Focus CEO Joseph Zupnik leaves Otsego Town Court after pleading guilty to a second-degree misdemeanor, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, before Town Justice Gary Kuch in Fly Creek early this afternoon. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Daniel Herman gets into his SUV in the Otsego Town Court parking lot after pleading guilty to the same count as Zupnik.

FLY CREEK – The two executive facing criminal charges in mismanagement of the Focus nursing home today had eight counts against them reduced to one, and will face fines, community service and possible exclusion from going back into the nursing home business.

But no jail time?  “I was hoping,” said Betsy Hayes, chairman of Focus’ Family Council, which continues to operate under Focus successor Cooperstown Center, as required by Medicare regulations.  She hoped the community service would be in a nursing home.

“I had hoped it would have been a little more severe,” said Bill Dornburgh, who served on the Health Facilities Corp., set up by the county Board of Representatives to sell Otsego Manor; he had voted nay on the Focus sale.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 14

Enjoy An Irish Dinner

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INTERNATIONAL NIGHT – 5:30 – 9 p.m. Enjoy food from around the world. This week it’s from Ireland. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9931 or visit www.otesaga.com

BOOK CLUB – 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. Social Justice book club discusses “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” by Marc Lamont Hill. The Green Toad Book Store, 198 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 7
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 7

Practice Your Chess Game

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CHESS NIGHT – 7 – 11 p.m. Chess enthusiasts of all levels welcome to play. Includes free lessons for beginners. Hunt Union Cafeteria, SUNY Oneonta. E-mail dmv2012@aol.com

PLANNING – 1 – 3 p.m. Farmers interested in participating in 2018 Family Farm Day are invited to the meeting of the FFD Planning Committee. Cornell Cooperative Extension, 123 Lake St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8886 or visit cceschoharie-otsego.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.28

Preparing For Climate Change

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CLIMATE LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Young, Geologist, presents “Mid-Century Resilience in the Face of Climate Extremes and Population Growth: How Lessons From the Lone Star State Can Benefit the Nation,” at the Rude Memorial Lecture. Free, open to the public. Anderson Center, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4021 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-welcomes-michael-young-83-rude-memorial-lecture/

JUSTICE FILM SERIES – 5:30 p.m. Screening of “The Times of Harvey Milk” (1984). Includes vegetarian dinner at 6, screening begins at 7. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave, Oneonta. Call 607-432-3491 or visit www.uuso.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.21

Winter Scavenger Hunt

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SCAVENGER HUNT – 10 – 11:30 a.m. Get the kids out enjoy the winter wonderland with OCCA. Riddell State Park, Riddell Rd., Davenport. Call 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/get-the-kids-out-winter-scavenger-hunt/

HISTORY SEMINAR – 6 – 7 p.m. “Roots Seminar: A PowerPoint Event Honoring Black And Hispanic Military Heroes And Heroines.” Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4428 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-celebrate-african-american-history-month/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.14

Chess Night At SUNY Oneonta

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CHESS NIGHT – 7 – 11 p.m. Chess enthusiasts of all levels welcome to play. Includes free lessons for beginners. Hunt Union Cafeteria, SUNY Oneonta. E-mail dmv2012@aol.com

PUBLIC MEETING – 10 – 11 a.m. Discuss and comment on the Otsego county Draft Local Solid Waste Management Plan. Available for comment through Mar. 18. Meadows Office Complex, Classroom A, 140 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-4225 or visit otsegocounty.com/depts/sw/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.7
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB.7

Otsego Land Trust Presents

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LIONS CLUB – 6:30 p.m. At this meeting Patricia Szarpa, Executive Director of the Otsego Land Trust, will speak. The Tunnicliff Inn, 34 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/CooperstownLionsClub/

HISTORY DISCUSSION – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Introductory Session  of 6 discussions on “Making Sense of the Civil War” facilitated by SUNY Oneonta’s Susan Goodier. Readings available for loan while supplies last. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 31

Showing ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

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FILM SCREENING – 6 p.m. Showing “I Am Not Your Negro” (2016) Envisioning the unfinished book by James Baldwin about the lives and assassinations of 3 of his close friends. Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Discussion to follow. No charge. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1763784

CHESS NIGHT – 7-11 p.m. Chess enthusiasts of all levels welcome to play. Includes free lessons for beginners. Hunt Union Cafeteria, SUNY Oneonta. E-mail dmv2012@aol.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24

Practice Your Chess Game

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CHESS NIGHT – 7-11 p.m. Chess enthusiasts of all levels welcome to play. Free lessons for beginners. Hunt Union Cafeteria, SUNY Oneonta. E-mail dmv2012@aol.com

SOUP-TO-GO – 4-5 p.m. Enjoy a bowl of free, homemade soup. The Elm Park Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-6552.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17

Speed Painting Performance

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SPEED PAINTING – 3-5 p.m. Tom Varano wows students with unique art and tales of his experiences. Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1746145

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT – 5:30-9 p.m. Enjoy food from around the world. This week it’s from Norway. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9931 or visit www.otesaga.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10

Learn To Draw

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DRAWING CLASS – 5-7 p.m. Free Beginners class on how to draw. The Turning Point, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Call 607-267-4435.

BOE MEETING – 5 p.m. Open budget discussion with section focused on the Program portion beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cooperstown Central School. Call 607-547-5364 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org

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