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Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.

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Oneonta Common Council Hopefuls Head To Primaries

Common Council Hopefuls

Head To Oneonta Primaries

Richfield, Springfield, Laurens Polls Open Too
Volunteer Marge O’Mara, Oneonta, hands Lee Spering, Oneonta, his ballot for the Oneonta Common Council primary for Second and Fourth Ward representatives. The poling site will remain open until 9 p.m. this evening at Foothills Performing Arts Center.  Polls are also open until 9 p.m. for local races in the towns of Richfield, Laurens and Springfield, as well at the county board’s District 3, Laurens and Otego.  (Ian Austin/
Beekman Boys Speak, Sign Books At Wellness Fair

The Beekman Boys Speak,

Sign Books At Wellness Fair

Linda Osborne, Oneonta, gets her copy of her book “A Seat At The Table: Recipes to Nourish Your Friends, Family and Community” by The Beekman Boys, aka Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Sharon Springs, who were keynote speakers at this year’s annual Love The Life You Live event at Foothills Preforming Arts Center. The event featured over 20 vendors promoting a wide variety of healthy lifestyle choices. Guests also enjoyed wholesome food, shopping, information tables and guest speakers. 350 people attended the event which is the annual fundraiser for the Helping Hands Hygiene Closet. (Ian Austin/


Little Delaware Youth Ensemble Hosts Demos, Sing-a-longs

Delaware Youth Ensemble

Hosts Sing-Alongs, More

Uli Speth, Music Director of the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble, sings alongside his students Keely Higgins, Otego, and Quinn Lytel, Cooperstown, at their event at Foothills this morning. It featured musical demonstrations, an instrument petting zoo and sing-a-longs for children and their families.(Ian Austin/


Give The Gift Of Life At Foothills Blood Drive

Give The Gift Of Life

At Foothills Blood Drive

Fawn Houghton, Schenevus, is prepped to give blood by a Red Cross nurse at Foothills Performing Arts Center this afternoon. “I have a rare blood type, so when I donate I do doubles.” said Houghton. The blood drive, sponsored by Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, will continue through 6 p.m. today.  (Ian Austin/
Friends, Family Honor Gene Bettiol’s Legacy

Friends, Family Honor

Gene Bettiol’s Legacy

Mourners filled Foothills’ Bettiol Theater Sunday to say goodbye to Eugene A. Bettiol, Sr., the foremost developer of Southside, who passed away Saturday, Dec. 2, at age 85. Speakers included state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, Bettiol’s lawyer Joseph Pondolfino, former county judge Jeannie Scarzafava, and Gene’s grandchildren. Music was provided by John Thompson. At right, Huemac Garcia and wife Suzanne give their condolences to Betty Bettiol, Gene’s widow, in the receiving line following the service. (Ian Austin/

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