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David F. Mattice, 89; Tiny’s Inn Owner Loved Farming, Too

IN MEMORIAM: David F. Mattice, 89;

Tiny’s Inn Owner Loved Farming, Too

David Mattice

ONEONTA – David F. Mattice, 89, of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Jan. 8, 1929, in North Franklin, the son of the late Kenneth W. and Violet (Loreman) Mattice Sr.

Dave was the owner/operator of Tiny’s Inn from 1978 to 1989, where he loved to spend time on the dance floor.

In his younger years he was a dairy farmer, but left the farm to go to work as a tool man at Bendix/Scintilla for 34 years. His heart was always in farming, and following his retirement Dave helped his son Ron out with his farm.


Ride The Rails For Tails


FUNDRAISER – 5:30 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a train ride, live music to support The Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Meet the dogs. Cost, $40/person. Cooperstown Charlotte Valley Railroad, 136 Main St., Milford. 607-547-8111 or visit

ANNIVERSARY – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Celebrate 80th anniversary of Fairy Spring Park. Features local funk band Hanzolo, Stewarts’ ice cream floats, silent auction of painting of the park by local painter, May-Britt Joyce. Free admission, donations welcome. Fairy Springs Park, 136 Co. Rd. 31, Cooperstown.




Fire crews from the Oneonta and Sidney Fire Departments are on the scene of a house fire at 89 Ford Avenue in Oneonta. Though the fire has been contained, when crews responded to the call at 5:45 p.m., the black smoke could be seen from the bottom of Ford Avenue and the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire, and the cause is still unknown. Mutual Aid is being provided by Worcester, Franklin, Schenevus and Otego fire departments, with. Laurens on standby for the OFD. (Ian Austin/

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Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85; Farmer Active in Franklin Life


Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85;

Farmer Active in Franklin Life

Lois Stalter

FRANKLIN –  Lois J. Clark Stalter, 85, a lifelong farmer and mother of the late Dr. Kenneth D. Stalter, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

Lois was born on Feb. 28, 1933, in Delhi, to Lynn S. and Mildred (Truscott) Clark. She grew up on the family farm on Elk Creek Road with her brothers, David and Peter, and sister, Celia.

Lois was a farm girl and proud to drive the team of horses in the fields for her father.

She graduated from Delaware Academy, Class of 1951. She was the drum majorette in the band and played basketball and field hockey.

Stagecoach Run Art Festival Showcases Local Talents

Stagecoach Run Art Festival

Showcases Local Talents

Artist Joseph Kurhajec, Treadwell, shows William Austin some of his new artwork made from pieces of quilts at the Treadwell Museum of Fine Art and Annex in Treadwell as part of the annual Stagecoach Run Art Festival. Now in its 22nd year, the event features artwork from 68 local artists spread across 23 venues throughout Franklin and Treadwell. The event runs through 5pm. Sunday. (Ian Austin/


Political Cross-Dressers May Enjoy What’s In Store More

Political Cross-Dressers May

Enjoy What's In Store More

  Editor’s Note:  The column, Money Talk, by Tom Morgan of Franklin, the retired Oneonta investment counselor, is syndicated nationally.  Here is this week’s column. 

The national mood has set me thinking.  About bi-sexuality.  You know, AC/DC.  Also about pouting in the back seat of the car.

        First, the sex thing.  I know, you were hoping sex would come first.

        Woody Allen reckoned that bi-sexuality doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night. I reckon that being bi-politic doubles your chances for satisfactions with the Trump administration. Just as being bi-social doubles your chances for solid friendships.

        My suggestion is simple: If you take an extreme stance you will miss a lot. You will be like the kid who does not want to go to his sister’s birthday party. He pouts in the back seat.  Arms pressed against his chest. Lips clamped. “I am not, not, not going to enjoy this party.”

        With that attitude he misses out on all the games. And the delights of ice cream and cake.



Live Christmas Tradition

At Candlelight Evening


We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.

CANDLELIGHT EVENING – 3-7 p.m. Participate in a beloved holiday tradition. The museum is decorated with greenery and candles with wagon rides, a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol”, arts & crafts for the kids, visits with Saint Nicholas, complimentary wassail, a bonfire on the Tavern Green, and Caroling by the Catskill Chamber Singers. The Farmers Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info,

WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday dring. Savory spices blended with sweet cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Info, 1-800-505-6455,

OPERA – 12:55 p.m. “L’Amour de Loin.” The Met streaming live in HD. Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Cost $18/seniors, $20/adults, 10/students. Season pass $200. Box Office: (607) 431-2080,

In D.C., Buying Influence IS Normal

In D.C., Buying Influence IS Normal

Editor’s Note:  The column, Money Talk, by Tom Morgan of Franklin, the retired Oneonta investment counselor, is syndicated nationally.  Here is this week’s column.

tom morgan logo Suppose you discovered your doctor runs a charity on the side. The charity gives away some money. But it spends most of its money on things that help the doctor. Often financially.

How is the charity funded? Contributions from drug companies. They want the doc to prescribe their drugs. Contributions from specialists. They want the doc to refer patients to them.

Any problem with this arrangement?

Michael R. Donnell, 85; Deacon In Catholic Church For 30 Years

Michael R. Donnell, 85; Deacon

In Catholic Church For 30 Years

Michael R. Donnell
Michael R. Donnell

FRANKLIN – Michael Raymond Donnell, Sr., who for 30 was a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, serving the faithful in Franklin and Sidney, died peacefully at home on July 9, 2016.

He was born in Springfield, Mass., on June 12, 1931, son of Raymond F. and Alma (Kreiger) Donnell. He was raised in Darien, Conn., and graduated from Darien High School in 1949 and Suffield Academy in 1950.

Bill Would Rename Roadway In Franklin Marine’s Memory

Bill Would Rename Roadway

In Franklin Marine’s Memory

Marine Cpl. Nicholas K. Uzenski
Marine Cpl. Nicholas K. Uzenski

ALBANY –  The state Senate has passed legislation renaming a portion of State Route 357 in Delaware County in honor of Marine Corps Cpl. Nicholas K. Uzenski.  The bill (S.6955),  sponsored by state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, pays tribute to the decorated young patriot who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

“Every man and woman who dons a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life,” said Seward.  “Corporal Uzenski made the ultimate sacrifice and we owe it to him and his family to keep his memory alive.”

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