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Freeman’s Journal

As Did Garretson, So Does Kennedy

EDITORIAL

As Did Garretson,

So Does Kennedy

Kindred Spirits In Problem-Solving

Back in 2006, our first Citizen of the Year, Cherry Valley Tom Garretson, showed the same coolness in problem-solving as this year’s honoree.

In a way, our Citizen of the Year designation – it will continue, of course – has come full circle.

Interviewing Meg Kennedy, this year’s designee, brought to mind Tom Garretson, the first designee, in 2006.

Throughout that stormy year, when the Cherry Valley area was torn between those who feared 24 industrial-sized windmills would degrade the town’s environment and ambience, and those who saw a boon in new tax revenues, Tom always kept his cool.

And there was a lot at stake, municipally and personally: His father-in-law, who he had succeeded that Jan. 1 as town supervisor, strongly favored the wind project.

At meeting after stormy meeting, Garretson kept order, listened intently and – as
Kennedy would have observed – not only listened, but heard.

In the end, he came down against the turbines, and led the enactment of a law to hinder them. Reunion Power of Vermont finally gave up.

What changed Tom’s mind in the end wasn’t the arguments, but it was a trip he took to Fenner, a flat, indistinct town south of Utica, where a windmill farm was already functioning.

Garretson – a farmer, as is Meg Kennedy – came back with renewed enthusiasm for his adopted hometown – the Garretsons had come from New Jersey in the 1950s; the Kennedys from Long Island a decade or so later.

Compared to Fenner, he concluded, Cherry Valley simply had too much to offer – too much to preserve. Stunning scenery, among the richest and most textured local histories in the nation, a comfortable lifestyle, a farming community enrichened by the Glimmerglass Opera’s world-class culture.

He listened, he heard, he explored, he made the right decision.

This year’s designee, the county representative from Hartwick, Milford and New Lisbon, arguably made the best decision in coming up with a first step in professionalizing Otsego County’s $120 million government – a county administrator whose mandate is to implement the will of 14 representatives who, in effect, are our neighbors.

That what’s always been a controversial discussion obtained the support of 11 of her 14 colleagues is astonishing. And this was done with no table pounding or arm-twisting, but by calm consensus building.

She described what we’re labelling “the Kennedy Method.”

You listen. You HEAR. You ask, what’s fair? Then you decide. (One other step: You collect information.) “I have to get it proved to me,” she said.

Thinking as far back to the days when mom Margaret expected her to herd her nine younger siblings, she concluded, “I could always coalesce a group.”

Up to this point, it seemed impossible that the Energy Task Force effort she’s chairing would go anywhere. Now, there’s reason to be much more optimistic about a consensus result, targeted by the end of 2020.

While Kennedy made it happen, as important, the chairman of the Otsego County Board of Representatives for only one term, David Bliss, allowed it to happen. That’s another unappreciated aspect of his polite, level-headed and increasingly steady leadership.

He saw her potential. He saw her willingness to work. He saw a kindred spirit and let it fly. (Nor was he absent, attending most of Kennedy’s Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and joining IGA members in casting key votes.)

As with Tom Garretson, Meg Kennedy isn’t seeking to change Otsego County – nor is Dave Bliss, for that matter. The idea is, incrementally, to make things better, to create enough jobs to fill our needs; to solve problems one by one, not all right this minute; to make our communities more consistently vibrant in a quickly changing world.

Happy New Year.

YES, VIRGINIA… There IS A Santa Claus, Editor Wrote 8-Year-Old

YES, VIRGINIA…

There IS A Santa Claus,

Editor Wrote 8-Year-Old

Editor’s Note: The New York Sun’s Francis Pharcellus Church penned this famous response to 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon in 1897.

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

She was a little shy at first, but Jordyn Trask, 5, eventually did warm up and share her Christmas wishes with Santa Claus in his cottage in
Cooperstown’s Pioneer Park during a Friday, Dec. 13, visit. Her brother Harrison, 1, sat
on Santa’s lap for the first time. They are the children of Issac and Samantha Trask, Oneonta. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Dear Editor—

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?

VIRGINIA O’HANLON
115 West Ninety Fifth Street

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.

We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing

on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! He lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Libby Found Love, Work, Heartbreak — And Home

MANAGING EDITOR MARKS 10TH

Libby Found Love, Work,

Heartbreak — And Home

Editor’s Note: What a decade! Her friends and colleagues celebrated Manager Editor Libby Cudmore’s 10th anniversary among us on production day, Tuesday, Dec. 10, and agreed to write this memoir.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To www.AllOTSEGO.com

Libby Cudmore with Mascot Goodie at the 2013 Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

There’s a lot for Ian and I to celebrate in December. Our families do Christmas, Yule and Hanukkah, our original anniversary, the New Year’s Eve to cap it all off.

But this December, I realized that I had another anniversary to celebrate – 10 years with the Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and, most recently, AllOTSEGO.com. It’s the longest I’ve ever stayed with a job, but in 10 years, I’ve realized that it’s more than than a job – it’s a way to give back to a community that has welcomed me so graciously.

When I moved to Oneonta in May 2007, I wasn’t sure if I would stay. This was my husband’s hometown, after all, but I wasn’t sure that there was a place for me yet. But that changed when Jim Kevlin hired me as a freelance reporter in April 2009.

My first story was about a bridal fashion show at SUNY. My second was an interview with Roger McGuinn of the Byrds, who was playing at the now-defunct Oneonta Theatre, then re-opened and full of promise.

I was hired full-time that December, Monday the 14th,  given a desk and the business cards I’ve been passing out ever since. If you look in your drawer, chances are you have one. If it was before 2017, it said “Reporter.” Since then, it has said “Managing Editor.”

Our new reporter, James Cummings, asked me: What’s the favorite story you ever written? How do you even pick?

But a few come to mind: getting to travel to Oneonta, Ala., and see the similarities (and a few differences) between our cities, and declaring actor Cuyle Carvin “Oneonta’s Heartthrob.” As an obsessive music fan, I still get giddy knowing that, at any time, I can pick up the phone and call Greg Harris, president of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for comment.

I love being able to support the good deeds at the Susquehanna SPCA, see the rise and revitalization of the Milford Methodist Church, to be a first-hand witness to all of the change in Oneonta as the DRI gets underway. I absolute agree that we’re “Onta Something.”

Of course, there has been plenty of heartache too. The sudden death of Mayor Dick Miller was when I felt it the most profoundly. I was tasked with not only covering the tragedy, but also processing my own grief privately. I had seen Dick that Thursday evening at the Future for Oneonta Foundation reception. He gave me one of those sideways handshakes I knew so well, the quick “how ya’ doin’” in passing. We’d had our disagreements over the years – par for the course in both our professions – but I respected and enjoyed him immensely, and still miss him.

The murder of 11-year-old Jacelyn O’Connor still haunts me. I’ve written about far too many brutal deaths in our county, but in some ways, I’m honored to do so, because I task myself not with writing about the killer, but letting my readers know who the victim was to their family, their friends, their community. They’re stories I wish that I didn’t have to write, but I am always honored when I get to speak with survivors like Jennifer Kirkpatrick and Erika Heller, to be trusted with their loved ones’ legacies.

I am always in awe of the support that the people of Otsego County continue to bless me with. From the packed house at the Green Toad for the launch of my debut novel, “The Big Rewind,” to the votes that came in for my guest conductor bid at the Catskill Symphony Orchestra’s cabaret concert. Many of you were there to cheer when Ian proposed to me in the 2013 Halloween parade, and some of you came to our wedding in 2015.

But you have also been with me in the darkest times to. In 2017, we lost MJ Kevlin, my dear friend and mentor. The outpouring of love and support from all of you was overwhelming, and if I didn’t thank you then, consider this a much delayed appreciation for the kindness you showed me, the grief we shared.

Recently someone asked me where I was from. For the first time in my life, I didn’t reply “Oklahoma City,” where I was born, or generic “Upstate New York” to compensate for a hometown I don’t particularly associate myself with. “Oneonta,” I answered without hesitation.

I didn’t grow up here. But if home is where you hang your hat (and, as you know, I wear many of them) then it stands to reason that your hometown is the town where your home is located – and thus, your hat hangs.

Writing for the Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOTSEGO.com has made me feel more a part of this community here than any career I thought I would have. Every week you welcome me into your home and your lives, you call me with good stories about graduations and strange collections and upcoming meetings, you allow me to lament with you when you send in obituaries and when we stand at the scenes of loss. It’s a position I do not take lightly, and I pledge to continue to my best to tell your stories accurately and honestly.

I’ve lived in a lot of places and I’ve traveled internationally and cross-country. But when I come off I-88 and turn onto the Lettis Highway, whether after a few days or a few weeks away, I always get the same feeling as the lights of Main Street greet me.

Welcome home.

Libby Cudmore Feted On 10th Anniversary

COLLEAGUES HERALD EDITOR

Libby Cudmore Feted

On 10th Anniversary

Libby Cudmore, managing editor Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOTSEGO.com, cuts a 10th anniversary cake a few minutes ago at Iron String Press’ headquarters.  Celebrating with her are, from left, Advertising Consultant Thom Rhodes, Editor/Publisher Jim Kevlin, Advertising Director & General Manager Tara Barnwell, Photographer Ian Austin (Libby’s husband), and Office Manager Larissa Ryan.   Libby, a SUNY Binghamton graduate with a master’s from the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, published her first novel, “The Big Rewind,” (William Morrow, 2016), while pursuing her duties here.  In remarks, Kevlin noted, “Libby’s energy, enthusiasm and talent have allowed us to continue expanding our reach and aspirations.  Thank you — and well done!”  (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)
This Week, Nov. 14-15, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Nov. 14-15, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Joan Clark, the Cooperstown Vets’ Club’s grand dame, sings “Oh say can you see…” at the village’s Veterans Day commemoration Monday, Nov. 11, at the Doughboy Statue at Pine Boulevard and Lake Street. Next to her are Deb Green and her daughter, Meg Lindberg, and grandchildren Weston, 2, and Izzy, 8. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

BEST of THE BEST

Helios’ Day Ayres, ‘Man With A Plan’

Dad Said ‘Talk To Folks’; Mom, ‘Be Leader’

Door Closes, Opens Onto Rustic Ridge

FRONT PAGE

Rare Races Possible In Cooperstown

Oneonta Parking Reforms In Works

3rd CSO Prospect’s Focus: Tchaikovsky

County Manager Decision Is Nearing

EDITORIAL

From All, Best Wishes For Speedy Recovery

COLUMNS

ZAGATA: The Haves And Have Nots

BENSEN: In Praise Of Tom Travisano

In Brave New World, No Parking Lots!

LETTERS TO EDITOR

DUNCAN: If Laws Don’t Work, Try Tenderness

NORTHRUP: Hotter World Equals More Fires

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Nov. 14, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Nov. 15, 2019

IN MEMORIAM

Jim Millea, 93; Vet Brought Family From Iowa

Phil Zenir, 60; Local Stonemason, Musician

Bob Evans, 73; Key Player In Oneonta Media

Don Mitchell, 29; Oneonta Musician, Lyricist

Florence Savage, 85; Air Force Wife, Nurse

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO

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This Week — Nov. 7-8, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Nov. 7-Nov. 8, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Common Council candidates Dave Rissberger, center left, an unopposed Democrat, and Len Carson, a Republican who won the Ward 5 season, scrutinize tally sheets on Election Night, Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Foothills Performing Arts Center, the city’s polling place.  Behind Rissberger is Scott Harrington, the Republican who won the Sixth Ward seat. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

New General Manager To Lead Otesaga

Republicans Keep County Board Majority

Debate: Was Clinton Expedition Genocide?

Glimmerglass Film Days To Feature Youth

3 Foes: Write Letter To Keep Dunkin’ Away

City Council OKs Selling Off Lots For Lofts

EDITORIAL

Reps Ready To Balance Credentials, Experience

You Can Read County Manager Job Description

COLUMNS

BENNETT: Spend To Fight Internal Threat: Bad Health

ATWELL: My Right Leg Always Had Bad Karma

LETTERS TO EDITOR

SCOVIRO: Keep Town Justices, Police Separate

ALLOTSEGO.veterans

DRY RUN: Vets’ Riders Seek To Ride Soberly

Couples Grew Closer By Working For Legion

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Nov. 7, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Nov. 8, 2019

IN MEMORIAM

Susan Reisen Brisson, 79; Retired From Bassett ICU

Margery Holdridge, 94; Attended One-Room School

Eleanor Campulli, 86; President Of Pen + Brush

Janet McKown, 101, Bridge Player Loved Travel

Donald Connor, 56; Metal Worker Leaves Schenevus Kin

Dennis Hoke, 79; Farmer, Roseboom Board Member

Allen ‘Zuky’ Zuk, 89; Korea Vet, Construction Worker

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This Week — Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2019

 

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

HISTORY IS MADE!  Kathy Chase of Cooperstown, center, was the first Otsego County voter to cast a ballot under the state’s new early voting law. Polls opened Saturday, Oct. 26, at the county’s Meadows Office Complex, and early voting continues daily through Sunday, Nov. 3.  For schedule, click here.   (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

Vote Expected Nov. 6 On County Manager

Trustees Remove Dorms From New Zoning

Schenevus, Worcester Schools Revisit Merger

Oneonta Christian Academy Seeks Otego Site

SUNY Team Bus, Moose Collide In Adirondacks

6-Month Moratorium Planned On Dunkin’ Site

Fire-Extinguisher Drive Honors Fallen Fireman

EDITORIAL

Early Voting Offers Opportunities, Dangers

COLUMNS

LEAGUE: 5¢ Deposit Creates Right Incentives

ZAGATA: Democrats Blame The Other Guy

McEVOY: Let’s Give Democrats A Chance

POLITICAL LETTERS

McHUGH: Basile Promises Energy, Openness

NORTHRUP: Broadband, Renewables, Pot, Why Not?

SHUE: Harrington Rooted In 6th Ward Politics

MANNION: Drnek Knows Most About Ward 8

HUNTSMAN: Basile Qualified For County Board

SERAFIN: Tonner Passionate, Determined, Confident

BUTTERMANN: Basile Assumes Growing Responsibility

MOWERS: Holleran Wants Oneontans To Run Town

MARIETTA: Bi-Partisanship Moves County Forward

AVANZATO:  Drnek Knows How To Promote Business

MALLOY: Buccheri Understands Laurens’ Needs

ALLOTSEGO.life

Travisano’s New Book Reveals Poet’s Trauma

SUNY Chorus Bring World’s Music To Oneonta

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Oct. 31, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Nov. 1, 2019

IN MEMORIAM

Joseph Kenyon, 86; Served 20 Years On County Board

Lawrence Gennarino, 85; Navy Vet Worked At Bendix

Edith M. Catella, 93; Head Bookkeeper At Sears

Kenneth Robinson, 53: Memorial Service Nov. 2

Betty Jo Chase, 69; 20-Year Bassett Nurse’s Aide

Josephine Bertino, 89; Planned SSPCA Fashion Show

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO

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ZAGATA: Regulations Coming Home To Roost

THE VIEW FROM WEST DAVENPORT

Regulation Coming

Home To Roost

By MIKE ZAGATA • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

For several decades our nation’s environmental policies have, for the most part, been driven by emotion or what “seemed,” according to popular opinion, to be the “right” thing to do. As a result, many of those policies lacked a scientific basis and the unintended consequences are, like lost chickens, coming home to roost.

Mike Zagata, DEC commissioner in the Pataki Administration and a former environmental executive for Fortune 500 companies, lives in West Davenport.

New York State’s ban on fracking may well be such an example. There are some in the environmental community who use natural gas to cook or heat their homes, yet they demand that gas not come from fracked wells in Pennsylvania. Let’s take a closer look at what that means to the release of carbon and the impact on climate change.

The gas they demand comes largely from the Gulf of Mexico, about 1,200 miles to the south of New York. It is transported from the Gulf of Mexico to New York via pipeline at about 800 psi (pounds per square inch) of pressure.

To maintain that pressure inside the pipe the gas must be run through large reciprocating engines or turbines that compress it. This gas compression is done about every 40 miles along the pipeline at compressor stations and, guess what, natural gas is the fuel that powers the engines or turbines used to compress the gas to increase the pressure in the pipe.

In other words, not all the gas that enters the pipeline from the wells in the Gulf of Mexico arrives at the other end of the pipeline – much of it is burned as fuel to maintain the pressure inside the pipe and move the gas along the pipeline.

To maintain the pressure along the 1,200 miles the gas is being moved, it takes about 30 compressor stations. To move the gas from Pennsylvania to New York, a distance of about 80 miles, it would take two. Therefore, if we divide 30 by 2, we can quickly see that it takes about 15 times more gas for fuel to power the engines/turbines to move the gas in the pipeline from the Gulf of Mexico than it would take to move it from Pennsylvania to New York.

The people who oppose using the fracked gas from Pennsylvania are contributing to the 15-fold increase of released carbon by demanding we burn more gas than necessary to transport the gas they are using and thus are driving climate change. How’s that for irony?

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility, has announced it is utting off power to about 1.5 million Californians. How can that be, and what drove them to do that?
We’ve all read about California’s catastrophic wildfires, but how many of us understand what triggered them? It was a combination of things, including population growth and home construction being allowed in a fire-dominated ecosystem. However,
good intentions may have been the primary cause.
Every time the U.S. Forest Service, the state’s Forest Management Agency of PG&E, attempted to manage the forest and brush by reducing the fuel load, they were sued by a well-intentioned advocacy group. That too went on for decades allowing the accumulated fuel of dead and dying wood to build up.
When fire came, and that was certain to happen, it came with a vengeance. Entire communities were consumed.

As a result, PG&E was sued as a spark from one of its electric transmission lines may have ignited one of the fires. The groups that sued PG&E to keep the company from removing that fuel were, however, not held to be responsible. That may change going forward.

A year has passed and we’re now into another fire season. To avoid being held culpable for any fires this year, PG&E made a pre-emptive move. They cut off power to about 1.5 million customers. The lack of science-based forest management policy has indeed come home to roost for those affected Californians.

For New York to fulfill its rush toward renewable energy sources, including solar and wind, it must think about how to avoid having the “chickens” come home to roost. The “chickens” will be the expanded electric transmission lines that will
be needed to move the electricity generated by all the new wind and solar farms.
What new unintended consequences will we be asked to face as a result?

This Week — Oct. 24-25, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Oct. 24-25, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Stay calm! That’s not a real ghost, but an image superimposed on the hallway by our photographer, Ian Austin, outside Room 217 at the Worcester Inn, which is among the selections on this year’s I Love New York “Haunted History Trail.” Innkeeper Jim Buelow believes a longtime pal, Dennis Enright, who passed away in the room last year, is hanging around, flushing the toilet to say hi. Waitress Stephanie McAdams says she’s seen Dennis’ image looking out the window over the parking lot from time to time. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO..com)

FRONT PAGE

Worcester Slaying: Anatomy Of A Tragedy

In-County Candidate Plans Assembly Run

Teaching, Coaching, Scouting Wins Fetterman

All Arraignments Now In County Jail Lobby

For 1st Time, You Can Vote Early This Year

EDITORIAL

CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS

In Richfield, Vote GOP, Overturn Zoning Code

For County Board, Farwell, Brockway, Basile

Clark Oliver Emerging As Shaker, Mover

COLUMNS

BENNETT: In Land Of Plenty, Many Needy

ZAGATA: Regulation Coming Home To Roost

ISSUE & DEBATE: Parking And Lofts On Dietz 

LETTERS

DOWNEY: No Gas Upstate?  Blame Politics

NORTHRUP: Want Franchise Food? Try Texas

FALIN: Harrington Has Sixth Ward Spirit

POLITICAL LETTERS DEADLINE: NOON, 10/28

(Email Them To info@allotsego.com)

ALLOTSEGO.spooky

At Worcester Inn, Ghostly Flush, More

In Roseboom, Mother Finally At Rest

WORST BETS: What’s Scariest Around Here?

Click For Full Halloween Calendar

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Oct. 24, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Oct. 25, 2019

IN MEMORIAM

Maria Devlin, 84; Ran Oneonta’s Golden Rooster

Edward C. Stalter, World War II Vet, Teamster

Alexander Glass, 86; Milford Native Top Exec

Heather Stalter, 42; Deputy Sheriff’s Wife

‘Woody’ Woodrow, 82; Richfield Vets’ Leader

Phyllis Collins, 94; Past Girl-Scout, 4-H Leader

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This Week – Sept 26-27, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Sept 26-27, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Hannah Bergene made a point of attending last week’s Harvest Festival at The Farmers’ Museum for a good reason: She didn’t want to miss the roasted corn on the cob, a fest favorite. At right is her CCS classmate Henry Bauer. Hannah, who works at PaperKite Creative in Cooperstown, said she’s just passed her one-year anniversary since leaving the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, where she was the go-to contact for a number of years. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

Driver Ejected In First Fatal XNG Crash

Delgado Says, Impeach President Trump

Hartwick 3-Year Degree Enters 10th Year

Waits, Record Haul On Hazardous Waste Day

Remove Flashing Light, Fair Street Folks Say

EDITORIAL 

In The End, Only Work And Love Matter

COLUMNS

PALUMBO: ‘We Were Told, Don’t Worry…’ 

CHARTOCK: Jousting With Cuomo Not Easy

LETTERS

CROWELL: Budget Never Balanced In September

LINDLEY: Agent Got Me Into Playboy (Clothed)

NORTHRUP: When Canary Croaks, Jump!

DUNCAN: Annual Checkup Means Life, Death

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Sept. 26, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Sept. 27, 2019

AllOTSEGO.life

Nifty Sign Honors Couple At Hartwick Field

Of 500-‘Girl’ Baseball  League, 22 At Reunion

IN MEMORIAM

Anya Kiraly, 78, Ran Chief Schenevus

Mike Stringer, 70; Chef Ran Mike’s Flooring 

Bennie Pratt, 95; WWII Vet, Electrician

Velma Vibbard, 85; Farmer, 4-H Leader

John Swank, 89; Korea Vet, Jehovahs Witness

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This Week Aug. 29-30, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Aug. 29-30, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Capt. Paula Wikoff and husband Terry pause next to Pirate Smell de Feet, The Glimmerglass Queen’s mascot. For people intending to enjoy Otsego Lake this fall, the one-hour cruises are a prime opportunity. Details in Summer Dreams; see below. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO,.com)

This Week’s Newpapers, Aug. 15-16, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Aug. 15-16, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

An intent Elizabeth Reynolds, Oneonta, scales the climbing wall at Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, which will be receiving the Otsego County Chamber’s 2019 Quality of Life Award Thursday, Aug. 22, at a Summer Soiree at the sports center. Also that evening, ISD Tech, also profiled in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, will receive the chamber’s Environmental Stewardship Award. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

SPECIAL REPORT

DOLORES WHARTON’S “A MULTICULTURED LIFE”

FRONT PAGE: From Harlem Aristocracy To Nation’s Heights

EDITORIAL: With Determination, Discipline, Whartons Led Way

EXCERPT: Ekofisk Trip Built Phillips Petroleum Camaraderie

FRONT PAGE

OTSEGO COUNTY CHAMBER’S SUMMER SOIREE

• Clark Sports Center: ‘Luckiest People’ Have Access

• ISD Tech: Firm Sells Computers, Recycles Them Too

Woodstock Memories Still Vivid

‘Grassroots’ Gets Kids To Put On Mitts

Eardley Slips, But Will Try ‘Ninja’ Again

EDITORIAL 

With Determination, Discipline, Whartons Led Way

COLUMNS

SEWARD: Dems Tie Up Bill To Protect Police

ATWELL:  The Newspaper Roundabout

ZAGATA: Here’s Life Without Fossil Fuels

LETTERS

GRADY: Make Baseball Kid-Centric Again

STERNBERG: Trump Oughtn’t Disparage ‘Squad’

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Aug; 15, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Aug. 16, 2019

Summer DREAMS

As U-Pick Peaks, Ingalls A Favorite

FINE, FUN FOOD: Nothing Like A Diner

THINGS TO DO: Art By Lake, Power Days

IN MEMORIAM

David Denny, 87, Retired Education Professor

Rev. George Goodwin, 84; Ran ‘Tent Meeting’

Charles Blanchard, 91; WWII Vet, OPT Driver

Joan E. Fluke, 80; Coloradan Traveled Extensively

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This Week: Aug. 1-2, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Aug. 1-2, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

A herd of 75 buffaloes broke loose at a Town of Sharon farm and spent a week wandering around the towns of Roseboom and Cherry Valley, before their herding instinct caused them to gravitate home Tuesday. At the Proper farm on Honey Hill Road, Roseboom, the herd ate the second hay cutting, which the family planned to use to pay their property taxes for the year. Also, when Frank Proper was shaving Saturday, he looked in the mirror to see a big bull bison staring through the bathroom window. (Photo courtesy of Lucy Proper)

FRONT PAGE

Buffalo Herd Escapes, Roams In County

SUNY-O President Atop Kilimanjaro

Vendor: Selling Stars & Bars = Freedom

Pride Flag Will Fly Over Village Hall

At Town Hall, Delgado Touts Moderation

Campbell Memorial Evokes Old Oneonta

EDITORIAL 

What Is It About Flags, Anyhow?

Marijuana Law May Be Just Enough

COLUMNS

CAMPBELL:  Dad Loved Teaching, Coaching, Radio

D’IMPERIO:  Campbell Loved Life, Was Loved

ATWELL:  Accidents Will Happen … And How

FALK: People Want To Live In Cooperstown

ZAGATA:  Capitalism Works, ‘Squad’ Proves It

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Aug; 1, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Aug. 2, 2019

Summer DREAMS

1909, Elegant Dining Addition At The Otesaga

‘Hot Glass’ Punctuates MWP Tiffany Exhibit

FINE, FUN FOOD: Noor’s, Bomber’s Burrito Bar

THINGS TO DO: Red Shed Hosts 1st Music Fest

IN MEMORIAM

KellyAnn Wolner, 54, 30-Year Unatego Coach

Andrea Schleicher, 73; Retired Bay State Teacher

Christina Schermerhorn, 69; Lifelong Oneontan

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Josh Edmonds Builds House Of The Future

EXCLUSIVE IN THIS WEEK’S PAPERS

Josh Edmonds Builds

House Of The Future

You may have been observing Coopertown’s first new house in six years rising art the corner of Delaware and Walnut. It turns out Simple Integrity’s Josh Edmonds is building a home that will cost only $254 a year to heat. Take a tour of the futuristic house in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and Freeman’s Journal. Also, maybe it’s a good thing marijuana legalization is stalled in Albany, because today’s pot isn’t your grandfather’s pot: It’s much more potent and dangerous. See this week’s editorial on Page A4
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