HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 Discuss Workforce In Otsego County WORKFORCE SUMMIT – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join regional professionals, educators, students, employers, more to discuss the Mohawk Valley Region Workforce. Reservations required by 10/7. Cost, $60/person. Otsego Grill, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta. 607-432-4500 or visit…


‘Knowledge’ Is Our Future

Editorial for November 9, 2018 ‘Knowledge’ Is Our Future This week’s Tom Morgan column on the facing page, and former DEC Commissioner Mike Zagata’s column last week capture the Upstate dilemma: Upstate is rebounding more slowly than any other area of the country. First, let’s look at local bright spots. • Custom Electronics in Oneonta is planning a futuristic 250-job production line making self-recharging batteries. Andela Products, the Richfield Springs glass recycler, is likewise looking to expand. And Corning’s Oneonta…


DEAN: To Succeed, Otsego County Must Be Known

Column by James Dean, May 11, 2018 To Succeed, Otsego County Must Be Known Editor’s Note: James R. Dean, the Cooperstown village trustee, has been proprietor of New York Custom Curved Wood Stair Railings & Handrailings locally since 1973. In last week’s Part I, he analyzed out economic-development challenges we face. This week, Part II offers solutions. So what is the plan? Almost everything that has been done so far to increase our population and business base, while very good,…


KUZMINSKI: More Gas? Only If Paired With Equal-Sized Renewable Project

Column by Adrian Kuzminski, May 5, 2018 More Gas? Only If Paired With Equal-Sized Renewable Project When fracking was proposed in New York State a decade ago, the potential benefits were jobs, economic growth, lower energy prices, and energy security. Opponents (like me) worried not only about local degradation of the environment but about the global consequences of methane seepage and emissions for the climate as a whole. In most places outside of New York State, the frackers won the…


EDITORIAL: If We Want Solar Energy, Let’s Get Serious About It

Editorial, May 5, 2018 If We Want Solar Energy, Let’s Get Serious About It If we care about solar energy, it’s time to get serious about it, don’cha think? Happily, Otsego 2000 may be doing just that, having taken a leadership role among local environmental groups on this matter. On Feb. 24, its board adopted a resolution that reads, in part: “Climate change, driven in large party by fossil-fuel use, is a significant threat to our region and way of…



HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAR. 19 Hops In Otsego County PROGRAM – 3 p.m. “Otsego County Hops – Our History, Our Future” with Al Bullard and Ian Porto. Village meeting room, Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, SENIOR PLAY – 2 p.m. “Miss Nelson is Missing.” Admission, $10 adults, $5 student/senior citizens. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info,…