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THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS Aug. 13-14, 2020

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The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Aug. 13-14, 2020

Simple Integrity partner Jon Edgington surveys the 1810 threshing barn, now under renovation in the hamlet of Middlefield, which exemplifies an agricultural technique that dates back 2,000 years. The swing beam is above him; the 26-foot hemlock – cut into 13-foot joists – are in front of him.  Butch and Mary Welch bought the three-acre property that includes the barn last year.  Butch did initial site preparation, and plans to complete the renovations after the crew leaves next week.  Eventually, the couple may sell the barn for conversion into a home.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Oneonta Plans ‘Tip Line’ As Students Return

Cooperstown Mandates Masks Downtown

GOP Committee To Name Burns Successor

Kochul To New Yorkers: Plan ‘Staycation’

By Mistake, Cuomo  Puts CCS On Tardy List

Landmark Inn On Tripadvisor Top 25 List

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Welches Rescue, Restore Threshing Barn

Ideal Of Womanhood Brings Groans Today

EDITORIALS

Freshman Rep Does Have Guts, Consistency

COLUMNS

CUOMO: NYS Schools Can Reopen, But …

GREENBERG: Mask Law Is Necessary

KINGSLEY: Mask Law Overreaches

STERNBERG: Require Masks Everywhere

BENNETT: Exceptionalism? Not In U.S.A.

ATWELL: Love In The Times Of COVID


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THIS WEEK: July 16-17, 2020
THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS July 2-3, 2020
HOMETOWN HISTORY: June 26, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY

June 26, 2020

130 Years Ago

Local News – Monday morning about two o’clock, the residence of Hiram Osterhoudt, who lives about four miles from the village in the Town of Milford, was discovered to be on fire. The house, together with the furniture, provisions and wearing apparel of the family was destroyed, and the inmates themselves narrowly escaped. The loss was about $600, insured in the county.
Strawberries, though selling on the street for ten cents per quart, are still far from plentiful. There have not been enough in market as yet to supply the daily demand.
While working on the corporation, John Hanrahan had his skull fractured Friday by a pick in the hands of another workman. As both tables of the skull were fractured, trepanning was resorted to by Drs. Church, Brownell and Brockway, the attending physicians. Ten pieces of bone, the largest equal in size to a ten-cent piece, were removed. The injured man is now at the house of Dr. Church, where he receives careful attention.

June 1890

110 Years Ago

As the result of more than three years of persistent effort on the part of Congressman Fairchild of this district, Oneonta has this week the assurance that it is to have a public building. As soon as he entered congress Mr. Fairchild began working for an appropriation. The sum of $20,000 was appropriated for the purchase of a site. With this as a nucleus, the effort for the building appropriation was pushed vigorously and with such success that the sum of $75,000 was included in this year’s public buildings bill. This measure passed the House of Representatives on Monday. The movement for a public building in Oneonta began about 16 years ago during the term of the Hon. D.F. Wilber as congressman. Mr. Wilber devoted all his well-known energy to the task but conditions were not favorable and the bill did not pass. The building will be located on the southeast corner of Main and South
Main streets, the latter street being moved west so that it may be in direct line with Ford
Avenue. The old Briggs and Miller shops and the Chicorrelli building will be removed and
the public building will occupy the space now covered by these buildings and by South Main Street at its present intersection.

June 1910

90 Years Ago

Twelve-year-old Ivan Grant, of London Avenue, was the hero of the street boys near his home. On Mothers’ Day he bought boxes of chocolates for his mother and the mother of each one of his buddies. However, it has come to light that the money for his gifts was obtained under false pretenses from the triple-buttoned pockets of Main Street businessmen. Young Grant’s ploy was to draw his victims mysteriously into an inner room and there ask in fearful Robin Hoodish whispers for a small loan in order to buy some candy at wholesale. The candy would be sold that night, he averred, and the next day his “Shylock” could have the loan repaid. The ruse worked in a majority of Main Street establishments and he collected sums ranging from half a dollar to $8, accumulating a total of $30.80. However, when the debts went unsatisfied, the police were notified and Mrs. Hazel Foster Brady, Oneonta Police Matron, nabbed Grant who is scheduled for an appearance at the next session of Children’s Court.

June 1930

70 Years Ago

Advertisement – Del-Sego Drive-in Theatre at Emmons, N.Y., 2 miles east of Oneonta on Route 7 – Two shows nightly – begins at dusk. Children under 12 admitted free of charge. Friday, June 22-23 – Kiddie Show – Before Features – One Complete Hour of Cartoons. Features – “I’ll Reach for a Star” starring Frances Langford and Phil Regan – also – “Wyoming” with William Elliott; Saturday, June 24 – “Angels Alley” with Leo Gorcey and Geneva Gray – also – “Dangerous Venture” starring William Boyd and Andy Clyde; Sunday, June 25 and Monday, June 26, “War of the Wildcats” starring John Wayne – also – “Joan of the Ozarks” starring Joe E. Brown and Judy Canova.

June 1950

45 Years Ago

Law enforcement officials appear to be thinking more seriously about equipping their men with bullet-proof vests following an incident last week in which Kenneth Beijen, an Oneonta State Trooper’s life was saved because he was wearing a nylon vest. Oneonta Mayor James Lettis said a decision was made to purchase vests for the 30 policemen in Oneonta the day after the shooting. When it became evident, however, that the vests would run into a large sum of money, he said it became necessary to send out bid requests. William Wilsey, President of the Police Benevolent Association stressed the necessity of having the vests. Wilsey said he expected a few men would purchase the vests for themselves if the city doesn’t come through.

June 1975

15 Years Ago

The Del-Otse-Nango Kennel Club will sponsor classes in dog obedience and show handling starting at 6:30 p.m.  Monday at Neawha Park by the Red Caboose. Instructors will be Sue Pierro and Barbara Scholz of the Suffolk Obedience Training Club and Tom Parotti, an AKC-licensed judge, for show handling. The fee is $50 for eight sessions. All dogs must have proof of rabies vaccination. A Canine Good Citizen Test will be offered at the end of the classes for an additional fee.

June 2005

10 Years Ago

You may know Dean Roberts as the helpful presence at The Green Earth, the health-food store he founded a half-dozen years ago on Oneonta’s Market Street.You may not know that, when Dean’s
dad Anthony was 9 years old, he built the replica of a cathedral at his home in Brooklyn, and that launched the family on a trajectory now in its fourth generation. The latest manifestation is the Doll House Hall of Fame, which had its grand opening Saturday, June 19, on Route 33, a mile or so north of Brewery Ommegang, and contains 46 samples of the family’s creations.

June 2010

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS June 25-26, 2020
This Week, June 18-19, 2020

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The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

June 18-19, 2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

With Otsego County restaurants opening up, but subject to social distancing, Bocca Osteria on Route 28, Cooperstown, came up with a novel solution: A plastic bubble, created by Alvantor, a tent and recreation innovation company based in California.  Here, Angela Eldred and Shane Hovick of Hartwick enjoy the bubble’s coziness over the weekend. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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County Got Leg Up On Police Reforms

In Unadilla, Remembering The Fallen

 Foundation: Both Bumppos Are Equal

All Star Village Gives Up On 2020 Season

Sure-Footedly, Judge Moved Up Ladder

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Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Rockin’ Again

Bubble Gives Diners Extra Layer Of Safety

EDITORIALS

Otsego County: Reclaim Natty Bumppo

COLUMNS

SEWARD:  New Yorkers, Get Out Of House

YOUNGS:  What I Didn’t Know About Racism

LEVINE: Needs Met, But Much Left To Do

LETTERS

HAMMOND: Address Policing Dysfunction

FLEISHER: Leadership Can Repair Nation

NORTHRUP: Stars, Bars Symbol Of Slavery

NICOLS: Protect Our Borders, From Canada?

STERNBERG: Back Buttermann For Assembly

WEINBERG: Times Compromised On Truth

FARWELL: County Layoffs Weren’t Done Well

MEMBRINO: Private Interests Muddy Stimulus

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: June 18, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: June 19, 2020

IN MEMORIAM

Richard Breuninger, 74; Pastor, Teacher

John Holdorf, 87, Edmeston Superintendent

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This Week — June 11-12, 2020

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

June 11-12, 2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

During Sunday’s “Rally for Justice” in Cooperstown, Milford’s Austin Partridge stirred a reaction by unfurling the American flag. At right is Mac Benton, an organizer, who asked Partridge to move the flag away from the speakers’ gathering place. Organizers then stood in front of flag to block journalists’ picture taking. In the background, Rev. LaDana Clark addresses 850 attendees from the Otsego County Courthouse steps.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

Protests Inspire Talk Of Reform

Floyd’s Family ‘Great Role Models

Restaurants To Reopen This Friday

Otsego County’s Top Jurist Retires

Hartwick, SUNY-O Plan Reopenings

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For The Birds, Visit Audubon Sanctuary

Wanna Bike? 4 Trail Systems Right Here

EDITORIALS

Personal Stories Say: We Can Do Better

COLUMNS

FISHER:  Let’s Live Up To Our Ideals

DRUGOVICH: Hartwick United For Jusice

LaDANA: Where Is God? In Otsego County

LEVINE: Needs Met, But Much Left To Do

LETTERS

RISSBERGER: Expect Action On Policing

BRENNER: Police Will Listen To Concerns

MASON: Step Up, OCCA, Watershed Board

DILL: Planner Always Went Extra Mile

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: June 12, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: June 13, 2020

IN MEMORIAM

Carrie Kukenberger, 49; Saw Son Graduate

Betty Lou Whittemore, 96; First UM Secretary

Anthony Tomaino, 36; Football Standout

 Patricia S. Hoye, 83; Nurse At Bassett

Anna C. Mumbulo, 89; NYCM Retiree

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THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS June 4-5, 2020
THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS MAY 7-May 8, 2020

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

May 7-May 8, 2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Jeff Joyner, Fox Hospital president, waves as the LifeNet helicopter lands at the FoxCare Center after a fly-over on Tuesday, May 5. The fly-over was part of a parade of decorated fire trucks from 17 area departments, including police and EMS, which drove past the hospital to thank staff for their work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Only One COVID Case Left Locally

Glimmerglass Festival Out

All Star Village Holds On

In COVID Era, Moms Salute CCS Grads 

Drive-In Graduation Out, But OHS Seeks Novelty

1st Community Foundation Grant To Helios

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To Beat Blahs, Victory Gardens Return

Oneonta Merchant Tells Story Of Local Business

Libby’s List Of Virtual Things To Do

EDITORIALS

War Not Over, But Let’s Take Victory Lap

For Good Of All, Hope Marty Patton Right

First Cooperstown Election Was A Wild One

COLUMNS

HAYES:  All Had ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’

STERNBERG: Your Arm, My Nose

SEWARD: Don’t Forget Lyme Disease

LETTERS

SHELBY: Relieve Dogs Separation Anxiety

COLONE: Let’s Revisit One Oneonta

NORTHRUP: The Answer? Conservation

FLEISHER: No Future For Plastics

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES:May 7, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: May 8, 2020

IN MEMORIAM

Johnelle Lea Griffith, 30; Hartwick 

Jeanne W. Carey, 85, White River Junction

NOTICES

Amber J. Constable, 30; Oneonta 

Alvin L. Osterhoudt, 91; Oneonta

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THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS April 30-May 1 2020

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

April 30-May 1, 2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Signs of solidarity, like this one at Springbrook, Milford Center, are popping up countywide. If you see one, snap it and send to info@allotsego.com (AllOTSEGO photo)

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

BEGINNING OF THE END?

NO JETER INDUCTION UNTIL 2021

Week 1, Donors Give Foundation $127K

With Elective Surgery, Bassett Normalizing

Seward: Prayers Helped Me Through COVID-19

From Edmeston Comes NYC Angel Of Mercy

‘Bad Batch’ Cause 4 Oneonta Overdoses

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Masks – Necessity Or Fashion Statement?

Garden Club’s Daffodils Brighten Oneonta

Libby’s List Of Virtual Things To Do

EDITORIALS

With Facts As Guide, Let’s Start Reopening

Turn On Porch Light For Hometown Heroes.

COLUMNS

CUOMO:  Construction, Factories Start Opening

STERNBERG: Opening Will Take To Mid-July

HERZIG: Protect Us From Returning Students

ATWELL: No Need For A Brick

LETTERS

DUNCAN: Is Mother Nature Telling Us, Rest

NORTHRUP: Want To Cut Loose? Elsewhere

HUGHSON:  What Can An Antibody Tell Us?

SCHNEIDER: Small Business Are Hurt Most

DEAN: Well-Intentioned Visitors Harmful

WELCH: Temporary Threat? Magical Thinking

WHALING: Pesticides Used On Lakeside Links

COLONE: Socialism Only Way Out Of Troubles

FLEISHER: Support President?  Support Dictator

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: April 30, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: May 1, 2020

IN MEMORIAM

Lois H. Downin, 80; Fox EKG/EEG Technician

Albert R. Killmeier, 63, Farmed In Cherry Valley

NOTICES

Alvin L. Osterhoudt, 80, Oneonta

Richard G. Powell, 83, Oneonta

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