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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Reports On Police Chief In Dire Straits

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Reports On Police Chief In Dire Straits

Police Chief Mike Covert holds up medical devices and prescription drugs he needs daily to stay alive.

On this week’s “Morning Headlines” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/ publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports on how Cooperstown Village Police Chief Mike Covert was down to $17 after the County of Otsego cancelled his medical insurance and the Village Board declined to put him on the village plan.  Only a GoFundMe drive organized by a former colleague of Mike’s in the sheriff’s department, Mike Ten Eyck, help keep the chief from destitution.

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For Finding Medallion, Panzarellas Win $500

2019 COOPERSTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL

For Finding Medallion,

Panzarellas Win $500

A few minutes ago amid the ice sculptures in Pioneer Park, Frankie Panzarella, 13, of Cooperstown, accepts a $500 check for finding the Winter Carnival Medallion. While Frankie actually found the medallion – it was taped to a trash can in the village’s Badger Park – the whole family contributed ideas and encouragement to the undertaking.  From left are dad Frank, brother Matthew, mom Jennifer and sister Emma, plus the family’s dog Rocco, who with Frank was with Frankie when he found the prize.  Making the presentation is Jim Kevlin, right, editor/publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and AllOTSEGO.com.  This is the 11th year the company has sponsored the Medallion hunt.  The three-day carnival ends this evening from 5:30-7:30 with Grilled Cheese For A Good Cause, a benefit for Otsego 2000 at The Farmers’ Market. (Tara Barnwell/AllOTSEGO.com)
AllOTSEGO Reborn As ‘Otsego County’s Daily Newspaper/ONLINE’

AllOTSEGO Reborn As

‘Otsego County’s Daily

Newspaper/ONLINE’

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Features Like Crossword, Dear Abby

Editors with ink in their veins thrill at the news that traditional books are rebounding (10 percent as of mid-2018) and Kindle appears to have peaked, and is now declining (3.8 percent).

Happily, Otsego County’s newspapers – the 211-year-old Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, now 10 years old – are stable, profitable and ever-striving to serve the reading public, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

But www.AllOTSEGO.com is growing in leaps and bounds.

Since implementing a new strategy Oct. 1 – you may have noticed: when news happens, we post it! – traffic, annualized, has grown 50 percent – 50 percent!  That’s 592,716 users, 1,867,988 sessions, and 2,957,100 page views – in a county of 60,094 people and 23,627 households.

So as of 5 p.m. today, we relaunched www.AllOTSEGO.com as:  Otsego County’s Daily Newspaper/ONLINE, with the goal of giving readers everything you expect in a local newspaper, up to the minute and at your fingertips.

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Discusses Penny Marshall In Cooperstown

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Discusses Penny Marshall In Cooperstown

Former AAGPBL players Betty Trezza (left) and Ernestine Petras (right) with “League of Their Own” Director, Penny Marshall. BL-4767-97 (National Baseball Hall of Fame photo)

In this week’s “Morning Headlines” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports how the development of the 1988 “Women in Baseball” exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown led Penny Marshall, who died Monday, to create the hit movie, “A League of Their Own.”

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Mentalist Wows Crowd At Taste Of Foothills

Mentalist Wows Crowd

At Taste Of Foothills

No peeking! Above, Mentalist Craig Karges, with coins taped to his eyes with a blindfold on top, was able to correctly guess that Cindy Seward, right, Milford, was holding a cell phone charger without seeing or touching it. They were joined on stage by Jim Kevlin, left, Cooperstown, who arranges cups to hide a dangerous spike for a second trick. Earlier in the evening, diners enjoyed the finest food selections from area eateries. At right, Ivan Miritello, Oneonta, serves up some salad from Elena’s Michael Catering, one of the many food selections from area eateries during this evening’s  Taste Of Foothills banquet. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Assesses Today’s County Sheriff Priimary

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Assesses Today’s County Sheriff Primary

In today’s weekly “Morning Headlines” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), assessed today’s primary election for Otsego County sheriff between incumbent Richard J. Devlin Jr. of Milford and retired state trooper Bob Fernandez of Otego.

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Previews ‘County Manager v. County Exec’

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Previews ‘County Manager v. County Exec’

“County Manager v. County Executive” will be held in Springbrook’s new Family Engagement Center.

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), previewed Thursday’s presentation by Dr. Gerald Benjamin, “County Manager v. County Executive.”

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Paints Picture Of ‘Revitalized’ Oneonta

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Paints Picture Of ‘Revitalized’ Oneonta

Most of the imposing blocks from Oneonta’s Victorian heyday survive, and the Cuomo Administration is looking to bring back much of the bustle seen here when the city was a railroad hub.

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), outlined what the City of Oneonta plans to do with $14 million received so far from the Cuomo Administration to revitalize the Victorian-era downtown.  Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was at Foothills last Friday to outlined the half-dozen key projects chosen for funding.

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BEGINNING TODAY, VIEW COUNTY BOARD IN ACTION

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BEGINNING TODAY, VIEW

COUNTY BOARD IN ACTION

County Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, reports on the proceedings of the Public Works Committee yesterday at the Otsego County Board of Representatives’ May meeting.  The board’s full meeting will be recorded monthly by www.allotsego.com and its sister publications and broadcast via www.Youtube.com  (From video by Karen Sullins)

MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER

TO:  Friends of www.allotsego.com, Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal

By clicking on the link at the top of this page, you will have a chance to participate in a piece – albeit, a small piece – of county history.

Beginning with yesterday’s meeting of the Otsego County Board of Representatives, the board’s monthly proceedings will be videotaped and made available to the public via www.allotsego.com

The county representatives have been discussing the idea for several months now.  Their sensible concerns – for instance, would viewers suspect censorship if any part of the meeting inadvertently wasn’t recorded? – made it clear that it would be better all-around if an independent entity would provide the service.

The three sister publications – our two newspapers, plus our website – seemed like the logical entities to pick up the challenge.  An Oneonta videographer, Karen Sullins, is making the recording and posting it on our behalf, with expressions of support from many of the representatives.

We’re new to this, and I assume the concept will evolve.  If we can come up with a cost-effective way to live-stream the proceedings in real time, we will do so.

Meanwhile, I welcome any feedback and advice that you, our readers, may have.

Best regards and happy viewing!

JIM KEVLIN • Editor & Publisher

www.allotsego.com • Hometown Oneonta • The Freeman’s Journal

(607) 547-6103 • jimk@allotsego.com

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Details Otsego Candidacy For Congress

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Details Otsego Candidacy For Congress

Sue Sullivan

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports that Sue Sullivan, CCS ’82, a candidate with Otsego County roots, is among the field of six Democrats looking to challenge U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, next year.

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Previews Fenimore’s Dick Button Exhibit

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Previews Fenimore’s Dick Button Exhibit

Fenimore President Paul D’Ambrosio shows off a 1,000-year-old skate with a stone runner, the oldest in Olympian Dick Button’s collection this summer at The Fenimore Art Museum. (AllOTSEGO.com)

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), previews Dick Button’s “The Art of Figure Skating Through the Ages,” which opens Saturday for the season at Cooperstown’s Fenimore Art Museum.

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Tells Of Distribution Center For Schenevus

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Tells Of Distribution Center For Schenevus

County Rep. Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, walks the 130 acres identified as a site for development of a 500-job distribution cetner. (AllOTSEGO.com)

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reports on plans to develop 130 acres off the Schenevus exit to I-88 for Otsego County’s first just-in-time distribution center, which may yield up to 500 jobs.

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Tells Of Uber-Like Ride-Sharing In Oneonta

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Tells Of Uber-Like Ride-Sharing In Oneonta

All it takes is an iPhone to participate in Oneonta’s new ride-sharing system, as demonstrated by A&D Transportation President Al Rubin, right, and dispatcher Patrick Meredith. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Headlines,” on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reported on Red Route, an Uber-like ride-sharing system being pioneered in Otsego County by A&D Transportation Services.

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Details All News Fit To Print This Week

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Details All News Fit To Print This Week

For the first week of the year, a wide range of articles filled the front pages of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal.

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Edition,” on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), ticks off all the news that packs two newspapers’ first editions of 2017, and remarks how, despite the New Year’s Day murder, how rare untimely deaths happen locally, except for heroin overdoses.

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On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Tells Why Local WWII Vet Is Front Of Mind

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Tells Why Local WWII Vet Is Front Of Mind

The family of WWII veteran Bill Hughes of Oneonta, who passed away in 2000, is front of mind this Veterans Day due to a letter from Normandy and word from the Pentagon that he earned a Bronze Star. (www.AllOTSEGO.com photo)
The family of WWII veteran Bill Hughes of Oneonta, who passed away in 2000, is front of mind this Veterans Day due to a letter from Normandy and word from the Pentagon that he earned a Bronze Star. (www.AllOTSEGO.com photo)

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In Thursday’s weekly radio report on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), told of a coincidence that brings memories the late Bill Hughes, a World War II veteran from Oneonta, vividly to mind this Veterans Day: An unexpected latter from a family in Normandy and word that the Pentagon has just discovered Hughes qualified for a Bronze Star for valor, but never received it.

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