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Delgado Meets With Small Business Community In Oneonta

Rep. Delgado Meets With

Small Business Community

Ahead of opening his Oneonta office on Thursday, Feb. 7, Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, met with members of Otsego County’s small business community at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel this afternoon. “I’m best equipped as your advocate when I have spoken to you” he told, seated from left, Michelle Catan, Small Business Development Center director; Jill Morgan-Meek, owner, Transitions Boutique; Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky, and developer Ed May. The discussion was hosted by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, and earlier that afternoon, Delgado spoke with the Leatherstocking Young Farmers. At right, Jason Tabor, Principal Financial Group of Cooperstown and President, Friends of Bassett, engages Delgado on his thoughts about solving the county’s housing crisis. (Ian Austin/

Dissolution Tabled

Will Fire District

Survive? A Stormy

Meeting; No Answer

Unable To Agree, Fire Commissioners

Table Dissolution.  But For How Long?

Hands go up around the room as Commissioner Michelle Catan asks by show of hands who would support a contract with the City of Oneonta. (Parker Fish/

By PARKER FISH • Special to

Attorney Terry Hannigan explains to the crowd how the current fire contract is set up.  He said it takes advantage of town residents. (Parker Fish/

ONEONTA – The Town of Oneonta Fire District lives to see another day.

With a motion on the table to dissolve the fire district,  Fire Commission chair Johna Peachin moved to table it at the end of a stormy meeting this evening.

The tabling passed unanimously, delaying action on dissolving for now – but for how long?

The commission has been in negotiations with the city for over two years on renewing a fire contract that expired at the end of 2016; state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma imposed a two-year extension to allow coverage to continue while negotiations continues.

The contract enables the city’s professional Oneonta Fire Department to provide coverage to the town, primarily Southside and the east and west ends.

Autumn Cafe Cuts Ribbon On Deck Bar

Autumn Cafe Cuts

Ribbon On Deck Bar

After reopening The Autumn Cafe in January, the Carrington family cut the ribbon on the newly renovated outdoor bar on the back deck of the restaurant this afternoon. “It’s all still a work in progress right now,” said owner Wayne Carrington. “But you can see the general direction that we’re headed in.” From left, Judy Carrington, Rebecca Carrington, Dorthy Carrington, Wayne Carrington, Rachael Lutz Jessup, Michelle Catan, and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig. (Parker Fish/
Experts On Treating Dyslexia Explore Using Otego School

Experts On Treating Dyslexia

Explore Using Otego School

Jeremy Robbins, front, associate headmaster of The Kildonan School in Amenia, Dutchess County, tours the former Otego School Wednesday afternoon with Kildonan Business Manager Robin Caddy, Michelle Catan from the Small Business Center, Oneonta, and Kildonan Headmaster John Dunford. The Kildonan School is exclusively for students with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities, offering daily one-on-one language remediation and a college preparatory curriculum for students in Grades 2-12 and post-graduate.   The administrators were looking at the Otego building as a possible expansion site. “The community here prefers the building be used for educational purposes.” said Catan, “It would be a shame if this was anything other than a school.” Following the tour, Headmaster Kevin Pendergast remarked, “We love it! It is ideal for the programming that we want to bring. If this goes forward, we would want to keep the strong relationship with the community by letting them use the gym. We would also staff the facility with people from the area, should it all work out.” (Ian Austin/
Rubin, Catan Elected Town Fire Commissioners

Rubin, Catan Elected

Town Fire Commissioners

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

ONEONTA – With 82 votes for Al Rubin and 83 votes for Michelle Catan, the two join Johna Peachin, Ron Peters and Fred Volpe on the Town of Oneonta Fire Commission.

Voter turnout was higher than normal in an election that can attract results in the single digits,  with both candidates supporting paid fire protection from the City of Oneonta.

‘Happy Christmas!’ Calendar Begins In This Week’s Papers

‘Happy Christmas!’ Calendar

Begins In This Week’s Papers

Lots of news, from former Oneonta Mayor Kim Muller’s prospective elevation to county Democratic chair to folk artist Lavern Kelley’s entry into the Library of Congress. But this edition also marks the beginning of this year’s “Happy Christmas” calendar – with 53 (count ’em, 53) holiday-related events listed in the next 10 days. Get in the spirit of the season, and here’s home. Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal will be on newsstands this afternoon around the county.
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