Beat the winter blues with the annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival! Get the blood pumping at the Bob Smullins 5K/10K race, show off your trivia skills, dance the night away with Flux Capacitor and front your own imaginary band in the lip-synch contest. Friday-Sunday Feb.8-10, Main Street, Cooperstown. Info www.CooperstownWinterCarnival.com
On Friday, get some Brooks Chicken to help the Susquehanna SPCA. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Parish Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. (607) 547-9555. On Sunday, cozy up with a Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause to support Otsego 2000’s historic preservation program. Tickets, $30/adult. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Farmers Market, Cooperstown. Info (607) 547-8881.
OPENING – 6:30 p.m. 21st Annual Otsego County Fair Hymn Sing & Special Music at the Grande Building followed by the Agricultural Olympics. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org
ALBANY – Of the two priests with Otsego County ties named in “Hidden Disgrace III,” one pleaded guilty to sodomy, but the second was investigated twice and exonerated.
The report, prepared by Lawyers Helping Survivors of Child Sex Abuse and released today, appears to be a compilation of all allegations, whether or not they were proved.
For instance, retired Bishop Howard Hubbard is among the 42 priests listed. In 2004, allegations surfaced that the bishop vehemently denied. The diocese hired an outside law firm to investigate, and it found no “credible evidence” against him.
NEW LISBON – Helen J. Sokolowski, 90, a nurse who moved to Otsego County in 1971 and went into dairy farming with her husband and son, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.
Helen was born in New York City, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Cenek) Mahdal on Jan. 17, 1927.
She graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1948 and shortly after married Leonard Sokolowski on Nov. 7, 1948.
OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 8 a.m. Gates. Buildings open 10 a.m. Open to 9 p.m. Finale of the Fair. Come for the Demolition Derby, a Horse Show, a Goat Show, a Carnival, and more. Admission, $5. Fair Grounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. Visit www.otsegocountyfair.org for more information.
PADDLE & PULL – 1-3 p.m. Paddle and help OCCA pull remaining Water Chestnuts out of Goodyear Lake. Canoe/Kayaks available. Bring hat, sunscreen, water and expect to get a little wet. Registration preferred. Meet at NYS Fishing Access site, St. Rt. 28, Portlandville. Call (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/paddle-pull-goodyear-lake-3/
LAURENS – State Police are looking for information on a 16 year old girl who has been reported missing from the Town of Laurens.
Khailee M. Stoughton, 16, reportedly left home on June 19 and has not returned. According to police, she has made contact by phone and was believed to be traveling between the Oneonta, Morris and Albany areas. She is not believed to have been abducted.
Stoughton is a black female, 5’4″ tall and medium build. She has long brown hair and brown eyes. It is unknown what she was last wearing.
COOPERSTOWN – Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. today for primaries in the 101st Assembly District – the Otsego County towns of Springfield, Middlefield, Westford and Maryland – and also for town races in Richfield and Morris.
In the Oneida-centric 101st, Brian D Miller and Maria E. Kelso are seeking the Republican nomination to succeed Claudia Tenney, who is running for Congress to succeed U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna. Kelso is also primarying for the Reform Party nod.
MORRIS – Three men were killed in an early-morning car accident on State Highway 23 after their vehicle failed to navigate a left curve, State Police said today.
Troopers responded to the scene of the one-car accident at 3:14 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 in Morris. Though the car was on fire when they arrived on the scene, the three victims, Jordan Crandall, 22, Norwich, Christopher Brissette, 22, Sherburne, and Dillon Clemens, 21, Norwich were already deceased inside the vehicle.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police believe the driver, driving westbound on State Highway 23, failed to navigate a left curve. The car exited into the northbound shoulder, struck several objects and came to rest upside down in a field.
SOUTH NEW BERLIN – A 24-year-old Rhode Island man was killed at the Grand Slam Campground during Saturday evening’s violent storm when a tree limb fell onto his tent, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. announced this afternoon.
Ryan Sutcliffe, Cumberland, R.I., was pronounced dead after a tree limb approximately 4 feet in diameter broke off during the storm, landing on his tent while he was sleeping.
MORRIS – A 20 year old man was arrested after attacking an older man with a pair of pruning shears at his home.
Gerard D. Bourgeois, Morris, was arrested after Sheriffs deputies were dispatched to Bassett Hospital for a 62 year old man with suspicious injuries. Their investigation lead them to Bourgeois, where they learned that he had allegedly assaulted the victim with a pair of pruning shears, causing several lacerations to the head.