News of Otsego County

Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.


My Father’s Place

Cheers To Furry Friends!

Cheers To Furry Friends!

Madeline Walker, a volunteer for the Save the Tails Ciders & Ales fundraiser for Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans, pours a cup of Ommegang’s 3 Philosophers brew for Steve Hickey while her friend Jonathan Stein watches. The event, held at My Father’s Place in Oneonta drew a large crowd, with local breweries and cideries offering ales and ciders with exotic flavors, such as a bourbon-infused brew by Ommegang in it and a coconut-and-rose hard cider by Awestruck. The fundraiser hopes to help raise money for a new shelter to help the Super Heroes continue their mission to offer low-cost spay and neuter programs, rescue feral cats and provide pet owners with supplies.  (Jennifer Hill/
Pomp & Pizazz At OPA Drag Show

Pomp & Pizzazz

At OPA Drag Show

With thumping music and flashing lights, Opal Essence, Albany, struts her stuff in front of Granny Bola, Oneonta, and the rest of the crowd who filled My Father’s Place for the second annual Winter Wonderland all ages drag show on Saturday evening. At right, Ryder Knightley, Oneonta, brought his A-game with a bedazzled shirt and pants during his dance performance.  All proceeds from the event go towards the 2019 Pridefest. Their next show is slated for February. (Ian Austin/

The Thrills And Agony Of Election Night 2017


The Thrills And Agony

Of Election Night 2017

Otsego County Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego/Laurens, and family friend Tom Kelly, the Hartwick College director of security,  follow Election Night 2017 returns in real time at the Republican gathering Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Fiesta Restaurant in downtown Oneonta.  Clark ended the evening a spare nine votes ahead of her Democratic challenger Cathy Nardi.   The absentee votes will be counted next Wednesday at the county Board  of Elections office at The Meadows, Town of Middlefield, to determine the outcome.  (Ian Austin/
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