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NYSEG and RG&E Preparing for Winter Storm

NYSEG, RG&E Preparing for Winter Storm

BINGHAMTON—New York State Electric & Gas and Rochester Gas and Electric are preparing for high winds associated with the winter storm that is expected to move across New York State today. As a result of the forecast, the companies have pre-staged additional line and tree personnel across the state to assist with restoration efforts, if needed. The storm has the potential to impact all of NYSEG and RG&E’s service areas, which includes the Western New York, Rochester, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, North Country, Capital Region, Hudson Valley and Westchester regions.

Current forecasts call for wind gusts potentially reaching 60 miles per hour in two stages on Friday and Saturday, as well as snow and ice, to begin late Thursday in Western New York and then move east across the state. The wind, ice, and snow have the potential to bring down trees and limbs, causing damage to overhead power lines and other electrical equipment. The companies urge customers to monitor local forecasts and prepare for the possibility of service interruptions.

In Memoriam: Albert Raczkowski, 89 April 18, 1933 – July 19, 2022

In Memoriam

Albert Raczkowski, 89

April 18, 1933 – July 19, 2022

Albert Raczkowski

ONEONTA – Albert Raczkowski, 89, passed away July 19, 2022 at home amongst his loved ones.

He was born April 18, 1933 in Brooklyn, the son of Louis and Frances (Carroll) Raczkowski. 

He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean War. He was awarded the combat medical badge and also the combat infantry badge.

Al married Maureen Murphy on September 4, 1965 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Oneonta.

He was employed with NYSEG and prior to his retirement was the chief of the gas department.

John J. Pohli, 75 June 26, 1946 – October 7, 2021

In Memoriam

John J. Pohli, 75

June 26, 1946 – October 7, 2021

John J. Pohli

OTEGO – John J. Pohli, a lifelong area resident, passed away Thursday afternoon, October 7, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 75.

Born June 26, 1946, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, John was a son of John J. and Margaret (Sorocco) Pohli. After graduating from high school, he attended Mohawk Valley Community College where he earned an associate’s degree in electrical technology. For 30 years he was employed with NYSEG, and retired as an electrical supervisor in 1990.

On September 2, 1966, John married Lillian J. Pearce in Oneonta. They enjoyed living in their log cabin in the countryside of Otego.

Virginia B. Miner Oct. 7, 1936-Feb. 23, 2021

IN MEMORIAM

Virginia B. Miner

Oct. 7, 1936-Feb. 23, 2021

Virginia Miner

SIDNEY – A good person, a well-lived life.

Ginny traveled many miles since she was the only student in her grade at the one-room school in Colchester, part of the Walton School District. Later, she attended Franklin Central School and graduated at age 16 from Sidney, where the business courses and bookkeeping prepared her well for the future.

Her first job was at Public & Loan in Sidney, and then a bookkeeper at Hotaling Ford Sales, where she fell in love with cars.  She was very proud of her 34-year career at New York State Electric & Gas, attaining the highest Customer Service Representative A position.

NYSEG Prepares For Icy New Year

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NYSEG Prepares

For Icy New Year

NYSEG, the utility that serves most of Otsego County, is preparing for possible freezing rain, sleet and wet snow, that will be crossing the region from west to east between New Year’s Day afternoon and the following morning.

As a result of the storm, customers may experience electrical outages, NYSEG said in a 1 p.m. press release.

Arthur H. Kiser Sr., 100; Served In CCC, Marines, Raised 6 In Cooperstown

IN MEMORIAM

Arthur H. Kiser Sr., 100;

Served In CCC, Marines,

Raised 6 In Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN – Arthur “Art” Henry Kiser Sr., 100 years and five days old, who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Marines during World War II, then spent a career with NYSEG, passed peacefully away Nov. 23, 2020, at home, in his own bed, just as he wished. His loving daughter, Teresa, was by his side.

Art was born Henry Alvin Kiser Nov. 18, 1920, in Ohio, a third child of nine to Palmer “Parmie” Kiser Sr. and Anna Roonie (Crace) Kiser. As a young child Art lived in Ithaca, where much of his mother’s family lived. There he enjoyed the company of many cousins.

NYSEG Prepares For Friday Storm

NYSEG Prepares

For Friday Storm

50 MPH Winds May Cause

Outages Throughout County

BINGHAMTON – NYSEG, the utility serving Otsego County, is preparing for high winds and rain across the region Friday afternoon and into the evening.  Customers may experience service disruptions, the utility reported.

The storm is expected to strike most of the NYSEG’s Central New York footprint.

Current forecasts call for isolated storms to begin Friday afternoon and continue into the evening. The storms are expected to bring rain and winds, with gusts potentially reaching upwards of 50 mph. The strong winds, combined with rain, have the potential to bring down trees and limbs, causing damage to overhead power lines and other electrical equipment.

738 Customers Still Out Of Power After Yesterday’s Tornado

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738 Customers Still

Out Of Power After

Yesterday’s Tornado

Twenty-four hours after a tornado hammered Otsego County, knocking down trees and creating hundreds of outages, 728 customers are still without power this hour, NYSEG reports.

Most of the outages were in the county’s northwest quadrant, from Fly Creek north to Springfield and west to Edmeston.

While restorations are progressing as quickly and safely as possible, the county said, there are still “a few isolated customers” in Otsego County, as well as Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida,  Schoharie and Ulster counties.

Out With The Old, In With The New

Out With The Old,

In With The New

Paving Thursday At Chestnut, Main

The Upstate Companies, Mount Upton, hang the new signal next to Cooperstown’s venerable – and only – traffic signal that is being replaced at Main and Chestnut. Upstate’s John Rupert, Binghamton, and Derek Beach, Bainbridge hung the new addition, and said the arrival of a NYSEG crew is all that awaited to complete the transition.  A federally funded project, it has been six years in the making. Deputy Mayor Cindy Falk, at the scene, advised drivers that the intersection (around Mel’s at 22) will be paved all day Thursday, so it would be wise to avoid that downtown corner. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Thomas E. Porteus, 86; NYSEG Retiree With Commitment To 4H

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas E. Porteus, 86;

NYSEG Retiree Had Commitment To 4H

ONEONTA – Thomas E. Porteus, 86, a NYSEG retiree with a lifelong commitment to 4H, including as a judge at the Otsego County Fair, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2020 at Chestnut Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Aug. 1, 1933 in Milford, the son of James and Fanny (Potter) Porteus.  Tom graduated from Milford High School, and was an Army veteran.  He married Lois Thompson on Nov. 1, 1958 in Oneonta.

Ice Storm Due, NYSEG Warns

Ice Storm Due,

NYSEG Warns

Accuweather issued this map early today on where and when it expects the ice storm to hit.  Click on image for full size.

NYSEG is preparing for a wintry mix of rain, ice and some snow associated with incoming storms expected to hit Otsego County and other parts of its service areas tonight through Monday.  As a result of the storm, customers may experience service disruptions.

In addition to Oneonta, the company expects impacts ranging from Liberty in the south,through the Capital Region, and north to Plattsburgh.

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