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Oneonta Armory

Community Aids Those Who Remain Without Power

Community Aids Those
Who Remain Without Power

Sean White and director Val Paige unload  water into the vestibule at the Clark Sports Center.

The Clark Sports Center was quiet. The bottles of water were waiting in the foyer and the cots were ready to be unpacked from their trailer for use, delivered by the staff of the Otsego County Emergency Services.

In the end, about a dozen people came in to warm up, charge their phones, and take a shower. Soap, shampoo, and towels were provided. Some came seeking dry ice. None chose to stay overnight at the North Otsego Emergency Overnight Shelter.

The Sports Center will continue to offer bottled water, showers, and heat to the community throughout the day and will be open to any who need a warm place to sleep tonight.

In Oneonta, everything proceeded smoothly at the Emergency Shelter at the Armory where three people stayed the night.

The Shelter also remains open to the public and will be open this evening to anyone needing a warm place to sleep. If transportation help is needed residents can contact the Oneonta City Police for assistance at 607-432-1111 ext. 0.

In other news around the county:

As of 10 a.m. this morning, bottled water and dry ice are available while supplies last at the Schenevus Fire Department, 40 Main St., Schenevus.

The Susquehanna Animal Shelter will be offering emergency boarding of companion animals who are up to date on their rabies vaccinations. Temporary emergency boarding will be provided on a first come, first serve basis at no charge. The Shelter is located at 5082-5088 St. Hwy. 28, Cooperstown. 607-547-8111

The Southern Transfer Station and Northern Transfer Station have reopened after being closed on Tuesday.

The Otsego Express will remain closed 4/20 as several routes are still impacted by road closures.

The State of Emergency in Otsego County has been lifted; residents are asked to continue to exercise caution when driving.

Lorraine Patton July 05, 1935 – September 06, 2021

In Memoriam

V. Lorraine Patten

July 05, 1935 – September 06, 2021

V. Lorraine Patten

Oneonta – V. Lorraine Patten, 86, passed to be the Lord on September 6, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born July 5, 1935 in Oneonta, the daughter of Charles and Catherine (Pendergast) Easley.

After graduating from Oneonta High School, Lorraine never had the need to venture out of her hometown and it was there that she met and married Frank Patten on August 16, 1953, the love of her life.

The Patten house was a hub, a gathering place for family, friends and neighbors.  Their door was always open and all were welcome.  Lorraine loved being mom and grandma.  She provided for more than just her family; a fond memory of all the neighborhood children was the Patten’s bucket of quarters, ready for the ice cream truck for all to get a summer’s treat.  Lorraine enjoyed taking pottery classes at SUCO, a hobby she was quite gifted at.  One of her favorite past-times were out gallivanting with her best friends finding treasures at antique shops.  In more recent years, meeting the Golden Guernsey Girls for a daily cup of coffee and all their special celebrations. Fun fact, as a child Lorraine was a proud member of the Civil Air Patrol, her post was at the Oneonta Armory.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: ‘Two Presidents’ Exhibit Opening 09-05-20

‘Two Presidents’ Exhibit Opening


EXHIBIT OPENING – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. View exhibit ‘Two Presidents, One Photographer’ showing 56 photographs by Pete Souza of Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican President Ronald Reagan. On view through 12/31. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit

COVID-19 TESTING – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Stop in for free Covid Test with results in 15 minutes. Help stop the spread. Testing by appointment only. 3 locations in Oneonta. Oneonta Armory, 4 Academy St.; Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St.; St. James Church, 305 Main St. Call 833-NYSTRNG for an appointment.


Walk Through Oneonta Armory


WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Bob Brzozowski & Jim Hawver lead tour of former Armory, built in 1905, on the State & National Registers of Historic Places. Asa Allison Jr Municipal Building, 4 Academy St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0960 or visit

TEA TASTING – 4 – 7 p.m. Nini Ordoubadi, founder of Tay Tea, presents her hand-blended artisanal teas. Enjoy a variety of iced teas and tea cocktails perfect for summer enjoyment. The Green Toad Bookstore, 198 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-433-8898 or visit

OHS Grad Brings Artifacts From Armory Back To City

OHS Grad Brings Artifacts

From Armory Back To City

Retired OHS Athletic Director Tony Drago, left, greets one of his former students, Courtney T. Burns, now director of the state Military Museum & Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs. Burns was in Oneonta Thursday and today installing “Oneonta’s Own: The State Militia & National Guard in Oneonta, 1812-2003,” the new exhibit at the Oneonta History Center.  It opened this afternoon and features artifacts from the city’s former Armory on Academy Street that were moved to the museum when the local facility was merged into one in Walton in 2003.  Drago reminded Burns that OHS, when it was located on Academy Street, had a rifle team that used to practice across the street at a range in the Armory’s basement.   Looking on is GOHS member Art Torrey.  The exhibit runs until the end of August.  (Jim Kevlin/
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