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20 Inches of Snow Could Befall County This Weekend

20 Inches of Snow

Predicted For County

Over This Weekend

ONEONTA – As much as 20 inches of snow could fall on Otsego County this weekend, according to Accuweather.

The strong snowstorm is predicted to start in the Midwest and sweep up central Pennsylvania and into central New York by Thursday or Friday. Though snow will start on Friday and continue on Saturday, the majority of the snow will fall on Sunday. Snow is also predicted through the rest of next week.

Weather services such as are cautioning that predictions could change, with the snowstorm not being as severe as currently predicted.

Roger B. Sullivan, Otego; SUNY Oneonta Asst. VP In Upgrading Enrollment

Roger B. Sullivan, Otego;

SUNY Oneonta Asst. VP

In Upgrading Enrollment

Roger B. Sullivan

OTEGO – Roger B. Sullivan, 68, SUNY Oneonta associate vice president/enrollment management, passed away on Jan. 4, 2019, at his home in Otego.  He also had a home in Sunset Beach, N.C.

Roger was born on Dec. 28, 1950, in Ogdensburg, the son of Roger P. and Velma I. (O’Shaughnessy) Sullivan.
He graduated from Lisbon Central High School and later earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from SUNY Potsdam and Bowling Green (Ohio) State University, respectively, before beginning a 40-year career in the SUNY system.

Historic Markers Ready For MLK Jr. Day 2019


Historic Markers Ready

For MLK Jr. Day 2019

Local historian Tom Heitz admires two state historical markers – commemorating New York State’s 1827 emancipation of slaves and Susan B. Anthony’s 1855 speech in Cooperstown. Forty CCAL students from Oneonta and Cooperstown will get a first look at the markers at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday), when Heitz lectures on slavery in Otsego County at First Presbyterian Church, Cooperstown.  The markers, which will be installed in front of the church in the spring, will also be on view at the church’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration service at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.  The CCAL is the Center for Continuing Adult Learning in Oneonta.  (Jim Kevlin /
IN MEMORIAM: Barbara Means, 87; Artist, World Traveler

Barbara Means, 87;

Artist, World Traveler

Barbara Means

ONEONTA – Barbara Means, 87, a world traveler who excelled in the arts, passed away on Jan. 13, 2019, in her home surrounded by loved ones.

Born on July 23, 1931, in Gettysburg, Pa., where she grew up playing on the battlefields, Barbara loved to read and swim.

She received her first degree at Cedar Crest College and went on to earn two master’s degrees in Special Education and Library Science. Barbara was always in pursuit of learning and embodied the true spirit of a lifelong student.

Bridal Show Hosts Largest Crowd Yet

Bridal Show Hosts

Largest Crowd Yet

Over 200 people attended this afternoon’s annual Bridal Expo at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. Above, Oneonta’s Haley Manion and daughter Michele Donovan sample a Three Philosophers Cake served by Linn Briggs, a partner with Marjorie Landers Cakes in Cooperstown. At right, Kathryn Kroll, who has been supplying flowers for over 30 years at Coddington’s Florist in Oneonta, shows off a sampling of her bridal bouquets. Brides-to-be could sample-browse over 45 vendors, including DJs, caterers, florists, photographers, venues, travel agents and, of course, wedding dresses. (Ian Austin/

Springbrook To Host Special Olympics Basketball Team Tryouts

Special Olympics Basketball Team

Tryouts To Be Held at Springbrook

ONEONTA – The Springbrook Scorpions are looking for players to join their 2019 Special Olympics basketball team during tryouts Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 28-30

The Springbrook Special Olympics Program is open to individuals who are 8-years-old and older, have been identified by an agency or professional as having an intellectual disability, a cognitive delay as determined by standardized measures, or face significant learning or vocational challenges resulting from cognitive delays that require specially-designed instruction. Athletes do not need to receive services from Springbrook in order to participate.

Weatherwise, Year 2018 ‘Swung All Over The Place’


Weatherwise, Year 2018

‘Swung All Over The Place’

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

2018 was a year of contrasts in Otsego County, according to David Mattice, the National Weather Service’s observer in Oneonta.

Dave Mattice

Seven months were below normal; five were above normal, he reported after reviewing his records.

Feb. 21 was 75 degrees, a record high for that day.  The year as a whole, however, was 6/10th of a degree below normal.  And there were two record lows in November, with the month 7.1 degrees below normal overall.

In the first four months, 83.1 inches of snow fell; normal is 78 for the entire year.

“It’s an inexact science,” said Mattice.  “But when you see it on paper, you say, ‘Oh my Lord,’ it swings all over the place.”

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