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Caitlin Marie Kelley, 32; OHS Graduate Passes Away In New Jersey

IN MEMORIAM: Caitlin Marie Kelley, 32;

OHS Graduate Passes Away In New Jersey

Caitlin Marie Kelley

ONEONTA – Caitlin Marie Kelley of Ocean Grove, N.J., passed away before the dawn on Jan. 8, 2021, at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune. She was 32 years old.

Caitlin was born on June 22, 1988, in Cooperstown, and raised in nearby Oneonta, where she graduated from Oneonta High School. She attended college first at Brookdale Community College, then at SUNY Oneonta where she studied for a career in hospitality.

She worked in the restaurant industry for 14 years, which nurtured her love of meeting new people and making many friends. In the past year she had switched career paths and looked forward to growing into a company that would treat her well.

PBS Show To Help Elevate Famous Sculptor’s Legacy

WATCH ‘LEGACY LIST WITH PAXTON’ TRAILER

PBS Show To Help Elevate

Famous Sculptor’s Legacy

TV Program Will Help Son’s Mission:

Make Father’s Works Known To World

“Legacy List,” a PBS reality show about home decluttering that has its season premiere on Jan. 14, will visit the Coventry home of late sculptor David Hayes in the season’s fifth episode. (David Hayes Art Foundation)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Since his famous sculptor father’s passing in 2013, David Hayes Jr. of Oneonta has been striving to continue elevating the artist’s legacy, organizing exhibits of David Sr.’s massive metal artworks at prestigious museums around the country.

The younger Hayes’ mission – his father was also named David – will receive a significant boost in the next couple months, when the PBS reality show, “Legacy List With Matt Paxton,” airs on public television stations nationwide, including on WCNY Syracuse on Saturday, March 6, following “Antiques Roadshow.”

Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Update

COVID VACCINATION CENTRAL

Only Plattsburgh, Potsdam

Sites Offer Appointments

Click Here For ‘Am I Eligible’ App

Editor’s Note:  www.AllOTSEGO.com will seek to keep you up to date on the availability of vaccinations against COVID-19.  We will strive to update our information at noon daily.

As of noon today, the only New York State special sites  still accepting appointments from citizens 65 and over is Plattsburgh and Potsdam.

According to the NYS website, “The Federal Government determines how much vaccine New York State receives and has given New York approximately 250,000 vaccines per week for over 7 million people who are eligible – as a result supply is very limited. Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments – please contact the provider of your choice to schedule a vaccine appointment.”

Through the “Am I Eligible” app, eligible individuals can register to receive the vaccine at facilities where supplies are available. CLICK HERE FOR APPOINTMENT

Two Fatalities In 48 Hours

Two Fatalities

In 48 Hours

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – In just 48 hours the COVID-19 fatalities within the county have gone up by two – both females over the age of 55 who were previously hospitalized as a result of the virus – bringing the total fatalities for 2021 up to six.

Active cases continue to climb and stand now at 289. According to County Public Health Director Heidi Bond, “We are still seeing cases related to the cornhole tournament and the veteran’s club in Richfield.”

Appointments Limited In Area And Beyond

COVID VACCINATION CENTRAL

Appointments Limited

In Area And Beyond

Click Here For ‘Am I Eligible’ App

Editor’s Note:  www.AllOTSEGO.com will seek to keep you up to date on the availability of vaccinations against COVID-19.  We will strive to update our information at noon daily.

As of noon today, the only New York State special sites  still accepting appointments from citizens 65 and over is Plattsburgh and Potsdam.

According to the NYS website, “The Federal Government determines how much vaccine New York State receives and has given New York approximately 250,000 vaccines per week for over 7 million people who are eligible – as a result supply is very limited. Vaccines are available at pharmacies, hospitals and through local health departments – please contact the provider of your choice to schedule a vaccine appointment.”

Through the “Am I Eligible” app, eligible individuals can register to receive the vaccine at facilities where supplies are available. CLICK HERE FOR APPOINTMENT

When It Has Vaccinations, Bassett Will Alert Patients

When It Has Vaccinations,

Bassett Will Alert Patients

COOPERSTOWN – As soon as the Bassett Healthcare Network receives sufficient vaccine, it will notify patients using a variety of methods, including MyBassett (the online patient portal), the Bassett website and social media.

Meanwhile, Bassett’s weekly COVID-19 update encouraged patients to participate in the state’s vaccination process, which includes sites as nearby at Utica, Binghamton and Albany.

The weekly update also directed patients to New York State’s state-run vaccination clinics at various locations; click here to learn more about the state’s distribution process.

Spike In Cases, Upward Trend Despite Reporting Delays

Spike In Cases, Upward Trend

Despite Reporting Delays

By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

For a week, new cases have remained below 40 per day until today, when a significant increase was reported. Eighty new cases were reported, offset by 22 completed periods of isolation.

Further, the sudden uptick in cases can be attributed to a delay in lab reporting according to county Public Health Director Heidi Bond.

That said, the trend “definitely” remains upwards Bond added.

Thank You, Says Mayor Herzig To His Constituents

2021 STATE OF CITY ADDRESS

Thank You, Says

Mayor Herzig To

His Constituents

He Looks Forward COVID’s

End, New Projects Planned

Editor’s Note:  This evening, Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig is delivering his sixth “State of the City” address to Common Council at City Hall, where he said “thank you” to his constituents for how they’ve pulled together against COVID-19, and detailed programs about to go into high gear, including the demolition of the former Oneonta Ford as part of Market Street’s renewal.  This is the text.

By GARY HERZIG • Mayor, City Of Oneonta

Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mayor Herzig, seen here at Sunday’s MLK Jr. Day commemoration, is delivering his State of the City address this evening.

Good evening, Oneonta – We have been tested these past 10 months; however, I can tell you that the state of the City of Oneonta is one of Strength, Resilience, and Caring

2020 was a year that Oneonta will always remember – not only for the unprecedented challenges it brought – but also for the way we came together to overcome them.  From the shutdown of the spring, to the SUNY outbreak of the Fall, and now the second wave of the Winter, we have stuck together and we are getting to the other side.

I know that Oneontans are independent-minded folks – never shy about letting you know when they disagree with you – but we come together as one when times are tough.  I could not be more proud of your doing so this past year.

Irene M. Johnson, 80; Served Oneonta Schools For Half-Century

IN MEMORIAM: Irene M. Johnson, 80;

Served Oneonta Schools For Half-Century

Irene M. Johnson

ONEONTA – Irene M. Johnson, 80, who worked for the Oneonta City School District for a half-century, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.

She was born Sept. 27, 1940, at home in a house on Country Club Road, the daughter of James C. and Tressa A. Northup.

On Aug. 8, 1959, she married Stephen N. Johnson Sr., who survives her. They were married for 62 years.

Irene graduated from Oneonta High School in 1958, and was hired as the junior high school principal’s secretary even before she graduation.

STERNBERG: Here’s How You Crack NY Vaccine Scheduling

LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Here’s How You Crack

NY Vaccine Scheduling

It Takes Determination, Stick-With-It-Ness

By RICHARD STERNBERG • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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Richard Sternberg, retired Bassett Hospital orthopedic surgeon, is providing his professional perspective to www.AllOTSEGO.com during the COVID-19
threat.

If you’re like me, and I only mean that in the COVID-phobic sense, you have been trying to figure out how to get vaccinated. I have been on-line an average of an hour a day for about two weeks trying to find appointments. Then I heard on the news that the New York State vaccination site at Jones Beach (Long Island) now has a three-month wait. What to do?

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the priorities that the state, i.e., Governor Cuomo set out. 1A was to be healthcare workers on the frontlines and nursing home residents, 1B was to be essential workers, 1C was to be people over 65 and high-risk individuals.

Then it changed, and changed again.

Every state has its own priority system. Doses have gone unused. People are flying to Miami just to get vaccinated (and maybe a little sun while they are there).

COVID VACCINATION CENTRAL You Can Register For Vaccinations Through NY State

COVID VACCINATION CENTRAL

You Can Register

For Vaccinations

Through NY State

Click Here For ‘Am I Eligible’ App

Editor’s Note: Beginning with this post, www.AllOTSEGO.com will seek to keep you up to date on the availability of vaccinations against COVID-19.  We will strive to update our information at noon daily.

The good news is that, beginning yesterday, our Otsego County neighbors 65 and older report having been able to schedule appointments to receive the COVID-19 inoculations at State of New York special sites, beginning in February.

As of a few minutes ago, through the “Am I Eligible” app, you could register for vaccinations at state sites.  The closest sites are at SUNY Polytechnic in Utica, SUNY Binghamton and SUNY Albany.  CLICK HERE FOR APPOINTMENT

The first round of the Pfizer inoculations are 50 percent effect; the second round, taken 28 days later, raise that to 95 percent, according to the CDC.

Going forward, there will be at least five ways to get the COVID-19 inoculation.  In addition to state sites, the other four are:

Barbara Duell Hewitt, 69; OHS Grad Raised Champion Morgan Horses
IN MEMORIAM

Barbara Duell Hewitt, 69; OHS Grad

Raised Champion Morgan Horses

Barbara Duell Hewitt and one of her beloved Morgans.

ONEONTA – Barbara Duell Hewitt, who was raised in Oneonta and went on to raise world champion Morgan horses in Virginia, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, losing her final battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Her loving family was at her bedside.

Barbara was born in Las Cruces, N.M., on Sept. 9, 1951. The family lived in Kansas with generations of family until Barbara was 7, when she moved to Oneonta with her family.

Barbara graduated from Oneonta High School in 1969, and from SUNY Oneonta in 1973, with a bachelor’s degree in biology.

Herzig’s ‘State Of City’ Explores Moving From ‘Survive’ To ‘Thrive’

Herzig’s ‘State Of City’ To Explore

Moving From ‘Survive’ To ‘Thrive’

ONEONTA – Reviewing a COVID-embattled year, Gary Herzig will deliver his annual State of the City address at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the regularly scheduled meeting of Common Council.

Herzig’s address will focus on how the city is preparing to turn the corner from “Survive” to “Thrive” in 2021.

The speech and the Council meeting can be viewed by the public at the City’s YouTube page.

People Frustrated, But Vaccine Coming, Oneonta Mayor Says

CLICK HERE FOR 1A, 1B GUIDELINES

People Frustrated,

But Vaccine Coming,

Oneonta Mayor Says

Kinney Drugs First With Shots

At today’s press conference, Governor Cuomo reported Operation Warp Speed will release all available vaccines to the states in the next few days. Until now, New York State has been limited to 300,000 a week.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig says access to COVID-19 vaccinations will “improve soon.”

ONEONTA – There’s “a lot of frustration and confusion” about availability of the COVID-19 vaccinations, Mayor Gary Herzig said this morning, but “I’m told that will improve soon:  The vaccine will be coming.”

Meanwhile, he said, be sure to register through the state’s “Am I Eligible” app.

Also today, vaccinations are being administered at Richfield Springs’ Kinney Drug store, apparently the first private pharmacy in the county that’s rolling out the vaccine.  One person who received a vaccination said business was “steady” at 10 West Main St.

However, the Gouverneur-based drug-store chain is not accepting any more registrations at the time, pending word of further supplies.

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