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Orpheus Readies For’Damn Yankees’ At Foothills

In 1st Full Production

At Foothills, Orpheus

Readies For ‘Yankees’

Sue Jarema, Schenevus, Jeff Moore, Oneonta, Doug Decker, Oneonta, and Nick Sanna, Schenevus, fake conversation as their wait their turn for their costume parade for “Damn Yankees,” the famed Broadway  musical comedy about a man who makes a deal with the Devil to help his favorite baseball team win the pennant. At left, George Wells (playing Joe Boyd) has a laugh at the oversized wardrobe of Michael Tamburrino, who plays Boyd’s alter-ego Joe Hardy. The show runs March 29, 30 and 31 at the Bettiol Theater at Foothills. Tickets can be purchased at (Ian Austin/

Where The Action Was Today In Oneonta – OWL Paintfest

Where The Action Was Today

In Oneonta – OWL Paintfest

Escaping mom Amanda, Ava Wilber, 2, of Oneonta, makes a bee-line for where the action was – painting, painting and more painting – this morning at the annual OWL Paintfest at the Foxcare Center in Oneonta. This year’s theme was The Five Senses, which resulted in a lot of hands-on activity. Inset, Darcie Cooperman’s boys – from left, Emmett, 3, Gabriel, 6, Henry, 8, and Avery, 5 – eyes pop as they pick from a display of chocolate bars. The New Jersey family stopped by Paintfest while visiting grandmom Donna Cooperman, Hobart.   The event was organized by Oneonta World of Learning (OWL), with support from Fox Hospital. (Jim Kevlin/

Stewart’s Shops Donates To First Night Oneonta

Stewart’s Shops Donates

$1,000 To First Night

Andrew Zeh, manager of the Oneonta’s Stewart’s Shops, presents Carol Mandigo,  First Night Oneonta chair, with a $1,000 check in support of annual Hometown Fourth of July celebration and New Year’s Eve events. “They have been one of our signature supporters for these events.” said Mandigo, “God bless them.” Zeh, who has been manager for the last three years, said they have been giving ever since he took the position. “As a company, we give as much as we get.” said Zeh, “It keeps us local and keeps our areas running. We have to take care of our communities, kids and adults.” (Ian Austin/
David T. Evans, 76;Milford Man Retired From Springbrook

IN MEMORIAM: David T. Evans, 76;

Milford Man Retired From Springbrook

David T. Evans

MILFORD – David T. Evans, 76, of Milford, who retired from Springbrook (Upstate Home for Children) after 25 years, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at his home.

He was born Sept. 22, 1942, in Oneonta, the son of the late Glenn H. and Ruth (Martindale) Evans.

David worked at Gladding Del-Rey, the travel trailer maker in Oneonta, and then as a carpenter and roofer,  and finally at Upstate Homes for Children (Springbrook) for 25 years until his retirement.

Ideas, Including Dome, Emerge At 1st ‘Town Hall’

Ideas, Including Dome,

Emerge At 1st ‘Town Hall’

Will May, left, a Hartwick freshman from Pittsburgh, suggests the Oneonta area be a proving ground for the Green New Deal at Jody Zakrevsky’s first “Town Hall.”  In the foreground is Oneonta’s Steve Londner, an attendee. (Jim Kevlin/
Freshman Deme Fish suggested a covered dome, like one near her hometown of Lake George. Behind her is Mike Stalter, the former Oneonta town board member.

ONEONTA – At his first “Town Hall,” Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky last evening asked a Shineman Chapel full of Hartwick College student for ideas, including what might keep them here after graduation, and they told him:

How about turning the Oneonta area into a beacon for renewable energy, asked Will May, a freshman from Pittsburgh. Referring to the Green New Deal, he said, “We should be proving it is possible.”

Joseph Paul Campbell, 91½ ;Teacher, Coach, Broadcaster


Joseph Paul Campbell, 91½ ;

Teacher, Coach, Broadcaster

Joseph Paul Campbell

ONEONTA – Joseph Paul Campbell, age 91½, passed away on March 6, 2019, at 4:05 p.m. after hearing “The Campbells are Coming” on the bagpipes while surrounded by family.

A few days earlier, Pastor Eda Dorosky led a family prayer circle around Joe, welcoming him with grace to God’s table. A memorial service will be scheduled at a teacher-friendly time, with so many family members following in Joe’s footsteps.

Joe, Oneonta High School Class of 1945, was one of Oneonta’s most dedicated life-long community members. He was recognized through honors and awards throughout his life. Joe’s dedication to teaching, coaching, broadcasting, and community service were among his greatest contributions, which were woven through his life as a father, athlete, philosopher, educator, radio personality, music aficionado, and coach.





In Hometown Oneonta, a $225,000 DRI grant was awarded last week for a “transformative” project downtown. Beyond that, nobody – even the developer – seems to know what the plan is. In The Freeman’s Journal, read about 6-foot-8 John Owens, a member of a dynasty of CCS athletes who helped take the Hawkeyes to the state champion Final Four this weekend in Binghamton. On, Dwight and Aileen Pier tell the story of their success on Liquor Deport’s 20th anniversary on Southside, and fifth anniversary in its mega-store.  All this and more, on newsstands today.
Citizen Voices To Discuss Ted Talk On Nuclear Power

Citizen Voices To Discuss

Ted Talk On Nuclear Power

Len Carson of Oneonta, Common Council candidate and DC Marketing president, has asked Citizen Voices participants to view a 14-minute video of environmentalist Michael Shellenberger‘s TED Talk, “How Fear of Nuclear Power is Hurting the Environment” and be prepared to discuss it at tomorrow morning’s meeting at Oneonta Block.  In his talk, Shellenberger says that despite massive investments in solar panels in the U.S., Europe and even India, and data show those efforts will be insufficient to stem greenhouse gas emissions.  His conclusion: More nuclear power is the only answer.

Team Raises Funds To Send Robot To Utica Competition

Team Raises Funds To Send

Robot To Utica Competition

OHS Robotics Team Captain and senior Abigail Dent checks on diners at the team’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday night at The Soda Jerk on Chestnut Street, Oneonta. The funds will support the team’s participation in the FIRST Regional competition at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica next Saturday. The team’s robot is named Destination: Deep Space and the competition will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. 1969 landing on the moon. (Jennifer Hill/
Martin R. Patton Sr., 89; Restaurant, Realty Investor

IN MEMORIAM: Full Obituary

Martin R. Patton Sr., 89;

Restaurant, Realty Investor

Marty Patton Sr.

ONEONTA – Martin R. Patton Sr., 89, who played semi-pro football before returning home to a career in restaurants and real estate, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 9, 2019.

Born Jan. 6, 1930, in Oneonta, the son of Martin Brown and Agnes Jenette (Hanes) Patten, he lost his dad in 1948 in a farming accident.

Marty worked for D&H Railroad the summer of 1948 and a bell hop at the Oneonta Hotel nights, graduating from Oneonta High School in 1949.

He started working as a salesman for Stringers selling Kaiser/Fraiser cars,  and in 1950-51 worked nights at Lynn Coach, operating a 7A turret lathe. Following high school, he played semi pro football for several years.

Moose Lodge Hosts Irish Dinner Fundraiser

Moose Lodge Hosts

Irish Dinner Fundraiser

Grace Gaudino of Moose Lodge 465, West Broadway, Oneonta, serves Lynn and Joan Gillingham a hearty meal of corned beef, mashed potatoes and carrots with a dinner roll for the Lodge’s annual dinner fundraiser on Saturday. The funds raised will support children from New York State who live at Mooseheart, which the Moose fraternal organization founded in 1913 to provide for children whose parents cannot care for them for a variety of reasons. (Jennifer Hill/
Marty Patton Sr., 89, NYSEG Retiree Operated Restaurant

IN MEMORIAM:  Marty Patton Sr., 89;

NYSEG Retiree Operated Restaurant

Marty Patton Sr.

ONEONTA – Martin R. Patton Sr., 89, passed away peacefully, at home surrounded by his family, on March 9, 2019.

An NYSEG retiree who operated a restaurant on River Street where Bella Michaels is today, he is the father of Marty Patton, owner of Cooperstown All Star Village in Wests Oneonta.

A full obituary will follow.

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