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Applebee’s Patrons Alerted To Possible COVID Infestation

Applebee’s Patrons

Alerted To Possible

COVID Infestation

If You Dined There Nov. 5-9, Per Schedule
Below, Please Monitor Symptoms Until 11/23

ONEONTA – The county Department of Health is reporting a potential exposure to COVID-19 at Applebee’s Southside Mall location: An employee last worked there Monday, Nov. 9, tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home.

As a precaution, the restaurant closed yesterday for deep cleaning, hiring a professional sanitation service to disinfect from top to bottom.  It was scheduled to reopen today.

City Manager Idea Going Out Of Favor

City Manager Idea

Going Out Of Favor

After Three Failures, Disillusionment

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

ONEONTA – After Common Council’s lively discussion last night over whether to replace a city manager with a city administrator, Mayor Gary Herzig today summoned council to a special meeting next Monday, Oct. 12, to decide the question and move on.

John Rafter

At last night’s meeting, veteran Council member John Rafter has dim predictions for the current system:  “I don’t think we’ve been successful with city managers; I ask whether we can be successful where two or three councils before us have not been?” he asked.

“The adage of fool me once, fool me twice: Do you really think we’re going to get somebody better?” he said.

Herzig had raised the question:  Should Council appointed an interim city manager?  The answer appeared to be, no.

City, Chamber: Come Get Your PPE!

City, Chamber:

Come Get Your PPE!

Masked man Mayor Gary Herzig, gives Peter Clark, foreground, a gallon of hand sanitizer as part of the “Survive, Then Thrive” giveaway of personal protective equipment, including hand sanitizer, masks and thermometers, to local businesses at Damaschke Field this morning. 85 businesses have signed up for appointments to get the PPE, contact-free, but there are still slots available tomorrow from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Call the Otsego County Chamber (607) 434-3130 for an appointment (Ian Austin/
Maureen Glueckert, 83; Native Of Scotland, Fox Hospital Employee

IN MEMORIAM: Maureen Glueckert, 83;

Native Of Scotland, Fox Hospital Employee

ONEONTA – Maureen Glueckert,  83, a native of Scotland who moved to Oneonta in 1999 and worked at Fox Hospital, passed away on April 11, 2020, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1936, in Clydebank, Scotland, to Catherine and William Gorman. Maureen graduated from Clydebank High School and then she moved to the United States in January 1960, where she met and married Fred Glueckert a year later.

Teens Arrested After Early Morning Car Crash

Car Reported Stolen In Albany

2 Teens Arrested After

Early Morning I-88 Crash

OTEGO – Two teens were arrested after they allegedly crashed a stolen car on I-88 here and fled the scene early this morning.

According to Trooper Aga Dembinska, public information officer, Troop C, an abandoned 2013 Chevy Malibu was spotted facing the wrong way in the westbound lane of I-88 between Exits 12 and 13 at 5:26 a.m. The car had been reported stolen in Albany.




Cooperstown Rally, March Underway

Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch addresses more than 200 people at a rally a few minutes ago in Pioneer Park to protest the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy – now in abeyance – to separate children, an estimated 2,000, from parents who cross the southern border illegally.  The protesters at this hour are marching from “the flagpole” in downtown Cooperstown, up Main Street to the county courthouse, and back.  At right, Kathleen Taylor of Cherry Valley joins other protesters contributing diapers for the children in custody.  The rally is part of some 650 planned today around the world as part of a “Families Belong Together” movement.  The centerpiece is a rally at 11 a.m. in Lafayette Park, in front of the White House.  (Jim Kevln/

questionnaire — pat ryan





Licensed real estate broker for 20 years. Managed, owned and operated DeMulder Real Estate Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate for 14 years in Cooperstown, New York. Served as Chairwomen of Otsego-Delaware Multiple Listing Service, and served on the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.


Charter member of Middlefield Taxpayers Association, served on Town of Middlefield Planning Board, 8 years on Cooperstown Central School Board served 2 terms as Town of Hartwick Supervisor, and currently serving on the Town of Hartwick Conservation Advisory Committee, and the annual Hartwick Clean Sweep Committee

FAMILY: Widowed, five children, 12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren


I believe in home rule, and the government providing those services that are not practical for our citizens to provide for themselves.

Local communities are the best stewards of their own natural resources; in promoting small businesses, regeneration of family farms and promote a sustainable economy with good paying jobs and affordable housing for the middle-class families.


I have spent my adult life in Otsego County raising a family of five children, who graduated from Cooperstown and have gone on to be successful in their lives and are assets to society. I credit their success to having a wonderful education from Cooperstown Central School and the family-friendly environment in Otsego County.

After raising my family, I went back to school and became a licensed real estate broker, operated then owned Demulder Realty Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, in Cooperstown for 14 years.

During this time I served all of Otsego County. Our county is a “masterpiece of nature”. Most important is that your elected officials must be dedicated to “protect and preserve” our clean fresh air and water for future generations.

We must provide the environment to create a sustainable economy. We must provide for post-secondary education to prepare our youth to obtain good paying jobs.

We must create the environment for affordable year around housing for all middle-class families, while allowing the tourism industry to survive as one of our major industries.

Once elected, I know what the role of a good public servant should be and I will be there

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