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Doris H. Reeves, 94; Hartwick Administrator, Attorney’s Wife

IN MEMORIAM:  Doris H. Reeves, 94;

Hartwick Administrator, Attorney’s Wife

Doris Reeves

OTEGO – Local funeral services will be Wednesday, May 22, for Doris H. Reeves, 94, widow of Attorney Frank Reeves an honored Hartwick College administator, who passed away Feb. 18, 2019, in Redding, Calif., where she had been living near her daughter for the past 10 years.

Married in 1950, the Reeveses spent most of their married life on the family farm in Otego, where they raised their daughter, Barbara.

Doris was a wonderful lady, beloved wife and mother, teacher, adviser, administrator and dear friend to many.

Debra A. Klein, 66, Otego; Known To Generation Of Unatego Students

IN MEMORIAM: Debra A. Klein, 66, Otego;

Known To Generation Of Unatego Students

OTEGO – Debra A. Klein, 66, a Unatego Central teaching assistant and bus driver for 30 years, passed away peacefully Friday, May 3, 2019, at her home in Otego, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Dec. 11, 1952, in Delhi to the late Morris and Genevieve (Dorosky) Chichester.

A life-long area resident, she married Richard Klein on July 16, 1995.

$23 Million Unatego School Renovation Plan Unveiling Delayed Until December 2019, Superintendent Says

$23M Plan To Merge

Unadilla Elementary,

High School Delayed

Better ‘Right Than Fast,’ Superintendent Says

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Unatego School Superintendent David Richards

OTEGO – After a public hearing this week, the Unatego Central School District has delayed a decision from July 1 to December on a plan to convert the middle-high school into a single K-12 campus.

The plan would close the Unadilla Elementary School; the district’s other elementary school, in Otego, was closed in 2017.

“We would rather do the plan right than fast,” Unatego Central School District Superintendent Dr. David Richards said in an interview Thursday.

At a public hearing Wednesday evening, Richards and the school board gave community members a “snapshot of where we are now” in developing a plan to renovate and reorganize the Unatego middle and high school building between Otego and Wells Bridge to accommodate 750 students. It was built originally to serve 450 students.

Suzanne E. Lundin, 65; Active In Family’s Christmas Tree Farm

IN MEMORIAM: Suzanne E. Lundin, 65;

Active In Family’s Christmas Tree Farm

Suzanne E. Lundin

OTEGO – Suzanne E. Lundin, 65, a retired telephone operator active in her family’s Lundin Christmas Tree Farm, passed away peacefully at home on March 12, 2019.

She was born on July 29, 1953, in Johnson City; the daughter of John James Zdimal and LaVonne (McCrossen).

Sue was a graduate of Binghamton Central High School. Sue was a natural athlete enjoying basketball, tennis, softball, bowling, golf and pickleball.

Suzanne E. Lundin, 65; Active In Family’s Christmas Tree Farm

IN MEMORIAM: Suzanne E. Lundin, 65;

Active In Family’s Christmas Tree Farm

Suzanne Lundin

OTEGO – Suzanne E. Lundin, a retired telephone operator active in the Lundin Christmas Tree Farm, her family business, passed away peacefully at home on March 12, 2019.

She was born on July 29, 1953, in Johnson City, the daughter of John James Zdimal and LaVonne (McCrossen).

Sue was a graduate of Binghamton Central High School. Sue was a natural athlete enjoying basketball, tennis, softball, bowling, golf and pickleball.

Newcomer Seeks County Rep Seat In Clark’s District

Newcomer Seeks

County Rep Seat

In Clark’s District

If Former Chair Doesn’t Retire,

She May Face Primary In June

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Ric Brockway

Ric Brockway of Laurens, former teacher, ferrier and writer of a popular outdoor column, is running for the Republican nomination in District 3 (Laurens and Otego).

He would face county Rep. Kathy Clark, the former board chairman, unless she retires.  She did not return a call this afternoon as to her intentions.

Kim J. Hughes Wiltsie, 62; Mother Of 4 Was Gilbertsville Valedictorian

IN MEMORIAM: Kim J. Hughes Wiltsie, 62;

Mother Of 4 Was Gilbertsville Valedictorian

Kim Wiltsie

OTEGO – Kim Joy Hughes Wiltsie, 62, lost her battle with pulmonary hypertension, high blood pressure, on Feb.13, 2019.

She was born in Ilion, to William and Ellinor Hughes.

Kim was a 1975 graduate of Gilbertsville Central School and class valedictorian.

She loved to read, travel and be with her family.

76-Year-Old Man Flees Burning Otego House

76-Year-Old Man Flees

Burning Otego House

A firefighter pours water on the remains of the Otego home razed by fire overnight. (Photo courtesy Wells Bridge Fire Department)
One wall remained by the time the fire was doused.

OTEGO – A 76-year-old man fled a burning Otego home on 470 County Route 5 this morning but had no way to call 911, and the home was destroyed, state police at Troop C report.

Troopers from the Oneonta Barracks received the call at 1:09 a.m.

The elderly man, identified at Robert Carpenter, the sole occupant of the home, was spotted by a passerby, and that person called 911.

Alumni Herring, Bard Join Unatego Hall Of Distinction

RECEPTION FRIDAY AT HIGH SCHOOL

Alumni Herring, Bard Join

Unatego Hall Of Distinction

UNADILLA – Herring Lumber Co. owner Charles W. Herring Jr. and Joseph Bard, retired executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Rural & Small Schools, will be inducted into the Unatego Hall of Distinction Friday, Jan. 25.

At reception begins at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, with the induction planned between the JV and varsity boys’ basketball game between Unatego and Delaware Academy.  The public is welcome.

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

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.

This Christmas, Otego Sailor Celebrating On USS Stennis

This Christmas, Otego Sailor

Celebrating On USS Stennis

This Christmas, Navy Aviation Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Trace Thayer, from Otego, is on duty aboard the USS John C. Stennis in the Arabian Sea.  Here, he paints an Environmental Control System Scoop on an F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151, in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier. The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Naval operations to ensure maritime stability and security in the Central Region, connecting the Mediterranean and the Pacific through the western Indian Ocean and three strategic choke points. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jarrod A. Schad)
Fernandez Concedes, Thanks Supporters

2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Fernandez Concedes,

Thanks Supporters

He Calls Devlin To Congratulate Him

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM

Bob Fernandez on Election Night.

OTEGO – Despite the final outcome, county sheriff candidate Bob Fernandez gave thanks all around for a hard-fought campaign that came to an end yesterday afternoon.

“I was honored to have the chance to run for sheriff in Otsego County and I would like to thank all of the bipartisan support for our campaign,” he said in an e-mail. “I also would like to thank the campaign team itself … (and) the Democratic committee, which allowed me to run on their line.”

Albert Camp, 89; Standout Athlete Launched Worldwide Paddle Firm
IN MEMORIAM

Al Camp, 89; Standout Athlete

Launched Worldwide Paddle Firm

Al Camp

OTEGO – Albert L. Camp, 89, a baseball, bowling and boxing standout who won the General Clinton Regatta and founded a bent-shaft paddle firm that had worldwide reach, passed away peacefully Sept. 8, 2018, with his wife, three sons and daughter by his side.

Al was affectionately known at Campy, Champ and Old Man of the River.

He was born Jan. 11, 1929, in Oneonta, the son of the late Harry and Margaruite (Kattanick) Camp.

Michael J. Cairo, 58, Musician

IN MEMORIAM: Michael J. Cairo, 58, Musician

Michael J. Cairo

OTEGO – Michael J. Cairo, 58, a local musician, passed away unexpectedly at home on Aug. 5, 2018.

Michael was born Aug. 13, 1959, in Glens Falls, the son of Robert and Gwendolyn (Haines) Wood.

Michael was a graduate of Oneonta High School.  He was a known area musician, playing with several area bands.  He loved playing the drums and the harmonica.  He also enjoyed fishing and watching the Yankees and Jets.

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