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In Memoriam Douglas Lynn McLaud, 72 March 4, 1949 – January 7, 2022

In Memoriam

Douglas Lynn McLaud, 72

March 4, 1949 – January 7, 2022

Douglas L. McLaud

Douglas Lynn McLaud passed away peacefully on January 7, 2022 at his home in Springhill, Florida with his beloved wife Pauline Miller McLaud at his side. Douglas and Pauline were married on December 31, 1968 and had just celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. Pauline’s care exemplified their lifelong love.

Douglas was born on March 4, 1949 in Oneonta, New York. He was the son of Douglas M. and Joan Crandall McLaud. Douglas grew up in Oneonta and Otego and graduated from SUNY Oneonta. After graduation, Douglas worked for many years with his parents as part of the Douglas M. McLaud Insurance Agency team in Otego, NY. before moving to Cocoa Beach, Florida. Douglas owned and operated a Ship Chandlery business in Port Canaveral, Florida and became a Real Estate Developer in Florida.

County Board contest could be close

County Board contest could be close

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The race for Otsego County Board of Representatives District 3, which covers Laurens and Otego, could stand among the more competitive contests on November 2.

Republican incumbent Richard Brockway once again faces off against Democrat Caitlin Ogden in a repeat of their 2019 campaign for the seat.

Inge Otten Roemer, 100  February 1, 1921 – October 16, 2021

In Memoriam

Inge Otten Roemer, 100

 February 1, 1921 – October 16, 2021

Inge Otten Roemer

Inge Otten Roemer, 100, a resident of Sand Hill, Otego, Fly Creek and Oneonta in Otsego County for 75 years, passed away Saturday night, October 16, 2021, at her home in Otego.

A native of Germany, Inge was born February 1, 1921, in Hamburg, a daughter of Ernest and Elizabeth (Bartels) Bondiek. When she was 2 ½ she and her parents moved from Germany to Fairview, New Jersey, to live with an uncle who paid their way to the States. One of her earliest memories was witnessing the opening of the George Washington Bridge in 1931. As a teenager she worked in the summer as kitchen help for a wealthy family, and also on a farm that had summer boarders. After graduation from Cliffside High School in 1938, she traveled to Germany to live with relatives still in the old country, as well as to begin her training as a school teacher, studying the methods of kindergarten founder Friedrich Wilhelm August Froebel at the Froebel School in Hamburg.

Her training was interrupted in August 1939, when the American Consulate sent a message to “leave immediately” because the German borders were closing at midnight. With the help of friends and strangers, Inge was able to take a ferry to Sweden, then drive through the night to Oslo, Norway. As her German Reichsmarks were suddenly worthless, it was only through the kindness of an American – who happened to live near where her parents were living in New Jersey – that she was able to book passage on the Norwegian  SS Bergensfjord.

John J. Pohli, 75 June 26, 1946 – October 7, 2021

In Memoriam

John J. Pohli, 75

June 26, 1946 – October 7, 2021

John J. Pohli

OTEGO – John J. Pohli, a lifelong area resident, passed away Thursday afternoon, October 7, 2021, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. He was 75.

Born June 26, 1946, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, John was a son of John J. and Margaret (Sorocco) Pohli. After graduating from high school, he attended Mohawk Valley Community College where he earned an associate’s degree in electrical technology. For 30 years he was employed with NYSEG, and retired as an electrical supervisor in 1990.

On September 2, 1966, John married Lillian J. Pearce in Oneonta. They enjoyed living in their log cabin in the countryside of Otego.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Senior Social & Trivia Night 09-15-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Senior Social & Trivia Night

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SENIOR SOCIAL – 1 p.m. Otsego County Seniors (and a guest) are invited to test out their trivia on the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Bring a team or we will make one for you. Prizes awarded for each round. Donuts and cider will be provided. Presented by the Otsego County Office for the Aging. American Legion Pavilion, Willow St., Otego. 607-432-3279 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegocountyOFA/

BLOOD DRIVE – Noon – 5 p.m. Quality Inn, 5206 St. Hwy. 23, Oneonta. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org

Otego residents lament loss of local bank as Community closes branch

Otego residents lament loss of local bank as Community closes branch

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Community Bank has closed its branch in Otego, the only bank in the town, much to the dismay of residents and local leaders.

In a letter dated June 22, F.J. Buzz Hesse, chairman of the village of Otego Planning Board, Otego Mayor Ernest Kroll and Otego Town Supervisor Joseph Hurlburt asked Hal Wentworth, senior vice president of retail banking for Community Bank, to reconsider closing the branch.

Margaret E. Ann O’Hara May 24, 1920-Nov. 28, 2020

IN MEMORIAM

Margaret E. Ann O’Hara

May 24, 1920-Nov. 28, 2020

Margaret E. Ann O’Hara

OTEGO – Margaret E. Ann O’Hara passed away peacefully Nov. 28, 2020, after living a long, healthy and wonderful life.

She was born in New Haven, Conn., on May 24, 1920, on the heels of the Spanish Flu pandemic.  Her family moved to Oneonta when she was young. Her parents supported and encouraged her love of dance and music and at the age of 14 she became a very well-known dance instructor throughout the area.

Margaret owned two different dance studios in Oneonta, teaching ballet, tap and jazz for many years.  After her retirement, she found herself assisting with the theatrical productions at Unatego Central School and a few local theater groups.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Help Coop EMS Help Food Pantry 12-12-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

Help Coop EMS Help Food Pantry

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FOOD DRIVE, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Help the Cooperstown Food Pantry by contributing food and personal care items at the annual Cooperstown Emergency Squad food drive in the Price Chopper parking lot, 113 Chestnut St.  Canned tuna, peanut butter and jelly, and items like shampoo or body wash, etc., especially needed.  The goal is “to fill the back of the ambulance, maybe twice!”

OTEGO HOLIDAY TOUR,  4-6 p.m. – See Otego during holiday season. Enjoy treats from Santa, drive thru nativity scene, opportunity to view Otego Christmas tree, a holiday dinner (pre-registration preferred). Please wear a mask & practice social distancing when out of the car. Please bring dry goods or hygiene products to donate to local food banks. Presented by Harris Memorial Library. 607-988-6661 or visit www.facebook.com/events/3708320132564206/

‘Bill’ Brown, Otego, Lived Life As He Wished, Succumbed To Cancer

IN MEMORIAM: ‘Bill’ Brown, Otego, Lived

Life As He Wished, Succumbed To Cancer

Donald Ferris ‘Bill’ Brown of Otego.

OTEGO – Donald Ferris “Bill” Brown of Otego passed away on April 6, 2020, following a heroic fight with pancreatic cancer.

Wild Bill did many crazy and downright dangerous things during his time. He is loved by many, liked by lots, respected by some, and despised by a few. His favorite times were spent hunting or playing cards, riding his four-wheeler, pushing dirt with a Bobcat, or just generally getting into trouble.

Clarence R. ‘Bob’ Strom, 87; Navy Veteran Taught American History Locally

IN MEMORIAM: Clarence R. ‘Bob’ Strom, 87;

Navy Veteran Taught American History Locally

Bob Strom

UNADILLA – Clarence Robert (Bob) Strom, 87, an American History teacher at Otego and the Unadilla Central School District for almost three decades, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Bayfront Health Hospital, Punta Gorda, Fla.

He was born in Erskine, Minn., on July 28, 1932, the son of the late Adolf and Fedilise Strom. Bob graduated from Swanville High School in 1950. After graduation Bob enlisted in the Navy. He served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Antietam and USS Shangri-La during the Korean War.

Louie Johnson, 79; Farmer Loved Draft Horses Jack, Jim

IN MEMORIAM: Louie Johnson, 79;

Farmer Loved Draft Horses Jack, Jim

Louie Johnson and his beloved draft horses, Jack and Jim.

OTEGO – Louis “Louie” E. Johnson, 79, whose draft horses, Jack and Jim, were well known at plow days, wedding and log skids, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at Bassett Hospital, with his family by his side.

He was born on May 1, 1940, in Franklin, the son of Elmer and Helen (Palmer) Johnson. Louie attended Franklin and Delhi Schools. At a young age, he worked on local farms and in 1963 purchased his own farm in East Meredith on the West Kortright Church Road.

He sold his farm in 1987 and continued to haul cattle until he became ill in 2015.

Alumni Herring, Bard Join Unatego Hall Of Distinction

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.
Charles Herring graduated from the Otego Central School in 1943 and soon thereafter enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he served with distinction as a gunner on a B-29 in the Pacific Theater. Following his discharge at the end of the war, he attended Cornell University and graduated in 1950 with a degree in Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.
He returned to Otego after college and owned and operated the Herring Lumber Company for the next 30 years. He was also a prolific volunteer in the community, serving a member of the Otego Volunteer Fire Department, Masonic Lodge, and the Unatego school board.
Joseph (Joe) Bard, a 1959 graduate of Otego Central, recently retired after 20 years as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Rural & Small Schools, capping a distinguished career of more than 50 years in public service.

IN MEMORIAM: Andrew J. Adell, 25, Otego

IN MEMORIAM: Andrew J. Adell, 25, Otego

Andrew J. Adell

OTEGO – Andrew J. Adell, 25, of Otego, passed away Wednesday morning, Dec. 5, 2018, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City.

He is survived by his mother, Teresa Adell, Otego, and his father, T.J. Adell, Oneonta; two brothers, Logan and Rebecca Osborne in Virginia, and Brad Adell and his fiancé Heather Gross; Andrew’s fiancé, Sophia Troilo, Sidney; grandparents, Earl and Alice Wilber, Franklin, and Richard & Doris Brothers in Ohio, and also several aunts, uncles, cousins and other family.

HOUSE FIRE ON FORD AVENUE

HOUSE FIRE AT

89 FORD AVENUE

Fire crews from the Oneonta and Sidney Fire Departments are on the scene of a house fire at 89 Ford Avenue in Oneonta. Though the fire has been contained, when crews responded to the call at 5:45 p.m., the black smoke could be seen from the bottom of Ford Avenue and the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire, and the cause is still unknown. Mutual Aid is being provided by Worcester, Franklin, Schenevus and Otego fire departments, with. Laurens on standby for the OFD. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Otego Man Charged With Attempted Kidnapping

Otego Man Charged With

Grabbing Cooperstown Boy

COOPERSTOWN – An Otego man is facing charges of attempted kidnapping for allegedly grabbing an 8-year-old on Main Street last Friday.

Luke O’Hara, 36, allegedly left Community Bank at 1:3- p.m. on Friday, June 22, and grabbed the victim, who passed by him on his way to the post office, Police Chief Mike Covert said today.

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