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Thomas O. Malz, 88; Korean Veteran Worked For Pan Am

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas O. Malz, 88;

Korean War Vet Worked For Pan Am

Thomas O. Malz

EAST MEREDITH –  Thomas Oscar Malz, 88, of East Meredith, a cargo handler for Pan American Airways for 36 years, passed away July 24, 2019, at UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.

He was born on Feb. 22, 1931, in New York City, son of Oscar T. Malz and Louise Schroeder.  A high school graduate, he served in the Air Force during the Korean War,from April 11, 1951, to April 10, 1955.

Honorably discharged, Thomas joined Pan Am, working there from 1955 until the company’s dissolution in bankruptcy in 1991. After Pan Am, he was a hall monitor at Mepham High School in Bellmore for 20 years.

What A Crowd! Induction Of Mariano Rivera, 5 Others Brings 55,000 Here

What A Crowd!

Induction Of Mariano Rivera,

5 Others Brings 55,000 Here

Hall of Fame staffers Roger Lansing, left, and Bruno Russo keep an eye on 2019 Inductee Mariano Rivera during the half-hour the Yankee pitching star spent shaking hands and signing autographs for fans at the end of the Legends of the Game Parade. Lansing is the Hall’s multi-media manager; Rosa, from Atlanta, Ga., is a volunteer and former HoF Steel intern. (Jim Kevlin/


COOPERSTOWN – Induction 2019 was notable for what didn’t happen as much as did.

With the Legends of Baseball parade ostensibly cancelled, Johnny Bench nonetheless jumped out of the pickup truck he was riding in and walked the length of the parade route to the Hall of Fame, to the roar of 10,000 fans.

One, the folks who didn’t collapse from the heat.

A violent storm late Saturday broke the humidity that created a steamy high of 88, making way for much drier Induction Day Sunday, July 21, with highs in the low 80s and a slight breeze keeping the Induction crowd feeling more comfortable than expected.

Two, the parade that didn’t happen.

Due to a pending thunderstorm that didn’t happen (until later), the Hall cancelled what’s become a weekend highlight:  The Parade of Legends.  Still, as most the Hall of Famer stayed enclosed in the cabs of pickup trucks as they rolled down Main Street past thousands of fans, Johnny Bench, 71, hopped out and walked the distance, and other stars followed suit as 25 Main neared.

Three, the attendance record that wasn’t broken.

While the crowd of 55,000, as reported by the Hall, was 3,000 more than last year’s class that included Chipper Jones and Vladimir Guerrero, it still fell significantly short of the 2007 Cal Ripkin Jr./Tony Gwynn 82,000 record.

Emotional Ceremony Sends 29 Seniors Out Into World


Emotional Ceremony Sends

29 Seniors Out Into World

Alicia Marie Gee listens tearfully at this morning’s commencement ceremonies at Richfield Springs Central School, where 29 seniors were sent forth into the world. Inset, Valedictorian Jacob Calta listens to a praiseful introduction by High School Principal Joseph D’Apice as he prepares to delivery his Valedictory. Next to him is Salutatorian Mashayla Davis. The ceremony included the traditional slide show that traced the Class of 2019’s progress through the 13 grades. (Jim Kevlin/

Duncan Powell Nesbitt, Sr., 76; A Last Manager Of Family’s Mill

Duncan Powell Nesbitt, Sr., 76;

A Last Manager Of Family’s Mill

Duncan Powell Nesbitt, Sr.

ONEONTA – Duncan Powell Nesbitt Sr., 76, one of the last family members involved in operating the West-Nesbitt Feed Mill, where Foothills is today, died unexpectedly on April 16, 2019, in Wilmington, N.C., where he lived since 2010.

He leaves his wife of 54 years, Rebecca “Becky” Rogers Nesbitt; and son Duncan Powell Nesbitt Jr. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Robinson; and brother, Ben Nesbitt, the retired banker, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Born and raised in Oneonta, he was the son of Gus and Mary Nesbitt.

He graduated from Westtown Friends School in Philadelphia, and received his degree from Furman University, Greenville, S.C.

After 19 Years, Father Rosson Bids 200 Parishioners Farewell


After 19 Years, Father Rosson

Bids 200 Parishioners Farewell

Retiring today after 19 years as pastor of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, Father John P. Rosson, 71, tells 200 parishioners this morning at his final mass, “This is a glorious day, not a day to lament, but to celebrate: One priest had the opportunity to serve … I would do it over again in a heartbeat.” A brunch in his honor is underway now until 1 p.m. at the Parish Hall. All are welcome at an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Rectory on Elm Street.  Instead of the usual purple vestments at this time of year, the priest, who was ordained 44 years ago, noted this is Laetare Sunday, halfway through Lent, when pink vestments are allowed.  “Keep the faith,” the dean of Cooperstown’s clergy told his congregation.  “The church is the body of Christ.”  (Jim Kevlin/
Oneonta Needs to Prepare for State’s Legalization of Marijuana, Mayor Says

Oneonta Must Prepare

For State’s Marijuana

Legalization, Mayor Says

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

Mayor Gary Herzig said Oneonta should start preparing legalization of marijuana. (Jennifer Hill/

ONEONTA – The legalization of marijuana is coming soon to the state and Oneonta should begin preparing for it. Similarly to the montana marijuana laws, then once the use of medical marijuana becomes legal in Oneonta, then there will also be rules to follow, in order to comply with the industry and the law.

That was Mayor Gary Herzig’s big news from the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) in Albany, specifically in the meeting of the Community Development Committee of Mayors. which Herzig co-chairs.

“This is something that is coming,” the mayor told Common Council’s Community Development Committee at its meeting this evening. “It…could impact our future and we should start thinking about it, positively or negatively. I don’t have judgement on it either way.” Soon, anyone who is a user of medical marijuana will be able to look into something like speed greens online, if they do not have time to visit a dispensary. But until then, everyone who live in Oneonta will have to wait until this becomes legalised. This may have been a long time coming.

Leading National Ambulance Service Is Acquiring CMT

Leading National

Ambulance Service

Is Acquiring CMT

Margaret McGown, Mark Zeek Ran

Cooperstown Company For 38 Years

Margaret McGown nad Mark Zeek of Cooperstown today sold Cooperstown Medical Transport, which they’ve been operatiing 38 years. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

The distinctive Cooperstown Medical Transport ambulances are familiar sights in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties.

COOPERSTOWN – Owners Margaret McGown and Mark Zeek today announced the sale of Cooperstown Medical Transport to AMR (American Medical Response), which employs 28,000 emergency medical personnel in 40 states and Washington, D.C.

An asset-purchase agreement has been signed, and the sale is expected to be complete by the end of March, pending final approval by the Susquehanna Regional EMS Council, covering Chenango County, and the Adirondack/Appalachian EMS council, which covers Otsego and Delaware counties.

In a press release, AMR said it will transition employees and customers to the new entity between now and then.

On Today, Cooperstown Native Recalls Work With George Bush

On Today, Cooperstown Native

Recalls Work With George Bush

Cooperstown native and NBC’s TODAY senior producer Karen Trosset, second from left in this photo from Kennebunkport, Maine, where President George H.W. Bush maintained a summer home, has worked on numerous projects with Jenna Bush Hager and the Bush family. In her own words, she remembers President George H.W. Bush.







ONEONTA – Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. isn’t waiting for his challenger, Bob Fernandez, to come around.

“We are very confident, we are declaring victory,” the incumbent Devlin declared after Fernandez, a retired state trooper and registered Republican who is running as a Democrat, declined to concede the hard-fought race.

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