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World Down Syndrome Day Celebrated With Happy Feet

NYCM INSURANCE MAKES IT HAPPEN

World Down Syndrome Day

Celebrated With Happy Feet

NYCM Insurance’s Jeremy Bolton, left, presents Pathfinder Village Ambassador Andrew H. with a sampling of 739 pairs of polka-dotted socks Sunday, March 21, to mark World Down Syndrome Day. In what’s become an annual tradition, NYCM Insurance employees raised $2,097 for the effort this year. “We hope it put a smile on every resident’s face,” said Dan Robinson, NYCM Insurance president/CEO.  The date, 3-21, represents the triplication of the 21st chromosome in the human genotype, which causes 95 percent of Down syndrome cases.  (Lori Grade photo)
John D. O’Connor, 82; Teacher, Richfield Springs Village Trustee

IN MEMORIAM: John D. O’Connor, 82;

Teacher, Richfield Springs Village Trustee

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – John D. O’Connor, a retired teacher who served on the Village Board here for many years, passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2021.

He was born in 1938, the son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Weiler O’Connor and was raised in Richfield Springs.
For 30 years he taught at Ilion Central School, retiring in 1998.

Public Hearing Planned April 1 Seeking Inputs On City’s Police Review

Public Hearing Planned

April 1 Seeking Inputs

On City’s Police Review

County To Act Tomorrow On Its Findings

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mayor Herzig

ONEONTA – With City Hall expecting to miss its deadline on submitting its review of the OPD to Albany, Common Council is planning a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1, to allow input into the recommendations.

In the meantime, the city’s Community Advisory Board will meet Tuesday, March 30, in an attempt to finalize its recommendations.  “Hopefully, by the end of that meeting, (the CAB) will have agreed upon a draft, which will then be made public” in advance of the hearing two days later, Mayor Gary Herzig said.  The mayor anticipates the report will be in Albany by April 20.

The Village of Cooperstown approved its CAB review at the end of February, and the county Board of Representatives is meeting at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, March 25), to finalize its report in time to meet Governor Cuomo’s deadline.

Getting A Vaccination?  OPT Will Take You There For Free

Getting A Vaccination?  OPT

Will Take You There For Free

ONEONTA – Oneonta Public Transit is offering free rides on all its buses to the SUNY Oneonta mass-vaccination site to the Dewar Arena.

Simply show your vaccination appointment card to the bus driver for access; if you need to transfer, simply show your card again.

The mass-vaccination site has been operating since last Thursday, 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and had administered the anti-COVID virus to 7,000 people by Tuesday.

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1st Black Eagle Scout From Local Council, Newsletter Now Says

CLICK FOR ‘BRADLEY ON SCOUTING’

1st Black Eagle Scout

From Local Council,

Newsletter Now Says

Hamilton Bradley of the Leatherstocking Council.

Last month, Bryan on Scouting, a newsletter for the BSA’s adult leaders, declared Harry Cooper of Missouri was the first black Eagle Scout.

This month, however, Bryan Wendell, who writes the newsletter, amended his conclusion and declared Hamilton Bradley of Rome, N.Y., from the Utica-based  Leatherstocking Council, which now includes Otsego County, has that honor.

Bradley’s Eagle Scout court of honor was held on Dec. 19, 1919, according to newspaper records from the time, indicating he was elevated to Eagle Scout at least nine months before Cooper.

Pereira Runs For Clerk; Gibson For Town Justice

ONEONTA TOWN CANDIDATES SURFACE

Pereira Runs For Clerk;

Gibson For Town Justice

ONEONTA – Oneonta businessman, Ryan Pereira, has announced he’s running for Oneonta town clerk in this fall’s elections.

Another Democrat, Tim Gibson, has announced he’s running for town justice.

Proprietor of My Father’s Place, the bar and restaurant in Emmons, Pereira, who will be running on the Democratic line, has over 20 years in the local hospitality industry.

Dean Clarke, 37; Worked At Fly Creek Cider Mill

IN MEMORIAM: Dean Clarke, 37;

Valued Fly Creek Cider Mill Cook

Dean Clarke

FLY CREEK – Dean Clarke, 37, a two-year employee at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, was welcomed into the heavenly kingdom on Friday, March 19 at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York after a valiant battle with HTLV-1 Lymphoma.

Dean was born Aug. 19, 1984, at Sixth Street in Kingston, Jamaica, to Marcia Henry and Devon Clarke.  Together with his brother Jermaine they he grew up in a combined family of seven.

Thirteen years ago he fell in love with Kamesha Haynes and together they created a loving family including a son Odarie and Kamesha’s daughter, Saskia, whom he loved as his own.

Delgado Briefs County On $1.9 Trillion Payout

25 LOCAL OFFICIALS AT GATHERING

Delgado Briefs County

On $1.9 Trillion Payout

Congressman Antonio Delgado, D-19, was at the County Office Building in Cooperstown this morning, briefing two dozen county and local officials on how they can spend the local share of the $1.9 trillion in the Heroes Act, which turned President Biden’s COVID stimulus plan into law. Among those at the meeting were, from left, Assistant County Treasurer Andrew Crisman, county board Chairman David Bliss, Delgado and County Treasurer Allen Ruffles. Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch represented the Village of Cooperstown, and Len Carson, the Oneonta mayoral candidate, attended in his capacity as a Common Council member. Originally, the state Association of Counties (NYSAC) estimated local governments would receive $23 million. Ruffles said the congressman affirmed that county government will received $11.5 million, as NYSAC reported, but allocations to the individual local governments are still being figured out. (Brian Pokorny photo)
TROOPERS SEEK HELP FINDING BANK SUSPECT

SEE ANYTHING? CALL POLICE,  (607) 432-3211

TROOPERS SEEK

HELP FINDING

BANK SUSPECT

White Sedan Possible Getaway

Car In Attempted NBT Bank Heist

This car was seen in the vicinity of the attempted bank robbery, although troopers are unsure what role it might have played in the attempted bank robbery.  (Images courtesy Trooper Aga Dembinska)
State Police at Sidney released this image of the suspect in yesterday’s attempted bank robbery in Cherry Valley.

CHERRY VALLEY – Troopers at Richfield Springs are actively investigating an attempted bank robbery in Cherry Valley, and seeking help identifying the suspect.

The incident occurred at 1:56 p.m. yesterday at the NBT Bank, 16 Main St.  The suspect did not threaten or display a weapon.

The suspect is described as a white male, with a darker complexion.   He appears to be 30-40 years of age and is approximately 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7 tall.

Trustee Jim Dean Hailed For 10-Year Job Well Done

Trustee Jim Dean Hailed

For 10-Year Job Well Done

Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch joins the applause after presenting a plaque this evening to Trustee Jim Dean, who was attending his last meeting after 10 years on the Cooperstown Village Board. The mayor praised not just Dean’s  service on the board, but his community service at large going back four decades. (Among other contributions, the stair-making craftsman built Santa’s Cottage in Pioneer Park.) In his remarks, Dean praised his colleague for “10 years of tremendous progress,” capped by the renovation of Doubleday Field. His seat will be filled April 1 by Hannah Bergene, 30, whom Dean, 80, enthusiastically endorsed.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
50 Years Old?  You Are Now Eligible For Vaccine

50 Years Old?  You Are

Now Eligible For Vaccine

ALBANY – Starting tomorrow at 8 a.m., New Yorkers 50 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the COVID vaccine, Governor Cuomo announced in today’s briefing.

“We continue to kick vaccinations into overdrive throughout the state by expanding eligibility, establishing new vaccination sites and opening up eligibility to providers to reach new populations,” he declared.  ” However, limited supply from the federal government means that New Yorkers should remain patient.”

Largest OPD Class Sworn In At Park

NEXT STOP, POLICE ACADEMY

Largest OPD Class

Sworn In At Park

Oneonta Police Chief Chris Witzenberg, left, and Mayor Gary Herzig flank the latest class of OPD officers – at seven, the largest on record – that were sworn in this morning at Neahwa Park, in recognition of social-distancing concerns.  From left are Michael Angellotti, Christian Cooper, Bryce Kohout, Michael Pedulla II, Carson Pochkar, Thomas Steinberg and Karolina Stypulkowsi.  The seven begin their studies this Thursday at the Broome County Police Academy, and will join the local police force in six months.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Trustee Urging Colleagues: Back Marijuana Stores

Trustee Urging

Colleagues: Back

Marijuana Stores

Benton: Embrace New Opportunity

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Mac Benton

COOPERSTOWN – Village Trustee Mac Benton said today he’s asked his fellow trustees not to “opt out” of hosting marijuana retailers in Main Street “store fronts,” as may be enabled in legislation moving “very quickly” in the state Legislature.

“It’s going to be great for businesses, it’s going to be great for farmers, it’s going to be great for racial justice,” said Benton, who today emailed a packet of information to Village Board members.  “It’s going to be great for a lot of things.”

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch said a few minutes ago that she has received Benton’s packet, and the initiative may be discussed in the “new business” segment of the agenda at this evening’s meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall.  The idea would not be voted on tonight, she said.

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