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Upset About ‘Trump 2024’? Help May Be On The Way


Upset About ‘Trump 2024’?

Help May Be On The Way

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

“Trump 2024” may be coming down in April.

MILFORD – For the portion of the public upset by the “Trump 2024” sign on Route 28 north of the Village of Milford, help may be on the way.

Anna Johnson, Rome Sign Co. business manager, said the billboard’s current renter has a contract that runs out in April, and a new customer has picked up the contract, so “Trump 2024” may be gone by the end of that month, “depending on the weather.”

Adam Pierce, 45, Oneonta Native; Retired Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant


Adam Pierce, 45, Oneonta Native;

Retired Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant

Adam Pierce

ONEONTA – Adam L. Pierce, 45, a retired lieutenant in the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, passed away on April 4, 2020, while a patient at University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital.   He fiercely battled his newly diagnosed liver damage, caused by non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, for three months.

Adam was born in Oneonta on July 18, 1974, and lived in Oneonta all of his life.   Adam attended Valleyview Elementary School, Oneonta Junior High School and graduated as a member of the Class of 1992 from Oneonta High School.  He fondly recalled being a member of the football team, the wrestling team and throwing shotput and discus for the Track and Field team.

Cooperstown Food Pantry Limits Exposure For Now

Cooperstown Food Pantry

Limits Exposure For Now

Open Only 10-6, Mondays And Wednesdays

Sharon Oberriter and volunteer Ian Robinson pack food boxes Monday afternoon at the Cooperstown Food Pantry. ( photo) p.m.

COOPERSTOWN – To “minimize the contact between people” – and thereby lessen the chance of exposure to Coronavirus, the Cooperstown Food Pantry board of directors, meeting last evening, have cut back its hours to two days a week.

The food pantry at 25 Church St. will now be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., only on Mondays and Wednesdays, according to board member Audrey Murray.

Polls Open Until 9 p.m. On County, Town Races



Polls Open Until 9 p.m.

On County, Town Races

Polls are open around Otsego County until 9 p.m. this evening for county board, town board, Oneonta Common Council and three state Supreme Court vacancies.

There is particular interest in the county board’s District 3 (Laurens-Otego), where Republican Rick Brockway and Democrat Caitlin Ogden are vying to succeed Kathy Clark, the former board chairman.   If Brockway wins, the board will likely remain Republican; if Ogden, it would shift to Democratic control.

Remembering Ravi

Remembering Ravi

Losing Son Too Early, Father Puts

Pension Into Fostering Memories

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal

ONEONTA – Dad Ram Singh is trying to follow son Ravi’s philosophy.

Ram Singh remembers his son Ravi through a shrine in his Portlandville home, and also through contributions to local charities. (Ian Austin/

“His philosophy was the share a loaf of bread with many rather than just give it to one,” said the father. “So I try to do the best I can.”

Following his 25-year-old son’s sudden death in September 2016, Singh struggled to find an outlet for his grief. “I was sick to my stomach,” he said. “No one should ever have to go through that.”

But Ravi’s philosophy stuck in his mind, and he figured out how to honor his son’s short life and keep his memory alive in the community he was raised in. “I decided to do a charity,” he said. “He was very outgoing. I was shocked at how many people liked him.”

His first thought was that he would donate Ravi’s house on East Main Street to one of the local non-profits.

“I offered it to Catholic Charities and (Catskill Area) Hospice – they could have it as long as they kept his name on it,” he said. “But they both said it wasn’t suitable for their needs.”

He decided that he would start a charity to give money to local organizations. “This is what his feeling would have been for the community,” he said.

After High-Speed Chase, Suspect Leaps From Moving Car, Police Say

After High-Speed Chase, Suspect

Leaps From Moving Car, Police Say

Tristen Caballer

WORCESTER – A 22-year-old driver is facing multiple charges after he leaped from his moving car in this hamlet after trying to elude deputies in a high-speed chase, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. reported today.

After a brief chase on foot, Tristen R. Caballer of Worcester was found in the basement of relative’s home; he “physically resisted arrest” and was apprehended, according to a press release.

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