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This Week — Sept 20-21, 2019


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Sept 20-21, 2019


Henry the Labrador retriever, Cooperstown merchant Neil Weiller’s companion/mascot at Muskrat Hill, 139 Main St., has become a major profit center, with Henry T-shirts and Henry stickers selling like hotcakes. Now, Weiller is considering a children’s book, “A Day In Henry’s Life.” (Jim Kevlin/


Sister, Seward Plan Parole-Reform Rally

County Reps Consider E-Waste Recycling Fee

Doubleday Field Receives $10K Memorial Gift

TedX Talk: Upstate’s Water Can Save World

Anti-Fracking Pioneer Retires At Ommegang

Inn, 2 Homes Win Beautification Laurels


Will Downtown Upgrades Ever End? No!


DiPERNA: How Did America Stray So Far

ZAGATA: Don’t Blame Poverty On Rich, But Us

MORGAN: U.S. Conceived In Slavery? Bunk!



HAMMOND: Stop Dunkin’/Baskin Incursion

RUDY: Where Does Money Come From? Us

WEBSTER: Agent Dedicated To Clients, Family


BOUND VOLUMES: Sept. 20, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Sept. 21, 2019

Who’s Hanzolo, And How Can It Find Fame?

Love Of Henry Creates T-Shirts, Sticker Profits

THINGS TO DO: Girls Of Summer, Harvest Fest


Guy Fisher, 60, Otego; Landscaper, Auto Fan

Peggy Jean Banta, 63; Fought Cancer 8 Years

Kate Hansen, 88; Raised 6 Siblings, Children

Edward Taws, 56; Mayor Of Pathfinder Village

Harold L. Slover, 77; Vietnam Vet, Coop Native

Janet Spencer, 54; Schenevus Native Dies In NJ



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The Green Cow Sign Up; Opening Planned Monday

The Green Cow Sign Up;

Opening Planned Monday

The Green Cow proprietor Carrie Thompson watches Pele Matson of One-Day Signs, Waterford, place the new grass-fed beef store’s sign a few minutes ago at 21 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown. Carrie and her husband Doug have their own grass-fed herds along Route 20, and will be making the beef – retail and wholesale – available to the Otsego County market.  A “soft opening” is planned Monday, with store hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p. m. seven days a week.  Stop in Monday and beyond, as The Green Cow will also be selling coffee, pastries, croissants. and hot dogs.  The hot dogs  are also available, a dozen a packet, are made from Thompson beef by Artisan Meats, Canandaigua.   A ribbon-cutting is planned Friday, June 29, and  a Grand Opening in July.  (Jim Kevlin/

Zakrevsky, 6 College Profs Agree: Clean Up Railyards

Zakrevsky, 6 College Profs

Agree: Clean Up Railyards

SUNY’s Vogler’s Students Will Help Define Wetlands

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Zakrevsky at this morning’s meeting in Richfield Springs. ( photo)

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Otsego Now CEO Jody Zakrevsky met with six Hartwick and SUNY Oneonta college professors in his boardroom last night to talk about the development of an “eco-commercial park” in Oneonta’s D&H Railyards, he told a gathering of businesspeople here this morning.

“We all want to see something happen there.  We want to do it right,” Zakrevsky reported in a follow-up interview.  “It’s the last piece of developable land in the city.”

The Otsego Now executive let the news drop on the latest stop on his countywide “Town Hall” tour to explain what IDAs do.  Today’s audience was Richfield Springs Chamber of Commerce members; the session was co-sponsored with the Otsego County Chamber in the Richfield Springs Community Coop on Main Street.

Community Bank Affiliate, Gordon B. Roberts Merge

Community Bank Affiliate,

Gordon B. Roberts Merge

ONEONTA – The Gordon B. Roberts Agency is merging into ONEGROUP NY Inc., an affiliate of Community Bank System, GBR President Vince Foti announced today.

GBR was founded in Oneonta in 1947 by the late Gordon “Gordie” Roberts and is well known locally for business and personal insurance. ONEGROUP is one of the largest and fastest-growing independent risk management, insurance, benefits and human resource consulting organizations in the Northeast.

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