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PATTERSON: Thanks, power heroes

Letter from Pat Patterson

Thanks, power heroes

On behalf of everyone, I would like to extend a genuine, heartfelt, thank you to all those whose tireless efforts resulted in the restoration of our power.

While the rest of us kept warm, dry, and illuminated as best we could, these hometown heroes were out there day and night, struggling through that deep, wet snow. No doubt there were times when they encountered nearly as much snow hanging over their heads as was under them!

Fires; snowpacked, shattered branches looming overhead; hefty snow-laden branches needing to be moved; downed wires hidden under the snow … I’m sure these are but a few of the exhausting perils these brave folks faced when cleaning up after such an “upstate” spring snowfall!

So from all of us who are so very blessed to have you, may you each be richly blessed in return.

Also a very special thank you to all the workers who came from out of state to lend assistance. Leaving home and families for days is a big sacrifice. I hope they will somehow see this “thank you” or hear about it from someone.

Pat Patterson
Mt. Vision

Dry-Ice, Water available in Unadilla, West Exeter

Dry-Ice, Water available
in Unadilla, West Exeter

Residents are invited to pick up bottled water and dry-ice from the Unadilla Fire Station, 72 Clifton St in Unadilla and the West Exeter Fire Station, 6960 St. Hwy. 51 in West Exeter today from 6 to 9 p.m. or while supplies last.

Edmeston Central School will be open tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. for Edmeston residents to warm up and get a hot meal and a hot shower.

The Emergency Overnight Shelter at the Armory, 4 Academy Street in Oneonta, will be open tonight but will be closing at Noon tomorrow, April 22. The Emergency Overnight Shelter at the Clark Sports Center, 124 Co. Rd. 52 in Cooperstown, will remain open until further notice.

The Otsego County Office of Emergency Services would like to ask residents to sign up for their Reverse 9-1-1 service ‘HYPER-REACH’ to be able to receive notice of emergency events in our area. To sign up visit

Multiple Power Outages Following April Snowstorm

Multiple Power Outages
Following April Snowstorm

Officer Ross and Corporal Hellman in their police cruiser display the current map of power outages in Otsego County.

Multiple power outages have been reported through out Otsego County due to Monday nights snow storm. The heavy and wet snow of this spring storm has brought down many tree branches through out the county, several in the Village of Cooperstown where Chestnut Street remains closed to traffic.

There is not a current number on how many power lines were impacted by the storm according to Corporal Hellman of the Cooperstown Village Police Department. NYSEG lists 13,303 customers as being without power as of 2:05 p.m. today (Tuesday, April 19). Get the updated number by clicking HERE.

Corporal Hellman said ‘there is no discernable timeline as of yet to when power will be restored.’

5-Hour Outage Hits 6,500 Home

5-Hour Outage

Hits 6,500 Homes

Crews Repair Equipment

At Goodyear Lake Dam

As temperatures began to plummet late this morning, a widespread power outage occurred, turning off the heat to 6,500 homes – a quarter of the properties in Otsego County – between NYSEG’s Goodyear Lake dam and up Route 28 to a half-dozen miles beyond Cooperstown.  A team of four NYSEG linemen worked at dam’s  power station throughout the afternoon, restoring electricity to the Milford Center area shortly after 3 and, finally, to Cooperstown shortly after 4.  A stop sign was jerry-rigged at Main and Chestnut in Cooperstown (inset photo at right), and sheriff’s deputies directed traffic at Cooperstown Commons and downtown Milford.  (Jim Kevlin/

Truck Hits Power Pole, Knocking Out Power To Downtown, Bassett

Truck Hits Power Pole, Knocking

Out Power To Downtown, Bassett

no_electricity-copyCOOPERSTOWN – Truck hit a power pole at the end of Beaver and Fair Streets this morning, knocking out power to some homes and businesses along Main Street, and resulting in Bassett Hospital converting to generator power for less than two hours.

NYSEG repaired the damaged transformer shortly after 10 a.m. and Bassett quickly restored normal operations, according to hospital spokesman Karen Huxtable.

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