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Worcester, Schenevus merger up for December 1 vote
Worcester Central School would serve grades 6 through 12. (Facebook)

Worcester, Schenevus merger up for December 1 vote

By Kevin Limiti • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Schenevus and Worcester Central school districts vote December 1 to decide whether they merge the districts, a move which has divided residents.

If approved, the Worcester Central School district would annex Schenevus. The Schenevus school building would retain its name and dragon mascot, and function as a Kindergarten-through-fifth grade elementary school. Worcester Central would host grades 6 to 12.

Voters approved the merger in a non-binding straw poll in September 2021; the December 1 vote is a binding referendum.

High School sports by Nate Lull: Tri-Valley League soccer gets exciting as playoffs approach

High School sports by Nate Lull
Tri-Valley League soccer
gets exciting as playoffs approach

It’s hard to believe but Oct. 16, is right around the corner. It’s a day I like to call “Soccer Saturday” as the Tri-Valley, Delaware and MAC leagues all hold their conference championship games at the Wright National Soccer Campus fields in Oneonta.

It is a great way to see some of the top teams from our area all in one location. Let’s take a look at how things are shaping up in the TVL as I am writing this Oct. 4.

Pop up vaccine clinic at Schenevus Central School will offer chance for Brooks BBQ gift card

Pop up vaccine clinic at Schenevus Central School will offer chance for Brooks BBQ gift card

The Otsego County Department of Health will be hosting a pop up vaccine clinic at Schenevus Central School with all who get the vaccine being entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Brooks BBQ.

According to statistics from the Otsego County Department of heath, 56% of Otsego County residents have at least one dose of the vaccine with still lags behind the rest of New York State at 62.2%.

“We are happy to partner with Schenevus Central School to offer this vaccine opportunity.  We encourage people to make an appointment with us to get vaccinated, and help keep our county safe as we prepare to return for the school year,” Alex Scorzafava, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator at the Otsego County Department of Health, said in a media release. “Please visit the Otsego County Department of Health website to register for this clinic and to remain aware of future vaccine opportunities in our area.”

The Department of Health has also hosted vaccine clinics at the Otsego County Fair and the Hartwick Tractor Pull.

 

Schools prepare for delta variant

Schools prepare for delta variant

By Kevin Limiti • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

With the delta variant of the coronavirus virus causing jumps in cases across the county and the country, some Otsego County school districts are gearing up to welcome kids back to classes with masks on.
This is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, which has labeled Otsego County as a “substantial transmission” area where, in theory, masks are recommended indoors regardless of vaccination status. COVID cases have been on the rise across the country.

In Otsego County, as of Aug. 9, there were 72 active cases and four hospitalizations.

In Cooperstown Central Schools, while instruction will be in person, there will be a universal indoor mask policy as well as three-foot social distancing while maintaining cleaning and disinfecting at the schools.

Deborah Jean Masin, 67 July 19, 1954 – August 3, 2021

In Memoriam

Deborah Jean Masin, 67

July 19, 1954 – August 3, 2021

HARTWICK – Deborah Jean Masin, a devoted and faithful Christian, went to be with her Lord Tuesday night, August 3, 2021, following her unexpected death at her home in Hartwick on the 15th anniversary of her mother’s passing. She was 67.

Born July 19, 1954, on Long Island, Debbie was one of four daughters of Edward F. and Helen Elizabeth (Wahrer) Masin.

In the 1960s, Debbie and her family moved to upstate New York and settled in Westford. Debbie graduated with honors from the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus with the Class of 1972. She later resided in Hartwick where she has lived ever since.

She had a steadfast devotion to the Lord, and was associated with Community Bible Chapel in Toddsville.

Debra L. MacClintock, 65 Took pride in her home and property

In Memoriam

Debra L. MacClintock, 65
Took pride in her home and property

Debra L. MacClintock

Debra L. MacClintock, 65, of Schenevus passed away at her home on Thursday, May 6, 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on July 25, 1955 in Stamford, she was the daughter of the late William and Pauline Hollenbeck.

Debra worked for over 20 years in both the deli and bakery at Walmart in Oneonta.

Whether at work or home she was exceptionally hardworking and meticulous. She was a kind and generous woman.

She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Vaccine clinics at local schools

Vaccine clinics at local schools

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Otsego County Department of Health announced Thursday, May 6, that it would be setting up vaccine clinics at several county schools.

Residents 16 and up will be eligible for vaccinations.

Participating schools include Cherry Valley-Springfield, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Morris. The clinics will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Go to www.otsegocounty.com/departments/d-m/health_department/covid-19_vaccination_clinics.php for more information.

Deadlock Possible On Filling Vacancy On County Board

WILL DEMOCRATS STYMIE ACTION?

Deadlock Possible

On Filling Vacancy

On County Board

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Jennifer Mickle

COOPERSTOWN – The county board’s Administration Committee recessed this morning without taking any action on the Democratic nominee to fill state Sen.-elect Peter Oberacker’s District seat.

The committee interviewed Democrat Diane Addesso, the former Worcester town supervisor.

But it decided, since the Admin Committee has a 3-2 Republican majority and has already endorsed Oneonta businesswoman Jennifer Mickle for the job, there was no point in pushing for a vote, said Admin Chair Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick, Milford and New Lisbon.

The Addesso interview was conducted in executive session, closed to public view, as was Mickle’s interview last week.

Special Administration Meeting Scheduled For Nov. 30

Special Admin Meeting

Scheduled For Nov. 30

Democratic Prospect To Succeed

Oberacker To Be Interviewed Then

COOPERSTOWN – A special Administration Committee meeting has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30, to interview the Democrat-backed prospect to succeed state Sen.-elect Peter Oberacker in the county board’s District 6, Admin Chairman Meg Kennedy, C-Hartwick said today.

The meeting will not be Dec. 2, as previously reported.

The Democrats have already identified a prospect in District 6 (Maryland, Worcester, Westford and Decatur), according to Democratic County Chairman Clark Oliver.  He said the candidate is a woman, but he hasn’t identified her yet.

GOP Nominates Businesswoman To County Board

GOP Nominates

Businesswoman

To County Board

Maryland Resident, Oneonta Realtor

Proposed As Oberacker Successor

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Jennifer Mickle

SCHENEVUS – Republican county committee members from the county board’s District 6 met last evening and nominated Jennifer Mickle, a Town of Maryland resident and Oneonta businesswoman, to succeed state Senator-elect Peter Oberacker, R-Schenevus, on the county board.

The candidate, who also has experience in local government and community service, called it “a wonderful opportunity. I’ve always believed in public service and giving back to the community. I hope my experience will not only be a benefit to District 6, but to the county as a whole.”

Beulah E. Tuckett, 91; Secretary To Ranking State Police Officers

IN MEMORIAM: Beulah E. Tuckett, 91;

Secretary To Ranking State Police Officers

Beulah Tuckett

SCHENEVUS –  Beulah E. Tuckett, 91, a Schenevus native who pursued a career as secretary to high-ranking officers in the State Police, passed away on April 9, 2020, at the Baptist Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Scotia.  She had lived in Voorheesville for many years.

She was born on Dec. 3, 1928 in Schenevus, the daughter of Carl and Emma (Vossler) Gesell.  Beulah grew up on the family farm in Schenevus and graduated from Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus in 1946.  Immediately after high school she attended and graduated from Mildred Elley Business School in Albany.

Oberacker’s Form Tech Labs To Distribute Hand-Sanitizer

Oberacker’s Form Tech Labs

To Distribute Hand-Sanitizer

Oberacker

SCHENEVUS – Form Tech Solutions – state Senate candidate Peter Oberacker is its president – is using its food-lab facility to make hand-sanitizer for distribution throughout the area.

“During this unprecedented time, it’s important to chip in wherever we can to help our neighbors and community members to better weather the COVID-19 crisis,” said Oberacker in announcing the news.

To receive a bottle, email info@PeterForSenate51.com

COLONE: As Upstate Declines, There Will Be More Schenevuses
LETTER from AL COLONE

As Upstate Declines, There

Will Be More Schenevuses

To the Editor:

What’s to blame for the financial stress currently being experienced by the Schenevus Central School system?

Mismanagement? Nah.  A ban on hydro-fracking? I doubt it.

I think it’s regional population loss which has negatively impacted much of Upstate. If there’s anyone or anything to blame, I’d suggest putting it on the multi-generational commercial decline within the City of Oneonta and the
surrounding urban center!

Small and medium-sized city/urban centers have long been seen as drivers of commerce and culture, both directly for their internal constituents, as well as for the people in the rural settings around them.

The ongoing economic softness within the city and town of Oneonta is having a ripple effect in the outlying areas; and I suspect there will likely be more Schenevus-like moments coming soon!

I’m a long-time believer that “as goes Oneonta, so goes the entire area!” So, if nearby communities and school systems around the Oneonta Urban Center are to gain some economic strength, growing the overall economy of the Greater Oneonta urban center is most compelling.

For that to happen, the city and town need to consolidate into one new streamlined higher-powered municipality, one able to substantially expand its public resources, reduce property taxes, raise development confidence among private developers, become a more forceful engine towards hosting far more good paying jobs, growing the municipal tax base and many more positives. There really are no negatives.

And I’m not alone in this belief; please see below the survey results of area leaders conducted sometime back by the Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council In around 2014, GO-EDC put out an area leaders’ survey surrounding its “300 in 3 Challenge”: Can 300 new, good-paying jobs be created over the next three years, through 2018.

The distribution list featured 353 area leaders, garnering 57 respondents who completed the survey. It’s very important to note that the survey indicates that respondents have firm positions about city/town enterprise and job creation.

A. 69 percent of the respondents reside in the town or city of Oneonta; 33 percent of the respondents reside in the Town of Oneonta; 36 percent of the respondents reside in the City of Oneonta and 31 percent reside in other towns and villages nearby.

B. 95 percent of the respondents agreed that the economic prosperity and sustainability of the municipalities within a 30-mile radius of Oneonta depends on the prosperity and sustainability of Oneonta. 5 percent disagreed.

C. 69 percent of the respondents agreed that the town and city of Oneonta would become more prosperous if they merged. 31 percent disagreed.

While we’re talking consolidation, perhaps merging should also be seriously pursued by other villages and towns throughout the Oneonta area and maybe it’s time to look at forming one or two county school districts?

ALBERT COLONE

City of Oneonta

GO-EDC co-convenor

 

Steven C. Naatz, 67; Forester, Outdoorsman, Entrepreneur

IN MEMORIAM

Steven C. Naatz, 67; Forester,

Outdoorsman, Entrepreneur

Steven Naatz

SCHENEVUS – Steven C. Naatz, 67, formerly of Goodyear Lake, a forester who could identify every tree and animal by its Latin name and proprietor of Naatz Excavating & Forestry, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2019, with family by his side.

Steve was born on Sept. 30, 1951, at Fox Hospital in Oneonta to Audrey V. (Baumann) and William M. Naatz of Emmons, the middle of five children. He graduated from Oneonta High School, earned an A.A.S. from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry Ranger School in Wanakena, then received a M.S. from Colorado State University. He served in the Army National Guard as a senior surveyor at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Trooper Injured In I-88 Altercation

Trooper Injured

In I-88 Altercation

SCHENEVUS – At least one state trooper was injured in an altercation that took place near the Schenevus exit on I-88, according to Officer Aga Dembinska, Troop C public relations.

However, by late evening Dembinska lacked any further details.

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