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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

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.

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Deadlock Possible On Filling Vacancy On County Board


Deadlock Possible

On Filling Vacancy

On County Board

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

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


To County Board

Maryland Resident, Oneonta Realtor

Proposed As Oberacker Successor

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

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


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.

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COLONE: As Upstate Declines, There Will Be More Schenevuses

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?


City of Oneonta

GO-EDC co-convenor


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


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.

Fireman’s Carnival Ends Tonight With Parade, Midway and Music

Fireman’s Carnival Ends Tonight

With Parade, Midway and Music

Above, Paul Neske, Captain of the Schenevus Fire Department, begins cleaning off the front of one of their engines with head of EMS (and past Chief) Don Sperbeck in preparation for the Fireman’s Carnival parade that will kick off tonight’s festivities. At right, Heather Hunter and Rose Lombardo, Schenevus, place their tickets in bags during the Chinese Auction earlier this afternoon to benefit the Schenevus and Maryland Fire Departments.  Tonight’s entertainment includesa parade at 6pm, followed by live music from Off The Record, a chicken BBQ, BINGO, and a Midway full of games and rides for the whole family. (Ian Austin/




Deowongo Island Day


SUMMER PICNIC – Noon – 3 p.m. Day of summer fun featuring food, party barge rides to Deowongo Island, live music. Bakers Beach, St. Hwy. 28, Richfield Springs. 607-547-2366 or visit

DANCE PARTY – 6 – 10 p.m. Back to the 80’s with cover band “Flux Capacitor.” Includes snacks, beer, wine, soft drinks. Cost, $25. Proceeds to Greater Oneonta Historical Society building fund. Deer Haven Campground, 180 Deer Haven Ln., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit


A Wrinkle In Time

At The Sports Center


MOVIE NIGHT – 9 – 10:30 p.m. Screening of “A Wrinkle in Time” (2018) on the inflatable movie screen on the field. Bring snacks, beverages, chairs, blankets, bug spray, etc for added comfort. Free, open to the public. Outdoor Soccer Field, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit

THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Performance of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon. A coming of age story about Eugene Morris Jerome, a teenage Polish-American immigrant during the Great Depression in Brooklyn. Tickets, $17/adult. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit


Jazz Concert In Neahwa


CONCERT SERIES – 7 – 8 p.m. Chris Wolf-Gould Jazz Ensemble performs in Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Visit

FIREMANS CARNIVAL – 6 p.m. – Midnight. Features rides, Elk Creek Sky Divers at 6:30 to kick off the festivities, live music by the Jason Wicks Band. Free Parking/admission. Rt. 7, Schenevus. Visit

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