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Pastors, Officials Offer Support To Local Sufis
CHRISTCHURCH MASSACRE REMEMBERED

Pastors, Officials Offer

Support To Local Sufis

A Cooperstown contingent – seated from left, Methodist Pastor Tom LeBeau, and Presbyterians Carol Beechy and Pastor Elsie Roades – attended Sunday evening’s service of solidarity at the Sufi community in Sidney.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By IAN AUSTIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Attendees include the Rev. Craig Schwallenberg, pastor of Oneonta’s UU Church.

SIDNEY CENTER – Spiritual leaders, mayors, law-enforcement officers, friends and neighbors gathered Sunday evening at the Sufi Muslim community of Osmanli Dergahi here to express solidarity after the mass shooting in Christ Church, New Zealand.

“You coming here shows you care.” said Junaid Khan, a leader of the community. “Facebook, twitter, they don’t matter. Thank you for taking action and coming here. It means a lot to us.”

A gunman entered Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch during Friday Prayer on March 15 and shot almost 100 worshipers, killing 50, in the worst mass shooting in that nation’s history.

Truck Overturns On I-88 Near Sidney

Truck Overturns

On I-88 Near Sidney

Unadilla and Wells Bridge firefighters clear boxes of spilled food and drinks away from the scene of a tractor-trailer rollover last night in Unadilla. (Photo courtesy Wells Bridge Fire Department)

SIDNEY – I-88 is open again following a tractor-trailer accident that left the truck driver injured and fuel and cargo scattered on the roadside.

James E. Witt, 40, Scio was traveling eastbound on I-88 in Sidney when he traveled off the southern shoulder and traveled approximately 500 feet before striking earth embankment and overturning on its side. Unadilla and Wells Bridge Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene at 5:23 p.m. and the Witt was transported to Wilson Hospital complaining of head and rib pain.

HOUSE FIRE ON FORD AVENUE

HOUSE FIRE AT

89 FORD AVENUE

Fire crews from the Oneonta and Sidney Fire Departments are on the scene of a house fire at 89 Ford Avenue in Oneonta. Though the fire has been contained, when crews responded to the call at 5:45 p.m., the black smoke could be seen from the bottom of Ford Avenue and the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived. No one was home at the time of the fire, and the cause is still unknown. Mutual Aid is being provided by Worcester, Franklin, Schenevus and Otego fire departments, with. Laurens on standby for the OFD. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.4

Chili-Bowl Cook-Off

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COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER – Noon-4 p.m. The Chili Bowl cook off returns with hand-painted bowls, delicious entries by area cooks. Cost, $25/bowl. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.facebook.com/CANOneonta/

SUNDAY PROGRAM – 3 – 4:15 p.m. Author Dana Spiotta, award winning author of “Innocents and Others,” “Stone Arabia,” more, speaks at the Sunday Afternoon Program. Free, open to the public. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

Hometown Oneonta Available With Troop C Birthday Details

Hometown Oneonta Available

With Troop C Birthday Details

This week’s edition of Hometown Oneonta, containing details of this Saturday’s celebration at Troop C of the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police, has been distributed along Route 7 west of the city to be available to residents in proximity of the barracks between Sidney and Unadilla.  Pick up a free copy at the Great American in Sidney, the Victory market in Unadilla and other convenience stores and delis along that route.  As to Saturday, see you there!

$25M ‘Medical Village’ Sought For Tri-Town

$25M ‘Medical Village’

Sought For Tri-Town

Bassett Aims To Streamline Health Services

Tri-Town Hospital, serving Sidney, Unadilla and Bainbridge, has been under Bassett’s wing since 2008.

SIDNEY – The Bassett Healthcare Network is seeking a $25 million state grant to build a “medical village” that’s “specifically designed for 24-7 emergency and outpatient services” at Sidney’s Tri-Town Regional Hospital.

The network also announced that an applilcation has been submitted to the state Health Department to allow Tri-Town to operate as a “satellite emergency department” administered by Fox Hospital, rather than the Bassett mother ship in Cooperstown.

$10,000 Needed To Hit Salvation Army’s Goal
ONE DAY LEFT IN KETTLE DRIVE

$10,000 Needed To Hit

Salvation Army’s Goal

ONEONTA – With one day left in the Salvation Army’s annual kettle drive, donors have cut the distance to the $60,000 goal to $94 short of $10,000, Maj. Sharon Harford, commander of the Oneonta post, reported a few minutes ago.

“People have been very generous,” said the Salvation Army officer.

Muriel Holstead Dix, 96; Episcopalian, Office Manager At Bresee’s

IN MEMORIAM: Muriel Holstead Dix, 96;

Episcopalian, Office Manager At Bresee’s

Muriel Holstead Dix
Muriel Holstead Dix

SIDNEY – Muriel Mary (Wilson) Holstead Dix, 96, a former office manager at Bresee’s Department Store and devout member of St. James Episcopal Church in Oneonta, died Dec. 8, 2016, in Sidney, where she had lived the past 21 years.

Born in 1920 in The Bronx and raised in Valley Stream, L.I., Muriel had resided in the Greater Oneonta area for 54 years.

She was an active church woman at Holy Trinity, Valley Stream, and St. Matthews, Unadilla, as well as St. James. She loved the Episcopal Church and over the years taught Sunday School, served on the Altar Guild, was president of the Episcopal Church Women, chaired the United Thank Offering, and was an active member of the Daughters of the King.

Sidney Man Charged With Shooting Cow

Sidney Man Charged

With Shooting Cow

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Cutting

SIDNEY – State police have charged a 22-year-old Sidney man for shooting a cow.

On Tuesday, troopers at Sidney arrested Nevin D. Cutting, 22, for felonies of aggravated cruelty to animals, criminal mischief 2nd degree and the misdemeanor of illegally discharging a firearm.

The officers alleged that on Sept. 19, they responded to the report of a dead cow found near Pine Hill State Land in the Town of Sidney.

Thomas Herring, 63, Sidney; Toolmaker At Amphenol Corp.

IN MEMORIAM: Thomas Herring, 63,

Sidney; Toolmaker At Amphenol Corp.

Thomas R. Herring
Thomas R. Herring

SIDNEY – Thomas R. Herring, 63, of Unadilla, a career-long toolmaker, passed away on Aug. 27, 2016 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton.

A brother’s family and nieces survive in Oneonta.

Tom, who many knew as “Hoby,” was born in Stamford to Hobert and Helen Herring on Dec. 9, 1952. He graduated from Unatego Junior/Senior High School in 1970 and  went on to earn a certificate in toolmaking from the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. He was a toolmaker at several companies, including many years at Amphenol Corp.

Emalyn S. Bidwell, 89; Mother Of 5 Worked At SUNY Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: Emalyn S. Bidwell, 89;

Mother Of 5 Worked At SUNY Oneonta

Emalyn Bidwell
Emalyn Bidwell

SIDNEY – Emalyn S. Bidwell, 89, who retired from SUNY Oneonta Ancillary Services, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich.

She was born on Jan. 21, 1927, in Santa Monica, Calif., daughter of the late Frank I. and Edna Elizabeth (Risley) Smith.

Emalyn went to Hancock High School and Albany College.

Heroin, Coke Seized In Raid Near Sidney

Heroin, Coke Seized

In Raid Near Sidney

Chenango deputies provide this photo of alleged heroin packets seized near Sidney yesterday.
Chenango deputies provided this photo of alleged heroin packets and cash seized near Sidney yesterday.

‘No Knock’ Search Yields Suspect

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Rivera

GUILFORD – Executing a “no knock” search warrant here yesterday, Chenango County deputies and Sidney village police report seizing 280 packets of heroin, an ounce of cocaine, drug scales, packaging material and cash.

The resident of 104 Spreutels Lane, Samuel Rivera, was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled in the Third Degree (Class B Felony), Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree (Class E Felony), and two counts of Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was arraigned on $10,000 bail.


Gibson Praises, Pledges Support to Amphenol During Open House

Gibson Praises, Pledges Support 

To Amphenol During Open House

Doors of Amphenol's open house opened at 9am, but people were showing up well before that for tours of the plant located in Sidney. After meeting with managers, CEO's and employees, Congressman Chris Gibson spoke to a gathered crowd on the importance of their location in upstate New York and the work that they do. "I am so very proud of this company!" said Gibson, "World leadership starts right here in Sidney. I pledge I will continue to support Amphenol becasue the products they make here help (The U.S.) have conflict resolution without the conflict." (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Amphenol‘s open house opened at 9 a.m. today, but people – U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19th, among them – were showing up well before that for tours of the Sidney plant. After meeting with managers and many employees, Congressman Chris Gibson spoke to a gathered crowd on the importance of their work in Upstate New York.  “I am so very proud of this company,” said Gibson, “World leadership starts right here in Sidney. I pledge I will continue to support Amphenol because the products they make here help (the U.S.) have conflict resolution without the conflict.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
State Police Ask For Assistance In Sidney Jewelry, Coins Theft

State Police Ask For Assistance

In Sidney Jewelry, Coins Theft

This is one of the gold charms reported taken from a Sidney home earlier this month.  (State Police photo)
This is one of the gold charms reported taken from a Sidney home earlier this month. (State Police photo)

SIDNEY – State police are investigating the theft of gold jewelry and gold coins reported taken from a home in the Town of Sidney sometime after July 6

The items include:

•    Antique 1960s-era gold charm bracelet with five large heart-shaped gold charms.   The charms may contain inscriptions on the back that contain the names “Henry,” Jeanette” and various dates.

•    Gold ring with a heart and diamond chip in the heart-shaped setting.

•    Gold necklace with a gold heart-shaped pendant.

•    Two gold bullion one ounce coins.

Please call Investigator Craig Starr with any information that could lead to the recovery of these items.  When you call (607) 561-7400 please reference Case # 6365669.

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