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.
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.
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/
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!
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.
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.
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 – 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.
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.