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Spurbeck’s

Sidewalk Work Wraps Up In Railroad Avenue Area

Sidewalk Work Wraps Up

In Railroad Avenue Area

Lloyd Stilson of Cooperstown’s DPW smooths out cement a few minutes ago in front of Spurbeck’s Grocery on Railroad Avenue. For the past two weeks, the crew has been replacing sidewalks on Railroad, Upper Main and Glen Avenue. Assisting Stilson are, from left, Jason Brengel, Nate Whitehead, Zach Crippen and Streets Superintendent Chris Satriano. This fall, the crew is planning to repave Mill Street, near Bassett Hospital, and adding sidewalks there, Satriano said. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Luxury Apartment Planned On Spurbeck’s Second Floor

Luxury Apartment Planned

On Spurbeck’s Second Floor

Passersby have been rubber-necking past Spurbeck’s Grocery for the past week, as owner Mike Swatling and his crews have been disassembling the second floor and putting it back together again. Swatling, who has been renovating all of the venerable grocery at Leatherstocking and Railroad in Cooperstown, said he is converting the upstairs into a single luxury apartment, which he plans to rent out. Work is nearing completion this week. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Dorothy ‘Dot’ Smith, 79; Spurbeck’s Matriarch

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Smith, 79;

Matriarch of Spurbeck’s

Dorothy Smith

COOPERSTOWN – Dorothy “Dot” Smith, 79, who ran the venerable Spurbeck’s Grocery for two decades alongside her husband Roger, died Saturday, Sept. 29 after a long illness.

In 1996, she and Roger took over the business, which his grandfather had opened in 1941, from Roger’s mother, Gert. In late 2017, they sold it to Michael Swatling and Carrie O’Brien.

County Manager Idea Quickly Gains Traction

County Manager Idea

Quickly Gains Traction

The first formal discussion about hiring a county manager for Otsego County government was held Tuesday, Feb. 13, and the idea surfaced to get the question on the ballot by the Nov. 7 election. The county board’s IGA committee scheduled another meeting on just this topic for 9 a.m. Feb. 27. Read exclusive report in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. Also, read an exclusive report on the interest of ArtSpace, a national arts-related developer, to creating a site in Oneonta that provides housing for artists AND studio space. In The Freeman’s, find out about the new owners of the venerable Spurbeck’s Grocery, which reopened Monday.
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