News of Otsego County


So Long, Harper

So Long, Harper

Preparations Minimized Accidents,

Kept People Home, Authorities Say


Jim Kevlin – Mom Rebecca Smucker of Cooperstown had herself and daughter Ada, 11 months, bundled up Saturday, Jan. 19, as Storm Harper began dusting the village at about 4 p.m.
Ian Austin – For Sam Wyant, Oneonta, the empty streets were an opportunity to take his Indie ‘95 600 Triple snowmobile out for a spin on Chestnut Street.

Preparation, Otsego County agreed, was the secret to riding out a successful winter storm.
“We prepared for the worst, and that made a big difference,” said Art Klinger, county emergency services coordinator at The Meadows Office Building, Town of Middlefield.
Though Winter Storm Harper threatened 20-30 inches over the weekend, the final total came to around 10 inches in most places.
“I don’t think not getting as much snow as we planned for hurt anybody’s feelings,” said Klinger.
After National Weather Service warnings on the storm Wednesday, Jan. 16, Klinger coordinated with the towns, who all said they were on

Roads Closed As Riley  Buries Otsego County

Roads Closed As Riley

 Buries Otsego County

A state of emergency has been declared in the City of Oneonta as snowfall from Winter Storm Riley continues to fall.  Overall accumulation is expected reach 12 inches through the day. Above, Gary Burley and son Mason shovel out their driveway on Oneonta’s Chestnut Street.  Temperatures in the low 30s have made the snow heavy and wet, causing some area damage. “There are parts of Chestnut Street and the West End that do not have power,” reported Asst. Fire Chief Jim Maloney. “There are wires and limbs down blocking some road ways, but so far no accidents or fires have been reported.” At right, Casey Thomas drives past temporary  stop sign erected at the intersection of Chestnut and West streets when the traffic lights went out. Roads are currently closed to non-emergency vehicles and motorists are advised against any unnecessary travel.  Snowfall is expected to continue until midnight. (Ian Austin/

Oneonta Plows Out From Under Superbowl Storm

Oneonta Plows Out From

Under Superbowl Storm

While many roads are clear after last night’s heavy snow, many of our neighbors are are still digging out driveways and shoveling sidewalks. When his plowman called in sick this morning, Chuck Bace, above, owner of Oneonta’s Center Street Deli, donned his warmest winter wear to plow out the student apartments he manages at 33 Maple St.. Vehicles are still prohibited from parking on city streets but municipal parking lots remain open for overnight parking.  More snow is forecast for Wednesday.  (Ian Austin/
Camper Killed By Falling Tree Limb



SOUTH NEW BERLIN – A 24-year-old Rhode Island man was killed at the Grand Slam Campground during Saturday evening’s violent storm when a tree limb fell onto his tent, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. announced this afternoon.

Ryan Sutcliffe, Cumberland, R.I., was  pronounced dead after a tree limb approximately 4 feet in diameter broke off during the storm, landing on his tent while he was sleeping.

Storm Blows Through, Trees and Wires Down, Outages

Storm Passes Through Oneonta,

Downing Trees, Lines and Power

Storms have torn through the local area recently, causing damage to public and private properties. It’s mostly trees that have fallen or been damaged in the storms so be sure to hire a company that is able to perform tree removal safely and efficiently as damaged trees can often be dangerous. The sooner you sort any damage from the storms, the safer your property will be for you and your family.

Sgt. Chris Witzenburg directs traffic on the corner of Main St.and Ford Ave. on Monday afternoon after a brief but powerful storm blew through the Oneonta area knocking out power from Tino's Pizzeria to City Hall and down South Main to Market St.
OPD Sgt. Chris Witzenburg directs traffic on the corner of Main and Ford in downtown Oneonta on Monday afternoon after a brief but powerful storm blew through the county, knocking out power from Tino’s Pizzeria to City Hall and down South Main to Market. Officers were also dispatched to direct traffic on Route 205 near Oneida Street, where power to a traffic light was knocked out.
DPW worker Larry Harriso examines a downed power line that hangs across Prospect Ave. after a nearby tree ripped the line off the side of a house.
DPW worker Larry Harrison examines a downed power line that hangs across Prospect Avenue, Oneonta, after a nearby tree ripped the line off the side of a house. Down the street at Prospect and Division, a tree split but caused no other damage.
Didn't see that coming; a downed tree on Southside across from Home Depot narrowly missed the traffic cam when it fell.
Didn’t see that coming! A downed tree across from Home Depot on Southside narrowly missed the traffic camera when it fell.

If you’ve had trees damaged by the storm then be sure to contact someone like Timber Warriors Emergency Response to get help making sure everything on your property is safe. Below are just some of the damages the powerful storm caused.

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