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The Freeman’s Journal

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS May 28-29, 2020
THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS MAY 7-May 8, 2020

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

May 7-May 8, 2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Jeff Joyner, Fox Hospital president, waves as the LifeNet helicopter lands at the FoxCare Center after a fly-over on Tuesday, May 5. The fly-over was part of a parade of decorated fire trucks from 17 area departments, including police and EMS, which drove past the hospital to thank staff for their work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Only One COVID Case Left Locally

Glimmerglass Festival Out

All Star Village Holds On

In COVID Era, Moms Salute CCS Grads 

Drive-In Graduation Out, But OHS Seeks Novelty

1st Community Foundation Grant To Helios

AllOTSEGO.COVID-19

To Beat Blahs, Victory Gardens Return

Oneonta Merchant Tells Story Of Local Business

Libby’s List Of Virtual Things To Do

EDITORIALS

War Not Over, But Let’s Take Victory Lap

For Good Of All, Hope Marty Patton Right

First Cooperstown Election Was A Wild One

COLUMNS

HAYES:  All Had ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’

STERNBERG: Your Arm, My Nose

SEWARD: Don’t Forget Lyme Disease

LETTERS

SHELBY: Relieve Dogs Separation Anxiety

COLONE: Let’s Revisit One Oneonta

NORTHRUP: The Answer? Conservation

FLEISHER: No Future For Plastics

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES:May 7, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: May 8, 2020

IN MEMORIAM

Johnelle Lea Griffith, 30; Hartwick 

Jeanne W. Carey, 85, White River Junction

NOTICES

Amber J. Constable, 30; Oneonta 

Alvin L. Osterhoudt, 91; Oneonta

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO

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ANDREW CUOMO FOR PRESIDENT

EDITORIAL Reprinted From This Week’s

Hometown Oneonta, Freeman’s Journal

ANDREW CUOMO

FOR PRESIDENT

He’s Ready For White House;

Americans Ready For Him

Governor Cuomo at the Baseball Hall of Fame, May 22, 2014. Cuomo was late, and missed President Obama. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

Andrew Cuomo for president.

Already, he seems presidential,  never more than this past Monday in announcing his collaboration with five other Northeast governors in a multi-state council “to restore the economy and get people back to work.”

Let’s do it.

In the five weeks of New York State’s fight against the coronavirus invasion, the governor’s shown all the qualities of leadership. He’s told the truth, good and bad. He’s had a plan. He declared a State of Emergency and implemented its most Draconian measures, unstintingly. He’s been decisive. He’s been human, and at times actually humorous.

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This Week — March 19-20, 2020

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

March 19-20, 2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Sharon Oberriter, Cooperstown Food Bank president, and volunteer Ian Robinson pack food boxes Monday afternoon at the food bank on Church Street.  Local food banks are facing a double bind: an expected spike in the need as layoffs caused by the Coronavirus emergency take off, and the need to shift to takeout operations. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CORONAVIRUS EDITION

1000+ PLUS CALLS TO BASSETT HOTLINE

SCHOOLS: What About SATs, Sports, More?

GOVERNMENT: 50% Of Workers Sent Home

BUSINESS: Merchants Look For New Niche

POLITICS: Governor Cancels Village Elections

Baseball Hall Of Fame Closes ‘Indefinitely’

Hall of Fame Classic Weekend Canceled

Local Food Banks Bracing For Onslaught

Non-Profits Take Hit From Cancellations

Distillery To Distribute Free ‘Cooper’s Clean’

EDITORIALS

Rah, Team! Beat Coronavirus! (Like So. Korea)

Your Favorite Business Needs YOU To Survive

COLUMNS

MACHOLZ: Protect High-Risk 60+ Somethings

SCHARFENBERGER: Catholics May Waive Mass

BENNETT: This Is What ‘Worst’ Looks Like

LETTERS

NORTHRUP: Close Schools, Then Dreams Park

WELCH: Be Strategic – Care For  Vulnerable

FALK, CROWELL: CGP, Army Teach Each Other

deBLIECK: ‘Right To Bear Arms’ Unalienable

GIBSON: Don’t Be Flippant On Serious MatterS

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: March 19, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: March 20, 2020

AllOTSEGO.life

County Volunteers Help Honduran Town

Richfield Man Promotes Vintage Snowsleds

IN MEMORIAM

Richard Hanna, 69; Served County In Congress

James Paternak, 87; SUNY Business Office Retiree

Bob Benson, 89; Founded Oneonta Insurance Agency

Sarah L. Wilcox, 76; Waitressed At The Otesaga

Thomas Porteous, 86; NYSEG Retiree 4H Enthusiast

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THIS WEEK — Jan. 30-31 2020

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Jan. 30-31, 2020

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Honoree Fred Lemister of Cooperstown received a lot of hugs, including this one from Hartwick EMT Sue Hascup, as well as handshakes and accolades at the Saturday, Jan. 25, testimonial in his honor at Bassett Hall.  Lemister retired on the second Monday in November, after 48 years with the Cooperstown Ambulance Squad, where he responded to a record 9,400 calls  He also trained hundreds of local EMTs over his career. At right is Sue’s husband Chuck. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

Oberacker Runs To Succeed Senator Seward

Hundreds Honor Fred Lemister At Testimonial

Republican May Dent Village Democratic Wall

OYA Solar Seeking Leases In Town Of Otego

Arson Trial Testimony Sorts Tangled Tale

EDITORIAL

Parties Should Find Local Candidates For Senate

COLUMNS

KUZMINSKI: Let Home Rule Guide Sanctuary Idea  

ATWELL: William The Conqueror Seized Moment

ZAGATA: How To Reduce CO2, Trees Or Panels?

LAPIN: Try A Downtown Improvement District

JOHNSON: Often, Jail Time Helps Drug Offenders

LETTERS to the EDITOR

BROCKWAY: Guns Part Of Otsego County Heritage

HUSTON: When CNG Trucks Crash, Inform Public

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Jan. 30, 2020

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Jan. 31, 2020

AllOTSEGO.life

In Nature, Michael Whaling Finds Inspiration

Bud Pirone Recalled As Inspirational Leader

IN MEMORIAM

Beatrice Merzig, 97; Managed MD Husband’s Office

Rick Pindar, 90; Owned Cross Supply, Golf Shop

John Barown, 67; Veteran, Milford Postmaster

Kenneth Vibbard, 88; Burlington Farmer, Assessor

Ruth Ellis, 87; Longtime Meadows’ Nursing Assistant

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The Christmas Message Gospel of St. Luke

The Christmas Message

Gospel of St. Luke

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Madonna & Child
Giovanni Battisti Salvi
1609-1685

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;

Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2
King James Version

This Week — Aug. 22-23, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Aug. 22-23, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Mary Anne Whelan, center, the retired Bassett physician, is shown here on a 1961 hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, which has been in the news lately after SUNY Oneonta’s new president, Barbara Jean Morris, scaled African’s highest peak in July. Dr. Whelan believes she was one of the first women to scale Kilimanjaro, as tribes in the area considered it bad luck for women to do so. (Photo courtesy Mary Anne Whelan)

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta May 9-10, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

May 9-10, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Nate Roberts of Oneonta tries on an “Onta” T-shirt Monday, May 6, at a launch party at the B-Side Ballroom, where Trampoline, a Glens Falls advertising and design company, unveiled a promotional campaign for the City of the Hills. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

New Oneonta Slogan: ‘We’re Onta Something’

Cooperstown Noise Law: 88 Decibels Is It

Concertgoers To Help Pick New Conductor

HoF President Mead’s Mantra: Teamwork

Relay for Life Message: You Have Friends

 First UM May Vote To Reject Limits On Gays

EDITORIAL 

Stop the Rot! Village Should Buy CVS, Redevelop It

While At It, Fund Strong Merchants’ Association

COLUMNS

LANDERS: Key To Success: Place, People, Purpose

SCOLINOS: Home Plate Is 17 Inches, Period

ZAGATA: Hidden Consequences Of Saying No:

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

DILLINGHAM: What Are Litterers Thinking?

POKORNY: Milford Requires Live-In Landlord

RUDY: Resisting Everything Prescription For Decline

WILCOX: Change Constitution To Serve Nation

RSS Cites ’40 Years Of Exemplary Service’ To Area

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: May 10, 2019

HOMETOWN History: May 3, 2019

ALLOTSEGO.life

Dial ‘O’ For Murder: S.S. Van Dine Story

Everyone Needs A Mother’s Hug

LIBBY’S BEST BETS: It’s Mom’s Day

IN MEMORIAM

Bill Isaac, 81, Cherry Branch Gallery Owner

Gary A. Weaver, 78; Bassett Gastroenterologist

Richard Kroll, 78, Worked On Apollo Mission

Nelson A. Wells, Sr., 93, Retired WWII Veteran

Debra A. Klein, 66; Otego By Unatego Students

Agnes Ruth Valentine, 80; Raised 5 Daughters

PEOPLE

200 Praise Pathfinder, Grummons At Gala

SPORTS

OHS, CCS Shine At Don Howard Invitational

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO

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From Deadly Arson, To Deadly Garments

From Deadly Arson,

To Deadly Garments

Front breaking news – Gabriel Truitt arrested in the Dec. 29 fatal first on Walling Avenue – to feature stories – a SUNY professor and his student raising the alarm on the dangers posed by the garments you wear – this week’s editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta contains a wide range of offerings. That includes the latest about OH-Fest cancellation of Rapper Sean Kingston’s concert and the ramifications on campus. Both newspapers are on newsstands around Otsego County this afternoon.
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Chamber 2019 Honorees Highlighted This Week

Chamber 2019 Honorees

Highlighted This Week

The two Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s honorees who will be recognized at the annual Gala & Celebration of Business May 2 at Foothills are highlighted in this week’s Hometown Oneonta & Freeman’s Journal. Learn why Pathfinder Village is the NBT Bank Distinguished Business, and Oneonta funeral director Les Grummons, the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen.  Each has quite a story to tell. Get the details and much more in this week’s editions, now on newsstands around the county.
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BOUND VOLUMES • April 18, 2019

BOUND VOLUMES • April 18, 2019

200 YEARS AGO

Advertisement – Notice: The Trustees of School District No. 1, will open a school, in the public school house in this village, on Wednesday, the 21st inst. under the direction of Mr. L. Squires. Terms of Tuition $2 to be applied on the first quarter. N.B. Any one sending in after the school commences, will not have any more to pay than their proportion of time from the time of commencing. Eseck Bradford, Buckingham Fitch, Trustees. Cooperstown, April 17, 1819.

April 19, 1819

175 YEARS AGO

Judge Gridley held his Circuit Court here during the past week. A slander suit was tried, which from the standing of the parties Secor vs. Gilbert, both residents of Middlefield, excited much interest. Mr. Gilbert had lost from the money-drawer of his store in May last $568 in bank notes, and some circumstances had fixed suspicion upon Dr. Emenzo Secor as the aggressor, which led to the remark by Mr. G., pointing towards him in a room “there’s the rascal that stole my money,” or words of similar import. The suit was founded upon this charge, and a plea of justification put in. The words were proved, and the defense entered upon, being confined exclusively to circumstantial evidence, the detail of which would occupy more space than we have to spare. The case was summed up with ability by Mr. J.A. Spencer and Mr. Bowne and committed to the Jury by a luminous charge from Judge Gridley. The Jury were out about five hours, when they returned a verdict of $30 for the plaintiff.

April 15, 1844

150 YEARS AGO

The Seminary as a Hotel. It may be remembered that several weeks since Mr. H.F. Phinney offered to take one-fourth of the stock necessary to reorganize the Seminary as a first-class institution, provided our citizens would take the rest. This offer has met with no response. Believing that the building, which is too large for a school, except of mammoth proportions, is eminently fitted by its location, grounds, prospects, internal arrangements, and convenient distance from the railroad station, for a summer boarding house, Mr. Phinney has decided to offer it for sale or lease for this purpose, holding that the best interests of our village will be consulted by this disposition of the property. (Ed. Note: The structure referred to was built in the mid-1850s to serve as a Seminary for the education of men and women. Cooper Lane Apartments are the current structures on the site.)

April 16, 1869

125 YEARS AGO

A few shad occasionally appear in the Cooperstown markets. They used to make their way up here at the time of the settlement of this village, via the Susquehanna River, on which there were no dams. There is a tree still standing in the village of Unadilla from one of the upper branches of which a shad was brought down by a rifle ball! The shad in question was held captive by a large fish hawk – fact! In 1887, it is stated, 1,568,637 shad were captured in the Hudson River. That was the banner year for shad.

April 19, 1894

100 YEARS AGO

(Excerpt from “Tail Spins” the newspaper of the Officers at the Aviators’ Hospital) “The periodic hike was pulled off last Friday (April 11) when some 65 or 70 pilots, observers, engineers, two sympathizers of the fair sex, and Mac the dog with Rags the little dogette headed out on the excellent state road south to the village of Milford. The vanguard was led by Captain Wharton who has charge of physical training of the Army flyers, and Lieutenant Cartmell, physical director, was in one of the scattered groups. The genial Mr. Smith who is a leading spirit of hikes and outdoor sports, was along to point out things of interest to the boys.”

April 16, 1919

75 YEARS AGO

From an Eighth A.A.F. Bomber Station in England comes the thrilling account of a flying fortress the crew of which missed death by inches when the propeller from one of its engines flew off, but which, though riddled with enemy fire, was able to return to base. One of the members of this crew was John A. Sill, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Reed Sill of Cooperstown, the tail gunner. The pilot who brought the plane in from an attack on war plants in Berlin, with two of its engines knocked out and its oxygen system damaged, is Lieutenant James L. Abernathy of Roselle, Illinois. The Flying Fort had dropped its bombs when a flak burst clipped its number three engine.

April 19, 1944

25 YEARS AGO

Cooperstonian Stan Hall withdrew his application for a permit to open a brew pub in an old barn at the end of Cooper Lane at a meeting of the village planning board, held Tuesday, April 12. Hall stopped the application after the board informed him that there was insufficient access to the property for the use he had in mind. The withdrawal was apparently welcome news to about 20 area residents in attendance, many of whom had written letters of protest to the board and signed a petition against the project. “I’m glad that it went the way it went,” said Madeline Sansevere, who had organized the petition campaign, which collected 83 signatures. Sansevere added that she was not opposed to the idea of a pub, but rather to the location which raised concerns about traffic and customers at the pub disrupting the residential area.

April 19, 1994

Locals: Mar. 07 – 08 2019

SOUP’S ON

AT EMPTY BOWLS

LUNCHEON

Ian Austin/The Freeman’s Journal –  Tom Hickey, Fly Creek, enjoys a hearty bowl of sausage and bean soup among friends at the annual Empty Bowls Supper, which hosted a near-record crowd Saturday, March 2. Around 200 people attended the the annual luncheon, which raises funds for the Cooperstown Food Pantry by selling handmade bowls filled with soup from 10 local restaurants.

 

Orzetti At ‘Chesapeake Lobby Day’ In D.C.

COOPERSTOWN – Leslie Orzetti, Executive Director for Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) will be part of a delegation to meet with New York Members of Congress in Washington, DC on March 6. The delegation is meeting to discuss the importance of maintaining programs to help protect water quality in the NY portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed as part of Chesapeake Bay Lobby Day, organized by the Choose Clean Water Coalition.
“This is my first time attending ‘Chesapeake Bay Lobby Day’ with the Choose Clean Water Coalition, and I am proud to represent NY and our headwaters portion of the watershed,” said Orzetti.
Orzetti, the designated New York Outreach Lead for the Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC), will be joined by other New York members of the coalition including Emily Dekar (Upper Susquehanna Coalition), Mike Sellitti (Sidney Center Improvement Group), Jim Pfiffer (Friends of the Chemung Watershed), and Ramsay Adams (Catskill Mountain Keeper).
The group is scheduled to meet with Representatives Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) and Tom Reed (NY-23), and Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Topics to be covered include funding appropriations for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, conservation programs included in the Farm Bill, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and new rules proposed that decrease protection for waterways under the Clean Water Act.

 

Cooperstown Farmers’ Market Profiled In ‘Country Folks’ Magazine

COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market was profiled in the most recent issue of Country Folks Magazine, a weekly regional agricultural industry magazine for the East Coast.
A story by Troy Bishopp highlighted the market’s history, the winter market and profiles market manager Josie Maroney, calling her “a youthful, exuberant, passionate leader.”
“For baseball fans, opera singers, tourists and local residents, the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market hits a home run in the local food field of dreams – even in winter” wrote Bishopp.
The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market was also named to the 2019 Class of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.

 

GROFF TALK: National Book Award finalist Lauren Groff will discuss her next novel, which focuses on early American captivity narratives, at Harvard University, on Wed., Mar. 13. Groff, the author of “Florida” and “Fates & Furies,” is the 2018–2019 Suzanne Young Murray Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS Feb 6 – 7 2019

 

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Feb. 6-7, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Ian Austin/The Freeman’s Journal – Departing Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson participates in one of the light-hearted events of his tenure: Presenting Homer Simpson with his plaque on May 27, 2017, on the 25th anniversary of “Homer at the Bat.”

FRONT PAGE

SSPCA, Sheriff, D.A. Form  Animal-Cruelty Task Force

Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson To Retire

Tenants Ordered To Leave Oneonta Hotel

Medallion Found In Trash Cans; $500 Claimed

EDITORIAL 

No, We Can’t Save World Alone; Yes, We Can Embrace Opportunity

COLUMNS

ZAGATA: We Can Have Natural Gas Now, Renewables Later

His Fans On Twitter Praise Jeff Idelson, Mourn Retirement

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Colone: Oneonta ‘Microgrid’ Would Use 90% Renewables

HISTORY COLUMNS

HOMETOWN History

Bound Volumes

ALLOTSEGO.LIFE

When Winter was WOW! Revisiting Winter Carnival

Tried X-Country Skiing? There Are Trails Aplenty Locally

BEST BETS: Winter Carnival Brings Comedy, Dancing, Treats

IN MEMORIAM

Jim Anderson, 81; OHS Grad Played On SU’s 1959 Championship Team

Louella Washburn, 97, Unadilla; Last Of Her Family’s 1920s Generation

Mary Imogene Carter; Bassett Healthcare Namesake

Jennifer Huntington, 56; Cooperstown Holstein Owner

John ‘Gobbie’ Garbera, 72; Richfield Springs Mayor, Trustee

Leland C. Smith, 96; Retired Bassett Employee

Betty L. Dean, 83; Librarian at SUNY Oneonta

Kevin P. Crosby, 51, Schenevus; Worked For DSS

 PEOPLE

Community Bank Promotes Wood To VP At Oneonta

400 Cast Votes in Biggest CANO Chili Bowl Ever

Environmentalist  DiPerna To Speak Before Congress

PHOTO: Haulin’ Ice at Hanford Mills Harvest

City of the Hills:  Study D&H Yards More, Citizens Ask

Cooperstown And Around:  Village: Vote Firemen Into Chamber Hall

 

DIGITAL NEWSPAPERS

EXCLUSIVE! Hometown Oneonta’s 10th Celebrated Family Council Rips Focus Executives County Studies Tompkins’ Energy Plan Dump Trucks Protect Tag-Sale Crowd Get Preview On Farmers’ Museum Fest

EXCLUSIVE!

Hometown Oneonta’s 10th Celebrated

Family Council Rips Focus Executives

County Studies Tompkins’ Energy Plan

Dump Trucks Protect Tag-Sale Crowd

Get Preview On Farmers’ Museum Fest

Man Marries Woman, Takes Her Name

… and much more, including letters to the editor on Thursday’s Devlin-Fernandez primary for county sheriff, Happenin’ Otsego calendar and Grand & Glorious Garage Sale photos. Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal will be on newsstands across Otsego County this afternoon.
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