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This Week

This Week, Sept. 13-14, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Sept 13-14, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Firefighters in heavy regalia marched the route of the Fly Creek Fire Company’s 9/11 Memorial 5-10K Race Saturday, Sept. 7. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

Constitution Pipeline Lives, FERC Decides

Geothermal Plan Dropped By Oneonta

‘Is Dunkin’ ‘Compatible?’ HPARB Asks

Her Job, Seek Closure For 9/11 Families

County’s New Rabbi’s Family Fled Hungary

Survey Explores Cinema For Cooperstown

EDITORIAL 

If Not The Constitution Pipeline, What?

Conductor Huff At CSO?  Wow! Stay Tuned

COLUMNS

NADEAU: George Morell Is At Peace

ELLSWORTH: Reflections On Cooperstown

MOYNIHAN: CSO Varied Concert Credit To Huff

LETTERS

FOR THE LOVE OF VICTORIA

McLAREN: Not All Can Be Top Models

SAMS:  I Love Talent Agent To Pieces

WOODBERRY:  Pressly Connections Solid

KUZMINSKI:  Regrets Saying ‘Gay Lifestyle’

NORTHRUP: No Private Flags On Public Poles

DOWNEY: Affordable Power – Gas – Needed

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Sept. 13, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Sept. 14, 2019

AllOTSEGO.life

Couple Finds Love In Hippie Hollow

Tennis Club Trains Players Of Future

In 30 Years, Habitat Built 35 Homes

IN MEMORIAM

Ida M. Miller, 94; Celebrated 70th Anniversary

Carol Kelly, 62; 35-Year Employee At Corning

Jason Corey, 35, Cancer Fells Bassett Employee

Joan B. Krpata, 88; ‘Nani’ Retired To Florida

Jason Harageones, 32, Dies On Birthday

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This Week Aug. 29-30, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Aug. 29-30, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Capt. Paula Wikoff and husband Terry pause next to Pirate Smell de Feet, The Glimmerglass Queen’s mascot. For people intending to enjoy Otsego Lake this fall, the one-hour cruises are a prime opportunity. Details in Summer Dreams; see below. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO,.com)

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 Newpapers, Aug. 15-16, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Aug. 15-16, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

An intent Elizabeth Reynolds, Oneonta, scales the climbing wall at Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, which will be receiving the Otsego County Chamber’s 2019 Quality of Life Award Thursday, Aug. 22, at a Summer Soiree at the sports center. Also that evening, ISD Tech, also profiled in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, will receive the chamber’s Environmental Stewardship Award. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

SPECIAL REPORT

DOLORES WHARTON’S “A MULTICULTURED LIFE”

FRONT PAGE: From Harlem Aristocracy To Nation’s Heights

EDITORIAL: With Determination, Discipline, Whartons Led Way

EXCERPT: Ekofisk Trip Built Phillips Petroleum Camaraderie

FRONT PAGE

OTSEGO COUNTY CHAMBER’S SUMMER SOIREE

• Clark Sports Center: ‘Luckiest People’ Have Access

• ISD Tech: Firm Sells Computers, Recycles Them Too

Woodstock Memories Still Vivid

‘Grassroots’ Gets Kids To Put On Mitts

Eardley Slips, But Will Try ‘Ninja’ Again

EDITORIAL 

With Determination, Discipline, Whartons Led Way

COLUMNS

SEWARD: Dems Tie Up Bill To Protect Police

ATWELL:  The Newspaper Roundabout

ZAGATA: Here’s Life Without Fossil Fuels

LETTERS

GRADY: Make Baseball Kid-Centric Again

STERNBERG: Trump Oughtn’t Disparage ‘Squad’

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Aug; 15, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Aug. 16, 2019

Summer DREAMS

As U-Pick Peaks, Ingalls A Favorite

FINE, FUN FOOD: Nothing Like A Diner

THINGS TO DO: Art By Lake, Power Days

IN MEMORIAM

David Denny, 87, Retired Education Professor

Rev. George Goodwin, 84; Ran ‘Tent Meeting’

Charles Blanchard, 91; WWII Vet, OPT Driver

Joan E. Fluke, 80; Coloradan Traveled Extensively

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This Week: Aug. 1-2, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

Aug. 1-2, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

A herd of 75 buffaloes broke loose at a Town of Sharon farm and spent a week wandering around the towns of Roseboom and Cherry Valley, before their herding instinct caused them to gravitate home Tuesday. At the Proper farm on Honey Hill Road, Roseboom, the herd ate the second hay cutting, which the family planned to use to pay their property taxes for the year. Also, when Frank Proper was shaving Saturday, he looked in the mirror to see a big bull bison staring through the bathroom window. (Photo courtesy of Lucy Proper)

FRONT PAGE

Buffalo Herd Escapes, Roams In County

SUNY-O President Atop Kilimanjaro

Vendor: Selling Stars & Bars = Freedom

Pride Flag Will Fly Over Village Hall

At Town Hall, Delgado Touts Moderation

Campbell Memorial Evokes Old Oneonta

EDITORIAL 

What Is It About Flags, Anyhow?

Marijuana Law May Be Just Enough

COLUMNS

CAMPBELL:  Dad Loved Teaching, Coaching, Radio

D’IMPERIO:  Campbell Loved Life, Was Loved

ATWELL:  Accidents Will Happen … And How

FALK: People Want To Live In Cooperstown

ZAGATA:  Capitalism Works, ‘Squad’ Proves It

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: Aug; 1, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: Aug. 2, 2019

Summer DREAMS

1909, Elegant Dining Addition At The Otesaga

‘Hot Glass’ Punctuates MWP Tiffany Exhibit

FINE, FUN FOOD: Noor’s, Bomber’s Burrito Bar

THINGS TO DO: Red Shed Hosts 1st Music Fest

IN MEMORIAM

KellyAnn Wolner, 54, 30-Year Unatego Coach

Andrea Schleicher, 73; Retired Bay State Teacher

Christina Schermerhorn, 69; Lifelong Oneontan

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THIS WEEK, July 25-26, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

July 25-26, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Outgoing Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, between Hall Chairman Jane Forbes Clark and his successor, Tim Mead, was honored with recognition and a plaque during the Awards Presentation Saturday, July 20, in Doubleday Field. Hall of Famers visible behind him are, from left, Brooks Robinson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Mike Mussina. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

INDUCTION 2019: What A Crowd!

Hughes, Venezuelan Teammate Connect

Why Might C-V Ban Farm Animals?

Avanzato Brothers Closing Stella Luna

Parking Issue, Mayor Herzig Walks Walk

Chamber To Honor Sports Center, ISD

EDITORIAL 

No Land For Apartments? Harrumph!

‘Lofts’ May Make Dreams Come True

COLUMNS

KUZMINSKI:  County Has Surplus, Or Deficit?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

HAMMOND: Hospital, Country Going To Dogs

DUNCAN: If Dogs, Why Not Cuddly Rabbits?

ELLSWORTH: 4-Ways Can’t Curb Bad Drivers

SACKETT: Goss Remains ‘Fervent Advocate’

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: July 25, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: July 26, 2019

Summer DREAMS

Escaped Slave’s Narrative Packs FSC

FINE, FUN FOOD: Hot Weather, Hot Wings

THINGS TO DO: Induction Over, Art Scene Thrives

IN MEMORIAM

Bill Naragon, 73; Teacher, Wife Sold Jewelry

Allan Fraser, 55; Dad Fought Cancer 20 Years

Matthew J. Dobler, 54; Fox Maintenance Chief

Millie Jennings, 88; Bassett Switchboard Pioneer

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THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS: July 4-5, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

July 4-5, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

At the CCS graduation on The Fenimore’s back lawn, proud mom Leslie Friedman poses with son William, one of the Class of 2019 four top scholars, and daughter Renee, a top CCS scholar four years ago who last month graduated from Harvard, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

Sam Nader’s Century: Icon Turns 100

‘Green Light’ Bill Facing Clerks’ Anger

In Oneonta, 66 Apartments, 4 Stories

No One’s Snapped Up 3 Wheeler So Far

EDITORIAL 

In Nader’s Story, American Dream Lives

COLUMNS

RYAN BURR: Push Through Pain Of Life

ATWELL: What A Woman! What A Nation!

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

HESSE: Raids’ Brutality Spurred Action

NORTHRUP: Is It Better Than What’s There?

ENERGY TASK FORCE: Avoid Us V. Them

BLABEY: The Grove Would Improve Site

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: July 4, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: July 5, 2019

Summer DREAMS

‘Show Boat’ Docking At Glimmerglass

FINE, FUN FOOD: A Fourth, Hamburgers!

THINGS TO DO: Even After 4th, Lots To Do

IN MEMORIAM

Albert J. Read, 93; Founded SUNY Science Center

Elizabeth TerBush, 87, Loved Skiing Here, Everywhere

Thomas Blau Jr., 87; Retired County Probation Chief

Frederick S. Veseley, 92; Tended Local Museums

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THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS – May 30-31, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

May 30-31, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

In the midst of the back-and-forth about the future of the former CVS property at 100 Main St., Cooperstown’s Rena Lull shared a copy of the December 1984 edition of Town & Country magazine, which featured a shopping tour of the downtown by the former Mary “Cissie” Busch Hager, who was also featured in the cover photo and a feature story on the Hager family of Cooperstown. The variety of shops downtown was impressive. Clockwise from upper left are The
Gazebo gift shop; The Market Place deli; Around the House, doll house miniatures, antique toy replicas and Christmas ornaments; Augur’s Bookstore; Terrace Café; Church & Scott pharmacy; the Baseball Hall of Fame; Bland’s Sporting Goods; The Short Stop coffee shop; Straws & Sweets, handmade candles, wicker baskets and party decorations; Schneider’s Bakery, and the Red Nugget Ice Cream Saloon. It HAS been 35 years, but only the Hall of Fame and Schneider’s remain downtown, and Church & Scott at the south end of town. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

FRONT PAGE

For Calif. Baseball Family, Dream Come True

Milford UM Awaits ‘Starkly Beautiful’ Church

Net-Zero Apartments Planned For Cooperstown

Unfunded, RSS Still Bullish On Riverside Project

Son Succeeds Mom/Business Partner On MCS Board

Village Adopts Noise Ordinance Just In Time

SUNY-O’s College Foundation Praised Again

EDITORIAL 

The Downtown That Was … And Might Be Again

COLUMNS

KUZMINSKI: Can Only Small Business Save Us?

BBJN.COM: If In Rome, Why Not Cooperstown?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

SEELEY: Nothing Perfect, But Greens Seek Answers

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: May 30, 2019

HOMETOWN HISTORY: May 31, 2019

Summer DREAMS

‘Shoebox Treasures’ Has It All On Cards

FINE, FUN FOOD: Try Farmhouse’s Clams

THINGS TO DO:  38 Special To Borodin

IN MEMORIAM

Bonnie Jo Farmer, 86; Pastor Mel’s Wife Ran Eatery

Virginia ‘Gina’ Dwyer, 88; Mother Of 9, Then Teacher

Tom Armstrong, 92; ‘Mr. Springfield’ For Decades

Bill Dornburgh, 87; Banker Predicted Focus Failure

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THIS WEEK – April 25-26, 2019

THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

April 25-26, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Anthony Eardley, former Oneonta Stallion football player, has qualified to compete on the TV show, “American Ninja Warriors.” Filming begins Monday. Meanwhile, he’s working out in his parents’ backyard at 1 Tilton Ave. (Ian Austin /AllOTSEGO.com)

FRONT PAGE

Truitt Caught Next To Oneonta Police HQ

Cooperstown’s NY Pizzeria Looking To Grow

OH-FEST: Committee To Study Vetting Stars

OH-FEST: Chief Says Quelling Protests Hard

Filmmaker Stillman’s Next Topic: Local Poverty

Zakrevsky, Profs: Let’s Get Railyards Right

Andela Details Factory Planned In Richfield

EDITORIAL 

Officers: Keep Suspect’s Mugshots Public

COLUMNS

FACEBOOK: Read ‘OH-OH Fest’ Comments

ZAGATA: Chasing The Elusive Free Lunch

League Finds Downtown Eschewing Plastic

WALLER: Former CVS An Eyesore. Help!

POEM TO EDITOR: April, After The Shower

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

DOWNEY: As We Dither, China Plans Coal Plants

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: April 25, 2019

HOMETOWN History: April 26, 2019

ALLOTSEGO.life

Oneonta’s Ninja: Eardley Seeks National Fame

STRIP! Our Clothes Are Killing Us

LIBBY’S BEST BETS: 5K Season Arrives

IN MEMORIAM

Len Sauer, 89; Bassett Scientist Dies In Montana

Duncan Nesbitt, Sr., 76, A Last Manager Of Mill

Eunice Goodspeed Saunders, 102; Dairy Farmer

Gwendolyn Griffin, 80; Ran Worcester Oil Firm

James Starbuck, 75; Amphenol Master Tool Maker 

Leroy E. Snyder, 70; Mohawk Valley Entrepreneur

Mary Elizabeth Delong, 96; Enjoyed Thanksgiving Home

Ralph G. Bennett, 79, Milford; Firefighter, EMT

PEOPLE

Jack Lambert Named Player Of The Year

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THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS, April 18-19, 2019

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THIS WEEK’S NEWSPAPERS

The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

April 18-19, 2019

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

HOW SWEET IT IS! Jacob Russell raises his fist in triumph after he and Patrick Dewey completed the Boston Marathon Monday in 3:28:53, in the top 30 percent of runners overall. The two are running pals from their Cooperstown Central days. Jacob is graduating from Harvard next month, and Patrick from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. (Max Prager photo/Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com)

OTSEGO CHAMBER’S 

BEST of the BEST

LES GRUMMONS, Distinguished Citizen

PATHFINDER VILLAGE, Distinguished Business

FRONT PAGE

2 Oneontas Dip Toe Into Geothermal

Bassett Doctor Leads Top MD Association

Russell, Dewey In Top 30% In Boston Marathon

B&B Owner Drowns As Car Runs Into Lake

New CSO Executive Seasoned On Opera Stage

Main Street Finale Adds Futuristic Trash Cans

Doubleday Redo Scales Back 3rd-Base Pavilion

4-Year Maximum Sentence In Girl’s Death

EDITORIAL 

Brainy, Creative Execs Secure County Future

COLUMNS

KUZMINSKI: Guaranteed National Income?

FROM EPA: Say, What IS Geothermal?

Why Notre Dame Matter, via Wikipedia

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

PERDUE: Church Programs Serve Kids, Moms

HISTORY COLUMNS

BOUND VOLUMES: April 18, 2019

HOMETOWN History: April 19, 2019

IN MEMORIAM

John Smirk, 75; Cooperstown B&B Owner

Donald Hill, 79; Expert In Southern Music

Douglas Silvernail, 78; Worked For Jeweler

Susan Schultes, 70; School Nurse, EMT Captain

PEOPLE

Emphemera Abounds, And Much More

CCS Grad Pioneers Ear Procedure

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