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Unadilla News

Savalla Howland, 94; Secretary, Aide At Sidney High School

IN MEMORIAM: Savalla Howland, 94;

Secretary, Aide At Sidney High School

UNADILLA – Savalla Howland, 94, of Unadilla, a secretary and teacher’s aide at Sidney High School, passed away at home on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, following years of fighting cancer and heart disease.

Savalla was born on March 5, 1924, in Deposit, the daughter of Austin and Bertha (Whitman) Gifford. She was married to her late husband Charles H. Howland on Nov. 12, 1944 and shared 66 years together.

Steven F. Koberlein, 39; Unadilla Man Fought Battle Against Cancer

IN MEMORIAM: Steven F. Koberlein, 39;

Unadilla Man Fought Battle Against Cancer

Steve Koberlein

UNADILLA – Steven F. Koberlein, 39, knowns to friends and family as the “Big Dog”, passed away on Oct. 13, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.

A Unadilla native, he was born June 26, 1979, in Sidney to George and Barbara (Bell) Koberlein. He was a 1998 graduate of the Unatego Junior/Senior High School. For the last 17 years he was employed by Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney.

He lived a rich and endearing life by these tenets: Behave humbly. Give Generously. Dress modestly. Love Sincerely.

Jury Finds Unadilla Man, 47, Guilty Of Molesting Girl Under 11 13 Times

Jury Finds Unadilla Man, 47, Guilty

Of Molesting Under-11 Girl 13 Times

William Holtslander

COOPERSTOWN – A Unadilla man, 47, was found guilty today after a jury trial in Otsego County Court of molesting a girl under age 11.

William A. Holtslander was convicted of 13 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.

The jury, consisting of four men and eight women, deliberated for four hours before returning a verdict of guilty on all counts, finding Holtslander had molested the girl 13 times.

Howard R. Harder, 86; Trained Bird Dogs, Including NY Champ

IN MEMORIAM: Howard R. Harder, 86;

Trained Bird Dogs, Including NY Champ

UNADILLA – Howard R. Harder 86, who a union carpenter who raised bird dogs and won a state championship with his dog, Popper, passed from this life on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, at the Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing.

He was born the son of the late Robert and Lula (Chickering) Harder, Sr. in Charlottesville. There, Howard went to school in a one-room schoolhouse, then moved to Oneonta and later to Sidney where he graduated with the Class of 1949.

Unatego Board Sets Hearing For Otego School

Otego School Sale

Possible In 2 Weeks

Unatego Central school board Chair James Salisbury addresses a packed house at last night’s meeting of the school board, where the pending sale of Otego Elementary was discussed.  To his left is Dave Richards, superintendent of schools.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH – Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Kimberly More, representing Kildonan School, describes how its plan might save taxpayers money in the long run.

OTEGO – At its first public meeting since the June 30 deadline for RFPs, the Unatego Central school board last night agreed in front of a packed crowd to hold a public hearing on three perspective buyers for the former Otego Elementary School building at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 30.

The school board may choose a buyer that evening.

Each applicant will be given 15 minutes to discuss their plans for the building. Each presentation will be followed by 15 minutes of questions from the public before voting.

After initially sending out a request for proposals, the board received three proposals for the building from:

Walter E. Brooks, 84; Civic Leader Owned Brooks Machine Products
IN MEMORIAM

Walter E. Brooks, 84; Civic Leader

Owned Brooks Machine Products

Walter E. Brooks

UNADILLA – Walter E. Brooks, 84, a civic leader and owner of Brooks Machine Products, a custom-machined parts company here, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2018.  His wife Edna, son Brad and Pastor (ret.) Kip Stratton were by his side.

Walt was born on Oct. 25, 1933, in Afton, son of (pre-deceased) Fay and Ruth (Decker) Brooks.

He served in the Air Force in 1952-56, during the Korean War, then joined GE, working in Shelbyville, Ind., and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Unatego Residents’ Ideas Sought On School’s Reuse

Unatego Residents’ Ideas

Sought On School’s Reuse

The Unatego Central School Otego Repurposing Committee is asking district residents to complete a survey to help them make recommendations to the Unatego Board of Education as they make plans for the future of the Otego Elementary School.

The survey is available on line with a link on the district website at www.unatego.org and will be available until the end of January 2018.

questionnaire — spychalski

TOM SPYCHALSKI

COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 1

COMMUNITY OF RESIDENCE: Unadilla

EDUCATION: BA in History, UCLA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Restaurateur, Managing Real Estate Broker Associate, Marketing Director

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Board Member Franklin Stage Company, CANO

FAMILY: Daughter

PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT: Simple: Promote healthy growth and and ensure public safety.

MAJOR ISSUES FACING OTSEGO COUNTY: Our county has not seen growth commensurate with our resources, which indicates, to me, a lack of imagination, a lack of ambition, a failure to coordinate or a bit of all of the above.

MY QUALITIES: I have been successful at understanding how things work, avoiding wasteful behavior and devoting focussed effort on the important factors that drive results.

STATEMENT: The day you are elected, you not only represent the party that got you there, but you also represent the people that voted against you. I, like many of us are sickened by the partisan divide in our politics and in our country. We need leadership over mere partisan representation to end this division and get things done. Any venture in which 50%  of the people don’t trust and admire the leadership is certain to fail.

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