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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: West Kortright Center Presents Afro-Cuban Concert By OKAN 06-13-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for  SATURDAY, JUNE 13

West Kortright Center Presents

Afro-Cuban Concert By OKAN

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AFRO-CUBAN CONCERT – 8 – 9 p.m. Join the West Kortright Center for virtual concert by OKAN, fusing Afro-Cuban and other global rhythms with Jazz, Fold, and classical forms of music. Registration required. Visit westkc.org/eventbrite-event/virtual-afro-cuban-concert-okan/ for info.

Clarence R. ‘Bob’ Strom, 87; Navy Veteran Taught American History Locally

IN MEMORIAM: Clarence R. ‘Bob’ Strom, 87;

Navy Veteran Taught American History Locally

Bob Strom

UNADILLA – Clarence Robert (Bob) Strom, 87, an American History teacher at Otego and the Unadilla Central School District for almost three decades, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Bayfront Health Hospital, Punta Gorda, Fla.

He was born in Erskine, Minn., on July 28, 1932, the son of the late Adolf and Fedilise Strom. Bob graduated from Swanville High School in 1950. After graduation Bob enlisted in the Navy. He served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Antietam and USS Shangri-La during the Korean War.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

Pit Run Through Oneonta

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PIT RUN – 10:45 a.m. Run or walk 6.2 miles through scenic Oneonta, passing through SUNY Oneonta campus, ending at Neahwa Park. Also includes 5k race, 2 mile stroll, or kids fun run. In memory of Ricky J. “Pit” Parisian NYS Police Investigator killed in Line of Duty. Start at Main Street Bridge, Oneonta. 607-432-8068 or visit pitrun.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Indigenous Art Group Exhibit

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OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate group art exhibit “The Land On Which We Gather,” honoring new SUNY president Barbara Jean Morris. Features 40+ works by 8 artists of native descent in various mediums from painting to beading, sculpture. Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-3456 or visit suny.oneonta.edu/art-department/art-galleries

Blanche E. Powers, 76; Amphenol, Custom Electronics Employee

IN MEMORIAM: Blanche E. Powers, 76;

Amphenol, Custom Electronics Employee

Blanche Powers

UNADILLA – Blanche E. Powers, 76, of Unadilla, who worked Amphenol and Custom Electronics, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

She was born at The Hospital in Sidney, on July 31, 1942, daughter of the late Franklyn and Alta (Thomas) Dunshee.

Blanche attended Sidney High School and proudly received her GED later in life.

Truck Overturns On I-88 Near Sidney

Truck Overturns

On I-88 Near Sidney

Unadilla and Wells Bridge firefighters clear boxes of spilled food and drinks away from the scene of a tractor-trailer rollover last night in Unadilla. (Photo courtesy Wells Bridge Fire Department)

SIDNEY – I-88 is open again following a tractor-trailer accident that left the truck driver injured and fuel and cargo scattered on the roadside.

James E. Witt, 40, Scio was traveling eastbound on I-88 in Sidney when he traveled off the southern shoulder and traveled approximately 500 feet before striking earth embankment and overturning on its side. Unadilla and Wells Bridge Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene at 5:23 p.m. and the Witt was transported to Wilson Hospital complaining of head and rib pain.

Mary E. Bunt, 69; With Husband, Depicted The Clauses

IN MEMORIAM: Mary E. Bunt, 69;

With Husband, Depicted The Clauses

UNADILLA – Mary E. Bunt, 69, of Unadilla, who with her husband, Fred, depicted Mrs. Claus and Santa locally for many years, passed away Saturday morning Dec. 8, 2018, at her home surrounded by family.

She was born on May 12, 1949, to Floyd & Beulah (Bell) Jones.  She married Frederick Bunt on May 29, 1971, in Hartwick; he predeceased her.  She was also predeceased by her sisters, Luella Lyons, Lillian Rogers & Georgia Lorraine Jones, brothers, George, Paul & Walter, and Floyd Arnold Jones.

Dorothy B. Peet, 104; Retired From Oneonta Dress Factory

IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy B. Peet, 104;

Retired From Oneonta Dress Factory

Dorothy P. Peet

UNADILLA – Dorothy B. Peet, 104, of Unadilla, who retired from the Oneonta Dress Factory, passed away Tuesday morning Dec. 4, 2018, at Chestnut Park Nursing Home in Oneonta.

She was born on June 22, 1914, to William and Clara May (Bingham) Byam.

She was the widow of the late Edwin Peet and was predeceased by her son, John Edwin Peet and her sisters, Loretta & Ruth, her brothers, Howard, Walter, Floyd, Herbert and Harmon.

Patricia Ann Egli, Unadilla

IN MEMORIAM: Patricia Ann Egli, Unadilla

Patricia A. Egli

UNADILLA – Patricia Ann Egli, 83, of Unadilla passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at Fox Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born May 8, 1935, in Sidney to Alfred & Luella (Edwards) Egli.

She is survived by her children,  Frank Mercurio, David Mercurio, Debra (Carl) Harlow, Bonnie (Philip) Stenglein,  Linda, Brenda, and Mark, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robert N. Conley Jr., 67; Returned From Navy Career To Unadilla

IN MEMORIAM: Robert N. Conley Jr., 67;

Returned From Navy Career To Unadilla

UNADILLA – Robert N. Conley Jr., 67, who returned to Unadilla after 22 years in the Navy, passed away unexpectedly in his home in Unadilla on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018.

Bobby was born on May 20, 1951, in Clarksburg, W.Va., to the late Eleanor and Robert N. Conley Sr., both of whom were longtime residents of Unadilla before their passing.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 14

History Of New York Frontier

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FRONTIER HISTORY – 6:30 p.m. Terry McMaster presents “Ethnicity, Alliance, Family & War – Defenders of the NY Frontier & The Andrustown, Springfield, and Cherry Valley Attack of 1778.” Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 ext. 6 or visit hydehall.org/event/ethnicity-alliance-family-war/

CARNIVAL – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sales day features village wide lawn sales, vendors of antiques, arts, crafts, food, entertainment, activities for all ages. Chicken BBQ by Unadilla Fire Dept. Main St., Unadilla. Call 607-369-2614 or visit festivalnet.com/53360/Unadilla-New-York/Festivals/Forty-Second-Unadilla-Carnival-of-Sales

Michael H. Seigel, 83; Chaired SUNY Psychology Department
IN MEMORIAM

Michael H. Seigel, 83; Chaired

SUNY Psychology Department

Michael H. Siegel

ONEONTA – Michael H. Siegel, 84, who chaired SUNY Oneonta’s Psychology Department for almost three decades, passed away July 6, 2018.  He had lived in Oneonta and Unadilla.

He retired in 2002 after 28 years as department chair, becoming professor emeritus.  A research psychologist rather than a clinician, his original area of expertise was color vision, but expanded to include perception generally and memory.

ATV Driver Passed Ambulance, Tried To Flee, Troopers Report

ATV Driver Passed Ambulance,

Tried To Flee, Troopers Report

Joyce

UNADILLA – An ATV rider was issued more than a dozen tickets after he allegedly passed an ambulance with lights flashing along a solid yellow line, then tried to elude troopers who pursued him, according to a press release from Troop C, Sidney. His reckless behaviour led to a car chase, which ultimately put many at danger.

In the course of the chase, James T. Joyce, 24, from Colesville, Broome County, almost hit a pedestrian, the troopers alleged. James Joyce is extremely lucky that he didn’t hit a pedestrian during this chase. If he had, it’s likely that the pedestrian would’ve been hurt badly given the speed that he was driving without a second thought for any of the public. Unfortunately, many pedestrians do end up being involved in these police chases, through no fault of their own. If a similar event has happened to you, and you’ve been badly injured by a car, it might be worth contacting a personal injury lawyer, like www.michaelgopin.com/personal-injury/ for example. By doing so, you can gain legal advice to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

This certain chase continued into the Town of Bainbridge, and Joyce steered his ATV onto a railroad track, attempted to elude the officers, but the vehicle tipped over while he tried to steer it back onto the roadway, and he was caught, the report said. This sort of reckless driving could’ve injured many other members of the public. It’s lucky that this driver is now off the roads.

He was later charged with unlawfully fleeing police and reckless endangerment, after putting many people at risk with his careless driving. He Appeared in Bainbridge Town Court and he was jailed on $2,500 bail of $5,000 bond, and is due back in court July 24.

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