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Unadilla

BULLETIN: Clark 561, Nardi, 543

BULLETIN:

Clark 561, Nardi, 543

COOPERSTOWN – With all absentee ballots counted, republican incumbent Kathy Clark has won her District 3 seat on the Otsego County Board of Representitives over challenger Cathy Nardi, 561-543. Further results coming shortly.

Gary Peterson, 59; Ran Flagstone Business In Unadilla

IN MEMORIAM: Gary Peterson, 59;

Ran Flagstone Business In Unadilla

Gary A. Peterson

UNADILLA – Gary A. Peterson, 59, passed away Sept. 29, 2017, from an autoimmune disease, Scleroderma.

He was born March 3, 1958, in Norwalk, Conn., the son of Charles and Elsie Peterson.

Gary was a young child when his family bought a dairy farm in Unadilla, where he grew up.  He attended Gilbertsville Central High School.

Hazel Sullivan, 96, Unadilla; 1st Husband Died In WWII; Waitress At Jack’s

IN MEMORIAM: Hazel Sullivan, 96, Unadilla;

1st Husband Died In WWII; Waitress At Jack’s

UNADILLA – Hazel V. Sullivan, 96, former waitress at Jack’s Diner on Oneonta and the Unadilla Diker here, passed away Sat. Sept. 23, 2017, at Chenango Memorial Hospital.

She was born on May 28, 1921 in Oswegatchie, Jefferson County, to Theodore & Bertha (Stone) Newell.  She first married William Cargill in 1939, who was killed in WW II.  She then married Douglas R. Sullivan, who predeceased her in 1996.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPT. 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPT. 8

Big Band Swing Concert

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BIG BAND CONCERT – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Travel to a time when “Swing was the Thing.” Bring a lawn chair, relax, and enjoy. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Cooperstown. Call (607)547-5098 ext. 6 or visit hydehall.org/event/small-town-big-band-in-concert-at-hyde-hall/

CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The New York Connection: Traditional Irish Music, Dance and Song. The Oneonta Concert Association brings the sounds of Ireland to the Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta. oneontaconcertassociation.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20

Spring Street Fair & Market

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SPRING FLING – Noon-5 p.m. 2-day event featuring farmers, crafts-people, food vendors, and live music. Doubleday field parking lot, 1 Doubleday Ct., Cooperstown. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/spring-fling-street-fair

RELAY FOR LIFE – 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Support the search for a cure to cancer, remember the dead, and support the living. Wilber park, 1-19 S. Main St., St. Hwy. 28, Milford. Info, Lauren.Ferraro@cancer.org

BROOKWOOD POINT REOPENING – Noon-5 p.m. Enjoy food, lawn games, music, kayaking, demonstrations, and more at Brookwood Point, 6000 State Highway 80, West Lake Rd., Cooperstown. Info, otsegolandtrust.org

HISTORY REMEMBERED – 1 p.m. Unveiling Cato Freedom historical marker. In memory of Cato Freedom who gained his freedom due to his service in the Revolutionary War. Butternut Valley Cemetery, Co. Hwy. 16, Burlington Flats. Info, Deb Mackenzie, President Otsego County Historical Association, (607) 293-6635.

Flood Waters Down in Unadilla

Flood Waters Down In Unadilla

Though the waters of the Susquehanna River were still high, by mid-afternoon, they had fallen below the 11 foot flood marker. A flood watch remains in effect until tomorrow. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

UNADILLA –  Though the floodwaters have receded to under 10 feet, a flood warning remains in effect until Saturday afternoon at Unadilla.

Flood stage is considered at 11 feet, and the river is reportedly just under 10 feet as of 5 p.m.. The National Weather Service predicted minor flooding between Main Street and River Road, and drivers are advised not to drive across flooded bridges or roads.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAR. 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAR. 19

Hops In Otsego County

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PROGRAM – 3 p.m. “Otsego County Hops – Our History, Our Future” with Al Bullard and Ian Porto. Village meeting room, Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info,  www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

SENIOR PLAY – 2 p.m. “Miss Nelson is Missing.” Admission, $10 adults, $5 student/senior citizens. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org

Unatego Board Votes To Close Otego Elementary

Unatego Board Votes

To Shut Otego School

“You have ripped the heart out of our community,” Buzz Hesse tells the Unatego Central school board moments after they voted 6-1 to close the Otego Elementary School during a packed meeting this evening. With only James M. Salisbury voting against the closure, the board decided that K-5 would be moved to the Unadilla Elementary School in September. Though originally planned for a June 31 closure, Superintendent David S. Richards agreed to keep the building open for summer programming, with a closing date of Aug. 31. No teaching positions will be lost, but Rene’ Treffeisen, board president, said the principal, a secretary, several aides and maintenance position will be eliminated. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8

What To Do In A Disaster

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DISASTER UNIVERSITY – 4:30-8:30 p.m. The Red Cross holds a training course for disaster relief. House fires to hurricanes, learn how you can aid your community in times of their greatest need. Registration preferred, walk-ins welcome. Alumni Hall, SUNY Oneonta. Info, Taylor Fanelli at (315)733-4666 or email taylor.fanelli@redcross.org.

CLUBHOUSE – 6-8 p.m. Baking night for teens 7-12th grade. Includes free food, give-aways, and, a judgement free zone where teens can relax with their friends. Unadilla Teen Center, 16 Watson St., Unadilla. Info, Blake Stensland @ bstensland@familyrn.org or Jon Ramirez @ jramirez@familyrn.org or call the Family Resource Network @ (607)432-0001

Springbrook Promotes Harman To Chief Financial Officer Post

Springbrook Promotes Harman

To Chief Financial Officer Post

Wade Harman

ONEONTA – Springbrook had announced the appointment of Wade Harman as chief financial officer.

Harman has been a member of Springbrook’s leadership team since August 2015, serving as the director of fnance. He joined the organization in February 2013 as the assistant controller.

As CFO, Harman will work closely with Springbrook’s Chief Operating Officer Seth Haight, Chief Executive Officer Patricia Kennedy, and the organization’s Board of Directors.

$25M ‘Medical Village’ Sought For Tri-Town

$25M ‘Medical Village’

Sought For Tri-Town

Bassett Aims To Streamline Health Services

Tri-Town Hospital, serving Sidney, Unadilla and Bainbridge, has been under Bassett’s wing since 2008.

SIDNEY – The Bassett Healthcare Network is seeking a $25 million state grant to build a “medical village” that’s “specifically designed for 24-7 emergency and outpatient services” at Sidney’s Tri-Town Regional Hospital.

The network also announced that an applilcation has been submitted to the state Health Department to allow Tri-Town to operate as a “satellite emergency department” administered by Fox Hospital, rather than the Bassett mother ship in Cooperstown.

Patricia Silvernail, 49, Unadilla

IN MEMORIAM:  Patricia Silvernail, 49, Unadilla

UNADILLA – Patricia Dianne Silvernail, 49, of Unadilla, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born on June 6, 1967, daughter of George and Carol (Eckler) Thayer in Oneonta.

Sheriff: Man Robbed Unadilla Woman Of Meds

Police: Man Broke Into Home,

Took Elderly Woman’s Meds

Colvin

UNADILLA – A Unadilla man was arrested after an elderly woman reported he broke into her house, shoved her and stole her perscription medication, sheriff’s deputies report.

Robert Colvin, 32, was arrested and charged after the victim told a family member that earlier that day, she home alone when she heard loud banging on her door, the report said.

UNATEGO SCHOOLS $1.5 MILLION SHORT

UNATEGO SCHOOLS

$1.5 MILLION SHORT

AUDIT REVEALS UNEXPECTED GAP

OTEGO – As it begins to prepare its 2017-18 budget, the Unatego Central School District has discovered an accounting error has left it almost $1.5 million short of where it thought it was on its finances.

Superintendent of School David Richards said today that a review of Unatego finances released last night found that as a result of a non-cash accounting error in 2010, compounded by expenditures made following that error which assumed the funding was available, has left the school district with a $1.484 million shortfall as it prepares to develop the 2017-18 school budget. This is a huge error that will leave the school with a huge financial burden; had the school been in contact with a more professional and efficient accounting firm, like the Accountants in Windsor, this perhaps wouldn’t have happened and would have the school in a good place in terms of money. Should the finance team at the school have kept up to date with technology advancements in the accounting sector, such as looking into comparisons of wave vs quickbooks as well as other bookkeeping tools, they might have been able to spot this accounting error within one of these new tools and possibly rectified the issue before it became a problem for their 2017-18 budget.

CLICK HERE TO REVIEW FULL AUDIT

This shortfall came to light as the district’s new Shared Business Official was closing out paperwork related to the district’s $15.8 million capital project from 2010. She discovered that there was a significant amount of funding shown as due to the General Fund from Debt Service in the both the current year’s budget as well as in previously audited financial statements.

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