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Serving Otsego County, NY, through the combined reporting of Cooperstown's Freeman's Journal and the Hometown Oneonta newspapers.

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Fly A Kite At Cherry Valley Fest


KITE FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All day outdoor kite fly for all. Includes Rev Riders Team Performances, Fighter Kite Battles, more. Admission, $5/adult. Campbell Road, Cherry Valley. 607-264-3080 or visit

BLOCK PARTY – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Benefit for Family Resource Network features free hot dogs, vendors, children’s activities, opportunity to dunk Pastor Paul, 3 tries/$1, Noon – 12:30 p.m. Bring friends, meet more. Atonement Lutheran Church parking lot, 1 Center St., Oneonta. 607-432-6852.

Seward Announces $30K State Grant To Fund West Oneonta Alert System

Seward Announces $30K Grant

To Fund W. Oneonta Alert System

West Oneonta Volunteer Fire Department Chief Water Schmitt (seated) demonstrates the department’s new omni-directional alert and voice mass notification system for state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford.  Seward presented a $30,000 state grant this evening to help pay for the new alert system.  (Jeff Bishop photo)


Car Hits Plains At Parish; No Injuries Reported

Car Hits Plains At Parish;

No Injuries Reported

Ryan Winchester, a tow truck operator with Thetford’s Towing, prepares to tow a car after it crashed into an apartment at the Plains at Parish this afternoon. The crash happened after a resident allegedly lost control of the vehicle while attempting to move to a different parking space, going over a snowbank and a bush before hitting the outside wall of an apartment in the main building. No one was injured, but the State Police and West Oneonta Fire Department were on the scene, and the investigation is ongoing. (Ian Austin/
IN MEMORIAM: Allan Beach, 91; Founded West Oneonta Fire Department

IN MEMORIAM: Allan Rich Beach, 91;

Founded West Oneonta Fire Department

Allan Beach
Allan Beach

ONEONTA – Allan Rich Beach, 91, a former fire chief and founding member of the West Oneonta Fire Department passed away October 1, 2016 at Manor Care in Lebanon, Penn.

He was born March 3, 1925 in Hobart, the son of Ethel Eliza Rich and Almeron Allan Beach. He graduated from South Kortright Central School.  In 1947, Allan and Elfreda moved to West Oneonta. In 1952, they built a home on Route 23 where they lived for 50 years.  Subsequently, they lived in Mill Creek Estates in Otego, Juno Beach, FL, and most recently in New Holland, PA.

In 1947, Allan operated a poultry farm in West Oneonta and Emmons and later operated a AAA towing service for many years while owning local gas stations.  He was a tractor trailer driving instructor and national placement director for a tractor trailer driving school.

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