COOPERSTOWN – Mary Joan “MJ” Kevlin, co-publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and www.AllOTSEGO.com for the past 11 years, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017, at Bassett Hospital. She was 59, and had been struggling with cancer since October 2014.
MJ was born on April 19, 1958, in Endwell, to Joseph W. and Joan (Gaffney) Simmons, and was raised in Lafayette Hill, Pa. She graduated from La Salle University in 1979 and received a master’s in historic preservation planning from Cornell University in 1981.
As a planner for Jefferson County in Watertown, she met her future husband, Jim, who was an editor at The Watertown Daily Times. They married on June 25, 1983, at Our Mother of Consolation Church in Chestnut Hill, Pa.
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Beginning with yesterday’s meeting of the Otsego County Board of Representatives, the board’s monthly proceedings will be videotaped and made available to the public via www.allotsego.com
The county representatives have been discussing the idea for several months now. Their sensible concerns – for instance, would viewers suspect censorship if any part of the meeting inadvertently wasn’t recorded? – made it clear that it would be better all-around if an independent entity would provide the service.
The three sister publications – our two newspapers, plus our website – seemed like the logical entities to pick up the challenge. An Oneonta videographer, Karen Sullins, is making the recording and posting it on our behalf, with expressions of support from many of the representatives.
We’re new to this, and I assume the concept will evolve. If we can come up with a cost-effective way to live-stream the proceedings in real time, we will do so.
Meanwhile, I welcome any feedback and advice that you, our readers, may have.