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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 22

Discussion With The Candidates

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CANDIDATES FORUM – 6 – 8 p.m. Democrat Congressional candidates for the 19th district, Jeff Beals, David Clegg, Erin Collier, Antonio Delgado, Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhodes, and Pat Ryan discuss issues, more. HIRC Lecture Hall 1, SUNY Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/OneontaCollegeDems/

YOUTH PROGRAM – 2:30 p.m. Workshop introducing children to methods archaeologists use to find and identify archaeological sites. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

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Earth Day Attendees Reduce, Reuse And Grow Mushrooms

Earth Day Attendees Reduce,

Reuse And Grow Mushrooms

Earth Day puts the fun in fungus! Here, Chris Grady of Shady Grady Shiitake, right, Cooperstown, directs Fiona Dejardin and Sandy Andrews as they innoculate logs with shiitake mushroom spores. The spores are then sealed from parasites with a wax covering and the log placed outside in shade. The yield usually appears in 4-6 months. This was one of the many activities and workshops happening at Milford Central School this afternoon during the annual Earth Day celebration. Other activities included a recycled fashion show, yoga, Styrofoam collection, clothing swap, informational tables, workshops and local food vendors. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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‘Partners In History’ Event Highlights Otsego History

‘Partners In History’ Event

Highlights Otsego History

Hops expert Al Bullard, Milford, top photo, who published “The Hops Farmer’s Year” in 2015, discusses the once-ubiquitous Otsego County crop, now being revived, with attendees – from left, Dorothy LaGasse, Sandy Chase and Donna Robinson, all of Cooperstown.  The event was this morning’s “Partners In History” at Milford’s Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center, where historic displays were put on by local historians from across Otsego County.  At left is Judy Kessler, president of the Milford Historical Society, which hosted today’s event in collaboration with the Otsego County Historical Association.  Activities included a tour of the Sayre House and store, next door to the former Presbyterian church, conducted by Jim Havener.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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On The Mend, Rescued Puppies At Cider Run

FUNDRAISER PERHAPS BIGGEST EVER

On The Mend, Rescued

Puppies At Cider Run

At this morning’s annual Cider Run in Fly Creek, Oneonta’s Becca Daly, a Susquehanna Animal Shelter staffer, tickles Penelope, one of the nine dogs among the 101 animals rescued from a Garrattsville farm last weekend.  Also on hand at the SAS fundraiser was Lucy, another of the Collie mix canines being housed at the shelter until charges of torture and injury to animals against the farm’s owners are resolved.  At right, three Oneontans, Tom Slicer, Wayne Allen II and Brandon Gardner lead off the 10K event, which is hosted by the Fly Creek Cider Mill.  SAS Director Stacie Haynes said the crowd could have been a record — both the parking lots on Route 26 and across from the cider mill were filled — but the full count wasn’t in yet.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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SUNY Oneonta Professor Ragozzine Elected To National Mathematics Post

SUNY Oneonta Professor Ragozzine

Elected To National Mathematics Post

Dr. Raggozine

ONEONTA – Dr. Charles B. Ragozzine Jr., professor and chair of the SUNY Oneonta Department of Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics, has been elected by the Seaway Section of the Mathematical Association of America to serve a three-year term as its representative to the national Congress of the Mathematical Association of America.

Ragozzine’s duties will include representing the Seaway Section at national meetings and liaising between the section and the national organization.  The section is named for the St. Lawrence Seaway, and including Upstate New York and the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

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Killer Ricky Knapp Dies In Prison

Killer Knapp Dies In Prison;

Guilty In SUNY Coed’s Death

Ricky Knapp

ONEONTA – Ricky Knapp, the man convicted of the 1977 death of SUNY Oneonta student, has died in Mohawk Correctional Facility, according to prison records.

Knapp, 66, died March 8, having served 40 years of a 25-to-life sentence for a 1978 manslaughter conviction in the death of 18-year-old Linda Velzy, a SUNY student from Long Island. According to reports, Velzy was last seen Dec. 9 1977, hitchhiking in downtown Oneonta.

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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.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Celebrate The Earth

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EARTH DAY FESTIVAL – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day, have fun, and learn about your environment at fun interactive exhibits, workshop, and more. Milford Central School, 42 Main St., Milford. Call 607-547-2536 Ext 0 or visit occainfo.org/earth-festival/

CIDER RUN – 10 a.m. 5K/10K run open to children and adults to benefit the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Call 607-547-9692 or visit www.flycreekcidermill.com

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Three City Census Tracts New ‘Opportunity Zones’

Three City Census Tracts

New ‘Opportunity Zones’

Here is the map designating the City of Oneonta’s downtown and the D&H yards as “opportunity zones.

ONEONTA – New York State has designated the City of Oneonta’s downtown and the D&H yards as Economic Opportunity Zones, the Empire State Development Corp. announced this afternoon.

The designation is designed to channel money into neighborhoods that are considered poverty-stricken, according to Jody Zakrevsky, Otsego Now CEO.

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Final Pioneer Street Repaving Begins Monday In Coopertown

Final Pioneer Street Repaving

Begins Tuesday In Cooperstown

Weather permitting, final paving of Cooperstown’s Pioneer Street between Lake and Church will resume Tuesday, April 24, according to Public Works Superintendent Mitch Hotaling.   Tuesday, there will be no parking on Pioneer from Elm Street to Otsego Lake, but parking will be restored as work continues during the day.  Last fall, the $1.2 million reconstruction of Pioneer Street, including replacement of water and sewer lines dating to the 1880s, took place between Columbus Day Weekend and when winter arrived in earnest in December.  This year, a federally funded downtown project will begin this fall at Chestnut and Main, including the upgrade of the village’s sole traffic light.  The flag at Pioneer and Main was at half-staff today in honor of former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died Monday.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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