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John D. Guntert, 68; Marine, Master Mechanic In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: John D. Guntert, 68;

Marine, Master Mechanic In Oneonta

John D. Guntert

DAVENPORT – John D. Guntert, 68, a master mechanic at Country Club Automotive for 35 years, passed away at his home on Feb. 16, 2017.

He was born Oct. 11, 1948, in Stamford, the son of Ernest and Jean (Wiltsie) Guntert.

A Marine, he served in Vietnam.

He married Joanna Irwin on June 29, 1991, in Binghamton. They have been friends since the ninth grade.

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Viola Reed, 87, Oneonta; Ran Daycare Service At Home For 21 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Viola Reed, 87, Oneonta;

Ran Daycare Service At Home For 21 Years

ONEONTA – Viola M. Reed, 87, who operated a daycare service in her Oneonta home for 21 years while raising her own children, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Chestnut Park Rehab. & Nursing Center.

She was born Aug. 8, 1929, in Fleischmanns the daughter of the late Harley and Florence (Caniff) Haynes.  Viola graduated from Treadwell Central School.
On May 7, 1948, Viola married Leo W. Reed in Oneonta. Leo predeceased her on Aug. 5, 2009.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEB. 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEB. 20

Remembering Songs Of Civil Rights

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COMMUNITY SING-A-LONG – 7-9 p.m. An evening of spirituals and other songs of the Civil Rights Movement. Hosted by Intercultural affairs and the Music Department. Celebration Room, Hartwick College. Info, Lee Wright wrightl@hartwick.edu

ROLLER DERBY PRACTICE – 6 p.m. Sports team practice. Anyone 18 and older of any skill level are welcome. Interskate 88, 5185 St. Hwy. 23, Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/hillcityrollers/

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What Now? ‘Activism 101’ Aims To Show New Way In Trump Era

What Now?  ‘Activism 101’ Aims

To Show New Way In Trump Era

A panel discussion wraps up “Activism 101,” featuring consultant Leslie Berliant of Savor the Success, a consultancy for women entrepreneurs.  The workshop this afternoon at Oneonta’s Unitarian Universalist Church sought to help participants channel energies released by the Jan. 21 Women’s March in Washington D.C. (and related local marches in Oneonta and Cooperstown).    Jessica Carroll, a Standing Rock anti-pipeline activist, right, makes a point as other panelists prepare to add their inputs.  From left are Berliant, Laurie Zimniewicz, a community leader; Deb Marcus, executive director, Family Planning of South Central New York; Colleen Blalock, who helped organize the local march; and Shinique Smith and Jordan Skeete of SUNY Oneonta’s Divine Leaders, an organization that seeks self-empowerment and social justice.  More than 100 community members participated.    (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.c0m)

 

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3-Decade Trolley Heyday Lures 75 To History Center

3-Decade Trolley Heyday

Lures 75 To History Center

Greater Oneonta Historical Society Executive Director Bob Brozowski, top photo, left, welcomes a standing-room-only crowd to rail historian Jim Loudon’s  “The Otsego Trolley Line” lecture this afternoon at the History Center.  Loudon (inset photo) recounted how the Oneonta & Otego Valley Railroad, founded in 1897, expanded to Hartwick, Cooperstown, Richfield Springs and, eventually, Mohawk, in a financially troubled 36-year history before, as the Southern NY Railroad, it finally collapsed in 1933, victim of the ever-more-popular automobile.   Loudon is author of “Leatherstocking Rails: A History of Railroading Along the Upper Susquehanna” and other books on local history. Seated in the foreground in top photo are Steve Judd, left, and Ron Barton, who recalled, as boys on Oneonta’s West End, clambering over an abandoned Climax brand locomotive on boyhood adventures.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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230 Take To The Water In Polar Bear Jump ’17

Mercury In Mid ’50s

For 230 ‘Polar Bears’

For the first time in a long time, the water was colder than the air at the 21st annual Polar Bear Jump at Goodyear Lake this afternoon. Under the watchful eyes of the state police Troop C Dive Team, over 230 jumpers braved icy water to help raise money to help ten local recipients . Above, event organizer Brenda Waters, Milford, and Jay Murphy, Oneonta, call the jumpers out onto the ice to line up before taking the plunge.  Left, Christopher Vun swims as fast as he can towards the ladder out of the lake. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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

Snow Date For ‘Love Letters’

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THEATER – 2 p.m. Performance of ‘Love Letters,’ by A.R. Gurney, which tells the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner via the letters they exchanged over their lifetime. The Production Center of the Foothills Performing Arts Center, 124 Market St., Oneonta. Info, (607) 432-5407 or GEStevens17@gmail.com

HYDE HALL HISTORY – 3 p.m. John Bower, Marketing Director of Hyde Hall, presents a brief history from 1817 to 1835. Event is free and open to the public with light refreshments available. Celebrate Hyde Hall’s 200th year. Middlefield Town Hall, on Co. Rt. 25 off St. Rt. 166.

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Nomination Deadline April 10 For 2017 Preservation Awards

Nomination Deadline April 10

For 2017 Preservation Awards

Leigh Eckmair, Village of Gilbertsville and Town of Butternuts historian, accepts congratulations on receiving Otsego 2000’s Preservation Advocate Award for 2016 last May at a reception at the Roseboom Historical Association.  (Theresa Winchester photo)

COOPERSTOWN – Otsego 2000 is seeking nominations of deserving projects for its 18th annual Historic Preservation Awards for Otsego and Schoharie counties.

Nominations are due be April10 in the following categories:

  • Cornerstone Award For a project that promotes a preservation ethic through the maintenance or repair of a historic home, building or landscape.
  • Renaissance Award For a project that revitalizes a home, building or landscape while keeping or renewing its historic character through substantial rehabilitation or adaptive re-use. Properties receiving this award are not only improved in their own right, but provide benefits to the neighborhood or community.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 18

Support This Years

Polar Bear Jumpers

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POLAR BEAR JUMP – 12:30 p.m. Come spectate on people jumping in a freezing lake to support local children, individuals, and organizations in need. Goodyear Lake, Outside Portlandville, St. Hwy. 28, Oneonta. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/goodyear-lake-22nd-annual-polar-bear-jump

FROZEN TOE RACE – 10:30 a.m. 5 Mile race held regardless of weather conditions. Entry, $35. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com

PERFORMANCE – 7:30 p.m. Local and regional talent perform Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” Ballroom Gallery of the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown Village Library. Info, www.cooperstownart.com/special-events.html or call (607)547-9777

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Bassett Names Scott Bonderoff President Of O’Connor Hospital

Bassett Names Scott Bonderoff

President Of O’Connor Hospital

Scott Bonderoff

COOPERTOWN – The Bassett Healthcare Network trustees today named Scott Bonderoff president of O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, effective Monday.

He succeeds Dr. Carlton Rule, who is leaving the Bassett system at month’s end.

Bonderoff has been with Bassett Healthcare since 2001 – since 2010 as vice president of patient services & ancillary support at Bassett Hospital. He was chosen from among a dozen internal and external candidates the selection committee considered during its search over the last several weeks.

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