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Animal Shelter Floods, All Animals Safe

Animal Shelter Floods,

All Animals Safe

Gaylord Dillingham, Susquehanna Animal Shelter Board President watches as Executive Director Stacie Haynes pouring water out of a cat carrier after Saturday night’s rains left their isolation building flooded. While there were some wet paws, all animals were safe and were relocated to dry rooms while the building is cleaned up. A large stock of blankets and dog food were lost, and the shelter is currently seeking donations. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Winter Wonderland – Again

Winter Wonderland – Again

After yesterday’s temperatures in the mid-60s, last night’s storm was a bit of a shock, but the icy beauty of today’s aftermath almost made up for it. If you didn’t make it out for a Sunday afternoon drive, here a bit of the treat, a scene on Murphy Hill Road, Town of Middlefield. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEB. 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, FEB. 27

Spaghetti At The Vets Club

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SPAGHETTI DINNER – 5-7 p.m. Includes homemade sauce, sausage, meatballs, rolls, salad, drink, dessert. Take-out available. Adults $10, Children $8. Cooperstown Vets Club, 60 Main St, Cooperstown.

STRESSBUSTERS – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monthly class giving you the tools for self-care and empowerment. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/

CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE – 7 p.m. Learn about the Civil War at the Abner Doubleday Round Table. the Elm Inn, 105 E. Main St., Milford. Info, jtgralinski@gmail.com

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James V. Govern, Stamford; Owner Of Catskill Craftsmen
IN MEMORIAM

James V. Govern, Stamford;

Owner Of Catskill Craftsmen

James V. Govern

STAMFORD – James V. Govern, Sr., proprietor of Catskill Craftmen Inc., the nation’s leading manufacturer of RTA (ready to assemble) hardwood kitchen islands, carts and work centers, died peacefully on Feb. 23, 2017, with his loving daughter and son-in-law, by his side.

He was born in Stamford on Sept. 17, 1924 to Eugene and Josephine Govern.

He lived in Stamford all his life. He graduated from Stamford Central School and served in the Navy.

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Otsego Now Committee Goal: Full-Time CEO

Otsego Now Committee

Goal: Full-Time CEO

Hanft: Provision Will Blunt Momentum
Otsego Now chair Devin Morgan, left, and board members Rick Hulse, center, and Craig Gelbsman after voting aye on the committee minutes at Thursday’s meeting. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.allotsego.com

ONEONTA – The Otsego Now board of directors, at its monthly meeting Thursday, approved minutes of its new Reorganization Committee that includes among the committee’s goals: “engage in a search and hire a full-time CEO.”

The 2-5 vote came over the objections of board member Bob Hanft, immediate past chairman.  He said including that line in the Reorganization Committee’s 11 “duties and responsibilities” will only serve to slow Otsego Now’s current momentum.  “I think it does more harm than good.”

Hanft said the committee had been directed to come up with a plan for the future, and that taking on the mandate of seeking a new CEO should come only after a plan is developed and approved.  “I think that’s line should be stricken,” he said.

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Dorothy V. Harris; Centenarian Raised Four Children

IN MEMORIAM: Dorothy V. Harris;

Centenarian Raised Four Children

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Dorothy V. Harris, age 100, passed away Thursday evening, Feb. 23, 2017 in Bassett Hospital, with her family by her side.

Dorothy was born on Nov. 17, 1916, in Malone, daughter of John and Bessie Shutts Blume. She was raised in Malone and was a graduate of Franklin Academy there. In 1934 she was united in marriage to Winfield Harris in Malone. They we married for 55 years until his passing in February 1989.

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Emotions Run High At Kinderhook Rally

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Emotions Run High

At Kinderhook Rally

Cassidy A. Maze of New Lebanon, top photo, leads 1,000 people in ’60s-style protest songs at a rally this afternoon  in front of the Kinderhook office of U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, whose district includes Otsego County. Lower photo, Trump supporter Andrew Monell – one of only two counter-protesters evident – stirs taunts and fist-shaking when he drove his motorcycle, blaring “God Bless The U.S.A.” and other patriotic ballads, into the edge of the crowd. Organized by Indivisible CD-19, the rally’s original goal, according to organizer Pam Kline of Livingston, was to convince the newly elected Faso to hold Town Hall meetings, like the ones that elicited angry crowds across the U.S. this week. However, speakers – they included retired Bassett OB-GYN Mark Heller – spoke on a range of issues, from Trump’s seeming tilt toward Russia, to the easing of environmental regulation and Climate Change, continued funding for women’s health, and ensuring changes in the Affordable Care Act don’t deny citizens medical care. The rally began at 2, and after 90 minutes of speeches, chants and song, about 200 protesters walked two blocks to Faso’s house; the congressman didn’t appear to be home, and the crowd dispersed without incident. There were about a half-dozen Otsego County attendees; the thinking was a smaller rally in Delhi at noon (see below) drew away protesters from Oneonta and Cooperstown.   While the rally was peacful, speakers had been told an individual with a pistol was in the crowd, and police were present throughout.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Classic Rides Inside The Southside Mall

Classics Inside Southside Mall

Glen Hotaling, Oneonta, stands next to his 1930 Ford Model A, on display at The Southside Mall as part of a classic car show organized by Tom and Doug’s Cruise-In. The car, which has the original body on it, was bought from a a man in Cooperstown who had refurbished it. Hotaling added some minor chrome work to the engine and rear-view mirrors, but other than that, it is all original parts. “(This event) draws a lot of people into the mall.” said Hotaling, “People love seeing the old cars. This is the type of event Oneonta needs.” The cars will be on display until March 12. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 26

Colony Collapse’ At  SUNY-O

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SUNY THEATER – 2 p.m. Theater department production of “Colony Collapse.” Hamblin Theater, Fine Arts Building, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info,                          oneonta.edu/academics/theatre/

ADULTING WORKSHOP – 1-4 p.m. Through conversation and practice, learn about the skills and lessons a young college graduate may need in their adult life. Golisano 103-104, Hartwick College. Info, Kristin Bergene, bergenek@hartwick.edu

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Constituents To Faso: ‘Don’t Defund ACA!’

Constituents To Faso:

‘Don’t Defund ACA!’

Constituents from the area – including Otsego County, above, gather outside the U.S. Rep. John Faso’s office in Delhi this afternoon to encourage the freshman congressman not to vote to defund the Affordable Care Act.  This is the second rally outside the State Sen. Charles D. Cook County Office Building.  Protesters also were asking Faso to schedule a Town Hall meeting.  At right are Oneonta’s  Sue Murphy, Peggy Pendrak, Deb Dalton, and Rebeca Byam on Delhi’s Main Street.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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