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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

Railroad History Presentation

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FCAHS MEETING – 7 p.m. Meeting will be followed by a presentation by Jim Howarth on the “Early days of the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad.” Fly Creek Area Historical Society, 210 Cemetery Rd, Fly Creek. Info, fcahs.org

FILM SERIES – 5:45 p.m. “A Time of Burnt Oranges.” Includes a vegetarian meal and childcare. No charge. RSVP requested. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info @ uuso@uuso.org, call (607)432-3491, or visit uuso.org.

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Diane Catella Iandiorio, 73; Active In Civic Life, Church
IN MEMORIAM

Diane Catella Iandiorio, 73;

Active In Civic Life, Church

Diane C. Diandiorio

ARNOLD LAKE – Diane Catella Iandiorio, 73, a civic leader who also was active in the Catholic Church, died on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Florida, where she spent winters with her husband.

Diane was born on Staten Island, the daughter of Louis J. Catella and Marie Riche Catella. She attended Notre Dame Academy, Hunter College, and then New York College of Music, where she received a bachelor’s in music.

In 1964 she married Dr. James A. Iandiorio, also of Staten Island, and they later relocated to Upstate New York, where she initially worked as a music instructor within the SUNY system at Bugbee School in Oneonta. She then ran her husband’s chiropractic practice, as the office manager, for over three decades.

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HERZIG TO RUN FOR SECOND TERM

HERZIG ANNOUNCES

FOR SECOND TERM

Herzig

ONEONTA – Mayor Gary Herzig announced just moments ago that he intends to run for a second term as Mayor of the City of Oneonta.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ANNOUNCEMENT

“During the past year and a half, I have felt honored and privileged to work with you – our Council, staff and volunteers that make up our City Boards and commissions,” he said in a statement. “During this time, much has been accomplished.”

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Katz: Village Would Cooperate If Immigration Officials Asked
READ RESOLUTION TRUSTEES PASSED TONIGHT

Katz: Village Would Cooperate

If Immigration Officials Asked

COOPERSTOWN – A few moments ago, Mayor Jeff Katz said the Village Board this evening did not intend to declare Cooperstown a “sanctuary village.”

He said the resolution unanimously approved was intended to narrowly apply to provision of immigration law where the federal government could “delegate” responsibility to enforce immigration law on localities like Cooperstown – and village police lack the resources to handle that.

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COOPERSTOWN BAT FACILITY IN FLAMES

COOPERSTOWN BAT

FACILITY IN FLAMES

Victoria Claudy of Hartwick was at the scene at the end of Poplar Street in Hartwick hamlet this evening as flames consumed the former mill there. “This is a piece of Hartwick’s history going down in flames,” she reported.  “I was able to get very close to the fire to capture these photos.”  The building was still burning as the sun went down. The lower right photo shows the corner of the building where a neighbor first reported seeing flames.

By LIBBY CUDMORE & JIM KEVLIN • Special to AllOTSEGO.com

HARTWICK – A long-vacant sawmill in this hamlet that Cooperstown Bat Co. reopened just a couple of weeks ago to manufacture billets for baseball bats was destroyed this evening in a smokey blaze.

Fire departments from Hartwick, Hartwick Seminary, Cooperstown, Milford, Fly Creek, Mount Vision, Laurens and Edmeston responded to a 6:20 p.m. call and were still pouring water on the structure at the end of Popular Street as the sun went down two hours later.

By then, flames were no longer evident, but billows of smoke were coming out from under the eaves of the low-slung red building, about 50 yards long.

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Cooperstown Now ‘Sanctuary Village’

Cooperstown Now

‘Sanctuary Village’

Without discussion, the Village Board prepares a few minutes ago to unanimously approve a resolution declaring Cooperstown a “sanctuary village.” From left are Trustees Dean, Falk and Kuch, Village Attorney Tillapaugh, Mayor Katz, Village Administrator Barown, and Trustees, Sternberg, Allstadt and Maxson. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – The Village Board a few minutes ago declared Cooperstown a “sanctuary village.”

On a motion by Trustee Cindy Falk, seconded by Trustee Jim Dean, trustees and Mayor Jeff Katz voted unanimously, 7-0, not “to participate in the Delegation of Immigration Authority”under the Immigration & Nationality Act of 1996.  The vote was perfunctory, without discussion.

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Fire Damages Cooperstown Bat Company Storage Facility

Cooperstown Bat

Building On Fire

HARTWICK – The former sawmill at the end of Poplar Street in the Hamlet of Hartwick was the site of a fire this evening.

The sawmill had been vacant for several years before Tim and Connie Haney, owners of the Cooperstown Bat Company, refurbished it as a place to store their billets, blank bats that are in need of finishing. The restoration of the building was only completed two weeks ago.

As of 8:30 p.m., the roof had collapsed, and smoke was still pouring from the building.  Crews are still on the scene.

This is a developing story

Please check back for details

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COOPERSTOWN BAT COMPANY ON FIRE

COOPERSTOWN BAT

 BUILDING ON FIRE

HARTWICK – At this hour, the Cooperstown Bat Company is reportedly on fire, according to the Otsego County Fire Wire.

Mutual Aid is being provided by  Mount Vision Fire, Milford Fire/EMS, Hartwick Seminary Fire, Cooperstown Fire, County Coordinators, Fly Creek Fire, Laurens Fire, Edmeston Fire.

This is a developing story,

Please check back for details

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 25

Support The Scouts

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CHICKEN DINNER – 5-7 p.m. Boy and Girl Scouts serve a chicken and biscuit dinner. Price, $9 adult, $5 children. Morris United Methodist Church, 17 Church St., Morris. Info, Harry Graves (607)316-8239

3-D DESIGN WORKSHOP – 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Come tinker with your designs for 3-D printing. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/

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Ray Han, 85, Noted Artist Lived In NYC, Cooperstown
IN MEMORIAM

Ray Han, 85, Noted Artist

Lived In NYC, Cooperstown

Ray Han discussed his work with Patsy Smith at the June 2015 opening of “Raymond Han: Still Lifes and Figures,” at The Fenimore. (AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – Raymond G.J. Han, a noted artist and sculptor, whose works were subject of a one-man exhibit at The Fenimore Art Museum in 2015, passed away April 18, 2017.

He was a longtime resident of New York City and of Cooperstown, where he had maintained a home and studio since 1972.

Born Sept. 29, 1931, in Honolulu, Hawaii, he studied at the Honolulu Academy of Art before moving to New York to study at The Art Students League. His work was shown in several group shows in New York before he joined the Robert Schoelkopf Gallery,  where he remained for 12 years until Robert Schoelkopf’s death; he then joined the Forum Gallery. He was currently represented by the Jason McCoy Gallery, also in New York.

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