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Chris Goff, 44; Wife, 4 Young Children Survive

IN MEMORIAM:  Chris Goff, 44;

Wife, 4 Young Children Survive

ONEONTA – Christopher Goff, 44, husband of former Destination Oneonta Executive Director Julia Goff, died peacefully in his home in Oneonta on Feb. 9, 2016.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Sam, Emma, Jeb and Sara; his mother, Virginia Louise Norwood and a brother, Ed Goff of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his grandmother, Sally Norwood.

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Police Arrest Burglary Suspect Escaping Through Home Window

Police Arrest Burglary Suspect

Escaping Through Home Window

Paul Dorego
Paul Dorego

ONEONTA – A “highly intoxicated” 21 year old was arrested after police caught him climbing out of the window of an Elm Street home where they had responded to a burglary call in the early morning hours of Monday, Feb. 8.

Paul A. Dorego Jr., 21, of Sag Harbor, was arrested after police responded to a call of a burglary in process.  “When the officers arrived, the homeowners were standing outside,” said Oneonta Police Lt. Douglas Brenner.  “They said the suspect was still inside, and the officers heard a noise around the side of the house.  When they went to investigate, the saw the suspect climbing out the window.”

Police discovered Dorego exiting through a first floor window, and he resisted arrest as the officers took him into custody.  He was visibly intoxicated when police arrested him.

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Move Qualifications Out Of Charter, Panel Says

Move Qualifications Out

Of Charter, Panel Says

Residency Requirement Remains in Charter

Council Member Melissa Nicosia, Second Ward, explains why she believes the qualifications for the City Manager should be removed from the charter. Former mayor David Brenner listens. (Ian Austin/AlOTSEGO.com)
Council Member Melissa Nicosia, Second Ward, explains why she believes the qualifications for the City Manager should be removed from the charter. Former mayor David Brenner listens. (Ian Austin/AlOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – Mayor Herzig’s ad hoc Charter Review Committee last evening proposed removing the qualifications for the city manager from the charter, putting them in a job description, like all other positions.  That would allow Common Council to change them by a majority vote.

“No other job has their requirements outlined in the charter,” said Committee member and Council member Melissa Nicosia, Second Ward.  “I think the Common Council should determine what the qualifications are based on their needs.  This allows the position to evolve.”

“Who knows what will work 10 years from now?” asked Committee member David Martindale.

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Chenango County Police Force Joins PAARI, Anti-Heroin Push

Chenango County Police Force 

Joins PAARI, Anti-Heroin Push

PAARI_Logo_PUB_052815-06-e1434386577264OXFORD – Chief Richard Nolan announced today that the Oxford Police Department has partnered with The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (P.A.A.R.I.) and Truth Pharm to launch their addiction outreach and recovery program, Road to Recovery.

This is the program the Cooperstown Police Department began implementing on Thanksgiving Day.

The Oxford Police Department’s program will officially begin on Feb. 15. The department has already hosted a community Narcan training at Oxford High School and will be training all police officers, members of the Oxford Fire Department and ambulance squad on the use of Narcan.

“While we are a small local law enforcement agency, we recognize that our community needs help,” Chief Nolan said. “By partnering with P.A.A.R.I., we now have access to a variety of resources which will help further our own initiatives in this fight against substance abuse. We look forward working with P.A.A.R.I. and hope for a long and successful partnership.”

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James R. Donnelly, 79; Dairy Farmer, Former Exeter Assessor

IN MEMORIAM: James R. Donnelly, 79;

Dairy Farmer, Former Exeter Assessor

SCHUYLER LAKE – James Reeves Donnelly Sr., 79, a retired dairy farmer and former Town of Exeter assessor, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday evening, Feb. 6, 2016, at Bassett Hospital.

He was born on July 19, 1936, in Cooperstown, son of the late William R. and Mary Kraham Donnelly.

A lifelong Schuyler Lake resident, he was educated in Schuyler Lake and was a graduate of Richfield Springs High School.

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CCS Picks Good Sports In Winter Competition

CCS Picks Good Sports

In Winter Competition

Cooperstown High School Principal Mike Cring has chosen Sportsmanship Award winners for winter sports. Front row, from left, are Lauren Lionetti, cheerleading; Abby Ford, modified girls basketball; Maggie Schuermann, varsity girls basketball; Tess DiLorenzo, modified volleyball; Matilda Francis, JV volleyball; Amber Genova, varsity volleyball; Faith Logue, modified girls basketball; and Kate Trosset, girls JV basketball. Back row, from left, Ryan Lansing, modified boys basketball; Skyler Taylor, bowling; Keith Barlow, JV boys basketball; Chad Carr, boys varsity basektball; Will Harloff, boys swimming; Logan Kantor, modified wrewstling. Missing from the photo was Jasmine Martinez, wrestling. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
Cooperstown High School Principal Mike Cring has chosen Sportsmanship Award winners for winter sports. Front row, from left, are Lauren Lionetti, cheerleading; Abby Ford, modified girls basketball; Maggie Schuermann, varsity girls basketball; Tess DiLorenzo, modified volleyball; Matilda Francis, JV volleyball; Amber Genova, varsity volleyball; Faith Logue, modified girls basketball, and Kate Trosset, girls JV basketball. Back row, from left, Ryan Lansing, modified boys basketball; Skyler Taylor, bowling; Keith Barlow, JV boys basketball; Chad Carr, boys varsity basketball; Will Harloff, boys swimming, and Logan Kantor, modified wrestling. Missing from the photo was Jasmine Martinez, wrestling. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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Gibson Forms Committee To Explore Governor Race

Gibson Forms Committee

To Explore Governor Race

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, shown here at Oneonta's First Night Parade, announced today he is forming an exploratory committee to run for governor. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, shown here at Oneonta’s First Night Parade, announced today he is forming an exploratory committee to run for governor. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
 

Otsego County’s congressman, U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-19, this morning filed with the state Board of Elections to form “Gibson for New York,” an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2018.

The news was reported on nytimes.com last evening, followed by an official announcement this morning.

Gibson’s interest in challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo next year surfaced when he announced, as he was sworn in for a third term in Congress last January, that he would not run again.

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Before The Super Bowl There Is The Chili Bowl

Before The Super Bowl

There Is CANO’s Chili Bowl

Chili artisans brought out droves of food lovers to the ever popular Chili Bowl at CANO this afternoon. The event, celebrating its 12th year, boasted chilis for any taste. The event, the main CANO fundraiser sold over 430 bowls made by local artisans at the nearby Carriage House Art Studio. This year's winners were the Oneonta Bagel Company, who won the People's Choice award with their Bungalow Bills Bayou Chili, and Oneonta Hots, who took home the Fireman's Choice award. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
We may root for different teams in tonight’s Super Bowl, but we’re all winners at the CANO Chili Bowl! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

ONEONTA – Chili lovers from around the area turned out in droves to taste the areas best chilies at the ever-popular Chili Bowl at CANO this afternoon. CANO’s biggest fundraiser, celebrating its 12th year,  sold over 430 bowls made by local artisans at the nearby Carriage House Art Studio. This year’s top prizes went to the Oneonta Bagel Company, who won the People’s Choice award with their Bungalow Bills Bayou Chili, and Oneonta Hots, who took home the Fireman’s Choice award. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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$1,000, $500 Checks Claimed As Winter Carnival Winds Up

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$1,000, $500 Checks Claimed

As Winter Carnival Winds Up

Young Tim Feury claims the $500 check from Winter Carnival Committee chair Marissa Davidson that he won by finding the Carnival Medallion – a golden football – Friday afternoon at Badger Park. For the ninth year, the prize presented at this afternoon's Carnival Closer came from The Freeman's Journal & Hometown Oneonta. Seated behind them are Jim and Teresa Donley and their daughter Dierdre. In photo at right, Carnival Committee member Shirley Tyler announces that Edgar Stevens, a Vets Club member, won the $1,000 raffle. Christine Bell is at right. (AllOTSEGO.com)

carnival vets clubYoung Tim Feury this afternoon claims the $500 check from 2016 Cooperstown Winter Carnival Committee chair Marissa Davidson that he won by finding the Carnival Medallion – a golden football – Friday afternoon at Badger Park. For the ninth year, the prize was underwritten by The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta. Seated behind them are Jim and Teresa Donley and their daughter Deirdre. In photo at right, Carnival Committee member Shirley Tyler announces that Eggar Stevens, a Vets Club member, won the $1,000 raffle. Christine Bell is at right. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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At Y, Dads, Daughters Dance The Night Away

 

At Y, Dads, Daughters

Dance The Night Away

Shane Couse and daughter Shayanna, left, Oneonta, and Ron Coe with daughter Veronica, Oneonta, right, slow dance at the YMCA's annual Father Daughter Dance this evening, held at SUNY Oneonta's Hunt Union Ballroom. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Shane Couse and daughter Shayanna, left, and Ron Coe with daughter Veronica, all of Oneonta, slow dance at the YMCA’s annual Father Daughter Dance this evening, held at SUNY Oneonta’s Hunt Union Ballroom. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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