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Zephyr Teachout, Congressional Candidate, Weds Over Weekend

Zephyr Teachout, Congressional

Candidate, Weds Over Weekend

Zephyr Teachout in Otsego County in February.
Zephyr Teachout in Otsego County in February.

Zephyr Teachout, the Democratic candidate for Congress for Otsego County, married Nick Juliusburger on Saturday in a small ceremony with family and friends in Dover Plains.

Rev. Megan Sanders of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pleasant Valley, officiated.

The couple released the following statement:  “We are thrilled and grateful to share our commitment to each other with those closest to us, and the community we love.”

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Rochelle Semel; Taught Labor Relations At Cornell

IN MEMORIAM: Rochelle Semel;

Taught Labor Relations At Cornell

Rachel Semmel, 1933-2016
Rachel Semmel, 1933-2016

HARTWICK – Rochelle Semel, artist, social and labor activist, teacher, and all around lover of life, died peacefully Aug. 27, 2016, after a short, but serious illness.

She will be deeply missed by her children Danny and Lani, her daughter-in-law Amelia, and her other family and dear friends.

Rochelle was born in 1933 in The Bronx to Joseph and Julia Posner, and after many travels, eventually settled in Hartwick with her partner of 36 years, Paul Poulos (1938-2016).

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Accused In Wife’s Death, Suspect Is Back In Court

Accused In Wife’s Death,

Suspect Is Back In Court

Casey Callahan, who is serving time in Attica for another crime.
Casey Callahan, who is serving time in Attica for another crime.

COOPERSTOWN – Casey J. Callahan, 50, who was arrested in June, accused of killing his wife Elizabeth 16 years before in Pennsylvania, is in court for a hearing at this hour.

While the case had been handled in Pennsylvania, District Attorney John M. Muehl concluded that, since Callahan, a Unadilla native, originated the plan to kill his wife while they were living in Goodyear Lake, he has jurisdistion.

Muehl is alleging that, on Jan. 19, 2000, Callahan ran over Elizabeth with a tractor trailer in the parking lot of the Dandy Mini Mart # 19 in Sayre, Pa., just off Route 17’s Exit 59A at Wilawan, west of Binghamton.

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Class Of 2020 Passes Through SUNY Pillars

Class Of 2020 Passes

Through SUNY Pillars

Pass through the Pillars is a campus tradition at SUNY Oneonta, where incoming freshman gather the night before classes begin to pass through the pillars of Old Main. This evening 1500 students of the class of 2020 passes through the pillars and into their first year of college. George Kaywood, class of '70 addressed the 1,500 incoming students, telling them "to expect the unexpected." "I came here in 1967 expecting to be an athlete." said Kaywood. "Two days later I walked into the WONY radio station and I have been doing that ever since." His immensely popular radio website, www.radiogeorge.com, has 130 channels and reaches 4000 cities around the world. "The lessons you learn here, in and out of the classroom, will shape your professional and personal lives." (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Passing through “The Pillars” — the pillars from Old Main, the original college building — brought 1,500 incoming freshman from the SUNY Oneonta Class of 2020 to the quad this evening, the night before classes begin.   “Expect the unexpected,” George Kaywood, Class of ’70, Distinguished Alumnus and owner of Radio George LLC, an innovative, 130-channel,  Internet-based station in Kansas City that reaches 4,000 cities worldwide.  “I came here in 1967 expecting to be an athlete.  Two days later I walked into the WONY radio station and I have been doing that ever since.”   “The lessons you learn here, in and out of the classroom, will shape your professional and personal lives.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Harry B. Edmonds Jr.; Farmed In Cherry Valley For 45 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Harry B. Edmonds Jr.;

Farmed In Cherry Valley For 45 Years

Harry B. Edmonds Jr.
Harry B. Edmonds Jr.

CHERRY VALLEY – Harold B. Edmonds Jr, 78, who farmed for more than 45 years in Cherry Valley, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by loved ones, following a long battle with cancer.

He was born March 25, 1938, in Malverne, on Long Island, son of the late Catheline and Harold Edmonds Sr. The family moved to Cherry Valley in 1946 and he graduated from Cherry Valley High School in 1958.

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Common Council Invited To Join Hartwick Students In ‘Get Scoop’

Common Council Asked To Join

Hartwick Students In ‘Get Scoop’

Here's the route OPT buses will take next Sunday to introduce Hartwick College students to their new community, culminating with an ice-cream social and movie at Southside Makk.
Here’s the route OPT buses will take next Sunday to introduce Hartwick College students to their new community, culminating with an ice-cream social and movie at Southside Makk.
Mall manager Luisa Montanti
Mall manager Luisa Montanti

ONEONTA – Southside Mall manager Luisa Montanti has invited Common Council and City Hall department heads to participate in “Get the Scoop,” an ice-cream social and free movie the mall and Hartwick College are hosting next Sunday, the afternoon of the 4th.

At the suggestion of Paul Patterson, Oneonta Public Transit director, the officials have been invited to get on the OPT bus at 3:45 p.m., before it picks up the Hartwick students and ride to the mall with them and they tour the downtown, Southside, neighborhoods and parks.

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Veteran Wesley D. Osborne, 55

IN MEMORIAM: Veteran Wesley Osborne, 55

MARYLAND – Wesley D. Osborne, 55, an Army veteran most recently employed at Wightman’s Lumber in Portlandville, passed away Aug. 24, 2016, at Fox Hospital.

He was born Nov. 25, 1961 in Blossburg, Pa., the son of Harvey Osborne Jr. and Shirley (Scarborough) Osborne.

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Fly Creek Days Bring Throngs To Village, Surrounding Roads

Fly Creek Days Bring Throngs

To Village, Surrounding Roads

fly creek sales

salka in fly creekCrystal Hurn of Cobleskill, top photo, right, was alerted to the tag sale at the Fly Creek Area Historical Society this morning by her parents, Ed and Judy Thorne, and she brought friend Lori Scorzelli with her to set up a jewelry stand for Fly Creek Days.  Tag sales are the order of the day today in the Fly Creek vicinity, as tag sales abound in the downtown and virtually every road in the vicinity.  Attendees included Republican John Salka, the Brookfield town supervisor (inset, chatting with Jordan Shelby, 3, of Fly Creek, who was tending granddad Edward Hogue’s coin stand); Salka, who is running against Assembly Bill Magee, D-Nelson, was planning to go door-to-door in Cooperstown and Hartwick later today, and end his campaigning this evening in Edmeston.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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For 18th Year, Garlic Sale On At Dancin’ Veggie Farm

For 18th Year, Garlic Sale

On At Dancin’ Veggie Farm

garlic -- this one

garlic buddyRachel Ainslie, top photo, who operates the Dancin’ Veggie Farm off Fly Creek Valley Road near the Town of Richfield line with husband Warren, answers Oneontan Lara Meyers’ questions during the annual garlic sale, underway until 6 p.m. today for the 18th year.  Lara was attending with mom Sharon from Burlington Flats.  All the garlic is Elmer’s Top Set, named after a neighbor who provided the Ainslies with their first garlic plants.  Warren said that, despite all the different names for garlic, there are only about 10 varies, although Bob Rothenberg of Oneonta, attending with wife Monet, pointed out that the soil and growing conditions can create a range of flavor within the 10 varieties.  The Ainslies were being helped by daughters, Ida, 23, now a student at St. Rose in Albany, and Martha, 20, who is at home, plus Jasmine Bonadies, 13, a friend from Oneonta.  The Ainslies’ dog, Buddy, was aproned-up to help with the sale, but seems to be spending most of the day napping.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Algae Bloom Suspends Gilbert Lake Swim

Algae Bloom Suspends

Y Swim At Gilbert Lake

Here's a sample of the blue-green algae in Gilbert Lake that caused the Oneonta Family Y to cancel its annual swim-a-thon there ths morning.   (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Here’s a sample of the blue-green algae in Gilbert Lake that caused the Oneonta Family Y to cancel its annual swim-a-thon there ths morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

DEC Scientist To Brief County On Danger

By IAN AUSTIN • for www. AllOTSEGO.com

LAURENS – The annual YMCA Gilbert Lake swim was cancelled again this morning, this time due to HABs, harmful algae blooms that have kept campers out of the water for the past several days.

Signs were posted warning park goers to avoid contact with the growth and to avoid contact with algae in the water, on fishing lines and boats.

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