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Prayers For Peace Offered As Holocaust Horrors Remembered

Prayers For Peace Offered As

Holocaust Horrors Remembered

Ken Sider, President of Temple Beth El in Oneonta, lights a ceremonial candle alongside Regina Betts, a Holocaust survivor, during a Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance service this evening at the synagogue. Six candles were lit for the 6 million who died. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Ken Sider, President of Temple Beth El in Oneonta, lights a ceremonial candle alongside Regina Betts, a Holocaust survivor, during a Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance service this evening at the synagogue. Six candles were lit for the 6 million who died. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – As candles flickered in remembrance of the six million Jews and five million others killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust, Nathan Batalion, Oneonta, shared his story.

“My stepdfather, Gabriel Bross, was a shoe-maker,” he said.  “He survived five different concentration camps because the soldiers needed boots, and even though they said they would kill him when it was all over, the allies freed him.”

Batalion shared his family’s history as part of Temple Beth El’s annual Yom HaShoah service, a memorial of Holocaust Martyrs and a celebration of the heroes who fought the Nazis in the ghettos or who sheltered the Jews from their forces.

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Olympian, Best-Selling Novelist Raised In Cooperstown

The Groff Sisters

Olympian Sarah True Recalls Growing Up

With Novelist Sister Lauren In Cooperstown

On a Rio 2016 promotional video, Olympic Triathlete Sarah Groff True reflects on relationship with her sister, best-selling novelist Lauren Groff, as they grew up in Cooperstown.  
On a Rio 2016 promotional video, Olympic Triathlete Sarah Groff True, left, reflects on relationship with her sister, best-selling novelist Lauren Groff, as they grew up in Cooperstown.
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Catskill Choral Society Welcomes Hamilton Professor As Conductor

Catskill Choral Society Welcomes

Hamilton Professor As Conductor

G. Roberts Kolb
G. Roberts Kolb

ONEONTA – G. Roberts Kolb, Hamilton College director of choral activities, is the new music director and choral conductor for the Catskill Choral Society.  An open house to welcome him is planned 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the First United Methodist Church.

He succeeds R. Colin Armstrong, Hartwick College’s choral director, who ended his tenure with the choral society with last month’s all-Bach concert.  He accepted an academic position in Texas.

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Stewart’s Veteran Oneonta Manager Takes On New Challenge In Coop

Stewart’s Veteran Oneonta Manager

Gets New Challenge In Cooperstown

In Oneonta, everybody knows Matt Sivacek, as the cheerful 10-year veteran manager at Stewart's Shoppe at Main and River. Now, he's taken on a new challenge: The Cooperstown's Stewart's on Chestnut Street, across from Price Chopper. Matt is enjoying a few weeks of relative calm before the throngs of summer customers arrive Memorial Day Weekend. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
In Oneonta, everybody knows Matt Sivacek as the cheerful 10-year veteran manager at Stewart’s Shoppe at Main and River. Now, he’s taken on a new challenge: The Cooperstown Stewart’s on Chestnut Street, across from Price Chopper. Matt is enjoying a few weeks of relative calm before the throngs of summer customers arrive Memorial Day Weekend.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Art Boden Fighting Cancer; Friends Fundraising To Help

Art Boden Fighting Cancer;

Friends Fundraising To Help

Art Boden has been stricken by a rare cancer.
Art Boden has been stricken by a rare cancer.

COOPERSTOWN – For years now, Art Boden has maintained a high profile as the cheerful and customer-focus general manager of New York Pizza.

In recent days, friends and loyal customers have been shocked to learn that Art, just 49, is fighting cancer: Stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

He will require treatment here at Bassett, and also at Strong Memorial in Rochester, and yesterday Brent Knauss and other friends launched a fund drive to help Art meet the financial challenges of rigorous treatment.

To participate, CLICK HERE for Art’s Go Fund Me page

Or, checks to help Art may be sent to The Bank Of Cooperstown, 73 Chestnut St., Cooperstown NY 13326.  Write “for Art Boden” in the memo line.

THE FULL STORY OF ART’S CHALLENGE IS PUBLISHED IN
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Oneonta Rallies To Comfort Embattled Islamberg Muslims

 

Oneonta Rallies To Comfort

Embattled Islamberg Muslims

In Oneonta, more than 100 people attended an NAACP rally Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Society and vowed to hold vigil with Islamberg's embattled Muslims if a Tennessee motorcycle gang shows up on May 15. And much more...
In Oneonta, more than 100 people attended an NAACP rally Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Society and vowed to hold vigil with Islamberg’s embattled Muslims if a Tennessee motorcycle gang shows up on May 15.  Full coverage in Hometown Oneonta, and text of Oneonta Mayor Herzig’s proclamation in The Freeman’s Journal.  And much more ..
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Congressional Candidates Speak On Farming At OHS

Congressional Hopefuls Meet

For 1st Time At OHS Forum

The Farm Bureau of New York this evening is hosting the five candidates, two Democrats and three Republicans, who will be competing in the June 28 primary for their parties’ nominations to run for the 19th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook. After a social hour in the Oneonta High School auditorium, the five spoke in the Belden Auditorium. From left are Democrat Will Yandik, Livingston Town Board member, Ulster County; Republican Bob Bishop, agribusinessman, Hamden, Delaware County; Republican John Faso, Kinderhook, former Assembly Republican leader who ran against Eliot Spitzer for governor in 2006; Democrat Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham law professor who challenged Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary, and Republican Andrew Heaney, Dutchess County, who has been expanding a family-run oil company. Before the debate, candidates had time to meet and greet local voters at an ice-cream social, sponsored by Stewart’s Ice Cream. Tonight also marked the first time that all five had been in the same room. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The Farm Bureau of New York this evening is hosting the five candidates, two Democrats and three Republicans, who will be competing in the June 28 primary for their parties’ nominations to run for the 19th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook. After a social hour in the Oneonta High School auditorium, the five spoke in Belden Auditorium. From left are Democrat Will Yandik, Livingston Town Board member, Ulster County; Republican Bob Bishop, agribusinessman, Hamden, Delaware County; Republican John Faso, Kinderhook, former Assembly Republican leader who ran against Eliot Spitzer for governor in 2006; Democrat Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham law professor who challenged Cuomo in the 2014 Democratic primary, and Republican Andrew Heaney, Dutchess County, who has been expanding a family-run oil company. Before the debate, candidates had time to meet and greet local voters at an ice-cream social, sponsored by Stewart’s Ice Cream. Tonight also marked the first time that all five had been in the same room. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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New Plan For Hickory Grove Packs Town Of Otsego Hearing

New Plan For Hickory Grove

Packs Town Of Otsego Hearing

Engineer Jon McManus, representing Blackbird Hollow LLC, outlines adjustments to plans for the former Hickory Grove Inn halfway up the west side of Otsego Lake before a packed Otsego Town Planning Board public hearing underway in the Fly Creek town hall at this hour.  Applicants were listed as Joe Galati & Susanne Adsit, McManus and Les Sittler.
Engineer Jon McManus, right, representing Blackbird Hollow LLC, outlines adjustments to plans for the former Hickory Grove Inn, halfway up the west side of Otsego Lake before a packed Otsego Town Planning Board public hearing underway in the Fly Creek town hall at this hour.  Developer Joe Galati is seeking adjustments in a plan for a hotel and restaurant at the former inn, which has been vacant for the past decade.  Presiding at the head table is John Phillips, town Planning Board chair.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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‘Hamilton’ Makes History With 16 Tony Nominations

‘Hamilton’ Makes History

With 16 Tony Nominations

Oneonta native Carleigh Bettiol in the Tony-award nominated "Hamilton"
Oneonta native Carleigh Bettiol on stage in the Tony-award nominated “Hamilton”

ONEONTA – With nominations in every category, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” – with Oneonta’s Carleigh Bettiol on the celebrated cast – has made Tony Award history with a total of 16 nominations.

The Broadway smash hit, which includes Carleigh in the chorus, but also as an understudy for Phillipa Soo (Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton), won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater album this past February, as well as a Pulitzer Prize.

“Hamilton” has been nominated for a Tony in every musical category, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Book of a Musical and Best Musical, as well as designs in lighting, scenery and costumes.

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Alabama Fugitive Arrested for DWI In Oneonta

Alabama Fugitive Arrested

For DWI In Town of Oneonta

Roger Elam
Roger Elam

ONEONTA – A man arrested for a DWI after a state police traffic stop yesterday morning was discovered to be a fugitive from Alabama.

Roger D. Elam, 29, Davenport, was allegedly observed speeding and driving across hazard marks on Main Street in the town of Oneonta.   An investigation by state police determined that he was driving while intoxicated with a BAC of .15 percent, and further investigation revealed that he was wanted in Blount County for the class B felony of theft of property in the first degree.  Elam was arraigned in the City of Oneonta court and was remanded to the Otsego County jail.

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