ONEONTA – Reginald “Jon” Davis Osborn, 75, a retired state trooper and past exalted ruler of the Oneonta Elks, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, at his home in Crystal River, Fla., surrounded by his children.
Jon was born March 26, 1943, at Oneonta’s Parshall Hospital to Warren and Mildred (Reed) Osborn.
Raised in South Valley, Jon graduated from Cherry Valley Central School in 1960. He earned a degree in business administration from SUNY Cobleskill in 1962, and joined the Army Reserves in 1965, retiring in 1993 as a major.
COOPERSTOWN – Charlotte R. Kniskern, a native of Cooperstown and long-time resident of Lake Street, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 17, 2018, at Teresian House in Albany. She was 95.
Born Sept. 18, 1923, at Bassett Hospital, Charlotte was the only child of Charles A. and Katherine R. (Tierney) Kniskern.
Now 24, He Would Be 46 Before
Any Possible Parole, D.A. Says
COOPERSTOWN – Kevin Perry, 24, convicted of killing his parents in Laurens last December, will soon be en route to a maximum-security prison for at least 21.875 years.
As agreed upon when he pleaded guilty in September, Perry was sentenced today in Otsego County Court to 25 year to life on each of two counts of second-degree murder, according to county District Attorney John Muehl.
If, as he was originally charged, he had been found guilty of first-degree murder, he would have had to serve two life terms without parole, Muehl said. Instead, he could be considered for parole after he serves 7/8th of his concurrent 25-year terms, which would make him 46.
Proprietor Bill Michaels welcomes a bus load of SPOOMERS, old mill enthusiasts, to the Fly Creek Cider Mill this morning. The SPOOMERS are here from around the country this weekend for the annual convention of the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM), which is underway at Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith. At right, Charlie Michaels, Bill’s dad, shows off a freshly peeled and cored apple from a Daisy corer from the early 1900s. The Daisy is one of 200 apple peelers on display upstairs at the mill, which has been turning apples into cider with its water-powered Boomer & Boschert press since the mid 19th century. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
With county schools closed for superintendent conference days, Cooperstown area children in grades 1-8 spent a day of activity at Upbeat Club at the Christ Church. Above, Diane Koffer, Cooperstown, oversees Molly Murphy, Allie Nagleschmidt and Zola Palmer in the kitchen baking cookies. At right, Elias Vazquez, Hartwick, and Elainie Nelan and Alana Feury, both of Cooperstown, make inspiration blocks. The program operates on days children are off from school, and focuses on faith-based crafts, games, cooking and promoting character growth. It is sponsored by the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Cooperstown. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – State Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma was unable to achieve common ground on delaying the dissolution of the Town of Oneonta Fire District, Town Supervisor Bob Wood said this evening.
Wood said the judge directed his clerk, Steve Judd, to convene a second meeting with Town Attorney Robert Panaschi, fire commissioners’ lawyer Terence Hannigan, and a representative of the City of Oneonta, to again attempt a breakthrough.
Meanwhile, Judge Coccoma has advised the parties he intends to issue a decision by month’s end.
ONEONTA – The life of Philip W. Bresee, 93, who passed away July 24, 2018, will be celebrated from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Carriage House Event Center at 790 Southside Drive in Oneonta. Bring a story, a picture or a memory to share. Light refreshments will be served.