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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Holiday Workshop Festival

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HOLIDAYS ON THE FARM – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Workshop festival features opportunity to learn skills with resident experts. Create bottle of fragrant waters & essences, crochet a snowflake coaster, discover cold-process soap making, print custom holiday cards, bake traditional holiday treats, or make a holiday gift broom. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Holiday-Workshop-Festival

NATIVE AMERICAN STORIES – 2 – 4:30 p.m. Celebrate “Native American Month” with Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan and elder JT Taylor of El Nu Abenaki tribe as they share culture, perspective through traditional stories, music, drumming. Free, open to public. SUNY College Camp, 119 Hoffman Rd., Oneonta. 607 435-3455 or visit connect.oneonta.edu/event/2842816

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Canvass Confirms Victory For Salka

2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Canvass Confirms

Victory For Salka

Assemblyman Magee Out After 28 Years

John Salka

BROOKFIELD – While canvassing is wrapping up today, the John Salka campaign felt confident enough to announce the Brookfield Republican has defeated veteran Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, in the 121st District.

On Election Night, Salka held a lead of 963 votes out of more than 44,000 votes cast. After most absentee and affidavit ballots were counted in Madison and Otsego counties, Salka maintained a lead of 508 votes. Oneida County has not completed its count yet, but has less than 150 outstanding ballots, so it is mathematically impossible for Magee to make up the difference.

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Tops Alerts Customers: Salmonella Tied To 2 Jenny-O Turkey Products

Tops Alerts Customers: Salmonella

Tied To 2 Jenny-O Turkey Products

HARTWICK SEMINARY – Tops Friendly Markets, which operates a Cooperstown Commons supermarket, this morning issued an advisory: Jennie-O Turkey Sales has recalled some raw ground turkey products that may be associated with an outbreak of Salmonella.

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First ’18 Storm Lighter Here Than Elsewhere

First ’18 Storm Lighter

Here Than Elsewhere

Still, It’s Colder Than Usual, Mattice Says,

And More Snowfall Predicted For Sunday

Ron Jex, Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, wields a big shovel, but snowfall in the village was far less than points south, according to Weather Observer Dave Mattice. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Otego’s Tanner Gainsford, with dad Mark, were snowblowing Barbara Cimko’s sidewalks and driveway this morning in Oneonta’s Greater Plains neighborhood.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

It may have a surprise, but it shouldn’t have been, according to National Weather Service weather Dave Mattice of Oneonta.

Mid-November snows are not unusual, he said a few minutes ago, just as Cooperstown DPW chief Mitch Hotaling declared the village snow emergency, originally due to last until this evening, at an end.

“This is definitely not the most snow we’ve had in November,” said Mattice.  “I remember a Thanksgiving snow, riding a snowmobile up Chestnut Street all the way to East Street.”

If anything, Otsego County got it easy in the overnight storm.  “We were spared,” Mattice said.  “Hancock got 12-13 inches. I only got 5 inches” at his Oneonta home.  In Cooperstown, it appeared 6-8 inches had fallen.

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Fernandez Concedes, Thanks Supporters

2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Fernandez Concedes,

Thanks Supporters

He Calls Devlin To Congratulate Him

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM

Bob Fernandez on Election Night.

OTEGO – Despite the final outcome, county sheriff candidate Bob Fernandez gave thanks all around for a hard-fought campaign that came to an end yesterday afternoon.

“I was honored to have the chance to run for sheriff in Otsego County and I would like to thank all of the bipartisan support for our campaign,” he said in an e-mail. “I also would like to thank the campaign team itself … (and) the Democratic committee, which allowed me to run on their line.”

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250 Dine, Get Home Before Storm Strikes

250 Dine, Get Home

Before Storm Strikes

CCS Seniors Surya Daniel and Jack Odell chat with Bill Sanford of Westville, one of the last-to-leave diners at this evening’s traditional Senior Citizen Community Dinner in the Cooperstown Junior/Senior High School cafeteria. Sponsored by the school’s Leo Club, the dinner hosted 250 citizens, according to Wayne Moakler, an organizer. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Snow Emergency Begins At 8 For Village Of Cooperstown

Snow Emergency Begins At 8

For Village Of Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown is issuing a Snow Emergency effective AT 8 p.m. this evening through 6 p.m. Friday, DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling announced.

There is to be no parking on village streets during this time. Parking will be available in the Doubleday Parking Lot.

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With Snow Due, City Hall Allows Parking In Deck

With Snow Due, City Hall

Allowing Parking In Deck

ONEONTA – In anticipation of the predicted snowfall, the City of Oneonta is lifting parking regulations in the parking garage and other municipal lots.

Drivers are reminded that anytime there is more than 2 1/2″ of snowfall, vehicles must be removed from city streets or they are subject to ticketing and/or towing at the vehicle owners expense.

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Alfred Gilbertsen, 82; Machinist Retired From Bendix In 1992

IN MEMORIAM: Alfred Gilbertsen, 82;

Machinist Retired From Bendix In 1992

“Gilly” Gilbertsen

SIDNEY – Alfred “Gilly” Gilbertsen 82, a retired Bendix machinist, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at Fox Hospital in Oneonta.

He was born July 15, 1936, son of the late Alfred and Viola (Walsh) Gilbertsen in Brooklyn.

Al served in the Army in 1960-66. In 1965 He married Lillian O’Hara in the Rockdale Church in Guilford.

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Frank J. Kranitz, 92, Richfield; WWII Vet Ran Lake-In-Pines
IN MEMORIAM

Frank J. Kranitz, 92, Richfield;

WWII Vet Owned Lake-In-Pines

Frank Kranitz

RICHFIELD SPRINGS – Frank Joseph Kranitz, 92, World War II veteran and owner of the Lake-n-Pines Motel on Otsego Lake for many years, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, Nov. 12, 2018, at the Saint Johnsville Rehabilitation Center in Montgomery County.

He was born on Oct. 12, 1926, in Woodside, Queens, son of the late Joseph and Mary Tones Kranitz. Frank was raised in Queens where he graduated high school.

After graduation, he answered the call of his country by enlisting in the Army during World War II.

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