Above, Nearly 600 Students and staff of SUNY Oneonta gathered in the Hunt Union Ballroom this evening for a tearful Memorial Service for Daniel William Michaels, 18, who passed away in the early morning hours of Dec. 3rd. At right, friends of Daniel find in each other as they look at his photo at the close of the evening. Pastor Peter Derway of Catholic Campus Ministries led the memorial that included readings from friends and fraternity brothers. “He will always be in each of us.” said Derway, “If you look around you can still see signs of him, and it’s okay to acknowledge he is still around.” Following the service, students wrote memories and condolences that were collected in a large cross to be given to the family at a later date. To date, more that $17,000 has been raised for a scholarship in his name. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ONEONTA – Ruth (Silvernail) Bell, 90, passed away peacefully with her daughters at her side on December 9, 2017.
Ruth loved to travel, play cards, music, gardening with her husband, and spending time with her family.
COOPERSTOWN – Joseph Piambino, 78, formerly of Long Island, a manufacturing engineer who retired to the Cooperstown area, passed away early Sunday morning, Dec. 10, 2017, at his home on Hade Hollow Road with his family by his side.
He was born Aug. 1, 1939, in Brooklyn, a son of Frank and Frances (Ingargiola) Piambino. He married Linda Ketcham on Sept. 3, 1988, in Mount Sinai, Suffolk County.
COOPERSTOWN – Mary Louise Gray, 88, of Cooperstown, who worked in hospitals across the region before returning home to tend to her mother, passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 9, 2017, at her home on Walnut Street with her sister Connie and nephew Brent at her side.
She was born Jan. 13, 1929, at Bassett Hospital and graduated from Cooperstown High School, Class of 1948. She was first employed as a part-time telephone operator at Bassett, where she also made formulas for the maternity and pediatric wards and the central supply department.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 12
POSTPONED DUE TO WINTER WEATHER: “Take Action for Animals: Animal Legislation & Advocacy,” with Libby Post. Learn how you can be an advocate for companion animals. The Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/
FUNDRAISER – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fashion in Action to benefit the Ninash foundation, promoting literacy to children around the world. Hunt Union, SUNY Oneonta. Visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1663471
COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown police are looking for tips on a woman who allegedly stole a purse from the outpatient clinic building of Bassett Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 5.
The victim was sitting in the lobby near the pharmacy between 2:45-3:15 p.m. and left her purse on the bench. The suspect, described as a white female with dark hair, wearing a black coat and white pants, sat down next to the purse and took it when she left the clinic building.
COOPERSTOWN MAYOR RETIRING
COOPERSTOWN – Jeff Katz, mayor of Cooperstown for the past six years – in many ways a transformational mayor – today said he won’t run for a fourth two-year term in village elections in March.
“I’ve been mayor for six years, trustee for seven before then,” he said in an interview with The Freeman’s Journal. “Thirteen years is a pretty longtime to do this. And they were pretty intense years. I feel it’s time.”
Prior to his election in 2012, Katz served as a village trustee for seven years. He and his family moved to the village in 2003.