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Cooperstown Trustees Pass Drone Ordinance

Cooperstown Trustees

Pass Drone Ordinance

Cooperstown resident Bill Waller, who has opposed the proposed drone law at every public hearing, expresses his concerns once more ahead of the Board of Trustees vote on the revised drone law. The law was tabled at the Trustee meeting in March to be revised by Village Attorney Martin Tillapaugh. The revised law was presented at this evening’s board meeting, and was ultimately passed, creating a permitting system for drone flight from Village property. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 24

Chicken & Biscuits For The Scouts

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CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER – 5 – 7 p.m. Support the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts program in Morris. Enjoy a delicious dinner or get takeout. Cost, $9/adult. Morris United Methodist Church, 17 Church St., Morris. Call 607-316-8239.

BLOOD DRIVE – 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Give Blood, Save Lives. Edmeston School, 11 North St., Edmeston. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearchList.jsp?zipSponsor=13335

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In Memoriam: Elena Doyle, 71; Premier Pastry Chef

In Memoriam:

Elena Doyle, 71;

Reknown Pastry Chef

Elena Doyle

EAST MEREDITH – Maria Elena “Elena” Doyle, 71, who owned Elena’s Sweet Indulgence in Oneonta,  died peacefully on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at her home, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Born in Queens, NY, daughter of Silvio Ghianda and Mary (Gerolamo) Ghianda, Elena moved to East Meredith in 1989. A long-standing member of the Oneonta business community, she owned and operated Elena’s Sweet Indulgence in Oneonta, NY for more than 20 years and was one of the area’s premier wedding caterers.

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Seward Brings $125k Grant For New York History Day

Seward Brings $125K Grant

For New York History Day

As some of the 500 visiting students from around the state file by, Farmers’ Museum President Paul D’Ambrosio, left, confers with state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, a few minutes ago on the economic impact and other benefits of New York History Day, underway today in Cooperstown. Seward dropped by to announce a $125,000 grant to to support the activity. D’Ambrosio said Seward’s continuing support allows the museum to more fully promote the activity statewide, hence the record turnout this year. Some 150 schools and 10,000 students statewide create projects – this year’s theme is “Conflict and Compromise.” Projects are set up in the Louis C. Jones Center to be judged today, and statewide winners will compete for national honors June 10-14 at the University of Maryland. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Large Turn Out As Clean-Up Falls On Earth Day

Large Turn-Out As Clean-Up

Finally Falls On Earth Day

Members of Alpha Omicron Phi and Phi Kappa Psi pose with councilman Dave Rissberger, on left in green, and their haul of trash they collected from the streets this morning during the annual Third Ward Clean Up. Student volunteers and city residents banded together to pick up garbage from OHFest XIII the night before. This year’s event featured one of it’s largest turn-outs since it’s inception.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, APRIL 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, APRIL 23

History Day Awards

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HISTORY DAY – 4 – 6:30 p.m. Award Ceremony for student history presentations. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org

TEEN SCENE – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Teens participate in alternative group exercise POUND. Teens are given weighted drum sticks which they use to pound to the beat of the music. Dress to exercise. Dinner is provided. RSVP required. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0001 or visit www.facebook.com/FamilyRN/

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Hometown Crowd Cheers Cooperstown’s Erin Collier

Hometown Crowd Cheers

Cooperstown’s Erin Collier

Erin Collier of Cooperstown, the only Otsego County candidate in the race in the 19th Congressional District Democratic primary race, pauses with family members after she was warmly applauded by a local crowd after a forum that ended a few minutes ago in the Village Hall ballroom.  Seated from right are sisters Erica and Jessica Collier, the candidate, and grandmom Shirley Banner and her friend, Leon Spicer.  Standing from right are Jessica’s fiance Lance Lowell, parents Steve and Evelyn Collier, beef farmers in the Town of Middlefield, and brother Todd Collier.  (Another brother, John Collier, and his wife, Karen, were away on vacation this week.)  During 70 minutes that included a presentation and Q&A, Erin, an economist who works for USAID, a federal famine-prevention agency, fielded questions ranging from how to expand local healthcare to how to firm up Social Security, expressed confidence her nomination petitions would withstand a challenge.   She reported her “great, great, great, great, great grandfather” moved to the county “after fighting the Revolutionary War,” and Colliersville bear her family’s name.  Milford’s Banner Hill is named after her mother’s family.  The candidate is due at a forum at 6 p.m. today in Lecture Hall One at SUNY Oneonta HIRC building, sponsored by the college’s Young Democrats.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 22

Discussion With The Candidates

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CANDIDATES FORUM – 6 – 8 p.m. Democrat Congressional candidates for the 19th district, Jeff Beals, David Clegg, Erin Collier, Antonio Delgado, Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhodes, and Pat Ryan discuss issues, more. HIRC Lecture Hall 1, SUNY Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/OneontaCollegeDems/

YOUTH PROGRAM – 2:30 p.m. Workshop introducing children to methods archaeologists use to find and identify archaeological sites. Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

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Earth Day Attendees Reduce, Reuse And Grow Mushrooms

Earth Day Attendees Reduce,

Reuse And Grow Mushrooms

Earth Day puts the fun in fungus! Here, Chris Grady of Shady Grady Shiitake, right, Cooperstown, directs Fiona Dejardin and Sandy Andrews as they innoculate logs with shiitake mushroom spores. The spores are then sealed from parasites with a wax covering and the log placed outside in shade. The yield usually appears in 4-6 months. This was one of the many activities and workshops happening at Milford Central School this afternoon during the annual Earth Day celebration. Other activities included a recycled fashion show, yoga, Styrofoam collection, clothing swap, informational tables, workshops and local food vendors. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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