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Two Teens Arrested For Armed Robbery

Two Teens Arrested

For Armed Robbery

ONEONTA – Two Oneonta teens were arrested following an investigation into an armed robbery of a SUNY Oneonta student this past December.

Kobe Kimble, 17 and Gabriel Perez, 17, were arrested in connection to the knifepoint robbery of a SUNY student from Brookhaven on Dec. 2, 2016.  It was alleged that the suspects, during the commission of the robbery, knocked the victim to the ground, displayed a knife and forced the victim to turn over property.  The suspects may have been accompanied by up to four or five additional juvenile males.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22

Learn To Fish On Ice

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Last Day to reserve for Chicken & Biscuit Dinner Theater, First United Methodist Church of Oneonta. 432-4102.

ICE FISHING WORKSHOP – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn to ice-fish with instructors from NYS Parks and the NYS DEC “I Fish NY” Program. Includes Gear and bait, a chance to win your own tackly, fish filleting demonstration, and a chance to learn about winter lake ecology. Glimmerglass State park, Cooperstown. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/get-hooked-ice-fishing

LIFEGUARDING – 1-3:30 p.m. Have fun in the pool and learn about water safety and lifeguarding. 11-14 year olds. Members $35, non-members $50. Oneonta YMCA, 20 – 26 Ford Avenue, Oneonta. Info, www.oneontaymca.org/

CLUBHOUSE – 6-8 p.m.  Includes free food and give-aways. A judgement free zone where teens can relax with their friends. Richfield Springs Community Center, 6 Ann St., Richfield Springs. Info, Blake Stensland @ bstensland@familyrn.org or Jon Ramirez @ jramirez@familyrn.org or call the Family Resource Network @ (607)432-0001 or www.facebook.com/ClubhouseProject/

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Otego Mourns Loss Of School

Otego Mourns

Loss Of School

A sign of mourning has appeared at the entrance to the Village of Otego. The Unatego Central school board voted at week ago Monday to close Otego Elementary, effective Aug. 31.
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Honorees Announced By Otsego Chamber

Honorees Announced

By Otsego Chamber

A&D Transport, Lusins, Family Planning
Land Trust Will Be Toasted At Banquet

ONEONTA – A & D Transport Services, Inc, Marie Lusins, Family Planning of South Central New York and – in a new award – the Otsego Land Trust will be honored at the Otego County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Tuesday, March 28, it was announced a few minutes ago.

Here are the details:

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Kay Amatucci, 76; Worked 35 Years At Hartwick College

IN MEMORIAM:  Kay Amatucci, 76;

Worked 35 Years At Hartwick College

Kay Amatucci

ONEONTA – Kathleen “Kay” Amatucci, 76, who retired after 35 years with Hartwick College, passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 at Bassett Hospital.

Kay was born in Brooklyn, on Dec. 21, 1940 the daughter of Thomas and Florence (Lynch) Coakley. She was the 3rd of seven children, having four  sisters and two brothers.

She worked at the Navy Ships Store Office (NSSO) where she met her husband of 56 years, Sonny Amatucci. They married in 1960 and had two daughters, Gina and Kathleen.

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Questions Greet, Applause Affirms Mathes Appearance

BRIEFING IN SCHENEVUS

Questions Greet,

Applause Affirms

Mathes Appearance

Among 75 attendees reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of this evening’s briefing are, from right, Paul Smith, James Heaney and his son, Tom, and Victor Hansen. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

75 Attendees Provided Details

Of Hunt For Distribution Center

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.allotsego.com

In the Schenevus AMVETS this evenng, Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes forsees “a very positive economic stimulus.”

SCHENEVUS – “Welcome,” an audience member called out when Otsego Now CEO Sandy Mathes finished introducing the concept of a 250- to 600-job distribution center to a community whose commercial base dropped from 57 businesses to a handful in the last half-century.

Even with 90 minutes of sometimes probing questions that followed from the 75 citizens at the AMVETS this evening, the audience broke into applause when the presentation and Q&A came to an end.

“We will be as aggressive as we can to maximize the local benefits,” Mathes pledged at several points.

But he also referred to the uncertainty and strategic nature of what lies ahead for 600-resident Schenevus and the Town of Maryland (total population 1,897) over the next couple of years.

“It’s like making a sports team,” he said.  “You’ve got to make the cut.”

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Fox Nursing Home Lifts Flu Restrictions

Fox Nursing Home Lifts Flu Restrictions

ONEONTA – As of tomorrow, Fox Nursing Home is lifting visitor restrictions imposed Feb. 3 due to flu cases in the nursing home.

Even though the restrictions have been lifted, people who feel ill should refrain from visiting.

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Robert W. Ranger, 79; Helped Found Bank Of Cooperstown
IN MEMORIAM

Robert W. Ranger, 79; Helped

Found Bank Of Cooperstown

Robert Ranger

WEST WINFIELD – Robert W. Ranger, 79, a member of the Bank of Cooperstown’s founding Board of Directors, died Saturday evening, Feb. 18, 2017, at Bassett Hospital following a brief illness.

Bob was born June 15, 1937, in Corning to Robert W. and Freida (Spreitzer) Ranger.  He was raised in Painted Post and graduated from high school there.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Rutgers.

In December 1978, he married Marjorie Brooks, a union of almost 40 years.  He once said, “between the two of us we can surmount any obstacle – we are a team.”

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John D. Guntert, 68; Marine, Master Mechanic In Oneonta

IN MEMORIAM: John D. Guntert, 68;

Marine, Master Mechanic In Oneonta

John D. Guntert

DAVENPORT – John D. Guntert, 68, a master mechanic at Country Club Automotive for 35 years, passed away at his home on Feb. 16, 2017.

He was born Oct. 11, 1948, in Stamford, the son of Ernest and Jean (Wiltsie) Guntert.

A Marine, he served in Vietnam.

He married Joanna Irwin on June 29, 1991, in Binghamton. They have been friends since the ninth grade.

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