Archives for February 2017

Oneonta Fire Called To Aid In Cobleskil

Oneonta firefighters were called in to aid those from other area companies in containing a church fire in Cobleskil.

The fire happened Saturday evening at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church on East Main Street and according to investigators it started when lightning hit the church’s steeple.

According to a post on Otsego County Fire Wire Oneonta’s ladder truck and all available manpower were called in to assist Cobleskil firefighters.

Central Queensbury’s ladder truck was also called to the scene.

Indian Music Presentation At SUNY Oneonta

Classical music from Northern India will be the focus of a presentation tonight SUNY Oneonta which is part of the Hewitt Pantaleoni Memorial Concert Series.

According to the university the featured artist is Oneonta native Asrjun Verma who is a sitarist and will introduce attendees to the essentials of Indian music.

Tonight’s event will be at the Room 201 of the Fine Arts Center beginning at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday Verma will join her father Roop Verna for a concert at SUNY Oneonta’s Goodrich Theater.

Governor Announces MWBE Business Expo Series

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced New York State will host events to provide women and minority business owners with information about state resources.

The 2017 Regional Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Opportunities Expo Series will include workshops, panel discussions and information about state sponsored financial and technical assistance.

Cuomo says empowering diverse participation is essential for strengthening New York’s economy.

In Central New York the expo will be held at the Oncenter in Syracuse June 22.

Investigation Continues Into Fatal Walton Accident

Police say charges are expected to be filed in connection with a fatal accident Saturday in Walton.

According to investigators a car driven by Joel Alves of Hopewell Junction was westbound on State Highway 206 when it crossed into oncoming traffic hitting a vehicle driven by Andrew Thompson of Tenafly, New Jersey.

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Alves was driving with a suspended license and a suspended vehicle registration.

NYS AG & Education Commissioner Issue Statement On Immigration

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued guidance Monday to the state’s 700 school districts after getting questions about schools’ obligation to federal immigration officers.

In a statement the two officials reminded local school authorities that state law entitles students ages 5 to 21 to a free public education, regardless of immigration status.

Schneiderman and Elia say school employees should call district offices if faced with an immigration agent’s request for access to students or their records.

Donations Needed For Shelter Repairs

Repairs continue at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Cooperstown following weekend flooding.

According to local TV the flood in the isolation building happened after the shelter closed at 5pm Saturday and was discovered by workers the next morning who found the bank by a nearby creek washed away.

No animals were hurt according to shelter officials but there was thousands of dollars in damage and donations are being accepted to pay for repairs to the creek bank.

Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Offers Workshop

Using high technology to improve business is the focus of a workshop being held next month by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce.

Entitled “Smart Cities and Digital Society: Emerging Business Opportunities”, the workshop is March 14 in theMorris Conference Center at SUNY Oneonta.

Topics covered will include energy, natural and built environments, transportation, information technology and communication.

Registration deadline is March 1 and for more information contact the Chamber at (607) 432-4500

Beef Cattle Meeting Held By Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties

Cornell Cooperative Extension Schoharie and Otsego Counties will hold a presentation on growing the regional beef industry and increasing its economic impact.

It takes place Thursday at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 38 Walnut St in Oneonta beginning at 7pm

According to a news release beef cattle nutrition and feed alternatives for brood cows and their calves will be discussed.

Participants are asked to pre-register by calling the CCE Education Center at 547-2536, ext. 231, emailing or visiting

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball To Tour Brewery Ommegang

Today State Senator James Seward will welcome New York State Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown.

Senator Seward and Commissioner Ball will join Brewery Ommegang President Doug Campbell for a tour of the Belgian-style brewery at 11am.

Gov. Cuomo says 32 craft beverage stores have opened in New York State just this past year.

The New York State Department of Agriculture reports that Since 2011 the craft beverage industry has grown by nearly 200 percent.

A.J. Read Science Discovery Center Reopens March 1

The SUNY Oneonta A.J. Read Science Discovery Center will re-open to the public on March 1st after extensive renovations.

New exhibits such as a functioning telegraph and a set of Cubelet robots will join renovated classics that many in the community will remember, like the acoustic tube that enables one to “hear” the speed of sound.

The center opened in 1990.

As in years past, the center will welcome field trips from area schools.