Archives for December 2020

Frostbite 5K Rounding the Corner

The Frostbite 5K is wrapping up. This will be your last chance to run, walk or bike this month. You’ll be amazed at how easy it will be to find an ugly sweater out there; slip it on with your race bib for a chance to win stuff. This all benefits the Oneonta YMCA. If you have any questions, call 607-432-0010 or visit them on their Facebook page at Oneonta Family YMCA.

Source: www.facebook.com/OneontaFamilyYMCA/

Sheriff DuMond Gives New Years Tips

Finally…a word from Sheriff Craig DuMond, who encourages Delaware County residents to welcome the New Year by exercising good judgement in regards to their health and safety by following these tips:
· Don’t drink and drive EVER.
· Monitor your alcohol intake.
· Do not serve alcohol to minors.
· Follow all local, state and CDC COVID-19 guidelines.
· If possible, avoid driving between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. on New Year’s
Eve.
· and Expect to see our patrols on the roadways.

Source: www.facebook.com/DelawareCountySheriff/

Deal Made for Cooperstown Trustee

Cooperstown – This kind of reminds me of, when the music stops, find a seat. Well the music stopped in Cooperstown for Village Trustee. MacGuire Benton has decided he won’t challenge fellow Democrat Andy Marietta for the County Board’s Cooperstown/Town of Otsego seat. Members of the county Democratic committee from both candidates yesterday stating that “We have come to the conclusion that there is much more that we agree on than which divides us. “Therefore, MacGuire has decided to suspend his campaign so that Andrew may run for re-election without internal opposition, and to support his re-election efforts unreservedly,” the email states. The deal means that when Marietta has had enough, he’ll throw his support behind Benton. Stay tuned.

Source: www.allotsego.com/mac-benton-steps-back-from-challenging-marietta/

Cuomo and the Bills Have a Deal

Great news from the Governor’s office. It looks like they have worked out a way to get a limited number of fans in the building to attend the Buffalo Bills first home playoff appearance in 25 years. In a building that normally holds 72,000, attendance will be limited to just 6,700. They will also have to have negative COVID-19 tests prior to game time said Governor Cuomo. They will also have to socially distance and wear a mask for the entire game. The governor said, “This is a pilot to find ways we can smartly and safely reopen businesses.” Tailgating will be banned, and fans who break any of the rules will be ejected from the stadium, he said. The state Department of Health will monitor fans afterward. Go Bills. (audio)

Source: dailygazette.com/2020/12/30/6700-buffalo-bills-fans-will-attend-first-playoff-game-cuomo-says-its-a-pilot-program/

Otsego Citizen of the Year

Finally… Heidi Bond, who led Otsego County’s fight against COVID-19, has been named Citizen of the Year by Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and www.AllOTSEGO.com. Get the full story in either newspaper, which are being delivered now and will be available on newsstands throughout Otsego County.
Source: www.allotsego.com/

New Otsego County Covid Numbers

The Otsego County Department of Health COVID-19 report as of Tuesday, December 29 reports 23 new cases of the virus with 17 of those hospitalized. They have also 1 new death to report bringing the total number of deaths to 17. The New Year is almost here, and it is important to remember that gathering with people you don’t live with, puts you at increased risk for COVID-19. Please celebrate the New Year safely. You don’t owe yourself a party. You owe it to yourself and your family to do the right thing. Wear a mask. Stay 6 foot apart. Wash your hands. Now that a great New Year’s resolution.

Source: www.facebook.com/cityofoneonta/

Cuomo Announces New Jobless Benefits

This could be coming at just the right time for many of us. Yesterday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that unemployed New Yorkers will begin receiving extended and expanded federal unemployment benefits starting next week. This will be the first week these benefits can be paid under federal law. New York is able to provide these benefits immediately due to some hard work by the State Department of Labor to prepare for the federal government finally enacting a bill to extend unemployment programs originally included in the CARES Act that were set to expire at the end of this year.

Source: www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-yorkers-begin-receiving-extended-federal-unemployment-benefits

Two of Santa’s Helpers Get the Job Done

ONEONTA – Two of Santa’s best helpers weren’t going to let COVID-19 get the best them. The elves are Tony and Vinnie Avanzato, who every year since 1999, along with Sister Angeline of St. Mary’s School, provide Christmas for kids that might not have one. The virus made them change the way they were doing business…that’s providing Christmas joy to 30 elementary school kids in need of winter coats, boots and toys. “I am not going to take Christmas away from the children,” said Tony. “Especially this year!” Their success comes from the generous donations of many local businesses and friends annually. Who benefits from this generosity, approximately 30 school children, selected from the three elementary schools: Valleyview, Greater Plains and Riverside. If you’d like to help out, donations to the Children’s Christmas Shopping Fund may be made to Antonio Avanzato, 528 Gifford Hill Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Source: www.allotsego.com/even-in-covid-avanzatos-continue-christmas-tradition/

Santa’s Helpers Get the Job Done despite Coronavirus

ONEONTA – Two of Santa’s best helpers weren’t going to let COVID-19 get the best them. The elves are Tony and Vinnie Avanzato, who every year since 1999, along with Sister Angeline of St. Mary’s School, provide Christmas for kids that might not have one. The virus made them change the way they were doing business…that’s providing Christmas joy to 30 elementary school kids in need of winter coats, boots and toys. “I am not going to take Christmas away from the children,” said Tony. “Especially this year!” Their success comes from the generous donations of many local businesses and friends annually. Who benefits from this generosity, approximately 30 school children, selected from the three elementary schools: Valleyview, Greater Plains and Riverside. If you’d like to help out, donations to the Children’s Christmas Shopping Fund may be made to Antonio Avanzato, 528 Gifford Hill Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Source: www.allotsego.com/even-in-covid-avanzatos-continue-christmas-tradition/

Cooperstown Man Dies from Someone Else Going to a Bar

COOPERSTOWN – This news from the Otsego County Public Health Director’s office, is quite tragic. After a month in the hospital, a man has died who caught the coronavirus from someone who tested positive after the outbreak at the Copper Fox in Oneonta. Heidi Bond, Otsego County Public Health Directors tell us, “This person didn’t go to the bar, but they contracted the disease through secondary spread from someone who did.” His death is the 8th this month, the fifth reported this week and the 17th overall. “Any time now, cases from Christmas gatherings are going to start coming in,” she said. “We’ve already had some people who reported symptoms before the holidays but gathered anyways.” Again we remind you…wear a mask, wash your hands, protect your family.

Source: www.allotsego.com/new-covid-death-tied-to-copper-fox/