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Construction Begins Next Week on Laurens Solar Farm

Construction Begins Next Week

On New Laurens Solar Farm

LAURENS – With plans to bring solar energy to 400 households throughout Otsego and the surrounding counties, construction on the new 13 acre community solar farm on Pool Brook Road in Laurens is slated to begin next week.

“80 percent of the population nationwide cannot install solar panels because of cost, their roof is to old or their roof doesn’t face the right way,” said Solstice spokesperson Andrew Alayza. “Community solar projects, in a centralized location, produce electricity on behalf of the subscribers, sends it to NYSEG, and the customer gets those credits on their electric bill.”

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FIRE-PROTECTION BOARD SETS VOTE ON DISSOLUTION

FIRE-PROTECTION

BOARD SETS VOTE

ON DISSOLUTION

Move Would Put Town-City Contract

In the Hands Of Oneonta Town Board

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

ONEONTA – With its fire protection contract with the city stymied for three years now, the Town of Oneonta fire commissioners have set a public hearing for 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at Elm Park Church on dissolving the fire district.

Town Supervisor Bob Wood, a former fire commissioner himself, today said, as he understands it, the commissioners could dissolve that evening by a 3-2 vote.

With chair Johna Peachin and commissioners Fred Volpe and Ron Peters supporting that idea, there appears to be the necessary majority, Wood said.  Commissioners Michelle Catan and Al Rubin favor negotiating a new contract with the city, he said.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, AUGUST 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, AUGUST 21

Folk Music With Wintergreen

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CONCERT – 7 p.m. Wintergreen, folk trio performs traditional, contemporary, original music with variety of folk instruments. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5256 or visit richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

NATURAL HISTORY – 2 p.m. Presentation features interactive slideshow, live animals to introduce kids to unique reptiles, amphibians of Vermont. Arkell Museum, 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie. 518-673-2314 or visit www.arkellmuseum.org/events-calendar

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Jo Scarzafava Terwilliger; 28-Year Volunteer At Saturday’s Bread

IN MEMORIAM: Jo Scarzafava Terwilliger;

28-Year Volunteer At Saturday’s Bread

Jo Scarzafava Terwilliger

ONEONTA – Jo Anderson Scarzafava Terwilliger, 68, of Oneonta, a 28-year volunteer at Saturday’s Bread, passed away on Aug. 15, 2018.

Jo was born in Sidney on Oct. 12, 1949, to Agnes “Pat” and Wesley Anderson. She grew up at 44 Oneida St., Oneonta. She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1967.

Jo was the proud mother of Robert “Bobby” Scarzafava and they resided for many years in San Antonio, Texas. She returned to Oneonta in 1981 and worked for Schuman Moving & Storage until her retirement.

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Charles Briscoll, 87; Air Force Vet, Oneonta Businessman

IN MEMORIAM:  Charles Briscoll, 87;

Air Force Vet, Oneonta Businessman

Charles Briscoll

ONEONTA – Charles “Chuck” Briscoll, Air Force veteran and partner in the former S+S Liquors in Southside Mall, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, following a lengthy illness.

He was born on Aug. 25, 1934, in Oneonta, the son of George and Bertha (Mereness) Briscoll.

Upon his return from the Air Force, he worked as a salesman for Rudolph’s Jewelry Store. He later worked at Galinn’s Jewelers for several years. Before his retirement, Charles, together with his wife and daughter, Sharon, opened S+S Liquor Store in the Southside Mall.

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Pamela Stewart, 62; Residential Aide At Local Institutions

IN MEMORIAM: Pamela Stewart, 62;

Residential Aide At Local Institutions

HARTWICK – Pamela J. Stewart, 62, a residential aide at The Meadows, Arc and Springbook, passed away peacefully Tuesday night, Aug. 14, 2018, with family by her side at her home on Buchanan Drive in Hartwick following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born July 2, 1956, in New Berlin, a daughter of Franklin Jay and Wanda L. (McLean) Stewart.  After graduating from Cooperstown Central School with the Class of 1974, she attended college.

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E. Ferris Banner, 97; Lifelong Dairy Farmer, Livestock Dealer

IN MEMORIAM: E. Ferris Banner, 97;

Lifelong Dairy Farmer, Livestock Dealer

E. Ferris Banner

ONEONTA – Calling hours are this evening for E. Ferris Banner, 97, a livelong farmer and livestock dealer who passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at Cooperstown Center nursing home.

The calling hours are 5-7 p.m. at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St. A graveside service will take place privately at the convenience of the family in Milford Cemetery.

Ferris was born in Davenport on July 3, 1921, the son of Fred A. and Madge (Loucks) Banner. Shortly after he was born, he moved to the Banner family dairy farm, where he spent the rest of his days working the family farm with this brother Carl and then eventually his son Duane.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, AUGUST 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, AUGUST 20

‘Bon Appetit!’

Opera Cooking Show

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OPERA – 7:30 p.m. Mezzo soprano Samantha Malk perform’s Leo Hoiby’s Bon Appetit!, one woman opera show based on Julia Child’s cooking show, while baking a cake. Ticket’s, $25/adult. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 800-838-3006 or visit www.cooperstownmusicfest.org

PHOTOGRAPHY – 6 – 8 a.m. Sunrise on Glimmerglass Photo Excursions. Walk behind Fenimore Art Museum with photographer Kevin Gray, capture sunrise over Otsego Lake. Cost, $17/non-member. Lawn, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

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Opera Lovers Flock For Stewart At Otesaga

Opera Lovers Flock

For Stewart At Otesaga

Opera lovers gathered in the ballroom of the Otesaga hotel on Saturday morning to hear author James Stewart speak with Francesca Zambello about Opera uniqueness as an art form, and how Glimmerglass is branding their performance experience to their customers while moving the medium forward into the future.  The talk also included various musical numbers by guest singers. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Lions Club Service Project Clears River Of Debris

Lions’ Service Project

Clears River Of Debris

Butch Weir, Cooperstown, left, looks on as Matt Chisdock and Doug Perry haul an old 50-gallon drums aboard the Otsego Sailing Club work barge this morning during a Susquehanna River clean-up behind Bassett Hospital. The clean-up was a community service project headed by the Cooperstown Lions Club with help from the OCCA and the SUNY Biological Field Station volunteer dive team. At right, event organizer John Rowley brings ashore the first of over 25 tires retrieved. Teams also brought up scores of bottles, barrels, pipes, a feeding trough and other refuse from the floor of the river. Neighbors who use the waterway applauded their work and even helped in the effort. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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