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While many are celebrating the return of the New York State Fair this summer after its cancellation last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, the organizers of local and regional fairs are still awaiting guidance from the state Department of Health.

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COOPERSTOWN — A crowd of nearly 300 local residents braved torrential downpours Sunday, May 2, to stand in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community during a rally organized by a handful of teenagers.

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COOPERSTOWN — A former Otsego County resident whose murder conviction in the 2000 death of his wife was overturned last year pleaded guilty to lesser charges Monday, May 3, in exchange for admitting that her death was intentional.

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Nearly 100 years after her day in court, one of Otsego County’s most famous murderers is finally getting her day on the silver screen.

In response to the rising number of hate crimes directed at Asian Americans since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, local teens plan a rally against hate and racism. 

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A state audit of the Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District found that district officials “effectively managed most aspects” of its financial condition, but have not utilized multiyear financial plans to help make financial decisions or adopted fund balance and reserve policies.

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Dozens of locally crafted birds can be seen in the village of Cherry Valley as part the community art project “It’s For The Birds!,” a public art installation on display through Memorial Day.

The Otsego County Conservation Association’s Earth Festival will be held April 22 through 24 with a mix of online webinars, informal talks, in-person nature walks and a trivia night, according to a media release. Information about all Earth Festival programs can be found at www.occainfo.org/…

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Tim Mead, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, will resign, effective around mid-May.

ALBANY — Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-Suffolk County has the early momentum in the jockeying to become the GOP nominee for governor, signaling Friday he has raised more than $1 million in the first day of his campaign.

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Otsego County treasurer Allen Ruffles outlined the anticipated local impact of the federal government’s most recent COVID stimulus bill, the American Rescue Plan Act, at the Otsego County Board of Representatives’ virtual meeting Wednesday, April 7.

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 ALBANY — Though it’s now legal for New Yorkers to possess and smoke marijuana, police agencies across New York are letting officers know they will be prohibited from using the drug — even while off duty.

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U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visited Oneonta on Wednesday, March 31, to talk with local leaders about how money from the federal American Rescue Plan will benefit the area.

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ALBANY — The leader of the Medical Society of the State of New York registered concerns Wednesday, March 31, that state officials are relaxing COVID-19 restrictions at a time when coronavirus infections are increasing both in New York and nationally.

The Cooperstown Art Association will open two exhibits Friday, April 9. “Recent Paintings” by Robert Moylan, a solo show of landscapes in gouache will be featured in Gallery A, while Gallery B will feature “The Essence Of” by Carol Saggese, a solo show of acrylic abstracts. Both will be on d…

ALBANY — After the upstate region’s hospitality industry was hit hard in 2020 by pandemic restrictions, experts who track tourism say 2021 is shaping up as a far more robust year for those whose fortunes are tied to the industry.

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 COOPERSTOWN — A Kansas man accused of attempted murder and assault in Otsego County last fall pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday, March 29, in Otsego County Court.

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Cooperstown’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday, March 22, to ban smoking and vaping in certain areas owned by the village. 

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COOPERSTOWN — Oneonta resident Alexander Borggreen received a indeterminate sentence of up to 12 years in state prison Friday, March 26, at the Otsego County Courthouse, in connection with the 2019 murder of Worcester resident Kenneth Robinson.

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 The eighth biennial Sculpture Trail will be open from July 2 to Oct. 8, according to an announcement from Cherry Valley Artworks. Chosen work will be exhibited throughout Cherry Valley.

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Otsego County’s Board of Representatives unanimously approved the county’s police reform and reinvention plan at a special meeting Thursday, March 25. 

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways announced that a Cooperstown girl was among 29 from across its council territory to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award — the highest achievement in Girl Scouting — during the 2019-20 member year. One of them received special recognition.

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An Otsego County father and son team became the first known climbers to do an unsupported hike through the winter trail of the Adirondack Mountains. 

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Just as the budding flowers and brighter skies of mid-March hint that spring is around the corner, the slow but steadily increasing supply of the COVID vaccine signals the country rounding a corner in the now year-long battle against the coronavirus.

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COOPERSTOWN — The Ides of March brought two closely watched court cases in Otsego County closer to resolution. 

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 The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce will launch a spring program on Zoom this week, designed to reconnect area businesses and residents.

Otsego County’s county administrator position has been posted and interviews will likely take place in May, according to county officials.

Bassett Healthcare Network is continuing partial visitation for inpatients at its five hospitals — including A.O. Fox Hospital, Bassett Medical Center, Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Little Falls Hospital and O’Connor Hospital — with new hours that began March 8.

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Otsego County’s Board of Representatives will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 25, to approve its police review and reformation plan, in accordance with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order 203.

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The sentencing of Anais Soto, who pleaded guilty to lesser charges stemming from the 2019 murder of Worcester resident Kenneth Robinson, has been delayed again because of a lack of space in the state’s juvenile jails.

The Glimmerglass Festival has announced plans to perform outdoors during the summer of 2021 after canceling its 2020 season because of COVID-19.

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Cooperstown’s Board of Trustees approved the village’s police reform and reinvention plan during the trustees’ meeting Monday, Feb. 23. 

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CHERRY VALLEY — Just in time for spring, a coalition of community residents is hoping to continue the enthusiasm for the village brought by a Jan. 29 article in the New York Times, which described the efforts of a cadre of artists to brighten up the storefront windows of the “depressed town”…

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