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Friends and family of a Hartwick family that lost its home and possessions in a fire last week have taken to social media to thank the community for its support. 

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A local utility company announced last week that it will be making another expansion to its rural broadband internet services, thanks to a $7.4 million federal grant.

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Otsego County’s new dedicated business office is already saving the county money, according to County Treasurer Allen Ruffles.

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School-based health clinics have become a community lifeline for many local families amid the coronavirus pandemic, but nearly a year after widespread shutdowns began, some school-based health services still remain unavailable.

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Otsego County’s Board of Representatives will again consider twin resolutions condemning the Jan. 6, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and all violent protests, including any that harm or kill police officers.

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Cooperstown native Matt Denison is bringing the village’s oldest wine and liquor store into a new era.

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COOPERSTOWN — Local businesses are preparing for another slow summer after the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Friday, Feb. 12, it would cancel its Classic Weekend events in May and significantly scale back the induction ceremony in July.

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In an effort to promote outdoor activities, Otsego Outdoors has launched a winter challenge, the Otsego Octet.

Cooperstown’s police chief said Friday, Feb. 5, that police officers saved a man’s life the day before.

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The merger of two of central New York’s main grocery store chains will not affect local markets and no store closings are planned, an official handling questions about the merger told The Daily Star on Monday, Feb. 8.

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 Otsego County’s Board of Representatives voted unanimously to raise the county’s bed tax by 2% during its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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COOPERSTOWN — After nearly three decades in charge of the library in one of America’s historic literary locations, village librarian David Kent has penned his official notice of retirement.  

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Angel Network of Cooperstown’s charity store, My Neighbor’s Closet, in the hamlet of Hartwick, has reopened, again.

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The Otsego County Board of Representatives approved two contracts at a special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26.

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Works by Irwin Hollander are the latest to be presented on the changing ‘Winter Wall’ in the Art Garage group show, “Winter Flow.” Hollander’s brightly colored gestural works on board and tile are accompanied by a herd of small flat wooden cows, some brightly colored and some black and white…

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Fenimore Art Museum has announced the launch of a digital database showcasing the museum’s collections of fine art, folk art and The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.

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ALBANY — A measure tucked into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $193 billion budget proposal would amend state law by allowing contiguous counties to share jails.

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Septuagenarians and octogenarians may still rule Washington, but in Cooperstown a generational passing of the torch took the next step Thursday, Jan. 21. 

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 ALBANY — The Cuomo administration’s efforts to restrict county health departments from administering the COVID-19 vaccines to senior citizens is being questioned by some county leaders.

Otsego County’s announcement of a spike in positive coronavirus tests at the beginning of last week reflected a pre-holiday weekend backlog of cases and not a sharp rise in the area.

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 Otsego County and its Sheriff’s Department apparently resolved a recent standoff over jail staffing at an Administration Committee meeting Thursday, Jan. 22.

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FLY CREEK — The coronavirus pandemic put an end to a century-old Otsego County business Wednesday, Jan. 20, as the owners of the Fly Creek Cider Mill announced the business would close at the end of the month.

ALBANY — Nursing home workers across New York have been initially less eager to get vaccinated for the coronavirus than the residents for whom they provide care, the leader of an industry umbrella group said last week.

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More than 10 months into the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 20 Otsego County residents, COVID-19 tests are still in limited supply locally.

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 ALBANY —With the state’s COVID-19 vaccination program facing criticism, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday blamed the rocky rollout of his administration’s inoculation initiative on the federal government.

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U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, met with Otsego County Treasurer Allen Ruffles and Otsego County Health Director Heidi Bond on Thursday, Jan. 14, to discuss vaccinations and Otsego County’s need for federal COVID-19 relief.

The Otsego County Health Department said Monday it has a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses.

 ALBANY — Leaders of New York’s local governments, facing sharp revenue declines as a result of the shutdown of portions of the state’s economy last year, are infused with fresh optimism now that a familiar face is about to ascend to one of the federal government’s most influential legislati…

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 ALBANY — New Yorkers at least 75 year of age, school teachers, police officers and others in jobs that put them at risk in the pandemic can schedule appointments to get COVID-19 vaccinations beginning Monday, state officials said Friday.

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May 2, 2018, in the aftermath of a new state law which required public officials to sign their oaths of office within 30 days of being sworn in or forfeit their seats, Otsego County Rep. Daniel Wilber watched as his seat was declared vacant. 

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 A petition to make Otsego County a sanctuary from gun laws was withdrawn from consideration last week, after concerns about its intent and language stalled it in committee.

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 The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of the State town hall forum virtually Tuesday, Jan. 5, featuring U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, as the keynote speaker.

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Patricia Szarpa will retire as the executive director of the Otsego Land Trust in February 2021, according to a media release from the group’s Board of Directors.

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The last time James Seward’s hometown of Oneonta was represented in the New York State Senate by someone other than him, Ronald Reagan was president.

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A freshman state legislator has begun his career replacing a longtime area politician who retired.

 Several tips from the public led New York State Police to make an arrest earlier this month in connection to the alleged theft of gift cards from a Richfield Springs food pantry.

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New York hospitals provided with the COVID-19 vaccine were given an ultimatum Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Use the doses within seven days or lose them.

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