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April 11, 2013

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Two Stamford women who allegedly sparked a ruckus inside a restaurant in the village of Stamford were sent to the Delaware County Jail after they were charged with criminal trespass and theft of services, troopers said Tuesday.

Trooper Timothy McQuade said Martha J. McConville, 53, and Cheryl A. Christenson, 63, were arrested after they smashed plates and glasses inside the Main Street eatery at about 8 p.m. Monday.

The two women created the disturbance after complaining about their food, the trooper said.

McConville was also charged with two counts of harassment and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

An employee at the restaurant, Gabrielle's, said it was not immediately clear why the customers became hostile. The employee asked not to be named.

Police said McConville and Christenson were remanded to jail when they were unable to post $1,000 bail at Stamford Town Court.

Drills set at two area colleges

One local public college will tests its emergency alert system and another will have a drill this week.

SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta Public Transit and first responders from the city of Oneonta will participate in a full-scale emergency preparedness drill Friday afternoon, a media release from the college said. The event will simulate a bus accident at about 1 p.m. near the intersection of Ravine Parkway and West Dormitory Road on the college’s campus.

Hal Legg, spokesman for the State University College at Oneonta, said the drill may impact traffic in the area. For more information, call University Police Department Emergency Manager Dave Lincoln at 436-3550.

At about 11 a.m. today at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, a semi-annual test of the emergency system will sound. The college's public address system will issue a 2-minute tone, followed by a message, then a second tone and another message.

Votes being taken on Cooperstown mascot

The selection process for Cooperstown's new school district nickname has entered into its own final-four phase with a winner possible by Wednesday.

Students vote today and a public poll is open through April 15 to help Cooperstown pick which of four nicknames will replace Redskins.

CCS Hawkeyes, Huskies, Pathfinders and Pioneers are the final four names. Deerslayers, which was one of five leading vote getters in a previous student survey taken in February, was taken out of the running because of alternative connotations, according to CCS Board of Education president David Borgstrom.

Students in grades 7-12 will vote during social studies class today. According to school superintendent C.J. Hebert, the students and the board will be notified of the results of the school vote on Friday. Community members and alumni are encouraged to submit input via a Survey Monkey poll on the Cooperstown Alumni Association’s Facebook page. 

Tax Day Rally set in Norwich

The Norwich Tea Party Patriots will host a Tax Day Rally from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in East Side Park in Norwich. John Wallace, New York coordinator of Oathkeepers and radio host and gun advocate, and 122nd District Assemblyman Clifford Crouch will be among the featured speakers. The event will also celebrate the anniversary of the group's 2009 founding. The New York SAFE Act will also be a focus of the event. 

Peg Roberts and the Patriotic Hotties will perform their musical patriotic parody wrapped in humor. There will music, refreshments, patriotism, and information. Posters, flags, and chairs are welcome! The event will take place rain or shine. This rally is sponsored by Norwich Tea Party Patriots. For questions contact Gilda at 607-764-8303