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Winter can be brutal in upstate New York. An unheated residence is uninhabitable. For families who face the possibility of not being able to provide heat for their residence due to the cost of heating, there is help available. But constraints on the program mean that even those who receive assistance don’t necessarily get everything they need, and vendors often have to wait weeks to be reimbursed for the services they provide to those on the program.
In sports: A total of 21 days separates two championships for Oneonta High. Mariah Ruff was a big part of this one, too.
The unanimous election of Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the hall’s Expansion Era Committee has generated excitement in a number of Cooperstown businesses.
In sports: The first official sign of a big 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend came from the Expansion Era Committee on Monday with the unanimous elections of World Series champion managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.
Also: Jerry Mackey had no reason to be surprised. Three weeks after Oneonta High won its first girls soccer state championship, the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports honored the Yellowjackets coach and two of his players as the best in Class B.
Mackey earned Class B Coach of the Year honors for OHS, which produced the co-Class B Players of the Year in junior forward Taryn More and senior midfielder Mariah Ruff.
The routing of the proposed Constitution Pipeline has been adjusted to keep it from running through an area on the campus of a regional BOCES school where students are taught to use such heavy equipment as bulldozers and backhoes.
In sports: Oneonta High’s Lucas Chiappisi and Jimmy Verrelli won by decision to tie the score in the early going Tuesday, but Windsor won the next five bouts en route to a 57-21 wrestling victory in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.
Anita Cardinale is a 78-year-old retired nurse who had come to look forward to the hot meals delivered to her Springfield home on weekdays. Now, as the result of a cost-saving move imposed by the Otsego County Board of Representatives, the only meals being brought to her are frozen, and an entire week’s worth arrived bundled together once a week, on Monday.
In sports: Every Delhi player who entered Wednesday’s non-league boys basketball game had a basket as the host Bulldogs topped Midstate Athletic Conference rival Walton, 63-57.
Most Otsego County residents are now living in communities that have enacted bans or moratorium against gas drilling.
This week, the town of Butternuts approved a ban on shale gas drilling and storage, with a 3-2 vote of the town board, Butternuts Town Supervisor Charles Eckelmann said.
By another 3-2 vote earlier in the week, the town of Hartwick approved an eight-month moratorium against all heavy industry, including gas drilling.
Also: Area schools are safer today than at the time of the Newtown school shootings, officials interviewed about the subject said Thursday.
Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of the shootings at the Connecticut elementary school, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 students, six administrators, his mother and himself.
In sports: Seth Arnold, Nicholas Jump and Kai Sabada won by pinfall Thursday to lead Sidney to a 46-33 Midstate Athletic Conference wrestling victory over visiting Delhi.