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January 12, 2013

Week in Review: Hall shutout; tax form woe

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---- — This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:


Roe v. Wade, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ensured a woman’s right to have an abortion, will mark its 40th anniversary Jan. 22.

But the ruling left room for interpretation and alteration, touching off a cultural and political war that is still being fought on a variety of fronts, from Congress to state legislatures to our local counties.

In sports: Mark Viviano seems to be right at home in Oneonta. Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton senior Viviano earned his second straight wrestling championship at the Oneonta Rotary-Ross Cordell Tournament on Saturday, winning the 195-pound final with a 5-2 decision over Burnt Hills’ Race Viedt.


Reining in unfunded mandates, broadband expansion and improving the lot of dairy farmers were among the 2013 goals the area’s legislators set for themselves Monday during the Otsego County Chamber’s annual State of the State breakfast at SUNY Oneonta.

In sports: Alec Picinich went 8-for-8 at the free throw line Monday en route to a game-high 20 points and MVP honors for the Oneonta High boys basketball team, which beat Sherburne-Earlville, 57-48, in the championship game of the Unadilla Valley Tournament.


A week after politicians in Washington patted each other on the back for cutting a last-minute deal that ends the “fiscal cliff,” local tax preparers say they are getting headaches over delays by the federal government in coming up with the tax forms needed to get the 2013 tax season started.

In sports: Tanner Winchester and Quinn Barnhart combined for 18 first-quarter points as Unatego bolted to an 18-point lead en route to a 58-44 Midstate Athletic Conference boys basketball victory over visiting Delhi on Tuesday.


For the first time since 1996, the Baseball Writers Association of America elected no one to the National Baseball Hall of Fame — raising concern in Cooperstown over how the lack of a major drawing card at the annual Hall of Fame weekend will impact the local economy.

In sports: Kyle Short scored six of his game-high 20 points in overtime when visiting Margaretville scored 13 consecutive points to beat Davenport, 45-32, in a Delaware League boys basketball game Wednesday.


New York state recorded fewer influenza cases last week for the first time since mid-November, but the decline was small, and the illness was reported in every one of the state’s counties, according to data released Thursday by the state Health Department.

In sports: Ethan Bliss made seven three-pointers — one coming just before the buzzer in regulation and two more in overtime — and scored 31 points to lead Cooperstown’s boys to a 78-70 non-league basketball victory at Sherburne-Earlville on Thursday.