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November 17, 2012

Week in Review: Area leaders face tough budget choices

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

MONDAY

Many area veterans said military service nowadays seems to command great respect — something that wasn’t always true for Vietnam-era vets. Sunday saw Veterans Day observances throughout the area, including the traditional ceremonies in Oneonta and Delhi. 

The weekend wasn’t kind to local athletes, as the Unatego and Franklin girls soccer teams were knocked out of the playoffs, falling to Sauquoit Valley and Poland, respectively. The Oneonta State men’s soccer season ended abruptly as well in what coach Iain Byrne called “a heartbreaker.” The Red Dragons were tied 2-2 into double overtime against Montclair State of New Jersey, but lost on a shootout. 

TUESDAY

A local National Guardsman fresh from the hurricane-devastated neighborhoods in Brooklyn reported back on the devastation, describing to The Daily Star how the unit’s heavy equipment was put to use clearing storm debris to allow people to move through the streets. 

Nearly 40 years after the brutal murder of SUNY Cobleskill student Katherine Kolodziej, a billboard bearing the young woman’s likeness has been erected in the local area to draw attention to a $2,500 reward offered by New York Crime

Stoppers. 

WEDNESDAY

Job cuts were on the table during Otsego County’s budgeting process this week, County Treasurer Dan Crowell reported, saying that it has become increasingly difficult to find ways to save money without cutting back services. The final budget is expected to be adopted by early December. 

In sports, it took seven rounds of shootouts to decide the Oneonta High School girls soccer team’s fate, but in the end, the Yellowjackets emerged victorious and headed to the state semifinals. They will play Cold Spring Harbor at 9:30 a.m. Saturday for a shot at the state title. 

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