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November 17, 2012

Week in Review: Area leaders face tough budget choices

The Daily Star

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


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. 


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



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. 


The local economy could be another casualty of Hurricane Sandy if downstate residents forgo their annual trips north for deer season, according to some area experts, but all were hoping for a strong season. 

Days before his NASCAR crew was to compete for the Sprint Cup championship behind driver Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team, Milford native Paul Wolfe spoke to The Daily Star about the road that led him from Otsego County to the top of the stock-car racing world as Keselowski’s crew chief. Keselowski will go for the Sprint Cup title in Sunday’s race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida to close out the 2012 season. 


Word of a proposed apartment complex near the SUNY Oneonta campus prompted the college to discontinue plans to build its own new dormitory. The dorm had been scheduled to open in 2014 — the same target date the Vestal-based Newman Development Group said it hopes to meet for its private student apartments. 

In sports, as San Francisco’s Buster Posey was celebrating his new title as the National League’s Most Valuable Player, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown was having its own celebration honoring Posey’s San Francisco Giants. The “Autumn Glory” exhibit at the Hall, which will be on display through the end of the 2013 baseball season, pays tribute to the World Series champions with a variety of artifacts from the 2012 Fall Classic.