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December 8, 2012

Week in Review: Oneonta Theatre to close; Unatego attends Albany rally

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The Daily Star

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

MONDAY

A $200,000 state grant has helped the city of Oneonta boost entrepreneurship through 15 projects that are creating or retaining 19 jobs, Otsego County’s economic developer said.

In sports: Franklin’s girls won the Anton Remy Tournament on Saturday and earned some revenge in the process. Tournament MVP Jordan Beers scored 31 points to lead the Purple Devils to a 49-39 win over host Milford.

Last winter, 10th-seeded Milford upset No. 2 Franklin, 52-46, in a Section Four Class D quarterfinal to end the Purple Devils’ 15-2 season.

TUESDAY

Real estate brokers in Otsego and Delaware counties agreed Monday that elimination of the mortgage interest deduction on federal income tax returns – an option being discussed during “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Washington, according to published reports – could be a drag on the housing market.

In sports: Austin Ryan, Kevin Thayer, Leland Slawson and Ryan Marszal won championships Saturday to lead Unatego’s wrestlers to a second-place finish in the 12-team Clyde Cole Tournament at Oxford. A state-tournament qualifier at 120 pounds last season, Ryan earned a 13-6 decision over Cooperstown’s Mikey Boyle in the 126-pound title match.

WEDNESDAY

The Oneonta Theatre, buffeted by losses, will close its doors at the end of December, its owner confirmed Tuesday. But he’s not necessarily locking them.

“I’ve weathered this for a long time by myself,” said Tom Cormier. “I’m just at the point now that … I can’t stand here by myself and weather this anymore.”

Also: The tentative 2013 Otsego County budget would slice more than a quarter of the funding that the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service receives from the county, a cut that the top local official for the agency says would threaten programs promoting agricultural economic development.

In sports: Ethan Bliss scored a team-best 22 points Tuesday, but defending Section Three Class C champion Cooperstown lost its season opener in boys basketball, 57-49, to visiting Sherburne-Earlville.

THURSDAY

A group from Unatego Central School was among the participants at an Albany rally Wednesday seeking state action for financial challenges facing schools.

The 17 participants from Unatego, including students, teachers and administrators, were among 700 people from around the state who were brought to the state capital for “The Educate NY Now” event.

In sports: Even without junior standout Mariah Ruff, Oneonta High’s girls proved Wednesday they’re still pretty good.

With Ruff nursing a sprained right thumb, the Yellowjackets received 10 points, seven steals, six assists and six rebounds from Maria DiMartin to beat visiting Windsor, 52-41, in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference basketball game.

FRIDAY

One aspect of the fiscal cliff negotiations has the potential to affect area nonprofits and human service agencies, several officials said Thursday.

Along with the fate of Bush-era tax cuts, lawmakers will decide the fate of $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts that were the result of last year’s debt ceiling talks. If nothing is changed, half of the cuts would come from defense, and half would come from domestic programs that have a local impact.

In sports: Tournament MVP Nyafia Blakney scored 11 of her game-high 26 points in the third quarter to lead Fallsburg to a 48-40 girls basketball victory over Downsville in the championship game of the Walton Tip-Off Tournament on Thursday.