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February 9, 2013

Week in Review: Fire strikes Otego landmark

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The Daily Star

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

MONDAY

A fire that destroyed a vacant industrial building in the village of Otego on Saturday is considered suspicious, the fire chief said Sunday.

In sports: Kayla Craft scored a game-high 24 points Saturday for the undefeated South Kortright girls, who hit 11 three-point field goals against visiting Downsville for a 67-26 basketball victory that clinched the Delaware League’s Delaware Mountain Division title.

TUESDAY

New Yorkers are evenly divided on the question of whether the Cuomo administration should permit hydraulic fracturing for shale gas — even in the counties where the controversial drilling technique could be employed, a new poll shows.

In sports: Quinn Barnhart had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Unatego’s boys to a 67-51 non-league basketball victory at Southern Tier Athletic Conference member Chenango Forks on Monday.

WEDNESDAY

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on Tuesday heralded a new agreement with Cabot Oil and Gas that commits the company to revealing its policy for “eliminating or minimizing” the use of toxins in hydraulic fracturing fluids.

Also: Elena Doyle, a longtime Oneonta restaurateur, is back in a Main Street kitchen. Doyle, who operated Elena’s Sweet Indulgence and Elena’s Pastry/Café, which closed in July 2010, is one of three chefs working the Collage Food Boutique, a cross-cultural experiment in mixing and matching Asian, Caribbean and Italian fare.

In sports: The girls from Franklin and Davenport clinched division basketball titles Tuesday with convincing victories.

The unbeaten Purple Devils received 30 points from junior standout Jordan Beers in beating Laurens, 55-36, at home. Franklin has a three-game lead over Morris in the West Division of the Tri-Valley League with one game remaining.

Jenna Lutz had 14 points and 16 rebounds as Davenport beat visiting Margaretville, 49-20. The Wildcats clinched the Delaware League Upper Division title when Stamford lost, 44-40 at Hunter-Tannersville.

THURSDAY

A plan designed to spare the Otsego Manor from being privatized never got out of the starting gate, as a majority of the Otsego County Board of Representatives opted Wednesday to instead proceed with the effort to sell the heavily subsidized nursing home.

Also: Relocating police and fire departments, beautifying park entrances and assuring the cleanliness of downtown were among many issues pitched Wednesday night as priorities for Oneonta this year and beyond.

In sports: Mitch Hull scored 10 of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter Wednesday, leading the Margaretville boys basketball team to a 41-31 Delaware League victory over visiting Davenport.

FRIDAY

Just three months after Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, won re-election by withstanding Democratic attack ads, the retired Army officer already has a potential challenger: a wealthy activist involved in the national push to legalize same-sex marriage.

In sports: Those four three-pointers senior Sarah Mannina hit before a big crowd at Unatego’s gym on Thursday night clearly played a big role in the Spartans’ victory. But it might have been two plays Mannina made on the defensive end that played an even bigger role in Unatego’s 54-50 Midstate Athletic Conference semifinal basketball victory over Harpursville.