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February 16, 2013

Week in Review: Manor backer not done yet

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The Daily Star

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

MONDAY

A woman who has gathered more than 1,800 signatures on petitions, urging that Otsego Manor remain a public nursing home, said Friday she is not throwing in the towel, even though most county lawmakers want to pursue privatization.

“I’m not losing hope,” said Maureen Culbert of Springfield, a volunteer at the 174-bed facility just south of Cooperstown. “I still think there is hope for Save the Manor.”

In sports: Boom, boom, boom, boom.

That’s pretty much how fast four area wrestlers won their championship matches Saturday during the Section Four Division II Tournament at the Broome County Arena.

TUESDAY

Local Catholics said Monday that while they were surprised to learn Pope Benedict XVI had decided to resign from the papacy, they see his choice as a brave and unselfish move motivated by his commitment to his faith.

In sports: : Host Milford suffered through an 8-for-54 shooting night en route to a 25-22 Tri-Valley League girls basketball loss to Worcester on Monday.

WEDNESDAY

State Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Tuesday his agency could approve shale gas permits before hydrofracking regulations are completed if a separate study determines the controversial drilling method will not threaten the public health.

Martens issued the statement after state Health Commissioner Nirav Shah indicated he needs “additional time” to finish his review of the potential health impacts of high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

In sports: Davenport’s Ray Preston tied the record for victories by a girls basketball coach in New York state with his team’s 30-16 Delaware League victory at Downsville on Tuesday night.

THURSDAY

County lawmakers from throughout the region are preparing to take issue with what Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called groundbreaking legislation to restrict access to certain firearms and ammunition magazines.

In an extraordinary break with a new policy that has been ballyhooed by Cuomo, a wing of the governor’s own party — the Otsego County Democratic Committee — has registered its disagreement with significant aspects of the so-called assault weapon legislation.

In sports: ‘Twas the smallest of Oneonta High’s starters who made the biggest impact Wednesday night. Senior guard Hayley Dower hit five three-pointers and scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Yellowjackets to a 50-34 Southern Tier Athletic Conference semifinal victory over Maine-Endwell.

FRIDAY

Ruling that the Otsego County Board of Representatives violated the Public Officers Law when it held a secret meeting dealing with the Otsego Manor, a state judge has voided the vote taken after that session to sell the nursing home to the highest bidder.

In sports: Dalton Kaminsky scored a game-high 23 points Thursday, but the Walton boys basketball team fell, 51-44, to visiting Delhi in the consolation game of the Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 Tournament.