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January 15, 2013

Cheers and Jeers

The Daily Star

---- — To local communities that will be a little safer for pedestrians thanks to a federal grant.

The villages of Morris, Sharon Springs and Oxford will get funds for new sidewalks through the Safe Routes to School program.

Officials said the goal of the program is to provide such features as sidewalks, multi-use paths, crosswalks and pedestrian signals within two miles of a primary or middle school.

Morris will get $124,000 for sidewalks near the Morris Central School. Sharon Springs will receive $161,352 for sidewalks in the Sharon Springs Central School District. Oxford will get $215,000 for sidewalks near the Oxford Academy and Central Schools.

We applaud the focus on making it safer for students to get to and from school. Safer routes may encourage more children to walk or bike to school, which is better for their health.


To the expansion of some bus routes and the possibility of more expansions.

Schoharie County Public Transit recently decided to run buses five days a week to Cooperstown, up from three days a week, system spokeswoman Ethel Benninger said. 

Otsego County, along with Otsego Express and Oneonta Public Transit, are working together on a cost-sharing initiative for service along state Route 28, linking Cooperstown to the city of Oneonta, county planner Karen Sullivan said.

Otsego Express will be talking to Chobani executives about extending its route to the yogurt plant that employs hundreds of local residents, according to Peggy Bush, terminal manager for Otsego Express in Richfield Springs.

A well-used and well-planned transportation system can benefit the entire region. We encourage local municipalities to work together and look to partnerships with businesses to make the best use of their resources.


To those who didn’t follow the law during the big-game hunting season.

More than 200 people were charged with about 550 deer-hunting violations during the most recent big-game season in the region that includes Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The DEC said 242 of the charges were misdemeanors and included illegal killing of 100 deer, discharging firearms within 500 feet of dwellings, shooting across roadways, possessing loaded firearms in vehicles, taking deer during the bow season without a license and using spotlights to hunt deer at night.

Officers also wrote tickets for trespassing, hunting over bait, feeding deer, possessing the tags of another, illegally transporting deer of another without a consignment tag, hunting without a license and possessing an untagged deer. 

Safety must be the No. 1 priority when using firearms. The rules of fairness and the law should also be followed. The DEC should be commended for pursuing the offenders.