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Reporter's Notebook

October 13, 2012

Soon-to-close Stevens is not your ordinary hardware store


“It was neat,” Venth said. “I hate to see them go.’’

Step into Stevens Hardware soon, and take a glimpse into retailing and Oneonta’s past.

The staff at Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta sent some chocolate chip cookies to the Oneonta Police Department along with a thank-you note for increasing patrols through the library’s park.

Police had responded with patrols directed to focus on complaints about drug use, paraphernalia and related activities in Huntington Park. In August, Police Chief Dennis Nayor reported on the success of the patrols to the Common Council. He presented copies of the letter — but none of the cookies — at the meeting.

“We just want to let all of you know how much we appreciate your walking patrols through Huntington Park,” library director Marie Bruni wrote Aug. 24 on behalf of the staff. “It has made a world of difference in the last couple of weeks and the positive comments from park users have let us know that what you are doing is taking care of the problems. .. Thank you! Please enjoy these homemade chocolate chip cookies.’’

DENISE RICHARDSON can be reached at

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