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September 8, 2012

It cost SUCO $30,000 for West's speech

JOE MAHONEY
The Daily Star

---- — It cost the State University College at Oneonta and its Student Association $30,000 to lure Princeton University professor Cornel West for the speech he gave at the Alumni Field House this week on the 20th anniversary of the controversial police use of racial profiling in a failed bid to solve an off-campus burglary.

In disclosing the amount of the payment to West, campus spokesman Hal Legg noted in an email that the sum covered “the preparation for and presentation of his lecture, the production of an archival recording of it, and live telecasting and web streaming rights; Dr. West’s transportation to and from our campus; his attendance at a reception with guests of the college and college leaders, a second reception with students and additional time for informal interaction with students.”

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The work of Michael Whaling, an acclaimed stonemason from Sharon Springs, is expected to be featured in an upcoming issue of Architectural Digest magazine. Whaling is  the master artist who completed the garden wall at Beekman Farm, using a mix of riverbed stone, rare red and yellow granite and fossils from the Devonian era.

Well-known to Cooperstown village officials for his staunch opposition to the use of pesticides at Doubleday Field, Whaling said he was recently interviewed by Katherine Whiteside, a contributing editor to the magazine.

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Otsego County  officials are hoping citizens do a better job of rinsing and wiping down recyclables before dropping them off at the Montgomery-Otsego-Schoharie Solid Waste Authority (MOSA) transfer station off Silas Lane in Oneonta. The recyclable drop-off area was recently found to be overrun with rats, said county Rep. Linda Rowinski, D-Oneonta. An exterminator had to be called, she said, and 158 rats were trapped.

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With a new map out for a proposed alternative route for the Constitution Pipeline that would bring the natural gas transmission system closer to Interstate 88, the Otsego County Natural Gas Advisory Committee is inviting representatives of the developers to its next meeting. Otsego County Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts, said the meeting has not been formally scheduled but is tentatively being planned for Sept. 27. Stay tuned for more details.

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The proposed six-turbine wind farm in the town of Richfield  was recently snagged by a recent court order nullifying the town planning board’s decision to issue a special permit without having to undergo a full environmental impact review. Since state Supreme Court Judge Donald Cerio issued his ruling, Ridgeline Energy of Albany, the Planning Board and abutting landowners who had given their consent to the project have appealed the decision, said Carol Frigault of Richfield Springs. One of the citizens who brought the lawsuit to stop the project.

Frigault said the Planning Board is expected to discuss the fallout from the court ruling at its Monday night meeting. Cerio has directed planning board members to undergo special training in how to carry out their obligations under the state Public Meetings Law.

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nthony Pacherille Jr., the Cooperstown youth imprisoned for wounding a classmate two years ago in a racially charged case, has become acquainted with notorious inmate Mark David Chapman, the killer of John Lennon in Manhattan in 1980, while the two are imprisoned at Wende Correctional Facility, according to his father, Anthony Pacherille Sr. The elder Pacherille said the two had been in adjoining cells at Wende.

“They talked about literature and they talked about religion,” the father said. In an odd twist, he said that his son had been reading “The Catcher in the Rye,” the novel by J.D. Salinger, on the day he wounded classmate Wesley Lippitt in the entrance way of the Cooperstown village police station in 2010. That was the same novel authorities said Chapman was reading when he was taken into custody following Lennon’s slaying.

Joe Mahoney be reached at jmahoney@thedailystar.com