Garrattsville church services to move

GARRATTSVILLE _ The United Methodist congregation will meet for services at the Garrattsville Community Center at 9 a.m. Sundays until further notice, according to Sheree Acre, certified lay speaker.

Acre said she was grateful to businesses, groups and individuals in the community who offered help after the Garrattsville United Methodist Church was heavily damaged by fire Sunday.

Feds arrest city man

ONEONTA _ City police assisted U.S. Marshals and the New York State Police Violent Felony Warrant Squad in apprehending a Cliff Street man wanted for a federal parole violation.

Bartholomeu Alberti, 31, was arrested without incident Thursday morning, according to city police.

Alberti was originally arrested in 2000 and later convicted for his role in a cocaine distribution ring in Oneonta.

High Street to close

ONEONTA _ High Street will be closed to thru traffic from Church Street to West Street beginning today and continuing on Monday and Tuesday.

DeNinis Construction will be removing sidewalks on the south side of High Street along The Daily Star's property. On-street parking will not be allowed between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Access will be allowed for residents of High Street and Harmon Avenue.

There will be no work or street closure during the weekend.

Those with questions about the project may call the city Engineering Department at 432-6465.

County public-health director is named

COOPERSTOWN _ At Wednesday's meeting, the Otsego County Board of Representatives appointed Heidi Bond as the county's public-health director.

Bond, who had been the county's supervising public-health nurse, succeeds Diane Cusworth, who announced her retirement late last year.

Bond, who will be paid $60,000 a year, started work Wednesday.

Otsego sheriffs get patrol boat from state

COOPERSTOWN _ The state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has given the Otsego County Sheriff's Department a new patrol boat, a 21-foot Boston Whaler valued at about $75,000.

The boat will be used to patrol Otsego and Canadarago lakes, according to county Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr.

The sheriff said the boat has a dive door and that his department is developing a dive team.

This year, so far, the Sheriff's Marine Patrol, which has other older boats in service, has issued 22 summonses and 55 warnings and handled 24 navigation complaints, Devlin said Wednesday.

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