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ALBANY — Against the backdrop of two upstate State University campuses experiencing an elevated rate of COVID-19 infections, there are no current plans to switch classrooms to online courses, as happened last January.

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Federal officials said a Delaware County man has been jailed on charged on charges that he sexually exploited a child.

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced 41 grant awards, including one along the entire Delaware River and one along the Beaverkill River, during a Zoom press conference Monday.

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A bat in Cooperstown tested positive for rabies in Cooperstown on Thursday, Sept. 16, Otsego County Public Health Department announced Friday. There was no human exposure.

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Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties have seen an increase in COVID-19 cases in the past month and they remain at a high level of community transmission according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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ALBANY —At Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, administrators are trying to fill 219 vacant jobs, 85% of which are for positions providing direct care to patients.

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A local center for senior citizens has adapted to withstand the COVID-19 pandemic, offering the population most vulnerable to the disease a safe and fun respite from the isolation of COVID lockdowns.

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Delaware County Department of Public Works announced Thursday, Sept. 16, it was closing the Downsville Covered Bridge over the East Branch of the Delaware River in the town of Colchester to the motor vehicle traffic.

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September is Suicide Prevention Month, and two communities will hold Out of Darkness community walks to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention next weekend.

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Otsego County reported its second COVID death this week on Thursday, Sept. 16, but its total number of deaths remained at 67, because of an error in reporting previously, according to Public Health Director Heidi Bond. A death was also reported Tuesday.

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Cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, typically a fatal disease for deer, have been confirmed or suspected in local counties, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Thursday, Sept. 16. 

A city of Oneonta crew will be street sweeping from 3 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 17, on High Street, Franklin Street, Lawn Avenue, Hill Place, Reynolds Avenue and Washington Street. Residents are advised to use caution and obey temporary traffic control devices. 

The College at Oneonta Foundation has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, according to a Thursday, Sept. 16, media release.

The New York Power Authority has been awarded the WELL Health-Safety Rating at its facilities for its operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address the ongoing COVID-19 environment and broader health and safety-related issues into the futur…

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Residents of the Schenevus and Worcester Central School districts will head to the polls Wednesday, Sept. 22, from noon to 8 p.m. to vote on an advisory referendum or “straw vote” on the proposal to merge the districts.

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An Oneonta High School graduate was recently appointed as the senior adviser and director of strategic planning and scheduling for New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

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The Daily Star's four-county region of Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties has had 14,346 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 424 (26 less than the last report at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 9), and 222 deaths (two more), as of 6 p.m. Sept. 15.

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The Berry Hill fire tower in the town of McDonough opened earlier this week after the completion of a wide range of interior and exterior upgrades to enhance safety and accessibility, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced.

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ALBANY — A troubling percentage of households in upstate regions have no broadband service in part because of a lack of affordable options and gaps in coverage, a new report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows.

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Everyday Americans who are finding it hard to save money to buy a house, start a family or pay for a vacation now have a new way to save money thanks to two Delhi graduates.

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Though the Rotary Club of Unadilla announced on Sept. 10 that COVID-19 concerns triggered cancellation of its annual Autumn Fest, planned for Sunday, Sept. 26, at Covered Bridge Farm Market in Unadilla, the farmers are moving forward.

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Delaware County Historical Association announced Tuesday, Sept. 14, that a quilt show scheduled to begin this weekend has been canceled because of the rise in COVID cases in the county. 

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Work has started on the landscaping and maintenance of the Delaware County Poorhouse cemetery a few weeks after the Delaware County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to fund the work, however, the county historian is upset with the progress.

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ALBANY — As a state lawmaker pushes to give communities another year to decide whether they want to allow marijuana shops, an upstate Native American tribe says it is poised to give cannabis licenses to retailers before the state gets around to it.

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Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich will retire during the summer of 2022, the college board of trustees announced Monday, Sept. 13.

Delaware County Veteran Services and the Albany Veterans Administration will host the 2021 Veterans Stand Down at the Catskill Veterans Outreach Center at 56 Main St. in Stamford from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.

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The United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties’ campaign started Friday, Sept. 10, with the announcement of its fall campaign goal.

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