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Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School District was named a School of Distinction by the College for Every Student Brilliant Pathways in recognition of its achievements during the 2018-2019 school year.

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ALBANY — Raising the stakes in a tense battle over a pipeline project, Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to cancel the operating certificate of National Grid — one of New York’s biggest utility firms — for the downstate region after the company refused to provide new natural gas connections.

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ARKVILLE — Nearly 40 local children clambered aboard the Delaware & Ulster Railroad for a train ride through the Catskills on Tuesday in celebration of the kickoff of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Otsego and Delaware counties.

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ALBANY — New York's new law allowing undocumented immigrants to qualify for driver's licenses remained intact Friday after a federal judge tossed out a lawsuit brought by Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns, one of numerous officials fighting its implementation.

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A former town supervisor in Greene County is one of two men facing felony charges with fraud relating to grants extended to Prattsville in the wake of Hurricane Irene, according to a media release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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ALBANY — Citing New York legislation that gives farmworkers the right to join unions, a coalition of labor organizations is waging a campaign to pressure yogurt maker Chobani, a major upstate employer, to protect the rights of agricultural workers to organize.

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The Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta will host a free, public talk on plastic reduction from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.

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The city of Oneonta Planning Commission unanimously approved the site plan application for the proposed Lofts on Dietz at a special meeting held Wednesday night, Nov. 6, according to a media release.

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FRANKLIN — Voters in the town of Franklin turned out overwhelmingly in favor of allowing the sale and consumption of beer and wine in its restaurants.

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DELHI — Students and staff at Delaware Academy welcomed their largest crowd of veterans to date for the school’s annual Veterans Day celebration Wednesday.

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SCHENEVUS -- School district taxpayers and community members packed the gym of Schenevus Central School on Wednesday for a forum with district and state officials to discuss the future of the district.

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State Sen. James L. Seward, R-Milford, has announced a recurrence of cancer for which he was treated in 2016.

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COOPERSTOWN — The day after the first concert in the 50th season of the Cooperstown Concert Series, a panel of series organizers gave a talk about the history of the performances. 

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COOPERSTOWN -- Members of the public will get their say next month about Otsego County's plan to hire a county administrator, as the Board of Representatives has set a public hearing for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the county meeting room on the second floor at 197 Main St.

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Otsego County’s Board of Representatives will remain split between Democrats and Republicans, with the GOP continuing to hold a small edge in weighted votes. 

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The Oneonta Common Council at its Tuesday, Nov. 5, meeting authorized the sale of city-owned property on Dietz Street, pushing the lofts on Dietz Street project forward.

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ALBANY — As the rate of teenage vaping of nicotine and marijuana soars across New York, state lawmakers are scrambling to package bills to address not only that epidemic but cigarette smoking as well.

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The seven-member Unatego Central School Board of Education unanimously voted to sell the former Otego Elementary building to Oneonta Christian Academy at its Monday night meeting. The 95-student, K-12 school offered $100,000 for the 34,196-square-foot building at 353 Main St.

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New York’s Winter Weather Awareness Week began Sunday, Nov. 3, and according to local National Weather Service observer Dave Mattice, unseasonably cold temperatures are in the near future.

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STAMFORD - Gene F. Muthig, 86, passed away early Friday morning, Nov. 8, 2019, at his home. He was born on July 8, 1933, in Liberty, son of Catherine Muthig. He married Mary Skidmore on Sept. 20, 1953. She was his beloved wife for 59 years until her passing on Nov. 21, 2012. Gene is survived…

WEST WINFIELD - Gisela Hofmeister, of West Winfield, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Nov. 7, 2019. She was born Feb. 19, 1944. She was a former resident of Brewster. She later retired with her husband to West Winfield. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Adolf Hofmeister; so…

GILBOA - Karl Leo Kohler Sr., 72, formerly of Gilboa, who was living in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, passed away on Nov. 8, 2019, at his residence. He was born on Jan. 27, 1947, in Gilboa, the son of Miles and Hazel (Brownell) Kohler. He served in the United States Marine Corp from 1967 to …