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LaBella Associates recently partnered with the Southern Tier 8 Regional Board to present “Energy Solutions for Economic Success,” an educational forum for local decision makers and stakeholders. At this forum, a team of LaBella planners and engineers joined utility, state agency and funding …

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The Otsego County Chamber is excited to host a kickoff Leadership Otsego 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, with a Chamber networking breakfast and information session for our Leadership Otsego program.

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For more than 20 years, there has been one television show that I’ve been interested in consistently. No, make that a show that I have been mesmerized by consistently! Whenever I flip on the tube and start channel surfing, if I land on this show, I am usually good for at least an hour, maybe…

Will Rogers said, “It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.” This is particularly true now that climate change forces us quickly to find energy solutions to ensure that there is a future for our children. We know that more fossil-fuel power plants, …

If you live in non-metro or rural America, you’ve been left behind by the economic boom cycle that came after the Great Recession. You also endured a more severe recession than people who live in bigger cities.

Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.

It has been nearly five years since I first chose to run for mayor. Not a day has gone by since that someone has not stopped me on the street; come up to me in a restaurant or supermarket; sent me an email; called me on the phone or even knocked on my door at home to ask what me what we are …

The 2019 World Series marked the 150th anniversary of professional baseball, and there’s no doubt that the game being played today has undergone a lot of changes. To some, these changes are inevitable. But to others — like Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt — today’s game is “all about power,” and t…

Whether some “conservatives” believe that our species is causing dramatic changes in our weather systems is irrelevant. It has been said that Mother Nature is nothing more or less than the laws of the physical sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, atmospheric, geology, and such) creating ne…

With Bernie Sanders’ heart attack, perhaps precipitated by the stress of campaigning with unabated revolutionary fervor, coupled with head-snapping contradictory pronouncements from spinmeister Rudy Giuliani, some found themselves wondering if millennial ageism is warranted.

According to scientists, there is an enormous black hole at the center of our galaxy. A black hole is so dark even light cannot escape, which makes it invisible. You cannot see a black hole. No one has been there to go in and report back. Why do scientists then suspect this is true, that bla…

Underneath the clash and clang of controversy over presidential impeachment, public policy and personal initiative can slowly and seemingly imperceptibly improve life in America. That was the case two decades ago, amid the swirling arguments over the mostly party line impeachment of then-Pre…

WASHINGTON — If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth — “Make Earth Great Again!” — would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets? This matters in assessing the wisdom …

Celebrating 70 years of Communist Party rule, Chinese leader Xi Jinping stood in the open sunroof of a Red Flag limousine and shouted, “Greetings, comrades,” to the masses below. Xi wore a Mao-style suit to his giant military parade, which featured a missile that could carry 10 nuclear warhe…

New York is home to more than 4,000 dairy farms. Our dairy cows and the dairy farmers who care for them are an important part of our rural communities. They provide nutritious food for our families, help support local businesses that keep our economies alive, and care for the beautiful open …

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UNADILLA - Kenneth William VerValin, 91, of Unadilla, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at his home. He was born on Jan. 6, 1923, in Oneonta, to the late Arthur and Mary (Larkin) VerValin. Ken attended Unadilla Central School. He was a Navy veteran. He enlisted at the age o…

COOPERSTOWN - Haidy P. Zoeller, who, with her late husband, William H. Zoeller owned and operated Lake Front Hotel and Cooperstown Marine, passed away Saturday night, Nov. 16, 2019, at her home in Lakeland Shores, surrounded by her family. She was 93. Born Aug. 29, 1926, in Brooklyn, she was…

MILFORD - Josephine A. Graham, 88, of Division Street, Milford, passed away on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. Born on Sept. 30, 1931, in Cooperstown, she was the daughter of Robert J. and Claudine (Smith) Wilber. She attended the one-room schoolhouse in Bowe…