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Streck Returns In Interim Role;

His Focus, ‘Leadership Strategy’

Dr. Bill Streck, left, and his successor, Dr. Vance Brown, on their transition in 2014.

COOPERSTOWN – Vance M. Brown, president/CEO of the Bassett Healthcare Network for almost four years, has decided to step down, effective April 20, it was announced today.

Former president/CEO Bill Streck, chief medical and health systems innovation officer at the Hospital Association of New York State (HASNY) since retiring from Bassett, will return to the organization in an interim role, the announcement said.


Square Dance

With The Moose Club


SQUARE DANCE – 5 – 9 p.m. Round & Square dancing with Randy Hulse. Cost, $9/person. Oneonta Moose Club, 119 W. Broadway, Oneonta. Call 607-435-6871.

WOMEN’S HISTORY – 5 – 6:30 p.m. “Mental Illness and Stopping the Stigma” presented by Sydney S. Scalici and Laura Maneates of the Counseling Center. Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4428 or visit

Jeff Beals Promotes Progressive Agenda

Jeff Beals Promotes

Progressive Agenda

19th District Congressional candidate Jeff Beals, a former CIA agent and State Department staffer in the Middle East, this afternoon burnished his progressive credentials before 40 voters in Sunday forums in Cooperstown Village Hall for candidates running against U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook.  He embraced his endorsement by Bernie Sanders’ progressive, called for “Medicare for All,” and told the gathering when they here any of the seven Democrats being called “carpetbaggers,” they should respond that Faso is a “corporate-bagger,” given the sources of his funding.  Beals, currently a history teacher at a private school in Woodstock, said his family has associations with the Catskills and current 19th District going back two generations, and said he is one of only tw0 of the seven Democratic candidates vying in the June 26 primary who actually voted locally in 2016.  Listening to Beals are Bob Eklund, New Lisbon, left, and Ken Fogarty, Chenango County, right. Inset, one of Oneonta Assembly candidate Dan Buttermann’s daughter returns from handing moderator Richard Sternberg a written question from the audience.  Sternberg announced Erin Collier of Cooperstown, the latest Democrat in the race, will appear at a Sunday forum at 3 p.m. April 22. (Jim Kevlin/

Alex, Barbara Shields Renew Vows On 40th Year Of Marriage

Alex, Barbara Shields Renew

Vows On 40th Year Of Marriage

Renewing their vows after 40 years of marriage, Alex and Barbara Shields receive the blessing this morning from Father Dane Boston, rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Cooperstown, during Sunday mass.  The husband is a retired county representative from Richfield Springs, representing the towns of Richfield and Springfield. His wife, a retired teacher, was a longtime member of the Republican County Committee. After today’s mass, the Shieldses hosted a reception in the parish hall that included a performance by Irish stepdancers, plus a traditional corn beef and cabbage lunch. (Jim Kevlin/
Irish Dancers Thrill St. Patrick’s Diners

Irish Dancers Thrill

St. Patrick’s Diners

Tess Dilorenzo, left, and Morgan Kelly lead the O’Donnell-Kelly Irish Dancers a few minutes ago during the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church in Cooperstown. Other dancers are, from left, Tara DiLorenzo, Sasha Dudek, McKenna Sellick and Maya Stevens.  Dinner included corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots and Irish soda bread. (Jim Kevlin/


Stew & Brew Helps Fund Outlaws Away Games

Stew, Brew Helps Fund

Outlaws Away Games

Karen Lang and her sister-in-law Stacey Makley-Leesh prepare a plate of bangers mashed potatoes and gravy at first annual Brew & Irish Stew fundraiser at the Damaschke Field Clubhouse. All proceeds from the buffet go towards covering travel expenses for the Oneonta Outlaws baseball team. Visitors enjoyed games, music, raffles and of course, good homemade food! “We really want to open this space up for more types of events in the future.” said Lang, “We are also planning on having a Cinco de Mayo party here where we will serve tacos, fajitas and Mexican hot dish!” (Ian Austin/



CCS Superintendent On

The Importance Of Rigor


SUNDAY PROGRAM – 3 – 4 p.m. CCS Superintendent presents on “The Importance of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships in Our Public Schools.” Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-547-8344 or visit

SUGARING SUNDAY – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Features contemporary and historic maple sugaring demonstrations, activities for the kids, more. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1450 or visit

Brose, Tarbell Take First At Fatty Bumpo

Brose, Tarbell Win

Fatty Bumpo Race

Getting a quick start at the beginning of the race, Andrew Gracey established a big lead during the first lap of the third annual Fatty Bumpo bicycle race at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. Taylor Brose took first in the men’s division, and Tamara Tarbell took first in the women’s division. Gracey came just short of the podium, finishing in fourth place. (Parker Fish/
Mothers And Sons Fill Foothills For Shamrock Swing

Mothers, Sons Elated

At Shamrock Swing

Oneonta’s Matthew Rubin, 10, dances with his mother and his younger brother Luca Rubin, 8, during Oneonta’s third annual Shamrock Swing Mother Son Dance at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. Tickets were sold out ahead of the event, and the dance floor was packed with young men dressed to impress as they danced the night away with their mothers. (Parker Fish/
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