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Beloved ‘Doc’ Knapp Dies, Oneonta Little League’s Hero
IN MEMORIAM

Beloved ‘Doc’ Knapp Dies,

Oneonta Little League’s Hero

The legendary “Doc” Knapp waves to wellwishers lining Oneonta’s River Street during the 2013 Opening Day Parade. He was riding in Graig Eichler’s red convertible, with Eichler’s daughter Ava in the back seat. (AllOTSEGO.com file photos)

Editor’s Note:  It is with sadness we learned that “Doc” Knapp, 90, one of a kind, a civic leader and hero of generations of Oneonta Little Leaguers, passed away today at Fox Hospital.  His official obituary is being prepared by the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home – and, when ready, will be printed here – but this profile from 2010 captures Doc, the man, and his enduring legacy to the community.

By JIM KEVLIN • Reprinted from Hometown Oneonta, May 7, 2010

This photo was taken on Opening Day, 2010, at “Doc” Knapp Field, when this article was written. Doc was 83 at the time.

ONEONTA – The history of Oneonta Little League resides in one man, Oren “Doc” Knapp, (who’s also a pretty good golfer.)

So he knew of what he spoke when, after opening ceremonies Saturday, May 1, at, yes, Doc Knapp Field, at the end of Park Avenue, he said: “Oneonta has been very supportive of Little League. I’m very grateful to Oneonta for that.”

Yes, he ought to know.

When New York Telephone transferred him here from Stamford in 1952, he brought two young sons, Gary and John, with him, and was immediately absorbed into the fledgling Little League organization.

Bob Dwyer had been local League president since it was founding in 1948 at a meeting in the old Oneonta Hotel (Dick Fowler and Ken Chase were among those attending) and he was tired.

Doc, a baseball enthusiast since his boyhood on a Franklin farm, had looked forward to managing a team, but soon found himself drafted as Dwyer’s successor instead.

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New Fire Truck Arrives In Milford

New Fire Truck

Arrives In Milford

Fire Chief Don Eckler, friend Bill Triolo, and firefighter Tom Bobnick admire the new fire engine which arrived at Milford Fire Department this afternoon. The engine is a 2017 Frieightline chassis ith a 1250 gallon a minute pump and a 1500 gallon a minute hose. It also features an on board generator and a LED light tower. “This could light up the whole town!” said Eckler. “We needed a new truck big time. This pumps out 1500 more gallons than our previous truck, which was 21 years old. We worked hard to get this through fundraising, donations and saving our money.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Dostal ‘Drive, Devotion’ Cited At State Capitol Ceremonies
SEWARD’S 2017 ‘WOMAN OF DISTINCTION’

Dostal ‘Drive, Devotion’ Cited

At State Capitol Ceremonies

Julie Dostal and Senator Seward pause outside the state Senate chambers this afternoon, where “Women of Distinction” ceremonies were held. (Jeff Bishop photo)

ALBANY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, praised 2017 “Woman of Distinction” Julie Dostal for her “drive and devotion” this afternoon at state Capitol ceremonies.

Dostal, executive director of LEAF, the Oneonta-based drug-fighting agency, was among “Women of Distinction” from across the state who are designated annually by their state senatros.

“Julie Dostal has made it her life’s work to help others and it has been my privilege to partner with her on a number of occasions,” Seward declared. “Her drive and devotion are remarkable and the community at large is the beneficiary of her ongoing efforts.”

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From Cooperstown, Thaw Exhibit On Display At Met This Summer

From Cooperstown, Thaw Exhibit

On Display At Met This Summer

Fenimore Art Museum President Paul D’Ambrosio addresses the opening of “American Indian Art from the Fenimore Art Museum: The Thaw Collection,” last evening at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.   Selections from the Cooperstown museum’s nationally known collection of Native American art will be on display at the Met throught the summer.  Also attending the reception was Eva Fognell, Thaw Collection curator.
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Country Star O’Neal Graces Foothills Stage

Country Star Jamie O’Neal

Sings ‘No Arizona’ At Foothills

Country singer Jamie O’Neal, with guitarist Rodney Good, performed this evening on the Foothills stage in Oneonta.   Jamie has two back-to-back number ones hits, “There is no Arizona” and “When I think about Angels.” In addition, Jamie has 10 top 40 hits including “Trying to find Atlantis” and her smash hit “Somebody’s Hero”. This event sponsored by Five Star Subaru. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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10 Local Brews Sampled At 6th Ward Tasting Event

10 Local Brews Sampled

At 6th Ward Tasting Event

Todd Snelson, Oneonta, above, left, pours glasses of his New York Maple Imperial Pilsner for Robin Haddock, Judy Tator and April Gates at a tasting event Saturday to raise funds for the Sixth Ward Athletic Club. The event featured 10 locally brewed beers made especially for the event by the Homebrewers of Oneonta Proper Society (HOPS).  Matthew Brown, right, Oneonta, won first place in both the Public vote and the Brewer’s vote for his American lager. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Find A New Favorite At Liquor Depot’s Grand Tasting

100 Vendors At Liquor Depot

John Weidman, a promoter for Frederick Wildman & Sons, the New York City wine importer, discusses a pinot noir with Russ and Amanda Scimeca, Roots Brewing Co. proprietors, and the third annual spring Grand Tasting at Liquor Depot on Oneonta’s Southside.  Patrons receive a card for up to 10 free tastings from over 100 vendors. The event goes through 7 this evening. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Mothers & Daughters Enjoy Dining, Dancing

Mothers & Daughters

At Foothills Tea Party

With Mom’s Day a weekend away, over 150 mothers and daughters filled the Foothills Atrium this morning, where they enjoyed dancing, tea and snacks, making fascinators and crafts,  and partaking of scavenger hunts and face painting, part of the Performing Arts Center’s first annual Mother-Daughter Tea Party.   In top photo, Oneonta’s Makenna Frazier, Taryn Brockway, Kaylee Ferrara and Joanna Ferrara twirl across the dance floor. At left, Deanie Lord helps Eliana Morey decoupage a vase at Jillybeans’s craft table area. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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A Night To Remember

A Night To Remember

With the annual Cooperstown Cotillion underway, middle-schoolers will be floating across the dance floor at The Otesaga ballroom until 10 this evening.   A tearful Jeannette Weldon, top photo, watches son Will escort his partner across The Otesaga lobby.  Lower left are Finn Holohan and Heartland Frable.  Middle right, Tulip Bailey, left, and Gracie Agostino excitedly await the start of the promenade.  Lower right, Audrey Dutcher sails along on Nathan Savoie’s arm.  Six weeks of dance instruction – this year, from Dr. Matthew Curtis and wife Alma – lead up to the annual event, designed to teach the young participants both ballroom dancing and etiquette.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Bank Of Cooperstown Names Bob O’Neill Emeritus Trustee

Bank Of Cooperstown Names

Bob O’Neill Emeritus Director

Bob O’Neill

COOPERSTOWN – Robert F. O’Neill, a founder of the Bank of Cooperstown, has assumed the role of director emeritus of USNY Bank, the parent company.

While an honorary position, it reflects his role in the founding of both the Cooperstown bank and USNY itself.  “He and his family had the original vision to create a new bank in Cooperstown more than 10 years ago,” according to a statement from the bank.

O’Neill spent his career on Wall Street as a general partner of L.F. Rothschild and as an executive vice president of Tucker Anthony.  He was an officer of the Air Force and a graduate of Manhattan College with a degree in civil engineering.

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