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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/


Swimmer Mebust Goes Higher Than Any CCS Team Member

Swimmer Mebust Goes Higher

Than Any CCS Team Member

Ted Mebust

COOPERSTOWN – CCS senior swimmer Ted Mebust finished in third-place overall in the 50 freestyle at the state meet on Long Island over the weekend, the highest finish ever by a CCS swimmer at the state meet.

He followed this with an 8th place overall finish in the 100 backstroke.

The two top 10 accomplishments ends Ted’s CCS swim career.  He also won 14 Section 3 swimming titles.

Hartwick College Drops Division I Sports Programs

Hartwick College Drops

Both Division I Sports 

Men’s Soccer to DIII, Women’s Water Polo Cut

By PARKER FISH • Special to

ONEONTA – In a letter addressed to all students, Hartwick College announced this afternoon that it would be withdrawing from NCAA Division I athletics, including from soccer, where it won a national championship in the 1970s.

According to the letter, signed by Hartwick College’s President Margaret Drugovich, Board of Trustees Chair Francis Landrey, and Student Affair Committee Chair David Long, Hartwick’s Board of Trustees voted on whether or not to continue with the school’s two Division I programs, and as a result of the vote, decided to discontinue the two programs at the Division I level.

Not Quite So Frozen, Frostbite 5k Returns

Not Quite So Frozen,

Frostbite 5k Returns

Temperatures in the low 40’s provided much more agreeable conditions for the 176 runners who took the the streets this afternoon in the Oneonta YMCA’s annual Frostbite 5k,. The race, originally scheduled on Dec. 31st, was postponed until today due to harsh negative temperatures. Here, Alexander Herold, Jody Taylor, Catie Minogue, David Morell, Heather Ellis, Gary Tooms and John Ellis run along Market St at the start of the race. Mike Roda, Oneonta, took 1st place with a time of 16:16.(Ian Austin/
Cooperstown Bat Company Featured On ESPN Segment At Astros’ Camp

Cooperstown Bat Company

Featured On ESPN Segment

Jose Altuve
Sal Paolantonio

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – A Cooperstown Bat Company bat thrilled Houston Astro Jose Altuve early today, and by 9 a.m. the Cooperstown company’s products were being praised on ESPN Sports Center.

As Bat Company owner Tim Haney described it in a call from Florida a few minutes ago, he was at Astros’ batting practice and asked Altuve if he’d like to try one of the Cooperstown bats.

“He took it over to the batting cage,” said Tim.  “All of a sudden he went right to the batting machine, which was throwing pitches at 90 miles an hour.”

“It was a little nerve-racking,” said the local businessman, who is visiting spring-training camps to get MLB players to try his wares.

Jack Morris Meets Pals On Hall Of Fame Visit

Jack Morris Meets Pals

On Hall Of Fame Visit

Former Detroit Tiger pitcher Jack Morris, wife Jennifer and son Miles enter the Hall of Plaques in Cooperstown late this morning during his pre-Induction orientation. (In the background is the portrait of Stephen C. Clark, the Hall’s founder.)  Stopping to view Al Kaline and Lou Brock’s plaques and others’, Morris at one point said, “Here are my guys!” He is one of five Major Leaguers who will be inducted into the Hall on July 29, and the first of this class to undergo the tour and briefing all honorees go through. (Jim Kevlin/
Oneonta Vet’s Club Closed Super Bowl Sunday

Oneonta Veteran’s Club

Closed Super Bowl Sunday

Wayne Gregory, manager, Oneonta Veteran’s Club, and Bernie White, chair of the club’s building committee, pose outside of the club at 279 Chestnut St., where their sign announces that they will close on Super Bowl Sunday in a counter-protest against players who “take a knee” during the national anthem. (Ian Austin/
For Full Story, See This Week’s Hometown Oneonta
and The Freeman’s Journal, On Newsstands Wednesday 


Clark Sports Center Signs 5,000 Members

Clark Sports Center

Signs 5,000 Members

With Director Val Paige front and center (behind the M), staff lines up to announce yesterday that the Clark Sports Center has achieved a five-year goal: to sign up 5,000 members.  The goal was set in January 2013 “as an incentive to reach out to improve the health and well-being of local populations and beyond,” the gym management announced.  The drive was paralleled with a multi-expansion and improvement of the facility, which reopened in June, featuring a new pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a 35-foot climbing wall in the lobby.
Ironically, Frostbite 5K Postponed Due Cold

Ironically, Frostbite 5K

Postponed Due To Cold

With burning lungs and ice-encrusted eyebrows, John Ellis, Oneonta, Aaron Stary, Laurens, Kye Breier, Davenport, and Mike Hamlton, Oneonta, finish their run along Ford Ave early this afternoon after completing run in temperatures below 0°. The friends had turned out for the YMCA’s annual Frostbite 5K race, only to discover it had been postponed until a later date due to the weather. Not to be deterred, the group decided to run the course anyway in a race they aptly named the “Frost Spite 5K”. A new race date will be announced soon.(Ian Austin/





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