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First Flurries Fly At Tailgate 5k

First Flurries Fly

At Tailgate 5k

Runners of the annual Tailgate 5K had a wintery start this morning with wind and flurries filling the air of the 6th ward in Oneonta. Above:  Bryan Squires and 6th Ward Athletic Club President Bob Thomas release the tape as Tom Slicer, Oneonta, crosses the finish line after coming in 1st  with a time of 16:49. At right, Oneonta running partners Jacqueline Scanlon, left and Lydia Dillon, run through the snow on the race course near Riverside School. The two were the first two women to cross the finish line; Jacqueline took 1st with 21:39, followed closely by Lydia with a time of 21:41. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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‘Team Fetterman’ Welcomes Judge

‘Team Fetterman’

Welcomes Judge

Lamberts Become 1st Father-Son Pair

In Cooperstown’s Most Honored Ranks

Other members of “Team Fetterman” joined the latest honoree, county Judge John Lambert, after today’s luncheon at The Otesaga. Front row, from left, are Mark Rathbun, Jack Vineyard, Pat Hazzard, Frank Miosek, Lambert, Bobby Hall, Ted Kantorowski, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, Dave Adsit, Brenda Jaeger and Bruce Andrews.  Second row, from left, Mike Perrino, Ed Hazzard, Bud Lippitt, Dave Bliss, Sharkey Nagelschmidt, Bob Snyder and Ted Spencer.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

John Lambert and Jane Forbes Clark pose for photographs today after she presented him with the Fetterman Award.

COOPERSTOWN – It was a lesson in the right attitude.

County Judge John Lambert, honored as the latest recipient of the Clark Sports Center’s Fetterman Award today at an Otesaga luncheon, was able to relate a first-hand story about Patrick Fetterman, a fabled director of the Clark Gym.

It was at a Biddy Basketball Tournament in St. Johnsville more than three decades ago.  Lambert was in sixth grade; Fetterman was coaching, when one of the Cooperstown players made everyone’s concern explicit:  “They’re cheating with the clock,” he said.

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Memory Of Ricky Lives On As PIT Run Celebrates 25th Year

Memory Of Ricky Lives On

As PIT Run Marks 25th Year

State Troopers Jared Porter and Matthew Strobeck, both with Troop C, stand and salute during the National Anthem with the runners of the 25th annual PIT run in Oneonta this morning. The race is held annually in remembrance of fallen State Trooper Ricky J. “Pit” Parisian, a state trooper who lost his life while stopping an armed robbery in 1994. At right, Ricky’s brother Sid Parisian waves as he takes off on the first leg of the race with friend David Weaver, Oneonta, on left, and wife Deb, and Alison Alkins, right, Morris, take off from the starting line. Girma Gebre of New York City took first in the 10K with a time of 31:03, while Dylan Davi took first in the 5K with a time of 20:16. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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OHS Alumni Tee Off Weekend Of Celebrations
OHS ALUMNI WEEKEND 2018

Annual Gathering Starts

At Oneonta Country Club

Some 135 OHS Alumni, top, pose on the Oneonta Country Club’s putting green before this morning’s start of the annual Alumni Golf Tournament, which begins the annual weekend of reunion celebrations. Players have a chance to win loads of prizes including a 2019 Chevy Cruze if they get a hole-in-one! At right, as the sun comes out, Jim Sandoli, ’63, lines up a shot as son Jim Jr., ’02, and Phil Meagley, ’63, look on. Awards will be given out around 2:30 p.m. The Alumni Banquet is this evening at the Asa C. Allison Building.  Annual Wall of Fame inductions are Saturday morning at the high school, followed by the homecoming game in the afternoon.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Drops To Hops Road Race Underway

7th Annual Drops To Hops

Road Race Underway

Cyclists in the 7th annual Drops To Hops 23 mile B-race take off from Brewery Ommegang on a 23 mile race led by pacers Tom Whitney, Oneonta, Sherrie Kingsley, Cooperstown, and Sue Whitney, Oneonta. Ommegang will be hosting a party at the finish line for racers and their families. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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School Spirit Soars At Hartwick Hawk Night

School Spirit Soars

At Hartwick Hawk Night

The Lambros Arena was packed with cheering students this evening watching their classmates compete in various challenges for a chance to win big money and big prizes during the sixth annual Hartwick Hawk Night Fever event. Above, freshman Lamar Flood and Alex Guillaume strain with the rest of their team as they face off against sophomores in a tug-of-war contest. At right, Cassandra Robatelle preforms a kicking hand stand during a dance competition, of which she took first place. Originally created to build hype before a game, the event has turned into an evening of fun and games celebrating the students and their school spirit. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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OJCA Honors Community Partner 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

OJC Adds Community Friends

To 2018 Hall of Fame Class

From right: Qimane Williams, Bob the Bulldog, and Chris Kuhn, Director of the Oneonta Job Corps Academy, stand with the 2018 inductees into the OJCA Community partner Hall of Fame Inductees Ian Austin, The Oneonta Teen Center and Hometown Oneonta, Betty Lee, NAACP and Human Rights Commission, Kaler Carpenter, Club Odyssey, Jeanette Mulford, Days For Girls, Vanessa Pellegrino, NY Goat Yoga, and Alan Donovan, Friends of Oneonta Municipal Airport and GOHS. The six were honored for their support and involvement with the OJCA students in a brief ceremony before the start of the 5th annual community softball game between Oneonta Job Corps Academy and The Family Resource Network, this evening at Damaschke Field. (Libby Cudmore/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Astroturf Picnic Area Installed At Damaschke

Astroturf Picnic Area

Installed At Damaschke

Oneonta Outlaws owners Gary and Karen Laing watch a crew from Chenango Contracting, Johnson City, install a circular Astroturf baseball at Damaschke Field’s front gate today. The Laings plan to add picnic tables for the convenience of fans. Laying the baseball-shaped fabric are, from left, Jason Metzger, Binghamton, Lucas DePofi, Endicott, and Sean Lee, Binghamton.  Chenango Contracting just completed Astroturing the baseball and football fields at OHS.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Repairs Underway After Clark Upgrade

ROOF, FLOOR NEED FIXING

Repairs Underway

After Clark Upgrade

Due to condensation problems, crews today were removing the roof over the new Olympic-size swimming pool at the recently renovated Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown.  Repairs, due to begin in September, will replace tiles from the floor in the athletic facility’s lobby that began to pop up a few months ago, apparently due to moisture beneath.   At some point, the pool will be closed for five or six weeks, and directional signs will be placed in the lobby to guide members to the gym and other offerings.  The sports center completed an 18-month renovation and expansion in June 2017.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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53,000 Puts This Year’s Class At Second Biggest

INDUCTION WEEKEND 2018

52,000 Puts This Year’s

Class At Second Biggest

Not only was the Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2018 the biggest since 1971, it was watched by the second-biggest crowd on record: 52,000, the Hall estimates, second only to Ripken-Gwynn’s 2007 record of 83,000. Posing with their plaques a few minutes ago are, from left, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Alan Trammel and Jim Thome.  Absent this year was Homer Osterhoudt, (inset photo) who passed away June 30 at age 100, having attending all but three Inductions since the first in 1939.  His son Darrell and daughter-in-law Priscilla reserved a seat for him nonetheless. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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