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Sports

Friends Helping Friends Benefit Golf Outing Underway

Friends Helping Friends

Golf Benefit Underway

Matt Schuermann, Cooperstown hits a line drive at hole nine as Matt Hazard, Cooperstown, and Mike Perrino, Cooperstown, look on at the third annual Friends Helping Friends benefit golf tournament at Meadow Links Golf Course this morning. The event continues throughout the day and ends this evening with a banquet in honor of recipients Kay Anichini, Alex Reynolds, Amelia Spencer and the late Larry Gallup. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Lumberfest Cuts With The Best

Lumberfest Cuts With Best

Above, Billy Adams, Owego, cuts through a log like butter with his custom-made chainsaw during the Hot Saw Competition at Wightman Lumber in Portlandville this afternoon as part of the 1st annual Lumberfest Lumberjack Festival. At right, professional cooper Bob Allers, Deansboro, demonstrates hoop making for barrels and drinking mugs.  The lumber yard partnered with the New York State Lumberyard Association to put on the event.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Richfield Youth Sports Preparing For Otsego Now Project Committee

Richfield Youth Sports Preparing

For Otsego Now Project Committee

Richfield Youth Sports President Len Pickens, volunteer Cindy Klemm and attorney Doug Zamelis walk the property south of Richfield Springs where they hope to locate a youth sports complex. The three will be preparing a proposal seeking to have Otsego Now donate the 50 acres, which are assessed at $98,000, for that purpose.  For details, see this week’s Freeman’s Journal, available Wednesday afternoon at Stewart’s, Price Chopper and other local outlets. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

READ RICHFIELD YOUTH SPORTS’ PROPOSAL

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World Series Trophy At HoF This Weekend

World Series Trophy

At HoF This Weekend

The Chicago Cubs’ World Series trophy from 2016 will be on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown this weekend.

COOPERSTOWN – The Hall of Fame will host the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series Trophy 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27.  Visitors will be permitted to take pictures with the trophy.

This weekend, the Cubs will be featured, with guided exhibit tours, artifact spotlights, player profiles, trivia contests, themed craft stations and other special opportunities.

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Richfield Youth Sports Park Organizers Seek IDA Parcel

Richfield Youth Sports Park

Organizers Seek IDA Parcel

Cindy Klemm of Richfield Youth Sports introduces Len Pickens, RYS president, at this morning’s Otsego Now meeting, where he asked the county IDA to turn over a former development site off Route 28 to be developed as permanent athletic fields for the community’s young people. Longterm, the goal would be to build a recreation center/gymnasium. Cooperstown has the Clark Sports Center, Pickens said, and the county’s third-largest community needs to fill similar needs. The contingent, which included Richfield Springs architect Jim Jordan, behind Pickens, and attorney Doug Zamelis, received a positive reception from the board, which said the plan would be referred to the its projects committee.  The site in question has been proposed for a commerce park, but was never developed, due to a lack of municipal water, and the discovery of Native American artifacts.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Stars & Bars Foe Takes Photos, Banned At Fair

Stars & Bars Foe Takes

Photos, Banned At Fair

Deputies Escort Leslie Kauffman Off Grounds

Leslie Kauffman at Sunday’s Fair for All press conference.

WALTON – A former rabbit barn superintendent of the Delaware County Fair was escorted off premises by deputies and barred from ever returning for taking photographs of merchandise bearing the Confederate flag, according to a press release issued today by Fair for All, the group protesting Stars & Bars at the week-long event.

Leslie Kauffman, a co-founder of the group Fair for All, which has been campaigning to end the sale of the flag at the fair, attended the fair on Tuesday with her two children and, while there, took photographs of Confederate flag merchandise available for sale.

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Wahl To Wahl Derby Car To Compete At County Fair

Wahl To Wahl Competes

Today At Fair Demo Derby

If you were downtown at downtown Oneonta’s Fabulous First Friday Cruise-In, you may have seen one car that seemed a little out of place. Anthony Wahl, owner of Wahl to Wahl Auto in Milford,who sponsored the Cruise-In, stands with his mechanic Kyle Hunter and their recently completed demolition derby car. You can see how the car fairs in the Northeast Demolition Derby at the Otsego County Fair at 1 p.m. today! (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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All Quiet At Suspected Crime Scene

Suspected Crime Scene Quiet

All appeared quiet this evening at 961 County Route 33, Town of Norwich, where a Morris girl, Jacelyn, D. O’Connor, 11, was found dead when state police answered a call there Sunday.  A Troop C press released said the death is being investigated as a suspected murder.  Anyone with information on what happened should call the state police barracks at Norwich, (607) 334-3296. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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SMALLER CROWD, BUT GOOD CHEER

INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

SMALLER CROWD,

BUT GOOD CHEER

5 Heroes Hailed Under Sunny Skies

The shutters snap as the five latest heroes to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame – it happened this afternoon at the Clark Sports Center fields in Cooperstown – smile for the camera and AN estimated 35,000 fans. It wasn’t as big as some Inductions past, but the weather was great and everyone seemed glad to be here. From left are Bud Selig, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, John Schuerholz, Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell.  As Hall chairman Jane Forbes Clark noted, only one percent of MLB players make it into the Pantheon of Baseball Heroes.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CLICK HERE FOR INDUCTION SLIDE SHOW

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Golden Green
INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

For Today, Green Is Gold

As fans flow into Cooperstown for the 2017  Baseball Hall of Fame Induction, parking comes at a premium with prices ranging from $10 to as high as $50. Here, Amanda Frankle and Todd Ashley, Cooperstown, sit on the lawn of his parent’s house on Chestnut Street, selling lawn parking for the event. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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