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Sports

City To Seek Demolition For Damaschke Grandstand
80-YEAR-STRUCTURE CLOSED

Damaschke Grandstand

Heading For Demolition

Common Council last evening approved an application for funding to demolish the 80-year-old Damaschke Field grandstand.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing has been concerned for a few years about the safety of seating in the grandstand.

ONEONTA – With Damaschke Field’s box seats condemned and its supports rusting, Common Council voted tonight to apply for a grant to demolish the 80-year-old city landmark.

“It’s a touchy thing, but the building is old and it needs to come down,” said Gary Laing, Oneonta Outlaws owner. “We’ve been talking about it for a few years now, but it’s reached a critical stage.”

“It’s beyond repair,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “It needs to be completely replaced.”

The grandstand was built in 1939 and seats 500. Earlier this season, the entire set of top boxes was condemned by the city. “That’s when it really came to the forefront,” said Laing. “It’s decrepit.”

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Skating Fans Pack Fenimore Symposium

Skating Fans Pack

Fenimore Symposium

Celebrated figure skating Olympians Jojo Starbuck, Dorothy Hamil and Dick Button, seen above with Todd Kenyon, Cooperstown,  shared their stories from the figure skating world in front of a packed house this afternoon at the Fenimore On Ice Symposium. The two-hour panel, featured clips of performances, commentary, and even Hamil’s ‘Short and Sassy’ conditioner commercial. Right, professional skating pair Erika Choi Smith and AJ Reiss  preform Tableaux Vivant on Glice in the Louis C. Jones Center at the Fenimore Art Museum thanks to a synthetic ice rink made of Glice. (Ian Austin/AllOTSGO.com)

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Craig Buckbee Gives Talk To Trouts Unlimited

Craig Buckbee Gives Talk

To Trouts Unlimited

Above, Guest speaker Craig Buckbee, Burlington Flatts, international fly fisherman, gives a talk on Spey casting techniques to fellow Trouts Unlimited members Barbara Loeffer, Davenport, Mike Empey, Davenport, and Matt Tavross, Milford, and Dave plumber, Oneonta, this evening at Fortin Park where the Charlotte Creek meets the Susquehanna River.  Buckbee brought a selection of rods which he used to illustrate how to cast and recover the line with minimal effort by using ‘the snake’ and ‘D’ method of recovering and re-directing a line with minimal effort and water disruption. Right, Craig Buckbee in action, demonstrating the ‘D Spey’ cast, as it forms the shape of a ‘D’. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Clark Sports Center Re-opens, Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Clark Sports Center Re-opens,

Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Before the doors even opened this morning, people were gathering outside the doors of the Clark in anticipation of the grand re-opening of the sports complex which had spent the two years undergoing extensive renovations.  Above, Gunter Weldon, Cooperstown, gets a leg up from Adventure Staff member Steph Talaia-Murray on the rock-climbing wall during the grand re-opening of the Clark Sports Center this morning. Right:  Staff member Peg Wilson, Dr. Rodman Carter and wife Imogene congratulate board chair Jane Forbes Clark on the state-of-the-art sports center. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Parade Welcomes Winningest Team

HAWKEYE FANS SAY ‘THANKS!’

Parade Welcomes

Winningest Team

Cooperstown fans welcomed the winningest Cooperstown Central baseball team in school history back from the Final Four with a fire truck parade through village street on the Hawkeyes return home Friday evening. The Coop team had bowed, 6-2, to Potsdam Central in the semi-finals at NYSEG Arena in Binghamton that afternoon, but the varsity squad came closer to a state crown than any team in school history. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Otsego County Runners Dominate Half-Marathon
LAKE FEST, RACE LAKE COLLOBORATE

Otsego County Runners

Dominate Half-Marathon

Clark Sports Center photographer Emily Kishbaugh, top, documents Cooperstown’s Nancy Potter’s completion of the Race the Lake Marathon Saturday, which started and ended at Glimmerglass State Park. While Nancy wasn’t in the top 10, local runners dominated the half-marathon results, claiming the top five spots:  Nick Arnecke, Edmeston, first; Wayne Allen, Oneonta, second; Brett Fritts, Springfield Center, third; Andrew Rock, Cooperstown, fourth, and Kara Arnold, Cooperstown, fifth.   Peter Buffington, Winter Springs, Fla., won the full marathon in 3:08:38, but Cooperstownian Todd Baum was second, finishing in 3:16:03.   The Race the Lake again collaborated with OCCA, which held its Otsego Lake Fest at the Glimmerglass Pavilion.  At right, Paul Lord, the SUNY Oneonta biology professor and Biological Field Station mainstay alerts passersby to the latest invasive scourge: Herbilla.  It isn’t here yet, said Lord, but let’s be vigilant to keep it that way.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Hawkeyes Out After 6-2 Loss To Potsdam

Hawkeyes Out After

6-2 Loss To Potsdam

The regional champion Hawkeyes walk off the field at NYSEG Arena this afternoon after the semi-final loss to Potsdam. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

BINGHAMTON – The Cooperstown Hawkeyes’ baseball team bowed to Potsdam Central, 6-2, a few minutes ago in the state semi-finals at NYSEG Arena here a few minutes ago.  Nonetheless, the team made history, advancing farther than any varsity baseball team in CCS history.

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Hawkeye Baseball Team Competing In Final Four

Hawkeye Baseball Team

Competing In Final Four

The CCS Hawkeyes’ baseball team looks out on NYSEG Arena in Binghamton this afternoon prior to the start of the state semifinals against Potsdam Central. The game is now underway, and we’ll have results for you as soon as it’s over. If the Cooperstown boys win, they will play in the finals at 10 a.m. Saturday at Binghamton University. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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New York State Of Baseball

New York State Of Baseball

The Upstate native who is MLB commissioner and the state senator representing the Baseball Capital of the World shakes hands outside the state Senate this morning.  Commissioner Rob Manfred Jr., a Rome native, was in Albany to receive the Italian American of the Year Award from the state Conference of Italian American State Legislators.  “He is doing great things to grow the game of baseball, and truly deserving of this special honor,” said Otsego County’s senator, Jim Seward.
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