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Art Boden

Becker, Boden Leave Village Board Races

Becker, Boden Leave

Village Board Races

Tillapaugh Unopposed For Mayor;

3 Run For 2 Openings For Trustee

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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COOPERSTOWN – Two candidates for Village Board in the March 20 election – Jon Becker for mayor and Art Boden for trustee – have left the race.

Both have signed the “certificates of declination” required after receiving a party endorsement, according to Village Administrator Teri Barown, who oversees village elections.

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SURPRISE CANDIDATE SEEKING MAYORALTY

COOPERSTOWN VILLAGE ELECTIONS

SURPRISE CANDIDATE

SEEKING MAYORALTY

Jonathan L. Becker, a lawyer who has lived in the Village of Cooperstown since 2013, chats with former mayor Carol B. Waller after he emerged this evening as a surprise candidate for the Republican nomination for mayor. He was approved unanimously a few minutes ago by 10 of the party faithful gathered in the Village Board chambers at 22 Main. The Republican caucus also nominated two candidates for village trustee, both with credentials as businessmen: Fred Schneider, owner of the Landmark Inn and a Chamber of Commerce board member, and Art Boden, whom GOP Chairman Vince Casale described as “Cooperstown’s Host.” Boden managed New York Pizza and, lately, assumed the role of maitre d’ at Upstate Grill, which is under the same ownership. The GOP ticket will face Trustee Ellen Tillapaugh, who Democrats nominated for mayor last evening, and incumbent trustees Cindy Falk and Jim Dean, who are running again. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Halloween Slide Show – cooperstown

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Scary Creatures March

Through Cooperstown

Art Boden spent his day off decorating the entire New York Pizzeria building to make it enticing for ghosts, goblins and an occasional princess returning from this evening Cooperstown Halloween Parade, which stepped off from Cooper Park at 5 p.m.  (Photos by Parker Fish for AllOTSEGO.com)
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Anticipation Builds Along Main Street

INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

Anticipation Builds

Along Main Street

Art Boden and son Dan were renting parking spaces this morning at The Bank of Cooperstown, which provided the space to raise funds for Friends Helping Friends, an group that grew out of a community effort to raise funds for Art at the height of his fight against cancer two years ago.  Art expected to rent out 30 spaces at $20 apiece each of Induction Weekend’s two days, netting more than $1,000 for the community group.  At left, by 10 a.m. today, folding chairs lined the Main Street route of the Parade of Legends, which steps off at 6 p.m. this evening between the Chestnut Street fire hall at the Hall of Fame.  The 60-some Hall of Famers, including the five soon-to-be Hall of Famers, will be carried along the route in Ford pickups provided by Smith Cooperstown.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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‘Survivor’ Art Boden’s Story Buoys County Relay For Life

‘Survivor’ Art Boden’s Story

Buoys County Relay For Life

After sharing his story of survival and endurance when cancer struck at age 49, Art Boden, popular manager of New York Pizza in Coopertown, leads cancer survivors on the first lap of the Otsego County Relay for Life this morning at Milford’s Wilber Park.  To the left of Art is Allison Wilber, the Relay leader this year.  Boden’s family, dad Art Jr. (Art himself is III), stepdaughter Brianna Brass, daughter Emily and son Daniel were on hand, sometimes tearfully, at they reflected on their father’s ordeal.  At left, Cooperstown’s Joanne O’Brien smiles as Boden single her out during his keynote:  He ran into her at Taylor’s earlier this week and was inspired by her optimism.  Unable to stage the Relay this year at the traditional site, Dreams Park, or the Clark Sports Center, the fundraiser relocated to Milford at the invitation of the new village mayor, Brian Pokorny.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Rain Doesn’t Stop Friends From Helping Friends Art, Dave

Rain Doesn’t Stop Friends

Helping Friends Art, Dave

Fred Schneider, Cooperstown, drives through a puddle on the Colonial Ridge Golf Course while partner Sean Campbell holds on for dear life. But despite the storm that delayed tee-off time two hours, the game worth the wait, part of the Friends Helping Friends benefit tournament to raise money for for cancer patients Art Boden and David Selover. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Fred Schneider, Cooperstown, drives through a puddle on the Colonial Ridge Golf Course while partner Sean Campbell holds on for dear life.  Despite the storm that delayed tee-off time two hours, the game worth the wait, part of the Friends Helping Friends benefit tournament to raise money for for cancer patients Art Boden and David Selover. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Art Boden Fighting Cancer; Friends Fundraising To Help

Art Boden Fighting Cancer;

Friends Fundraising To Help

Art Boden has been stricken by a rare cancer.
Art Boden has been stricken by a rare cancer.

COOPERSTOWN – For years now, Art Boden has maintained a high profile as the cheerful and customer-focus general manager of New York Pizza.

In recent days, friends and loyal customers have been shocked to learn that Art, just 49, is fighting cancer: Stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

He will require treatment here at Bassett, and also at Strong Memorial in Rochester, and yesterday Brent Knauss and other friends launched a fund drive to help Art meet the financial challenges of rigorous treatment.

To participate, CLICK HERE for Art’s Go Fund Me page

Or, checks to help Art may be sent to The Bank Of Cooperstown, 73 Chestnut St., Cooperstown NY 13326.  Write “for Art Boden” in the memo line.

THE FULL STORY OF ART’S CHALLENGE IS PUBLISHED IN
THIS WEEK’S FREEMAN’S JOURNAL, ON NEWSSTANDS NOW
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