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Perfect Weather For HOF Classic Game

Stars Come Out For

 Hall of Fame Classic

Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson and Chairman Jane Forbes Clark, far right, pose for a team photo with Hall of Famers and Major Leaguers who came out to play ball in Doubleday Field for the Hall of Fame Classic game Saturday.  Among them were Rollie Fingers, Eddie Murray, Tim Rains, Ozzie Smith, Ryan Sweeney, Chris Gomez, A.J. Pierzynski, Tim Crabtree, Todd Zeile and more. Between innings fans clamored at the gates around the fields, hoping to get autographs from the star players. At right, Goose Gossage  gives a fist-bump to Russle Slamowitz and his father Adam who traveled from Reno, Nevada, especially for the game. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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BASE Race Signals Big Weekend’s Start

BASE Race Signals

Big Weekend’s Start

The Hall of Fame’s BASE Race is underway at this hour through the streets of Cooperstown, signalling the start of busy Memorial Day Weekend 2018. The Hall of Fame Classic in historic Doubleday Field, featuring Major League players, beginning at 1:05. Monday, the 40-mile General Clinton Regatta departs Brookwood Point, Bainbridge bound, at 6 a.m.  Memorial Day parades begin in Cooperstown at 10:50 a.m. to a commemoration at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument at the county courthouse; in Oneonta, the parade begins at noon on Main Street, bound for a commemoration at Veterans Memorial Walkway in Neahwa Park.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Katz Recipient Of 1st Ann Stewart Scholarship Award

Robbie Katz Receives First

Ann Stewart Scholarship

Gretchin Sorin, Cooperstown Graduate Program director, left, and Ruth Stewart (with photo of daughter Ann), right, stand with Robert Katz, the first recipient of the Ann Stewart Scholarship. Katz will be moving to New York City to work at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum as the Science and Public Programs intern. “I will be crating kid’s programs, running a summer camp and helping them make raised garden beds.” said Katz, son of Jeff and Karen Katz.  “If I can get my hands dirty, I am looking forward to it.” Sorin added “We thought it would be meaningful to Ruth and her family to have someone from Cooperstown receive it.” (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
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IT’S OVER Pioneer Street Paving Completed Today

IT’S OVER!

Pioneer Street Paving Completed Today

Gary Lewis Jr. of G. Vincentis, the Binghamton contractor, finishes rolling the asphalt in around the flagpole in downtown Cooperstown shortly after 1 p.m. today.  The crew then went up Pioneer Street to complete a strip at the Church Street intersection, completing the $2 million reconstruction of Pioneer, which began last fall after the tourist season ended, and started up again this spring.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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‘Friendship Bench’ Is Dedicated To CCS Teacher Aide Carol Krisch

‘Friendship Bench’ Is Dedicated

To CCS Teacher Aide Carol Krisch


A bench inscribed with “Come Sit, Make A Friend Or Two,” was dedicated this afternoon  at Cooperstown Elementary School in memory of Carol Ann Krisch, who suggested the idea to guidance counselor Christine McBrearty Hulse, lower left.  Krisch, a teacher aide  and monitor at the school for 16 years, passed away suddenly on Sept. 8, 2016, at her home in Fork Shop.  Recalling her childhood to McBrearty Hulse, the elementary school mainstay advised that if a child was having trouble making friends, he or she could sit on the bench and other children would offer their friendship.    The whole student body gathered in the playground behind the school to hear the dedication, that included comments by retired teacher Dibble and Bud Lippitt, phys-ed teacher and a relative.  Other relatives attending, lower right, included, from right, Tom and Kathy Redding, her sister and brother-in-law; cousin Barbara Kubis, Tommy Redding and his fiance, Dayna Vibbard, and baby Maddyn, 18 months, Krisch’s great-niece.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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E. Donnall Thomas Prize Awarded To Liver Researcher From Thailand

E. Donnall Thomas Prize Awarded

To Liver Researcher From Thailand

Karn Wijarnpreecha, MD, accepts the 2018 E. Donnall Thomas Research Day Outstanding Research Presentation Award from Anne M. Gadomski,  director, Research Institute.

COOPERSTOWN – Dr. Karn Wijarnpreecha, who is researching liver disease, has been awarded the E. Donnall Thomas Outstanding Research Day Presentation Award, named in honor the former Bassett physician who won the Nobel Prize.

Wijarnpreecha, who is completing his medical training at Bassett, is investigating possible links between nonalcoholic fatty-liver disease, scarring of the liver and low muscle mass, and whether any link is consistent across ethnicities.  If so, “interventions to strengthen muscle mass may reduce the burden of NAFLD and advanced fibrosis,” the researcher said.

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EXCLUSIVE! Centers Health Care Ups Daily Rate To $510 Rissberger Op-Ed: Move OH-Fest From Neahwa Tillapaugh Op-Ed: County Needs Cooperstown Oneonta Luxury Apartments Already Filled Memorial Day: 7 Brothers Served, Survived Rotarians’ County Convention Raised $250K
Seward Welcomes 4H Members

Seward Welcomes 4H Members

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, welcomes Otsego County 4-H Carson Guzy, left, of Cooperstown and Garrett Proskine, Gilbertsville, to the state Capitol in Albany during the 83rd annual 4-H Capital Days. “As a former 4-H member, I am pleased to see the program continuing to offer our young people a well-rounded education through core topics like agriculture, leadership and life skills and new offerings including robotics and engineering,” Seward said.
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Grandstand Theater Grand Re-Opening On Eve of Classic Game

Restored, Grandstand Theater

Re-Opening On Eve of Classic

The newly renovated Grandstand Theater will open on Friday, May 25, ahead of the Hall of Fame Classic game.
Jane Forbes Clark spoke to a packed house at the Grandstand Theater during a talk in January 2016. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – With new surround sound, a state-of-the-art projector and a brand-new film, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater is set for re-opening this weekend as part of the museum’s annual Classic Weekend.

“Baseball fans come to the Hall of Fame looking for that ‘wow’ moment, and the new “Generations of the Game” introductory film, shown in the beautifully renovated and state-of-the-art Grandstand Theater, sets the stage and delivers an emotional foundation for a memorable Museum experience,” said Jeff Idelson,  Hall of Fame president.

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SEWARD BRINGS $1M TO DOUBLEDAY REDO

SEWARD BRINGS $1M

TO DOUBLEDAY REDO

$3M More Hoped For From New York State

State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, left, receives thanks from Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch this afternoon after he delivered a $1 million check toward the renovations of Doubleday Field. Behind them is Village Trustee Jim Dean. In the background is the third-base line, a major focus of a reconstruction plan. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

An artist’s rendering show the prospective entrance to Doubleday Field, now a parking lot.

COOPERSTOWN – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, delivered $1 million needed for a $5.8 million renovation of Doubleday Field, long considered the Birthplace of Baseball, which marks its 100th birthday next year.

The grant Seward announced today is from the State & Municipal Facilities Program.  The Village of Cooperstown has applied for another $3 million – earlier reports had it at $5 million – from the Empire State Development Corp., and Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch has said she hopes to hear positive news, perhaps as soon as the next few days.

That would give the village $4 million toward the project, and other sources are being sought to make up the $1.8 million.  Tillapaugh has also said she has a priority list, so work can begin in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2020.

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