Twenty years ago today, Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield began production at Brewery Ommegang, the Belgian-style brewery that has become a Cooperstown and Otsego County tourism, entertainment and community centerpiece over the past two decades. Top photo, from Ommegang files, shows construction underway on the unique plant (right photo), modeled after a Belgian farmhouse. To celebrate the anniversary, the brewery has created a 20th Anniversary Ale, which is selling well, according to company President Doug Campbell, in its outlets in 48 states and the District of Columbia. (AllOTSEGO.com)
DETAILS ON OMMEGANG’S SUCCESS STORY
IN THIS WEEKEND FREEMAN’S, HOMETOWN
Gary Swan, Laurens, walks his three dogs, Baxter, Ali, and Tobias, down Main Street, Cooperstown, today at the second annual Doubleday Dog Walk, a fundraiser for the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. At right, Caitlin Andrews, Cooperstown, accompanies her Boston terrier, Gwendolyn, in the stroll. Participants were asked to raise $100 for the SAS, and received a T-shirt, a magnet and a bandanna for their dogs. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
DEADLY DISEASE WEEKEND’S FOCUS
Pete Frates‘ father John and brother Andrew pose with the full Boston College varsity baseball team after receiving mementos from the Baseball Hall of Fame this morning at the beginning of a weekend designed to highlight the fight against ALS. At 12:30 today, Frates family members and author Casey Sherman, who with Pete co-wrote “The Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS”, will be autographing books in the HoF’s library atrium. In the past hour, in photo at right, parents John and Nancy Frates, left, Sherman, center, and BC baseball coach Mike Gambino discussed the disease and ice bucket challenge in a panel discussion in the Hall of Plaques, moderated by Bruce Markusen, right. In front are the BC ballplayers, who drove up from Boston today for the occasion. Hall VP Jon Shestakofsky said the Ice Bucket Challenge raised $220 million and underwrote “breakthrough treatments” of the disease. Today’s panel was flanked by posters of Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig – for decades, the disease bore his name – and Catfish Hunter, who suffered from it more recently. (Jim Kevlin/www.AllOTSEGO.com)
TODDSVILLE – Eleanor A. Carentz, 92, a long-time resident of Toddsville, passed away surrounded by her family Sunday night, October 8, 2017, at Focus at Otsego.
She was born Aug. 2, 1925, in Oceanside, the daughter of Joseph A. Burr and Agnes Judd Burr.