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Mayor, Trustees Celebrate Victory

Mayor, Trustees Celebrate Victory

Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh and Trustees Cindy Falk and Jim Dean gathered with well-wishers at the Tillapaugh-Kuch home on Beaver Street Tuesday evening to celebrate their victory in that day’s Cooperstown village elections. From left are Dean, the Falks (son Isaac, husband Glen and the candidate), the mayor and husband Gary Kuch, Dean’s wife Eileen and Jeff Katz, who retires as mayor at the end of the month.  Falk and Dean turned back a Republican challenger; Tillapaugh was unopposed.  (Martin Tillapaugh photo)
WOMEN RULE In Cooperstown, Ellen Tillapaugh Mayor; In Oneonta, 3 Trailblazers, Sivers Lauded


In Cooperstown, Ellen Tillapaugh Mayor;

In Oneonta, 3 Trailblazers, Sivers Lauded

Women are on the ascendancy in Otsego County, judging from this week’s front pages. In Cooperstown, Trustee Ellen Tillapaugh was elected mayor, the second woman to hold that position. In Oneonta, Rachel Lutz Jessup and two other women received the city Human Rights Commission’s annual Trailblazer Awards, plus departing commission member and First UM Pastor Teressa Sivers was honored. All this and more in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands across Otsego County.
Ballots Open For Cooperstown Trustee Race

Polls Open For Cooperstown Trustee Race

Cooperstown resident Walter Franck casts his vote in the 2018 village elections. Ellen Tillapaugh is running unopposed for mayor, but Democratic incumbents Cindy Falk and Jim Dean are running against Republican Fred Schneider for two seats on the Village Board of Trustees. Polls opened at noon at the firehall, and will be open until 9 pm. (Parker Fish/
3 Seek 2 Trustee Spots In Cooperstown Election

3 Seek 2 Trustee Spots

In Cooperstown Election

COOPERSTOWN – Three candidates will be seeking two village trustee positions when polls open noon-9 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, March 20) at the fire house on Chestnut Street.

The two Democratic incumbents, Cindy Falk and Jim Dean, are running for another term, challenged by Republican Fred Schneider.

The mayoral candidate, current Deputy Mayor & Trustee Ellen Tillapaugh Kuch, a Democrat, is running unopposed to succeeded veteran Mayor Jeff Katz.

Pony Trots Through Centers Health Care Halls

Pony Trots Through Nursing Home

Ruth Ellis, right, couldn’t stop smiling as she pet Cupid, a nine year old miniature pony. Ellis is a resident at Centers Healthcare in Cooperstown, where Cupid paid a visit on Monday afternoon. Cupid’s caretaker, Linda Cole, left, travelled with Cupid from Greenville, NY, and plans to visit the residents in Cooperstown at least once a month with Cupid. (Parker Fish/



Streck Returns In Interim Role;

His Focus, ‘Leadership Strategy’

Dr. Bill Streck, left, and his successor, Dr. Vance Brown, on their transition in 2014.

COOPERSTOWN – Vance M. Brown, president/CEO of the Bassett Healthcare Network for almost four years, has decided to step down, effective April 20, it was announced today.

Former president/CEO Bill Streck, chief medical and health systems innovation officer at the Hospital Association of New York State (HASNY) since retiring from Bassett, will return to the organization in an interim role, the announcement said.

Alex, Barbara Shields Renew Vows On 40th Year Of Marriage

Alex, Barbara Shields Renew

Vows On 40th Year Of Marriage

Renewing their vows after 40 years of marriage, Alex and Barbara Shields receive the blessing this morning from Father Dane Boston, rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Cooperstown, during Sunday mass.  The husband is a retired county representative from Richfield Springs, representing the towns of Richfield and Springfield. His wife, a retired teacher, was a longtime member of the Republican County Committee. After today’s mass, the Shieldses hosted a reception in the parish hall that included a performance by Irish stepdancers, plus a traditional corn beef and cabbage lunch. (Jim Kevlin/
Irish Dancers Thrill St. Patrick’s Diners

Irish Dancers Thrill

St. Patrick’s Diners

Tess Dilorenzo, left, and Morgan Kelly lead the O’Donnell-Kelly Irish Dancers a few minutes ago during the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Catholic Church in Cooperstown. Other dancers are, from left, Tara DiLorenzo, Sasha Dudek, McKenna Sellick and Maya Stevens.  Dinner included corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots and Irish soda bread. (Jim Kevlin/


Brose, Tarbell Take First At Fatty Bumpo

Brose, Tarbell Win

Fatty Bumpo Race

Getting a quick start at the beginning of the race, Andrew Gracey established a big lead during the first lap of the third annual Fatty Bumpo bicycle race at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. Taylor Brose took first in the men’s division, and Tamara Tarbell took first in the women’s division. Gracey came just short of the podium, finishing in fourth place. (Parker Fish/
With ‘Shakin’ The Family Tree’ Philharmonic Celebrates Diversity

With ‘Shakin’ The Family Tree,’

Philharmonic Celebrates Diversity

The Fly Creek Philharmonic troupe – including Gary Kuch, Chris Kjolhede and Bill Hayes, clustered in center – polish their skills at last evening’s dress rehearsal in preparation for 8 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church. This year’s theme is “Shakin’ The Family Tree,” a celebration of diversity. Tickets available at Riverwood in Cooperstown and Fly Creek General Store. (Tara Barnwell/
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