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TIME OF TRANSITION — front pages

TIME OF TRANSITION

Cooperstown General Store Closes,

Ommegang Turns 20, Much More

The Cooperstown General Store is closing as CVS is about to move out of the downtown. Tom Rathbone is retiring from SUNY Oneonta after overseeing $140 million in renovations over the Kleniewski Era. Famed Oneonta novelist George Booker wins the $66,000 Man Booker Prize. And, revisit the day America’s foremost Nazi spoke at Old Main. And much more in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Brewery Ommegang 20th Birthday Today

Brewery Ommegang

20th Birthday Today

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)

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Buoys Out.  Is Winter Far Behind?

Buoys Out.  Is Winter Far Behind?

Paul Lord from the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station and a team of 12 volunteer divers picked up 18 “No Wake” Buoys around Otsego Lake on Sunday, signalling the end of summer boating. The volunteer dive team has been retrieving the  buoys every year for the past 19 years. The windy conditions on Sunday made this year’s retrieval exceptionally difficult, Lord said.  (Paul Donnelly for AllOTSEGO.com)
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Dogs On Parade To Benefit Susquehanna Animal Shelter

Dogs On Parade To Benefit

Susquehanna Animal Shelter

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)

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Hall Honors Frates For Fight Vs. ALS

DEADLY DISEASE WEEKEND’S FOCUS

Hall Honors Frates

For Fight Vs. ALS

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)

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Kaywin Feldman, Top Museum Director, Addressing CGP Students, Faculty Today

Kaywin Feldman, Museum Headliner,

Addresses CGP Students, Faculty Today

CGP students gathered in assembly today to hear Kaywin Feldman, a national headliner in the museum field, address key issues they will be facing in their careers. In particular, Feldman, director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art since 2008, has been a pioneer in using digital technologies for planning and promotion. Artnews.com mentioned her as a possible successor to Thomas Campbell at The Met. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HoF Replacing Slate Roof

HoF Replacing Slate Roof

F.W. Dennis Specialty Roofing from Port Byron, west of Syracuse, is replacing the slate roof on the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Hall remains open during the project. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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Exclusive Stories Abound In Your Local Newspapers

Exclusive Stories Abound

In Your Local Newspapers

Friends and readers, you’re in for a treat this week, with Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal filled with exclusive stories you can’t find anywhere else. Reporter Libby Cudmore takes you to Troop C’s 100th birthday, stroll on Hartwick College’s new Founders’ Way with President Drugovich, review Frances Brooks’ life well lived as she and her husband built one of the county’s most successful enterprises. And there’s much more, on how local vets are coming to grips with NFL players “taking a knee,” to a deer wandering in to Cooperstown’s Price Chopper, to the intricacies of the in-fighting over the town-city fire contract negotiations. All in this week’s Hometown and Freeman’s, on newsstands across Otsego County Wednesday afternoon.  Don’t miss them.

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Centralized Arraignment  System Being Considered

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Centralized-Arraignment 

System Being Considered

County Attorney Ellen Coccoma, right, tells the Otsego County Board of Representatives at its Wednesday, Oct. 4, meeting she has convened a committee to explore the creation of a “central arraignment center,” probably in Oneonta, that would require people arrested after hours to be held at the county jail (or Oneonta lock-up) until 8 a.m. the following morning so they could be ensured the attendance of a public defender. She said the change is being studied because of a lawsuit and legislation passed by the state Legislature in the spring. Now, people arrested are taken to the nearest town justice; if the new concept goes forward, they would be held overnight at the county jail, pending arraignment the following morning. She briefed the reps because former county rep. Alex Shields of Richfield Springs, during “privilege of the floor,”  questioned a new law making the county jail available for this purpose.   State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, had the enabling legislation passed earlier this year. Many reps were hearing about this concept for the first time, but Coccoma said she planned to brief the county board’s Public Safety & Legal Affairs Committee when it meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the county office building. Coccoma’s briefing begins at 2:11:53 of the Youtube video.
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