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Puppy Love!

Puppy Love!

So many puppies to choose from! Azalea Lorber, Davenport Center, wanted to take them all home, but her parents Ashley and John were more discerning in their choices. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Blake Lorber, Laurens, at right, looks in on a carrier full of black and white lab puppies anxious for a new home.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – A line of families gathered outside the Susquehanna Animal Shelter this afternoon to foster the 33 puppies brought up from Saving Grace, an animal rescue organization based out of North Carolina, which seeks to relocate dogs from high-intake kill shelters across the south.

The Susquehanna Animal Shelter will de-worm, spay/neuter and vaccinate the puppies before putting them up for an adoption during an event on Saturday, Aug. 4 at Petco on Southside in Oneonta. Dog Wild also took several adult dogs from the organization, and will host an adoption event 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 20 at Brewery Ommegang.

 

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Delgado, DiPerna Tilt Over Rap CD, How To Handle It

Delgado, DiPerna

Tilt Over Rap CD,

How To Handle It

Democratic Candidate Speaks

To Full House In Cooperstown

Democratic congressional candidate Antonio Delgado thanks Greta Green, 9, for asking a question about gun violence and school safety at the end of a forum this evening at Templeton Hall. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Delgado resisted answering questions about lyrics on a rap CD he produced in 2006, but Paula DiPerna, a former Congressional candidate herself, persisted.

COOPERSTOWN – Antonio Delgado was met with cheers and applause from 120 of the Democratic faithful – and a handful of Republicans – in Templeton Hall this evening.

Questions ranged from fracking to FERC and Social Security to Glass–Steagall.  A 9-year-old, Greta Green, who lives in Washington, D.C., but is visiting her grandmother, Cynthia Benjamin, in Garrattsville, asked about protecting children from gun violence.

“It hurts that a 9-year-old even asks that question,” he said.

But the question of the hour – the 19th District Congressional candidate’s former life as AD The Voice, a hip-hop performer in L.A. whose lyrics in his “Painfully Free” CD were liberally sprinkled with the N-word and epithets – was only touched on lightly during the formal part of the evening.

As the Q&A began, moderator Paula DiPerna advised the candidate she would be questioning him more closely later on the issue – Delgado’s rap career was reported on July 8 in the New York Post, and his Republican opponent, Congressman John Faso, issued a press release expressing “shock” at the “troubling and offensive lyrics” – and to be prepared.

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Clean-Up Underway After Thunderstorm

Clean-Up Underway

After Thunderstorm

The whirring sound of the village’s “Bandit Intimidator” wood chipper is being heard throughout Cooperstown today, as crews, including Assistant DPW Superintendent Chris Satriano, above, finish the cleanup after Saturday’s thunderstorm.  Heavy rains and wind struck shortly before 6 p.m. for only a minute or two, but wreaked outsized damage. Among the homes narrowly escaping serious damage is Celia Lamb’s on Linden Avenue, inset. The storm knocked over an oak slightly to the north of the house, leveraged up the sidewalk, but beyond that even missed a birdhouse in its path. “We were very fortunate,” Mrs. Lamb said. “It missed the house, it missed the car and it missed the trailer” that a tenant rents. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Guru, Followers Mark Retreat House’s 10th

PHAKCHOK RINPOCHE IN COUNTY

Guru, Followers Mark

Retreat House’s 10th

Phakchok Rinpoche, the direct descendant of Taklung Kagyu, founder of Tibetan Buddhism, ministers to his followers this afternoon at his Rangjung Yeshe Gomde Meditation Center on Glimmerglen Road, outside of Cooperstown, at an open house marking the 10th anniversary of the retreat house’s founding.  The guru’s wife, Khandrola, is to his right; translator Oriane LaVole, to his left. The weekend-long celebration included local followers, as well as Tibetans from a center in Brooklyn. Today’s open house also featured a buffet of Tibetan specialities, including momos, inset photo – meat, onion and garlic dumplings considered a delicacy in the Himalayan country – according to Doris Motta, one of the retreat house managers. The guru, who has visited once or twice annually over the past decade, plans to be here for three weeks. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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TREES TOPPLE AS STORM HITS

TREES TOPPLE

AS STORM HITS

An outlier in a line of strong thunderstorms winged the Cooperstown area shortly before 6 this evening, toppling trees along River Road, Route 28 (near Kevin’s Ford) and in the village itself.  Here, Lordan and Lisa Bunch smile with relief, after a maple that snapped in their front yard at Beaver and Delaware streets  narrowly missed their house.  At left, firefighters confer after pushing a pine that snapped and fell across the bridge at Bowerstown (Route 33 and Murphy Hill Road) into Susquehanna Creek.  Within minutes, the sky had cleared and the sun was shining again.  The National Weather Service was expecting the storm to follow a line between Unadilla and Sanitaria Springs in Broome County. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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They’re EVERYWHERE!

They’re EVERYWHERE!

Here it is: Broad daylight, the middle of the afternoon. And a few minutes ago this doe crossed Glen Avenue (Route 28) in Cooperstown as if she owned the place. Her two fawns traipsed after her. Neighbors report having spotted this threesome various times in the past few days. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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17 Millionth Fan Enters Into Hall

17 Millionth Fan

Enters Into Hall

Sergio Arias of Lompoc, Calif., smiles with surprise a few minutes ago as Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark advises him he is the 17 millionth fan to pass through the turnstile at 25 Main St. At right, Arias, wife Amber, and children Gabi, 11, Noah, 9, and Aubrey, 6 pose with Miss Clark for the official portrait. She then presented the honoree with a lifetime Hall of Fame membership and other gifts. Arias – he is a Yankee fan; his son a Dodger fan – is visiting Cooperstown for the first time.  The Hall has been open since 1939; lately, a million fans visit Baseball’s Mecca every three years.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Young Artists Entertain Cooperstown Rotary

Young Artists Perform

For Cooperstown Rotary

Singing Juliet’s Waltz, Alyssa Martin of Greensboro, N.C., represented the Glimmerglass Young Artists Program at today’s Rotary luncheon at The Otesaga. Ben Schaefer of Des Moines, Iowa, sang Figaro from “The Barber of Seville.” Kyle Naig, also of Des Moines, accompanied on piano for both.  Listening Rotarians at the table in front of Martin include, from left, Marge Landers, Irene Fassett, Hugh McDougall, Mike Otis and the Rev. Dane Boston.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Young Handlers Gather, Tweak, Manicure Animals
71ST JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW

Young Handlers Gather,

Tweak, Manicure Animals

Sophia Lesko, Cooperstown, isn’t just one of CCS’ top four scholars this year: She’s a junior livestock handler, with an entry in the 71st Junior Livestock Show; a new minutes ago, she had just finished giving her winter heifer a final haircut in preparation for competition that begins tomorrow at Iroquois Farm, on Route 33 south of Cooperstown.  Inset photo, Jessica Zuill, Davenport, with the help of her uncle, John Kostbar, Town of Maryland, makes it official by putting up the sign on her Southdown sheep Baked Beans’ pen.  An ice cream social, open to the public, begins at 7 this evening; another highpoint is the Parade of Champions at 3 p.m. Tuesday.  Monday, stop by and watch the judging.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Molinaro Drops By, Talks To Merchants

EN ROUTE FROM BOILERMAKER

Molinaro Drops By,

Talks To Merchants

Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess county executive and Republican candidate for governor this fall against Andrew Cuomo, could be seen on Main Street, Cooperstown, a few minutes ago. Here, accompanied by Hartwick Town Republican Chairman Joe Marmorato, he chats with Andrew Vilacky, proprietor of Safe At Home Collectibles, who said he was favorably impressed by the GOP standardbearer. The candidate said he stopped by en route home from Utica, where he ran in the annual Boilermaker this morning. He said he’ll be back in the county Aug. 1 as keynoter at the county Republican Women’s Club annual fashion show at The Otesaga. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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