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Costas Wins Frick Award For Broadcast Excellence

Costas Wins Frick Award

For Broadcast Excellence

Bob Costas

COOPERSTOWN – Bob Costas, a star of NBC Sports since the early 1960s and a presence at Hall of Fame Inductions for decades, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Hall’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.

 Costas will be recognized during the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation on Saturday, July 28, as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2018. Costas becomes the 42nd winner of the Frick Award, as he earned the highest point total in a vote conducted by the Hall of Fame’s 15-member Frick Award Committee.

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Arrests Made in Connection to Train Fire

Arrests Made In Railcar Fire

Russell Jones, a member of Milford’s Volunteer Fire Department, douses flames from a train car fire in Milford on Oct. 3. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

MILFORD – Two juveniles have been arrested and charged with setting fire to an antique box car at the Milford Train Depot in early October.

Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. announced the arrests after a two month long investigation, and said that more arrests are expected in the coming days. Devlin stated that both suspects are local residents.

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Akron Beacon-Journal Writer Ocker To Receive Spink Award At Induction

Akron Beacon-Journal Writer Ocker

To Receive Spink Award At Induction

COOPERSTOWN – Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Cleveland Indians for 33 seasons, was elected the 2018 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing”  in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, it was announced today.

He will receive the award during the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend July 27-30, 2018, in Cooperstown.

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Cooperstown’s Naomi Wager Stars in ‘Annie’

Cooperstown’s Naomi Wager

To Star In Orpheus’ ‘Annie’

Naomi Wagner, Cooperstown, who plays Annie in Orpheus Theater’s upcoming production of “Annie”, rehearses the song “N.Y.C” along side Casey Thomas, Oneonta, who plays Oliver “Daddy’ Warbucks at SUNY’s Goodrich Theater this evening. The show, which features 41 cast members from around the area, runs December 15-16 at 7:30pm with a matinee on Dec 17 at 2pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Joseph Piambino, 78; Engineer Retired To Cooperstown Area

IN MEMORIAM:  Joseph Piambino, 78;

Engineer Retired To Cooperstown Area

COOPERSTOWN – Joseph Piambino, 78, formerly of Long Island, a manufacturing engineer who retired to the Cooperstown area, passed away early Sunday morning, Dec. 10, 2017, at his home on Hade Hollow Road with his family by his side.

He was born Aug. 1, 1939, in Brooklyn, a son of Frank and Frances (Ingargiola) Piambino.   He married Linda Ketcham on Sept. 3, 1988, in Mount Sinai, Suffolk County.

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Mary Louise Gray, 88; Worked In Hospitals Across Region

IN MEMORIAM: Mary Louise Gray, 88;

Worked In Hospitals Across CNY Region

Mary Louise Gray

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Louise Gray, 88, of Cooperstown, who worked in hospitals across the region before returning home to tend to her mother, passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 9, 2017, at her home on Walnut Street with her sister Connie and nephew Brent at her side.

She was born Jan. 13, 1929, at Bassett Hospital and graduated from Cooperstown High School, Class of 1948. She was first employed as a part-time telephone operator at Bassett, where she also made formulas for the maternity and pediatric wards and the central supply department.

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Cooperstown Police Seek Larceny Suspect

Cooperstown Police

Seek Larceny Suspect

Police believe this woman stole a purse from the lobby of the clinic at Bassett Hospital.

COOPERSTOWN – Cooperstown police are looking for tips on a woman who allegedly stole a purse from the outpatient clinic building of Bassett Hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The victim was sitting in the lobby near the pharmacy between 2:45-3:15 p.m. and left her purse on the bench. The suspect, described as a white female with dark hair, wearing a black coat and white pants, sat down next to the purse and took it when she left the clinic building.

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Seward Announces Grant for Cooperstown Chamber
$100,000 FOR VISITORS CENTER

Seward Announces Grant

For Cooperstown Chamber

Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matt Hazzard addresses an audience gathered at the theater in the Fenimore Art Museum, with Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford, looking on. Seward announced a $100,000 State Grant for the Chamber of Commerce to help renovate the Visitor’s Center on Chestnut Street. Hazzard hopes to have some renovations completed by the beginning of the upcoming tourist season, but is aiming to have all of the renovations completed by the end of 2018. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Locals Gather to Carol Around Goodyear Lake

Locals Gather to Carol

Around Goodyear Lake

Carolers gathered on a hay wagon on Saturday night at Goodyear Lake. The carolers rode around the lake singing holiday tunes to their friends and neighbors on the lake. Jamie Waters, pictured at center in blue, and his wife Brenda have been organizing the annual community event for four years as a way to bring community members together. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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