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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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Auction Action!

Action, Auction!

If you hurry down to the Cooperstown Farmers Market, you can still partake of the bargains to be had at the Cooperstown Rotary Club’s “Spring Fling” Live Auction, which began just a few minutes ago. Chief Auctioneer Gary Kuch is assisted by Rotarians Bob Schlather, right, and, from left,, Cathy Andrews and Teresa Gorman. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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With Live Auction Due At 1, Rotary Crew Ready To Go

With Live Auction Due At 1,

Rotary Crew Ready To Go

With the Cooperstown Rotary “Spring Fling” Live Auction due to begin at 1 p.m. today in the Cooperstown Farmers Market building, Rotarian Margaret Savoie, top photo, gives last-minute marching orders to her crew, including, clockwise from right, Rotarians Ellen Tillapauugh, Helmut Michelitsch, Jayne Guchone, Patti Grady, Judy Steiner, Teresa Gorman and Melissa Manikus.  At left, Kate Pina draws the “auction here” sign at the entrance to Pioneer Alley, as husband Phil advises.  From 4-7 this afternoon in the Doubleday Field lot, a Sunday dinner, featuring stuffed baked potatoes, is planned.  An Ecumenical sunset service at 7:30 in Lakefront Park ends two days of festivities.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Perfect Day For Spring Fling – And There’s More Tomorrow

Perfect Day For Spring Fling

– And There’s More Tomorrow

What a perfect day – blue skies and temperatures 70-ish – for Cooperstown Rotary’s expanded Spring Fling? The Cronin family from Albany – twins Emilie and Gavin, 3, dad Ed, sister Avalynn, 5, and mom Lauren (granddaughter of Cooperstown’s Sally Tarr) – were among the hundreds of Fling-goers who browsed among the 60 vendors or partook of the various food stalls. Sunday, there’s a live auction at 1 p.m. (preview at 11 a.m.) in the Cooperstown Farmers Market building. Plus Sunday dinner, 4-7, featuring stuffed baked potatoes, and a sundown Ecumenical service at 7:30 p.m. in Lakefront Park. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSESGO.com)
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Spring Fling! Begins At Doubleday Field

Spring Fling! Begins

At Doubleday Field

Cooperstown Mayor (and Rotarian) Jeff Katz cuts the ribbon a few minutes ago at the entrance to the Doubleday Field Parking Lot, signaling the beginning of the club’s Spring Fling, expanded this year into a two-day event. Some 60 vendors are selling goodies, crafts and specialty items through 5 p.m., with entertainment on the hour, beginning right now with the Z Man in the entertainment tent. Tomorrow, a live auction begins at 1 p.m. in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building. (Preview begins at 11). A Sunday dinner, featuring stuffed baked potatoes, is 4-7 in the Doubleday lot, followed by an ecumenical sunset prayer service at 7:30 p.m in Lakefront Park. Rotarians in photo, from left, are Bob Birch, Pat Szarpa, Bill Glockler, Tom Lieber, Georgia Whitney, Spring Fling chairs Jim Howarth and Karen Katz, and Barbara Ann Heegan.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Brisk Voting Reported For President, NY Offices

Brisk Voting Reported

For President, NY Offices

John Salka, the Brookfield town supervisor and Madison County legislator who is challenging Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, for hte 121st District seat, shakes hands with Bobbie Walker, founder of the Otsego County Young Republicans, at the Cooperstown Rotary Club's pancake meal at the Vet's Club. Behind him is Tony Casale, the retired assemblyman, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and wife Cindy. Seward is being challenged by Democrat Jermaine Bagnall-Graham of Sherburne. Also on the ballot are Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout, vying to succeed Congressman Chris Gibson in the 19th District. (By the way, the Rotary is serving pancakes until 2 p.m., and again from 4 to 7 p.m.) (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
John Salka, the Republican Brookfield town supervisor and Madison County legislator who is challenging Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, for the 121st District seat, shakes hands with Bobby Walker, Cooperstown, founder of the Otsego County Young Republicans, at the Cooperstown Rotary Club’s pancake meal at the Vet’s Club this morning. Behind him is Tony Casale, the retired assemblyman, and state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and wife Cindy. Seward is being challenged by Democrat Jermaine Bagnall-Graham of Sherburne.  In addition to president and U.S. senator, also on the ballot are Republican John Faso and Democrat Zephyr Teachout, vying to succeed Congressman Chris Gibson in the 19th District. By the way, the Rotary is serving pancakes until 2 p.m., and again from 4 to 7 p.m. ($6 for adults) – and polls are open until 9 p.m. around Otsego County. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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There’s Still Time To Sign Up For Rotary Golf Tournament

There’s Still Time To Sign Up

For Rotary Golf Tournament

Team 5- Glenn Falk, Bob Barraco, Jeremy Preston, Jim Tallman  was the 2015 1st place winner of the CRF Golf Tournament.  Their team composed of Cooperstown firefighters and a retired Richfield Springs educator,  was sponsored by Underhill Farm of Burlington Flats..
Last year’s winning team included,, from left, Glenn Falk, Bob Barraco, Jeremy Preston and Jim Tallman, Cooperstown firefighters, plus the retired Richfield Springs superintendent of schools.  The team was sponsored by Underhill Farm of Burlington Flats..

COOPERSTOWN – There is still time to sign up for this Sunday’s sixth annual Cooperstown Rotary Foundation Golf Tournament at the Meadow Links Golf Course, offering over $1,000  in prizes.  Tee time is 2 p.m.

To sign up, e-mail cooperstownrotaryfoundation@gmail.com or call Ellen Tillapaugh at 547-5646.

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BIG CROWD at Spring Fling

BIG CROWD at Spring Fling

There's a big crowd on closed-off Railroad Avenue right now for the Cooperstown Rotary Club's "Spring Fling," the third annual such street fair. Among them are Hartwick triplet's, from left, Lucas, Noah and Hunter O'Brien, 19 months, with sister Hanna, 4, and mom Elizabeth, the family of Hartwick Town Supervisor Rob O'Brien. Lower right, Milo Stewart, right, and Ed Badgley anchor the Small Town Big Band. Food, music, vendors, plus tons of local folks, will be on hand for the rest of the afternoon. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
There’s a big crowd on closed-off Railroad Avenue right now for the Cooperstown Rotary Club’s “Spring Fling,” the third annual such street fair. Among them are Hartwick triplets, from left, Lucas, Noah and Hunter O’Brien, 19 months, with sister Hanna, 4, and mom Elizabeth, the family of Hartwick Town Supervisor Rob O’Brien. Lower right, Milo Stewart, right, and Ed Badgley anchor the Small Town Big Band. Food, music, vendors, plus tons of local folks, will be on hand for the rest of the afternoon.   The fun continues until 5. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Rotarians Prepare 65 Baskets Of Goodies For Friday Auction

Rotarians Prepare 65 Baskets 

For ‘Spring Fling’ Silent Auction

Cooperstown Rotarians – from left, Marge Landers, Margaret Savoie, Karen Cadwalader and Joan Badgley – pack one of 65 baskets of goodies that will be auctioned off at 5 p.m. Friday at 1 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown, a “warm-up” to Saturday’s “Spring Fling.” Gary Kuch and Bob Schlather will be auctioneers. Food and refreshments available. The auction is a preview to Saturday’s main in event – from noon to 5 p.m., a festival of music, food, games and other fun in the middle of Railroad Avenue. Highlights include the Spurbeck’s Market 75th anniversary, and samples provided by the Beverage Trail. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown Rotarians – from left, Marge Landers, Margaret Savoie, Karen Cadwalader and Joan Badgley – pack one of 65 baskets of goodies that may be bid on during a Silent Auction Saturday at the club’s “Spring Fling” festival on Railroad Avenue.   The festival begins with an actual auction at 5 p.m. Friday at 1 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown, a “warm-up” event; Gary Kuch and Bob Schlather will be auctioneers. Food and refreshments available. Saturday, the “Spring Fling” will be noon-5 p.m. along closed-off Railroad Avenue, featuring not just a silent auction, but food, games and music throughout the afternoon.  Highlights include the Spurbeck’s Market 75th anniversary, and samples provided by the Beverage Trail. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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