HISTORIC BUILDING RENOVATED
All hands are on deck, including proprietor Perry Ferrara’s wife Cathy, foreground, as the Railroad Inn, the new boutique hotel at Railroad and Glen avenues, Cooperstown, prepares to welcome its first guests tomorrow evening. Ferrara, in right photo with Cathy, said the first-floor rooms will be occupied Friday evening, and by next weekend – Hall of Fame Induction Weekend – all 22 rooms will be completed and filled. Crews have been renovating the historic hops-storage facility since last October, which had been vacant since businessman Mike Manno bought the former Agway in 2009 and restored the exterior. Ferrara, who has operated Cat Construction on Long Island for 30 years, said bringing the building back to life while preserving the historic ambiance has been a particularly satisfying part of this project. Bob Holt, at the registration desk, former manager of the Best Western in Harwtick Seminary, is managing the new hotel. Helping Mrs. Ferrara in the top photo are, from left, friends Lorraine Banfield and Cathy DiResta, and Cassie Sawyer of Worcester. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
FULL STORY IN NEXT WEEK’S FREEMAN’S JOURNAL
Celebrated figure skating Olympians Jojo Starbuck, Dorothy Hamil and Dick Button, seen above with Todd Kenyon, Cooperstown, shared their stories from the figure skating world in front of a packed house this afternoon at the Fenimore On Ice Symposium. The two-hour panel, featured clips of performances, commentary, and even Hamil’s ‘Short and Sassy’ conditioner commercial. Right, professional skating pair Erika Choi Smith and AJ Reiss preform Tableaux Vivant on Glice in the Louis C. Jones Center at the Fenimore Art Museum thanks to a synthetic ice rink made of Glice. (Ian Austin/AllOTSGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 14
NATIONAL ART SHOW – 5-7 p.m. 82nd National Juried Art Show opens with a preview party. Awards will be announced 6 pm.Displayed thru August 18. Cooperstown Art Association. www.cooperstownart.com
PERFORMANCE – 8-11 p.m. Local favorite, John Scarpula, performs with his full band and a horn section. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. foothillspac.org/index.php/shows/the-john-scarpulla-band/
COOPERSTOWN – Lindsay Macarthur, Jr., 87, of Venice, Florida, and Cooperstown, died Thursday afternoon, July 6, 2017, at Bassett Hospital, with his family by his side.
COOPERSTOWN – Douglas E. Getman, 92, a retired heavy-equipment operator, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, June 13, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.
He was born July 28, 1924, in the Town of Theresa, Jefferson County, a son of Ernest and Eva (Bell) Getman.