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History Comes Alive At 39th Harvest Festival

History Comes Alive

At 39th Harvest Festival

At The Farmers’ Museum’s Lippitt House, Debra Decker, Roseboom, top photo, demonstrates traditional bread-making to Cooperstown native James Vineyard and daughter Olivia during the 39th annual Harvest Festival today and Sunday.  At right, baby Lilly Zumpano, Utica,  pets some of the sheep with her cousin Olivia Zumpano, Saratoga Springs. The event , which also features demonstrations in boat carving, dancing, wagon rides, rock painting and more, runs through Sunday afternoon. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Gerald Evans, 87, Bassett Physician, Fixture Of Cooperstown’s Social Life
IN MEMORIAM

Gerald Evans, 87, Bassett Physician,

Fixture Of Cooperstown’s Social Life

Dr. Gerald Evans

COOPERSTOWN – The family of Dr. Gerald Evans, the retired Bassett Hospital ophthalmologist, sadly announces his passing on Aug. 30, 2017, at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

Gerald was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 13, 1930. He attended the Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University, where he was manager of the undefeated 1951 basketball team, and the New York Medical College.

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Classifieds 9-1-17

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Zambello, Malhotra Among ‘Be Positive Fest’ Headliner
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Zambello, Malhotra Among

‘Be Positive Fest’ Headliners

COOPERSTOWN – Glimmerglass Festival Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello and her spouse Faith Gay, the corporate lawyer, will speak on “Art & Justice” at 3:15 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church chapel at Saturday’s Be Positive Festival.

Other headliners will include Virginia Kennedy, former Otsego Land trust executive director, returning to discuss environmental justice, and retired SUNY Oneonta Philosophy Professor Ashok Malhotra, a Nobel Prize nominee.

Here is the complete schedule of Be Positive Festival speakers:

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Classifieds 8-18-17

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Classifieds 8-11-17

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Carolyn L. Goetz, 84; Co-Founded Leatherstocking Theater Company
IN MEMORIAM

Carolyn L. Goetz, 84; Co-Founded

Leatherstocking Theater Company

Carolyn L. Goetz

COOPERSTOWN – Carolyn Lowe Goetz, 84, of Shrewsbury, Mass., who co-founded Cooperstown’s former Leatherstocking Theatre Company with her husband, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at UMass Medical Center in Worcester.

Carolyn is survived by her devoted, loving husband of 61 years, George Edward Goetz, her daughters, Linda Goetz and her husband Kent Wittler, Newton Mass., Jeanne Vumbaca and her husband Dino Vumbaca, Hopkinton, Mass. and is predeceased by her daughter Susanne Goetz of Kensington, Md. Her loving grandchildren include, Ian Wittler and Max, Henry and Maya Vumbaca.

A Memorial service celebrating Carolyn’ s life will be at noon, Monday, Aug. 28, followed by a luncheon at Southgate at Shrewsbury. Donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity or Planned Parenthood.

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Anticipation Builds Along Main Street

INDUCTION WEEKEND 2017

Anticipation Builds

Along Main Street

Art Boden and son Dan were renting parking spaces this morning at The Bank of Cooperstown, which provided the space to raise funds for Friends Helping Friends, an group that grew out of a community effort to raise funds for Art at the height of his fight against cancer two years ago.  Art expected to rent out 30 spaces at $20 apiece each of Induction Weekend’s two days, netting more than $1,000 for the community group.  At left, by 10 a.m. today, folding chairs lined the Main Street route of the Parade of Legends, which steps off at 6 p.m. this evening between the Chestnut Street fire hall at the Hall of Fame.  The 60-some Hall of Famers, including the five soon-to-be Hall of Famers, will be carried along the route in Ford pickups provided by Smith Cooperstown.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Boutique Hotel Opens Friday In Cooperstown
HISTORIC BUILDING RENOVATED

Boutique Hotel Opens

Friday In Cooperstown

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)

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