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Cooperstown Flagpole Rededicated Tomorrow

IT’S BACK!

Cooperstown Flagpole Rededicated Tomorrow

At noon tomorrow (Thursday), the Village of Cooperstown will rededicate the new 50-foot aluminum flagpole installed today at Main and Pioneer. The Cooperstown Veterans Club will participate in the dedication, and donors who contributed to the new staff will be honored, according to Village Administrator Teri Barown.  Public welcome to attend.  The 35-foot flagpole it replaces was removed on Sept. 20 to make way for the reconstruction of Pioneer Street, completed in recent days.  There’s been a flagpole at that site since 1917, when a wooden one was raised during World War I.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Flagpole Dedication May Happen Pearl Harbor Day
NEW FOUNDATION IN PLACE

Flagpole Dedication May

Happen Pearl Harbor Day

The foundation installed by Mulligan Excavating is curing at Main and Pioneer, Cooperstown, awaiting the installation of a new 50-foot flagpole – up from 35 feet – as soon as next Wednesday. The hope is to dedicate the new standard on Dec. 7, 2017, 76 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, according to Village Administrator Teri Barown.   This year is the 100th anniversary of the flagpole’s installation during World War I.   The original wooden one was replaced with a steel one at the end of World War II.  That 50-foot one was knocked down in 2007 when a truck cut the corner too sharply, and the 35-foot replacement was installed then, only to be removed in September to all the reconstruction of Pioneer Street.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Hole Being Dug Today, Flagpole Follows Soon

Hole Being Dug Today,

Flagpole Follows Soon

This morning, Rob Mulligan of Mulligan Excavating, Cooperstown, is digging a hole, 5-foot, 8-inches deep, to accommodate a new flagpole at Main and Pioneer in downtown Cooperstown to replace the one removed during the just-completed $1.2 million reconstruction of Pioneer Street, which ended yesterday.  He said he was told the new pole will be put in place by Thursday.  Inset, Village Public Works Superintendent Mitch Hotaling checks the flagpole at the village barn on Linden Avenue, in anticipation of the installation.  (Parker Fish, Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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