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Main Street

New Flagpole Dedicated in Cooperstown
MAYOR KATZ RECOGNIZES DONORS

New Flagpole At Half-Staff

In Honor Of Pearl Harbor

The iconic flagpole on Cooperstown’s Main Street was dedicated at noon today at Main and Pioneer. The new flagpole, 15-feet taller than its predecessor, tops out at 50 feet above Main Street at Pioneer. Cooperstown VFW Post 7128 President David Sanford, pictured at right, raised Old Glory on the new pole for the first time, but only to half staff, to honor soldiers and sailors who died at Pearl Harbor, 76 years ago today.  Mayor Jeff Katz recognized donors: Jim Florczak, $5,000 toward the flagpole; Peter Deysenroth, the full-staff flag, and Patti Ashley and Dave LaDuke, the half-staff flag in honored of their father Harry A. LaDuke, Navy, and brother Robert L. LaDuke, Coast Guard.  Also, Jon McManus, McManus Engineering, for donating engineering services; The Clark Foundation’s Lyman Townsend, stonework to be added to the base, and  Coopertown Fire Department, flagpole setting.  Also, Sanford, for raising today’s flag, and DPW Superintendent Mitch Hotaling for coordinating replacement efforts. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Everything Must Go At Cooperstown General Store

Everything Must Go At

Cooperstown General Store

Gale Olin, Fly Creek, makes one of the first–and possibly her last–purchase from Pamela Born Holz, a 14-year employee, at the Cooperstown General Store during the first day of their Retirement Sale this morning. The Main Street anchor announced earlier this week that it would be closing, and faithful shoppers waited eagerly outside to get inside for a bargain and a goodbye. The sale continues through Wednesday, Oct. 25. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

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Decorating Underway On Coop’s Main Street

Decorating Underway

On Coop’s Main Street

4cccc-treeChihiro Katafuchi, a Rotary exchange student from Japan, assists in this afternoon’s decorating of all the lamp posts on Main Street, Cooperstown, between the courthouse and Village Hall.   The undertaking is  an annual program of the village’s 4C’s Committee (for Cooperstown Community Christmas Committee), and featured Santa and Mrs. Claus, in mufti, decorating Santa’s Cottage in Pioneer Park, preparing for St. Nick’s official arrival there at 5 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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MERCURY HITS 63 AT SANTA ARRIVES

ONEONTA YULE TURNOUT Y-UGE

MERCURY HITS 63

AT SANTA ARRIVES

The balmy weather must have brought out close to a record crowd, and indeed a roar went up on Main Street, Oneonta, as Santa Claus arrived for the season this morning. Halfway through the calvalcade, emcee Chuck D'Imperio announced the temperature had just reached 63. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.come)
The balmy weather must have brought out close to a record crowd, and indeed a roar went up on Main Street, Oneonta, as Santa Claus arrived for the season this morning, the culmination of the City of the Hills’ annual Santa Parade. Halfway through the cavalcade, emcee Chuck D’Imperio announced the temperature had just reached 63.  The next big holiday event in Oneonta is the tree lighting and opening of Santa’s Cottage n Muller Plaza, on Thursday, Dec. 1.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Police Seek Tips On Smashed Door

Police Seek Tips

On Smashed Door

ONEONTA – Police are reviewing surveillance footage in hopes of identifying the “college age male” responsible for shattering a glass door near Razzle Dazzle on Main Street.

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Where Have Oneonta’s Trees Gone?

City Clearcutting Downtown

As Streetscape Works Starts

Downtown visitors may have noticed a little less shade on Main Street, with many of the trees removed as part of Oneonta's Streetscape plan. But worry not – they'll be replaced with healthier trees this spring, as well as new brick and slate planters and refurbished benches. Mayor Gary Herzig hopes the project will be done before the college graduations in May. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Main Street, Oneonta, was looking a little barer today, as implementation of Oneonta’s Streetscape plan began by clearcutting trees on the north side between Dietz and Chestnut. They’ll be replaced with healthier trees this spring, as well as new brick and slate planters and refurbished benches, according to Mayor Gary Herzig.  He said he doesn’t know how many trees will be fells, but expressed hopes the project will be done before the college graduations in May. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Scarves Spread Cheer As Winter Looms Near

Scarves Spread Cheer

As Winter Looms Near

Once again, free scarves have appeared in downtown Oneonta, this time, in the walkway between Main Street and the Parking Garage. Lacey Layton, who hung scarves in Muller Plaza this past winter, worked with Russ Southard to hang hooks in the walkway so the scarves would stay dry. Those in need are encouraged to take a scarf free of charge, and those with extras are invited to hang scarves on the hooks.
Once again, free scarves have appeared in downtown Oneonta, this time, in the walkway between Main Street and the Parking Garage. Lacey Layton, who hung scarves in Muller Plaza this past winter, worked with Russ Southard to hang hooks in the walkway so the scarves would stay dry. Those in need are encouraged to take a scarf free of charge, and those with extras are invited to hang scarves on the hooks.
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