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COOPERSTOWN CHAMBER ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME

COOPERSTOWN CHAMBER

ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME

COOPERSTOWN – The Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce is announcing its first entries in its Hall of Fame.  Bruce Markusen is in the process of announcing eight winners:

  1. Church & Scott Pharmacy
  2.  The Clark Sports Center
  3. Fly Creek Cider Mill
  4. The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
  5. Hyde Hall
  6. The Inn at Cooperstown
  7.  Mohican Flowers
  8. The Otesaga

The eight winners will be honored at a reception in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Hall of Plaques in April, part of the Cooperstown Chamber’s celebration of its 100th anniversary.

LISTEN TO BRUCE MARKUSEN’S ANNOUNCEMENT
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30 Volunteers At Mohican Flowers Helping Clean Up Fire’s Damage

30 Volunteers At Mohican Flowers

Helping Clean Up Fire’s Damage

State Sen. Jim Seward and his wife, Cindy, were among 30 volunteers who showed up this morning to help former Cooperstown mayor Carol B. Waller, her staff and family to clean up the damage from Wednesday evening's fire that gutted the attached greenhouse.  Volunteers included the Rev. Mark Michael of Christ Church and his curate, the Rev. Matt Stromberg.   Father Michael had been by the shop Thursday morning to bless the property as repairs began.  Meanwhile, Mohican Flowers is back in business, with Carol filling orders for two weddings, as well as retail.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
State Sen. Jim Seward and his wife, Cindy, were among 30 volunteers who showed up this morning at Mohican Flowers to help former Cooperstown mayor Carol B. Waller, her staff and family to clean up the damage from Wednesday evening’s fire that gutted the attached greenhouse. Volunteers included the Rev. Mark Michael of Christ Church and his curate, the Rev. Matt Stromberg. Father Michael had been by the shop Thursday morning to bless the property as repairs began. Meanwhile, Mohican Flowers is back in business, with Carol filling orders for two weddings, as well as retail. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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3 FIRE HYDRANTS FAILED NEAR MOHICAN FLOWERS

3 FIRE HYDRANTS FAILED

NEAR MOHICAN FLOWERS

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Dennis Elliott of the village DPW this morning replaces the snapped flange on the hydrant at Main and Nelson.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Village Water Superintendent Dennis Elliott this morning replaces the snapped flange on the hydrant at Main and Nelson.  Mohican Flowers is on the other side of the street at the end of the block.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • allotsego.com

The operating nut on the hydrant in front of Spurbeck's, at right, snapped when firefighters tried to turn the hydrant on.  At left is a functioning operating nut.
The operating nut on the hydrant in front of Spurbeck’s, at right, snapped when firefighters tried to turn the hydrant on. At left is a functioning operating nut.

COOPERSTOWN – The three fire hydrants closest to Mohican Flowers failed as firefighters battled a “ball of fire” that consumed the greenhouse last evening.

This is the flange that snapped at the base of the Main-Nelson hydrant.
This is the flange that snapped at the base of the Main-Nelson hydrant.

Each hydrant was a different situation:

• Main-Nelson:  A fire truck drove over the fire hose once it was under pressure, causing the flange at the base to snap, disabling the hydrant, according to a written report Mayor Jeff Katz received overnight.

  • Railroad-Leatherstocking:  The operating nut at the top of the hydrant next to Spurbeck’s Grocery, which opens the flow of water, snapped, according to the report Katz received.  Examined this morning, it appeared to be rusted.
  • Bruce Hall lot:  Katz said the report he received didn’t mention that hydrant.  (Bruce Hall, in addition to a hardware store, is a lumber yard.)

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100-YEAR-OLD GREENHOUSE BURNS AT MOHICAN FLOWERS

100-YEAR-OLD GREENHOUSE

BURNS AT MOHICAN FLOWERS

A 100-year-old greehouse behind Mohican Flowers, Cooperstown, is consumed in "a ball of flame" last evening.  The fire broke out at about 10:30 p.m.  (Photo by Bill Waller)
A 100-year-old greenhouse behind Mohican Flowers, Cooperstown, is consumed in “a ball of flame” last evening. The fire broke out at about 10:30 p.m. (Photo by Bill Waller)

Main Building Saved; Business May Reopen Monday

By JIM KEVLIN • www.allotsego.com

Charred remains and little more is all that's left of the greenhouse behind Mohican Flowers today.  The fire began in a cellar, in the foreground, where the oil burner was located.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Charred remains and little more is all that’s left of the greenhouse behind Mohican Flowers today. The fire began in a cellar, in the foreground, where the oil burner was located. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
The Wallers' Bayliner Classic, containing 50 gallons of gasoline, was only 10 feet from the flames, but a firefighter directing a hose on it while colleagues fought the main blaze and an explosion was avoided.  In the background, wearing hat, Bill Waller briefs a neighbor on what happened.
The Wallers’ Bayliner Classic, containing 50 gallons of gasoline, was only 10 feet from the flames, but a firefighter directed a hose on it while colleagues fought the main blaze and an explosion was avoided. In the background, wearing hat, Bill Waller briefs a neighbor on what happened.

COOPERSTOWN – A 100-year-old greenhouse behind Mohican Flowers was consumed last evening by what proprietor Carol B. Waller’s husband Bill described as “a ball of flame, an orange ball of flame.”

The Wallers – Carol is former Cooperstown mayor –  had gone to bed when they heard over the scanner at about 10:30 p.m. that a house on Leatherstocking Street, behind the greenhouse, was on fire.   Former fire chief Brian Clancy, who lives on Leatherstocking and made the original call, called in in a few moments later to correct the location:  It was behind the flower shop.

The Wallers hurried to the scene to find the greenhouse fully engulfed.

However, firefighters with AirPacs went into the main building, which was attached to the greenhouse, closed the connecting door and opened the front upstairs windows to let the smoke out.   That saved the building, and Carol said she expects to be open for business by Monday.

“The fire department did a marvelous job,” said Bill.  “They saved the building.”

He said the fire started in a basement under the potting shed where the oil burner is located.  The official cause of fire was still uncertain today.  However, Bill said a state inspector had done a routine inspection of the burner just last week.

The Wallers’ Bayliner Classic boat, containing 50 gallons of gasoline, was parked about 10 feet from the greenhouse, and the tarp was melted onto the boat today.  However, Bill said a firefighter stood by the boat, directing a spray of water against it, and little damage was done.

Some of the siding on Bieritz Insurance, close to Mohican Flowers on the west side, had melted, and associated Ben Novellano was on the roof this morning, trying to determine the extent of the damage.

In addition to Cooperstown’s firefighters, Fly Creek and Hartwick Seminary responded.

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